Batman Arkham Asylum Collector’s Edition Unboxed – Verdict: Junk


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One of the most anticipated games this summer was Batman Arkham Asylum, and for good  reason, it’s Batman!

So I like Batman, he’s cool and all, and I played the Demo on Xbox so I figured I’d grab the game as well, so I decided instead to grab the Collector’s Edition because it looked rather interesting and I thought it might be worth it. It cost me $107 with tax, normally an Xbox360 game new costs $60, I paid about $40 extra for the special stuff… was it worth it? Nope… Avoid it at all costs please, the game is kind of worth the regular cost, but I wouldn’t advise getting the Collector’s Edition.

Continue on for several pictures of all that’s included:

It comes in a big plastic box, inside that box is another Bat shaped box as well, it’s nice, I’ll give it that:

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One of the things that makes this special is that it includes a Batarang! I mean that just sounds awesome right? Opening up the case you’re greeted with the Batarang on top:

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Before I get into the Batarang, included also is a double disc game case, not only do you get the game but a bonus ‘making of’ DVD as well. You’ll also get a leather bound journal, standard user manual and I also got two of the exact same stickers with two different codes on the back for special maps. Fine they give you two codes for maps, but why the same exact sticker? Why not give you two different ones? What am I going to do with two of the same stickers? Couldn’t they be a little bit more creative? a little variety perhaps?

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The leather bound book is supposed to be the doctors journal and it includes notes about the patients or characters in the game/Arkham. It’s not bad, but it’s rather cheap, they went though the whole leather binding and just basically used the same paper stock as the user manual, I might have been a bit more creative and maybe used some type of parchment, or made it really look like a notebook or something… I’ve never seen a journal done on glossy paper before, they could have at least tried to be a bit more realistic and creative with it don’t ya think?

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Onto this abomination they call a Batarang… it’s a piece of flexible plastic stuck on a plastic stand. Worth the additional cost? Hell No!

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Here’s some close up pictures of it, now I’m not sure if it’s supposed to look all scratched up like it does, or that is just a screw up in the manufacturing and handling process, but it looks nasty, it looks used and abused like a (fill in the blank)…. I’m not going to go there..…

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The best part, or actually the worst part about it is that it’s freaking STUCK to the stand, it’s glued to the stand, so you can’t even take it off to ‘play’ with it. Now you know you’re going to want to give it a toss a few times, it’s the Batarang !!!

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The most surprising thing about the Batarang is that it’s NOT METAL! I expected a replica as IT SAYS ON THE BOX! BATMAN DOES NOT THROW PLASTIC BATARANGS!!!!!

The sad thing is of course that I opened it and I can’t get a refund, this sucks…. this thing is junk through and through…

Shame on you Eidos and Warner Brothers… and I can’t believe DC Comics let them put something like this out to Batman fans….. I personally will never buy another Collector’s Edition if one of these companies is involved in creating it…

Do yourself a favor and just get the standard copy of the game, the Collector’s Edition is certainly not worth the extra cost.

You might think I’m being a bit picky here, but for the extra money I really expected a bit more than this, at least the Batarang could have been better quality. I’m totally let down by this whole experience, and I think a lot of fans are going to be as well.

Eidos, WB and DC need to do something to make this up to the gamers who threw over $100 away on this thing…

It looks like they just tossed this thing together without much actual thought involved in the design process, I am truly disappointed with this supposed Collector’s Edition… There’s not a damn thing ‘Collectible’ about it honestly…..

 

Have at it in the comments…

  • Jeff

    He’s telling the truth. I held that very Batarang in my hand, and was quite disappointed.

  • Darth G

    If you think that’s bad the UK version is even cheaper. To be honest though I should have expected this from Warners. They have always been cheap.

  • john cafferty

    hello there the guy speaks the truth i stay in the uk up in scotland got mines today and iam well cheesed off by wot i have in front of me all the hype about it nothing but a big letdown the batarang is all scratched and feels rough and is just cheap plastic you would find in a cheap kids toy gun.
    100 per-cent not worth the money was looking forward to displaying it but would now rather bin it than look at it again the game company should take the blame for a very poor boxset i will never buy another limited set again just standard versions from now on wot a letdown.
    I havnt even played the game yet and now i dont know if i can be bothered with it now.

