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Eight years later still on Gamespot

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So yes it's been 8 years since I've joined Gamespot since April 9th 2006, I'm still posting blogs and reviews on Gamespot and even got mentioned a few times on the Community Spotlight now and then. Outside of Gamespot I've attended more and more anime conventions including a Retro Gaming convention called NERG (North East Retro Gaming) which I will be going to again in July along with Sunnycon in June however I have started working on a cosplay for it which is going to be a challenge but I'm planning on cosplaying as Abe (Oddworld series) I've already got most of the materials for it and just need to make it, don't worry there will be a photo of my cosplay once it's done.

Apart from that since last year I'm now both a Ranger and Moderator, I didn't expect this to happen but it's still something I might not be able to post as much blogs as I used to but I try and at least something good to blog about at least once or twice a week depending if something good has come up in my area or some gaming news that's been posting online I did watch the Nintendo Direct on Super Smash Brothers for both 3DS and Wii U, a lot of people I know are pretty much Falcon-Punching themselves on the news on Super Smash Brothers including more characters added in from Pokémon. Still waiting to see if they will bring back Solid Snake to Super Smash Brothers; unless they announce some new characters at the last minute like Professor Layton or your 3DS Mii as a playable character. What were you all specting in Super Smash Brothers?

Professor Layton VS Phoenix Wright Impressions

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Recently bought this game last week and been pretty much hyped about this game since after Miracle Mask was released back in 2012. I even cosplayed as Professor Layton again on a Friday morning to pick up the game at launch which was still a laugh but was worth it.

Story follows the mysterious Espella is pursued through London by a bewildering force, she desperately seeks help from legendary puzzle investigator Professor Layton and his assistant Luke. However, before the duo are able to work out what’s going on, Espella is suddenly kidnapped. While attempting to track her down, Layton and Luke encounter a strange book and are transported to the outlandish medieval city of Labyrinthia a place allegedly inhabited by witches and magic!

Meanwhile, defence attorney Phoenix Wright and spirit medium in training Maya also find themselves teleported to Labyrinthia after discovering the same book during a business trip to London. When he realises that Espella is to be put on trial as a witch, Phoenix decides to defend her in court. While Phoenix learns the bizarre laws of the land, Professor Layton sets out to solve the mysteries of Labyrinthia but can the two masters of their professions work together long enough to save the day?

It's like mixing chocolate and peanut butter together or even Marmite and Oreos when you think about the idea on both game franchises that have been both on the Nintendo DS system before in the past. With a mix of Puzzles from the Professor Layton series and the courtroom trails from the Phoenix Wright series being added by listening and questioning the witnesses and the ones who are on trial in court. Plus the 3D visuals look impressive for a 3DS game including the soundtrack which has some great moments when it comes to gameplay; this would have to be my favourite theme so far in the game-

For those who are still waiting for a US release of this game, I'm pretty sure a release date will be announced very soon but once it's released I would highly recommend this if you are a fan of either of the games or even both games it's worth the purchase. But for those who have already gotten their copies how do you all liking this game?

Let us know in the comments

Anime line-up Spring 2014

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With the first batch of Anime that's just recently finished including Kill La Kill what does the rest of 2014 have lined-up for most Anime fans out there. 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-

*These are trailers from youtube if your wonder why the video isn't work or can't see anything*

Fairy Tail- Season 5

Set in an imaginary world, the Earth Land, there exists a Mage Guild called "Fairy Tail". Fairy Tail is stationed in the town Magnolia, residing in the Kingdom of Fiore, and is currently governed by Makarov, Guild's master due note that this is will continue where it left off last year after Episode 175 if anyone has been following the series.

Dragon Ball Kai-

Remastered version of the Majin Buu saga that follows more to the manga's story.

Hero Bank-

The anime centers around Kaito, an elementary school boy who is suddenly burdened with 10 billion yen in debt one day. The only way he can pay off the debt is to master "Hero-Gi" (downloaded off the net) and win matches in "Hero Battle," a new-generation cyber sport.

Selector Infected WIXOSS-

Girls with each of these feelings in their hearts are being swallowed into the vortex of a dangerous game.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc V-

The fifth Yu-Gi-Oh! project with new main characters and new monsters.

Akuma no Riddle-

The story is set at Myoujou Academy, a private girls' boarding school. The 10th year's Kurogumi class has 12 assassins with their sights on one target, Haru Ichinose. Tokaku Azuma is a recent transfer student who is also targeting Ichinose, but she gradually develops feelings for Ichinose.

