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10 Year Anniversary Blog- Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

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Almost every person I know from my school including my classmates couldn't stop talking about Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas which was in fact released 10 years ago on 26th October 2004 for the PlayStation 2. What made this game even more better then Vice City and Grand Theft Auto III was it carried over the gameplay elements from the past two titles and adding a ton of new gameplay elements including riding bicycle, trains, Swimming and the freedom to do almost anything you want from building muscles at the gym or getting very fat on fast food.

When the game was released on launch it received review scores of 10/10 or 9.5/10 from various websites and magazines back in 2004 and had sold over 12 million copies making it the highest selling game for the PlayStation 2. Many gamers have claim that this is on their top 5 favourite games of all time alongside the likes of Final Fantasy VII and Zelda: Ocarina of Time don't get me wrong that it’s a good game it really did help redefine on how games should be made. I've always preferred Vice City more than an Andreas mainly because it did everything right.

What didn't like that much about San Andreas was the RPG element that they added in where you can have a level of respect among his fellow recruits and street friends varies according to his appearance and actions, as do his relationships with his girlfriends. Making sure that CJ eats to stay healthy and also exercises properly. The balance of food and physical activity has an effect on his appearance and physical attributes; having a gang was pretty cool where you and your gang fight with enemy gangs wherever they are prompted whenever you must venture into enemy territory and kills at least three gang members. If you survive three waves of enemies, the territory will be won and fellow gang members will begin wandering the streets of these areas; the more territory owned by you, the more money that will be generated.

With it being released in October 2004 many other games were released a few weeks later before the end of the year including Half-Life 2, Metal Gear Solid 3 and also Halo 2 which was released on the Xbox on November 9th which made a massive impact on its Xbox Live Multiplayer; however the Xbox version of San Andreas was released in June 2005 which was 8 months but if the Xbox version was released on the same month and year as the PS2 version was it would have caused a massive sale and which system the game plays better luckily it didn't had online multiplayer because it would have been very likely people would buy the Xbox version just to play online multiplayer but that was used in the later games for Grand Theft Auto IV and V.

This later got released a PS2 Classic through the PSN Store for PS3 owners and appeared on Xbox Live Arcade as well, the PC release was released around the same month as the Xbox version in 2005 however in mid-June 2005, a software patch for the game dubbed "Hot Coffee mod" was released by Patrick Wildenborg (under the Internet alias "PatrickW"), a 38-year old modder from the Netherlands. The name "Hot Coffee" refers to the way the released game alludes to the unseen sex scenes. In the unmodified game, the player takes his girlfriend to her front door and she asks him if he would like to come in for "some coffee". He agrees, and the camera stays outside, swaying back and forth a bit, while moaning sounds are heard. I do remember reading the articles about this and it did caused a stir Rockstar gave distributors the option of applying an Adults Only ESRB rating sticker to copies of the game, or returning them to be replaced by versions without the Hot Coffee content.

There have been rumors from this month that San Andreas was getting the HD-Remastered treatment for next-gen consoles and maybe for both the PS3 and 360 too. As I've already mentioned above there have been some very good examples of games that sold millions worldwide during the 6th Generation of Gaming; most games that got the HD treatment would have 1080p High Definition and being rendered looking a lot clearer than the original games were when they were released around that time. There may have been a few changes taken in and out of games or added in some new features in such as certain content that was only released in Japan but not released elsewhere good examples like these are Kingdom Hearts Final Mix and Final Fantasy X International. Certain games might have the soundtrack remixed or changed certain voices or vice actors around, certain buttons and game mechanics being changed. And of course trophy support/achievements have been added in if you want to collect them like on other games released on both PSN, 360 or Steam.

