Thursday, August 27, 2015

Everybody's Gone To The Rapture review


I kinda got away from writing reviews recently, but that's only because I haven't really been playing anything new enough to bother. I haven't bought a game at launch since the Witcher, and that hardly needed another review to speak for it. However, I got a $25 credit from Sony via some Vita settlement lawsuit, so I grabbed this early on.

I have been waiting for Everybody's Gone To The Rapture since I heard about it during E3, probably last year. It's a game by The Chinese Room, and is considered a spiritual successor to their previous game Dear Esther. My PC isn't the greatest around, so I didn't get a chance to play Dear Esther, which I really was interested in trying. $20 and a 6 GB download later, I was playing it.

First of all, the game is extremely slow paced. If you're not into exploring abandoned scenery and aren't OK with not having much to interact with, you will not enjoy this game. If you enjoy sci-fi and feel like you can move past slow paced gameplay and no solid objectives, the story is pretty fantastic. I won't spoil it for you, but if you're a fan of mysterious sci-fi and are a patient person, you will enjoy the journey.

The post apocalyptic landscape thing has been done to death, but this is a fresh take. Literally "fresh". There are signs of people everywhere - ringing phones, burning cigars in ashtrays, fires smoldering...but no one to be found. "Hauntingly beautiful" is going to be a phrase you could CTRL + F in every review of this game and find. The environment looks fantastic, and really feels lived in. You'll be walking around expecting a jump scare until the very end of the game, even though you know everyone is gone (by reading the title of the game even.)

The gameplay...is exhausting. You move at a snails pace. There is no fast travel. The game only auto-saves. Apparently holding R2 gives you a speed boost, but it is uncomfortable to do and I only figured that out at the end of the game. There are tons of maps scattered throughout the game, but no compass, no way to check where you have already been (other than your own memory), no obvious destination, and no mini-map available on screen nor in a pause menu. You will feel like you just got dropped off in a real life town that you've never been to. Despite this, I really didn't find myself getting lost too often, and the only time I really struggled was at the very end of the game.

There are things to interact with - mostly doors, a few other things throughout. You'll find yourself just mashing X a lot. There is no jump button either...often times a back-yard will be inaccessible due to a simple hedge row being in your way, and there will be no way to get in. The point of the game is exploration, but everything is just a little bit too empty. Houses all look different, but the rooms are either locked or just an empty room with nothing in particular to do in them. If you moved at double speed and could hold down R2 for an additional double speed, I feel like the game would be much more enjoyable.

The trophies are simple enough, and the platinum is very obtainable in a second playthrough with a guide. Without the trophies to guide you around a bit and give you some extra goals, the game would have been unbearable.

All things considered, I can't say Everybody's Gone To The Rapture is a bad game. Although, at the same time, I don't think I'd call it great, or maybe not even good. I would definitely recommend waiting for a sale. $20 is much too high for this game. $15 would have been a much better starting point, and at $8-10, I'd give it a full point higher in my rating. The story really makes the difference and saves this one. It's just interesting and mysterious enough to make you want to know what happens, and to push you to slowly creep your way to the end of the game.

I guess 6/10. If you can grab it for under $10, 7/10. It's an extremely interesting concept, and if there had been just a little more to do, or a way to check off where you had been on a map it could have been fantastic.

Friday, August 7, 2015

June/July 2015

I just had a pretty great find today...which reminded me I haven't done this in two months. WOOPS haha.

Anyway...as always, first up, my personal vinyl stuff I bought...




Third 8"!


SDCC exclusive!


Got the full bootleg set!


First clutter magazine issue - it's awesome!


And now to my yardsale grabs...I didn't do great, but I can't complain.


Mario Galaxy 2 and Twilight Princess to my collection, huge bin of Legos, GBA and Mario Allstars sold. You can't tell but there's a 32x in that box. I think I kept it, but it's not compatible with a Genesis 3, so I haven't played with it yet.


Megaman traded. Half Life and Dig Dug for me, SSBB traded into gamestop, because apparently they give more than ebay for it. Go figure. Liquor went into sweet tea, Twin Peaks I haven't watched yet. That's a new shelf too. That was a weak day.


Mystery kaiju for me, Next Gen TMNT all sold, others still up for grabs.


