Head on over to Associated Content for article entitles “Dead Rising 2 Review – Zombie Killing for Fun & Profit“. I go over the basics of the story and gameplay and my thoughts and recommendation. AC had me do a scoring system for Dead Rising 2 which turned out to be pretty close to the average score out there for the game.
Dead Rising 2 Collector’s Edition
High-Def disc (PS3 Blu-ray)with 83 Minute “Zombrex Dead Rising Sun” motion picture and 24 minute “Making of” featurette
Zombrex “Syringe” pen
Zombrex “Prescription” notepad (25 pages)
Zombrex “Safety” card
Zombrex “Prospectus” sales brochure (16 pages)
Dead Rising 2 hardback artbook (48 pages)
PS3 – Code for Dynamic Theme.
Just in case you missed here is the official Dead Rising 2 trailer, showcasing the main character Chuck Greene. Continue reading →
Machete Review is posted over at the usual spot. I saw the movie late Thursday night with a very small crowd of only three people and I enjoyed almost every minute of it. There is very little to complain at after watching the movie, and I am always happy to see Danny Trejo get work, and this is his starring vehicle. The supporting cast is great and everyone seems to be relishing the opportunity to be in something like this which is just pure fun. Check out the full review for my thoughts and check out Machete in theaters now.
What an interesting combo for weekend theater viewing, as I mentioned I got an early start on the holiday weekend with Machete and then I accompanied some people to The Switch on Saturday. I’m a big Jason Bateman fan, but I hadn’t heard much about this film before going in. So… did I like it, or did I find myself saying “I’ve made a huge mistake”, Arrested Development style? Read the full movie review to get the skinny. I will say that I was very happy to see Jeff Goldblum in there and he proved me with some laughs and a new celebrity impression for my meager arsenal.
Even More Reviews (Coming Soon)
Busy media weekend, and also a trip to the Zoo. Zoo Photos are now up on my Facebook page, and I hope to add them to the gallery here soon. Checkout Rich and Famous with Chow-Yun Fat and The Chronicles of Vidocq with Gerard Depardieu via Netflix. May have shorts reviews (blog only) of those up soon. Also I am still working on InFamous and The God of War Collection from Gamefly. As always, check out JamesInDigital on Twitter and Facebook for all the latest articles and blogs.
Well, the Mafia 2 Review is in the books over at Associated Content. Check out the Mafia II Review – “Family” is Thicker Than Blood article, and please share your thoughts on the game and feedback on the article. Although the overall scores for the game are good, and praise for the Mafia II Soundtrack in particular has been high, there seems to be a fairly large faction of gamers who are “hating” on the game. I attribute it to the ADD instant-gratification segment of gamers out there who wanted to just run around and murder prostitutes. The ones who can’t be bothered to pay attention to that nuisance know as a narrative.
Saw a movie this weekend at Cinema 21 that could only be described as interesting at best. Valhalla Rising is a nordic/viking tale starring Mads Mikkelsen (great name). You may remembers Mads as the villain in the first Daniel Craig Bond flick, Casino Royale. Mads doesn’t say a word through the whole film which is ridiculously light on dialogue. Valhalla Rising is all about mood and imagery and indeed the cinematography is wonderful. The music I would describe as atmospheric in it’s deep base and tonal approach, but becomes overbearing and repetitive at points.
I appreciate what they were trying to do here, but it ended up being a waste of time and money. I wouldn’t recommend this, particularly to the average movie-goer who may see the poster and expect a super action-based Viking war. While Mads kicks ass when he needs to the action scenes are not nearly enough to balance out the slow, surreal pacing of Valhalla Rising
Well kiddos, I was lucky (or unlucky) enough to receive Kane & Lynch 2 Dog Days from Gamefly on the week of launch release. The game came in the mail and I promptly went and beat the game. I had heard tales of the single player being ridiculously short. Those reports were not in any way mistaken as it took less than 5 hours to complete the single player campaign. Not so good Al….
