Today is the final in this latest batch of EA releases on GOG. After a vague hint on the forums, I had the idea that it was going to be the Worlds Of Ultima games, but instead it’s yet another Origin game in the shape of Wing Commander 3. GOG (with more than a little help from the guys at wcnews I gather) has pulled out all the stops with this one and the extras are worth the money on their own and then some.
The biggest surprise is the inclusion of Fleet Action. The Wing Commander 3 novel would have seemed more appropriate but even so it’s a great extra, not to mention the various guides, deleted scenes and all the rest. I expect I might recognise a few of the guides but $6 is clearly a giveaway so if you don’t already own all of this stuff, I highly recommend going over to GOG and buying a copy or two.
I was wondering what I could post with a Wing Commander theme so I’m taking a leaf from the barrage of posts on wcnews and posting a few photos. They have a post with a picture of Wing Commander 3 Premiere Edition, which came in a film can with numerous extras over the regular version of the game. I don’t actually own this, and probably should have it on my shopping list now I think about it, but I do have a copy of the Deluxe Edition:-
One of my rules of game collecting has always been that if it’s not in an oversized cardboard box, it’s usually not worth having and they don’t come much more oversized than this one. I’ve put it next to the regular WC3 box for comparison. The regular box could never have been accused of being small itself.
Inside is a film can, sat on top of a WC3 T-shirt. The label on the can is slightly different to the premiere edition. The T-shirt is the same design however (I’m informed by Loaf that the photo on wcnews is actually the developer edition).
The T-Shirt looks like it would take some serious ironing after 17 years in a box, with a film can on top of it. I actually still get the smell of new T-shirt when opening the box up.
In terms of the rest of the content, this edition falls way short of the premiere. It does have the making-of CD and a couple of extra manuals but everything else is missing. In its favour, the giant box was only included with this version. Both versions pack the CD’s into jewel cases and don’t have the folding card sleeve that came with the regular WC3.
As far as I know, neither this or the premiere edition are especially rare, and I don’t think I paid very much for this when I bought it some years back. They are both decent collectables provided you have large enough shelves to fit them on.