Best Collector's Editions of 2010: Games for Rich BastardsBy Christopher Monfette - Posted Nov 19, 2010
Find yourself with a little extra shopping cash this weekend? Or maybe just looking to break the bank for your mother, father, grandparents, or other holiday benefactor? Then check out our holiday shopping guide, Games for Rich Bastards, an in-depth look at the year's hottest, most worthwhile, swag-bag, feature-rich collector's editions of all your favorite games. Leave this list lying around the house as a hint to the folks, or take it with you to know what to buy for the nerdier among your friends and family!
Civilization V Special Edition
At twice the price of the retail edition, the Civilization V Special Edition boasts sturdier packaging, five metal figurines, a two-disc soundtrack CD, a behind-the-scenes DVD, and a 176-page hardcover art book. Plus the game itself. All for the low, low price of $100. If you know any PC strategists out there, this is no doubt the gift for them.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Prestige Edition
Perhaps you bought the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Collector’s Edition last year? You remember, the one with the fully functional set of night vision goggles? Well, this year, Black Ops received a first-rate Prestige Edition, sporting a fully functional remote-controlled car and a high-tech remote capable of receiving video and audio from the vehicle. Add to that a CoD medallion, an XBLA or PlayStation Home Avatar, four co-op maps, and the game itself, and you’ve got a pretty impressive package for the holidays. Now fork over your $150. Thanks.
Fallout: New Vegas Collector’s Edition
If you’re roaming the wasteland this holiday season, you might as well do so in style with the Fallout: New Vegas Collector’s Edition. For only $69.99 – roughly 70 bottle caps – players will get the full game, clay poker chips from each of the title’s New Vegas casinos, playing cards, a replica of the game’s iconic platinum chip, a making-of DVD, and a graphic novel entitled “All Roads.” Sadly, nothing in there will actually help you survive a nuclear apocalypse. Sorry.
Fable 3 Limited Collector’s Edition
Modeled to look like an ancient, leather-bound tome, the Fable 3 Limited Collector’s Edition retails for around $80 and includes a wealth of bonus swag. Players will not only get an exclusive quest and a brand new region to explore, they’ll get a coin-sized model of the Guild Seal, a deck of specialized playing cards featuring the game’s characters, a unique costume, and a brand new breed of dog, the Boxer. Don’t leave your sprawling castle without one…
Alan Wake Limited Collector’s Edition
If you can still track it down, the Alan Wake Limited Collector’s Edition is well worth adding to your library…of games. Modeled to look like a hardcover horror novel, the game comes with a 144-page book including FBI dossiers of the characters and an original story written by Wake himself. You’ll also get the game’s soundtrack, a token for the first piece of DLC, an Xbox Live theme, and an avatar. At $80, one of the year’s best horror games deserves a place on your high-priced shopping list this holiday season.
Halo: Reach Legendary Edition
If you’re gonna shell out the money for a Halo: Reach Special Edition, you might as well go all-out with this $150 Legendary release, jam-packed with content. Gamers will get a 10-inch tall, 10-pound diorama of Noble Team created by McFarlane Toys. They’ll also get a specialized, flaming Spartan helmet for multiplayer sessions, exclusive Elite armor, the Doctor’s personal journal from the game, classified military documents detailing the Halo universe, and a “black box” containing the game disc itself. This’ll definitely up the nerd-cred for the lucky recipient.
World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Special Edition
With the massive, game changing expansion World of Warcraft: Cataclysm rapidly on its way to consumers, we already know that a Collector’s Edition is in store for the die-hard fans. Inside, players will find a 176-page art book, a making-of DVD detailing the creation of Cataclysm and the history of WoW, a mouse pad, a soundtrack, a starter deck of playing cards, and – brace yourself – a little Deathwing in-game pet. And all for $80. Plus the monthly fee. We’d say it’s worth the scratch.
StarCraft II Special Edition
Real-time strategy geeks unite! The StarCraft II Special Edition should be your singular demand this holiday season – if, for some reason, you don’t already own the damn thing – considering that it includes a 176-page art book, a 2GB USB drive modeled after Raynor’s dog tag (loaded with the original StarCraft game), a behind-the-scenes DVD, a soundtrack, and an in-game pet for World of Warcraft…Since you’re all obviously MMO nerds, as well. And all for just $100 lifted directly from your mom’s holiday stash.
God of War III Ultimate Edition
If you’ve ever had the urge to open Pandora’s Box, well, now you can do so with the God of War III Ultimate Edition, packaged within a large, hefty replica of the iconic container. Inside the mythical box, you’ll find the game itself and a hardcover art book, but fear not, mighty warriors, there’s plenty more in the form of downloadable content. Pop in the disc to discover an exclusive Combat Arena with a new environment and challenges, the Kratos skin “Dominus,” a full-length commentary about the history of God of War, the trilogy’s soundtrack, and the “Blood and Metal” EP. Oh, and all the evils of the world. Thanks a lot, buddy. You let ‘em out. Happy holidays.
Final Fantasy XIII Limited Collector’s Edition
For the diehard JRPG fan in your household, the Final Fantasy XIII Limited Collector’s Edition offers a reasonable assortment of goodies from the realms of Pulse. A musical CD offers a selection of tracks from the game arranged by the title’s composer. “The World of Final Fantasy XIII” is an art book detailing artwork, sketches, and CG rendered images of landscapes and characters. You’ll also get three exclusive art prints and a “Brand of the L’Cie” decal to make your trapper keeper all the more hip in the new year.