Saturday, 25 November 2017

Asylum Reviews: The LEGO Ninjago Movie Videogame [Xbox One].

As I've said many a time before - LEGO games are always a big success in this house. With every game, there are improvements and new innovations to keep things fresh and interesting for old and new players alike. LEGO Ninjago is no different there - it plays like the other LEGO games and was fun enough to keep us going, but it just didn't grab either of us as much as LEGO's previous titles.

The LEGO Ninjago Movie Videogame (...sheesh) is a tie-in game to the recently released movie. It follows the same story, throwing in cut-scenes from the movie (similarly to what the LEGO Movie Videogame did), and having only been announced a few short months before the movie's release, this game was a surprise to say the least. 

The combat is different to previous LEGO releases, adding in a newly designed Combo Meter which ramps up the speed in which your stud count will increase, providing you get the hits in. This is an enjoyable addition, and encourages you to see what ways you can get in the combos to get those studs counting. As with previous LEGO games, there are studs everywhere, so you'll always have access to them even if you suck at the combat - however the stud counter has been completely ravamped and now goes up in ranks as the game goes on, meaning you don't have to be as stressed out trying to get enough studs each level. Completionists rejoice.

You can use "Ninjanuity Tokens" to purchase skill upgrades to increase your effectiveness in combat, which is certainly not a bad things to have incorporated - especially when you have Dojos to compete in, against waves of enemies in order to gain the highest score.

As always, there are a bunch of different playable characters and a massive improvement to this is that now you don't need to use your studs to be able to "purchase" the character after you unlock it: it's just instantly there! This was definitely something we wished had been around for previous games as it was often a cause of frustration when you needed a character with "x" ability and you didn't have enough to bloody buy them yet.

And breathe.

A variety of side missions are available, which can give you a little break from the story, or even just to allow you to go wandering off for a while. The basic LEGO game formula is here, even if things have been tweaked and improved. The game did have a few glitchy moments, and load screens were sometimes quite long, however these were a minor inconvenience. 

If you know and love the LEGO Ninjago characters and their universe, then this game is for you. Unfortunately for us, something just felt missing when we played - even though we enjoyed the things that have been changed up since previous titles, this one just didn't grab us as much as it could have, and I think that mostly boils down to the fact that every other LEGO game we've played has been from a franchise we love (DC, Marvel, Star Wars, etc), or from the LEGO Movie, which we hugely enjoyed.

In the end, we decided that we would give The LEGO Ninjago Movie Videogame a 7/10. It was still an enjoyable game with good improvements from the previous LEGO games, but a few technical issues and the fact it just couldn't grab us like the others prevents it from a higher score.

Have you played it yet? What are your thoughts?
Let us know in the comments below!

- V x

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Entries to the Asylum: Massive Backlog Edition; Sunday 28th May - Saturday 4th November 2017.

I just want to start this off by apologizing, both for the fact that since this covers such a large period of time - so is therefore likely to have some mistakes/things missing, and for having waited this long for another Entries to the Asylum post in the first place!

So without further ado...

Monday 5th June 2017

- Shaun of the Dead EverythingBlu BluBox Edition [Bluray].

Wednesday 7th June 2017

- IP Man The Complete Collection Limited 5-Disc Boxset [Bluray].e,leech lll

Thursday 8th June 2017

- The Void Gold Edition [Bluray].

Tuesday 20th June 2017

- The Bird with the Crystal Plumage Special Edition [Bluray].

Saturday 24th June 2017

- Cave Story + First Edition w/ Bonus Keyring [Switch].

Tuesday 27th June 2017

- Headshot Steelbook [Bluray].

Saturday 1st July 2017

- Headshot w/ Slipcover [Bluray].

Friday 7th July 2017

- Saints Row Tequila Gun Bottle.
- Assassin's Creed II Black Edition [PS3].

Wednesday 12th July 2017

- Himouto! Umara-Chan Complete Collection Limited Edition [Bluray].
- Pieces Deluxe Edition Vinyl.

