Thursday, 31 May 2012

Update, part 2!

Here is part two of my photo update :) I know I said check back in a few hours, and it's been a bit more than a few hours, but hey - at least it's getting done!

Anyway, here it is:



Okay, so on the top shelf here, you can see my Sniper Ghost Warrior Collector's Edition, packaged in a real life Ammo box (presumably from WWI or WWII?) and it comes with some random items - which you will see more of when I get round to unboxing it. The small box next to it shouldn't actually be on the shelf (again, placed there to keep out of AJ's reach) and it contains a Dragon Ball (number 4). Next to that, the white car looking thing is the Press Kit for Modnation Racers, and then you'll see my Cole statue from the inFamous 2 Hero Edition, and my Ico & Wander to Kyozou bundle (also known as the Ico & Shadow of the Collosus bundle) which was exclusive to Japan :)

On the shelf below it, I have my Resistance 3 Survival Edition, which sadly I had to import from Germany despite having a UK copy on preorder for months before release, due to a mess up caused by Gamestation (more on this when I get round to unboxing it!), and my Ninja Gaiden 3 Special Edition (which despite being within my PS3 shelves, is actually for Xbox 360) and underneath it, you can't really see it, but there is my GTAIV Special Edition (which I'm hoping to also get for Xbox 360 at some point) and some Grand Theft Auto San Andreas wrapping paper, still sealed in packaging, from way back upon release (albeit I purchased it recently from the lovely Sheena over at CEo) 



Really bad lighting on this photo, but as you can see it showcases my Sonic and Assassin's Creed shelves :)

Top shelf: the Sonic shelf, contains my Sonic Generations Collector's Edition, of which the contents are on display, and a sealed copy of the Australian exclusive Sonic Generations steelbook (which was a preorder bonus over there I believe).

Underneath we have the Assassin's Creed shelf, which is fit to burst! It has the Assassin's Creed Brotherhood Collector's Edition on the left hand side (the one with the Harlequin jack-in-the-box), the Codex Edition of AC:B in the front centre, behind that is the Assassin's Creed Revelations Collector's Edition (albeit barely noticeable) and on the left hand side is the Animus Edition of AC:R with two steelbooks in front of it - one for Revelations, and the other is the preorder bonus steel for ACIII.



This is my sort of "neglected" shelves, which are unfortunately located behind my television due to lack of space. So things tend to be a little messier on these shelves as it's pretty difficult to get into!

Top shelf, we have three PC editions, and one Xbox 360 edition. Originally had planned the top shelf to just be for PC editions, but couldn't really have one Call of Juarez The Cartel CE there without the other!
So as you can see, there is the Warhammer 40,000 Space Marines Collector's Edition, behind it (barely noticeable) is my Tales of Monkey Island CE, and behind that my Call of Juarez The Cartel Outlaw Edition and Polish Collector's Edition, respectively. 

Underneath, there are a variety of steelbooks, tins, smaller CEs, and a couple of 3DS slipcovers. I'll do a proper show of that shelf at some other point, probably whenever I move the TV to actually get access to it!



Lower down on these shelves are just all standard copy Xbox 360 games, and a few with slipcovers. And on the floor in front of it is my copy of Metal Gear Solid HD Collection NTSC CE, and MGS HD Limited Edition (Zavvi Exclusive). In front of those are some stadard copy games that have recently been played/purchased, and yet to be put away (I know, messy messy!).

And in the far right of the image, some of you may notice a creepy little squashed up bunny. That is, in fact, a hand puppet, that AJ decided to launch behind the TV, and I can't reach to rescue it haha! 



Back to the main set of shelves now, and this is the lower sections, and as you can see - there is quite a lot on the floor in front of the shelves (that's how much I'm struggling for space!).

Top shelf here is my Call of Duty shelf, has the COD Modern Warfare 2 Prestige Edition on the left (night vision goggles, very difficult to see in that crappy lighting), at the back, steelbooks/Hardened edition parts from the Prestige Editions of Modern Warfare 2 and Black Ops, and a Jumbo COD Modern Warfare collection steel aswell. And a small Brady Games guide that I picked up for £1 :P At the back, there is my preorder pack for Modern Warfare 3, front centre you'll see the RC Car from the Black Ops Prestige Edition, and on the right hand side, the Hardened Edition of Modern Warfare 3 :)

Underneath, there is my Duke Nukem Forever Balls of Steel Edition, Saints Row The Third Platinum Pack, Saints Row 2 Collector's Edition (in gun packaging), in front there is my Witcher 2 Enhanced Edition (signed by a member of the CD Projekt dev team) and on the right hand side, you'll see my F.3.A.R CE and (probably invisible due to shoddy lighting) F.3.A.R steelbook and Press Kit.

