While video game publishers like Sony and Electronic Arts are enjoying the opportunity to release some of their major titles from this generation as part of compilation packs, famed developer Rockstar Games has had to sit on the sidelines and watch as all of God of War and Mass Effect end up in bundled sets. After all, Rockstar didn't exactly crank out a bunch of sequels over the past few years, so there can be no Red Dead Redemption Trilogy set. However, the company can bundle up some of its best games from the recent past and send them out under its own banner. Enter Rockstar Games Collection Edition 1 for the Sony PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Xbox 360 which brings together four critically acclaimed games that have very little to do with one another besides fun. Here's what's in the box:
Red Dead Redemption – Winner of over 170 Game of the Year awards, Red Dead Redemption brings the dying West to life with a vibrant open-world, powerful story, and intense single and multiplayer action.
Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City – The explosive conclusion to the highest-rated game of all time, Grand Theft Auto IV, featuring two complete games on one disc: The Lost and Damned & The Ballad of Gay Tony.
L.A. Noire – The revolutionary crime thriller featuring MotionScan, a breakthrough technology that captures every nuance of a real actor’s facial performance, providing a level of realism, detail and emotion never before seen in a video game. Featuring brand new gameplay and a dark, hard-boiled detective story, L.A. Noire became the first ever video game to be recognized by the Tribeca Film Festival.
Midnight Club: Los Angeles Complete Edition – One of the highest-reviewed racing titles of this generation, featuring deeply customizable real world cars, non-stop open world street racing and intense multiplayer action. The Complete Edition also includes every downloadable real world vehicle and city section released since launch.
Red Dead Redemption and L.A. Noire are not to be missed, while the subsets of Grand Theft Auto IV are fun diversions. Unfortunately, they feel a bit incomplete without the main game backing them up, and the absence of Grand Theft Auto IV itself is sharply felt here. Midnight Club's inclusion is a little puzzling, as it doesn't really fit with the other titles. Rockstar's bundle feels hodgepodge compared to the focus of a traditional series compilation release, but these games are all worthwhile ways to spend your time. Note that with the exception of Midnight Club, the various downloadable expansions for each title are not included, so you'll still have to pay extra for Redemption's zombie invasion add-on and the extra Noire cases. Rather or not those exclusions sour the deal is up to you.