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Mindless Babble: Thing + Sackboy = Awesome

In case you haven’t been following things (no pun intended), the folks at Marvel are collaborating with Little Big Planet to release a set of costumes based on a number of Marvel heroes and villains as well as a new level pack.

Well Marvel has released an image today of Sackboy dressed up as one of my favorite heroes the ever lovin’, blue eye’d Thing.

Marvel is releasing a new image everyday this week, so be sure to check Marvel.com for new ones.

*Also note that this costume alone will be breaking my vow of not buying Little Big Planet costumes for about a year or so now.

The most adorable "Thing" you'll ever see. (pun intended)

Categories: Awesome, Comics, Video Games

Mindless Impressions: Transformers War for Cybertron

So far form what I’ve played of Transformers War for Cybertron is really good.  I’ve only played through the first 2 chapters of the Decepticon campaign, and I’m really quite pleased with what I’ve experienced so far.

War for Cybertron is a 3rd person shooter, which takes place on Cybertron long before the Transformers landed on Earth.  You can take control of either the Autobots or the Decepticons, I choose to go with the Decepticons because it’s seems to be the way the story naturally unfolds.

If you’ve played a 3rd person shooter before than you can guess what to expect from the gameplay from War for Cybertron, the only difference here is you can transform into stuff.  The control is tight and responsive and the transition form robot to vehicle is quick.  The controls for each form are pretty much the same, so you don’t have to figure out what does what everytime you transform.

You go into battle with 2 other Transformers at your side controlled by either AI or 2 other players through online co-op. You can choose form the start of each chapter which of the 3 Transformers you’d like to play as and each one plays a bit different each with their own special abilities.

For example for the first chapter I choose to play as Megatron who’s special ability was to drain health from enimes and give it to himself.  While on the 2nd chapter I played as Starscream who’s special ability was to release a shockwave that would damage any enemies around him.

You start off with certain weapons but as you progress through a chapter you can find new ones and swap them in and out for new ones you may find.  Weapons in War for Cybertron are standard fair for what you would get in a 3rd person shooter: shotguns, machine guns, sniper riffles, etc, but with a Cybertronian twist.

Being the trophy whore that I am one feature I’m really glad that was included in the game was a counter to let you know how your progressing for certain trophies.  For example there’s a trophy for shooting the thrusters off of flying enemies and each time you successfully do this it tells you and lets you know how many more you need for the trophy.

I haven’t touched any of the multiplayer stuff, but so far I’m really enjoying War for Cybertron, and you can expect a review once I’m done playing it.

Categories: Video Games

Mindless Update: Transform and Roll Out!!!

So after the events of Mindless Rage I’m happy to report that I was finally able to exchange my empty case with a case with a game included.

So I’m going to play for a bit than I’ll have some early impressions of Transformers: War For Cybertron up in a little bit.

Categories: Life, Video Games

Mindless Review: Toy Story 3

I just saw Toy Story 3 and I can easily say that not only is it my favorite of the Toy Story movies, but is also the front runner for my Movie of the Year.

The movie starts off with a fantastic opening sequences (and one of the highlights of the movie) in which Andy is playing with his toys but everything is happening as Andy sees it in his imagination.  When play time is over we see a series of events occur through the eye of a video camera in which Andy is growing up.

Fast-forward to present day and Andy is 17 and ready to head off to college.  Having long since left his toys in his toy box longing for the day when Andy will play with them, the time comes for Andy to decide what he will do with his old toys.  Events unfold and we find Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz (Tim Allen) and the gang at a Sunnyside Daycare with hopes of being played with by children for years to come.

But we soon learn that there’s a dark side to Sunnyside and the movie turns into a prison break movie with toys.  It’s at Sunnyside that we meet many of the new characters for the third installment including Lotso (Ned Beatty) the Lots-O’-Huggin’ Bear and leader of the toys at Sunnyside and Ken (Micheal Keaton) one of Lotso’s men.

There’s also alot of cameos from a bunch of toys you might recognize playing with throughout the years.  My personal favorite is the appearance of a plush Totoro doll.

