Glory Box: What Makes Your Edition Special?

By Kieron Gillen on July 7th, 2010 at 11:30 am.

I was just reading the VG247 story about someone getting hold of their Starcraft 2 collector’s edition early, and then excitedly unpacking it all on video (and failing to get the game working because of the online aspect of it). The video’s below the cut, but the growth of special editions across the last five years is an undeniable trend (For extra money! And you can’t pirate a little key bobble in the shape of Shodan’s head, natch). I was thinking about what – if anything – makes me throw down for the full bells and whistles version. I often don’t, simply because I don’t have room for the gargantuan boxes… but I like that they exist. So, to throw the question to the floor, what attracts you to these editions? Do you often buy them? What would you like to see them? And what games in history do you wish had one – and what would be in it?

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  1. Rob Lang says:

    UT3 had some cool videos about how to make levels. I liked the Fallout lunchbox too.

  2. Ian says:

    I have neverevereverevereverever bought a game in a big special edition box.

    Invariably stuff in them, for me, falls into the “sorta neat but not enough to want to pay for” category.

  3. Batolemaeus says:

    If collectors boxes were what theoretically could bring back manuals like the Civ3 one, I’d be all for it.
    I mean, that thing felt good. Huge. Massive. I’d love to hold something like that in my hands again. Back when games were complex monsters that wanted to be tamed, they just had bigger boxes with plentiful content.

    Instead nowadays you just get some tiny, weak, floppy piece of paper with your dvd, if at all. Might as well buy it online then.

    • Robert says:

      This.

      Tech Charts, world maps and massive books.

    • Shazbut says:

      I, too, mourn the loss of enormous manuals

    • Cooper says:

      Oooh…That beings back wonderful memories of when I got CivIII

      I remember I used to read manuals cover to cover before I played a game. Took mae ages with CivIII…

    • dancingcrab says:

      I was flicking through my old big box versions of the Fallout manuals the other day. They were good manuals…. *sigh*

    • Phinor says:

      Manuals are the #1 thing I miss about gaming. Not that gaming is dead but you know.. it has moved on towards inferior products over time. I’d pay extra for a good manual. Good as in good, not one of those “guides” Prima tries to sell. A real manual. A game that doesn’t need a manual is a game that has a very slim chance of being great (sports and few other genres not included in this definition.)

      As for actual special editions – I rarely buy them. It has to be one of my most anticipated games of the year and the SE has to include something nice like a figurine. Art books aren’t my thing. Also games that sell extra game content in special editions are games I usually don’t buy.. at all. If it’s a game I wanted to play, I can always borrow it and play it giving the greedy developers/publishers exactly 0€ of my money.

      I might prefer Steam over physical products in most genres if it wasn’t for the fact physical products are about 50% cheaper in €uro zone. So I always go for physical unless Steam is having 70-90% sales. And even then, physical product is sometimes cheaper.

    • Ice-Fyre says:

      Manuals were great, as when you stopped to go bog, you could read the manual while sitting there, felt like you were still playing in a way lol

    • shinygerbil says:

      I still go back and read my old Homeworld manual from time to time.

      Good times.

    • Psychopomp says:

      I too miss the manual. When I was a kid, and my parents would buy me a new game, I would carefully open the box and read the manual from front to back several times. This was followed by staring at the cartridge/disc and reading staring at the box.

      I miss that :(

    • Dodo says:

      @Phinor
      It used to be cheaper in the eurozone, but they now have ‘normal’ prices. So 50 dollar == 50 euro.

    • Wulf says:

      I think the thing that probably grabs my attention with collector’s editions are cloth maps, artbooks, and sizeable figurines. If Guild Wars 2 had a version with an 8in (or taller) Charr figurine, a cloth-map of Tyria, and an updated version of their hard-cover artbook, I might be tempted to buy the first collector’s edition that I have in a long while.

