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

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 the only survivor and must swim to the nearby lighthouse.  Inside the lighthouse, we ride a bathysphere down to the underwater city of Rapture.  You are contacted on a service radio by a man named Atlas.  Atlas tells you that he [...]

Review: Mass Effect 2

May 28, 2011 // 5 Comments

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 January 18, 2011. After playing through the demo that was released on PSN, I immediately pre-ordered the game. Finally, after years, and all the hype and praise, I was able to experience a Mass Effect game… a [...]

Review: Titanic

May 28, 2011 // 11 Comments

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 includes a snobbish mother (Frances Fisher), a spoiled rich boyfriend (Billy Zane), and oh yeah, a sinking ship (Titanic). All to be together and live happily ever after. I joke because Titanic has the long standing reputation of being classified as a “chick flick”, all because of the central story of the movie, the love story between [...]

Review: Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare

May 22, 2011 // 5 Comments

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 done and so well polished, that Rockstar released it as a retail game packed with the other DLC content for Red Dead Redemption to sell for $30, meaning you don’t even need to have Red Dead Redemption to [...]

Review: Live and Let Die

May 20, 2011 // 0 Comments

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 the official franchise in six films dating from 1962 to1971. For those of you that may now already be suffering from Sean Connery withdrawal, my only solace for you is that Sir Connery will return in my examination of the non-canonical Bond picture ‘Never Say Never [...]

Review: L.A. Noire

May 19, 2011 // 11 Comments

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 finished the main story, I’m not exactly feeling the same way. Exploring 1947 Los Angeles is still an absolute joy. I really can’t heap enough praise on Team Bondi and Rockstar Games for the [...]

Review: The Other Guys

May 18, 2011 // 1 Comment

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 Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Samuel L. Jackson as badass detectives in a major metropolitan city. Though these two were not nearly as big a part of the movie as the trailers suggested they still managed to steal the show every time they popped up, and of course, their scenes made [...]

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

“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 seventh installment in my series of reviews covering the famed ‘James Bond’ movie franchise. This time around the movie we’ve got on tap is 1971’s ‘Diamonds Are Forever’ starring Sean Connery once more in the role of secret agent Double O’ Seven for what would be the final time for [...]

Review: Enslaved – Odyssey To The West

May 14, 2011 // 5 Comments

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 you can control named Trip. In the beginning, it seems like it is going to be an elaborate escort game, after all Trip has placed a mechanical headband on you [...]