Close to when XIII was released I had a bit of a hyped impulse buying problem. This was the result. Play Asia had already sold out of this so I ordered from Yes Asia and I certainly didn’t regret it. This boxset contains the original soundtrack (the case which has the four discs) a bonus disc called Episode Zero and a lovely artbook with notes from the composer Masahsi Hamauzu, the producer Yoshinori Kitase and the director Motomu Toriyama. It also has three concept art pieces by Amano which was the highlight of the whole artbook. The rest of it contains screens from the game and other promotional artwork – I’ve photographed all the pages for you to see below.
Episode Zero is a prequel story in Japanese but there are translations online. There is a book from but this version is voice acted. It came in an unusual foil wrapping.
The main highlight of the boxset – the music. It does not disappoint. If you’ve played the game then you can understand how good it is. I’ve taken a photo of the track listings so I won’t type them out here, there’s over 80 between the four CDs!