A Simple Question: Collector’s Edition Games

Call it what you want, Players Edition, Collector’s Edition, Hardened Edition: some big profile games get the special treatment, with special packaging, bonus materials, and a higher price tag.  You can check this list to see if your favorite game was a collector’s edition at one point. With some upcoming AAA titles featuring some rather robust Special Edition bundles, including Modern Warfare 3 and Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, it got me thinking about why people buy these special editions.

What feature most appeals to you when purchasing a game’s Collector’s Edition?

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There’s a lot of options to choose from, so pick the one that typically most influences your decision to purchase these types of games (and yes, I know that influence can vary based on the game).  Me personally, I honestly can’t remember the last time I picked up a Collector’s Edition version of a game; I certainly have not done so with any current generation consoles.  I don’t really count Rock Band, since you need the instruments to play, but if I had to give a driving reason behind purchasing a collector’s edition, it would probably be for bonus major physical items.  It would take something major to upsell me to spend sometimes more than double the original cost of a game.  But that’s just me.

What do you think? Vote above, and comment below!

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  • Major or minor physical items are usually the cause, DLC usually isnt good enough to warrant the extra cash. With current gen games I purchased a few collector’s editions. Fallout 3 and Fallout NV editions, Fallout 3’s lunchbox and bobblehead were very fun and neat add-ons. BioShock 2 with it’s retro soundtrack on records was a cool novelty to have. Tekken 6 came with  the best arcade pad to come out for current gen systems with it’s price tag. Killzone 3’s Helghast Edition which came with the life-size bust of a Helghast helmet (which actually housed the game, artbook, etc inside of it). Arkham City Collector’s Edition is already preordered, fantastic resin statue, digital soundtrack, full-length animated movie release, and an exclusive set of 8 comics. Currently debating the Uncharted 3 collector’s edition, only have the regular of the first 2 installments, but it really seems like studios are upping the package lately, most likely due to seasonality and how much competition there is out there.