Borderlands – A Review by Film Nerd

Developer: 2K games, Gearbox

Console: 360, PS3

Synopsis: The player takes on the role of one of four treasure hunters, each with their own specialised skill set.   You (or your team in multiplayer) are on a mission to find the Vault on the planet of Pandora, a source of unknown riches.   As you proceed, there are numerous side-quests in this game, letting you delve deeper into this space-western setting and the characters that inhabit it.

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Mario Shroom Cupcakes

Hi guys, sorry it has been so long since I posted anything, but I’ve been going through a lot of major changes in my life. Most exciting of which is starting a degree at Qantm College in Sydney. It is a Bachelor of Interactive Entertainment in Games Design! They also do Animation, Programing, Graphic Design etc. (Audio and Film across the road at sister college SAE), so if you have ever been interested I recommend you check out the site at least. I made a 3D hand today, in 30mins, second lesson… (it wasn’t very good though, lol). But yes, big changes have held me back from really having anything to post. I, also, will be studying hard til December (so many new applications to learn to use), so my posts will remain limited in this time, but if I have anything interesting or that I am proud of, you guys will be the first to know 😉

The first of such feats is the making of these cupcakes. I made them for my “Grow Up and Get a Life” Party (ok, so it was more of a gaming, casual get together with a few people I have’t seen for ages) to celebrate turning 25 and starting my new course. I thought the theme was rather fitting. Continue reading

Lollipop Chainsaw – A Review by Film Nerd

Console: Xbox 360, PS3

Developer: Grasshopper Manufacture

Synopsis: Juliet Starling is a cheerleader whom is much more than she seems, but only just,   This shallow, stereotypical American teenage bimbo is also a Zombie Hunter, part of an eccentric family all in the same line of work.   The events of the game take place on Juliet’s eighteenth birthday, which starts poorly with her boyfriend being bitten.   So she does what anyone would do and chops off his head, reanimates it with a spell, and uses it as one of the weapons in her arsenal, which also includes a chainsaw (natch) and… ummm… pompoms.

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The Increasing Trend of Internet Dependence in the Gaming Industry

I recently moved. Thus my resulting hiatus from writing. I was stuck in that horrible limbo of having no internet at home until it gets set up, and I have come to some shouldn’t-be-so-surprising-but-you-just-never-notice realisations: too many video games rely on internet access and too many people (myself included) take internet access for granted.

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Pandora’s Tower (2012)

Publisher: Nintendo

Developer: Ganbarion

Console: Wii

Players: Single

Genre: Action

Australian Release Date: April 12, 2012

Australian Rating: G

Score: 5/10

 

Pandora’s Tower is set in a world recovering from and going back to war after an extended period of peace. Elena, a village girl chosen to sing at the kingdom’s harvest festival is cursed and turned into a beast. Playing as Aeron, a former soldier from a neighbouring kingdom, and Elena’s love, guided by the mysterious Mavda you must help stop Elena from transforming completely by feeding her “beast flesh”. This is found in the 13 Towers housing 12 chains holding together a magical “Scar” in the world, but to break the curse permanently, you must feed her the “Master Flesh” from each tower’s guardian, which to get to you must break these chains. What makes things harder for Elena is that she is a devout follower of the Aios religion, which strictly forbids the eating of meat.  Continue reading

The Secret World (beta #1) Kingsmouth Calling

Publisher: Electronic Arts

Developer: Funcom           

Console: PC

Players: Single/MMO

Genre: RPG/Action

Beta Weekend Date: May 11 – 13th, 2012

Score: 6 /10

“Imagine if every myth, conspiracy theory and urban legend was true. Imagine a world where you can become anything you want to be, without restrictions such as classes or levels. This is the premise for The Secret World, Funcom’s upcoming massively multiplayer online game set in the modern-day real world.” This is what the official website says about the game, and I must say, it intrigued me. The only other MMO I’ve played in a modern setting was DC Universe Online, and even that was in the comic book world of DC, so I was interested to see how this game was going to play out but not sure if I wanted to purchase it, and so, I joined up for beta. Sadly, first impressions were not good.

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Kid Icarus: Uprising

Publisher: Nintendo

Developer: Nintendo

Console: 3DS

Players: Single/Multi (6)

Genre: Action/Fantasy

Extras: AR Cards

Australian Release Date: March 29th, 2012

Australian Rating: PG

Score: 6/10

 

Kid Icarus: Uprising follows Pit, the loyal champion angel of Lady Palutena, Goddess of light, as he battles his way to Medusa, Queen of the Underworld, who has been resurrected since the prequel took place 25 years ago. Well, at first you think it is to that end…

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Guild Wars 2 (beta)

Publisher: NCsoft

Developer: AreaNet

Console: PC

Players: Single/MMO

Genre: Fantasy

Beta Weekend Date Played: April 27th-29th 2012

Score: 9.5/10

Forget everything you ever knew about MMORPGs. No, seriously, forget it. Guild Wars 2 has finally broken the mould of this gaming genre in a real and exciting way. Questing, levelling, skill acquisition: all different. Even character creation has an added level of background story and personality traits that I have not seen before in other MMOs, only RPGs.

It is no secret that I have been waiting for this game to come out since I heard about its inception years ago, and this past weekend I finally got a dose of what the game is and how it plays. Let me walk you through how something that I had such high expectations for still blew me away.

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Boom Street (2012)

Publisher: Nintendo

Developer: Square Enix

Console: Wii

Players: 1-4

Genre: Party Games

Extras: Also known as Fortune Street

Australian Release Date: January 5th, 2012

Australian Rating: PG

Score: 7/10

 

Kind of like a combination of Mario Party and Monopoly, Boom Street requires you to purchase property and trade shares, until you reach the goal Net Worth, not to mention take part in a mini game or two and implement action cards.

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