Friday, 20 June 2014

Watch_Dogs Review!


I know I'm a bit late with this, but when I said I was gonna post my review last week, I then realised I wasn't very far from completing the game, so I decided to postpone it so I could review it properly (still a few achievements to get, but story and all collectibles have been completed). So here it is - finally! - my Watch_Dogs review!


So first of all, I'd like to thank Ubisoft for creating such a wonderful game. Sure, it did not live up to the hype generated for it a few years ago at E3, but I think that's a classic case of expecting too much from a game, before it is anywhere near ready for release.

You play as Aiden Pearce, aka The Vigilante, aka The Fox. Weirdly, I don't think I heard him be referred to as The Fox anywhere but in the little in-game news reports. He is a hacker, a very good one at that, and previously a hit had been put out on him, which caused the unfortunate death of his niece, Lena.

An urge for revenge, and a quest for reason ensues, and here we are. You are trying to find out who put out the hit on you, why, and ultimately get revenge upon them for causing your niece's death.

The plot was good, and it was good to see characters' reactions to you, as you dwindle down this path of self-destruction. Revenge has pretty much consumed you, and you won't stop until you get it. Family members are visibly shocked by your actions at some points in the game, which forces you (as Aiden, of course) to take a hard look at yourself - "I killed all those people... what have I become?"

Graphics were good, but nothing compared to the uber crisp graphics shown at E3, although of course, this should probably have been expected. Real life hardly looks that good. A few... glitchy moments, if you could call it that, where movements by Aiden aren't quite as natural as they should have been, and once or twice (for me, at least) textures took a little bit to load on surfaces. Nothing too major.

Playing through the story, I didn't really bother with collectibles. Especially the check-in points. Those just seemed a bit tedious, although a few of the facts given once checked-in were actually quite interesting. However, as I should have expected, an achievement/trophy is unlocked for checking in at all 100 locations, so that then proved quite boring for me to just have to visit them all one by one (and my God, some players are Mayors of those check-in locations as they've checked in like 60+ times that week... no chance am I doing that!)



The other collectibles were quite good however, in particular I enjoyed the "Missing Persons" chain, as those were pretty interesting. I'd actually have liked if there were more serial-killer type missions to complete in the game, after all, you are a vigilante. Stopping a few crimes in progress is good - but solving murders, that's better. 

One collectible final-mission, the Weapons Trade one, repeatedly glitched out on me however, which was extremely frustrating. At the point it would tell you to prepare for enemy reinforcements, three cars would appear on your mini-map, driving towards your location. Two would enter the "zone" but the third one ALWAYS got stuck at a set of lights. Outside of the mission zone. Which prevented me from being able to go up to it to kill the people inside. On two attempts, I successfully killed them, allowing the mission to proceed, first I used a grenade launcher, but this then made civilians call the cops on me, and I had no Jam Coms left to stop it, and this then made the mission so much more difficult, but I powered through, and completed the mission. I got a phone call from Tobias, and the achievement popped for completing it, and then the police helicopter killed me, forcing me to restart the mission. Second time round, I sniped the "stuck" car, and then completed the mission with ease afterwards. 

One thing I noticed whilst playing was that there are quite a few awesome jumps set up in the game, the main one I've liked so far was at the unfinished bridge, and it pained me to realise that making that jump did not make an achievement pop.

The "Online _____" multiplayer activities, "Tailing", "Hacking", etc. are quite cool, however they are pretty damn annoying when you are in the middle of something *cough* Trying to check-in at all locations *cough* and other bloody players keep dropping into your game.

One player (I assume, as it surely couldn't have been a NPC, but it never initiated any online activities) came speeding into a building I was in, got out of their car and ran, and then I went outside to find them running towards a skip, and then they dived in! And when I walked closer, they kept getting out/getting back in/running around it, in order to not be seen by me. So I actually had a game of "tig" in this part. I really wish I had been recording at the time, as it was so bizarre.

I always did my best whilst playing not to injure/kill any civilians whilst out driving, however I would gladly hack every set of lights I came across to make all of the cars crash. A weird twist of morals there.

Overall, I would say the game is definitely worth playing, and if you can pick up one of the various editions, do it, as they come with a bunch of cool stuff! I will say though, I don't think it's a game I'll want to replay anytime soon (bar possibly completing it on another platform).

