Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Guild Wars 2 Collector's Edition.

I received this CE a few weeks ago now, and my God, it's amazing.

I've yet to set it up on my PC (due to lack of time), so I've yet to play the game, but believe me, I'll be getting stuck in soon hopefully!

The CE is extremely large. Much larger than I was expecting, actually. Despite all description pages on websites stating the height of the figure... I'm just obviously not as smart as I like to think I am (haha!)

So yes, the CE comes in a large white box, with a transparent window in front.


The back of the box is black, and states all of the contents that you will find hidden away inside this box (and believe me, there is quite a lot of lovely things)


Here is a little size comparison shot to show you how it measures up compared to the UK copy of Darksiders 2 Collector's Edition (apologies for the boxes in the background, too many CEs, not enough shelf space!)



Pretty f*ckin' huge, eh!?

So yeah, this is definitely a pretty large CE, and sure is worth the price (RRP £130).

Okay, so once you break the seals (circle seals again), you open up the flap top to reveal this underneath:


Bloody moulded plastic.

I really hate that stuff, as more often than not with me, it actually does end up bloody (my fingers must like being ripped open by the stuff!). Luckily, this time - no accidents :)

All you need to do it lift the figure out, and this is what he looks like up close...


Ain't he a beaut!

A word of warning, the spikes on the figure (such as teeth, claws, shoulder spikes, etc) are very sharp. So need to be careful around those.

Here is his sword up close:


His top half:



And his bottom half:


And a nice little shot of his face, for good measure:


Okay, I lied when I said a "nice" shot of his face. He's actually pretty angry looking. I think he may kill me...

I've yet to actually take him out of the moulded plastic, as look what's holding him in:


Those stupid little plastic ties. I hate them. But, I suppose at least I don't feel bad about keeping him boxed, especially as I have no room to display him anyway, and the big window on the front of the box still means I get to show him off (hehe).

There was some cardboard round him inside the box, which can also be taken out, and almost forms a scene around him, as seen in the next picture:


I know, I know. The moulded plastic ruins it.

Once he is out of the box (aswell as the cardboard scene) this is what's left:


Doesn't look like much, but hidden under that cardboard sheet is the next part of this CE. I should add that the cardboard sheets also has "leg" parts on each of the four sides, to stop it from sitting directly on top of what is underneath, and to prevent the Rytlock figure from squashing the goodies underneath, too.

This, is the glorious part, hidden in that compartment *heavenly sounds*


It's lovely, isn't it?

A nice, big, GW2 tin. Containing the rest of the contents of this CE. I love it. Under the tin lid, there is an A4 folder with some art prints in, one white photo-frame, with an art print already in it (but that you can switch out with any of the others from the folder), some codes for in-games items, the serial number for your copy of the game, the game (of course), a wonderful hardcover art book and a physical soundtrack (oh how I love these! More companies need to stick with physical OSTs instead of digital). 

Here are the rest of those images, I'm sure you'll love them:
















Anyway, I hope you all enjoyed the photos!

V.

Call of Duty Black Ops 2 CE Unboxing.

Yesterday the Collector's Editions for Call of Duty Black Ops II were revealed. And yes, you did read that right... editions. Plural.

After the pitiful lack of a Prestige Edition last year for Modern Warfare 3, this year we're being treated to two editions again. A Hardened Edition (as usual) and this year's version of the Prestige Edition...

The Care Package Edition.

And wow. It is awesomely big, and contains quite a few great items.

Unfortunately though, the price is big to match. £159.99 to be exact. So higher than the usual Prestige Edition price of £129.99. Part of me thinks this may be down to the fact that with no Prestige Edition last year, but a Limited Edition console in it's place (at a price of £279.99 if I remember correctly), they must have received enough purchases for them to believe that people are willing to pay whatever they have to for something with the Call of Duty name on.

And to some extent, they're right.

The only bad part is, this then means that we have to pay more for the best edition this year, but at least it does have more content (and packaged in an AWESOME outer box) than the previous years Prestiges.

Anyway, enough of my rambling. Here is a video from Treyarch themselves, unboxing the Care Package Edition.

*drool*
Call of Duty Black Ops II Care Package is releasing this year, on November 13th for both Xbox 360 and PS3, and will cost £159.99, and is exclusive (in the UK) to GAME (edit - just to clarify, also available at Gamestation, as they're both owned by GAME Group Ltd.).
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Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Assassin's Creed 3 Naval Warfare Walkthrough.

Received an email regarding this earlier on today, and was planning on posting it at 5 o'clock.

Unfortunately, I ended up being out at that point, and only recently just back at my laptop. So here it is... 

Better late than never, I suppose.

Anyway, I am really loving the look of this, and think it is a fantastic step forward for Ubisoft with the Assassin's Creed franchise. Not much is shown in the video (what with it being only a few minutes long), but what is shown, is a promising, exciting new variation of battle.

This is the first of the Assassin's Creed games to feature battling upon the seas, and I'm sure Ubisoft still have a few ideas up their sleeves for future usage of such a promising new feature. 

