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Playstation Game of the Week #1

So I recently found out that even though my Playstation 3 cannot play PS2 games, it can in fact play PS1 games. So I ran down to my local second-hand store and picked up some games that I used to play back in the day. After seeing the large library and great prices of the games, I decided that every Friday I will run over there and pick up a new PS1 game and blog about it. I did get more than one game this time, but I only plan on getting one game at a time for the future.

Games I picked up this week:

007 Racing - $3
The Italian Job - $3 (they didn't have Driver so I went with this)
Metal Gear Solid - $9
Syphon Filter 2 - $1
Tomorrow Never Dies $3

Total Price: $20 (I remember paying full price for all of these back in the day :( )

2010's Best (So Far)

I've seen so many of these lately I figured I should do my own. It will also be interesting to see how things change at the end of the year.

Top 10 Albums of 2010 So Far.

10. Vampire Weekend - Contra
9. Angels and Airwaves - Love
8. Band of Horses - Infinite Arms
7. Radar Bros. - The Illustrated Garden
6. The Henry Clay People - Somewhere Along the Golden Coast
5. MGMT - Congratulations
4. Titus Andronicus - The Monitor
3. The Gaslight Anthem - American Slang
2. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
1. The Hold Steady - Heaven is Whenever

Upcoming Releases: The Thermals, maybe a new Manchester Orchestra

Top 10 Movies of 2010 So Far.

10. Youth in Revolt
9. The Messenger
8. Edge of Darkness
7. Kick Ass
6. Get Him to the Greek
5. Shutter Island
4. Splice
3. Iron Man 2
2. Toy Story 3
1. Inception

Upcoming Releases: Scott Pilgrim, The Expendables, The Social Network

Top 10 Games of 2010 So Far.

10. Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands
9. Dead to Rights: Retribution
8. Alpha Protocol
7. Crackdown 2
6. Alan Wake
5. God of war 3
4. Battlefield Bad Company 2
3. Splinter Cell Conviction
2. Red Dead Redemption
1. Mass Effect 2

Upcoming Releases: Mafia 2, Fallout New Vegas, Fable 3, and Medal of Honor

Things I Discovered in 2010 that aren't from 2010:

Modest Mouse
Veronica Mars

Top Ten TV Shows

10. South Park

What is there to say about South Park that hasn't already been said? It's crude, it's funny, and it is easily the best social satire to ever grace the T.V. The show has been on for 10+ seasons and it shows no sign of slowing down, and that is what is so great about it. There will always be politicians, celebrities, and other pop culture icons for these foul mouth fourth graders to make fun of.

9. Malcolm in the MiddleSee full size image

After years of being nowhere to be found Malcolm in the Middle has finally made its way back to TV via syndication. I was worried though. Would the show be as funny as my childhood remembers it? The answer is it's even better than my childhood remembers it. This show put a 'twist' on the family sit-com and in my opinion forever changed it. The characters are memorable and the hilarity never stops.

8. The Office

A pop culture debate that will no doubt go on until the end of time is which version is better? The UK Office or the US one. Well I'm going to have to go with the US one. I've seen the UK version and while funny I just can't seem to get into it myself. While the show is starting to reach it's end there are still plenty of stronger early episodes to catch on TBS or watching instantly on Netflix.

7. Veronica MarsSee full size image

So I haven't finished it yet, but I am currently addicted to this crack like TV show. It's witty, its fluffy, and it's fun! Not to mention I have a soft spot for the old school detective genre...and Kristen Bell of course. Not since I began watching Lost have I felt this addicted or sucked into a TV show. Thank you Veronica Mars for making unemployment bearable!

6. Lost

I loved the finale. I thought it was a great way to wrap up a show that already had too many answered questions. While in my opinion the show deviated in the last couple seasons, the finale brought back what I loved about seasons 1-3. It was all about the characters and them finding closure in their lives. Truth be told I was getting quite bored with the never ending mysteries of the island and was starting to lose interest at the end of this season. Good thing I stuck around though. Few shows have made me shed as many a tear as this one. Definitely a great show that changed TV drama forever.

5. Californication

Californication is one of the most ridiculous shows on TV right now. Hank Moody is hands down one of my all-time favorite TV characters. His witty comments are definitely what make this show memorable, but the love triangles and awkward sex talk is what keeps me coming back. So many times I find myself wondering just where the writers of this show get their ideas, and I don't want to know, just as long as they keep them coming. Season 3 ended with a bang, and i can't wait to see where this picks up this fall.

