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The Payne Is Back: ‘Max Payne 3’ (Video Game Review)

I enjoy my fair share of video games.  I have also been incredibly busy for the last month.  Still, I did manage to find time to play and finish Max Payne 3, the latest entry in Rockstar Games’ hybrid Noir-John Woo infused shooter series.  It has been a long time since I was able to jump into the shoes of the rogue cop with a murdered family, grief to deal with, and unlimited ammo for his dual pistols, but I was happy that unlike the terrible 2008 film adaptation starring Mark Walhberg, this return to the Max Payne universe was well worth it.  As of late, many games I tend to play in installments, with lots of gaps in between me picking up the controller again.  Max Payne 3 fell into the category of games that I could not stop playing, which is a credit to its quality and reason enough for me to put in my two cents about it. Continue reading ‘The Payne Is Back: ‘Max Payne 3’ (Video Game Review)’


Mass Effect 3 (PS3 Game Review)

Have you ever had to make a decision and no matter what you pick none of them feel right?  These have been the situations that the Mass Effect video game series has put us in for almost 5 years.  Mass Effect is a 3rd person shooter with super powers thrown in. The game starts out with the legendary Commander Shepard staring out of a window watching a child play with a toy spaceship when a young soldier James Vega bursts into the room and tells Shepard that the defense committee needs to see him.  With the urgency in which he was beckoned Shepard already knows the dangerous synthetic beings known as the Reapers are already near and the hope for humanity to survive is all but lost. Continue reading ‘Mass Effect 3 (PS3 Game Review)’


Star Wars: The Old Republic (Beta Test Review)

The wait is nearly over.  On December 20th, PC gamers will finally be able to get their hands on an official copy of the latest MMO (massive multiplayer online) title to hit store shelves; Star Wars: The Old Republic.  A few weeks back, I had the opportunity of being selected as a beta tester.  This past weeked, I managed to grab a few hours of adventure in a galaxy far, far away…

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Call of Duty: MW 3 (PS3 Game Review)

If you are a gamer then you know what the scene looked like hours before midnight on Nov. 7, 2011.  Video game stores across the country preparing for a massive midnight sale of a very successful yearly title.  Doing over $400 million in sales on the first day of it was released, which smashed first day sales records.  I have to say I was one of the many that stood outside waiting to get my hands on the highly anticipated title.  When I got home that night to start my vacation I skipped my usual of playing through the campaign and jumped straight online to battle foes with my friends.   Continue reading ‘Call of Duty: MW 3 (PS3 Game Review)’


Batman: Arkham City (PS3 Game Review)

I am not a big fan of Batman or the DC universe for that matter.  However, I did stumble upon an amazing video game that my friend had last year and it happened to be Batman: Arkham Asylum.  So I borrowed the title and could not seem to put it down until I finished it.  With an amazing combat system, story, gadgets of plenty, and amazing visuals.  Feeling satisfied with the game I said wow they need to make a sequel to this.  Sure enough I found out a new Batman game was in the works and decided that when the release date was announce my pre-order would be placed.  After picking up Arkham City at 12:01 A.M. on Oct. 18, 2011 I was instantly hooked with a brand new story, sharper visuals, more gadgets, and the same effective combat system.  Continue reading ‘Batman: Arkham City (PS3 Game Review)’


D23 Expo: Kinect Disneyland Adventures

Kinect: Disneyland Adventures allows you to experience a place where two magical worlds unite: Kinect for Xbox 360 invites you to take a journey where stories come to life and dreams come true, right in your living room! Explore Disneyland park — from Main Street U.S.A. to Critter Country — join Peter Pan to battle Captain Hook, high-five Mickey Mouse or hug Snow White.  Harnessing the controller-free magic of Kinect for Xbox 360, Kinect: Disneyland Adventures allows children, families and Disney fans of all ages to explore Disneyland park, step into adventures based on attractions, engage in challenging quests and interact with beloved Disney characters using their full bodies and voices, no controller required. Kinect: Disneyland Adventures is your portal to a magical world of Disneyland park adventures through Kinect and I got to see it early at Disney’s D23 Expo! Continue reading ‘D23 Expo: Kinect Disneyland Adventures’