Friday 15th July 2017

- One Punch Man Season 1 Collector's Edition [UK][Bluray].

Saturday 16th July 2017

- Cars 3: Driven to Win Promo Copy [Xbox One].
- Phantasm Remastered w/ Slipcover [Bluray].
- The Shallows w/ Lenticular Slipcover [Bluray].
- The Gallows w/ Slipcover [Bluray].

Friday 21st July 2017

- Suspiria 40th Anniversary Leatherbook Edition [Bluray].

Tuesday 25th July 2017

- Prevenge w/ Slipcover [Bluray].
- Lights Out w/ Slipcover [Bluray].
- Crash Bandicoot N-Sane Trilogy Fan Made PS1 Case.

Friday 4th August 2017

- Ultimate Spider-Man Vol 1-4 Boxset [DVD].

Monday 7th August 2017

- Colossal w/ Lenticular Slipcover [Bluray].
- Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles Signature Edition [PS4].

Tuesday 8th August 2017

- Perception "Latham's Journal" Kickstarter Reward Tier [Xbox One/PC].
- Fortnite Promo Copy [Xbox One].

Thursday 10th August 2017

- The Handmaiden Special Edition [Bluray].

Saturday 12th August 2017

- Split FilmArena Fullslip Limited Collector's Edition [Bluray].

Monday 14th August 2017

- John Wick 2 NovaMedia One Click Boxset [Bluray].
- John Wick 2 Cinemuseum Group Buy Bonus Gift: Bloody Pencil.
- Forrest Gump Only at Blufans (OAB) Collector's Box Set [Bluray].
- The Neon Demon SteelArchive Fullslip Collector's Edition [Bluray].
- Life KimchiDVD Fullslip Limited Edition [Bluray].

Tuesday 15th August 2017

- Agents of Mayhem Promo Copy [Xbox One].
- Agents of Mayhem Promo Golden Glories Cereal.
- Agents of Mayhem Promo MoFo Flakes Cereal.
- Agents of Mayhem "Hey That's What I Call Mayhem: The Agents Soundtrack" Promo Vinyl.
- Agents of Mayhem Promo Hardtack Hat w/ Beard.
- Agents of Mayhem Promo T-Shirt.
- July 2017 Indie Box: The Banner Saga Collector's Edition [PC].

Wednesday 16th August 2017

- Sonic Mania Collector's Edition [Xbox One].

Saturday 19th August 2017

- Nocturnal Animals w/ Slipcover [Bluray].
- Wolf Cop Steelbook [Bluray].
- Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist Limited Edition Steelbook [Bluray].

Friday 25th August 2017

- Black Sails: The Complete Collection Limited Edition [Bluray].

Tuesday 10th October 2017

- Middle Earth: Shadow of War Promo Copy [Xbox One].
- Middle Earth: Shadow of War Promo Copy [PS4].

Friday 13th October 2017

- Blood C: The Last Dark Limited Edition [Bluray].
- Triangle w/ Slipcover [Bluray].

Saturday 14th October 2017

- I Drink Your Blood Special Edition [Bluray].
- I Drink Your Blood Promo Horror Hypo.
- Hellbent Limited Edition [Bluray].
- Red Mob Limited Edition [Bluray].
- LEGO: Ninjago [Xbox One].

Sunday 15th October 2017

- Escape from New York Limited Edition [Bluray][Korea].
- Creepshow 2 w/ Slipcover [Bluray].

Friday 20th October 2017

- The Godfather Trilogy Omerta Edition [Bluray].
- Videodrome Limited Edition [Bluray].

Tuesday 24th October 2017

- Between Night and Dawn Limited Edition [Bluray].

Wednesday 25th October 2017

- Crash Bandicoot N-Sane Trilogy Collector's Edition [Unofficial][PS4].

Friday 27th October 2017

- Super Mario Odyssey [Switch].
- Super Mario Odyssey Plush Cappy Hat.
- Super Mario Odyssey Amiibos [Bowser/Peach/Mario].
- Samurai Jack Complete Series Limited Edition [Bluray].
- Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Collector's Edition [Xbox One].