4. How I Met Your Mother

Once I started watching How I Met Your Mother I couldn't stop. I watched the first season in one sitting on a lazy Sunday afternoon and I was hooked since. What I like most about this show is my ability to see a little bit of myself in each of the main characters. This last season was a bit of letdown, but that doesn't stop this from being in my opinion, one of the funniest shows on TV at the moment.

3. Weeds

All you have to do is watch this show. Just watch one episode, and if you aren't hooked there is something wrong with you! Mary Louise Parker is downright amazing in this show, as is the rest of the supporting cast. It's hard to find a show where everyone is this funny all the time. Some people have complained about the last couple seasons, but I think they have been just fine. Not to mention last season ended with such a surprise, that when I rewatch it on DVD I jump even more than I did when I didn't know what was going to happen (the anticipation literally kills me). To put it simply Weeds is a treat!

2. Arrested DevelopmentSee full size image

Every character on Arrested Development is fantastic. They are all absolutely crazy in their own special way. Sure it only lasted three seasons, but it's not surprising seeing as how Fox is known to cancel fan favorites. Don't worry though there is a movie coming! I can think of references to this show ALL day! David Cross is a comical genius!

1. FRIENDS

A lot of my friends have moms who are obsessed with shows on the cooking channel, soap operas, or a guilty pleasure reality TV show. Luckily I grew up with one who was obsessed with FRIENDS and it is my all time favorite show. All ten seasons are absolutely hilarious, and I have lost count how many times I have seen the series all the way through. Among my friends I am known to be able to watch an episode for about ten seconds and be able to tell you everything about, although I don't know if that's necessarily a good or band thing?!?!?!

Things I Want to See in Bad Company 3 (possible spoilers)

As I was playing Bad Company 2 this morning I thought of some things that I would like to see in the next installment. Feel free to comment and post your opinions on what you want added as well.

Four Player Co-op (Live and Local):

I can't believe this hasn't been put into the series yet, as lets be honest it is a prime place for it. How awesome would it be if each of your friends could play as a different member of Bad Company with their own specializations and such. Not to mention since the single player campaigns are on the short side, they would get much more attention if you could go back through them and play with friends. Not to mention that the online portion of this game is all about team work, so why not add a little more to the campaign portion?

Wraps it Up:

I don't want this to be a never-ending series, not to mention it's already been made clear what the plot of the next game will be by the ending cinematic in Bad Company 2. So here is my take on how it should end. Bad Company single handedly pushes the Russians out of North America, and back to Russia. Of course there should be another over-the-top ending like in Bad Company 2. I would like to see the story of Bad Company come to an end in the next game, but I would love to see the prologue to another story in the Battlefield universe.

Hijacking Vehicles:

I've been playing as a Medic a lot lately and there is nothing I hate more than running to help some squad members out, only to find that they are being suppresed by a tank. Now this wouldn't be a problem if I was a Soldier or an Engineer, but I like to play as the Medic and use the defibulators. However, I also want to be the biggest help that I can be to my team, so why can't I sneak around an enemy vehicle that is standing still and hijack it? Not only would this be totally awesome, but I feel that it would add more strategy to using vehicles than just driving them into a base and sitting there until you capture it.

More Maps:

If you don't have the VIP access than you only get four maps a game mode. Sure this is just EA's way of getting more money, and since the matches last longer, the maps stay fresh for a longer time period than say Modern Warfare 2, but I just feel a little more variety would be nice. Now this next part may not be true for the people with the VIP access, but I think it's strange that the end of the single player game took place in a large city and there isn't a map to go with it. I think it would be a lot of fun. If there is a city map in the VIP access please let me know. Hopefully the Battlefield Vietnam map pack that they are coming out with will be a good value.

The Console Wars: I Finally Get My Take

The Console Wars: I Finally Get My Take

So I just recently bought a PS3 (loving it by the way) and I have decided to compare all three consoles based off of the three areas that I consider important when shopping for consoles. So let's start with one of the most important.

Price:

Wii: For 150 dollars the Wii is the cheapest of this generation of consoles. That is if you can consider it to be this generation. Much like the GameCube the Wii is a system and nothing more. There is an internet browser, but it really isn't the easiest to use. There really isn't a whole lot to say about what you're getting here, because there really isn't a whole lot. The online is free which is a nice little bonus

PS3: For 299 you can get a console that is 120 GB. If you want even more you can go up to 349. That being said though the PS3 is overall the best deal that you can get this generation with consoles. Not only is it a gaming console but it is also a Blu-Ray player, and a damn good one at that. The load times on the Blu-Ray are short and the picture is great. To buy a Blu-Ray player and either of the other consoles will run you over 299 so this is a rather good deal. Not to mention the online is also free.

