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Mass Effect & Two new games I am looking forward to!

So I plan to buy Mass Effect, it looks amazing and the price is pretty good. It's not that expensive at all now at only 29.99. It's gorgeous and I've heard its a must play for any 360 owner.

Though I wasn't a huge fan of KOTR I've heard this game is very good and different enough to try out. Don't try to stop me I will play this game.

Now for the other part of my blog, the two new games I am looking forward to.

1. Bayonetta (360, PS3)

This game hasn't gotten a whole lot of buzz but a lot of websites have named this game as a game to look forward to. The game is the latest venture from Hideki Kamiya, the man who basically runs the action genre in Japan. He's made Resident Evil 2, Viewtiful Joe 1 and 2, and Devil May Cry (But none of it's sequels). He again is aiming to reinvent the action genre with this game and his latest interview in EGM has got me excited.

2. Mercenaries 2: World in Flames (360, PC, PS3)

I wasn't really excited about this game, the first one was a lot of fun but I sort of forgot about it until I re-heard about because an advertisement for it was in my Battlefield: Bad Company box. Watching gameplay videos for this has me excited and it looks fantastic so far. I hope it delivers, the graphics don't look amazing but the scale and destruction is looking top notch. Co-op will also be great fun.

Well that's just a couple of games I want right now, I plan to get Mass Effect sometime this week or next weekend. Can't wait till I do.

PS: Look out for a Dead Rising and Condemned: Criminal Origins Review sometime this week before Friday

Time to tell you about Hawaii's awesomeness

Now that I am finally rested I figure I might as well tell you guys what I did in Hawaii. This is my fifth time there I think so I've come a lot but this was probobly one of my best trips there for a variety of reasons.

By far the best thing I did was go to Hanauma Bay, a little bay near Honolulu which is the remains of a volcano that collapsed into the Pacific Ocean. Inside this volcano over thousands of years reef formed and an abundance of ocean life came here. Hundreds of different fish, eels, turtles, sharks, dolphines, whales, and seals all gather here. I only saw Eels, turtles, and fish but even then it was amazing. Anyone can go here and even a first time snorkeller like myself got a lot of joy out of it and it's quite cheap. A dollar to take a bus, five bucks to get in, and nine dollars to rent snorkels. By far one of the highlights of my life was swimming with a green sea turtle, gorgeous.

The bay is also nice to just sit in, good shade, sand, breeze, and just gorgeous. Here is a picture of it.

Like the tourism guide said, it's a must do for any tourist and it's very popular.

Another highlight was the Zoo, not much to say but in terms of Zoos it's really great. They have a lot of awesome animals here and it's great for an afternoon. Easy bus ride and cheap. Seeing some of these animals is amazing and the African Savannah part of the Zoo is fantastic. Here is a picture of a Rhino.

Another thing I love about Hawaii, the food. The food here is absolutely amazing and it's just great. There is this awesome diner I go to which has amazing breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I snapped a picture of my typical breakfast but they have amazing pancakes and waffles too. Later on for dinner they have some of the best fish and chips I have ever had and their sandwhiches are to die for. The place is called Wailanas if any locals see this.

Other food I had which was amazing was California Pizza Kitchen, Ruby Tuesday's, Red Lobster, and others. All of it was great and tasty.

Last of all I just loved swimming in the ocean, relaxing on my floating matresses, and tanning by the beach and pool. Gorgeous weather, friendly locals, and just the perfect destination Hawaii is the perfect place for anyone.

It takes the best aspects of America and brings them together in a tropical paradise. I love it.

By the way, I hate Gamestop. Do they work for commission? Pesky employees, glad we don't have that place in Canada.

Back from vacation!

I'm back just to let you all know, damn tired for the flight. I'll talk about my awesome vacation later but right now I've been without sleep for 26 hours so...

5000 Posts, and a review for one of the best films I've seen

So I just came back from yet another forced vacation from Gamespot. I finally got my 5000th post today, only 5000 more to getting the 10,000 posts which will be epic to say the least.

I decided to delete my old review since I just saw a move which truly is one of the best I have ever seen. Two film reviews in a row is somewhat odd so I decided to delete the old one and put this in. My goal is complete if by the end of this review, you feel the urge to see this movie.

