Bulletoon Weekly – Overwatch Beta | Pokemon Sun and Moon | Godzilla 2 Delay

Rila and Riley are back, and better than ever in the first fully voiced episode of Bulletoon Weekly! They’ll talk about Captain America: Civil War, the Overwatch Beta, the Pokemon Sun and Moon Trailer, and more! Stay Tooned! Continue reading

Fyreharticles: Ten Video Game Franchises I’ve Never Played

Last time I did a list like this, it was about movies/film franchises I’ve never watched. This time I’ll confess to video game franchises I’ve never played. I’ll mainly go for ones that have more than two games, since that seems like an actual franchise, but there may be some that pop up that only really have two games. So, get ready to yell at me for not having played something you hold dear to your heart.

Metal Gear

So, I’ve played a demo of Metal Gear Solid 3, but that’s all I can really remember playing out of the franchise, so yeah. All I really know is that there’s Solid Snake and some other Snake and trouser snakes and yeah I really have no idea what these games are about off the top of my head.

The Elder Scrolls

I knew Oblivion existed before Skyrim, though Skyrim I only found out about through internet videos, not trailers, well after the game came out. I also had no idea at first that these two games were part of a franchise. Apart from these and the rest of the Elder Scrolls games being fantasy based, I have no idea what they’re about.

Metroid

That game franchise where everyone was angered and confused when the Samus turned out to be a woman? Yeah never played any of those games. A “Metroid” is like a jellyfish alien right? Damn Nintendo, you’re weird.

Castlevania

All I know about these are that Dracula is a character in them. That’s literally it. And I watched a JonTron video about one of the games like a day or two ago! Seriously, what the hell are these games about?

Mega Man

I’ve watched someone stream Mega Man, but I’ve never played it myself. Hell the only thing I can claim to have any connection to relating to Mega Man is that I’ve watched the anime Mega Man: NT Warrior. This whole Mega Man thing is basically Sonic if he were a cyborg right? Going by the main villains Sonic & Mega Man have that seems like a logical conclusion to come to. Oh, for those wondering, I have played at least one Sonic game. Sonic Heroes I think it was called.

Street Fighter

I’ve played (and/or own) the major Tekken games, I’ve played at least one Mortal Kombat game, I own Soul Calibur 3. Hell, I’ve played Bloody Roar 3 for crying out loud…but for whatever reason, I have never in my life played a Street Fighter game. I know a few of the characters from it (Ryu, Ken, Zangief, M Bison, Balrog, Rufus, Chun-Li and E. Honda off the top of my head), but that’s about as far as it goes. I have considered getting Street Fighter X Tekken but I’m not entirely sure if I will ever get it at this point.

Silent Hill

Watched people play them, never played them myself. Mainly because I was too young to have been able to play the earlier ones when they came out, but even then I’ve still never played any of the games, even the newer ones. I know what happens though, so there’s that.

Half-Life

I have no idea what these games are about, but I guess they must be good if people keep bitching to Valve to make another one. That said I’m not a huge fan of FPS games, so I’ll probably never play these games. Don’t worry though, I own Portal 1 & 2 as of this year, so I own SOMETHING Valve has done.

Resident Evil

I have friends who own the games, but I’ve never really played one that I can remember. If I did it wasn’t a full level, so I don’t count it. I also have no idea what these games are really about outside of what I’ve heard in reviews of the movies where people bring up just how badly those movies have been botched. That reminds me, never seen the movies either.

The Legend Of Zelda

Yes, you just read that. One of the most beloved franchises in existence, and probably one of the oldest that’s still going, but I’ve never played a Zelda game. I’ve only ever really played a demo of Wind Waker, and I don’t count demos. That said, I do know that Zelda is the Princess and Link is the playable character, so I’m not completely ignorant about these games. That said, when I was 12 I thought Link was Zelda. But hey, can you blame me? The franchise is called “The Legend Of Zelda”, not “The Never Ending Quest To Save Zelda”.

This all said I do plan on eventually giving the games a try, unlike most on this list. I’ll probably start with the “3D” Zelda games though, and then most likely Wind Waker.

So there you have it. I could easily have made this a list of 20, but I think 10 will do for now. Are there any video game franchises you guys have never played for one reason or another (even if it’s just you can’t be bothered/aren’t interested enough to pick them up)? Are there any of those you’ve always wanted to play or plan to play, but just haven’t yet (due to financial reasons/etc.)? Let me know in the comments.

