Monday, March 31, 2014

The Seasonal Order: Spring 2014

Well, spring is in the air! The sun is out, winter is over, and it's time to focus on the flowers and the brighter things in life. Work is winding down and summer is just around the corner, so it's time to relax, unwind, and enjoy some good movies and games! As always, here's the general order of what I MOST LIKELY, not will most definitely, see and do in the next three months.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Top 10 Worst Pokemon

I may have said how some Pokemon can have brilliant designs to them, but there are also a significant amount that just look plain awful, and I mean AWFUL. When creating this list, I had to whittle it down from a Top 20 list, and that's saying quite a lot. But why are there more Pokemon designs that I hate than I like? I think it mostly has to do with expectations. When you come across a Pokemon that looks cool or cute, it's meaningful and gives you that incentive of catching it. When you come across an awful Pokemon, you either feel forced to capture them out of pure spite to finish your Pokedex, or you feel that your team does not deserve to have these Pokemon on it. The Pokemon I chose for my list are the balance sheet Pokemon, the ones that you are forced to catch just to fill out your dex and never use them again. So without further adieu, here are my Top 10 Worst Pokemon as of right now.

Friday, March 28, 2014

South Park: The Stick of Truth Review

In order to fully like South Park: The Stick of Truth, one should at least be somewhat familiar with what South Park is. If you don't know what South Park is, then just go watch one of the hundreds of stellar episodes that are available. No seriously, just watch a single one and come back......... okay! So, if you thought that episode was good, then Stick of Truth is exactly that, but only in video game form. To say that Stick of Truth is a season of South Park in video game form is no understatement, and it's pretty damned special in that regard, albeit with a few kinks in it.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

The Grand Budapest Hotel Review

The one thing that I'm trying to do this year more so than last year is to branch out and see films I normally wouldn't see. More often than naught, I usually stick with what I know I'm going to like and, generally speaking, I'm pretty satisfied with what I see. But this year, I want to strive out and see movies that I generally wouldn't see. I saw Nymphomaniac Vol. 1, and I'm going to be seeing The Purge: Anarchy when it comes out provided my schedule isn't booked. So adding onto the list of "Movies I'd Never See" is The Grand Budapest Hotel, a W.S Anderson movie that has been getting glowing reviews since it had a limited release in the beginning of March. It finally had a wide release this weekend, so I gave it a look see.

Friday, March 21, 2014

The Walking Dead Season 2: A House Divided Review

Trying to review The Walking Dead Season 2 is a tricky beast. Due to the nature of episodic releases, the game is coming out in five episodes spread out over a year long gap. In that gap, a question becomes apparent on how I can review the game. Should I review the entire season when it's all completed, or should I review each episode when it comes out? Back in December, I had no idea what I should do, so I didn't review the first episode of Season 2, All That Remains. Looking back on it, I feel like that I should do episodic reviews to convince people why they need to be playing The Walking Dead Season 2, despite the quality issues between each episode. I thought the first episode had some solid setup, but does A House Divided give the payoff we're looking for?

Monday, March 17, 2014

Nymphomaniac Vol. 1 Review

I don't really have an anticipated films list honestly. Usually, I start to get excited for a film about a week or two before its released, when the commercials, ads, reviews, and previews begin to flock the internet, my TV, and whenever I see other movies. That being said, I do have a short list of movies that I am looking forward to in 2014 (and by short I mean I can fit them onto one hand), and one of them is Nymphomaniac. Nymphomaniac is unique in the case that the movie has been split into two parts and are being released only a month apart instead of a year or so. While it sucks that I can't just watch the full movie in one go, I realized that Nymphomaniac is four hours long, so trying to get through it in one go would be a taxing effort. It would be even more taxing though if I knew in advance just what kind of a movie I was getting into.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Top 10 Favorite Pokemon

Everyone loves Pokemon! I love Pokemon, you love Pokemon, the whole world loves Pokemon. I've been on a bit of a Pokemon binge this last year, essentially playing every game in the series over the course of last year. I started with Gold, went to Sapphire, then to Red, Pearl, Y, and finally White. I've seen all sorts of Pokemon, and I've caught a fair amount of them. I've done Nuzlockes, I've done play-throughs, and I've mastered essentially every gen. So now the question has arisen; what are my favorite Pokemon? So it's time for a top 10 list! This is a strictly personal list of what Pokemon I would choose in a heartbeat, regardless of skill, strength, or appearance. These are just the ten Pokemon that have a soft place in my heart. Oh, and my list has zero first gen Pokemon. I just don't like them enough to have them merit a spot on my list. So that being said, here are my Top 10 Favorite Pokemon!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Oscars 2013, or how the Academy was actually right for a change

So this is a break in the norm for me. I'm not really doing any review. I'm actually just going over the cataclysmic, world changing events of last night's Academy Awards. So.... yeah I don't really have much to say. I guess I can start off that more often than last year, I was almost in complete agreement for most of the awards last night. Last year I was very split with how Life of Pi won a ton of awards, Django Unchained should have won more awards than it did, and Argo pulled a Best Picture win out of its ass. This year was a lot more fair and had the most deserving movie win. So here are the most memorable things to talk about for last night, for better or worse.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

One Piece: Romance Dawn Review

One Piece is a series that I'm sure most people have heard of, but aren't aware of how popular it really is. One Piece is a manga and anime series that, as of right now, has sold the highest number of manga volumes in existence and has been in publication since 1998. To say that One Piece is a monster of a franchise is a complete understatement. And yet, most Westerners have no idea what One Piece even is. I mean, it's popular, but not to the cataclysmic extent as it is in Japan. It's even worse for video games. Since the release of One Piece: Unlimited Adventure in 2008, the series has had barely any games released in North America. If a One Piece game was released, it was usually only a digital only release that wasn't well marketed. The same applies for One Piece: Romance Dawn, except for the fact that the game actually had a physical release in an insanely limited run. Only 16,800 physical copies of the game exist, so it has to be good if it's so rare, right?