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Oops! This was supposed to be posted over the weekend and called ‘This week on A Game with Chums’, but alas, time got away from me. Anyway, let’s take a look at what was new in the world of AGwC over the last week.

Monday saw a new episode in our new Let’s Play series for DONTNOD/Square Enix’s adventure game Life is Strange. As a reminder, these go up once a week (so there’s a new one up right now!). In this episode, Max explores her university campus, and we get to see a skater kid stack it and take a deck in the nads. Top stuff, not to be missed.

Next up is another pick-ups video, filmed once again in a pub. So we decided to call them piss-up pick-ups. Because we’re a classy lot.
Recorded on May Day, Paul and I decided to head out on a grey, rainy bank holiday to scour the local game stores and see what we could find. It’s not just games though, as we managed to pick up a bit of nerdy swag too. Check it out to see what we grabbed.

(I can only apologise for the thumbnail. Dan was absent that day, so we had to include him in some way. Yes, those are chess pawns in his eyes).

Finally, on Thursday we published a Quick Look video of Rare Replay, where we decided to play some of the compilation’s Snapshots – think mini-challenges not unlike Nintendo’s NES Remix. Watch in awe at our heroic attempts at the endless, infamous Turbo Tunnel from Battletoads, and be prepared to wear out the edge of your seat as we attempt to build a rocket and blast off in Jetpac!

Also, as a cool little aside, Rare replied to our tweet ❤

That's all for this week! I'll be back with another round-up later this week, but as stated above our latest episode – part 3 – of Life is Strange is now live on our channel. Be sure to give it a watch and leave us a comment if you enjoyed it!

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This time last year, I was unboxing my Tales of Xillia Milla Maxwell Edition, and now here I am with a look at the equivalent edition for the game’s sequel, which this time comes in an even larger box.

However, stuffed into that box is a collectors edition that is improved in many ways over last year’s Milla Maxwell set, with an additional item thrown in, a far better art book, and the game and soundtrack selection this time housed in a nice steelbook featuring Ludger’s overweight cat Rollo. I like steelbooks, but it does mean I won’t be able to get this game signed in the future, like my copy of Xillia.

Obviously, the headline feature of this edition is the figurine of protagonist Ludger Will Kresnik. Like last year’s Milla figure, it’s good quality (though not quite up there with Alter’s line of Tales of figures), but it’s not quite as striking as Milla, for me. That’s mainly because I feel Ludger’s design is more conventional than that of Milla, and, dare I say it, a little bland. Still, it’s a nice figure, and you can get a decent look at it below.

Ludger Kresnik Edition Figure Xillia 2

Next up we’ve got the art book, which is a massive improvement over last year’s. This time, it’s not only a full-size book, but it’s hardback too. I’ve mentioned many times that I much prefer larger, hard-bound art books, so I’m very, very pleased with this and it reminds me a bit of the book that came with the Bravely Default Collectors Edition. I’ve yet to take a proper look at it as I don’t want any accidental spoilers, so it’ll sit on my shelf until I’ve finished the game.

Tales of Xillia 2 Ludger Kresnik Edition Artbook

That extra little trinket I mentioned? It’s a replica of Elle’s pocket watch from the game. Except it’s not actually a pocket watch – open it up and you’ll see that it’s actually a compact mirror, with clock detailing on the other side. Made of metal, it’s a nice, weighty piece and a fun in-universe extra. I don’t know that I’ll ever use it for its intended purpose, but then I’d never have used a pocket watch either. It comes in a nice black presentation box which also includes a small black pouch to keep your trinket in.

Xillia 2 Elle pocketwatch Ludger Kresnik Edition

Lastly, there’s the steelbook, which houses both the game disc and soundtrack selection. I’ve not looked at the second disc yet, but I expect it’ll hold a small handful of tracks from the game (the disc that came with the Milla Maxwell Edition was 12 tracks, for instance). It’s a nice steelbook, featuring the face of Ludger’s rolly-polly cat Rollo on the front, as well as a few skit portraits on the back. As I said above, I like steelbooks – I’ll usually seek them out if there’s an offer for one somewhere – but I actually prefer the steelbook that comes with the game’s Day One Edition, which is covered in colourful art from the game. I have to admit that I very nearly ordered the Day One version in addition to my Ludger Kresnik Edition just to get that case, but thankfully came to my senses.

