To CE or not to CE, that is the question.

Hello again, everyone! Joshua Evo here, hoping you all had a filling and relaxing Thanksgiving break. Seeing as how we’re in post-Black Friday/beginning of holiday shopping madness, I figured it was a good a time as any to take a look at what I major gaming buys I have planned for myself since 2012 is nearing its end. Looking forward into Q1 2013, I realized that I have quite a bit of saving up to do. My personal list so far consists of Aliens: Colonial Marines, Tomb Raider, Bioshock Infinite, Metal Gear Solid Rising: Revengeance and Devil May Cry. For me personally, it’s a pretty robust lineup but the major thing they all have in common? Collector’s Editions. ALL of them have one. 

Visual representation of my Q1 2013 video game plan.

In all fairness, I’m pretty big into buying certain collector’s edition releases. Hell, I currently own FIVE copies of the Zone of the Enders HD Collection: PS3/360 Standard Editions, PS3/360 Collector’s Editions (sealed) and PS3 collector’s edition that I opened for the extras. However, this is also a special case, as regular readers of DRE know that I’m a bit of a ZoE fiend and on occasion, I will indulge in a collector’s edition purchase, if it’s a game I’m excited about and the extras well warrant the price. Let’s have a look at some of the games on my list:

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is probably one of my bigger game releases for 2013, as i’m a fan of both Konami and the hack-and-slash game play style that makes MGR:R what it is. The collector’s edition was revealed to have the standard steelbook case and soundtrack as well as this awesome looking plasma lamp with a replica of Raiden’s sword embedded into the center of it. 

I LOVE lamp.

OK, anyone doubting at LEAST how cool that thing looks should be exposed as a liar and ejected into space. At the time of this writing, the CE was released onto Amazon.com for pre-order and carries a $150 price tag. The lamp itself is a pretty nifty item but is it CE purchase material? Next up is a look at the collector’s edition another one of my most anticipated games for 2013, Aliens: Colonial Marines.

“Game over, man! Game over!” How? Look at all this stuff!?

OK, that’s pretty impressive looking lot of goodies for $100, which is what my research has told me the price will be. It’s got a very good balance of both in and out of game content, the full details of which you can read here.  Since the game itself is garnering a good deal of hype because of the Aliens brand the fact that Gearbox, the quirky studio behind the fantastic Borderlands games was the developer, it would behoove the creators of the game to put out a high-quality CE option and dollar for dollar, this is one of the best examples of a CE in recent memory. Next up, Tomb Raider.

Grand entrances are always impractical, that’s what makes them grand.

So here, we have the CE for the upcoming Tomb Raider game. Obviously, primary focal point for this CE is the eight-inch tall Play Arts Kai Lara Croft figure. Anyone who’s into toy collecting knows full well that these figured are renowned for their high levels of both articulation and detail. These figures also routinely run into the high $60+ range so considering that on top of the usual $60 price tag of a standard edition game, simply getting the figure and game together is an pretty good deal. The CE also has a collectible lithograph, in game content and some other goodies, full details can be found here. Like Aliens, this one is planned to be released at a $100 price point and is a pretty hyped title release so the developers certainly brought it with the CE. 

Dollar values and goodies aside, how much a of a fan a person is of any particular game is another huge factor that deserves a mention; one that yours truly understands full well. Seriously, five copies of the same game? On the other hand, as much as I enjoy the Metal Gear Rising: Revengance demo, is it enough to warrant handing over an extra 40 or so dollars for the cool lamp when it’s released? Jury’s still out on that one. So I pose the question to you all: How do you feel about collector’s editions? As we’ve seen, the majority of the Collector’s Editions that are released have some pretty nifty tangible bonuses and in-game content but is the option of a Collector’s Edition over the standard edition of a game something that you look at when you decide to buy a game, let alone several games coming out very close together? Let us know!

— Evo out.

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5 thoughts on “To CE or not to CE, that is the question.

      • To be honest, I’m not a big CE buyer. I love the idea of it, but I just hate parting with that much cash for a game! But that was the first time I have seen any details on the MGS (probably my 2nd favourite game franchise of all time!) one…plus, I kind of need a lamp lol I’ve seen the Aliens one before, and it’s not too expensive considering what you get. I will more than likely break my CE virginity with the two of them.

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  1. In my heart of hearts, I want to like, love, and own collectors editions. But I think one has to be something of a collector to begin with, which I’m not. I love being impressed by friends who have turned their houses/apartments into museums of special game editions and all the swag that comes with them. But I can never get past the high price points. Me, I’ll stick with the $60 game — too many of those in our house are collecting dust as is!

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    • I agree with you on the “pre-existing collector” idea. After a while you just sort of run out of space but I’m also with you on having friends who have somehow managed to convert their living rooms into Swag Museums. It’s pretty impressive to see. Usually, I’ll pick up a CE if it offers some sort of unique content but usually everything these days is included in a Game of the Year edition so… 🙂

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