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Pokemon X and Y

Pokemon-StartersPokemon X and Y is the six generation in the Pokemon series, with this game comes new evolutions, new Pokemon, and a bunch of new concepts and ideas. This game puts you in the Kalos region of the Pokemon world, and it features another 10 year old child using adorable animals that can breath fire to kill other adorable animals. What’s not to love? But, does this game hold up to it’s predecessors? Or has Pokemon gone so far down the rabbit hole that it is nearly impossible to compare it to it’s great-grandparents on the original gameboy? Do you have to the skills necessary to defeat the evil in this Pokemon world? Well that depends on if you want to be the very best, like no one ever was. To catch them is your real test. TO TRAIN THEM IS YOUR CAUSE.

Let’s start off with the look of this game. The overall look for this game is fantastic. There isn’t even a question about how ascetically pleasing it is to watch this game. It really reminds you how much portable games were in the stone age when you look at the original. Everything in this game has amazing detail, and it may be the best looking game on handheld to date. The colors seem cheery and up-beat which really gives you a childlike wonder. Everything from the buildings, the streets, the colorful grass and even the reflection in water looks pristine and crisp.

Pokemon has always been a little hit and miss when it comes to the story. The original Red and Blue story was pretty simple, you’re a kid who goes on a journey to fill a pokedex only to discover and destroy an evil organization. I know I gasped as a kid when I found out the the leader of this organization turned out to be the final Gym leader. (15 year old spoiler alert.) Then gold and silver was a little more than a revival of the bad guys, Ruby and Sapphire was about organizations that wanted to take over the world nothing special. Point being, this story is more like Ruby and Sapphire. The evil organization Flare wants to take over the world, and it’s up to a 10 year old to stop them. The story isn’t spectacular at first, but it definitely picks up towards the end. It’s a simple story in the sense of you versus a greater power, but there is some underlining stuff about the philosophy that you have to destroy in order to rebuild again. But, that goes into spoiler territory that you should find out on your own.

The gameplay has that classic Pokemon feel to it. Turn based strategy, whittle down your opponent’s Pokemon to 0 HP. Get cash from your fallen enemies and increase your Pokemon’s skill. One of the two biggest new element in the game is the new type Fairy, which nerfs the once thought “Over Powered” Dragon type. It’s not hard to get use to, and ultimately isn’t that spectacular. Most of those Pokemon are so week anyways, that doing non type advantage damage still tends to knock them out if you have a high level Pokemon. The other new element that is added to the game is the new Mega-Evolution. Mega-Evolution is sweet. It boosts certain Pokemon to a whole new level of power, and all of the designs of the Mega-Evolved Pokemon look cool. Mega-Evolution is just awesome. It’s honestly not game breaking which I though at the beginning. It’s just so cool.

All and all this game is fun… But, that’s it. It’s really fun, but nothing more. I’m not disappointed in the game, but honestly it’s just not the best Pokemon game. One of the biggest draw backs is the lack of new Pokemon. There is only 69 new Pokemon, but compare that to the previous installment Black and White which had over 150. Even if you add the new Mega-Evolved it still feels lackluster in the new Pokemon department. The game also seemed to drag at times, nothing horrible it just felt like there were one to many cities to visit. This may just be a personal thing, but I also felt like it was way too easy. This has to be the easiest of all of the Pokemon games. I mean after visiting only a few cities, you’ll have two starting Pokemon and a device that shares Experience across the entire team. Even with these faults it’s still a good game. I had fun, but it wasn’t a mental sweat. If you have a kid who you want to introduce to the wonderful world of Pokemon, I’d recommend this one. Overall I give this game a solid 8.5 out of 10.

The Verdict


The Good: Loads of Fun

The Bad: The Game is Too Easy

The latest in Geek News and Features with members of the improv comedy troupe, Secret City Comics Society. Guests include: Joey Shope.