      What bothers me most about collector’s editions? The quality of stuff is usually cheap and tacky, so it’s not worth it, you rarely get a cloth map, instead you get a paper map, and sometimes the stuff in the box just isn’t hugely relevant to the game, or exciting.

    • Zerotonine says:

      I miss cloth maps! But then again, there weren’t collector’s editions until relatively recently.

      Starsiege was a massive box and came with two thick books, one was a manual, the other was a history of game universe to that point. Homeworld was nice too. I seem to recall Wing Commander 1 to 3 coming with books that gave background on the carriers you were stationed in addition to ship schematic liftouts. The Ultima games always went that bit extra too, too many to mention.

      Also, I remember when game boxes were cool. I have to admit that whilst I like DVD cases for storage, as a kid, the boxes made things so much cooler. Remember the Marathon: Durandal game box? Same with CyberRace.

      I feel old :(

    • Firestem4 says:

      I agree. I am very much a digital person and I’d love to digitize everything, however I have a sentiment for those massive manuals filled with information that you could just pour over on the car ride home. I grew up doing that and it takes some adjustment to this day. A PDF isn’t quite the same, and you can’t really read it on the way home.. (well you could but for the sake of the arguement).

      At the very least what i’ve really liked with GoG (Good old games dotcom) is they give you a lot of extra features when you purchase some of the games from there. Many of the games come with PDF versions of their manuals, also artwork/wallpapers and often the game soundtracks.

      The biggest reason I have always enjoyed collectors editions (I don’t buy them regularly, but the ones I have) are usually because of behind the scenes/making of and Soundtracks from the game. Although I have noticed that lately some of these “Behind the Scene’s” extra’s are really cheap post-production videos. (Dragon’s Age comes to mind, nothing was filmed during the actual “Making of”; Oblivion however had a lot of footage of the making of the game which I really enjoyed).

  4. Freud says:

    I don’t buy boxed games any more. I had some resistance to switching to digital distribution because of the weird idea that I wanted a cd. But seeing as I have all these useless cd’s that I never use, why bother. And all the boxes and manuals have been long tossed.

    With how efficient internet is these days, you don’t really need a manual. And you certainly don’t need a cloth map of Britannia (Ultima IX).

    I do have to admit that I don’t have a collector personality. If I had, perhaps I would value boxes and cds much more.

  5. Dawngreeter says:

    I like special editions. Whenever possible, it’s those that I buy. I don’t buy a lot of games, most get me bored after a couple days of playing. When I do love a game enough to buy, though, I want something awesome to put on my shelf. I like that I have Dragon Age cloth map and I am very fond of artbooks from Guild Wars: Nightfall and Mass Effect 2. If I do decide to buy StarCraft II (and I’m very angry at Blizzard currently so that likely won’t happen) it’s a box like this that I’d wish for.

  6. Bill says:

    What would you like to see them?

    Peril Sensitive Glasses?

    …God, I’m old.

  7. KikiJiki says:

    For me, it’s ‘Cool Stuff’ that makes me shell out for CEs.

    Artbooks etc are a pretty obvious choice for cool stuff, pretty much everything in the SC2 CE EXCEPT the stupid Thor pet is what I’m shelling out for (twice in fact, getting one for a family member too).

    And even if artbooks/soundtracks etc can still be pirated I vastly prefer having the physical object. The fact that seemingly random extras like the Fallout 3 bobblehead can turn up is a nice bonus.

  8. CMaster says:

    I’ve never bought a collectors edition, nor ever really felt the urge to.
    I was bought the collectors edition of Civ II as a gift, which came with both expansions, all the normal civ stuff (big but still pretty incomplete manual, tech tree wallchart) and a stratergy guide.

    I’m trying to think what would make me actually go for a special edition. Not statuettes or similar tat like that, to me those are just clutter (I was really pleased to get a foam Darwinian from eurogamer expo last year – now I often think about binning it).

