What the hell?! Far Cry 6 Game of the Year (GOTY) Edition launches on Friday as an inexplicably weird bundle and costs $120. Several things make this version of the game weird, I’ll mention it, but the main takeaway should be: don’t buy it. We do not want to encourage this type of marketing.
I’ve noticed that Game of the Year editions often have a few things in common. They usually come out about a year after the title’s initial release. Far Cry 6 turns one year old on Friday.
Most of the time, the GOTY version includes some or all of the already released DLC. Far Cry 6 GOTY Pack consists of all the DLC currently available, the upcoming Lost Between Worlds expansion, and strangely enough, 2013’s Far Cry 3 expansion, Blood Dragon. Also includes three cosmetic/weapon packs. These special edition packs are often at or below the original MSRP of the game.
Finally, the GOTY editions, at least the ones I bought, actually won a Game of the Year award at some show or exhibition, be it BAFTA, Dice, The Game Awards Show, or other well-known organizations. Far Cry 6 does not share this distinction.
Now don’t get me wrong. Far Cry 6 is not a bad game. It mostly follows the franchise’s winning formula. However, it was nowhere near my favorite game of 2021, and its awards reflect that.
It was nominated for Best Music at BAFTA but lost to Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales. It’s livestock three nominations at The Game Awards but did not take home a trophy. The National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers (NAVGTR) gave it a bunch of nominations. However, only won Outstanding Lead Performance in a Drama for Giancarlo Esposito’s portrayal of dictator Anton Castillo and outstanding graphics/technical. NAVGTR was the only organization that nominated him for a GOTY, but he lost to Deathloop.
The bottom line is that while FC6 was a good game, it faced stiff competition and never won Game of the Year. So Ubisoft is just using the designation as a marketing gimmick to drum up interest in a game that has seen its sales drop considerably since its release. It seems a bit cloudy to me.
You’re better off skipping this bundle, and here’s why. Weapon packs are worth nothing, in my opinion. They’re mostly cosmetic and don’t add value to the game, so let’s leave them out of the big picture.
All three DLCs: Collapse, Control, and Insanity are worth the $15 each or $40 if you buy the Season Pass. Along with the game, that’s $100, the exact price and content of the Gold Edition. Blood Dragon is another $15, the same price as when it launched in 2013. Ubisoft hasn’t announced how much Lost Between Worlds will cost, but based on the GOTY bundle, you’ll get it for $5, which is good.
However, all three DLCs are too expensive, in my opinion. Remember, I said “it was worth the fun”, not “worth the price”. You’d better wait for them to go on sale and pick them up then. Blood Dragon is also asking a lot at $15 for a title that’s almost a decade old and takes about two days to complete with a 100 percent trophy.
Expect. Let me rephrase that. Blood Dragon is worth its regular price of $15 due to its hilarious one-liners and retro 1980s vibe. But it frequently goes on sale. I recently bought it for $8 and today it’s on sale for $7.50 on the PlayStation Store.
Speaking of PlayStation owners, all three DLCs and Blood Dragon are 50 percent off. That price is $10 less than the season pass and launch BD for free. Unfortunately, Epic isn’t running a sale and the game isn’t available on Steam, so if you want a PC discount, you’ll need to be patient.
I will end by saying that the FarCry 6 GOTY Edition masquerades as a good value. In fact, it’s the best deal you can get right now if you’re in a hurry. However, the bundle can currently be purchased cheaper on PlayStation via individual purchases, and it probably won’t be long until Epic has a similar sale.
The other thing is that buying a Game of the Year edition for a title that didn’t win a GOTY encourages developers to give themselves awards or use little-known publications to justify giving their titles GOTY status just to boost sales. . It is not something that I would like to see become a trend.