0:33 – Pokemon Mega Evolution Preview
5:08 – Disney Animated App Presentation from Disney D23 Expo (Full Video Presentation here – http://youtu.be/-iJA49Oz2u8)
17:12 – Disney Animated App Review
21:17 – Disney Movie Casting News – Guardians of the Galaxy; Alexander’s No Good, Horrible Day

Madden 25

It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Madden 25 ScreenshotAh, September. What a wonderful month. The leaves are starting to turn, and the air is getting a bit crisper. People busting out their sweaters and jeans. Well, at least in the rest of the country, California is still one giant fiery hellhole. But, the most important part of September is the fact that it marks the return of Football; the return of football can only mean one thing, a new and improved Madden. This year brings us Madden 25 for PS3, Xbox 360 and the Wii U. Also it will be on the next generation systems as well.

Release Date: August 27, 2013
Rated: E
Developer: Electronic Arts
Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii U

Let’s start off with the aesthetics of this game. I don’t know what happened between 2012 and 2013, but the graphics had a huge upgrade. Madden 2012 had fairly good graphics, but Madden 25 looks simply amazing. It just looks fresher and more pleasing to watch. I was stunned when I played my first game, just to see the graphic boost that was given to the game. I put in Madden 2012 just to compare and there is a clear difference between these two games. Looks aren’t everything, but man do they make this game a lot more fun. Everything from the players faces, to the fields, and even the fans seem to look more genuine.

The game play has some changes as well. I’m still comfortable with how everything worked from the previous installment, so when I first played Madden 25 I was a little confused at first. But the more I play it the more it makes sense to me. Some of the new placements feel a little funny but again it might be because I’m used to it a certain way. Everything feels responsive. The controls were perfect in the last game, and still they match up to that quality. There’s no clunkiness at all. The controls are easy to pick up, and everything is in it’s place.

There are the standard modes in Madden 25. You can play just a game between to teams, or in franchise mode, an owner mode, building a character, all of the standard things you can expect from a football game. My favorite mode makes a return, Madden Ultimate Team (MUT). Essentially MUT lets you make a team out of players from all over the NFL. You start with weaker players, but by playing games and drills you the player can purchase better players. Or you can use Microsoft points to purchase packs full of good players. I personally don’t think you should use Microsoft points, there is more fun in just playing and building a team. Also I’m broke and can’t buy any Microsoft points right now so I have level up my team the old fashion way.

One of the new things added to MUT is chemistry. I like the idea of chemistry. Essentially you start off MUT by choosing a team captain. There is a wide variety of captains to choose from and each one of them has a certain specialty. For example if you pick Luke Kuechly, linebacker for the Carolina Panthers (Go Panthers), his specialty is “Run Stuff.” The goal is to find other players with the same specialty. The more players you have with the same specialty, the more your team will have better chemistry. You may not have the best team ever, but with chemistry you can really make it easier to perform well.

One of the biggest complaints about Madden 25 is the fact that there really isn’t that many changes. So what? First of all, you really can’t change a sports game. The quarterback has to throw, the running back has to run, and the Jets have to suck. All the fundamentals can’t be changed. On top of that, if they had made drastic changes many fans would be disappointed. I really don’t have a choice but to give this game a 10 out of 10, there’s some personal things like button set up that I don’t like, but from the perspective of someone who didn’t play 2012 I would imagine everything would feel fine. This game is what it is, a football game. It’s fun, there are fun modes to play around in, but all in all it’s just a really good game.

The Verdict


The Good: Significantly improved graphics | Perfected Control System | Madden Ultimate Team | Chemistry

The Bad: Controls are slightly different than the previous Madden but the learning curve is fast

State of Decay

The end is here. Life as you knew it has gone to hell after the mother of all zombie outbreaks. Now you and the few scattered survivors must band together to survive and rebuild in a 3rd-person action game set in a dynamic open world. You choose where to make your stand, designing and fortifying your home base, performing daring raids for food and ammunition, and rescuing other playable survivors with unique talents.