On the floor in front of the shelves, I have two Skylanders Starter Packs (one for Xbox 360 and one for PS3), my Diablo III CE (right in front of Skylanders, behind the brown box) and Witcher 2 Dark Edition to the right of the Skylanders packs.



Floor picture, from a slightly different angle, shows that the brown box to the left is my Max Payne 3 Special Edition (have left it in it's outer box to protect it for now) and it has the preorder bonus pen tucked in the top of the box too. My Risen 2 Keg Edition (which is GORGEOUS by the way) and then to the right, my Prototype 2 Blackwatch Collector's Edition.



Bottom of the other side of shelves, I have a PC shelf, which contains a variety of items related to Super Meat Boy, all signed by Team Meat, my Super Meat Boy Rare Edition (not signed), my Limbo Collector's Edition (which was exclusive to Germany I believe) and my Star Wars The Old Republic CE, in which my poor little Darth Malgus statue was maimed a while ago (AJ decided to throw a disc at it and chopped his arm off!) but has since been repaired with some glue whilst I wait on a replacement!

On the floor, there is the box for my Ninja Gaiden 3 CE, my Crystal original Xbox and a little tub full of my Skylanders :)

Oh and on top of the Ninja Gaiden 3 CE box, there is a Max Payne 3 Guidebook that I won, and little cards from the Skylanders, and a bluray copy of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which was a gift to Allan from our friends on his birthday a week or two ago :)

Anyway, I'm tired again, and really didn't anticipate how much time it would take to do one of these little updates, so I shall do Part 3 tomorrow! So check back then :D

V.


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Hey again guys! Gonna be continuing my update from last night in a few hours. Still gonna be pretty basic but hey, it's better than nothing :)

Oh, and looky here... 



What's that you say? Why, it's me! In the latest issue of Official Playstation Magazine (page 125 if you wanna have a look for yourself!)

I'm famous! :P

Anyway, yeah - come back in a few hours to see Part 2 of my update :)

Ta-ta!

V.

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Update 30/5/12.

Okay, so here is my first collection photo-update. I apologize in advance for the mess of some of my shelves (and my floor!) as I am running out of display space faster than you can even imagine. I tried to neaten up a couple of the shelves as best as I could, but some shelves I am just downright refusing to show at the moment!

So here it is, my collection!



Okay, so there is my Halo shelf. Right at the top. On it, you can see my Halo Reach Legendary Edition statue, a few Halo Mega Bloks figures, a signed copy of Halo ODST, slipcover copy of Halo Combat Evolved Anniversary, the Limited Edition part of of the Halo Reach Legendary Edition, a promo Halo Wars steelbook, the Halo Wars Limited Edition, and of course my Halo 3 Legendary Edition. Wow. That was a lot of words in one sentence!



Ahh, my Gears of War and Batman shelves. So pretty :) Okay, on the top shelf, there is my Gears of War 2 Limited Collector's Edition - which is in okay condition considering it's age, (and the fact that Allan owned it prior to collecting!) but definitely in need of replacing. Next to that is the Gears of War 3 Futureshop Midnight Launch steelbook, alongside a GOW Curb Stomp First Aid Kit preorder bonus, then my Marcus Fenix statue from the Epic Edition of GOW3, another preorder bonus, this time a GOW3 Beanie Hat, lastly followed by two things that are VERY difficult to see in the crappy lighting: the artbook from the Epic Edition, as well as the Limited Edition contents that were also included in the Epic Ed.

Next is the Batman shelf, collaborating both Arkham Asylum and Arkham City into one glorious grouping. Arkham City Collector's Edition (for Xbox 360, but I've taken the paper off to show the gorgeous Kotokibuya statue off better), the Arkham Asylum CE behind it, followed by an Arkham City comic, the Arkham City press kit, an Arkham City 2012 calendar (bought for me by the lovely Katrin at Christmas), then on the right hand side you can almost make out the packaging for my Arkham City promo t-shirt, OST and a little Joker card from a tshirt. And at the front (bad angle for these) are the four Arkham City steelbooks, (in no particular order) Two Face, Catwoman, Joker and Penguin. Oh, and there is a little keyring in there somewhere too :P



Next up is a lovely attempt at showing my clearly fantastic photography skills (LOL). I'm tired, okay!?

