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Bioshock: Infinite – Review

Bioshock: Infinite is a culmination of great game design and gameplay. The Bioshock franchise now also has a repertoire for a great narrative and a well written script after the game’s first outing, and with good reason. Thankfully, the third in the series does not disappoint.

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Bandai’s D-Arts Charizard / Lizardmon Pokemon Figure Review!

While I am familiar with Bandai’s D-Arts action figure line, I never really felt inclined to pick one up. But that quickly changed once I found out they were planning on releasing a Pokemon line of figures. So far there are only 3 Pokemon that have been given the D-Arts treatment: Mewtwo, Charizard and Blastoise (the latter is scheduled to release in late June). Since Charizard (also known as Lizardmon in Japan) is probably my favorite ‘mon (Pokemon Red for life!) my choice was easy. So with that said, lets get on with the review!

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Aquaman Volume 1: The Trench (New 52) Review

I have always been fond of Aquaman but let’s face it, there is probably no other Superhero that gets ridiculed more in the comic world. He always ends up being the butt-end of all jokes and generally just being dismissed as “The guy who talks to fish”. Now whether this originally stemmed from that horrible Super Friends cartoon or simply not having the right writer, it’s no secret that poor Aquaman does not have the best reputation in the super powered world.

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Evil Dead (2013) – Review

I remember letting out a sigh when it was first announced they were going to reboot Evil Dead. The fear of having a beloved film series destroyed suddenly loomed in my mind. Regardless of this I knew that as a fan I would watch the film despite thinking “Is this really necessary?”. After watching the film last night I am glad to say that yes it was. 

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Review: Warm Bodies

With the success of the Walking Dead TV series (and video game), zombie popularity has reached an all-time high. “Warm Bodies” banks on that success with a very solid and unique take on the Zombie Apocalypse. Set in an unknown year, in what I assume is supposed to be Tampa, Florida, “Warm Bodies” is the story of an odd, zombified guy (Nicholas Hoult) who can only remember that his name began with an R. The entire movie is set up with R’s voiceover letting us know that there is someone inside the husk of his zombie body and that he wants to find a way to connect with another human or zombie. When going out for a “food raid” R encounters the lovely Julie (Teresa Palmer) who is out on patrol with a group of similarly aged recruits. R saves Julie from being eaten and brings him back to his zombie crib in the middle of an airport. R begins to show Julie that he has no interest in eating her and that he is trying to connect with her on a human level. Igniting a spark in both of them and the other Infected the feelings R and Julie…

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House of Cards: Chapter One Impression

I just got done watching the first episode, or Chapter, of Netflix’s new original series House of Cards. Starring Kevin Spacey as Representative Francis Underwood, House of Cards is a political drama “television” series. I put television in quotation marks because you won’t find this show airing on any of your regular network, cable or premium broadcast channels. The series can be found exclusively on Netflix’s instant streaming service, with the entire first season made available on February 1st. My knowledge of the show before hand was limited. I knew it starred Kevin Spacey and had something to do with politics. In fact, this show wasn’t really on my radar–I started watching it simply because I had the free time to do so, and I’ve enjoyed Spacey’s work in the past. I will keep spoilers to a minimum, and give my take on the series’ first episode.

Review – Duke Nukem Forever

In 1997, the folks at 3D Realms, creators of the amazingly stunning Duke Nukem 3D announced a true sequel to the game, named Duke Nukem Forever. As an avid fan of the first game, and at the time feverishly writing Total Conversions and creating my own levels with the insanely easy-to-use and quite powerful Build engine, I was immediately in “cannot wait” mode. Unfortunately for my younger me 14 years ago, I should have learned some patience. Here we are, in June of 2011, and the myth of the gaming industry, Duke Nukem Forever, releases to many eager fans. The main question is this: was 3D Realms crazy 14 year roller coaster ride of development hell worth the fan’s 14 year wait and anticipation? The game has a lot of mixed ups and downs, so I will be forgoing our usual Pros/Cons setup in this review, but I will highlight them accordingly. I’ll reiterate that I’m a huge Duke fan and, to many people, it means I should probably not even write a single sentence about the game and qualify it as a “review”. However, I am a gamer first and foremost, crazed fan second. I know my priorities, and…

Homefront review.

