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First Impressions: "Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII"

In First Impressions on February 8, 2009 at 9:22 pm

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— Turn on the PSP and check the battery life.  Crap, this sucker hasn’t been turned on in over a year, has it?

— Insert the UMD and realize I fortunatly don’t have to update.  Thank God, something good came out of playing “GoW Chains of Olympus”!

— The opening cinematic is…wait, its over already?  Beautiful, brief, thank God!  Square Enix finally learned that all FMVs don’t have to be 30 minutes!

— We’re approaching a trainstation now.  I wonder if this is supposed to remind me of anything?

— Oh, good.  Zach is playful.  I was worried he’d be an emo douche like some other star of a certain popular game this is a prequel to.

— Screen wipes over, and turns all black revealing…my reflection.  I giggle a bit, and realize I’ve been awake for far too long.

— Zach leaps off the train.  WE GET IT.  THIS IS A FINAL FANTASY 7 GAME.  Christ.

— Combat seems a bit weird at first.  Its got essentially the same problem as most Action RPGs in that the combat can be boiled down to point and press a button.

— The spinning jackpot thing in the corner keeps giving me power ups, which is cool.  Not explaining it up to this point in the game, not so much.

— Well, there’s my first battle.  “Conflict Resolved”?  I have to chuckle at that.  That feels like a very Bush Administration Era thing to say after killing a group of soldiers.

— Does it bug anyone else that the futuristic communicators of FF7 look like circa 1999 flip cell phones?

— OH NOEZ A BEHMOTH.  They still look pretty much the same as they do in every FF game, what gives?

— Battles done, and there he is.  The most overrated villain in any video game, Sephiroth.  *sigh*

— Done with the training mission.  You do a lot that doesn’t get explained, which is…weird.  Hrm.  I’ll post a full review when I’m done with the game, but that covers the first 10 minutes or so!

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ANNOUNCEMENT: "Paladin", "Wiik Sauce" Coming To Homeworld!

In Blogs on February 8, 2009 at 8:37 pm

Those of you who have followed my work know that I’ve fancied myself a writer for some time. I’ve written a web novella, “The Origins of The Paladin”, and was the writer of the web comic “Wiik Sauce” for the past few years.

First off, “The Paladin” will be coming to The Homeworld soon. This will be essentially a re-launch, featuring the completed, edited, proofread versions of the stories that were previously available in at http://thepaladin.wordpress.com/. The first of those stories should be up in the next week or so.

Secondly, “Wiik Sauce”. If you’ve been following, you know there’s been some issues with the creation of those stories. I think they’ve been covered enough at Stink Child Comics and on the Ponderous Rhetoric blog, so I won’t be discussing that here again. Regardless, in the next few months, I’ll be drawing and writing the conclusion of the strip and hosting them here, so that the dedicated fans of Wiik Sauce (all both of you 😉 ) can enjoy the strips finale.

There’s lots more to come at The HomeWorld, so stick around, but these two are definitely set in stone!

Review: The Uninvited

In On Film on February 8, 2009 at 8:35 pm

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Thank you, Hollywood! Thank you for giving us horror hounds the one thing we just CAN’T get enough of; a remake. Not just any remake, either. A remake of Korean horror film! Based on the 2003 Korean horror film entitled  “A Tale of Two Sisters”, The Uninvited takes the original and waters it down to where it’s nothing more than a seemingly stock PG-13 horror film.

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Review: Coraline

In On Film on February 8, 2009 at 8:13 pm

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Based on Neil Gaiman’s 2002 novel about a little girl wishing for a change in parents, Coraline is the newest stop motion feature from Henry Selik (Nightmare Before Christmas/James and the Giant Peach). True to his Nightmare Before Christmas roots, Selik delivers another dark and creepy tale that is both enjoyable for kids as well as adults. The story centers around 11 year old Coraline Jones. Coraline, feeling neglected by her parents, finds herself yearning for parents that would actually listen to/care what she has to say. After moving from Michigan to Oregon, Coraline soon discovers a wonder in her new house that could grant her wish. However, as the tagline of the film suggests, “be careful what you wish for”. As Coraline is thrust into a new world with parents who listen to every word she has to say, make wonders for her, and feed her anything she wants, she soon discovers that everything too good to be true probably is. Read the rest of this entry »

Batman WTF? (Spoilers!)

In Comic News, Comic Reviews on February 8, 2009 at 2:08 am

Batman has, arguably, been through quite a bit in his 50+ years career.  Numerous young boys in his basement, the 60s TV series, all those gay rumors…but nothing could have prepared him for his greatest nemesis ever: Grant Morrison. Read the rest of this entry »