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New Super Mario Bros. 2
This is pretty great, however, it’s greatest cache turns out to be a bit bittersweet. It’s the tried-and-true, classic SMB formula. You know, the one that Nintendo has already shown us it can deftly trot out whenever it wants to. But it’s the coin collection mechanic that turns the game from a left-to-right walk in the park into hardcore gamble of skill and damn near legend! Whether you want to blow through all the levels or discover the billion or so secrets, keeping a overarching coin score tally brings back actually caring about your game score in a new and interesting way. Lives are irrelevant, sure, but this game gets tough in wonderful ways that harkens back to the side-scrolling days of yore, and Coin Rush mode and Cannon Rush levels are not for the faint of heart. Thing is, I finished almost all the levels multiple times, collected damn near all the Star Coins, unlocked 99% of everything, played Coin Rush numerous times, and only managed to collect 70K coins worth of the ONE MILLION COIN goal. The hell?! Other than upcoming DLC, there’s not a whole lot of interesting ways for me to go about achieving the goal I very much wanted to tackle, other than replaying the everything until 2013. Plus I hear the million coin end result is a horrifying let down…
This looked… slightly stupid. But I’m a pretty unabashed Sasha Baren Cohen fan – hell, I even loved Ali G: In Da House – so I can’t imagine I won’t find something to enjoy in this movie. While I certainly miss making fun of real-life bigots and homophobes, I’m sure there’s something deliciously nasty to be found in this tyrant-turned-immigrant tale.
Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition
Ahhh… Dark Souls returns. And arguably, on the platform it was meant for. If you’re like me and have been itchingly curious to get started with Dark Souls, and have a halfway decent PC, this is the hardcore, balls-nasty game you’ve been waiting for. I love that this brings back a hardcore return to unexpected discover, the same kind that used to occur by mouth before Gamefaqs, back in the days before the internet ruined every secret and games were largely hyper-linear, story-driven walkthroughs. Dark Souls never holds your hand, and the answers never glow in the distance. And I love that those players brave enough to endure several dozen hours of the game all emerge with different stories to tell. It’s discussed with childlike glee I honestly can’t recall a full blown release being talked about in some time, so I can’t wait to fire this up… someday.
Tiny Toons: How I Spent My Summer Vacation
When it comes to new Tiny Toons, this here’s all she wrote. I have no idea what prompted the DVD release of this straight-to-VHS movie from two decades ago, but I’m sure as shit glad it exists! For one, it’s pretty good, if I remember correctly (it was only broadcast once in its entirety, then split up and aired as individual episodes in syndication.) More importantly, I’m pretty baffled as to why the Tiny Toons has never been picked up again and/or revisited. They’re wonderfully colorful, funny characters who fit in well with their WB predecessors like Bugs and Daffy (who appear in the show) and I can’t help but feel that they had a little more longevity than they truly got a shot at. Our fond, vivid memories and years if syndication on numerous channels prove me correct. More importantly, and equally baffling, all of Tiny Toon’s episodes have yet to be released on DVD (just the first season in two volumes) so picking this up may well send a message towards the deserved future of Buster and Babs.
Transformers: Fall of Cybertron 360 | PS3
Ya know, those awful Michael Bay Transformers movies have really soured my nostalgia for the brand… But High Moons games, pretty much make me happy every time I see them. They seem to celebrate the series and characters with a seriousness that’s both silly and fitting, giving us the feeling of banging action figures against one another in a sandbox in way that’s far less embarrassing for the modern day adult. I approve!
Pocahantas 1 & 2
Pocahontas is pretty officially where I fell off with Disney animation. Disney’s received some well deserved criticism for being formulaic, and this is probably most indicting example. That it’s based on actual history, and a somewhat dull story no less, certainly didn’t help it… Pocahontas 2, however, is phenomenal! Certainly the Short Circuit 2 of animated movies.
