I'm not a fan of special editions. I don't really collect gaming figurines or anything else that you're likely to pick up alongside the big AAA game you just bought. I could go for a nice art book to go underneath the coffee table I don't actually own, but that's about it. That said, I can appreciate a good special edition. I can understand why people might get excited about that kind of thing.
And as a gift, for someone who is a fan of a certain game series, it's a great way to go. More personal that 'HERE'S A VIDEO GAME YOU LIKE' and more substantial too.
As always, this is just a quick list of things that grabbed my attention, personally. Very keen to hear about some of your favourites. Kindly drop them in the comments below.
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag -- Buccaneer Edition
Price: $138 What you get: The game, Figurine of Edward Kenway, artbook, soundtrack, two lithographs. Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag is just a great, great video game. This special edition is like most special editions (figurine, soundtrack, stuff) but it's a great little piratey package all up.
The Legend of Zelda The Wind Waker HD Ganondorf Limited Edition
Price: $112.99 (at OzGameShop) What you get: The game, awesome snow globe thingy of Ganon. This thing is super rare, mainly because it was never officially released in AUstralia. OzGameShop sold it for a while but now it's totally sold out. I've been told that Zavvi might ship to Australia, but I could only find the actual console special edition. So yeah. Apparently Shin Tokyo might have some left.
Gran Turismo 6 Anniversary Edition
Price: $115 What you get: Mostly the game and in-game stuff. 1 million in-game credits, 20 cars with 15th anniversary designs. Not really that cool in terms of stuff -- but Gran Turismo fans will like it, particularly the whole credits thing. It also comes in a fairly snazzy steelbook thing. The same thing most mid-tier special editions come in.
Any other suggestions from you guys and girls? Do you even care for special editions to begin with? Let us know in the comments below.