Collectors edition round up: Bullets, iron fists and final editions

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Ah, good old collectors editions. They’re not just a great method of combating piracy and giving players a little extra bang for their buck, but also a sign that production on an upcoming game is going smoothly and that the title will be delivered on time.

Publishers are continuing the collectors edition practice for 2012, offering players some substantial goodies for their hard-earned cash, so lets have a look at what will be available.

First out of the gate is Max Payne 3, which features everybody’s favourite grizzled detective and gunfighter in a rather cool pose, as opposed to the tubby, bearded, shaven head images we’ve seen lately. Players buying the collectors edition will get:

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  • Max Payne 3 the game
  • 10” tall Collectible Max Payne Statue created in a collaboration between TriForce and Rockstar Games.
  • Series of game-inspired Original Still Life Art Prints that depict some of Max Payne’s inner demons and vices
  • Copper and brass-plated iron, bullet-shaped Bullet Keychain featuring a screw-off back
  • Classic Multiplayer Character Pack of eight playable multiplayer characters for Max Payne 3 Multiplayer, including fan favorites from the original Max Payne and Max Payne 2 like Max Payne from Max Payne 2, Mona Sax and Vladimir Lem
  • Disorderly Conduct Multiplayer Weapons Pack for Max Payne 3 Multiplayer that includes the Hammerhead Auto Shotgun, G9 Grenade Launcher and Molotov cocktail

Next up, we have Street Fighter X Tekken, the first crossover ever made between the two iconic fighting franchises, which utilises the visuals and gameplay of the Street Fighter engine. Buyers with iron thumbs and wallets will receive:

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  • Street Fighter X Tekken Game
  • Build-It-Yourself Arcade Cabinet Bank (approximately 5”H)
  • Exclusive Prequel Comic Book by UDON
  • 36 Gems: Includes All Pre-Order Packs Plus An Exclusive Pack
  • Pre-Order Bonus: Nine Exclusive Gems Only Available For Pre-Ordering Special Edition
  • Total of 45 Gems When You Pre-Order

And seeing as how fighting games are all the rage nowadays, we also have a Soul Calibur 5 special edition coming up, a game which will include everybody’s favourite renaissance assassino for play. Buying this will get you:

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  • Soul Calibur V Game
  • Art book
  • Parchment Letter
  • Exclusive Book box case
  • Making of DVD & Original Soundtrack CD
  • Exclusive Signed Art by the development team
  • Exclusive Dark Knight & White Knight costumes for character creation mode

And last, but certainly not least, we have the Final Fantasy XIII-2 Collectors edition, which comes in two flavours, Limited and Crystal Editions.

Limited Edition buyers will get:

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  • Unique packaging
  • Composer selected soundtrack: CD with selection of music tracks from the game, specially chosen by the composers
  • Artwork book “The Art of Final Fantasy XIII-2?, featuring artwork across the production.
  • 6 collectable postcards, featuring high quality CG artwork of main characters in the game.
  • High Definition Lenticular Art print, showing an iconic image of the Lightning character.

While Crystal Edition purchasers will receive:

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  • Presentation box
  • 4 Disc Final Fantasy XIII-2 Original Soundtrack, with premium digipak packaging.
  • Exclusive Final Fantasy XIII-2 T-Shirt from the Square Enix Products range. Never to be available elsewhere.
  • Artwork book “The Art of Final Fantasy XIII-2?, featuring artwork across the production.
  • 6 Collectable postcards, featuring high quality CG artwork of main characters in the game.
  • High Definition Lenticular art print, showing an iconic image of the Lightning character

So, looks like 2012 will be just as heavy on our gaming budgets as 2011 was. Better start saving now.

Last Updated: November 22, 2011

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