Friday, 31 May 2013

Rayman Legends.

A few days ago, it was revealed that Rayman Legends will be available on the PS Vita later this year, alongside the console releases. 

Rayman Legends will be leaping onto PS Vita alongside the console versions this August!

I don't have a PS Vita, but I must say I am really looking forward to the release of Rayman Legends on consoles.

I will have a Wii U by then (getting one for my birthday from Allan), so I want to get it on Wii U for the added functionality, but I also want to get it on 360 as it's my preferred gaming platform - plus I want the achievements :) So I will probably buy it for both consoles.

The PS Vita version will have five exclusive maps - playable with the green-bottle fly, Murphy - by using the rear touch pad for movement. There will also be two exclusive costumes for PS Vita: a Prince of Persia costume for Rayman, and a Splinter Cell costume for Globox.

I have been meaning to buy a PS Vita since before it's release, but things have always gotten in the way (namely, my lack of money!), but Rayman Legends is really making me want to get one soon. That, and Uncharted: Golden Abyss.

Regardless of which console(s) I purchase Rayman Legends on, you can be sure to get a review from me! If I get it for multiple platforms, I will review them all, just to give you all a little insight into each version :)

Rayman Legends will launch on August 30th in the UK for Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Wii U and PS Vita.

Are you looking forward to Rayman Legends?
Which platform will you be purchasing it for?

V.

Steelbooks.

Since the closure of Play.com's store side (as opposed to their marketplace, which is still in use), earlier this year, which was a great source for steelbooks during mid-to-late 2012, there was a short period of worry within the steelbook collecting community that there would be a sudden shortage in steelbook releases from then on. We had not long gotten used to the influx of steelbooks being released per month, so for that to suddenly be snatched away from us was a sad thought.

Play.com really upped the game for steelbook collectors. We were no longer restricted to one or two new releases per month at most, and new releases at that, but we were being treated with wave after wave of older movies being re-released in steelbook form, too.

And not only that, but Play.com's steelbook postage boxes were far superior to that of any other store that sold steelbooks. 

HMV shipped theirs in rigid cardboard boxes, however these boxes were slightly too big for a steelbook, so they'd rattle around inside. This would've been easily remedied by some bubblewrap or foam insert, but we never got that.

Zavvi tended to ship theirs in bubble mailers, the bane of every steelbook collectors existence. If used well, these can be fine: some cardboard (longer and broader than the steelbook itself) on each side of the steelbook, as well as some extra bubblewrap, and a bubblemailer isn't so bad. But alone, they don't protect steelbooks very well from the abuse that the postal services give them.

Amazon were also guilty of the bubble mailers, or very occasionally (usually if buying more than one steelbook), a small box.

Play.com's packaging outshone every single one of them. Small cardboard boxes with a foam sheet inside to wrap the steelbook in. In all of Play.com's time of using this packaging, I only received two damaged steelbooks (and those were damaged prior to shipment, since the box was perfect - don't worry, I got replacements!). 

Having this packaging made Play.com be the "go-to" website for steelbooks, especially due to their large number of exclusives, which couldn't be purchased anywhere else.

But since the demise of Play.com, the title of steelbook retailer had to go somewhere. HMV stepped up for a while, since it had a fair number of exclusives even prior to Play.com's departure, however, this was short-lived as they soon went into administration - of course, they are now back in business, but nothing compared to what they were previously, since they are now minus a proper website, and most high street stores closed, boo.

During this time, Amazon upgraded their steelbook shipping boxes, and listed more steelbooks for sale than before - companies were obviously spotting the interest, and decided to produce more steelbooks for their movies.

However, it was Zavvi who really stepped up. Not only upgrading their steelbook packaging, but gaining the rights to many exclusives - to the point where I am actually struggling to keep up with them!

If there could be one thing I'd get Zavvi to change, and I know it isn't entirely up to them, but to the studios themselves, too - it would be their release schedule.

Steelbook collectors, are of course, their main customers. Obviously, non collectors will buy steelbooks occasionally too, but a lot of people avoid steelbooks as they tend to be more expensive than the standard release (although this isn't always the case). To quote someone I saw in GAME in Buchanan Galleries last Christmas, whom was in store looking for a copy of Sniper Ghost Warrior (and whom the GAME staff had handed a steelbook copy, which was the same price as the standard): "I don't want that f*cking metal case, why do I want to pay extra just for a stupid shiny case!?" - this was even though he'd been told it was no more expensive than the normal amaray copy.

