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Trailer Lovin’

August 12, 2012 Leave a comment

Sorry about last week, but there was nothing interesting.  This week’s a bit better!

Kung-fu AND steampunk?  YES, PLEASE!

 

 

I don’t know how to feel about this…  I loved the original, but North Koreans invading the U.S.?  A bit FAR fetched, don’t you think?

 

 

If you DON’T want to see this, we can’t be friends anymore.

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Categories: Cartoon, Fantasy, Horror, Humor, Movies

5yphon’s Top 5 Games of All Time

January 18, 2011 1 comment

What games define you as a person?

Not an easy answer as many of you know.  Today I was thinking this precise question.  The absolute quintessential games that speak exactly about your persona.

Let’s take a gander at my personality, these are my top 5.  In no particular order mind you.

#5 – Super Mario Kart (SNES)

I don’t want to brag, but I am friggin’ awesome at Mario Kart.  In college, I told a buddy that I have never lost a game.  Obviously, he challenged me.  We played on his laptop emulator.  “By sheer dumb luck” he forgot his other game pad.  He used his gamepad vs my keyboard.  I still kicked his ass.  Hard.

#4 – World of Warcraft (PC)

It’s pretty obvious why this is up here.  Let’s not shoot more dead horses.

#3 – Silent Hill 2 (PS2)

I am a horror buff.  To this day, in my opinion, the series has yet to capture the tenseness, and the fear that playing this work of bloody art gave me.

#2 – God Of War (PS2)

Not only do I own all the games, but I have the comics too.  Yes, there were comics.  It’s not that I like Kratos (he is pretty amazing), but as long as I can remember I have been a Greek Mythology geek.  This was a dream come true.  Or nightmare?

#1 – ActRaiser (SNES)

I dare you not like the music in this game.  Not only is this the absolute best 16-Bit music score I have ever heard, you get to play as GOD and kick the devil’s ass!  What’s not to like?

It’s primarily these games that made me want to make games.  I don’t know what that says about me, but I think I like who I am.

Zombies on TV?

July 17, 2010 5 comments

Since ol’ Master Zombie scooped me on the Green Lantern pics, I have decided to scoop him on AMC’s The Walking Dead.

Bonus points if you can name who's dead in the comics!

Owned.

Alan Wake – Review – Survival Borer

This game should be put back to bed.

When I first heard of Alan Wake years ago, I was pretty excited at the thought of a new series of survival horror.  Then Alan Wake was thrown into development darkness.  It’s taken quite a while to get here, but we finally have the game, and honestly I can’t really say it was worth the wait.

Let’s take a look at what the game did right.  The story itself is really interesting and is about a horror writer that has basically been sucked into one of his own stories.  In particular, it’s a story that he hasn’t even written yet.  Along with this you have the sub plot as he tries to figure out what happened to his wife before he got sucked into the story.  Here is part of the issue I have with the game, the idea of a horror writer being sucked into his own story has been done before many times.  There are horror cliches throughout the game, but none of them particularly have their own uniqueness or spin on them.  On top of that, they are spread out so much that the game doesn’t feel like an homage to anything really.  Overall the only thing that really stands out about the story and ideas presented in the game is the way Alan narrates the events you see in the game as if you were reading a description on the page.  This idea helps bring to life some of the visuals you see as well as gives you a look into Wake’s psyche as the game progresses.

Now we can look at the flaws the game brought to the table.  The first key flaw being…

THE GAME IS NOT SCARY.

There. That “surprise” all caps sentence was scarier than the entirety of the Alan Wake game.  The first half hour of the game had more fear driving elements in it simply because you didn’t know what to expect, but everything after that is so repetitive that nothing is startling in the slightest.  I was so excited for this game as a possible revitalization of the survival horror genre, but instead it’s more of a survival suspense or perhaps a survival ‘oh that’s a little weird.’  Alan Wake has six episodes in the game and episodes one through four are as follows. (spoilers)

You’re in the woods. It’s dark, but not really that dark as you can still clearly see every tree and bush in the ambient moonlight. A shadow man sneaks up behind you. The camera slows down and pans back to show you what would have been surprising and a little scary and is instead spoiled by a “heads up.” You shine flashlight on shadow man.  You kill shadow man. You run to cabin.  Nothing scary in the cabin, it’s just a boring normal cabin. You restock supplies.  You move on.  You find a page of the book you’re in that warns you about EVERY SINGLE surprise that is coming up before it happens ruining the surprise.  It’s now daytime so the game finds some excuse to make you sit around and do nothing until it’s night time.  You’re in the woods.  It’s dark…

It just repeats like this for the first eight hours or so.  That is the biggest issue with the game really.  It’s hard to be scared by something that’s just so formulaic.  I understand its hard to really break away from repetition in a video game, but there just needs to be more variety.  This rings especially true in a horror themed game.  All these places you visit are just so boring.  There’s nothing scary about any of them.  Perhaps the most unsettling scene is a fresh deer carcass that was in someones basement, but unless it got up and started attacking me there’s just nothing at all intimidating about it.