    I dunno, cloth maps, tin signs, maybe a second copy for a friend? Some kind of coffee-table book might be nice as well – something glossy, hardbacked and full of pictures. Some kind of special peripheral to enhance the gameplay would be very clever?

    The big problem I have with all these special editions is that well, at the time, I don’t know if I like the game enough to have all this assosciated stuff around. The games that I’ve loved enough to want that kind of thing, I didn’t know that I would before hand. Sequels often aren’t as special. Does anyone else see that, think it odd to collect guff for a game they may not love?

  9. Garg says:

    I would have bought a Fallout 3 Collector’s Edition if it had come with a real life Dogmeat. My fingers are crossed for New Vegas.

  10. c-Row says:

    Soundtrack CDs and artbooks are great to get my attention. Still keeping fingers crossed for a proper ME2 artbook.

  11. Maxheadroom says:

    There are some special edition goodies that make me want to rush out and buy it. Things like cloth maps, figurines or anything thats actually useful (my GTA4 safety deposit box is great for holding unpaid bills and the duffel bag is perfect for short trips away).

    Things that put me off are soundtrack CDs (does anyone listen to them?), making of DVDs and pointless cosmetic in game items.

    Best special edition I’ve bought was probably World in Conflict which came with an actual piece of the Berlin Wall (with certificate of authenticity!) as well as a set of headphones and DVD documentaries on the origins of the SAS and the Berlin Wall.

    • Clovis says:

      lulz. C-row’s comment above followed directly by, “Things that put me off are soundtrack CDs (does anyone listen to them?)”

      I agree that listening to game soundtracks is strange. I’m usually sick of the soundtrack before the game is over. Or even half-way over.

    • Okami says:

      The WiC special edition was absolutely brilliant. I hadn’t really planned on buying the game, but when I saw the special edition in the store I had to buy it just for the piece of Berlin Wall in it. Of course, I could have just walked 200 metres from my flat and uses a hammer to get myself a piece from the Wall itself for free. But that wouldn’t have been the same…

    • Desvergeh says:

      Picked up a few soundtrack CDs in my time, some worth it, some not.

      Absolutely love the soundtracks to Half-Life 2 and Red Dead Redemption… although admittedly I got neither through special editions of games (thanks to my postman stealing my RDR special edition!)

      Personally think it would be better if special editions were some kind of pre-order bonus. Would be much more tempted to an early purchase if I got a cool figure, soundtrack, or some such. It would be a far preferable option than the current in-game store exclusive rubbish.

    • Fumarole says:

      If you’re sick of the music before the game is over obviously it’d be strange to listen to the music further. With good music this is not a problem. I still listen to Warcraft 2 music as well as many others. It really is a shame gamingfm is no longer around.

    • Shazbut says:

      I don’t know what I’m doing. Can you tell?

      “looks like this” is the missing bit of that sentence. I don’t understand why the rest of the message became a hyperlink but what the hey-

    • Maxheadroom says:

      Ahh early 90′s Psygnosis games, now that was art.

      I was working in a computer shop about the time Shadow of the Beast 2 came out. Shifted many an Amiga just by showing people the intro. Looks like a bad flash animation nowadays though:

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      To visit the best PC Gaming Site on the Internet that has a horrible comment system click <a href="http://www.rockpapershotgun.com" title="tooltip"> here <a>

    • Boldoran says:

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  12. Ravenger says:

    I bought the Dragon Age Digital Deluxe Edition to get the in-game soundtrack only to find that a week or so later they released an extended ‘double album’ version on iTunes. I was under impression that I was getting the full soundtrack, but it turned out to be just half of it. I won’t be caught out by that again.

  13. dave says:

    I buy games not spangly artwork and the like. Never seen the point tbh tbh tbh tbh tbh tbh tbh

  14. Ginger Yellow says:

    Just give it time. As 3D printers get cheaper, we’ll have peer to peer pirating of special editions, with thousands of people mailing each other little slices of figurines and CDs and such.

