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Published on August 28th, 2010 | by Louis Garcia, Contributor

2010—Year for the Collectors Part Two

KODxfactor put together a great list of collector’s editions and gave his two cents on which ones were worth making his wallet empty. However, some developers didn’t think those would drain our bank accounts sufficiently. So, here is an updated list, and which ones I think are worth making me live on ramen for another couple months.

Dead Rising 2: High Stakes Edition: September 28, 2010 ($89.99).

For PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

WORTH IT!

Capcom’s $80 collector’s edition not enough to satiate you hungry zomb…err, gamers out there? Well then, check out this edition inspired by the game’s setting—Fortune City.
+ Dead Rising 2 Game.
+ Poker set in a black high-impact case sporting the Fortune City logo and including:
+ 100 poker chips—four different colors featuring the Fortune City logo.
+ Two decks of “blood-stained” custom playing cards featuring character art.
+ Five green dice.
+ One “blood-stained” dealer chip.
+ Fortune City Visitor Map featuring the game map and ads for Fortune City locations and attractions.
+ Terror is Reality XVII admission ticket with redemption code for the unique Psycho skills pack downloadable content.
+ One Dead Rising 2 High Stakes Edition will contain the “Golden” Terror Is Reality XVII admission ticket, which is redeemable for Burt the Zombie, a 6-foot tall Dead Rising 2 zombie replica.

As someone who likes swag over DLC as a collector’s edition incentive, this is one of the best of the year. Need an extra incentive to part ways with your hard-earned dollars? Amazon, Best Buy and GameStop are each offering different pre-order bonuses.

Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood Collector’s Edition : November 16, 2010 ($99.99).

For PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Note: The GameStop edition features a different Jack-in-the-Box collectible and the exclusive Harlequin multiplayer character as a pre-order bonus. Amazon’s pre-order bonus is the Helmschmied Drachen armor.

WORTH IT!

I can think of nothing better to counter the cuteness of my Servbot Bobble Budd that greets me at my work desk every morning than the creepy, nightmare-inducing Harlequin Jack-in-the-Box. I’m not a fan of the series (having dismissed it after the mind-numbingly repetitious first game), but this collector’s edition has me reconsidering. That’s an epic win for Ubisoft.

+Doctor Jack-in-the-Box Collectible (Amazon version): Call on the practitioner of death and his poisonous syringe.
+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 peek at the Assassin’s Creed comic, trailers, developer diary and game soundtrack by Jesper Kyd.


Castlevia: Lords of Shadow Limited Edition
: October 5, 2010 ($79.99).

For PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

WORTH IT!

I’ve been a fan of Castlevania since the Nintendo Entertainment System days, and an avid collector of the soundtracks the series produces. Not only will gamers get what’s sure to be a hauntingly beautiful soundtrack, but an art book to page through while jammin’ out to it.

+Art book (estimated 30-40 pages).
+Soundtrack (estimated 18-20 tracks).
+The game (2 game discs).
+Special packaging.
+GameStop is also throwing in a “Combat Cross” t-shirt as a pre-order bonus.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Hardened Edition: November 9, 2010 ($79.99).

For PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

WORTH IT!

An avatar outfit is easily worth $5 to $7, and the four extra maps could easily value at around $10. The steel case is ho-hum considering every developer seems to have one nowadays, and the medal isn’t the least bit interesting. This one is really a toss up. As a swag collector I wouldn’t buy it, but the downloadable goodies are enticing, and I play enough COD with my friends to get the most from the maps.

+Limited edition Black Ops collector’s medal with display case.
+Four extra playable co-op maps not in the standard edition.
+Exclusive Black Ops Xbox LIVE avatar outfit.
+Premium, special-edition steel book case.
+Call of Duty: Black Ops full game.

Call of Duty Black Ops Prestige Edition: November 9, 2010 ($149.99).

For the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

NOT WORTH IT!

This is what makes Halo’s legendary editions work: recognizable characters. It’s much easier to put the money down for a collectible that someone will notice—even non-gaming friends. The Call of Duty series may put in neat gadgets (night vision goggles in Modern Warfare 2) that can be used rather than looked at, but they lack character and therefore won’t get my gaming dollars. At the same price point we get to delve into the Halo fiction via the journal of Dr. Halsey—creator of the Spartans—and receive a perfectly crafted statue of the Reach cast who star in what may be the best Halo game ever.

+Includes the full Call of Duty: Black Ops Hardened Edition.
+RC-XD Video Surveillance Vehicle.
o Fully custom RC vehicle modeled after in-game RC-XD Killstreak Reward.
o Video camera to send wireless video to Transmitter.
o Microphone to send wireless audio to Transmitter.
o Digital proportional steering and throttle.
o Independent suspension.
o Display stand.
+RC-XD Transmitter.
o Two-inch backlit TFT 220×176 color screen to receive video from car.
o Integrated speaker to receive audio from car.
o Custom pistol grip style RC controller.
o High and low speed settings.
o Up to 200 feet control range.

Naruto Shippuden: Dragon Blade Chronicles—Amazon exclusive figure collection: November 16, 2010 ($69.99).
Note: Amazon offers the standard $40 version with an exclusive keychain pre-order bonus and GameStop offers a baseball cap.

For the Nintendo Wii.

WORTH IT!

This isn’t exactly a collector’s edition, but it certainly deserves recognition. These figures seem to be similar to the randomly selected blind box figures of various anime characters found at stores like Toys “R” Us. As a Naruto fan you receive figures of some of the most popular characters from the manga and anime (where’s my Jiraiya!). I’ve already pre-ordered the game with a big grin on my face.

Sonic Colors: November 16, 2010 ($34.99 and $49.99).

For the Nintendo DS and Nintendo Wii.

WORTH IT!

Much like the last game, this is not a collector’s edition. However, as a 23-year-old that still dons the Sonic head portion of a very old Halloween costume, consider me sold. There’s a good chance this aimed-at-12-year-old-crowd game may suck, but I won’t care when I’m getting all the gaming babes with my swank Sonic hat.

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