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The PlayStation 3 wasn’t the most popular console of its generation, particularly in North America, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t produce some valuable gems. Collector’s Editions in particular are sought-after now, and if you’ve got one of the titles on this list, it might be time to get paid.
Uncharted 2: Fortune Hunter Collector’s Edition
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is a masterpiece, and we would have loved to have gotten our hands on the Fortune Hunter Collector’s Edition back when it came out in 2009. Even then, it was nearly impossible to find, and the price has only gone up since then. 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. 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 one of the most fun games in the series—lack of actual stealth and assassinations aside—but how much is it worth to own the Black Chest Edition? If your pockets run deep, this limited edition 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 $862 dollars. Because this came out in the waning days of the PS3, more focus was given to the next-gen versions, making this one extra valuable.
The Last of Us Post-Pandemic Edition
Naughty Dog, the makers of the Uncharted series, once again showed off their superior game-making skills with 2013’s The Last of Us. The rare Post-Pandemic Edition includes a 12-inch statue and preview comic, as well as DLC and multiplayer content. Getting your hands on this one will be a real punch to the wallet—there aren’t many to go around. You know what that means? 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 Dark Souls, there was Demon’s Souls. Those who had faith in From Software’s abilities were able to pick up a Deluxe Edition of the 2009 PS3 exclusive at launch—the rest of us have to 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 help considering the Souls games are known for their 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 Dark Souls and Bloodborne.
Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD ReMix Collector’s Edition
Oddly named sequels aside, Kingdom Hearts is one of the most beloved RPG series in Square Enix’s inventory. This collection includes Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep Final Mix, and Kingdom Hearts Re:Coded, and the adorable Shadow Heartless plush toy, collectable pin, and art book round out this limited edition set. With Kingdom Hearts III on the horizon (eventually, someday), this is a great time to catch up on a few of the series’ many games and score some cool stuff 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 an Aerith costume for FFXIII Lightning Returns? Okay, that’s not the only thing that comes with this collector’s edition—there’s also a hardcover art book and pocket watch. Still, these prices aren’t bad to have a little piece of Final Fantasy VII in the game as a callback to Square Enix’s glory days.
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 is hard to find, and when you do find it, expect to shell out a few hundred dollars. Even if you’re a sucker for art books and plush dolls, that price is hard to justify, but it’s certainly worth it for hardcore collectors. And if you managed to find your own copy, selling it now could help pay this month’s rent.
Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood Limited Codex Edition
Not only is this Limited Edition rare, it was only released in a few regions, making it one of the hardest PS3 games to find. Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood Limited Codex Edition is loaded with goodies both physical and digital, like a beautifully designed chest and a map of Rome. Expect to import it and pay several hundred dollars to add this to your collection. Hey, that chest will look great next to your Edward Kenway statue.
BioShock Infinite Ultimate Songbird Edition
This ultra edition of BioShock Infinite is worth it for any fan of the series. The included Songbird statue on its own is a gorgeous addition to any shelf, and the extra goodies included are just icing on the cake. For whatever reason, the PS3 version of the sealed game is skewing less expensive than the Xbox 360 version, but there are also less copies to go around. Now all you have to do is decide whether $250 is a fair price to pay to have Songbird watching over you all the time.
The Beatles Rock Band (Full Game Bundle)
If you’ve got a full set of The Beatles: Rock Band instruments in good condition hanging around your house, now’s a perfect time to sell. In good condition, this 2009 box set goes for $500 and up, and with good reason! The instruments are designed with the game’s iconic band in mind, and the game itself perfectly captures the wonder of The Beatles. And because their music is still loved by fans of all ages, this could easily become a new family game night favorite.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Prestige Edition
Used without box: $30
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 received overwhelming praise from critics and fans alike in 2009, but that’s not what makes this version so worthwhile. This limited-edition set comes with night vision goggles that actually work, as well as a dummy head to display them on—oh yeah, and the game itself. How many of your friends can say they have functional night vision goggles? This set may not be cheap, at least not for a sealed copy, but the goggles make a great conversation piece.
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 the 2011 hit The Elder Scrolls V: 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 Skyrim region—all worthwhile collectables for Elder Scrolls fans. Unfortunately, this Collector’s Edition is hard to find, and will cost you a few hundred bucks. The good news is, if you own this one, it’s currently a seller’s market.
Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds
Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds is an adorable gem from the PS3’s rough launch window. Why is it so hard to find now? We don’t know, but if you’re in the market for PS3 games, this should be in your collection. You can get it brand new for less than the price of a new current-gen game, and if you don’t mind a used copy, it’s even cheaper. It’s got online and local multiplayer, too, so it’s great for when friends are over. Just be warned, one band shot and you’ll want to break your virtual golf club in half.
Tales of Xillia Limited Collector’s Edition
This one’s a steal. You can find Tales of Xillia’s Limited Collector’s Edition on the cheap if you move fast and get in on Namco-Bandai’s long-running Tales RPG series. With a statue, an art book, the soundtrack, and DLC, this isn’t the craziest special edition ever, but for the price, why not pick up a few extra goodies? We’re guessing this Collector’s Edition is not going to be easy to find—especially at these prices—for too many more years.
Case only: $59.99
For years, Marvel vs. Capcom 2 was extremely hard to find, and PS2-era copies regularly went for over $60 used. Capcom made it available digitally in 2009, but unable to let the collector’s market for the fighting game die, they released a limited-edition version with a case. No game disc. Just a case with a code for Marvel vs. Capcom 2. And now, if you want your own sealed version of this limited edition, prepare to shell out way more money than you should. If it’s just the case you’re after, you can have it looking nice on your shelf for around $60. For an empty game case that was never meant to hold a disc. What is it with this game?
A collector’s work is never done
Do you own any of these rare games, and would you ever part with them for a price? Let us know in the comments—and fill us in on any games you think we missed.
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