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Madeleine
Madeleine
Price: $1.29

5.0 out of 5 stars This is a beautiful song with a beautiful message., October 30, 2013
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This review is from: Madeleine (MP3 Music)
A charming little acoustic song, that goes against the typical BSB image of grandiose, slickly-produced, epic pop ballads.

Supposedly, this is a tribute to a BSB fan who committed suicide after being bullied.

The message and the sound are bother there.


Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Xbox 360
Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Xbox 360
Offered by Hubbagames
Price: $23.25
50 used & new from $9.99

14 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "MORE" instead of "NEW", September 11, 2012
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
Harada and company took the "kitchen sink" approach to Tekken (like they always do), opting to take EVERYTHING from the previous games and cram it into a new package with more stuff.

While this may sound like a good thing, after nearly 20 years of Tekken this approach is starting to become stale.

TTT2 is undoubtedly Tekken from its head to toe. This is a blessing and a curse. For Tekken-philes, this game is a godsend, filled with familiar characters, modes, and game mechanics. However, for anyone looking for a revolutionized NEW Tekken, you will be disappointed. This game feels like Tekken 6. Which sorta felt like Tekken 5 DR. Which sorta felt like Tekken 5. Which sorta...you get the picture.
Tag assault and Snoop Lion do little to hide the fact that this engine has been around the block a few times.

What about all those extra FREE DLC characters? Yeah, they're nice. But, they aren't particularly breathtaking, since many of them either share moves with other characters or simply reuse old animations from old Tekken games. It's great to have a massive roster...but, when almost all of those characters are either pseudo-clones or simply ported straight from Tekken 6 with little tweaks, this feat becomes slightly less impressive.

The online so far works really well. There's lots of content here for people who are interested in fooling around with meaningless stuff. It's a little frustrating to see more fleshed out endings for a ditz like Xiaoyu and her idiot buddies than for Jun and Kazuya. We've all waited 15 years for these two to reunite. Throw us a bone, Namco. But, I digress.

If you love Tekken 6, you'll love TTT2. If Tekken 6 didn't jive well with you, don't expect TTT2 to win you over. It's more of the same...with MORE.

But, as a long time Tekken player, who remembers playing Tekken 1 in the arcades...I simply wanted NEW, not MORE.

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BTW, this game requires an ONLINE PASS. So be forewarned if that's an important issue to you.
Comment Comments (6) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Oct 14, 2012 1:32 PM PDT


Tekken Tag Tournament 2 PS3
Tekken Tag Tournament 2 PS3
Offered by Awesome Fun Time
Price: $25.97
104 used & new from $14.99

3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "MORE" instead of "NEW", September 11, 2012
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
Harada and company took the "kitchen sink" approach to Tekken (like they always do), opting to take EVERYTHING from the previous games and cram it into a new package with more stuff.

While this may sound like a good thing, after nearly 20 years of Tekken this approach is starting to become stale.

TTT2 is undoubtedly Tekken from its head to toe. This is a blessing and a curse. For Tekken-philes, this game is a godsend, filled with familiar characters, modes, and game mechanics. However, for anyone looking for a revolutionized NEW Tekken, you will be disappointed. This game feels like Tekken 6. Which sorta felt like Tekken 5 DR. Which sorta felt like Tekken 5. Which sorta...you get the picture.
Tag assault and Snoop Lion do little to hide the fact that this engine has been around the block a few times.

What about all those extra FREE DLC characters? Yeah, they're nice. But, they aren't particularly breathtaking, since many of them either share moves with other characters or simply reuse old animations from old Tekken games. It's great to have a massive roster...but, when almost all of those characters are either pseudo-clones or simply ported straight from Tekken 6 with little tweaks, this feat becomes slightly less impressive.

The online so far works really well. There's lots of content here for people who are interested in fooling around with meaningless stuff. It's a little frustrating to see more fleshed out endings for a ditz like Xiaoyu and her idiot buddies than for Jun and Kazuya. We've all waited 15 years for these two to reunite. Throw us a bone, Namco. But, I digress.

If you love Tekken 6, you'll love TTT2. If Tekken 6 didn't jive well with you, don't expect TTT2 to win you over. It's more of the same...with MORE.

