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The Sims 4 - PC/Mac
The Sims 4 - PC/Mac
Price: $37.70
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fluffy Ripoff, guess I will buy Sims3 instead, September 3, 2015
This review is from: The Sims 4 - PC/Mac (Video Game)
I decided to give EA another chance after what me and my childhood friend agreed was an awfully mediocre Star Wars game. I really wanted to be impressed and "wowed" by the experience of a just released Sims game, my introduction to the franchise. But a little simple research reveals through Amazon and editor reviews that Sims 3 was indeed the masterpiece of the series. Thusly even going into the experience I was crestfallen knowing I just got ripped off.

I guess I will just take a chance to clarify for a moment my love for online gaming. Be it Resident Evil Mercenaries, Farcry 3, Final Fantasy XI or Street Fighter 4 on Steam I thoroughly enjoy the experience of online gaming. Those games run PERFECTLY on UPlay, Steam, Playonline or on Microsoft Live. Being said, let us continue the review.

Upon startup you are blasted with some fluffy music and diamond symbols you begin to wish would indicate a play through of Raiden 2 / possible secrets of alien jewel nanocreatures. Then, after the Origin service is clearly online Sims 4 insults your intelligence by saying that you are NOT online. After I almost completely sabotage my computer security suite, the game continues to refuse to connect to online, while Origin IS online. Fancy.

There are some upsides to the experience, limited to intelligence insulting single player mode. Sim creation is actually somewhat interesting in the pure variety of possible looks, styles and personalities in much the same way that other games do while delivering an inferior game play experience compared with previous installments. I was so looking forward to enjoying an online SIMS game, but it looks like I will have to go SIMS 3 collection, which gives you better capability and game design anyway if you can do without the supposed Sim real emotions. Perhaps I just need to update my computer, but, with security on, other companies just do it better. Thanks EA.
Props to BioWare for at least getting online in Star Wars.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Price: $27.58
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fanservice Fun Masterpiece, February 7, 2015
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Absolutely awesome game. Just fun from the go, instant, wonderful dynamic. This game reminds you why Nintendo is still in business. Because it excels at exactly what Sony is terrible at.. simple fun. The control scheme for this fighting game is exceptionally simple, yet allows players of various skill levels near endless variety. Some of my favorite games ever are based on simplicity yet allow tremendous complexity .. and this is no exception. The game is LOADED with joyous fan service and you can tell the care that went into making it. Whether you are a veteran Nintendo player or you are just getting used to it this game will GROW on you. It has that special Nintendo charm that used to propel endless Mario Kart fun back in the day. You can't help but want to play another round. The stages are brilliant, loaded with amazing, interactive elements. The character list and move sets are extremely well thought out. You are almost guaranteed to find some favorite characters. My favorites are Ness, Fox, Falco, Peach and Zelda.
Late review because of life difficulties yet FINALLY got a chance to play it. RECOMMENDED. Ballistic breath of fresh air from the usual "zombie COD dark adolescent" world of Sony.

Robot Carnival POSTER Movie (27 x 40 Inches - 69cm x 102cm) (1987)
Robot Carnival POSTER Movie (27 x 40 Inches - 69cm x 102cm) (1987)
Offered by Click2Save
Price: $16.48

4.0 out of 5 stars Coming Soon, November 8, 2014
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HUGE, clear, vivid poster for one of my favorite animated movies ever, The Robot Carnival. Interestingly, the great anime shorts were directed by what were very inexperienced animators who suddenly had creative reign to express their ideas. This movie screams for a variety pack sequel or series where the opening titles blow some locale to smithereens.
Only complaint is the slight crease noticeable, as if part of it was another poster that was scanned, leaving a slight crease. Or perhaps it is intentional, to suggest a worn poster for the Carnival itself, which brings a sense of wonderment and foreboding foreshadowing.. like finding a poster and having to give the signal those titles are on the way!

