Blizzard’s Collector Edition games have become a staple of the Blizzard fanboy’s library. StarCraft 2 Heart of the Swarm should be no exception. With last year’s release of Diablo 3, the digital goodies have gotten more plentiful. In-game character aesthetics, banner sigils, and banner accents are added to the exclusive in-game World of Warcraft pets and mounts and StarCraft 2 portraits and decals. With different items appealing to different people based on preference or collecting habits, WoW pets are to me as Beanie Babies are to little girls, some prefer the physical items included in the Collector’s Edition. To date, every Collector’s Edition has included an art book showcasing the amazing talent of the design team. These art books sell for a premium by themselves, due in part to most collectors not willing to part with them. Most editions include another special item made especially for the collector’s edition, such as a cloth map, mousepad, or custom USB drive.
StarCraft 2 Heart of the Swarm Collector’s Edition
The construction of the box alone helps me appreciate spending the extra money for the collector’s edition.
Everything is very carefully arranged and packaged inside to keep things together during shipping.
My personal de facto standard on a Collector’s Edition, the art book.
Some of the illustrations are breathtaking. Maybe a little scary, but breathtaking all the same.
The behind-the-scenes DVD / BluRay. These usually have some pretty interesting segments in them. I usually only watch them once or twice though. I tried to sell my Wings of Liberty DVD on eBay and wound up meeting Neil Kaplan.
Honestly, I’m a little better with the soundtracks, but not much. These do sell after the fact pretty quickly. I suppose it’s because Blizzard doesn’t sell a physical version in major retailers.
The StarCraft 2 Heart of the Swarm Game DVD. The game itself is the same disc as a standard edition. It’s the activation code that makes it special and gives you the digital goodies.
The Zerg Rush Mousepad. I like the Blizzard mouse pads fine, but I don’t usually use them. However, today I think I will since I’ll be doing most of the campaign at the kitchen table on the laptop with headphones on.
If you want to see the unboxing unfold via video, here’s a link to the short video I shot of the actual unboxing:
The Call of Koprulu
Now that this thing is fully unboxed, it’s time to get it installed on my Gaming PC and laptop. I plan on tacking as much of the campaign as I can in the next 24 hours. Hopefully I get the game conquered before the weekend. Sign up by email, using the box to the right, to be updated when I post the spoiler-rich, in-depth review of Heart of the Swarm.