Thursday, 21 January 2016

Assassin's Creed: Ezio Saga Limited Edition.

Okay, so a little unboxing sneak peek for you all. A semi-unboxing, if you will.

I intend to do all of our unboxings in both video and photo form, as I know that sometimes you'd prefer to see a video of a particular CE, but sometimes you'd just prefer photos for the quickness of it.

I intend to always upload these simultaneously, in order for you to be able to just make your decision on which one you'd rather check out (or both, of course). However, I'm not recording any video unboxings today. For one, my hair is a MESS. As is the collection room. And my face. So we will get to the video unboxings at the weekend. 

So for now, have a sneak peek at one of the planned unboxings. Oh, and apologies for the quality of the photos. I just took them quickly on my bed, with no natural (or decent, for that matter) lighting.

So here is the Assassin's Creed: Ezio Saga Limited Edition :)


So here is the Ezio Saga alongside my Connor Saga (which I'll be doing an unboxing of at some point soon).


And here they are with a Steelbook, the generic size-comparison-tool for all collectors, haha.





Inside is a copy of the Assassin's Creed Encyclopedia. I actually had a copy of this already (from the Assassin's Creed Revelations Animus Edition), however this one is Japanese, as this edition was exclusive to the Japanese market.



Underneath is a copy of the games included in the Ezio Saga, all on one disc: Assassin's Creed II, Assassin's Creed Brotherhood and Assassin's Creed Revelations.





Underneath we find an envelope.


Turn it over to see it has a wax seal.


However, when you look closer, it's just a textured sticker.


Inside are the manuals, as well as some other paperwork.


Underneath again, and we find the Original Soundtracks of the games in the Ezio Saga, in a gorgeous digipak style case. 




Inside of the case, we have six discs - two for each game.


And the reverse of the case, with track listings and the artwork.

It really is a beautiful set, and much bigger than I'd anticipated when I ordered it (forgetting that it included the Encyclopedia!) on behalf of my mum (for my Christmas, haha) ;) .

If you can get it for a good price, I'd definitely recommend picking it up, as despite it not having masses of content, it is a really nice CE and looks great on display, especially if you have the Connor Saga, too.

What CEs would you like to see me unbox/review next?
Let me know in the comments below!

- V x

Monday, 18 January 2016

Hurrah!

Very glad to announce that, despite my last post, our Xbox One is still currently functioning.

It was seemingly broken, apparently due to the issues that Xbox Live was having that day, but we've never experienced it doing anything like this before. Just glad it is back up and running, for now, but scared that it'll break again soon, as we really can't afford to replace it.

In case you're wondering, it started with the controller losing sync, but pressing to sync it to the console wouldn't work. Then the console crashed, disconnected from the internet - and gave no option when trying to reconnect - and then after power-cycling, just wouldn't function at all.

Very worrying, haha.

But it's working now, *touches wood* and hopefully it continues to do so for a long time, as we've got a LOT of games to review!

Currently playing: Octodad: Dadliest Catch on Xbox One.
Currently watching: Mr Robot.

- V x

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Same Shit, Different Day.

So looks like our game reviews and Let's Plays that were planned soon will have to be put on hold, because our Xbox One has kicked the bucket, and we can't afford to get a new one (and a repair is almost costing as much).

Honestly cannot catch a break.

- V x

Sunday, 10 January 2016

VR: The Future of Gaming?

So with the preorders of Oculus Rift already live, and set to be released in March - although preorders are not selling out, instead just being given later shipping dates to be able to accommodate all orders, (current ordering ship date is June) - and rumblings of PlayStation VR also set to be released this year, is the future of gaming here?


Will normal gaming fade away into obscurity, and be completely overruled by VR and holograms (ala Microsoft's Hololens, whose development kits are being shipped from this quarter?), and to be thought of fondly, in the way we now remember the 8-bit era?

No, I don't quite think it will.

Sure, I've preordered an Oculus Rift (with a ship date of May), and will also go for a PlayStation VR... and a Hololens whenever that eventually releases. But I don't think there will be a huge number of others who will be the same.


 There has been a lot of talk regarding the pricing of the Oculus Rift, which at $599 (plus taxes) or £529 including shipping if you live in the UK, certainly isn't cheap. But that's okay. New technology is always expensive. Look at the price of consoles when they are first released. The Xbox One was £429.99 on release in the UK, and the PS4 not much cheaper. Sure, the Rift is more expensive than a console, and you're gonna need a pretty damn good PC to handle it, but considering Palmer Luckey has admitted that they are actually selling the Rift at a loss (and will make up the costs through sales of software), do we actually have the right to complain? 

Heck, does anyone else remember the Virtual Reality headset you could buy in The Sims? I'm sure that shit was waaaay more expensive than a PC, ha!

