I don’t know about you, but I’ve always been envious of all the nice limited or collector’s editions available in other parts of the world. So, I was more than happy when the region-free Switch came around and I could finally not only collect those editions, but also actually play the games without the need to buy a local console. (Yay, more monies for games!)
That said, let me use this Import Corner to show off some of my stuff. This time, let us have a look at the recently released Forward To The Sky! Keep in mind that this is not a game review! This is a review of the special edition physical release.
- Developer: Animu Game
- Publisher: COSEN
- Release Date: 25/02/2021
- Version: Japanese Special Edition
- English language support: Yes!
So, what do you get for 8,800 Yen plus shipping and taxes? The box contains the following stuff:
The obvious part first: There’s a Switch game box containing a Switch cartridge. It’s a standard box without any difference to the simple retail version. There is neither an inner print nor a manual included. I feel slightly disappointed about this.
Next, we have the art book. And what a tremendous art book it is. A full fourteen pages of illustrations. Such wow! No, seriously, calling this leaflet an art book is like christening your jolly boat “Royal Clipper”. Sorry, but for someone who likes art books as much as me-and I own quite a few of them-this thing is nothing to get excited about. I already feel slightly annoyed.
Lets move on to the soundtrack CD. It seems to contain the complete soundtrack in twelve tracks and has a total playing time of roughly 42 minutes. Should this item be the turnaround point for the special edition, one wonders? Well, the CD is nice to have, but the fact that the last four tracks are simply the title song in different versions, three featuring different singers and one instrumental, is a bit too much. The music itself is nice, but not catchy enough on its own. I wonder who will want to listen to it more than once.
The last item is a small plastic toy of the game’s heroine. It’s cute, it’s small, it’s nothing to write home about. It’s also nothing I would put on display anywhere. I have better figurines in my amiibo or Funko collection.