Black Bullet-

A near future, where humans have been defeated by the viral parasites named Gastrea. They have been exiled into a small territory and live in despair, side-by-side in terror. In this world trapped in darkness Rentaro, a boy living near Tokyo and member of the "Civil Security"—an organization specializing in fighting.

Soul Eater Not!-

Ding-dong! Dead-dong! Class is about to begin, and you don't want to be late on your first day of school! Join Tsugumi Harudori in the "NOT" class at Death Weapon Meister Academy, a school dedicated to training transforming weapons like Tsugumi and the meisters who will wield them. Many "NOT" (Normally Overcome Target) students aspire to join the elite "EAT" (Especially Advantaged Talent) class. But it may take Tsugumi some time to find her confidence and a partner at this crazy school!

Escha & Logy no Atelier-

This world has gone through many Dusks, and is slowly nearing its end. Within this world, in the western reaches of the "Land of Dusk," there was a nation that prospered thanks to its use of alchemy. There, in order to survive the eventual arrival of the "Dusk End," the people devoted their efforts to rediscover and recreate lost alchemic technologies. Rediscovered technology from the past era was gathered in the alchemy research city known as "Central," where research was conducted on how to halt the advance of the twilight. One of the heroes is a young man who researched alchemy in Central, the other a girl living in a small town on the frontier. This girl's name is Escha. In the process of using her knowledge of ancient alchemy to help others, she was assigned to the Development Department. The young man's name is Logy. Having learned the newest alchemic techniques in Central, he requested a transfer to this understaffed town to make use of his abilities, and meets Escha when he is assigned to the Development Department as well. The two make a promise to use their alchemy together, and bring success to the Development Department.

Other Anime to check out that's also on the list for Spring 2014-

  • Abarenbou Kishi!! Matsutarou
  • Baby Steps
  • Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou
  • Captain Earth
  • Blade & Soul
  • Haikyuu!
  • Hitsugi no Chaika
  • Jojo no Kimyou na Bouken: Stardust Crusaders
  • Mekaku City Actors
  • No Game No Life
  • Ping Pong The Animation

There is an awful lot of Anime to check out for this season until July when the Summer line-up will appear online, what anime will you be checking out for the Spring line-up? Let us know in the comments

Anime Series Review- Kill La Kill

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This Anime was recommended to a few people I know back in October after the line-up of Anime for Fall 2013 which were all posted online and there was one Anime particular I really enjoyed watching after the third episode which was in fact Kill La Kill.

Both Hiroyuki Imaishi and Kazuki Nakashima who both worked on Gurren Lagann which was shown back in 2007 and is still one of the well-known Anime's out there for both fans and newcomers alike when it comes to Anime. Kill La Kill is a different kind of Anime which has an insane plot twist throughout each episode of funny humour and gripping, the last series I've really enjoyed watching was Attack on Titan and already became a huge hit all over the world and even seen people cosplaying as their favourite characters at conventions. It won't be very long until people plan on cosplaying as their favourite characters in Kill La Kill at future conventions depending on if they can get away with a few minor things on terms of cosplay for certain characters.

Plot is set follows vagrant schoolgirl Ryuko Matoi on her search for her father's killer, which brings her into violent conflict with the iron-fisted student council president of Honnouji Academy, Satsuki Kiryuin, and her mother's fashion empire. This maybe a simply story plot that has a style of Kill Bill at first but later episodes the plot-twists even further and further on what's really going on here. The battles with Ryuko are another thing good about the series as she pretty much fights her way to the top to reaching Satsuki and knowing the truth about her father's death. Her best friend Mako also pretty much steals the spotlight throughout most of the series but here slap-stick humour and comedy just makes this series even funnier to watch.

The animation is also impressive to look at which does remind you of how fun and creative anime can be at its best, even the soundtrack can also be very catchy to listen to including the 1st Opening between Kill La Kill Opening- Episodes 1-15 (Due note that it's tricky finding the short opening on Youtube due to copyright issues, enjoy the full version instead)

When the series had ended with only 24 episodes including an OVA episode on the way it made me wonder could there really be an another good anime like Kill La Kill out there in the future? Could there be another anime series that could top this one off? Who knows however as I much loved the series for its insane plot and amazing soundtrack, I would highly recommend this Anime to anyone who hasn’t got around to seeing this yet.

