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Hi and welcome to yet another new blog series I've decided to start up. Inside The Box will focus on packaging and extras that come with various "editions" of games, though I won't limit myself to just games. Anything nerdy is fair game on this blog!
The inaugural post features one of the most highly anticipated games of this year, The Last of Us, specifically the Survival Edition of the game.
**Note: This is NOT a review of the game, only the packaging**
The Last of Us - Survival Edition
Release Date - June 14, 2013
Developer - Naughty Dog
Platform(s) - PS3
Price - $79.99
Price Paid - $79.99 (Amazon)
Retailer Exclusive - No
I decided to make an unboxing video for this!
To summarize the above video:
- Collectors box/packaging
- Steelbook case featuring Ellie/Joel
- Sounds and Sights DLC
- PSN Avatars and Theme
- 170 Page Hardcover Artbook
- Issue #1 of The Last of Us comic
The Last of Us Survival Edition is one of two different special editions, the other being the Gamestop exclusive Post-Pandemic Edition which substituted a 12 inch statue in place of the Artbook included with the Survival Edition.
This edition is available for $20 more than the standard edition, which seems fair for what you get with it. The box is much larger than I expected it to be, below is a comparison picture with a standard PS3 game.
The box everything comes in is large and looks like one of those promotional display boxes you'd see at Gamestop. That said, the artwork for the game is nice and I know I won't mind putting this box up for display on a shelf somewhere. However, a box this size might be the bane of those more space-conscious that myself.
The steelbook is simple yet elegant, with the added bonus of having artwork on the inside as well. The Artbook is definitely a premium book, more along the lines of the Uncharted 2 or Mass Effect artbooks rather than a small pack-in artbook most games get.
The DLC and PSN Avatars/Theme are a nice bonus, but definitely not worth any amount of money. Finally, the comic seems to be the afterthought of this edition, being more of a teaser than anything else, likely in the hopes of getting you to buy more issues of the comic as it comes out.
Overall you get your extra $20 worth out of this edition, though not much more than that.
Presentation - 9/10
Price/Value - 8/10
Extras - 7/10
Score - 8.0 / 10
Edit: The art book is available separately, albeit as a preorder (July 2) and at $40 MSRP (
$27 on Amazon)
What did you think of this type of review? More videos or more pictures in upcoming ones? What would you like to see next?
This started out as a couple of dumb one-off jokes I made earlier today, but then I realized...why not go further with it? Why not make it a number of dumb jokes?
Why not indeed.
So, in today's post, I'll be talking about some upcoming video games that are taking way too long to come out. But not just that - I'll also be revising their names to more accurately portray their current state and poking a little fun at them along the way. I've got my poking stick set to "stun" and my jokes set to "kill," so let's get this thing on the road!
Revised name: Undercover Agent
This is literally the game's entire existence.
Do you remember Agent? No? No one does, so if you said yes, go sit in time out, Mr. or Ms. Pants on Fire. It was announced in 2009 or so, and since then there's been nothing - total radio silence. Suffice it to say, it appears Agent has gone deep undercover, so until Rockstar pulls him from active duty, he won't be seen in the public eye unless he's in disguise. Let's just hope Momma Agent doesn't get a letter saying he was KIA.
Final Fantasy XV
Revised name: Final Fantasy 2015, At the Earliest
Revised revised name: Pretty Boys with Sharpened Toys
At first they were going to call it Final Fantasy Versus XIII, which is a heck of a mouthful. Makes sense to shorten the title a bit, especially after it's completely failed to show up on store shelves since its announcement in 2006, right? But Squenix wasn't just shortening the name, they were telling us something. Something to do with 15...what does it mean? Well, I've deduced that it means 2015 is the absolute earliest we'll see this game on store shelves. So if they rename it to FFXVI, be prepared to wait another couple of years, at least.
The Last Guardian
revised name: The Last Guardian of the PS3's Legacy
"Woof! I mean...meow! I mean...hold on, let me think about this."