WATCH_DOGS
Played on Xbox One

Plot/Story - 8.5/10
Enjoyable, interesting story. Suffered a little due to short length of game, but still interesting nevertheless.

Length - 6/10
Could definitely have done with being a bit longer.

Collectibles/Side-Missions - 7/10
Really enjoyed the collectibles that resulted in missions, however the check-ins have brought this score down a point.

Graphics - 7.5/10
Didn't live up to the E3 presentation, but were still good. Could definitely have been better though.

OVERALL - 7.25/10

Have you played Watch_Dogs yet? If so, what did you think of it?
Let me know in the comments below!

- V x

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

E3 2014, and Watch_Dogs!

So yesterday marked the start of E3, and boy has it been a big one.

Later today I will be posting a MASSIVE E3 2014 round-up, with our thoughts on everything that has been revealed so far.

I will also be posting (finally!) my review of Watch_Dogs. A game that, whilst hasn't quite lived up to my humongous expectations (damn you E3 reveal), has still had me hooked since I first inserted the disc.

So check back later today for both of those, and possibly some other surprises for you all :)

- V x

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

WATCH_DOGS!

So today came the release of my most anticipated game of 2014 - Watch_Dogs.
Actually, my most anticipated game ever since it was revealed way back at E3. I will have a review up very soon for you all, after I've worked my way through at least some of the game :)

Also, does anyone else see a hint of Matthew Fox in Aiden? 
No? Just me then...




Did you get a copy of Watch_Dogs today? 
Have you received any of the limited edition versions? 
What are your thoughts?

Let me know in the comments below!

- V x

Friday, 23 May 2014

Updates, inbound!

Hi guys!

Once again, sorry for my absence, things have been pretty crazy here of late, and I haven't had much time, energy or money, for that matter, to keep things updated and keep having new things to talk about.

HOWEVER.

Tonight, myself and Allan are going to see X-Men: Days of Future Past. We are super excited about it, and will post a nice big review for you all once we're home. 

I'm also going to post my review for Godzilla (which we saw last Friday) tonight too. It's already written, but needs some tweaking before I can post it, and unfortunately I won't have time until later today to do so.

I also have something special for you all!

We received our FIRST, and only (so far), Kickstarter-backed project a few days ago. Cartoon Block Sketches Volume 1 - The Art of Evan Burse! The Kickstarter page, which is obviously finished/fully funded, can be found here, if you want to have a little look, but I'll get a nice post up tonight about that too. I'll give you a little hint though - it's amazing! ;)

I also have a pre-written post about all the things Allan received for his birthday last week, that I haven't yet posted (it's actually saved as a draft on here, rather than just on my laptop - that's how close I was to posting!), as I was awaiting some more photos (some new shots of our collection room) however the camera kept dying and it was taking too long, yada yada yada. So I might actually post that up for you in the next few minutes!

So don't go anywhere!

- V x

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Insert Coin Clothing Review!

Apologies guys, for how long this has taken for me to upload! I was ill for a while after receiving the stuff, and then kept forgetting to take photos (and you can hardly review clothing without photos of the actual items!)

So here is my Insert Coin Clothing review!

There are a couple more things left to be photographed, the Fisher shirt and the Ryu dressing gown, so pics for those will go up within the next few hours (need to wait on Allan coming home from work to model the shirt and the dressing gown for me). The other kids t-shirt will have to wait unfortunately, as I've left it at my parents' house, so pics of that will be added as soon as I get it back :)

The quality of all of the pieces I've received so far has been fantastic. Here is a little run down of the products and a little insight into them all :)

The t-shirts are lovely and bright (in both the kids, and adult ranges - I have three t-shirts, I'll get photos of those up on here at some point soon, one of them matches the Dead Space one AJ is wearing!) and really good material.


AJ gives Insert Coin Clothing a double thumbs up!

Slightly better view of the t-shirt, so difficult to get him to stay still for a photo!

The Fisher shirt, which is the only shirt we've ever had from IC, is beautiful. The material is very high quality, and it looks amazing on. The colour bled something awful when it was first washed, and still does slightly now (I tend to handwash it due to this) but it doesn't affect the colour in the shirt itself at all. I imagine if I ran it through the machine, then the colour-run would stop, but I don't really have a lot of dark things to put it in with haha.