Fat stack of PS2 games for me, 2 PS2's traded into gamestop (right before they stopped giving good money), Skylanders I kept, big mug I drank a 40 out of, Donald Duck my aunt bought.


This was a super awesome day. PS2 for my best friend who asked me to get him one (a week after I sold those 2 to gamestop...of course, right?). That action set is SLICK. All boxed games gone, except SMB 2 which is immaculate and I'm waiting on a good offer to sell. More PS2 games to my collection.


Another weak day, almost didn't find anything, but these DS games all for $3 each to my personal collection was a nice end to the day.


2 more PS2's (I promised I wouldn't buy anymore, but they were GIVING them away), keeping the silver one for myself, big one maybe getting a new home on Saturday. All lame games, I kept some. N64 was 100% loose - no connections, no controllers, no games lol.

Anyway, that's that. I had a really great find today, but you'll have to wait until next month to see it. Or, ya know, check instagram now. Your call. Lots of Pokemon games for grabs, and FF7...and a ton of toys.

Keep it real y'all.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

May 2015

May is always a pretty good month for me...it starts out the year for sales, and all the stuff is pretty fresh from spring cleaning. I didn't do so hot all month, but Then Came the Last Days of May

First up, my personal collectibles I grabbed...




Those dunnys are 2 of my 3 most wanted dunnys! I'm really chipping away at my list. I haven't added many non-kidrobot toys to my collection in a while, but I've always been a fan of DGPH and that topo was like $5. 



Video game gets...Digimon wasn't very good. At all. But whatever, I grabbed it really cheap and digimon is always collectible in the future. The Witcher is fucking absolutely fantastic. I just beat it on Sunday.


And of course my sticker of the month club from Bomit! 


Random fleamarket finds. A slow start to the month :/ 


The following weekend...ipods on ebay at the moment if anyone is interested, I have 'em listed very cheap. Only like 5 hours left though. The dino is from Jurassic Park. Its a huge rubber puppet. $32 shipped. Random loose PS3 lot...I can do $18 shipped on the whole thing. RE3 is the highlight.


And then I hit up a crazy ass community sale. This is the sale I got all of this at last year...same house! The Gamegear stuff was separate, everything else came from that house. Unfortunately Pokemon red + gold are some crappy multicart things :/ You can't tell, but there's a black GBA under the GBA games. All gamegear stuff for sale - only one works (dim screen), but there's around 20 games.


That gamecube has a custom paint job (ehhh) but it also has a region switch mod. 2 wavebirds, one receiver. N64 controller had a loose stick, but I repaired it yesterday with a junk controller I had.


And then I got to the bottom of the large bin I bought...! I have almost all of these, so they're up for grabs. DK64 I'm bundling with a N64 I have with the exp pack, turok I'm bundling together, Goldeneye, Mario 64, Mario Party 1 (x2), Mario Party 2, Mario Party 3, Pokemon Snap, Zelda OOT, Zelda MM, and Smash are all for sale...I'm doing my best to save them for retro game con, but money talks. 

Heres hoping for a similar flow all summer. June is off to a pretty OK start...check out my instagram or wait until the next update. Thanks for reading guys! 

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Adventure Time Watch List (for adults!) (updated with season 5!)

If you're reading this, you've probably been linked here after asking about Adventure Time. I've compiled a list here of what I consider to be the "good ones", or the ones that apply to the overall mythos/lore of the Land of Ooo. You can feel free to skip down a bit if you'd just like to read the list and get watching, but I'll be explaining myself a bit below. It won't be necessary to your understanding of the list, so go ahead and jump past if you're not in the mood for a few minutes of reading first.

Adventure Time is a cartoon that has been berated into all of our minds through endless advertising, memes and gifs, the obnoxious fans of the show (myself included) and every other avenue of media we subject ourselves to. You've probably heard it's a good show for adults, but are skeptical (I don't blame you...I'm sure you've heard the same about My Little Pony. Sorry Bronies, but no). The truth is, it's a show made for all ages which some adults will grasp onto. Not every episode is for everyone, and watching the wrong one first could leave a really bad taste in your mouth or turn you off of the show completely.

