Collector’s edition video games: Collector’s Editions – Limited Run Games

5 Great Websites to Buy Unique Video Game Collector’s Editions

Most people buy their video games digitally nowadays. It’s convenient, cheap, and quick. But there’s still something to be said for physically collecting a video game, especially if it’s one you’re looking forward to or enjoyed playing.

If you want to make that purchase special, you might want to consider buying the collector’s edition. These are often limited print editions in special packaging that not only include the game, but also physical goodies like a figurine, poster, soundtrack, and other memorabilia.

If you’re on the hunt for a collector’s edition of a video game, we’ve rounded up the best websites where you can buy them.

Limited Run Games began in 2015, created by Josh Fairhurst and Douglas Bogart as a way to bring digital-only games to a physical medium. So far, they’ve achieved that for over 300 games and counting.

The company publishes games for platforms like the Nintendo Switch, PS4, PC, and for retro consoles like the NES and Game Boy.

While you can often buy the physical games on their own, the real excitement comes through Limited Run Games’ collector’s editions.

Some of the games that have received this special treatment include Doom, Jak and Daxter, Monkey Island, Castlevania, and Streets of Rage.

The great thing about Limited Run Games’ collector’s editions is that they usually work with the original creators to design something fans will cherish, sometimes including signed certificates of authenticity.

The collector’s editions typically come in specially designed, large box packaging, with trinkets that recreate objects from the game, or include other items like art prints, pins, and statues.

Fangamer is not only an excellent website to buy video game merch, but also for collector’s editions. You can expect the same magnificent quality here.

If a game you love gets a collector’s edition that releases on Fangamer, you should buy it. The attention to detail is top-notch, clearly designed for hardcore fans.

Take the Stardew Valley set. Not only does it come in a big box with unique artwork, but you also get a wooden standee, lapel pin, comic, farm deed, and cleaning cloth. These trinkets all fit with the aesthetic of the game and bring it to life.

Or the Spelunky set, which features a big box in the shape of the game’s recognizable idol, a decoder medallion, soundtrack CD, explorer’s journal, and pug plush keychain.

These releases are limited edition though, so you should act reasonably promptly if you want them. Pleasantly, many of the sets are reasonably priced, and you can often choose which platform you want the game on.

iam8bit dons itself as a “creative production company” that works with brands like Capcom and Nintendo to create a variety of experiences like mailers, commercials, and in-person exhibits. The company also produces video game collector’s sets.

Many of iam8bit’s collector’s editions are reprints of classic games. For example, you can buy a playable Genesis-compatible cartridge of Aladdin, Earthworm Jim, or Street Fighter II—the latter has a trifold box, with foil, gloss, and embossments, and 1,000 of the cartridges glow in the dark.

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But the true collector’s editions are even better. iam8bit stand out because it puts a huge amount of effort into the game’s packaging. The box for the Ori collector’s set glows in the dark (there’s a theme here!), while Spiritfarer’s is a constellation lantern display box. Essentially, the packaging is a work of art alone.

These come bundled with the usual collectible feelies; things like a postcard and stamp set, art book, pin, and a stained-glass piece.

Strictly Limited Games, as the name suggests, produces collector’s editions in fixed editions. Many of these are individually numbered to make them feel even more exclusive.

A great feature about the Strictly Limited Games store is that it tells you how much stock it has left. If you need time to pull together enough money to plunge into its deluxe sets, this should help give you a rough guideline.

While the other websites we’ve recommended cover indie games, this one truly nails the definition. You may have never heard of some of the games on sale here, but that’s what makes it so amazing; even games with a niche fan base can enjoy collecting a physical copy with extra goodies.

The company also plays host to a Partner Store. These are sets which aren’t directly made by Strictly Limited Games, but from other smaller developers and creators who require an outlet to sell their wares. Nevertheless, these are still well worth checking out and top quality.

5. Direct From the Publisher

If you can’t find the collector’s edition you’re looking for, you should also try shopping directly with the developer or publisher. Many of them sell directly through their own online stores, where you can also pick up other items while you’re there.

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For example, you should browse the offerings from Sony, Bandai Namco, Maixmum Games, and Bungie. This is just a small selection; head to your favorite developer’s website to see if it has its own store.

If you find something you like, but think it’s overpriced, try looking for it on a retailer like GameStop or Amazon. Though some developers won’t sell collector’s editions through third-party retailers, some of them do. It’s worth shopping around first before handing over your money to ensure you’re getting the best bang for your buck.

Help Support Game Developers Through Physical Purchases

Physical games are a dying breed, so there’s something special about holding a game in your hands and enjoying the extra trinkets that come with a collector’s edition. Don’t let them sit on a shelf—unwrap them and enjoy them.

