Barbie: Race & Ride – Review Disc

Posted in Playstation 1 on July 5, 2014 by drewturpin

Here we have a rare review disc for the Playstation’s Barbie: Race and Ride.  Unlike promos discs these were sent out to magazines for previews/reviews at various times during the game’s.

Barbie Review (1)

The disc is a very distinctive white, which contrasts from the black of the promo, demo and rental discs. This disc is dated 05/10/1999 and is labelled as “Final 1.0” which I would assume would be a pretty much the final version of the game, as it was officially released on the 1st December 1999.

Barbie Review (2)

I picked this up at a bootsale for 50 pence, and although this would not be the sort of game I would normally collect, I am still happy to own a rare review disc in my Playstation collection. Review discs very rarely turn up on ebay, and when they do they tend to be on the more expensive side. I have never seen another review disc of this game so I have no idea of its value.

This Is Football 2002 – Press Pack

Posted in Playstation 2 on June 15, 2014 by drewturpin

This is the press pack for the Playstation 2 version of “This Is Football 2002”, which was released in 2001.

TIF 2002 - Press (1)


TIF 2002 - Press (2)

Included is a “Press Information (September 2001)” compact disc with the Playstation 1 PAL logo on it. Interestingly though this disc isn’t recognised as a valid disc by either the Playstation 1 or Playstation 2 hardware. Examining the contents through a PC shows that this disc just contains a number of images of the Playstation 2, Sony’s “Multitap” peripheral and promotional images of the game (but no actual game screen shoots).

TIF 2002 - Press (3)

The other disc is the actual game disc (not a promo disc) and is identical to the one you would get with the original release. Although the game itself was decent enough it couldn’t really compete with either the FIFA or PES franchises. Ultimate this franchise had to admit defeat and the last instalment of the game was “This Is Football 2005”, which was also release on the Playstation 2.

TIF 2002 - Press (4)

I picked this up from ebay a few years ago for under £5, which is a price I am more than happy with. However I am not sure what it is actually worth as I have not seen another one of these since.

Resident Evil Code: Veronica X – Promo

Posted in Playstation 2 with tags , on May 10, 2014 by drewturpin

This is the promo disc of Resident Evil Code: Veronica X, and comes in a slim clear CD case containing a proper insert.

Resident Evil CVX Promo (1)

This game was originally released on the Sega Dreamcast as Resident Evil Code: Veronica back in 2000. This updated Playstation 2 version, with the added X in the title, was release in 2001. The updates were essentially a “Director’s Cut” which contain an extra nine minutes cut scenes, and some graphical changes.

Resident Evil CVX Promo (2)

This is another promo that is not seen that often on ebay, so expect to pay upwards of £30 if you are lucky enough to track one down.

Resident Evil CVX Promo (3)

The Complete Spectrum – Part 1

Posted in ZX Spectrum on April 27, 2014 by drewturpin

This is the first of a six part series of magazines published monthly from January 1983 by Database Publications Ltd. The magazine covered a range of topics for both beginners and expert Spectrum users. Essentially it was an extended user’s guide, teaching basic and machine code but also covering some of the many peripherals released for the machine.

The Complete Spectrum

I picked up this copy, along with several Sinclair related magazines, for £3 at a local bootsale. This magazine does not appear too often on ebay so prices are difficult to gauge, but expect to pay about £5 for a copy. Also because of the age of the magazine the condition can vary, so I would always email the seller to get a better understating of the overall state of the magazine (e.g. missing pages, rips, tears, writing etc).

Metal Gear Solid 2 – Promo

Posted in Playstation 2 on April 11, 2014 by drewturpin

This is the promo disc version of Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, and comes in a slim clear CD case containing a proper insert.

Metal Gear Solid 2 Promo (1)

This is another Metal Gear Solid promo I have been after for my Metal Gear Solid collection for a while now, and was very pleased to snap one up from ebay for just over £20.

Metal Gear Solid 2 Promo (2)

However expect to around £40 and upwards for a copy, as most of these on ebay tend to be on “buy it now” auctions.

Metal Gear Solid 2 Promo (3)

Silent Hill 2 – Promo Disc

Posted in Playstation 2 on March 14, 2014 by drewturpin

Silent Hill 2 was the first of the series to appear on the Playstation 2, and was release in 2001.

Silent Hill 2 Promo (1)

This promo copy of the game comes in a slim clear CD case and contains a proper insert.

Silent Hill 2 Promo (2)

Not seen that often on ebay so expect to pay upwards of £50 when it does turn up.

Silent Hill 2 Promo (3)

Unbelievable Ultimate 1 & 2

Posted in ZX Spectrum on March 9, 2014 by drewturpin

Here we have two compilation tapes for the ZX Spectrum released in 1987, both contain four “Ultimate Play the Games” games. The first compilation includes the early classics Jetpac, Tranz Am, Pssst and Lunar Jetman. Whilst the second compilation contains the early classic Atic Atac and the later masterpieces of Sabre Wulf, Alien 8 and Underwurlde that formed part of Ultimate’s big box releases.

Unbelievable Ultimate (1)

These two compilations were released by US Gold, who had recently taken over Ultimate Play the Game, under their “Master Games” series.  Releasing compilations of some of the Ultimate back catalogue was one way of recouping some of the cost of this takeover. Versions were also released for the Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC, BBC and MSX, although the Ultimate games on each compilation did vary from system to system.

Unbelievable Ultimate (2)

These are not seen that often nowadays and I’ve no idea how well they sold back in the day. However I suspect that most ZX Spectrum owners would have a few of these games in their collection already, so wouldn’t have expected they sold in great numbers.  These are seen very rarely on ebay but expect to pay £10 or more for each of these if you can track them down.

Unbelievable Ultimate (3)


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