Ubisoft Thinks You Should Pay $120 For Far Cry 6 GOTY Edition Even If It Hasn’t Won Any GOTY Awards

WTF? ! Far Cry 6 Game of the Year (GOTY) Edition launches Friday as an inexplicably odd bundle and costs $120. Several things make this version of the game weird, which I’ll get into, but the main takeaway should be: don’t buy it. We do not want to encourage this type of marketing.

I’ve observed that Game of the Year editions usually 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 often, the GOTY version includes some or all of the previously released DLCs. Far Cry 6 GOTY Bundle consists of all the DLC currently available, the next expansion Lost Between Worlds, and strangely, the Far Cry 3 2013 expansion, Blood Dragon. It also offers three cosmetic/weapon packs. These special edition bundles are often equal to or less than the game’s original MSRP.

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Finally, the GOTY editions, at least the ones I purchased, have actually won the Game of the Year award at a trade show or exhibition, be it BAFTA, Dice, The Game Awards Show or other recognized organizations. Far Cry 6 does not share this distinction.

Do not mistake yourself. Far Cry 6 isn’t a bad game. It mostly follows the franchise’s winning formula. However, it was far from my favorite game of 2021, and its awards reflect that.

It was appointed for Best Music at the BAFTAs but lost to Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales. This won three Game Award nominations but did not win a trophy. The National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers (NAVGTR) gave it a bunch of nominations. However, this is only won Outstanding Principal Performance in a Drama for Giancarlo Esposito’s portrayal of Dictator Anton Castillo and Outstanding Graphics/Technical. NAVGTR was the only organization to nominate 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. Ubisoft is therefore only using the designation as a marketing gimmick to drum up interest in a game that has seen sales drop significantly since release. Seems a bit dodgy to me.

You better skip this batch, and here’s why. Weapon packs are worthless, in my opinion. They’re mostly cosmetic and don’t add value to the game, so let’s leave that aside.

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All three DLCs – Collapse, Control, and Insanity are worth a shot and cost $15 each or $40 if you buy the Season Pass. Coupled with the game, it’s $100, the exact price and content of the Gold Edition. Blood Dragon is $15 more, the same price as when it was released in 2013. Ubisoft hasn’t announced the price for Lost Between Worlds, but based on the GOTY pack, you’ll get it for $5, which is good.

However, all three DLCs are overpriced, in my opinion. Remember, I said they were “worth the fun”, not “worth the price”. You’d better wait for these to go on sale and then grab them. Blood Dragon is also asking a lot at $15 for a nearly decade-old title that takes about two days to complete with a 100% trophy.

Expect. Let me rephrase that. Blood Dragon is worth its normal price of $15 due to its hilarious one-liners and retro 1980s vibe. But it’s on sale often. I recently bought it for $8 and today it’s on sale for $7.50 on the Play Store.

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Speaking of PlayStation owners, the three DLCs and Blood Dragon are down 50%. This price is $10 less than the Season pass and throws in comics 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 have to be patient.

I will end by saying that the FarCry 6 GOTY Edition is disguised as good value for money. Indeed, it’s the best deal you can get right now if you’re in a hurry. However, the bundle can currently be picked up for less on PlayStation through individual purchases, and it probably won’t be long before 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 squash awards or use obscure publications to justify giving their titles GOTY status just to increase the declining sales. It’s not something I would like to see become a trend.

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Ubisoft Thinks You Should Pay $120 For Far Cry 6 GOTY Edition Even If It Hasn’t Won Any GOTY Awards