Tuesday 26 July 2016

Rob Unboxes a Zbox! July 2016 - "Legends"

Join Rob Wade, intrepid video unboxer as he tackles the July Zbox! Zboxes, for those unfamiliar, are Zavvi's answer to a subscription box like Lootcrate. For a fixed price every month, they will send you a box of geek-friendly goodies! Ranging from puzzles to Pop! Vinyl figures to books, and even throwing a T-shirt in for good measure (and they do measure them well, they're a lovely fit), subscription boxes have become somewhat of a staple for those looking to retain some mystery in their purchasing.

What will Rob find in this month's Zbox? There's only one way to find out!

Well, there are several, but watching the video is the best! Rob really liked the contents of this month's box, so hopefully you'll enjoy watching it just as much!

If you like the box, why not check out Zavvi's subscription boxes online?
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July's Zbox theme was "Legends".

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Friday 22 July 2016

The E14 Gamecast! Episode 15 - E14 on E3

Starring: Blake Harmer, Marc Cummins, Rob Wade

The cast get together to discuss the latest E3 Expo. We talk a bit about stuff that was annnounced, and stuff that we're excited to play when the time comes, via a brief chat about mobile phone operating systems. Covering Nintendo's offerings via Nintendo Direct, Sony and Microsoft's conferences and all the related announcements, we talk for around an hour about the stuff that seems cool and the stuff we're not so keen on. Join us, won't ya?!

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Friday 8 July 2016

The Crazy Train! Episode 41 - '"Chicken Tonight' Still A Thing?"

On Episode 41 of The Crazy Train:

  • Rob makes an announcement regarding a new publication avenue
  • Rob tells a story about a weird package (mehe)
  • Rob gets shorter
  • Rob's girlfriend had a weird dream
  • We talk about bad dreams and scary games
  • Rob messes with his girlfriend
  • Marc messes with his girlfriend
  • We talk a bit about jump scares
  • Marc tells a story about messing with Spike
  • A movie scares one of Rob's friends
  • Rob is the victim of an attempt to make him uncomfortable
  • One of Marc's friends tries to embarrass him
  • We talk a bit about the pitfalls of no pre-planning
  • Rob has a "getting old" gripe
  • We talk a bit about supermarket shopping
  • We talk about costs and prices
  • Blake went to Download!
  • From the mailbag: Has there ever been a dream job you had as a youth that stayed with you to this day?

Starring: Rob Wade, Blake Harmer, Marc Cummins.

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Wednesday 6 July 2016

Sour Crouch's Fun-Time Round-Up

Here are 5 things I have enjoyed this year. I’m sure there are a lot more, but these five things represent where a lot of my focus has been recently.

Rat Queens - Comic

Published under Image Shadowline, Rat Queens has become very much a required title for me, and it goes so far that I am genuinely angered that this isn’t as big as it deserves. That doesn't mean that you should assume that I am trapped in a state of awe with the series; it has its rough points to be sure, namely the troublesome juggling of artists that has mired the series since its inception.

Centering on 4 female sellswords, the titular Rat Queens, this title takes everything you love in high fantasy and gives it a big middle finger in the most glorious of ways.

Learn more about Rat Queens either on Comixology or on Amazon. Other retailers are available.

Kaijumax - Comic

Zander Cannon’s Kaijumax juxtaposes a simplified/cutesy art style with Kaijus. Oh, and It’s a prison drama. It’s just had its first volume, or “Season”, published, with season two right around the corner.

There are great moments of levity, mixed with real tension and drama that I must admit I didn’t expect when I saw its glorious cover in Waterstones. I’m very much looking forward to seeing where Cannon takes this.

Read Joe's extended thoughts on Kaijumax Here

Learn more about Kaijumax on Comixology or Amazon. Other retailers are available.

Life is Strange - Game

Life is Strange is an extremely evocative experience that’s part Telltale-like, part relationship sim, kind-of-teen girl simulator. Oh, and there’s time travel. It’s a wicked mix that ends up extremely satisfying on an array of levels.

If you haven’t seen or heard about this I strongly urge you to go into it blind, as to ruin its twists and turns would be a crime.

Learn about Life is Strange on their website or buy the game on Amazon. Previous retailer statement still binding.

Overwatch - Game

Mix a fantastic art style with an extremely addictive and well-polished game and you’ve got Overwatch. Fans of League of Legends or other team-based games where characters are distinct, with each bringing their own style of gameplay, will love this. I’ve been playing on and off since its release and it’s still holding my attention!

With its zany characters and team based objective modes, this is one to watch going forward, and currently the closest thing to a Pixar-style game you’re going to get.

Check out Overwatch on the official website and buy the game on Amazon. Retailers. Yes. Others.

Star Wars Battlefront - Game

I’m in two minds about Battlefront; I bought it during the hype around The Force Awakens, played it for a few games and then quickly grew both bored by the game, and fatigued by all of the nonsense - and some of it scathingly relevant - things being said about it. I’ve since come back to it, bought the season pass, and I can safely say it’s back in my permanent play pile.

It seems like where they struggled to find a distinct voice, coming out of making endless Battlefield titles, they were slightly hampered to begin with. Now, they’ve addressed the legitimate concerns and built a really fun experience.

It's available. You know what to do.

Joe "Sour" Crouch is a crusty mollusc with delusions of grandeur and pretensions of artistic endeavour. His tea is served between two and four. He tweets infrequently @Grost and Instagrams his food @Sourcrouch. He also writes his musings on various media at The Werd, where he co-hosts the "Werd Bugger" podcast with fellow Team E14 member Spike Direction.

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