(I should add that this guy also saw me purchase Driver: San Francisco CE - it was down to £20 :P and moaned rather loudly behind my back "why is a f*ckin' girl buying games".)

So anyway, back to my point - steelbook collectors are the main buyers of steelbooks, since most of us buy most - if not all - steelbook releases that we can each week/month. But of course, when there are at least 5 released per month - and most steelbook collectors I know also collect movie or game CEs too - as well as everything else that has to be paid for in a month (such as bills!), and other things we have preordered, etc, it becomes crippling for us, and practically impossible to afford them all.

June 3rd sees the release of 5 steelbooks in the UK (and maybe more that I haven't got preordered): Black Swan, I, Robot, Commando, Independence Day and The Great Escape. The first four being Zavvi exclusives, and the last being an Amazon UK exclusive (if I remember correctly). The four Zavvi releases are £14.99 each, and The Great Escape was £13.99 when I had it preordered (not sure if it fluctuated at all). So those 5 alone, not including anything else that I may potentially have to pay for on that day cost £73.95.

£73.95!
For one day's worth of steelbooks!

And June 24th is similar, with SEVEN Batman steelbooks being released on the one day, the original four as well as the Nolan Trilogy. With prices ranging from £12.59 to £13.25 (within my preorders), that's a total of £89.45 - again for ONE DAY's worth of steelbooks.

I understand that for the Batman ones, it's good to have them all due out together, but why not at least seperate the original four from the new three by a month or so? Make it easier for people to cope.

Plus, to add insult to injury, the 3rd and 24th aren't the only two dates in June to have UK steelbook releases. There are two on the 10th (Argo and The Town - both Zavvi exclusives) and maybe others, too.

Honestly, if I had my way, I'd limit UK steelbook launches (and other countries too, preferably, since I often go for international releases, too - but obviously have each countries limit independent of each other) to one steelbook per week, or four per month, that way you can budget accordingly, and not have to worry that one month (such as this month!) is going to have over £160 worth of steelbooks in one fell swoop.

That's a lot of money, especially to people who have other things to pay for.

What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments below!
And feel free to share this post on relevant pages if you want Zavvi, Amazon, etc to change their ways!

V.

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Entries to the Asylum - 29th May 2013

Only one entry to the Asylum today:

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Night Shadow Leonardo.
Bought from A1 Toys in Braehead Shopping Centre for £19.99.



Will post actual photos at some point (photograph corner is still out of action!)

We did have an entry to the Asylum yesterday (28th May 2013), too:

Star Trek Zavvi Exclusive Steelbook.


Stock image of course, but that's how it looks. Play.com released the same steelbook around a year ago, however this release has only one disc, as opposed to Play.com's release which had 3 discs I believe.

I'm also on the look out for a cheap copy of Play.com's version, so if you have one for sale, or know where to get one cheaply, let me know (although, as usual, I'm skint right now)

Will get photos of this uploaded at some point, too.

V.

June is almost here!

Hey guys!

As usual, sorry for the lack of updates here recently. I'm gonna get back into the way of doing regular updates from today onwards, as it is frustrating me that I keep letting things slide.

Also, I am currently writing up a collection database, so that once I get my Alienware laptop (for my birthday in July, however I should be getting it early, in mid-June), it's already started, so that only the finishing touches will be required. That, and it means when I'm uploading reviews and/or unboxings here, all of the info I require is ready and waiting for me (other than the review itself, of course!).

A lot of the information I want for my database is proving hard to find however, as I haven't kept much track of when I receive items, just when they are paid for - so from now on I am always going to write a post on here when I receive a package, even if I don't really have much else to say that day, just so I don't lose the information :)

E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) will be running from June 11-13th 2013.

Really looking forward to E3 this year. I look forward to it every year, but this year I am absolutely dying for it to be E3-time, so that I can find out all I need to know about the upcoming next-gen consoles, as well as all of their games.

Both consoles have left a lot to be desired right now, with basically sticking to revealing the bare minimum prior to now, so it will be a very interesting show this year (at least I hope!) with lots of information still to be told about both the Playstation 4 and the Xbox One.