But, as a long time Tekken player, who remembers playing Tekken 1 in the arcades...I simply wanted NEW, not MORE.

--------

BTW, this game requires an ONLINE PASS. So be forewarned if that's an important issue to you.
Comment Comments (2) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Sep 12, 2012 10:14 PM PDT


Street Fighter X Tekken - Xbox 360
Street Fighter X Tekken - Xbox 360
Offered by drum_video_games
Price: $20.99
102 used & new from $7.50

25 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shut up and play the game., March 6, 2012
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
The SFxT "pre-season" has been filled with all sorts of drama, anger, joy, anticipation, doubt,
"Capcom hate", "Capcom love", controversy, and general hype. I must admit, it was pretty fun
to follow all of the madness over the past 2 years.

But, the pre-season is over. Time to ignore all the nonsense and focus on the game itself.

As with any video game purchase (or any purchase, in general), there is only one question to ask:
IS WHAT I GET WORTH WHAT I PAY?

The answer is YES.

Street Fighter X Tekken is literally THE most content filled Capcom fighting game EVER RELEASED.
That is not hyperbole. This is a statement of fact.

FEATURES:
-Massive 43 character roster (38 characters for X-Box) is already worth the price of admission.
Everyone should be able to find someone to play in this game.

-Simplified control options help newcomers enjoy, while hardcore players can still find layers and layers
of depth to explore. You don't have to be a pro player to find enjoyment here.

-Training and mission modes help teach players the ropes.

-Fast paced TAG TEAM action. This is not SF4. Don't expect it to play like SF4. It's a brand new ball game.

-Customizable "Gem System" allows each player to modify their fighter's stats.
Reflect upon your own strengths and weaknesses, and creating your fighting team.
Personalize your experience.

-Multiplayer modes allow for 1 player vs 1 player, 1 player vs 2 player, and 2 players vs 2 players.
Up to FOUR PLAYERS can join in on the fun, simultaneously!
Warning, scramble Mode will blow your mind...

-3D CG endings for the people who complained about SF4's budget endings.

-Fun character interactions! This IS Street Fighter vs Tekken, after all. In addition to the fights,
it's amusing to watch the various cut-scenes and endings where iconic characters get in each other's faces for the first time.

-Color customization options, with free DLC color packs planned for the future.

-Lots of online modes, including lobbies, spectator, 4 player matches, and even ONLINE TRAINING MODE (<---awesome idea)

-Capcom promises to support this game post release with DLC and a whopping $500,000 in tournament prize money over the year.
This fighting game community is going to be hopping with excitement for quite a while.

Capcom has put a lot of effort into this game, and it shows. Top players have tried the game out,
and they've said it's one of the best fighting games in years. I don't know what else there is to say.

You will get your money's worth here.
Comment Comments (3) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Mar 20, 2012 2:51 PM PDT


Street Fighter X Tekken - Playstation 3
Street Fighter X Tekken - Playstation 3
Offered by MOST WANTED
Price: $19.68
102 used & new from $10.99

20 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shut up and play the game., March 6, 2012
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
The SFxT "pre-season" has been filled with all sorts of drama, anger, joy, anticipation, doubt,
"Capcom hate", "Capcom love", controversy, and general hype. I must admit, it was pretty fun
to follow all of the madness over the past 2 years.

But, the pre-season is over. Time to ignore all the nonsense and focus on the game itself.

As with any video game purchase (or any purchase, in general), there is only one question to ask:
IS WHAT I GET WORTH WHAT I PAY?

The answer is YES.

Street Fighter X Tekken is literally THE most content filled Capcom fighting game EVER RELEASED.
That is not hyperbole. This is a statement of fact.

FEATURES:
-Massive 43 character roster (38 characters for X-Box) is already worth the price of admission.
Everyone should be able to find someone to play in this game.

-Simplified control options help newcomers enjoy, while hardcore players can still find layers and layers
of depth to explore. You don't have to be a pro player to find enjoyment here.

-Training and mission modes help teach players the ropes.

-Fast paced TAG TEAM action. This is not SF4. Don't expect it to play like SF4. It's a brand new ball game.

-Customizable "Gem System" allows each player to modify their fighter's stats.
Reflect upon your own strengths and weaknesses, and creating your fighting team.
Personalize your experience.