I can understand games that were released more than 10 years ago getting a HD treatment is worth the money and checking out but if other games that were released 5 years or more getting a HD treatment doesn't feel the same and likely not worth checking out and look almost the same as the original was examples like these are Prince of Persia Collection which was released in 2010 making it almost 7 years since the first game was released in 2003 doesn't feel that long since it was released on the PS2/Xbox/Cube nice idea if someone didn't get the chance to play them or want to play them in one go but the you could easily pick up the original version at a cheaper price if you still have a PS2/Xbox/Cube and is not too bothered about the changes or added features that have been added in the HD version.

Did you think that San Andreas was the best Grand Theft Auto game in the series?

Have any favourite moments or can you think they could have done to make this game even better if it was the year 2004?

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If Heart of Darkness got a Remake or a Reboot

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It was back around June this year I found out that Game Grumps was doing a play through on Heart of Darkness, this has been one of those games I've been curious on when it came to mixed-reviews when I've read the odd reviews in Official UK PlayStation magazine and PlayStation Power. Most of the images I saw did remind me of Abe's Oddysee this was around when I was the age of 12 when I first heard about the game.

Recently picked up this up at NERG (North East Retro Gaming) this year for £4 thanks to Game Grumps and Caddicarus that made us pick up the game in the first place; I did spent most of July playing through the game but however managed get through the game within 1 week. For a 2D platformer the graphics and visuals still hold up today during its gameplay most of the places you travel really do look impressive to look at. The 3D effects used for its environments make a great impact and some obstacles and platforms you can climb up or down, swing or swim. Even the death moments are great to look at when you see Andy getting eaten to shreds or burned into toast leaving a shoe or getting swallowed by a plant.

The CGI animation scenes does make a great little animated movie, what also made this game perfect is the soundtrack its music done by Bruce Brougham who has done a ton of music for various films. Not only it was the first game to have a live composed soundtrack it was also one of the first games to have 3D effects for a PlayStation but the glasses were only used for the finale and not the entire game, would have been a nice idea but back then the only 3D glasses you had were the cheap red and blue 3D glasses.

What hasn't aged well since it was first released in 1998 is the CGI animation especially the opening first making it feel like one of those sci-fi movie openings and then lands into a school follows the story of a child called Andy who keeps falling asleep in class and hates his abusive teacher but it seems that Andy is afraid of one thing which is a fear of darkness. If Eric Chahi had the thought and idea of giving this a HD Remake or even a Reboot this would be a good idea itself on being a 2.5D Platformer and the 3D visuals and CGI animation would work really well on next gen consoles like the PS4, Xbox One and even the Wii U for that matter; Eric Chahi was also the mastermind of Another World which was released back in 1991 and that recently got a 20th Anniversary Edition on systems released this year. This would also work well on handhelds as well if it got released for the 3DS and PS Vita when it comes to visuals on a small handheld and a few extra features too but if this got released on the PSN Store for the PS1 collection people can play and download this on their PS3, PSP and Vita.

I know that there have been other classic games from the 80's and 90's that got this treatment on Remakes and Reboots but the idea of seeing Heart of Darkness getting the treatment could be a possibility if it happened a GBA port was announced in 2001 but it was never released likely due to how much data and space it would take in a GBA cartridge plus if it did went forward this would help more gamers get to try out this game if they missed out on the PC and PS1. Don't get me wrong I do love a challenge when it comes to games that have a hard difficulty or even have some frustrating moments here and there that's actually only been 16 years since it was first released back in 1998.

You can check out my review on Heart of Darkness here.

Would you like to see this get a Remake or Reboot? Or is there another game out there you want to see getting the treatment?

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The Evil Within- Which could have been Resident Evil 5 to begin with

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If you've read my blog on The Evil Within Demo Impressions a month recently picked up the game on release date just last Tuesday, already halfway through the game as it is but yet so far I'm really enjoying my time playing The Evil Within. Ok yes the PS3 version does have some textures and odd layouts when it comes to the landscapes and surrounding environments during gameplay plus the odd textures and frame rate drops here and there on characters and cutscenes but with it being on PS3 its likely it'll get patched up with an update not sure if it's the same with the 360 version too but also heard the PC version has been having some problems too.

