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Command and Conquer Red Alert coming to an iPhone near you!

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I’m a massive fan of the Command and Conquer series and have played every one of them since the initial iconic Command and Conquer. So I was pretty giddy when I heard the news that EA is bringing the Red Alert RTS universe to the iPhone with Command and Conquer Red Alert for iPhone and iPod touch. All the best bits of the franchise seem to be there, with combat between Allied and the Soviets taking centre stage. From what I can tell the mechanics of the RTS action on the small screen have been well worked out, including base building and R&D elements that help you upgrade your weaponry. But enough jabbering, we’ll get a review out to you as soon as possible, but in the mean time hit the jump for some tasty screenies. Read On

Need for Speed Shift – Xbox 360 Review

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The Need for Speed series has been around for quite sometime. Sense the debut of the Next Gen Consoles Need for Speed has done quite a change up from it’s usual offerings. I was fortunate enough to get a review copy of the Need for Speed Shift. While I’m not a hardcore racing enthusiast after seeing Shift at E3 I was a bit curious. So how does Shift hold up in the Next Gen Racing department?? Well buckle up and get ready for a high speed and unbiased review.
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Review Halo 3: ODST – Xbox 360

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Halo 1 showed us what the genre FPS was turning into. Halo 2 showed us what Multiplayer was all about. Halo 3 showed us that people will shell out enough money for anything. Including a Helmet that won’t even fit a cat. Alright so the Multiplayer, Theater and Forge were pretty neat and very revolutionary. Then there is this new comer. Halo 3: ODST. What does this game bring to the beloved franchise?

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Things to Look Forward to Sept 28th – Oct 2nd : The Awesome Edition

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This weeks release list is just plain Awesome!!! Starting with How I met your Mother Season 4!!! Followed closely by the Goblin King himself Jareth with the release of Labyrinth on Blu Ray. In terms of gaming we have 2 great titles Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 for the PS3 (click here my review) and Kingdom Hearts making it’s way on the DS. Much like before see something I miss drop a comment.

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Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 – PS3 Review

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In a strange sort of masochistic way I’ve always enjoyed the Ninja Gaiden Series. Masochistic in the sense that the game was just so damn unforgiving. Having already played through Ninja Gaiden 2 on the 360 I had a pretty descent idea of what was in store for me. Though it seems that Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 is a bit different. How does this edition hold up to the already established series.

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PAX 2009 – Shank

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Shank_full_logoTechnology has come a long way in terms of graphics. So far, in fact, that we sometimes lose sight of how awesome traditional, hand-drawn animation can be. Think about it, the best Disney films these days are CGI films from Pixar, with most of the traditional hand-drawn stuff being straight-to-DVD crap. The last feature-length traditionally animated feature I saw hit theaters was Ponyo, which was an imported feature from Japan. So you can see why I enjoy seeing traditional hand-drawn animation making a comeback. However, it seems to be popping up where I least expected: video games.

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tl;dr – DeathSpank – PAX 2009 Preview

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tl;wr (too long; won’t read) HILARIOUS.  Be sure to call this number for more information: 1-866-631-1574

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I. Overview

  1. Game title: Deathspank
  2. Publisher and Developer: HotHead Games
  3. Release date: “2010ish”
  4. Category: RPG/Adventure (comedy)
  5. Development stage: Still in development
  6. Platform: PC, XBOX 360, PS3

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9 – Movie Review

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I’m going to write a quick personal review of the movie 9, which I saw last night on 9-9-09.

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Now, I’ll preface this with the fact that I was really looking forward to this movie. Most movies, I go into with a bad attitude and look to be impressed. This was the opposite.

I’ll start off with the visuals. They’re stunning. The visuals are nothing short of amazing, from the whole “Miniature creatures in a big world” feel to picking up the detail of small, inconsequential objects in the background I was astounded by the level of detail put into this movie. Its one of those where you almost forget the fact that the movie is completely CG if you don’t remind yourself midway through. Amazing directiorial work, as well as from the people behind the scenes. Visuals get an “A” for the purpose of this review.

To tie in with that, I’ll actually give my opinion on the sound. Not the music. The sound. I *really* enjoyed the sound effects in 9. I love when movies really accentuate little clicks and metal-on-metal noises, and that happens aplenty in 9. The voice acting was far above what you get in the average CG film, as well. To me, the sound was an “A++” in this movie. It, in part, carried the visuals to the level they were at.

Sadly, I come to the plot. Ah, the plot. With many movies, the plot can carry it past broken visuals or a horrible soundtrack. Not so here. Quite the opposite, in fact. For me, the plot would have buried 9 if not for the other elements mentioned prior. It was akward, poorly explained and not able to be related to at all, to me. If the sound and visuals were a 10+/10, the plot was a 2. At best.

TLDR: People love numbers, so my overall score for this movie would be a 7.5/10.  It has to be seen in theatres, but don’t waste a night on it, or full price. Go to a matinee. To understand how *I* score movies, I consider The Dark Knight and the Lord of the Rings trilogy to be the only 10s I’ve ever seen.

tl;dr – Faunasphere

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tl;wr (too long; won’t read)Very, very, very, very friendly and warm community. They’ll make you feel like you’re family. You can easily become addicted to it. Not recommended for a hardcore audience.

I. Overview

  1. Game title: Faunasphere
  2. Publisher and Developer: Big Fish Games
  3. Release date: March 2009
  4. Category: Casual, social game
  5. Development stage: Available
  6. Platform: PC, browser-based

II. Analysis

  1. Storyline/objective: Build up your Faunasphere (home) and get rid of the pollution.
  2. Target audience: Casual gamers – all ages, male or female

III. Interview/demo

  1. Person: Toby Ragaini
  2. Title: Vice President, Community Games

IV. Thoughts

  1. Self
    i. What I like
    – The players in the game are very friendly! Thanks for the help, BonnieJo!
    – Community is very warm and welcoming.
    – Very cute graphics
    – Game is not too demanding and is meant to be relaxing
    – Did I mention the players are super friendly?
    – The Faunasphere can be used as a way not only to showcase your high level, but also as a way to visually represent yourself
    – It’s free!

    ii. What I didn’t like
    – Gameplay is very simple – not very deep
    – While it might be easy to get addicted to this game, the rewards (bragging rights, getting a cool ending, etc.) aren’t very high

  2. Target audience
    i. Positives
    – Players will really enjoy how friendly the community is. Everyone is very helpful.
    – Lots of options for customizing your own faunasphere, and even breeding your different faunas to create new ones
    – Game is not demanding at all
    – You can play from anywhere!

    ii. Negatives
    – The casual players might be discouraged after seeing other players at much higher levels, but it could alternatively be used as motivation

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tl;dr – Elemental – PAX 2009 Preview

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tl;wr (too long; won’t read)Beautiful, detailed artwork. Ideal game for its target audience – may be difficult to draw in a new audience.

I. Overview

  1. Game title: Elemental
  2. Publisher and Developer: Stardock
  3. Release date: February 2010
  4. Category: Fantasy turn-based strategy
  5. Development stage: Public beta
  6. Platform: PC

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