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Harry Potter – Hogwarts Mystery: What We Know So Far

So I’m sure you’ve heard the news by now that this year is going to be the best year ever. Why’s that you ask? Because there’s a new Harry Potter gameHogwarts Mystery – coming to smartphones!

There hasn’t been a Harry Potter game released in 6 years so when JK Rowling announced it on Pottermore, we nearly lost our minds!

 

What we know so far:

Players create their own Hogwarts student and live life at the Wizarding School between Harry’s birth and his admission to Hogwarts.

They can go to classes (I definitely would like to go to the Boggart class!), learn skills of the magical kind (Accio please) and make friends or enemies with other students.

Players can make decisions for their character influencing their journey through Hogwarts as they develop as a wizard or witch.

There will be familiar faces including Professor Snape, Mr Ollivander and even Fang!

Check out the latest trailer below:

 

 

The game will be created by Jam City in partnership with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. They set up Portkey Games label last year which is the new Wizarding World games label. On Pottermore it was announced that they will “work with talented creators to build games that focus on player-generated stories, which will live alongside the magical universe created by JK Rowling.”

 

The CEO and co-founder Chris DeWolfe says “this game is a labour of love for our developers and artists, who are dedicated to creating the most magical entertainment and game play experience for everyone who adores J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World.

 

Hogwarts Mystery will face competition: mobile game developer Niantic who developed Pokemon Go are planning the release of Harry Potter: Wizards Unite this year. It will use the same augmented reality technology as Pokemon Go to superimpose the magical world of Harry Potter into our very regular real world.

 

It sounds like us Harry Potter fans have a lot to look forward to this year – I can’t wait to see what wand Ollivander chooses for me and trying to avoid disappointing Snape!

 

Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery will be available via the App Store and Google Play in 2018. Until then get ready for the game release with our Harry Potter merch!

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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

14th February – definitely a date to remember… but if you need reminding it’s Valentine’s Day! (You’re welcome). Although a lovely thing to celebrate, Christmas wasn’t long ago and you used up all your gift ideas then. So what do you do? Well you’re in the right place!

 

To help you get inspiration for the perfect gift, we asked the people of Camden Town what their perfect gift was but they had to answer for their partner – they had some interesting responses… Check out the video below:

 

 

Still need more ideas? We’ve put together the ultimate Valentines gift guide for all kinds of people – from gamers, to movie fanatics to metal heads. We’re bound to have the perfect gift for your partner!

Gifts for her

 

This sophisticated but no less magical Wingardium Leviosa Blouse is a brilliant gift for any Harry Potter fan who wants to show their love for the Wizarding World in a more subtle way – perfect for date night!

 

Is your partner a Disney lover? You can’t go wrong with this  Marie Backpack – Not only practical but seriously cute!

 

 

Every girl needs a pocket mirror for her bag (or pocket) and what better way to treat her like a princess than buying her this gorgeous Princess Pocket Mirror?

 

 

 

Possibly the cutest necklace in history? Any girl is bound to adore this White Fox Heart Necklaceshe won’t want to take it off!

 

 

What would Valentine’s be without the kindest creature of all? This Baymax Mother-Of-Pearl Funko Pop! is the perfect Valentine’s edition to any Funko Pop collection!

 

 

 

 

Gifts for him

 

This Game Of Thrones Wallet and Keyring  is a perfect addition to every mans back pocket! Any Game of Thrones fan is destined to love this gift box.

 

 

What better way to say ‘I love you’ than a classic LP? This AC/DC LP is a great addition to any record collectors collection!

 

 

Is your partner a Batman fan? This  Batman Logo T-shirt would definitely be a hit! Stylish and classic, every fan would be over the moon with this gift.

 

 

 

 

Put some force into your partner’s coffee with this BB-8 3D mug – awesome and fun!

 

 

 

 

This Zelda cap is a really cool present for any gamers out there!

 

 

Or maybe Call Of Duty is more his game? If so, this Call Of Duty WWII Sweater  is the present! And it’s exclusive to EMP!

 

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EMP’s Alternative Christmas Gift Guide

So it’s that time of year again… I’m not talking about the time for mulled wine, Wham! on repeat and dying of heat stroke on the train from too many layers. No, I’m talking about the time where you have the agonising thought of finding the perfect gift for your family. You start analysing their personality and spying on their things to find out what they don’t have that they should have – basically turning into a bit of a stalker. Well, call me Santa because all your wishes for answers are right here in my sack (or blog post).

