Square Enix Final Fantasy XIII-2 received two specially made limited edition releases throughout PAL territories (Europe, Australia and New Zealand). Today Esperino takes a look at the Final Fantasy XIII-2 Limited Collector’s Edition.
Available in Australia through all the major video game retailers, the Final Fantasy XIII-2 Limited Collector’s Edition is available on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, placed in between the standard edition and the slightly more premium Final Fantasy XIII-2 Crystal Edition. Oddly named, I think this release was named the Limited Collector’s Edition to distinguish it from the Final Fantasy XIII-2 Collector’s Edition, the North American counterpart.
Packed in a hard cardboard storage case that flips open at the side. The cardboard has a glossy coat with a predominantly white background to keep with the Final Fantasy cover art tradition. The first thing you’ll spot when you open the Limited Collector’s Edition is the Lightning high definition lenticular art print. The portrait shot of Lightning has been a huge promotional asset for Final Fantasy XIII-2, capturing the beauty of Lightning perfectly. Viewing from different angles has a 3-D effect that is quite mesmerising.
Once you’ve had enough of your Lightning print, underneath you’ll find a sealed pack of six collectible character postcards. The artcards feature all six main character renders (Lightning, Serah, Noel, Snow, Hope & Caius) printed on cardboard. The back of each postcard is blank, except from the Final Fantasy XIII-2 logo at the bottom.
The music of Final Fantasy has always been a huge part of the franchise heritage and it isn’t forgotten in Final Fantasy XIII-2. A ‘Composer Selected’ soundtrack CD featuring six specially chosen tracks is included in the Limited Collector’s Edition. The CD is printed with Lightning and comes packed in a cardboard slip case with the track listing on the back.
Lastly but certainly not least is a 45-page ‘The Art of Final Fantasy XIII-2’ artbook. Containing a selection of art pieces throughout the developmental process of the game, there are character sketches, renders, poster images, various environments from Final Fantasy XIII-2 and much, much more. Pure visual titillation though I would advise to look through it after you’ve completed the game to truly appreciate all the included artwork.
Strikingly similar to the Final Fantasy XIII-2 Crystal Edition, the difference in the Limited Collector’s Edition is the lack of a t-shirt, larger premium package and the lack of a premium 4-disc original CD soundtrack set (the Limited Collector’s Edition has a 6-track CD in it’s place). Debatably, the Limited Collector’s Edition isn’t missing all that much, however in terms of rarity the Crystal Edition is far more scarce to come by.
Many locations are still selling the Final Fantasy XIII-2 Limited Collector’s Edition however they are gradually beginning to dwindle in stock. If you are prepared to forgo the Final Fantasy XIII-2 Crystal Edition, this limited release is ideal for Final Fantasy fans looking for a little extra content over a standard release.
Contents: Final Fantasy XIII-2 game, Composer Selected Soundtrack CD in Cardboard Slip, ‘The Art of Final Fantasy XIII-2’ Artbook, 6 Collectible Postcards, Lightning High Definition Lenticular Art Print, Unique Final Fantasy XIII-2 Limited Collector’s Edition Hard Cardboard Storage Case
- Developer: Square Enix Product Development Division
- Publisher: Square Enix
- Platform: Microsoft Xbox 360, Sony PlayStation 3
- Genre(s): Role-Playing Game
- Release Date(s): (AUS) February 2 2012, (EU) February 3 2012
- Release Price: $119.95 RRP AUD (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)