Street Fighter X Tekken - Playstation 3
Street Fighter X Tekken - Playstation 3
Offered by MOST WANTED
Price: $18.95
132 used & new from $6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Capcom and Namco, DLC on Playstation 3, May 28, 2014
I go into a game review with usually a fair and clear mind. I had heard tons of controversy over the DLC (down load content) and the slight extra money paid for it. For starters, as you can see, the price of admission is CHEAP, at the moment of review it is listed as $15.39. So you can look at it as, here we gave you a discount and if you are just insane about fighting games you can purchase more only if you want. So please, quit the whining and Capcom bashing already, it seems like a fair system. If you are poor and don't have much money Capcom did you a favor by cheapening the price of initial play. I might get rate downs for saying it but it's how it is.
As for the game itself, I feared it would be a rehashed SF4 with some Tekken characters thrown in. In actuality, even from the opening cinematic, you begin to understand that SF X Tekken is a little different lol. It is a game that seems like it was made purely for fun and the whimsy of it begins to shine through constantly. You can also tell that something else is a little different, now there is a team angle. Which is where things begin to get really interesting. You can tell Capcom had a chance to play Super Smash Brothers and also observe some RPG teamwork abilities since SF4 came out. The differences made to SF X Tekken are subtle, yet begin to really grow on you over time.
Let me say that it is pretty much awesome to have a team situation where you can call in the other character.. who is the other player on your team. Soon, you find yourself pacing out the fight and juggling with wise meter use. The meter suddenly becomes a vaguely "TP" (haha FFXI) like source that you can use to either spam individual skills or save for skillchain team attack sequences, which look AWESOME. Team play, yes, does continue into the online battles which vastly changes the dynamic and indeed seems like tons of fun. Online battles are very fair, with a very good ability match search.
Once again, I want to mention the whimsy of SF X Tekken. It is very noticeable and fun, from the whimsical, humorous happenings in the backgrounds, the character phrasings, the music and even the battle system. You get a sense that Capcom has realized the need to get younger players on board and that those SF Alpha players now have a family to raise. Hopefully, Capcom has a new and or refreshed Megaman series in the works, with Roll, Wily and the bots.
Pretty good, seems like the SF4 engine days might be coming to an end and SF X Tekken is a good way to end it!

Gran Turismo 6
Gran Turismo 6
Price: $14.58
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The purity of simple driving simulation, April 27, 2014
This review is from: Gran Turismo 6 (Video Game)
For starters, it's good. Driving around a track should not be this fun. .. yet, somehow, it is. It is very, very fun. Supposedly, GT6 is probably the most modern physics engine available for a driving simulator. Too bad the sound effects, especially of the crashes, is somewhat lacking.. giving the "refrigerator clunk thud" for every type of accident. Also, vehicles should be severely harmed and their performance majorly impacted from accidents.
However, once you get past the annoying details, what you find is a majorly rewarding and incredibly classy car experience. Everything that is good about GT is here, available in mind blowing high definition for your television. Rare, awe inducing vehicles parade forth in a celebration of engineering and mechanical prowess. Classic cars, muscle cars, mid engine drifters, exotics, daily drivers, NASCAR, Formula 1, Hot Hatches, Le Mans Series, etc. There is a new Drift Mode in the Single Player Mode that allows you to select from your favorite vehicles to hoon around in drifting bliss. The camera and slideshow modes become a Flickr Geek playground, waiting to take devastating virtual snapshots of your prized collections set amidst the Worlds greatest tracks. Each car you collect allows a customization option based upon the paint colors you collect.
Gran Turismo shines with a certain elegant class that few other hooligan car games have. Midnight Club, Need for Speed (Cop barricade smasher extreme mode get the MOST POINTS!!) and Twisted Metal pale in comparison with the adult seeming Gran Turismo, they look like immature middle school (read not of actual driving age) entertainment in comparison. GT is a sophisticated celebration of car culture and speed, it remains one of the major reasons to have a Playstation. Highly recommended. Also, the history of great soundtracks continues, with GT6 having an awesome selection of hipster tunes to choose from.

