I would also like to hear this from people. What makes a CE good/bad?
Personally speaking, a good CE is one that has content/addons that add to or enhance the lore of the game universe- or add to the players' immersion of the game universe. Here are some examples from my collection to illustrate what I mean:
- Alan Wake CE: novel which has extra info about the characters/story- supposedly written by someone in-universe who visits Bright Falls after the story ends. Physical CD soundtrack with lossless audio. Thematic tie-in since the main character is a writer. The packaging is also a good tie-in since it's made to look like a book.
- Bioshock 2 CE: vinyl record of original game's soundtrack. Good quality/worthwhile because it actually features more musical content from the original game than the previously-existing version of the soundtrack. Thematic tie-in owing to the retro/vintage setting of the game. Bioshock 2 soundtrack, again on physical CD. Thematic tie-in with the CD looking like another vinyl. High quality, large, and thick art book- and it includes nontrivial amounts of written text of commentary and anecdotes by the art/design team, not just a collection of pictures. Posters- again a good tie-in because of the posters/ads you see in-game. The UV secret messages are a little gimmicky but it doesn't detract from the whole.
- Fallout 3 CE: retro tin lunchbox and bobblehead- both are items that can be found in-game so there is a good thematic tie-in. Art book is alright, is of decent length. Making of DVD isn't that special though.
- Halo Reach (limited edition): Halsley's journal was well put together. Lots of additional "in-universe" content in the journal, also some really nice touches with the loose-leaf slip-ins like news clippings put in at certain dates in the journal. If you know where to look you can actually find the journal in-game too. Good thematic packaging, if a CE breaks the standard double-wide DVD case format, I like it to have nicely done/thematically relevant packaging.
Personally I don't really care for collectible statues or figurines, so the AC CEs and the Halo Reach legendary, etc. don't really appeal to me. The statues don't add to my immersion or appreciation of the game universe.
Stuff like that is the kinds of things I tend to go for. An upcoming example is the GoW3 limited edition. The cog meal and personal effects of Adam Fenix enhance the backstory or lore of the GoW universe, so even though I am not that interested int he game, I kind of have interest in getting it for the LE. The statue of the epic edition though, don't really care for.
im trying to think of a ce where the game didnt have a normal case..someone help me out lol
The CE for Star Trek Online had the game disc inside the art book. The back cover of the art book had a plastic CD holder in it kind of like half a jewel case, and the game disc was in there. Although it may not really count since STO is an MMO and you are supposed to download it to keep up with the latest content.