Sunday 29th October 2017

- The Art of Overwatch Limited Edition.

Monday 30th October 2017

- Dragon Ball Super Season 1 Part 1 [UK][Bluray].

Wednesday 1st November 2017

- First4Figures Crash Bandicoot Exclusive PVC Statue.
- The Villainess [Bluray].

Thursday 2nd November 2017

- Mars Attacks! Steelbook [Bluray].
- Hellraiser Steelbook [Bluray].
- The Big Lebowski Steelbook [Bluray].

Friday 3rd November 2017

- Lil Dicky Brain Plush.
- Lil Dicky Cholula Snapback.

Saturday 4th November 2017

- The Thing w/ Slipcover [Bluray].
- Don't Torture A Duckling Special Edition [Bluray].
- Hellriser w/ Slipcover [DVD].

Going forward I'm gonna make sure to do a post at least every week (if not every day that something arrives) as it will be much easier to keep track of then, and also - more posts for you guys!

I also thought adding in pics to this would overload it so I will upload pics for each thing in separate Unboxing posts at some point (some sooner than others!)

What new things have you got lately?
Let us know in the comments below!

- V x

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Asylum Reviews: Middle-Earth: Shadow of War [Xbox One].

The follow up to 2014's Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, Shadow of War doesn't stray too far from what the original game had to offer, but is still fresh enough to keep you interested. From the enhanced Nemesis System which is a great mechanic that's gotten even better, to the, well... not so great loot boxes. 

It's a fantastically enjoyable game - fast-paced, fluid and fun. The combat is entertaining - stealth kills are great - and the ability to just scramble up and over buildings far better than Assassin's Creed has ever managed, really kept us addicted and coming back for more. The upgraded Nemesis System, which now includes the ability to track your own Orc army. You can issue orders to your Orc leaders: want that enemy dead? Send someone to assassinate them. Want them to train up and improve? Give'm a Training Order.

Another thing we really enjoyed was just watching enemies fight against each other, battling to the death in the Nemesis System. You can see as some get stronger and continually improve, which is an incentive to go against them or try to recruit them somehow. 

When traversing the world, sometimes an assassin will come to kill you which is a nice touch, just like you'd send one of your Orcs out to assassinate someone on your behalf too. 

The story wasn't the greatest, but still enjoyable. The good thing about these games is that you don't need to be a hardcore Lord of the Rings fan to enjoy them. Sure, having some knowledge of LOTR is good and will allow you to easily recognize things, but even if you were to have no previous interest in Tolkien's universe, you can still have a great time with Shadow of War.

Definitely loved the various mounts you can utilise also. There's the ones from the first game of course, but this time round we also have the Drakes. It makes it way more fun to travel around when on a mount, and sometimes you'll just lose yourself roaming around in the stunning open world.

The biggest let-down of the game is that to get the True Ending, you pretty much need to pay extra in the way of Loot Boxes to do so. Adding in Loot Boxes just seems like so much of a cash-grab this time round. I don't mind when Loot Boxes are there for things you'd naturally get anyway, but when it's either grinding an ungodly amount of time, or pay... then that's just pretty shitty. Taking away the Loot Boxes would not have been a bad thing at all, so it feels like adding them was just completely unnecessary. 

Shadow of War could have so easily been a 9/10 for us, but sadly the inclusion of the Loot Boxes brings it down to an 8/10.

Have you played Middle-Earth: Shadow of War yet? What did you think of it?
Let us know in the comments below!

- V x

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Asylum Reviews: Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony [PS4].

The Danganronpa series has always intrigued me. The instantly recognizable character Monokuma always made me want to give the games a shot, to see what they were all about, but I never got round to it (got too many games to play, I tell ya!). So when I had the chance to play Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony, I was excited.

