Archive for July, 2010

New Segment: What Am I Playing This Week?

I’ve decided to start a new weekly segment here on Mindless Babble dedicated to whatever it is I’m playing each week.

I’ll post a new segment every week,  best chances are it will most likely be a Tuesday or Wednesday.

So, what am I playing this week?

Dragon Quest IX Sentinels of the Starry Skies:

I’ve been playing DQIX since it came out, and I plan on doing a review on it once I’ve finished the main story.

My main principal before reviewing something is to at least have finished the main story of a game before reviewing it.  Since DQIX is a 20+ hour game there’s a lot more story to get through than I’m used to. So I give a lot of credit to whoever has to review RPGs for any video game magazine, or website.

Before whenever I played an RPG it was just for fun, I took my time with it and didn’t have to worry about having to have it beat at any point in time.

But wanting to write a review on an RPG is different.  Since I don’t want to leave it to long before I put a review up, you really got to play the shit out of an RPG in order to get it done in a reasonable amount of time.

I think I’m almost near the end, so with any luck I’ll have a review up by Sunday or Monday.

Categories: Video Games, WAIPTW?

My Scott Pilgrimage Through River City

In between breaks of playing Dragon Quest IX (for which a review is coming), I’ve been spending parts of my time playing River City Ransom, on the Wii’s Virtual Console in preparation for the Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World: The Game that’s due out August 10.

I bought RCR a few years back but never finished it, and since the Scott Pilgrim game seems to have some heavy influence taken form RCR, I’ve decided to dust off my Wii, start over from the beginning and finally finish it.

I’ve been having a good time so far and can’t help marvel at the physiology of the people in River City.

What’s in the water that these people drink that causes them to increase their physical prowess by eating loads of Chinese food?

In my experience the only thing eating high amounts of Chinese food leads to is a trip to the toilet.

Hopefully I’ll be able to find the answer to this mystery at some point during my play through. Until then happy gaming.

Douche Cole is Dead!!!

inFamous fans rejoice!!!

If your anything like me and hate Cole’s douchetastic redesign for inFamous 2, than you got something to celebrate.

During the inFamous panel at SDCC, IGN’s Greg Miller was shown some designs for a newly new redesigned Cole for inFamous 2.

According to Miller, Cole is looking a lot more like he did in the original inFamous, the designs were still early so Miller couldn’t go into detail about what Cole looked like exactly.

As long as he isn’t wearing a V-neck t-shit and sporting tribal tattoos it sounds like things are a step in the right direction.

Doche Cole we hardly knew ye.

Categories: News, Video Games

New Avatar Sequel/Spinoff in the works.

Before you get ahead of your self no I’m not talking about that crap with the blue people James Cameron put out last year.

No I’m talking about the original animated tv show, Avatar: The Last Airbender.

It was announced that series creators Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko are working on a new series that will expand the mythology of the universe.

Set some 70 odd years after the events of the Last Airbender, the new series currently titled The Legend of Korra.

The Legend of Korra follows Korra a new avatar from the Southern Water Tribe who has already mastered three of the four elements: water, earth, and fire.

Korra will journey out to Republic City to master Air from an Airbending master named Tenzin, who also happens to be Aang’s son.

The series is set to debut sometime in 2011 and more details will probably emerge from the San Diego Comic Con this week.

With a bunch of great games coming out early 2011 and now a new Avatar, 2011 is going to be an awesome year.

Categories: News, Tv

Mindless Review: Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour

Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour is the final volume to the Scott Pilgrim series of graphic novels and having just finished it I’m quite happy with how it all ended.

The first bit of the volume revolves round Scott dealing with the events of the previous volume.  In order to get over what happened Scott proceeds to hit on/make out with almost every female character in the book, and battles with his own personal demons (literally).

Once Scott gets his head on straight (at least straight enough for Scott), the main event begins.  The rest of the volume is mostly Scott’s fight with Gideon Graves Romona’s last ‘evil ex’.

This is definitely the most action heavy volume of Scott Pilgrim which is something that can be expected since this is the final confrontation.

What’s good about this is that the action doesn’t come at the expense of the story.  Even as Scott and Gideon fight your getting details and revelations as it goes on, and it doesn’t seem forced or unnatural.

The art is on par with the rest of the series and it’s simplistic style helps make the action very fluid and easy to follow.

If you’ve read the first five volumes of the Scott Pilgrim already than you don’t need this review to tell you to go and get it cause most likely you already have.

