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

Wednesday, 12 March 2014


Today I completed a game, for the first time. Ever.

I don't mean just finish the story, as I've done that plenty of times, but this time I fully completed the game. All collectibles, everything. 100% completion.

It was only for The Lego Movie Video Game, not a massive open world RPG or anything, but it's a start.

This is an after-effect of my new ways of collecting. I'm actually getting to enjoy the games I'm receiving, and I'm actually getting to play them - instead of just putting them straight on the shelf.

Since the start of 2014, I have bought less than five new games (by this I mean new releases, I'm not counting the cheap pick-ups I got in Tesco at the start of the year).

- Tomb Raider Definitive Edition.
- Fable Anniversary.
- The Lego Movie.
 - South Park: The Stick of Truth.

These are possibly the only 2014 releases I've actually bothered to get so far. Whereas normally, I'd have bought every new release there was, and shelved them all.

I didn't play any of Tomb Raider once it arrived, as I'd not long completed the Xbox 360 copy I own, so didn't feel up to diving back into the story right away. Once Fable Anniversary arrived, I played it constantly. From the second I got up in the morning, till the second Allan arrived home from work (can't rule over the consoles 24/7 now, can I?), any spare moment I got, I'd be playing. Unfortunately, with the arrival of The Lego Movie game, I switched over to that, and Fable Anniversary was left behind (don't worry, I'm going back to that now!)

It feels good to actually play my games again, instead of just opening up the package once they're delivered, and filing them away, never to be thought of again.

Of course, even before I slowed down on collecting, I would still play my games, but many of them would never even see themselves reach 50% completion, let alone 100%. Prior to today, I'd never gotten 100% on any game (achievements/trophies-wise, I mean), bar episode 1 of The Walking Dead, which later removed itself from my 100% completion list upon me downloading episode 2 (argh!).

I'd receive a game, and depending on the game, I'd either put it away on a shelf, or I'd open it and play. So my usual routine would end up something like this:

- Receive game.
- Open it and begin playing.
- Soon after, receive another game.
- Place on shelf.
- Receive another game.
- Stop playing first game, add to shelf, and start this game.
- Receive another game.
- Stop playing previous game, add to shelf, and start this game.

And so on.

So most games would be getting played for a short period of time, sometimes it would be enough to complete the basic story (Tomb Raider, I'm looking at you) and sometimes, it would barely be enough time to just design my character and get out of the beginning level (*cough* Skyrim *cough*).

Now that the collecting habits here in the Asylum have drastically slowed down, due partly to choice, and partly to lack of finances *sobs*, I'm getting a chance to work through my massive backlog of games. Both unplayed and unfinished.

I'd have loved to review Titanfall for you all, since that's the next big release due out, but sadly my lack of funds means that it won't be entering the Asylum for a while now, but I'll definitely review it as soon as I can afford to (and daaayyyum, that Collector's Edition is awesome, but I definitely cannot afford that right now).

Anyway, stay tuned for my double-review, of both The Lego Movie, and it's video game counterpart!

Anything you want to know specifically about the movie and/or game? Anything you'd like to suggest for future reviews and/or unboxings?
Let me know in the comments below!

- V x

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Boo :(

So I planned on getting a quick overview video of the collection room up for you all yesterday, but I've come down with a bug (caught from my son) so have been curled up in bed for most of yesterday and today.

Not actually been sick or anything, luckily, but have been super hot, followed by freezing cold within a matter of minutes, with the most agonizing sore head and shakiness ever.

Starting to feel a bit better, thankfully, but my throat is still very rough and I keep coughing, so the video will still have to wait unfortunately.

I am however, going to do a review of both The Lego Movie, and it's video game counterpart later tonight, so if you have yet to see the movie, and don't want spoilers, I suggest you don't read the post (the game follows the exact same storyline as the movie, sorry!)

I have also been doing a lot of work on my collection spreadsheet, so that should be available for viewing pretty soon :)

Got South Park: The Stick of Truth on the way, so an unboxing of that may be in order on Friday! 

Are you waiting on any games/movies right now? If so, which ones?
Let me know in the comments below!

- V x

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Once again...

I'm baaaaack!

As per usual, super sorry for my extended period of absence. But I am back, and I'm back for good!

Over the next few days I shall be doing regular blog updates, with new collection pics, some reviews and maybe an unboxing or two! Haven't bought/received many editions since 2014 started, however I do have loads of things in the collection that I haven't gotten round to showing off to you all yet, so I promise to show you some awesome stuff :)

I have started up a bloglovin' account, so if you have one too, feel free to follow me through it :)

Okay, anyway, I shall get to work with my collection spreadsheet, which I will also post on here, so you can all see what is currently in the Asylum, and it will give you all ideas of what unboxings and reviews will be coming up in the future! And also, you can suggest things from the spreadsheet if you'd rather see those unboxed/reviewed sooner :)

Anything you want to see unboxed or reviewed soon (before you get access to my spreadsheet), let me know in the comments below!

- V x

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