Welcome everyone to another Sai Mecha round. This time, it’s Round 2 of the Earth Side tournament. You can see reactions to Earth Side, Round 1, and Colony Side, Round 1, here. We’re now down to a select few mechs left.
So I have only seen one of the Resident Evil movies and I wasn’t in love with it. But I do love the Resident Evil franchise with a passion even though the fourth game kind of sort of made me a terrible Spaniard…but anyways, I don’t know anyone who actually watches these movies seriously, if at all.
But when I saw there was a new one coming out, how could I not watch it like the trailer junkie I am? And this is what I saw:
So…I am going to keep this as calm and cool headed as humanly possible. Because I am a critic and a skeptic and must refuse to believe that Hollywood would make anything that would actually respects the fans of the source materials. But…
There’s been a lot of talk going around about the latest Hitman: Absolution, which is apparently sexist toward women. I’m here to tell you it’s not–if observed through proper context. First off, we’re talking about Hitman here. Hitman for Christ’s sake! The entire Hitman universe is dark, gritty, and non-sensical. It didn’t surprise me in the least bit that there were killer nuns wearing latex. And why are people getting outraged that Agent 47 is killing them in a brutal manner? They’re assassins trying to kill him; it’s only natural he defend himself. He’s not a saint–he’s a stone-cold killer.
Let’s be honest here – videogame companies can sometimes play us for chumps. They want that initial $60 we offer up after rushed production, cut corners, and overblown advertising. Even the most fail-proof games can be horrifying disasters.
But at the same time the most bizarre game concepts, designs, and stories have turned out to be some of the best games in gaming history, despite the strange ideas behind them. So here’s my list (completely subjective of course) of the top 7 Would-Be-Flops Successful Videogames. Why? Because sometimes you gotta try a crazy idea to get results!
7) Kingdom Hearts
Why it seemed like a flop: Freaking Disney? What self-respecting adult is going to play a game loaded to the brim with Disney characters and cutesy designs and probably some less than mature themes? More so, it tries to market itself to players of JRPGS, a generally older crowd, while keeping the Disney feature front and center, obviously for younger kids.
Why it works: Nostalgia is a more powerful tool than most give it credit for. I mean, sure, we all SAY we’re too old for Disney but we’re never too old. Fighting against your favorite Final Fantasy characters is great, but fighting alongside Donald and Goofy? Going to the worlds of your favorite characters from all the movies? Defeating the Boogey Man, Ursula, and Captain Hook? EPIC EPIC EPIC!!!
Here we are on a Tuesday and what are we talking about? Call of Duty, yet again…I know I am kinda bored of it too but man oh man does it rule our lives sometimes. In this post I’ll attempt a dialogue with…myself.
Matt: So what are we talking about in terms of CoD today?
Matt: What about multiplayer, Matt?
Matt: Ah good question Matt…we are gonna discuss if it CoD multiplayer is dead or not.
Matt: Lovely topic Matt. Please go on.
The future is awaits! It can be yours for only $300. It slices, it dices, it’s a legitimately good idea. Or perhaps it’s got dollar signs written all over! But alas, some things in life are just not meant to be.
No, we’re not talking about the Sega Activator or the Power Glove. Those things didn’t work at all. What I’ll be addressing today will be devices that actually worked to some degree or were well ahead of their time but for some reason or another just couldn’t get off the ground.
Today I’ll be giving you my top 12 video game intros.
Honorable Mention: Darksiders
The short intro explaining the back story of the war between Heaven and Hell was great. Then to see NYC fall under attack only to have War epicly enter was even greater.
*WARNING SPOILERS AHEAD*
This past Sunday was the season finale of Game of Thrones. What did I think of it you ask? Well let me tell you. I am going to start out with the very end. Having read the first 3 books I was very pleased with what they have done so far. The ending of this season finale was quite well done and I loved the way they depicted the white walkers. The stone cold look and the chilling physical appearance left me wanting more from this episode, but sadly, I will have to wait.
Judge: Hey there ladies and gentleman, Laevatein and I here to give our reactions to Sai Mecha Colony Side, Round 1 just like we did for the Earth Side, Round 1. To get things kicked off, any initial thoughts about the pairings?
Laevatein: Well, it seems like most of my picks won.
Judge: There were definitely a lot of staple choices in this round. First up: Turn A vs. Tauburn (72.3% vs 27.7%). Pretty easy matchup for the Turn A.
Laevatein: Yeah, I fucking love the Turn A, so I voted for it. I’m kind of surprised, since it seems nobody likes the designs, but, well, it destroyed the Tauburn, and I can see why. I fear for the Turn A’s performance in the future.
Judge: Really? I don’t think it will have much trouble. It may look extremely goofy, but it’s a classic. Butterfly wings ftw. Second matchup: Kshatriya vs. Durandal (61.84% vs 38.16%) . I had a feeling Kshatriya would easily win.
Recently, I’ve discovered the wonderful company that is Falcom. Having been around for a very long time (longer than Square, even), Falcom is pretty much one of the Japanese giants. However, unlike Square, their games never caught on as much outside of Japan, as they never set up a Western branch. Additionally, until recently, they only ever developed games for the PC, and handed out licenses to third parties for console ports (which almost always wind up being quite bad).
Anyways, so the Ys series of games is pretty famous for pretty much pioneering the action RPG genre. While Ys I and II did a good job of detailing what happened to the land of Ys in the past, Ys Origin takes a further look into what went on, and specifically, concerns itself with climbing the immense tower and coming up with a solution to Ys’ demon problem. So how is Ys Origin? Is it worth throwing $20 (or whatever insane price it’ll be at after some Steam sale) at your computer screen? Well, despite constantly comparing it to Ys: Oath in Felghana (an excellent remake of the third Ys game), I’m having fun with it.