The Batman: Arkham Origins Collector’s Edition, while at present the most expensive out of the three Arkham games’ Collector’s Editions at $90-120, is also probably the most worth it for the amount of bonus material included. (Note: this is a look at the physical items included in the edition only. For our review of the game, click here.) The Collector’s Edition includes the following:
Also included (but not pictured) are two pieces of GCPD Evidence (a Killer Croc Tooth and a Poker Chip from the Iceberg Lounge), a Batwing Schematic, an Anarky Stencil, a Glow-in-the-Dark Map of Gotham, and Download Codes for a First Appearance Batman (Detective Comics #27 Costume) and the Deathstroke Challenge Maps.
While the game suffered from some lack of polish in certain places, the Arkham Origins Collector’s Edition certainly does not disappoint. The statue of Joker is huge, measuring approx. 9″ x 13″ x 11.5″ (and includes a secret item based on the game’s story), and the additional materials make for great display items (particularly the Wanted poster and Reward Sheet– I’d add the Gotham Map as well, but the glow-in-the-dark scribblings by Anarky make it less attractive than it could have been.) Necessary Evil, a standalone documentary about DC’s villains that was released on October 25, the same day as the game, I will review separately at a different time (the link will be here when I do, so check back!) The art book gives a nice look behind the scenes at the concept art and development process of Arkham Origins, and is an improvement on the Arkham City Collector’s Edition art book, which was smaller and featured almost exclusively images where this one couples images and creator interviews.
If you’re picking up Arkham Origins anyway, I definitely recommend grabbing the Collector’s Edition if you can get a hold of it. From what I’ve seen, though, it’s a bit rarer than the other two, most likely because of the production demand on the Joker statues. As an Arkham fan and a Bat-fan in general, I enjoyed this Collector’s Edition more than the other two despite Origins not being my favorite game out of the series. The Arkham Origins Collector’s Edition is available for Xbox 360 and PS3.
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