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2:37 PM on 12.20.2009

Got back from camping...woo

So I've been gone for some time. Mostly school, working, jacking off, etc. But this past week my parents wanted me to come up with my brother and camp in an RV they rented. Sounds fun.

I personally hate being away from technology for long periods of time or else I get a little...strange. My lack of interwebs and gaming consoles made me a walking time bomb just ready to go to sleep. and sleep I did. A LOT. There's not much to do except ride bikes, swing on swingsets, and look awkwardly at young girls. I warned you, deprive me of technology and things can get out of hand.

Luckily I enjoy biking and nature trails, but only for so long. A few days, sure. But for a week? No thanks. But there I was, camping for almost seven days. We brought a laptop, but the internet is limited to ten feet from the front office of the camp site, and there's no way in hell I'm sitting outside with a bunch of child molesters. It looks bad for my cred.

I did depart for a day and go back to civilization to see Avatar in glorious 3D. Honestly, THAT was the highlight of my trip. I thoroughly enjoyed the film, but I'm going to see it again in IMAX to get the full experience. It wasn't mind blowing or the best film of the year, but it was fun and very well done. It was brilliant from a technical standpoint.

I'll end with this since I have barely spent time with the Inglorious Basterds blu-ray I picked up before the trip.Camping is fun in short spurts, but too much and it can KILL YOU!!!

Question of the Day: Do you like camping? If so, what is your favorite activity?   read

4:18 PM on 11.04.2009

New Let Me In poster is boring and lazy

For those who don't know, Let Me In is the upcoming American remake of the awesome Swedish vampire flick Let The Right One In. I sobbed aloud when it was announced, because this film does not need to be remade. Ever.

As if my faith in this film wasn't already deep enough in the shitter, the new teaser poster is recycled from one of the teasers used for the original. How great. This is gonna be bad.

The shit remake will be out sometime in 2010.   read

11:31 AM on 10.24.2009

Final Fantasy XIII Japanese box art leaked *maybe*

This may be old news, or not. But supposedly THIS is the official box art for FFXIII in Japan. It depicts Lightning riding a horse that honestly looks rather unsafe to ride on. Spikey.

The game is being released in Japan on December 17 this year, with the NA release being either June or July next year. So yeah...that's it.   read

11:01 PM on 08.28.2009

Halloween II Review

As many of you probably didn't know, I was rather keen of Rob Zombies' Halloween remake (as well as his other films too). I get a lot of shit for it, but I picked up the Blu-ray the other day and you know what? I still like it. Its a fun, stylish slasher that's very entertaining and who's only real problem is its lack of scares. So now that the sequel has hit theaters, me and my buddies decided to take a trip to the movies to see Michael Myers go on yet another killing spree to find his lost sister Laurie.Since I'm tired and don't feel like writing a long review for the film, I'll just write a short one.

Lets start by pointing out my favorite thing: great gratuitous violence! Zombie knew exactly how to make this sequel far gorier than the first. The kills are extremely brutal and the sounds can be gag-inducing to some (I heard some going on in the theater). There are plenty of kills, so the blood never runs dry. Another thing I enjoyed was the atmosphere. This films ends up looking even better than the first. There are some great moments as Zombie's direction is great here. He knows how to express what he wants to show us, which is good since most of it involved someone being sliced up or overacting. Speaking of acting, most of it is sound here. The dialogue could have used some work (I still don't understand why Zombie insists on every character saying "fuck" at least six times in one sentence). One person who really stands out is Brad Dourif, who plays Sheriff Lee Brackett. You feel sympathetic for his character since he seems the most "normal" in the bunch who's just as clueless as everyone else.

The story this time around takes some heat. I understand what Zombie was going for, but he really does miss the mark. He tries very hard to convey all of these deep meanings and occurring themes, but they end up coming across as confusing and not fleshed out. And it sucks too, because there is some good stuff here, but it gets lost in its own attempts. The constant use of Michale's dead mother dressed in white is meant to show his own psychological fuck-ups, but most of the time these scenes come across as just silly. Most, but one. There is a very cool scene in which young Michael talks to his mother about being close to bringing Laurie home. They stand in from of a feast surrounded by strange characters with weird masks and some cool makeup effects. Its scenes like this that stand out amongst others.