Xbox Arcade Network
1600 Microsoft Points
Rated M for gore and violence
Joey Shope has the Review

The Verdict


The Good: More than just a zombie shooter | Survivalist Game

The Bad: Hard Strategy Game

Deadpool - Video GameDescription: Some of you may know me as the Merc with the Mouth. And it’s time to get mouthy. Prepare to get Deadpooled – That’s right, $#*! just got real! Couple things I’d like to get off my chest: I’m a mercenary for hire with an accelerated healing factor. I like to run my mouth. Some say I’m unstable but I’m very stable. (Yep, totally stable) (What about that time we beat the dude with his own arms?) (That doesn’t count) And if you want to know what gets me going in the mornings, it’s chimichangas! (Mmmmm Chimichangas) WHOA, I feel better now. All right. I’m gonna battle for the safety of humans (and bewbs!) and mutants (and bewbs!)

Platform: Xbox 360, PS3, PC
ESRB Rating: MATURE with Blood and Gore, Mature Humor, Strong Language, Sexual Content, and Intense Violence

Comic Book games have always had a rough time being great. There’s been decent games like Marvel Ultimate Alliance, and there has been terrible games like Superman 64. Where does Deadpool land on a scale from terrible to decent? In the “meh” section. A fuller description of Deadpool could be summed up with “it’s an alright game I guess.” Deadpool is a hack-and-slash game that has you tearing through people with Katanas, Sais, and even hammers. Prepared to be rocketed into mediocrity with this game.

Some of the good notes I can give about the game is the characterization of Deapool himself. I knew about a handful of information about Deadpool before playing this game, and by the end I knew a lot more. Even if you’ve never heard of Deadpool or what he does by the end of this game you’ll know him completely. His mannerisms and attitude are portrayed great in this game, and in classic Deadpool style he shatters the fourth wall like so much brick into window. Easily I can say that he is 100% better than Ryan Reynolds… Although now that I think about it, anything times zero is still zero. So I guess this Deadpool is (Ryan Reynolds + 1) X 100… or some kind of math thing. The writing is pretty solid and I think that each character wether large or small has some funny lines to add to this game.

An interesting to note about this game is the time it took me to beat it. I heard rumors that it was a short game, but I thought that maybe some experts in the field of hack-and-slash beat the game in essentially no time. To test this theory I started a timer and booted up the game, and sure enough I finished the game in a little over 5 hours. Now I’m no hardcore gamer, but the fact that I beat this game in one sitting is kind of a joke. I played on normal difficulty and for the most part breezed through it. I even doubled checked to make sure I was not on the easiest level. This game cost like 50 dollars. That averages out to be 10 dollars an hour, which is way more than my minimum wage job pays. Write to your congressman about how crappy of a game Deadpool was.

Another huge issue to me was the camera in this game. Over the shoulder cameras can be tough to pull off. Tough, but not impossible. Throughout the game I had to constantly move around and jerk the camera around with me just to get a better angle. Seriously if the camera work was improved I probably would have given this game a better score. Something that came up in other reviews is the “Health Glitch.” When Deadpool goes down to about 30% health left the screen looks like its glitched and half the screen is impossible to see. Some people were generally concerned with this being a bug, but I figured it was kind of a tongue-in-cheek little joke made by the developers, sure enough I was right. If you suck at video games, you’ll probably see that screen a lot, and the only thing I can say to that is it sucks to suck.

Deadpool is a mediocre game that you probably shouldn’t buy right now. In about a month it’ll probably be 40 dollars, and a month after that it’ll probably be even cheaper, and soon enough this game will float off into the video game ether, never to be seen again. I give Deadpool the Meh-iest score I could give it, a 6 out of 10.

The Verdict


The Good: Good representation of Deadpool

The Bad: Nothing Outstanding About this Game or Gameplay | Game is too short (5 Hours) | Camera stinks | Bug in the Health Meter

The latest in Geek News and Features with members of the improv comedy troupe, Secret City Comics Society. Guests include: Joey Shope.

00:50 – Review of Mickey and the Magical Map
06:50 – Review and Cast Interview with Arrested Development
17:03 – Comic Book Interview with Sheika Lugtu
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