  • bluetail

    What is this a bitch session or something? do you really think a country is going to put in a collectors edition a metal batarang you dont know who is going to buy this just to use the batarang as a weapon not to mention it is in fact a collectors item so any idiot that went and brought it just to “throw it around” is an idiot through and through you buy a katana or a sword are you seriously going to go into battle with your friends weilding a sword as sharp as some of them can be. People who have brought and cracked the sh*ts about not having a metal batarang shouldnt be buying it in the first place its plastic for a few reasons 1. so its not used as a weapon and lawsuits dont come by the thousands to eidos 2. its a collectors item its not suppose to be thrown around or used as a real batarang or any such purpose and 3. you dont know who is buying the game if its metal god knows what they can do with it so everyone who is bitching about it being plastic take a chill pill enjoy the fact that you actually have something like that and not that im saying people should do it but there are quite a few idiots out there if you really want a metal version and you have the know how use the damn thing as a template to make a metal one.

  • Kristofer

    Bluetail: It’s not so much about it not being metal, it’s more about the overall quality of it.. It looks like garbage, it looks like it was tossed under a bus and run over a few times before it was packed up. Yes it’s supposed to be a display piece and I get that, but it looks like junk, there’s no way I would want to display it anywhere.. It’s just not a display quality piece.

  • john cafferty

    I never said anything about wanting a metal one i get that its agianst the law to have a metal one unless you do make one yourself clearly.
    The fact of the matter is that its all scratched totally marked and by the looks of this page and comments left by others and the review iam not the only one when it shouldnt be like this ive also tried getting a contact number or email address for the game makers but there is no details on there page to leave a email or two make a call to complain that i can see.
    Plus now that its open i cant return it i dont think so anyway you cant see the damage of item till you open up the box itself anyone reading this and thinking of getting one avoid please its that bad i wouldnt display it because anyone looking at it would think its damaged the way it is .
    Also is there anyway reading this that didnt get a scratched batarang????????

  • john cafferty

    Ive got there address so iam going to write to them if i fail in getting another boxset to see if its the same again with another copy of the set it looks like a great boxset but once you open it you see the truth that it hasnt been made right or at least very poorly and should never have been allowed to have been sold like this at all.
    A total letdown to batman fans and gamers of all ages that have been waiting months to get this set wasnt worth the wait at all.

  • john cafferty

    have a read iam off to join in the support to get a better replacement or my money back found this on a webpage.
    A lot of eyes lit up when Eidos announced that the Collector’s Edition of Batman: Arkham Asylum would include a full-sized Batarang. The $100 price tag threw a bit of cold water on the news, but hey, it’s a Batarang!

    Except it’s not really a Batarang at all, it’s a cheap hunk of badly-scratched, molded plastic glued to a stand. The scratches are apparently intentional, to give it a degree of authenticity by making it look as though the Caped Crusader himself has used it extensively in his never-ending war against crime; unfortunately, as one observer noted, it looks less like battle scars and more like somebody dragged it behind a car for an hour. Michael Thompson of Ars Technica noted that some of the scratches actually reveal white plastic underneath.

    Perhaps even more disappointing, it can’t actually be removed from the stand without breaking something. Not that you’d necessarily want to use it to fight crime with but let’s be honest here: No nerd in good standing wants a Batarang he can’t pick up and wave around every now and then.

    Complaints have started to pop up across the internet, including on the official Eidos forums, where at least one user is trying to drum up support for a refund or replacement. The problem, of course, is that once the box is opened and it’s discovered that the Batarang isn’t quite up to snuff, any opportunity to take it back is gone because retailers, by and large, won’t accept returns on opened software.