Xbox 360: I'm going to completely exclude the Arcade here, because if anyone is a serious gamer they will just end up spending more money on making their Arcade into an Elite. The Elite's cost 299 and they come with 120 GB just like the PS3. The 360 is just a DVD player as the 360 jumped onboard the now failed HD-DVD technology, but that was a 100 dollar add on anyways. The Xbox Live service is the only online service that you have to pay for, but 50 dollars for a year is very cheap considering how great the service is.

Winner: PS3, because the Blu-Ray player makes this the best value.

Games:

Wii: The Wii is very hit or miss with games. About ¾ of the Wii's catalogue is complete shovelware and are games that no one has ever really played, or wants to for that matter. Finding a good Wii game is like finding a good book. It may be hard, but when you do it almost makes the experience that much more rewarding. Not to mention that the games are ten dollars cheaper than the Xbox 360 and PS3, just don't be expecting as many price drops either. Notable exclusives: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Metroid Prime, No More Heroes, anything Mario.

PS3: If you walk into a GameStop or any movie/game rental store if you take a look at the number of games available for each console, you will probably notice that the PS3 has the smallest amount of titles. Don't let this fool you though, the PS3 has some great exclusives, and pretty much all the AAA multi-platform games can be found on here too! Notable Exclusives: MGS4, Killzone 2, Resistance series, Uncharted series

Xbox 360: The Xbox 360 has the largest library of playable titles. I say playable, because even though not every game is good, they are pretty much all a lot better than the learning games that you will find for the Wii. The 360 has been around the longest, so it makes sense that it excels in the number of great games (and I am not a Halo fan BTW!). Notable Exclusives: Mass Effect, Fable, Gears of War, Left 4 Dead

Winner: Xbox 360 by a narrow margin. A lot of games that were once great 360 exclusives have been ported over to other consoles, making them just as worthy. Not to mention the PS3 will be getting Heavy Rain and God of War 3 in the next month, making them a heavy contender.

Online Services:

Wii: The Wii is free online. If you can manage to figure out how to play a shooter on the Wii then you could definitely have the same kind of fun that you could on the 360 or PS3, but the Wii does have an extensive Downloadable Game service that features plenty of old school N64, SNES, NES, and Genesis games for you to purchase and enjoy some nostalgia.

PS3: The PS3 is also free online, which is nice. There is quite an extensive library of great online titles, like the Resistance series, SOCOM, and Killzone 2 (and those are just exclusives) there are still games like Rainbow Six Vegas and Call of Duty to enjoy as well. The PS3 also features quite a bit of great downloads on the Playstation Store. The most impressive is the 90 or more PSone games that are available for download. It's also rumored that there will at some point in time be PS2 games to download too. Did I mention that you can surf the web and go on Netflix too? Not to fancy I say.

Xbox 360: Xbox Live used to be the king of the online gaming world. Sure you had to pay 50 bucks a month but it was worth it, and it still is, but when compared to the other systems, there are some things that just don't stack up like they used to. I will say that I like the friend and party systems more on the 360, not to mention the console if you buy new comes with a headset which is very nice as well. The downloadable content is the same as the PS3, there is nothing that sets it apart which is where the Xbox is a bit of a letdown. There are about 20 Xbox Originals that you can download, but only two-four titles are ones that would even be worth considering. Also Xbox used to have Netflix all to themselves but now that it is on every console it's not that big of a deal.

Winner: PS3. This could have just as easily gone to the Wii, as they both have amazing options for downloading old school titles, but the PS3 just has better games to actually play online and not just download.

Overall: PS3. I feel weird giving the title to a system I haven't even owned for a month but it's true. When you put the three side by side the PS3 comes out on top. I honestly expected that comparing all three of them, I would choose the Xbox 360, but while writing this I recognized one thing: A large majority of Xbox 360 exclusives, end up going to other consoles in a year or so. So they aren't really exclusives anymore, making the PS3 library that much stronger. Sorry Microsoft.