Tron: Legacy (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
Tron: Legacy (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
DVD ~ Jeff Bridges
Price: $9.99
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very pleasant surprise, MUCH BETTER THAN EXPECTED., April 23, 2014
Usually sequels and or remakes are utterly awful, often becoming an insult to the original film. NOT THE CASE HERE, as Tron Legacy is freaking AWESOME. Immediately, the film knows where to go, firstly dealing with what happened in the past and what happened to Flynn after the MCP. Flash forward and suddenly you know things are going to be good as we are taken on a stylish nightride with a hipster Ducati rode by Sam Flynn. The movie immediately feels like the antidote to every bad Pixar film you had to sit through while you were wondering what happened to Disney.
Let me emphasize again, the movie is great. It has several clever curves thrown at you to take you off guard. When entering the new grid, the visual style is spectacular, indeed the CGI itself plays into the Tron conceptual world with astonishing effect because IT IS a CGI computer landscape.
Just when you think things couldn't get any better, it does. Because Tron Legacy is far more mature and philosophical than the original movie. Yes, there is a Matrix level very clever narrative here involving Flynn and Clu. Let's just say that by the end of the movie you'll be looking at Sam Flynn like he's Angel Gabriel helping to clean up what Clu did. The action scenes are freaking cool, it's about as good as it could ever get, rivaling scenes in Macross Plus. As an added bonus, the tremendous electronic soundtrack is performed by Daft Punk!! Great acting from Jeff Bridges also.


Final Fantasy XI: Seekers of Adoulin [Download]
Final Fantasy XI: Seekers of Adoulin [Download]
Price: $19.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Chains of Promathia content? Try harder, Square Enix., January 12, 2014
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I have played FFXI for years and years, off and on since 2004. It is probably my favorite game ever.

Unfortunately, as many others have observed here on Amazon, Seekers of Adoulin is a bad update to what was a great game. Right off the bat, initial impressions give you a bad feeling upon entering Adoulin, which lavishes the player with music so insipid it makes Jumping Flash seem like Brahms. Immediately, interactions in the city seem awkward, lacking in content and not fun. Look closely and you'll see those copy pasted corridors that are becoming a hallmark of Square Enix design lately.

Then there is the equipment and items... which read like a vast hate letter to Empyrean gear Abyssea +2 players. If you spent time on attaining Empyrean Weapons or Armor, man are you out of luck as noobie players with overpowered gear will now clearly blow you away. The equipment and gear seem so haphazardly overpowered it's like a joke that renders FFXI into a ridiculous single player game (thus ruining the team or online experience). There is also logical incongruities such as why the technology of a struggling "frontier" blows away ANYTHING the other nations have. This also has the effect of making the usual fun events (Dynamis, Limbus, etc) seem like a colossal waste of time.

It is puzzling how Square Enix seems obsessed recently with dumbing down and overpowering their role playing games. They are becoming much less like role playing games and much more like thoughtless button mashers. Seekers of Adoulin is not utterly horrible, but it certainly dilutes much of what was the actual content of FFXI. This update makes FFXI begin to seem dated.. and with an aging WoW (that still doesn't have Pirates or Ninjas thus no thanks) amongst struggling mindless button masher WoW clones (SWToR) maybe the gaming public is ready for a really new MMORPG. Something that allows real innovation like motion control, etc. Maybe I want to get buff while cranking out weapon skill combos through motion controllers, just a thought.

S Darko: A Donnie Darko Tale (Widescreen)
S Darko: A Donnie Darko Tale (Widescreen)
DVD ~ Daveigh Chase
Price: $10.90
78 used & new from $0.01

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the worst movie ever made, January 9, 2014
From the opening moments of the film where some POS 70's leadsled breaks down and they say it doesn't look so good.. well, that is the foreshadowing of what is the rest of the film. Instead of the brilliantly dark original film we have here a brazenly awful, wretched series of filler scenes. If an actual movie editor got ahold of S Darko the movie would possibly be a minute in length. The acting is supremely terrible, the cinematography becomes stupid, you begin to notice the actors from the original film wanted nothing to do with S Darko.