-Multiplayer modes allow for 1 player vs 1 player, 1 player vs 2 player, and 2 players vs 2 players.
Up to FOUR PLAYERS can join in on the fun, simultaneously!
Warning, scramble Mode will blow your mind...

-3D CG endings for the people who complained about SF4's budget endings.

-Fun character interactions! This IS Street Fighter vs Tekken, after all. In addition to the fights,
it's amusing to watch the various cut-scenes and endings where iconic characters get in each other's faces for the first time.

-Color customization options, with free DLC color packs planned for the future.

-Lots of online modes, including lobbies, spectator, 4 player matches, and even ONLINE TRAINING MODE (<---awesome idea)

-Capcom promises to support this game post release with DLC and a whopping $500,000 in tournament prize money over the year.
This fighting game community is going to be hopping with excitement for quite a while.

Capcom has put a lot of effort into this game, and it shows. Top players have tried the game out,
and they've said it's one of the best fighting games in years. I don't know what else there is to say.

You will get your money's worth here.
Comment Comments (5) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Apr 13, 2012 11:09 AM PDT


Super Street Fighter IV - Xbox 360
Super Street Fighter IV - Xbox 360
Price: $12.55
128 used & new from $2.48

28 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a pleasure doing business with you, Capcom., April 28, 2010
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
I just wanted to address some of the main complaints I see with regards to this game.

Apparently, some folks out there who purchased the original Street Fighter 4 have a problem with "paying for the same game twice".

Some folks think that they "wasted their money" on the original SF4, because Super SF4 is better.

Others think that this is nothing more than "Capcom's attempt to milk a franchise and rip off its customers."

I can understand the cynicism n this day and age, but it's unwarranted here,

-You aren't "paying for the same game twice", because of the ridiculous amount of additional content they've added. 10 brand new characters is major. Most franchises don't even add 10 new characters in a SEQUEL, let alone an update. PLUS gameplay revisions and all new ultras for the existing cast that can completely change the way the old characters are played. PLUS a more social online atmosphere thanks to lobbies, team battle, and the upcoming free DLC tournament mode. There's a lot of stuff here that wasn't here before...

-You didn't "waste your money" on the original SF4 because IT WAS A GREAT GAME, AND YOU ENJOYED IT. The original SF4 was a fantastic, genre-reviving game with infinite replay value and appeal. The past 14 months of intense beat downs, tournaments, hype, and discovery were well worth the $60 we paid for it. Purchasing Super SF4 won't change that. Especially since the knowledge you earned over the past year will serve you very well in this new game.

-This isn't "Capcom's attempt to milk a franchise and rip off its customers", because so much of the ingredients to this feast were based on fan requests. Online lobbies? Fans demanded it. Better balance? Fans demanded it. Street Fighter 3 characters? Fans demanded it. Listening to classic character themes during regular battles? Fans demanded it. The list goes on. Capcom simply saw the demand, and provided the supply. Sure, it would have been great if this massive cornucopia of fighting were available in the original SF4, but unfortunately Capcom doesn't have a magic wand that creates fighting games out of thin air. Limited time and resources forced them to split the costs and risks over two separate releases (remember, the original SF4 was a huge gamble that Capcom wasn't sure would be a success.)

In the end, it's all just business. In February 2009, Capcom released a game called Street Fighter 4. I paid 60 bucks, and in return got way more than 60 bucks worth of value for it. Both sides profited.

Fast forward to April 2010 as Capcom now approaches me with the similar proposition. Pay them 60 bucks in exchange for more than 60 bucks worth of enjoyment. I see no reason why I shouldn't pull the trigger again.

Oh wait...you mean to tell me, it's not 60 bucks? It's even CHEAPER?

Well, maybe we need to reconsider who exactly is ripping off whom here...
Comment Comments (4) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Aug 4, 2010 4:36 AM PDT


Super Street Fighter IV - Playstation 3
Super Street Fighter IV - Playstation 3
Offered by MOST WANTED
Price: $19.80
166 used & new from $3.20

16 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a pleasure doing business with you, Capcom., April 28, 2010
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
I just wanted to address some of the main complaints I see with regards to this game.

