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Pan's Labyrinth

Has anyone seen this movie? I watched it for the second time yesterday, and I thought it was excellent. The costumes are very detailed and the special effects are great. One of the main characters is a faun, whoes costume is extremely detailed and well designed. There's also "Pale Man", who is a creepy creature with eyeballs in its hands. This was a heck of a freaky scene. So yeah, I love this movie, and I encourage people who haven't seen it to rent or buy it.

^That's Pale Man.^ And if you think he looks scary there, you should see him when he's moving.

^The Faun^ He looks evil, but he's not. >_O As a character, he's actually extremely likeable.

^See? Cuddly.^



Ever since I stopped making so many blogs, I haven't been getting many comments. Have I not been blogging enough? Have people lost interest in my blogs? It's quite sad, really. Just look at my Mario Kart Wii Progress blog, it was so short, yet it got 10 comments, where-as my new blogs, which take at least 30 minutes to write, only get 1 - 3. It's a shame.

E3 2008 + Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3

Hey, I haven't blogged in a while. >_O Anyway, I thought I'd blog about E3 2008 today, and what I've thought of it so far. I'll start with the Microsoft press conference: I was pretty disappointed. Fallout 3 was the only game that looked interesting to me, but there was way too much footage of it, and the game is coming to the PS3 as well, so I'm that didn't make me want a 360 anymore than I already do. The good news is that there was some epic Gears of War 2 footage, which DID make me want a 360. This game is looking amazing so far, and I'm really looking forward to co-oping it up with my brother or sister. The graphics look really incredible, especially the environments. My brother said that there's a rumored 360 price-drop sometime soon, and the pro console will be dropping to $300. I hope he's not bullcrapping me again, because I really want Gears 2. Something that I'm torn about, though, is if I should get Gears on the 360 or PC, since they both have their pros and cons. Anyway, back to E3. More bad news is that Final Fantasy XIII is coming to the 360. I'm not a PS3 fanboy, but I think that this was a pretty bad idea. I think that Microsoft is just a greedy company that wants to buy anything they can. And MORE bad news is that Microsoft ripped off the Mii with their new "avatars", which look almost exactly like Miis, and can be used to play minigames. So other than this and a few other small announcements, there isn't much to talk about with Microsoft's conference. It was a huge disappointment to me.

Nintendo's conference was also pretty disappointing. They announced Wii Sports Resort, which will include the Wii MotionPlus -- a mod to make your Wii Remote more accurate -- and an extended Wii Remote Jacket. 3 of the games were shown; fencing, frisby and jet skiing. Fencing looks like fun. You're in a first-person view, and you swing your Wii Remote to swipe your sword. Your goal is to knock the other player into the water. This game looks pretty fun. Frisby is where you throw a frisby, and have your dog catch it. You have to throw properly or your dog can't catch it in time. Skiing is where you hold your Nunchuck and Wii Remote as if they're handlebars and attempt to drive through arches before time runs out. All these games look pretty interesting, and I'll definately be looking forward to the game. Nintendo also announced Animal Crossing: City Folk. The game allows you to play at your own pace and do whatever you want, whenever you want. And in addition to the normal area, you can also go to a city, where you can get your hair done, find out what other players are doing, etc. You can play the game with your friends, as well. And the game includes a microphone, which is used for the voice chat. Something that looks cool to me is the ability to use your Mii's head. I'm excited about this game too. Nintendo showed some gameplay from Wii Music. Not much to say, except that it looks ok, but watching it got quite old. The main reason the conference was so disappointing is because Nintendo took too much time playing around and didn't announce many titles. The biggest disappointment of all is that there was no new Zelda game announced.

The Sony conference was epic. Sony announced Ratchet and Clank Future: Quest for Booty on PSN, which is coming out this Fall. Apparently it's a shorter game, but it will feature all the humor and such from previous games, and will require that players think more, meaning that there will be more clever puzzles. I'm excited. Sony also announced Resistance: Retribution for the PSP. This is a spin-off of Resistance: Fall of Man, but it looks really good. Instead of a first-person shooter, this game will attempt the oh-so epic over-the-soulder view. The game is looking really great so far, and I hope to see more on it soon. Sony showed the epic trailer for God of War III. The graphics are incredible, but there wasn't any actual gameplay. Oh well, I still can't wait. A game called "MAG" (which stands for Massive Action Game), was announced as well. The title is really dumb, but the game will feature 256 players online. The game looks pretty epic, and the graphics are pretty dang good. I can't honestly say I'm extremely excited, but I'll wait. There was a new trailer for inFAMOUS, which showed a bit of gameplay. The game looks like fun, but there should've been more on the game than just a trailer. Anywho, the new Prince of Persia game was also shown. The new art style is awesome, and the gameplay looks amazing. Climbing mountains looks like a lot of fun. And unlike other games, it looks like it requires skill. The new Prince is very cool looking, and will definately be a pleasure to control. I can't wait for this game, it looks like Ubisoft has really outdone themselves.

