Hello 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!
This time I've decided to try something a little different, Dunamis 15, a Japanese Visual Novel.
**Note: This is NOT a review of the game, only the packaging**
Dunamis 15 - Limited Edition
Release Date - September 15, 2011
Developer - 5pb.
Platform(s) - PS3, 360 (Later ported to PSP)
Price - 8,700 Yen or about $85
Price Paid - Around $50 (eBay)
Retailer Exclusive - No
- Collectors box/packaging
- 2 Disc Soundtrack (42 Tracks)
- "Anti-Dunamis Headphone Type B Prototype" Headphones
Dunamis 15 is a Japanese Visual Novel from 5pb. It was released exclusively in Japan in September of 2011 and had a standard release as well as this limited edition. It was also released on 360 at the same time, and then on PSP (With it's own, different, limited edition) in July of 2012.
This edition is no longer available at retail, though it's still available on multiple import websites. It cost around 2000 Yen more than the standard edition.
The box itself is not too noteworthy, it features some nice artwork from the game but other than that its pretty unimpressive. The game itself is just the standard release, nothing special there either.
The OST is however, a nice touch, as 5pb visual novels usually have a great soundtrack and this seems to be no different as evidenced by the two songs used in the unboxing video. It comes on 2 discs and includes 42 tracks. Not too shabby.
Finally there is the centerpiece of this limited edition, the headphones themselves. They are a replication of the anti-Dunamis headphones worn by Chihaya, the poster child for this game. They are shiny gold plastic and have the Dunamis logo on the top. However, they feel very cheap and flimsy and while I haven't tried them on, I don't think they'd be very comfortable for everyday use either. These remain more of a collectors item rather than an actually useable piece of equipment.
Overall I don't see much value in this limited edition, especially for more than $20 (or more!) over the price of the standard edition. It's packaged together quite nicely, but contains very lackluster extras, though the soundtrack is very good. However, if you're a fan of 5pb and it's games you'll likely appreciate this for what it is.
Presentation - 6/10
Price/Value - 3/10
Extras - 5/10
Score - 4.5 / 10
What did you think of this type of review? Would you like to see more imports or more US games? Or is there something else would you like to see next?