  15. Demon Beaver says:

    Never bought one of these… and I didn’t buy boxed games ever since getting Oblivion in 2006.

    I’d buy Morrowind with a stuffed Cliff Racer.
    Half-Life 2 with a plush headcrab (yeah, I know those exist, but they’re impossible to get a hold of).
    Any Legacy of Kain game with a full size metal Soul Reaver in it…

    Well, nothing they’d really ever put in, I guess…

  16. Risingson says:

    I buy collector’s editions… on sales. It means:

    - I have an extremely beautiful Far Cry 2 collector’s edition with a t-shirt. I love when they give me t-shirts.
    - I have another collector’s edition of Disciples 2 with 10 cd’s – which mostly repeat data all over those cds.
    - I have a beautiful Gabriel Knight box with the first and the second games, and a comic of the third one. And the novel for the first one. Very big, but I’m proud for having it.
    - I have another nice collector’s edition of Stalker. It has a big metal box and a DVD I’ll never play. It’s cool.
    - I have a collector’s edition of Mass Effect 2 unopened. It costed 20 euro, I couldn’t resist it.
    - I love the metal box limited editions, so I have the one for Bioshock (i missed the sale of the collector’s edition with this one), the one for Supreme Commander and the one for Titan Quest. Which I also own on steam.

    And maybe others that I forget.

    • solipsistnation says:

      Yeah, I like the big metal boxes– I gave a bunch of mine to my old university’s library, but I had the Quake III and Return to Wolfenstein boxes, which were quite attractive (if you like iD’s design style, I guess).

      Lately I’ve bought the German special edition of the STALKER games because they come with LIGHTERS. I spent all winter lighting our wood stove with a Call of Pripyat lighter.

      The German Call of Pripyat also came with a bandanna with a gas mask printed on it (tie it around your face and look like you’re wearing a very flat gas mask!) and a couple of patches and a big map and stuff, all in a metal box. It’s the best special edition I’ve ever seen.

    • matte_k says:

      Yeah, that Far Cry 2 t-shirt was quite good, also, the Bioshock 2 SE was pretty smart, vinyl LP, artbook and posters with UV graffiti, wrapped in a splendid but unwieldy box. The Guild Wars expansions had pretty good SE’s too, hoping that Guild Wars 2 follows suit. The Witcher Enhanced Edition box was quite smart, lots of extras in and out of game-which is probably the best reason for a special edition-something interesting in the box, and extra stuff in game, be it new levels or armour, etc.

      @solipsistnation: where did you get the German Edition of Stalker? I’ve seen pictures of that special edition, and a couple of different Ukranian ones which look fantastic, but can’t seem to find somewhere that sells them. Already have the game, but the other stuff would be cool-i’m a bit of a magpie for shinies like those!

  17. Clovis says:

    The only time I bought a special edition was for Prey. But that was just because it was on sale for like $5 somehow only a few months after it was released. I just want to play the game really, and I buy most games online.

    Speaking of digital distribution, I don’t like the trend of special editions featuring gaming content. Now I just feel like I’m losing out on part of the game because I didn’t buy it at Best Buy or Steam or whatever.

  18. Centy says:

    Bought the Stalker Call of Pripyat special edition the German one couldn’t get hold of the Russian or Ukrainian ones and loved the free gubbins the poster map the lighter the bandana and jacket patches all cool stuff in a nice metal box. Art guides are good too.

  19. flexm says:

    I tend to have to pay extra just to avoid regular-boxed copies of games, paying even more to get a big box filled with junk just makes no sense.
    For instance both left 4 dead 2 and modern warfare 2 were about 13$ more expensive on steam than getting the non-special-disc-version in sweden.

