If you ask any film buff what their favorite movie is, chances are they’ll tense up and think hard about their answer before saying, “I dunno, man, I like a lot.” I can identify with these people -- for a long time I had a hard time answering this question with less than five titles. It wasn’t until recently that I actually thought about all of my favorites and decided which one is my numero uno: Goodfellas.
True Blood Recap: Episode 1 "Turn! Turn! Turn!"
Last night, HBO premiered season 5 of True Blood, a premiere that had been much anticipated since the finale last summer. Well the finale was not at all what I expected it to be, and that's not a good thing...
What Next: Avengers 2?
“AVENGERS ASSEMBLE!” A battle cry familiar with any self-respecting Marvel fan and a line many fans like myself were anxiously awaiting the “star-spangled man with a plan” to cry during this summer’s blockbuster. I think at least most of us can agree that Avengers provided many of us with great joy and satisfaction in its execution.
Completely Random Episode 2: Coffee and Idle Banter
In this episode of Completely Random, Jon, Drew, and Chad discuss the effect of dating on video game play time, The Walking Dead Game, The Avengers, guns, the idea of a Justice League movie, and much more. Take a seat and absorb your sermon for the week.
Max Payne 3: Pain as art
Rockstar Games has accomplished what few games in the industry have: they have made gaming an art form. After playing Grand Theft Auto IV, Red Dead Redemption, and now Max Payne 3, I can say with honesty and a straight face that these three games delivered in ways many Hollywood movies can't.
Saturday, February 4, 2012
Friday, February 3, 2012
For all of those Blizzard fans eagerly waiting for that glorious beta email to pop up in their mailbox, the wait is over. Blizzard just recently sent out the first 100,000 beta emails for those worthy enough to face the wrath of the Burning Hells.
Geek Asylum will be posting daily details on all the action if you didn't receive the goods. Sorry to all those who have been left at the wayside.
Go H.A.M in the paint.
Thursday, February 2, 2012
This issue is jam-packed with action. From the get go it's Red Hulk vs Cable, Red Hulk vs Blaquesmith, Red Hulk vs Cable, Cable vs Cyclops, Red Hulk vs Virus, and Wolverine & Spiderman vs Cable. Blaquesmith plays a small role, distracting Red Hulk to let Cable regain footing temporarily.
When Red hulk strikes back at Cable, Cable does something incredible- PORCUPINE POWER! If you see the cover image posted in this article, that's exactly how it looks. Not only that, but after Red Hulk is immobilized, Cable notices the virus leaving himself and beginning to take over Red Hulk. As it does, Cyclops and Hope arrive on the scene. After a heartwarming reunion, and an argument over what Cable is doing, Wolverine and Spider-man arrive to free the Avengers and to kill Cable if necessary. Don't worry, Spider-man was just as confused.
The next thing about this issue is the preview. If you look closely, there are few things in the image that you'll want to look out for in March's final issue. First, it's Wolverine in his X-Force costume and Spider-man in his Symbiote Costume. Could this mean Spider-man will join the X-force? Probably not, but I would hope so. At least have Kaine join it
The other thing to notice is who they're fighting - it looks like Cable. Except Cable doesn't have black hair. The the Red Hulk does! I would have to say the virus takes over Red Hulk for the next issue. So expect March's issue to be Spider-man and Wolverine VS the Red, er, Silver Hulk.
You'd be silly not to track this series. Go to your comic store, spend the $10 (roughly), and grab these three issues. And when #4 comes out, grab that too. It's all setting up for Avengers VS X-men in April, and you won't want to miss that either.
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Tricia Helfer entered the Mass Effect franchise in Mass Effect 2 as the Normandy's A.I. system labeled EDI (pronounced Eee Dee). EDI stands for Enhanced Defense Intelligence. When you play the Mass Effect games and hear EDI's voice it really doesn’t phase you much as to who the person behind the machine is; when in fact it should. Tricia Helfer starred on arguably the greatest sci-fi drama ever to air on television. Not only did she star in “Battlestar Galactica”, but she was also in the game “Command and Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars”. Tricia Helfer is an outstanding choice for this sci-fi epic.
Last Thursday, Nintendo broke some gut wrenching news; they revealed that between March and December 31st, their fiscal year, they lost $623 million whereas in the previous year, they gained $639 million. For whatever the reason, it’s starting to become clear that this generation wants more hardcore consoles with blood and guts over the classics that we all grew up with.
And no, the news doesn’t end there – They’re also estimating their loss by the end of this fiscal year to be $837 million. The cause? Reports say it’s because the yen is strong – it’s currently at 77.54 to the US dollar in comparison to the 82.90 that it was a year ago. My personal opinion? It’s because this generation wants more hardcore consoles, like PS3 and XBOX 360 to cater to their craving for blood, guts, and multiplayer with all the bells and whistles.
|Can the Wii-U stop the money from hemorrhaging for Nintendo? Photograph: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters|
While it delivers in strength and reliable hardware, the games are not as desired as they once were and Nintendo doesn’t want to give too heavily into popular demands because they, like us, still value games from a different time.
The other reason for their loss? Nintendo would rather lose all this money instead of firing their employees. Had it been Sony or Microsoft, employees would be cut without a second thought. Even in Nintendo’s time of depression, they’re still producing the Wii-U. Let’s just hope that the Wii-U will have high sales and that the powers-that-be will keep Nintendo around for a while longer.
Its been three years since the last Soul Calibur game and Namco has decided it was a good time for another game. Not too short that fans are tired of the game, but not long enough that they’ve all forgotten. Should Soul Calibur V have stayed in Namco’s closet? Or is it a worthy buy? Let’s take a look at what we’re dealing with.
