The end of September means the end of the sweaty hell that is summer, and the beginning of the wondrous seasons of fall and winter. Some people may miss the summer, but personally I would be fine if the months of March through to September vanished all together. Anyway, another thing happened at the end of this month, another mysterious black box arrived at my doorstep. What could it be? A warning message from a rival criminal organization? A letter bomb? No, it was something far more unpredictable; this month’s Loot Gaming Box.
With the theme of “Battleground‘ (which could be literally anything since the themes are so insanely vague that I really don’t understand why they even choose them), we are promised items from the Dead Rising, Gears of War and Fallout series. Sounds pretty good to be honest. At least I actually enjoy these games for the most part. So let’s crack this baby open.
First out of the box is the standard t-shirt. Sporting hundreds of the iconic Vault Boys displaying various skills available in the Fallout series, the royal blue shirt is of good quality as always and actually isn’t plastered with the Fallout or Loot Crate logos. It’s a cool design that doesn’t scream “video game!”. Easily the best shirt I’ve received so far.
Next up is a small pouch branded with the Dead Rising 4 logo. Fairly heavy, it contains a seemingly well-made multi-tool complete with a flashlight, pliers, screwdrivers, nail file, bottle opener, and some other tool that I have no idea what is used for. It even has the name of our old buddy Frank West ‘scratched’ into the handle. I can see this being genuinely useful. As a matter of fact, I have already used it within the first day of receiving the box. It feels very sturdy and is something much more welcomed than a disproportioned vinyl figure.
Digging a bit deeper I found a small black box with the Gears of War 4 logo sprawled across it. Inside we find a miniature replica of the famous chainsaw bayonet machine gun – the Lancer. While the size is quite small, the detail and paint work is wonderfully done, and it even comes with a small display base. I was a huge Gears player up until Judgment, so I’m actually pretty pleased with this little trinket.
With a little more fishing around I found yet another box. This time it was covered with graphics from the classic 1980 Atari game Battlezone. Inside were two shot glasses with the same black and green wire-frame graphics as featured in the extremely old-school game. While the quality of the glasses seem fine, and on par with other shot glasses I’ve seen, this item is very strange to me. It’s almost too old for Loot Crate’s main demographic (I assume), and shot glasses are not really the collector’s items they used to be. I don’t drink myself, so I’m hoping I can find one of my friends who not only drinks, but also remembers Battlezone.
Last thing in the box is a Dark Souls comic titled “Legends of the Flame”. While I am a massive Dark Souls fan, I really don’t care much for comic books. The art is alright I guess; not the best, not the worst. I have no idea how ‘official’ this is or if it’s considered canon to the lore of the Souls series, but if you’re into both comics and Dark Souls, this would be right up your alley. You can definitely tell this was put in because of the higher costs of the other items this month.
All that’s left is the usual Loot Crate pin, which is actually a lot better than what they used to send out, but I still refuse to consider that an item. The usual pamphlet with information about the items was actually a fold out, double-sided poster this time around. A little better than a worthless book you’ll throw away instantly, but the poster itself is just some generic war art with the Loot Gaming logo on it, so into the trash it goes!
Overall, this month was easily the best month so far. With variety and quality; they sent some cool, different, and unique items to customers in this box. I really hope they continue to mix things up.
Monthly box provided by Loot Gaming for review.