Apparently, some folks out there who purchased the original Street Fighter 4 have a problem with "paying for the same game twice".

Some folks think that they "wasted their money" on the original SF4, because Super SF4 is better.

Others think that this is nothing more than "Capcom's attempt to milk a franchise and rip off its customers."

I can understand the cynicism n this day and age, but it's unwarranted here,

-You aren't "paying for the same game twice", because of the ridiculous amount of additional content they've added. 10 brand new characters is major. Most franchises don't even add 10 new characters in a SEQUEL, let alone an update. PLUS gameplay revisions and all new ultras for the existing cast that can completely change the way the old characters are played. PLUS a more social online atmosphere thanks to lobbies, team battle, and the upcoming free DLC tournament mode. There's a lot of stuff here that wasn't here before...

-You didn't "waste your money" on the original SF4 because IT WAS A GREAT GAME, AND YOU ENJOYED IT. The original SF4 was a fantastic, genre-reviving game with infinite replay value and appeal. The past 14 months of intense beat downs, tournaments, hype, and discovery were well worth the $60 we paid for it. Purchasing Super SF4 won't change that. Especially since the knowledge you earned over the past year will serve you very well in this new game.

-This isn't "Capcom's attempt to milk a franchise and rip off its customers", because so much of the ingredients to this feast were based on fan requests. Online lobbies? Fans demanded it. Better balance? Fans demanded it. Street Fighter 3 characters? Fans demanded it. Listening to classic character themes during regular battles? Fans demanded it. The list goes on. Capcom simply saw the demand, and provided the supply. Sure, it would have been great if this massive cornucopia of fighting were available in the original SF4, but unfortunately Capcom doesn't have a magic wand that creates fighting games out of thin air. Limited time and resources forced them to split the costs and risks over two separate releases (remember, the original SF4 was a huge gamble that Capcom wasn't sure would be a success.)

In the end, it's all just business. In February 2009, Capcom released a game called Street Fighter 4. I paid 60 bucks, and in return got way more than 60 bucks worth of value for it. Both sides profited.

Fast forward to April 2010 as Capcom now approaches me with the similar proposition. Pay them 60 bucks in exchange for more than 60 bucks worth of enjoyment. I see no reason why I shouldn't pull the trigger again.

Oh wait...you mean to tell me, it's not 60 bucks? It's even CHEAPER?

Well, maybe we need to reconsider who exactly is ripping off whom here...
Comment Comments (6) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Apr 30, 2010 12:31 PM PDT


King of Fighters 2006 - PlayStation 2
King of Fighters 2006 - PlayStation 2
Offered by Quick Buys
Price: $24.99
21 used & new from $9.36

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get it for the character interactions., March 8, 2010
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
The game is fun...fast paced...has a lot of characters...yadda yadda...

I'm sure other reviews have touched on all that.

As a long time fan of these SNK characters, my favorite part of this game is the dialogue and character interactions that actually take place between fights. Never before and never since have you seen the King of Fighters characters portrayed as so...real. Depending on the match-up, you're treated to a little pre-fight conversation, like Geese vs Billy Kane, Mai vs B.Jenet, Iori vs Kyo, Terry vs Ryo, etc. There are a lot of them.

And, then there are the mid boss fights and endings, which display each character's personality to a degree we don't get to see very often.

There are even some special character specific win poses.

It's a very character driven experience, that transcends any other 2D KOF game.

Perhaps the most unappreciated aspect of this game. I'd recommend it for fans of these characters.

(Oh, and don't worry, you can choose English or Japanese with subtitles)


Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing
Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing
Offered by Awesome Fun Time
Price: $18.90
138 used & new from $9.34

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun Kart racer for Sega fans or people who don't own a Wii, March 8, 2010
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
I hate seeing good products go unappreciated, and that's why I'm writing this review.

I have no doubt in my mind that if the words "Sonic" and "Sega" were replaced by "Mario" and "Nintendo" in the title, this game would have already sold a million copies day one. Apparently brand name is that important to the casual gamer...and that's a shame, because this is a fun, well made game that deserves a chance.

It's not as if the characters are unfamiliar. Sonic, Shadow, Amy Rose, Tails, Knuckles, Dr. Robotnik, Jacky and Akira from Virtua Fighter. Characters from million selling hit games. Just like Mario Kart.

