What makes a game rare? In many cases, age and limited production runs. In the case of these Xbox 360 games, it’s a toss-up. Fancy collector’s editions or games only available in certain regions have proven to be hard to find after the fact. Here are some of the rarest and most valuable 360 games, along with .
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Prestige Edition
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 received overwhelming praise from critics and fans alike in 2009, but that’s not what makes this version so worthwhile. This limited-edition set comes with night vision goggles that actually work, as well as a dummy head to display them on—oh yeah, and the game itself. How many of your friends can say they have functional night vision goggles? This set may not be cheap, but the goggles make a great conversation piece.
Metal Gear Solid V Ground Zeroes Premium Package (Japanese import)
Sometimes the coolest versions of a game don’t come to your region, which is when you have to turn to imports. The Japanese collector’s edition of Metal Gear Sold V: Ground Zeroes includes an action figure and some other goodies, and these premiums don’t come cheap. Still, for Solid Snake megafans, that figure sure would look good on a shelf. You’ll need a Japanese Xbox 360 to play the game itself, but cool swag on display knows no language barriers.
The Beatles: Rock Band (full bundle)
If you’ve got a full set of The Beatles: Rock Band instruments in good condition hanging around your house, now’s a perfect time to sell. In good condition, this 2009 box set goes for nearly $500, and with good reason! The instruments are designed with the game’s iconic band in mind, and the game itself perfectly captures the wonder of The Beatles. And because their music is still loved by fans of all ages, this could easily become a new family game night favorite.
BioShock Infinite Ultimate Songbird Edition
This ultra edition of BioShock Infinite is worth it for any fan of the series. The included Songbird statue on its own is a gorgeous addition to any shelf, and the extra goodies included are just icing on the cake. It doesn’t come cheap, though; while there are a few available for less (with auction prices rising), sealed versions of the Ultimate Songbird Edition are generally priced in the $400 range.
BioShock Limited Edition
By the time BioShock Infinite came around, the series was a huge hit. But in 2007, no one knew if the first BioShock would live up to the hype, so many people missed out on the franchise’s first limited-edition offering. That’s why trying to track one down now is a somewhat expensive venture—over $200 for a brand new version and not much less for a used one in good shape. If you’re willing to part with your own Big Daddy, you could always sell your own and use the proceeds to buy more video games (or pay your bills and stuff, whichever).
Mass Effect Collector’s Edition
This is another case of early believers reaping the benefits of a series-first collector’s edition. Thankfully, you can grab the Mass Effect Collector’s Edition without breaking the bank, with copies in good condition available for around $40-$80. If you want it sealed and mint, you’re going to pay more, so the investment for this one really depends on what kind of collector you are. The catch? There aren’t a ton of copies floating around, which often indicates that the price is going to go up as availability goes down.
Aliens vs. Predator: Hunter Edition
That’s a lot of money for a game that didn’t exactly receive glowing praise when it came out in 2009. This version comes with a hardcover Dark Horse graphic novel, a Weyland Yutani corporation badge sleeve, and a facehugger figure, among other physical and in-game goodies. The facehugger replica is certainly a nice incentive for big fans of the Alien franchise, but if you want one, you better move fast, because complete copies are in short supply—which could work in your favor if you have your own sealed copy you want to unload.
Fallout: New Vegas Collector’s Edition
If you’ve never taken a trip to the post-apocalyptic wastes of Las Vegas, you’re in for a treat. This pricey collector’s edition not only includes Fallout: New Vegas, a great game you can get lost in for hundreds of hours, but also some replica poker chips, a deck of playing cards, a hardcover graphic novel, and a documentary DVD about the making of the game. Over $300 is a lot to pay for some poker chips and cards, but if you’re trying to recreate the feel of the New Vegas casinos in your own game room, this is for you.
DragonBall Z Ultimate Tenkaichi Collector's Edition Xbox 360 (Australian import)
Why is this Australian collector’s edition of DragonBall Z Ultimate Tenkaichi so valuable? Maybe it’s the Super Saiyan Gohan figurine, or maybe it’s the fact that they’re hard to find. One thing’s for sure: if you’re an Australian gamer sitting on a complete collector’s edition—especially in brand new or mint condition—now would be a good time to sell.
Dead or Alive 5 Collector’s Edition (Japanese import)
It’s not hard to see why this one didn’t make it out of Japan. The 3D mouse pad, as it’s called, is on the creepy side, and the included cards really show off the fighters’, uh, assets. If that’s your thing, go for it, but it’s not going to come cheap. Are a revealing mouse pad and a Japanese version of a fighting game worth over $200? That’s a question you’ll have to answer yourself.
Halo Reach Legendary Edition
Microsoft has a long history of producing increasingly complex Halo special editions, and the Halo Reach Legendary Edition is no exception. Open up the custom box and themed packaging and you’ll find a hand-painted Noble Team statue from McFarlane Toys, an embroidered patch, an artifact bag with a journey, and more—including extra in-game content. For so much extra stuff, both for display and play, Halo Reach Legendary Edition is actually fairly reasonably priced. Of course, that’s assuming you have room in your home to store a giant box and even more physical effects from your favorite games.
Record of Agarest War: The Really Naughty Limited Edition
Oh boy. As the title implies, the limited edition for strategy title Record of Agarest War has some, er, rather questionable inclusions. This one also has a mouse pad (what is this trend of “sensual” mouse pads?) and a special pillowcase, as well as special box art, because apparently the original art wasn’t sexy enough. Oh, and there’s a soundtrack CD, which is presumably the only SFW part of any of this. It’s also hard to find used, and we really don’t need to know why gamers aren’t willing to part with their mouse pads and pillowcases.
Gears of War 3 Epic Edition
Gears of War 3 was one of the most anticipated games of 2011, so it’s no surprise that Microsoft and Epic capitalized on that with this Epic Edition. Are a statue of Marcus Fenix and a Gears art book worth the hefty price tag for a sealed version? Probably not, but you can find used versions in good shape for reasonable prices.
Metal Gear Rising Revengeance – Zavvi Limited Edition
This Metal Gear Rising Revengeance Limited Edition was exclusive to a single retailer, which explains its lack of availability. It comes with a White Raiden Play Arts statue and white armor DLC, which makes this solid but not over-the-top, as far as special editions go. We have no idea why the prices for brand new copies are so varied, but if you’re interested in this one, you better move fast before only the highest prices are left.
Armored Core 4 Answer
Before striking gold with the Dark Souls series, From Software spent years working on the Armored Core franchise. Armored Core 4 Answer didn’t make a huge splash when it landed in 2008, but its limited production run makes copies hard to come by eight years later. And the best part is, you don’t have to pay much to get your hands on some of From Software’s early work—copies are available for as low as around 14 bucks.