Batman: Arkham Asylum Collector's Edition

Platform: Xbox 360 Edition: Collector's Edition Format: NTSC
Released in United States on Aug 25, 2009 at a price of $99.99

The Collector’s Edition of Batman: Arkham Asylum comes in a large Plastic Box.

Batman Arkham Asylum Collectors Edition Xbox 360 NTSC

Batman Arkham Asylum Collectors Edition Xbox 360 NTSC

Inside the plastic box is a Large chip-board case with a hinged top and magnetic latch in the same of the bat symbol.  It is flat black and adorned with gloss black text and emblems.

Batman Arkham Asylum Collectors Edition Xbox 360 NTSC

Batman Arkham Asylum Collectors Edition Xbox 360 NTSC

Inside the case is a life-sized plastic replica of the Batarang, a medical journal from Arkham Asylum in a faux-leather cover, two stickers with Xbox Live content codes on the back, the game manual, and a special 2-disc digi-pak case with the game disc as well a behind the scenes DVD.

Batman Arkham Asylum Collectors Edition Xbox 360 NTSC Batman Arkham Asylum Collectors Edition Xbox 360 NTSC

Batman Arkham Asylum Collectors Edition Xbox 360 NTSC Batman Arkham Asylum Collectors Edition Xbox 360 NTSC

Batman Arkham Asylum Collectors Edition Xbox 360 NTSC Batman Arkham Asylum Collectors Edition Xbox 360 NTSC

Batman Arkham Asylum Collectors Edition Xbox 360 NTSC Batman Arkham Asylum Collectors Edition Xbox 360 NTSC

I found the Batarang to be a bit of a let down, it is no surprise that they decided to make it of plastic, but it is pretty obvious and looks more like a toy than a replica weapon. They also added fake scratches which don’t help its case any.

Batman Arkham Asylum Collectors Edition Xbox 360 NTSC

Batman Arkham Asylum Collectors Edition Xbox 360 NTSC Batman Arkham Asylum Collectors Edition Xbox 360 NTSC

The medical journal with character descriptions was a nice touch. the actual content is in a binding typical of most game manuals but the faux-leather cover makes this a much nicer center piece than the Batarang, if nothing else its more believable.

Batman Arkham Asylum Collectors Edition Xbox 360 NTSC

The manual sits outside of the digi-pak game case, most likely because the design of the game case doesn’t allow room for much outside of the two discs. Interesting that they made the content cards the backing for some stickers of the game’s emblem. Not that collectors are the kind to actually USE stickers that are included with a CE but it’s nice to see some fresh thinking with the CE packaging.

Batman Arkham Asylum Collectors Edition Xbox 360 NTSC

Batman Arkham Asylum Collectors Edition Xbox 360 NTSC Batman Arkham Asylum Collectors Edition Xbox 360 NTSC

The actual game case is nice, it’s a d-disc book style digi-pak with a box cover. A SteelBook would have been nicer, not to mention it would have given us at least SOMETHING metal in this mostly metal looking CE, but I appreciate a nice digi-pak over a standard keep case. If nothing else it helps set it apart from the regular edition games.

Batman Arkham Asylum Collectors Edition Xbox 360 NTSC Batman Arkham Asylum Collectors Edition Xbox 360 NTSC

The inside of the digi-pak case is done up to look like an old reel-to-reel audio recorder, such a recorder would have been used by a mental institution to record the therapy sessions of the patients. I’m not sure how accurate this is for the period of the game but it at least looks quite nice.

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Comments:

  1. Tandjes:
    Are we also looking forward on this one?

  2. Twistedsymphony:
    the case sounds kind of cool. I do like "different" shaped cases...

  3. Gemini-Phoenix:
    Yet another cool American Limited Edition we probably won't see over here. Which is a shame, as there aren't many PAL LE's or CE's on the horizon so far for the rest of 2009

  4. Twistedsymphony:
    in database
    http://collectorsedition.org/game-db...ition-360-ntsc
    http://collectorsedition.org/game-db...dition-360-pal
    http://collectorsedition.org/game-db...-edition-ps3-1
    http://collectorsedition.org/game-db...-edition-ps3-2

  5. Twistedsymphony:
    added pictures

  6. Suits:
    Whats with the glasses then??

    Is this supposed to be 3D??

  7. Twistedsymphony:
    yes the GOTY includes an option to play the game in 3D...

    European release includes the same feature...

    IMO one of the coolest features added to any GOTYE

  8. Suits:
    Yeah I've read about this.

    But from what I have picked up the glasses tend to ruin the colour of things, so yeah, its in 3D, but everything is a bit bland and dark.

  9. Twistedsymphony:
    well that happens when you use red and blue to make the 3D image.

    I've got a couple of pairs of nice 3D glasses (nice frame, like 3D Ray-Bans)... I ordered them online at on point because I was pissed I had a few 3D movies and no glasses

    either way it's still a cool feature.

  10. Suits:
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Twistedsymphony View Post
    either way it's still a cool feature.
    Oh yeah, without a shadow of a doubt.

    But its not something I will be breaking my back over.

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