Ok, so I am putting my old man hat on today as I talk about pre order content in video
games. Let me start with by saying I hate the way that content in games these days is
locked behind a pre order. A couple of examples of this for me are WWE 2K18 and
Dragonball Fighter Z where in order to play as certain characters, you have to pre order the
game! I have had this happen to me time and time again, content locked behind a pre order
(although some of it does become available via DLC later) that forces you to pre order a
game if you want the complete experience.
Many years ago pre ordering was not really a thing. I remember it coming to during the days
of the PlayStation and the Nintendo 64. During the 16-bit era, I do not even remember pre
ordering being a thing. But the first time I noticed it was with Final Fantasy VII. A local store
here in the UK was giving away a free 3rd party controller if you pre ordered Final Fantasy
VII from them. That was the first time I remember a specific store offering you’re an incentive
to pre order from them.
But the real pre order bonuses that I remember and loved were physical items for certain
games. The two examples I want to give are both wrestling games. First one is WWF
Attitude, here in the UK if you got the game from Electronics Boutique they would give you a
WWF Rumble Pack for pre ordering. WWF Smackdown 2 on the PlayStation if you were to
pre order it, you got a pretty cool WWF t shirt. These are two great examples of pre order
content that is a nice little bonus that does not leave anyone out as those who do not pre
order are not missing out on any in game content.
These days some games do in fact come with a t-shirt, a poster or some other kind of
special item, but most of the time this is part of some collector’s edition! Some stores will still
throw you a bone when it comes to pre ordering, but for the most part, it is some kind of in
game item or character that you will get. To be honest here in the UK, Nintendo is probably
the best when it comes to giving you physical items when you pre order!
I would love to know what you guys thoughts on pre order bonuses are. Do you like in game
content? Or do you prefer to get something physical as a reward?