May 2011

Retro Mini Review: Major League Baseball Featuring Ken Griffey Jr.

May 29, 2011 // 2 Comments

Released in 1998, this is the only sports game (other than NCAA Football 2006) that has ever truly kept me coming back for more. How much more? Well, I played a full season every year until 2010…  twelve years.  So the answer to the question is, A LOT more. This incarnation of Griffey baseball wasn’t as wacky as the SNES games that carried his name, but the gameplay was as good as ever and it featured real baseball players and not simply made up guys. It featured a level of realism and ease of play, without taking itself overly serious and getting bogged down in unnecessary [...]

The Backlog Volume 4 – Bioshock (Xbox 360 Review)

May 29, 2011 // 3 Comments

PLATFORM: Xbox 360 [Reviewed], PC, PS3 PUBLISHER: 2K Boston DEVELOPER: 2K Games GENRE(S): First Person Shooter, Sci-fi, Action Adventure RELEASED: August 21, 2007(PC, Xbox 360), October 21, 2008(Playstation 3) ESRB RATING: M- Mature Hello and welcome back for another edition of The Backlog.  Tonight we’ll be taking a look at the first Bioshock.  So without any further adieu… Our story begins as Jack aboard a plane flying over the Atlantic Ocean.  The plane suddenly begins a rapid descent and crashes into the water(and right in the middle of a good cigar, damnit).  Naturally, you are [...]

Review: Mass Effect 2

May 28, 2011 // 5 Comments

PLATFORM: PS3 [Reviewed], X360, PC PUBLISHER: BioWare DEVELOPER: Electronic Arts GENRE(S): Third Person Shooter, Action RPG RELEASED: January 26, 2010 (PC, 360), January 18, 2011 (PS3) ESRB RATING: M – Mature When the first Mass Effect game came out I had neither a PC that could handle it nor an Xbox 360, and so I missed out on it. When this one, Mass Effect 2, came out I still had neither a PC that could handle it nor an Xbox 360, and so I assumed that once again I’d miss out on it. But as luck would have it, Mass Effect 2 arrived on Playstation 3 almost one full year later on [...]

Review: Titanic

May 28, 2011 // 11 Comments

STARRING: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Bill Paxton, Kathy Bates, Suzy Amis, Gloria Stuart DIRECTOR: James Cameron WRITER(S): James Cameron GENRE(S): Drama, Romance RUNTIME: 194 minutes STUDIO: Paramount Pictures RELEASED: December 19, 1997 MPAA RATING: PG-13 for disaster related peril and violence, nudity, sensuality and brief language You know the story. A poor guy (Leonard DiCaprio) wins a ticket onto the “unsinkable” monster of luxury, Titanic, and then falls in love with the mentally and emotionally lost rich girl (Kate Winslet). They run the whole gauntlet to be together, which [...]

Review: Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare

May 22, 2011 // 5 Comments

PLATFORM: PS3 [Reviewed], X360 PUBLISHER: Rockstar San Diego, Rockstar North DEVELOPER: Rockstar Games GENRE(S): Open World, Third Person Shooter, Western RELEASED: October 26, 2010 ESRB RATING: M – Mature Undead Nightmare really is something special. Priced at $10, or 800 Microsoft Points, on PSN and Xbox LIVE, it’s the kind of DLC that even the most anti-DLC person can get behind. It features additional multiplayer modes, but even more importantly a stand-alone single player campaign that will last you roughly six to eight hours depending on your play style. It’s so well [...]

Review: Live and Let Die

May 20, 2011 // 0 Comments

STARRING: Roger Moore, Jane Seymour, David Hedison DIRECTOR: Guy Hamilton WRITER(S): Ian Fleming, (novel) Tom Mankiewicz (screenplay) GENRE(S): Spy RUNTIME: 121 minutes STUDIO: United Artists RELEASED: June 27, 1973 MPAA RATING: PG for some violence and sexual content Hello everyone and welcome to the eighth edition in my series of reviews covering the illustrious James Bond film franchise. In our review from last time we sadly waved goodbye to our fine friend and most capable comrade, Sean Connery, who served us so nobly through so many daring adventures as the one and only James Bond for [...]

