I for one, see no reason why anyone should ever spend so much money to get what amounts to some new fancy things to look at. Needless to say, I’m one of those people who spends all that money on stuff that amounts to some fancy things to look at.
As you all know, I love taking pictures of stuff. This is my personal collection of “Collector’s Edition” games, plus my opinions on them.
[spoiler]The Alan Wake Collector’s Edition is pretty intersting.
They try to make it look like an actual book, since the game is about an Author.
Inside the “book” is a lot of cool stuff. The game of course, then a soundtrack CD, an Extra’s DVD, and a book. Not an art book, but an actual book. I never read it though.
Overall, it’s a decent Collector’s Edition. I lost interest in the game, so the contents of this one is really lost to me. I would say that this one was a waste of money for ME, but those that played and enjoyed the game would probably love the extra content here.[/spoiler]
This was one of my first “fancy” collector’s Editions.
[spoiler]It’s a big fancy box.
Aside from the game, whats in the box is this small resin model of one of the game’s enemies.
I really liked Bioshock so I think this one was very much worth the price.[/spoiler]
For those of you who know it, the Bioshock 2 Collector’s Edition is a bit more… Intricate.
[spoiler]Large square box, very nice artwork. Soda can tab for size.
The box without the slipcover on it.
Just look at the contents of this. Not only does it have a normal soundtrack CD (not pictured), it has a second soundtrack on vinyl. That’s right, a vinyl record packaged with a video game. In addition, there’s an art book, and some little posters as well.
I actually bought the normal edition of this, and then changed my mind and bought this edition as well. I gave the other copy to my brother and we split the cost of this one. The record really makes the whole thing. I absolutely love that thing.[/spoiler]
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
I was still a fan of the CoD franchise back when this came out, and I would have passed it up, but I couldn’t resist this:
[spoiler]This is/was the generic packaging for most Collector’s Edition cases. A slipcover that contains a Steelbook case for the game, and a small art book.
This one just also happens to come with a pair of nightvision goggles.
I have long since shelved this game, but the nightvision goggles are still very nice. They only see up to 50 feet, so they’re more of a gimmick than anything else. But I like them.[/spoiler]
The original Darksiders was really great, and when I saw the contents of this CE, I HAD to get it!
[spoiler]Here’s the box that held everything, you can see that the contents are no longer in the box.http://i.imgur.com/ewfVf.jpg
Here’s the art book. The game just came out Tuesday so I haven’t looked at it yet. That’s Death on the cover by the way, one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse. Take note of his mask…
And here’s Death’s mask. A full size replica!
I like the mask, and so far the game is great. I really love the detail that the replica has.[/spoiler]
Duke Nukem Forever
Ok, so this game was supposed to be a lot awesomer than it turned out to be… But the Collector’s Edition is packed with lots of stuff.
[spoiler]Here’s the box, I wonder what’s in there?
Clearly, it’s “The King”…baby
It has a couple little Duke Nukem poker chips, and some dice.
Plus, some tiny playing cards! Here’s the suicide king, just because… Don’t stick your sword there Mr. King, that kills you!
A comic, and an art book were in there as well. yes, those are sharks with lasers.
Duke Nukem Papercraft anyone?
This made it ALL worth it… Tiny bust of Duke Nukem.
Alright, so the game wasn’t so great… Personally, I like it. It reminded me a lot of old shooters from back in the day. The CE is packed with neat things, and the little resin bust is just hilarious.
Say what you will about the Fable series and Peter Molyneux, I really liked the games.
[spoiler]Once again, you have a book sized box
And with good reason since this one really does look like a leather bound book.
This game is all about good and evil, so there’s a coin with a good and evil side, plus a pack of playing cards for some reason.
Fallout New Vegas
[spoiler]The box is already really cool. This is without the slipcover, I forgot to get a picture with it.
This Fallout game takes place in Nevada, in and around the city of New Vegas, so it’s very Casino oriented.
A deck of playing cards, plus a poker chip from each major casino in the game, a replica of the the game’s main plot device, the “platinum chip”, a soundtrack CD, and a comic.
I love the Fallout games, and this one was no exception, so I have no problems with paying for the Collector’s Edition, even if it is a little boring.[/spoiler]
Bungie really went all out with this one, I don’t have the most expensive edition, but this one was well worth the price, even without the game.
[spoiler]So here’s the case.
It’s designed to look like some kind of ammo cannister or secret case or something.
Inside, under the game, is this plastic bag which contains a Top Secret document which relates to events in the game, and the game’s overall universe.
Inside, is the journal of one of the key characters of this game, and one of the key characters of some of the Halo Novels, Dr. Halsey.
It contains a map of the planet Reach which the game takes place on, complete with fake coffee stain in the corner.
in the back of the journal are some fancy things, like an iron on patch, Dr. Halsey’s ID card, some other classified documents and some personnel files.
This particular Collector’s Edition is incredibly lore intensive. This stuff relates directly to the game and its overall universe. Like I said, Bungie went all out on this one, and it turned out great.
[spoiler]The box for this one is pretty big
It contains a bunch of stuff. An art book, a comic book, a soundtrack CD, and my favorite of all, a USB flash drive with the entire original Starcraft game on it.
This is Blizzard we’re talking about here, so it’s a pretty nice collection of stuff, but I really didn’t play SC2 much so I don’t think I got the full effect of the Collector’s Edition. However it came with a pet for WoW, so I’m happy
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
I saved the best for last!
[spoiler]This is the box for this Collector’s Edition, it’s freakin’ huge. Once again, soda can tab for size comparison.
This is the art book. It’s about 200 pages long, and it’s very pretty.
If you don’t know anything about the Skyrim collector’s edition, you’re probably wondering why the heck this box is so big… well, it’s the only way to fit this guy inside:
It’s a model of a Dragon from the game… he’s kind of gigantic.
That last pice really makes this collector’s edition great, and the game itself is also fantastic.[/spoiler]
Well, that’s the end of my little tour through my stuff. I don’t know if I have any other fancy ones… I would have to dig them up if I do.[/spoiler]