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C'mon, you know the code...

Posted : 9 years, 9 months ago on 19 March 2008 08:03 (A review of Life Force)

Yet another game that you could give yourself a few extra lives to get you through the tough times.

This was a cool NES game back in the day where you could fly through space with a buddy and fight aliens, and space snakes, and flying brains with eyeballs, and argue over who should have gotten the power-up.

Yes I beat it, and yes I used the multi-life code.

Over and over again.


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Reverse that and try it again

Posted : 9 years, 9 months ago on 19 March 2008 07:58 (A review of Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones)

This is the first and only PoP that I've played so far, and I do plan on checking out the rest of the series, then maybe the storyline will make more sense.

It is a fun game with lots of cool moves and the ability to rewind, which comes in very handy (and necessary) throughout the game. I also like the push-button cues to make you perform tasks, and that since I do mess them up, I can rewind and try that one again. This game takes some skill and I died quite a few times, and there's this odd feeling that a lot of the gameplay and themes and all that feel a bit like God of War.

Good times though, pick it up in the bargain bin, I did.

Last I played I was at the multi-part final boss that drove me so crazy that I haven't played it in months. I may beat it, some day....


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"I'll pick 'Epic games' for $800, Alex"

Posted : 9 years, 9 months ago on 19 March 2008 07:47 (A review of God of War II)

I would definitely describe this game as "epic". There were many times during the story where I'd stop wailing on the baddies for a sec to look at the level design and the sheer awesome-ness of it all.

Although I did die and yell at the game for cheating a few times... I did find that overall, it was easier than the first one, though it really was different game play. There is a great sense of how "enormous" the levels are (you'll know what I mean) and as typical, you're out for revenge, so bloody violence is mandatory.

The story line is cool, the fight moves are different, and cool, and the graphics look fabulous on the PS2. I can't wait to see what GoW 3 will look like on the PS3. I also like Harry Hamlin as Perseus, nice Clash of the Titans reference there.

And while I'd like to unlock all of the unlockables, I did "ok" on Normal, I cannot imagine I could beat it on God-mode. And Titan? Forget it. I'll just go online and find screenshots of the other costumes, because that's as close as I'm going to get.


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D'oh!

Posted : 10 years, 6 months ago on 8 June 2007 04:29 (A review of The Simpsons: Hit & Run)

Wait a minute, a Simpson's game that's actually good?

Yes, this one is a lot of fun, good driving, fun adventures and extras and side-missions. And of course voiced by our favorite people, I would expect no less.

It is homage to GTA, but that's okay, it works out well for this cast, and I thought some of the races got somewhat challenging as the game went on. I thought about trying to get 100%, but then I thought, "Nah."


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Pook

Posted : 10 years, 6 months ago on 8 June 2007 04:24 (A review of Crewel Lye Crewel Lye: A Caustic Yarn a Caustic Yarn (Xanth Novels))

I like this one for a few reasons, and here they are in no particular order:

1) Takes place in the past when things were simpler in Xanth
2) Jordin's power is cool, and is used quite well in this story
3) I am horrible at guessing what will happen in books
4) A switch you say?
5) Just your standard adventurer fare, as told by our narrator, Jordin the Barbarian.

But, how will it end....?


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Nimby

Posted : 10 years, 6 months ago on 8 June 2007 04:20 (A review of Yon Ill Wind (Xanth, No. 20))

I wasn't too excited when I went to read this one, I totally judge books by their covers. Literally.

But after finishing this book, I found it to be one of my favorites of the series. It could be who the main character is and his "infinite" powers (although limited in this form). Maybe it's Chlorine and her rise from nothingness? Or it's the Mundanian family that's accidentally arrived and handles the magic well. I think I wanted to be traveling along with them.

Gang gets together to save the day, there you go.

Not that I'm ruining anything, you knew it would happen, but it's those last several pages that just get me...

As usual with the Xanth series, there's a love story, wait, there are several love stories in this one?

No way....


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Red and 3-D?

Posted : 10 years, 6 months ago on 8 June 2007 04:12 (A review of Virtual Boy Wario Land)

I like Wario, he's pretty cool, and this was an interesting, if not challenging game in 3-D (sort of). Typical adventure of the Mario-Wario kind, run around and jump on things, although I think looking at all that black and red might have made me feel angry. I think I sold my V-Boy.

Actually, I don't think I've ever met anyone in person that had a virtual boy, that or it never came up in casual conversation.


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Soap Opera?

Posted : 10 years, 6 months ago on 8 June 2007 04:08 (A review of Final Fantasy XII)

It's taken me a little while to get used to this one after playing X and X-2 so much. This one seems to be more "serious" and "dramatic" with all its politics and betrayals and such while the previous were light and fantasy-y (yeah, that's a word in my dictionary).

Of course the graphics are amazing and the overall look of the game is great. There's plenty to run around and do, side missions and all. You can run around to try and kill stuff or explore whatever you want but you are (sort of) forced into the missions because you have to lvl up and upgrade weapons, armor, etc, or you will be killed.

Quickly.

As I said, at first I was "eh" about it but now I can't stop playing! I think I have plenty of game left to do, and I may try and cover the entire license board (or so I think). So much to do and so little time...

The music is a little cheesy for my tastes. But still a 10.


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Spoiler free review

Posted : 10 years, 6 months ago on 27 May 2007 02:43 (A review of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End)

First review? Alrighty.

Went to a full house show of the 3rd PotC, and it's one heck of an action packed adventure. It's darker than the previous one, lots of random characters gettin the sword, and just the overall tone of the film. I do have to agree with the critics in that there were some elements that were confusing, there are a few things that seemed odd and unexplained, but I'll see it again, hoping that they'll be cleared up. You have to see it on the big screen for the amazing effects and battles, and there are plenty of twists and turns as each character tries to fill their own agenda.

It's tough to talk about the movie without giving away anything, so go and see it before someone lets slip what happens...

And definitely stay after the credits...


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Ogre

Posted : 10 years, 7 months ago on 16 May 2007 01:35 (A review of Xanth 5: Ogre, Ogre)

Out of the twenty-something Xanth books I've read over the years, this is my favorite.

I've gone through it several times (read the thing in a day the first time), and I'm not all that sure why. These always have a love story, which is nice, and the hero (or heroine). Plus, Smash is an Ogre, which means super-strength, and that just has appeal to me.

I guess I won't write a summary of the book, you can always read the back cover, but I like these because I get lost in them, and lost I do.


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