Steelbook releases are quite popular among collectors, mainly because they are usually not as expensive as fully loaded collector’s editions, but they are still somewhat unique. Not only that, but in most cases they also look more stylish than regular versions. At first sight, a steelbook may not seem like a really exciting collector item, especially if you saw a less good-looking one. However, steelbooks are just like collectors editions: depending on the company who’s responsible for them, they can be boring, but also really amazing. Depending on the choice of the publisher, a steelbook can feature unique artwork, embossed logo or text, or it can reflect the main theme of the game. For example, the steelbook edition of BioShock looks like the case is corroding, which fits well with the main theme of the game, since you go for an adventure under the water. Not to mention it looks really amazing, and you can easily distinguish it from the regular version of the game. All in all, if a steenbok is made with great care, it can become an awesome treasure for collectors. Another big advantage of an edition like this is that it’s not rare, at least in most cases. You can easily get a steelbook if you want from eBay or Amazon – although the price varies, you won’t have any problem to find what you’re looking for.

Is Steelbook durable?

While a steelbook, as its name states, is made from metal, the quality also varies from edition to edition. It’s hard to tell just by looking at one, but you will immediately feel the difference when you put your hands on two different steelbooks. Some of them are really sturdy and give you the feel of a real metal case, while others feel cheap and they get damaged easily. which can be really annoying.

Over the years WE got our hands on tons of steelbook releases, from Mortal Kombat to Metal Gear Solid. WE don’t want to bore you with bad ones, so check out these cool releases instead:

Resistance 3 Steelbook

Resistance 3 Steelbook

WE first saw this in person back in 2011. Although a few years have passed, it’s still one of the best steelbook release in our opinion. The outer and inner artworks both look great, and the quality of the case is superb too.

Mortal Kombat Steelbook

Mortal Kombat Kollector's Editgion Steelbook case

Even though the steelbook version of Mortal Kombat is not the best in terms of quality, it compensates with its cool look. The Mortal Kombat logo is still stylish as hell, not to mention it’s embossed, just like Scorpion’s weapon on the back.

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots Steelbook

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots Steelbook (JPN)

This steelbook is from Japan, and it’s the perfect example of why WE like this type of case. The silver case and the black logo with the artwork look beautiful. The whole package just wouldn’t look this good if it were a simple plastic version.

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Check out all the Steelbooks WE have reviewed so far: