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Witcher 3 Standard Edition Comes Packed With Goodies

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If you told me you hadn’t stepped into a physical games retailer for years, I’d find it understandable. After all, digital versions of games can be purchased online for a fraction of the price, and buying physical copies of games continues to look like a rip off. So if you’re not familiar with the tendency for triple-A games to come out with both a standard edition and some form of special edition, you could be forgiven.

These days, you can’t throw a rock in a game store without hitting a special or limited edition of some game or another. You can tell them apart from the standard editions because they’ll likely be in a larger box, containing not just the game but a stack of other supposedly exclusive goodies. Take Batman: Arkham Knight. The limited edition comes with, among other things, a Batman statue, an art book, and a comic book. Some are just lazy. The Assassin’s Creed: Unity special edition came with nothing but a piece of glorified DLC. What all these special or limited editions have in common is that they’re ridiculously pricey. Being just a lowly games writer, I don’t even bother to look at them. Why make myself sad with the knowledge I can’t afford the awesomeness?

CD Projekt Red are taking a different approach. The standard edition of The Witcher 3 contains a bundle of bonuses normally reserved for overpriced special editions. The box contains a very nice map of the northern realms, a pack of stickers, a CD containing the soundtrack, The Witcher Universe Compendium Booklet, and codes for both The Witcher Battle Arena and the House of Glass Digital Comic Book. CDPR has also promised an amazing 16 pieces of free DLC.

On top of those nice goodies, there’s also a very nice letter from CDPR to their beloved customers. “Dear Gamer,” it begins. “First of all, we would like to thank you for your support. We really appreciate that you have decided to spend your hard-earned money our game and hope that you will have a fun time playing it.” It’s the little things like this that prove the developers really have put their hearts and souls into a game. They’re genuinely thrilled that people are going to play it and enjoy it.

The letter is also a reminder that, even when we feel like all those triple-A developers are just sucking money out of us, there are still some that make games because that’s what they love doing. “At CD Projekt Red, we believe that when you buy our games, you’re entitled to continuous, free support – updates, patches and bits of new and amazing content. We owe you that for believing in us and purchasing our game. To thank you, we have prepared something really special – 16 DLCs for you to download, totally free of charge, regardless of the platform or edition of the game you own.” With a philosophy like that, these are developers we can all be happy to support.

For a photo of the full letter, take a look on VG24/7.

Rhiannon likes video games and she likes writing, so she decided to combine them. As well as writing about video games, she also belts out the occasional science fiction or fantasy story, edits videos, and eats strawberry oreos. In that order.

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Raiden, the famous shmup series, will come back as a twin-stick shooter on PS5, PS4, and PC

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Raiden has a long and interesting history as a vertical shooter in arcades. However, the series is going to get a Super Stardust HD makeover, which means it will switch to a twin-stick format. It comes out in Japan on October 31. There’s no word yet on when it will come out in the West, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it did.

A Gematsu translation of the game’s website says that the full version will have an arcade mode with up to six stages. There will also be an “Unlimited” option for people who want to be at the top of the rankings. It sounds like a pretty straightforward package in terms of what’s inside, but we think the action will be what makes it worth it.

There’s a trailer up top that should help you figure out what to expect. There are, however, different versions of Raiden 3, Raiden 4, and Raiden 5 that you can play right now on the PS5 and PS4, if you can’t wait for this game to come out in the West.

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Bandai Namco and Nike designed Tekken 8 sneakers with tag-team designs

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Nike, the maker of high-quality shoes, is working with Bandai Namco, the company that makes the Tekken series, to make a pair of sneakers. The fun competition is part of the franchise’s 30th anniversary celebrations. You can get your own pair for $250 or the equivalent in your country, though they’ll probably be worth a lot more on the sneakerhead black market.

Two pairs of Tekken 8 x Nike Air Foamposite One Fist sneakers are set to come out in September 2024, according to shoe fan Sole Retriever (thanks, VGC). The designs are based on Kazuya and Jin, two main characters in the series. You can get them at Nike and some other stores. People who like hypebeasts and fighting games are likely to buy these quickly, so if you like Tekken and shoes that make people talk, you should probably act fast.

Should Bandai Namco and Nike work together? What do you think? Are you going to fight for your own pair? Make sure to take good care of your shoes and keep their value in the comments section below.

 

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You can now preorder the official Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree strategy guide

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There will soon be a new book in Future Press’s Books of Knowledge series, which is FromSoftware’s officially licensed line of hardcover strategy guides. This will help players who are having trouble with Elden Ring’s Shadow of the Erdtree expansion. The base game came with two books, and now you can get the unholy trinity for $45 (or the equivalent amount in your currency). It will ship on September 30th.

Like the first two games, The Lands Between and Shards of Shattering, Shadow of the Erdtree is both a complete guide to how to play and a beautiful artbook with full-page pictures of enemies, landscapes, and weapons. This big book has 352 pages and is likely to sell out quickly, based on how quickly the ones that came before it did.

Do you know a lot about strategy guides? You could read the first two Books of Knowledge. If so, what did you think of them? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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