[PS1] Wargame Pack Edition Limitee 2

Here whe have a French exclusive limited edition I have been after for a very long time. The pack contains the French variants of the games “Duke Nukem: Land of the Babes”, “Spec Ops: Covert Assault”, “Hidden & Dangerous” and three war models from Heller.

There also exists a “Wargame Pack Edition Limitee 1”, which has a cover artwork more similar to the “Spec Ops Trilogie” pack and includes the game “GTA 2” instead of “Duke Nukem: Land of the Babes”.

[GAMATE] Boom! C1-043 (Italian Variant)

Here we have the Italian variant of “Boom!”. GIG, the company that distributed Gamate in Italy, in some cases created totally new artwork for their game boxes and instruction booklets. At a first glance it might seems like that Italian “Boom!” has the same artwork as the international variant, but with a more closely look you can see that it has quite many differences.

The box and the instructions are both completely in Italian.

[GAMATE] Bomb Blaster C1-031 (Italian Variant)

The Italian GIG-variant of “Bomb Blaster” has to be one of the most common games for the Gamate. Instead of “Bomb Blaster” it is called “Bomb Blast” and has this alternate title printed on the box, instruction booklet and the cartridge. “Bomb Blast” might actually be a more correct name for this game since that is what it is called according to the title screen. The instructions and the box are both completely in Italian.

[PS1] Final Fantasy VIII Press Kit

The “Final Fantasy VIII” press kit is actually the exact same as the “Final Fantasy VIII Limited Edition Box-Set”, except that a press disc is included and instead of the normal variant of the game, the press kit has promo discs in a double jewel case without inlays or instruction booklet.

The really good looking cardboard box contains promo discs of the game, a CD-ROM with press information, an official white Playstation “Memory Card” in a blister pack, a green memory card protective case, a fold-out booklet containing stickers of various Playstation games (for the memory card protective case), a sheet of “Final Fantasy VIII” memory card stickers, a big double-sided “Final Fantasy VIII” poster and a “Final Fantasy VIII” t-shirt.

It could be a little more tricky to find the press kit than the limited edition, but it is not very rare. Since there are a lot of collectors for this game series, a press kit like this could be quite expensive.

[PS1] Playstation PSone SCPH-102C + Sector Playstation Watch Bundle

This is a very rare limited edition console pack. I suspect that it is an Italian exclusive, as the watch manufacturer Sector is located there.

The thin outer cardboard box, which has a small plastic window where the watch is displayed, contains the standard silver box variant of the Playstation “PSone SCPH-102C” console bundle and a Playstation watch from Sector. The watch comes in a nice looking display case, which also contains a “World Service Centers” booklet and some kind of certification card from Sector. The console box contains the usual stuff (a console, a white “Dual Shock” controller, power and AV cords, a scart adapter and printed materials).

This is an amazing addition to the collection!

[PS1] Velocity x3 Game Pack

Here we have a sealed copy of the rare “Velocity x3” game pack. It was released by Acclaim, in Australia and New Zealand exclusively.

In the cardboard sleeve you will find the Australian/New Zealand variants of the games “Vanishing Point”, “RC Revenge” and “Jeremy McGrath Supercross 2000”. The cases have the same size as the ones for regular music-CDs.

[PS1] Crisis Beat Digital Press Kit

“Crisis Beat” digital press kit was unknown for me before this copy appeared on ebay.

It consists of a CD-ROM with press information in a sleeve and the U.K address on the back cover reveals that it was meant for the PAL territory. However, the only files available on the disc are screenshots from the game while the other folders are empty. Studio 3 was probably in a hurry when they made the kit and forgot to put the rest of the files on the CD.

[PS1] Rapid Racer Commemorative Disc

Here we have a limited edition of the game “Rapid Racer”. It was given away as a gift to the staff at Sony to celebrate the production of the 50 millionth European Playstation disc.

The disc has the following text printed on it: “Limited Edition to Celebrate Production of the 50 Millionth European Playstation CD” and comes in a totally black music-CD style case with a Playstation hologram sticker. No instruction manual is supossed to be included.

Commemorative discs are always hard to find and could be quite expensive as well.

[PS1] Syphon Filter 2 Press Kit

The “Syphon Filter 2” press kit is very uncommon and hard to find as a complete copy like this one.

The kit contains a small electric torch with the “Syphon Filter 2” logo, a metal clip, two batteries and a digipak that holds the two game discs and a CD-ROM with press information.

You will not see this awesome item for sale all too often and when it finally turns up, it usually costs quite alot.

[PS1] Playstation SCPH-1002 C

Here we have a Playstation “SCPH-1002 C” console bundle. The “C” means that the contents of this pack are adapted to European countries, others than U.K. British bundles have instead the letter “B” after the model number while Australian/New Zealand packs have an “A”.

The box contains a Playstation “SCPH-1002” unit, power and AV cords, an original controller, instruction manuals for the console and a guarantee paper. A “Demo 1” is supossed to be in this bundle as well, but since I am not 100% sure of which version it should be, I have chosen not to include one in the pictures.

