GameStop Wreaks Havok on the X-Men, Gives Spider-Man an Identity Crisis

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With two Marvel superhero video games coming from Activision this fall, GameStop ransacks comic book continuity for fresh outfits to provide preorder customers of X-Men: Destiny and Spider-Man: Edge of Time.

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Spider-Man developer Beenox really went to town on the alternate costumes in its previous outing, Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, so this time around the preorder bonuses are accompanied by the distinct sound of barrel bottom scraping. Identity Crisis costumes? Really?

See, back in 1998 Spider-Man had four different books, and having four different books back then meant massive convoluted story arcs. Identity Crisis involved Spider-Man being framed for murder. Responding as any sane-minded individual would, Peter Parker decided to take on four different costumed identities with powers not quite exactly like Spider-Man's. Why four? Well in case the others were compromised, of course. This all makes sense.

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Anyway, preordering Spider-Man: Edge of Time from GameStop will grant players a code to unlock these suits for play in the latest Spidey epic. Choose from Prodigy, Shade, Dusk, or Hornet.

Meanwhile, in X-Men: Destiny, players get to choose one of three fledgling mutants and develop their powers as they play, going as far as learning powers and collecting costume pieces that emulate your favorite X-Men characters. You know, like Havok, the GameStop preorder costume character. You know Havok, right? He was just in that movie. Scott Summers brother? Constantly in his older brother's shadow? Likes tall green-haired chicks? Was only vaguely interesting during Peter David's run of X-Factor?

Well now you can dress like that guy, if you preorder at GameStop. Let's profess our varying degrees of excitement!

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DISCUSSION

Wait, let me understand this...

People bitch when the pre-order bonuses are somewhat lacking in excitement, and are by no means ever needed or even largely wanted in gameplay (see above).

Meanwhile, people also bitch about GS preorders when they're considered much higher in value, saying they can't afford all these new games and that preorder bonuses need to be considered less in value.

Am I the only one getting the feeling that it's impossible for GameStop as well as developers (people like to blame GS only, despite the fact that GS doesn't exactly have the ability to make their own damn preorders) to win? C'mon, guys.