Get that Trophy
Final Fantasy VII, black label. Chrono Trigger, boxed and sealed. The gold Nintendo World Championship cartridges. Each console generation has brought us a slew of highly collectible, really hard to find games. Some are deluxe editions of prominent titles, other are games you may not even have heard of, much less remember they existed.
The following is 15 of the top ticket items for the PlayStation 3. Throughout its seven-year tenure, these games have become the hardest to get our hands on. If you bought them when they released, good on you, but we hope you took care of them.
Aliens VS Predator Hunter Edition
Ever wished you had a life-sized facehugger you could wrap around your skull, facilitating horrific pranks on your friends and/or loved ones? You've come to the right collector's edition! Alongside this grisly sci-fi FPS, the Hunter Edition includes a graphic novel, a gorgeous steel case, some DLC maps, a Weyland-Yutani Corp patch, and, in the spirit of the '90s, a lenticular holographic card. But the grotesque icing on the cake is the articulated facehugger replica, which looks disturbingly real at a glance. Just looking at it is making our oral orifice feel violated.
Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust
Try to imagine paying $75 for a mound of feces pressed into the shape of a disc. Congratulations, youve just simulated the act of buying a factory-sealed PS3 copy of the most recent Leisure Suit Larry game. Even to a franchise as lewd and cheesy as Larrys, this game was a disgrace, failing to even offer the series trademark smut as a reward for your perverted puzzle-solving. Our only hope is that Codemasters deliberately printed as few PS3 copies as possible, creating a rare collectors item in exchange for making the world a better place--at least, better than it wouldve been with a full production run.
Nothing sets a game collector's heart a-flutter quite like obscure, limited run Japanese RPGs. Cross Edge, published by Nippon Ichi Software America, fits the bill perfectly. A crossover RPG featuring characters from Capcom, Namco Bandai, Gust Corporation, and the publisher Nippon Ichi, Cross Edge is a traditional Japanese RPG that you may not have even heard of. It launched in 2009, right in the midst of the first Infamous and Prototype games, and copies were hard to come by from the beginning. If you love RPGs and you missed Cross Edge, well...prepare to pay a pretty hefty catching up fee.
SOCOM 4: Full Deployment Edition
If you're a member of the Navy SEALs, we sincerely hope that you're deployed onto war-torn battlefields with more than a plastic peripheral and a PlayStation Move controller to protect yourself. We can only imagine that this was Sony's push to get hardcore shooter fans onboard with motion controls, and the results couldn't have been pretty. Along with the SOCOM 4 disc, the bundle gives you the PlayStation Move, the accompanying nunchu--uh, "navigation controller," a PlayStation Eye, and the plastic Sharp Shooter peripheral which the Move slots right into. Our bet is that everyone who bought this bundle used the controller to play The House of the Dead: Overkill instead.
Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm Limited Edition
Trust your instincts. The next time your gut tells you to pick up a collector's edition while you still can--especially if it costs a mere $10 more than the standard version--do it. In the case of Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm, that additional value rose exponentially once the limited supplies ran out. Bonuses packed in with the cel-shaded, open-world brawler (itself in a steel game case) included the soundtrack, some trading cards, and a sleek art cel depicting a raging battle between Naruto and Sasuke. Just like Resident Evil 4 Premium Edition, it's the art cel that drives most of the aftermarket value.
Animals! Animals everywhere! Afrika is a virtual safari, letting players play the role of wildlife photographer in the heart of the Serengeti. It's Pokemon Snap with real-life, not made up animals! It may not sound all that interesting, but do you remember how awesome Pokemon Snap was? This is just as good, and you might learn something about the world you live in! Of course, now some players may be more intrigued by the animal apocalypse game Tokyo Jungle, but whoever wants to go on safari but can't afford the travel costs can instead grab Afrika and have it...though it's still a pretty petty for a new copy.
The Godfather: The Don's Edition
Before Grand Theft Auto IV and before Saints Row, a game based on one of the best movies of all time introduced us to true open-world gameplay. The Godfather married classic characters and real scenes from the movie with a whole new layer of interaction, watching as Aldo Trapani rises from underling to the eventual Don of New York City. It was a really fun game, for movie buffs and open-world fans alike, and respectably satiated the thirst for a GTA experience before the series could come to PS3. Be warned though: if you want to buy this game brand new, you may have to make someone an offer they can't refuse.
