‘God of War 3’ causes purchase quandary

If you haven’t seen the official trailer for “God of War 3” yet, prepare for a brutal, violent feast for the eyes. As well as the first two games in this franchise played on PS2, I’ve been sold on GW3 since I first heard about it. Heck, it’s part of the reason I got a PS3 (You’re welcome, Sony).

But I’m in a quandary about which version to get when the game releases on March 16. I could get the basic game for about $60, or the Ultimate Edition for about $100. The difference between the two is additional content: For that extra $40, you get a documentary, exclusive challenge levels, new costumes, a replica of Pandora’s Box and a book of artwork.

The box is pretty cool looking, but it doesn’t justify all the downloadable content that’s part of the extra. The exclusive challenge room may be fun: The first two games have similar features that make for excellent replayability. The book could be cool. But costumes? Meh. Documentary? For a video game? Please.

The only thing making me consider paying an extra $40: Six songs.

Specifically, Roadrunner Records artists have written exclusive songs for the game. Two of the songs are from two of my favorite bands: Dream Theater and Opeth.

So, in reality, I’m paying $40 for TWO extra songs. Am I really going to do this?

UPDATE: Roadrunner Records announced that the EP will be available on iTunes for $5.99. That’s a little more palatable.

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