I got the pre-order bonus. It's essentially a soundtrack and artbook on one disc. When you put it in your pc disk drive it opens up as an interactive artbook within your web browser (kind of like something done in flash.) The soundtrack opens up above the "interactive artbook" and plays each track which you can choose to skip for or whatever.
The artbook is broken up into 2 sections: Characters and Artwork. If you click forward page by page though you eventually move into the "artwork" section which mainly consists of depictions of the different environments and the world of Tierkeis. The character section is pretty much what you would expect: static images of the characters - there is no preliminary sketches or black and whites sadly. But in some cases they do show both the original concept art and the ingame art for the same character. Strangely for some characters they only have the ingame art.... weird, whatever.
To be honest the artbook is ok, if I can open the individual image files (haven't tried yet) it will get far higher marks with me because I can photoshop them up and use them for my purposes. However the real reason to own this cd.....
Is the phenomenal soundtrack
. Omg. I have no clue what the rest of you will think and you're welcome to your opinions but.... I dare say this is one of the finer soundtracks done for any Suikoden game to date. Hell I would pay good money to hear a Orchestra play several (if not all) of these tracks live. I think there was maybe one or 2 tracks I thought were not up to spec with the rest but.... Trying not to overhype and failing
Quite frankly its going to be almost bizarre hearing music this fine coming out of my DS. I hope these guys do the soundtrack for the next console release.... it would be a crime otherwise.