Buying a collector’s edition not only means you can express your appreciation for a game, but it also helps the developer; often, more money from these sets ends up in their pockets, helping them fund future projects.

What’s the best (or worst) videogame collector’s edition you’ve ever bought?

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It may be a little silly, forking over $150+ for a game you can get for half that, but I think we’ve all been tempted by the siren song of a videogame collector’s edition, and upscale re-releases like the Knights of the Old Republic packages from LimitedRun gratify a primal part of my gamer brain. I wanted to hear about the tchotchkes our staff and community treasure, or else the buyer’s remorse they’ll never be able to forget.

What’s the best (or worst) videogame collector’s edition you’ve ever bought?

Here are our answers, as well as some from our forum.

Wes Fenlon, Senior Editor: I still feel a bit annoyed about Black Ops a decade later. This is the last Call of Duty game I bought, and my interest in the series was already waning by this point. But my friends and I loved the Zombies co-op mode in Treyarch’s previous game, World at War, and decided to buy Black Ops specifically to play more Zombies. The only problem: only the Hardened Edition came with the Zombies maps. And at launch, I believe there was no option to buy them separately, so it was either spring an extra $20 for the Hardened Edition, or miss out on the one mode we actually cared about. 

So we paid up, and we played a lot of Zombies. That mode was definitely worth 20 bucks. As for the other $60 I spent… well, there’s a reason I didn’t buy another Call of Duty after that one. I was tired of the ridiculously quick TTK pace of the multiplayer, and Black Ops’ campaign mostly just annoyed me. I’m not sure those great few weeks of Zombies co-op were worth having “THE NUMBERS, MASON” stuck in my head for the rest of time.

Phil Savage, UK Editor-in-Chief: I once moved houses three times in a year, and ever since I’ve avoided collector’s editions. The acquisition of videogame tat is ultimately just a problem that one day I’ll be forced to solve. The one thing I’ve kept is Anno 1404’s collector’s chest—a bizarre little package that, yes, includes the standard art book and a bonus DVD, but also some more outlandish items.  

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There’s a compass, which admittedly I’ve never had a reason to use. There’s also a little pouch containing six almond seeds, useful, I guess, in case I’m ever stranded on an island and need to produce goods to kickstart a new trade empire. Look, it’s still full of junk, but it’s interesting junk that’s different from the norm. Admittedly I’m only picking this because I didn’t buy the World in Conflict collector’s edition, which came with an actual piece of the Berlin Wall.

Robin Valentine, Print Editor: I’m usually very anti-collector’s editions – no one on earth needs a big plastic statue from a game they haven’t even played yet. One of the few I’ve ever indulged in was the one for the classic, short-lived MMO Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning. I’ve still got it on my shelf, and it’s absolutely bursting with genuine quality—there’s an exclusive Warhammer miniature of one of the main bad guys, a lovely graphic novel that sets up all the game’s factions and their conflicts, an art book full of some of my favourite concept art ever, and. .. well, a mousemat, which is admittedly not quite as exciting. But not a stupid piece of plastic or pointless coin to be found. Even the box is a hefty, durable artifact in its own right. Shame it’s lasted longer than the game did. 

Rich Stanton, News Editor: My hype for Starcraft 2 was off the charts, and I played Wings of Liberty obsessively for about two years after release, so how could I ever resent this perfect big box that opens like a Terran self-building structure (not really but, y’know, the box has big industrial teeth that slide apart and back together again). Therein you’ll find the usual suspects of an elaborate art book and soundtrack CD, but this came alongside a USB stick in the form of Jim Raynor’s dog tag with the OG Starcraft on it, a fabulous behind-the-scenes ‘making of’ DVD, an absolutely terrible comic book, and various in-game downloadables including a must-have WoW pet of a miniature Thor.

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Straight to my belly please Blizzard. I love this collector’s edition mostly because I retain such fondness for this game, and recently a friend I used to play with visited me for a weekend. We did a bit of co-op gaming on our laptops one night, and it wasn’t too long before I’d fetched the WoL Collector’s Edition so we could re-examine it. At this point I remembered / realised it also included three sticker sheets: one for each of the game’s factions. Obviously we threw the Protoss and Zerg ones aside, then re-affirmed our unbreakable manly bond by tastefully and carefully decorating our laptops in the Terran stickers. Still delivering value a dozen years later: now that’s what I call a collector’s edition.

Andy Chalk, News Lead: Tough to pick just one “best” but I think I’d have to give it to Neverwinter Nights. Absolutely massive box, with a gorgeous (and also massive) art book, full-size poster, full manual, game discs, soundtrack disc, mousepad map, and even a long-sleeve shirt for some reason. It’s a glorious thing, and it holds a special place in my heart because I got it through the last real interaction with an EB Games employee I ever had. Shame the game itself was so mediocre.

