Monday, 6 July 2020

Asylum Unboxing: Gris Special Reserve Edition [Switch].

Another of the recent deliveries from Special Reserve Games is this stunning edition of Gris. One of the things that I really like about these releases is the size. They’re absolutely gorgeous, have a physical copy of the game and they don’t take up a lot of unnecessary space on our shelves.

At just a tiny bit wider than a standard Switch game and a regular height across all of them, these look great on display with other Switch releases. We used to be fans of the whole ‘bigger is better’ idea with CEs, usually always opting for the biggest Editions available with huge, cheaply made figures/statues. But as time went on, our space got more limited and we had to tighten up our options - that and a lot of AAA titles have been massively inflating the costs of their Editions in the past few years. It used to be easy to pick up the ‘best’ tiered Edition of any AAA game for £100-150 tops. Now we’re seeing more and more releases of much less substantial games for way higher prices (I mean come on, £260 for the Spongebob game’s biggest Edition?).

Just look at this! The artwork is magnificent and the colours all look so beautiful together, and the outer box really complements the artwork of the Switch case so well.

Another thing I really like about Special Reserve’s releases is that a lot of them are numbered. You get the joy of getting to see just how many - or few - of these releases are out there in the wild. For fans that missed out the first time round, SRG are releasing an un-numbered Second Pressing for Switch come July 23rd. It’ll be an open preorder, since this release is un-numbered, so you don’t need to worry about getting in there fast. I would definitely recommend keeping an eye out for this going live if you want to jump on it. It also has slightly different artwork from the current release, which prevents people from being too annoyed about a ‘reprint’. 

On the same day they will also be doing a numbered run of PS4 copies of My Friend Pedro, which is the next game I’ll be showing off for you all here (albeit on Switch!) so be sure to check back for that :)

As with their other releases, Gris has an alternate artwork on the inside of the box which covers the full case without any of the blurb or ratings info, etc. taking up space. I actually love the cover that’s already on the outside, so even though it has the back space taken up I think I’ll leave it that way around.

Another instruction booklet with this release, again showcasing some lovely art inside. 

This Special Reserve also includes some absolutely amazing art cards. These are gorgeous and have a really beautiful watercolour look that accurately depicts the game. I really want to get these framed ASAP, so as soon as I have done so I’ll be sure to update you all on Insta :)

And lastly, down at the very bottom of the outer box we can see the logos for everyone involved in this mesmerising release: Nomada Studio, the Spanish indie developer behind Gris; Devolver Digital, the fantastically entertaining publishers; and of course, Special Reserve Games who without them we wouldn’t have this Edition!

Once again, we are thrilled to have received some truly gorgeous items from Special Reserve, and can’t wait to see everything else they bring out in future!

Do you have any Special Reserve Editions? What do you think of them?
Let us know in the comments below!

- V x

Thank you to Special Reserve Games for sending me this Edition of Gris!

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