Collector’s Edition round-up of this year’s upcoming games (17!); highlights, prices, release dates, and decisions to make

by Alex Morgen on August 22, 2010

in General Gaming News Bits

Collector's Edition games 2010

Many blockbuster games are lined up for release from September through December 2010 for the holiday season. Gamers will have to decide which of the games they will be dedicated their time to, as well as which Collector’s Editions they will be spending their hard earned cash on (or putting on their wish list). Game publishers are going all out to offer tempting Collector’s Edition and Limited Edition games. From $79.99 to as high as $149.99 for one specially packaged game, choose wisely and see which one(s) you have the shelf space for.

To help you decide on which Collector’s Edition is right for you, here is a round-up of the Collector’s Edition game offerings from September 2010 to December 2010. Find out how much they will cost, which platforms they’ll be available for, the extra items included and what is the one standout item (besides the game) for each. From the uber cool and creative to the bizarre, check out the offerings in the Collector’s Edition games coming soon!

UPDATE 8/23/10: World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Collector’s Edition is another anticipated release, but has not been given an official 2010 release date by Blizzard Entertainment. As soon as it is confirmed, it’ll be added to the list. Also rumored is a Two Worlds II Collector’s Edition.

Here are the collector’s edition games that will be available from September to December 2010:

Quick jump to Collector’s Editions for:
PlayStation 3
| Xbox 360 | Wii | PC | multi-platform

Multi-platform Collector’s Edition games:


Call of Duty: Black Ops Prestige Edition – $149.99
Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
Release date: November 9, 2010
Standout item: Remote controlled surveillance vehicle
with video transmission.

What’s included (in addition to game):
- RC-XD Video Surveillance Vehicle – Fully custom RC vehicle modeled after in-game RC-XD Killstreak Reward
- RC-XD Transmitter – 2″ backlit TFT 220 x176 color screen to receive video from car
- Premium, special-edition SteelBook case
- Limited edition Black Ops Collector’s Medal with display case
- 4 extra playable co-op maps

Call of Duty: Black Ops Hardened Edition - $79.99
Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
Release date: November 9, 2010
Standout item: Collector’s Medal with display case.

What’s included (in addition to game):
- Limited edition Black Ops Collector’s Medal with display case
- 4 extra playable co-op maps not in the standard edition
- Exclusive Black Ops Xbox LIVE or PlayStation Home avatar outfit
- Premium, special-edition SteelBook case

Fallout New Vegas Collector’s Edition – $79.99 ($69.99 on PC)
Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC
Release date: October 19, 2010
Standout item: “Lucky 7″ poker chips.

What’s included (in addition to game):
- “Lucky 7″ poker chips. Each of the seven poker chips was designed to represent chips from the major casinos found on the New Vegas strip and throughout the Mojave Wasteland.
- A fully customized Fallout: New Vegas deck of cards. Each card in the pack has been uniquely illustrated to depict characters and factions found within the game.
- A recreation of the game’s highly coveted “Lucky 38″ platinum chip.
- A hardcover graphic novel “All Roads”, that tells the story of some of the characters and events that lead up to Fallout: New Vegas. “All Roads” was written by Chris Avellone and created in conjunction with Dark Horse Comics.
- The Making of Fallout: New Vegas’ DVD. This documentary DVD will contain exclusive video content, including interviews with the developers in which they take you from concept to creation.

Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood – Collector’s Edition - $99.99
Platform: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Release date: November 16, 2010
Standout item: Jack-in-the-box.

What’s included (in addition to game):
- Jack-in-the-Box Collectible.
- Two Exclusive In-Game Single Player Maps: Extend your game as the legendary Master Assassin, Ezio, and explore the undiscovered depths of Rome.
- Hard Copy Strategy Map of Rome: Discover the hidden secrets of Rome only this map will help you find.
- Exclusive Art Book: A compilation of never-before-seen concept art drawn and designed by key members of the development team.
- Bonus Disc Includes: Exclusive Making-Of Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood Video, Digital Sneak Peak at the Assassin’s Creed Comic, Trailers and Developer Diary, Game Soundtrack by Jesper Kyd.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Limited Edition for PS3

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Limited Edition – $79.99
Platform: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Release date: October 5, 2010
Standout item: Art book

What’s included (in addition to game):
- Art book (estimated 30-40 pages)
- Soundtrack (estimated 18-20 tracks)
- Special Packaging

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II Collector’s Edition - $79.99

Platform: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Release date: October 26, 2010
Standout item: Starkiller 2GB Mimobot flash drive.