Review: L.A. Noire

May 19, 2011 // 11 Comments

PLATFORM: PS3 [Reviewed], X360, PC PUBLISHER: Team Bondi, Rockstar Games DEVELOPER: Rockstar Games GENRE(S): Action, Third Person, Open World RELEASED: May 17, 2011 ESRB RATING: M – Mature This review may contain spoilers. This is going to be a hard review to write, especially with trying not to include spoilers (the warning is there for a reason though). If you read my quick thoughts on the game after spending a few hours with it Tuesday, then you know what I initially thought of the game. I loved it; it was fresh and different, and the world was beautiful. Now that I’ve [...]

Review: The Other Guys

May 18, 2011 // 1 Comment

STARRING: Mark Wahlberg, Will Ferrell, Eva Mendes DIRECTOR: Guy Hamilton WRITER(S): Chris Henchy, Adam McKay GENRE(S): Drama RUNTIME: 107 minutes STUDIO: Columbia Pictures RELEASED: August 6, 2010 MPAA RATING: PG-13 for crude and sexual content, language, violence and some drug material The one remaining thought in my mind after having now watched ‘The Other Guys’ isn’t how good an action comedy it is, which it is, to be sure, or how funny a pair that Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg make, which they do, but that, I now, more than anything, need for there to be an entire movie pairing up [...]

Some Quick Thoughts On L.A. Noire

May 17, 2011 // 4 Comments

L.A. Noire, the latest game from Rockstar, and developed by Team Bondi, released today and I spent the better part of the day and night playing it. It’s going to a take a little more playing before I’m ready to write a review, but having worked my way through 11 of the 21 story cases, and 5 of the 40 side cases, (currently at 33% completion) I am ready to write to some quick thoughts on the game as a sort of mini pre-review. The game is completely different than the Grand Theft Auto games or Red Dead Redemption, and Rockstar said repeatedly that it would be. LA is a huge city in [...]

The Lonely Island “Turtleneck and Chain”

May 15, 2011 // 1 Comment

We’re Back! Mama I Just Had Sex (featuring Akon) Jack Sparrow (featuring Michael Bolton) Attracted to Us (featuring Beck) Rocky My Mic – interlude Turtleneck and Chain (featuring Snoop Dogg) Shy Ronnie 2: Ronnie and Clyde (featuring Rihanna) Trouble on Dookie Island Falcor vs Atreyu – Classy Skit #1 Motherlover (featuring Justin Timberlake) The Creep (featuring Nicki Minaj & John Waters) Watch Me Do Me – Classy Skit # 2 Threw it on the Ground Japan After Party (featuring Santigold) No Homo No Homo [...]

Review: Diamonds Are Forever

May 14, 2011 // 0 Comments

STARRING: Sean Connery, Charles Gray, Jill St. John DIRECTOR: Guy Hamilton WRITER(S): Ian Fleming, (novel) Richard Maibaum, Tom Mankiewicz (screenplay) GENRE(S): Spy RUNTIME: 115 minutes STUDIO: United Artists RELEASED: December 17, 1971 MPAA RATING: PG for some violence and sexual content “Curious… how everyone who touches those diamonds seems to die” [Warning—this review contains a couple spoilers within it, of both this movie, and also concerning ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’… If you wish not to be spoiled, cease reading now.] Hello everyone and welcome to the [...]

Review: Enslaved – Odyssey To The West

May 14, 2011 // 5 Comments

PLATFORM: PS3 [Reviewed], X360, PC PUBLISHER: Ninja Theory DEVELOPER: Namco Bandai GENRE(S): Action Adventure RELEASED: October 5, 2010 ESRB RATING: T – Teen Enslaved is a rarity in this day and age. It’s a new IP, it completely leaves out any form of multiplayer, and it’s strictly a linear experience. This all results in one of the best single player games out there thanks to a masterfully crafted story, beautiful cinematics and atmosphere, some really exciting sequences of gameplay, and some well developed combat. You play as Monkey, and you have a sidekick whose abilities [...]