They don't fit into a standard DVD rack, the manual is thin as heck, and the storage mechanism for the discs is primitive.
Never really thought about a dvd rack since I'm using a huge book shelf to store all my dvds.
Have you seen the manual of Age of Empires 3? Pretty decent sized and still managed to fit in there..
Personally I like the storage mechanism if
it comes on an actual dvd or 3 discs or less.
When you start going the Battlefield Collection route and throw something like 8 discs in there, it's more trouble than it's worth. All put on that cone thing, with the exception of two that woudn't fit, put into paper sleeves. All that switching and trying to find the right discs.. IMO, they should have just put it on a dvd or two.
I am merely pointing out the fact that it seems like publishers are trying to shave costs, and in the process are destroying the positive experience of picking up a nice heavy box in a store, getting home and opening it to find a nicely printed thick manual with lots of useful information about the game, possibly a few neat add-ins, and a compact disc case for the game discs.
Yep, one of the things I miss about Gone Gold's reviews, the "lift test" where they'd take the manual into account for the review.
While most first person shooters are pick up and play, I still think Valve had no excuse (other than to save $$ -which they should have passed down to us) not to include a manual. Hell, to put HL2 in paper sleeves? The manual could have gave a background on the game (who you are and what kind of resistance you're leading), system requirements, getting it up and running, some talk about "Steam" and how you always have to be online, the weapons in the game, etc.. anything would have been better than nothing. When I got half-life 2 I had to go out and buy cd cases for the cds since they coudn't do it for us.
That's what I mean about passing the savings on to the consumer, but to pay full retail price ($50+) and still
have to go out and buy a real storage medium for the discs since they coudn't include them out of the box?
Yeah I miss the older days too, with big manual books.. but sadly, we're moving further and further away from that era.
Most of EA's new PC games are coming in DVD-style boxes and so I think it's only a matter of time until they all start coming like that.
Personally I love them.. but again I keep all my dvds/games on book shelves, so hadn't really thought about standard dvd towers, etc..
However if games started coming in regular dvd cases (like playstation 2 and xbox games do) then it's a defnite goodbye to the "big manual" days, as when was the last time you saw a ps2/xbox game with a good sized manual?