In a completely unrelated story, I downloaded Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3 off of PSN the other day. It's very fun, but very hard. If you lose all your lifes then you have to start the game all over again. Even on the easiest setting I can't manage to beat the game. I think that with a second player the game would be much more fun, and a lot easier, but my brother and sister won't play with me, and there's no one online to play, so I'm stuck trying to complete this game on my own. The game has goofy graphics, and the level design is clever, but there's no voice-acting, which makes the cutscenes dull. If I can get my brother or sister to help me then I could complete the game and write my review, but at this rate it could be a while, so I'll just keep you guys updated until then. In addition to Commando 3, I downloaded the demo for Siren Blood Curse, and it's a lot of fun. It's hard to believe that it's a PSN game, what with the amazing graphics and sound. Very scary as well. I'll get this game when it becomes available. That's all for now.

My brother the arse + Guitar Hero On Tour

My brother was actually selfish enough to download PhotoShop on his computer, so I have to use his computer to use it. I was in the middle of making something when suddenly he has a mood swing and starts yelling at me and trying to close PhotoShop down. He started tugging at the mouse. I'm actually surprised the idiot didn't break anything. So now I can't finish what I was doing until he gets off the computer, which will probably be a long time from now, because all he does is make terrible wallpapers and logos in PhotoShop that he never uses. But that's not even the full story. Earlier, I just got finished rendering something, and then he closed it and said "I hope you saved", and I didn't. Now, whenever I tell him that he was an idiot for closing it without asking first, he says that I'm the idiot for not saving, whihc, when you think about it, makes him an even bigger idiot. Wow, I used the word "idiot" a lot more than I thought I would. I guess that's what happens when you're talking about someone that's as big of an arse as my brother.

My sister got got Guitar Hero On Tour the other day, but I think I've started to like it more than her. I think I might do my first video review for the game. It has good graphics and controls, but I'm a bit disappointed at the song list. A lot of them are good, but all of the good songs are remade poorly. I still really like it, though. I'm currently playing on hard, which is really... well... hard. I'm using Axel Steel, and I have his default shirt and his "Other Shirt". (Yes, that's what it's called) It's a shame that I don't really have time to look at my character or the stage, because of all the notes coming at me. Oh well, it's fun anyway. I'll most likely give the game a 9, but I plan on completing hard before I review it, so it could take a while.

Short blog. Well, good day to you all.

So much to blog about...

Ok, first of all, I played the demo of Secret Agent Clank. The game is fun. Sneaking around is fun, and it's not just standing in one spot and waiting for an enemy to walk past you, either. In this game, you can disguise yourself as statues, hide behind plants, or, once you get your first weapon, go out and attack everyone. Being sneaky earns you points, which level up your Nanotech and weapon experience faster, which is an interesting element that works really well. The demo also includes a lot of button-matching. I have to press buttons at the appropriate times to dodge lasers or run past guards. It's fun to do, especially for me because I like button-matching games. Now I get to play as Ratchet. The arena is a little repetetive. It's just Ratchet running around blasting about 3 - 10 enemys for 9 rounds. It's not completely bad, though I find it pointless to unlock a new wrench mod at the end if I don't even get to use it. After the Ratchet challenge, the demo is complete. I'm a bit disappointed that they didn't include a Qwark level in the demo, but it's a fun demo nonetheless. I got the game today, as I preordered it from GameStop, but I haven't played it yet because I've been too busy playing...

