The attitude of "It's a privilege that we're only charging $40 for this game" is mind-boggling to me, honestly, and not at all how I expected 343i's first ever video game effort to be handled.
Where is this privilege crap coming from? You should really stop with that kind of crap.
Dude, I'm a consumer and fan as much as you or anyone else. I wasn't sold on a CE re-release when I thought the project was rebuilt from the ground up in the Reach engine (which would have been a much more costly and expensive proposition than the current offering). I was expecting a $60 full priced retail package but CEA isn't that. It's budget retail release, a premium budget retail release, but notably 1/3 cheaper than a proper new game.
For the $40 asking price I get;
- Original campaign
- Online co-op
- Re orchestrated sound
- New graphical remake of the entire campaign
- Extras and bonuses
- No CE multiplayer
I'm more than happy to pay $20 for all of the above. Obviously some people are not happy with the price or the content but that's decision to make as a consumer and fan.
The there's the Reach content.
- 7 New and Exclusive maps and Full multiplayer environment (Matchmaking, Saved Films, Forge, Theatre)
- Ability to transfer the 7 maps back into Halo: Reach
- TU scheduled to hit to make multiplayer gameplay on new maps more traditional than the standard Reach gameplay
I'm more than happy to pay $20 for this Reach content too. Again, others may not find it's worth the value placed on it or may not like Reach so DLC content doesn't appeal to them. I do and the price is right.
So put it all together on one disk for $40 at retail and I'm pretty happy with the product. It' appeals enough to me to warrant a purchase. I'm a consumer and if a product doesn't appeal to me then I won't buy it. I think they have learned from the price point of Halo 3: ODST and struck a decent balance between content and price.
If I didn't play Reach, then I don't think CEA would appeal enough to me to buy it on day one, I would probably wait for a price drop.