Shadow of The Tomb Raider will be the third and final game of Square Enix’s updated modern take on Laura Croft and her story. The two preceding, Tomb Raider and Rise of the Tomb Raider, were titles that received large amounts of praise and admiration by critics, and were generally seen as highly competent third-person action/adventure titles.
Despite this, the titles both sold under expectations, leading to early dips into discounted prices that made both a great option for upcoming consumers.
Shadow of The Tomb Raider markets itself as Laura’s darkest (and perhaps final) adventure of the three-part narrative-heavy path Square Enix has set for the character. It takes players through a period of Laura’s life where the ‘demons’ she fights against aren’t so much outside forces but her own need to involve herself in matters she should very much stay away from.
And in addition to the introduction of some interesting new mechanics and some very flashy lighting effects, the marketing team has also created a unique special edition Xbox.
That’s right, there can only be one.
The console’s owner is being decided right now through a mad bid on eBay. At the time of writing, the highest bid is $7,600. All funds gained from the sale will be put towards the “Best Friends” National Animal Welfare Organization. The custom Xbox comes with an accompanying custom (and also unique) controller, as well as a digital copy of the game. Bidding will continue through September 5th.
Oddly enough, however, this super-box does not include all the doodads and goodies that can be picked up through some of the game’s more lucrative pre-order options.
Wondering which pre-order editions come with which bonuses? Just refer to this simple, easy to understand image put forward by Square Enix themselves:
We get that it fits with the game’s aesthetic, but sometimes putting things on a giant esoteric wheel doesn’t make for the easiest reading experience.
The pre-order bonuses are fairly standard, however. Pre-ordering the standard edition of the game will get you different rewards based on which retailer you get it from.
And out of all the additional items on offer, from an exclusive desktop wallpaper through Steam to an Xbox Live Avatar outfit from the Microsoft store, there’s a clear winner here: Best Buy, which is offering a $10 rewards card with the order. $10 back on $60 spent is a pretty good deal, and better than what is offered by most reward programs in retail stores. It’s essentially the same as getting the game for $10 off on launch day.
From there, versions scale up to digital deluxe, which includes an extra character skin (always a big plus for third-person character action titles) and a weapon skin, and the game’s soundtrack. The past two games have had very good soundtracks that use impressive ranges of authentic ancient instruments and noises to craft their atmospheric feelings, and we’re expecting the final offering of this trilogy to be no exception.
But let’s skip a few editions up to the nutty one that we’re honestly shocked doesn’t come included with that $7,600 One of a kind Xbox: The Shadow of The Tomb Raider Ultimate Edition can be purchased only from the Square Enix store for a grand total of $200, and includes a physical copy of the game (thank god), a very Tomb Raider looking flashlight, a bottle opener shaped like an ice pick, and – the creme of the crop – A 3D statue of Laura Croft pulling her machete out of her back pocket. The image for this edition includes a 3D rendering of the statue rather than the actual statue, so it’s unclear how large the full thing will actually be.
All we’re saying is that it probably wasn’t large enough to excuse leaving it out of that $7,600 unique Xbox package.
Featured Image Via Shadow Of The Tomb Raider Official.