I was originally going to only buy the PS3 Collector's Edition, but I thought, why not get both! Why? I'm a greedy bastard, that's why. End of story.
An In-Depth Examination of Both NA Collector's Editions
Please note both of these are the NA Collector's Editions.
Both Devil May Cry 4 Collector's Editions come housed in a slip case with artwork on the front and back cover showing off details of this latest entry in the series. The slip case covers the back and front artwork of the tin except for Nero's head on the tin which peaks through the case of both versions. The X360 slipcase and tin is about an inch and a half taller compared to the PS3 slipcase and tin. The PS3 Collector's Edition is the size of the standard Blu-Ray disc case. Compare a Blu-Ray case to the size of a standard case and you have the correct dimensions.
Devil May Cry 4 PS3 front w/slipcase
Devil May Cry 4 PS3 back w/slipcase
Devil May Cry 4 X360 front w/slipcase
Devil May Cry 4 X360 back w/slipcase
After removing the slipcase, we are greeted with a picture of Nero on the front cover showing off his Devil Bringer. On the back is a smug picture of Dante holding one of his handguns.
Devil May Cry 4 PS3 tin front
Devil May Cry 4 PS3 tin back
Devil May Cry 4 X360 tin front
Devil May Cry 4 X360 tin back
And let's not forget the anime. The anime is held in place in between the slipcase and tin with both versions. And below you will find some pics of the anime slipcase. Now, let's get back to the DMC4 game.
DMC anime slipcase cover
DMC anime slipcase back
DMC anime slipcase inside
Upon opening both cases, the X360 version contains the game disc over the bonus DVD in the usual dual DVD case with clamps holding the instructions to the side. The PS3 version has the game disc to the right and on the left the clamps hold a slipcase that contains the Bonus DVD lying across the instruction manual. This setup with the DVD slipcase for the PS3 version was actually so tight that it tore up my PS3 instruction booklet a bit where the DVD had pressed the back of the instructions against the hole below the bottom clamp slightly destroying it's beauty... and that was the last PS3 Collector's Edition that Circuit City had.
Devil May Cry 4 PS3 inside
Devil May Cry 4 X360 inside
Devil May Cry 4 PS3 Bonus DVD slipcase cover
Devil May Cry 4 PS3 Bonus DVD slipcase back
Last but not least, here is a pic of the artbook that I received with my Gamestop X360 preorder. Anybody know if this is the same artbook that is included with the PAL Special Version?
DMC4 artbook cover
As for the game, I still haven't beaten it yet, but it is really great so far. The Dante missions sometimes feel tacked on but most of them are great. His cutscenes are much more enjoyable than Nero's. I really like his Lucifer weapon also. To me, Nero is more fun to control though since I like his Exceed system.
I may have a full review of DMC4 up in a few more days. A full guide will come eventually, though I really want to turn this game inside out before I write for it. I don't intend to rush this one like I did with my DMC3:SE guide.