Halo 5: Guardians Limited Edition
After what has seemed like forever and a day, Halo 5: Guardians has finally reached store shelves and by extension all of the gamers who have been patiently awaiting this day since finishing Halo 4. Being a day of celebration, I thought that I would share with you just what you could expect to get in the Halo 5: Guardians Limited Edition of the game. I was on the fence for a long time trying to decide if I wanted to splurge for the Collectors Edition but ultimately decided that I couldn’t justify the extra $150 just to get the statues of the Master Chief and Spartan Locke. In addition, the Collector’s Edition doesn’t come with a physical copy of the game and replaces it with a digital download code, which for me, was somewhat of a deal breaker as I like to have a physical copy. So, without further adieu, here is what comes in the Limited Edition version of the game.
Uniquely designed Spartan-themed SteelBook / Full-game physical disc of Halo 5: Guardians
The game comes with a cool paper slip-cover to protect the design on the over-sized steelbook. It has the Halo 5: Guardians logo and the Xbox One logo with a blue to red textured pattern behind them that resembles the Master Chiefs armor. Once you slip that off, you get to behold the awesome steelbook case that holds the game disc and the rest of the goodies that comes with the game. It is packed full of extras that certainly makes you feel like you got something for the extra $40 that you have to shell out for this version. The steelbook has a very military looking design as well as being emblazoned with the UNSC logo. There isn’t a lot of detail but it fits in nicely with the whole Halo 5 theme.
Spartan Locke’s Classified Orders / Dossiers: Blue Team and Fireteam Osiris
When you open the steelbook case, the first thing you see, other than the game disc itself, is the Operation Order for Spartan Locke. It is printed on card stock paper with a glossy finish. These are the orders that authorizes Spartan Locke to hunt down the Master Chief and to retrieve him, or stop him, by basically any means necessary. The front is printed in English with the back printed in French.
Under the Operation Order is a green foil pack filled with the eight dossier cards of Master Chief’s Blue Team and Spartan Locke’s Fireteam Osiris. Fireteam Osirus consists of Spartans Jameson Locke, Edward Buck, Holly Tanaka and Olympia Vale. Blue Team consists of the Master Chief, Frederic Ellsworth, Linda Pravdin and Kelly Shaddock. These items are also printed on heavy card-stock and are approximately 4 X 6 inches featuring a glossy finish and are printed on one side in English and the other in French. Each card gives a written description of each of the characters unique background and vital statistics.
Guardian model by Metal Earth
The Guardian model by Metal Earth comes in a card-stock sleeve with see-through panes so that you can see the pieces right at first sight. It seems like it is going to be a cool project to get into. All of the little pieces are made of actual, albeit very shiny, metal. There are a lot of pieces so I am thinking that the detail is probably going to be very high when the model is completed, but I’m worried that some of the pieces are also going to be very small. I have big hands so this project might prove to be more of a challenge for me than it might seem at first blush. If you purchased this Limited Edition for your kid, you might want to give her/him a hand so that they don’t hurt themselves as the edges might be a little sharp if not handled carefully. Nevertheless, I am going to give it a go as the model comes with some very detailed instructions on how to put it together, so it might not be as bad as I am thinking it will be.
Warzone REQ Bundle / Halo: The Fall of Reach (Animated Series) / Xbox Live Gold 14-day Trial
Also included in the Limited Edition are 14 Premium Requisition packs to enhance Spartan combat, FOTUS-class armor, and a multiplayer emblem which you can access via a download code that is on the back of the card featuring the profiles of Spartan Locke and the Master Chief. The Warzone REQ Bundle is for use in the Warzone feature in the Multiplayer portion of the game.
In addition to those downloads, you get an additional download code for the animated series, “Halo: The Fall of Reach.” I got to see a little of this series on launch day during the Halo 5 Live event held on YouTube and it looked pretty awesome. And as is the custom of Microsoft when they have a big game launch, there is an included 14 Day Xbox Live Trial so that you can get online right away and play some multiplayer with your friends. Being that an Xbox Live Gold membership is required to play all of the multiplayer content as well as downloading any of the included DLC, it is a no brainer that this be included.
Overall, I would have to say that it was worth the extra $40 to me to have this Limited Edition of the game. While most of the stuff that you get is just filler and doesn’t affect the game at all, it’s still cool Halo 5: Guardians memorabilia. It would have been even better if 343 Industries had included a Blu-ray copy of the animated series so that you could view it on other devices besides your Xbox One, but beggars can’t be choosers, I guess. The steelbook case is a very nice touch as is the Metal Earth Guardian Statue but, to be totally honest, the Operation Orders and the Dossier cards are something that I will read once and probably never look at again. The 14 REQ packs I will definitely use as it will give the few of us who purchased the Limited Edition a bit of a leg up on those players that didn’t but I suspect that most of the stuff that you get out of them will be purely cosmetic enhancements to your player character, as opposed to actual weapons and armor that will make a difference in-game. If you can still find this Limited Edition of Halo 5: Guardians ($99.99), pick it up if you can. I don’t think that you will be too disappointed.