5/5 (5 Star Rating)

Hope you've enjoyed reading my review :D

End of a crazy month with Gaming and Conventions

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End of March already?! Time really does fly which would explain why I haven't posted anything over the past few days now due to the fact this month has been a very busy month for me, had two conventions which were Newcastle Film and Comic-Con which was at Metro Radio Arena which was good but not that great for a large convention. And the other was Newcastle-Con which was last weekend which I ended up having more fun and got the chance to meet both Kyle Hebert (Ryu- Street Fighter series) and Patrick Seitz (Fenrich- Disgaea 4) had the pair of them to sign my games for me-

I've been building up a FullMetal Alchemist signature collection since the first SunnyCon after meeting Chris Sabet and of course the year after meeting both Vic and Sonny, had both Kyle and Patrick sign my game to the collection. Another awesome that happened was that Kyle Hebert (Ryu) was my 3000 StreetPass hit on my 3DS :D surprised that it was him at first but yeah he has his own 3DS and loved meeting everyone who was in cosplay including me.

My next big-convention won't be until June which will be SunnyCon 3 which will be my 3rd time going this year, a chance to meet Quinton Flynn (Axel and Raiden) plus been working on a secret cosplay which I will post on here closer to the time during that month so keep your eyes open.

Speaking of games I've been playing quite a mixture of games over the past month, managed to play Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes at a friend's house a while back. When I say this game is short I mean it is short past Metal Gear Solid games I've played have lasted me for hours and enjoyed every moment of each of the games in the series. Ground Zeroes is the prologue for Metal Gear Solid V this does feel more of a demo than a game itself, but Ground Zeroes still offers a lot to both gamers and fans of the series once completing the main campaign which can easily take you at least 2 hours or less pending on how quick you can sneak around without being spotted or wanting to fire your way through with guns and explosions. I am aware of the mixed-reviews on the prologue which made me want to do a review of which I have done- Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes Review

Almost finished the main story for Disgaea D2 just need to do some more level-grinding and should be able to defeat the final boss, and the also finally got around to finishing Abe's Exoddus on my PS Vita You can still find the original copy of the game at certain game stores if you’re lucky or from an online website if you have a PS3, PSP or PS Vita you can download it from the PSN Store but overall this is worth every penny and the time if you want a classic retro game from the PlayStation library feel free to read my review of that as well- Abe's Exoddus Review

And about a month ago I've posted my review of Bravely Default (3DS) which is pretty much my new favourite 3DS game for the system so I would recommend that game as well if you love old-school Final Fantasy games- Bravely Default Review

I do have a few more blogs lined up for April including a first impression on Professor Layton VS Phoenix Wright (3DS), also first time playing the original Tomb Raider (PS1) which I'm really enjoying quite a lot and an Anime review on the Kill La Kill series.

Hope you've enjoyed reading this blog as much as I have :D

Movie Review- The Lego Movie

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I grew up with Lego when I was a child and when I watched Toy Story first time it really did spark up my imagination when it came to building things from a mini city on the coffee table or turning one of my book shelve into a mini-city looking something like you would see in Final Fantasy IX or anything based on Steampunk. The Lego Movie is unlike anything else when it comes to animated films there have been many good films like these over the years and it's very rare to see something like this stand on top on being a Box Office smash it in Cinemas.

This film does feel like it's all be done in stop-motion but it hasn't and it is all done in CGI animation making this almost close to what you would see in a Lego Video Game with a Movie brand slapped on it. Main story follows Emmet (Chris Pratt), an ordinary, following rules, perfectly average LEGO figure that is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared. You've also got other famous actors like Morgan Freeman, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Liam Neeson and Alison Brie all making a contribute all in one movie. But Will Ferrell pretty much gets all of the attention in The Lego Movie of being both evil and acting like a child when it comes to Lego which I do agree on where you want to keep your Lego the way it is in your bedroom when you were a kid.

Once you've seen The Lego Movie you pretty much want to dig out any Lego you had as a kid and start playing it again even if you’re a grown-adult you would still grab your Lego or even buy some from the nearest toy store for it. I would be very surprised if the movie wins a ton of awards at the next film awards because like I said it's one of those movies that should be checked out by everyone both young and old.

