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Max Payne 3 360 | PS3
I loved the shit out of what I played of Max Payne 3, and so did many of the reviewers out there I know. What does it do so well? It takes the ridiculously enjoyable, classically rudimentary Bullet Time ballistics of old Max Payne and soaks it in a highly-respectable coat of next-gen paint. It perfectly marries everything special about the series with modern mechanics and an engrossing narrative. the game never lets up, it’s super fun, and I can’t recommend it enough. OH! And if you buy it through Amazon, you can get $10 off a ton of great Rockstar games, such as GTA IV Complete and LA Noire!
You gotta love it that even when cynically surmised, this movie sounds fucking rad! Seriously, you had me at “Liam Nesson fighting wolves for 90 minutes.” I haven’t seen this but I sure as shit can’t wait to.
You guys playing this yet?! I know the midnight launch was marred with server issues, the special kind that come from DRM that forces one to be online constantly, but surely a couple of you are in and playing this thing by now, right? The Diablo series is a sizable gap in my otherwise thorough catalog of VG knowledge, but I’m more than willing to give this a pump if you guys prod me enough. If you’re getting the Collector’s Edition, please do that shit through us!
I heard some pretty great things about this movie, and given that it was written by the same guy who made this, I’m certainly excited to take in a viewing. Honestly, I should be tired of “found footage” films, but growing up, I for real always wanted to see films shot from a characters perspective laden with special effects. I just assumed it was impossible, and I suppose it sorta was until now because we’re certainly getting a bunch of ’em.
Game of Thrones
Wish I knew more about this game. I’m just now digging in to the first season of HBO’s Game of Thrones on Blu-ray, on which this game is based. However, I’m a giant fan of George “Double R” Martin’s books series, the first four of which I tore through at breakneck speed several years ago. And I don’t even like fantasy all that much! But the fact that this is dropping the same week as a previously mentioned mythical/medieval game suggest to me either a lack of faith, or pathetically inept timing.
Sonic 4: Episode II
Ho boy…. what to say about this. What to say about this that I didn’t already cruelly blather on our live PAX East show… I pretty much hated the first episode of Sonic 4, and this one didn’t look a whole lot better IMO. Especially when you can play something like Sonic Generations, and see Sega fucking nail “classic Sonic” in a way its struggled to for damn near a decade. How ’bout that box art though, huh?!
Being John Malkovich
Okay, pardon the hyperbole, but… one of the greatest movies ever made. Sorry, but for me, 1999 was one of the greatest years for mainstream film. Three Kings, Fight Club, Dogma, and this. Criterion’s remastered Spike Jonze first film, and it’s frankly one of the best examples of Hollywood weirdness. Or, something that happens when you let a strange dude like Charlie Kaufman write something wholly bizarre, yet wildly unique, and support it all the way. I even loved the special features on the original DVD. Dunno if Criterion retained the Art of Background Driving (for those freeway Malovich brain dump scenes) or that interview where Jonze vomits in the car, but I certainly hope so. Buy this or die a total Malkobitch!
Kevin Smith Triple Feature
Man, I’m really glad I got to stick up for Kevin Smith on this week’s movie-centric Laser Time. I’m sick of hearing Kevin Smith take a bunch of shit, because his contribution to film should never, ever be denied. Clerks “spoke to a generation,” which is a phrase I’ve always found altogether meaningless until applied here. Dante and Randall better represent me, my friends, and the youthful hopelessness I experienced more than almost any other characters put on screen, and Smith pioneered certain aspects of independent film making without the benefit of the internet, Kickstarter or a rich uncle. He’s a self-made media mogul, and he earned that through clever writing, remaining driven, and speaking to a nerdy sect of pop culture fans like me and you. Okay, I’ll shut up… but seriously, these three HD films for $19?!
Kill Bill Volume 1 & 2
Another great bundle this week. Don’t know when America will ever recieve the “Whole Bloody Affair” Kill Bill megacut, but this inexpensive package is as close as we can get for now. Apparently, there’s a sequel in the works, so brush the fuck up with this low-priced set.
Father of the Bride 1 & 2
God help me, I grew up watching these harmlessly idiotic films… Fuck you, Steve Martin is a national treasure. Come to think of it, Steve Martin should probably be in the next National Treasure!
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Game of Thrones Art Book Bundle 360 | PS3
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Max Payne 3 360 | PS3 | PC
Max Payne 3: Special Edition 360 | PS3 | PC
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Resistance: Burning Skies
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Dragon’s Dogma 360 | PS3
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Sleeping Dogs 360 | PS3
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