[FISHER SHIRT IMAGE WILL BE POSTED HERE TONIGHT]

The Ryu dressing gown is lovely and cosy, very thick and just, uhh! Honestly, it's brilliant for just curling up in when your cold, or when you're just out of a bath :)

[RYU DRESSING GOWN IMAGE WILL BE POSTED HERE TONIGHT]

LEGGINGS. What can I say about the leggings? I love them. Reading my blog, you'll know that I'm a big fan of leggings. I own leggings from both IC, and Black Milk Clothing. The Insert Coin ones are fantastic quality, lovely and bright, and finally give my bottom half that much needed gaming injection. The material is slightly thinner than Black Milk's leggings, but it's not a big problem. If they were a bit thicker, to match up with the thickness of BM ones, that would be perfect, as the IC ones do tend to go a little sheer on the butt at times (but that might be because my ass is massive lol) but they are honestly amazing. Got my eyes on a few more pairs right now!

Here are my beautiful "Power Up" leggings, obviously based on Pac-Man :)

Insert Coin Clothing's "Power Up" Pac-Man Leggings, paired with my River Island "Hesienberg" Breaking Bad jumper :)

But where's Pac-Man?

THERE HE IS!

WAKA WAKA

Assassin's Creed III "Betsy Ross" Leggings, by Insert Coin, paired with a preorder bonus T-shirt for ACIII.

Different angle to show how the legs line up to create the AC logo (which I actually have tattooed on my back!)

Sonic the Hedgehog "Sonic Speed" leggings, by IC - paired with an old Primark T-shirt from the men's section :)

There's the blue blur there!
The Dreamcast bag is one of two bags that Insert Coin do, and the only one I have so far. It is amazing. A brilliant size for fitting in everything I need during the day, and it gets SO MANY compliments. We attended a Comic Mart event last week and the amount of people that were like "omg, I love your bag!" was unreal. I pointed them all in the direction of Insert Coin Clothing, naturally.

Insert Coin's Dreamcast bag. I love it!
Preorders for the latest pieces from ICC are LittleBigPlanet, which are up on the site now, and the rest of their Fable Anniversary range will go live very soon. I am majorly lusting after the Sackboy leggings, the Albion map leggings and the Jack of Blades jacket, but sadly I have no money to spare right now, boo! So if anyone wants to send those my way, I'll love you forever :P 

I believe the next line to be going up for pre order after the second batch of Fable stuff will be inFAMOUS: Second Son, which myself and Allan are really looking forward to - he really wants the jacket and hat as they look amazing. Hoping we get a PS4 soon so we can actually play the game too, as it is super high on our list of things to get, but sadly, money issues mean we can't right now.

Do you have any pieces from Insert Coin Clothing? Do any of the new things take your fancy?
Let me know in the comments below! 

- V x



The links to buy the items I have reviewed above are down below! :)

Pac-Man "Power Up" Leggings can be found here.
Sonic the Hedgehog "Sonic Speed" Leggings can be found here.
Assassin's Creed III "Betsy Ross" Leggings can be found here - and are 50% off right now!
Splinter Cell: Blacklist "Fisher" Shirt can be found here.
Street Fighter II "Ryu" Dressing Gown can be found here - and is 20% off right now!
SEGA Dreamcast inspired bag can be found here.

Sadly the kids line has been discontinued, but you never know, they might bring it back one day if enough people talk about how much they want it back :)


Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier Review!

Allan and I went to the cinema on Saturday to see this, after being excited about it for what feels like forever. I was appropriately dressed, in my new Captain America jumper (which I'll post pics of in this post later today) :)

So here is my review! I have kept it as spoiler free as possible, in fact, I don't refer much to the actual story, and more about the characters and their actors, as I don't want to ruin anything for those of you that haven't yet seen it!



Within the first few minutes of the movie, there is a butt-load of action and amazing fighting going on. A few moves from the Cap that are actually pretty hilarious due to his strength, but already we can tell that this movie is somewhat different to the first.

I'd actually go as far to say that this is the best standalone movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far (by standalone, I mean "not Avengers Assemble").

