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Review: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

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Review: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

Based on a six-volume graphic novel series by Bryan Lee O’Malley and directed by Edgar Wright, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World tells the tale of titular character Scott Pilgrim, a naïve 22 year-old slacker and his relationship with the girl of his dreams, Ramona Flowers. While the plot, at its core, is rather basic, i.e. guy must fight to get the girl, the world O’Malley has crafted in his books is significantly different than the world we know, a universe whose physics seem to be based on video games. And it is that world that makes this love story interesting and engaging. The situations are absurd, the characters are ridiculous, and that’s what makes you want more. Understanding this, Wright has taken this bizarre world and, with his own smash-cut style of filmmaking, created a smart, fast-paced film that very rarely stops being funny or engaging. Read On

Babel Rising – iPhone Game Review

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Babel Rising – iPhone Game Review

The iPhone game is called Babel Rising. The story about the Tower of Babel, which you can read at Wikipedia.  (tl;dr version – People try to tell God “Yo, we are as good or even better than you that we too can reach the heavens. God gets mad and kills them.)  In this game you play as god and use several different powers to make sure humans don’t ever complete their tower.

Read the full review and check out the gameplay video past the break. I recorded it while on the toilet.

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Ballistic iPhone 4 Case Review

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Ballistic iPhone 4 Case Review

Well the line might have been long but I was going to get my iPhone 4. I lined up rather early at the AT&T launch at my local store. There was a downside to purchasing the phone that early and that was the lack of Case Choices. With only 3 cases to choose from and 2 being bright florescent pink you could say there was a bit of a shortage. Well Ballistic was nice enough to send us a review unit of their HC Series for the iPhone 4. I decided to put the case to the ultimate test the San Diego Comic Con. It would be a full week of use, with tons of walking. How’d this case hold up?

Full Review and Fall Test Videos after the break.

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Review: Hyperballoid HD – PS3

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Review: Hyperballoid HD – PS3

During the early stages of my Gamer life there were a few titles that I really enjoyed but was just terrible at. From a certain Hedgehog to the ultimate bane of my gaming existence Arkanoid. The game went on to spawn a variety of spin off titles better known to the cellphone age as Brick Breaker. I did get good at the cellphone version but the arcade would always allude me. Hyperballoid HD is out on the PSN, it takes the brick breaker style and gives an an HD update. How does this game compare to previous Brick Breakers?

Full Review after the break.

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Product Review: Nyko Core Controller – PS3

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Product Review: Nyko Core Controller – PS3

These days, controllers seem to be the bane of a gamer’s existence. With all the wireless technology, vibration feedback, motion-sensing gizmos, and integrated Bluetooth tech in the case of Sony and Nintendo, it’s no wonder controllers are nearing the $60 mark. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather use that money to buy a new game. And while there may be cheaper alternatives out there, I’ve always been a first-party guy when it comes to video game accessories. Something about third-party accessories has never sat well with me. Maybe it has something to do with some of the weird designs these third-party peripherals tend to have. Regardless of that, with controller prices the way they are right now, I figured it was time to start checking out some of the cheaper alternatives, starting with Nyko’s Core Controller for the PS3. Read On

King’s Quest: The Silver Lining Debut

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King’s Quest: The Silver Lining Debut

If you are anything of an old school PC Gamer you probably remember the beloved King’s Quest Series. One of the first of the Point and Click adventure genre. It’s interesting to see how the King’s Quest series has evolved over time, especially in terms of the system requirements. Going from an old school VGA setup to the gaming of today. Having played through a couple of the games I very interested to discover a new entry into the series. The game is called The Silver Lining and will follow an Episodic release schedule.

The first episode debuts today at 1:00pm PST. 

Be sure to check out the Silver Lining’s website for download information.

Be sure to check back with PixelatedGeek.com for a full game review.

Giant robots can’t save War for Cybertron from mediocrity

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Giant robots can’t save War for Cybertron from mediocrity

There are precious few problems that cannot be solved by the judicious application of giant robot. Such is the deep wisdom of the nerd nation, the guidance of many a game developer, and Transformers: War for Cybertron seems to have been made with little else in mind.

Alchemists sought to transform base metals into precious ones. This game accomplishes the reverse: transmuting the golden awesome of giant robots into the dross of banality. Read On

Retro Gaming Reviews: Crash Bandicoot (Naughty Dog, 1996)

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Retro Gaming Reviews: Crash Bandicoot (Naughty Dog, 1996)

When people think of platformers, characters like Mario or Sonic are usually the ones that come to mind, being the most prominent and well known among gamers. But, back in the mid-90s, another would-be mascot graced the video game world; one that had the potential to rise to greatness before crashing and burning when the original developers moved on to bigger and better things. I am, of course, talking about Crash Bandicoot.

Released in 1996, Crash Bandicoot was seen as newcomer Sony’s answer to popular mascots Sonic and Mario. A 3D platformer, the game put Naughty Dog on the map, a company that would eventually go onto such projects as the Jak and Daxter series and the Uncharted series. And, while the Crash Bandicoot series would fall by the wayside after Naughty Dog moved on, the original games would remain classics.

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Review: Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (Sony PSP)

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Review: Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (Sony PSP)

Metal Gear Solid 4 was to be Hideo Kojima’s final entry in the MGS series. Then again, he said the same thing about Metal Gear Solid 2 and 3, so it’s no surprise to see him come back for one more last hurrah. Enter Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker for Sony’s PlayStation Portable, the second MGS game for the PSP and title first true Kojima title on the system. Unlike the previous PSP entry, Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops, Peace Walker was helmed by Kojima himself and meant as a true sequel as opposed to a side story like Portable Ops. In fact, during development, the original title for the game was Metal Gear Solid 5: Peace Walker. Now, I’m sure that statement is a bit confusing. After all, given that the last main MGS title was for the PlayStation 3, developing a full sequel to the series on a portable system seems a little…odd. However, despite the small package, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker does in fact feel like a full-on Metal Gear sequel. Read On

BlackLight: Tango Down – Chris’ Thoughts

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BlackLight: Tango Down – Chris’ Thoughts

The Ignition Entertainment team was nice enough to invite PixelatedGeek and the L.A. crew (Raul and me) over to their offices in Pasadena for a hands on preview of the upcoming summer title, BlackLight: Tango Down. With the risk of sounding redundant and repetitive we have decided to give you both mine, and Raul’s perspective on the game.  Move past the break for my thoughts on BlackLight: Tango Down.

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