Friday, November 27, 2009

Assassin's Creed Ezio Figure

In my last post I mentioned getting the Assassin's Creed 2 Collectors Edition from Gamestop. And I had meant to have this post done by now, but got busy with Thanksgiving and all. The Collector's Edition of Assassin's Creed 2 comes with this figure of Ezio. This is a really great looking figure, especially considering it only cost and extra $20.00 over the cost of the game alone. This is actually one of two different versions of the figure. While it is the only version that was available in the US, overseas gamers had a choice of this one or a rarer black "Master Assassin" version. You can see the rare black version in this post at

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They really put a lot of detail into this figure. The shoulder cape has wrinkles in it making it look worn.

There are even stains painted onto the sash around his waist.

The face beneath the hood.

The figure and game came packaged in this tin box.

I really like this painting of Ezio on the back of the box.

The Collector's Edition also came with this art book, and a code to download two maps Santa Maria Dei Frari and Palazzo Medici.

This is the first part of Assassin's Creed: Lineage, a live action prequel to the events in the game.

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Saturday, November 21, 2009

A Game, Movie, and Some Books

I picked up a couple games, a new movie, and a couple of books. I bought Dragon Age Origins, and Assassin's Creed 2, which I will make a separate post for. I got the XBox 360 version of Dragon Age. It's a pretty awesome game, although combat against large numbers of enemies can be difficult due to the lack of a top down view like in the PC version. Other than that the store and game play is really fun. There are 6 different "Origins" you can begin the game as. They are Human Noble, Magi, City Elf, Dalish Elf, Dwarf Commoner, and Dwarf Noble along with 3 different classes Warrior, Mage, and Rogue. Each class also has 4 different specializations of which you can choose 2 of. For example the Rogue can eventually specialize as an Assassin, Bard, Ranger, or Duelist.

The game allows you to make dialog choices during conversations. You will often have the option of being kind and helpful, a complete a-hole, or sometimes just kill them. Your choice not only effect how that character responds to you, but can also effect how your party members view you. Being kind and helpful to people will make party members such as Alister and Liliana like you better, but will make Morrigan dislike you. While being rude and unhelpful will have the opposite effect. If you like Bioware's other RPG titles your sure to love this one. Highly recommended.

I also picked up the Best Buy limited edition Blu-ray version of Star Trek which came with 4 metal Starfleet emblem pins. In my opinion this was the best Star Trek film ever, and I really liked the way they explained the inconsistencies in established lore. I hope Abrams decides to do a sequel.

Last up for this weeks purchases, I bought The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya and The Ghost King. The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya is the second book in the novel series that spawned the anime, and manga. It details the school festival and the filming of The Adventures of Mikuru Asahina. The Ghost King is a new Drizzt book by R.A. Salvatore, and is book 3 of the Transitions trilogy.


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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Modern Warfare 2

Picked up Modern Warefare 2 last week. I got the Prestige Edition which comes with night vision goggles.

The goggles have two settings. One illuminates up to 50 feet in front of you, but uses these bright red LEDs on the front. The other setting is a stealth mode which doesn't illuminate very far in front of you, but doesn't use visible light so if your standing in the dark no one will see you.

The Prestige Edition also comes with the Hardened Edition of the game, which comes with an art book. And I'm not sure if this was exclusive to the Hardened Edition or not, but it also came with a code to download the original Call of Duty on XBox Live.

The game is pretty fun skipping between different characters in order to tell the story from different perspectives. I've played online vs mode a bit, but haven't gotten around to trying the co-op Spec Ops mode.

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Thursday, November 05, 2009

New Books and a Game

Last week got a couple new manga, and a PS3 game. Picked up Fruits Basket Ultimate Edition volume 3 which includes volumes 5 and 6 of the manga. Also bought volume 4 of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.

I found out later that The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya had also came out this month so headed back to Books a Million to see if they had it. They didn't have it in hardcover so I had to put in an order for it. But they had some books marked down to $1.00 on a "Last Chance" table. I got Star Wars: The Clone Wars by R. A. Salvatore, who is a great author even if he did kill Chewbacca. If you haven't read any of his books I suggest The Spearwielder's Trilogy and The Icewind Dale Trilogy. I also bought The Star Wars Super Collector's Wishbook, which is similar to Steve Sansweet's Tomart's Price Guide to Worldwide Star Wars Collectibles

Last but not least I got Demon's Souls for the PS3. This game is really fun, but it can also be really frustrating because you WILL DIE, and you will die A LOT. It's a semi-online action rpg game. The reason I say semi-online is because the bulk of the game you will be playing mostly by yourself. But under certain circumstances you can summon other players into your game to help you, or let yourself be summoned into their games. Your game can also be invaded by players intent on killing you. Players can also leave messages to help or deceive other players and leave bloodstains which is a short recording of a players death that others can view.

Anyone else playing Demon's Souls? What are your thoughts on the game? My PSN ID is Ziroc.

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