Saturday, 25 November 2017

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 new innovations to keep things fresh and interesting for old and new players alike. LEGO Ninjago is no different there - it plays like the other LEGO games and was fun enough to keep us going, but it just didn't grab either of us as much as LEGO's previous titles.

The LEGO Ninjago Movie Videogame (...sheesh) is a tie-in game to the recently released movie. It follows the same story, throwing in cut-scenes from the movie (similarly to what the LEGO Movie Videogame did), and having only been announced a few short months before the movie's release, this game was a surprise to say the least. 

The combat is different to previous LEGO releases, adding in a newly designed Combo Meter which ramps up the speed in which your stud count will increase, providing you get the hits in. This is an enjoyable addition, and encourages you to see what ways you can get in the combos to get those studs counting. As with previous LEGO games, there are studs everywhere, so you'll always have access to them even if you suck at the combat - however the stud counter has been completely ravamped and now goes up in ranks as the game goes on, meaning you don't have to be as stressed out trying to get enough studs each level. Completionists rejoice.

You can use "Ninjanuity Tokens" to purchase skill upgrades to increase your effectiveness in combat, which is certainly not a bad things to have incorporated - especially when you have Dojos to compete in, against waves of enemies in order to gain the highest score.

As always, there are a bunch of different playable characters and a massive improvement to this is that now you don't need to use your studs to be able to "purchase" the character after you unlock it: it's just instantly there! This was definitely something we wished had been around for previous games as it was often a cause of frustration when you needed a character with "x" ability and you didn't have enough to bloody buy them yet.

And breathe.

A variety of side missions are available, which can give you a little break from the story, or even just to allow you to go wandering off for a while. The basic LEGO game formula is here, even if things have been tweaked and improved. The game did have a few glitchy moments, and load screens were sometimes quite long, however these were a minor inconvenience. 

If you know and love the LEGO Ninjago characters and their universe, then this game is for you. Unfortunately for us, something just felt missing when we played - even though we enjoyed the things that have been changed up since previous titles, this one just didn't grab us as much as it could have, and I think that mostly boils down to the fact that every other LEGO game we've played has been from a franchise we love (DC, Marvel, Star Wars, etc), or from the LEGO Movie, which we hugely enjoyed.

In the end, we decided that we would give The LEGO Ninjago Movie Videogame a 7/10. It was still an enjoyable game with good improvements from the previous LEGO games, but a few technical issues and the fact it just couldn't grab us like the others prevents it from a higher score.

Have you played it yet? What are your thoughts?
Let us know in the comments below!

- V x

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Entries to the Asylum: Massive Backlog Edition; Sunday 28th May - Saturday 4th November 2017.

I just want to start this off by apologizing, both for the fact that since this covers such a large period of time - so is therefore likely to have some mistakes/things missing, and for having waited this long for another Entries to the Asylum post in the first place!

So without further ado...

Monday 5th June 2017

- Shaun of the Dead EverythingBlu BluBox Edition [Bluray].

Wednesday 7th June 2017

- IP Man The Complete Collection Limited 5-Disc Boxset [Bluray].e,leech lll

Thursday 8th June 2017

- The Void Gold Edition [Bluray].

Tuesday 20th June 2017

- The Bird with the Crystal Plumage Special Edition [Bluray].

Saturday 24th June 2017

- Cave Story + First Edition w/ Bonus Keyring [Switch].

Tuesday 27th June 2017

- Headshot Steelbook [Bluray].

Saturday 1st July 2017

- Headshot w/ Slipcover [Bluray].

Friday 7th July 2017

- Saints Row Tequila Gun Bottle.
- Assassin's Creed II Black Edition [PS3].

Wednesday 12th July 2017

- Himouto! Umara-Chan Complete Collection Limited Edition [Bluray].
- Pieces Deluxe Edition Vinyl.

Friday 15th July 2017

- One Punch Man Season 1 Collector's Edition [UK][Bluray].

Saturday 16th July 2017

- Cars 3: Driven to Win Promo Copy [Xbox One].
- Phantasm Remastered w/ Slipcover [Bluray].
- The Shallows w/ Lenticular Slipcover [Bluray].
- The Gallows w/ Slipcover [Bluray].

Friday 21st July 2017

- Suspiria 40th Anniversary Leatherbook Edition [Bluray].

Tuesday 25th July 2017

- Prevenge w/ Slipcover [Bluray].
- Lights Out w/ Slipcover [Bluray].
- Crash Bandicoot N-Sane Trilogy Fan Made PS1 Case.

Friday 4th August 2017

- Ultimate Spider-Man Vol 1-4 Boxset [DVD].