Madden NFL 12 (PS3 Game Review)

When I thought about Madden this year I thought wow this is going to be the same old dog and probably no new tricks.  To be honest the only reason I even thought about purchasing this installment was because I love Cleveland and our hard working running back, Peyton Hillis, got the fans vote to grace the cover of this edition.  The one drawback I was expecting from this title was the lack current rosters due to the NFL lockout that almost plagued the season.  However, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that an updated league roster was available right out of the package.  Continue reading ‘Madden NFL 12 (PS3 Game Review)’


Mortal Kombat: Legacy – Ep. 9: Cyrax & Sektor

After a long delay between episodes, the final episode of the Mortal Kombat: Legacy web series has arrived.  This is the last episode of its first season, which has shaped up to be quite impressive and has me anticipating what will be offered up in the second season.  I addressed the reasoning behind why this episode had such a delay in a previous post concerning the Warner Premiere panel at this year’s San Diego Comic Con (found HERE), but essentially, the crew wanted enough time to make the episode, which features CG robots, to look great and what better place to premiere it than amongst the fans at Comic Con.  The results were met with cheers and now the episode is available to all.  It is another fine example of how this web series has made great progress in adapting the popular video game franchise into an exciting live-action format.  Check out the episode below. Continue reading ‘Mortal Kombat: Legacy – Ep. 9: Cyrax & Sektor’


SDCC 2011: Warner Premier: H+ and Mortal Kombat Legacy

Thursday at San Diego Comic Con was packed with panels and people, as my fellow geeks and I continued to make our way through all of the different exhibits, booths, and presentations.  While the much anticipated Twilight panel certainly got its audience and hours at a time were spent by people in various other lines as well, including the panel for the awesome HBO series Game of Thrones (wish I could have been there), I did manage to take some time and see what Warner Premier had to offer in the way of their new and popular web series.  The results were interesting enough as the panel included a new web series being produced by Bryan Singer and, more excitedly, a panel with the stars and creators behind the popular online hit, Mortal Kombat Legacy. Continue reading ‘SDCC 2011: Warner Premier: H+ and Mortal Kombat Legacy’


Dungeons & Dragons: 4th Edition Essential Dungeons and Dragons Starter Kit

Why So Blu hasn’t done a lot of coverage on gaming lately, but hopefully with the help of Wizards of the Coast, that will change quite a bit.  To kick off our new focus on gaming, Wizards of the Coast was kind enough to send me their Essential Dungeons and Dragons Starter Kit with the new 4th Edition rules.  This set is the best way to start playing the 4th Edition Dungeons & Dragons Fantasy Roleplaying Game since it has everything you need to get started.  Designed for 1–5 players, this boxed game contains everything needed to start playing the Dungeons & Dragons Fantasy Role-playing Game, including rules for creating heroes, advice for playing the Dungeon Master, a solo play adventure, and group-play adventure content. Learning the game has never been so easy!  Several different character races (dwarf, elf, halfling, and human) and classes (cleric, fighter, rogue, and wizard) are presented, along with powers for each race and class.  Many of you old school D&D fans may be wondering how the new 4th Edition rules stack up against the 3.5 and older rules.  Read on… Continue reading ‘Dungeons & Dragons: 4th Edition Essential Dungeons and Dragons Starter Kit’


Watch the Trailer and Get the Details for the New Harry Potter Chess Collection

Get ready to transform yourself into a real wizard when you order Harry Potter Chess! Each richly-illustrated chess manual teaches you the skills to play like a master — whether you’re a beginner or already know the game. The authentic, scaled-down replica of the giant wizards chess game from Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s Stone lets you bring chess-playing fun to life — right in your home! Each piece is “enchanted” with its own special effect: Knights neigh, Queens glow, Bishops crash and Rooks float as if by magic! This set is not available in stores so order yours today before this limited time offer disappears. Continue reading ‘Watch the Trailer and Get the Details for the New Harry Potter Chess Collection’


Mortal Kombat: Legacy – Ep. 8: Scorpion and Sub Zero (Part 2)