Let's pretend for a moment that The Last Guardian is still coming to PS3, because that may be the only way for some of you to hold back the tears. Got rid of the sniffles yet? Good, let's move on. The Last Guardian has been "in development" for a while, being announced in 2009, and has always been slated to come out on PS3. Since it looks like the PS3's lifetime will expire before this game ever comes out, I've taken the liberty of crowning it the Guardian of the PS3's Legacy. Once every PS3 game that will ever be released has come out, ol' Trico will finally spread his wings and soar onto the system to secure the console's legacy with one final, amazing game. Unless it turns out to be terrible, like most games that stew in development hell for years, but let's just do what it takes to keep from crying and hope for the best.
Beyond Good & Evil 2
Revised name: Beyond Good Graphics and Evil Executives 2
BG&E was a fan favorite and a critical success, but it didn't really do well commercially, so fans were ecstatic when it was announced the game was getting a sequel in 2008. And yet now they've been waiting...and waiting...and waiting. At this point, I'd like to think that by the time the game finally does come out it will have amazingly advanced graphics, probably powered by the Playstation 5, Xbox Two, and Wii U Me, and the developers will have finally found a way to convince the publishing bosses that the game will turn a profit.
Revised name: A Longer Development Cycle than Prey, 2
Now with twice the prey!
Prey 2 was announced in 2011 or so, but they've been pretty quiet since Bethesda told everyone that it was being polished up to their standards. What standards those are, exactly, we'll never know, but it probably involves releasing it with a host of hilarious glitches. In any case, the original Prey took around 12 years to finally see the light of day, and while Prey 2 has only gotten a few years in, the complete lack of any new info points to the developers trying to match or exceed that cycle. I'm pretty sure at that point it stops being "development hell" and turns into "development hell frozen over."
Kingdom Hearts 3
Revised name: We Ran Out of Kingdom Hearts Spinoffs 3
I'm confused about those 3 things behind the logo too, Sora.
It finally happened. After so many long years, we finally have confirmation. It's what we all expected, all hoped, all secretly knew. And our waiting has paid off as Square Enix has revealed...that it has finally run out of Kingdom Hearts spinoffs.
Revised name: No-Life 3
While you wait, enjoy this mockup that took someone literally seconds to make.
Because people who are still going around looking for clues of this game's existence have no life. That, and the game itself doesn't have a life, since it doesn't exist. It's a double whammy of painful realization!
Revised name: Starcraft: Ghost
I don't know if this is an actual screenshot. No one remembers what the game looks like.
Some of you may be saying that these are the same games I featured in a past article (welcome back, SeÃ±or or SeÃ±ora Pantalones de Fuego) but I talked about them differently this time, so it makes it new. So nyah.
So what do you think? Did I hit the nail on the head with my revised names? Do you have a better name for any of these? Or do you not care either way and just want to sound off in the comments about something else? Whatever the case, head on down there and speak your mind!
Alright kiddies, strap yourself in. The Angry Leprechaun has been dormant for too long, here is another attack at your eye balls, I suppose if you read this this out loud it's an attack on your ear holes as well, but that's not the point.
The console war, a vicious cycle. New consoles come out, people argue over which is better and cite various statistics, lather, rinse, repeat. I won't lie, I have been involved in the past of "Console War" hoopla and who won, lost, is in a rubber room in a straight jacket wearing a tin foil hat to keep the enemies from seeing his thoughts and simultaneously cooking his brain like a baked potato. Can be good fun and is ultimately futile. So why rant if ultimately I'm OK with it, you ask? Well first off, thank you for being polite and asking a good question, second don't interrupt me while I'm typing, it's rude, just let me get to the point on my own you impatient little... moving on.