My loyalties already lie with Xbox One, purely because the 360 is my preferred console of choice this gen. Prior to the seventh generation however, I never owned an Xbox (the original one, since I can no longer call it Xbox 1 - grr!). I had a PS1 and a PS2, and even though I do own a PS3, the 360 is still my preferred console.

The Xbox One will definitely be my first purchase upon the release of the next-gens, followed by the PS4 a few months later, depending on my budget (and the price of each console to begin with).

The promised 15 exclusives from Xbox One have really piqued my interest, so it will be great to find out what they all are, especially since the PS3 is always revered for being the better "exclusive" console between it and the Xbox 360 - despite Xbox having awesome exclusives such as Halo, Gears of War, Fable, etc.

Sony, of course, have a lot of great exclusives for their current gen console, so hopefully that trend follows over into generation eight, bringing us new installments in their well known franchises, such as: Uncharted, God of War and inFamous.

We have yet to find out exactly which games will be released for each console, and when, as well as pricing for both the consoles, and their games. So E3 will hopefully be an enlightening experience :)

What are you hoping to find out at E3?

V.

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Xbox One - My Thoughts.



So it has finally been revealed. The topic of a lot of conversations here in the Asylum for the past few months. Will it have this? Will it do that? Blah, blah, blah...

Only now, we know what it does, and if it will have that, etc. And I must say, we're feeling a little underwhelmed.

We are big Xbox fans in here. It is our console of choice. Not a day goes by that our 360 is not in use. Our PS3 on the other hand, hasn't received any love in months (of course, that will change soon with the release of The Last of Us).

So after Sony's PS4 reveal, we didn't really care. We figured, "meh - we'll pick it up at some point, but the next-gen Xbox will definitely be a Day One purchase", but after the reveals that yesterday has brought us, it's safe to say we're a little disappointed.

Of course, there are things that we're happy about:

- Blu Ray drive (hell yes!)
- 15 Exclusives (although we've yet to see/hear about most of them)
- 500GB HDD (an upgrade from the 360's HDD)
- Gamerscore/Avatar being brought forward to next-gen

And of course, not much games-wise was revealed to us during the announcement, so we'll have to wait until E3 for that, so once those are revealed, I can safely say that the games will be something I'll be extremely happy about (as you'd expect!)

There is one thing that we are absolutely not happy about, and it is that big black cloud looming over the Xbox One, making it a less than exciting new console.

The dreaded preowned games fee.

Here in the Asylum, considering that the majority of our spending money each month goes to Collector's Editions of games, pre order ones at that, we don't have much money left to buy games preowned, but now that this "fee" has been announced, it is pretty worrying. It will make our infrequent preowned purchases become almost non-existent (bar picking up CEs preowned).

I really don't want to be buying a preowned game for £25, to then have to pay potentially £25 (or more!) on top of it to "unlock" it for my account.

A big worry I had when it was first announced was that me and Allan will be sharing our Xbox One, so if it was to lock to an individual GamerTag, and not the console itself, then we'd technically have to purchase two of each game that we both want, which would be an absolute nightmare for our gaming budget. However, Phil Harrison, has come forward to explain this locking in better detail:

"If I buy the disc from a store, I use that disc in my machine, I can give that disc to my son and he can play it on his 360 in his room. We both can't play at the same time, but the disc is the key to playing. I can go round to your house and give you that disc and you can play on that game as well.
What we're doing with the digital permissions that we have for Xbox One is no different to that. If I am playing on that disc, which is installed to the hard drive on my Xbox One, everybody in my household who has permission to use my Xbox One can use that piece of content. I can give that piece of content to my son and he can play it on the same system."

This is some very clever wording on Mr. Harrison's part. He mentions the Xbox 360, and how if he buys a game to play on his Xbox 360, he can still give it to his son to play on his own Xbox 360 in his room. But then he throws us for a loop, by basically saying that it is the same for the Xbox One. 

But it's not.

He clearly states that he can purchase an Xbox One game and once it is installed onto his console, it won't stop his son from playing it... "on the same system".

This is where a big red flag pops up. 

