Collector’s editions⁠: They’ve burned me earlier than, however nonetheless I maintain coming again. Even with a magpie-like drive to gather tchotchkes and a love of FromSoftware, nonetheless, I could not see myself dropping 230 clams on the collector’s version of Armored Core 6, not to mention 4 Benjamins and a cheeky Ulysses S Grant for the “Premium” skew.

Alright, properly what are we getting for our cash right here? Each packs web you the requisite artwork ebook, stickers, and soundtrack, however the centerpiece and source of all the price, like most mondo-editions of video games ( you, Hogwarts Legacy floating wand) is a showstopper central collectible. For each premium AC6 editions, it is a 19 cm-tall statuette of one of many game’s signature mechs, all kitted out together with his unhealthy ass rad weapons. The $200 distinction, then? You are shopping for his home.

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Armored Core 6 collector's edition featuring a giant mecha statue

Sans Home. (Picture credit score: FromSoftware)
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Armored Core 6 premium edition featuring a giant mecha statue inside a garage

Home. (Picture credit score: FromSoftware)

That is the one factor separating premium from collector’s, so far as I can inform⁠—the previous features a 32 cm-tall industrial storage on your man to stay in, full with cute little catwalks for theoretically much more wee individuals to look at him from. For context, that is virtually the price of a PS5, however nonetheless nowhere close to the price of a kind of minifridge-sized new GPUs you should run ray tracing in something.

And what? I respect the Armored Core 6: Fires of Rubicon Premium Version. It has gumption, an audacity that speaks to me. At this level, I actually discover the $230 pack to be a cowardly and embarrassing half-measure⁠—you’d deprive this little man of his little dwelling, depart him shivering within the chilly in your bookshelf? In case you’re gonna shell out for a pink flag show piece, all I am saying is that you need to shell out.

Regardless of the case, that is one frontier of client spending I can’t be partaking of myself, although that Fires of Rubicon gameplay trailer was sick as hell⁠—it bought me desirous to seize a 19 cm-tall mecha determine and fly him round whereas making explody noises with my mouth.