Sometimes it feels like publishers are trying to make the experience of buying and playing a game as difficult and annoying as possible.
If I understand it correctly, you could buy the standard version of Deus Ex. Or, you could buy the special version, from certain shops, which comes with a special bonus mission, and a couple of special weapons, and an automatic unlocking device. Or, you could buy an even specialer version, which comes with yet more special weapons, and 10,000 credits.
So, I have to wonder, is the unlocking of doors so shit in game that an automatic unlocking device is worthwhile? Or do the publishers think it is a good idea to give away something which essentially negates part of the game? Having avoided previews as much as possible, perhaps I am unaware of how the game plays, and the unlocking of doors is not tied to your character progress and is simply a boring chore?
As for the version with all those credits... In what way does it make sense to fry the economy of the game from the start? Or is 10,000 credits simply enough to buy a couple of ammo clips (in which case, why even bother?)?
I can just about tolerate them giving away free weapons with different pre-order versions (although one of the weapons is the always enjoyable remote mines), but some of the pre-order bonuses seem intended to break the game.
So, it seems almost more worthwhile to avoid the special versions, and go for the basic one without the credits or automatic unlocking device... Except that way you lose the bonus mission.
I would be interested to hear the thoughts of others, particularly if there is something I am missing in all this...