In Assassin's Creed III, you play as the new character, Connor, and the game is set in America, during the Colonial period. The game has vastly grown since Assassin's Creed Revelations (which was only a year ago), although, in all fairness, has been in production since before then. New features are included in the game, such as changing weather (which also affects the waves, as seen in the video) aswell as changing seasons, and a variety of other alterations, such as new weapons, and a new land to explore and discover.

Overall, Assassin's Creed III is definitely a game I'm really looking forward to (which probably explains my four different edition preorders!), and watching videos such as this just makes me pine for it even more.

Assassin's Creed III comes out in the UK on October 31st this year, on Xbox 360 and PS3, and will come out a month later on the 23rd of November for PC. A release date for the Wii U version has yet to be revealed, but we'll hopefully have some news on that in the coming weeks.

Enjoy!

V.

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Another comparison!

Well... not so much.

I was planning on making another comparison post tonight, comparing the two Risen 2 editions I own, the Risen 2 Keg Edition and the Risen 2 Chest Edition.

However, I have been busy tidying and am pretty tired now.

So it will be coming as soon as I log on here tomorrow!

Sorry guys!

V.

Friday, 24 August 2012

Darksiders 2 Collector's & Premium Edition Comparison.

Wow. This is gonna be my first picture-laden post in a long time!

I recently received both the UK "Collector's Edition" of Darksiders II and the French "Premium Edition". I wasn't expecting too much difference between them (other than the fact that the French one is numbered), so when I opened them both, I was truly in for a surprise.

  
Okay, left hand side is the French Premium Edition, and to the right is the UK Collector's Edition. Quite a fair difference in size. Nothing insanely drastic, but enough of a difference to be quite noticeable. Also, weight difference between them was quite large. French one being the heaviest, as you'd expect.



From an angle, just to show you that the size difference isn't only in height/width, it's also in depth, too. As you can see on the base of the French one, it was sticker sealed. Same goes for the UK one, no cellophane/shrinkwrap seals here.



Okay, this is where comparisons get a little awkward. The French one on the left has a plastic slipcover over the top of a thick, rigid, black fold-over box. The Uk one however, is thin cardboard, and just opens like a regular box. Tab on the inside of the lid inevitably got slightly bent in the centre, as they usually do with this type of box.



Once you open the boxes to reveal the contents, this is what you get. Again, French on left, UK on right. As soon as you open the flip top lid of the black box for the Premium Edition, you see the game, bam - it's right there. You'd probably expect that since the game is (probably) the reason that you bought the edition, so it's nice to see that that is the first item you see inside. On the right, once you empty the contents of the UK edition, you can see the Death mask replica, underneath a sheet of moulded plastic. We'll locate the game later.



No change to the UK edition here, but with the French edition, once you lift out the game and the first "frame" of black foam (is that foam?), you will find a sealed paperback copy of the art book.



Another layer of foam comes out, and there you have it. The start of the Death mask. It's still well protected under more foam, but now you're starting to get excited!



The two Death masks, side by side. They appear to be the same size, but the French one (again, on the left) is MUCH weightier than the UK one on the right. The French one appears to be made from a resin-y type material, and is very well made. The UK one, in comparison, kinda sucks.

I actually received my copy of the UK CE first, and when I opened it, I was really happy with it. It's still a great piece, but if you happen to own both, then you will definitely prefer the French mask, and probably the whole French edition, overall.

TIME FOR YOUR CLOSE UP!



French - UK.

Okay, so next I decided to do a little experiment with the scales, just to show you exactly what I mean by the weight difference.

Here is the UK mask, being weighed first (since it's the lightest):



And next, is the French mask. See that massive increase in weight? There you go :)



So, as you can see, the French mask is DEFINITELY heavier.



Now, for the reverse of the masks. Again, same layout, French left, UK right.
The French one has much less colour to it, but in my opinion, it looks better that way. The actual scores in the mask are enough to make it look authentic, and it really does look and feel like bone. The UK one is much darker, which is still nice, but I just can't persuade myself to favour it over the French one. Sorry!



I mean, look! Look at how the French one was packaged. So much foam! They obviously care about their items.

But wait, there's more!



This is all that was holding the UK mask in place... well, that and the clear plastic sheet over the top. Hardly damage-proof, is it!?



Here are the two bases, side by side. The French one is much heavier again, and also seems to be made of Resin or something, and the UK one appears to be made of hollow plastic.



The two pegs, to hold the masks on the bases. Not much to say here really. Pretty much the same materials as their bases.



Again, weight of the UK base.



And again, much heavier French base.



And, as you can see, the base of the French one is numbered out of 13,300.



Mine is number 6966!


The plainer base of the UK edition.


And finally, in a little carton under the black moulded plastic that housed the base and peg of the UK CE, lies the game and underneath it, the hardcover artbook (so yes, the UK have one-upped the French on this one!).



Art book comparison. Basically the same, except the UK one is hardcover (therefore marginally larger).

Overall, I do prefer a resin mask and softcover art book, to a plastic mask and hardcover art book, but I have both anyway, so go me!

I hope you enjoyed my comparison shots, and I hope they at least provided some use to you.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

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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...