So for families of multiple children, each of whom will no doubt want/get an Xbox One in each of their rooms, not only will parents have to cough up for each console (as let's face it, kids don't like to share a console if it means that they cannot all play games at the one time, instead they have to fight over whose turn it is next), but they will then have to pay for multiple copies of a single game so that each child can play on their own console.

I know the argument from Microsoft will be that "if kids want to all play the same game at the same time on their own consoles at home, then they'd need a disc each anyway" but that argument doesn't fly when the kids usually take turns on each game, since they don't all have to be playing Call of Duty at the same time.

Take Allan's parents for example. He is the eldest of five children. Of course, now we have our own house, there are only four siblings still at home with his parents, but still, each of his brothers (his sister is still a baby, so don't need to worry about her for now) have their own Xbox 360. If brother 1 (let's call him R) is playing Call of Duty: Black Ops II on his Xbox, brother 2 (D) and brother 3 (J) will be playing different games on their consoles.

When R decides he wants to go out to play, then J could take Black Ops II to play, D could be playing Sonic Generations, and then when R comes home, he could decide to play Fifa 13.

Under this new idea, then each brother would have to have their own individual copy of each game, meaning that instead of costing £40 for the parents (and of course, we don't yet know the pricing of Xbox One games), it would cost £120. And when you have 4 children still at home, and 3 of them usually always wanting the latest game to be announced, that £120 easily can double, triple or quadruple in no time, especially in the busier release months, such as September. 

That is just not feasible.

There needs to be some way to make it possible to have the game installed onto a couple of consoles, without the fee. Maybe start the preowned fee from the fifth installation.

That way, if your console breaks, or is stolen, or in situations where multiple children in a single household all want the same game but each have their own consoles, there is no worry of paying over the odds for a game you actually own, just to have it on more than one console.

Another thing, with all the mandatory installs of games, that 500GB HDD is going to fill up pretty damn fast, especially for people like us, who get almost every new release that is out. Blu Ray discs have a capacity of 50GB, and of course, not all games will require all of that, a lot might not even require half of that, but say 25GB is what is used on average on each disc (I don't know if it is, I'm just using a number as an example), then that means once you've got 20 games installed on your HDD, then you've run out of space. 

How is that fair?

Backwards compatibility is something I was gutted about it not being included in the Xbox One, although I do understand why it isn't. I've still got a huge backlog of 360 games to play, but of course, I'll just simply keep my 360 under the TV alongside the Xbox One. But for those who would have planned to sell their 360s in order to afford the Xbox One, this might put a spanner in the works had they been hoping to still complete their old games on the new console.

And last but not least...

Xbox One?
Seriously?
Xbox Infinity sounded waaaay better.

What are your thoughts on the announcement? Let me know in the comments below :)
V.

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Party time!

It's the other half of Collecting Asylum's birthday this week. Friday to be exact. Allan will finally be 21, and then I'll follow not long after (2 months (minus 10 days) after, actually). We are having a group of friends over on the Saturday to celebrate, drink and play some games.

I've been trying to think of things to do, and have been struggling.

Until now.

I've managed to come up with a couple of ideas, and I am going to list all of the things here, since most of the friends that are coming probably won't read this beforehand (if they do at all, since they see the stuff firsthand, and have to listen to me IRL!) and so I don't forget.

If you see anything that you think should be changed, or have any other good ideas - feel free to chime in!

Jello Shots.

- I am going to make Jello shots, and plan on arranging them in some form of games logo (or maybe Tetris shapes?) in the kitchen. There won't be a lot of them as I am just using up the remainder of our current bottle of vodka.
- Requirements: Jelly mix, vodka, 

Card Games.

- The usual staple of a drinking night in ours. Games like go fish, etc. I'm buying an actual set of playing cards this time as it really grinds my gears to use the Fable III or Assassin's Creed cards around alcohol. *shudder*
- Requirements: Various alcohol, playing cards, shot glasses.

Tournament.

- There are going to be more of us than what we have on a usual booze night, so a tournament will work better. Games where one vs one battles can be played are necessary. Might ask around for spare Wii controllers for a game of Mario Kart.
- Requirements: Alcohol, Mario Kart, Halo, Mortal Kombat, Soul Calibur, Injustice, etc. NOT FIFA.

Cake.