But I do like the 3rd-person spective around this when it comes to gameplay does remind me an awful lot on Resident Evil 4 using weapons such as a revolver, shotgun, knife, grenades, and the Agony Crossbow, a projectile weapon that fires bolts capable of freezing, blinding, electrocuting, or exploding enemies. Ammunition for weapons is scarce, but mechanical components can be harvested to craft additional bolts, so you might want to use your ammo wisely later on in the game but that would depend on what difficulty you plan on playing it on. Plus when you shoot enemies you think aiming for the head would work on them, no you have to burn them alive in order for them to not come back from the dead again, but if you waste all of your matches you are pretty much stuck and outnumbered if more than 5 enemies appear out of nowhere. I would talk more about the main story but that may spoil it for some people but so far it does have a mix of Resident Evil and Silent Hill; I do love most of Shinji Mikami games over the years especially the Resident Evil series I know I'm halfway through The Evil Within but during my time playing the game some of it does make me think on what if this was Resident Evil 5 to begin with? I found the original Resident Evil 5 released back in 2009 disappointing on the lack of horror and suspense focusing more on action then survival, however Shinji Mikami was not involved with Resident Evil 5 and left Capcom and working on other titles with Platinum Games he did play Resident Evil 5 a year later after recent interview from CVG.com

During my time playing The Evil Within there were quite a few Resident Evil references throughout various parts of the game including the opening scene when you first encounter your first zombie, chainsaw man and one of the labs obtaining various experiments and a look alike tyrant behind glass. With Resident Evil 1 and 4 references added in the game it really did make you wonder why this could have been Resident Evil 5 to begin with if he did work on it back in 2009. He also stated that it will be a "true" survival horror game, "one in which the player confronts and overcomes fear." that is something I do agree with playing this on normal difficulty setting there have been a few moments that made me jump especially around Chapter 4 and 5. Yet I also liked the idea of sneaking behind enemies and attack from behind silently with a knife just like you would see on an episode of The Walking Dead; with the fact that recent survival horror games becoming action horror games it does make you wonder if there really is a game that will scare you. I know that Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro are working on Silent Hills which I am looking forward to see more information and gameplay of it in the future but do hope that future games do keep this element when it comes to horror games because the genre did go downhill soon after both Resident Evil 4, Silent Hill 4 and Fatal Frame were released in 2004 and 2005.

I do plan on doing a review on this as soon as I beaten the game first.

Have you picked up The Evil Within this week? Has any moments in the game made you jump?

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Pokemon Omega Alpha Special Demo Impressions

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I was never really the hard-core Pokémon fan when it comes to the games on any Nintendo system, I have only played Pokémon Blue on a phone emulator but thought I'd might as well try and play one of the latest games since I own a 3DS did pre-order Omega Ruby a few months back. Just recently got a Demo code from StreetPass Newcastle and another code from ShopTo from pre-ordering the game but gave that code to a friend; anyways after downloading the demo thought I'd post my impressions of the demo and pretty much a second taste in the Pokémon franchise.

Quite a lot of people I know are huge fans of the series itself and most of them have been following and playing the games since both Red and Blue were first released back in 1998. Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire coming to the 3DS next month are both remakes of the Game Boy Advance versions of Ruby and Sapphire. If you want to play the demo for yourself you can pre-order the game and get the demo by email or head on over to your local GAME store and go through Nintendo Zone on your 3DS to download it.

After downloading the demo and starting up you end up in the city of Mossdeep City playing as a Pokémon Trainer called Orlando you can go you begin by going to an island with Steven, getting the starter Pokémon at Level 35, meaning they're close to evolution. You'll also receive their Mega Stone and Frenzy Plant, Blast Burn or Hydro Cannon later. You then have to hunt down a Pokémon said to Mega Evolve to protect it from Team Aqua & Magma. This Pokémon is a new Mega Evolution which was not known before the release of the demo, and it changes depending on your region. When you started a new game on either Ruby or Sapphire you had the choice of having either of the three Pokémon Treecko, Mudkip or Torchic but in the demo you got the chance to see their Final Evolution and use them in battle which you can choose from Sceptile, Blaziken or Sampert; the battles are very straight forward in a one-to-one battle and choose one in four choices on what attack to use on your opponent. The demo is quite short however I ended up clearing the demo after 30 minutes on my first play-through and capturing a Pokémon at the end which you can carry over to the full game which is a Glalitite which available for UK/Europe, South Korea and Australia .

