Collector's Editions

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This thread has two different topics really.
1) Do you like collector's editions or do you find them to be a waste of money?

2) What is the best/worst CE you know about and/or own.

To me, CE are a fun way to support the game, the franchise and the company that created it. Some of the behind the scene DVDs that are included really are amazing to watch and if they include soundtracks those are also fun to listen to out of game.

The best CE that I own has to Catherines CE that included boxers, a shirt, an artbook, a pillow case and music all in a pizza box. I found that to be a very funny CE and it is nice to see some companies go past the norm of CE (a statue, behind the scene, ect) and try different things out. I am not really sure about the worst CE so I will leave that up to you guys.

Generally speaking I find them to be an enormous waste of money, but if I really love a series I'll go for a Collector's Edition. I've got a few over the years.

Generally dont bother but if its only a little more and I am really looking forward to the game I will get one. Cant really hold any of them up as amazing but if it includes a soundtrack thats usually a nice bonus.

Actually if we discount games I got the collectors edition of Ghost in the Shell Stand alone Complex 2nd GIG which gave me a nice metal case to put all the dvds in and most importantly a natty green T-shirt with the individual 11 logo on. Damn I love wearing that T-shirt although my folks keep trying to make me throw it away, the heathens.

worst one i own is the ME3 one. its a waste of time everything in it is pretty much adverts for "now you have seen this small glimpse buy the full thing"

the wing commander 3 was the best one i got. a t shirt, making of video cassette, few other bits and pieces all contained in a film cannister

I don't typically buy Collector's Editions. I have no use for most of the stuff they come with. I'll never bother with action figures, art books will have their contents posted online within hours of launch, I'm not the type of person that will ever listen to the soundtracks outside of the game, I don't really have any use for small trinkets like keychains or whatever.

Just not really worth it to me.

Only time I'll spend money on a collector's edition is if I get something in-game that's actually worthwhile for it, and even then, only if it's a series that I'm already a huge fan of from previous installments.

I never had the money to buy them. But now I do when I really like a series or have participated in a Beta and really liked the game. An example would be Diablo III(Even though I did not play the others, I really liked the beta).

At the moment I'm doubting to buy the collectors edition for Guildwars II. It is freaking expensive in our country. 150 euro's, which is almost 200 dolars, is a pretty big investment. If I would get it it would be for the soundtrack and the artbook. The statue does not really concern me, so I guess I will probably skip this edition.

dimensional:
Generally dont bother but if its only a little more and I am really looking forward to the game I will get one. Cant really hold any of them up as amazing but if it includes a soundtrack thats usually a nice bonus.

Actually if we discount games I got the collectors edition of Ghost in the Shell Stand alone Complex 2nd GIG which gave me a nice metal case to put all the dvds in and most importantly a natty green T-shirt with the individual 11 logo on. Damn I love wearing that T-shirt although my folks keep trying to make me throw it away, the heathens.

Yeah I totally forgot about special edition DVDs/Blu-Rays. I might actually have to get back into Ghost in the Shell.

BloatedGuppy:
Generally speaking I find them to be an enormous waste of money, but if I really love a series I'll go for a Collector's Edition. I've got a few over the years.

Pretty much this. I've bought one or two over there years by generally I don't go for them, just can't justify paying up to double the price of a game just for some nick-knacks.

That said though, I do think they serve a purpose. Collector's Editions are specifically named for their target market: collectors. Some people REALLY love their games, a friend of mine, for instance, has a HUGE nerd-boner for everything Halo. He's got every possible Halo memorabilia there is (included the 3 foot bust of Master Chief). Why? Because he's very passionate about it and wants all the collectables he can get.

Me, I love Mass Effect, I've loved it since the first game. Do I want all the extra crap that comes with the CE? Not really. I'm not a collector, I don't know what I'd do with the extra crap. Doesn't mean there aren't people out there who have shelves for the statuettes and action figure/models and such.

I got the Fallout CE, I used that lunchbox until I graduated high school and got a ton of compliments on it. And I still have the bobble head. The art book was good to but I liked the other stuff better.

I never buy them because they're generally a waste of money. I don't want a rubbish artbook and if I want to hear the soundtrack I can look on youtube.

Love 'em. Spent a twatting fortune importing the God of War III CE the states. And am a sucker for art books. Soul Calibur V, Dark Souls, you name it, if it's got an art book, I want it.