The Rescuers 1 & 2
It’s a goddamn shame what’s happened to this movie. The Rescuers is not only one of those rare Disney triumphs that takes (took) place in the present day, this film was actually an enormous success for its time. Easily one of Disney’s most popular in years. It should get the same Masterpiece treatment films like Aladdin or 101 Dalmatians do, but certainly doesn’t, and I can only attribute that to two things. First, the 70s setting can perhaps make it appear a little more “dated” than the timeless look delivered by fairy tales set in The World of Make Believe. However, films like Lady and the Tramp clearly come from a bygone era of Americana too. So what’s the difference? Well, some rapscallion animator hid a picture of goddamned tits in the film, assuming folks would never slow down their “home projectors” long enough to notice the smutty easter egg. Of course, with the advent of home video, people eventually did uncover the offending bosoms, a light controversey ensued, the tapes were recalled, and the frame was removed from subsequent releases. Worse still, Disney’s treated the film very quietly ever since, even though few people even remember the titty incident. Which is a shame, because The Rescuers truly belongs in the patheon of Classic Disney films. The Down Under sequel is also wonderful, but has unfortunately been tarnished by the under the radar nature Disney’s given to Bernard and Bianca.
Not even sure if I even like this movie, but I sure as heel know I’m ready to watch some old ass theatrical Diz-Knee animation on Blu-ray. Plus, I’ve certainly been known to sing “Everybody (Everybody/everybody) Wants To Be a Cat” aloud like a maniac. Not to be confused with The AristoCRATS! Which your kids will probably love all the same.
NEW THIS WEEK
Chuck Jones Mouse Chornicles
Shit yeah! A ton of great classic animation on Blu-ray lately. (Anybody else sensing the death of a format?) A bunch of amazing mouse-centric theatrical cartoonage starring Sniffles, Hubie and Bertie, and a bunch of other characters you think you don’t remember but you probably do (assuming you’re arriving to or at your 30s.) I’ll always support the preservation and remastering of timeless cel animation, and this $24 Blu ($20 on DVD) makes it an easy decision.
Guild Wars 2
Hey, Guild Wars 2 is out finally! I don’t remember much about it, but I thought you folks deserved a link.
Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring | The Two Towers | The Return of the King
What the hell is this?! I usually run in the internet circles that keeps me prepared for every kind of Peter Jackson news, but these 5-disc sets took me completely by surprise. Gettin’ old, I s’pose… Whatever! These are basically the remaster HD versions of those unbelievably amazing Extended sets that came out around a decade ago, and damn near every feature has been amped up to 1080p. Better still, they’ve color corrected the extended scenes (got rid of the orangey filter) in order to make the experience mirror the theatircal version. I’ve been wanting to watch these again for a while – love it when I get the excuse! (The HD ROTR trilogy is also available in this 15-disc set, although it is strangely cheaper to purchase them separately)
The Walking Dead: The Complete Second Season
The Walking Dead TV Show profoundly irritated me at the close of its first season. Couldn’t tell if it was my preexisting knowledge of the phenomenal comic series, or Hollywood tampering bordering on self parody. But I’m ready to move past that and give the series another shot. What better way to do that than by buying a DVD set encased in a zombie noggin with a screwdriver rammed through his eye?!
Remember how stupid you thought this movie sounded when it was announced that Universal was making a movie based on a fifty-year-old plastic board game? Congratulations: You were not wrong! Good instincts, guy… anyhoo… I think we all wanted to see this fail, and it certainly did. Hooray! Personally, I can’t wait to watch this in like ten years, once it’s far enough away from influencing further idiotic adaptations (no shit, Candy Land and Monopoly are in the works for a screen adaptation.) I feel like this will be an ultra-fine piece of schlock film once it available at bargain bin prices and can no longer hurt us.