The worst collector’s edition, off the top of my head, is probably Half-Life 2. Big-ass box, nothing of note inside. Like I need a Prima Game Guide for Half-Life 2? We’re not playing Myst here, guys.

By the way Phil, I think I have that World in Conflict Collector’s Edition. It’s pretty sweet.

Ted Litchfield, Associate Editor: I love filling the shelves of my home office/gamer hole with plastic crap, simple as. If we’re talking about a game I’m excited enough for (would have hit Elden Ring, but its special version was only on consoles), or a re-release of an old favorite (you better believe I snagged those LimitedRun KotORs) I’ll do it, damn the consequences. And I’d do absolutely evil things for Andy’s NwN collector’s edition.

But I will never forgive BioWare for what it did to me with the Dragon Age: Inquisition “Inquisitor’s Edition.”

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Lockpick set, war table pieces, ink and quill, all looks decent right? When I call them plastic pieces of crap, I want to stress that half of these things were broken out of the box, just impossibly low quality. The cloth map, possibly the thing I was most excited for? A blurry, low-res jpeg of Thedas, the same one that’s been up on the Dragon Age Wiki since 2009. The only halfway decent thing was the tarot card deck, and guess what I lost first and most definitively, somewhere between college moves and my parents’ basement having a minor flood? I know that last one isn’t BioWare’s fault, but cut me some slack, I’m emotional and irrational here!

DXCHASE: My Skyrim collectors edition is pretty great. I love the dragon statue and I still have the original box with its books and everything on display. that would be my favorite.

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Brian Boru: “I think we’ve all been tempted by the siren song of a videogame collector’s edition?Oh no we haven’t! 

I’ve never bought what you’re talking about, but I have bought Collector’s Editions of game franchises—best undoubtedly being the 17-game Command and Conquer Ultimate Collection.

In the casual game world, Collector’s Edition does not include anything physical but rather extra files like a strategy guide and art book, and then also extras in the game—i.e. a different version of the game—like collectibles and extra levels. I haven’t bought many of those, with the best being the CEs of the excellent Royal Envoy series which provided ~50% more levels.

Zloth: I got a version of City of Villans that had a tiny, plastic Ghost Widow figure. That’s the closest I’ve ever gotten to a Collector’s Edition style statue. I do still have the plastic figure, so I guess it’s a win.

The KotOR2 stuff doesn’t appeal to me at all… except the poster that has HK-47 in the background. I would pay maybe a dollar for that. [Editor’s note: I paid a lot more for it than that, bucko!]

Krud: Probably the best one I ever bought was the Warcraft III Collector’s Edition, as it came with a TON of cool physical stuff (though nothing like a helmet or canvas bag, just art books and a guide and posters and cinematic DVD’s and whatnot, I don’t remember the specifics, as it’s been a while), and I got it for dirt cheap from a store that apparently didn’t know it was worth far more than the $25 I paid. (This wasn’t that long after The Frozen Throne had come out. I think the regular base game was going for $19.99 at the time.)

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Honorable mention goes to The Roberta Williams Anthology, which was less a “collector’s edition” and more of a… well, collection in general, showing off her legacy in Sierra (while also plugging Phantasmagoria, which only came as a demo on it, IIRC.)

Having said that, I don’t know that I’ve bought any “collector’s editions” since I went digital downloads only. Except for maybe some GoG offerings that are labeled “collector’s editions” despite it all just being digital swag. I think the term generally means something different nowadays, usually referring to a more complete version of the game. Though if the only difference is the Advanced Deluxe Legendary Edition comes with hi-res wallpaper and the soundtrack in FLAC format, I’ll probably not spring the additional ten bucks or whatever they’re asking.

mainer: I’ve purchased quite a few collectors’ editions over the years for games or game series that I really enjoy. But I’m a bit picky about those that I do purchase, as I look at what type of physical “loot” is included, more so than just the digital “rewards” for paying extra. PC gaming is my number one hobby, and being a kid at heart, I love those things like cloth maps, statues, unique card decks, hard cover art books, replica coins, and all the other little physical items that might be included. I am not, however, interested in those collectors’ editions that offer only digital rewards, such as in-game weapons, armor, pets, or in digital art books or soundtracks.

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Naming my favorite collector’s edition is a bit tougher, but it would have to go to the original Pip-boy collector’s edition for Fallout 4. The original CE sold out in less than 48 hours, and you got an actual Pip-boy (in a Vault 111 crate) that you could actually wear, plus you could insert your smart phone (though not all makes/models) into the Pip-boy, download the Pip-boy App, which connected to your game so that you could access all stats, maps, and quests, just like you would in the game. In theory at least. The App was notoriously buggy and only worked about 75% of the time, I don’t think it’s available any longer. But it remains the only interactive CE that I’ve ever owned. In addition, you also got the Season Pass so that you got all future DLC for free.