Every time I've bought the CE version of a game, i've been underwhelmed. I picked up the N7 editions for mass effect 3 for both 360 and ps3. First off the ps3 version should have cost less, as it had less stuff in it(xbox avatar stuff, but no PsHome stuff? really bioEA..). Then they shouldn't call their artbook a book when it's smaller than a McDonald's napkin. Then I find out those metal tins are a pain in the backside trying to get the game out without snapping the disk in two.

I missed out on ones I really wanted and ended up being awesome, because I'd pre-order too late or stuff like that.

I have had some luck though, I found the CE version of starcraft 2 for like $20 on clearance, even though the base game at that same store was still full price.

It depends on pricing. If it's only an extra $10-20 bucks, and there's some decent swag, I'll usually spring for the CE. This latest bullshit of charging $150-200, though? Not so much. The plastic dragon statue ain't that cool.

Oh crap, that reminds me. It's 4/10. GW2 Preorder!

targren:
It depends on pricing. If it's only an extra $10-20 bucks, and there's some decent swag, I'll usually spring for the CE. This latest bullshit of charging $150-200, though? Not so much. The plastic dragon statue ain't that cool.

Oh crap, that reminds me. It's 4/10. GW2 Preorder!

That plastic dragon statue may not be cool... but I'm totally for that Rytlock Brimstone figurine :)

Scow2:

targren:
It depends on pricing. If it's only an extra $10-20 bucks, and there's some decent swag, I'll usually spring for the CE. This latest bullshit of charging $150-200, though? Not so much. The plastic dragon statue ain't that cool.

Oh crap, that reminds me. It's 4/10. GW2 Preorder!

That plastic dragon statue may not be cool... but I'm totally for that Rytlock Brimstone figurine :)

I was actually thinking of the Skyrim CE. But yeah, Guild Wars 2 did the same thing. Not even sure what Rytlock is, but a bunch of 1-time use power items? Think I'll pass.

I was hoping for an in-game aura/dance like the CEs for the first three games had. Oh well.

At least now I'm guaranteed beta weekend access!

I recently bought the TERA CE, that was only 80 and it seemed to be a nice deal for the in game content should entertain me some.

Only if it's really worth it. The Space Marine one wasn't really worth it; the artbook is small and the soundtrack isn't that flash but at least I have a Purity Seal!

Xannidel:
This thread has two different topics really.
1) Do you like collector's editions or do you find them to be a waste of money?

2) What is the best/worst CE you know about and/or own.

To me, CE are a fun way to support the game, the franchise and the company that created it. Some of the behind the scene DVDs that are included really are amazing to watch and if they include soundtracks those are also fun to listen to out of game.

The best CE that I own has to Catherines CE that included boxers, a shirt, an artbook, a pillow case and music all in a pizza box. I found that to be a very funny CE and it is nice to see some companies go past the norm of CE (a statue, behind the scene, ect) and try different things out. I am not really sure about the worst CE so I will leave that up to you guys.

Welp, the ME3 Collectors edition certainly turned out to be a waste of cash, nothing in it was special enough to warrant the extra 20 dollars I spent on it.

I know I had an option to buy the CE of ME3 from Amazon and I instead just bought the game when I picked up Kid Icarus and I loved the game, I do not recall the CE content but I will go look at it somewhere. Wasn't the DLC included somewhat worthwhile? (Do not have it yet)

I like the extra things that come with it, sure they are a ripe off but damn I love extra stuff with my games

Just bought the GW2 Collector's Edition =D COMES WITH A FRAME FOR THE ART! INNOVATION AT ITS FINEST!

generally yeah

its more for the sentimental side of things

though the figurines can be cool

I still love my F:NV collector's edition. Those cards were pretty nifty and the platinum chip replica (made of plastic, sadly) is a nice good luck charm.

Got the CE of ME3, art book, soundtrack, and From Ashes were well worth the extra $20. And it looks nicer.

I have only gotten one CE ever, and thats only because it was Lord of the Rings.

"i don't always buy collectors editions, but when I do, I prefer lord of the rings."
"stay geeky, my friends" :D

I normally don't buy them, but the items I find worthwhile are maps, posters, and soundtracks, definitely soundtracks.
The only one I really got was a used Bioshock CE for $10, and though I didn't get a figurine, I got the game, the behind the scenes DVD, and a soundtrack!
So basically, I will get them when they become way cheaper than their original price.

I can get at least 10 games for the price of one collectors edition, so no way I'd ever get one. The only one I ever bought I ended up not doing much with the extras, so that was kind of dumb.

kevinsux909:
I still love my F:NV collector's edition. Those cards were pretty nifty and the platinum chip replica (made of plastic, sadly) is a nice good luck charm.

I never opened the cards or the chips but I did read the crap out of the little book that offered some backstory which I thought was a very nice touch.