What’s included (in addition to game):
- Premium collectible steelbook.
- Exclusive in-game content:
Three exclusive challenge mode levels.
Exclusive Ralph McQuarrie concept “Deak Starkiller” skin.
Exclusive lightsaber crystal.
- Exclusive Mimobot USB designer drive preloaded with bonus content:
Starkiller 2GB flash drive designed by Mimobot.
Digital art book, featuring insights into the art of The Force Unleashed II.

Dead Rising 2 Collector’s Edition – $79.99
Platform: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Release date: September 28, 2010
Standout item: Zombrex “Syringe” pen.

What’s included (in addition to game):
- Exclusive two-disc steelbook case.
- High-Def disc with 83 Minute “Zombrex Dead Rising Sun” motion picture and 24 minute “Making of” featurette.
- Zombrex “Syringe” pen.
- Zombrex “Prescription” notepad (25 pages).
- Zombrex “Safety” card.
- Zombrex “Prospectus” sales brochure (16 pages).
- Dead Rising 2 hardback artbook (48 pages).

PlayStation 3 Collector’s Edition games:

LittleBigPlanet 2 Collector's Edition

LittleBigPlanet 2 – Collector’s Edition – $79.99
Platform: PlayStation 3
Release date: November 16, 2010
Standout item: Sackboy plushie.

What’s included (in addition to game):
- 7″ collectable Sackboy plushie.
- Exclusive LBP2 game ends (bookends).
- 5 exclusive Sackboy themed PSN avatars.
- 11 DLC Sackboy costumes including:
* Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3′s Alien’s Sackboy costume
* Disney’s TRON Legacy “CLU” Sackboy costume
* The Muppets “The Great Gonzo” Sackboy costume
* PlayStation’s “Ratchet” Sackboy costume
* PlayStation’s “Crank” Sackboy costume
* Even More Animals’ “Crocodile” Sackboy costume
* Even More Animals’ “Vulture” Sackboy costume
* Even More Animals’ “Cobra” Sackboy costume
* Even More Animals’ “Mandril” Sackboy costume
- 2 Sackboy costumes exclusive to LBP2 (Jax and Daxter costumes).

Gran Turismo 5 – Collector’s Edition - $99.99
Platform: PlayStation 3
Release date: November 2, 2010
Standout item: Nissan GT-R Spec V 1:43 scale diecast replica.

What’s included (in addition to game):
- Exclusive limited edition 1:43 scale diecast 2009 Nissan GT-R Spec V with custom Gran Turismo livery designed by Polyphony Digital, produced by well-known collectible car maker Kyosho.
- In-depth 300-page car-lover’s guide written by the experts at Polyphony Digital, covering everything from the history of the modern automobile to driving techniques and game reference material.
- Custom etched Gran Turismo key chain.
- Voucher for five (5) exclusive high-end cars with custom Gran Turismo livery and performance upgrades.

Xbox 360 Collector’s Edition games:


Halo: Reach Xbox 360 Limited Edition system - $399.99
Xbox 360

Release date: September 14, 2010
Standout item: Silver Xbox 360 Slim 250 GB system with Halo: Reach branding.

What’s included (in addition to standard edition game):- Xbox 360 250GB S Console with custom design
- Xbox 360 250GB S Removable Hard Drive
- Two Xbox 360 Wireless Controllers with custom Halo Reach design
- Xbox 360 Black Headset
- Xbox 360 Composite A/V cable (standard definition)
- One Month Xbox LIVE Gold Membership

Halo: Reach Legendary Edition - $149.99
Platform: Xbox 360
Release date: September 14, 2010
Standout item: Individually numbered Noble Team figures from McFarlane Toys

What’s included (in addition to game):
- Noble Team statue expertly crafted by the artisans at McFarlane Toys. Individually molded, hand-painted and individually numbered, this statue is a must-have for any serious “Halo” fan.
- Game Disc in custom case modeled after a recovered ONI data module.
- A custom in-game Elite armor set for use in Halo: Reach’s multiplayer modes.
- Artifact Bag containing a brand-new piece of the extended Halo universe: The personal notes and documents of the creator of the SPARTAN program: Dr. Catherine Halsey.
- Dr. Halsey’s ONI Security Badge.
- Embroidered Spartan II Patch.
- UNSC-themed custom packaging.
- An exclusive in-game Spartan armor effect.

