For the past decade or so, the average video games has cost somewhere between $45 and $60. Even limiting purchases to one game a month, new video games can easily cost you as much $700 a year. When a series of games catches your interest, that cost can increase even more when you start purchasing sequels or spin-offs in the series. Fortunately, most game publishers create box sets for their most popular and best selling games and sell these sets at a discount from what it would cost to buy each game independently. The following are some of the best boxed video game sets ever.
Diablo Battle Chest (Blizzard – PC) – This boxed set includes Diablo, Diablo II, the Diablo II: Lord of Destruction expansion, and a strategy guide, all for only slightly more than any one game would normally cost. While Diablo is pretty much outdated, Diablo II is still popular, both online and offline and the expansion simply makes the game that much better. A recently released updated version is available on Amazon for less than $40, though it no longer includes the original game.
Final Fantasy Chronicles (Square Enix – PS) – Whenever lists are made of the best video role playing game ever, both Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy IV inevitably end up high on those lists. Why Chrono Trigger is bundled into a Final Fantasy set is anybody’s guess, but this odd decision pays off for fans of role playing games. Both games continue to be as appealing today as they were when released two decades ago and this set is a great way to get versions that are playable on still functioning consoles.
Fallout Trilogy (Interplay – PC) – Three games are packaged in this remarkably inexpensive set. The least impressive, Fallout Tactics, is a spin-off of the original series with minimal plot and mediocre game play. Of course, that game isn’t the reason to actually buy this set. The reason to buy this set is to get Fallout and Fallout 2. These cult classics all but redefined the role playing game, by successfully moving it away from the fantasy genre and allowing much greater freedom of action then ever previously available. In fact, this freedom of action is so great that it is possible to defeat the final boss of Fallout 2 with the pickpocket skill. These are great games to pick up to get in the mood to enjoy Fallout 3.
Metal Gear Solid: The Essential Collection (Konami – PS2) – For less than the cost of one of the original games, this set provides enhanced versions of Metal Gear Solid, Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance, and Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence. The Metal Gear Solid series basically defined the stealth action genre and set the tone and visuals for the majority of 3D action games released on both the PS and PS2. Any fan of the series should will want the full set in order to enjoy the full story and this PS2 version is the best available for the first three games.
The Orange Box (Electronic Arts – Xbox 360, PS3, PC) – This set is, without reservation, the best deal available in the video game industry. When originally released, most people purchased the game for Half Life 2, Half Life 2 Episode 1, and Half Life 2 Episode 2. What owners didn’t expect was to also receive Team Fortress 2 and Portal. Three Half Life games would easily have been worth the $60 cost, but the two added games actually proved to be at least as popular, if not more, than the headline games. As the sequel to the immensely popular Team Fortress, Team Fortress 2 kept everything good in the original and built on it. Gorgeous, outrageous graphics and game play that was no longer restricted by the engine made this an excellent multiplayer first person shooter. The real gem was the afterthought of a game, Portal. This puzzle game with a ridiculous plot was insanely addictive. In fact, it is so popular that the main “character”, a cube consistently does well in the Gamefaqs character battle each year since the game was released. Five games in one box is by far the best deal on the market, especially when all of them are top rated games.
Saving money is just one of the advantages of video game boxed sets. Many video game boxed sets include games that are otherwise out of print or only available on consoles that are no longer being sold. By collecting these games in a set, publishers can provide these older games to gamers who want them while using newer games to entice new fans to the series. As long as you like at least one game in set, most box sets prove to be a good, if not great, deal.