Video games these days usually come in three versions: standard edition, deluxe edition, and collector’s edition. The standard edition should be obvious enough. On top of the base game, the deluxe edition usually contains bonus in-game content or passes to post-release content.
The collector’s edition is a different story: it contains all the contents of the standard and deluxe editions, plus exclusive merchandise such as art books and character statues. Naturally, it comes with a premium price, one that average gamers would be reluctant to swallow.
Here are 10 collector’s edition video games that are worth looking into.
For Honor is the newest intellectual property from Ubisoft. Named after the game’s story mode main antagonist, the Apollyon Collector’s Edition comes with the “Origin Note” containing the untold backstory of Apollyon, along with exclusive lithograph. But the real highlight of this collector’s edition, however, is the 14-inch statue of Apollyon. The statue depicts Apollyon triumphantly standing in a battlefield, with arrows and helmets of defeated enemies at her feet.
Being the spiritual successor (sort of) to the critically acclaimed PS2 title Shadow of the Colossus, The Last Guardian carried a lot of hype, to say the least. The collector’s edition of the game features a statue of Trico and the unnamed young boy who serves as the main playable character. It is flanked by a 72-page art book, a 10-song digital soundtrack, a sticker sheet and finally a collector box to stash all of the goodies in.
Titanfall and its sequel Titanfall 2 is a treat for all mecha lovers out there. Though Titanfall 2 was a huge improvement over its predecessor, especially in regard to the single-player campaign, it didn’t perform well financially. Well, at least it has one of the best collector’s edition packages. But let’s forget about all the other stuff included in it and simply focus on the pilot helmet replica.
The full-scale replica helmet alone should be enough to convince you to open your wallet. Why? Aside from being extremely cool, you can actually wear it. You can wear it for Halloween, for your birthday, or simply every Thursday. It has a translucent faceplate and comes with two additional accessories: a tactical spotlight and a laser sight. How cool is that?
The “Firelink Set” is the signature armor in Dark Souls III, the fourth entry in the Souls series. It is depicted in the cover art and, in case you’re still in doubt, it’s also included as the 10-inch Red Knight statue in the game’s collector’s edition. Along with the statue, the Dark Souls III Collector’s Edition comes with the official art book, soundtrack and game map, and the Prima Starter Guide, which won’t really help you out much considering the game’s merciless difficulty.
According to Square Enix, the Final Fantasy XV Ultimate Collector’s Edition is only available in “extremely limited quantities” with only 30,000 units produced. So you better pick one up now for your collection or for future re-selling when its value goes up.
The package comes with a 192-page art book, a Noctis action figure, bonus in-game content, and a pair of two-disc steelbooks containing Final Fantasy XV, Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV Blu-ray, Brotherhood: Final Fantasy XV Blu-ray, and the soundtrack of all three of them. If you’re a big Final Fantasy fan, this collector’s edition is definitely a must-have.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is one of the greatest games in history, a distinction further cemented by its second DLC, Blood and Wine, which offers more content than most games by Electronic Arts these days. To no one’s surprise, the game’s collector’s edition is also a product that gives you more than what you pay for.
It contains a thick art book, a compendium for even more info on the series lore, Geralt’s medallion, the game map and manual, and the soundtrack. The Xbox One version also comes with two Gwent card decks. Capping off all these goodies is a 10-inch statue of Geralt about to beat the shit out of a poor griffin. That epic statue alone is worth every penny.
Well, that was a mouthful. “War Within the Cartel” is the game’s prequel presented in short film format. The steelbook included is inspired by the short film and features artwork by artist Ken Taylor. This collector’s edition is a little light in terms of content compared to the previous items in the list.
So why is it included? Well, we don’t know about you, but the included 10.5-inch Santa Muerte statue is pretty badass. The model is based on the in-game version, not the one you see during the Day of the Dead festival in Mexico. “Santa Muerte” translates to “Holy Death.”
Horizon Zero Dawn is one of the four games that’s making it hard for gamers to look away from their PS4 this early in 2017. The other three would be Nioh, Nier: Automata, and Persona 5. If you love Horizon Zero Dawn just as much as, I don’t know, every other PS4 gamer out there, why not show your love even more by grabbing the game’s collector’s edition?
It contains the customary steelbook, a 48-page art book, bonus in-game content, and a 9-inch statue of the newest PS4 heroine, Aloy. She’s with her trusty bow and arrow, of course. The statue, created by Gentle Giant, is incredibly well detailed, with Aloy looking as fierce as her in-game counterpart.
If you’re not much into statues, the perhaps the collector’s edition of Tales of Berseria, the most recent installment in the Tales series, will appeal to you more. It contains limited edition Chibi Kyun Chara figures, a retro keychain set, a trading card set, a starter strategy guide, and a music CD. Also included is the hardcover novel titled A Witch’s Tale: A World Full of Demons, which serves as the game’s prequel.
Lastly, we have the collector’s edition of Gears of War 4. Let’s cut to the chase: Even if you’re not a big Gears of War fan, you have to admit that 11-inch statue of JD Fenix on a COG bike is one drool-worthy item. With that statue leading the way, it’s easy to forget that the Gears of War 4 Collector’s Edition also comes with other items. Like the bonus in-game content and 6-inch frag grenade keychain, and the exclusive lithograph.
If you think these collector’s edition video games are pricey, all of them pale in comparison to the Saints Row IV “Super Dangerous Wad Wad Edition” in 2013. The $1 million package included a Lamborghini Gallardo and a Toyota Prius. It was more of a publicity stunt than an actual product, though.