5/5 (5 Star Rating)

Hope you've enjoyed reading my movie review :D

Are Point and Click games becoming popular thing in the gaming industry?

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I've just finished Episode 2 of The Walking Dead: Season 2 (PSN) and just thought it was a great episode based on the series, the first season was just a brilliant series back in 2012 and was my top 5 favourite games of 2012. The choices I've on the first two episodes will be carried on to Episode 3 but it did make me wonder what will happen next to Clementine's group, it also made us think how far games have come based on point and click games over the years.

There have been classic titles like Grim Frandango, The Monkey Island series and the Sam and Max series. But when Heavy Rain (PS3) was released back in 2010 it pretty much changed how point and click games are supposed to be made with a mix of action/adventure added in. With a gripping story and cliff-hanging moments when it came to button mashing and dodging certain moments to avoid being killed, but the biggest part that made everyone think were the choices that you made whatever choice you make it will affect you and everyone else around you when it came to games like Heavy Rain and The Walking Dead. The choices that you made changes the events of the story later on during your play through however if you didn't like the choices you've made you could easily load back to last chapter or even change certain events before it happens later in the story.

It's not just the story that makes both games gripping it's also the memorable characters you come across that either help you or think you are just a bad person, music plays another important part on recent point and click games making you feel you are part of the story. Telltale Games have pretty much got future plans installed for more point and click games later this year including Episode 3,4 and 5 of The Wolf Among Us, Tales from the Borderlands and of course Games of Thrones.

I've had most of my friends telling me that I should check out the TV series but still haven't got around to doing that but have only read the first book, this does make me think how can Telltale Games pull off a good series like The Walking Dead when it comes to making a game based on Games of Thrones it's likely it will have the same art style and how what they make the choices with it being set in a fantasy world. Once they've completed making those games what would be the chances of them getting a Season 2? This also makes you think what future ideas that they could do next I wouldn't mind seeing them doing one based on the TV series HEROES since the series is getting resurrected the idea would have been cool or even seeing Telltale making games based on comic-books like Pretty Deadly ( My review can be found here- Pretty Deadly #1 Review ) or something like Sin City most of these ideas could happen but we'll never know.

However if more and more franchises and series get this kind of treatment we may end up getting the same thing over and over again but with a point and click sticker brand slapped on it, they would have to be careful not to make these mistakes in their future games and plus keep both its fans and gamers happy.

Do you have a favourite point and click game or what ideas would you like to see next? Let us know in the comments

Movie Review- Foodfight!

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Before you ask why I'm doing a movie review on this? A few of my friends were talking about this movie as soon as we've watched the newest video from JohnTron (Youtube) and his latest video was his own review on the movie Foodfight. Never even heard of this movie until now and thought I'd post a review on it.

When you watch the first 10 minutes of this you do wonder what the heck you are watching, like Toy Story when no one is around all toys come to life; however in Foodfight takes place in the supermarket at night after everyone has left. The grocery store transforms into a city, and from every door of this city. And we are thrown into a very cheesy opening song about their world and you do see well-known brands in this movie like Charlie the Tuna, Twinkie the Kid, Mr Clean and Mrs Butterworth; we come to the main story around our hero Dex Dogtective (Charlie Sheen) who has solved many crime cases in their city, Dex also has a special sweetheart named Sunshine Goodness (Hilary Duff) and Dex wants to ask that special question on marrying him. And asks his best friend and side-kick Daredevil Dan (Wayne Brady) on becoming his best man for the wedding, but a few hours later Sunshine Goodness goes missing and no one knows where she went.

This is where the story-plot starts to go insane and feels like the film has been written by a nine year old, Dex throws in the towel on being a detective and turns the Copa-Banana into a night-club. A new product comes in to the store called Brand X which moves into town, and Lady X (Eva Longoria) and her minions try to take over their world, Dex and Daredevil Dan go on another case once more to see who is behind this Brand X and what has happened to other brands after they disappear. This film was supposed to be released back in late 2002-early 2003 but it got reported that hard drives containing film files had been stolen in what he called an act of “industrial espionage". A release date in 2005 was later announced, but missed. Another distribution deal was struck in 2007 than it finally got released sometime in 2012 and did not do very well in cinemas and then got released on DVD.

