Archive for October, 2011

The new season of Walking Dead started back a few weeks ago on AMC. So far, I am not disappointed, however I am really hoping it lasts more than six episodes, but I have a feeling each season will be six episodes. Now, normally I wouldn’t complain about a six episode season, but six episodes just isn’t enough to hold me over for a full year, and I am sure I am not the only one. To be honest, I almost forgot about the show.

However, in the end, I am going to enjoy whatever AMC decides to give me. Six episodes or more. Although I am totally going to hope for more. Just sayin’.

I do admit though, this Zombie craze is getting out of hand though. Don’t get me wrong, I fucking love zombies! I was loving Zombies long before it was cool to love them! However, there can be too much of a good thing. So, how do I know Zombie Love has reached that stage of “Too much of a good thing”? Well, my first clue was when Zombies started turning up in Call of Duty Games, and then when more zombie games than I could count started appearing on shelves. Most recently when comics started having The Crew of the Enterprise battle hordes of the undead.

However, what really made me shake my head and say “Enough is enough!” is when a local furniture store had a commercial featuring Zombies, who apparently were really sleepy after a hard day of brain sucking, and needed to buy some beds…I think.

So, bottom line, keep the zombie stuff flowing, I love it! However, slow it down a little.

Silent Hill: Shattered Memories

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Silent Hill: Shattered Memories is a Silent Hill game released on the Wii, PSP and PS2 game consoles. It’s labeled as a re-imagining of the original Silent Hill game, but I want to be really clear on one thing. The game is nothing like the original Silent Hill game. In fact, it plays nothing like a Silent Hill game at all! If you changed the name of the game and characters, you wouldn’t be the wiser that it was somehow connected to the Silent Hill Franchise.

Now, just because the game is different, doesn’t mean it sucks though! In fact, I found the game to be quite enjoyable! Right up until the end, which was a huge letdown! However, every minute leading up to that letdown was great experience, and one that I don’t regret.

Now, at first I was disappointed. I was hoping for basically a remake of Silent Hill, since I have been wanting to play it again, but utterly detest the original Playstation. So, when I began playing and saw, that aside from some of the names, it had nothing to do with the original game, I felt a tinge of disappointment.

After awhile though, that all Changed. I began looking at the game as a standalone title, and not tossing it into the Silent hill pot, and found myself enjoying it on its own merits.

One of the features of this game, is that there is absolutely no combat! So, if you are expecting your typical “shoot at things that make you jump” type of Survival Horror, you should probably look elsewhere. What this has instead of combat however, is much more unique and interesting! It has “Creature Chase” sequences. When the world will freeze over, and the monsters will come out. The game then switches to a frantic chase game. You have to run from the monsters until you reach a safe area/puzzle room.

So, is it good or bad? Well, as I said, it’s nothing like Silent Hill, so if that’s all you are craving, then steer far away from this game! If however you want a survival horror game that’s different, I highly suggest you check this out!

So, if it’s not like Silent Hill, then what is it like you ask? I suppose the closest game I can think of, would be similar to Alan Wake, except good! It’s basically what Alan Wake should have been! The similarities are too numberous to count. Sure, I have always said Alan Wake reminded me slightly of Silent Hill, however Alan Wake and Shattered Memories have more than just small similarities, at least in my opinion.

The part of Shattered Memories that stands out most for me, is a scene where you are asked to color in a picture of a house. The idea of coloring isn’t very outstanding, true. However the results of that coloring session is! After you Color in the picture, the scene shifts to a house. The house is colored however you colored it in the photo! Right down to the color of the mailbox, and the color you choose for the husband and wifes clothes.

In terms of graphics, this game is amazing! Sure, it may not be able to stand up to Alan Wake, or the God of War games, but keep in mind, this game is on the Wii, PSP and PS2! These aren’t exactly systems known for the best of graphics! In fact, the PS2 is a last gen console! You can hardly expect it to live up to current gen console standards. So, taking into consideration that game consoles limitations, the games graphics are amazing!

Terra Nova (TV series)

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It’s that time of year again, When television stations wheel out a batch of new shows for your viewing pleasure. Some of these shows are Kick-Ass and time well spent watching. While others suck so much, that they have yet to invent a word to describe the level of suckitude.

So, I decided to give you my impression of just a few of the new shows I found myself watching, as well as a couple returning favorites!

Terra Nova
This is probably my favorite new Series. I mean, it’s got dinosaurs, Time Travel, and an underlying mystery. What more could you want? Plus the CGI and scenery is gorgeous, so that’s an added bonus!

Whitney
Have you ever seen one of those Comedy TV shows, that has a character that’s an aspiring actor or actress? I am sure you have, it’s not like it’s a rare concept.

Now, in that comedy do you remember the episode where the aspiring actor/actress got a job in some TV show? Then they have the segment of the episode where the actor/actress sits around the TV with their friends to watch the TV show the actor/actress got the part for?

Remember how cheesy and just stupid the fake TV show clip was? Now, imagine that fake cheesy TV episode clip stretched into a real 30 min episode. That’s what Whitney is like! It’s just that bad!

Up All Night
A show about a couple who have recently become first time parents.

As terribly boring as that plot is, that’s about the best part of the show so far. It’s just 30 mins of a couple whining and complaining about the effort of taking care of a child. So far anyway, as episodes air, that might change. So far though, not my cup of tea, and not even Christina Applegate can keep my interest in this show.

Revenge
This seems like it could be a decent show, however the story seems to be unfolding rather slowly, and therefore losing my interest rather quickly.

New Girl
My favorite new comedy! Of course, that could be because Zooey Deschanel is one of my favorite actresses. I say this, because the show doesn’t really seem to be everyone’s cup of tea. In fact, everyone that I know, that has seen it, didn’t care for it.

This season isn’t just about new shows though! There are tons of shows coming back for new seasons, so I felt it only fair that I discuss some Returning favorites as well!

Dancing With the Stars
Big Brother may be over, but DWtS has just begun! So, far I am fairly impressed with the stars this year, and think this seasons star power as a whole, is probably the most dance floor talented cast that has graced previous seasons.

That being said, it also has Nancy Grace dancing around, which is a disappointment. Not because I dislike nancy either, but because in my opinion she is a horrible dancer! I don’t know how she survived the first few eliminations!

Supernatural
I am really getting fed up with the whole heaven/hell/angels storyline of supernatural. This has been going on for a few seasons now, and I would rather it go back to typical demon/monster slaying! Focus on some shape shifters and vamps! Forget the angels!

Two and a Half Men
I am going to be blunt here. This season sucks! Why? Because of Ashton Kutcher, that’s why! His character acts like a total dumbass! It’s almost the same character as Kelso, and to be honest, Kelso wasn’t my favorite 70’s show character.

Plus, Ashtons character is a dumbass! So is Jon Cryer‘s character! That’s two dumbasses playing off of each other without a straight man! Sheen was Cryers Straight man, and it worked brilliantly! Now, no straight man!

Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying the show wouldn’t work without sheen, in fact I think if they had John Stamos playing opposite of cryer as a straight man, it might even be better than when Sheen played in it.

Sure, a lot of people tuned into watch it. Who wouldn’t? With all the controversy surrounding the show and Sheen, everybody watched it! Even my Grandma, and my Granny doesn’t watch anything! Just because people tuned in, doesn’t mean they will continue to, once they see what all the ruckus was about.

Bottom line, if I were to guess, I would say this would be two and a half men’s last season, it might be able to squeeze out one more after this, but even if they did, I highly doubt it would go much further than that.

It’s ok though, the series has had a good long run.