One other issue I had was with Dr. Lumis. Malcolm McDowell returns as the good doctor who analyzed and treated Michael years ago. He's here again, but this time he pretty much plays it safe. His character runs around trying to promote his new book, but since he has no connection with the rest of the characters until the end, he feels far away and unnecessary. Lumis is a great character and I wish he was used more. The ending did rub me the wrong way too. Much like the first film, there is not closure but instead more questions raised. This kind of ending is beginning to get very redundant, as there is no guarantee that there will be a sequel (which I kinda hope there isn't). The one point the film's ending does convey is the definite descent of Laurie's mind into madness. As a whole the film is an entertaining slasher picture, but Zombie has failed to give us more than that. As it stands, its an inferior sequel that isn't as interesting or as fun as its predecessor, but its a fun way to kill an evening with some friends. If you're aren't a big fan, wait for the DVD.

My Score: 5/10   read

2:25 PM on 08.25.2009

Picked up a PS3 Slim today

So after some consideration and much pacing about, I decided to try and snag a PS3 Slim from a Gamestop today. I had heard that both Gamestop and were getting the systems in while other retailers will have to wait until sometime in early September. So I hurried as fast as I could to my local Gamestop as soon as my last class was let out. After I traded in a few things to take advantage of some good bonuses, I bought their last one (turns out they only got one that wasn't reserved). So hooray! I have a PS3 again!

For those who haven't seen it, I took pics as I opened it.

I also picked up Batman: Arkham Asylum as well a a few Blu-rays, one of which was a great find. The Devil's Rejects, one of my favorite genre films (the genre being weird but awesome gore flicks directed my rock stars), is already out of print here in the states. But I happened to find one at my local FYE store. I'm updating the system as I write this, So I'll going to spend the rest of my evening playing Arkham. So all in all,it was a good day. THUMBS UP!!!


11:57 AM on 08.23.2009

Big Stupid Robots!!! Transformers 2 DVD Specs!

You know how many brain cells you assassinate when you drink about seven or eight beers? That's around the amount you can kill with just one viewing of Michael Bay's incredibly stupid sequel Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Say what you will about the film; I found it dumb as hell (and charmless compared to the first film), but you know how I feel about giant robots. Its decent entertainment to waste an afternoon.

So for those of you who want to pick up this explosion-riddled, migraine-inducing clusterfuck on October 20th, here are the DVD specs:

Disc 1:
* Commentary by Michael Bay, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman

Disc 2:
* The Human Factor: Exacting Revenge of the Fallen - Multi-chapter documentary
o Seeds of Vengeance - Development and Design
o Domestic Destruction – Production: United States
o Joint Operations – Production: Military
o Wonders of the World – Production: Middle East
o Start Making Sense - Editing
o Under the Gun – Visual Effects
o Running the Gauntlet – Post-Production and Release
* A Day with Bay: Tokyo
* 25 Years of TRANSFORMERS - Featurette
* NEST: Transformer Data-Hub
* Deconstructing Visual Bayhem with Commentary by Pre-Vis Supervisor Steve Yamamoto
* Extended Scenes
* Music Video: Linkin Park’s “New Divide”

* The ALLSPARK Experiment
* NEST: Transformer Data-Hub
* Giant Effing Movie
* The Matrix of Marketing

Here's hoping the third outing is better. I heard it might have Dinobots! YAY!   read

8:56 AM on 08.22.2009

Saw: The Videogame box art is...actually ok

Wow, so that's what they worked up? A big smeary image of Billy's face? Wow, that's just unoriginal. It could have turned out worse, I guess. But it works here, and I guess that's good enough. People won't have to think twice at what its about. Anyway, the game looks like it could have some promise, but we'll have to wait until October 6th to see. So its a third person puzzle game it seems. I'm actually interested to see how the gameplay plays out and how crazy the traps will be. Without a film budget to worry about, developer Zombie Studios has the opportunity to go nuts on the traps and scary environments. Its a good idea for a puzzle game, so I just hope they don't fuck it up/

So here's some gameplay to tide over the Saw freaks until its release. As for me, I'll just go for a rental to see if its any good.

