Posts Tagged ‘25th’

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Review: Civilization V

February 25, 2012

It feels like far too long since I’ve done a proper review. Talk about network decay. But we’re not here to talk about references to TVTropes, we’re here to talk Civ V. I really don’t have much of a history with the Civilization series – my first encounter was Civ III, and I remember not really enjoying it.

After hearing so much on the internet about Civilization IV, I decided to try it out. I wound up falling in love with it. I would spend upwards of thousands of turns and dozens of hours just seeing how far I could take it. After seeing all sorts of positive things about Civilization V on the internet, I decided to check it out.

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The New Facebook Timeline Format: Eeah?

January 25, 2012

Before anyone asks, I’m working on the Carny review through a cold, but it will be up. But since I saw about the new Facebook format on the news (By the way, great journalistic focus, guys), so I decided to check it out.

It’s alright.

Admittedly, I don’t really have any stake in this – I really only use Facebook for some of the games – but I really don’t see what all the hate is about. Sure, it’s maybe a little more clunky having a line with posts attached to either side as opposed to the individual posts, but it’s honestly not that bad.

It’s part of human nature to be averse to change. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t. I happen to think it works this time, but you’re more than welcome to think otherwise. That’s what freedom is all about.

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Review: Hacker Evolution Duality

November 25, 2011

Hoo boy.

This one…I don’t even…where do I…It’s not good. It’s not horrible, but it’s not good.

They changed the game mechanics from the original, first of all. That’s not the bad thing. In fact, I kind of like the new interface. A lot of people are calling it more like a real time strategy game, but it reminds me more of the way special attacks work in the more recent Final Fantasy games. You have two attacks to take down firewalls: a denial of service (DoS) attack, where you have to match the data levels on various ports with sliders, and an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack, delivered by a fucking GoldenEye satellite!

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Review: Hot Fuzz and Vindictus

March 25, 2011

Y’know, for all the things that Telltale Games can do capably, where they really fall short is actually TELLING PEOPLE WHEN THEIR SHIT IS COMING OUT. I am willing to lay my reputation on the line by saying that Episode III has been finished for a month or more, and Telltale is just incredibly shitty about publicizing release dates. Anyway, enough bitching about this. Let’s get to the actual reason you’re here. Here’s Hot Fuzz and Vindictus.

Completely honest, when I heard that Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright, and Nick Frost were coming together for a send-up/homage of police actions, my response was lukewarm at best. Sure, I loved Shaun of the Dead, but that’s a genre that I like. I am a big fan of most zombie movies, and even that got too far into drama territory for my liking. Plus, I wasn’t really a fan of the sort of cop movies that this was supposed to be like (until fairly recently), so I really didn’t see anything in this movie for me. And then, one weekend when there was absolutely nothing else on, I watched it on Comedy Central. Holy fucking shit. I was completely wrong about this film. When you can take two lines of dialogue about an escaped goose, change one word to apply it to murder, and make it relevant to the plot, you’re doing it fucking right.

I’m going to keep the plot synopsis kind of short, because there is just so much more that I want to say about this movie. Simon Pegg plays PC Nicholas Angel, the best PC in London. So much so that his superiors (Martin Freeman, Bill Nighy) decide to promote him to Sergeant and send him to a small town in the country because he makes them look bad. On his first night, he arrests his partner-to-be Danny Butterman, played by Nick Frost.

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Review: The Dirty Dozen and Call of Duty

February 25, 2011

The Middle East is conspiring against this blog. Or at least that’s what I would say if I was an insane conspiracy nut who didn’t know any better. In all seriousness, the people in Tunisia and Egypt and Libya deserve just so much credit, because they are infinitely more brave than I am. Here’s hoping that everything over there gets resolved with as little bloodshed as possible.

Anyway, on to less serious matters. Here’s The Dirty Dozen and Call of Duty.

The movie stars Lee Marvin as Major Reisman, who has to convince twelve imprisoned soldiers (including such notables as Donald Sutherland, Telly Savalas, Charles Bronson, and former Cleveland Browns running back Jim Brown) to join a unit to be dropped behind enemy lines. Once there, they are to infiltrate a French château, and kill every Nazi therein.

Along the way, they have to deal with domineering Colonel Everett Dasher Breed (Robert Ryan), the skeptical Major General Worden (Ernest Borgnine), and the inherent challenges that come from organizing twelve anti-authority prisoners into an efficient Nazi killing machine.

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