The Arkham City Collector’s Edition packs in quite a few cool features, though doesn’t offer quite as much bang for your buck as the Arkham Asylum Collector’s Edition or the Arkham Origins Collector’s Edition. Quick note: this review is of the physical elements of the Collector’s Edition only; for a discussion of the game itself, click here. The Collector’s Edition includes the following items:
The statue of Batman is excellent quality, sturdier than any other single piece in an Arkham Collector’s Edition, and perfect for display either with the provided Arkham City background or without it. The art book is nice, but the decision to house the game disc in the back of the book was stupid, somewhat unnecessary, and makes integrating Arkham City into a collection of games a needless challenge. The soundtrack’s pretty solid, and Gotham Knight–which sells on its own for about 5 bucks now, but was still a fairly recent release at the time– is a nice bonus if you don’t already have it. (I’ll be reviewing Gotham Knight separately at a later date, so keep your eyes peeled!)
This version of the game also includes (not pictured) codes for the Iceberg Lounge Challenge Map and Dark Knight Returns Batman Alternate Character Skin. Additionally (though the current Amazon listing doesn’t include it) I seem to remember mine coming with codes to download Robin and Catwoman as well.
I’m not sure it’s 100% worth the still $85 price tag (though the fact that Kotobukiya built the statue certainly drives the value up), but that’s ultimately up to you and how much you personally like Batman and the Arkham series. Personally, I would definitely buy this Collector’s Edition again if I didn’t already have it, but I’m also a serious Bat-fan and collector…
At any rate, considering that Kotobukiya statues run between 35 and 150 dollars each, if you’re into statues, this is definitely worth it. Otherwise, weigh your options wisely, because if you like DLC, keep in mind that you’ll probably be paying at least $20-40 on top of the standard price for this edition, so maybe the Game of the Year Edition might be more your speed. The Arkham City Collector’s Edition is available for both Xbox 360 and PS3.
Make sure to keep up with our “Video Games Week From the Batcave“ coverage, and check back tomorrow for posts about Arkham Origins!