God of War Saga
Damn! Saga, indeed! This set packs together the PS3’s God Of War III, the remastered editions of God of War 1 & 2, and the HD versions of the PSP games for one low price. It’s hard to find a reason not to buy this one if you haven’t picked it up already. The haters are wrong! GoW is a bit silly, but a phenonenal, trailblazing game series nonetheless. Either way, 5 games for $39.99 ain’t notin’ ta sneeze at!
Ratchet and Clank Collection
Man, I am loving these Sony bundles! Here you’ll find THREE lovingly restored PS2 Ratchet & Clank classics optimized in HD with full-on Tropy-fication. It contains the game that started it all, Going Commando, and Up Your Arsenal. Damned if I can tell the difference between them now, but they were sure as shit a blast back in the day.
Does two games and DLC really equal “A Collection?” It’s a hard time in the console cycle to release new IPs, so it’s equally hard to knock nabbing the best the PS3 platform in a single collection at a reduced cost… although, I’m bored, so let’s try! I’d like to think that this speaks to how little the Blu-ray format had to offer gaming in the current generation. If you can fit two full Triple-A games and downloadable content onto a single disc, maybe the extra storage wasn’t all that necessary.
Journey Collector’s Edition
Hooray, I can finally play Journey! If you’re like me, and have had PSN pretty much lock you out of accessing your credit card information, Sony’s got the solution to giving them your money. Better still, the set also contains Flow, as well as what very well be – NO SHIT! – my favorite PlayStation 3 exclusive ever: Fucking Flower!
Homeland: The Complete First Season
I’ll desperately need a new program to watch once Breaking Bad signs off for the year, and I’ve heard this is one one of he best shows on TV right now. I’ve also heard Inara from Firefly does a nude scene. SOLD!
UPCOMING VIDEO GAME AMAZON BONUSES – Pre-order and support Laser Time
Listed in order of release date
-Free Andrew Luck Future Stars Draft Pick Madden Ultimate Team Card for immediate use in Madden 12
Far Cry 3 360 | PS3
-Pre-order and receive Amazon-exclusive Warrior Pack.
Tekken Tag Tournament 2 360 | PS3 *NEW*
-Pre-order for early access to two DLC characters, Angel and Michelle Chang plus the bonus Snoop Dogg stage
Borderlands 2 360 | PS3 | PC
-$10 in-store credit
LittleBigPlanet (PS Vita) *NEW*
-Pre-order and receive FREE BioShock and Knights of Old costume packs.
Dead or Alive 5 360 | PS3
-Pre-order for a set of three ‘DOA Devils’ black bunny swimsuits for Christie, Tina, and Ayane
Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse 360 | PS3
-Pre-order for FREE “Evil Pack” featuring Evil Stewie and Evil Mayor West costumes
NBA 2K13 360 | PS3
-Pre-order for access to NBA All Star Game content including the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest, Three Point Contest, Rising Stars Challenge Game, and the NBA All Star Game
Dishonored 360 | PS3 *NEW*
-Pre-Order for exclusive Backstreet Butcher Pack which includes Bone Charm bonuses for Fencer, Fire Water, and Blast Resistant plus an in-game Wolfhound Statue
Resident Evil 6 360 | PS3
-Pre-order for FREE Exclusive Mercenaries stage – The High Seas Fortress
Medal of Honor: Warfighter 360 *NEW*
-Pre-order for Amazon exclusive Tin Case AND early access to the Battlefield 4 Beta
Assassin’s Creed III 360 | PS3
-EXCLUSIVE: FREE Steelbook Case upgrade with art by Alex Ross
Halo 4 | Halo 4 Limited Edition *NEW*
-Pre-order and receive exclusive customizable “Web” armor skin
Call of Duty Black Ops II 360 | PS3 *NEW*
-Pre-order any edition and get the Nuketown 2025 bonus map for FREE plus an Amazon exclusive Call of Duty: Black Ops II Wallpaper
Hitman: Absolution 360 | PS3
-FREE Bartoli Custom Pistol, with built-in, high-spec sight and silencer to give excellent accuracy and an extremely high rate of fire with pre-order
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