After last year's ho-hum (but nevertheless profitable) Modern Warfare 3 release, it honestly takes a healthy dose of caffeine to get excited about Call of Duty these days. However, Crave can't deny the cool factor in these Black Ops 2 collector's editions, available for pre-order before the game arrives November 13 for PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 platforms.
Developer Treyarch put together two configurations -- a Hardened Edition and a Care Package ($79 and $179, respectively) -- that should mostly satisfy the Call of Duty junkies who love to incessantly purchase every iteration of the game.
Game trailer: Call of Duty: Black Ops II
Both bundles include a copy of Black Ops 2, a double-sided steel-book game case, challenge coins, in-game bonus maps, multiplayer weapon camo, the official game soundtrack, and several avatar and theme incentives. Watch Treyarch studio head Mark Lamia and game design director David Vonderhaar unbox the Black Ops 2 collector's edition on YouTube.
The step-up Care Package comes in a larger crate, and carries a $100 premium over the Hardened Edition owing to the inclusion of a working remote-controlled quadrotor, modeled after the in-game MQ-27 Dragonfire drone.