After watching the whole film had a lot of really bad and outdated puns in the whole film, even the animation looked a little weak making it feel that it could have been better if this released as a PS1 game if this was made or released back in the mid-90's if you compare the animation to this and a few PS1 games that were released back in 1996-1998 you may get the idea that move might have been a better suggestion. Some of the scenes really did drag quite a bit and when it came to the fight between the brands and Brand X they kept using the same scenes over and over at different angles, there were a few scenes that made you think how on earth did they get away with this in an animated film. Like I've just said this film would have been better off not being made or at least have some kind of time machine to go back and time and release it to an early point where CGI animation wasn't that huge just yet.

If you want to watch this movie for yourself you can easily find this on Youtube or in a bargain bin in your supermarket just make sure you don't see any brands popping out of the shelves walking around.

inFamous Second Son- Early Demo Impressions

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There was another Lock-in Event at GAME where I live in Newcastle; they had to keep a number on a small group people to play the demo/game a little early before the game was released and luckily I've managed to get first hands on the playable demo-

I've still haven't played infamous 2 since the release but I have played the first game back in 2009 looking back at the first game since then a lot of things have changed when it comes to comparing graphics and gameplay on both the first game and Second Son. The game is set in Seattle, Washington, now under DUP jurisdiction. Players control Delsin Rowe, a 25-year-old graffiti artist with no real direction in life. One day, Delsin witnesses a bus crash and attempts to help; in the process, he comes in contact with a Conduit, and his own hidden Conduit abilities awaken. Another fun fact about Second Son is that Delsin is actually voice by Troy Baker which you may recognised in other games like The Last of Us, Persona 4, Catherine and BioShock Infinite, no wonder you may hear the same voice actor in half the video games you've might have played.

Delsin can use a chain wrapped around his arm as his main melee weapon, which will be used in conjunction with other powers that he absorbs throughout the game. Instead of the accessing an aiming system by holding down the L1 button, you don't need to do so, and will just be able to fire whenever you want, using an on-screen reticle to aim. It also makes a great use of the Touchpad on the DaulShock controller at the beginning of the demo you see Delsin going through a scanner check-gate and have to place your finger on the Touchpad to scan, when it comes to fighting enemies you can use the touch pad again to drain smoke and electric from cars, city lights and certain enemies. Yet the Touchpad would likely be used more when it comes to later parts of the full game, in the demo you had to lift a heavy object using the Touchpad to lift and then use the R2 button to fire your energy shots to destroy the object.

The idea on the Touchpad for Second Son is a clever idea making a great example on what the PS4 can really do when it comes to gaming, this would have been a nice idea if this game had remote play making you play this game on your PS Vita which is very likely it will do at one point at a future update or whenever, but after playing the demo myself I can tell already that it's very likely that Sucker Punch would release another inFamous game but on the PS Vita. And then the demo ends after you've performed a Karma Bomb by pressing the Down button where Delsin jumps up to the sky and then doing a massive jump to the ground and this is where the demo ends, the demo is short only lasting at least 10 mins or less pending on how much you want to play the hell out of the demo before the actual game is released which is this month.

I do hope that there will be more Lock-in Events like these in the future, but I've hope you've enjoyed reading this blog. Will you be buying infamous Second Son this month?

R.I.P- Harold Ramis

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I would have posted something on Gamespot but couldn't think of anything good to blog about on Gamespot, but however only found out about this today-

Harold Ramis who played Dr. Egon Spengler and written both Ghosterbusters films and the video game back in 2009 who has passed away :( at his Chicago home from complications arising from vasculitis, at the age of 69 you wouldn't expect someone at that age to pass away from that kind of illness. But this has been a sad day for movie fans all over the world he even directed Groundhog Day and Multiplicity, but you keep forgetting will there ever be a Ghostbusters 3 at anytime in the future but the odds on that happen are very likely.

It did make me think that there could be a third film maybe have like the ghost of Dr. Egon in the film and something funny happens just like the last two movies were both memorable and funny to watch, plus it has been 30 years since the movie was released back in 1984 so this would be a good opportunity for the actors to come together and pay their respect for Harold Ramis. It is very likely that there will be a Lego-Video Game on this once the Lego version of The Hobbit is released this year, a Lego Ghostbusters would likely be announced at E3 in June if it happens but still a great idea for the next Lego-themed video game being released on multiple systems and pretty much being stuck in the sales charts more than 2-6 months in retail stores and online sites.

Did you grew up watching Ghostbusters when you were a kid? Any memorable quotes or moments from the movie or video games? Let us know in the comments-