Gifts for Mum


Lets kick things off with one of the hardest people to buy for. Think outside the box of perfume or scented candle and get her something that really shows you’ve put some thought into it – like this Groot handbag (B), a pretty present for any Guardians of the Galaxy fan. Every woman’s bag needs a mirror and this rose gold Aladdin pocket mirror (A) one is destined to be a winner.

The way to any Mum’s heart is through tea so give Mrs Potts and Chip a day off and get this magical tea pot and mug (C) to make Mum feel like the most special guest. Or maybe she’s a Game of Thrones fan and this House Targaryen pillow (D) is just what she needs to add a touch of royalty to the living room.

Gifts for Dad

Now I know all Dad’s love a pair of socks but he only has two feet (and he’s still getting through his birthday socks). Get him something a little different like this awesome Star Wars Cantina Band On Tour t-shirt (B).

Or get him something he can use every day and put some force into Dad’s day with this awesome Darth Vader mug (A) or warm him up in the winter breeze with this House Stark Cup (E).

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas if it didn’t involve Dad trying to get everyone involved in a game in the evening – this amazing Great Hall puzzle (D) is perfect for that or challenge him one on one with Laser Tag (C). If these games arn’t his thing, we have plenty more board games and puzzles to choose from!

 

Gifts for Brother

Christmas is the time of year when you gotta take a break from winding each other up and appreciate each other…

Thank god that’s over. Now onto what you could give your bro (other than a kick under the table). This ultra-cosy Batman dressing gown (E) is just what any DC fan needs this time of year to wrap up and get cosy (or hang it on the back of your head and pretend it’s a cape – we won’t judge!)

Or is he a Walking Dead fan but too cool for a Christmas jumper? Get your brother this sick Have a Smashing Holiday t shirt (C). If Game of Thrones is his series, this awesome I Drink and I Know Things t-shirt (A) is bound to be a hit.

Get schwifty in this I’m Pickle Rick jumper (D) – it’s a must for any Rick and Morty fan this Christmas! For any gamers, this Call of Duty wallet (B) is the perfect place for him to keep all the gaming gift cards he’s gonna get for Xmas.

 

Gifts for Sister

So let’s face it, most of us have a love hate relationship with our sibling so this cute Stay Weird Alice in Wonderland top (D) is a perfect tongue in cheek gift. If the season of goodwill has got to you, show her she’s the rose between two thrones with this delicate Beauty and the Beast necklace (C).

Bring out her dark side (the side that used to hit you when your mum wasn’t looking) with this awesome Villain hairbrush (E) or these Nightmare Before Christmas PJ’s (F) (even though she might be a nightmare all the time – not just before Christmas!). We’ve got lots more Disney merch waiting for you!

Maybe Harry Potter is her love? This Letter From Hogwarts clutch bag (A) is an amazing addition to any night out! As well as this Deathly Hallow’s black and gold bracelet (B)– that we know you’ll just buy so you can borrow it.

Gifts for anyone!

Christmas wouldn’t be complete without a family game of something to add to the festivities and The Walking Dead themed Monopoly (A) is just the game to get everyone involved. And when you’re tired out from all the fun, this ACDC blanket (B) is the perfect addition to the sofa to make cosying up that bit more Rock’n’Roll.

When it comes to Funko Pop’s, there’s figures for so many types of people that you won’t be able to make your mind up! A good place to start is with these guys: Kromopulos Michael (C), Boggart as Snape (D) and Balrog (E) – all beautiful in their own way and great gifts for all different kinds of fans! Check out our full range of Funko Pops.

At EMP, we have something for everyone. If you can’t find the perfect gift in this list, it’s waiting for you somewhere on our website!

Gaming

“Resident Evil 7: Biohazard” Reviewed

Seventh heaven for the zombie franchise, or has the latest instalment left “Resident Evil” (un)dead and buried?

I grew up playing the Resident Evil saga, or to be more precise (and honest), I grew up WATCHING my older brother playing Resident Evil, as I was too scared to even touch the controller (I was 6 years old, I guess it’s understandable). I spent hours and hours being my big brother’s second pair of eyes, helping him solving puzzles and scaring him whenever I would jump out of my skin while sitting next to him on the sofa! Damn you, zombie dogs jumping through windows!

Then growing up I started playing myself (with the light on, of course) and it’s interesting to see all the changes of style that the saga went through. I loved all of them, but as a fan of Resident Evil’s first trilogy I had to admit that the last few games had lost a certain something compared to the first three, going in what in my opinion was the wrong direction (outside of Raccoon City, for one).