    The only special edition that ever contained something useful was those unrealed tutorials mentioned above. Otherwise it’s all “Oh look at the pretty toys I desperately use somehow trying to validate my gaming problem”

  20. Richard Beer says:

    I will never buy a Collections Edition box. What an incredible waste of money for some meaningless figurine or metal box that, within a week or two of purchase, will just be gathering dust somewhere. I guess I don’t have a collector mindset. Hah, it suddenly occurs to me that they call them ‘Collectors Editions’ for a very good reason: they appeal to collectors.

    I will, however, by a ‘Digital Deluxe’ edition of something if the extra content it offers is especially worthwhile and the price isn’t prohibitively high. I didn’t care about Total War’s specialist units, for instance, but I was very keen to get Shale in my Dragon Age: Origins party.

  21. Item! says:

    Infocom always used to give Good Box.

    Peril Sensitive sunglasses as mentioned above, cloth maps, actual clues to in game puzzles…scratch ‘n’ sniff anyone?

  22. Alexander Norris says:

    I want a nice, sturdy box (wooden or hard cardboard or something) with very pretty artwork, possibly looking like something that isn’t a video game box as long as it will fit in a pile of normal boxes. Inside, I’d like a nicer version of the manual, maybe a cloth map that’s big enough to justify hanging on a wall, and that’s it.

    If special editions could provide us with good quality swag like tee-shirts or backpacks or whatever then I’d be all over those, but they always provide shit stuff that breaks down five minutes down the road (to minimise costs, obv.). In my ideal world, if a special edition comes with a STALKER-branded backpack, the backpack will be made by someone like Eastpak and similarly under life warranty, and the BioShock tee-shirt will be made by someone competent using non-shit materials.

    • Corrupt_Tiki says:

      +1.
      I have the stalker tin box, and it is awesome, esp with the radioactive symbol blazened across the front of it.

      However, I do like the idea you brought to light of a wooden box, The Witcher 2 or Diablo 3 in a nice wooden box would be so great.

  23. Will says:

    Cloth maps, and novels!

    Graphic novels will do:- I picked up the Warhammer Online boxed edition, and that came with nice hardback, embossed books of artwork and a graphic novel, as well as a miniature (of Grumlok and Gazbog on his shoulder).

  24. Rinox says:

    I bought the CE of Oblivion when it came out and used the Tiber Septim coin as a lucky coin for years, until I lost it.

  25. aDelicateBalance says:

    Steam! No boxes sitting around on shelves, no losing discs, etc. I would never pay for a special version of a game that came with extra crap in “the box” (I literally do not remember the last time I bought a game retail anyway). Why would I when I wanted to buy a video game, not “crap in a box” – you can get that from a jumble sale.

  26. Brumisator says:

    I never ever buy special editions. The game itself is enough for me.

    Call me a Steam era gamer.

  27. ezuz says:

    Never bought a collectors edition but somehow I feel drawn toward the SC2 one, maybe because of what a big part of my game playing life its predecessor has been.

    If had to think of games that I’d want a collectors edition published I’d say Westwood’s Tiberian Sun and CCP’s EVE-online.

    There should be a miniature Cyborg Reaper or a Mammoth MK II in the Tiberian sun one and concept art, scrapped unit drawings and some kind of commentary.

    The Eve-online one should have a miniature frigate of some kind, a DVD teaching SCRUM (since that is what CCP uses and I’m really interested in that) and some exclusive art and concept drawings of the many ships that have been thought up but have never and will never be realized ingame.

    • Hodge says:

      Man! You just jogged my memory. There was indeed a special edition of Tiberian Sun, and as I remember it came with a little pewter Mk II. Also (I think) a short behind-the-scenes video and some kind of making-of booklet… no concept art, though.

    • ezuz says:

      You are kidding me! 0_0

      Now I will have to scrounge the internet until I can find one…. this is my dream CE

  28. Sagan says:

    I bought the Oblivion special edition, and the Neverwinter Nights 2 special edition. The first one did include a making of DVD or something which I remember nothing of and it had some other crap that I have thrown away by now. The Neverwinter Nights 2 special edition was my best purchase ever, simply because it included Neverwinter Nights 1 and all addons.

