Archive for March, 2013

Silent Hill: Inner Fears – Sealed

Posted in XBOX on March 28, 2013 by drewturpin

This XBOX release is essentially the “Director’s Cut” version that was available on the Playstation 2. It’s a great game, and possibly the best of the franchise, however not particularly rare. I have included because this is a sealed copy of the game, and has the official Xbox hologram on the cellophane wrapping. I picked up this copy for a pound at a local bootsale, so am very happy with my purchase. However I have not seen another sealed copy on sale anywhere so pricing is difficult.

Silent Hill 2

Vagrant Story – Promo Disc

Posted in Playstation 1 on March 22, 2013 by drewturpin

This is the promo disc of the Playstation’s Vagrant Story, developed and published in 2000 by Square (more famous for their Final Fantasy series of games). Although a role playing game at heart it does combine elements of other genres including puzzle solving and strategy.

Vagrant Story Promo

This disc was picked up with a few others from an ebay seller, and I managed to get this one and four others for £10, which I was very pleased with. I’ve not seen another one of these since so it is difficult to put a price on this, however if you are lucky to track one down then expect to part with at least £10.

Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence

Posted in Playstation 2 on March 15, 2013 by drewturpin

Here we have the enhanced version of Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater which was titled Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence.  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.

MGS3 Subsistence (1)

Prices on ebay for this game do vary quite a lot but have come down from the £80 peak of a few years ago, however you should be able to pick this up for somewhere between £20 to £40 depending on condition, and it is well worth the money. The box this game comes in is not the standard PS2 box, but a wider one that can accommodate the three discs and manual. These boxes are not that robust and the retaining clips that hold the manual in place can tend to snap off, so be careful when hunting down this game.

MGS3 Subsistence (2)

Lara Croft Tomb Raider Anniversary – Collector’s Edition

Posted in Playstation 2 on March 8, 2013 by drewturpin

Tomb Raider Anniversary is a reboot of the original Tomb Raider on the Playstation. This collector’s edition was exclusive to Game stores and comes in gatefold sleeve held inside a cardboard slipcase. Included along with the game disc are two additional discs. The first is a bonus disc and contains a retrospective Tomb Raider documentary, artwork and trailers.

Tomb Raider Anni CE (1)

The second is a soundtrack and contains six tracks from Tomb Raider: Anniversary and seven tracks from Tomb Raider: Legends. All in all this is a nice little package and can be picked up for under £10 on ebay, which is well worth the money.

Tomb Raider Anni CE (2)

However do be aware that due to a lot of the packaging being made of cardboard, the condition of this game can vary a great deal, so do try and check before you buy.

Tomb Raider Anni CE (3)

Cookie, Jetpac and Pssst – Silver Label

Posted in ZX Spectrum on March 1, 2013 by drewturpin

Here we have the “Silver Label” versions of these “Ultimate Play the Game” ZX Spectrum releases. The standard versions (release by Ultimate) are easy to come by on ebay but these versions released by Sinclair are a little harder to find. Sinclair also provided these releases with their own catalogue numbers, with Jetpac allocated G27/S (the G stood for game, whilst the S stood for Spectrum). Pssst was given G28/S and Cookie was given G30/S.

Silver Label

According to the Sinclair software catalogue the game Tranz Am was also release under catalogue G29/S, but is it generally believed that it was never released. No copy has ever been seen throughout the Spectrum collecting community, and if it did exist it would be the holy grail of anyone collection and would likely fetch a considerable sum at auction. Another interesting fact is that the catalogue number on the cassette spine for Jetpac is incorrectly printed as G27/R (with the R standing for ROM cartridge). Unfortunately this does not make it any rarer as it would appear that most if not all of the Jetpac games had this mistake. Expect to pay between £5 and £10 for each of these games on ebay.

Silver Label (2)