A Physical Full House.

Releasing mere weeks ago to tremendous critical acclaim, The Sexy Brutale - from developers Cavalier Game Studios and Tequila Works - now receives its physical treatment on the PlayStation 4 courtesy of growing publisher BadLand Games who kindly provided us a copy to peruse through.

And as we mentioned a few months back, this physical release - titled ‘Full House Edition’ - comes packed with a few extra goodies and a printing error thrown in for good measure.

Arriving in a standard PlayStation 4 game case, nothing will seem out of the ordinary with the physical release of The Sexy Brutale - sans a slightly heftier weight. But upon cracking that seal and prying opening those plastic jaws - not before partaking in that new game smell goodness of course - you’ll first notice the original soundtrack CD.

Adorned with beautiful artwork of an old record player on both the slipcase and CD alike, the soundtrack comes packed with 23 individual tracks from the murderous game, with a couple of standouts in my opinion; those being #6 Tequila at Noon and #7 Carousel Macabre.

Though I will suggest if you are picking up The Sexy Brutale: Full House Edition to not store the soundtrack CD within the manual holder, as the slipcase is a millimeter or so too big and can easily scrape the case spine when closed - my suggestion is to lay it flat atop the game disc itself.

Now it’s onto the manual, or ‘exclusive studio manual’ as it’s referred to, and the victim of the aforementioned printing error.

I’m still not sure why publishers refer to them as studio manuals, but I definitely know why the particular one within The Sexy Brutale is ‘exclusive’ to the Full House Edition physical release, because it’s printed backwards!

Akin to a manga, you’ll find the 12-page order swapped, with the Introduction and then Index etc in the back, and that warranty page - the thing which no one ever reads - right at the front.

Not to worry though, as it doesn’t really affect much of anything, and the quality of not only the artwork within but of the glossy paper its presented on looks and feels great.

Though if you are intending to buy The Sexy Brutale: Full House Edition - or indeed already own it - then publisher BadLand Games are offering not only a digital one but a completely free (and hopefully visually correct) replacement.

Simply email them your address and they’ll ship it your way - though I personally quite like its little quirk, which adds character to an already personality-filled game.

Whilst European fans can already get their hands on The Sexy Brutale: Full House Edition right now (either online or at their local game retailer). The publisher have also informed us there will indeed be a stateside release of the game (currently going through ESRB), though when this occurs isn’t quite concrete yet.

So U.S. fans of the title or PlayStation 4 game collectors in general may want to import themselves a copy whilst they have the chance through Amazon or Play-Asia, as I assume the title will be in high demand going forward.

A copy of The Sexy Brutale: Full House Edition was provided by the publisher for review purposes.

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NewsInfo

BadLand Games are a publisher split between Spain and UK that release a slew of independent titles which become sought after by collectors.

Cavalier Games Studios are a small Guildford based studio from England, made up of ex-Lionhead employees.

Cavalier Games Studios worked on The Sexy Brutale for 2 years, before seeking help from Tequila Works with the art assets.

Opinion of: David Robinson
Twitter: @5ypher

Posted on 2nd May 2017