Xillia 2 Ludger Kresnik Rollo steelbook

Overall, I’m pretty happy with my purchase, just as I was with my Milla Edition last year. And now I have yet another character to add to my Tales of figure collection, which you can see in the gallery below, where I’ve added a few more images of the Collectors Edition. Now all I need to do is finish my second playthrough of the first game before I can get stuck into Ludger and Elle’s adventure in Tales of Xillia 2.

After more than four years in development, Crystal Dynamics’ Lara Croft-starring reboot, simply titled Tomb Raider, releases today for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360. I’ve been eagerly awaiting this series refresh since seeing it (via live stream, of course) at Microsoft’s E3 presser in 2011. The demo showed off an early section of the game, as Lara finds herself captured in a dank cave and struggles to free herself from captivity. It looked amazing; dark, atmospheric, lonely. I was hooked.

And so, without really knowing how it would turn out, I went ahead and ordered the top tier collectors edition. Thankfully, the game is great so far, though I’ve only played an hour or so. Admittedly, the opening sequence, that aforementioned cave escape scene, is a little bit too QTE-heavy, but it soon opens up and gives you a very useful bow, gleefully reminding me of my archery adventures in Skyrim. It’s an utterly gorgeous game as well – though I’ve only seen a small portion of the game so far, it’s certainly on par with the best that the Uncharted series has to offer.

There are other echoes of Nathan Drake’s adventures in the early sections too, as Lara clambers through environments in a similar manner, but the tone is markedly darker, and the environments immediately more open and traversable than Nate’s games. I’m looking forward to it opening up some more, and I’ve heard plenty of talk about Tomb Raider being possessed of a Metroidvania structure, with new gear opening up new paths in old environments. I can’t wait to get stuck in properly and flesh out the beautiful, deadly island of Yamatai.

And so we come to the main point of this piece. I said I bought the Collectors Edition, and it’d be cruel to not show it off a bit. So here is a new video (it’s been a while, eh?), showing off the big tin, the dirty (oo-er missus!) figure of Lara herself, the art book, map and… survival pouch? Just what is that thing for anyway? Enjoy the video, and leave me a comment if you’re getting stuck into Tomb Raider today. Or if you know what the hell the pouch is for.

Ni No Kuni is finally in my hands! I’ve been waiting for this game for years, so it feels a bit strange that I actually have it now. Back in June, I pre-ordered the generous Wizard’s Edition, and I had intended to make an unboxing video for it, but I have a noisy house today so we shall have to make do with a handful of images, which leads us nicely to this quick look at what you get in the box.

Firstly, the box itself:
WP_20130131_001It’s quite a large box, and it has to be considering it holds the game, a large hardbound book and a lovely Mr Drippy plushie. It comes in a flip-top box with a card slipcover over it and a nice piece of line art takes up most of the front.

Here’s the open box and the treasures contained therein:
WP_20130131_002Poor old Mr Drippy is suffocating in a plastic bag, so let’s set him free.

That’s better! Tidy, mun! I’ll sit Mr Drippy on my shelf, next to my chocobo.
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Here’s the Wizard’s Companion, a real, hardbound version of the book Oliver uses in the game:
WP_20130131_004From what I gather, it’s necessary to use the book while playing the game in order to solve some puzzles. There is an in-menu version of the book to scroll over, but I’m quite happy to have a physical edition to scour at my leisure, and it looks like there’s quite a bit to read, from profiles of familiars to spell runes to alchemical recipes, a full bestiary, a collection of short tales and much more besides.

It’s beautifully illustrated throughout and very well-made – it feels like a real, quality collectors item. Here’s a couple of pages from the book:
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Aaand that’s it for now. I’m itching to get playing, so enjoy the images, and if you also get Ni No Kuni today, leave me a comment below and let me know what you think so far.