Hyperdimension Neptunia Premium Edition
We love video games, and we've been playing them for a long time, but never before has a game put us in control of a personified video game console. Seriously, the main character of Hyperdimension Neptunia is a human PlayStation, fighting against the evil personified piracy device. We're not making this up. Go look at a description, we'll wait. Now you want to play this game, right? Maybe even get the premium edition to show support for this beautiful new thing you've found? Well, the Premium editions were only in initial shipments of the game, so you'll have to open the wallet to get the extras.
Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2 Gameindustri Savior Set
More Hyperdimension? Yup. This goofy JRPG is a bit of a rarity, chronicling the adventures of moe anime girls who just happen to be allegories for the trials and tribulations of console wars in the games industry. The collector's edition comes packed with even more adolescent girl-adorned goodness, including an artbook, the soundtrack, and a deck of playing cards. Here's a fun activity: invite all your non-hardcore-gamer friends over for dinner and a night of high-stakes poker. Deal out cards from the Hyperdimension Neptunia deck, each decorated with an image of a barely clothed, prepubescent anime girl. Watch with glee as your guests' smiles morph into uncomfortable grimaces.
Demon's Souls Deluxe Edition
It's considered the most difficult game on the PS3 (even compared to its successor Dark Souls), so it makes perfect sense that its deluxe edition is really friggin' hard to find. Back when not much was known about Demon's Souls, the clairvoyants among us snatched up the collector's boxes, knowing that we would come, with money raised overhead, telling whoever would sell it to us to stop talking and take our currency. $450 sounds like a real strain on the wallet, but it's nothing compared to the strain on our patience once we start playing...and we wouldn't have it any other way.
Mortal Kombat: Tournament Edition
If you're a Mortal Kombat veteran, then you're well aware of the arcade cabinet's wacky, five-buttons-in-the-shape-of-an-X control layout. Problem is, not too many retail arcade sticks offers this bizarre layout by default. The solution: this nifty Tournament Edition, which comes packed with a joystick custom-made for MK dominance. It's got everything your hands are used to, with a bat-top, American-style stick and chunky concave buttons. Even crazier is how the joystick opens up, revealing the game and some DLC vouchers. We're not sure how practical it is, but imagine stashing a sandwich in that compartment, then opening up your joystick for lunch in the middle of a match.
The Last of Us: Post Pandemic Edition
It's like they say: the early bird gets the statuette of Joel and Ellie. That's the main draw of this post-apocalyptic special edition, crafted by the talented folks at Project Triforce (who you might know from their Gears of War and Arkham City replicas). According to the packaging, the statue alone is a $200 value, which might explain how this collector's edition currently costs more than the PS3 itself. Thrown into the mix are some DLC vouchers, the first issue of The Last of Us comic, a steel case, and some stickers.
Assassin's Creed II Master Assassin Edition
Ezio Auditore made quite the entrance in the Assassin's Creed sequel, and much like the game, his collector's edition outshined Altair's in almost every regard. Instead the dinky, 3-inch Altair figurine included in the previous limited edition, Ezio was immortalized as an 8.5-inch statuette in an irrefutably badass, wrist-blades-at-the-ready pose. Joining him was an art book, a behind-the-scenes DVD, the soundtrack, and two exclusive maps that would later become DLC. It set the precedent for a series of sweet Assassin Brotherhood statues, though the Edward Kenway one that comes with the Black Flag limited edition kinda looks like he's doing a merry jig.
NBA Elite 11
We must be mind-readers, because it seems we correctly predicted your reaction of WTF?! to the above pricing. Blame Electronic Arts for the ludicrous price. The teams that made the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions were ordered to completely reboot the entire franchise, with only a scant 18 months of development time to do so. This soul-crushing deadline took its toll on the final product, which was such a glitch-ridden mess that EA axed the whole project at the eleventh hour. Unfortunately, a miniscule number of copies had already gone out to retailers, and were accidentally sold to members of the public. No one among them couldve known that theyd just purchased what is now one of game collectings Holy Grails.
Uncharted 2: Fortune Hunter Edition
Ladies and gentlemen, feast your eyes on the Big Kahuna of valuable collector's editions. In 2009, Sony endeavored to craft the rarest game bundle ever made, making a mere 200 copies of this majestic special edition. Only those who played the Uncharted 2 demo during select weekends in the month of October would be entered to win. Those absurdly lucky 200 were rewarded with a copy of the game, an art book, the official guide, and an ornate replica dagger that could easily double as an Indiana Jones prop. We've had the honor of holding said dagger in our hands--praise Antista--and it was glorious.
Who's breaking the bank?
See anything you like? There's a lot of money to be spent, but everything on the list is worth the hefty price tag to collectors. With the PS4 around the corner, we wouldn't be surprised if the prices of these items went even higher, so it may be smart to strike now if you've got the cash.