This week’s episode of the web series adaptation of the Mortal Kombat video game, Mortal Kombat: Legacy, finishes what the previous week’s episode started. Having pitted two fan favorite characters, Scorpion and Sub Zero, against each other in last week’s episode, seeing the conclusion of that match must have certainly been anticipated by the fans of this series. Seeing as how only five minutes, not including the previous episode recap and the end credits, have been given to the actual episode, this was a quickly paced episode that brought out some of the goods in true Mortal Kombat fashion. Signature moves were used, techno music was utilized, and some other key characters made an appearance. Enjoy: Continue reading ‘Mortal Kombat: Legacy – Ep. 8: Scorpion and Sub Zero (Part 2)’


Meet Me on the Other Side with ‘Portal 2’

I never played the first Portal game and I found out that Portal 2 does a terrible job of explaining what the hell happened in the first installment.  With that being said, I could not help being extremely lost with Portal 2‘s story line.  To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much of a story, but once I found out there was some sort of underlying tale, I wanted to know what it was.  Most games that are sequels give a brief overview of the who, what, when and why.  Bummer…this did not.  Story aside, I thought the game was fun and challenging.   So let’s talk about it some more. Continue reading ‘Meet Me on the Other Side with ‘Portal 2’’


Mortal Kombat: Legacy – Ep. 7: Scorpion and Sub Zero (Part 1)

This newest installment of the Mortal Kombat: Legacy web series finally brings Mortal Kombat fans two of the most recognizable and favorite characters of the franchise.  Scorpion and Sub Zero make their debut appearances in this episode.  Not attempting to work in a gritty sort of setting, matching up with some of the other episodes, the setting for this episode is more in line with the spirit of a martial arts film.  It is spoken completely in Japanese with English subtitles, focused more around developing Scorpion’s character as a husband and father, with a touch of his skills in combat portrayed as well.  This is very much an episode about setting things up for the second part, as Sub-Zero only arrives at the end, to initiate a fight that is sure to be something special.  Still, this is another well made, solid entry to the very watchable Mortal Kombat: Legacy web series.  So enjoy the episode here: Continue reading ‘Mortal Kombat: Legacy – Ep. 7: Scorpion and Sub Zero (Part 1)’


Mortal Kombat: Legacy – Ep. 5 – Kitana & Mileena (Part 2)

This week’s episode of the Mortal Kombat: Legacy web series continues where episode four left off. The story is still set in the realm of Outworld, continuing to deal with the backstory that surrounds Kitana and Mileena. Since this is “part 2”, the episode continues with a similar style from last week, which includes a visual style that is different from the previous episodes (particularly the low-budget grittiness of the first two), by incorporating animated visuals into the series, in order to better establish the world of Outworld, without worrying about the low budget of the series as a whole. It is a neat way to handle things, but it helps that the story is intriguing enough to have kept me entertained. This episode is unfortunately very brief, just as the second episode was, with plenty of time spent on the opening recap and end credits, leaving room for about 6 minutes of an actual episode. Still, I am continuing to enjoy what this web series has to offer, so here is this week’s episode: Continue reading ‘Mortal Kombat: Legacy – Ep. 5 – Kitana & Mileena (Part 2)’


Nintendo 3DS Revisited & Reviewed

I recently posted an article here on the site mentioning the release of Nintendo’s glasses-free 3D version of the handheld DS. I finally got my hands on a demo and after a few minutes on the small machine, the verdict is in…

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Nintendo 3DS Arrives Tomorrow!

Nintendo and George Lucas have two things in common. Both are innovative and both will market something to death as long as customers keep flocking to the product. There’s good news and bad news with mentioning them.  The bad news is the rest of this article has nothing to do with George Lucas.  The good news is tomorrow the newest edition of the Nintendo DS will be released in stores as the video game giant is the latest company to jump on the 3D bandwagon. 

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Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime (PSN Game Review)

It was almost two years ago to the date when Ghostbusters: The Video Game arrived in store shelves. Both Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray had active roles not only as voice actors, but in the game’s creation. In the end, it was a sub-par game that had its moments. Recently released on the Playstation Network is another Ghostbusters title. How does it measure up to its predecessor?  It’s not an even match-up as the experiences of both are vastly different.

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