Monday 7th August 2017

- Colossal w/ Lenticular Slipcover [Bluray].
- Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles Signature Edition [PS4].

Tuesday 8th August 2017

- Perception "Latham's Journal" Kickstarter Reward Tier [Xbox One/PC].
- Fortnite Promo Copy [Xbox One].

Thursday 10th August 2017

- The Handmaiden Special Edition [Bluray].

Saturday 12th August 2017

- Split FilmArena Fullslip Limited Collector's Edition [Bluray].

Monday 14th August 2017

- John Wick 2 NovaMedia One Click Boxset [Bluray].
- John Wick 2 Cinemuseum Group Buy Bonus Gift: Bloody Pencil.
- Forrest Gump Only at Blufans (OAB) Collector's Box Set [Bluray].
- The Neon Demon SteelArchive Fullslip Collector's Edition [Bluray].
- Life KimchiDVD Fullslip Limited Edition [Bluray].

Tuesday 15th August 2017

- Agents of Mayhem Promo Copy [Xbox One].
- Agents of Mayhem Promo Golden Glories Cereal.
- Agents of Mayhem Promo MoFo Flakes Cereal.
- Agents of Mayhem "Hey That's What I Call Mayhem: The Agents Soundtrack" Promo Vinyl.
- Agents of Mayhem Promo Hardtack Hat w/ Beard.
- Agents of Mayhem Promo T-Shirt.
- July 2017 Indie Box: The Banner Saga Collector's Edition [PC].

Wednesday 16th August 2017

- Sonic Mania Collector's Edition [Xbox One].

Saturday 19th August 2017

- Nocturnal Animals w/ Slipcover [Bluray].
- Wolf Cop Steelbook [Bluray].
- Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist Limited Edition Steelbook [Bluray].

Friday 25th August 2017

- Black Sails: The Complete Collection Limited Edition [Bluray].

Tuesday 10th October 2017

- Middle Earth: Shadow of War Promo Copy [Xbox One].
- Middle Earth: Shadow of War Promo Copy [PS4].

Friday 13th October 2017

- Blood C: The Last Dark Limited Edition [Bluray].
- Triangle w/ Slipcover [Bluray].

Saturday 14th October 2017

- I Drink Your Blood Special Edition [Bluray].
- I Drink Your Blood Promo Horror Hypo.
- Hellbent Limited Edition [Bluray].
- Red Mob Limited Edition [Bluray].
- LEGO: Ninjago [Xbox One].

Sunday 15th October 2017

- Escape from New York Limited Edition [Bluray][Korea].
- Creepshow 2 w/ Slipcover [Bluray].

Friday 20th October 2017

- The Godfather Trilogy Omerta Edition [Bluray].
- Videodrome Limited Edition [Bluray].

Tuesday 24th October 2017

- Between Night and Dawn Limited Edition [Bluray].

Wednesday 25th October 2017

- Crash Bandicoot N-Sane Trilogy Collector's Edition [Unofficial][PS4].

Friday 27th October 2017

- Super Mario Odyssey [Switch].
- Super Mario Odyssey Plush Cappy Hat.
- Super Mario Odyssey Amiibos [Bowser/Peach/Mario].
- Samurai Jack Complete Series Limited Edition [Bluray].
- Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Collector's Edition [Xbox One].

Sunday 29th October 2017

- The Art of Overwatch Limited Edition.

Monday 30th October 2017

- Dragon Ball Super Season 1 Part 1 [UK][Bluray].

Wednesday 1st November 2017

- First4Figures Crash Bandicoot Exclusive PVC Statue.
- The Villainess [Bluray].

Thursday 2nd November 2017

- Mars Attacks! Steelbook [Bluray].
- Hellraiser Steelbook [Bluray].
- The Big Lebowski Steelbook [Bluray].

Friday 3rd November 2017

- Lil Dicky Brain Plush.
- Lil Dicky Cholula Snapback.

Saturday 4th November 2017

- The Thing w/ Slipcover [Bluray].
- Don't Torture A Duckling Special Edition [Bluray].
- Hellriser w/ Slipcover [DVD].

Going forward I'm gonna make sure to do a post at least every week (if not every day that something arrives) as it will be much easier to keep track of then, and also - more posts for you guys!

I also thought adding in pics to this would overload it so I will upload pics for each thing in separate Unboxing posts at some point (some sooner than others!)

What new things have you got lately?
Let us know in the comments below!

- V x

Asylum Reviews: Paradise Killer [Switch].

  UK-based indie games developer Kaizen Game Works launched Paradise Killer, an open-world crime investigation game just over a week ago...