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12:35 PM on 08.20.2009

The Wolfman trailer emerges

I've been hearing about this film for for quite some time. It was announced back in 2006 but hit some rocky roads due to constant cast changes and issues with the budget. But now the film is nearly finished, and the trailer has reared its hairy head on the internet. If you ask me, I'm happy with the look of the film. Del Toro was a good pick to play Lawrence Talbot, the Wolf Man. Aside for him, the rest of the cast is just as good. The film will be unleashed on February 12th next year.

So here's the trailer!

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8:37 PM on 08.17.2009

A nostalgic rush (Comix Zone)

So I picked up 1600 Microsoft Republican Credits today in anticipation for Shadow Complex, which releases Wednesday. And since its 1200 points, that left me 400 to do whatever I pleased. I didn't want to to buy more stupid avatar clothing (I already bought a 400 point lightsaber, which looks cool but thats it), and so I looked through the current list of Arcade games. Nothing worth 400 points really caught my eye until I got to the Sega Vintage games. "Most of these games are already in the Ultimate Genesis Collection" I thought. But then I saw Comix Zone, my all time favorite Genesis game in the history of anything. I remember when I was nine and staying up WAY past my bedtime to get farther in the game. I also remember it being a pain in the ass. There was a lot of trial and error involved. So I began to memorize the game, and eventually had it down to almost a speed run level. But then I got my hands on something new, and I never touched Comix Zone again.

That's when I decided to purchase it. I spent the next three hours in nostalgia heaven. Remembering all the short cuts, playing through with the different styles, even remembering which items to use where and how to beat all the bosses (I forgot how easy the final boss was). Of course Comix Zone was never known for its replay value, so in three hours I had beaten the game four times and earned all 200 achievement points. I'll probably won't touch it anytime soon (I'm gonna guess years), but it was a nostalgic rush totally worth five bucks (or 400 MS points for you fuckheads).

Remember your favorite game? Replay it, and live that high that is nostalgia.   read

8:38 PM on 08.15.2009

My half-assed King of Fighters XII review

Now I'm usually the guy who enjoys dicking around with fighting games, but I rarely spend the time to master them. I just play them for simple minded fun. I pick a character who I feel comfortable with and has projectile moves that are easy to pull off. King of Fighters ws a series that i enjoyed doing this with, and I found my niche in this series in Terry Bogard and Mai Shiranui.

They are quick, awesome, and have accessible moves sets that work for a guy who doesn't want to spend 100+ hours on mastering moves. There are some other characters I enjoy using, like Iori Yagami and Ralf Jones, but Mai and Terry have always been my go-to guys(as Ryu and Ken are in Street Fighter games).

But in King of Fighters XII, I only get half my awesome sandwich. First off, Mai is missing. Where has she gone? Where can I find her? Not in this game. Gamers have speculated that SNK will release her via DLC for the game, but that's bullshit. I don't want to have to WAIT, and then PAY 800 Microsoft Moon Dollars for her. And Terry, well, Terry is just fine. Actually, he's great. He's literally untouched (except now his sprite looks more badass than ever).


Iori became a heavy character overnight (and he sucks now), and many of the new characters are both fugly and suck to boot. And this isn't the only thing wrong with this game. God-awful presentation weaken the whole package. The menus are ugly and the options limited. For this series' comeback they really didn't try very hard. I think most of the work went into the new HD sprites, and SNK just threw the rest of the game together. As I mentioned earlier, the character selections sucks compared to other entries in this series. There is a huge lack of modes (even more so than in Street Fighter IV), and don't even get me started on the online multiplayer. OHHHH GOOODDD!!!!! It's quite bad.