You start out as a holy warrior, Patroklos, trained to slay the Malfested. He faithfully served Graf Dumas for years in hope to find his sister, Pyrrah, who was kidnapped when she was a child by the Malfested and to also get revenge on the vile creatures for killing his mother.
Throughout his journey, he meets people to give him clues on Pyrrah’s whereabouts, so he persists on the journey, fighting and proving his worth to carry the legendary Soul Calibur.
In time, he finds that the only way to rid the world of the Malfested is to destroy Soul Edge – the cursed sword who transforms its wielder into the ultimate evil, Nightmare. All sounds well and easy, but nothing is that simple. The journey for Patroklos is personal – he is torn between either saving his sister or obeying his Athenian guardian mother. Which will he choose?
Well, you have to play through the storyline to find out.
Online play is generic – you both pick your character, choose your settings by difficulty, time limit, and how many rounds you’ll play. You pick your arena and it has the typical soundtrack with the poetic narrative intro, and each character says their starting line. "Aaaaaaaand FIGHT!"
You both beat the crap out of each other until someone wins. It's the same type of setup as any other 3D fighting game. A new feature of the SC series is it picked up the gauge strategy – from taking and dealing damage, it fills up the gauge. Once it is filled, you can blast out a pretty nasty move.
The great thing about Soul Calibur V is that the fighting system is simple enough that mostly anyone can pick up the game and look fancy doing it. However, speaking from personal experience, button mashing will not be an optimal strategy like it was in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. SCV is simple enough that you’ll pick up on the pattern of what button does what, but challenging enough that once you learn each individual’s fighting style, you can cause some serious damage.
Some characters are naturally slower than others and other characters may be easier to use, but there’s a graph akin to Dance Dance Revolution on the difficulty of the character’s use. Another new addition to the series is the very robust character creation feature, which is absolutely incredible.
Soul Calibur lets you customize either one of the fighters or completely create your own from the bottom up. As far as original characters, you can customize their body size, height, voice, pitch and tone, hair, and tons of clothing and accessories. The possibilities are endless.
I have some friends right now recreating Dragon Ball Z characters - that's how customizable this new feature is. I know a lot of you have some original RP characters from your middle school days. Here's your chance to bring it to life, not to mention it's a lot of fun. Pick up the game to explore more possibilities.
Between the easy to pick up and hard to master fighting style, Soul Calibur will satisfy its fan base. With its simple, yet well done storyline, and an amazing character creation option, SCV packs a lot more than your average fighter. That being said, unless you're a die hard Soul Calibur fan, SCV is more of a rent than a buy.
It's definitely a game that's enjoyable to play alone or with a bunch of people. Every game has its quirks, but then again, what game doesn't? If you don't like it right away, give it a little while. You'll learn to love it like I did.
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Ryan Kwanten and Amy Smart are a couple in this film aboard Vista Pacific Flight 7500 with Jamie Chung and Leslie Bibb as hot stewardesses. The flight departs from L.A and arrives at Tokyo which takes a grand total of 10 hours. However, we soon learn that ordinary people are not the only passengers on this flight. A super natural entity resides on the plane to terrorize these poor people.
Gorgeous female celebrities and planes? I am more than willing to bet someone is going to become a member of the Mile High Club.
In any case, I have faith in Takashi Shimizu. I can see this working because this whole movie will take place on an airplane, making for a forgiving budget and giving Mr. Shimizu more room to work. This dark being is leaving on a jet plane and for the moment we do not know when it will be back again. Keep it locked on the Geek Asylum for all the info.
The dragon sword ability has somehow transferred itself into Ryu's arm which should make for some very excellent kill combos. Also he can now slow time while jumping to aim that insane bow he has. Team Ninja has said they calmed down with the difficulty of Ninja Gaiden 3 to help the noobs out. That might save me an aneurism or two this time around.
Whether you are following the books, HBO series or both, I believe a good viewing is in order for HBO's new Game of Thrones Trailer
The trailer starts with the spider, Varys of the Kings council telling Tyrion a riddle. "Three great men, a king, a priest, and a rich man. Between them stands a common sellsword. Each great man bids the sellsword kill the other two. Who dies?" Varys' riddle resonates throughout the second book and perfectly sets the tone for this second season.
A Clash of Kings introduces a whole new batch of characters that were only spoken of in the previous book/season including the late King Roberts brother, Lord Stannis. The treachery, brutality, and glory will keep you drooling for more.
"A very small man can cast a very large shadow."
Please share your thoughts about the Game of Thrones new trailer below.
Monday, January 30, 2012
A very talented and dedicated fan has put their best effort in creating a trailer for a Zelda game for Wii-U. 20,000 YouTube views in one day is a definite accomplishment, maybe not a record, but a nice pat on the back for a job well done. A combination of great art and some good animating makes this seem so real but we know Nintendo could take this to another level.
Lets hope someone at Nintendo sees this and takes it to that level. The Wii-U is going to need some serious platformers to launch the system into any kind of success. Judging from their last quarterly results, they need it desperately.
This design is neither phone nor tablet, the hybrid is attempting to carve out its own niche in the mobile device market. With a 5.3in screen, you can imagine that a lot can be done on that sort of real estate and the OS has been tweaked to take advantage in some situations.
Because the Galaxy Note does not have a 7-10in screen that is common on most of todays tablets, using your finger as the universal input can't be accomplished throughout the entire experience. Samsung has included a built-in stylus to accommodate users who aren't used to such a large screen on their phones.
|One handed use? I don't think so.|