Hall of Shame - Physical game purchases or collections that rely heavily on download codes
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When you buy a video game in physical form, you expect a few things naturally. It contains the game or games on the disc, it can be resold (or bought) as a used copy, it will still continue to work years later when the console is offline, etc.

This GeekList is for physical games which come with vouchers to download the rest of the game, or other games in a collection. It can also be for games that feature a considerable amount of DLC that should be included on the disc, but instead has a download code voucher.

NOTE: I'm not including physical PC games in this list, as there are quite a few physical PC games out there that require Steam activation and download.
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1. Video Game: Dead Island [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:1273]
Video Game: Dead Island
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This entry is actually for Dead Island: Definitive Collection (PS4), but the entry is pending at the moment. I'll update this once it's added to the database.

Aside from awful characters, the Dead Island games are pretty great. I played both of them to completion, and spent tons of hours exploring the areas in the game, collecting stuff, crafting stuff, killing zombies, etc. When I heard a Definitive edition was coming out, I was pretty excited and thought I'd pick it up to play through the games again.

Turns out, Techland decided to be annoying about this game. The Playstation 4 edition of the Dead Island: Definitive Collection only contains the first game on disc. Riptide and the Retro Revenge game are included as download code vouchers only. The PS4 case says nothing about the other two games being download vouchers only. What makes even less sense, the Xbox One edition of the game includes Dead Island and Riptide on the disc.

There's actually an item for the game on amazon that is for a used copy, but the generic description says all 3 games are included. Somebody is going to be pretty upset when they get a used game with no download code vouchers (or already redeemed ones).

When asked why this was, Techland said they were unable to put multiple multiplayer experiences on one disc. When challenged, they backpedaled and said it was actually a menu issue that caused them not to include the games on disc.

A detailed article about that fiasco.
https://www.gamespot.com/articles/dead-island-definitive-col...
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2. Video Game: Resident Evil: Revelations [Average Rating:7.74 Overall Rank:1033]
Video Game: Resident Evil: Revelations
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Resident Evil Revelations Collection (Nintendo Switch)

If you buy the physical version of this for the Switch, only the first game is included on the game card. There is a download code voucher for Resident Evil: Revelations 2.

This game not including both games on one game card is actually more due to the design failings of Nintendo on the Switch, than on Capcom being annoying. The Switch game cards can only support up to 32 GB of data, which is quite small when you consider Blu-rays have supported 50 GB for several years on other consoles, and SD and microSD cards can easily support far more than that. Maybe the stuff that makes them taste bad can only go up to 32 GB? (joking)

Since the Switch also has a terrible amount of on-board space, this game actually requires you to own a microSD card before you can play Revelations 2.

To Nintendo/Capcom's credit, it does clearly state on the game that you need a microSD card to play all of the content.
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3. Video Game: Bayonetta [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:587]
Video Game: Bayonetta
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So Bayonetta is an interesting entry in this list.

The regular retail release does not say it's a collection, you basically just buy Bayonetta 2 and it comes with a voucher for the first game. This is very clearly marked on the packaging.

However, there is a Bayonetta Collector's Edition for the Switch that has the same setup. It only contains the second game on a game card, and the first game is a download code. It's clearly marked on the back of the packaging that the first game is a download code, but it's still misleading.

To make matters more confusing, there is another edition, the "Climax edition" in Japan that includes game cards for both games. In fact, the only way to get a game card version of the first game is to buy the Climax edition.
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4. Video Game: Fallout 4 [Average Rating:7.89 Overall Rank:184] [Average Rating:7.89 Unranked]
Video Game: Fallout 4
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The Fallout 4 'Game of the Year' edition box advertises "all DLC included", but neglects to mention it is not on-disc. The GOTY edition is just a re-release of the original Fallout 4; no difference between versions except the price and a few slips of paper with code.
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5. Video Game: Dragon Age: Inquisition [Average Rating:7.94 Overall Rank:240]
Video Game: Dragon Age: Inquisition
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The Dragon Age Inquisition 'Game of the Year' edition box advertises "all DLC included", but neglects to mention it is not on-disc. The GOTY edition is just a re-release of the original Dragon Age Inquisition; no difference between versions except the price and a few slips of paper with code.
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6. Video Game: Final Fantasy XV [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:1193] [Average Rating:7.24 Unranked]
Video Game: Final Fantasy XV
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The Final Fantasy XV 'Royal Edition' edition box advertises "all DLC included", but neglects to mention it is not on-disc. The royal edition is just a re-release of the original Final Fantasy XV; no difference between versions except the price and a few slips of paper with code.
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7. Video Game: Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1 + 2 [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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So the "Mega Man Legacy Collection 1 + 2" for the Nintendo Switch has Collection 1 on the game card, but collection 2 is a download code.

I can see how those Mega Man games could take up a lot of space, and the second collection needed to be a download code instead of on the game card. </sarcasm>
 
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