Most forms of media these days simply aren’t content with releasing products on just a standard basis. Music CDs come in deluxe editions that offer additional tracks or are packaged with DVDs that contain bonus materials. Movie and television show DVDs that come in special or collector’s editions provide viewers with extra features not contained on single-disc standard sets. And now video games are taking incredible advantage of a collector’s market that thrives on extra challenge maps, bonus characters or incredible amounts of exclusive swag contained solely within special edition releases.
Generally, these collector’s editions will drive the price up significantly. While most PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 games will run $59.99, those consumers that want more can expect to pay anywhere from $20 to almost $100 more for special collector’s edition sets of their favorite titles.
Here are a few recent and upcoming special edition sets for some of the hottest video games hitting the market:
Batman: Arkham Asylum Collector’s Edition (Released on August 25, 2009 for PS3 and Xbox 360, MSRP $99.99): After a full cast of Batman games over the recent years have failed to live up to expectations, a great amount of hype surrounded the release of the very first next generation title for the caped crusader. Batman: Arkham Asylum was released on Aug. 25 to rave reviews and was instantly labeled one of the best superhero video games ever. Adding flair was the release of a collector’s edition for the game, which contains many notable extras to the standard game itself. Accompanying the game is a plastic 14″ replica batarang with attached stand, a 50-page character Arkham Doctor’s Journal in an embossed leather dust jacket, a downloadable challenge map and a bonus DVD or Blu-Ray – all housed in a batarang shaped hard case.
Tekken 6 Limited Edition (Release Date of October 27, 2009 for PS3 and Xbox 360, MSRP $149.99): When it comes to fighting games, the Tekken franchise is one of the elite within the industry. Highlighted by the largest cast of characters in the game’s history and the King of the Iron Fist Tournament, Tekken 6 is sure to be a hot seller for the upcoming holiday season. For those hardcore Tekken fans, an extra $90 can score you a limited edition fight stick controller designed by Hori and a collectible art book with the Tekken 6 Limited Edition bundle.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Prestige Edition (Release Date of November 10, 2009 for PS3 and Xbox 360, MSRP $149.99): Perhaps the single greatest first person war shooters of all time, Call of Duty has been an incredible successful franchise especially on the next generation Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles. The next installment of the series will be Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, which will come in three distinct editions. The standard game will sell for $59.99. The “Hardened Edition” will retail for $79.99 and come with a steel book, art book and download for the original Call of Duty. And then there’s the “Prestige Edition,” which will cost a whopping $149.99 and come packaged with everything included in the other versions, as well as a set of night vision goggles with a 50-foot range and an individually numbered collector’s stand to hold the goggles.
TJ Michaels is a console technician who writes for http://www.psr1.com, the experts for Playstation 3 Repair.
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