Digital games are great, but if you’re a collector, showing off physical copies is the most satisfying. This is my experience with Limited Run Games
Limited Run Games is a company run by two dudes who negotiate limited prints of popular digital games on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. Each run has anywhere from 1500 to 7900 copies available and when they’re gone, there’s no more to be had. So far they have printed 11 games and typically make 2 prints a month spaced two weeks apart. Great for those collectors waiting for their paychecks.
Buying from Limited Run Games
With such a limited run, you would think that there would be server issues that would create a hassle for collectors. But that has never been the case for me. Some games, however, have been so popular that they sell out in minutes. Limited Run is not the first site to offer such an experience, but they’re the first site that I have dealt with for such a concept. I don’t even own a PS4 and when I saw the insane price of Retro City Rampage, I took notice when these games went on sale.
Prices of Limited Run Games
The prices are pretty reasonable for a limited print run and PS4 games. A copy of any regular game will run you $24.99 for either system. Some games are sold in bundles which cost more. For example, I just got the Octodad: Dadliest Catch Dad Edition which was $44.99 but included a limited edition woven silk Octodad formal necktie made by Fangamer. Shipping is $4.99 for standard USPS and games arrive in padded envelope. The Octodad Tie was shipped separately and arrived in a sturdy cardboard box.
Quality of Limited Run Games
There really isn’t too much to say when it comes to the quality of the games you get from Limited Run. They’re just like something you would get at the store. They’re full size PlayStation 4 cases and the artwork doesn’t look like it came from someone’s printer. You can tell they put a lot of care in their merchandise The games also come with a sticker and a post card sized version of artwork.
Scalpers and resellers
Limited Run Games isn’t the only digital printer, but they’re the only site that I have purchased from so far. I have since purchased 3 games from them and hopefully another title catches my eye so that I can buy from them again. I guess really the only issue I have with these limited print shops is that resellers snatch them up and put them up on eBay almost instantaneously which drives up the cost and really puts a damper on the fun which is collecting. Luckily Limited Run Games has instituted a 1 title per platform per customer rule and all orders made after the initial one are cancelled. I feel this has worked because I accidentally overslept for the Octodad release by an hour and was still able to secure a copy.
Even eBay sellers getting a copy don’t look like they’re having much success selling these titles since a lot more eBay people have the same idea. It’s comical to see someone try to sell the Octodad tie on eBay considering Fangamer has plenty on their site for $25. When the PlayStation 4 is finally retired, it might cause the prices for these titles to go up because the only way to get digital titles on PS4 will be to have the physical copy.
As more and more indie titles come out, collectors will want a physical copies and it’s nice to know that there are companies who are willing to fill the demand. Even if it’s in limited quantities.