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Halo 3 Legendary Edition

The collector's edition was once reserved for only the most iconic, important and illustrious video game franchises, adding extra value and additional prestige to a select few fan favourites. These days, however, every franchise with triple-A aspirations has some form of limited-edition swag bag, with art books, soundtrack CDs and in-game unlockables making up the majority of bonus booty.

This week alone saw the unveiling of a pair of Borderlands 2 special edition box sets, as well as the Halo 4: Limited Edition bundle, which features maps, character enhancements and live-action movies.

With these still fresh in our mind, Digital Spy lists some of the more impressive and outrageous collector's editions of recent memory.

Halo 3 Legendary Edition

When you talk about icons and important gaming franchises, Master Chief and Halo are up there with the best of them. A true legend like Master Chief deserves a suitably magnificent gaming bundle, and with the Halo 3 Legendary Edition that's exactly what he got.

Bonus discs and art cards aside, its main selling point was an incredible replica Spartan helmet with display stand. Perhaps the only downside is the fact that the helmet was purely ornamental, unless you're handy with a screwdriver and some superglue.

Despite a hefty price tag, the Legendary Edition proved enormously popular, selling out of stock before the game was even released. Halo Reach, meanwhile, continued the trend, launching with its own set of toys and goodies. It makes the Halo 4 bundle look paltry in comparison.



Grand Theft Auto IV Special Edition

Though we doubt it would stand up against any of the shady criminal types that occupy Rockstar's Liberty City, the metal deposit box that came with the Grand Theft Auto IV: Special Edition is a fitting extra for the open-world action title.

Equally suitable is the Rockstar logo duffel bag, another bonus that hardcore GTA enthusiasts and wannabe street thugs could possess. Slightly more conventional, but no less appealing, is an art book and the GTA IV soundtrack CD, which features tunes from Bob Marley, Nas, The Rapture and Mobb Deep.

Oh, and it's probably best not to forget the GTA keychain, which contains the keys to the metal safe deposit box itself. With Grand Theft Auto V inbound, who knows what goodies we can expect next time around?

GTA IV collector's edition bundle


Batman: Arkham Asylum Collector's Edition

Though not associated with Christopher Nolan's movie series, Batman: Arkham Asylum benefited hugely from the Caped Crusader's recent film outings - films that have seen Batsy's popularity soar to staggering new heights.

It's only natural, therefore, that Warner Bros. Interactive would want to capitalise on Joe Public's new-found love affair with the bat, by releasing a Batman: Arkham Asylum Collector's Edition rich in lore and bundled with one of Batman's most iconic gadgets.

The Collector's Edition comes with a 14-inch replica Batarang - an essential tool for any aspiring vigilante - as well as a 48-page character encyclopaedia, which offers an in-depth look at all of the game's inmates and more. Throw in a making-of DVD, and Batman: Arkham Asylum Collector's Edition strikes a nice balance between cool gizmos and insightful extras.

> 'Batman: Arkham Asylum' review



Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Prestige Edition

While Black Ops 2 has been recently confirmed and a wealth of pre-order bonuses already announced, it will take something pretty special to dethrone the Modern Warfare 2 Prestige Edition, however, which took interactivity and immersion to a whole new level by including a pair of fully-functioning night vision goggles.

Costing a whopping £149, the Modern Warfare 2 Prestige Edition wasn't cheap, but it certainly was a tantalising prospect, delivering 100% on the prestige factor. It was followed by a Black Ops equivalent, which contained a pretty nifty remote-controlled vehicle.

> 'Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2' review



Alien Vs. Predator Hunter Edition

The Aliens Vs. Predator Hunter Edition was packaged in a shiny steel case, contained a Wayland Yutani Corp patch, a holographic postcard and access codes to four additional multiplayer maps.

While these goodies alone provide just enough novelty value to pique our interest, they're not enough to make us want to part with our cash, lacking that little extra something that jumps out at you and screams "buy me".

Throw in a replica facehugger model, however, and you'll hear screams all right - screams from all of the friends and family members that you could potentially scare half to death with some inspired use of the extra-terrestrial creepy crawler. We can only imagine how many have been used in pranks by hardcore Alien fans.

'Aliens Vs Predator' review

Alien V Predator Hunter's edition bundle


Duke Nukem Forever Balls of Steel Edition

With a development cycle of 13 years, countless delays and numerous false dawns, the belated release of the now-legendary Duke Nukem Forever needed a spectacular collector's edition to celebrate its launch.

2K Games obliged, and Duke Nukem Forever Balls of Steel edition was the result. The mammoth goody bag contained a comic book, poker chips, playing cards, a pair of dice, postcards, stickers, a 100-page art booklet and a certificate of authenticity, not to mention a ruddy great bust of the man himself.

Unfortunately, while the package impressed, the game did not, failing to win over the critics following its launch in 2011. While Duke Nukem Forever disproves the theory that good things come to those who wait, the Balls Of Steel Edition proves that great things come to those who are willing to pay.



Catherine 'Love Is Over' Collector's Edition

While we Brits were treated to the Catherine: Stray Sheep Edition - an appealing bundle with a T-shirt, pizza box, poster and a couple of beer mats - our North American cousins received the superior Love Is Over equivalent.

Containing a t-shirt, pillowcase, soundtrack CD, art book and even a pair of Vincent's boxers, the Love Is Over Collector's Edition was also packaged in a pizza box from the Stray Sheep bar.

Whichever side of the Atlantic you live, Catherine's bonkers collector's editions reflect well on a game that features giant mutant babies, talking sheep, deadly block-based puzzle sections and a highly-sexualised anime art style.

'Catherine' review



Resident Evil 6 Premium Edition

Helmets and night vision goggles are all well and good, but you're unlikely to wear them in public - unless of course your army platoon is the victim of government defence cuts or you've decided to stick up your local branch of Lloyd's.

Resident Evil 6 Premium Edition, on the other hand, contains one seriously cool piece of clothing; namely, a Leon Kennedy replica leather jacket.

Unfortunately, if you want to look a little bit more like Leon, you're going to have to shell out some serious cash. With a price tag of more than £800, Resident Evil 6 Premium Edition is the most expensive collector's edition we've ever come across, albeit one of the most appealing. Oh, and you'll have to import it too, because it's only available in Japan.

Resident Evil 6 Premium Edition


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