Friday, 20 May 2011 22:41

Jyu Oh Sei (TV, 2006)


It's a slump season, fuck all interesting is playing, I'm drinking a beer, and watching anime I missed out on when it first came out.

Yeah, it's time for another round of "Anime to Avoid." Today's fine example of how to fail at life is a piece of whale shit known as Jyu-Oh-Sei, otherwise known as Planet of the Beast King.

Hang on, I need another beer. You should get one too if you're going to slog through this wretched pile of rotting sewage with me.

Published in Anime Reviews
Friday, 29 April 2011 22:16

SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy SEALs (PS3, 2011)


Squad up!Playing shooters can be a mixed blessing, sometimes. Both first and third person based shooters share certain elements, and the overall structure from one game to the next is usually fairly similar. Some people call that repetitive and boring. For myself, I’m usually more concerned with the level design, game balance and playability than I am with structural similarities. Two games can be similar but feel and play completely differently with a little work on the part of the developer. One way in particular to make a shooter feel different is to add a tactical element to the game play, so that rather than just dealing with your own character, you can also direct and position allied forces in order to create crossfires, ambushes and in general just even the odds a bit. SOCOM 4 is an example of one such tactical shooter, and is the game I’m taking a look at today.

Published in Video Game Reivews
Friday, 29 April 2011 16:27

Fire in the Hole!

Don’t mind the explosives scattered around, I’m just getting ready to launch my copy of SOCOM 4, the subject of this new review, into orbit. I figure it’s the safest way to dispose of it. Take a look at the review if you like, folks, just stay behind the blast shields.

Published in New Reviews
Monday, 25 April 2011 14:44

Portal 2 (PC, 2011)


ps3_portal2_shot1So, couple years back, Valve put out this strange little orange box which contained a couple minor little titles. Y’know, no-name stuff like Team Fortress 2, three flavors of Half-Life 2, and a little flea-speck that absolutely NOBODY noticed… called Portal. That particular utterly obscure title that I’m sure nobody other than me has ever heard of was based around a simple concept. You’ve got a gun. It does exactly one thing: make holes. Not bullet holes, like most guns. No, this little thing punches right through the fabric of reality and pokes through to another hole nearby. If you were extremely lucky, you might even have found the upgrade that let it make two different colored holes that always connected to each other! But hey, what good is a hole through reality to a gamer like you, I mean, it’s not like you could somehow use them to solve tests or anything, right…? Well, four million sales of Portal later, Valve’s released the highly anticipated sequel to that completely inconsequential little game, named… Portal 2.

Published in Video Game Reivews
Monday, 25 April 2011 09:07

The Cake Is NOT a Lie

So, if you had a gun that could shoot holes in space that would allow you to step in one and out the other, where would you go? Myself, I think I’d find my way into a nice, quiet spot where I could just kick back, relax, and enjoy some nice cake. Not another care in the world, unlike Chell, who’s just woken up from a long nap only to find herself at the Portal 2 an entirely new adventure.

…Yeah, I’m sorry, that’s the best I could come up with.

Published in New Reviews
Monday, 25 April 2011 02:17

Crysis 2 (PS3, 2011)


Nice suit.So, after Bulletstorm whetted my appetite for shooter games after awhile away, I went to my local GameStop looking for a new fix. Shooters – both first person and third – are a favorite game type of mine, because they really do more than any other game style to showcase the capabilities of a system. Modern shooters features fast action, multiple enemies moving around, explosions, complex geography setups, elaborate set pieces and of course have to deal with the unknown element of a human being holding a controller, so it’s really, really easy to screw up some portion of that delicate mixture and end up with a game flat like a bad soufflé. To that end, when I got to GameStop and realized that I was just in time for the release of Crysis 2, I thought that the sequel to the game that’s still used as the gold standard of video game and machine performance would be a good one to give a shot.

Published in Video Game Reivews
Sunday, 24 April 2011 20:42

Cry Me a River

Squid! I’m not talking about the Navy bilge rats like my cowriter, but the nasty bastards with tentacles and rubbery skin. No, really, I’m not talking about K`thardin. I’m actually talking about the Ceph from Crysis 2, which just happens to be the subject of a new review. Also, I’m trying something new with the format this time around to see if I can’t make the reviews a bit clearer. Cheers folks.

Published in New Reviews
Tuesday, 15 March 2011 01:01

Bulletstorm (PS3, 2011)


Because killing without skill isn't as much fun.Normally when I do the overview for a new review, I try – emphasis on the word “try” – to do it in a manner consistent with the tone of the series or game or what have you that I’m reviewing. I’m not going to try doing that for Bulletstorm, though, for two reasons. First, while I’m all too aware that my language isn’t among the cleanest out there, I’m just not quite crass and rude enough to pull it off for this one. Second, the game’s obsession with a particular portion of the human male anatomy is one of my complaints for this title, and I don’t really want to fall into the same trap. So, with that said…

Published in Video Game Reivews
Monday, 14 March 2011 19:05

Storm Warning

Better batten down the hatches, me maties, there’s a storm ah’brewin… a Bulletstorm. The winds o’ Stygia be blowin’ mighty fierce, and we’re aiming to collect some skill shot booty… ok folks, I just can’t keep that up. New review up, for Bulletstorm, and a couple more might be coming soon too. Cheers!

Published in New Reviews
Sunday, 13 February 2011 19:06

Umi No Misaki (Manga, 2011)


There's a lot of stories about the gods and goddesses as they descend to the Earth where they find love and adventure with us unpredictable and exciting mortals. Still, so very few actually deal with the fact that these are what we have classified as divine beings. These creatures are what our race has worshiped since before we walked upright. Sure, they descend from their lofty homes and come to live with us, sometimes teaching us, sometimes tricking us, sometimes hating us, and sometimes loving us, but through it all...that very divinity is as much a part of them as our mortality is part of us, and we must not forget it. Come with me, as we go on a journey with Goto Nagi, Narumi Shizuku, Nagumo Karin, Mitsurugi Soyogi, and their friends as we explore what it means to be divine, and mortal, and how it relates to the love between the two...or four as the case may be.

Published in Manga Reviews

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