But if you want to keep Glalitie you need to watch the trailer at the end of the demo and your save will be saved and ready to carry and also the number of times up to 10 times you play it you'll get more extra goods like items and Pokeball sets over to the full game once it's released next month. I thought the demo was pretty decent but there were some odd moments in the game where certain parts of the game doesn't let you turn the 3D effect on but however this is only a demo which might explain why you can't play the full demo in 3D.

I was at the weekly StreetPass meets in Newcastle and did speak to a few people who have played the demo for themselves and they said that they found the demo a little disappointing on the account that you can't customise your own Pokémon Trainer and how short the demo was overall however a lot of people I know in StreetPass Newcastle are huge fans of the series so it would explain why they either love it or hate it just like a jar of Marmite.

Have you played the Special Demo yet? Planning on picking up either Omega Ruby or Alpha Sapphire?

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Could Bayonetta 2 help the sales for the Wii U?

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More and more reviews on Bayonetta 2 are coming receiving a 10/10 from various magazines and sites like Edge, Destructiod and of course GameSpot Review on Bayonetta 2 I'm very surprised that the sequel would get a high score like that not many reviewers out there that work for magazines and sites would give a score like this. Back in 2009 when the first Bayonetta was released for both Xbox 360 and PlayStation; the 360 version got higher scores from a 10/10 and Famitsu giving the game a 40/40 in Japan even though the sales for the Xbox in general aren't that strong in Japan.

I can still remember playing the Japanese demo for the very first time back in 2009 after downloading the demo from the Japanese PSN Store and I was blown away on how amazing the gameplay was including the visuals. I know that the PS3 version didn't had the prettiest visuals comparing it to the 360 version but it was still a fun game. It was around a month later after its UK release, the PS3 version does have minor issues but can still be a challenging game, before Bayonetta there was Devil May Cry; which were mainly you hack and slash action game. Hideki Kamiya did work with Capcom to create some of the best games over the years such as Okami, Devil May Cry and Veiwtiful Joe, but left Capcom and then worked with SEGA but working under Platinum games.

Soundtrack Irresistible mix of upbeat jazz with intensely serious choirs, if you've heard of song "Fly Me to the Moon" by Brenda Lee from 1963 you'll be hearing the song which will be a remix of the song heard during various scenes and during gameplay. But what makes the sequel so special and of course with it being on the Wii U, could this really help boost the sales for the console and help Hideki Kamiya get more copies of the game out there to the rest of the world?

Kamiya did believed they would never release a sequel to begin with, however, Kamiya's Twitter account later stated that he may release the sequel if Bayonetta sold well. Bayonetta 2 was revealed during a Nintendo Direct September 2012. The game's Wii U exclusivity was met with complaints by fans of the original game; Platinum Games producer Atsushi Inaba responded that Bayonetta 2 would not exist if Nintendo had not partnered with the developer to make the game. Work on the game was based on feedback the staff received from the original Bayonetta to bring various improvements. Nintendo was not involved in the making of the game other than as an "observer" and the staff were very pleased with their experience. During E3 2014, it was announced the game would include a port of the original Bayonetta, which will include exclusive Nintendo costumes, dual audio voice tracks, and touch controls a nice way to welcome newcomers to the series or fans wanting a quick trip down memory lane before playing the sequel.

