The Ten Best PC Collector’s Editions

Collector’s editions are the big box fan’s modern fix.

Collector’s Editions definitely appeal to the old school gamer. The feelies are usually geared a bit more  towards collectors rather than being a physical manifestations of in game items. With digital distribution now being the norm we should be thankful that these are even an option. They cost a premium price, but you know that you really want that soundtrack CD and statue!

10. Warhammer Online

Warhammer Online Collector's Edition
Warhammer Online Collector’s Edition

Ah, Warhammer Online. Your life was way too short. Games Workshop’s Warhammer MMO may be dead now, but the Collector’s Edition is available pretty cheap. Besides the beautiful books, the star of this package is an exclusive Warhammer Miniature. If Games Workshop sold that mini by itself, you’re looking at a $1,000 dollar value! (joking, of course)

9. BioShock 2

BioShock 2 Collector's Edition
BioShock 2 had the best of the BioShock series collector’s Editions.

BioShock 2 was an enjoyable followup to the first game in the series. The collector’s edition sported some neat art and physical books, but most people are after the vinyl record soundtrack. CD soundtracks are common, but the record is something really special. It doesn’t hurt that the game had a pretty good soundtrack to boot.

8. Borderlands 2 Ultimate Loot Chest Limited Edition

Borderlands 2 Ultimate Loot Chest Limited Edition
Borderlands 2 Ultimate Loot Chest Limited Edition – one of the best collector’s editions.

Borderlands 2 is a game I have never been able to quite get excited about. It’s a popular game, however, and this release is chock full of feelie goodness. It comes in a replica Borderlands chest which will look good on any shelf. It has lots of books and art based feelies, but the bobblehead steals the show here.

7. Diablo 2 Collector’s Edition

Diablo 2 Collector's Edition
Diablo 2 came with extensive Dungeons and Dragons extras,

Diablo 2 is the first Blizzard Collector’s Edition to land on this list, and (spoilers) it won’t be the last. Blizzard is renowned for their collector’s edition craftsmanship. This release was the first to include a cinematic DVD; it is a welcome addition given the always staggering quality of Blizzard’s cinematics. The keeper is definitely the Dungeons and Dragons Diablo campaign books and dice.

6. Wing Commander III Premiere Edition

Another early Collector’s Edition. Origin Systems was always great with box contents, so it’s no surprise they were pioneers in collector’s edition releases. What makes this one cool is the film canister box, t-shirt, and a making of video.

5. Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
Most people were unaware that Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning ‘s collector’s edition even existed.

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning was the brainchild of Red Sox Pitcher Curt Schilling, comic artist Todd McFarlane, and writer R.A. Salvatore. The company, unfortunately, buckled under expenses and went out of business leaving behind a massive controversy and an unfinished MMO. The one game they released had a collector’s edition which could only be purchased on their website. That makes this a fairly hard to get and expensive release. The star here is the McFarlane produced troll statue, which is quite hefty.

4. Ultima IX Dragon Edition

Ultima IX Dragon Edition
The most impressive Ultima release to date.

Ultima IX was the first of what we now call “collector’s editions” that I remember buying. It sort of set the standard for what to expect in these releases. Ultima IX included the typical Origin high quality feelies – including replica tarot cards, an avatar pendant, and a print of the cover art. The box was larger than life at the time, and is still impressive even though it’s been “out-grown.”

3. World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft Collector's Edition
World of Warcraft had a typically quality Blizzard Collector’s Edition.

Another Blizzard release. All of the Warcraft editions have amazing boxes. This one had a great art book, which ten years later is really fun to look through. The cinematics DVD was the best yet. And, since these videos are no longer viewable in game it’s a great historical record. Most people buy these for outrageous prices looking for the in-game pet keys for pets that can only be gotten in this release.

2. The Witcher 3

The Witcher 3 Collector's Edition Contents
Here’s all the stuff you get in this substantial package.

While it has not been out for long, CD Projekt Red really outdid themselves. The statue that came with this set is unrivaled. It’s dynamic and heavy. If you have not played it yet, give it a whirl. It’s easily the best RPG (if not the best game) released in 2015.

1. Dragon Age Inquisition: Inquisitors Edition

Dragon Age Inquisition: Inquisitor's Edition
Behold, the king of collector’s editions: Dragon Age Inquisition: Inquisitor’s Edition.

I placed this Bioware release at number one for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the fact that the feelies in this game operate as physical extensions of the game itself. This release has more in common with the old Infocom releases than anything listed above (except maybe Ultima IX). It’s like the UPS guy delivers a chest from the game world to your front door. It has a map (as most RPGs do), but they went the extra step to include war table pieces. It has an ink and quill set, a (fake) leather journal, some tarot cards, a set of lockpicks, and an inquisitor badge which will likely be popular with the cosplay crowd. I cannot imagine this set will be easy to obtain, since it was only sold through certain websites and sold out quickly. As a plus, the game is quite good, too.

That concludes the list. I’m noticing that there are several rpg games listed. I’m not sure it that’s a commentary on my personal tastes, or the quality of rpg extras.

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