Thursday, 17 March 2016

Thoughts on Thursday: 17th March 2016.

So this is the first in a new series we will be posting weekly, entitled Thoughts on Thursday. Super exciting, I know... But yeah, this will be a weekly post where me and/or Allan can ramble away with our thoughts of the week, from new releases, upcoming stuff, cool editions and/or merchandise, etc. Basically whatever we want to write about, it'll come in here, and we'll do a super long discussion-y type post about it. You can also give us suggestions on future posts, and it would be really appreciated if you would comment any responses to what we've discussed in the article, as a little feedback goes a long way, y'know :)

Anyway, without further ado, our first ever Thoughts on Thursday!

Today I was sitting thinking about all the games we've got to look forward to this year, and we certainly have a lot. But I noticed just how cramped May is, big-game-wise. 

We have:

3rd: Battleborn.
10th: Uncharted 4.
13th: Doom.
20th: Fire Emblem Fates / Homefront:The Revolution.
24th: Overwatch.
26th: Mirror's Edge Catalyst.
31st: Dead Island Definitive Collection.

And that's only the ones that we plan on getting. There's also one or two others, such as Total War: Warhammer, which is set to drop the same day as Overwatch, making May just unreal. And if that's anything to go by, the latter half of 2016 is going to be brutal too, because even though every year, we do get an influx of games at a certain point in the first half, the second half always comes harder.

And not only are there a lot of games due out in May, most of the ones we're going for have fairly pricey CEs... So we're looking at:

3rd: Battleborn Steelbook Edition - Approx £65.
10th: Uncharted 4: A Thief's End Libertalia Edition - £109.99.
13th: Doom Collector's Edition - £99.99.
20th: Fire Emblem Fates - TBC (Not yet got a copy ordered).
20th: Homefront: The Revolution Goliath Edition - Approx £150.
24th: Overwatch Collector's Edition - £99.99.
26th: Mirror's Edge Catalyst Collector's Edition - £149.99.
31st: Dead Island Definitive Collection - £29.99.

So in total, not including Fire Emblem as we've yet to order a copy, that works out at £704.95. Safe to say, we can't afford that. Heck, we won't even be able to afford half of that. So it's gonna take some serious saving, and no doubt we'll have to cancel some of them sadly. Luckily Allan's birthday is in May, so that does take the strain off slightly, as he can put any money he gets towards an edition, but we're both turning 24 this year, be realistic. We're not gonna be bombarded with all sorts of cash, haha.

But yeah, over £700 of games, in collector's terms at least, in one month.
Kinda makes you sick, doesn't it?

So far, the release schedule for later in the year doesn't look too bad, since mostly everything is still TBC2016, but as with every year, more gets announced, or placed in specific release dates/release windows as the year goes on, with stuff being shown at E3, and then all the other press releases, etc. throughout the year.

Even if you look at this month, 2016 is already insanely packed with games, even if we just look at it from the "ones we've been able to afford on release" and "ones we're severely gutted about missing" standpoint. There was Far Cry Primal, on the 1st, which had the Collector's Edition, which we paid £62.70 for. There was The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD Limited Edition on the 4th, which we got for the bargain price of £35.85. We did however have to miss the Heavy Rain/Beyond: Two Souls Collection, and The Witch and the Hundred Knight that day as we simply couldn't afford either. Followed up by The Division Sleeper Agent Edition on the 8th, which came in at £99.99 (RRP £119.99). Hitman, we sadly had to forgo for now, as we just don't have the funds to spare. UFC 2 is out today, and that's another one we've had to miss (much to Allan's despair) as this month has just been horrific for us from a financial aspect. Pokken Tournament is out tomorrow, and I am so gutted that we're missing it. Trackmania Turbo drops on the 24th, and we had planned on getting that for the wee man, but sadly due to how skint we are this month, that's another one on the backburner. And lastly, Hyrule Warrior Legends Limited Edition is being released on the 25th, priced at £49.99.

So our March total (going on preorder releases for games only, never mind everything else we collect!) is sitting at £248.53. For four games. I mean, don't get me wrong, we love to collect, and we try our hardest to make sure we don't miss out on any editions we really want, if we think we'll struggle to get them afterwards, but sometimes you just look at the amount being spent and you're like "holy shit". Now, most people our age would easily spend that amount on a single month's nights out and what-not, so at least we have something to show for the money we've spent, but man, it really can be a pain trying to squash in all the games you want.

