Love or hate collector’s editions of games, their limited quantities and high prices mean that they sometimes don’t go up for sale in South Africa, but this is not the case for Fallout 76 and its pricey Power Armor Edition.
While we usually advise against pre-ordering games, we think the real draw here is everything else you’re getting together with the software.
The big ticket item is, of course, a wearable T-51 power armour helmet together with a canvas bag to carry it around.
Aside from being great for cosplay or display, the helmet also features a working headlamp, voice modulator and V.A.T.S. sound effects.
Other bonuses in the appropriately industrial-looking box is a glow-in-the-dark map, a game steel case, 24 army men-style figurines, and the extra DLC from the cheaper Tricentennial Edition of the game.
For those wondering about the price, the Power Armor Edition is selling for $200 in the US. The direct conversion at the time of writing prices that at R2 674. While there is a substantial difference between that price and what Raru is charging, we think it’s perfectly acceptable.
That $200 price doesn’t factor in the taxes some US states add to the price of goods, and getting something this large into the country is extremely pricey. If you’ve ever tried to privately import anything bigger than a postage stamp into the country, you’ll know how expensive it can be.
The real gamble with this purchase, even if you can afford it, is the size of that helmet. If you have intentions to wear it there’s no guarantee it will fit on your head.
Another worry is the build quality. Many people were disappointed with the Pip-Boy Edition of Fallout 4.
All we can suggest is taking a look at the video above and making the decision for yourself. That being said, we’re sure the makers of the world will be 3D printing this helmet closer to release date (14th November this year), and adding the electronics back with Raspberry Pi and Arduino.
We’ve already seen printed power armour in the past, but we understand that not everyone has the time, tools, or inclination to make a project like that.