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Super Mario Bros. Retro Movie Review

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Super Mario Bros. Retro Movie Review

When Hollywood decides to make a movie based on a video game I always get nervous. Their track record hasn’t been so good. Movies like Resident Evil, Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, Hitman and most other movies based on games, aren’t really classified as good movies. With the newest movie based on a game, Prince of Persia, coming out soon we’ve decided to dust off some of these old movies and give them another chance. Think of it as a sort of retro movie review. And what better way to start us off than the one that started it all, Super Mario Bros.

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PAX East Table Top Panels: Bringing Live Gaming to you… well, Live.

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PAX East Table Top Panels: Bringing Live Gaming to you… well, Live.

First things first: I hope you like the new banner.  I figured some combination of how I’ve spent my life and how I spend my time works: all the money went into the “Dr.,” and all the time goes into the “DM.”  Cue sad, droning music from Schindler’s List. Now, onto today’s topic.

In about twenty-four days, Rett, Justin, and I will be sojourning north to Bean Town to witness quite possibly the greatest thing that will ever happen to us: a large congregation of intelligent people proving they’re intelligent by talking about intelligent stuff… like, um, you know, uh, video games and stuff.  IN ALL SERIOUSNESS, though, PAX East is going to be a riot.  As the resident table-top guy, I am excited to note the inclusion of many panels at the expo that concern live gaming and RPGs.  I thought I’d give a little preview of the panels as well as my extremely valuable thoughts* on each.  As the expo is pretty huge, I’ll split this post up over two weeks to give you the full flavor.

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Retro Gaming Reviews – Final Fantasy VII (1997)

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Retro Gaming Reviews – Final Fantasy VII (1997)

Cloud and his crew arrive at the Gold Saucer.

Given that I’m a big fan of plot heavy video games, it probably comes as no surprise that I’m a fan of the Final Fantasy series. After all, RPGs in general tend to be all about the story and the Final Fantasy series, along with The Legend of Zelda, is probably one of the most widely known RPG series, thanks in part to Squaresoft’s (now Square Enix) Final Fantasy VII for the Sony PlayStation. In fact, prior to Final Fantasy VII, the series had not yet hit the mainstream scene on an international scale. While definitely a popular series in Japan, North America had only seen a few glimpses of the series in the form of Final Fantasy I, IV, and VI (II, III, and V were not released outside of Japan) and Europe hadn’t even seen a Final Fantasy release until Final Fantasy VII. Read On

Splitfish – Dual SFX Revolution: Review

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Over there years there have been a variety of Game Controllers. Ranging from almost any size to any shape. We’ve move past our simple 1 Button needs to the 8 button needs of today. What’s clear is Game Controllers will continue to evolve. That’s where the SplitFish Dual SFX Evolution comes into play, we first got a demo with Splitfish at CES 2010 and were pretty impressed. With Evolution being in it’s name how does this controller compare?

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Indie Review: The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom

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Indie Review: The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom

If your like me, you have always thought that having a clone of yourself would make things a lot easier. You could have your clone do chores, get you something to drink, and in the case of The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom, help you get pie. That is the angle The Odd Gentlemen, the games developer, have taken with their debut title. A quirky puzzler with a silent film style art design, P.B. Winterbottom offers a nice pick up and play feel that a lot of people can enjoy.

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A father’s love drives Bioshock 2

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A father’s love drives Bioshock 2

“Look, Mr. Bubbles!” chirps the yellow-eyed girl in her eerie voice, holding out a crude plush Big Daddy as she crawls from the vent. “It’s you!”

Incapable of speech, Subject Delta does not reply. The Alpha-Series Big Daddy reaches out with gloved hands and gently lowers Eleanor to the floor. She takes him by the hand and tugs him to the first corpse with every sign of affection. The Little Sister stabs her gruesome syringe into the corpse, draws blood, and gulps it from the nipple at the other end. “Mmm!” she says appreciatively, wiping the red from her lips, and giggles, before speeding ahead. Delta tromps along behind like a faithful hound.

This parody of fatherhood is the foundation of Subject Delta’s existence, and it comes to an abrupt end in a clever ambush set by utopian activist Sophia Lamb, Eleanor’s mother. But the famous psychiatrist, brought into Rapture to counsel its anxious population during the city’s golden years, has little interest in her daughter as a person. To her Eleanor represents a successor- a girl she has reared primarily to further her political aims, much as she has abused her psychiatry to gather supporters.

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Gameloft’s Brothers in Arms 2: Global Front hits the App Store

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The follow up to the hugely successful Brothers In Arms for iPhone has hit the App Store. BIA2 features more WWII action in both the solo story mode or up to 5 player multiplayer in conflicts across five locations including Africa, Europe and the Pacific. With decent 3D graphics and action revolving around a now familiar cover scheme wielding machine guns, bazookas, sniper rifles, flamethrowers and more, if you were a fan of BIA then there’s plenty more to like in BIA2 including a tank and even a glider. Read On

Retro Gaming Reviews: Mega Man X (1993)

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Retro Gaming Reviews: Mega Man X (1993)

When you think side-scrolling shooters, it’s hard not to think of Mega Man, the little blue robot whose NES offerings, especially the earlier entries were notorious for their difficulty. And even after the SNES hit the market, Capcom continued releasing new entries on the NES, a practice that went on for about 3 years before Capcom finally felt ready to take the series into the 16-bit age. However, when the time finally came for the series to make its grand debut on the SNES, rather than be greeted by the familiar Blue Bomber, Capcom introduced us to Mega Man X, his slightly more mature and edgier counterpart. Read On

3D Dot Game Heroes – Blast from the past

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3D Dot Game Heroes – Blast from the past

It seems today everything has a sense of the past linked to it, retro is cool and kicking. This is the inspiration behind 3D Dot Game Heroes. This game is every classic video game smashed together into a smoothie of wonder, BUT in 3D! This will sound dumb, but imagine the 2D games, but in 3D. Right? It’s like…Avatar, 3D man!

While a game that’s main selling point is that it is 3D you might think it to be oddly enough shallow. I got to watch and preview the game this morning and let me tell you it is nothing to scoff at here. The game has large influences of game play from the games of old, but everything with it has a distinct flavor of new to it. You ever listen to artists that mash up songs to make their own? It’s very much like that and it is super fly, fool. You have your hacking and your slashing, puzzles, and some pretty sweet mini games to boot. I am excited for the game to release in May (May 11th 2010 to be exact). I think the thing that I am most excited about is the music in the game, It has such a “Neo-Old School” feel to it that I can’t stop listening to the music on the website. Listen to it. I want to wake up to that every morning.

The only thing I could hope for right now would be an old school controller to go with the game to get that feel on touch basis. But hey, that’s hardly a complaint about the game. Again check it out when it drops on May 11, 2010.