I’ve shrunk my collector’s edition spending in recent months for a number of different reasons, but not the least of which is that the sets as a whole don’t offer much in the way of value relative to what is being charged for them. The Tales of series is one in which I’ve kept up with, simply because they are well put together and I generally enjoy the contents. The Tales of Berseria Collector’s Edition seems to be no exception, despite the creeping cost (at a steep $149.99 MSRP), though if you have a discount membership with Amazon or Best Buy, this knocks it down quite a lot. Still, this is a lot to ask for any one game, so let’s crack this thing open and see what’s inside.
It’s even individually numbered.
Inside the box is another box, with all of the contents exposed on one side, but I got some box shots for you all to see as well.
For simplicity, I’m going to start with the object on the far left and work my way to the right. No, I don’t care that the Japanese read from right to left, I’m doing things my way.
Rather than a full blown statue, we are instead treated to a set of miniature figurines, which I much prefer from a space saving standpoint. And, well, just look how adorable they are… er, at least they will be when put together.
Next up is the retro keychain set.
I tend to enjoy retro anything as an aesthetic choice so far as collectables go and this is no exception. These are neat looking.
The actual game itself was next in line. Despite what the cover says, it doesn’t appear that there’s anything inside to distinguish this from the retail version. Not even a proper manual, which is a shame.
Here’s the size comparison with the outer box.
Next, we’ve got a steelbook case. Oh, I love these.
Inside is a soundtrack CD and a pack of cards.
I spread out the cards so you can see them. They have the same character displayed on the back of the cards, but just in different poses.
To the right of that is a sort of art book/strategy guide hybrid, but not really since it only covers the early parts of the game. Which is a shame since there doesn’t appear to be a full guide available for sale.
There’s even a book proper for your reading enjoyment. I haven’t read it yet, so I’m not sure how it relates to the actual game.
Once again, I am pleased with this set’s contents, but not so much with the asking price. The addition of the steelbook and soundtrack is great, as always, and the figurines and keychains make for nice bonuses. The mini-guide makes for a decent jumping off point for newcomers, but it’d have been nice to either have a full guide in the package or for sale elsewhere. The fact that these sets are individually numbered is great, as this lends itself to the collectibility, but I find it hard to justify paying MSRP for it. If you can find a deal on the set, I’d say go for it. Otherwise, this is reserved for hardcore fans.
Tags: bandai namco, namco bandai, Tales, Tales of Berseria, Tales Series, Unboxing