Collector's editions can often turn out to be a great big pile of rubbish, often featuring one or two art cards and a poorly made figurine. The one for Final Fantasy XIII boats a hardback book featuring lots of artwork from the game - from initial character designs to CG rendered environments and the like - alongside a soundtrack CD, which is pretty nice considering that the music in this game is one of the best things about it, three Eidolon art prints, some nifty packaging and a l'Cie brand decal.
The art prints and the decal you can pretty much just chuck, but the book and the CD actually make this a fairly interesting package, although whether their worth £10 more than just the game is open to debate. If you do fancy nabbing the Collector's Edition, then your best bet is to head on over to Coolshop where they're selling the 360 version of the game for £39.99, £5 cheaper than nearest competitor ShopTo.
FFXIII is the most beautiful game in the series to date and will dazzle you with it's graphics, although less so than on the PS3. However, it's hamstrung slightly by a tutorial that stretches out for 20 hours, feeding you endless linear gameplay with little to no choice, broken up only by relentless fighting and shiny cutscenes.
When the game does finally kick in, it's a magical experience, and FFXIII's true colours are fantastic to behold indeed, but the slog you have have to grind through to get there might well put off the very casual gamers that Square were probably trying to reel in with this change in direction.
You can check out my full review of the game here.
Thanks to amibees at HUKD