Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare brought a new era to the hit series Call of Duty by taking gamers out of the traditional and familiar World War II setting and dropping players in a modern day combat situation. The change in pace for the franchise was a huge hit with gamers selling over 13 million copies and becoming the best selling Xbox 360 game of 2007.
A mere two years later, the next installment in the Modern Warfare series is about to be unleashed to the public and fans are reeling at a chance to get their hands on a copy of the game. The big question is, however, which version of the game to get. Confused? Like it's predecessor, Modern Warfare 2 will be shipping with three different editions of the game: the Normal Edition, the Hardened Edition and the Prestige Edition. Now you may be asking yourself "What's the difference?" Well a lot actually. Depending on which edition you decide to buy depends on what sort of nice prizes you get, and how much you are going to pay.
If you decide to buy the Normal Edition of the game, you can expect to pay $60 and receive the game, the traditional plastic box and the instruction manual. That sound too boring for you? The Hardened Edition, which will run $80, comes with the game, a metal special edition case, the instruction manual and a limited edition art book that contains concept drawings of player models, weapons, vehicles, game levels and tons of other stuff. But. if you truly love your Modern Warfare 2 and you have to go all out when you get it, then you are going to want to get the Prestige Edition. This is the mother of all special edition video games released. With the Prestige Edition of the game you will receive the game, the instruction manual, the limited edition art book, the metal game case and a pair of fully functional night vision goggles (NVGs). Yeah, you read that right, fully functioning night vision goggles. These goggles are branded with the Modern Warfare 2 emblem and the Infinity Ward, who developed the game, emblem. The Prestige Edition also comes with a voucher token that will allow you to download the original PC version of Call of Duty via Xbox Live or the Playstation Network and a sculpted replica of the head of "Soap" MacTavish, the main character from the first game, for you to display your NVGs on when you are not wearing them yourself. Worried about how much this little bundle of goodies is going to cost you? You should be because this ridiculously awesome version of the game will run you a mere $150.
Now the game itself isn't set to hit store shelves until November of this year, but I wouldn't recommend waiting that long to get your copy, especially if you want the Hardened or Prestige Editions of the game. My advice is that you Pre-order your copy NOW! There are only going to be a limited number of each edition and you are almost guaranteed not to find a single one on store shelves this holiday season. If you are willing to fork out the extra cash for the Prestige Edition then you will be well rewarded. Pr-orders are available now for all three editions of the game and you can expect to pick up your copy on November 10, 2009.