It plays as a visual novel, a favourite of the Japanese market, and there's lots of information to take in within the game. The robotic bears, Monokuma and his Monokubs (five child-like miniature robot bears) have captured 16 students known as Ultimates (for their individual abilities that they are best at, which include things from Cosplay, to Detective, to Entomology) to have them face off in a Battle Royale, last man standing type event. Naturally, the first reaction to this is refusal, but when the bears up the ante basically say that your only way of survival is by killing others, then things take a darker turn. You play as Kaede Akamatsu, Ultimate Pianist, and definitely not down for this shit. Taking a stand against the bears kinda divides the others in their opinions of you, so we're certainly off to a great start!

After any murder, a Class Trial takes place, where you must guess who the culprit, known as the "Blackened" one, is. A correct guess will lead to their execution, but an incorrect one... well that leads to the death of all the students except the Blackened one. Different things can be utilised during these to try and steer things in your favour, or to throw in your evidence to break down a weak point in someones argument, which is a great help. Obviously, to assist with both your investigations and to increase your standing with the other students, you need to interact with the other characters during the moments of Free Time that you get. You'll grow to love some of the characters, and actively try to interact with some more, but don't get too attached, as they'll probably end up dead sooner than later.

The story is a little confusing to follow, due to how much is going on and the different styles of play incorporated, but despite this I still found it very enjoyable and liked how the story progressed - even when characters I liked met their untimely end. Plot twists continue to keep the story fresh and interesting, so you never really know what's to come, constantly on your toes.

After everything, I have to give Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony a 7/10.

Have you played this? What did you think about it?
Let me know in the comments below!

- V x

Asylum Reviews: Yakuza Kiwami [PS4].

It's been over a decade since the Yakuza series first graced gamers' screens, back on the PlayStation 2. Shockingly, neither me or Allan had ever played the original, so we went into Yakuza Kiwami with fresh eyes, excited that we could finally play without having to hunt down an old copy and sort out one of our old PlayStation's to play it - and that's without the issue of having to track down a memory card!

You play as Kazuma Kiryu, a former yakuza who has just been released from prison after serving ten years for a crime he didn't commit. In an open world environment, set in the streets of Kamurocho (based on the real life city of Kabukicho), the hustle and bustle of the Japanese streets and the colourful neon lights really bring the setting to life.

The combat feels great, and the skill tree with its many branches can be continuously upgraded with skill points gained by doing everything from main storyline, to the wide variety of sub-stories, to various activities within the city itself. One of the branches of the skill tree, Dragon of Dojima, can only be upgraded by completing tasks with your trainer, or the Majima Everywhere events - where the eye-patch-wearing character Goro Majima will just pop up out of nowhere to battle you.

This is a funny, albeit repetitive action, that will end up frustrating you at times, since he can fairly knock down your health fast, however for the most part it's manageable.

The story is strong, although I do admit that it was a tad confusing to follow on occasion, but it was definitely enjoyable. The sub-stories add in a lot of humour and were a welcome break for whenever you wanted to just wander around the streets and visit the varying locations, such as Hostess Bars - where I was quickly duped and mugged after a girl dropped something in my drink...

There's a lot of detail to Yakuza Kiwami, from the locations, characters and general atmosphere, it's clear a lot of work went into it, and it's easy to see just why this game is so deserving of a current-gen remaster.

In the end, we have to give Yakuza Kiwami an 8/10. It's a solid game, with plenty to do and see, so definitely one I recommend you all pick up ASAP.

Have you played Yakuza Kiwami? What did you think of it?
Let me know in the comments below!

- V x

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Asylum Unboxing: Shadow Warrior 2 Special Reserve Bundle [PS4/PC].

Recently we received this amazing package from Special Reserve Games. I was going to wait until I'd completed the game to unbox and review at the same time, but I figured I'd just show off the goodies and add the review once finished!

SRG are a newish company to the market and one that I'd definitely recommend that you check out. Below are photos of my Shadow Warrior 2 Special Reserve Bundle, which is a beautiful set. Sadly it has already sold out, as each Reserve is strictly limited in number, but that's just all the more reason to check them out ASAP, as their next Reserve, Absolver is running low on stock too!

Run by Andie Grace and Jeff Smith, and company mascot Sergeant Ruff, SRG are a small company dedicated to providing fantastic, interesting editions for fans.

