Are Grand Theft Auto V’s Enhanced Editions Worth The Purchase?

As the long wait for Grand Theft Auto V slowly ticks away, details have been slow to come.  Rockstar has always been a tight-lipped company by nature, but the ridiculous hype for their new title seems to exacerbate the slow drip of information.  Rockstar opened the curtain a bit today, delivering some new information concerning the Special and Collector Editions of the game: particularly the character creation system, and the unique skills of the protagonists.

In an update on Rockstar’s blog, the company talks a little bit about what you can expect to see if you throw down a bit of extra money on the game.  A couple of screenshots are displayed prominently, showing a couple of the vehicles you can expect.  For the single player affair, players will gain access to the CarbonRS sportsbike, and a 1930s style hotrod called the Hot Knife.  Players who plan on digging into the online component of Grand Theft Auto V, GTA Online,  will also get exclusive access to the supersweet Khamelion electric car.

In all its glory.

In all its glory.

Even more intriguing is the character creation system for GTA Online, and the bonuses these special editions will confer.  Grand Theft Auto V is using a unique hereditary system for character creation.  Basically you will pick your parents, adjust a couple of “Gene Dominance” sliders, and your character will be modeled appropriately.  You can then adjust your numerous daily activities that have a direct connection to your character stats, all of which can be upgraded.  The Special Editions will give you some familiar faces to play with in customization:  GTA IV’s Niko Bellic, and GTA III’s Claude and Misty.

Rockstar also goes into detail about the three protagonists special abilities, and the gauge refill boost that comes with the enhanced editions:

Michael, Franklin and Trevor each have their own unique Special Ability, which can be activated once each of them fills up the Special Ability bar based on various actions. Michael is an expert marksman – his Special Ability slows down time in a gunfight allowing him to pick off his targets with greater ease. Franklin is a skilled driver with sharp reflexes – his Special Ability lets him slow down time while driving any road-based vehicle, allowing him to quickly navigate through traffic with ease and take corners at high speeds. Trevor is a drug-addled sociopath with a short fuse – his Special Ability sends him into a rage, causing double damage to enemies while only taking half as much damage himself when hit. With the boost that’s included in both the Special and Collector’s Editions, the Special Ability bar will generate 25% faster.

The exclusive outfits.  Sweet threads, bro.

The exclusive outfits. Sweet threads, bro.

In addition to all this, dropping the extra dough will also provide you with exclusive stunt plane trials, bonus outfits, tats and accessories, and additional weapons like the deadly Hammer melee weapon, the Bullpup Shotgun, and, my personal favorite, the .50 Caliber Pistol, the latter two of which will be free at Ammu-Nation.  Add in a 20% discount for basically everything, and you have a comprehensive package that may justify the extra cash for some consumers.

Of course, neither edition is cheap.  The Special Edition is going for $79.99, and includes the plane trials, a chance to pilot the Atomic Blimp in-game, the weapons, the 25% special bar boost and all the shop bonuses.  The Collectors Edition, which retails at a whopping $149.99, includes all that plus Niko, Claude and Misty and the Hotknife and Chameleon, in addition to all the tangible stuff it comes with, like a real security deposit bag.

It’s a shame the coolest features, like the extra characters and the sweet Khamelion, are locked behind the large price tag, but the Special Edition, which also comes with an artbook and a large blueprint map, seems like a solid deal.  Do you plan on buying either of these editions?  Either way, the wait should be over soon: Grand Theft Auto V is slated for release September 17th.


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