Jet Set Willy II

Posted in Commodore Amiga on March 27, 2015 by drewturpin

The classic Jet Set Willy II, for the Commodore Amiga in 3½ inch disc format. Confusingly the insert is for Jet Set Willy, but the disk is marked and loads as Jet Set Willy II. This error seems to be common for all the releases of this version.

Jet Set Willy Amiga (1)

The Amiga release boasts scrolling rooms, improved graphics and sound over its 8 bit predecessor, however for some reason the room names are omitted from each of the screens. The scrolling screen and lack of room names seems to make this a different sort of platformer than the original single screen classic, and not nearly as good.

Jet Set Willy Amiga (2)

Unfortunately, unlike the Amiga version of Manic Miner, a port of the original game was not included on the disk, which was a great shame. This game does appear relatively frequently on ebay, but expect to pay in the region of about £10 for one.

Resident Evil Code: Veronica X – Sealed

Posted in Playstation 2 on March 20, 2015 by drewturpin

This is the sealed copy disc of Resident Evil Code: Veronica X. 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.

Resident Evil CVX Sealed

The updates were essentially a “Director’s Cut” which contain an extra nine minutes cut scenes, and some graphical changes. This sealed copy is of the re-released version from 2012. As this release is fairly recent it should be relatively easy to find on ebay, and can be picked up for around £10.

Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence – Promo Discs

Posted in Playstation 2 on March 13, 2015 by drewturpin

Here we have the promo discs of the enhanced version of Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (titled Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence).

MGS 3 Subsistence Promo (1)

Not only is there an updated version of the original game but also the inclusion of the two classics MSX games Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2:  Solid Snake, for the first time translated into English. The three discs are titled up “Subsistence”, “Persistence” and “Existence”, with the “Existence” disc including new re-cut cinematic scenes.

MGS 3 Subsistence Promo (2)

This particular promo doesn’t appear too often on ebay, so expect to pay in the region of £50 when it does. Also make sure in comes with the very small instruction sheet, as this is not always present.

MGS 3 Subsistence Promo (3)

Silent Hill 4: The Room – Sealed

Posted in Playstation 2 on February 27, 2015 by drewturpin

Here we have a sealed copy of Silent Hill 4, which unsurprisingly is the fourth game in the franchise and the third to appear on the Playstation 2.

Silent Hill 4 Sealed

The protagonist this time is Henry Townshend who is trying to escape from his apartment. This is a change in the standard Silent Hill game dynamic, and is also the first in the series not to feature the town of Silent Hill in the gameplay. However the game is decent enough and received favourable reviews when it was originally released. This sealed copy is of the re-released version from 2011. As this release is fairly recent it should be relatively easy to find on ebay, and can be picked up for around £10.

Sinclair User Issue 4 – Original “Runway” Artwork

Posted in Books & Magazines, Miscellaneous, ZX Spectrum on February 20, 2015 by drewturpin

Following on from the “Flycatcher” artwork from issue 6 of Sinclair User, I have also managed to pick up this piece of artwork. This original painting by William Scolding was included in issue 4 of Sinclair User, published in July 1982, in an article on machine code.

Plane (2)

This article featured a computer program call “Runway”, hence the illustration of a plane landing.

Plane (3)

A cropped version of this artwork was also used in the 1983 Sinclair Annual, published later in the year, in an article on the growth of software. The painting is on card and covered by a tracing paper overlay for protection.

Plane (4)

The tracing paper has the following sentences written on it in red pen “Sinclair Annual Page 14. Repeat of colour illustration from Sinclair User July. Crop as indicated to 100mm deep. Proof of cropped pic please.”

Plane (1)

This is another ebay purchase, costing me just under £15.

Grand Theft Auto – Value Series

Posted in Playstation 1 on February 6, 2015 by drewturpin

This is the “Value Series” re-release version of the first game of the infamous franchise. With most of these types of re-releases the only difference in the packaging is the yellow “Value Series” strip on the front insert and game manual.

Grand Theft Auto 1 V (1)

However in the case of this re-release the game disc is yellow rather than the usual red in the original release. This does make if fairly unique and worthy of a place in my GTA collection.

Grand Theft Auto 1 V (2)

Surprisingly these do not turn up that often on ebay, and most of the ones I have seen contain the original red disc instead.

Grand Theft Auto 1 V (3)

If you are lucky to track one down then expect to pay in the region of £5 for it, which is well worth the money. Do make sure it also contains the both the maps, and check the condition of these as well as they do tend to tear very easily.

Metal Gear Solid – Memory Card

Posted in Playstation 1 on January 30, 2015 by drewturpin

This is a silver “Metal Gear Solid” branded Playstation 1 memory card, and was a pre-order bonus for anyone who bought the game from Woolworths.

 Metal Gear Solid Card (1)

The card, produced by Joytech, and comes in a CD style case with front and back insert.

Metal Gear Solid Card (2)

This is not particular rare as about 25,000 were produced, however expect to pay about £5 for the card alone and about £10 if you can find one in its own case.

Metal Gear Solid Card (3)

I bought this off ebay for £10, which is pretty good considering the condition it is in.

Metal Gear Solid Card (4)

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