The PC Market has always had a poor reception when it came to games holding their financial value. You release a $50 game, sure enough 5 months down the road you get the same game packaged with 6 others for $20. Granted, it was basically just CDs in paper sleeves, but still, it was a heck of a bargain. In the modern world of Steam and Origin, all that goes out the window.
The video game industry on the console side has never had a real foothold on the concept (until consoles themselves had online shops). There have been similar and comparable releases, such as the Nintendo three-in-one cartridges, and the Sega Six-in-1 cartridges, but it just wasn’t the same. The 3DO even had a special set with several discs, not even in sleeves, stuck in a box. Rarely did you ever get to hold a package and feel like you were getting something special. Enter Sony’s marketing team.
During the last few years of the PlayStation’s life, Sony realized that the green labeled “Greatest Hits” logo just wasn’t cutting it anymore. So, they came up with a new strategy; Collector’s Editions.
Boxed in a cardboard sleeve, redone in special CE packaging, each set would contain 3 jewel cased games that all adhered to a theme. Some were sequel based, some were genre based, and some just stuck with a license. The idea was a valid success, and ended up generating 11 different sets along with two smaller Twin Sets. We’ll deal with the latter first.
The two Twin Packs are actually rebels in the release list. First there’s Sesame Street Pack, which has both Elmo’s Number Journey and Letter Adventure. Both discs are printed in a Greatest Hits clear CD label, when normally the Collector’s Editions are white. Second, they read Twin Pack rather than Collector’s Editions. More intriguing is that the PSRM numbers are sequenced higher than the 3 Packs. Each CD in a two pack has a PSRM that ends in 6, rather than the CE ‘4’.
Then there’s the Driver Twin Pack. It has all the above ID descriptors of the Twin Pack, but now the CDs are printed in the CE white label…except…it’s a Greatest Hits classification. Even less, it was basically a vehicle (no pun intended) for Driver 3’s marketing strategy thanks to the included bumper sticker.
If your mind hasn’t gone disc read error yet, congratulations, you’ve made it to the promised land.
Here is where the 3 CD Collector’s Packs come into play. All sets adhere to the following criteria:
- 3 Complete Games per box set
- Either Genre, Series, or Sequel based
- All CDs are printed white with the words “Collector’s Edition” on them.
- Each CD’s PSRM digit ends in a 4 rather than 0
- The SLUS / SCUS digits all end in CE
- Each set has its own SCUS / SLUS digit, but no overall PSRM.
- Only the outer box is sealed; the inside jewel cases are opened
- The barcodes on each jewel case are replaced with “Part of a Set” warnings
A complete list of the Collector’s Sets follows below, separated by their genre type, and what’s included in each pack.
- Tomb Raider
Tomb Raider 2: Starring Lara Croft
Tomb Raider 3: Adventures of Lara Croft
- Spyro the Dragon
Spyro the Dragon
Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage
Spyro: Year of the Dragon
- Grand Theft Auto
Grand Theft Auto
Grand Theft Auto: London
Grand Theft Auto 2
Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain
Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver
- Crash Bandicoot
Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped
CTR: Crash Team Racing
- Army Men Gold
Army Men 3D
Army Men: Air Attack
Army Men: Sarge’s Heroes
- EA Action
007 Tomorrow Never Dies
Medal of Honor
- EA Sports
NBA Live 2002
- EA Racing
Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit
- Disney Collection
Lion King: Simba’s Might Adventure
Toy Story 2: Buzz Lightyear to the Rescue
Walt Disney World Quest: Magical Racing Tour
- Disney Kid’s Collection
Tigger’s Honey Hunt