El Laberinto del Fauno (Pan's Labyrinth)

Directed By: Guillermo del Toro
Starring: Ivana Baquero, Maribel Verdu, Sergi Lopez
Genre: Fantasy, Historical

Rating: A rare 10 out of 10

Movies like this don't come along very often, movies that push the boundaries of story telling, fantasy, and craft. Pan's Labyrinth is one of the most amazing films to come out in a long time and it far surpasses any fantasy films to date in my opinion, even the fabled Lord of the Rings series. Pan's Labyrinth tells the story of a young girl named Ofelia. She and her mother are forced to move into a mill in the middle of a war in facist Spain which is tearing the country apart. Upon arriving there she discovers she is truly the princess of a kingdom which offers to her hope and happiness, something she never had. All that stands in her way is the vile Captain who's only care in the world is his son Ofelia's mother is carrying. I'd like to say more but if I did I would ruin the story.

It's hard to believe such a masterful and beautiful story was contrived by the same man behind Blade II (Albeit the best Blade movie) and Hellboy. Guillermo del Toro though has definately proven himself to be the next great director. It's mind boggling how such an amazing and creative story could ever be thought of and for that I give the man major props. Of course a movie is nothing without the execution of the story, and this movie does it to perfection. The cinematography is amazing and this movie will have you in awe. The art direction is amazing and I can guarantee you'll see nothing like this ever and I can bet you've never seen anything like this in your life. The script is well written and the acting is suberb especially Ivana Baquero's which is amazing considering she is only thirteen years old.

What makes Pan's Labyrinth so amazing is the fact that it was able to successfully toy with the viewers emotions. This movie is an emotional rollercoaster, it can make you happy at one moment, angry before you know it and even close to tears. Yes I was close to tears many times throughout this movie and no movie has ever made me feel this way before. Part of this is the cinematography, another part of it is the music. It is the heart of this movie. The music is excellent and this movie has one of the most heartfelt scores I have ever heard.

Guillermo del Toro is an amazing up and coming director and this movie proves his place and ranks him among the best out there. In my opinion, ignoring this man is going to con you out of great movies. This movie is one of the best ever made and if you have not been touched by Pan's Labyrinth yet, you must do it now. As Guillermo del Toro said in his personal prologue to the film, "I hope you get lost in Pan's Labyrinth". It's true, you will be lost in this amazing movie and it is a journey you will not want to end.

Vitasoy Owns

Anyone else drink this stuff?

I drink at least two cartons a day and it kills any milk based drink I've ever had

It just tastes so damn good and besides have flavors like Malt, Regular, Vanilla and Chocolate they also have coconut and...melon?

If you don't drink it try it, if you do drink it you muse love it amirite?

All hail

EDIT: Vote for my next game on my blog post below, I'll keep voting alive for a day or two

EDIT #2: Check out my gameplay for Audiosurf, expect a review for Audiosurf and Soul Calibur IV up within a few days

What game should I buy next

I got money from my birthday and have a lot of options to choose home, my latest was Soul Calibur IV, amazing game. I'll get one in a couple weeks after my vacation most likely. Feel free to suggest any. Here are some I'm thinking of.

I'm not gonna get more then one game since there are millions of great games coming out in the fall I'll have to get like Gears of War 2, Far Cry 2...

I plan to rent Assassin's Creed and Condemned 1 +2. Here is what I'm thinking of buying. I will get all these games eventually.

1. The Orange Box
2. World of Warcraft gamecard
3. Rainbow Six Vegas 2
4. The Darkness + Crackdown

Orange Box:

PROS: Great value, I really enjoyed the TF2 free weekend and had a lot of fun with it. Never played Half Life 2 before. 29.99

CONS: Portal doesn't look interesting, friends that play it aren't in town for the moment

World of Warcraft gamecard:

PROS: Hundreds of hours in two months of gameplay, easy for me to get back into, saves me money. 29.99

None that I could think of other then the stigma

Rainbow Six Vegas 2:

PROS: I really liked the first and want to finish the cliff hanger story, strong online from the first which I liked. Good value. 49.99

I heard online was messed up

The Darkness + Crackdown:

Two full cheap games, both really fun, sandbox game in Crackdown, excellent action game for The Darkness. 44.99

CONS: No story in Crackdown, both are short I hear

So, help me pick! Normally I'd go to the reccomendation threads but 90% of the time it's not help and the people just want a +1 to their post.

