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The PlayStation 3 was never the most popular console of its generation, particularly in North America, but it produced some valuable gaming gems. In fact, many titles in the PS3’s extensive back catalogue have gone on to become highly sought-after collector’s items, and if you’ve got one of the titles on this list, it might finally be time to get on the phone to an auction house... or maybe just go online. It is the 21st century, after all.
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Uncharted 2: Fortune Hunter Collector’s Edition
For a series all about fortune hunting, the story of Uncharted 2’s Collector’s Edition feels quite appropriate for its fanbase. is a masterpiece, and we would have loved to have gotten our hands on the Fortune Hunter Edition back when it came out in 2009, but it was nearly impossible to find even then, and the price has only gone up since.
This collection is a dream for Uncharted fans, with a replica dagger, strategy guide, art book, and autographed game case, all in some beautifully on-brand packaging. The bad news is that only 200 copies were made, so it’s going to cost you several thousand dollars to be one of the elite few who can claim ownership.
Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag – Black Chest Edition
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is a franchise highlight, lack of actual stealth and assassination aside, but does that justify the money required ? If your sailor’s pockets run deep, this limited edition - complete with a Captain Edward Kenway statue, a pirate map, and the Jackdaw’s black flag (among other things) - can be yours for the low, low price of around $938.
Since Black Flag came out in the waning days of the PS3, more focus was given to the next-gen versions, which ironically made these less attainable editions even more valuable. Get one before they’re gone forever.
The Last of Us Post-Pandemic Edition
Naughty Dog once again showed off its first-class talent with 2013’s The Last of Us, but the game’s quality extends well beyond the software itself. The of The Last of Us was a thing of beauty, boasting a 12-inch statue and authentic comic, as well as all DLC and multiplayer content.
Getting your hands on this one will be a real punch to the wallet nowadays, though, as there aren’t too many going around. On the other hand, if you managed to pick up this super-limited version of The Last of Us, you could be in for a quick payday.
Demon’s Souls Deluxe Edition
Before Bloodborne, there was Dark Souls, but before even that, it all began with Demon’s Souls. Those who had faith in From Software’s abilities were smart enough to pick up a of the 2009 PS3 exclusive at launch, but these days the rest of us must turn to the collector’s market.
This one isn’t too expensive compared to other games on this list, and the included strategy guide would surely be a major help considering the franchise is known for its crushing difficulty. Demon’s Souls wound up being so popular that plans to shut down the servers were scrapped, so it’s not too late to dive into the game that went on to inspire an entire genre of action-RPGs.
Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD ReMix Collector’s Edition
Placing convoluted lore and obscurely named sequels to one side for a moment, Kingdom Hearts is one of the most beloved RPG series in Square Enix’s inventory. includes Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep Final Mix, and Kingdom Hearts Re:Coded.
On top of that, the adorable Shadow Heartless plush toy, a collectable pin, and a gorgeous art book round out the limited edition set. With Kingdom Hearts III on the horizon (next year, if you can believe it), this is a great time to enjoy the series’ most important titles as they were originally intended, while scoring some cool merchandise at the same time.
FFXIII Lightning Returns Collector’s Edition
How much of a die-hard Final Fantasy fan are you? Enough that you’ll pay more to get a digital Aerith costume for FFXIII Lightning Returns? Ok, that’s not the only thing that comes with this collector’s edition - there’s also a hardcover art book, a pocket watch and some, uh, “commemorative packaging.”
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Wizard’s Edition
Good luck getting your hands on this one. The ultra-rare Wizard’s Edition of Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch isn’t easy to come by, and , expect to shell out a few hundred dollars for the purchase.
Even if you’re a sucker for hardcover art books, golden coins, and Drippy plush dolls, that price isn’t to be sniffed it, but it could well be worth it for the more hardcore collectors among us. If you’re really smart about it, you might consider investing in the inevitable collector’s edition that's bound to be released for Ni No Kuni II. Who’s to say it won’t also be worth a fortune in 2025?
Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood Limited Codex Edition
That’s quite apt, come to think of it, considering Ezio’s knack for subterfuge. Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood Limited Codex Edition (which is an absolute mouthful of a title) is loaded with goodies both physical and digital, including a beautifully designed chest and a map of Ubisoft’s Ancient Rome. I reckon it would look great hung up behind that $900 statue of Edward Kenway...
BioShock Infinite Ultimate Songbird Edition
This ultra edition of BioShock Infinite isn’t too pricey all in all, making a tempting offer for any fans of the acclaimed series. The included Songbird statue, on its own, is a gorgeous addition for any shelf, and the additional goodies included are just extra dollops of icing on the cake.
Sadly, the included Murder of Crows vigor replica doesn’t actually give you the ability to command armies of birds from your fingertips. Superpowers or no superpowers, all that’s left for you to decide represents a fair price to pay for a Songbird protecting your home 24/7.
The Beatles Rock Band (Full Game Bundle)
If you’ve got a full set of The Beatles: Rock Band and all its themed instruments in good condition hanging around your house, . Even used, this 2009 limited edition set goes for $160 and upwards, and with good reason.
The instruments are designed with the game’s iconic band in mind, which is what gives it that collector’s item flair above your typical Rock Band peripherals. We’re not talking original copy of “Can’t Buy Me Love” levels of rare, of course, but the chance to own this collection doesn’t come easy.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Prestige Edition
received overwhelming praise from critics and fans alike in 2009, but that’s not what makes this version so worthwhile. The Prestige Edition of the game comes with fully functioning night vision goggles and a dummy head to display them on (plus the game itself, obviously).
How many of your friends can honestly claim to own military grade equipment in their own home? This set may not be cheap, and almost impossible to find in new condition, but the goggles make for great conversation starters and party tricks.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Collector’s Edition
You can’t say Bethesda doesn’t know how to do a special edition. This version of Skyrim comes with an intimidating 12” statue of the dragon Alduin, a 200-page art book, a commentary DVD, and a cloth map of the eponymous Nordic region.
Unfortunately, this collector’s edition is hard to find, at least with all items included, and will . The good news is that Skyrim appears to be re-releasing on every device under the sun these days, so it seems likely that this won’t retain its market worth and steep price label forever.
NBA Elite 11
Just the box: $3250
Here it is. The rarest of rare. By all accounts, NBA Elite 11 doesn’t even officially exist as a video game. It's so rare, in fact, that I couldn't even find an image of the PS3 packshot online, so this Xbox 360 one will have to make do. The mobile to console port was cancelled before it was due to release but, in the words of Jurassic Park’s Ian Malcolm, life finds a way, and of NBA Elite 11 managed to fall into circulation and eventually into the hands of some very lucky gamers. A used copy is now going for nearly $3600 online. If you’re just interested in the empty casing, it’s not nearly as cheap as you might think, currently running at $3250.
SOCOM 4 Full Deployment Edition
Hey! Remember SOCOM 4? If you’re a collector, you really should, as the curiously named “Deployment Edition” of the game is now going for . The good news is that the included PlayStation Move controllers and camera have recently been given a renewed lease of life, as they can still work as peripherals for PlayStation VR, making this a purchase that won’t just be sitting on the shelf all day. I’d even wager that you might be able to use the bundled in “Shooter gun” controller with the recently released Farpoint game. prices, so get on it now while you still can.
Marvel Vs. Capcom 2
For years, Marvel vs. Capcom 2 was a famously elusive rarity, and PS2-era copies regularly went for over $60 used. Capcom made it available digitally in 2009, but unwilling to let the game lose its edge in the market, the company released a limited edition version with a case. No game disc. Just a case with a code for Marvel vs. Capcom 2. You can imagine what happened next. If you want your own sealed version of the game, prepare to shell out way more money than you should. There’s currently . Yep.