Top shelf is Mortal Kombat based, and includes the Mortal Kombat Tournament Edition, UK Kollector's Edition, US Kollector's Edition, aswell as the Futureshop exclusive steelbook (G2) and the Mortal Kombat movies.

Beneath is my Elder Scrolls shelf, showcasing my Skyrim CE with the Alduin statue on the left (and the Skyrim CE Artbook on the left of that, but I don't think you can see it at all!), and the digipak (also included in said CE) right beside it. In front of the digipak is a faux leather notebook with Skyrim detailing, which was included in the Australian EBGames exclusive CE, as was the Steelbook to the right of it, and behind the steelbook is the nice outer box that CE came in. To the far right are two Oblivion editions: one from the original release of the game, the Collector's Edition, and the more recently released 5th Anniversary steelbook :)

To all you eagle eyed people who can see a coin in front of those, it is not the coin from the Oblivion CE (that coin is still in the box), it is actually a replica prop coin from Xmen First Class. I have no idea why it's actually on that shelf to be honest!



Top right of my shelves and you will see some PS3 exclusive titles. Killzone 3 Helghast Edition at the top left (which includes a steelbook that I managed to get the lovely people over at Guerrilla Games to sign for me!) and the little Helghast figure from the game. To the right of those is my Nathan Drake figure, which was included in the Explorer Edition, and the chest (also included in the Explorer Ed.), both of which are extremely great quality and look fantastic :)

Shelf below, you can see my signed God of War III Ultimate Edition box, aswell as the Pandora's Box to the far right which was included in that edition. In the centre, is a rather odd fellow. I have no idea what it is, other than the fact that Allan and I stumbled across it at a car boot sale and he HAD to have it as he had one when he was little. It's reasoning for being on the shelf? To keep it out of reach of AJ. And behind that you will see my Uncharted 3 bag (and behind that is my signed Dead Rising Servbot mug, which will be getting displayed proudly as soon as I get more shelves!).

Y'know what guys? I am shattered. So I'm actually going to head off to bed now, and will continue this update tomorrow. 

See you then!

V.

It's UPDATE TIME!

Yes, you read the title correctly. It's time for an update :D

*applause*

Yeah, so figured I'd do an update tonight, just gonna do a very basic one since it's gonna be the first one I include photos from the collection in. So be warned, it's just gonna be an overview, no photo-unboxings tonight :)

Anyway, the collection is growing at a rate of noughts and it's getting hard to keep it under control. I no longer have enough space on shelves to accommodate particular games/franchises and have them together. I also no longer have enough shelves to accommodate all of the different games I own! But oh well, I'll just have to buy more shelves soon then, won't I?

Especially since I had a look through everything I've got preordered over the next few months, and it's coming to a total of £1650 (approx). And that's not even including the CEs/games/movies that have yet to be announced/made available for preorder. EEK!

So, check back in an hour or so for the photo update :)!

V.

Sunday, 27 May 2012

*don't shoot me!*

I know, I know. I've been downright AWFUL at keeping this place updated. I've been pretty busy lately, what with multiple birthdays to prepare for, and this heat - WOW. It's 25 degrees Celsius today in Glasgow.

Anything over 10 degrees is like death for me, so I've not been having a good day at all. To be honest, not been having a good week! This weather has been here for around a week now, and I'm still not used to it.

Typical Glaswegian, eh?

Yeah, so the heat has made me lazier and sleepier than normal. Woo!

Anyway, did a major tidy up a few days ago, whilst Allan mowed the lawn, so at least now we can have the windows and doors open to let some fresh air in without risking 40 billion spiders coming in with it.

Definitely going to try and get some form of an update on here tonight, heck - I PROMISE I will. I think I may do an overview update, just take some photos of each part of the collection and just do a little hint as to what things are going to be unboxed (in photos and/or videos) in the coming weeks.

So check back tonight, at least I'll be able to do some stuff (since the heat has made AJ sleep much better, so I'll actually get peace for once!

Anyway, check later!

V.

