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  Collector's Editions....are they worth it?
June 22, 2009 at 4:38 pm


Ok so today I'm interested in evaluating collector's editions, you know those big box sets that come with a bunch of goofy stuff that ends up in your closet never to be seen again. Or do they come with something useful? Going to  rundown a bunch of box sets and see if the payoff is worth the extra 20 bucks when buying a game.

1) Street Fighter IV Collector's Edition PS3/360

Ok so here we have a cool looking box set, no doubt. For $80 bonez you get:
1. The game (duh).

2. A limited-edition (ie., not sold anywhere else) figurine – Ryu in the PS3 box, C. Viper hotness in the 360 flavor.

3. Street Fighter IV: The Ties That Bind: a 65 minute anime movie — created by Studio 4C — that sets up the story of SFIV by explaining events post-SFII. BluRay disc in the PS3 box! The Xbox version is a 360 game disc that outputs the movie at 720P, not a DVD.

4. A mini-strategy guide from Prima, written by the same people doing the full-on guide and illustrated by Udon Comics

5. CD soundtrack.

6. 5 downloadable costumes.

Ok so the figures are pretty awesome. I'd probably put it on my desk and never touch it again tho. The DVD is also pretty sick, but since it's coming out as a rental, doesn't make it a must have. Strategy guides and CD soundtracks I never really use...but the 5 costumes is very, very cool.

Is it worth the extra 20 bucks?: All in all if your a huge SF fan, this is a must have. If you just want to play a fighting game and could care less about bonus items, definetly pass.

2) Resistance 2 Collector's Edition

When this originally came out is was $80, but it's now only $60 (which is the same price as the game). But is it still worth it?

1) Created by DC Unlimited, an exclusive Chimeran Hybrid action figure with Bullseye weapon.

2) A double-sided hard-cover Resistance 2 art book covering war-torn America from two unique perspectives.

3) Exclusive in-game HVAP Wraith multiplayer weapon skin

4) Copy of Resistance 2 with special edition cover artwork selected by the fans

5) A preview into the upcoming Resistance novel, "Resistance: The Gathering Storm" by well-known science fiction author William Dietz.

6) "America Forever Lost", Behind The Scenes video of Resistance 2 with Insomniac Games

7) "Shattered History" Resistance chronology video -- provides a visual guideline from the earliest days of the Chimera invasion to the current storyline.

8) Digital copy of Issue #0 of the Resistance comic book series published by Wildstorm.

The figure is kind of flimsy, the art book is a throw away, the weapon skin is always nice, and the 40 min DVD will be a one time watchthrough. The game itself isn't as good as other current FPS games, but has a decent multiplayer experience.

Is it worth it?: No, buy the game used for like $35 instead.

3) World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Collector's Edition

This one is probably a must have for WoW players...or is it?

1) World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King on DVD-ROM. (no kidding?)

2) The Art of World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King, a 208-page book featuring never-before-seen images from the game.

3) An exclusive in-game pet: Frosty, the baby frost wyrm.

4) A behind-the-scenes DVD containing over an hour of developer interviews, the Wrath of the Lich King intro cinematic with director’s commentary, and more.

5) The official soundtrack CD, containing 21 epic tracks from the game, along with exclusive bonus tracks.

6) A mouse pad featuring a map of the newly opened continent of Northrend.

7) Two World of Warcraft Trading Card Game March of the Legion™ starter decks, along with two exclusive cards available only in the Collector’s Edition.

Well there you have it. Another art book. Well these can be cool if done well, may make a decent coffee table book. But I just don't see any replay value, you'll flip through it maybe a few times? The in-game pet, I never really used these. There really is not much cool factor in pets anymore imo. Behind the scenes DVD's, very cool indeed. But how much replay value? Another soundtrack, I don't know about you but I just don't listen to these. I can see a hardcore fan punching this into their cd player on the way to work or something, tho. The mouse pad is definetly a cool bonus. And the card decks? I hear a lot of buzz on these card games but never dove in, could be cool if that's your thing.

Is it worth it?: At $100, I just don't see spending the extra money for these bonus items unless your a HUGE WoW fan. I bought this same expansion for only $25 bucks. So for $75 extra dollars? I say hell no.....

4) Fallout 3 Collector's Edition PS3/360/PC

A Fallout 3 box set...let's see what we have here:

1) Vault Boy Bobblehead

2) The Art of Fallout 3 100 pages of concept art.

