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The latest in a long and wonderful legacy for Dreamcast is about to be unleashed and it looks like it could be the best yet!!
A game called Sturmwind is being developed by Red Spot Games, the people responsible for last years Rush Rush Rally Racing game. While RRRR was purely a retro experience in total 2d from a top down POV, Sturmwind is much more in keeping with Dreamcasts current legacy: being the home of amazing 2d/3d side scroller shooters!!
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Personally I think this game looks absolutely amazing, and for the incredible price of 35 euros I don't think you can go wrong!! The graphics apparently utilize the Dreamcasts power to a level that I have not seen since Borderdown and Ikaruga. Proving that, given the right amount of love and energy some truly amazing games could be made for DC even after its officially died. I only hope someone somewhere takes the innitiative to get the machine up and running again but that's probably just wishful thinking!!
Anyway enjoy, if anyone gets this game you can upload your highscores apparently, should be a nice change to dust of the DC for a new title again!
Come on all you Dreamcast fans, stand up and take note! If we can make this game a success who knows what Redspot games may make next! They went from RRRR to Sturmwind, maybe we could see a full, 3d RPG or action game of somekind! Crack open your wallets and get preordering!!
Ok so I want to talk about the movie Skyline and the incredible amount of hatred that has been aimed at it by both Critics and viewers alike.
Let me start by giving my side of the story:
I love scifi, I think its a crime that there simply isn't enough Scifi on the cinema and so when I saw the trailers for Skyline I was sceptical but slightly optimistic. Basically I didn't have the same expectations I had for say.... Lord Of The Rings : ROTK but I wasn't completely despairing at the prospect of seeing the film.
Basically what I saw was an incredibly cliched/overused premise that had the potential to be a truly awful film turn out to be one of the best films I've seen all year, and I'm honestly not joking. Now a lot of the complaints about the film have been leveled on the lack of character building or some of the dialogue and ok that's fine I admit that they didn't spend a lot of time investing the movie in the charactersand looking back some of the dialogue was a bit straight forward but I found that I wasn't at all detached from the film, I enjoyed the fresh approach they took to the whole alien invasion and the fact that they didn't bother with big names etc
The way I see this film is that they had an amazing alien/scifi invasion idea in their heads and they totally managed to translate it to the big screen. These are the reasons why I truly loved this movie:
1: amazing action and story
2: mind bogglingly good special effects
3: a nice focus on rising actors, no reliance on big egos/names to rake in the dollars
4: they didn't go with the norm and make a film that holywood wanted they made the film the way they wanted in terms of pacing and script and adult content (Ie it wasn't made into a 12a/pg13 for the kiddies)
5: there were no ridiculous american all star super heroes in the movie eating up all the screen time with meaningful stares and cheesy "Now thats what I call a close encounter" ****one liners
6:the film was obviously made with the intention of posing the question "What would a group of normal everyday people who aren't action heroes and aren't muscle bound retards do in this impossible sitiuation" and this was done very well
7: another question/interesting spin it posed/attempted was what if this incredible situation occurs to a bunch of people over night and the world isn't prepared, no one knows whats going on and what action would each individual take when posed with this event?
8: the acting was fine everyone did good jobs certainly not as bad as everyone is making out
9: the (OPEN) ending was utterly fantastic,they want it to be a trilogy so to all you complaining idiots and haters who need the whole story/backstory/subplot spoon fed to you will have to wait for a sequel
10: I never felt like the film was insulting my intelligence by giving me ridiclous deus ex machinamoments
Anyway to summarise the film blew me away, I thought the action and story and special effects were all perfect, the pacing was impressive and all of the above gave me a totally refreshed feeling after having watched it. I could go and see it again a dozen times simply because it didn't insult my intelligence and drew me in to an incredible event with amazing sights and sounds.
The acting was IN NO WAY as bad as everyone is making out, the film certainly doesn't deserve the ridiculous score on rotten tomatoes nor does it deserve to receive a ridiculous 5.0 or lower on IMDB, people are simply hitting out and jumping on the "this film is getting bashed lets all join in" band wagon. And everyone is constantly complaining that some of the parts in it were carbon copies or un original but I fail to see how they can draw that conclusion.... why so many people hate this film is beyond me, at the very least it should be getting 6/7 out of 10, but from me it gets a solid 8/10. I went to see an incredible, exciting, original scifi movie that didn't insult my intelligence by shovelling every plot detail down my neck from the get go and that is exactly what I got.
bottom line: its definitely in my top five of 2010 along with Inception, How To Train Your Dragon, Iron Man 2, Shutter Island. Highly reccommended by a huge scifi fan
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I would highly reccomend that anyone who loved horror movies but got bored of all the crappy films such as snakes on a plane, saw and all the other needlessly violent horrors that actually lack the ONE key ingredient... suspense. Also Character Development is good!!
I actually loved this film, it blew me away, it was the most tense and terrifying movie I've seen in years and to see Tom Jane in such a high powered role was a breath of fresh air. What wound me up though, was not the fact that the ending strayed from the original short story ending, heck no, I think it actually carried on nicely from the books cliff hanger and gave you an idea what may have happened after the book left the characters. But what DID annoy me about the ending was how cheap it was. I mean seriously, I would have preferred to have heard him kill the others and then maybe see him get killed as the shot fades to black or something equally dramatic. why? Because it would've been in keeping with the tone of the film and the sense of dread and utter futility in the face of such unsurmountable odds.
No no, what really annoyed me was how stupid the last bit was? I mean think back, how LARGE was that monster that stepped over the car? I mean come on!! THAT THING WAS FREAKIN GINORMIFICUS MAXIMUS!!! and for the humans to suddenly come along clearing everything up quite happily with no problems just made it all sooo cheap... I mean the thought that the mist had enveloped the earth was intriguing but for them to then suddenly say "he should've waited 30 more seconds and the world would've been saved" That was horse crap IMO, no way could anything have saved anyone if you follow along with the tone of the film. Dudes in tanks and carrying flame throwers couldn't have cleaned up ALL those awesome spiders, flying creatures, giant monsters AND the Mist ITSELF. surely not?
So that's why I felt slightly robbed. I think if the camera had zoomed out from a top down view to show that the mist had not gone much farther than where he was then that would've been better, if he'd only had another litre of fuel he would've been out of the mist you know? but no they had to ruin it with ridiculous humans saving the day again. shame
Anyone else feel REALLY robbed?
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