So far the sales for the Wii U have boosted thanks to games like Hyrule Warriors and Mario Kart 8, plus with Super Smash Brothers being released for the Wii U this December including the Nintendo Amiibo figures going on sale before Christmas too which could also well help the sales for the system and consoles it might even be better than Skylanders and Disney Infinity put together. But if the sales for Bayonetta 2 do help boost sales its very likely that a 3rd game could be in the works or even better Nintendo may have inspiration ideas and what they could learn from that game when it comes to graphics and visuals because most Nintendo fans want is a Mario Galaxy 3 for the Wii U and I reckon that its graphics and visuals used for Bayonetta 2 could well top that for the Wii U system itself.

Will you be picking up Bayonetta 2 this month? Did you play the first game?

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Anime Series Review- Space Dandy

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You've missed my last blog on Anime Series Review- Hunter X Hunter 2011 this is yet another Anime series I've decided to review on Space Dandy would admit that the series itself has been the only series I've enjoyed watching through this year for 2014. I know there were only 13 episodes between January to March which was Season 1 and between July to September was another 13 episodes for Season 2 but in total there's 26 episodes in the series.

However there is a Manga series of Space Dandy which was released in Japan in December 2013, the anime series however is directed by Shinichiro Watanabe who some people may know that he also directed Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo and his latest series Terror in Resonance which has also finished recently too with only 11 episodes.

Story series follows the misadventures of Dandy (Ian Sinclair), an alien hunter who is "a dandy guy in space", in search of undiscovered or rare aliens with his robot assistant QT (Alison Viktorin) and a cat-like alien named Meow (Joel McDonald). Though he and his crew act with the best intentions, despite being normally dimwitted and next to useless, Dandy is unaware that he is being pursued by Dr. Gel (J. Michael Tatum) of the Gogol Empire. Throughout the series, with the final episode explaining the reason of its loose continuity, some episodes take place in an alternative universe where the main protagonists and antagonists end up dying, getting turned to zombies, or getting trapped in different periods of time or dimension. There are also Easter eggs, in the form of references to older science fiction, music, and anime.

What I liked about each of the episodes there were always both funny and creative, when it comes to Sci-Fi Comedies you do wonder how can an Anime series based in Space can be both funny and have good action scenes? Like most cartoons in the 70's, 80's and 90's you always see the bad guy trying to capture or defeat the main hero of the story but failing to do so every week and then the next episode you see them again with yet another good idea planned up their sleeves but yet fails in the end. I love how it uses that idea in Space Dandy when it comes to Dr Gel trying to figure a way to capture Dandy; what I was also surprised that the English dubbed version is actually pretty good with a good line up of English voice actors, I'm not saying the Japanese version is bad or anything I actually prefer the English version of Space Dandy.

But I would still recommend Space Dandy to anyone who is new to Anime or want a good Sci-Fi with Comedy added in, but if you loved Shinichiro Watanabe's work on Cowboy Bebop you may enjoy this series even more. There have been rumours on a Season 3 but hasn't been confirmed yet or announced but it would be nice to see more adventures on Dandy and his crew.

4/5 (4 Star Rating)

Hope you've enjoyed reading my Anime series review on Space Dandy :D

Super Smash Bros 3DS StreetPass Launch Meet

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With Fifa 15 being number in the UK Sales for over a week I am curious to know if the likes of Super Smash Brothers and Shadow of Mordor could be on the top 10 sales chart or end up being at number one on the Sales Chart. Since Super Smash Brothers was released for the 3DS almost every single person has been playing over the weekend; including StreetPass Launch Events Meets celebrating the release of the 3DS version and also the first time its released on a Nintendo handheld instead of the console.

I've already played the demo a month ago Super Smash Bros. 3DS Demo Impressions I can tell that this game was going to be really popular on the 3DS towards the end of the year when it comes to Multiplayer and StreetPass meets across the country. StreetPass Newcastle had their own Launch Meet Event at Northumbria Uni and it was pretty packed including a few cosplayers as well, there was a cosplay competition where fans and gamers can dress up as their favourite characters. I even I cosplayed as Professor Layton as a joke and holding up a sign saying- "Will Solve any Puzzles to be in Super Smash Brothers DLC" was a good laugh overall but do hope that he appears in the future as an update or at least as an assist trophy.