3) The Making of Fallout 3 DVD

4) Vault-Tec Lunch Box (huh?)

5) Or for an extra $40 bonez you get this: The ultimate Fallout 3 package includes a life-size replica of the Pip-Boy 3000, the wrist-mounted device worn by characters in-game. The Pip-Boy 3000 has been painstakingly recreated and modified for real world display as a digital clock.

Ok so it's all packaged in a cool lunch box. I dare someone to pack their lunch in this thing and take it to work/school? That actually might be cool, I'd give ya a nod. The bobblehead, I'm sorry it looks stupid tho. Another art book......ugh. And another DVD making of I'd watch once. But the CLOCK!....if it dropped in price (currently $120) to about $60 I'd definetly pick this up.

But is it worth it?: Nah, keep your cash.

5) Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning Collector's Edition

Ok so I will admit this was the last box set I bought. It certainly looks sick as hell imo. This box set is a beast.

1) Exclusive Games Workshop Miniature - Greenskin Warboss, Grumlok, and his shaman, Gazbag.

2) The original graphic novel "Warhammer Online: Prelude To War," by acclaimed Games Workshop writ er Graham McNeill, and illustrated by Chad Hardin, Joe Abraham, Rahsan Ekedal, Tony Parker, and Kevin Hopgood.

3) "The Art Of Warhammer Online" - A Stunning Collection of art that gave birth to the Age of Reckoning.

4) Bonus in-game item – The Librams of Insight. (XP-gain modifier good for 60 minutes, 3 uses, 90 minute reuse timer)

5) Twelve additional quests in the Tome of Knowledge, each offering an exciting reward, as well as an unique character title.

6) Bonus in-game content – Twelve character heads (with male and female versions).

Alright so the miniature, never was into mini' this didn't appeal to me. The graphic novel is definetly worth checking out. The art book has killer concept art..but it's another flip-through. But the in game items make this a must have. The character heads are actually better than any other stock heads in the game, they are that amazing. What is also very cool is any character you create can have any of the bonus items.

Is it worth it? Hell yes. The in-game items make this a worthy purchase ($80 at release). I ended up selling the box set with all the other stuff on ebay though, and just kept the game. I know, I know....but I got the $20 bucks back!

6) Aion Collector's Edition

I'm debating picking this one up when it comes out in September. The figure looks hella stupid imo, but the other extras....hmm:

1) 6.5"-tall, hand-painted figurine of Aiva, a winged Asmodian Daeva

2) Exclusive in-game items, including:

Black Cloud Wings (gives 40 seconds of additional flight time)
Black Cloud Earring (gives an HP and an MP boost)
Special character title with stat boost
Color dye to tint one in-game item
Two character emotes

3) Official Aion soundtrack CD

4) Two dual-sided, full-color posters

5) Full-color, trifold quick reference card

6) Two game DVDs

7) Game manual

So yea, not into the figure but the extras look pretty good. It remains to be seen if they hold up as good items in the game. The wings could be a great advantage in PvP, unless anyone else can get the same stat boosts. Another soundtrack, posters etc. The DVD's will be another one time watch.

Is it worth it? For $70 I'm not so sure. It depends on how well those in-game items hold up. Once I get more info I'll let you know, but for now I'd say pass.

So in retrospect, box sets really aren't worth the extra cash....unless your a HUGE fan of the game it contains.

Here's the top 3 box set items (found in almost every collector's edition these days)

1) Art Book
2) CD Soundtrack
3) Making of DVD's

I'm interested in hearing about your box set they held up, what you liked/hated etc?

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mellowd said at June 26, 2009 at 11:56 am:

Great blog.

I've bought one collectors edition (Fallout 3) and sold it soon after.

Unless you're an uber fan rather just buy the normal game. No space for all that other crap...

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[DTF] FleazZz said at June 24, 2009 at 5:26 pm:

I have the Hellgate: London Collector's Edition. Now it's a Collector's paperweight.

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pwned (mod-ular) said at June 23, 2009 at 7:28 pm:

as cool as collector editions are, they really are just a waste of money imo.

granted, ive fallen to buying the GOW/GOW2 LE, and RE5 LE, and R2 LE, and Halo 3.

But really what can i do with the extra stuff? I can't even wear the master chief helmet :'(

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