2009's Best

Games:

1. Dragon Age
2. Modern Warfare 2
3. Borderlands
4. Halo ODST
5. Left 4 Dead 2
6. Shadow Complex
7. Resident Evil 5
8. F.E.A.R 2
9. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2
10. X Men Origins Wolverine

Films:

1. Fantastic Mr. Fox
2. Inglorious Basterds
3. District 9
4. The Hangover
5. Where the Wild Things Are
6. Zombieland
7. Sherlock Holmes
8. Paranormal Activity
9. I Love You Man
10. 500 Days of Summer/Away We Go

Albums:

1. Daisy - Brand New
2. Audrye Sessions - Audrye Sessions
3. Mean Everything to Nothing - Manchester Orchestra
4. Swoon - Silversun Pickups
5. Speaking In Cursive - Two Cow Garage
6. About Time EP - Straylight Run
7. A Positive Rage - The Hold Steady
8. Cage the Elephant - Cage the Elephant
9. Merriweather Post Pavilion - Animal Collective
10. Bitte Orca - The Dirty Projectors

Must See Films of the Decade

ive seen a bunch of these lists so I've decided to craft my own. These are all films that defined the new millenium the last 3 being my personal three favorite.

Bourne Series

Casino Royale

Blood Diamond

Requiem for a Dream

I Love You Man

Gangs of New York

No Country for Old Men

Shaun of the Dead

Changeling

40 Year Old Virgin

Darjeeling Limited

Role Models

Knocked Up

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Shaun of the Dead

Pineapple Express

Kill Bill

I Am Legend

Milk

Children of Men

Syriana

The Departed

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Garden State

Frost/Nixon.

Snatch

The Fantastic Mr. Fox

Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou

Collateral

The Hangover

District 9

Where the Wild Things Are

Inglorious Basterds

Donnie Darko

Royal Tenenbaums

Zodiac

A Modern Day Grindhouse

I have a deep love for campy B movies, and since the drive in is before my time I never got to experience one in all of its glory. Even though the grindhouse theatre may be near death, there is still no denying its influence on some of today's films and that there were some pretty damn good ones back in the day. If I ever bought out an old theatre I would turn it into a Grindhosue and show these films:

Evil Dead
Crank
Dawn of the Dead
Night of the Living Dead
Dead Alive
Kill Bill vol 1 and 2
28 Days Later
Cabin Fever
Resevior Dogs
Hostel
Sin City
From Dusk Til Dawn
The Mist
The Last House on the Left
Halloween
Assault on Precinct 13
The Thing
Escape from New York
Planet Terror
The Transporter
Hardboiled
Running Scared (Paul Walker one)
Resident Evil series (why these get so much flak I will never understand. They aren't great movies, but they are a hell of a lotta fun to watch)
Death Race
Cellular
Shoot 'Em Up

Well there you have it, I'm probably missing some and I realize that these are more popular ones as I don't necessarily have a lot of access to hard to find movies and no remakes are conisdered. If you can think of any more let me know. I also posted reviews for all of the Fallout 3 DLC with the exception of Operation Anchorage becuase there was some sort of error on the main page. But check them out!

Becuase I'm Lazy (The Rest of my top 25)

25. Silent Hill Homecoming (360)

24. Top Spin (Xbox)

23. Ghost Recon Advance Warfighter (360)

22. Marvel Ultimate Alliance (360)

21. The Godfather (360, Ps2)

20. Rainbow Six Vegas 2 (360)

19. Splinter Cell Chaos Theory (Xbox)

18. James Bond Quantum of Solace (360)

17. Metal Gear Solid (PSX)

16. God of War (PS2)

15. Rainbow Six 3 Black Arrow (Xbox)

14. Call of Duty 2 (PC)

13. Tony Hawks Pro Skater (N64)

12. Disney's Alladin (SNES)

11. Bioshock (360)

10. Call of Duty 4 (360)

9. Ghost Recon (PC, Xbox)

8. Splinter Cell (PC, Xbox)

7. Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty (PS2)

6. Goldeneye (N64)

5. Mass Effect (360)

4. GTA Vice City (PS2)

3. Metal Gear Solid 3 (PS2)

2. Rainbow Six (N64,PC)

1. Max Payne (Xbox, PC)

#24 Top Spin (xbox)

#24. Back in the summer between seventh and eighth grade I lived out in the country. My nearest friends house was 20 minutes away so I spent a lot of time in front of my Xbox. I used to have a GameFly subscription and one day Top Spin came to my mailbox. Seeing as how I have played tennis all of my life I was really excited to play a real tennis game and not one staring the Mario characters. When I popped the game in I immediately heard "Get Free" by The Vines and I got really excited. Then I started up a career mode and was sucked in. Next thing I new it was eight at night, and I still wasn't ready to take a break. I had this game from GameFly for three months, before i sent it back. I must have logged in atleast 100 hours into the career mode of the game. Its too bad that I didn't have Xbox Live becuase I probably would have lost even more time. Top Spin still brings back many fond memories and it probably always will. One of the most fun I've had ever with a sports game.