Video Games That Ruled – Sonic & All-Stars Racing: Transformed

Sonic & All-Stars Racing: Transformed is a kart racer released in 2012, and is the sequel to Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing. While the former entry was content being a simple Mario Kart clone (albeit with much better track designs), the latter is not. Playing this game and writing this article were strange and eye-opening experiences, partially because the game makes me feel like I’m betraying my Nintendo roots, playing a Sega game with a PS3 controller on a game I got on Steam…and having more fun than I’ve had in any Mario Kart game.

There is a wide array of selectable characters, many of which need to be unlocked. Several current and older Sega series are represented, like the Sonic franchise, Golden Axe, Shinobi, Nights, Alex Kidd, Skies of Arcadia, Super Monkey Ball, Samba de Amigo, Jet Set Radio, and Space Channel 5. There are also a few third-party characters (more if you’re playing the PC version), which is why they dropped “Sega” from the title of this game. These include (but are not limited to) Wreck-It Ralph, a Shogun and Willemus (representing two different games in the Total War series), and strangest of all – Danica Patrick. I normally would resent a choice like this, but the South Park episode where Cartman wanted to be a Nascar driver makes racing against her a lot of fun. Each character has five different stats: speed, acceleration, handling, boost, and all-star. These are each represented by a power level of 1-5 for each stat. You can also level your character up, although the only benefit to this is that it gives you different mods for your racer, changing your stats (the Speed mod raises your speed, as an obvious example).

The track designs are amazing, and really evoke the feeling of the games they’re based on. Like with the characters, a large variety of Sega games are represented, including After Burner, Panzer Dragoon, The House of the Dead, Burning Rangers, and Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg, as well as the ones mentioned in the characters segment. There are 21 tracks in total, 4 of them returning from the previous game. This is where the game really shines.

QUICK MARIO KART RANT: Mario Kart tracks are somewhat based on the Mario franchise. Yoshi Circuit is neat, it’s a Yoshi-shaped track, but aside from that it’s not really “Mario-esque”. They’ve been getting somewhat better about making more than just the Ghost House track and Bowser Castle track feel like Mario levels, but then I think about one of my favorite tracks, Waluigi’s Pinball, and despite how as awesome of a level it is, there’s nothing about it at all that screams “this is based on the Super Mario series”.

The first All-Star racing game got the track design right the first time, and this time they knocked it out of the park. The deciding factor is the “Transformed” mechanic. If you like Diddy Kong Racing because of the multiple types of selectable vehicles, you’ll probably get a kick out of this, as you turn into different forms throughout the race. For example, the After Burner track has you racing along an aircraft carrier, then flying across an ocean battle zone, with ships firing at each other and aircraft flying overhead. You make your way to another aircraft carrier, turning back into a car, and keep racing like that along the carrier. After leaving that one, you transform into a boat as you race back to the first aircraft carrier, then back into a plane halfway along the ocean…and that happens in each lap. In a lot of the races, they’re designed so that crazy things happen in the second or third lap, completely re-shaping where you can go. This is also an added incentive to be in first place, to be able to see how the tracks are being changed. In the track based on Skies of Arcadia, you’ll be driving along a bridge in the first and second lap, only to see it destroyed in the third lap, transforming you into a plane and making you go in a different direction. And for those of you who weren’t a fan of Mario Kart 7’s underwater and hang gliding segments, know that the car is the slowest vehicle of the three in Sonic Transformed, and finding hidden opportunities to change into a plane or boat can really change the outcome of a race.

The last thing I’d like to mention is about the different modes, or really one mode in particular. They give you the standard Grand Prix, Single Race, Battle games, and Time Attack modes, but there’s also a World Tour mode. World Tour is set up similar to Diddy Kong Racing in that you have to win races to get stars to unlock more races/characters/mods, but the visual set up is akin to Super Mario Galaxy 2. You go along the map and select whichever races are available, and there are also a large assortment of race types in this mode. There are normal races, but also Sprint (essentially a Time Attack race against a ghost), Boost Challenges and Drift Challenges (getting boosts/doing drifts momentarily stops the countdown timer), Ring Races (flying through a series of rings), Versus (racing one on one against a series of opponents), Boost Races (no powerups, but there are a lot more boost pads on the track), Battle Races (defeating all opponents and/or getting first place without getting killed), Traffic Attack (weaving through waves of traffic), and Pursuit (chasing after a tank to blow it up with missiles). These help to make the World Tour mode a lot more fun, and some of them change the location of the track itself. I was a little surprised doing the Ring Race on the After Burner track, as it has you flying through one of the aircraft carriers at one point, something that isn’t possible during a normal race.