Now, despite my sticking up for the pricing of Oculus Rift, and the fact that I do have one on preorder, I still don't think it is going to take over from console gaming anytime soon. First reason being, the price. Yes, I can understand the pricing, but it doesn't mean that I'm not gutted that it's not cheaper. We've got one preordered, but if we can't afford it by the time it's due to ship, then oh well, we'll have to wait. I don't want to wait, but it's just something we'd have to accept. The price is naturally going to prevent a lot of people from owning one, at least right now. A large number of people who want one will have to save up for one, so will wait, and others will wait in the hopes of a price drop in 6 months or more. Then you've got the people who will wait to see more information about PlayStation VR, in case they want to go for that one instead, or if it's going to be a large chunk cheaper (although I highly doubt that the price will be any less than $500, considering Rift's price point).

That packaging is stunning though, am I right?
Then of course, you have the people who "just don't see the point". The ones who will see VR gaming as just another gimmick. Something to play once, and then box up, never again to see the light of day. And part of me does worry about this, too. We bought a 3DTV; we watched one 3D movie. We bought Kinect for the 360; we played Kinect Adventures a handful of times. We got Kinect for the Xbox One; we only use it for QR codes and shouting "Pause" at Netflix when we can't find the controller. We bought a gaming laptop; we almost exclusively play on consoles. I sincerely hope that if we pay over £500 for this "new tech", that it actually has something to offer us, something to make us keep coming back for more. Sure we've seen how awesome some of the games look so far, but how will they play? How will they feel?

Plus, it's not just the price of the headset itself, it's the additional costs you have to factor in to either get a compatible PC, or to upgrade your current one. That's another huge factor playing against the rise of VR gaming. Sure, we want the Rift, and even though I expected it, I was a little pissed that I'm going to have to upgrade my graphics card and my processor. Which is a little annoying considering that my laptop is only a couple of years old, and being an Alienware that I custom picked the specs for, was pretty damn expensive itself.


So even if we do get the Rift when our preorder is due to ship, it may be longer before we can even use it, as we'd have to save up more to cover the upgrade costs of my laptop.

I think, overall, that VR gaming won't become anywhere close to the norm for another few years yet. Instead it will remain within the realms of YouTube channels for the most part. However, it is in my opinion that, if you like the look of it - invest. Get yourself one. We cannot expect amazing technological advancements to thrive (and for developers to continue making software for it) if the sales are devastatingly poor. So I truly hope that enough people go in on it early, in order to cement the future advancements of VR gaming. I mean, do we really want VR to crash and burn? Do we really want to look back in 10-15 years time like "Man, that was awesome. Shame its low sales are what killed it...", like the Dreamcast? Although based on the speed of the shipping dates getting later for people preordering, I'd say that a lot of people are buying!

When we get ours we will definitely be reviewing it, but not just by us, we will also round up some friends to review it, too. With both friends that are pro VR gaming, and against, to see exactly how everyone feels when they actually see how it is in real life.



So, what's your opinion? Have you got one preordered?
Let us know in the comments below!

- V x

Saturday, 9 January 2016

Missed Entries to the Asylum; 2nd-4th January 2016.

So a few things were missed from being posted on here, purely because I forgot to post about them on the day... and then they stayed forgotten. Until now!

Saturday 2nd January 2016.

- Kung Fury Limited Edition VHS.

Monday 4th January 2016.

- December 2015 "Galaxy" Loot Crate.
- December 2015 Arcade Block.

All of these will be unboxed and reviewed very soon,  so keep an eye out!

Stay crazy guys!

- V x

REPOST: Entries to the Asylum - Saturday 9th January 2016.

A few entries to the Asylum today, mainly stuff that had been forgotten in my mum's cupboard, and a vinyl that just arrived today:

- Dark Souls II Collector's Edition [PS3] [Japan].
- Assassin's Creed Ezio Saga Limited Edition [PS3].
- Assassin's Creed Connor Saga Limited Edition [PS3].
- Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty Premium Package [PS2].
- Halo 3: ODST Limited Edition Controller Bundle [Xbox 360].
- BIT.TRIP's Greatest Chips Vinyl.

The vinyl came from iam8bit, whom we are huuuuge fans of (starting to build up a pretty sizeable chunk of things from iam8bit!) and it is gorgeous, so bright and funky looking, and can't wait till we can get it on display.

We also do plan on listening to all of our vinyls at least once, but currently the only vinyl player we have access to is at my parents. So we aim to buy one very soon, but obviously as mentioned, funds are a little low! But that is certainly on our to do list.

Also very glad to finally add the Ezio and Connor Sagas to our collection!

Did you receive anything today?
Let us know in the comments below!

- V x

Thursday, 7 January 2016

Entries to the Asylum - Wednesday 6th January 2016.

