ByDana Lynne Abeln, writer at
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Dana Lynne Abeln

Along with what is most likely this year's most frustrating but beautiful game comes the Collector's Edition of Dark Souls III. Being an avid gamer myself, I've found the franchise to be one of the most challenging but rewarding of all time. So, when I got the chance to unbox the Collector's Edition, I was ecstatic!

For new or big fans of the franchise, you're probably wondering what's so special about the Collector's Edition. Well, praise the sun because I'm about to show you:

Clearly, if my excitement in the video wasn't enough for you, here's a breakdown of all the superb merchandise you get with the Collector's Edition:

10" Red Knight Statue

The picture doesn't do the statue justice. It is highly detailed and worth every penny alone. It comes with two scimitars, which I was personally excited about because my character in the game is a mercenary. So basically, mercenaries are the best, and nothing gets you more hyped after dying for the hundredth time than looking over at this statue and remembering you could look just as badass if you manage to get past this boss fight.

Cloth Game Map

The scenery in-game is stunning, and the cloth map shows it. It's the perfect backdrop for your 10" Red Knight statue. Dark Souls III is a semi-open world that never ceases to amaze you as you explore. Sometimes you'll just have to stop and stare as you take everything in.

The Xbox One hard copy and Xbox 360 code

As part of the Collector's Edition, they give you the Day One edition of the game. This includes the Prima Starter guide and the game's soundtrack.

Dark Souls III undoubtedly lives up to the reputation of its predecessors in that it's punishingly difficult. I know this has turned many casual players away but don't be discouraged, it's equally as satisfying as it is frustrating. I won't lie to you. I've had to put the controller down a few times and walk away, but that didn't stop me. The Souls series has always had a certain dark humor that kept you coming back for more torture, and I've always been satisfied enough that I stuck with it.

The newest edition has that same feel. I've probably died at least 20 times in the starter zone alone, and the first boss accounted for half of those deaths. But let me tell you, once I finally beat that boss, I inadvertently threw my controller and scared the hell out of my cats with my victory dance. That's how rewarding the game can be. So you can take the easy routes and play the easy games, but they will never compare to the satisfying feeling of watching those last few hits deplete a boss' health bar as it does in Dark Souls. So if you're having trouble, don't give up, and you'll thank yourself later for sticking with it.

Metal Case

Along with the hard copy of the game comes this Collector's Edition metal case. If you're anything like me, you're proud to show off your collection of video games. This case looks glorious among my collection of basic, plastic cases.

The Art of Dark Souls III

Let me put it this way: if you're a huge fan of the series, your collection (and frankly your life) will NOT be complete without this. This book not only features highly detailed drawings and concept art of the game, but it also gives you a glimpse of everything to look forward to within the game itself. So, on those days where you get frustrated after the umpteenth death, flip through this book. It is well worth it and very inspirational when you're feeling like you'll never make it past that darn level!

Of course, if you liked what you saw here, and you're interested in receiving your own Dark Souls III Collector's Edition for the Xbox One, enter our contest to win the very package I opened within the video!


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