As many of my friends know, I’m a big fan of comic books. I’ve been reading them and in love with their sequential artistry since I got my tonsils out at age four. So it only makes sense that I’d start to get excited about DC Universe’s impending November release. Yesterday SOE announced the pricing of the game and, perhaps more importantly, its collector’s edition. So rarely are the collector’s editions worth the added price, but sometimes when the price is low the extras packed within seem so incredible it’s hard to say no to paying a little more for a lot of added fluff.
I am guilty of purchasing the $75 edition of World of Warcraft at launch, and I even shelled out an extra $10 for Auto Assault a long time ago in order to get a cheap pair of headphones (with a mic) because I needed a new pair and they seemed decent enough on my budget. I bought the CE for WAR, Age of Conan, LotRO, and others. I bought one for Hellgate: London for crying out loud. But now that I look back on them all, I’m wondering if they were ever actually worth the extra money spent.
When I bought the CE for the Lord of the Rings films, I cherished those statues that came with them and have them in and around my house today. But I’m pretty sure the soundtrack for WoW is collecting dust somewhere or used as a coaster, and the comic book for WAR is similarly holding up a much heavier book at the bottom of a bin in my attic.
So as I’m faced with another game I’m anticipating offering a pretty meaty collector’s edition at a price double that of the basic game, I’m wondering if the added incentive of the #0 issue of the tie-in comic and the Jim Lee designed statue are really worth it. I can’t decide, and I might not in time for the game’s release. And if that happens, I’m pretty sure my life will go on without said statue and comic. Has my innermost nerd outgrown the need to purchase every collector’s edition he can? Or am I just becoming more selective?
How about you. Have you bought a CE for any game in the past, and if so was it worth it? Or have your bundled collectibles gone on to serve such morose purposes as my own?