Metal Gear Solid 4. My dad got another PS3 for the TV downstairs, so that he could use the Blu Ray player, but he got a 40gb, which can't play PS1 or PS2 games. My dad figured he might as well have a console that can play them, so he got the 80gb Metal Gear Solid 4 bundle, and I've been playing it like crazy since this afternoon. I think it's a fun game. The graphics are excellent and the voice acting is top-notch. My main problems with the game so far is that the cutscenes are too long and hard to sit through, but if you don't then you won't understand the storyline. The controls are somewhat hard to get used to, because so many of the buttons are used for multiple things. The weapons are great, though. I'm only on the first act and I have about 10 weapons. You get a lot of them, and when you get a duplicate, it's automatically sold, so that you earn points to but more weapons with. Great game so far. 9/10

I played the demo of God of War: Chains of Olympus, and it's a LOT of fun. I only played about 10 minutes of the game and I can easily say that it's one of the best PSP games I've played. The graphics, voice acting, music and moves are cool, and it manages to make the PSP analog controller work. I hate the PSP analog controller because it requires more work and is less accurate. Allow me to explain: While the PS1, PS2 and PS3 controllers' analog sticks are covered with rubber or whatever to prvent your finger from slipping, the PSP controller isn't, and therefore my hand always slips when I'm attempting to use it. Another thing is that the other controllers are somewhat rounded at the top, and the PSP analog stick is flat, which makes it even harder to use. Ok, so now that you understand how much I hate the PSP analog stick, I can say that this game makes it work just fine. And that alone makes this game worth a 9/10.

I downloaded Spyro the Dragon on the PSP and PS3 a few days ago, and I beat them both 120% in about 2 days total. The PS3 version of the game is no different than the PS1 version, other than the fact that there's no disc to get scratched. I feel more comfortable playing the game knowing that it won't freeze because of a messed up disc. The PSP version is really cool, because the controls are completely customizable. I have my controls set so that I can move with both the analog stick and the directional buttons, which is what I normally use. The game is extra small on this screen, because the PSP screen isn't big anyway, but the game isn't made to fit on the PSP screen, so it is extra small, because the rest of the space is taken up with black. (Did you understand that?) I like both versions a lot, and I'll most likely re-write my review so that it's based on both the PSP version and the normal version.

Also, the PS3 my dad got includes a free download of PAIN, which originally comes from the PlayStation Store. It's cool that I can have it for free now, though I didn't really want the game. I haven't played it yet, but I will eventually, and I'll write my review for it then. For those who haven't heard of the game, it's basically just throwing people around a city with a huge slingshot. Sounds pretty boring, but looks pretty fun. I'll be sure to play that as soon as I get the chance. Well, that's all for now.

How's it been?

I just thought I'd tell you all what's been going on in my life. Ok, well, for starters, I'm replaying Ocarina of Time. If you're wondering why, it's because my sister brought my memory card over to my grandparents' house, and so I have to start over. I'm currently doing the most annoying temple ever; The Forest Temple. This temple is a disgrace. It's not fun. However I am making progress, so I just thought I'd let you guys and gals know. I've learned several songs and I plan on doing some side-quests. Another thing that pushes my buttons; I was doing Dodongo's Cavern and I ran out of Deku Seeds, which I need, and I couldn't find them anywhere. I had to go all the way back to Kokiri Forest and buy some from the shop, then I had to come back, all because I ran out of some Deku Seeds, which I could've gotten more of at the cavern had they not stopped appearing from random pots that I broke. Fortunately I'm smart or I probably would've ran off in an attempt to find out what the Song of the Royal Family was after the owl told me to play it by the waterfall at Zora's River.

I've started playing A Link to the Past again. I'm currently at the Desert Palace. It's frusturating me. I'm not giving up, though, because I wan't that dang Master Sword! And that new tunic! Why? Because new tunics are kewl. In addition to A Link to the Past, I'm also playing Super Mario Bros. 3. I've only made it about 1 level past where I was before, because it's extremely hard and somewhat frusturating after you've died a million times just attempting to pick up a mushroom. Yes, it's that hard. I think that both these games are a lot of fun, though. A Link to the Past is, without a doubt, the best classic Zelda game, and Super Mario Bros. 3 is easily the best side-sroller I've ever played. And I've played a lot of side-scrollers. So... yeah... It'll probably take me a while to finish them, but once I do I'll be sure to post my reviews here.

