There’s only one thing better than playing games and that’s collecting every piece of merchandise tied to them. There was nothing like flipping through your favorite gaming magazine and seeing a profile of a limited edition collectible or discovering a piece of memorabilia from a beloved game in an overlooked corner of a shop and it’s a feeling we strive to replicate every month as we look through our own collector’s cabinet and dig out items new and old to show the world.
Poison Control might be from Nippon Ichi Software, but it’s unlike most NIS titles out there. Instead of focusing on strategy RPG gameplay, it gets players invested in a third-person shooter. The Limited Edition is a fun package which was available for both the PS4 and Switch versions of the game (with both editions featuring the same pack-ins). Here’s a look at all the goodies which were included.
The outer box which houses everything cannot be ignored. Some limited editions feature a drab, thin outer box, but that’s not the case here. The Poison Control Limited Edition features a sturdy cardboard box with gorgeous artwork on all sides. The key portions of the artwork, such as the logo and character portraits, are done with a lovely spot gloss effect. The attention to detail even continues once you open the box up. Once the flap is open, you’re greeted with an image of Poisonette peeking out. It’s rare to see art printed inside a box. This demonstrates the attention to detail NIS America gave the package.
Everything is tucked carefully inside the box. Included within is the game (either on PS4 or Switch), pin, artbook and soundtrack. The game itself is a physical copy and sealed. The soundtrack CD is called “Poison Control Toxic Tracks” and includes twenty songs on one CD. The CD comes in a nice jewel case which is also sealed separately. Additionally, the jewel case is fitted into a cardboard sleeve in the main box. This likely is to prevent it from being scratched by what was placed directly in front of it in the box — the pin.
When you think “pin” a small little pin might come to mind. This is not a tiny pin badge like some other companies provide in their limited editions. It’s in fact four inches wide and is also packaged nicely. NIS calls this a “soft touch” pin, which refers to the art side being printed on a soft-feeling material. The artwork looks vibrant and fun. It’s an upgrade over one inch metal pins with tiny artwork.
Next up is the included artbook. Titled “The Artwork of Poison Control” it features 23 pages of art. The art ranges from character sketches to background artwork and enemy designs. Like most artbooks, it’s probably best to not check the artbook out until after beating the game. That way you won’t get spoiled by any specific designs or scenes. The artbook itself is hardcover and all pages are glossy and printed in color. Although the artbook might not be that big, it’s a great quality item.
The word quality continues to come to mind when looking through the Poison Control Limited Edition. Sure, nothing included is mind-blowingly unique, but what’s there was given so much care. The outer box looks gorgeous at all angles and everything inside was packed carefully to fit without damaging other items. Giving retail-style packaging to the pin was an unusual but appreciated decision. The Poison Control Limited Edition is $64.99, which made it right in the range of a standard edition retail game, making it entirely worth it for fans of the game. Those who just want to play Poison Control and don’t need all the extras can grab it as a standard physical edition or digital download for $39.99 on Switch or PS4.
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