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My top 25 films seen in 2012 part 1 #25-16

Hi everyone,

Happy new year and welcome to my 400th blog. Today is part 1 of my countdown of the best films I saw in 2012. To qualify for this list the films don't need to have been released in 2012 but simply need to have been seen by me for the first time in 2012. In total I saw 48 films this year that I hadn't seen before. If you wish to see a full list in no particular order to see what films didn't make the cut then click the spoiler below.

[spoiler] The Muppets, The Pirates in an Adventure with scientists, The Avengers, The Amazing Spiderman, The Expendables, The Expendables 2, The Dark Knight Rises, Dredd, Skyfall, Judge Dredd, Contagion, Kick-Ass, The Hunger Games, Planet of the Apes(1968), Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Megamind, Batman, Batman Returns, Batman Forever, Batman and Robin, The Incredible Hulk, Ratatouille, Kung Fu Panda 2, Super 8, The Hangover, The Hangover part 2, Attack the Block, Easy A, Spirited Away, Iron Sky, Cowboys and Aliens, The Fighter, Real Steel, Sin City, Dr Strangelove, The Candidate, Public Enemies, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Puss in Boots, Gattaca, The Muppets take Manhattan, Tower Heist, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo(2011), GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Full Metal Jacket, Ted, Superbad, The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn [/spoiler]

Now for the first 10 entries, For parts 2 and 3 I will give details of why I chose the films but for these 10 I will not elaborate.

25- GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra(2009)

24- The Incredible Hulk(2008)

23- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo(2011)

22- Super 8(2011)

21- Real Steel(2011)

20- Superbad(2007)

19- Dr Strangelove(1964)

18- Full Metal Jacket(1987)

17- The Expendables 2(2012)

16- Cowboys and Aliens(2011)

15- Megamind(2010)

Parts 2 and 3 will be up in due course and not will be followed by my top 20 games of 2012 split across 2 blogs.

Thanks for reading.


Early Playstation All-Stars and Rhythm Thief impressions

Hi everyone,

In the last few days I have put in a decent amount of time with the two games I got for Christmas and would now like to share a few impressions of them. I'll start with Playstation All-stars Battle Royale on PS3. I was slightly wary when first booting up the game due to the mixed reviews I had seen but I was pleasantly surprised. It is very fun with each character unique(bar the two versions of Cole) and also a good challenge. Each characters unique move set means it takes time and perseverance to master each one. I particularly like the stage designs and the way they mash-up two franchises into one. Despite the differences in the way you earn kills etc I inevitably find myself comparing it to Super Smash Bros Brawl. While it can't compare to the Wii classic it is a very good game in its own right and not simply a clone. All the same it has wet my appetite for Smash Bros 4.

I also got Rhythm Thief and the Emperors Treasure on 3DS. If anyone hasn't heard of it I recommend looking it up because it is a very fun game. It is laytonesque in its setup in the sense that it is a story driven adventure involving puzzle solving. The puzzles are easily the weakest element though as they are so easy and simple. Thankfully they take a back seat to the rhythm minigames that are the true bulk of the gameplay. They are challenging and engaging with good soundtracks. The story is my favourite element of the game though and I genuinely eagerly want to know what will happen next. I definitely recommend it.

In other news, with the money I got for Christmas I have purchased Hitman Absolution and Bioshock on PS3 and Kid Icarus: Uprising on 3DS.

Thanks for reading.


Merry Christmas 2012 - What I received

Hi everyone,

Merry christmas, I hope you have a good day and get some nice presents.

I have given out my presents and got some ace ones too. Here is what I received...

From my Parents

  • Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale (ps3)
  • Arthur Christmas (Blu-Ray)
  • F1 2012 Season Review (Blu-Ray)
  • Clothes

From my Brother

  • Rhythm Thief and the Emperors Treasure (3ds)
  • Beyond Good and Evil (steam sale)

From other relatives

  • Star Trek 2009 film (blu-ray)
  • The Dark Knight Rises (blu-ray)
  • £40 total money

I am really grateful and happy for all these presents and can't wait to enjoy them. I have also got myself Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II in the steam sale.

One again, merry christmas and thanks for reading.


Games to get in 2013

Hi everyone,

Welcome to my final blog before Christmas. In my last blog I looked at what I think could be announced in 2013 but today I'm looking at the games I want to get that are released in 2013. These are the games definitely coming in 2013 that I will likely get at some point if not on launch.


  • Sim City


  • Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon
  • Animal Crossing: New Leaf
  • Professor Layton and the Azran Legacies
  • Professor Layton vs Pheonix Wright


  • Star Trek
  • Hitman HD Trilogy
  • The Last of Us
  • Tomb Raider

Wii U

  • Lego City: Undercover
  • Rayman Legends
  • Pikmin 3

There will likely be more than this that I get but these are the games that immediately spring to mind.

What games do you want in 2013?

Thanks for reading.


My 2013 Gaming Expectations and Hopes

Hi everyone,

With 2012 nearly at a close I will be looking ahead to 2013 in this blog. I have decided to discuss the gaming announcements and releases that I think might occur in 2013. I have split this into two categories. The first is what I expect to happen whilst the second is what I hope will happen and that could happen but I don't strongly believe will.