Friday, 18 May 2012

Oh my...

I've just had a quick glance at the hits bar, and since this site started (less than a month ago) I've almost had 500 hits!

Thank you so much guys!

Hopefully the hit counter will skyrocket once I start actually getting the updates rolling on a regular basis and have new photos and videos to show regularly.

But anyway, thanks :)

Remember, feel free to leave comments, suggestions, praise, etc in the comments section under each post :)

V.

Wow.

Didn't realise how difficult it would be to keep this updated, but I suppose, with a toddler running around (and me running after him!), it's probably to be expected!

So, sorry guys!

I'll do my best to do updates regularly, as I've still been taking lots of collection photos, since I can do those quite quickly when AJ goes down for a nap, so I do actually have content on the way! It's just the actual uploading of said content that I'm lacking in ;)

Anyway. I received my Risen 2 Dark Waters Keg edition yesterday, and my oh my, it is gorgeous. Planning to do a little unboxing for you all today, since it's one of the rarer editions out there (and I've got an awesomely low number!).

My Max Payne 3 Special Edition should be here today aswell, so may also get in a quick unboxing of that if I have the time.

Don't think I have any other CEs due to arrive today, so those two should be it for now :)

So check back later, and I should (hopefully) have an unboxing update!

V.

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

In other news...

That half price offer was a glitch, and has now been removed. Sorry to all those who've missed out.

Good news though, GAME need to honour it for all those who purchased, as it sent the codes out automatically. OH YEAH!

V.

Microsoft points!

Microsoft points were half price today at GAME (well, the 400 MSP bundles were anyway), so with the Reward points I had left on my GAME Reward card, managed to snag 1600 MSP for FREE!

Go me!

Now what should I buy with them...

V.

Wow.

I totally underestimated how long it would take me to get these photos done.

Been taking a lot of photos over the past few days, yet it feels like there is still SO much left to be done. Looks like it's gonna be a little longer before you guys get a decent update on here!

If you're wondering why I'm not just uploading in batches onto here, it's because I want to arrange the photos into categories and also do little mini-reviews on each CE I own, and there is a little part of me that thinks it'll look all wrong if they're all over the place!

Part of me also thinks it's gonna look a little weird anyway, since there will be LOADS of pictures being updated within a short space of time, but hey, what the heck?

Anyway, I've just finished another batch of photos and I'm hungry, so I'm gonna go make something to eat now.

Bon appetit,

V.

Monday, 7 May 2012

Okay.

Yeah I know, I totally failed yesterday.

Got very distracted and didn't get anything done, but today will be better - I promise.

AJ (my son) is going to his Nanna's today so that gives me lots of time to take photos of the collection, get a couple of reviews done and still leave me with time for housework and relaxing!

He doesn't leave until 1pm though, so don't expect anything much before then!

V.

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Updates!

Got a few new things recently, nothing fantastic, but I'm going to blast through some photos of the collection tonight and ACTUALLY get them uploaded :)

Probably going to do a review of one of the editions in my collection tonight aswell, if time (and my son) allows!

So check back later!

V.

Friday, 4 May 2012

The Avengers Review.


The Avengers. Okay, okay. Avengers Assemble. *shudder*

I'm starting to warm up a little to the name, purely for the reason that they do assemble (of course, but I knew that before seeing the movie). But still, for a movie title, The Avengers was much better. Avengers Assemble just sounds silly as a title in my opinion...

This is the first movie I have gone to see in the D-Box seats, and my God! They do not disappoint. Every twist and turn, you twist and turn with it. Every gunshot that is fired, you feel it. Every whir of the helicopter's blades, you feel - as if you are standing right there with it. And explosions, wow, you don't just get thrown back in your seat, the seat jolts you around in all directions, much as a real explosion would do. Simply amazing. Although, now I fear that because I have used the seats once, I will want to be in them every time I visit the cinema, which, between me and Allan - is an extra tenner a time!

Anyway, onto the movie. It has everything you could possibly want in a superhero movie. An awesome cast, a badass enemy, an amazing mix of tension and chemistry between the main cast, a superb bunch of background characters and extraordinary fight/action scenes.

The entire movie left me sitting with my mouth open, in awe of it's brilliance. And there were a few extremely funny moments, that left myself and the entire audience howling with laughter, and giving a round of applause.