    Since then I haven’t bought special editions because I realized that I don’t want all of the crap that comes with them.

    So what would I want in special editions? Simple rule: If I would have spent money for it had it been sold separately, then put it in there. So if your artbook or your making of or your plastic figurine is so good that I would have bought it anyway, then it is a good idea to put it in the special edition. But I have never seen anything in a special edition of that quality.

  29. Mac says:

    The tat inside is never worth the extra cash, therefore i’ve never bought a CE in my life :p

  30. Caiman says:

    I’d be far to embarrassed to buy a collector’s edition box of any game, frankly, unless it was for my son. They look like they belong in the toy section of Woolies.

  31. Adam Whitehead says:

    I still have the keychain that came with the original STARCRAFT, which, appropriately enough, was the first Special Edition I ever bought for a PC game. The T-shirt only lasted a couple of years before falling apart though.

    For nostalgia’s sake, I was going to shell out for this special edition as well, but at more than double the price of the vanilla game, probably not.

  32. Lars Westergren says:

    Bioshock 2 had some pretty nice extras. Soundtrack on LP and CD, some Rapture Art Deco style posters, and in the US I think they got a book about Art Deco the art style and the architecture….

    I have the Fallout: New Vegas CE ordered too. A special playing card deck to bring to geek board game nights with my friends? Yes please.

  33. Okami says:

    I bought the special edition of Ultima 6 for the Commodore 64. It came in a nice, sturdy cardboard box and included a thick background booklet printed on fake parchment, a cloth map as well as a moon stone.

    Oh. Wait… That wasn’t a special edition, that’s just what you got with your games back then anyway..

    I miss the early 90s

    • Bassism says:

      Unfortunately I wasn’t quite old enough to be romping around Brittania when the Ultima games came out, but they are probably the games that got me into gaming in a big way.

      I’ve always been jealous of the goodies that came in the boxes for these. If somebody made an rpg that actually seemed good and produced a special edition packed with parchment and cloth maps, I’d consider it.

      Otherwise, give me Steam.

  34. Man Raised By Puffins says:

    I used to be a bit crazy for the special editions but I’ve manged to mostly wean myself off them recently. I tend to only pick them up now if they’re going cheap (à la the PoP reboot) or if they include a suitably awesome piece of tat (if this little dude had been in the Bioshock collector’s edition instead of a plastic Big Daddy I’d have picked it up in a heartbeat).

  35. Xercies says:

    You know…i love maps. Anyway i really love just getting a box of the game and a physical copy, the Longest journey box set with the really great artbook was really nice i think. And anything with a map in it is great. but the toys…eh yeah they just get collected dust on them but sometimes i do put them on my desk and stare at them. especially more fun if there bobbleheads.

    I really am sad how many people are steam gamers now, i still love having the physical thing in my hand :(

  36. fallingmagpie says:

    Did anyone get the MW2 edition which had night vision goggles? That was crazy expensive, so I’m guessing not…

  37. Manwe says:

    Probably NWN2 was last spec. ed game I bought; for the cloth map, but also the extra in game items (Which are invariably publicaly available a few weeks later anyway)

    However, best non spec.ed game I bought was GTA: San Andreas, purely for the hardback manual. Man, that was comedy gold. And for the full radio track listing at the end.

    I’d buy a spec. ed release of X:TC if it came will a huge wall plan\galaxy map I think, but not much else

  38. oceanclub says:

    I pick up the occasiojnal special edition; am a sucker for figurines for my computer desk (currently adorned by Big Daddy, Vault Boy and the Mountain Troll statue from the NWN2 Chaotic Evil edition). Sort of wish I’d gotten the Batman:AA one so I could jump around the room wielding a batarang.

    P.

  39. vanarbulax says:

    I Never get special editions. Not only on basis that its often not worth it but also because in Australia they gouge prices for boxed copies and double gouge for special editions. So basically I go digital, buy bargains and import to avoid paying ridiculous prices.

