Close Up: Metal Gear Solid 4 Limited Edition (PAL version)

Metal Gear Solid 4 Limited Edition launched alongside the game in PAL territories, in June 12 2008. It’s a pretty rare item – apparently only 25000 were ever made, and they were distributed among Europe and Australia.

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It comes in a black plastic box with a window on the front. Not a very common format for collector’s editions.

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You get three items with this limited edition: the game, an Old Snake action figure and a Blu Ray containing a making of and a soundtrack.

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It comes with the regular case of the game, the PAL boxart, which many feel is the best looking version of the three regions.

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The action figure is quite small, but it is pretty well made. It actually looks l a lot like the character it’s supposed to represent, something that can’t be said for all figures. Snake is holding an assault rifle, and also comes with a stun knife.

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The Blu Ray contains a reasonably lengthy making of documentary.

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The soundtrack is a nice extra, but it’s a shame it’s only a small selection of all the music in the game. Metal Gear Solid 4 has a fantastic soundtrack, and some great tracks are sorely missing on this disc.

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All in all it’s not a fantastic package, but for the collector or Metal Gear fan it’s still an attractive item to own, also because of its scarcity. The statue and soundtrack (though incomplete) are nice extras as well. It is just too bad the box looks fairly simplistic, and isn’t decorated with some of the incredible artwork Shinkawa is famous for. Still, a decent collector’s edition for an amazing game.

  • cvc

    And I’m the proud owner of one of those.

    • ZenTzen

      me too

  • TheKastorian

    Great item! And on a side note, I will never understand why the US box art is always so crappy.

    • Nyxus

      The US limited edition for MGS4 is my favorite of the three (PAL, US, JP) though. The one with Shinkawa art of Liquid-Ocelot and Old Snake.

      • chicagOriginal

        That is the one I have. Do like this one w/ that great statue though!

        • Nyxus

          I have this one and the Japanese CE. Still want to get the US version at some point as well.

          • CVC

            Can anyone confirm that the statue comes in different camo’s and headgear? I swear I saw some variations on the Olive Drab. I also saw one with the headgear from Laughing Octopus.

          • Nyxus

            Never heard of that, however you can buy the statues separately, including different variations such as the Octocamo headgear one.

      • TheKastorian

        That is true. I had that edition signed by Hideo and Mr. Shinkawa 🙂 Overall, though I have the feeling the US box art (in most games, not just MGS) are of lower quality…. 🙁

        • Nyxus

          Yeah, I think you are right about that.

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  • I got the US collector’s edition it’s basically the same with a way cooler box and no action figure tho. I still watch that documentary bluray here and there. Phil Lamar explaining the Vamp voice is my favorite part haha

    • Yeah the US one has the coolest box. Can’t beat a Shinkawa cover.

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