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Inside The Box - The Last of Us Survival Edition

Ludono

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Hi and welcome to yet another new blog series I've decided to start up. Inside The Box will focus on packaging and extras that come with various "editions" of games, though I won't limit myself to just games. Anything nerdy is fair game on this blog!

 

 

The inaugural post features one of the most highly anticipated games of this year, The Last of Us, specifically the Survival Edition of the game.

 

**Note: This is NOT a review of the game, only the packaging**

 

 

The Last of Us - Survival Edition

 

Release Date - June 14, 2013

Developer - Naughty Dog

Platform(s) - PS3

Price - $79.99

Price Paid - $79.99 (Amazon)

Retailer Exclusive - No

 

I decided to make an unboxing video for this!

 

 

 

To summarize the above video:

- Collectors box/packaging

- Steelbook case featuring Ellie/Joel

- Sounds and Sights DLC

- PSN Avatars and Theme

- 170 Page Hardcover Artbook

- Issue #1 of The Last of Us comic

 

The Last of Us Survival Edition is one of two different special editions, the other being the Gamestop exclusive Post-Pandemic Edition which substituted a 12 inch statue in place of the Artbook included with the Survival Edition.

 

This edition is available for $20 more than the standard edition, which seems fair for what you get with it. The box is much larger than I expected it to be, below is a comparison picture with a standard PS3 game.

 

 

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The box everything comes in is large and looks like one of those promotional display boxes you'd see at Gamestop. That said, the artwork for the game is nice and I know I won't mind putting this box up for display on a shelf somewhere. However, a box this size might be the bane of those more space-conscious that myself.

 

The steelbook is simple yet elegant, with the added bonus of having artwork on the inside as well. The Artbook is definitely a premium book, more along the lines of the Uncharted 2 or Mass Effect artbooks rather than a small pack-in artbook most games get.

 

The DLC and PSN Avatars/Theme are a nice bonus, but definitely not worth any amount of money. Finally, the comic seems to be the afterthought of this edition, being more of a teaser than anything else, likely in the hopes of getting you to buy more issues of the comic as it comes out.

 

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Overall you get your extra $20 worth out of this edition, though not much more than that.

 

Presentation - 9/10

Price/Value - 8/10

Extras - 7/10

 

Score - 8.0 / 10

 

 

Edit: The art book is available separately, albeit as a preorder (July 2) and at $40 MSRP (

$27 on Amazon)


 

What did you think of this type of review? More videos or more pictures in upcoming ones? What would you like to see next?

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Pretty cool. I kinda wish I had upgraded from the standard edition. I didn't get around to playing the game yet but look forward to it, I'd definitely like to see more unboxing reviews like this.

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Yeah def a nice looking edition. Also cool to do a review on unboxing stuff. You should do one with some of your unopened editions. :D

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I like this trend of creating two different tiers of collector's editions. I can't afford to drop $100-$150 on a single game, but for only $20 or so more to get some cool memorabilia, I'm a lot more tempted.

 

Cool idea for a blog, hope to see more of these (along with some more, affordable collectors editions) :D

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I like this trend of creating two different tiers of collector's editions. I can't afford to drop $100-$150 on a single game, but for only $20 or so more to get some cool memorabilia, I'm a lot more tempted.

 

Cool idea for a blog, hope to see more of these (along with some more, affordable collectors editions) :D

 

I both love and hate tiered editions, I love that I can still get a fancy edition without dropping over $100 but I hate the feeling that I'm missing out on the better edition.

 

 

Yeah def a nice looking edition. Also cool to do a review on unboxing stuff. You should do one with some of your unopened editions. :D

 

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Very nice, when I get some time, I'll post pictures of my Post Pandemic edition.

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Very nice, when I get some time, I'll post pictures of my Post Pandemic edition.

 

Did you find the statue to be worth almost double the price of the Survival Edition? Interested to hear your thoughts.

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I'm kinda regretting not getting a special edition now. After playing last night and today, I am really digging the story in the game.

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It's probably the nicest statue I've ever got in a CE. It also has a fold out cardboard background that you can set up behind it for scenery. I'm not sure it was worth paying that much more than the Survival Edition considering the Post Pandemic Edition does not come with the art book.

 

I wonder if it wasn't a Gamestop exclusive if it would have been a little cheaper. I'm not unhappy with the purchase and I'm not sure exactly just how limited it was but I think a better price point would have been $100-$120.

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It's probably the nicest statue I've ever got in a CE. It also has a fold out cardboard background that you can set up behind it for scenery. I'm not sure it was worth paying that much more than the Survival Edition considering the Post Pandemic Edition does not come with the art book.

 

I wonder if it wasn't a Gamestop exclusive if it would have been a little cheaper. I'm not unhappy with the purchase and I'm not sure exactly just how limited it was but I think a better price point would have been $100-$120.

 

Yeah, had it been $100 or so I'd have gone with that as well but $70 for a statue? Geez

 

At least you have the fact that being retailer exclusive it's likely it didn't get a massive print run like a lot of other so called "limited" editions get.

 

 

(Says the guy who's bought multiple $100+ anime figures)

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How awesome would post pandemic be? To bad people bought them out just so they could sell them on ebay for 300 dollars. If I see it on sale I will get this one but the other CE would have been way better that statue alone is selling for around 100+ dollars. But it sure does look pretty just like the story of the game.

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Lol Ludo jk about opening your other stuff. I'd probably buy 2 of the editions one to keep and one to open.

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