Monday, July 13, 2009

Modern Warfare 2 Prestige Edition Details

Coming straight from Infinity Ward is a video of the unboxing of one of the year's most anticipated games; Modern Warfare 2 (video at the bottom of the page). Now, there comes a twist. There are 3, yes 3, editions of Modern Warfare 2 you can get your hands on. First there is the regular old game in the regular case. The second edition is called the "Hardened" edition and comes complete with an exclusive Steelbook case.

Now I want a complete new paragraph for the third edition. This edition is known as the Prestige Edition. Now this aint your grandma's special edition videogame. No, this is 21st century stuff. In the Prestige Edition of Modern Warfare 2 is a pair of night-vision goggles. Real, full sized night vision goggles. I can't even express how cool that is. Also included is the Hardened edition of the game plus an artbook and a token for redeeming the original Call of Duty 1 game for the Xbox Live marketplace.

Now I don't know what the prices for these games will be but I'd speculate:
Regular - $59.99
Hardened - $79.99 (Confirmed)
Prestige - $129.99 - 159.99

Now those aren't final, but my personal guesses. Now here is the unboxing video:

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Bruno - Review

I'm just going to come out and say it: the funniest movie of the year.

If you loved Borat, then Bruno will be right up your alley (just like Bruno's finger, but that's a whole 'nother story!) The creator of comedic characters such as Borat and Ali G, Sacha Baron Cohen, is back to prove a point. In his newest movie, Cohen proves that he is the most bold and daring actor in the business.

Bruno revolves a gay Austrian fashonista who believes his place in life is fashion. In Austria, Bruno is a pretty famous fashion designer with his own show. This however all seems to hit the fan when Bruno decides to don an all velcro suit. While in this "suit",he manages to wreck an entire fashion show going on and is immediately thrown out. His TV show is canceled and he no longer is allowed a front seat anywhere. So he decides he go to Los Angeles to become a celebrity.

Sacha Baron Cohen is a comedic genius. The timing, the well rehearsed script, everything seems to flow well. Roger Ebert said that Bruno "doesn’t contain 30 boring seconds" and I totally agree. I about gagged laughing numerous times (one time involving a floppy penis..) Coen doesn't even has limits. At one point in the movie he tries to seduce Ron Paul (yes, the presidential candidate!)

Coen shows no limits and I appreciate that. He exploits the stereotypes and issues that are wrong with society. Sure, he does it in a way that is appalling and vulgar, but hey he's doing it!

If you go see this movie, prepare for complete shock as Bruno will leave you grossed out beyond your mind yet will keep you laughing the entire 80 minute run time. I'd recommend.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Most Anticipated Games of 2009

This year, there are a huge arsenal of games coming out. New Rock Bands, yet another Guitar Hero and Madden game. There are just tons of them. It was hard picking out the game I was most anticipated for. So here are mine:

Call of Duty4: Modern Warfare was easily the best shooter of 2007. The campaign was stellar, with haunting surroundings found in Chernobyl as well as many other things that truly left me in awe of the detail that was put into the game. The multiplayer however was what kept me coming back for more. Besides Gears of War 1, I had put more time into this game than I have before. Modern Warfare 2 should be one of the best titles of the year.

Bioshock, bioshock, bioshock, oh how I love thee? The sequel to the 2007 GOTY Bioshock is set to come out in November and boy am I ready. The original was single-handedly the most unique experience I have ever felt in a game before. The sounds, the environments, the enemies were so ingenious. No game surprised me more that year. Now Bioshock 2 comes this year with all new special features. The biggest one however is that we get to play as a big daddy. Now I know you're saying, "we got to play as a big daddy in the first one, what's the big deal?" In Bioshock 2 hoever, we get to use the drill (can I get a hell yeah!?). Oh boy, that drill will be fun :)

The Rock Band franchise has decided to take page out of Guitar Hero's book and adopt a game that focuses on one band. The Beatles: Rock Band comes sort of as a sequel to my favorite rhythm game ever, Rock Band 2. Knowing Harmonix, the game will be twice as good as RB2. I'm sure of it.

Ever since the release of The Dark Knight, us fans can not get enough Batman. Arkham Asylum looks to be the first big budget videogame adaptation of the Caped Crusader. With the appearance of the Joker and the brutal fighting, it's no wonder this game appears on my list.

There are my picks, what are yours?

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

NERF 2 Coming Armed with All New Gun

Nerf 2: N-Strike Elite is set come loaded with an all new snazzy gun. The 'NERF Switch Shot EX-3' comes loaded with a built in decoder "which reveals hidden elements when the screen is viewed through its ruby-red lens".

New options for your in-game gun also come loaded with your copy and co-op is supposedly been upgraded.

