Saturday, 28 May 2016

No Man's Sky DELAYED!?

Yep, you read that right. No Man's Sky has officially been delayed till August 12th (in the UK). Luckily it's not a huge delay, but it's a delay nonetheless, and one we're very gutted about as we were super excited to get to play No Man's Sky at last.

The one thing that we don't mind too much about the delay is that it gives us more time with all of the fantastic games that have come out this month. So hopefully by the time of its release in August, our recent backlog will have diminished ever so slightly.

We really can't wait to dive in once it comes out, and we will definitely be getting some Twitch streams on the go for you all, as well as a review/unboxing of the Limited Edition!

Also really hoping we'll be able to review and unbox the stunning Explorer's Edition, but unfortunately we don't currently have the funds for it, so will be trying desperately to get one before they inevitably sell out!

What are your thoughts on the delay?
Let us know in the comments below!

- V x

Friday, 27 May 2016

So what is Overwatch, anyway?

You didn't seriously think we were done talking about Overwatch, did you?

As the title says, what is Overwatch exactly? Overwatch is a first-person shooter, developed and published by Blizzard. As mentioned in my previous post, Blizzard's previous games have included primarily PC only games, including the likes of World of Warcraft.

Amazingly, us console players were treated to the release of Overwatch, and my, how we've lapped it up. With a Beta that was one of the most played things on both consoles during its Closed and Open periods, and the release massively exceeding Blizzard's sales expectations, causing them to struggle to keep up with demand of both physical and digital copies, it's definitely off to a strong start.

It's a multiplayer only game, which caused a bit of disappointment to fans who'd hoped there would be a strong story presence, but with the four animated shorts that have been released so far (and with the promise of more for a "second season"), explaining a rich backstory throughout, as well as small character interactions in-game which more than make up for the lack of a single-player campaign. The various shorts released so far gave insight into one main character at a time (with other characters appearing as enemies, etc) explaining a bit of their history, and showing them in action.

"Recall" follows Winston, a scientist who also happens to be a genetically-engineered gorilla. He is desperate for the days of heroes to return. He struggles to decide whether or not to reunite the agents of Overwatch, whilst Talon agents attack his lab at Watchpoint: Gibraltar.

"Alive" follows Widowmaker, a Talon assassin who is on the hunt in London's Kings Row, trying to track down her prey.

"Dragons" follows Hanzo as he explores the history of the Shimada clan, returning to his family home in Hanamura to reflect on the past, before an unknown assassin comes, and reveals to him a surprising secret.

And finally, "Hero" follows Soldier: 76 as he investigates the Los Muertos gang members and their illegal activities, when he has to step in and save the day for a young girl.

All four shorts are exquisite, and really drive home the stories of these characters, without the need of a traditional story mode in-game. That's not to say we don't hope for some form of story-mode down the line, but for now the multiplayer is enough, as it is fantastic on its own. My favourite of the shorts would definitely have to be "Dragons" (same goes for Allan), as it is beautiful and really well told (not that the others aren't, of course).

There are currently 21 characters to choose from, in four different classes. Offense includes Genji, McCree, Pharah, Reaper, Soldier: 76 and Tracer. Defense has Bastion, Hanzo, Junkrat, Mei, Torbjörn and Widowmaker. Then there's the Tank class, containing D.Va, Reinhardt, Roadhog, Winston and Zarya. And lastly, the Support class, with the fewest characters (currently): Lúcio, Mercy, Symmetra and Zenyatta. And with more characters to be released free of charge in the future, I really can't wait to see how they all play, too.

Each character has a completely different set of weapons, abilities and Ultimates. And each can be very different to master, so it's natural that you'll end up with a favourite or two that match your playstyle well, and that you've comfortably learned how to play best as. For instance, Allan's favourite characters are Hanzo, Genji, Junkrat and Zenyatta - although as of tonight, he's starting to really enjoy playing as Pharah, too. For me, I'm a big fan of Winston and Hanzo, as well as Mercy.