Overall, this game is fantastic. Boasting a wide variety of selectable characters with modifiable vehicles, excellent track designs, and a huge amount of game types, Sonic & All-Stars Racing: Transformed is recommended to all kart racing gamers, and may make you reconsider your excitement for Mario Kart 8.

DISCLAIMER: Racing games are a genre that keep getting noticeably better as technology improves. Mario Kart 8 could in fact be really awesome, and I’m not attempting to tell you not to get it. However, as someone who has been a loyal Nintendo fan since 1986 and has played every Mario Kart game in the series (as well as tons of others, like Diddy Kong Racing, Crash Team Racing, LittleBigPlanetKarting, Pac-Man Rally, Konami Krazy Racers, and Lego Racers), I’m simply asking you not to dismiss Sonic Transformed as I feel it has set the bar higher than any Mario Kart game has for a long time. Double Dash was great, but I’d argue that the series hasn’t brought much to the table since then that didn’t just feel like the same game with a cheap new gimmick attached.

DOUBLE DISCLAIMER: I’m apparently the only person in the world who thought (and still thinks) that Mario Kart 64 was an awful game.

The Isometric Perspective #21 – TV Shows Based on Video Games

Skeletroy, Grant, and JimmyTR talk about some of the shows that scarred them as children, and Jimmy does impressions of all the Captain N characters.

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The Isometric Perspective #12 – E3-Stravanganza part 6 (Nintendo Direct)

Skeletroy and Grant give their first impressions on the E3 Nintendo Direct video.

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TV(tehe) Doctor Who: The Bells of St. John

Samantha Maybe watches and attempts to rationalize The Bells of St. John. Enjoy.

Doctor Who and all related media belong to the BBC

Music used in this episode includes:
A Samantha Maybe cover of Doctor What by Charlie McDonnell
Ladieswear – Doctor Who: Series 6
Time is Moving – Doctor Who: Series 6
Fish Custard – Doctor Who: Series 5
The Pandorica – Doctor Who: Series 5
Rita Praises – Doctor Who: Series 6
Eleven – Chameleon Circuit
One Minute to Win it – Wreck it Ralph Soundtrack
Next Stop, Everything (Finale) – Doctor Who: Series 5
TARDIS – Doctor Who: Series 5

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Comic Review Show!: Doctor Who #2

A comic review of Diggle & Buckingham’s Doctor Who issue #2 by Samantha Maybe.

The Doctor Who Comics belong to IDW

Music used in this episode includes:
The Sad man With a Box – Doctor Who: Series 5
TARDIS – Doctor Who: Series 5
Eleven – Chameleon Circuit
I Am The Doctor – Doctor Who: Series 5
The Mad Man With a Box – Doctor Who: Series 5

And also my awesome theme song by AlanahC

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Doctor Gotye?

This is a song I wrote, well I wrote the words, Gotye wrote the music.

Lyrics:

Now and then i think of how much I adore you
Man with a blue time machine who can never die
Cause you’ll just regenerate you see, you can change your face but still know me
What would London do without you in December?

Society’s accustomed to a brand of entertainment
Just high explosives and no brains, hardly any brains
All this bad science it just makes no sense
Steven Moffat keeps me in suspense
But my life would feel so dull if it was over

chorus:
You know I’ll never turn you off
Even if Russel’s rehired I’ll keep on watching
And you’ll always have my love, if someone kills the TARDIS that would be too much
Hope I never have to stoop so low
All my friends’ll write fanfiction and I’ll lose their numbers
Maybe I’ll want that though, if you’re just not the Doctor that I used to know

I’ll still remember all the species that have screwed you over
But in the end you were safe if you’d just run
And I don’t want you to go away, but I’m afraid that if you stay
One day i’ll turn on BBC and say, “hey whatever happened to the Doctor that I used to know?”

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