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Five of the Weirdest and Worst Collector's Editions


Marcus Estrada

Whether they’re called collectors, limited, or special editions, these more expensive editions of video games have become an even bigger part of the gaming landscape since the start of the seventh generation of consoles. In the past, only a select few titles would be lucky enough to get multiple versions. With this current generation, however, we have seen the amount (and price) of special editions skyrocket. Every triple-A title has one, and even more niche games are beginning to get them. With so many special editions vying for people’s attention they sometimes get a little... weird.

 

Just take the recently revealed Dead Island: Riptide Zombie Bait Edition. Although the edition was never meant to come out in America, many discovered it and instantly started reacting negatively. The set came with many expected tchotchkes but also a “bust” of an unfortunate vacationer from the game. The negative reaction was so big that it even caused the developer to issue an apology (although they have yet to state if they will cancel production of said product). With that in mind, let’s look back at some other eyebrow-raising, creepy, and downright bad special edition that have appeared before.

 


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F.E.A.R. 3 Collector’s Edition

 

What is something to truly fear? Apparently the Collector’s Edition of F.E.A.R. 3 which included, among other things, a statue of antagonist Alma. It wasn’t just any Alma though. Nope, this is Alma post F.E.A.R. 2 - adult, nude, and pregnant with a glow-in-the-dark fetus visible. While it could be argued that this was very relevant to the game, it doesn’t change the fact that it was totally creepy. This edition of the game was available in Europe and probably inspired a great deal of nightmares.

 

 

 

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Record of Agarest War - The Really Naughty Limited Edition

 

Here is an example of a very Japanese-style special edition which was actually brought to North America. Not only was the box adorned with seriously eyebrow-raising pictures on every inch of it, but the contents inside were questionable as well. There was a pillowcase decked out with an anime gal from the game as well as a mouse pad with “breasts” for wrist support. While it may have prevented some gamers from getting carpal tunnel syndrome, it most certainly did not help anyone to become less creepy. Since this, a few other games have taken to bringing over similarly awkward wares.

 

 

 

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Rez Special Package

 

The PS2 music/shooter hybrid Rez actually had two special editions in Japan. First there was the rare Kanzentousui Set, which included headphones, but that’s not the one we’re going to talk about. No, I'm referring to the “Trance Vibrator” package. While it is amicable to want a rhythm game to really entrance a player, a small vibrating block doesn’t seem exactly the way to do it. DualShock controllers already vibrated to begin with, after all. As such, the peripheral has amused immature gamers for years, and with good reason. Rez’s port on 360 gives players a taste of the Trance Vibrator by allowing other controllers to vibrate in place of it. Give it a shot if you’re interested but unwilling to pick up the actual device.

 

 

 

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Dead Space 2 Collector’s Edition

 

There are actually a great deal of collector’s editions with goodies that have sexual or creepy connotations. Let’s move away from that now and discuss the depressing Dead Space 2 Collector’s Edition. It came with a few standard extras, but the item which most intrigued fans was the replica plasma cutter. There was no description of size prior to launch and pictures were not the best at showcasing size. When the time came to open sets, gamers were disappointed to see the toy was not only tiny, but also cheap plastic adorned with a "Made in China" sticker. It also didn’t help that the replica was later sold separately as well, making the whole draw of this Collector’s Edition fairly worthless.

 

 

 

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Cardcaptor Sakura Tomoyo no Video Daisakusen Special Edition Box

 

This obviously Japanese special edition wins the award for being one of the strangest out there. Sure, there are a lot of strange items available across expensive game editions, but the items within this one have not been replicated often to the best of my knowledge. Included with this edition was the expected pillow case but also a fork, spoon, decorative plate, and clock. What exactly does eating have to do with Cardcaptor Sakura? Your guess is as good as mine, and it’s for that reason that this game immediately comes to mind for weirdest collector’s edition out there.

 


As you can see, there have been bad special editions available in all regions. Sometimes they are bad because they’re absolutely disgusting but other times it’s because of how horribly they are attempting to rip off customers. As of now, the trend in special editions seems to be moving towards digital content, but we still see many physical items available. Let’s hope that there is never a time where all collector’s editions are DLC because bad sets are so much fun to look at!

 

What are some of the worst special edition sets you have seen? Which ones were a total rip off or hilarious?

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