- Baking a cake for Allan's birthday, well... baking it on his birthday for the party, since there'd only be me, him and AJ to eat it on the day. Making a DBZ cake. Decided against the bigger cake as it'd cost too much money to attempt, and it could go horribly wrong. Plus would take much longer.
- Requirements: Ingredients, already got them though.

Food.

- Party food never gets eaten, so leaning towards the idea of everyone just chipping in for a takeaway, but obviously that's dependent on if everyone has money, etc. If not, then I'll just have to break out whatever is in the freezer. Bought mozzarella sticks anyway, as they always go down well (they practically start fights).
- Requirements: Money!

Not really sure about anything else. Any ideas?

V.

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Waiting...

So I checked the tracking this morning (yet again) for my Tomb Raider prints. Finally it is actually registering as being in Glasgow! 

It was received into the Glasgow depot at 5.43am this morning, so I am praying that it goes out for delivery today, as I am so looking forward to receiving them.

I need to get frames for them though, as well as frames for the rest of the assorted posters, prints, etc. that are still unframed around the house. Ideally I'd like to have them all professionally framed to protect them, but for the Tomb Raider prints, which are 18x24 inches, the quotes I received for those were at least £100 for the frames I'd like, and with probably over 10 items to be framed that'd be a total cost of at least £1000. 

And I don't have that kinda money to spare!

Maybe if I already had one that was professionally framed, it would push me to frame the others, to keep them all matching, plus I imagine I'll fall in love with the look of them once they're all framed, so having just one framed would give me that kick I need to save up to frame them all.

18x24 inches isn't even the largest size of poster/giclee/litho that I'll need framed, I don't think. I have a The Walking Dead poster, signed by Charlie Adlard that is larger, as well as a signed Super Meat Boy poster too. 

Have you got any unframed prints lying around waiting to be framed? Is the cost of framing putting you off, too?

Let me know in the comments below!

V.

EDIT: It has been loaded onto the driver's van, which means it should arrive soon! EEEEEEK!

Monday, 13 May 2013

ACIV Historical Content Video & Blackbeard Figure Preorder Info.



Today, Ubisoft revealed a new Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag figurine, Blackbeard the Legendary Pirate, to be released in October 2013 along with the Edward Kenway: The Assassin Pirate, already available for pre-order on Uplay.

Based on the infamous legendary pirate, this high quality figurine features Blackbeard in Mayan Ruins, swords at the ready. Additional digital content for Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag is also included in this premium collectible now available for pre-order via Uplay. Click >> here <<

For more information on Assassin’s Creed, please visit: assassinscreed.com and facebook.com/assassinscreed.

Plus, Ubisoft also revealed a new Historical Content video:



Still extremely looking forward to this game.
What about you?

V.

Friday, 10 May 2013

Dead Island Riptide Rigor Mortis Edition Unboxing!

Things have been pretty quiet in the Asylum lately. Not many deliveries to be had.

If I remember correctly, other than a copy of Persona 4 which I am forwarding on to a member on CEo, the last thing I received was the Dead Island Riptide Rigor Mortis Edition.

A surprisingly awesome edition, at that.

I don't know if you've seen it, but IGN did an unboxing of it a while ago, and no joke, I screamed at the computer screen. The guy,Greg I think, just ripped the damn thing open like someone who'd starved for a month being handed a Big Mac. I know the likes of IGN get their editions for free to unbox, whereas lowly mortals like myself have to pay for our editions ourselves (totally not jealous :P), so they obviously feel that they don't have to take care of them as they should. 

The mentality that unboxers like that give off is: "I don't give a fuck", and quite frankly, it's disgusting.

Even if I was priveleged enough to have my CEs gifted to me by companies for reviewing purposes (which I'd gladly accept, *hint hint*), I would still treat them with the same degree of care as the ones I purchase with my own money. 

Ripping the box open just shows no respect for the company that put the effort into making the game and the CE for it. I know I might be in the minority in this view, but wow. Don't be such an ass.

Anyway, back to the pre-rant topic. 

The Dead Island Riptide Rigor Mortis Edition is a really nice edition. It is packaged in a suitcase style box, which is actually surprisingly high quality - I was actually expecting it to be a cardboard style suitcase like that of the Hangover II CE - with a cardboard box over the top (with a little slot on top for the suitcase handle to poke out).

