As well as offering you up the latest and most breaking news as best as we possibly can, we at Xbox One UK also like to put our opinions and thoughts out there occasionally. Whether this come in the form of a game review, our monthly “What are we up to outside Xbox One UK?” article or indeed just a general opinion piece to air our praises or grievances towards a particular Xbox One specific issue.
With that in mind we thought it would be a neat idea if, every now and again, we tried to get down to the nitty gritty of whether a particular collector’s editions was worth the extra cash they quite often command. Of course we could give you a simple “Yes it is” or “No it isn’t” but where’s the fun in that?
This time around we’ll take an in depth look at the Sleeper Agent Edition of Tom Clancy’s The Division, a game which I’m sure you’ve all heard of by now and the majority of you have probably played.
Now, a big part of what determines whether or not many of us go for collector’s editions is our affinity with the franchise. With The Division being a brand new intellectual property this wasn’t the case and so initially I had ordered simply the Gold Edition to ensure that I received the main game and season pass at a discounted price. That all changed when I played the closed BETA. Pretty much as soon as the BETA was done I was scouring high and low to try and find the best place to pre order the premium Sleeper Agent Edition from, eventually opting for Amazon to make use of their pre-order price match policy (more on that later).
Right from the off, upon opening the parcel, I got the sense that this was money well spent. The entire thing was held together by the obligatory cardboard sleeve displaying The Division and Xbox livery on the front and details of what was inside the box on the back.
Upon removing the sleeve I was presented with a box which seemed a lot sturdier than most would expect from something simply designed to hold a collector’s edition of a video game.
As would be expected it’s when removing this next section of the box (which splits in two at the orange line, which is a rather nice touch) that we get our hands on what many would call the good stuff. This particular edition of The Division contains:
- Tom Clancy’s The Division game
- The Agent Watch Replica
- The Agent Armband
- High quality artbook
- “Save What Remains” Poster
- Season Pass
- Hazmat and National Guard Outfits
- Exclusive Collector’s Box.
Most of what’s contained in this edition is pretty standard collector’s edition stuff, the poster, the artbook and the exclusive digital content are items you’d expect to find in most collector’s editions. Where the Sleeper Agent Edition really stands out is The Agent Watch Replica.
I’ll be honest I expected this item to be a really low quality, gimmicky, marketing driven place filler within the box. I felt simultaneously relieved and guilty for doubting the potential of this item. Inside the box you can find, along with the watch itself, a spare battery, mini screw driver to aid in replacing said battery and additional links.
Having worn the watch for the last few days I can safely say it is actually really good quality. It feels solid and is a comfortable weight to wear, not to heavy or light on the wrist. Some may expect the black finish on the watch to wear away and rub off but it doesn’t. The build quality and finish combined with the various features of the watch such as time, timer, stop watch, world clocks and a button which lights up only the outer circle of the face in orange (a nice touch which those who’ve played the game will understand) mean this item itself could fetch a decent price which makes the Sleeper Agent Edition a worthwhile purchase.
Was It Worth It? –
So, how worthwhile is this item? Well let’s break it down. Taking advantage of the Amazon pre-order price match feature I managed to secure The Sleeper Agent Edition for £99.00, while this may seem costly it’s not, when you compare it to high street retail prices. For example purchasing the standard version of the game and along with the season pass will set you back somewhere in the region of £70-£80. So when you couple the game and a season pass with the additional extras such as the poster, artbook and Agent Watch the Sleeper Edition of the game truly is a collector’s edition that provides good, if not great, value for money and is definitely a worthwhile purchase.