But if your someone who never read a Scott Pilgrim book before it’s definitely worth the money to go buy this and the previous volumes of one of the best comic series I’ve read I’m awhile.

Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour: 9/10

Categories: Comics, Review

Mindless Review: Inception

July 18, 2010 1 comment

Inception is the latest film from Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan, and follows a rag-tag group people with the ability to break into the dreams of others and steal their most valuable secrets.

The team is led by Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) a man with a past shrouded in mystery, Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) Cobb’s partner, and Ariadne (Ellen Page) a newbie to the whole business of dream stealing.

The basic story follows Cobb and his team as they try to implant an idea in the mind of an heir to some sort of global empire. The success of the mission will allow Cobb to return home stateside from which he’s been exiled.

Thats the basic outline for the movie, the rest is filled with a bunch of crazy action sequences and some babbling about dreams and what they are.  The movie is essentially a heist movie mixed with The Matrix but takes place inside dreams instead of a computer.

The action is really the movie’s strongest point.  The highlight, of the movie is a scene in which we find Arthur fighting a bunch of security goons with in zero gravity, and it really is the high point of the film.

There are also a lot of interesting sights be seen in the film.  Because it takes place in dreams it really frees up what can be done visually.  From crumbling cityscapes, from snow covered mountains it’s truly a feast for the eyes.

All its fancy visuals, and its lavish action pieces aren’t enough to overlook some of it’s flaws which really brings the movie down at points.

One of the problems is the movie’s pacing.  The movie really takes a long time to get going, and I found myself almost falling asleep during the first hour or so.

One problem in particular involves a slowly falling van. It’s a plot point so I won’t say the details surrounding it, but they keep going back to it to show it’s progress when other more interesting things are happening on screen.  It’s purpose is to build tension but the way it’s used breaks up the action and the flow of scenes surrounding it.

Another big problem with Inception is that there isn’t any real chemistry between any of the cast.  None of the characters seem to really care for one another, and any attempt they make of trying to care about someone on the team just seems forced.

Even the relationship between Cobb and Arthur doesn’t seem to go beyond, “he’s just a guy I work with” mentality despite all the stuff they’ve done together.  This makes it really hard to connect and care with any of the characters. Which in turn made me question why I should care about anything that’s happening on screen.

When you compare this another heist film like Ocean’s Eleven you get a real sense of brotherhood and camaraderie between the team, but none of that is present within any of the cast of Inception.

For what Inception does well it does really well, the action scenes and the special effects of the dream worlds are really good and stand out as the real stars of the film.  But the lack of chemistry between the characters and the slow pacing at times make it hard to really care for what’s going on.

It’s a good movie thats worth checking out, but its flaws make it hard to get excited about.  Which is a shame cause I really liked the premiss of Inception it just didn’t execute itself as well as I would have liked.

Inception: 7.5/10

Categories: Movies, Review

Mindless Recommendation: Dawn Metropolis

If my life had a soundtrack to it, it would probably sound a lot like Anamanaguchi’sDawn Metropolis.

Anamanaguchi is a chip tune punk band from New York, who use an old hacked NES as a synthesizer to create 8-bit style music.

If you’ve never heard of Anamanaguchi don’t worry about it, cause I just heard about them for the first time a few days ago.

Anamanaguchi is responsible for the music in the upcoming Scott Pilgrim game, coming out August 10. The creator of Scott Pilgrim, Bryan Lee O’Malley posted a preview track from the game on his blog the other day.  I listened and I liked what I heard.

So I decided to give Dawn Metropolis a try and I love it.  Think of the greatest music from the NES Mega Man games, crank it up to 11, and shove it in your ear hole.

What I really like about Dawn Metropolis is  that there is a definite progression to the songs, which play out like levels in a video game.

“Mermaid”, the last song on the album for instance reminds me of something you would hear during a final boss, or at the end credits of a game.

You can hear the whole thing on Anamanaguchi’s website, and if you want to buy it it’s only about $7 on iTunes which is a great deal.  It’s a really good listen and I’d be suprised if you don’t find yourself humming some of the songs throughout the day.

Some of my favorites from the album are, “Blackout City”, “Jetpack Blues, Sunset Hues”, and the titular track “Dawn Metropolis”.

If you like old school 8-bit music give Dawn Metropolis a try and feel the 8-bit beat.

Categories: Music, Video Games
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