    So maybe if the whole price spectrum here was shifted cheaper then I might splurge on the extra $20 for some cool though silly stuff, currently I just can’t justify it.

  40. cypher says:

    I’ll always get them if there’s something really special inside… maps and art-books are always cool but I’m particularly week against desktop furniture like the fallout 3 bobble-head so that my computer desk can show trophy’s from my past exploits!

  41. Hodge says:

    For me to buy a big special edition box thingy, it must.

    a) be an object of beauty in and of itself; and

    b) be from a developer I really like… the idea being that it’s a chance to give them some more money (assuming that the profit margins are higher on the special editions).

    But yeah, shelf space is scarce, so I rarely buy them. The only three I’ve bought in recent memory are Spore (ouch!), Oblivion (yikes!), and Empire: Total War (ah… better).

    But as others have said, what now passes for a ‘special edition’ was once standard practice. Years ago opening a brand new game box was a moment of joy – you’d hold it aloft and gravity would reveal the goodies one by one.

    *sigh* I am indeed an old fucker.

  42. mihor_fego says:

    To be honest, I adore collecting stuff, but I’d never buy a “collector’s edition” before trying out the game. I gladly bought both Bioshock’s & Fallout 3′s after finishing the games. And that was only because I’d enjoyed them so much I wanted silly paraphernalia related to them lying on my desk.

    As for what I’d like to see in such editions… Yeah, figurines are good but I also like artbooks, especially when there’s concept art that I’d never get a chance to see in-game. A comic book or short novel would be even better, even though I doubt many games have enough story to support those.

    My dream “collector’s edition gift” would be a plush Manny Calavera! I’d even buy a a 500$ box for if all the major characters were inside…

  43. Bozzley says:

    Hello Maxie :)

    The only collectors edition I’ve bought was Fallout 3, which was a gift for my mate’s girlfriend who really got into Fallout 3. Thought a bobblehead would make a good Xmas present, which it actually did.

    Making Of DVDs have been mentioned; if a game interests you enough, and when they’re done right, then they can be worth of inclusion. YMMV, of course. God of War on the PS2 (yes, I know) had an unlockable Making Of video, and it was interesting to see how they’d gone about imagining and creating such a fucked-up game.

  44. Amadeus says:

    It’s not really healthy for the environment…

  45. Danzeru says:

    I’d love to have a Morrowind collector’s box. With full maps, charts, bestiaries, fares and timetable for all the Silt Striders and my own pet Cliff Racer.

    That would be awesome.

  46. Radiant says:

    The rape kit that came with Modern Warfare 2 had potential.

    The only special edition game I bought was the Street Fighter 4 Championship Edition [addition?] that came with a couple of dolls [!], Ryu and C.Viper, which were tiny and given away by the boatload at every public showing of the game and a cartoon of something or other on a dvd that has never even been plucked from the dvd case [it was stuffed under the actual game dvd].

    Coincidently BOTH games came with really shitty manuals.

    I DON’T WANT NIGHT VISION GOGGLES I WANT A FUCKING DECENT MANUAL.

    It must be thick enough to swat a fly with. No more no less.

  47. Rosti says:

    Cloth map, cloth map, tea towel, cloth map, CLOTH MAP!

  48. Ghiest says:

    Being a avid amature 2/3d artis I look for the games that have allot of concept art/art books in them usually, otherwise the whole limited/special/collectors edition thing doesn’t bother me unless I intend to resell the game in the future and the limited is actually limited not like said halo 3 limited edition when there were 1.3 million made of them …

  49. Ghiest says:

    Being a avid amateur 2/3d artis I look for the games that have allot of concept art/art books in them usually, otherwise the whole limited/special/collectors edition thing doesn’t bother me unless I intend to resell the game in the future and the limited is actually limited not like said halo 3 limited edition when there were 1.3 million made of them …

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