Every single day, in various news outlets/sites/forums, I can't help but see a "Console X" has already won the "Console War". (Yeah, I like that, I'm putting quotes around that for the rest of the rant, because of how stupid it is. In fact, imagine me doing air quotes whenever you read it too. For fun you can do the air quotes yourself if you'd like. Go ahead, no one is watching you. Anyway...) Whenever I see this, I am overcome with a multitude of emotions, well maybe not a multitude, it's mostly just overbearing annoyance and rage.
Let's start with the fact that the 2 latest consoles have been out for just over 6 months. Their previous iterations have been around for over 7 years. You mean to tell me from 6 months of sales data, you are predicting that the white flag is waving? The fat lady is singing? Let's face it, you're an idiot. If I recall, the PS3 was off to a rocky start with it's high price tag. So you want to try telling me again that 6 months of sales figures declares a winner? Go jump off a cliff. The "Console War" isn't won with the console itself, it takes games too.
Bringing me to my next point, neither the Xbox One or PS4 is worth purchasing currently. I'm sure many are going to disagree with me here and frankly, I don't care. I have played the PS4 and I own an Xbox One currently and that is only because I won it in a costume contest on Amazon. The honest truth is neither console has games for it to be a fully justified purchase yet. I'm not saying there aren't fun games out there, there are, but not yet are there any that make me want to run out and spend a couple hundred dollars. This is why out of current gen consoles, I probably enjoy my Wii U the most, while the library is small, the quality of that library is excellent. (And I'm drooling thinking about X releasing, oooooooo yeah). They will be worth it, games will come, I will buy a PS4, but until they have some console sellers, the "Console War" is still going to be at a stalemate in my mind.
OoLaLa Retired Robin, Would you look at dem gams?
Another thing I can't wrap my head around is, why is everyone so quick to decide a clear winner? This is one of the very few instances where I can say without a doubt, winning is a BAD thing. If there is a clear winner declared, sure be happy your console of choice is the "winner". Here's the thing, what if that "win" actually knocks the other console of of contention completely? Competition is the reason why I own a PS3, 360, Wii, WiiU, Xbox One (well technically Amazon is the reason for this). Competition is what drives innovation, what creates amazing games, what pushes these companies to be better than the other in an attempt to "win". As a gamer, you shouldn't want someone to win, you should want them to fight and win battles instead of the war. While the companies battle, we reap the benefits. The argument could be made that a single console means that all effort would be put into that console, I doubt it though.
In summation, stop declaring a winner. It makes you look like a moron and I hate you.
While I do enjoy playing Magic The Gathering on my iPad and PS3, it seems good sportsmanship exhibited by other players rarely exists. I'd estimate that in 80-90% of the multiplayer games I'm in where it's obvious I will win the match, the other player will exit the game which causes a slow down waiting for the computer to take over for them.
I'm not sure where the lack of sportsmanship comes from. Anytime I know I'm going to lose, I give my opponent the satisfaction of finishing me off and completing the game. It's a real shame the game doesn't punish those who quit out.
Even worse than people who "quit out" is people who will take the maximum time for every move they make likely in an attempt to get you to quit once you lose patience. Magic 2015 definitely gives players way too much time to make moves.
Perhaps the anonymous nature of online interaction encourages rudeness...who knows...
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I just wanted to go through my picks for this years Golden Joystick because it's fun! I've been pretty bad about playing games this year so my picks are far from definitive.
Best Original Game
My Pick: Child of Light
Runners Up: Broken Age, Shovel Knight
So many great games in this category, but sadly I've only played a few. However I went with Child of Light mainly because I'm playing it now and absolutely loving it. I considered Broken Age and Shovel Knight but having played neither I couldn't put my pick on them.
My Pick: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Runners Up: Rise of the Tomb Raider, Uncharted 4, Bloodborne
SUCH A HARD CATEGORY. Ultimately I picked Metal Gear V because it's probably my favourite franchise of all time, preceded only by Resident Evil. Rise of the Tomb Raider and Uncharted fall in the same boat of being action adventure games that I love, it'll be interesting to see which one comes out on top since Tomb Raider 2012 was better than Uncharted 3. Bloodborne is something I've been following with increased interest... but really, most of the games on here I'm looking forward to anyway.
