Unboxed! – Hitman: Absolution Professional Edition
When I pick up new releases, one thing I always tend to do is pick up Collector’s Editions. Why? Not only do they usually come with cool and unique extras, but they also make my game collection more prestigious, giving a bigger sense of pride in showing the result of my hard-earned money. I especially pick these up for my favorite franchises, and with my love of stealth-action titles, Hitman is no doubt a franchise I highly enjoy. After six and a half years, we finally get a new entry in the franchise, and with it, a collector’s package to mark the occasion. I just received my copy today, so without further ado, here are the contents of this $80 package.
The front cover, still factory wrapped.
The outer slipcover pulled off. The packaging is almost identical to the Final Fantasy XIII-2 Collector’s Edition, with the exception of only two disc trays instead of one single-disc and two double-disc trays. You’ll see in one of the later photos.
A look at the back and the spine.
The outside cover of the inner box.
All of the juicy contents. Two discs; one for the game itself and one for the bonus video content, an artbook, the “manual”, a code for The Agency Gun Pack, which includes a pistol, SMG, and shotgun, all of which are fully upgraded, and the Square-Enix Member code.
A closer look at the discs. The bonus content disc includes a Behind-the-Scenes feature, which the packaging actually doesn’t even mention. It doesn’t even tell you what’s on the disc at all, actually.
A little artwork underneath the discs.
A few peeks at some artbook pages.
And that’s that. I really like the packaging, and artbooks are always a nice look into the development process of any title, so those make it worth the price. The DLC pack is nice, as well, though it’s only really suited for more kill-heavy players. I prefer to stay stealthy. Whenever I decide to get a little more aggressive, they’ll definitely come in handy.
As an added bonus, here’s some pics from Sony’s new, exclusive brawler, PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. I won’t normally take pics of standard releases, but since I had it sitting there with my iPhone’s camera at the ready and considering it’s such a monumental release, at least for me personally, I figured why not.
Note that there is no physical manual, as they’re going the way of the dinosaur . That piece of paper is actually the Online Pass. The manual is a separate app you can download off of the disc. I don’t like that it’s a separate app, but beggars can’t be choosers, and you don’t really need the manual anyways, considering there are tutorials in the game. Also take note of the Cross-Buy logo in the upper left-hand corner. Sadly, it’s actually printed on the cover and not a sticker stuck to the shrink wrap, so it detracts from the overall look of the cover, but at least you get a free Vita copy, which I’ll be downloading in order to take my save file on the go so I can crack some heads on my lunch at work. Not that you’ll need 1.3 GB of free space n your Vita to fit the game.
I have a lot of good gaming ahead of me folks, as you can tell. I’ve already played both and they’re awesome games, making this one of the best launch days of the years for software titles. It would have been better had I also received my copy of Persona 4 Golden: Solid Gold Premium Edition, but it appears there’s some sort of dilemma going on with Amazon pre-orders and barely anyone has received their copies. I think they allowed more orders than they were allotted, so I may have been screwed out of a copy despite pre-ordering very early. If I get my copy, I’ll be sure to update this post, but as of right now it has an expected delivery date of December 19th, which is a bad sign. If I don’t get a concrete update by the end of the week, I may just cancel. There’s only 10,000 of them being produced, so I hope it doesn’t come to that, but I’d rather not sit here and wait for something that may never come, especially with $70 possibly being juggled around.
Anyways, I hope you enjoyed this first ever unboxing on The Maverick Gamer and I hope to see you back soon!