The game is fast paced, fun and very addictive - especially when playing well with a good team. And whilst there have been some buggy moments at times, it hasn't affected the reception of Overwatch at all.

We'll be doing an unboxing at some point tomorrow of the Collector's Edition of the game, and I can't wait to show off some of the artwork from the stunning artbook. So be sure to check back tomorrow for even more Overwatch from us!

What did you think about the animated shorts? How are you liking Overwatch?
Let us know in the comments below!

- V x 

Overwatch Review!

Overwatch is finally out and we love it.

We'd already played a good bit of it throughout the Closed and Open Betas, and now that it's finally out we are addicted (sorry Uncharted 4 and Doom, I'll come back to you soon!)

It's an amazing game and it's safe to say it was to be expected coming from Blizzard, whose previous titles include the likes of World of Warcraft and Diablo. And with the previous games they've released being primarily PC games, when this was first announced we assumed it would also be a PC only game, and we were super stoked to find out it wasn't.

From the animated shorts giving us the story that an otherwise online-only game would normally be lacking in (and leaving us desperate for more), to the various events staged around the world, such as the gigantic "action figures" and the Launch Celebrations at various cinemas, Blizzard has not only done the game well, but the promotion has been executed fantastically, too.

Overwatch is an easy game to fall in love with. There's lots of variety to the characters, with four different sub-classes of player: Offense , Defense, Tank and Support. And with 21 characters to choose from between those classes, you're sure to find a character that fits your playstyle well. The game is also highly accessible to a large number of players that wouldn't otherwise fall into the FPS-playing category. If you're not so great at attacking, and being out there in a firefight with the other team, you can play as someone like Mercy, healing your teammates from the sidelines. And don't worry, playing as non-offense characters isn't detrimental to your progress, as all teammates/characters are just as important as each other. For example, a team playing with everyone as the same character, or the same class even, usually won't fare well against a team that is balanced and working well together (well... maybe with the exception of a Bastion-centric team, haha).

It's bright, it's colourful, and most importantly - it's fun.

It's not one of those games where you always feel like you're at a disadvantage to other players if you're at a lower skill level. Not doing so well as Zenyatta? Then switch to Winston. Don't like how Tracer plays? Try out Hanzo. It's all about switching around and seeing what characters you like, and especially learning the ins and outs of the characters: who they play well against, what characters are best suited to you for what maps, and how to take advantage of the different Ultimates of the characters, etc.

I can certainly see Overwatch being popular for a long time, and with it already building momentum for the eSports scene, it won't be long before we see big teams headlining events for it on a regular basis. #CokeESports are already doing a lot to promote Overwatch, including sending out amazing Loot Boxes to various YouTubers - which I won't lie, I'm totally jealous of, so Coke, hook a girl up, eh?

There's also loads of tips out there that are great for helping you learn the ways of Overwatch, and perfecting your matches. And with any and all future DLC being given to us for free, rather than people having to pay for extra characters, just further gives more reason as to why I think this game will stand the test of time, and I can certainly understand the high praise it has received elsewhere so far, so we'd definitely have to recommend it to everyone, and their sister's dog's best friend's cousin. 

What are your thoughts on Overwatch? Have you settled on a favourite character?
Let us know in the comments below!

- V x

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Entries to the Asylum - Thursday 23rd/Friday 24th May 2016.

One entry to the Asylum from yesterday and one the day before, and both are from a game that we've been excited for for a very long time: Overwatch.

Thursday 23rd May

- Overwatch Promo Tracer Cup.

Friday 24th May

- Overwatch Collector's Edition [Xbox One].

On Thursday, Allan took one of his younger brothers to the Vue Cinema over at the Edinburgh Omni Centre to see the Overwatch Launch Celebration, which actually turned out to be severely disappointing.

Tickets cost £21 odds for the both of them, and then train fare for the return journey to Edinburgh and back for them was almost £40! And then the showing, which was advertised as 2hr 20mins ended after just over an hour, and then was handled fairly badly by staff (who, to be fair, were pretty confused about the situation, themselves). 

