Perhaps sensing that their presence is stagnating as gamers shelve their copies of Max Payne 3 and eagerly await Grand Theft Auto V, Rockstar Games has decided to dip into their vaults. Releasing a compilation of previously released games is a common practice nowadays, with the value mainly being limited to those who want to reacquire the games at a good price, or those who are late to the party. The Rockstar Games Collection: Edition 1 will contain four complete, current generation games from Rockstar’s expansive catalogue. If you’ve never played any of these games, then this will definitely be a great value. If you’re expecting definitive versions of all the games included, approach with caution.
The Rockstar Games Collection: Edition 1 is due for release this fall, and it contains two of their highest profile releases of the past few years. The other two additions are interesting add-ons, however their value will completely depend upon your taste in games. The selection is as follows:
- Red Dead Redemption. Given the endless fanfare and critical acclaim that this game has received, it would seem illogical not to include it here. However, this appears to be a bare bones version of the game, none of the press releases make mention of the post-launch DLC being included. This includes the “Undead Nightmare” expansion, which is a fan favourite.
- Grand Theft Auto: Stories from Liberty City. To some people, these expansions were more enjoyable than Grand Theft Auto IV. The two included episodes are “The Ballad of Gay Tony” and “The Lost and Damned”, which were released as a stand-alone disc and do not require Grand Theft Auto IV to play.
- L.A. Noire. This game was an interesting departure for Rockstar, being less of the open world sandbox style that they are known for, and more of a brain-bending 40’s-era crime drama. A quality game that employed an innovative facial capture system, it is one of my personal favourites. Like Red Dead Redemption, however, no mention has been made of the DLC being included here.
- Midnight Club: Los Angeles Complete Edition. A quality racing game that stands among the best of this generation, the level of customization and open-world setting makes this a game worth owning. As “Complete Edition” would imply, all of the DLC has been included. This consists mainly of cars that you originally would have purchased separately.
The Rockstar Games Collection: Edition 1 will be released on November 6, 2012 for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, at the MSRP of $59.99. If you’ve never played any of these games, this is not a bad deal at all. For those who own a few of the games or all of them, the value will vary.