|Heroes Season Premiere Review||September 24th, 2009|
So, the season looks it is going to be what it promises, redemption. We have Heroes from all over looking for redemption, and I think each one will go in different ways to find it. Tracey looks like she might start working for the government and maybe even start hooking up with Noah. Nathan wants to reconnect with his family and start fresh with them, even calling Peter to talk to him about what is going on with him and his newly discovered powers lately. Peter is saving as many lives as he can and not letting anyone know who he is or why he is doing it. Claire is trying to start fresh in her new school while Matt is trying to have a relationship with his wife and son again. Even the new characters are looking for redemption, the carnival people are looking like they too want to be redeemed for everything they have done in their pasts.
The characters won’t be the only ones seeking redemption. The show has been called confusing in the past and having so many characters to keep track of at one time can be hard, so this season the writers are going to be doing less storylines per episode with the hope that viewers won’t be as confused as they had been in previous seasons.
I think the combination of the new format along with the storylines of redemption is going to be good. As one episode, I think it set up the tone for the rest of the season and I think that this season might just be the redemption that the show has needed since season 2.
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|Friday the 13th Review||August 9th, 2009|
When Hollywood says that they are doing a remake of a movie, you expect it to be the same movie that they did years before, maybe updating it for the current generation. Friday the 13th doesn’t do that. Friday the 13th acknowledges what happened in the first movie with his mother, but then kind of retells the follow-up movies in a totally different way.
We start out with Jason’s mother being beheaded and Jason coming out of the woods after seeing this and taking her head to his cabin. We then fast forward presumably years later and have a set of teens in the woods looking for a marijuana plant. That group all presumably get killed and then a few weeks later we see one of the girl’s brother coming to Crystal Lake to find his sister. He runs into another group of teens who is looking to have fun at Crystal Lake, and like the group before them almost all of them die.
If I ruined anything for you in that little summary then obviously you haven’t ever seen a Jason movie before, since all of them have to deal with teenagers getting away from their parents and authority figures all together to have some unsupervised drinking, drug use, and sex up at Crystal Lake.
So how does this count as a re-imagining and not just another sequel? Well when we first see adult Jason he is wearing the bag over his head like he wore in Friday the 13th Part 2. In the film he finds the iconic hockey mask. It has nods to previous movies, like the wheelchair from a previous movie, and even the kills are nods to previous movies. It even answers some questions, like how does Jason get around Crystal Lake without being seen? (Series of tunnels) And why aren’t the residents afraid to live in Crystal Lake? (If you leave the actual lake alone and not bother Jason, he won’t bother you.)
The movie also gives Jason more humanity than previous movies. You see his bed when he was in camp, his toys, and he does something in the movie he hasn’t done in any movie, he kidnaps a girl who looks like his mother and takes care of her in some weird sick way.
The Killer Cut edition has additional scenes that weren’t seen in theaters, but other than that the DVD is lacking in extra features, though I would still recommend picking it up if you are a fan of horror, or a fan of the Friday the 13th Franchise. I’m going to give this two ratings, one for how it compares to the other films in the series and one for how it stands up as a whole. Compared to other films in the series it is a 9 out of 10. Overall I give the movie a 7 out of 10.
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|Batman Arkham Asylum Demo Review||August 8th, 2009|
I will tell you right off the bat that when Lindsey told me before that Batman couldn’t jump I was put off. How are they going to make a Batman game if Batman can’t jump? At first it sounded preposterous. Then I played the demo.
It is very true that you cannot control when Batman jumps, however if you are doing a combo he will do a jump kick, but you cannot stand and just jump up and down, but if you think about it, when making an authentic Batman experience, do you even really want to? Batman is the Dark Knight, the Caped Crusader, he hides in the shadows and fights a stealthy fight, he doesn’t just burste in kicking from one enemy to another, it is too dangerous. He hides in the shadows and waits for his prey, and that is where the beauty of this game comes in, because it makes you truly feel like you are Batman.
You can run, crouch, go into detective mode, use your grappling hook, or bat-a-rang to take down enemies. You can fight enemies head on, which for unarmed ones may be okay, but when they are armed you need to use your stealth, hide in the shadows, knock out enemies one at a time to even the odds, knock one out and then run to a ledge and hop over it to get back into the shadows and hide, play as if you really were Batman.
The game play is pretty simple, but it isn’t a button masher. RB uses your grappling hook, LT pulls up the bat a rang option, and some options that aren’t available in the demo. X is attack, Y is to counter, B is a more powerful attack. A lets you run, and also dodge, climb over railings, and jump over enemies if they are close to you, basically an action button.
Now I realize that I am putting a lot of emphasis on playing as if you are Batman, but that is what this game is about. I am not talking about the Batman with the kevlar armor, I am talking about one where you don’t have much armor and enough bullets will take you down, the kind that is in the comic books, the kind that we all dreamed of being as a kid. He has no powers, he just has his gadgets, and you can use them as he would.
Speaking of being a kid, the voice acting is great, but I think that has to do with the fact that the voices are the same as the cartoons, Batman is voiced by Kevin Conroy and the Joker is voiced by none other than Mark Hamill. It really adds to the game play that such familiar voices are lending to the game, it isn’t like Spiderman where each game, or television show is a different voice actor.
If the demo is any indication of how the game is I am definitely going to pick it up. As for the rating, I am going to give it a 10 out of 10, because the game looks amazing, and it is the first one that gives you a true Batman experience. If the Dark Knight was what comic book movies should be compared to, then Batman Arkham Asylum should be what comic book games should be.
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