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Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions

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Marvel is my all time favorite Comic company. I also love most of the newer movies and games that have been released and based on Marvel properties. So, when I heard about the release of Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, that was going to give you the ability to play, not just one spider-man, but 4 different spider-men from 4 different established marvel realities. Unfortunately, Zombie Spider-Man wasn’t one of the characters.

In any event, I picked the game up for the PS3, because I wanted to try and build my trophy list on that system. What kind of differences are their between the games on different platforms? Couldn’t tell you, but this review will be regarding the PS3 version.

The first thing I noticed was that the cutscenes were boring. They weren’t very animated, and I suppose this was done to reflect the Comic book history of the characters, but to me it was just a humdrum experience. Other than the cutscenes however, the games graphics were beatiful! The cartoony look gave just the right tone to the game, and helped put me in the proper mind set for the game.

One thing I found disappointing was, how different it was from previous Spider-Man titles. It wasn’t the same style or gameplay that I have grown to love and expect from a spidey game. Instead of the world being free-roam and sandbox, it has become very linear, and is broken down into “Levels”. Each level requires you to play a different spider-man, and battle baddies in a different location within their universe.

Maybe the gameplay format isn’t a big deal, but it’s what I have grown to expect, and to be honest; I am not thrilled with linear level based gameplay anymore, unless it gives you some sort of freedom.

I sincerely hope, that this isn’t what we can expect from future Spider-man titles. I hope, that after this release they will return to the normal sandbox style of gameplay and leave the linear level based gameplay behind.

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Let's Give the Boy a Hand

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It’s time for old favorites to be returning to the moving picture box, that we affectionately call the T.V., not only that, but also time for new shows to grace our doorstep. The majority of the new shows in my opinion stink though. However, there are a few that show promise. Like, Raising Hope for instance. I wasn’t interested in the show when I first saw some ads for it, but when I actually watched the show, I was impressed with it.

One show however that I didn’t find amusing or impressive however was the new sitcom series “Outsourced”, which is based on a movie of the same name. Now, I didn’t like the movie at all, so it came as no surprise to me, when I rolled my eyes watching the series. I did kind of hope that the show would improve on certain aspects of the movie, instead it seemed like just a lot of rehashing of the same garbage that the movie tried to shovel down the viewers throats.

There were a few other shows released this year, but none of them I found really noteworthy.

Onto the returning favorites! First, Dexter returned this year, and as usual I was very excited about that, seeing as how it’s one of my favorite TV shows. When it came on, I sat in anticipation with a bag of ruffles in one hand, and a can of pepsi in the other. Bottom Line; The season premier was a slight disappointment, it was a tad boring, but that’s to be expected. The season has to get into full swing, and really after least seasons finale, it’s going to be really hard to top!

Another show that came back this year, was Smallville. Considering I am a major comic book geek, it’s probably not much of a surprise that this show is listed as one of my favorite shows right? The first thing, and probably the worst thing, is that this is going to be the final season of smallville, It’s going to be sad to see it go, although I honestly don’t see why it has to go anywhere. I mean, just end this season and go full on Superman! Costume, flight, everything. Let Smallville pass away and start up “Yet even MORE new adventures of Superman”. Tom Welling I doubt would refuse the role, because seriously, I doubt he can do anything else that isn’t Clark Kent related. It’s what he’s known for and people will continue to see Clark Kent, no matter what role he is doing.

There’s a lot more shows obviously out there, but I don’t have the time or space to comment on each and every one of them. Pick up your TV remote, and watch some! Then, if you feel so inclined, come back and let me know what you think of a certain show that’s airing this season.

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Are you familiar with the term ReBoot in terms of film franchises? Some people might not be, so a quick explanation and examples will be given. A reboot, is when a film franchise either grows stale, or just runs out of material, or just received bad reviews. The idea is, if instead of doing a sequel, they just start over again, and hope they can re-write everything from scratch. They can use old characters that might not be alive in the previous version. Personally, I am not a fan of film reboots, but whatever!

Some examples of ReBoots in films:
 
Batman was Rebooted and called Batman Begins.
The Karate Kid was Rebooted and called The Karate Kid,
HULK was Rebooted and called The incredible Hulk.
James Bond got a reboot called Casino Royale
Classic horror films like Halloween, Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm St. all got rebooted.

The point of this post? The point is, there’s two upcoming Reboots, that I am really not Excited about. I think one has been rebooted ENOUGH and the other, I think should continue along the same path it has been, and if need be, just recast. Films Recast different actors in their role all the time. How many batmen were there before the reboot? like, 4 or so? How many James bonds before the reboot? Can’t even begin counting!