You can find this pack quite often on ebay, but expect it to be a little bit more expensive than later Playstation models.

[PS1] Help 2001 Game Pack

This is the “Help 2001” game pack, released by Entertainment Software Charity (e.s.c.).

The bundle consists of a big cardboard sleeve holding the four games “TOCA Touring Car Championship”, “Tomb Raider”, “WWF War Zone” and “Ridge Racer Revolution”. A text on the front cover declares that “ALL PROFITS FROM THE SALE OF THIS PACK WILL GO TO HELP DISADVANTAGED CHILDREN”.

“Help 2001” can be quite hard to find nowadays, so if you see one for sale, grab it immediately!

[PS1] Tomb Raider Collectors Edition

“Tomb Raider Collectors Edition” was released in Australia and New Zealand exclusively, with a limited number of 10 000 copies.

The box is really good looking and contains the three first Tomb Raider games in special designed DVD cases. However, the games are oddly enough cheap re-releases. “Tomb Raider” and “Tomb Raider II” are Eidos Ricochet versions, while “Tomb Raider III – Adventures of Lara Croft” is the Platinum edition.

Due to the high release number of this object, it is quite common and should not be all too expensive to buy.

[PS1] Cindy’s Fashion World (U.K Variant)

Here we have “Cindy’s Fashion World”, considered by many to be the most rare standard PAL title for the Playstation.

I was lucky and paid about £1 for a mint copy. However, when I tested it on both a SCPH-9002 and a SCPH-7002 machine, it was very buggy. The intro played just fine, sound and picture was totally perfect. But when I got to the main menu, the screen went black. I was able to push buttons and move around with the D-pad and some sounds were heard. Somtimes glimpses of pictures and frames were visible as well.

Despite the mint condition, I thought the disc was damaged in some way and started to look for another copy. I finally found one and had to pay about £30 this time…

Imagine my suprise when that copy had the exact same issue! I was very confused and picked up my SCPH-5502 unit to try it there instead. Here, one of the games could not even get past the Playstation start up intro in the first few tries. When it finally did, it worked perfectly and so did the other copy. I then tried the games on a Playstation 2 console and they both worked flawlessly..

Very strange problem. I have never experienced this with any other Playstation game.

So now you might wonder: “After going through all this trouble, is the game any good?” The answer to that question is hidden in the fact that this is a low budget title from Phoenix…

[PS1] Games With Cardboard Cases

These four games are the only standard Playstation 1 titles that were released in cardboard cases.

“Tekken”, “Total NBA `97” and “Warhawk” were also released in normal jewel cases, while “Mortal Kombat 3” came in a normal music-CD case.

“Total NBA `97” is a bit different from the others. It has blue as basic colour and a piece of basketball rubber glued to the front cover.

None of these games are particularly rare or will cost you much money.

[PS1] Victory Boxing 2 Limited Launch Pack

This is a quite uncommon launch pack of “Victory Boxing 2”. The red plastic box has the shape of a boxing glove and the content is revealed by pulling off the yellow cardboard sheet on its back.

According to the seller of this item, this pack was handed out to video game retailers for the launch of the game. The bundle contains a “Victory Boxing 2” demo disc, instruction leaflet and a mouthguard in a plastic box with instruction manual.

This launch pack was totally unknown for me before I found this copy on ebay.

[PS1] Playstation Memory Card (White)

Official white-coloured “Memory Card” in a blister pack. There are tons of these in different colours on ebay, but make sure you get a European version if you are a PAL collector like me. On most official hardware you can often see this on the letter “E” that is printed after the product number, in this case “SCPH-1020 EW”. The “E” stands for Europe and the “W” stands for white which is the colour of the card.

[PS1] The Hoobs Playtime Gift Pack (Australian/New Zealand Variant)

“The Hoobs Playtime Gift Pack” is a really rare object nowadays. My copy includes the Australian/New Zealand variant of the game and for a long time this limited edition was considered to be an exclusive release for these countries. I just recently found out that this pack also exists bundled with a Spanish variant of the game and the flags on the cardboard box back indicates that it probably was released in some other countries as well.

The game disc comes in a music-CD style case, which has “Not to be sold separately” printed on its backside inlay.

The box contains, except for the game itself, a character from the TV-show as a plush toy. I have never seen this limited edition packed with any other figure than this green one.

[PS1] World Cup 98 Limited Edition – EA Sports Fan Edition

A brand new and sealed copy of “World Cup 98 Limited Edition”. This box set contains the game itself, tournament wall chart & rules, red & yellow cards, a penalty blindfold, a disposable FUJI camera and a rubber remote control.

A great limited edition, loaded with stuff! I have seen a couple of these on ebay and they seem to catch quite high prices and even more expensive when sealed.

[PS1] 7 Shoot Games

This is a sealed copy of the German exclusive game “7 Shoot Games”. It comes in a big cardboard box, similar to the ones old PC-games were packed in.

The game is quite uncommon but can be grabbed pretty cheap when it turns up on ebay. Overall this is a really good looking collectors item, well worth the money if your purpose is to display it.