How bad? Let's just say that Super Smash Bros. Brawl runs at a god-like super speed compared to this. Its like watching your characters attempt combat while swimming through maple syrup. Do what I did and just stick to local multiplayer as with most fighting games its much better. If you feel like taking the online for a spin, just smash buttons in rapid succession as soon as you see the word GO! Who knows, maybe you'll actually win.

So KoF XII isn't terrible, but its sad that this is what we get on its 15th birthday. Its worth a look if you absolutely adore the series, or if you have an interest in boys that look like chicks. Either way, its still better than BlazBlue.

Score: 6/10   read

12:03 PM on 08.12.2009

Quick Reviews Part 1 (yeah, I do those)

Since summer started I've been playing a lot of games. Some good, some bad, and some vomit inducing. So here's a taste of what I've played and my two cents on if you should or shouldn't play them (because I'm controlling like that). This is part one of two (because I wanna play more Punch-Out!).

The Conduit (Wii)

What's it about? Aliens (that appear to be from a Disneyworld ride I took once) attack Washington D.C. and you play some suit that gets caught up in a conspiracy featuring two warring sides. Yes, the plot is screwy and dismissible, but you get to shoot things!
Should I play it? Its a rental. If you can get over your right (or left, you weirdos) arm pulsing with pain from holding the Wiimote up, then its fun. The design is pretty standard. 1) Shoot things that move. 2) Solve all puzzles by pointing the silly globe object with a stupid name at it. 3) Repeat. Its also really short. The multiplayer is throwaway but can be distracting for short periods of time. So if you're starved for a decent Wii game, give this a try.
Score: 6/10

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (PS3, 360)

What's it about? Its based on the movie which is based on the book which is based on scribbles on a napkin. Its Harry Potter, and since this is Destructoid I'm going to assume that everyone knows the plot and how it ends. I will also assume that everyone here knows that most games based on films tend to be shittier than you grandma's Depends. This game is no different.
Should I play it? For the love of Christ NO!!! Its an utter waste of time and effort. You'll spend your time following Nearly Headless Nick (your guide, because I haven't got the brain power to remember where shit is) to one of three repeating events. Quidditch, where you simply guide Harry through rings until he catches the snitch or whatever. There's potion making, which isn't terrible but lacks challenge. And then there's my favorite past time, Dueling. To sum up this event; go ballistic on you right analog stick until your opponent is no more. Some will argue that there is strategy involved in dueling, and I guess there is some. But if you want the whole mess over with (i.e. this game), constantly pushing the stick forward is the way to go. Repeat these three events (none of which are fun in the least), and three or four hours in you eventually beat the game. Hooray. Go you. Kill yourself.
Score: 3/10

Punch-Out!! (Wii)

What's it about? Its the classic NES game remade with shitty motion controls. But, since there is a higher power, Nintendo decided to let you hold the Wiimote on its side and play it like the original. Hallelujah!
Should I play it? If you own a Wii, you should immediately stop what you're doing and buy this now. Its by far one of the best games I've played in a while. It feels and looks just like the original, but now in 3D. The graphics are crisp and colorful, and the voices are fitting and often hilarious. Your opponents are given more personality. And the Wiimote controls...smooth as butter (or something else that's smooth and edible). The only real nitpicks I have are that some of the new opponents aren't as memorable as the classic ones. And Little Mac's extreme tan might bother some purists. Also the multiplayer is somewhat disappointing, as both players can only be Little Mac instead of picking from the roster of characters. I would have loved to have been able to play as King Hippo and beat the living shit out of Disco Kid (fuck I hate Disco Kid). As a Wii owner you really owe it to yourself to play this fantastic game.
Score: 9/10   read

7:07 PM on 08.11.2009

Borderlands box art colorful, also boring

Ehhh, its creative. I'll give it that. But non-fans won't be attracted to it at all. Some will even be put off by artsy depiction of blowing one's brains out. It needs a few more guys, or guns, or anything really. Well, it could have been worse, as it was made like this to appease to a certain crowd.

So until October 20th hits, watch this video over and over again until you die.

P.S. I bought a lightsaber for my avatar this morning! How wasteful am I?
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