Not only there was a tournament for the 3DS there was also a Brawl tournament which more the 30 or more people signed up for to play and pretty much winning the tournament, during that tournament even fans lined up and volunteers to voice some commentary on each of the matches including one person that ended up voicing the commentary as Gilbert Gottfried and another person did commentary voicing as Nigel Thornberry.

There was also a GameCube that had Melee and an N64 which had Super Smash Bros which you can play at the event kind of like if you were at a Video Game History Museum or a big Retro Gaming Convention. But playing the N64 version really does show you how far the series has come over the past 15 years now since it was first released back in 1999. I've never owned an N64 myself but I really did fancy playing other games on the system, but luckily for me I've been playing Ocarina of Time on the GameCube instead but comparing the Cube Controller with an N64 Controller you can tell it feels different using a different controller.

The overall event everyone including myself had a great time at the StreetPass Launch Meet, they have mentioned that a Part 2 of their Smash Bros Event will happen again sometime soon by the end of this year when the Wii U version is released sometime around end of November or possibly in December just in time for the Christmas Holiday Sales.

Will you be picking up the Wii U version? Have you bought the 3DS version this week?

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How Lord of Rings Video Game franchise got its inspiration from other Video Games

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I know that Super Smash Brothers is released this week which isn't the only big release in fact Shadow of Mordor gets a release on PS4, PC and Xbox One; both PS3 and 360 versions are released at the end of November. I was surprised that most review sites and magazines have been giving scores around 8 and 9/10, I know that's not a rip off to the Assassin's Creed series on its gameplay on how to take out your enemies and exploring aspects plus using Batman: Arkham series for its melee combat.

I'm not saying that it’s a bad thing but I do love how it uses those ideas and inspirations on what I've seen on trailers and gameplay on here and on Youtube. But this hasn't been the only Lord of the Rings game that has used those ideas there have been past games in the franchise that has used ideas from other games and turning them into something completely new. Here are three Lord of the Rings games which I've played during the years and got inspirations from other video games-

When I've all three Lord of the Rings movies when I was younger, always pictured the three movies released as a PS1 game as an RPG game kind of like the Final Fantasy games that had 3-4 discs, these were just ideas and imagination in my head around that time between 2001-2003; if theses’ were released on the PS1 through 3 discs based on the movies playing the main heroes like Frodo, Aragon and Gandalf. As I much love Final Fantasy IX for a PS1 game and playing the hell out of the game, I had the idea if they used the same graphics engine and gameplay if a Lord of the Rings game was released on the PS1 and of course loved having the imagination of Moogles as save points through various parts of Middle-Earth.

Then a year later in 2004 first time seeing the first trailer and images from Electronic Gaming Monthly mentioned that a Final Fantasy styled game was being made called Lord of the Rings: The Third Age, where you control a group of characters that are used during the events of the movie trilogy, as always there's a story around this group. You get to explore middle-earth as you build your character from lowly adventurer into a living legend. Battle Orcs, Mumakil, and the mighty Balrog, picking up devastating weapons and powerful new abilities along the way; Build a party of like-minded fighters to aid you in your quest and fight alongside your favourite heroes and villains from the films. However its gameplay felt a little similar to Final Fantasy X where you can switch characters back and forth during battles.

Lord of the Rings Conquest was an action game developed by Pandemic Studios and published by EA. It is derived from the film trilogy, and borrows many gameplay mechanics from Pandemic's Star Wars: Battlefront games. The game allows the player to play as both the forces of good and evil, if you were one of those movie lovers wanted to experience what would it be like to be on a battlefield based on your favourite movie; Conquest might not have been perfect as the Star Wars: Battlefront series but liked the idea of it and of course playing the evil forces as well if Frodo failed to destroy the ring and Sauron gets a hold of the One Ring.

