Archive for February, 2015

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: The Room, 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.