First my expectations...

  • Sony and Microsoft to reveal their new consoles with Sony's out in 2014 but Microsoft's in late 2013
  • A whole slate of new Wii U and 3DS to be announced by Nintendo at E3 for late 2013 and into 2014
  • Smash Bros 4 first trailer and details

Now my hopes

  • Timesplitters HD trilogy to be announced and released
  • Smash Bros 4 released
  • Shigeru Miyamoto's new game a brand new core IP and not an expanded audience game
  • New F-zero game on 3DS or Wii U announced
  • Star Fox Wii U announced
  • Star Wars Battlefront 3 finally revealed as in development to be released

As you can see I have more hopes than expectations.

Anyone have any expectations or hopes of their own?

Thanks for reading.


New Super Mario Bros U Thoughts

Hi everyone,

Having played New Super Mario Bros U for over six hours now I felt it was time to share my thoughts on it. First things first, in my opinion it is not simply a HD New Super Mario Bros Wii, it's much more than that. The graphics and sound are much the same but spruced up for a the new HD console and of course it shares the 2D platforming with somewhat similar level design. However the similarities end there. For starters it now sports a fully integrated world map in the vein of Super Mario World. The 8 worlds are also in my opinion more varied than those in New Super Mario Bros Wii and again echo Super Mario World in that sense. The same goes for the variety of level designs within each world too. The toad houses have been redesigned too again keep things fresh. The biggest change I feel though is the jumping. Mario feels a lot less floaty and slow and his jumping is more realistic and easier to control. This a major improvement on New Super Mario Bros Wii. I am disappointed with the lack of new powerups though with only a squirrel suit that is very similar to previous powerups. The lack of the propeller suit is also a poor choice in my view.

Overall the game is very fun and a step up from New Super Mario Bros Wii. I won't pretend it reinvents the series because it clearly doesn't and whether you'll like it or not will very much depend on your enjoyment of previous New Super Mario Bros games. I feared it would be a lazy HD version of the Wii game but it isn't. It's one of Mario's finest 2D adventures yet.

Thanks for reading.


Wii U is here at last

Hi everyone,

Yesterday I received a very special parcel. The Wii U I preordered arrived on launch date yesterday. I've been looking forward to it ever since it was revealed back at E3 2011 and now I can't wait to get to grips with it. After I'd set it up, configured it, downloaded the hours update and transferred my Mii's across I didn't have much time to actually play it yesterday but I did briefly try out Nintendo Land. I had a go at Zelda Battle Quest and Metroid Blast. Both were good fun and showed off the game pad but its apparent that this won't be among the top Wii U games. It's good to show what it can do and get used to the Gamepad though. New Super Mario Bros U didn't arrive but it should come today.

Anyone else been enjoying a new Wii U?

Thanks for reading.


Re-purchasing old favourites

Hi everyone,

I have just picked up Psychonauts on PC for a bargain £1.50 in the Steam sale. I used to have it on ps2 but traded it in along with all my other ps2 games when I sold my ps2 to fund getting a Wii back in 2007. I have realised that this is now the fifth game that I had on ps2 and have now bought again on a different console. The other four being Okami and Lego Star Wars on Wii, and Star Wars Battlefront 2 and Toca Race driver 2 on PC.

I think the reason I'm being drawn back to these games is that I loved them first time around and didn't want to part with them but obviously without a ps2 I wouldn't have been able to play them. I didn't have much money back then and was looking ahead to the Wii. Now though I'm eager to return to my old ps2 favourites and would hunt more down on other platforms if they were available.

Does anyone else find themeselves doing a similar thing?

Thanks for reading.


My top 30 Wii games Part 3 #10-1

Hi everyone,

Welcome to the final part of my countdown of my top 30 Wii games. I hope you enjoyed the first 2 parts but now its time for the main event, the top 10. So without further ado here are my top 10 Wii games ever.

10 - Zack and Wiki: The Quest for Barbaros' Treasure

9 - Rayman Origins

8 - The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

7 - Okami

6 - Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition

5 - Mario Kart Wii

4 - The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

3 - Super Mario Galaxy

2- Super Smash Brothers Brawl

1 - Super Mario Galaxy 2

The Wii has been a great console for me and I hope the Wii U can be just as good if not better. I won't be forgetting my Wii though. I'll still return to it from time to time to play my Wii games because I can't be doing with the hassle of the protracted method of transferring my save files from my Wii to my Wii U.

What do you think of my top 10?

Thanks for reading.


Timesplitters HD petition- 300,000 signatures needed

Hi everyone,

The boss of Crytek UK has said that if a petition can get 300,000 signatures calling for a Timesplitters HD trilogy on ps3 and xbox 360 then it is likely they will make one. They clearly want to see if the fan demand is there. If you are a fan of the series and want to see this made then sign the petition here.

Timesplitters HD petition

I would love to see this made and then maybe even Timesplitters 4.

Please sign if you have any interest at all in the series.

Thanks for reading.