The last game I would like to mention that was not made by EA but was instead published by Vivendi Universal, it is one of my Top 5 Favourite Books in general, The Hobbit is a third-person action/adventure game set in the world of Middle-earth. In the game, you play as Bilbo Baggins, an unassuming Hobbit who has been unwittingly thrust into an epic adventure. Explore the mystical world of Middle-earth where you'll need to jump gaping chasms, climb treacherous mountains, solve mind bending puzzles and battle hordes of enemies just to survive. Meet enchanting Elves, battle-ready Dwarves, a powerful Wizard, massive Trolls, bloodthirsty Goblins, and more as you traverse from the peaceful lands of the Shire to the harrowing forests of Mirkwood. If I had to compare this to the Peter Jackson Movie Trilogy if EA did release a game of it, I would actually say that the 2003 version of The Hobbit would be the better version. Not only it tried to be a Zelda styled game but loved how it threw in puzzles and adventure in one game plus remembering this game well more than the movies itself would consider this does follow the book more.

Are you planning on picking up Shadows of Mordor this week? Do you have a favourite Lord of the Rings game?

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Anime line-up: FALL 2014

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Summer has just ended plus a few good animes have just recently finished too but what if the line-up for Fall 2014 you may ask? A ton of new anime has just started and here is a list of a few animes worth checking out if you have the time-

Amagi Brilliant Park:

The slapstick drama begins with Seiya Kanie, a high school boy who is invited on a date in an amusement park by a mysterious beautiful transfer student named Isuzu Sento. He is introduced to Ratifa, a real princess and the park's manager, and is asked to be the acting manager of this disappointing amusement park in the Tokyo suburbs.

Denki-Gai no Honya-san:

The youthful bookstore comedy revolves around the folks who work in a manga shop deep in a certain Electric Town neighborhood. The protagonist Umio works part-time at “BOOKS Umanohone” along with his senior at work Hiotan. As many dedicated manga fans visit the store, there is always something going on.

Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works:

This is the adaptation of the 2nd route of the popular visual novel: Fate/Stay Night. In this route, Tohsaka Rin will be the major female character. Revelations about Shirou and his destiny will be made.

Sanzoku no Musume Ronja:

Directed by Gorō Miyazaki, based on Ronia the Robber’s Daughter by Astrid Lindgren; Story is about a girl named Ronja who is the daughter of a chief of a tribe of bandits and lives in a huge castle in the forest with the bandits. The story follows Ronja as she encounters mystical creatures, makes friends with another young child like herself, and experiences life in the forest.

Shingeki no Bahamut: Genesis:

An anime adaptation of the Rage of Bahamut social card game.

Nanatsu no Taizai:

When they were accused of trying to overthrow the monarchy, the feared warriors the Seven Deadly Sins were sent into exile. Princess Elizabeth discovers the truth the Sins were framed by the king's guard, the Holy Knights too late to prevent them from assassinating her father and seizing the throne! Now the princess is on the run, seeking the Sins to help her reclaim the kingdom. But the first Sin she meets, Meliodas, is a little innkeeper with a talking pig. He doesn't even have a real sword! Have the legends of the Sins' strength been exaggerated?

Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso:

Piano prodigy Arima Kosei dominated the competition and all child musicians knew his name. But after his mother, who was also his instructor, passed away, he had a mental breakdown while performing at a recital that resulted in him no longer being able to hear the sound of his piano even though his hearing was perfectly fine. Even two years later, Kosei hasn’t touched the piano and views the world in monotone, and without any flair or color. He was content at living out his life with his good friends Tsubaki and Watari until, one day, a girl changed everything. Miyazono Kaori is a pretty, free spirited violinist whose playing style reflects her personality. Kaori helps Kosei return to the music world and show that it should be free and mold breaking unlike the structured and rigid style Kosei was used to.