In other news, I wrote my review for Mario Kart Wii. I think that's it's not only the best Mario Kart yet, but one of the best kart racing games I've ever played. And I've played quite a few kart racing games. I do, however, despise the Wii Wheel. It's inaccurate and uncomfortable to hold. Fortunately, there are a lot of controller options. You can choose to use the Nunchuck and Wii Remote, Classic Controller, Wii Wheel and even the GameCube controller. With some many options, there's gotta be something that you like. The unlockables are great fun, as is the online play. The ability to find your friends and host matches that only your friends can enter is cool. It's fun when there's only two racers because it's not so chaotic. Not that it's chaotic anyway. It's surprisingly well balanced in that department for a game that can hold up to 12 racers. However, I can't hlep but think that the CPU karts cheat, because they never seem to miss unless you're carrying a shell behind your back, which doesn't work if someone sends a blue shell. You can read my review here.

My PS3 controllers stopped working a while ago, which sucks because we just found a bunch of old PS2 games that I've been dying to play for a long time now. If it weren't for the fact that we also found a bunch of old GameCube games then this blog would just be a huge rant against the PS3 and the fatc that it's always breaking down and having problems, which it does, though I'm not in the mood for a huge rant. I guess I'll give you a small rant, though. Ok, here goes. The PS3 costs around $450, depending on what version you buy. That's a lot of dough. For something so sxpensive you would expect only the best, but I actually found that the Wii, which is only $250, runs a lot better and has a lot more good games. The PS3 may have a lot of unique features that the Wii doesn't have, but I really don't give a crap because none of those features make the PS3 any better than if it did have those features. Ok, so there was my little rant. It may seem a bit fanboy-ish, but I can assure you I'm not a Nintendo fanboy. I love Sony, I really do, but the PS3 just isn't worth $450. And the controllers not working is a huge problem because I can't play any games but Guitar Hero III which I don't like much.

Ok, another thing. I just recently started watching South Park on CW44, and it's funny as hell. I didn't think I'd like this show but I really do, and so does my sister. And so does my brother. Also, my brother has really gotten into Friends, and he's watched every episode up to season 5 on DVD. We don't have the rest yet, because if we did then he would've watched them already. While I'm on he topic of TV shows, I think I'll explain how pissed I am that every good show ends at the same time. I like How I Met Your Mother, My Name is Earl, Survivor and Big Bang Theory, and they've all ended for this year. It sucks because now we have nothing to watch on TV except for re-runs and The Simpsons, which is funny but doesn't compair to some of these other great shows. Fortunately, we're going to watch the Indiana Jones movies then go see the new one. Then, we're going to see Kung Fu Panda and You Don't Mess With the Zohan. I think this month is going to be a fun one.

I'm very sad because I recently discovered that my new computer can't run Crysis properly. It runs it, but it goes at such a slow frame-rate that aiming is impossible and it's just not fun. I'm really hoping that my computer can run Gears of War because I plan on getting it soon, along with, maybe, Mass Effect. My old file on Crysis is ony my mom's computer so if my computer starts cooperating properly then I'm going to have to go through all those boring, repetetive battle scenes again. Seriously, that sucks. I hate those battle scenes. Now, about Gears of War; I think it looks really good on the 360, and I love the 360 controller, but the PC version has a level editor and new levels, plus I can use the 360 controller, so I don't see why I shouldn't get the PC version. I might get it soon. If I don't, I will be sad.

I played the Dungeon Explorer: Warriors of Ancient Arts demo on my PSP the other day and I love it. I like the controls, the level design, the graphics, the characters, the team-based combat, the monsters, the abilitys, the everything. I definately plan on getting this game whenever I see it. It's extremely underappreciated. This is exactly why I don't listen to critics. If you have a PSP, then be smart and download the demo. You won't be disappointed. I just thought I'd share that with you guys, because I'm sure not a lot of people know about it, and those who do have probably read the reviews, which aren't very good. Damn critics give anything that doesn't have Master Chief on the cover a low score.

Something that I forgot to mention about my trip is something that's very important to me. I'm terrible sorry about not mentioning it. Kobe Japanese Steak House. This restaurant wins. It's one of those awesome Japanese steak houses where the chef cooks in front of you and preforms tricks. The food here is the best of any Japanese steak house. We just can't find a place that beats it. They serve noodles, vegitables, rice, potatoes, (which I said sperately because they're so good) steak, of course, shrimp and chicken. Of course you don't get all of that. Certain things you have to order. I went on my birthday once. You get a good sized ice cream cake that is delicious. They even have fried ice cream which cannot be beat. This is just one of the best restaurants ever demised, and I wanted you guys to know because if you ever go up to Orlando then you must eat here. That's all for today.

