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Dmitry Pavlenko Interview:

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By: Devin H. This is my interview with Dmitry Pavlenko head dev at IriySoft, the company behind great games such as Cursed Treasure and Dune Buggy, just two out of the many they have done. This is my first interview … Continue reading

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Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg.

By Edward H.

Genre: Platformer
Systems: GC

Graphics: Vibrant and colorful as ever. I don’t think Sega makes games that look
… ugly.

Sounds: Expect chicken noises and your characters yelling random stuff while
performing an action.

Story: So you’re Billy Hatcher. You were supposed to meet your group of friends
in the forest at morning. But, you oversleep. You charge out of bed and scramble
for the forest. You end up at the forest destination, only to have your friends
look at you with anger. Then, you notice crows beating up a defenseless chicken.
Being the hero you are, you throw various agriculture at the crows.
Next thing you know, you’re in a different land being told by a chicken
god that you are the savior of the land. It is your job to defend chicken-land
from the hordes of evil crow-beasts.

Gameplay: Basically, you grab chicken eggs and nurture them so that you can kill
things and hatch power-ups and friends that you can team up with. In layman’s
terms, grab eggs, use to smash enemies make egg grow bigger, hatch egg at full
power for profit. The world map is divided into different settings, each
containing their own set of missions ( Though, sadly, it’s the same missions over
and over, usually.) Complete the missions to unlock more levels to complete the
game. Simple.

Music: As always with Sega/Sonicteam works, music is vibrant, which fits.

Opinions: This is one of the most original game ideas I’ve seen in a while. The
premise may be goofy, but it’s definitely a breath of fresh air considering the
same stuff we usually get from game companies over and over. I applaud them for
it. Also, The controls are Fluent and responsive. This is a big thing for a game
of precision. ( Hey, controlling those huge eggs are hard.) The game can, and
will, get annoying frustrating sometimes, but only because the game is
challenging, not through unresponsive controls or what-not.

Give it a check-out, and remember never to judge a book by its cover.

Rating: 8/10

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Tales of Symphonia

By: Edward H.

Genre: RPG
Systems: GC, PS2
Series: “Tales of”

Graphics: Beautiful. Just beautiful. Cel-shaded graphics will always stand the test of time, no matter how old it is.

Sounds: Everything from screams to birds chirping. They weren’t lazy with this.

OVERVIEW: This is the game that got the “Tales of” series popular, and for good reason. The game takes place in a fantasy setting in the land of Sylvarant, though there’s a bit more then meets the eye with this world…

Story: I’ll only say the beginning summary, because this is like a novel. Actually, it is. This game has an Anime and Manga based of it! Think about that.
Anyways, This Goddess named Martel watches over the land of Sylvarant, and protects it while she’s asleep. However, she’s asleep most of the time. Thus, She designates “Chosens” on the land of Sylvarant to wake her so she can ‘refresh the world’, so to speak. The chosen at this time is a girl named Colette, who’s a friend of your main hero, Lloyd. Basically, It’s your job to help Colette awaken Martel without her dying on the journey. Might sound boring and simple, but buddy, I just said what they tell in the first five minutes of the game. It’s a 50 HOUR GAME. There are more plot twists than a barrel of monkeys in this game.

Gameplay: Imagine your classic arcade fighter and add final fantasy. That’s this in a nutshell. You go around exploring environments while using a live-action fighting system that utilizes abilties called “Techs” Techs are basically special moves that allow you to string up combos and high-damage at the cost of your magic system called TP. ( Technical Power ) During these battles, you can send up to four other partner characters at once to fight with you, and you can actually configure their AI so that they act the way you want them to! But if you don’t want to work with CPU partners, you can hook in extra controllers and do multiplayer! That’s right. An RPG that allows you to play with four people at once all the way through. There’s nothing more satisfying than chaining up a 100-hit combo on enemies with your friends. Nothing.

Music: Always fits the mood all the time. You’ll never want to mute the volume.

Opinions: I love this game. This game is filled with a lot of clichés, but it does them absolutely perfectly. The Voice Actors for this were amazing. Cam Clark, especially. There’s secrets everywhere, A new game + so you can replay the game with extra additions, Titles for your characters that mess with their stats, the list goes on and on…

I am most definitely biased for this game. This game had everything for me. I would call it an essential. But do some more research on it, because I understand it wouldn’t be everyone’s thing. If you’re mildly interested though, go for it.
You shouldn’t regret it.

Rating 10/10

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Shadow the hedgehog:

By: Edward H.

Genre: Platformer.
Series: Sonic

Graphics: Decent for a GC game, but by no means the best you can get out of it.

Sounds: Average. Most of the time, you’ll just hear explosions.

OVERVIEW: “Shadow the Hedgehog” is SonicTeam’s first frontier with having Shadow as the main character. For those unfamiliar with the series, Shadow is Sonic’s rival of sorts, who has had many issues with him before this game.

Story: Shadow has lost all memories of his past, and he believes that, to get it back, he must collect 7 emeralds of pure power called, “The Chaos Emeralds”.
Along the way, he meets various other characters from the sonic world, and must decide whether or not he wants to help them.

Gameplay: True to Sonic games, This is all about speed and accuracy. This game is an adrenaline-filled speed run. Think of it as riding a roller-coaster with obstacles. This game also introduces a mission-format, that, depending on what you do on a stage, will turn shadow either good or evil at the end of the game. These choices also affect what stages you take, so each and every run-through will be different.

Music: Mostly Rock and orchestral pieces. Very fitting though.

Opinions: Though you’ll see a lot of hate for it, this game isn’t that bad. In fact, it’s one of my favorites sonic 3-d games. Controls are slippery compared to the other games, but it’s not rage-inducing. The dubbing is horrifying, Don’t be surprised if you want to drop-kick characters off the cliff because of their voice-acting.
I feel they tried too hard to get at the teen demographic by adding guns and whatnot, and it comes off as laughable instead of serious, sometimes.

Disregarding all that though, The gameplay is solid. The replayability is amazing. (The total number of different paths you can take equal up to 385!)
The game is all about speed, which is what sonic games are supposed to be.
The story is different depending on the path you take, so you have to piece together yourself.

All in all, Definitely worth a try. If you already like sonic games, there’s no reason you won’t like this.

RATING : 8/10

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Donnie Darko


By: Keegan M.

I love this movie. I saw it for the first time today, and, much like Fight Club, it messes with your head. The story revolves around Donald (Donnie) Darko, a schizophrenic. He has his life saved by a man in a bunny suit. From that point on, the giant rabbit tells him to do many horrible things to people, and he has to do it, or he will kill him.

… I really liked how they have Donnie as a crazy, psychotic, jerk, and yet he is portrayed as the movie’s hero. So many things happen, the charters are interesting, the plot is outstanding, and the music is food for the ears. All rolled up into one, big thriller that will leave you feeling insane. Go watch it, you will not be disappointed!


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Preview of next patch:

By: Ryan K.

Preview for next patch review: Without warning, the corrupted Dragon Aspect, Deathwing, erupts from the stone heart of Deepholm, the domain of earth within the Elemental Plane. Jagged fissures are torn across the earth, and monstrous waves pummel coastal regions. From Thousand Needles to the Blasted Lands, the surface of Azeroth is reforged through violent upheavals. Now, the Horde and the Alliance must defend their homes against Deathwing and his minions, burdened by the unsettling fact that the world as they know it has changed… forever.

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