There are alot of very funny moments in Toy Story 3 some of my favorites involve Mr. Potato Head and a tortilla, and Buzz’s spanish mode.

The last half hour or so really picks up in terms or action and suspense.  The set pieces that we find the toys in and is a real testament to the storytelling and animation abilities of the people over at Pixar.

It’s hard to review a Pixar movie because you already know what to expect from them.  Great animation paired with some great storytelling and great performances by the cast.  The love and care that Pixar takes in all it’s films is definitely present here and maybe even more so since it’s returning to the franchise that started it all.

Ultimately what we have with Toy Story 3 is a tale of what happens to our toys when we no longer need them.  And it’s a tale thats filled with plenty of laughs and a few tears at the end (yes I’ll admit my eyes got a bit watery).  Toy Story 3 shows why the folks at Pixar are masters of their craft.

Toy Story 3 is a great movie that anyone young or old can enjoy, it’s a great third installment as well as a great way of brining the story of these toys to a close.

Toy Story 3: 9.5/10

Categories: Movies, Review

Mindless Babble: Cakes and Lies

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a huge fan of Portal, and the announcement of Portal 2 coming to the PS3 at E3 has gotten me super excited.

My excitement of Portal 2 has led me to start playing through The Orange Box again.

Having just finished playing through Half-Life 2 it’s astounding how well that game still continues to hold up. And still remains one of my favorite FPS’s.

I like many others was disappointed to not hear anything about Episode 3 of Half-Life at E3 but Portal 2 is still a very good consolation prize.

Anyways the point of this post is because I just thought of a great real life situation to use the expression “The cake is a lie”.

Heres what you do.

Invite some people over for dinner and tell them that you bought some cake for dessert.  Make a big deal about how this is the some of the best cake that you’ve ever had. Than when the moment of truth comes serve something lame like fruit for desert.  When your fellow patrons ask where the cake is simply look them right in the eyes and shout, “THE CAKE IS A LIE!!!”

Yes I know it’s obvious but I just thought of it so shut up!

Also let it be known that I can’t be held responsible for any ruined relationships because you promised them cake and than lied about it.

Categories: Cake, Mindless Babble

Mindless Rage

June 24, 2010 1 comment

I decided today that I wanted to buy Transformers War for Cybertron, so I went down to Wal-Mart because I heard they were selling it for $40.  When I got there they only had two copies left, so I happily purchased my copy and made my way home.

It was when I got home that my happiness turned into rage.

I open game case and what do I see?  A blank CD staring at me.

Thats right I had a blank CD in place of what should have been a game.  So I called Wal-Mart and told them of what happend, and they told me that if I came back to the store they could exchange the game.  Not thinking in my state of rage to ask if they still had any copies left, I jetted back to the store to exchange my blank CD for the game I bought.

After waiting in a slowly moving line, I got up to the costumer service counter only to discover that they had no more copies.

So Wal-Mart in all their benevolence didn’t give me my money back or store credit but instead told me to come back another day when they got more copies.

I asked when that day would be but of course they had no idea.

So thats just dandy.

So not only did I not get my game that I paid for but I can’t even go to another place to get it cause I can only exchange the copy I got with the same game.

So now I have to wait and play phone tag with Wal-Mart to wait and see when they get more copies in.

You would think with all the money they have Wal-Mart could figure out some way to know when they get stuff in.

But thats just crazy talk right?

Categories: Life, Video Games

A Mindless Introduction

June 23, 2010 1 comment

If your reading this it means that you’ve discovered my blog or your someone I know who cares enough to read it.

In any case good for you!!!

I’ve decided to start this blog in order to keep my writing skills in top shape during the summer, for when I go back to school.

For those who don’t know I’m a currently a journalist in training over at Sheridan College.  When all is said and done I want to become a video game journalist.

In any case this blog is all about me and whatever I decide to write about.  There will also be a lot of video game stuff since I’m an aspiring video game journalist.

I’m going to try and update this everyday but I might miss a day or two (or just get lazy).

So for those of you who decide to read this I hope you enjoy.

Categories: Uncategorized
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