Available on: Xbox 360, PS3, PC Genre: First-Person Shooter Publisher: THQ Developed by: Kaos Studios Rated: M for Mature – Blood, Strong Language, Violence While not as polished as other FPS’s such as Call of Duty, I really enjoyed this game.  I thought the story was done well and the war torn United States was a wonderful setting for the game. I was easily drawn into this fictional world since the tale actually felt believable and I loved every minute of it. I found myself fighting through neighborhoods, baseball fields, labor camps and the countryside all the way to the epic finale (which I wont spoil). It makes sense too since the story was designed by John Milius, who also did the movies Red Dawn and Apocalypse Now. Now gameplay-wise, everything from the gun-play to the controls felt tight and very responsive. Since you are a resistance fighter, don’t expect tons of ammo or your pick of weaponry. I found myself picking up the enemies weaponry on a consistent basis because I would run out of ammo. Which I felt was a nice touch and helped set the feel of being part of a rebel group. The only little things…

Xbox Kinect 5 out of 5

Yep. The Kinect actually works as intended. I was a bit skeptical at first to be honest, but all those feelings are long gone now. As soon as I brought home the device I was instantly impressed once I hooked it up and started messing around with it. I am very impressed with Microsoft’s entry into the motion gaming world. When you first start up you are guided through a short calibration test for visuals and sound. The device also angles itself based on your room and lighting. Once you are done you are good to go and can start fooling around. Whenever you have Kinect hooked up you have  2 separate dashboards you can work with. One for regular controller use (same one as always) and one for the Kinect which is properly called the Kinect “Hub”.  You have two ways you can navigate in the Hub. Stand or sit in front of your tv and wave your hand or say “Xbox Kinect” and you are instantly taken to the Hub. Once there you can use your hand and place it over whatever you want to use, for example like your Friends list or the Play Disc option and…

Dead Rising 2 4/5

Available on: Xbox360, PS3 and PC Genre: Action Adventure, Survival Horror Players: 1-4 Publisher: Capcom Developer: Blue Castle Games Rated: M for Mature: Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Language, Sexual Themes, Use of Alcohol What is it about Zombies that just fascinates me? I don’t know why but I just love killing and destroying them and in the Dead Rising series you get to do that, and then some. First things first, Capcom didn’t change too much with this sequel. Don’t worry though because if you were a fan of the first it is a good thing. The game takes place in the fictional Fortune City, Nevada (think Las Vegas). So you can expect a lot of Casinos and shops to mess around in. The story takes place after the events in Willamette, Colorado where the first outbreak occurred. You play as Chuck Greene, an ex Motocross star trying to save his daughter Katey who has been infected by the virus. Katey needs a dose of a drug every 24 hours called Zombrex to suppress the infection in order to not turn into a zombie. To spice things up Chuck is also a contestant on Terror is Reality, a game-show…

Scott Pilgrim vs The World the Game 4/5

Available on: XBLA and PSN Genre: 2D Fighting/Beat-em-up, Action Players: 1-4 Offline Co-op Publisher: Ubisoft Developer: Ubisoft Montreal, Ubisoft Chengdu In a world with fancy 3D graphics, CG cut scenes and Voice Acting, Scott Pilgrim vs The World is a nice change of pace. In a throwback to the 8-bit glory days of games like River City Ransom the developers decided to go old school. The game is based on Bryan O’Malleys Scott Pilgrim comics. It includes all of the characters and humor from the series. For those of you not familiar with The whole Pilgrim phenomenon, that’s a good thing. The game, like the books tells the tale of Scott Pilgrim. A 23 year old unemployed band member who is dating a high school girl. Soon he meets Ramona Flowers and becomes obsessed with her. So obsessed in fact, that he would gladly fight Ramona’s Seven Evil Exes just to be able to date her. Sound crazy? Good, its supposed to. The game lets you and three buddies take it to the streets of Toronto, Canada and kick all sorts of ass in the name of Love. You can play as the titles hero Scott Pilgrim or as Ramona…

