My second month of Loot Crate held a lot of promise when the "Battle" theme was announced, especially with word that items from Street Fighter and Mega Man would be included. Even though I'm not a hardcore gamer I had high hopes for this week's box o' nerdy swag, but could it live up to last month's relatively awesome Fear box? Hit the jump to find out.
The "big" item in this month's box once again is a t-shirt, this one highlighting the never-ending feud between Ninjas and Pirates. If I got this shirt back in 2003 when I was majorly obsessed with the Real Ultimate Power website, I would have been a lot happier. At first glance, its a pretty cool looking shirt, but upon closer examination, I'm not terribly thrilled by the "word art" style. Not nearly as quirky or fun as last month's evil cat shirt, but I'll wear it when I don't have anything else clean.
The box's next biggest item was a mini replica of Mega Man's helmet in one of four colors. I got the classic blue helmet. If you are a Mega Man fan, this is a super rad item as its well made, finely detailed, and comes with a display base. I've always dug the games, but on a more casual level, so this didn't blow me away personally.
For more modern gamers, the box included a coin from the Assassin's Creed game. It is heavier than it looks, but is still just a coin with the game's logo on it. I've never played these games so this item is pretty much worthless to me. If anyone out there wants to trade for it, I'll gladly give it up.
When they announced that the box would include a Street Fighter item, I was super psych. Unfortunately, it turned out to be literally the worst part of the box. It is a super cheap headband with the game logo on the front. It looks like the type of freebie you'd get at a gaming convention just for stopping by the Capcom booth. This is a HUGE fail.
The last physical item is a Lego-knockoff figure of Master Chief from the Halo franchise. I played the first Halo game in college and was so bad at it that I never bothered playing the others. I do have a good friend that is a HUGE Halo fan and a Lego fantatic, so I'll probably give this to him. He'll appreciate it.
The box ends with the usual magazine explaining the items, a discount code for some game I've never heard of, free downloads for a few Mega Man comics, and (not picture) a Street Fighter download code for Steam. The game code is probably the best part of the box as it is worth more than the monthly cost. I've never played any games on Steam, but I flippin' love Street Fighter, so I'm excited to redeem it.
At first I was a little disappointed in this month's Loot Crate, as I'm not a huge video gamer, but after thinking it over, you are getting a great haul for the $20 price tag. The total value of the box is easily $50+ even with the stupid Street Fighter headband, so I'm going to call this a win. I was able to trade the Mega Man helmet pretty easily for some cool swag, have the Halo toy I can gift to a friend, get to play some Street Fighter, read a comics, and get a comfortable tshirt. You can't beat that.