    This wouldn’t be such a big deal if the Collector’s Edition was priced $10 more than the standard release, but for a $40 hike it tends to sting a bit. Opinions will vary, of course, and you may be more or less satisfied with it than the next guy. Bottom line is this: If you’re not 100 percent sure that you want this thing, check it out in the store before you cart the box home. You might save yourself a few bucks.

  • Christopher

    I waited all summer for a piece of plastic, I could have made this myself. This collector’s edition sucks.
    This is not worth $100 I paid.

  • AltMagOnline (Marty)

    If you think the US version of the collector’s edition was bad, you should see my videos and pics of the UK collector’s edition here:
    http://alternativemagazineonline.co.uk/2009/08/29/arkham-asylum-collectors-edition-unboxing-ps3-uk-version/

    It is as if they took the subpar US edition, and found ways to cut costs even more. So, our inmate journal is not leather bound. The game digipack doesn’t even have a slipcase. And it is all housed in a big cardboard box. Slightly disappointing!

  • john cafferty

    Game makers in future should show us wot were getting not just a touched up photo too make something look ten times better than wot it is we need close up shots like the one on this page and maybe even a video stream from the internet or downloaded from xbox live or ps3 online service.

    That way we can have more of a heads up to wot the collectors sets are really like before we part with our cash in future for me i wait till its in the shops before i decide i will be more or less sticking to standard versions from now on.

    One last thing i didnt expect it to be a metal batarang a plastic one with abit more thought but into it than this one would have been great.
    Shame the one i have looks like a 2 year old has dragged it off walls for years and the fact you cant take off the stand is a big disapointment they would have been better just giving us a 1hr of batman cartoon dvd as a extra to this batarang and would have been cheaper to buy as well.

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  • eagleofnone

    man, this really feels like a letdown. i bought the ps3 set thinking it was an untarnished metal batarang lol. but really, what ticked me was the nonexistent effort in making Penelope Young’s journal. i mean, warner bros put so much effort into damaging the damn batarang, but didn’t bother to try and create a more realistically aged journal? these guys probably tried to nail the experience by damaging the batarang but please, if the consumer can’t take it off so he can mount it on his own then what in the world is the point of doing it? overall it was an ok product but i hope they really really learn from this package.

  • demonicdoll22

    I have to agree that is was dissapointed with the fact that is wasn’t a metal batarang, the fact that it is scratched i figured that it was meant to look like that so that it would look like it had been used. The quality on the plastic batarang could have been better but i don’t regret paying the extra money on the collector’s edition for the fact that i judge it on the entire thing cause i absolutely love the journal and the case. I think those two things are great so i really don’t care about the batarang that much i paid for other editions that have let me down much more and besides i have hate batman games and this rocked i have played it three time already.

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  • Richard Cranium

    What a bunch of whiners!!! I just got home with mine and i like it. I can see the
    UK guys complaining because their version sucks. I guess the only complaint i might have is the fact the batarang doesun’t come off of the stand, other than that it is very kool. The leather journal is really kool and the game rocks. Oh and I only paid $89.99 for my copy. Sorry guys it’s just a game that came with some toys. I always buy the collector’s edition of games. I have the Fallout 3 and Resistance 2 and I can hardly wait for the God of War 3 to be released. They are just toys guys, relax.

  • Katie Tran

    YES I WAS VERY DISAPPOINTED THAT THE BATARANG DIDNT COME OFF THE STAND I GOT IT TODAY AND I SAW IT AND I WANTED TO TAKE IT OFF AND GIVE IT A TOSS OR TWO YES THE BATARANG IS SUPPOSED TO BE SCRATCHED UP APPARENTLY

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  • http://www.masterman master90049001

    i heard this came out i even bought an xbox for it an it gives me this stupid batanrang cmon my master rangs r better than this! i might as well sell the stuff on ebay and buy it for PS3 god. well any way to the MASTER MOBILE!!!!

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  • http://www.leatherbookcovers.biz devon @ Leather Book Covers

    When I was little I was totally obsessed with batman. I wanted nothing more than to be part of his entourage. I think I still want that. Very cool, this looks like awesome! I think the plastic batarang looks good scuffed up. It looks like it was well used in battle.

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