A couple of entries to the Asylum from yesterday that I forgot to post:

- Figma Silent Hill 2 Red Pyramid Thing Figure.
- Figma Silent Hill 2 Bubble Head Nurse Figure.

Two very nice figures and will look great alongside the RAH Silent Hill 3 Robbie the Rabbit that we already have.

Anything new in your collection lately?
Let me know in the comments below!

PS: Tell me what things you'd like to see unboxed and/or reviewed! First up will be the Fez Limited Edition as well as a review of Octodad: Dadliest Catch!

- V x

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Entries to the Asylum - Tuesday 5th January 2016!

Today in the Asylum we received the absolutely gorgeous:

- Fez Limited Edition.

It is smaller than I expected, although the dimensions were stated on the listing, I just didn't take the time to actually think about it!, but it is absolutely beautiful. It has a very luxurious appearance, and despite being "just a blank book" as I've seen many people describe it, it truly is stunning.

I will be getting photos and a review of this up at some point tomorrow - I would've done it today but the lighting in here is awful so I'd rather wait for some natural light - and let you all see it and see what we think about it :)

Priced at £68. plus shipping, it has sadly now sold out, as it was limited to just 500 copies, but the link to check it out is here, just in case you can't wait for my review!

In non-typical-Asylum-entries, I also received some new eyeliner, which I am super excited about. I've sort of lost my affinity with makeup over the past few years, or rather, subdued it haha, as I still loved makeup, but due to prioritising my "spending money" (as opposed to bills money, etc) to editions, my makeup collection quickly dwindled as various products ran out.

I've always been big on my eyeliner, even since high school. And my absolute favourite was Ligne Graphique De Chanel in Noir, and that was the only thing I'd use throughout my mid-to-late teens (despite the cost!), however when my last one ran out a few years back and I went to buy more, I couldn't find it anywhere, leading me to believe it had been discontinued. I have recently just discovered that it is in fact still in production (it just must be that the John Lewis in town stopped stocking it), so will definitely have to buy it again soon, especially as I have found nothing that compares to it since. I even kept the little bottle it was in as I liked the brush so much, but even using it with other eyeliners just wasn't the same. You can find it here, if you want to check it out :)

But the eyeliner I received in the mail today is one I've really wanted to try out, Lightning Liner in Jett, by Kat von D (which can be found here, sadly only seems to ship from the US). I'm not normally a fan of "pen-style" eyeliners, but this one has more of a brush tip than some of the ones I've used in the past. It still doesn't stand up to the Chanel one, but it will do for now (spending close to £50 on eyeliner in one month, on two eyeliners, just isn't something I'm willing to do!).

So have you all received anything in the mail today?
Let me know in the comments below!

- V x

Monday, 4 January 2016

Resolutions.

So with another year underway, the usual New Year's resolutions start to make their appearance. I have a few, and unsurprisingly, they're pretty much all ones that I've recycled from years gone by.

- Get to my target weight.
- Stop biting my nails - I have just sat and painted my nails a moment ago to try and aid this.
- Take better care of my skin and hair.
- Get my budget back on track - *groan*.
- Get this site updated regularly.
- Do (at least) fortnightly videos on Youtube.
- Don't get sucked into buying every CE I possibly can, just because.
- Complete more games - too many games get put on the back burner due to new releases.
- Save money!
- Use our Cineworld Unlimited cards more - better value for money!

Some of these are fairly simple in concept, but way more difficult (for me) to actually achieve. But I do really hope that I can manage them all this year, even if I have a few slip ups along the way, I do hope to have them all ticked off by December 31st 2016.

What are your New Year's resolutions?
Let us know in the comments below!

- V x

Oculus Rift.

Preorders for the long-awaited Oculus Rift are set to open on Wednesday, but with no mention of pricing in sight.

Included inside the package will be:

- Oculus Rift headset.
- A copy of Lucky's Tale.
- An Xbox One controller.

and those who put in a preorder - as opposed to waiting and purchasing one on launch - will also receive a free copy of EVE: Valkyrie.

Back in October, Palmer Luckey did say that we should expect the retail unit to cost more than the development kits, which were priced at $350, but that it would be somewhere around that mark. What we're hoping is that the payment will not be due at the point of preorder, and instead will be taken upon dispatch, as understandably, with it being January, and having just blown all of our money at Christmas and New Year (including £105 on a full-size ping pong table that we have no room for), we have run out of funds to spare.

Sadly, if it does turn out to be one of those "pay when you place the order" type deals, then we'll just have to sit this one out for now.

Preorders open at 6PM GMT this Wednesday.

Despite the lack of price detailing, have you decided whether or not you're gonna bite? Or do you have a price limit, that if it's over, you'll pass?
Let us know in the comments below!

- V x

Saturday, 2 January 2016

2016.

