Monday, 25 April 2011 14:44

Portal 2 (PC, 2011)

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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.

Monday, 25 April 2011 02:17

Crysis 2 (PS3, 2011)

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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.

Tuesday, 15 March 2011 01:01

Bulletstorm (PS3, 2011)

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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…

Sunday, 13 February 2011 19:06

Umi No Misaki (Manga, 2011)

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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.

Saturday, 25 December 2010 00:12

Kaze no Stigma (TV, 2007)

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There once was a young boy by the name of Kazuma Kannagi who was found to have none of the hereditary power of Ejutsu, the ability to control fire, that his entire family wielded. This became a source of constant ridicule, petty (and not so petty) bullying, and constant shame. Eventually this came to its culmination one day in his exile at a very young age after his defeat by a distant relative, Ayano Kannagi, in the bout to decide who would be the heir to the family and wield its family sword, Enraiha and all the power it contained. Weak, broken, and betrayed by those who were supposed to love and care for him, he left to make his own way in the world or die. Several years later he has come home, now going by the name Kazuma Yagami, with a new power, the Fujutsushi; the power to control air. And he is very VERY pissed off.


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