April is no different in expensive-ness, but it does have less games in store that we're adamant on getting on Day-One. There's Quantum Break, which has a very reasonably priced Steelbook Edition, at £44.99 on the 5th (as well as Enter the Gungeon), and then holy-fucking-shit there's Dark Souls III on the 12th with the Prestige Edition at £299.99. Welp, 12 days into the month and it's already passed the £300 mark. With just two games. Jesus. Christ. I'm really hesitant about Dark Souls III, as I think we may struggle to come up with the funds, but at the same time, if we don't, it will be one of those editions, much like Kingdoms of Amalur Signature Edition, that you just reaaally struggle to find again for anywhere near the RRP. Plus second-hand shipping would be KILLER, based on the massive monstrosity of a box it comes in. At least from Amazon it's free shipping. Then on the 22nd, there's Ratchet and Clank, at a very nice price of £27.99. and Star Fox Zero, which we've yet to order as the LE isn't listed in the UK yet as far as I can tell. So thankfully, the other games we're getting on release in April are pretty damn cheap, to balance out the metric-fuck-tonne of cash we're gonna have to hand over if we end up getting Dark Souls III. Total cost, £372.97 (plus Star Fox Zero).

May, you all already know about from up top, so onto June next. Being the month of E3, June, usually tends to run on the quieter side of things with devs and publishers more focused on what comes next, than what comes now. We have One Piece: Burning Blood Marineford Edition on the 3rd, priced at approx £95 from Amazon.de, No Man's Sky Limited Edition, which we've got preordered for £62.99 on the 24th (along with TMNT: Mutants in Manhattan, which I hope will be getting a physical release), and Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens Deluxe Edition, on the 28th for £51.99. Meaning that June, so far, comes in at a very respectable £209.98.

Every other month is virtually empty of game releases right now, with lots of release dates down as simply TBC 2016, or Q3/Q4 2016, etc. so the months will fairly fill up as the year progresses, but I genuinely hope it's not all jam-packed together in one month again like it is in May.

In games that we're looking forward to in 2016, that as of this moment, don't have a 100% confirmed release date, there are:

- Crackdown.
- Dead Island 2.
- Dishonored 2.
- Dragon Quest VII & VIII.
- Dreams.
- Final Fantasy VII Remake.
- Final Fantasy XV.
- Gears 4.
- Halo Wars 2.
- Horizon: Zero Dawn.
- Kingdom Hearts III.
- Mafia III.
- Mass Effect Andromeda.
- Mighty No. 9.
- Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom.
- Pokémon Moon & Sun.
- Recore.
- Scalebound.
- Sea of Thieves.
South Park: The Fractured But Whole.
- The Last Guardian.
- The Legend of Zelda ________.

Okay, so that's not even everything that we're looking forward to, and yeah, some might get pushed into 2017 no doubt. Scalebound already has been, technically, but I'm still hoping it somehow pulls back into Q4 2016. There's Dead Island 2, who just moved companies again, so no doubt that'll be shoved into 2017. The Last Guardian... ARE YOU DEFINITELY COMING THIS YEAR? Same for you, Kingdom Hearts III. Don't even dare try to sneak away into 2017, or I will have to kick some butt. And ahem, Mighty No. 9... are you gonna be delayed again? I sincerely hope not.

So overall, there's a lot of games out this year, and we are really excited for them all. We plan on getting the Youtube channel up and running shortly for you all (illness and my work placement got in the way of that recently), where you'll be able to see video-unboxings of our editions, as well as the photo-unboxings of them that will simultaneously be posted here, and lots of Let's Plays, random discussion-y vids, etc. So make sure to stay tuned for that :)

And lastly, before I bore you all to death with my novel, there's two games set for October release which I'm gonna discuss more in next week's Thoughts on Thursday, Friday the 13th: The Game, and Yooka-Laylee, which we are suuuuuuper excited about.

So what's this year been like/going to be like for you?
Do you have any suggestions for a future Thoughts on Thursday post?
Let us know in the comments below!

- V x

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