Apologies for the truly awful photos, my photography corner is temporarily gone (haha), so had to take this pics on the floor with my phone!








Inside, it includes the "Special Edition" of the game, which includes some DLC - and let's be honest. The Special Edition is basically the only version available on Day One. Other than that, it includes a Zombie Hula Girl, shaking her rotting corpse-ass, a zombie arm bottle opener (which also doubles as a fridge magnet) and a key with a wooden keyring, branded with the Dead Island Riptide logo.



Also included in my copy, was a Steelbook case. This wasn't advertised as being included in this edition, plus I've watched countless unboxing videos where no such Steelbook was included, so after some discussion on CEo, we deduced that it was copies ordered from Amazon.com that included this Steelbook as a preorder bonus.



Funnily enough, it is now my third copy of that Steelbook, as I bought a sealed copy back when it was a preorder bonus from Best Buy in the US for like $5, and then a copy was included inside the Zombie Bait Edition.

Overall, the edition was definitely worth the price I paid for it (around £62~), so if you can get one at a similar price (or less), and have money to burn, I say "go for it!"

I've yet to actually play the game yet, as I've been so distracted with I Am Alive (which I recently completed and reviewed for you all), that I've barely had a chance to move onto another game - although I will want to finish Injustice: Gods Among Us before I move onto this.

Did you get the Rigor Mortis Edition? Was it better than you were expecting?

Let me know, in the comments below!
V.

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Asylum Reviews: I Am Alive [Xbox 360].

I have finally completed I Am Alive, so here is my long awaited review!




I Am Alive is described as being a "survival horror" game, and it is developed by Ubisoft Shanghai and published by Ubisoft.

Survival horror is a little bit of a push to me, as there wasn't much "horror"-y about it. It is definitely a survival based game, though.

The game has an almost black and white colour scheme, due to it's post-apocalyptic style setting. You play as a man, who has set out on a journey to find his wife and daughter.

It has been a year since "The Event", when earthquakes destroyed pretty much all of America (it is never stated if this "Event" was worldwide, or just in the US). You, the protagonist, were hundreds of miles away at the time of The Event, and were injured, therefore during the aftermath, it has taken you a year to walk all the way back to your hometown of Haventon to rescue your wife, Julie and daughter, Mary.

When you return home, they aren't there, so, with your trusty camcorder, you record a message, apologizing for not being there for them during The Event.

This becomes a habit, recording small videos after certain points of the game, either alone, or with the people you meet along the way: Mei, a young girl whom you rescue after mistaking her for your daughter; Henry, a man whom Mei's mother helped and whom assists you along the way, and Mei's mother, Linda, whom you rescue from a hotel where men have taken women, to rape and murder.

There are 20 "victims" who you can come across along your travels, each needing a various type of assistance. Over the course of the game, I rescued 16 of these victims. The other four, I'd either not found, or when found, I didn't have the correct items to help them (and then forgot to go back to them).

One of the victims, led to quite a funny, but annoying problem for me. A woman, atop a roof, handcuffed to a park bench. She was screaming for help, and being the little helper I am, I went off to find her. Upon discovering her, two or three men run out from behind her to attack you. I only had one bullet left in my gun, so I shot one of the attackers, and killed the other one with my knife. (There must have only been two, since a third one would have attacked and killed me whilst I was attacking the second one) So once the attackers were dead, I walked back over to her to help, I realised that I'd just used my last bullet to kill one of the attackers, therefore couldn't shoot the handcuffs to free her. Half amused, and half raging, I had to walk away and leave her - don't worry though, I later came back when I had more bullets.

Another victim, inside a sewer pipe is requesting two food cans, however, you later come back down this route later to find her hung. Wasted my food cans!

All throughout the game, you have to keep a close eye on your supplies, in case you need them, and for assisting the victims. You also have to keep an eye on your stamina bar, as it runs out quickly when climbing (which you spend a LOT of time doing), and when in dusty environments, it will deplete even when standing still.

The last thing you have to keep a close eye on, is your number of retries. A few retries are scattered round the game for you to pick up (shaped like a camcorder), and you get one extra retry for every victim you help. Each time you die, a retry is used up, and if you use up your last retry, and die again - then that's game over for you.

