Lokiable over at deviantART puree’d the concept of Game of Thrones-style House banners & mottos, mixed in various comic, fantasy, sci-fi and pop culture ingredients to chef the following: irresistibly cool pieces of art that should be posters that I could thenuse to wallpaper my Den of Solitude. You can keep your human interactions, I just want to stare at these all day whilst shouting at the top of my lungs at the television as I am massacred endlessly in Nuketown 2025.
a winner is not me
Since I was unable to secure a copy of Black Ops 2 early, I bit the bullet (ed.note: haw haw) and did the two things I didn’t want to do: order from Amazon & PAY to have it delivered on its release date. Why would I do these things?
Let me put it to you this way: you’ve seen the movie Snatch, right? The part where Turkish is at Bricktop’s pig farm and the Chev Chelios voice over kicks in, about how you don’t want to be in Bricktop’s pocket? Well that’s exactly where I am, except in this scenario Activision is Bricktop, I’m a more handsome & jacked version of Jason Statham and instead of being fed to pigs, I’m afraid of missing out on “exclusive” DLC, namely the Nuketown 2025 map. The deal is, if you didn’t pre-order BLOPS 2 you don’t get the special map and you don’t get to take part in Double XP weekend. But I’m not even going to be around my PS3 next weekend and chances are that the Nuketown 2025 map would be available for a pittance shortly anyway.
So knowing that (plus the ULTRA-insult of being a Prime member yet having to pay for shipping anyway), I still went ahead and put the pre-order in. But in reality, this was just a hedge. I pass two local video game stores on my way home from work; I’ve got calls into both places to hold the game for me. If it turns out that the Nuketown/Double XP code is in the box regardless of when/where you ordered it (reminiscent of the Rage “pre-order” and get the special edition scam…that iD sold everyone, regardless of pre-order), I can simply return the game I ordered tonight to Amazon. I image that I’ll be able to pick up a “Hardened” edition tomorrow at my corner spot & everyone will be happy…except Amazon, who get’s nothing, but my shipping & handling. And what’s an extra $3.50 to quiet the rampant crazies for a few days, huh?
All pretenses of the Modern Warfare not just being a yearly cash grab has just been completely defenestrated (that’s your word of the day; Modern Borefare is for the kids!!) with today’s we-all-knew-it-was-coming-but-here-it-is-aren’t-you-surprised reveal of super expensive packages full of plastic crap you don’t need!!
In the Hardened Edition, along with the game you get the along with the Nuketown 2025 map, Nuketown Zombies map, Xbox Live Claw avatar prop, Zombies Avatar costume, limited edition Challenge Coins, exclusive weapon camo, exclusive player card backgrounds and the official soundtrack. On PS3 the Avatar items are replaced by exclusive multiplayer and zombie themes.
The Prestige Edition comes in your very own Care Package crate, which you can drop on your friends IRL to earn badges (i.e. jail time). It has everything that the Hardened Edition has along with this year’s toy du jour, an RC Dragonfire Drone you can fly around. Pair it up with your MW2 night vision kit & Black Ops RC Car to successfully remain a virgin forever!
There’s of course no pricing yet, but based on previous years, I’d say the Hardened edition goes for around $99 while the prestige edition is between $149 and $199. See you at midnight on November 13th, jerk-ass!
**UPDATE 3:25 pm 08/28/12: Hardened edition is $79.99 and the Prestige edition is $179.99
For reference, here are the Black Ops and Modern Warfare 2 prestige editions. Hurry, still available!
After the jump, a sneak peek image at one of the maps mentioned above and the official press release. Continue reading