As usual, Call of Duty is taking a bit of flak for announcing this year’s collectible editions, one of which is a $180 Black Ops 2 Care Package that comes with, believe it or not, your very own remote control UAV patterned after the Dragonfire Drone in the game. Detractors are already declaring what a silly offering this is on the basis that they have never paid more than $80 or $100 for any collector’s edition of anything.
Okay, admittedly the $180 price tag is really high. This much is apparent to anyone. Whether it’s ridiculous or not totally depends on your budget though. After all, if you don’t have a lot of money, the people saying they’d only pay $100 for a collectible game probably already sound absurd to you—so what’s the big deal about paying $180? Consider that a UAV by itself would probably cost you $100 or more anyway, and that the rest of the content (the same as the Hardened edition) costs the same amount of money that you’d pay for the Hardened Edition anyway. You can buy the Hardened Edition if that’s all you can afford—or even just pre-order the basic game if you don’t want to pay the extra $20 for the collector’s edition. So why shouldn’t Treyarch and Activision release a special Care Package edition for people who can afford it?
Whether or not the Care Package is worth it depends on your budget and just how big a COD fan you are. The fact is that Call of Duty has a lot of haters, which happens anytime something becomes as popular as COD is. That’s why so many people are saying that this is an extravagant thing. It has nothing to do whatsoever with the value that is being offered. Frankly it’s pretty cool that these guys worked on getting an actual flyable UAV put together which has the same basic design as the ones you use in the game. And that they then made that available to their biggest fans is really a creative gesture.
There’s a reason COD is popular—the game has a lot more fans than haters. If you’re a huge fan of COD, this franchise is probably a big part of your life considering how long it’s been around. If $200 isn’t out of your budget for something that makes you happy, there’s no reason you shouldn’t get your own UAV on November 13th with your collector’s edition of Black Ops 2.