A born and bred Minnesotan, JC founded the original Dragon's Anime back when the site was still just a Tenchi Muyo fan site, and remains the primary maintainer of the site.
The Spring 2010 anime season is winding down, and with it all of the series that I've been watching lately. Angel Beats and Ichiban Ushiro Daimaou, and holdovers from Winter 2010 Durarara!! and Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood have all been some solid material this season, but all good things do come to an end. Fortunately, it's looking like the Summer 2010 season is going to be just packed with new series to follow – and I do mean packed, as my personal watch list has ten series on it. Naturally, that number will probably drop off a bit after a couple weeks, but as of right now Summer 2010 has more obvious potential than the last three seasons of anime put together.
Let me start this off by admitting that all in all, major stealth games are generally not my cup of tea. It's not that I can't play through a game stealthily – quite the opposite, I usually take every chance I can to avoid/eliminate an opponent from as far away as possible, and there's a reason that nine times out of ten, the sniper rifle is my preferred weapon. There's a difference, though, between that, and a 'major' stealth game, that being that in a 'major' stealth game the goal isn't so much to eliminate your enemies as it is to complete your objectives without alerting the entire world to your presence. That's something difficult to do when you bang down the door and start spraying the enemy contingent with pulse rifle fire. So, with that in mind, I decided to take a look at Splinter Cell: Conviction after playing through the demo and being pleasantly surprised by it.
This time around we head into the shadows for a little stealth action with a look at Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction. No need to bring a flashlight… you're the monster in the dark that all the bad guys are gonna be afraid of.
While he didn't participate in the Crusades himself, Dante Alighieri the poet was a member of the Guelph cavalry, in the years before he penned the three parts of one of the greatest pieces of literature in the history of the world, the Divine Comedy. This epic consisted of three parts, the Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso. They described a journey taken by Dante, guided by the Roman poet Virgil, and later his unrequited love Beatrice, as he became lost and misled at the midpoint of his life. He descended through hell, Virgil teaching him about each of the nine rings and some of the inhabitants within, then ascended through purgatory's nine levels and eventually into paradise's nine levels. The poems were unusual in that while they did tell a story, story telling was not their primary purpose. Instead, they served much more as a sort of roadmap to the journey, crafting through word and prose a vision that to this day defines hell, and to a lesser extent purgatory and heaven. That roadmap is the one that Visceral Games decided to illuminate with their own interpretation of Dante's Inferno.
Hey, at least it's a dry heat, right?
Batman has been a fixture in the world of DC Comics since he was created in the late 1940's, rising to become one of the trinity pillars of DC's many, MANY superheroes. Dark and brooding, though he has allies in his personal war, Batman has most often stood alone against the criminals that overrun Gotham. His personal rogues gallery includes some of the most colorful figures of villainy ever devised, from the sexy and seductive dryad-like Poison Ivy to Gotham's Crown Prince of Comedy himself, the Joker. Gotham city itself, the protectorate of the dark knight, has grown to become a living, breathing entity over the years, a creature fighting to overcome the sickness trying to devour it. And in all of Gotham, if there's one place that could be called the source of the infection, it would have to be a small island in the middle of Gotham Bay named Arkham Island… the home of Arkham Asylum.
Well, some people would say that's where I belong anyway, but this time around you're invited to join Batman as he returns his favorite mass-murdering psychopath to his ha-ha-hacienda yet again. And hey, even I'm not crazy enough to turn down the Joker's invitation to join the party! Besides, never know if you might find out you have a natural immunity to Poison Ivy, right? Only way to find out is by getting yourself committed to Arkham Asylum.
It's coming up on the close of another year, and we thought we'd spruce things up a bit here at Dragon's Anime. We hope you'll enjoy the new layout! As we do every year, please accept our wishes of a happy, safe, and warm holiday this year for you, and your loved ones. Happy Holidays everybody, from the staff of Dragon's Anime!
As I believe I've mentioned before, I personally rather enjoy World War II era games, despite the general consensus that they've been played out these days. The Call of Duty series was always a spectacular example of what could be done with good writing, solid setting, and well thought out controls in the WWII FPS genre. More recently though, CoD launched into a new era – that of Modern Warfare. The first game in the MW series took gamers by storm, completely smashing through fears that moving Call of Duty to a modern setting would destroy the series. Now, two years later, it's time for Modern Warfare 2, the follow up installment that more or less picks up right where Modern Warfare left off.
This time around I've traded in my sword and shield for an M16A4 and a sniper rifle. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 has landed and made a crater in the games market big enough to lose a M1A1 Abrams tank in. Come along with me as I join the rogues of Task Force 141 for a little modern mayhem and military mayhem.