It is difficult to convey with actual words just how awful this movie really is. Imagine everything that could possibly go wrong with a film and this is basically it. S Darko makes Phantom Menace look like a bloody masterpiece and makes Manos Hands of Fate seem like an illuminated tapestry of clever continuity in comparison. The acting in this film should be used in film school as an example of what not to do. What is most noticeable is the complete lack of focus and direction. There seems to be no tangible continuity to the film, instead it is a montage of bad, seemingly unconnected scenes that at their height only serve to make a mockery of Donnie Darko. My girlfriend literally begged me to shut off this film. S Darko achieves the noted unwatchable status in my movie experience as I sought to lessen my girlfriend's misery of having to endure this awful film.

Closing thoughts are it's like sorority girls who didn't know film wanted to make a remake of Thelma and Louise but ended up getting sidetracked by somebody in Utah that wanted to make a mockery of Donnie Darko in every form possible.

DVD ~ Kelly MacDonald
Price: $22.04
60 used & new from $6.07

5.0 out of 5 stars A very good Pixar film, January 3, 2014
This review is from: Brave (DVD)
Usually, I don't like Pixar films because I find them shallow and insipid. HOWEVER, there are the exceptions, for example the charming spy action spoof The Incredibles.
In Brave we find perhaps what was the inevitable use of Pixar technology in creating a Fantasy CGI film in the age of the MMORPG. Right from the get go, Brave feels charming and mature. We are introduced to Merida, a fiesty young woman who has more on her mind than childish activities and yet does everything possible to avoid growing up. This of course leads to a conflict with her family, which is obsessed with marrying her off as soon as possible.
What ensues is what feels like a RAN inspired tale of the dangers of ripping your family apart. Instead of tragedy though, Brave takes you on a dangerous quest to mend the tapestry of family.. with awesome action sequences that tease you with the notion of Gummi Bears returning.
Brave is a great film, it's mature, it's silly and it's the first Pixar movie I've seen that has a sense of dark, tense danger. Merida is also a great character, she's not weak, she's charming and strong willed.
HIghly Recommended!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Unique, strange and phenomenal, November 6, 2013
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This review is from: Metamatic (Audio CD)
I first discovered John Foxx years ago through an album called "Translucence and Drift" which he made with American piano composer Harold Budd. Harold Budd has quite a few collaborations yet TD stands out as a stellar, powerful minimalist atmospheric double album. Thusly, I began to delve into the discography of John Foxx, a former Ultravox member.

Before the Cathedral Oceans, there was a Garden and Metamatic. Released in 1980, this album starkly gathers Joy Division and Kraftwerk then fuses them together to create a very "it's 1980 and we don't live in the 70's anymore" album. This album is at once eerie, clever, observant, disciplined, hallucinogenic and haunting. The cover art which seems Masonic features a man who reaches (or creates) light with one arm.. and points down with the other. Despite the disciplined formal business wear the album style is somehow deeply hallucinogenic and spiritual in a way that is very unique.

The music itself stands up to repeated listens, from the haunting chorus of Tidal Wave to the shiver inducing epic of Underpass. Repeated listens reveal background details and textures, such as the mocking whistling noticeable in He's a Liquid. In the midst of the synth washes, fractured business speak (Liquidity, etc) and visions float through the lyrics. For a closer, Foxx gets whimsical, throwing a mutant Safety Dance your way via Touch and Go.

I have listened to TONS of music over the years and I can say that Metamatic is UTTERLY UNIQUE. It dares to be strange and challenging, haunting and ethereal .. without sinking into "Goth" rehashed stereotypes.

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