As you can probably tell, I'm trying to be as spoiler free in this review as I possibly can, as the movie has only just arrived on US screens today, so for any of my readers from across the pond, this is for you (and any of you from this side of the ocean that haven't yet seen it!)

All of the main cast get their fair share of screen time (except for one), and they really make the most of it.

Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) is a much more substantial character in this than what she was in Iron Man 2, and despite the fact that most people just assume that she is only in the movie to give it some sexiness (considering it's a highly male dominated cast, and movie), they're wrong. She does of course give it some eye candy, but she is also a very prominent part of the Avengers team.



Bruce Banner, aka The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) was a highly talked about addition to the movie prior to release. Everyone worried that he wasn't up to the part. After all, what has Mark Ruffalo really been in, other than Rom-Coms? That was all that he was really associated with. Obviously he'll have been in other things, but Rom-Coms are what stick out most for him in our minds. Well, not now. I love Ed Norton, and found him to be a fantastic Banner/Hulk, but my God, Ruffalo has definitely outshone him. He is just everything you could want in Bruce Banner, and even more of what you'd want in Hulk. Quite simply, outstanding.

Tony Stark, aka Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) was amazing in this movie aswell, his usual stuck up, selfish self, and oh so funny. He has a few great one liners, and I love the tension between him and the other heroes to begin with, as they are all strong, confident characters so it is obvious they were going to clash at some point. He was actually my favourite to begin with, but then Hulk stole that from him! He is still my second favourite though.

Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Captain America (Chris Evans) were also fantastic in this movie, but I feel that I have kinda let their characters down, as I have still yet to see their respective movie titles. So I feel like I went into the movie, not really knowing who they were, and came out knowing a bit, but there's knowledge missing. So I am definitely going to buy both of their movies on BluRay in the next few weeks, just so I don't feel as though I've missed out!

And last but not least, Clint Barton, aka Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) was great in this movie, but I feel like he didn't get nearly enough screentime compared to the other characters.You briefly see him around at the start of the movie, and then bar a few small shots of him, you don't really see him again until the end. He was, no doubt, an amazing character - but he definitely did not get the screentime he deserved. I am hoping that if and when Avengers 2 is released, he comes back for that, and gets his fair share of action.

Overall, it is an amazing movie, and has bumped The Dark Knight off of my number 1 spot for favourite movie (sorry Christopher Nolan!) and it is definitely one I'd urge you all to see.

The characters, the story, the action, and the two absolutely hilarious (but unexpected) moments from The Hulk all just combine to make a movie that I cannot wait to see again.



I'm gonna give it a 9.5/10, it would have been a 10, but I feel that Hawkeye's lack of scenes kinda took away from it a little, but overall still a brilliant must-see movie.

Let me know how you feel about the movie in the comments below!

V.

May the fourth be with you.

I know, I know. Such a cliché title. But, I had to.

Definitely going to have images of my collection up over the next few days (will probably have to upload in batches, since there is far too much) and will do a review on The Avengers (I refuse to call it Avengers Assemble any longer) today.

I hope you can all accept my apologies when I say that I'm sorry for not updating this very often. Things have gotten quite hectic over here the past few days, but I guarantee I will update as often as I can.

I'm aiming for at least one post a day, be it that a general post such as this, or a review, or even an update into my collection. That is just my easy target though. Ideally I will get a few posts done per day: a couple of general ones, a review or two and a small update on the collection.

Well, that's it for now.

V.

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Apologies for my absence.

Have been gone for the past few days, well, not gone - but not here updating.

Have been busy for the past few days, as you know on Friday night/Saturday morning I was at the 3D showing of Avengers Assemble (sigh, stupid name) in D-Box seats, courtesy of Glasgow Comic Con - which, I kid you not - was AMAZING.

I will do a review on it later on tonight!

Then after that, all day Saturday, I was shattered. Being up from 6am the previous morning, and not getting to bed until 3am really knocked it out of me. So I spent most of Saturday in a sleepy, barely alive, state.

Since then, I have been planning things for this site, and taking photographs of the collection (for your viewing pleasure!), and that has fairly taken up my time.

Still not even one quarter of the way through, but hopefully I will have done a decent enough amount by tonight to upload for you all.

So bye for now!

V.

Asylum Reviews; Moonlighter [Xbox One].

The basic premise of Moonlighter is fairly straightforward. You work your way through dungeons, killing monsters and gaining loot. Th...