That was my biggest fear towards the end of the game, as I was dying regularly due to stupid mistakes, and I sure as hell didn't want to have to start over again!

The game could have benefited from save files, as I'd have much preferred to save the game myself when I want to stop playing, instead of have to continue playing for over 30 minutes whilst waiting for a save point (save points were pretty few and far between). So, if you play this game, I suggest that you stop playing after each save point if you have other things to do, as you can quickly get annoyed at waiting for another save point (after playing for 30+ minutes since the last one). 

Overall, I really enjoyed the game, and it kept me wanting to come back for more. The story wasn't fully compelling, as most of the game is spent walking and climbing through the same places, hunting for supplies, but it was still enjoyable, and I was determined to save all of the victims - however I clearly failed at that!

The game ended quite suddenly, too. With Linda and Mei leaving to find a better place, and you refusing to leave, as you can't leave your family behind again. A cutscene then happens to end the game, then the credits rolled, which was quite gutting as I thought I'd have had a chance to go back and find the other victims, and potentially find my family, but the cutscene at the end prevents further story from happening (I won't spoil it).

All in, I'd give the game an 8/10.

PROS.
+ Finding and helping victims was fun.
+ Enjoyable, albeit not fully compelling storyline.
+ The depleting stamina bar, and lack of supplies/retries really makes you feel the "survivalist" theme of the game.

CONS.
- Too long between saves/no saving the game yourself.
- When low on health, sound becomes muffled, ruining some cutscenes and dialogue.

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

V.

MCM Scotland Comic Con!

It has been just over 2 weeks since we bought our tickets for the upcoming Scotland Comic Con, the first time we've had an MCM Comic Con here at the SECC. 

Super excited about it, as is Allan. Only two guests have been announced so far: Warwick Davis and Vic Mignogna. Allan is majorly excited about the latter, due to the fact that Vic voices Broly in DBZ.

Incase you don't already know, Allan is a massive fan of DBZ. He actually has a full sleeve tattooed with DBZ characters, and is getting a full leg too (keeping the other arm and leg for other things he loves). Unfortunately, Broly is one of the planned characters for his leg, so he has yet to get him done, but seeing Vic's name on the guest list for the convention has given him a kick up the arse to go get his leg started, as he'd love for Vic to sign Broly (so he could obviously get it tattooed on). 

A few other guests that we are really hoping for are:

- Bruce Campbell. Number one on our want list of guests. Would be absolutely amazing to meet him, and with his Scottish heritage, he definitely HAS to come (yes, Bruce. You HAVE to!)

- Christopher Sabat. Joint number one on Allan's want list. Allan has a big Vegeta portrait on his forearm, and has a little space waiting to be signed by the man himself, so if his name is announced, Allan will probably scream like a school girl.

- Sean Schemmel. Allan also has Goku on his arm (of course, what DBZ sleeve would be complete without Goku!) so would love to meet Sean to get him to sign that :)

- Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki. Big, big fans of Supernatural in this household, so seeing these names be announced would be awesome. Although I'd probably just stare at Jensen and not be able to muster any words.

- Nathan Fillion. Big fans of Firefly in this house, too. Have him on Twitter and he seems like an amazingly fun guy. 

- Neil Patrick Harris. It would be legen-wait for it-DARY to meet this guy!

- Camilla Luddington. Voice of Tomb Raider in the reboot. She's doing the London MCM Expo, so she can get her ass up here to do ours, too :)

- Michael C. Hall. Absolutely love Dexter. Would be awesome to meet him.

- and basically anybody else from the cast of DBZ, as Allan would love them all to attend.

Other people we'd love to attend, however we highly doubt they would:

- Hugh Jackman.
- Christian Bale.
- Tom Hardy.
- Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
- Gary Oldman.
- Michael Caine.
- Robert Downey Jr.
- Chris Evans.
- Chris Hemsworth.
- Scarlett Johansson (although Allan would struggle to function properly).
- Mark Ruffalo.
- Jeremy Renner.
- Samuel L Jackson.
- Andrew Garfield.
- Emma Stone.

Yes, we're big comic book movie fans in this house!

Are you going? Anybody from this list you'd love to see?

Let me know in the comments below :)
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