My Pick: Broken Age
Runners Up: Republique
I was able to give Broken Age some love here, because I really think it deserves a win. Had Republique not gone the iOS route I'd have likely played and picked that.
Best Visual Design
My Pick: Transistor
Runners Up: Child of Light, Valiant Hearts
Child of Light is love to my eyes but despite not having played it I really dig Transistors style, and the art I've seen for it is just beautiful... I had to pick it. Valiant Hearts has a great art direction as well but sadly not enough to put it over the top for me.
My Pick: Mario Kart 8
Runners Up: None...
Since CSGO wasn't on the list I had to pick the game that I had the second best multiplayer experience this year, Mario Kart!
My Pick: Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag
Runners Up: Legend of Zelda ALBW, Transistor
I feel like this is a bit of a surprise for me but in terms of sheer audio quality it has to be Black Flag, not only because of the soundtrack which is full of shanties and upbeat pirate tunes but the environmental sounds as well, the crashing of waves, the creaking of your ship.... fantastic! My runners up were briefly considered because they both have wonderful soundtracks.
Best Gaming Moment
My Pick: The Last of Us Left Behind - The Kiss
Runners Up: Titanfall - Calling in a Titan, Ground Zeroes - Rescuing Kojima
Bit of a spoiler filled category eh? But mine has to easily be the Last of Us Left Behind, that DLC was amazing and that single moment just convey more emotion than most games do in their entirety. Titanfall was neat in the beta because the Mechs were pretty cool and rescuing Kojima was just plain awesome.
Best Story Telling
My Pick: The Last of Us Left Behind
Runners Up: Child of Light, Wolf Among Us
Last of Us again for obvious reasons, I shouldn't have to explain. Child of Light has really drawn me in and Wolf Among Us had a pretty cool story going on (Though admittedly I haven't finished it).
Best Online Game
My Pick: Realm Reborn
Best Handheld Game
My Pick: Link Between Worlds
Runners Up: Pokemon X & Y, Bravely Default
Zelda is just so pure and fun, and is pretty much perfect in every way. Pokemon is fine, though I grew bored of it and didn't finish it and Bravely well.... I spent more time in the demo than the actual game but it really is quite good!
Best Mobile Game
My Pick: N/A
I skipped because I don't play mobile games. I might've given it to Republique had they included it on this list.
Gaming Platform of the Year
My Pick: PS4
Runner Up: Vita, 3DS
The PS4 has just had an EXPLOSIVE launch and the months thereafter. It's provided tons and tons of free games via PS Plus and is just about everything you would want from "next gen". the Handhelds have both really shone as well this past year having tons of really good exclusive games.
Studio of the Year
My Pick: Nintendo
Runners Up: Media Molecule
Nintendo has been KILLING it this year with first party games, no other studio can top them! Media Molecule gets an honourable mention though for having the highest average metacritic score for any studio.
Innovation of the Year
My Pick: Dualshock 4
Not really an innovation (all the choices suck) but I really do like the DS4, probably one of the best controllers ever (right up there with the 360 controller).
Personality of the Year
Let's see.... #girlwood, #gamergate, Some British guy, Dude that abandoned Day Z, Occulus Guy, Luftrausers Guy, YOSHIDA SAN, No, and....some other British guy?
Yeah, YOSHIDA SAN wins this for me.
My Pick: Shuhei Yoshida
Game of the Year
While MGSV Proper will probably get GOTY when it comes out, Ground Zeroes wasn't enough to warrant it being GOTY. So this title goes to Zelda for me!
My Pick: Legend of Zelda Link Between Worlds
So now it's your turn! Go out and put in your votes (and enter to win an iPad Air!) and then report back here. Post away!
