Game of the Year Edition

It's the Game of the Year! Guest-starring Batman.

On occasion, when a game is good enough to gain critical Game of the Year Award mass (preferably at the Electronic Entertainment Expo), and has featured a series of Downloadable Content, the main game will be bundled with these at a reduced price, typically about a month after the release of the last DLC (much to the chagrin of those who had already bought these separately). It is often abbreviated as GOTY.

This has led some players to avoid purchasing DLC packs until they are released as part of the GOTY edition or packaged together at a reduced price online through the likes of Steam, etc. Even worse for developers if gamers who have not yet tried the base game are scared off by the release of a single DLC pack, which causes thrifty buyers to wait until the assumed Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition is offered (whether that is actually planned or not).

This trend most likely started with Bethesda's The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, which was added to with the Tribunal and Blood Moon expansion packs, and later had these coupled with the main game in a cheaper re-release. However, earlier examples of "Game of the Year Editions" were titled various things ("Deluxe", "Complete", "Gold", "Battle Chest") and similarly bundled (main game plus the expansions).

For the fanfic trope where this is applied to a universe, please see Sudden Game Interface.


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    Action Adventure 
  • Batman: Arkham Asylum
    • Batman: Arkham City. As you can see above, the box isn't exactly subtle about it. It gives you all of the challenge maps, alternative skins, lets you play as Catwoman, and adds the "Harley Quinn's Revenge" DLC.
  • Assassin's Creed III: The Washington Edition, which adds the The "Hidden Secrets" pack: Three new missions including the Mayan Ruins content, two new outfits, and two multiplayer characters,the "Battle Hardened" pack: three new multiplayer characters, new maps and "The Tyranny of King Washington", which, aside from the mission itself, adds the three additional alternate reality pieces of single-player content that sees you transforming into a bear, eagle, and wolf. And also summoning invisible wolves. Because hey, when you're playing in an alternate world with a Native American player character, you are allowed to go all out with all of this stuff.
  • Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag: Jackdaw Edition
  • Dead Island, which, considering its lackluster reception, turned out to be the borderline for what a company could call something a Game of the Year, without opening itself to massive mockery from the blogosphere.
  • Dead Rising 3 has the Apocalypse Edition, which includes the four DLC story campaign but not the "Super Ultra Dead Rising 3 Arcade Remix Hyper Edition EX Plus Alpha" mode.
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution, which goes by the Director's Cut and has all the DLC weapons and the standalone Missing Link campaign integrated into the main game.
  • Dishonored. Also re-released for the PS4 and Xbox One as the Definitive Edition.
  • Grand Theft Auto IV & Episodes from Liberty City: The Complete Edition
  • Left 4 Dead. An odd case, given that the Steam version has no paid DLC to bundle with it. For 360 users, the GOTY Edition comes with the free Survival Mode DLC on disc, but Crash Course and The Sacrifice are not included.
  • L.A. Noire
  • Red Dead Redemption. Includes new Hardcore single-player difficulty option, plus the wildly popular Undead Nightmare single and multiplayer offerings, as well as all the additional downloadable content, including all the DLC originally released as pre-order content as well as the Solomonís Folly single player gang hideout and challenges (available for the first time on Xbox 360).
  • Saints Row IV takes it one step further by including a "Game of the Century" edition. It also has the Re-Elected editions for PS4 and Xbox One, which includes all the original game's DLC on disk and a digital download voucher for the Gat Out of Hell standalone campaign.
  • Tomb Raider: Game of the Year Edition on PS3/Xbox 360. Definitive Editon on PS4/Xbox One.


    First Person Shooter 


  • Fable II comes with both DLC packs on disc.
  • Fallout 3 GOTY Edition was released with all five of its expansions, Operation: Anchorage, The Pitt, Broken Steel, Point Lookout, and Mothership Zeta, retailing for $80, the original price of Fallout 3 at release.
  • The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind GOTY Edition came out with its two expansions, Bloodmoon and Tribunal.
    • The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion GOTY Edition came out with only two of its numerous expansions, The Shivering Isles ($30 on Xbox live marketplace,) and Knights of the Nine ($10 on Xbox live,) for $30, making a massive price differential.
    • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim released its "Legendary Edition" on June 4, 2013 - speculation is that Dead Island's release of a "Game of the Year" edition is the cause of the rebrand (or the fact that it was released a year and a half after the initial release).
  • Marvel Ultimate Alliance had a Gold Edition featuring all the DLC characters from both the Hero Pack (Hawkeye, Cyclops, Nightcrawler, and The Hulk) and the Villain Pack (Magneto, Sabertooth, Doctor Doom and Venom). This is now the only way to get these DLC packs since Activision lost its Marvel license.
  • Two Worlds is similar to the Dead Island example, as no reviewer actually gave it a GOTY award.
  • Wasteland 2 has an upcoming port for the PS4 and Xbox One that's titled the Game of the Year Edition, which also upgrades the PC version to Unity 5. Similar to Left 4 Dead, Wasteland 2 has no DLC period.