The effects in CA2:WS are mostly practical effects, rather than CGI, which really does make a difference. It makes the movie, and the action in it, so much more believable. Kudos to the directors for that! It obviously required a lot more work, from the production team and the cast, but it certainly was worth it.

Chris Evans was fantastic, as always, as Steve Rogers, the main man Captain America. Brilliant little nod to his "adapting to modern life" within the first few minutes of the movie, with a notebook that he writes in, filled with things people have obviously told him that he needs to check out. Star Wars was on the list, but is now crossed out, to suggest he's done that one now, a little nod to the Disney take-over of Star Wars :)



Sebastian Stan, who plays Bucky Barnes aka The Winter Soldier, was phenomenal in his role. Prior to seeing the movie, being a big Gossip Girl fan I just kept saying "Carter Baizen" (his character in GG) any time I was talking about him. I would go on about how weird it was for "that d*ckhead Carter Baizen" to now be  playing one half of a 2 character title-role. But my God was he good. I didn't really care for him much in the first Captain America movie, but this time he just blew me (and Allan) away.

Since seeing the movie, he is now known as Bucky Barnes, rather than Carter Baizen.

He went through months of training for the role, and it definitely paid off. The Winter Soldier, as a character, was just fantastic. From the little things, like the way he moves, to the big fight scenes, he pulled it off marvellously (apologies for the slight pun). Of course, we all knew that Bucky Barnes is the Winter Soldier prior to seeing the movie, but one woman behind us GENUINELY gasped when he took off his mask, which was a little funny.

It was great to see Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (Scarlett Johannson) getting more screen time - and story - this time round. I always feel like, in Nick Fury's case, he is just a background character. He never gets any real action, or whatever, in the movies. In the case of the standalone movies, he is pretty much just a cameo. And with the big Avengers Assemble movie cast, he again didn't serve much purpose. Of course, he got more screen time there, but again, all eyes were on the actual "Avengers". 

With Black Widow, she just seems to be the little bit (or, rather huge bit, in Scarlett Johannson's case) of sex-appeal, in a very male-orientated cast. She stops it from being, well... a sausage fest. But in this movie, we got to see a good bit more of the softer side of her, a little bit less bravado, and a little more heart. And by the end, you definitely feel more connected with her character.

Sam Wilson aka Falcon (Anthony Mackie) was a great addition to the cast. His character was brilliant, and he suited the role perfectly. I hope to see him in another Marvel movie at some point soon :)

And my last pointer that I should mention, there is, as usual, an end-credits scene. BUT, there is also an end-end credits scene, so don't leave as soon as the first end credits scene has happened, because if you stick around till the end, you'll be treated to a first glimpse of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, prior to their debut in Age of Ultron :)

Anyway, I'd definitely recommend that you go see this movie now, as it is brilliant, and you will love it!

Have you already seen it? What were your thoughts?
Let me know in the comments below!

- V x

Monday, 31 March 2014

Reviews incoming!

I know guys, I'm sorry! I have utterly sucked ass at getting regular content up on here, but now I'm buying less games, and getting more time to actually complete the games I've already got (since my last post, about completing my first ever game to 100%, I have now completed all of the story of Fable Anniversary and am just doing the last couple of achievements!), I will have lots of new stuff to post on here, and lots more time to do so :)

So here is a quick run down of what is getting reviewed/unboxed, and when you can expect to see it (and of course, there will be other random posts in between them)!

31st March 2014 (today)

Insert Coin Clothing review.
Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier review.
South Park: The Stick of Truth first thoughts.

2nd April 2014

In Fear review.
Monsters review.
Fable Anniversary review.

4th April 2014

South Park: The Stick of Truth Grand Wizard Edition unboxing.
Collection Room overview.

6th April 2014

Disney Infinity review.

Mid-April (no definite date yet)

Divergent movie and book review.
Trials Fusion review.

There will be other things reviewed and/or unboxed, and posted about in between all of these items, as well as my normal posts about general things, what has entered the Asylum, etc. but this is the definite plan so far :)

Hope you all enjoy the reviews, and continue to read my blog :)
Even if I suck at updating it.

Anything you want to see reviewed/unboxed, that I haven't mentioned above?
Let me know in the comments below!

- V x