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Without doubt, the worst collector’s edition I’ve ever purchased was Ultima 9 Ascension. A huge game box that was hard to fit on shelves, and entirely unneeded for what little it contained. A cloth map, a poster, a few unique tarot cards, and a certificate signed by “Lord British”. Disappointing to say the least, and what made it worse, was that the game was terrible & buggy and a poor reflection on such a great RPG series. A very sad end.

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Ted has been thinking about PC games and bothering anyone who would listen with his thoughts on them ever since he booted up his sister’s copy of Neverwinter Nights on the family computer. He is obsessed with all things CRPG and CRPG-adjacent, but has also covered esports, modding, and rare game collecting. When he’s not playing or writing about games, you can find Ted lifting weights on his back porch.

5 games that received the rarest collector’s editions


The number of video game fans is now measured in millions, and every year there are more and more gamers. Thanks to this, game creators are also constantly developing and expanding their virtual world, making their continuations and offshoots. But in addition, they often release collector’s editions for true connoisseurs. And while most of these video game titles are always quite limited, there are a few very rare ones that stand out from the rest.

What it is

Each company tries to release a collector’s edition of a video game that should interest the buyer. But everything that your heart desires can be included in it. In some editions, this may be a game bonus, which can then be used when passing levels, in others it may be especially beautiful decorations or character’s attire, which, again, can be used during the game. There may also be soundtracks available that can be listened to in the car, at home or at work. Also available in Collector’s Editions are maps of the game area, key chains, concept art…

Theoretically, there can be anything your heart desires, which is why gamers buy them to get a pleasant surprise from the creators of the game. True, they will have to pay a lot, because such publications cost far from a penny, and for some of them you need to pay not just a tidy sum, but so much money that is enough to buy a car. Actually, that’s why these editions of video games are distinguished from others, because they are insanely rare and extremely valuable.

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“Dead Space”

The Dead Space Ultra Limited Edition is a perfect example of what needs to be done to any game has become even more valuable and interesting. Most importantly, there are only 1000 copies of this collector’s edition. It also contained decent souvenir products at a retail price of $ 150. There was also a card signed by Glenn Schofield, an animated film, a comic strip, and an Ishimura crew patch. Each of these items is valuable in itself, and together they created a real buzz among gamers. Well, in the end, after such an edition, the game “Dead Space” became even more popular and managed to spawn several sequels, which means that the popularity of the series grew long after the last copy of the Ultra Limited Edition was sold.

World Of Warcraft (WoW)

The WoW Collector’s Edition is a true rarity and only a handful of gamers have, despite being one of the best-selling games of all time. More importantly, these collector’s editions came with a special CD key that was hardly used by anyone. But the most coveted item in this edition was a funny and cute play pet, which also included a soundtrack, a book with illustrations and a fabric map of the game world. Unfortunately, this pet was tied to a CD key, which meant that everything that came with it could only be used when the CD players were used again. In the years since the release of World of Warcraft, the number of unclaimed Collector’s Edition CD keys has dwindled to a paltry amount, so that now the complete Collector’s Edition with all the original goodies included has become extremely rare and is only bought by true connoisseurs of the game who simply bet put it on a shelf like a true rarity.

Uncharted 2

Collector’s edition of “Uncharted 2: Fortune Hunter” is incredibly beautiful. It contains an ornate replica of the Phurba dagger wielded by the protagonist, a hand-signed book of the character’s adventures, detailed profiles of all the characters, concept art, and a copy of the game’s soundtrack, which can be listened to anywhere and everywhere. More importantly, this is an extremely rare edition that is not easy to find. After all, no 200 copies of the Fortune Hunter edition could be bought in stores – they had to be won by participating in the competition in the multiplayer demo of the game, PlayStation Home and other places. And since now all these competitions are long over, real fans can only beg for a copy from those who were able to win the tournament by paying an exorbitant amount for it.

Dying Light My Apocalypse Edition and Saints Row 4 Super Dangerous Wad

These are the most expensive collector’s editions of their kind, and are considered the most rare and valuable. And most importantly, they have never been sold in the public domain. But now the Dying Light My Apocalpyse edition can be purchased for $400,000, and the Saints Row 4 Super Dangerous Wad edition can be purchased for as much as $1,000,000. True, buyers for the money can expect a lot more than just a game add-on or soundtrack CD, as the Saints Row 4 package came with a Lamborghini and plastic surgery discount, and the Dying Light Collector’s Edition comes with a “purpose-built zombie hideout.” “.

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