This is a list of episodes that pander to the nerdy crowd. If you're a fan of gaming (tabletop, video, etc), LARPing and card games like Magic the Gathering, a number of these episodes will leave you smiling. There are also some really neat sci-fi elements (think Futurama or even Star Trek) involving time travel, alternate universes, post apocalyptic settings...you get the idea. By no means is this a definitive list of anything. There are many excellent episodes I left out, but the idea of this list is to get you through the best of the best to see if it appeals to you. Just a heads up, there are a LOT of episodes that just won't appeal to your demographic...should you choose to deviate from the list, you're going to run into some stuff you might not enjoy.

Anyway, the important part...

Legend: 

  • RED TEXT* = An episode that is key to understanding the plot of the show. Marked with a * for visually impaired readers!
  • PURPLE TEXT = An episode fairly important, but may be left in for other reasons.
  • BLUE TEXT = An episode purely based on my recommendation.
SEASON ONE (3/1/4)



S1E1 - "Slumber Party Panic" - A decent introduction. Can safely be skipped

S1E5* - "The Enchiridion!" - An important book is introduced. First real adventure.

S1E10 - "Memories of Boom Boom Mountain" - Provides skippable Finn origin hints. 

S1E12* - "Evicted" - Introduces Marceline the Vampire Queen.

S1E18 - "Dungeon" - A good (early) example of the RPG inspiration. They only get better!

S1E20 - "Freak City" - Introduction to "Magic Man", a popular B list character. 

S1E23 - "Rainy Day Daydream" - Just a fun episode. One of my personal favorites. 

S1E25* - "His Hero" - Finn meets an important character. 

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SEASON TWO (2/1/5)

S2E1 - "It Came From the Nightosphere" - Optional Marcy background. Nightosphere is rad.

S2E6 - "Slow Love" - Funny sexual innuendos and a fun episode. 

S2E13 - "The Pods" - Another fun episode. Cute. Highly skippable, but people love this one.

S2E15 - "The Real You" - Kinda cool sci-fi stuff. Commonly referenced "DMT" episode. 

S2E16 - "Guardians of Sunshine" - A(n old school) video game-centric episode.

S2E17 - "Death in Bloom" - The Land of the Dead is really cool and imaginative. 

S2E24* - "Mortal Folly" - Introduces the protagonist for the first plot arc. 

S2E25* - "Mortal Recoil" - Continuation of Mortal Folly.


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SEASON THREE (2/4/3)


S3E3 - "Memory of a Memory" - Semi-important Marceline info.

S3E5* - "Too Young" - Just important, can't summarize without spoilers. 

S3E13 - "From Bad to Worse" - Zombie style stuff, probably popular among zombiephiles.

S3E15 - "No One Can Hear You" - Very Twilight Zone-y. I like this one.

S3E17 - "Thank You" - Very neat. Has a Futurama vibe to it ("Lethal Inspection" episode)

S3E18 - "The New Frontier" - Shows Finn and Jake character styles very well.

S3E19 - "Holly Jolly Secrets (Part 1)" - Important Ice King backstory, but plays out SLOWLY

S3E20 - "Holly Jolly Secrets (Part 2)" - Continues Ice King story.

S3E25* - "Dad's Dungeon" - The sword bit is kinda important, marking red. 

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SEASON FOUR (4/3/4)

S4E5 - "Return to the Nightosphere" - Very popular episode, great animation.

S4E6 - "Daddy's Little Monster" - A continuation of E5. 

S4E7* - "In Your Footsteps" - F+J meet a bear who proves to be very important. 

S4E10* - "Goliad" - I remember this being important later, I'm still not done with S5. 

S4E11 - "Beyond This Earthly Realm" - Pretty cool sci-fi, other dimensional kinda.

S4E14 - "Card Wars" - Very good episode, inspired the Adventure Time card game!  

S4E15 - "Sons of Mars" - Callback to the Pilot episode...has Magic Man.

S4E18 - "King Worm" - A very cool episode. Excellent depiction of a dream. My favorite.

S4E20 - "You Made Me" - Lemongrab development. You decide.

S4E25* -"I Remember You" - A very emotional, very well received episode. Wiki Reception. 

S4E26* - "The Lich" - The 3 part culmination of most of the red episodes. AWESOME scifi.


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SEASON FIVE (10/4/10)

S5E1* - "Finn The Human" - Part 2 of 3.

S5E2* - "Jake the Dog" - Part 3 of 3.

S5E6* - "Jake the Dad" - Jakes babies are born.

S5E9 - "All Your Fault" - More Lemongrab. Skippable if you dislike his character.

S5E14* - "Simon And Marcy" - Important Ice King episode.

S5E15 - "A Glitch is a Glitch" - Animated differently, pretty cool visual effect.

S5E16 - "Puhoy" - Alice in Wonderland-esque alternate universe adventure.

S5E20 - "Shh!" - A fun episode. Similar to "Rainy Day Daydream".

S5E26 - "Wizards Only Fools" - Fun look at the wizard subculture of Ooo.

S5E28* - "Be More" - BMO origin story! Super cute.

S5E29 - "Sky Witch" - The famous P.B. and Marcy romantic relationship hints episode.

S5E31 - "Too Old" - First part of a 3 part Lemongrab arc. Skippable if you dislike him.

S5E33 - "Time Sandwich" - A fun Magic Man episode.

S5E34* - "The Vault" - Easily the most important episode since the Lich arc.

S5E36 - "Dungeon Train" - Really fun RPG influenced episode.

S5E37 - "Box Prince" - Very skippable, but cat lovers will enjoy this. Lookin' at you reddit.

S5E39 - "We Fixed a Truck" - Shows the post-apocalyptic setting pretty well.

S5E42 - "James" - Heavy Star Trek influence.

S5E45* - "Blade of Grass" - Important end of season episode.

S5E46* - "Rattleballs" - Marking this important because I feel like it will be in season 7.

S5E48* - "Betty" - Important Ice King episode.

S5E50 - "Lemonhope Part 1" - Continuation of S5E31, Lemongrab episode.

S5E51 - "Lemonhope Part 2" - Continuation of S531+50. Lemongrab episode.

S5E52* - "Billy's Bucket List" - Important season finale.
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I'm taking a break for now...I haven't even watched all of season 6 yet myself, so I'm getting around to that right now. There are a lot of good episodes left, and the show really started coming into its full maturity around the end of season 3. There is a lot of relationship stuff with Finn and the Flame Princess I left out...I just don't feel like it is important to the plot, and I don't feel like it really aimed at me as a viewer. At this point you should have a good feel for whether or not you like the show, and you can go back to watch episodes I didn't include. 

I will definitely be keeping this list as up to date as I can, but I have to work my way through season 6. Thanks for reading. Please feel free to share this - but please do not copy it without my permission. Feel free to print it out and cross them out as you go too! Print it and give it to friends, just remember to please give me credit on the printout. 

As for where to watch, I suggest Hulu Plus. Or if you're crafty, The Pirate Bay. 

Happy watching! 

Thursday, May 7, 2015

April 2015

So I'm a week late on my monthly update, but I finally got a chance to do it. I've been off to an excellent start...

Let me get my new Dunnys out of the way here. I've started grabbing one per week from eBay and doing a #dunnymonday thing on eBay...got some fun ones off my collection list. None of these are for sale, just for me.




MAD

Joe Ledbetter


My first 8" dunny! He's missing his fish, but I'm probably gonna hang a lure from it.


First from the gold life series - a chase too!

John Paul Kaiser. Always on point.

Beast Bros - a personal favorite!


2 more Gold Life!

And another 8"! MAD this time. Only need a few more things to have all his Dunnys.

And then, my garage sale finds...it's been an awesome first month for me.


Found all of these in a big lot...playstation magazine lid stickers. I'm trying to find them all, but info is extremely scarce...can't even get a definitive list of what I'm missing, and trying to track down which issue they were in is nearly impossible. I saw a PS1 with a FF8 sticker on it already, but they wanted $35 for it...I'm kinda kicking myself, because I can't even find evidence of that sticker existing, let alone finding one for sale. I did find a RE one, which is further down in the pics. Anyone with any info or any stickers I don't have, PLEASE email me - 315retro@gmail.com


Found this lot first thing in the month at a thrift store I hit up. Nothing special, but all added to my personal stash.


Bomit sticker club month 3!