It's not as if the game isn't exciting. It's racing! The controls are responsive and fast. The tracks are anywhere from simple to quirky to challenging. Just like Mario Kart.

It's not as if the game is ugly. Sleek presentation. Very colorful racers and environments. Cute/funny/ridiculous animations. Just like Mario Kart.

It's not as if the game is tough on the ears. The sound effects compliment the action nicely, while you're treated to classic themes that you might recognize from previous games. And, plenty of exaggerated voice samples that range from hilarious to cheesy. Just like Mario Kart.

The game has received solid reviews from gaming websites, casual players around the web, other Amazon reviewers, and now little ol' me. What more does it take to get people to open their minds? Hey, if you squint, Sonic sorta looks a little like Mario...they're both red and blue. Will that do it for you? Will pretending that it's a Mario game actually allow people to forget blind brand loyalty and try something that they will probably enjoy just as much?

Well, whatever you have to do, do it. As long as it lets you let yourself enjoy a good game.


Music For Cougars
Music For Cougars
Offered by Speedy CD
Price: $5.00
62 used & new from $0.01

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Relax, and let yourself enjoy a solid album., July 21, 2009
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This review is from: Music For Cougars (Audio CD)
Admittedly, I've never met a Sugar Ray album I didn't like.

Unfortunately, hearing a Sugar Ray fan praise a Sugar Ray album is like hearing a Bon Jovi fan drool over a Bon Jovi album...or a Led Zeppelin fan swoon over IV...or a Miley Cyrus fan fawn over a Hannah Montana soundtrack. It's all hopelessly biased.

So, instead of merely gushing over "Music For Cougars" like a fanboy, I'll try to provide some legitimate reasons why I appreciate this album. Maybe some reasons will resonate with you:

-Variety
Sugar Ray's greatest strength has always been their versatility. This album has tastes of reggae, hip-hop, rock, disco, electronic, and Jack Johnson-esque acoustic vibing.
Unlike some other bands who have been forced into a creative corner (releasing similar song after similar song, year after year), Sugar Ray has managed to cover all their bases.
They've also added a sense of maturity to their song making, as evidenced in songs like "Rainbow". Of course, that doesn't mean the beach party is over, as the album still holds its share of sun-baked, pool side music.

-Collaboration
Sugar Ray always has a collab or two on their albums..."Cougars" is no different with all sorts of duets and guest writers:
Collie Buddz - "Girls Were Made to Love"
Rivers Cuomo from Weezer - "Love is the Answer"
Native Wayne - "Love 101"
Donavon Frankenreiter - "Dance Like No One's Watchin'"

-Vocals
Lead singer Mark McGrath lets loose, and really "sings out" in a number of these tunes ("Rainbow", "Boardwalk", "Love is the Answer"). Plus, it wouldn't be Sugar Ray without those trademark vocal harmonies, would it? (see: "Boardwalk", "Dance Like No One's Watchin'", "Morning Sun")

-Humility
I always find it humorous when people write Sugar Ray off as "1 hit wonders" when, in reality, they are actually 6 hit wonders at the very least (8 hit wonders at best). This is a VERY successful band. And, yet in interviews (and when I met them twice at concerts) they come across as five humble, down-to-earth fellows. If you're going to spend money on a band, it's good to know you're spending it on people who actually respect you. No delusions of grandeur or inflated egos here. Just musicians.

-Intentions
Sugar Ray has taken a lot of criticism from "hardcore" music fans claiming the band "sold out", abandoning the punk rock for the radio-friendly "pop-hop" that earned them platinum and gold. Well, fast forward to 2009 when Sugar Ray's popularity has softened and the hype is gone. Members of the band have stated in interviews that the wild success of previous albums is nearly impossible at this point in their career...and they don't mind at all. According to Sugar Ray, the purpose of "Cougars" was simply to get together and make some music, whether commercially successful or not. So, I guess that makes Sugar Ray more indie than the average indie band.

How ironic that the supposed "pop sell outs" have returned 12 years later to show us what true, heartfelt, non-commercial music making is all about. At the very least, you gotta respect them for that...
Comment Comments (2) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Jul 26, 2009 10:32 AM PDT


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