Halo: Reach Limited Edition - $79.99
Platform: Xbox 360
Release date: September 14, 2010
Standout item: Artifact Bad with Dr. Halsey’s documents.

What’s included (in addition to game):
- Game Disc in custom case modeled after a recovered ONI data module.
- A custom in-game Elite armor set for use in Reach’s multiplayer modes.
- Artifact Bag containing a brand-new piece of the extended Halo universe: The personal notes and documents of the creator of the SPARTAN program: Dr. Catherine Halsey.
- Dr. Halsey’s ONI Security Badge.
- Embroidered Spartan II Patch.

Fable III Collector’s Edition – $79.99
Platforms: Xbox 360
Release date: October 26, 2010
Standout item: Fable III playing cards.

What’s included (in addition to game):
- A new quest: Uncover the mystery of the haunted forests of Silverpines and earn the legendary sword, Wolfsbane, deadly against wolves and balverines.
- Exclusive location: Unlock a new region, ideal for settling down with a family and discovering new treasures.
- Playing cards: Created by Lionhead, these cards depict every type of character in “Fable III,” including Heroes, royals, rebels and villains from across Albion and beyond.
- Guild Seal Coin: The coin features a Good side (blue) and Evil side (red) to assist players in making critical decisions that will impact the fate of the world forever.
- A new dog breed: Renowned for its loyalty, the Boxer is a brave canine companion worthy of greatest Queens and Kings.

Wii Collector’s Edition games:


James Bond 007: GoldenEye 007 with Gold Wii Classic Controller Pro
Wii

Release date: November 2, 2010
Standout item: Gold Wii Classic Controller Pro.

What’s included (in addition to game):
- Gold Wii Classic Controller Pro, exclusive to this package.

PC Collector’s Edition games:


Sid Meier’s Civilization V Special Edition – $99.99
Platform: PC
Release date: September 21, 2010
Standout item: Civilization V Reaper Miniatures metal figurines (5 total).

What’s included (in addition to game):
- 5 metal figurines based on units from Civilization V, manufactured by Reaper Miniatures
- 2-disc CD soundtrack of game score selections
- DVD “Behind-the-Scenes at Firaxis on Civilization V”
- 176-page hardcover art book

Final Fantasy XIV – Collector’s Edition – $74.99
Platform: PC
Release date: September 22, 2010
Standout item: 8 days early access to the game.

What’s included (in addition to game):
- EARLY ACCESS : Play eight days prior to the release of the Standard Edition.
- BEHIND-THE-SCENES DVD : Get an insider look at the making of FINAL FANTASY XIV with exclusive video content, interviews and more in this special documentary DVD.
- SECURITY TOKEN : A FINAL FANTASY XIV branded Security Token used in addition to your regular password.
- TRAVEL JOURNAL : Record your travels in this beautifully bound journal filled with pages of never-before-seen concept art.
- RIGHT OF PASSAGE : Redeem a voucher to receive your fully personalized right of passage certificate, each stamped with a unique serial number.
- FREE GAMEPLAY : Free gameplay for 30 days.
- BUDDY PASS : Invite a friend to play free for 30 days.

DC Universe Online – Collector’s Edition - $99.99
Platform: PC
Release date: November 2, 2010
Standout item: Limited edition Batman figure.

What’s included (in addition to game):
- DCUO limited edition Batman figure from DC DIRECT, based on Executive Creative Director and legendary comic book artist Jim Lee’s concept art for the game.
- DCUO prestige comic of the game’s back-story as written by Geoff Johns.
- The Art of DC UNIVERSE (TM) ONLINE art book showcasing the stunning art from Jim Lee and the team at DC COMIC’S WILDSTORM Productions.
- The brand new DC Universe (TM) Online comic book, Legends Issue#0, with an original cover by Jim Lee.

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