I'm back again tonight with more #PokemonYellow #Speedrun attempts. Here's hoping for sub 2:10 tonight, I'm really excited for it! Come swing by the #Twitch stream and watch this game get destroyed! ROYZYABOY! https://www.twitch.tv/royzoga123
Going for more of those #speedrun personal bests tonight in #PokemonYellow! Come swing by the #Twitch stream and hang out with us. Also, new transition banners and the like are either in place or being worked on, hurrah! ROYZAYBOY! https://www.twitch.tv/royzoga123
Tonight is my first night of starting at 8PM EST! Come swing by the #Twitch stream for another night of #PokemonYellow glitchless #Speedruns. Maybe even enough time for two runs tonight for once! ROYZYABOY! https://www.twitch.tv/royzoga123
Time to continue on the quest to be anime as heck and swing a scythe! #DarkSoulsII continues now on #Twitch, so be sure to swing by and have a gran ol' time! ROYZYABOY! https://www.twitch.tv/royzoga123
Today I'm participating in a community #PokemonYellow #Speedrun race! Come swing by the #Twitch stream to hear the many voices of the community and watch the game be completely destroyed! Later, I'll be playing more #DarkSoulsII ROYZYABOY! https://www.twitch.tv/royzoga123
Who's ready for more #DarkSoulsII tonight? Come swing by the #Twitch stream and hang out as I continue my first playthrough! Hopefully we'll get our Edgelord Scythe tonight too. ROYZYABOY! https://www.twitch.tv/royzoga123
Tonight I'm starting #DarkSoulsII for the first time. Be sure to swing by and catch it on the #Twitch stream. We're going with an incredibly anime-ish build, so it's bound to be tons of fun. Or go terribly, hah! ROYZYABOY! https://www.twitch.tv/royzoga123
Let's see how far I can push my PB tonight in #PokemonYellow #Speedrun attempts. Be sure to swing by and check it out on #Twitch. It's bound to be an awesome time! ROYZYABOY! https://www.twitch.tv/royzoga123
Time to keep working on #PokemonYellow #Speedruns! If you're a fan of the older generations be sure to swing by the #Twitch stream for a refresher before #PokemonLetsGo! ROYZYABOY! https://www.twitch.tv/royzoga123
Tonight I'm starting to learn #PokemonYellow glitchless #speedrun. Come swing by the #Twitch stream and enjoy this classic adventure at a moderately quickened pace! ROYZYABOY https://www.twitch.tv/royzoga123
Happy Friday people, hope you're all excited for the long weekend. Swing by the #Twitch stream tonight to catch the start of my playthrough of #DetroitBecomeHuman. It's gonna be great! ROYZYABOY! https://www.twitch.tv/royzoga123
#FinalFantasyVI finishes up tonight, going into some post game dungeon content and having fun! Be sure to swing by the #Twitch stream as put this game to rest. ROYZYABOY! https://www.twitch.tv/royzoga123
I'm moving on to Kefka's Tower tonight in #FinalFantasyVI. So be sure to swing by the #Twitch stream and catch some epic fights on the climb to wave the world! ROYZYABOY! https://www.twitch.tv/royzoga123
Let's keep this #FinalFantasyVI train rolling! Now that I've found all the party members, we can clean up some side quests, find more espers, and work towards my best party. Come swing by the #Twitch stream and enjoy! ROYZYABOY!https://www.twitch.tv/royzoga123
This week I'll be taking a break from speedrunning, but expect a new speed game for next week! For this week, I'm continuing through my first playthrough of #FinalFantasyVI on the GBA. Be sure to swing by the #Twitch stream and have some fun! ROYZYABOY! https://www.twitch.tv/royzoga123
The quest for justice continues tonight! Come swing by the #Twitch stream and watch as I continue on with my first playthrough of #FinalFantasyVI. It's bound to be amazing! ROYZYABOY! https://www.twitch.tv/royzoga123