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The Best Collector's Editions Of 2015 (So Far)

by Kyle Hilliard on Jul 12, 2015 at 12:00 PM

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As long as developers keep making big AAA games, they will continue to releases impressive and expensive collector's editions alongside them. This year has been home to quite a few already, with more on the way, and we're highlighting the ones that have caught our attention.

Assassin's Creed Syndicate Collector’s Edition
Format: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Price: $119.99
Release: Fall 2015

Available on Ubisoft’s website, the Assassin’s Creed Collector’s edition comes with a statue of the game’s protagonist – a commonality among many of Assassin’s Creed’s collector’s editions – and a bunch of other stuff you will probably forget about once you redeem the season pass code and place the statue on your shelf.

Contents:

  • Season Pass
  • Darwin and Dickens Conspiracy Mission
  • Jacob Figurine
  • Poster of London
  • Artbook
  • Official Soundtrack

Batman: Arkham Knight
Format: PS4, Xbox One
Price: $99.99
Release: June 23

The Arkham games have consistently offered collector’s editions since the first release in 2009. There was supposed to be a pricey $199.99 colector’s edition that came included with a miniature Batmobile replica, but that edition was unfortunately cancelled over quality concerns.

Contents:

  • Art book
  • Steelbook case
  • Limited edition Arkham Knight comic
  • Three New 52 character skins
  • Batman memorial statue

Bloodborne Nightmare Edition
Format: PS4
Price: €119.99
Release: March 25

Despite a healthy love for From Software’s games here in North America, Bloodborne’s Nightmare Edition is a Europe exclusive. You have plenty of pens lying around right? Who needs a Bloodborne quill and ink set, anyway.

Contents:

  • Art book
  • Soundtrack
  • Steelbook case
  • Book tin
  • Bloodborne gothic notebook
  • Quill & red ink set
  • “Top Hat” Messenger skin
  • Bell trinket

Call of Duty: Black Ops III JuggerNog Edition
Format: Unconfirmed
Price: $199
Release: November 6

Leaked and quickly confirmed this morning, the JuggerNog edition of Call of Duty: Black Ops III sets a new standard for bizarre inclusion with a Call of Duty game. Previous collector's editions have included functional night vision goggles and remote control cars, but this is the first Call of Duty game (first any game, actually) to come with a miniature refrigerator.

Contents:

  • JuggerNog mini-fridge
  • Perk-a-Cola coaster set with custom tin
  • Season pass
  • Limited edition specialist concept art cards
  • The Giant bonus map
  • Collectible steelbook
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops III soundtrack
  • In-game bonus content: Weaponized 115
  • In-game bonus content: Cyborg
  • In-game bonus content: Black Ops 3 bonus pack

Destiny: The Taken King Collector’s Edition
Format: PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360
Price: $79.99
Release: September 15

The source of some controversy, the Collector’s Edition of Destiny’s Taken King expansion includes the full game and all its expansions, which Destiny fans who already owned those items who wanted all the physical loot, plus the Taken King DLC were understandably confused by. You can read more about it here.

Contents:

  • Modified Treasure Island Book with intro Letter from Cayde-6
  • Cayde-6's Personal Notes and Illustrations
  • Collection of Relics and Artifacts
  • Strange Coin Replica
  • Collector's Edition steelbook
  • Full Destiny Game, The Dark Below, and House of Wolves expansions

Fallout 4 - Pip-Boy Edition
Format: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Price: $119.99
Release: November 10

A highlight of Bethesda’s E3 press conference, the Pip-Boy Edition is already hard to come by and the game doesn’t even release for about four months.

Contents:

  • Pip-Boy replica, stand, and capsule case
  • Pip-Boy pocket guide
  • Vault-Tec perk poster
  • Power Armor collectible metal packaging

For more of 2015's big collector's editions, head to page two.

This feature originally published July 09, 2015.

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD Collector's Edition
Format: PS4, Xbox One
Price: $99.99
Release: October 27
A pretty standard collector’s edition, but it’s always nice to get a closer look at Square Enix’s Final Fantasy art.

Contents:

  • Golden steelbook case
  • 200-page manga
  • 80-page artbook
  • Soundtrack
  • Replicas of cards used by the character Ace

Halo 5: Guardians Limited Collector's Edition
Format: Xbox One
Price: $249.99
Release: October 20

One of the strangest aspects of Halo 5’s very pricey collector’s edition is it doesn’t come with a physical disc. For those interested in dropping money on the limited collector’s edition, you will need to clear space on your shelf and your hard drive for the game.

Contents:

  • Commemorative Statue of the Master Chief and Spartan Locke by Triforce
  • Guardian model by Metal Earth
  • Uniquely-designed Spartan themed SteelBook
  • Warzone REQ Bundle: 14 Premium Requisition packs
  • Spartan Locke's Classified Orders and the Halo: The Fall of Reach - Animated Series

Just Cause 3 Collector’s Edition
Format: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Price: $109.99
Release: December 1

Announced today, one of Just Cause 3’s most iconic elements is its grappling hook, which is important to all aspects of combat and traversal in Just Cause. With this collector’s edition, you will be able to get your hands on the item, but sadly it won’t send you flinging across a landscape like it does in the game.

Contents:

  • Art book
  • Map of Medici
  • Day 1 Edition of the game that includes a weaponized vehicle pack
  • Replica grappling hook

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Collector’s Edition
Format: PS4, Xbox One
Price: $99.99
Release: September 1

The coolest thing about this collector’s edition, which is priced fairly low compared to most of the others on this list, has to be the replica of the hand. It’s half the size of Snake’s robotic arm, but it’s still pretty great.

Contents:

  • Half Scale Replica of Snake’s Bionic Arm
  • Collectible SteelBook
  • Behind the Scenes Documentary & Trailers Blu-ray Disc
  • Map
  • Exclusive Packaging
  • A large collection of additional DLC and cosmetic items

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate
Format: 3DS
Price: $59.00
Release: February 13

Arguably Monster Hunter’s most successful release in North America, 4 Ultimate had a collector’s edition available, but it’s already hard to come across. Turns out fans of a game where you patiently hunt down your prey are good at doing pretty much the same thing when it comes to jumping on merchandise.

Contents:

  • Gore Magala figure
  • Felyne wearing Gore Magala armor Pin
  • Monster icon lanyard
  • Cleaning cloth
  • Supply Item Box

The Order: 1886 Premium Edition
Format: PS4
Price: $99.99
Release: February 20

There are actually two editions of The Order that each include different statues, but this is the pricier, more impressive one. In this statue, Galahad fights a Lycan. For the other, it’s just him leaning against a wall. If he has time to lean, he should have time to do cool stuff like fight Lycans.

Contents:

  • 13-inch 'Galahad vs Lycan' Statue, Blackwater Vial with chain
  • Art Book with hidden compartment
  • Collectable steelbook, 'Coat of Arms' stickers
  • Knight's Arsenal DLC
  • Soundtrack with bonus tracks
  • Unreleased behind-the-scenes footage

Persona 4: Dancing All Night
Format: Vita
Price: $79.99
Release: 2015

Atlus is a big fan of the collector’s edition, and Dancing All Night is no exception. An increasingly rare breed of game – the Vita exclusive – the collector’s edition is worthwhile for fans of the Persona franchise.

Contents:

  • Two-disc soundtrack
  • Vita carrying pouch
  • Two free DLC packsK
  • Teddie-shaoped keychain
  • Protective Vita skin
  • 10 wallpapers

This feature originally published July 09, 2015.