The first film is “The Punisher“, and this ticks me off because it’s already been rebooted. Not once, but twice! Is three times really necessary? I don’t think it is. Either continue along a path, or just give up on the punisher flicks all together.

The second film is Spider-Man. Sure, it had a good run! Three kick ass films, and I was looking forward to a fourth, but that’s now Not going to happen. The films getting a reboot, so will be starting from scratch with a new actor, who has never had the experiences as the peter parker from the previous three films. Yea, I know it gets complicated.

So, yea. Basically I am not a huge fan of Reboots.

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Cover of Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

 

 Back in the 80’s they released a movie about teenage time travelers. No, I am not talking about back to the future! I am referring to Bill & Teds Excellent Adventure, which starred Keanu Reeves in one of his earlier roles. Unlike the DeLorean from back to the future, Bill & Ted used a phone booth, kinda like the TARDIS but nowhere near as cool looking, and definitely not as roomy.

The movie centered around 2 highschool losers, who needed to pass a history test so they could perform at a music event. To ensure this happened, a Time traveler came back in his phone booth, and took the kids out on a journey through time. All so they could pass their history test. The premise sounds extremely stupid, I agree. However, the movie developed quite a large cult following, and even spawned a sequel, as well as a comic book series, An animated series, as well as a short-lived television series despite the films sheer stupidity.

That was then, and thankfully the world moved on. Bill & Ted is perhaps the worst film franchise in the history of bad film franchises. It basically, is a film better left to rot in the past. Forgotten for all eternity. Will that happen though? Hell no! Apparently, they are in development of Bill & Ted 3. Seriously, a third film after this long? It’s not even a reboot, it’s part three! They actually want to continue the so-called story, and not just recreate it to make it less lame.

Lindsay Lohan is in trouble yet again apparently! This time around, she has allegedly failed, not one, but two a drug tests. For shame Lindsay! For shame!

What happens to Lindsay now? Well, she apparently was sentenced to remain in custody until october 22nd, with no bail. Only, that’s not exactly what happened! Another Judge stepped in, and granted her bail, so now LiLo is all set.

The moral of this story? It’s good to be famous! I have also learned that Lindsay looks good in mug shots. Hell, she looks hotter in mug shots than she does in most movies. Perhaps she should consider doing some female prison movies.

I would also like to say, that Lindsay isn’t the only celebrity who looks good in mug shots. Paris Hilton does a good mug shot too, although nowhere near as good as LiLo’s!

The Fall Guy

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When I was just a wee little tyke, I would stay up late at night sometimes and watch old TV show reruns. I remember, one of my favorite of these old shows was called “The Fall Guy” and starred Lee majors. I remember when it would come on, I would build a little tent out of my pillows and blankets, and watch it in big eyed amazement.

Now, I am not sure how many of you are familiar with the show, but it’s about a hollywood stuntman, who is also a part-time bounty hunter, and he uses his hollywood skills in his night job. It was also in the 80’s and anyone who’s familiar with action shows of the 80’s know that they are chock full of explosions. Fall guy was no different!

Last night, I noticed that one of our local stations was airing old re-runs of The Fall Guy! I haven’t seen the show in years, and was anxious to see it again. So, I tuned in and began watching. Unfortunately, about 10 mins into the show, it dawned on me, that the show kinda sucks! It wasn’t as good as I remember. Perhaps my tastes have changed? I don’t know, but for whatever reason, it lost its magic.

You know what? On second thought, maybe it was just because I was missing my make shift tent!

Logo used for Rockstar Games's Grand Theft IV.

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So, I was sitting here, trying to decide on an MMO to try that I haven’t yet tried. After careful consideration I decided to give the game called APB a shot. I looked around at my favorite online stores, and couldn’t find it anywhere! I knew something was up, because it’s not like I could be misspelling the name.

After digging around, I decide to try to find the games website, assuming that maybe the game for some reason is only available for purchase through their store. To my amazement, their website was also gone! Curiouser and curiouser I thought.

After even more hunting around the internet, I discovered that APB had closed it’s doors! That’s right, the game had shut down. Now, the fact that it shut down isn’t the odd part. I mean, MMOs do have a habit of shutting down, especially the way the economy is these days. What is surprising however is how quickly the game closed down! After only being open for 3 months, they decided to call it quits.

You read that right! Three Months! APB now as far as I know, has the distinction of being the shortest lived MMO in gaming history, so congratulations on that!

I guess I will just have to stick to GTA IV in free roam mode.