Which brings me to Resident Evil 7: Biohazard. The reviews have been strong, with many stating that this was a return to the Raccoon City trilogy’s horror-and-puzzle-based roots from the more action-oriented style of the post-Nemesis games. I just couldn’t wait to play – and I’m extremely pleased to report that Capcom absolutely nailed it!

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Me after a 7am alarm. Only joking, it’s one of the game’s villains, the Baker family. © Capcom

Here’s a little introduction to RE7 (NO spoilers, I promise):

In Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, you’ll help Ethan Winters in the search for his missing wife. A mysterious email leads Ethan to Dulvey, Louisiana, to the game’s primary location: a derelict mansion occupied by the creepy Baker family. You’ll get to know the house in every detail (where to hide, shortcuts, quickest ways to get from A to B). This time around, you’re a normal citizen, not a badass soldier or special agent trained to kill, adding an extra layer of fear to proceedings. My advice? Save your ammo and find your ways around certain enemies. And practice your headshot! That’s always satisfying and helps you to save precious bullets.

For the first time in the Resident Evil series, the game utilises a first-person point of view, making every scene more personal, dramatic and direct, and upping the fear factor tenfold.

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The game’s stunning graphics, first-person view and VR capabilities mean having a shovel rammed into your innards feels more real than ever before. © Capcom

I recommend this game to every fan of Resident Evil, especially to those who preferred the more contained survival horror scares of the original PlayStation versions to the scale and action of later versions. If you haven’t played Resident Evil before, don’t worry – the game stands on its own, with few references to earlier versions.

Get ready to be scared! And – in my case, anyway – sleep with the light on.

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Are you picking up Resident Evil 7: Biohazard or heading to see Resident Evil: The Final Chapter at the cinema? Then check out EMP’s range of Resident Evil merchandise. Show your zombie-killing credentials with some S.T.A.R.S. dog tags, protect yourself from showers of blood with an Umbrella Corporation umbrella (very meta, we know), or pick up one of our Resident Evil t-shirts. And stay tuned to the EMP blog for more news, reviews and opinion on all things EMP from our team – as long as they’re not eaten by zombies in the meantime!

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Fashion, Gaming

NEW! Warcraft official merchandise!

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Warcraft!

Since 1994 , Blizzard Entertainment has entertained us with fabulous games from the Warcraft series on a regular basis. It all began with ‘Warcraft: Orcs & Humans’ where the humans of Azeroth had to defend themselves against invading hordes of Orcs to escape slavery.

The game was so successful within the gamers community that the sequel ‘Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness’ followed only one year later. The third part was released only in 2002. Up to that point, all the titles had been real-time strategy games, but in 2004, Blizzard Entertainment dared to push forward into new territories and issued a Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG) – or THE definite MMORPG, to be precise, namely World of Warcraft.

Since its release, the game has drawn together a gigantic community of fans and won countless awards, still holding the record of being the most popular multiplayer online role game since 2009. Besides the computer worlds, there are numerous books with information on the Warcraft universe, about certain events, heroes and interrelations relating to the series. Then, there are the comics, art books and short stories, not to mention  convention going super-fans with a full body WoW costumes!

This is likely to expand into movie and TV series conventions now, because this year ‘Warcraft: The Beginning’ will hit cinemas. As usual, you can get your fan merch here at EMP!

In our EMP Online Shop, you will find a huge range of amazing Warceraft merchandise for men and women…and many must haves for all fans of the series. Game on!

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Zelda turns 30! Celebrate with awesome new merchandise!

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Can you believe it? Zelda turns 30 years old this year!  The Legend of Zelda was first released in Japan on February 21, 1986, on the Famicom Disk System and quickly came to become one of the most popular game franchises of all time, seeing release on the NES, GBA, N-64 and many more platforms!

The Legend of Zelda was actually inspired by creator Shigeru Miyamoto’s explorations as a young boy in the hillsides around his childhood home in Sonobe, Japan where he explored forests, lakes, caves, and rural villages. According to Miyamoto, one of his most memorable experiences was the discovery of a cave entrance in the middle of the woods. After some hesitation, he entered the cave and explored its depths with the aid of a lantern. Miyamoto has referred to the creation of the Zelda games as an attempt to bring to life a “miniature garden” for players to play with in each game of the series.

To celebrate Link and his adventures 30th anniversary, EMP are proud to present a massive range of new, officially licensed merchandise, including hoodies, t-shirts, tops, bags and much more!

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Assemble the Triforce! Check out the full range of Zelda merchandise here

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