Sin & Punishment: Star Successor 5/5

Exclusively on: Wii Genre: Third-Person Rail Shooter Players: 1-2 players Co-op Publisher: Nintendo Developer: Treasure When you need a shooter done right, look no further than the talented team at Treasure. Sin & Punishment: Star Successor is as on-rails thrill ride, and about as good as they come for shooters. I was so excited to hear that Nintendo decided to bring this title overseas, considering that the original Sin & Punishment on N64 never saw the light of day stateside(until recently, since it is now available on the Virtual Console). So if you love to shoot things, you have come to the right place. The plot is the tale of a rookie operative named Isa Jo, who has been sent on a mission to terminate an enemy Recon Unit disguised as a human girl. Originally created by Outer Space to gather intel on the humans weaknesses, the Recon Unit lost its memory and directives in the process of infiltrating Inner Space. Now instead of doing its job, it finds humans interesting and wants to learn more about them. Once Isa finds Kachi(the girl) and sees her innocence and curiosity towards humans, Isa begins to question his motives. Sensing a strange…

XBOX 360 S 5/5

Well as we all know there were rumors of Microsoft making a slimmer version of its console. They were right. The Xbox 360 S was just unveiled this past week at E3 2010. The shocker is that it also hit retail this week in limited quantities. I was lucky enough to score a unit so I figured I would review it. Let me tell you, its sleek and sexy. The S model is basically a redesign/upgrade when compared to the older models. Well lets get down to the review. What’s inside? Well once you unbox the 360S, this is what you will find inside: – Xbox 360 S console – A/V cable(not pictured) – Power supply – Black Wireless Controller – Black Xbox Live wired headset Lets break it down piece by piece. Console The first thing you will notice with the new console is its size. The 360S is much slimmer than its counterpart. Unfortunately I do not have a comparison picture since I traded in my old Elite towards this one. I stood a regular game case next to it for comparison instead. On the front panel they decided to move the disc tray a bit higher. Also,…

Split/Second – 4/5

[ Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 – Developed by Black Rock Studios ] There is something very special about a racing game that lets you demolish a dam and wash away your rivals who were just driving in front of it. That is the power that developers Black Rock Studios gives you in their follow up to their solid ATV racing game, Pure. The game is presented in what could be a Reality TV show. The TV show is in its first “season” and there are 12 episodes (each of which consist of 6 events) with their own TV styled intro. Split/Second is a very intense, explosive racing game in where you trigger “Power Plays” to wreck your opponents throughout the racetrack. It sounds fairly simple at first, maybe even something you think that you have seen before. Let me tell you right now, there is no other racing game that does it on such a destructive level as this. Think of power plays like attacks. Earn enough power and you can launch something at your opponents. Your power play bar is broken up into 3 sections; The first 2 blue bars are level 1 attacks and the last red…

Red Dead Redemption – 5/5

[ Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 – Developed by Rockstar San Diego ] Ah, the wild west. We all grew up watching the movies, and watching every other show and cartoon lampoon and pay homage to the very films that actors like Clint Eastwood made famous.  We’ve all played cowboys and Indians, and all wish we had a real horse while doing it. Rockstar allows us to live those dreams in Red Dead Redemption. Red Dead is a story of betrayal and, well, redemption in the old west. You play as John Marston, a retired criminal after he realized that living the life of crime with his posse was useless when your own crew doesn’t even care for you. How so? Try being shot and left for dead during one of your group’s heists. This has opened up John’s eyes and thusly he decided to leave the group, marry, settle down on a ranch, have some kids, and grow old to see his son become a man, and carry on his name and growing ranch. Things go sour as his past catches up with him and the feds start to blackmail him by kidnapping his wife and son. The deal?…

Review Setup!

So, this section’s been sitting here, rotting away with no content – just like the comic! HAH! That’s self deprecating humor out here, ladies and gents. Anyway, we’ve been trying to come up with some sort of way to rate the games we review. We were thinking about doing it Kotaku style and not even giving numbers out, and just pointing out the pros and cons, but, that’s Kotaku’s thing, and a very good one at that, so we didn’t want to go that route. Then there’s EGMs, or 1-UP now, giving grades. Fuckers. We always talked about that before they did it. It just took us more years to get this site up and running again. Our bad, either way. There’s the completely tried and true method of giving it a score from 1 to 10, but everyone and their grandma fucking does it that way. What’s the point of the 1 through 6, anyway, when the majority of your games rated are mostly a 6 through a 10. On top of that, what the fuck is up with the decimal points? “I GIVE THIS GAME A 9.931333!” What is the fucking point of that? So Marcos and I…

Reviews to Come!

We’ll start writing up reviews before you know it! We’ll cover a little bit of everything, from the big three, to the little two… or rather little one, since there’s barely anything worthwhile on the PSP. Am I right, guys? Right? Oh okay, I guess there’s a few. We’ll let you know! So check back!