Not a bad little tribute to the original game, but PLEASE do yourself a favour and play the game first. When cramming a 20-30 hour game into a 4-5 hour show, there's bound to be some rushed pacing and a ton of cut content. Big twists and revelations become side notes as the discovery and analysis of evidence is replaced with them pulling evidence out of their ass, so the joy that comes from putting all of the puzzle pieces together is almost entirely gone. The free time spent hanging out with and getting to know the characters is also lost, so the deaths of characters are much less meaningful. Most of the key story beats are hit successfully, and the animation quality is fantastic and more than does the game's stylish aesthetic justice, but with so much of it's guts removed, the primary narrative will likely fail to captivate newcomers to the Danganronpa franchise. A recommended watch, but ONLY if you've played and beaten the original game first. If you don't have a Vita or PSP, the game was ported to PC and released on Steam just days before this post, so it is now easily and readily available.
Paragon Lost is a movie about a bunch of characters that you know next to nothing about, and never will, even after the film is over. The narrative itself isn't bad, and the ending is a little stroke of genius that ties in to common themes from the games, such as making difficult choices, making sacrifices, and the emotional hardships that follow. I was surprised to find that the ending... well, surprised me, but that ending, as well as everything leading up to it, would've been a whole lot more meaningful if the characters weren't such cardboard cut-outs. Other than that, Paragon Lost is mostly harmless and makes an okay "popcorn movie," even to those without any knowledge of the Mass Effect universe.
One major problem with games nowadays is lack of originality. The market has been flooded with ‘family’ games with stupid motion controls and little playability for the hardcore gamer or first person shooters with little difference to most other shooters that all seem like a Call of Duty clone, but even in a time flooded with sequels and rip-offs we still manage to see some creativity put to use to make a different and unique game or a clever merging of game ideas used in a new way. Mirror’s edge is one of these unique games and surprisingly enough, the game is published my EA and developed by DICE, two companies that are well known for their countless sequels.
Sonic fans rejoice! After almost 10 years of putting up with horrifically glitchy and badly programed Sonic console titles, Sonic Colours for the Wii has brought back the excellent reputation of a (mostly) great franchise. Meanwhile, SEGA decide to publish a DS spin off of Sonic Colours so that they can milk the game's name for all it's worth... Or at least that's what SEGA, or the suspecting yet uninformed customer might think. You see,while Sonic Colours Wii takes the Daytime stages from Sonic Unleashed (360 & PS3 version) and adds some power ups and a sci-fi setting, Sonic Colours DS takes the Sonic Rush games and adds some power ups and a sci-fi setting. All Werehog and Hubworld free. Also, Sonic Colours DS is developed by Dimps, who are also responsible for the GBA Sonic Advance games as well as the DS Sonic Rush games. It wouldn't be inaccurate to call Sonic Colours DS 'Sonic Rush 3' except with the name and the gimmick of the new Wii game in order to make it sell more, but does the implementation of this gimmick, as well as other once non-handheld elements, detract from the game's quality?
Perfect Dark is a First Person Shooter for the Nintendo 64 that has been ported to the Xbox Live Arcade by 4J Studios, the same team that ported Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie. But unlike the Banjo ports, Perfect Dark now has updated character models and textures as well as Xbox Live multiplayer support. Is Perfect Dark really as perfect as it’s made out to be? Is the remake as good as the original classic or does it suffer in comparison?
10 things I hate about you is a 1999 teenage romantic comedy starring Heath ledger (A Knight’s Tale, The Dark Knight) and Julia Stiles (Save the Last Dance, The Bourne Ultimatum). It is a retelling of the Shakespeare play ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ with a (for the time) modern twist.
Grave of the Fireflies is a 1988 Japanese animated film produced by Studio Ghibli and based during World War II. It follows the story of Seita and his little sister Setsuko trying to survive the aftermath of the firebombing of Kobe, in which American B-29 bombers launched a firebombing attack against the city of Kobe, Japan on March17, 1945. When Seita and Setsuko’s mother is killed by the bombing and they are forced to move in with their aunt.
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