They had expected to see lots of new stuff, considering that all of the Animated Shorts combined would equate to much shorter than the advertised running time, but other than a short behind the scenes segment, everything was stuff they'd already seen. Granted, they did enjoy seeing everything on the big screen (and getting to see them made them - and me - want an Overwatch movie even more!) but the fact that it cost so much, and that their travel time was longer than the full showing, they were still pretty disappointed, especially as the screen just stopped after around 1hr 10 mins, and then after around half an hour of waiting around, unsure what was happening, they were told by staff that there was no further footage to be shown, they weren't sure entirely why it was so much shorter than advertised, but if anyone wanted to leave a contact email address, they could, although "there's no guarantee anyone will get an explanation, and nobody will be refunded". So, yeah. Handled pretty badly, to be honest.

They did however, each get a promo cup with Tracer on it (they later noticed some people had Widowmaker cups, so they were a little gutted that they didn't get to see all of the ones available), which advertised #CokeESports too, so those were a nice surprise, but still not really worth the almost £60 that they spent on the trip.

Anyway, have you got Overwatch? And did you attend any of the Launch Celebration showings?
Let us know in the comments below!

- V x

Monday, 23 May 2016

Entries to the Asylum - Friday 20th May 2016.

Another forgotten entry due to all the stuff going on here of late! One entry from Friday:

- Soul Eater Premium Edition [Bluray].

Very happy to finally have this edition, after a whole load of faffing around on Amazon's end, they ultimately couldn't provide me with a copy, but luckily I managed to get a promo copy (therefore, without discs) from Funimation, so very pleased with that.

We will be reviewing the Yearbook, as well as Soul Eater itself, very soon, so be sure to keep an eye out for that!

What new stuff have you guys gotten lately?
Let us know in the comments below!

- V x

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Entries to the Asylum - Thursday 19th May 2016.

A couple of entries from Thursday, that I didn't get around to posting (apologies again, so much has been going on here lately that my head is a little fried!)

- Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor Special Edition [Xbox One].
- Battleborn Preorder Bonus Figure [Rath].
- Battleborn Preorder Bonus Figure [Orendi].
- Battleborn Character Cards Pack [Too many to count!].

Haven't opened up all of the Battleborn card packs yet, and don't really intend to open every last one of them anyway, but arrrgh! I am still missing 10 cards from the set. Two of the ones I'm missing apparently come inside some of the game cases (and are only found in those cases), but that still means that there are EIGHT cards that I've yet to find, in probably 100+ packs that I've opened so far.

Currently looking forward to the release of Overwatch, which will be out on Tuesday! Really excited to get and unbox the Collector's Edition, although I must say, I kinda wish the Soldier 76 statue was colourful, rather than the black/bronze effect it has, but I dunno, maybe once I see it in person, I'll like it more.

What have you got recently? Are you looking forward to Overwatch?
Let us know in the comments below!

- V x

Saturday, 14 May 2016

Entries to the Asylum; Friday 13th May - Saturday 14th May 2016.

Having to combine yesterday and today's entries, as yesterday we received:

- Doom Collector's Edition [Xbox One].

But it was damaged. The Revenant statue included in the edition has a light up base, with a fan rotating inside it, however the battery compartment of ours was entirely stuck shut. Took it back to GAME today however, and got a replacement, so yay!

And today we got:

- Battleborn Preorder Bonus Figure [Montana].
- Battleborn Character Cards Pack [x19].

Today's entries were leftover preorder bonuses that my local GAME store had in. They had a tonne more of the Battleborn Character Cards Packs, but they told me to just help myself to them, but I didn't want to take too many haha, so I literally just grabbed a handful and that was me :)

I actually really like the figure of Montana, although I am a little gutted that I now need to get the other 4 somehow to complete the set :P

I will be posting a photo-unboxing on here later of the Doom CE, so check back for that!

What have you gotten recently?
Let us know in the comments below!

- V x