Also not so good was the story and it’s abrupt ending that I had heard about from some other Kane & Lynch 2 reviews. Graphics are inconsistent, sometimes looking great other times looking unfinished. The mechanics are also a mixed bag. The real fun of the game will be in multi-player and co-op and it looks certain that the developers new that as more than half of the trophies available on the PS3 version of the game are multi-player related and ready for DLC multi-player content that isn’t even available yet. Check out the full Kane & Lynch 2 Dog Days Review at Associated Content. If any of you out there have this on PS3 and want to do some multi in the next few days, send me a message.
Other Stuff I am up to
Went on another trip to the coast, made the rookie mistake of not having an extra battery and the charging dock for my camera has been missing it’s power cord ever since I moved. So due to that and very little sun at the place we stayed, didn’t get a ton of pictures. I will post some of them soon.
Currently working on God of War Collection on PS3, Book 4 of the Wheel of Time series, and hope to post my thoughts on Scott Pilgrim movie and game soon.
Hey all, I published a small set of Photos from my recent coast trip finally. Didn’t get as many shots as I would have liked, but used a lot of duplicates to composite a few high-res images. The published gallery is here Oregon Coast Photography – 2010 . If it would be great if you started there to have a look. But if you do or not, come back to this post and you can check out the Oregon Coast Photo gallery below. The thumbnails will lead you to much higher resolution images than the published gallery! Let me know if you guys like any of these shots.
Click on the photos to get higher resolution versions.
So, I may have already mentioned it. But the Oregon Coast was and is becoming again my favorite place. The air does me good, and doesn’t feel so bad to go solo at the coast where everything and everyone is insignificant compared to the great expanse and strength that is the sea. There are some great spots on the the north coast, but by far the middle coast and then southern coast have some truly beautiful areas.
My shots didn’t turn out as well as I would have liked, but there were some issues with my manual controls not working properly and I am very rusty as well. It may be time to upgrade as the old Kodak is showing it’s age, if not in the megapixels (which don’t really matter too terribly) then surely in the image stabilization at long zoom area. I also miss solid, affordable digi-cams with long exposure times. Next time I will remember by tripod. Hope you guys enjoy these, there will be more to come in near future if I can manage it.
Fresh off my Mafia City of Lost Heaven short review comes the Mafia 2 Pre-order / Preview. You can read the full Mafia 2 Preview at my usual publishing spot on Associated Content, so please read it and leave some comments/feedback when you get a chance. The link is in the header of this section and at the bottom of the post. The original Mafia is one of my favorite all-time games. It had the perfect combination of story, voice-acting, graphics and music, both licensed and scored for the game. Here’s a little sample from the full article:
Characters were the heart of the Mafia 1, and Vito Scaletta is the heart of Mafia 2. After returning from the war in 1945, Vito meets up with an old friend and through a series of events becomes involved in organized crime. He then begins to climb the ranks of this organization.
Mafia 2 Pre-Order Versions
Mafia 2 Pre-Orders come in two base versions. There is the Mafia 2 Pre-Order Standard and Mafa 2 Pre-Order Collector’s editions. Then you have various pre-order bonuses depending on which retailer you go through. Mafia 2 Pre-Orders from Best Buy get the greaser pack. The war hero and Vegas packs are available for Mafia 2 Pre-Orders from EBGames and Gamestop respectively. The final Mafia 2 Pre-Order bonus packs is from Amazon and is called the Renegade pack (featured below). Each pack come with bonus vehicles and outfits for the game. You can also pre-order the Mafia 2 Collector’s Edition which features: a map of Empire Bay, the made-man exclusive pack, a steelbook casing, the orchestrated soundtrack and a hardcover art book. Very cool indeed! Check out the article Mafia 2 Preview – Made Men of Empire Bay for a closer look.
Mafia 2 PC Requirements
For those of you not buying a Mafia 2 Pre-order for the PS3 or Xbox (Mafia 2 PS3 comes with exclusive content). Here are the Mafia 2 PC Requirements:
Mafia 2 PC Requirements – Minimum
OS: Microsoft Windows XP (SP2 or later) / Windows Vista / Windows 7 Processor: Pentium D 3Ghz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 3600+ (Dual core) or higher RAM: 1.5 GB Video Card: nVidia GeForce 8600 / ATI HD2600 Pro or better Hard Disc Space: 8 GB Sound Card: 100% DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card