There is a good reason I have a statue of noble team on top of my TV and a Master Chief helmet on top of the stereo. Also there is a Halsey Journal wrapped in the plastic it came with in the case next to the stereo for when loading times suck ass.

I only have the collectors edition of Killzone 3, which my boss wanted out of the store, so he put it on sale for 20$. With my staff discount I got it for 15$.

I usually wouldn't buy a collectors edition however, as I see them as huge wastes of money.

Halo: Reach is the favourite CE I own, was a great buy with what it came with. Gears of War 3 I spent 100 on and was excellent too. Wish they were all as good, I'd buy them every time.

If i have the money ill shell out.
Iv got Darksiders 2 CE on pre-order and im dying to get that mask and set it up.

I usually buy games used but if there is a series i like and its got a cool Collectors Edition, ehh why not?

I-Protest-I:
Halo: Reach is my favourite CE I own, was a great buy with what it came with. Gears of War 3 I spent 100 on and was excellent too. Wish they were all as good, I'd buy them every time.

I have to hand it to Halo: Reach, it was the best damn Legendary edition anything I have ever seen.

Xannidel:
1) Do you like collector's editions or do you find them to be a waste of money?

I like Limited/Collector/Special/Whatthefuckever Editions because you usually get a nice smattering of goodies for the extra $10/$20/$30 compared to the original game. Not all are like this of course, but generally speaking they're usually worth the extra dosh, in my experience at least.

Xannidel:

2) What is the best/worst CE you know about and/or own.

Best? I'd say it's a tie between Skyrim, Mortal Kombat, and Blazblue: Calamity Trigger. I think the statue of Alduin was very well done and detailed (be careful when you grab it though, you'll cut yourself), not to mention the huge artbook that came with it and the "Making of" DVD that was packaged along with the game itself. Well worth the $100(US) I'd say.

Mortal Kombat was quite nice. For $100, you got the core game, an art book, vouchers for 2 throwback outfits for the "ninja" (Ermac and Reptile in that particular case if memory serves), a voucher for a "Scorpion suit" for your avatar (as I copped the 360 version), and 2 very lovingly-crafted and detailed bookends featuring Scorpion and Sub-Zero.

The core game stands alone quite nicely, and, fuck everyone else, MK was a finely crafted game from the characters to the story (mostly... at least it made sense for once) to the gameplay itself, even if it was "rebalanced" to hell and back. The game was bursting with content and, I think, was well-deserving of the high marks and awards it received. The artbook, while small in dimensions, also offered lovely artwork as well a glimpse at the creative process as to how the team remade such iconic characters and venues like the Dead Pool, Shang Tsung's courtyard and everyone's favorite, the Pit. All in all, it was a nice bit a swag for a decent price.

For Blazblue: Calamity Trigger, it came with the core game, plus a DVD with a nice load of extras: match videos between top players, and a tutorial DVD that carefully explained the ins and outs of each character so you could use them effectively to increase sodium levels. The LE here also dropped a 2-disc soundtrack featuring character themes, rivalry themes (special songs that played when certain characters fought), and a small collection of remixes made by underground hip-hop producer Oh No. The best part? It was all of $50 at launch.

The worst is gonna be Saints Row the Third, definitely. For $100, you got the core game and a pair of SE headphones that let you talk in auto-tune like the resident pimp Zimos. Thing was, the headphones are dick on a hot dog bun, and didn't work unless you did some extra fine-tuning that you had to look for on the website itself since the SE didn't come with the proper instructions. Long and short, I could've gotten just the core game itself and not missed anything.

So there you have it. Hopefully you've learned a little bit about my favorite (and not-so) CEs and maybe even a little bit about yourself.

The_Deleted:
And am a sucker for art books. Soul Calibur V, Dark Souls, you name it, if it's got an art book, I want it.

Agreed. I shelled out $35(US) for the SE ME Strategy Guide that came with a rather sizable artbook. The strategy guide was okay (especially since it was made by Prima), but the artbook was fantastic. Hell, the artbook alone might've been worth the $35 I dropped on it.

ninonybox360:

I-Protest-I:
Halo: Reach is my favourite CE I own, was a great buy with what it came with. Gears of War 3 I spent 100 on and was excellent too. Wish they were all as good, I'd buy them every time.

I have to hand it to Halo: Reach, it was the best damn Legendary edition anything I have ever seen.

Yeah it seemed Bungie learned from Halo 3's helmet mess and went all out.

[sobbing] WHY DID YOU LEAVE ME BUNGIE!!! [/sobbing]

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