Hello, it’s me, your friendly neighborhood Phantom. First thing I’m going to do is whore myself out… get your minds out of the gutter, not that way. Over on my YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/user/Phanto5692) I have started a segment called Strip Search. In it, I unbox special editions of video games and display their contents for all to see. I have already done three episodes: Record of Agarest War Zero Limited Edition, Catherine Love is Over Deluxe Edition, and the Nintendo 3DS. I hope to do a fourth (most likely Deus Ex Human Revolution Augmented Edition) very soon. And there are more I would like to do. So here are the Top 10 Special Edition video games I want to strip.
10. Uncharted 3 Drake’s Deception Collector’s Edition (NaughtyDog/Sony, rated T) – A PS3 exclusive who only recently got its Collector’s Edition revealed is clearly meant for the Uncharted fan. Then again, since this is Uncharted 3, it’s implied that you already played the other two games so you probably do like it otherwise you wouldn’t be buying this. Anywho, the collector’s edition includes a traveling chest container (probably meant to be significant in the game), a statue of Nathan Drake, and a copy of Drake’s horseshoe belt buckle and a replica of the ring on a necklace strap (again, I think this is important in the game). If I had a PS3, I would definitely get this game. But on the other hand I’m a big fan of single-console exclusives. Basically it amounts to elitism (people looking down on others because the former have something and the later doesn’t) and I do not like elitism.
9. Star Wars: The Old Republic Online Collector’s Edition (BioWare/Lucasarts/EA, RP) – Another exclusive, but there are so many extras in it that I’m starting to seriously upgrade my computer just to play it: a statue, soundtrack, journal, map, never mind the dozens of exclusive in-game items. For $150 that is a great deal especially for all you’re getting including access to the server, a Star Wars/MMO fan would be crazy not to pick it up. Think of the value you’re getting for the price.
8. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Bundle (Nintendo, RP) – Obviously intended for Zelda fans, Skyward Sword bundle comes with a gold-colored Wiimote Plus with a symbol on it (I’m guessing that’s the Triforce or Hyrule symbol) and also comes with an orchestrated soundtrack. If you listened to the Nintendo press conference at E3 2011, you were given a sneak preview. I loved Zelda, and since this is $70, I think it’s worth buying, especially if you need a new Wiimote (or a spare one).
7. Otomedius Excellent Collector’s Edition (Konami, rated T) – Take a look at the cover of this X-Box 360 exclusive and you’ll see why I’m interested in the game. That’s right, it’s inspired by Gradius, the first arcade game I ever played. And there are cute girls in it too. The extras are rather light, there is a 64 page art book and a soundtrack. One extra GameStop doesn’t mention (but you can see it if you look at the picture of the contents of the Special Edition) is a two-sided pillowcase, perhaps taking inspiration from Catherine. It’s only $50 which is a steal. On a side note, a lot of reviewers on the Otomedius entry on GameStop.com are saying not to buy it. But they don’t say why. If you want to tell me not to buy it, fine, but at least tell me why it’s not worth buying. If you don’t, I would just think you’re a troll and disregard your advice.
6. Saints Row The Third Platinum Pack (THQ, RP) – On the outside, one would think Saints Row was just a GTA clone. And they would be forgiven. Both are open world games about street gangs performing crimes and fighting their way to the top. So THQ would have to add something special to distinguish it from Rockstar’s 800 pound gorilla. And what better way to stand out than to add a custom-model headset. However, the headset doesn’t work (I don’t think it is). Of course they include in-game weapons and a soundtrack but I’m not sure it’s worth $100 but I think Saints Row fans are going to pick it up.
5. The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim Collector’s Edition (Bethesda Softworks, RP) – With some games, less is often more. Skyrim is such an example. Since Bethesda is well known for creating entire worlds, they don’t need a lot to show off their game. But what they do offer is almost as cool as what’s inside their game, namely a twelve inch statue of Alduin, the World Eater. A 200 page art book (I’ve read novels that were shorter) and making of DVD were also included. Some people think that’s not worth the $150, but if anyone has played an Elder Scrolls game, they would know that it’s quality over quantity. Skyrim, #5 on my list but #1 in my heart. November can not come fast enough.
