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.

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

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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

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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.

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

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Manic Miner

Posted in Commodore Amiga on January 23, 2015 by drewturpin

The classic Manic Miner for the Commodore Amiga in 3½ inch disc format. The Amiga release contains a fairly accurate port of the original ZX Spectrum version. It also had an enhanced edition with more colour, bigger sprites and scrolling screens so as to make use of the more powerful 16 bit computer.

Manic Miner Amiga (1)

The scrolling screen was not to everyone’s liking, especially if you have already played Matthew Smith’s original single screen classic. However at least you had the original port included on the disk, so effectively having the best of both worlds. This game does appear relatively frequently on ebay, but expect to pay in the region of about £10 to secure one.

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Paper Mario – The Thousand Year Door

Posted in GameCube on January 16, 2015 by drewturpin

Paper Mario –The Thousand Year Door is the second game in the Paper Mario series, which was released exclusively on the Gamecube back in 2004.

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It has become highly collectable, due to both its links to Mario and being a pretty decent RPG that was reviewed rather highly. If you are looking to get your hands on a complete copy in good condition, then expect to pay between £30 and £40 of ebay.

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Resident Evil 4 – Sealed

Posted in Playstation 2 on January 5, 2015 by drewturpin

Here we have a sealed copy of the classic Resident Evil 4, however this is the re-released version from 2010.

Resident Evil 4 Sealed

As this release is fairly recent it should be relatively easy to find on ebay, and can be picked up for around £10.

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