Archive for February, 2010

28
Feb
10

Batman: Arkham Asylum (4.5/5)

Ever wished you could be Batman?  If you have, this is the game for you. Arkham Asylum captures the feel of Batman perfectly.  The game starts with Batman bringing Joker to Arkham, but the Caped Crusader knows something is wrong; Joker was too easy to catch.  Turns out, Joker wanted to get caught, as soon as he arrives at Arkham, chaos ensures.  Joker, with the help of Harley Quinn, gains control of the asylum, leaving Batman to regain control.

The combat consists of two basic gameplay mechanics: There is the regular battles which use a simple, but pleasing combat system.  You can string together impressive combos and preform mind-blowing attacks.  The is also what is called “invisible predictor” mode where you sneak around in the shadows plotting your attacks and picking off armed criminals one by one.  Both modes offer a great experience and never seem to get old.

Arkham island is large, and you will do a lot of exploring using both your wit and your impressive arsenal of gadgets.  Hidden all throughout the island are riddles left by none other than the riddler.  These riddles take the form of hidden trophies, invisible question marks (that can be viewed only when in detective mode, a mode that allows you to do things such as see through walls), and actual riddles that involve finding a object that relates to a Batman character.   These riddles add a lot of gameplay value and allow the player to unlock plenty of extras (from character interview tapes, to character trophies, and even challenge maps that can be played).

The atmosphere is dark and gritty, it fits in well with the Batman universe.  Kevin Conroy (From Batmas TAS) lends his voice to Batman, and does a great job at it.  Mark Hammil (also from TAS) revives his role as Joker, providing what I belive is the greatest portrayal of Joker to date (Heath Leger included).

This game would almost be perfect, but there are two flaws.  First of all, the riddles that involve finding a hidden question mark are rather unenjoyable, and provide more headaches than entertainment.  This however is a small flaw, the real problem is the ending.  The story starts out great and keeps getting better and better until the last 10 minuets of the game, which suck.  Not only is the ending poorly written, but the final boss is easy and boring.

Overall, Arkham Asylum is a beautiful game, and I would reccomend it to anyone.  (even if you are not a Batman fan!)

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28
Feb
10

Best and Worst of 2009 (Movies)

Well, 2009 is over and I thought I would like to do a little list of my favorite films of the year*.  So here they are, my favorite (and lest favorite) films of 2009, hope you enjoy!

(*Note: This is based only on films I have seen)

Funniest Movie of 2009: Paul Blart Mall Cop
(Runner Up: Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs)

Most Epic Action Movie of 2009: Avatar
(Runner up: Taken)

Favorite Animated Film of 2009: 9
(Runner up: Up)

Movie I most Avoided: Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
(Runner up: G-Force)

Favorite Villain of 2009: Colonel Miles Quaritch (Avatar)

Biggest Disappointing film of 2009: X-Men: Origins Wolverine (Although I still love it)

Most Surprisingly Good film of 2009: Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs

Favorite Male Character:Paul Blart (Paul Blart: Mall Cop)
Favorite Female Character: Susan (Monsters vs. Aliens)

Worst Film of the Year: Night at the Museum 2

Favorite Film of the Year: 9

25
Feb
10

Metroid on the Mind

So I’ve had metroid on the mind recently.  Yesterday, I found myself playing Super Metroid.  I really enjoy it although I sometimes have a hard time finding the correct path.  (There are so many hidden paths!) I am currently stuck in the battle against Kraid (pictured below) (btw, thanks to my brother, steven, for telling me Kraid’s name…I just called him “that big monster”)  Super Metroid is a great game, a must download for the Wii virtual console.

Also, I found out that they released a lot of information about Other M today!  (again, thanks stevn for informing me)  Turns out it is set to release on June 27th!  Also, you can find an interview and hands-on look at the game on gamespot.  ( It can be found Here )

<< Kraid – Freaky looking, ain’t he?

19
Feb
10

Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks (4.5/5)

I think that when they first announced Spirit Tracks, Zelda fans all over the world became very confused.  The game was said to have Link portrayed as a train engineer.  “Since when does Hyrule have that kind of technology?,”  we all wondered.  However, this is a Zelda game, so it is bound to be good.  Next came a new announcement, Princess Zelda will be joining link through out the entire quest, in spirit form, and will even be able to possess suits of armor, called phantoms, to help Link directly.  Now we were rejoicing, a chance to fight along Zelda is like a dream come true.  We knew that this was going to be a great game.

And we were right.  Spirit Tracks is a wonderful addition to the series we all hold so dear.

The controls are surprisingly simple, the game can be played using only the stylus. (though there are a few occasions when you can hit a button instead)  However, this system works well and is very intuitive.  The music is beautiful, some of the best in the series.  (IMHO)

Having Zelda by your side through the entire adventure is…unique to say the least.  At first it feels like a letdown, she sounds like a whiny brat.  Luckily, before long she grows on you, and has even managed to become one of my favorite versions of Zelda.  Being able to control Zelda (in the form of a phantom) adds a great twist to the dungeon format.  Teamwork-based puzzles add a lot of variety and make for some very fun gameplay.  However, the phantom walks much slower than Link, and you find yourself having to wait for her to catch up way too often.  Controling her is fairly simple, just draw the path you want her to take.  For the most part she follows your instructions perfectly, but it does mess up sometimes.

The train gameplay is a mixed bag.  One one hand, they give you plenty to do while riding the train (cathing bunnies, shooting enemies and rocks, and avoiding other trains) but on the other hand, it gets boring at times.  Also, if you crash into a train, you have to start from the beginning (something annoying if you are making a long trip)  For the most part, it is not a fun experience, but there are a few special sequences that turn out to be great.  To sum it up, the train is about equal to the boat in Wind Waker.

Overall, this is a spectacular game, and if you are a DS owner, you owe it to yourself to play this title.

18
Feb
10

Avatar (4.5/5)

Last Friday my brother and I decided to go see Avatar.  We went online to check the prices, and we were blew away.  The cost of an evening viewing plus the cost of using the 3d glasses was $11.75 each.  Wow.  Do we really want to pay that price?  After a little debate, I decided to take the chance.  So was it worth the money?

Yes.  This is one of the best movies I have seen in ages.  The story is that of a world aptley named Pandora.  It is a source of a valuable mineral (unobtainium) that is worth millions on Earth.  Humans have landed there and are trying to extract it, but they are having trouble with the natives, the Na’vi.  The Na’vi live in a big tree…one that is setting on the largest deposit of unobtainium.  In an attempt to gain the Na’vi’s trust, the humans start growing Na’vi bodies (called avatars) that the humans can gain control of and appear to be one of them.

The effects are amazing, and the acting is spot-on. The plot is deep (but not too deep) and draws parallels to our history.  At three hours, this film is very long, yet it never seems to lag or get boring.  My only complaint (aside from the annoying kids talking throughout the whole movie) was the fact that some of the characters don’t seem compeltely developed.  Most of the movie focuses on the two main characters, and we never really get to see who the other characters really are, but it is not a big enough of a complaint to ruin the movie.

Overall, this is a masterpiece of a movie.  I would reccomend it to anyone (especially sci-fi fans.)

17
Feb
10

Planet Sheen?!

I was surfing wikipedia, when I came across an interesting article.  Apparently, Sheen from Jimmy Neutron is getting his own spinoff.  Acording to Wikipedia, “This is a series about Sheen Estevez, who accidentally landed on the planet Zeenu.

This looks to be interesting…I can’t wait to find out more.

14
Feb
10

Happy Valentines Day (2010)

I “Heart” you!

Have a great one!




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