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Welcome to Valuable Item, formerly known as Photoblog, my picture by picture look at crazy video game related stuff I have managed to get a hold of.
It's not even 2011 yet, but I'm pretty sure my GOTY of next year will be Dynasty Warriors 7. Not going to lie, I am a pretty big fan of that series. With hype for Dynasty Warriors games reaching a dangerous level, my mind is a bit clouded. So, of course when an opportunity came along, I was going to go after it. I saw something that I just HAD to buy.
This is Dynasty Warriors 4: Treasure Box Edition. That's right, Dynasty Warriors 4, originally released in 2003. Well, technically since this is the Japanese version that would make it Shin Sangokumusou 3 (The first Dynasty Warriors was a 2D fighting game, that is why the numbers are different, and to avoid confusion I'm referring to this as Dynasty Warriors). This is similar to the Prestige versions of Black Ops and Modern Warfare 2 in price and what is included. Anyways, lets open this up and see what is inside!
Now, you would hope that the game would be included as part of this package, and it is, but there is ANOTHER game included! The other game is Dynasty Warriors 3 + the Xtreme Legends add on. The cool thing about this (aside from the lack of disc swapping) is that it has a complete save file, so everyone is unlocked.
Next up we have postcards, because like the warriors and battles in this game, postcards are a relic of an age long gone. There are 16 postcards, each one featuring a character from the game. They have a shiny background like some trading cards, and it's always nice to see how these characters used to look Remember when Liu Bei had facial hair? Remember how small Lu Bu used to be before he got totally ripped? You bet you do! You can check out all of the postcards below.
The other thing is a desk calendar, I have no idea what I would do with a desk calendar for the year 2004 (Leap year, bummer). But I guess if I felt inclined I could use it as a picture frame or something.
Ah yes, a soundtrack. The staple of any special edition. I love the music in these games. Good thing this cd is NOT a soundtrack.
That's right, a drama CD. If you aren't familiar with what a drama CD is. Think of it like a radio show, with characters of the series going on zany adventures. This CD in particular is a short version of events in the game from the oath in the peach garden to the start of the Three Kingdoms era, if Google Translate is to be believed. This is completely lost on me, I do not understand Japanese. But I guess it might be cool for those that do. Dynasty Warriors 4 did have some awesome cutscenes.
My favorite kind of gaming swag: Playing Cards. The playing cards in this feature every playable character in the game, with each kingdom given their own suit. There are also the special mounts and some of the generic officers, the cards are pretty neat, along with the artwork. You can see each playing card below.
Now, when I first went through this, I thought that was it, then I noticed that I could take out the bottom of the box, and look what I found.
This profile book is pretty neat, if only for the pictures inside. I am not able to read Japanese, so...a good majority of this book is lost on me. But this book probably contains a somewhat historical recap of who these characters really were, and what they did. And if it's not based on history, it is definitely based on the book Romance of the Three Kingdoms, the inspiration for the series.
This last one is a hardcover art book. I personally do not find art books as intriguing as some people, but I do find it neat to flip through and check out. As an added bonus, there is even a little bit of strategy for the game in the back, with character profiles and maps of all the stages. Also how to unlock things such as weapons. It is a really nice looking book.
Dynasty Warriors 4 was my introduction to the series, so this package is a neat look into the game that started me on my Dynasty Warriors obsession. If you are a fan of the series (and if you're still reading at this point, I guess you would have to be) it is an awesome collection. It is also a nice reminder, that despite the crazy collector editions of games we get now, Japan was doing this for years before we were. This box was an awesome early Christmas present for me (I count self bought things as presents) Koei has a way with their Treasure Box editions of games (ahem, KoeiTecmo), and this is the first one I've actually owned myself, its pretty awesome. Actually, I'm so thrilled with everything in here, I might go out and find another one...
List of things included with this. Quick recap
- Dynasty Warriors 4
- Dynasty Warriors 3+XL Complete
- Desk Calendar
- Playing Cards
- Drama CD
- Profile Book
- Art Book