So the day has finally come and my first big exclusive for my Playstation 3 is finally in my possession. I knew from the moment I saw the massive cinematic trailer at the 2010 E3 festival that DC Universe Online would finally be the game that made me buy a Playstation 3, and it did. With today being the day of release, I decided to leave for work especially early in hopes of grabbing my copy before work so I wouldn’t have to stop on the way home. Unfortunately for me, Walmart and Target are fucking retarded and don’t know how to have a massive video game release available, you know, the day of release. Is that really asking too much?
So after wasting my time and sitting around dreading driving out of my way to pick up my pre-order I had at Best Buy so I could get those double reward points, I decided to use my lunch break to drive to the much closer Gamestop and see if I could still snag the Special Edition there. Score! I don’t really know why I had to have the Special Edition, or Limited Edition… actually I think they call it the Collectors Edition, whatever, but for some reason I just did. I’m not even a super huge fan of Batman, but I love collectible stuff like this PVC statue, so I snagged it. The rest of the stuff in it was kind of hit or miss. This is what the Collectors Edition contained:
-The Art Of DCU Online Book
-DC Universe Online Prestige Comic Book
-DC Universe Online Legends #0 Mini Comic and Poster
-In game bonus Bat Drone and Joker’s Flying Jester
The contents of the Collectors Edition are a mixed bag for me. I was really, really disappointed that my game came in a slip case cover style package, as I would have much preferred the standard Blu-Ray style case. I really like the artwork on it, but I prefer the hard cases for my game. The comics are really nice, but basically a rehash of the trailer I mentioned above. The art book is really nice and pretty in depth. The poster is absolutely outstanding, those I would love to find a way to get one without creases in it. All the artwork is by Jim Lee and the story adaptation in the comics are from Jeff Johns, which is pretty much as good as it gets in the land of DC.
Let’s face it though, there is only one reason to get the Collector’s Edition of this game and that is the Batman PVC statue. This thing is really nice, a bit shiny and fairly detailed. Batman is in a really cool pose and it is a really nice display piece for Batman fans. I don’t know if it is worth the extra 40 bucks by itself, but it is pretty damn close.
If you are planning on getting this game and happen to be a big fan of either Batman or DC Comics in general, this Collector’s Edition is a no brainer. Like the regular edition, it comes with the first 30 days free, followed by a $14.99 subscription fee. Stay tuned for a full review of the game itself to follow pending what seems to be the most ridiculous game installation I have ever seen on a console. I am over a half hour in with no end in site. I guess that’s why they included all the goodies to read. See you on the streets of Metropolis!