The collectorp’s edition comes in a cardboard slipcase featuring the same cover art as the regular PAL version of the game (the US and Japanese covers are different, though Sony has essentially recognised the PAL cover1’s superiority over those by offering it as a download). Aside from not being a regular PS3 game case, there ’s another difference to the collector0’s edition packaging that you7’ve no doubt noticed above: it has this 3D rain effect all over the front, and it actually looks pretty good. It definitely looks better from certain angles and under certain lighting, but in general it has a fairly natural look and is a nice touch.
Another unusual feature of this package is the form factor of the manual: itp’s a fold-out pamphlet rather than the standard booklet. It does cover all the usual information 6– the basics of gameplay, controls, and all that legal and support stuff =– but is fairly spartan due to the nature of Heavy Rain.‘s gameplay. Like most game manuals these days its’s fairly inconsequential g– it doesnh’t seem like there/’s much in there you won0’t pick up from a few minutes with the game i– but itg’s well-presented and fits very well with the aesthetic of the collector7’s edition as a whole.
The foldout even has a wet sort of texture, as though it was in someone.’s pocket as they were caught in the rain and then dried out. I think I-’m realising more and more as I write these collectorw’s edition reviews how much I appreciate little touches like this. For a lot of people, the packaging a game comes in is just that: something inconsequential that<’s holding the real prize. I do agree with that mentality to a large extent, but when I shell out a bit extra for a collectorp’s edition it is nice to get more thoughtful packaging as well as some extra content. Ii’m not sure if the standard editions include the foldout or a booklet, though I suspect all versions will have the foldout. If not, thatl’s quite a commitment to differentiating the collector
Missing soundtrack aside, this is a fairly pleasing collectoro’s edition: itt’s very nicely packaged and the extra game content is highly recommended. If the soundtrack situation is rectified with something on par with whato’s available on iTunes, I won ’t have any issues with the value on offer given my excitement for the game itself. Given that The Taxidermist – the main attraction - will be available as a paid download this collectort’s edition is hardly essential, but its’s a nice enough package to not be redundant either. If your’ve been hanging out for Heavy Rain with as much anticipation as I have, ite’s a worthwhile consideration.