The enemies you fight in the game are just as boring.  They are just guys with weapons and shadows on them.  You shine a flashlight on them and the shadows go away and you kill them.  There really isn’t anything horrific about guys with axes when you have guns.  The other enemy is flying tractor parts and bulldozers that drive themselves.  I guess that might be scary if I was a farmer or a construction worker.

The other issue I have is that the game gives you a comedic sidekick through most of the game.  If there’s one trope I despise in horror stories, it’s the funny guy.  The purpose of them is always to lighten the mood from the darker elements and make you feel safe, primarily so they can scare you later from that safety.  I prefer my horror to always be dangerous and have the idea of safety come from the actual ideas that the person might make it and the like.  I think humor is a bad way to make the audience feel safe.  In the game its even worse though because it takes such a focus to the forefront that it belittles the drama of the story.  One part in particular just infuriated me at the stupidity of it.  *Spoiler* There is a scene near the end of the third episode I think where Alan Wake and his agent Barry escape to a house while being chased by the darkness that creates the monsters and such.  There they decide it’s safe and choose to get plastered on moonshine.  What the hell!? You’re in a life threatening situation and something is STILL after you and you decide to get drunk!?  Part of me wants to think that they are making fun of horror cliches by doing this, but I don’t think the game is that smart. *end spoiler*

One more problem are the TV’s you find throughout the game.  When you find them they will either automatically activate and a scene will play out involving the live action actor Alan Wake is designed off of as he rambles madly about writing.  These are jarring when you have the virtual world of the game.  They are even more jarring than having a CG character mixed with live action.  Other times they will play clips from a fake show called Night Springs which is a Twilight Zone style show.  This is also done in live action and prove to be more parodies than anything too interesting.  Two TV’s in particular actually played advertisements for real products that were involved in product placement in the game.  That made me pretty mad because you actually got achievements for finding them.  So you were rewarded and almost forced to watch advertising if you want to complete the game 100%.

All in all the game was interesting at times, but just fell on its face in all things horror related.  The game talks about being a psychological action thriller, but it just really doesn’t deliver on that market either.  The game never tries to mess with your head, the action is spotty and repetitive, and the only thrilling part about it is the fact that the enemies are as fast as you most of the time.  The game looks great and the sound is really well done, but for all the time it had in development I was hoping for so much more.

I Like TV!… Again!

April 21, 2010 2 comments

I am a very busy guy.  I have a full-time job.  I am married.  I have a baby daughter that likes to stay awake.  I also play World of Warcraft.

I fit TV shows where I can.

I got an iPhone a couple months ago, and now I have been able to catch up on my TV watching.  I know I have missed a lot, but I just had to share the shows that I just CAN’T miss watching on my phone during my lunch hour.

In no particular order:

Fringe

Mad crazy scientists AND parallel realities?

In my honest opinion, the geekiest show on TV.  All the craziness is actually based on “semi-real” scientific principles.  Who cares that some of it just doesn’t make any sense at all?  Genetic manipulation, parallel realities, cutting-edge robotics, Leonard Nimoy, the show has it all!

V

Yes. The peace of digesting in my stomach...

The remake of the super-campy V series from the 1980s.  I loved the part where the Visitors ate cats and their jaws extended like snakes to swallow them whole…  I wonder if they’ll do that now?

Burn Notice

It's Elvis!

If you’re NOT watching this, turn in your geek card right now, because you just lost your street cred.  A TON of geeky things in this spy action/drama/comedy.  Gunfights, explosions, MacGyverisms (who knew that you can make an x-ray machine from an old TV?), and Bruce Campbell.  Let me say that again.  Bruce FREAKING Campbell.  Now go watch.

Dexter

A serial killer after my own heart... Not literally.

I love this show.  Apparently there is a book series as well.  I will be checking this out as well.  But, a serial killer who only kills murderers?  And its a black comedy?  Favorite quote:  “I will not kill my sister.  I will not kill my sister.”  While she is crashing in his pad and making herself a general nuisance.  PURE GOLD!

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5yphon’ Trailers of the Week!

April 12, 2010 Leave a comment

Sorry for the late edition!  My WoW guild had me raiding pretty hard this week…

On with the show!

People with scorpion tails???  I totally want one.

I LOL’ed at this.  I just love Sam Jackson.

I’ll just leave this here…

Swamped currently with projects.  Lots of stuff in works.  In the meantime I’ll leave you with the one thing that is supremely glorious and terrifying at the same time.

KFC's Double Down. Yes it's bacon and cheese sandwiched betwixt two pieces of fried chicken..

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