First big get of the year. Console with red controller, expansion pack, and perfect dark (with manual I believe) I'm asking $65 shipped. Rough condition Sesame Street lunchbox I'll do $5+ shipping. DM me on instagram or email me - 315retro@gmail.com


Big lot of paperwork. Zelda stuff sold, everything except the Bart's Nightmare, Turok and Perfect Dark manual for sale...hit me with an offer. I'd probably let it go for $15 shipped. Goosebumps also for me.


Metalhead Mike! My mom found this in the back of her closet - apparently a gift she lost and never gave me as a kid. What a score as an adult, right? The card is a little bit beat but the bubble is crystal clear and doesn't have any visible dents. Asking $55 shipped on this guy.


The iPod was originally for me, but I got an offer for double what I paid for it, and my music collection filled about a tenth of the hard drive, so I sold it. Gameboy with games for sale...it has trouble reading like 2 of these games, but works after a cleaning. Could probably stand some lovin', but works most of the time. No charger. $25 shipped, includes the games.


PS1 grab for myself, I'm buying them to slap the stickers on. Trying to make a wall of them eventually.


Gamecube lot. Mariokart for me (of course it's the one without the box, right?). Gamecube with power cord, grimy controller, and new controller (third party still in package)...it let me do a bunch of races on MK but crapped out when I tried to load up MP7 and wouldn't read the disc. Could also use some lovin'. Being sold as-is since it randomly won't read one disc...maybe needs that laser adjustment procedure, I don't wanna mess with it. How like $28 shipped?


NES lot! I asked a lady at a sale if she had any games, she came back out with these. Metroid $16 shipped, SMB/DH, Tetris, and Pacman...ummmm, $16 shipped? $12 shipped without the Pacman box, but you know you want it.


Blanks from Bomit and Eggshell Stickers. Had a hiccup with my order, but they threw in mad extras so I'm happy.


Another N64...was real dirty, but cleaned up nicely. N64 with Pokemon Snap, sunfaded blue controller, and power cord (no A/V) asking...$35 shipped? It's not pretty. Gamecube controllers fresh in the package - unfortunately third party, but they're pretty nice quality. IDK. $10 each shipped? Offer? Sin City $7 shipped. The rest are for me!



Bought a random big box of Magic cards for $1. Nothing special, already sold. PSP and games already sold. Gameshark 64 for me. DS game will be bundled with a future DS I buy.


And that's it for April. What a start, eh? Feels good man after a shit winter. Feel free to shoot me an offer on any of this stuff...if it doesn't sell, it'll be relisted elsewhere. I'm probably not gonna come back and edit the prices to be sold...so it could be gone, could be here. Email 315retro@gmail.com ...have a sweet summer guys!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

'tis the season

I went to my first yardsale and found a handful of games...I guess it's about that time of year. So, I'll be doing more frequent updates (they're much more interesting this time of year than my personal collection additions) so stick around! Could be weekly, could be monthly. I've taken a few pics of my updated collection...sorta like a "before" and "after" deal. Since I'm close to filling both of the shelves I have, I wanted to see my progress. Plus, some highlights from my instagram page.

Thanks for sticking with me through the boring winter. This year was especially awful (coldest February on record by multiple degrees in Syracuse!)...send me some positive vibes for some good finds this year!!!!


Just a photo I took and liked.


Got this sweet '96 coil force carded Raph. I'd been on the lookout for this one loose and it was carded for the same price.



Grabbed this on Radioshacks 80% off sale for like $150. If I stop posting it's because my neighbors finally snapped and called the cops. This thing beats up my house haha. 


Quakehold. Grabbed this for only $4 or something and it was enough to hold everything with more than half of it leftover. Works VERY well. Highly recommended. Available via Lowes and Amazon...and probably other places. 



Joined the Bomit sticker club...here are my first two packs. Awesome purchase. 


My Playstation stuff, as of now.


Dunnys, as of now.


Comics and Raph collection, as of now (carded ones are hanging up).


Nintendo/Sega shelf as of now.


Collectors editions and Mad L collection (closeups of Mad L stuff on my instagram)


Second dunny shelf I had to build haha.


TMNT vinyl.




Thanks again, and keep an eye out for updates! As always, instagram is your most up-to-date place to see my stuff for sale and recent pickups - @315retro