Final Fantasy XIII-2 Collector’s Edition: Is It Worth $79.99?
- January 31st, 2012
- By RockmanXelnia
So Final Fantasy XIII-2 was released in North America today. It also came in a Collector’s Edition that is $79.99. The question now is, “Is it worth the extra $20?”
Have no fear, for I am here to offer some insight and a verdict on the Collector’s Edition. As a collector, I love getting all sorts of extras with my games. It makes me feel special as a fan because a company cares so much xD
The Collector’s Edition of Final Fantasy XIII-2 comes in a case setup that reminds me of some major multi-layer security system. You remove the outer shell, then you remove the case from the inner shell and bam, it’s freed!! On the case are illustrations of Caius and Lightning. Once you open it, it’s like Christmas. You have a small Concept Artwork booklet embedded within with some nice looking pieces. After taking a few seconds to go through that, you can fold out the right side of the case and gaze upon four CDs that make up the official soundtrack of the game. In my opinion, despite opinions of the music of the game, this is a huge plus to have since it’s the full soundtrack and not some single disc with select tracks on it. Usually you’d have to import the full soundtrack and that can get pricey, up to $80+ for some and that’s without shipping if you’re buying online. Unfold the case from the left and you’ll find the game along with the manual insert and an insert with the soundtrack listings.
Overall, it’s one neat package. I was surprised at how well-designed the case is in terms of where everything is located. It’s compact, and keeps everything in one spot so nothing can get lost.
However, that is also a bit of a negative. The Concept Artwork booklet is rather meh. I wouldn’t call it lackluster, but it definitely leaves much to be desired. As a collector, it’s a bit disappointing but it does contribute overall. Maybe if it were separately packaged instead of embedded, perhaps it could have been a bit better.
In the end, for an extra $20, you’re getting a pretty case, some art, and some music. I’d say if you have the money, get it. If you’re not one for extras, then I’d recommend getting the standalone version of the game which is just $59.99. It’s going to really come down to whether or not you really want that soundtrack.
You can also read our review of Final Fantasy XIII-2 if you have yet to do so