So we're on to day two of 2016, and all I've done today is cry over The Vampire Diaries. I'm not up to date with it - at all - and I imagine that there's plenty of other people out there that intend to watch it at some point so I'm not going to ruin anything for any of you, all I will say is that the reason I was crying was over a death. And considering the frequency of deaths in that show (with a large percentage of them later coming back in one way or another), that's not spoiler-y at all.

After having lost both my grandparents within a year of each other, I'm still really struggling as they were practically like parents to me. I still cry about them almost every day, which I know is probably not healthy in any way, but it's what helps me. 

I don't really like talking about what's bothering me, or showing my feelings too much, so aside from what I'm writing here, I don't really share any of this with people in real life. Getting a good cry whilst watching shows and movies helps me, as it gives me that release of bottled-up emotion and playing games helps me to escape for whatever length of time I'm playing for, and of course, having two kids to run around after helps too.

A lot of the long periods of absence from me on here are usually tied to either having too much to do in real life (since, as I'm sure you saw in the last post, we've had a rather hectic year), or the as-above-mentioned points where I'm struggling to stay positive.

I usually put on an overly-positive front, in some kind of attempt to protect myself from any sadness, or negativity. It doesn't always help, but I like to think that in some ways, it does.

I also like to plan things, and write out lots of lists, to try and keep myself motivated in order to try and get things done, but I find that I lose my will to do things quickly diminishing. But every thing I do manage, I count as a small victory, that even though it may not look like much, I have done something.

My plans for this year involve getting this site updated frequently, preferably on some sort of schedule for the most part, as well as getting some form of YouTube presence (not that we'll suddenly be famous or anything haha, just you know, actually get our unboxing videos, etc. uploaded for once!), and hopefully get more known within the community (although I expect that that won't happen).

Outside of the "Asylum", we'd like to finish decorating the house - all that needs to be done is finish Eva's side of the kids' room, and touch up some paint throughout the house, and save up to possibly go on a small holiday either this year or next. I would also like to get down to my target weight and no doubt change my hair another million times, but we'll see what the year brings, ha.

So, what are you all hoping for 2016?
Let me know in the comments below!

- V x

PS: Sorry for getting totally down in this post, but I just needed to get it all out!

Friday, 1 January 2016

2016!

Happy new year guys!

Ringing in another year in the Asylum, with plenty of games, movies and much more to come! Over the past 12 months, we have had a lot of change here. It's been a difficult year for us, with the loss of my Granda in October 2014, making last New Year a painful one, then me losing my job in January, finding out we were expecting little Eva in March, losing our house in April, welcoming little Eva into the world in May (and getting a new house 11 days later), sadly losing my Gran in July, and then between July-December, it just being a long mash of trying to get our house sorted and dealing with the various problems that arose there, we're definitely looking for 2016 to be much better. 

Obviously we did have something good happen in 2015, with Eva being born, but the year overall was just tainted with so much sadness, and difficulties.

Since around November '14, I've been planning a big surprise for Allan . It took lots of saving, and is the best I've ever managed to keep a secret ever (if you don't know me, I buy him surprises and before he's got them, I'm like "will I just tell you what it is?" until he gives in and I can tell him!). His dream has been to own the Japanese released Dragon Boxes that were released for Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball GT and the Dragon Ball Movies. There's five boxes in total - Dragon Ball Z is split over two volumes - and they usually go for insaaaane amounts of money.

 Well, I saved up, and tracked them down for a pretty decent price, and have had them stashed away for a little while. 

Until now.

I was intending to give him them on February 29th, since it's a leap year and I thought that would be cool and everything, but I was worried he'd then think it was a proposal, haha! So I decided, what better way to end 2015/begin 2016, than to surprise him with his dream "Entries to the Asylum".

So, as of last night, the final Entries to the Asylum post for 2015 gives us:

- Dragon Ball Dragon Box.
- Dragon Ball Z Dragon Box Vol. 1.
- Dragon Ball Z Dragon Box Vol. 2.
- Dragon Ball GT Dragon Box.
- Dragon Ball: The Movies Dragon Box.

I really should have recorded him opening the box to see them, but I didn't really think. I was hoping to have some of the cast of the Funimation dub record a quick clip for him just saying hi, and whatnot, but sadly, despite my greatest efforts, I couldn't get anybody to reply to me, lol.

It would be typical that I'll get a reply in time for my original planned date of the 29th Feb, but oh well! 

And with 2016 just begun, I'm really looking forward to what the year has in store. Lots of exciting new movies and games, and hopefully lots of new stuff for us here in the Asylum too.

So, did you guys have any last minute 2015 purchases? 
And what are you looking forward to in 2016?

Let us know in the comments below!
- V x

Asylum Reviews: The LEGO Ninjago Movie Videogame [Xbox One].

As I've said many a time before - LEGO games are always a big success in this house. With every game, there are improvements and ne...