Mario Kart Wii Progress *SPOILERS*

I've been playing Mario Kart Wii a lot since I got it the other day, and I've made a lot of progress. I'm curently not playing it because my brother found Luigi's Mansion (yay!) and I'm playing that. I'll be sure to add anyone who gave/will give their friend codes. Ok, so now onto what I've done: I've unlocked Dry Bones, Rosalina, Diddy Kong, Mii Costume A, and King Boo as characters. I've unlocked several vehicles, but I don't really keep track of that. I've also beat every cup in 50cc and 100cc, and I've completed a few of the cups in 150cc. I'm loving the game so far, but I hate the Wii Wheel with a burning passion. There's my short blog for today. Don't forget to give me your friend codes!

Back from Vacation + Mario Kart Wii Impressions

I'm finally back from my 2 week-long vacation. I had fun, although the first two campgrounds were crappy. Fortunately, Orlando was a lot of fun and made up for the two campgrounds before it. We went to Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon, both Disney water-parks. I'm not crazy about Typhoon Lagoon, but the entire family had fun at Blizzard Beach. Family raft ride = yes. I think I'll post a few of the events worth mentioning from my trip.

The Villages

I have no idea where we went, because it was the worst campground I've ever been to and no one in the family thought that it would be worth mentioning, but we did visit "The Villages". The Villages are a series of themed downtown-like areas, and all of them that we went to were nice, though there are a lot of them and we only went to a few. The one we liked the best was "Spanish Springs", which was a Spanish-themed Village. It was a happenin' place, too. We probably liked it because there was a Kilwin's Ice Cream and Candy shop, and a Starbucks Coffee right next to eachother. It was fun to just walk around and look at the stores and restaurants, though, and we ate lunch down there a few times. Everyone there drove golf carts, which was funny. The sidewalks were like little roads that the golf carts drove on.

Ming Court

A Chinese restaurant in Orlando. The food was delicious. It's a very high-end restaurant. The atnosphere is great. The entire restaurant is surrounded by a wall, and water, with "More Fish" in it. You can feed the fish, which is hilarious. The fish are basically attacking eachother to get the food. Priceless. Anyway, I got the popcorn shrimp, which was delicious. I was forced to get a kids meal, though, because that's the only way I was able to get popcorn shrimp. It came with fries, noodles, and some weird... thing... with no taste, whatsoever. We also got spring rolls and white rice, which were both delicious. This restaurant is excellent, and if you're ever in Orlando and see it, try it out. Trust me, it's great.

Blizzard Beach

My favorite Disney park. Period. There are quite a few fun rides, like the family raft ride, where everyone gets in a big tube, and you slide down a huge slide to the bottom. This is the best ride there, and my favorite water-park ride anywhere. There's also a double-tube ride, where two people can go down a slide in a tube, or you can go alone down a dark tube, which I didn't do. I would've done double with my brother, but the jerk decided to go alone. -.-

Also, I got Mario Kart Wii. I've made a good amount of progress, so here's my impressions so far: I really like it. The graphics are nice and the sound is good. I like the music and the sound-effects are goofy. There are a lot of characters to choose from. A lot of which I like. There's Koopa, Luigi, Yoshi, and (PREPARE FOR SPOILERS) King Boo. King Boo has a badass vehicle. This big-ass truck thing with spikes on it. It's wicked... I use the Classic Controller, because honestly, the Wii Wheel blows. It's extremely frusturating to use, because characters don't turn properly when you're using it, unless, of course, you turn it practically upside-down. I also tryed Wi-Fi, which is a lot of fun. It's definately better than Brawl online. I don't currently know my friend-code, but once I figure it out, I'll be sure to share it with you.

Oh, and I've been playing Mario Kart DS a lot, too, and I've come to like it more. I've mostly been playing multiplayer with my sister, but I think I'll re-write my review, because I hadn't done much on it before. I'll also re-write my review for Resistance: Fall of Man, and Mario Party DS soon, so look out! And this time, I'll make sure I take a look at some of the other aspects of the games. Also, SamReallyROXS said he's leaving, and that's disgusting. What is GameSpot without Sam? :( I am sad. Can you tell? :( Alright, well, that's all for now.