There’s nothing quite like owning physical goods, but they can be expensive and shelf space can come at a premium. Every month, Hardcore Gamer picks a premium collectible from our cavernous swag vaults and tells you whether it’s worth a spot in your Collector’s Cabinet.
Collector’s editions are usually something we see as a way to commemorate the launch of a new game. Sometimes these editions are correlated to much-loved series to satiate fans with soundtracks, statues and the like. Then there are times that totally new titles get splendid special editions more as a means of marketing than catering to an existing user base. Then there is the Deadly Premonition Classified Edition. If you don’t recall, or maybe have never heard of this offbeat cult classic, then here’s a bit of info about the game. Deadly Premonition first launched in 2010 on Xbox 360 at the bargain bin price of $20. After gaining steam due to word of mouth, it released as Deadly Premonition: The Director’s Cut on PS3 in 2013. A few months later it finally arrived on PC.
As it has been years since any release of Deadly Premonition, it seemed as though there would never be any sort of limited item to tie in with the property. Wrong! Out of basically nowhere, NIS America chose to launch Deadly Premonition Classified Edition for PS3. This special version launched in late November of 2015 for $50. Unlike most NIS goodies, which are out of stock either prior to release or shortly after, they still appear to have some copies available if you’re interested. But enough about the weirdness of this release, let’s get into what it comes with!
First is the outer box which houses (almost) all the contents. Personally, I find the box worth noting because it features some pretty neat artwork which seems to have been made exclusively for the Classified Edition. One side features a moody piece featuring Francis York Morgan in quite the messy state, with a blood specked shirt and tousled hair. The other side focuses on an image of the main cast, the very first murder, and a somewhat eerie looking group of townsfolk near the bottom. In an interesting note, nowhere on the box does it offer a summary of the game or the contents of this version.
Once inside the box you’ll find the following items housed snugly within: Deadly Premonition: The Director’s Cut, an official soundtrack CD, and a hardback artbook. Interestingly, there is one more item that comes with the set but packaged separately. This is the pack of playing cards. One thing that’s important to note is that the copy of the game itself appears to be the exact same the PS3 retail copy I picked up years ago. Presumably this means they still had a fair number of copies in stock, or something along those lines. This edition also comes with a DLC voucher so you’re not playing with an “incomplete” version of the game.
Now onto the included soundtrack CD. Unlike some publishers who will not be named, this disc actually comes in a sealed jewel case. That’s a regular, old sized jewel case as well rather than those thin ones. Deadly Premonition fans should be pleased to know that there are 25 songs included for your listening pleasure. Because of the snug fit of items within the Classified Edition, it’s unlikely folks will buy a copy and find their jewel case cracked, fortunately. Taking a look at the pack of cards is pretty neat, as it’s actually a Bicycle-branded deck rather than their own random creation. The only sad part is these aren’t made to look like the in-game collectible trading cards, and just look a lot like regular cards (adorned with Deadly Premonition characters).
As for the art book, I’m not sure that is really the best description for it. The hardbound book is very close to the size of a PS3 case which is 30+ pages. Why I say that it’s not really an artbook is because there’s not a huge focus on art/designs of characters. What you do get instead is a great deal of text and small photos of in-game characters. It really fits in with the visuals of the cover which suggest this is York’s own files on the case in Greenvale. If you have never finished Deadly Premonition you really should not take a look at the book at all, though. This is because the pages are full of spoilers! Just keep that in mind before tearing into the goodies.
All in all, Deadly Premonition Classified Edition is a lovely gift to fans of the series — even if it came just around five years too late. The question now is if whether enough of those Deadly Premonition fans are still out there. Or, heck, still have quick access to a PS3. Still, it’s great to see Deadly Premonition finally getting the recognition it deserves as a bonafide, if oddball, classic.
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