I may be a little old for these types of games, but I totally want to try it out. I never got to play the first NERF game for the Wii, but these games give me the greatest nostalgia of playing Duckhunt for the NES as a kid. Hopefully I get a chance to try this baby sometime.

NERF 2: N-Strike Elite should release sometime this autumn.

[Source: Kotaku]

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Alan Wake: Possibly Timed Xbox 360 Exclusive?

According to a post by a Dev working on the upcoming hit game, Alan Wake, PC gamers might have to wait to get their hands on their copy Alan Wake. The user says, "Unfortunately all I can say at this point is that we're focusing all our efforts on the 360 version and will be making comments in regards to the PC at a later in time." In a nutshell, it seems that they're working on getting the Xbox 360 version of the game done first. This seems to be clear indicator that Xbox 360 owners will get Alan Wake first, leaving PC gamers in the dust.

There isn't a confirmed release date as to when Alan Wake will hit shelves but a rough guess-timation would put it around spring of next year (2010).

[Source: Joystiq]

Monday, July 6, 2009

Preorder 'Left 4 Dead 2', Get Early Demo Access

According to, Valve is planning on giving an incentive to gamers who pre-order the sequel to the 2008 massacre of the zombies, Left 4 Dead. Every gamer who reserves a copy of Left 4 Dead 2 will receive a code to download the demo earlier than everybody else. You may get the code by pre-ordering from a retail store such as Gamestop or by ordering through Steam. No details as to when the demo will start or for how long we get early access.

Left 4 Dead 2 will release on both the Xbox 360 & the PC on November 17th.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Public Enemies Review

Public Enemies starring Johnny Depp released this past Wednesday and I got a chance to view it earlier this week.

Public Enemies, directed by acclaimed director Michael Mann, focuses on the story of John Dillinger. An American real life gangster, Dillinger was notorious for robbing banks throughout the midwestern United States. According to him the police were "not tough enough,smart enough, or fast enough" to catch him. He was glorified by the public and was hated by the Chicago police. He was virtually uncatchable until July of 1934 where he met his demise in front of the Biograph theater in Chicago.

The plot for Public Enemies is certainly an interesting one. Melvin Purvis (Bale) heads the FBI team in charge of hunting down Dillinger's gang who never seem to be in the right place at the right time. Dillinger escapes capture for more than two years even while keeping his 'daytime job' and wooing a girl (Cotillard).

Johnny Depp certainly has some acting chops. His portrayal of the gangster Dillinger was outstanding, top notch. The look, the expressions, the wittiness was all above expectations. He blew me away. He had this 'flare' about him that told me he was John Dillinger.

Christian Bale disappointed me however. He played the lead FBI agent, Melvin Purvis, who had a strong southern accent. Nothing seemed to flow about him and his character. The dialogue seemed forced and out of place. His accent felt as if he was doing a MadTV skit. With Depp, I felt I was watching Dillinger. With Bale, I felt as if I was just watching Christian Bale trying to be someone he wasn't. I know he can act, but this wasn't the right role for him.

Marion Cotillard played the girl of Dillinger's affection, Billie Frechette. She may not be a household name, but she held her place. It never felt as if she was being overpowered by Depp's presence. From the trailer, Frechette seems like a helpless girl, caught up in Dillinger's world. By the end of the movie, Cotillard had me believing she was the real person. She brought toughness to her character by the end of the movie. She surprised me the most of all the performances in this film.

There are some things I have to complain about. The running time was a bit too long. Some scenes were just too drawn out. The action filled scenes will Dillinger and his crew robbing banks seemed dwarfed by scenes involving Purvis and his team trying to catch him. I wanted more Depp and guns and less Bale. Please Mr. Mann.

There was no characterization anywhere in this. This kind of stuff isn't the fault of the actors however but it falls on the shoulders of the screenwriters. We never see Dillinger before he becomes a bank robber, we never know why he wants to do this. He just tells Billy that there are places he wants to go. The same thing happened with Bale. It seemed like starting a TV show 15 minutes in and stopping before it ends. We never learned motivations for any of the characters' actions and we never know what they felt about each one. Dillinger > Robs banks and goes home. Takes his money and sleeps... Purvis > He shows up to stop Dillinger. That's it. We don't see Purvis's personal life, nothing.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed watching Public Enemies. It was great seeing Depp take a more conventional approach to his character. The plot was great, I was never bored. There were some major and minor flaws present but it's easy to look past them while gazing at the beautiful shots of Michael Mann's offspring. My rating: B+

I'm Back :)

Happy 4th of July everyone!

Well, I came to post here to say that I'm bringing this blog back. Hopefully we will get this train running full speed in no time. Any requests for stories or movies to review is always helpful too.

(Yeah, I know short post haha)


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