Terra Formars:

Terra Formars makes its anime debut as a startling work of science fiction and adventure. With Earth becoming increasingly overpopulated, an ambitious plan has been put into place to terraform Mars using mold and cockroaches. Nearly 500 years after the plan, a mission to Mars, Annex 1, is under way to accomplish crucial research into the Virus currently plaguing mankind with the crew members who've been injected with various DNA of life on Earth in order to combat the Terraformars, giant humanoid cockroaches.

Kaitou Joker:

In this story, there is nothing in the world that the mysterious phantom thief Joker cannot steal. He goes after one treasure after another in unpredictable capers with seemingly miraculous tricks.

World Trigger:

A gate to another dimension has burst open, and from it emerge gigantic invincible creatures that threaten all of humanity. Earth's only defense is a mysterious group of warriors who have co-opted the alien technology in order to fight back!

Other Anime series that are also starting you may want to check out too-

  • Ushinawareta Mirai wo Motomete
  • Yowamushi Pedal: Grande Road Season 2
  • Trinity Seven: 7-nin no Mahoutsukai
  • Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji
  • Tribe Cool Crew
  • SHIROBAKO
  • Sora no Method
  • Orenchi no Furo Jijou
  • Ore, Twintails ni Narimasu
  • Magic Kaito 1412
  • Inou-Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de
  • Kiseijuu
  • Gundam Build Fighters Try
  • Hitsugi no Chaika: Avenging Battle Season 2
  • Cross Ange: Tenshi to Ryuu no Rondo
  • Akatsuki no Yona
  • Donten ni Warau
  • Gugure! Kokkuri-san

So there is quite alot to watch and to check out between now and til the end of the year, is there any on the list that caught your attention?

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Anime Series Review- Hunter X Hunter 2011

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Ever since October 2011 I've been watching an anime series called Hunter X Hunter 2011 which is based on the Manga series both written and illustrated by Yoshihiro Togashi, the manga is still going in Japan however there was anime series based on the series in the past with only 62 episodes between October 1999 to March 2001. Hunter X Hunter 2011 is a complete reboot of the series starting from the beginning and following more to the manga series.

It's Focuses on a 12 year old boy, Gon who finds out that his father is alive after being told by many that he was dead. He also found out that his father Ging, is a famous Hunter who specializes in spectacular pursuits such as reviving ancient ruins, locating rare species, treasure hunting, or hunting down wanted individuals. Despite the fact that Ging left his son with his wife's sister to pursue his dreams, Gon departs upon a journey to follow in his father's footsteps to find Ging. He is curious to find out what is special about being a Hunter that had his father leave him behind. Becoming a professional Hunter is no easy feat. It requires passing the rigorous Hunter Examination which is conquered by less than half a dozen people each year. Along the way, Gon meets other kinds of Hunters like Killua who became his best friend and Leorio and Kurapika. The journey to being a professional Hunter requires Gon to be an extraordinary individual; will he eventually find and meet his father?

Not only it had a good opening theme and of course good ending songs after the end of each episode, you wonder what's going to happen next for Gon and his friends. Unlike the original series which had the worst English voice acting, the 2011 reboot has new voice actors but it’s all voiced in Japanese with English subtitles; I can't imagine what the English version of this would sound like but most anime's I've watched are all better off in Japanese instead. What I enjoyed about the latest episode every week that it keeps you gripped on the story, superb animation and humour added in, if you missed out or don't have the time reading the manga series I would highly recommend you to watching the series. There are only 148 episodes in the series there have been rumours that the 2011 reboot could be on a little break for now but may come back once there are more Chapters for the manga and that is when the Anime series would likely come back. Yoshihiro Togashi said that he didn't expect the anime series too catch up to the latest chapter in the manga series that quickly said it would have taken a little longer and giving him more time to get the latest manga chapter out to the public.

If you've enjoyed other anime like FullMetal Alchemist and One Piece with cliffhanging moments and epic battles; would highly recommend Hunter X Hunter 2011 to anyone out there. You can watch all 148 episodes online or on channels and websites like Animax Asia or Crunchyroll or Netflix (However Netflix has up to episodes 1-93)

5/5 (5 Star Rating)

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