Orange Box:5

WoW: 1

Darkness + Crackdown: 1

Vegas 2: 0

Voting may as well be over, thanks a lot

My Most Anticipated Movies

These are five movies I can't wait for, I don't know about you guys but I think all of these look great. Click the image for a trailer.

Feel free to list your own if you want. These are in no specific order.

1. The Spirit

The Spirit is the first film Frank Miller has released by himself in the theaters. It's based on the Will Eisner comic about a police officer who dies and comes back from the dead to fight crime. It's follows him going against his nemisis The Octopus, played by Samuel L. Jackson. We also learn about The Spirits lovers who include the likes of Scarlett Johansson as Silken Floss and Eva Mendes as Sand Seref. In my opinion this movie looks great and the look appears reminiscent for Sin City, a movie I really enjoyed. The new trailer disappointed me but I still can't wait to see how this film turns out.

2. Tropic Thunder

I'll be blunt, I wasn't a huge fan of this movie when I first heard of it. I thought it'd be really stupid and another one of those idiotic PG-13 Ben Stiller comedies. I was wrong, it looks really funny and the trailer still manages to make me laugh. The thought of Robert Downey Jr. pretending to be a black guy is just...hilarious. Jack Black is also great and the co stars are look excellent. Jay Burachel is always funny and was a joy to watch in Knocked Up. I can't wait to see this, be sure to watch the trailer.

3. The Watchmen

This is actually on the top of my most wanted list. The rest of these films are just behind it. The trailer amazed me as it is really faithful to the source material which I am a huge fan of. Almost every scene in the trailer is directly taken from the comic book and this has me excited. The Watchmen has long been considered to be impossible to bring to the big screen but it looks like Zack Snyder has finally been able to do it. I hope this film gets the 3 hour cut it deserves, I can't wait for it. The trailer is excellent so be sure to click the picture and see it.

4. Terminator: Salvation

After a less then satisfying third installment of the series, I am glad to see they are taking a new direction in the series by getting rid of the terminator itself and focusing on John Connor and his battle. With Christian Bale starring this movie is taking a really good direction and the trailer makes it look quite intriguing. I can't wait to see how it turns out. Oh, and it has Common in it.

5. Pineapple Express

Good lord does this look hilarious, Seth Rogen is hilarious and James Franco looks great as well. From the same producers of Superbad how can you go wrong. It's been a while since a good stoner movie hit theaters, last I can think of was Harold and Kumar Go To Whitecastle. This isn't just a stoner movie though, it is a stoner action movie. I really am excited for this and can't wait to see it in theaters. Just click on the picture to watch this hilarious trailer.

Soul Calibur IV impressions

So I'm back from a forced break from Gamespot (Which I deserved)

Yesterday I woke up around 11:00AM and went to my local EB games at around 12:00 noon. Me and about five other people lined up to purchase the newest game to come out just hours before, Soul Calibur IV. I picked up my copy and happily went home.

I popped it in and played non stop for five or so hours. It was amazingly fun. I've never had this much fun in a fighting game before. The arcade mode is well done and the story mode is really good. The fighting mechanics are excellent and I love how easy the game is to pick up and play. The customization is top notch and it's really well done. Online is perhaps the best as there is a good amount of people to play with. The fighters are well balanced with the exception of Yoda. This game is suburb and as of right now has a 9.0 in my books.

I'll write a full review after I get about 15-25 hours in.

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Another thing I have to say, I almost had a heart attack yesterday. When I was playing Soul Calibur there was a big storm outside. Heavy rain, thunder, the works. My power went out for a second and my 360 turned off and what did I see, RROD! I turned it on an hour later and it was fine and worked perfectly fine. The person at MS said it's fine and it's just becase the power went out for a second. Thank god for that, living without Soul Calibur IV would have killed me.

And damnit when is Gamespot getting out their review for Soul Calibur IV.

My Top Six Movies of All Time

In case you didn't know I am a huge movie geek having seen over five hundred or so movies in my sixteen years. I figure I might as well share with you guys my six favorite movies and you can leave your own comments or better yet your own top six. Why six? I had immense trouble with what I wanted to pick for number five so I just decided to have six. These are in order.

6. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Summary: The infamous story of Benjamin Barker, a.k.a Sweeney Todd, who sets up a barber shop down in London which is the basis for a sinister partnership with his fellow tenant, Mrs. Lovett. Based on the hit Broadway musical.

Why Sweeney Todd you might ask? This movie is the pinnacle of film making in my opinion. It took a genre of film that I hate, the musical, and made it into something I simply can't get enough of. Me being a huge Johnny Depp and Tim Burton fan I really got a kick out of this film and in my opinion it's the best film of their six collaberations. It's dark, funny, and very thrilling. Johnny Depp is wonderful and so are all the other actors. In my opinion this was the best film of last year which sadly few noticed.

5. Do The Right Thing

Summary: On the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, everyone's hate and bigotry smolders and builds until it explodes into violence.

Spike Lee's first critically acclaimed movie is a master piece. This film is excellent and in my opinion it has some of the best scenes in movie history. The characters are intriguing and the whole vibe of the movie is engaging. This movie is one of those movies where a clear story doesn't emerge right away, you just think it's another day in Brooklyn. You see different races and over time you find out their opinions on eachother which in itself is entertaining. It's a movie anyone owes themselves to see as it provides some of the best social commentaries I've ever seen.

4. Ichi the Killer

Summary: When a Yakuza boss named Anjo disappears with 300 million yen, his chief henchman, a sadomasochistic man named Kakihara, and the rest of his mob goons go looking for him.

Takashi Miike is one of those directors I can't get enough of. I love his work and every movie he has made entertains me in a different way. Ichi the Killer is a special movie which really has everything. It has action, suspense, drama, comedy, and even some romance. Tadanobu Asano delivers an exhilerating performance and is the star of the show and in my opinion is one of the greatest anti-heroes of all time. This movie has gut wrenching over the top violence, an intriguing story, and it will make you think a lot. Multiple viewing required, great thing is that's a good thing. Not for the faint of heart.

3. A Clockwork Orange

Summary: In future Britain, charismatic delinquent Alex DeLarge is jailed and later volunteers for an experimental aversion therapy developed by the government in an effort to solve society's crime problem... but not all goes to plan.

A Clockwork Orange will go down as the most controversial and dangerous film of all time, it will also go down as one of the best. It features some of the most harrowing scenes in movie history with amazing acting and direction. Stanley Kubrick is a legend in film making in my opinion. His penchant for perfection keeps me coming back for more. A Clockwork Orange displays themes of de-humanization and an uncertain future, all themes relevant today some 37 years later. This is required viewing by anyone. For all Dark Knight fans Heath Ledger drew major inspiration from the main character of this movie (Alex De Large) in his role as The Joker.

2. Apocalypse Now

Summary: During the on-going Vietnam War, Captain Willard is sent on a dangerous mission into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade Green Beret who has set himself up as a God among a local tribe.

Apocalypse Now is the best war movie ever made, that's not really about a war. If that makes sense to you chances are you've seen this movie. Apocalypse Now is simply a movie about self discovery that takes place during a war. Much of the time in this movie you question who is really insane, us or Kurtz, the renegade green beret who makes himself into a God. This movie is engaging and among critics it ranks as one of the greatest ever made. It's hard to explain but this powerful film is something all should see. My suggestion, if you can see the original cut of this film. Apocalypse Now Redux is good but it adds unnecessary scenes.

1. City of God

Summary: Two boys growing up in a violent neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro take different paths: one becomes a photographer, the other a drug dealer.

Many have not heard of this movie unless they love movies. In reality this is the best film ever made which no one saw. As you can see from the #1 I put beside it I think this is the best film ever made. The acting is perfect, the direction is perfect, the cinematography is perfect, the script is perfect and the plot is one of the best of all time. Don't let me summary fool you, it doesn't do justice to it. This movie simply is film making at it's best.

I think Roger Ebert said it best, "City of God does not exploit or condescend, does not pump up its stories for contrived effect, does not contain silly and reassuring romantic sidebars, but simply looks, with a passionately knowing eye, at what it knows."

It means go see this movie, it's excellent and it's the best movie ever made. Twelve viewings later it still has the same affect on me. I'm glad I paid 40 dollars for this masterpiece. It's easiy found for rental.