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.
It was in 2013 when NIS America released Time and Eternity on PS3. Prior to release, the game looked like it might be a new must-have JRPG on the system. With outrageously gorgeous anime-style artwork, it honestly seemed like it could be the next Ni no Kuni. Unfortunately, the end result was that the the title seemed to have all effort put into aesthetics. Gameplay itself was left lacking at best and buggy at worst. That didn’t stop folks like myself from buying into the hype early on and pre-ordering the Limited Edition release for $64.99. That might seem quite cheap for a special edition, but it bears recalling that Time and Eternity’s standard version retailed for only $49.99.
The Time and Eternity Limited Edition is standard fare as far as NIS America editions are concerned. Alongside a copy of the PS3 game are a soundtrack CD and hardcover art book housed in a cardboard box. A poster is also included, though it actually was provided in a separate package from the box itself. For reference, the standard copies of the game also came with a little something extra. Folks who picked a new copy up received a copy of the soundtrack in a paper sleeve. Sure, it’s not quite as nice as the Limited Edition’s contents, but it’s better than nothing.
Unlike most posters included as pack-in goodies, the one included with Time and Eternity is surprisingly sturdy. Described literally as a “tear-resistant” poster, this large poster features the game’s signature artwork on almost cloth-like paper stock. Although certainly not impossible to tear, it’s decently tough and should really be used with more gaming posters. As should be evidenced from the photo above, although tear-resistant, it’s not in the least bit fold-resistant.
Although both editions of Time and Eternity include the “Timeless Love” soundtrack, only the Limited Edition copy comes in a clear jewel case. It is also sealed individually and includes a decent sampling of the soundtrack. Weirdly enough, the art style used for the cover image is different from the painterly style covering everything else. Either way, there’s something to the music even if the rest of the game didn’t quite work out.
Fans of art books should be fairly satisfied by the one included in this collection. Despite being a pretty small book overall (only about forty pages), it is hardback rather than softback. Each and every page is also in full color. Beyond character biographies, sketches, and artwork, there’s also a tiny section devoted to staff comments. This is where folks such as Time and Eternity’s animation director and character designer share a few words about the game. Thoughts from the creators are also peppered throughout the book to share interesting comments about characters and locations.
When it comes down to it, the Time and Eternity Limited Edition is a decent item that priced itself fairly. The unfortunate part is reflecting upon this set and realizing the game probably didn’t deserve much of any Limited Edition to begin with. Still, for those fans of the game out there, they’ve got something to collect. Possibly due to the divisive nature of the title, folks can grab a copy on eBay today without spending far beyond the original retail price.
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