Here’s yet another addition to my collection of Limited Edition games, and this time it is the eighth entry in the Ys series. I’ve never played any of the Ys games before, but I have been seeing a lot of praise for this particular title which has got me looking forward to playing it quite a bit.
The photos in this post have all been taken on my phone, as usual. Let’s take a look at the Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA Limited Edition.I’ll start with the two boxes you’ll get. As you can see, one contains a letter opener, whilst the other has the game itself and the other goodies you get with the Limited Edition. Since it came in its own separate box, I think we should take a look at the letter opener.The letter opener is a replica of Mistilteinn. It’s a really nice looking thing, and I’m sure it functions just fine as a letter opener. In this digital age I don’t really get much in the way of letters any more, so this letter opener will just have to sit there and look good.
Now for the contents of the collector’s box. As ever, there is the prerequisite art book and CD, as well as the game itself. The hard cover book is a very nice addition to this collection.
Before I focus on that, though, let’s take a closer look at the game case.That’s the front of the case above, and I have to say it does look pretty nice. Open it up, and there’s actually a few things waiting to be found inside.The game has a reversible cover, which is much better than just leaving it blank or filling it with small print. In addition to the reversible cover, there are also two other things.Inside the game’s case is a mini-poster of Dana, who is looking quite radiant. The poster also has a map of the Isle of Seiren on the other side.There is also a pack of three collector’s cards. The reversible cover, mini-poster and Three Heroic Collector Cards are all part of the Adventurer’s Edition, so you can get hold of them even if you didn’t buy the Limited Edition.
But I did buy the Limited Edition, so let’s go back to looking at the other items included with that.Presumably soundtrack CDs and art books are fairly easy to produce, as they seem to be part of every Limited/Collector’s Edition ever. I’m not complaining, though – I do enjoy a good soundtrack, and having something pretty to look at is always nice. The soundtrack here is the Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA Seiren Songs CD, which contains 15 tracks,The artwork on the CD itself is Dana – the same art used for the mini-poster. The inside of the CD case also has that same art on side, and art of Adol on the other.The Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA Art Collection is a softcover art book. One thing I quite appreciate about this particular art book is that it has a spoiler warning on the first page – I don’t think I have really come across that in any of the others I have.Getting decent pictures of a couple of pages from within the art book was tough, so you’ll just have to settle with the couple I have put above. I do like art books, but I would probably say that the one I received with Xenoblade Chronicles 2 has yet to be surpassed.That brings us to the last item, a hardcover book. More specifically, it is The Journal of Adol Christin: Source Material for the Travelogue of the Gaete Sea. It is Adol’s journal from his time as a castaway on the Isle of Seiran.The pictures above should give a decent idea of what you will find in the journal. It wasn’t exactly easy trying to take pictures of a couple of pages of the journal, but I think you can get the general idea of what to expect from it from the shots above.
That is everything from the Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA Limited Edition. The letter opener is definitely my favourite item here, closely followed by the journal. Everything else is nice as well, but those two particular items stand out above the rest.
Also worth noting, the Switch version of the game comes with DLC costumes and accessories, so that’s a nice little bonus. Perhaps I’ll share some screenshots of that stuff on Twitter a little later on down the line.
That’s it for now, but I will almost certainly have more unboxing posts in the near future. In fact, there is something that I have been flip flapping about picking up…