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Old 2nd September 2009, 04:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Maybe I should write this when I am not so pi$$ed off at the world, but ...

I just unboxed my collectors edition of Batman Arkham Asylum and to say I feel ripped off would be an understatement.

They could have put a big plastic turd in the box (maybe even a real one) and I would feel the same as I do now.

1) It is not the same as the North American version.

USA version came in a cool black batman logo case - Aus version ... nope
USA version got a leather binder for game and art book - Aus version ... nope

At least we all got to share the crappy, 2c to produce, plastic Batarang that has been purposely scratched up to make it look worn. (It actually makes it look like your kid got to it and stuffed it).

2) It is no where near worth the extra $50 I paid for it over the normal edition price.

I could not feel more ripped off. I kept digging through the packaging looking for the note from the producers that proudly announced:

"Dear loser,

We, and your cash, are currently sitting pool side at an ultra expensive hotel in the Bahamas. We stop laughing only long enough to order another drink and suggest new "collectors edition" ideas we can fleece fan boys like you of your money with!

Please feel free to send your comments about your purchase to:

www.WeDon'tGiveACrap-HAHAHAHA@you.com

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The Ultra Bastards.

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It would appear that collectors editions are very much a hit an miss affair.

While not the worst I have seen (I think Sacred 2 takes this title for me), the Batman collectors edition is worlds away from what I consider "worth your time and money".

The best so far for me (with assumptions that the Modern Warfare 2 will soon take top spot) would have to be the HALO 3 collectors edition that came with the Master Chief Spartan Helmet.

So what is your pick for best and worse collectors edition?

Side note: Just remember that we here in Australia miss out on many of the cool collectors editions (The Fallout 3 with replica Pip-Boy 3000 never made it here for instance) so don't gloat too much
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Old 2nd September 2009, 05:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Man that sucks.

Hope the game makes up for the packaging disappointment mate.
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I feel exactly the same mate. I had to jump on the net and Google Images the box art and realized that the US and EU versions are different.

I'm really getting sick of being shafted on CE's in Australia. Paying more than the US but getting less in the CE. I remember the amount of nerd rage when the LOTRO CE came out lol

Yes, I'm a sucker for the shiny bits you get with CE's but I think in future I'm going to be a bit more careful with what I pre-order.

That being said I've already got money down on Aion CE (might be a sucker again on that one) and Forza 3 CE (I'm pretty sure that one will be a safe bet).

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I am a sucker for Collectors editions of MMO's for the big PC boxes, i am happy with the money spent on these.

Do not think i will ever go down the road to get collectors editions of console games, to me they are just too expensive. Though if something was interesting to me id no doubt grab it.

Best - Warcraft series big shiney boxes and nice books inside (wrath stuff not even of of wrapper's)

Worst - Call of Duty - Modern Warfare PC it was just in a cardboard cover box type thing and that was it nothing else.
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Old 2nd September 2009, 06:52 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Best MMO collecters edition for me was Warhammer Online.

Cool Orc miniture, hard cover comic and art book. Even the box rocked
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never got a CE myself...

I dont even keep the green boxes the games come in. I just put away the inserts and manual and put the games in a cd box...I do keep a couple of green covers lying around to re insert the games I want to trade..
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Bummer. I don't normally consider purchasing the CE of anything, but that whole batarang box was impressive. Made me want it. Thanks for the info. Might have to stick with the non CE for BAA. Still waiting for Indiana Jones CE to drop in price though. I want that skull
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Best MMO collecters edition for me was Warhammer Online.

Cool Orc miniture, hard cover comic and art book. Even the box rocked
Oh yes forgot that comic was cool and the box still sits out in the open for all to see
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The only CE's I've ever purchased came from the bargain bin. For example I grabbed the CE of Supreme Commander for $10. The disc and manual went in my storage case and the rest went straight in the bin.

IMHO, CE's are universally overpriced shit. I want to play the game, not read some juvenile comic book version.
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Old 5th September 2009, 09:50 AM   #10 (permalink)
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But Rubicon ... they are full of shinny wondrous things; Manufactured by wondrous Pixies and Elves and distributed lovingly in each box by scantily clad Amazonian Goddesses! ... (or is that just in my head? )

Ok so not in every case ... but some have Spartan Helmets and Night Vision goggles!

"DUDE! Night Vision Goggles!"
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