Everything came inside this burlap sack. I really love all of the branding, with the SW2 design on the front, and the Devolver, Special Reserve Games and Flying Wild Hog logos on the reverse, along with a portrait of Sarge of course!

The PS4 copy of Shadow Warrior 2, numbered 2169/2500.

Artwork on the reverse of the sleeve.

This Reserve not only includes the PS4 copy of SW2, but the original as well!

Safety warning sheet, with character art on it.

The stunning PC Collector's Edition box. Limited and numbered out of 1000, ours is number 665/1000. Each copy also has an individual, unique blood splatter effect on the box which is just an amazing extra detail.

Contents of the PC CE box: the game itself, an art book and 3 die-cut vinyl stickers.

The art on the front and reverse of the PC box, digipak style design.

It contains both the first and second games, all soundtracks, as well as some extra DLC. The inside cover reads:

"This copy is from a small batch of Collector's Edition Boxed sets of Shadow Warrior 2. The celebration of independent development is the reason Devolver is in business. Our team is proud to present this outstanding sequel bundle the artistic elements highlighting that went into creating it. - Devolver Digital"

"We always put everything we can into the making of our games. Thank you for the love and support. May the WANG be with you! - The Hogs"

The art book, with a couple of sneak peeks into the art inside.

And finally, the stunning Kanji Scroll of Empowerment, included with PS4 orders. With four designs available (and randomly inserted into orders): Yellow meaning Sword; Blue meaning Treasure; Red meaning Demon/Oni (which is what we got!) and Black meaning Butt. A fifth, secret purple scroll was just revealed, which was peppered in with orders. The four main ones being limited to 625 each (totalling 2500, the number of PS4 copies available), but no word as to how many purple are out there, or what happened to the spares of the four main ones, since they wouldn't have all been required if a few purple ones took up space from the total 2500. Congratulations though to everyone who got a secret scroll!

Anyway, thank you so much to Special Reserve Games for creating such a wonderful bundle, one which I am so, so very happy to own. I genuinely cannot wait for the Absolver Reserve, as that one just looks unbelievable!

Go check out SRG on their website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep up to date with their releases <3 I will add a link here shortly to my reviews of both games, too - so make sure to check back for that!

Do you have any of Special Reserves' Editions? What do you think of them?
Let us know in the comments below!

- V x

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Asylum Unboxing: J.T studio Yox [Yellow].

Here in the Asylum, we're huge fans of J.T studios work. J.T studio is a Taiwanese designer toy studio, founded by Jei Tseng. His work is often inspired by Journey to the West - which is something Allan loves, and was how we initially discovered him after falling in love with his Monkey King W figure (which makes a little sneak appearance in the photo at the bottom of this page).

We received Yox very recently and are glad to have him within our collection. And limited to only 250pcs, there's certainly not many of him within the world!

The packaging itself is beautiful, with the top folding up to resemble ears.

The reverse showing that Yox falls under the "Street Mask" range, as well as a little bit of info about him.

Further adding to the luxe packaging, inside the box we have a velvet pouch, with metallic Yox branding.

(Took this photo elsewhere, clearly!) - inside the pouch is Yox in a branded poly-bag.

And there's Yox! Such a stunning piece. I definitely want to own them all, as little Yox here comes in a variety of colours :) (oh how I would kill for a Glow in the Dark one!)

Detail is sharp, bright and looks fantastic.

J.T studio branding underneath, along with a Jei Tseng signature motif. 

Here's Yox at home with all his figure buddies :) J.T studio's Monkey King W shown also (in the yellow jacket with red scarf), holding his staff. There are so many other amazing products for J.T studio, so I highly recommend that you all check them out here.

Yox (Yellow) is still available for the great price of $65 here.

Have you got any J.T studio pieces? What do you think of them?
Let us know in the comments below!

- V x

Asylum Reviews: The LEGO Ninjago Movie Videogame [Xbox One].

As I've said many a time before - LEGO games are always a big success in this house. With every game, there are improvements and ne...