4. Mass Effect 3 N7 Collector’s Edition (EA/BioWare, RP) – I’ve been hearing about ME3 ever since ME2 came out. To be honest, I’m getting sick of hearing about it. But I was glad to hear about the N7 Collector’s Edition. As far as in-game content is concerned, they include the N7 Arsenal Pack, a squad alternate appearance pack, and a robotic dog for the Normandy. Outside of the game, you can get a steel box featuring both versions of Shepard, a 70 page hardbound art book, a digital soundtrack, a fabric N7 patch, a 4x6 lithograph of the Normandy, and a comic book from Dark Horse. I couldn’t have thought of a better investment for $80.
3. Batman: Arkham City Collector’s Edition (Warner Games/DC, rated T) – To be frank, the idea of including statues in L.E.s bore me. Why would I want a Batman statue cluttering the shelf where my anime girl and Ultraman figures are? Fortunately, Warner is no fool. They include an art book, a digital album, access to the Joker’s Carnival and Iceberg Lounge challenge maps, the Batman: Gotham Knight movie (which I have not seen yet), and four collectable cards. If you buy it from Best Buy, they also include a code to download Robin making him a playable character. The only question I have is who would want to play him?
2. Assassin’s Creed Revelation Ultimate Bundle (UbiSoft, RP) – You’d think the Signature Edition of the game alone would be enough to earn the Ezio threequel a spot on the list. After all, the Signature Edition includes a bonus single player mission, an exclusive Jester multiplayer character, 3 weapon upgrades, an animated short film, and the game’s soundtrack. But GameStop sweetens the pot by including a 6 inch detailed replica of daVinci’s flying machine from Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood (some assembly required) and a 7 inch Ezio action figure all for $100. Of course you can buy them separately. The Signature Edition alone is $50, the flying machine is $40 and the action figure is $15 (all these prices are rounded). November can not come fast enough (did I mention that?)
1. Gears of War 3 Epic Edition/Ultimate Bundle (Microsoft,
Rated M) – Even though I’m not a big fan of war video games, I am a fan of
L.E.s that immerse you in the world of the game, Gears 3 does this in
spades. In addition to a Marcus Fenix
statue, Art & Design book, and the in-game Infected Omen Weapon pack, Gears
3 Epic includes an Octus Service Medal and Award Box, a COG flag, and “The
Personal Effects of Adam Fenix including Last Will & Testament” (took that
from the GameStop website). For $150, I
say that’s pretty reasonable.
As for the Ultimate Bundle, that includes a Cog theme X-Box 360 with 320gig hard drive, built-in WiFi and exclusive console sounds; a Tritton Dolby 7.1 Surround-Sound headset, the Limited Edition Strategy Guide, a Journey’s End Marcus figure, and the soundtracks to the previous two Gears of War games all for $630 (a bargain I say). There is no release date on the Epic Edition yet though the Ultimate Bundle as well as the game itself is set to release 9/20, so I’ll go by that date unless I find out otherwise.
You know what, there were so many, that it was hard to limit myself to just 10. But some of them just didn’t impress me enough to warrant being included on the list, but still they had this je no se quoi thing with it. So here are four honorable mentions:
Resistance 3 Doomsday Edition (Insomniac Games/Sony, RP) – Another PS3 exclusive, this one includes a PS3 Move set including a sharpshooter peripheral as well as a replica of Capelli’s necklace. As I said before, I’m not a big fan of single console exclusive games, especially for consoles I don’t have. And before you say anything, yes I have tried out the PS Move and I didn’t like it. It felt more cumbersome than the Wiimote or the X-Box Kinnect. And since it’s $150 (same price as Star Wars: The Old Republic, though with that you get more), I just don’t feel like I’m getting my money’s worth. Maybe if it’s on sale (and I had a PS3), I would get it but otherwise I’m avoiding it.
Dark Souls Collector’s Edition (Namco-Bandai, rated M) – I’m trying to judge based only by the contents of the Collector’s Edition, but when even GameStop admits this is a difficult game, that is not a good sign for me. The extras are all stuff we’ve seen before (art book, strategy guide, behind the scenes video, soundtrack for digital download) so they will have to impress me with the game. Still, it’s only $60 so it might be worth it. But it just hasn’t wowed me like others have.
Battlefield 3 Limited Edition (EA/DICE, RP) – Hate to disappoint you, but an expansion pack and some in-game items are not enough to entice me to buy ANOTHER first person shooter. Heck, that’s not a Limited Edition, that’s a Standard Edition. DICE is going to have to do a lot better especially if they hope to knock COD MW off its high horse.
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Future Soldier Signature Edition (UbiSoft, RP) – A multiplayer map, two in-game weapons, and a skin and you call this a Signature Edition? Unless the box actually contains someone’s signature, I’m not biting.