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Netflix Pick of the Month – Real Genius

Our Netflix Pick of the Month is the 1986 sci-fi comedy Real Genius. The movie features Val Kilmer in one of his earlier roles as Chris Knight, a Genius college student who creates a powerful new laser, one which the military wants to use for nefarious purposes.

The film opens with a video presentation in which a space-based laser weapon incinerates a man from orbit with pinpoint precision. The CIA, wanting this as a “peacetime” weapon, contracts Professor Jerry Hathaway (played by William Atherton to develop the weapon. Along with several of his most brilliant students, Professor Hathaway enlists the help of 15-year-old math prodigy Mitch Taylor (Gabriel Jarret) to help with the project. Loads of student hi jinks and hi-tech gadgetry come into play throughout the film, as well as some teen-aged romance along the way between Mitch and Jordan (played by Michelle Meyrink). After the laser is completed, it gets stolen by the professor for CIA use, but in the end, the students get a measure of payback against their wayward mentor.

Overall, it’s a great film, with a lot of out of this world gadgetry & a good dose of student romance. There’s a good dose of humor throughout the film, and the ending is one of the funniest scenes around. Hope you got enough popcorn to go around, cause this is a fun little popcorn flick that you’ll enjoy to the end!


Review: The A-Team

In 1972 a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn’t commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem, if nobody else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire the A-Team.

Today in 2010, the newest rendition of the A-Team is an over the top action flick that comes up a bit short to the charms of the original series. Sure, it’s a great action flick when it comes to outragous scenes (a tank in mid-air vs a aircraft), but that’s honestly all it has going for it. There’s very little chemistry between any of the main characters, and frankly they try too hard to emulate the original rather than making the film something truely unique. Overall, it’s a fun action film that you may enjoy so long as you don’t take it too seriously.


Review: Deathsmiles

A horizontal side scrolling shoot ’em up released by Japanese developer Cave back in 2007, This game was recently ported over to the XBOX 360. The game itself features several different versions of the original game, which varies from the original arcade version to the “mega black label” version that adds 1 new playable character and a couple extra stages, to XBOX specific versions featuring only slightly enhanced graphics.

Plot wise, Deathsmiles is about as simple as they get. You choose from one of 4 young (and questionably dressed for their supposed age) girls who have to fight through various areas against amassed demonic hordes. Beyond the lolita factor, the gameplay itself is standard bullet-hell fair with enemies coming at you from both sides (similar to the classic Forgotten Worlds). Graphics even with the enhanced 360 version modes are subpar at best, making me wonder if this was just a straight port of the arcade versions without any real effort on the developers part. Also, this is a game which has achievements for practically everything, including pausing the game. Beyond the difficulty of getting a 1-credit playthrough of the game, getting achievements is simply a matter of playing through multiple times over.

The collectors edition of the game runs $49.99 and features a bonus soundtrack & a collectors face plate. Beyond that, the game content itself is barely even worth a 800 point download let alone the price of a full game. At best it’s a all right rental, but definatly not worth the money.


Daily Epic – Mortal Kombat Movie Reboot?

We’ve just received word via various sources that Mortal Kombat will be returning to the big screen in a much darker, grittier version. Got our hands on an extended 8 minute preview of the new film for ya’ll to watch.


Review – Snoopy Flying Ace

Hello everyone, we’re back at you this week with a look at one of the surprise hits of summer, Snoopy Flying Ace. First off, I’m going to admit this right now, I’m of an age where Snoopy & the entire Peanuts gang is nostalgia for me. Simple kids from a far simpler time & all that jazz. If you remember back, one of Snoopy’s many alter egos was that of the famous WWI flying ace, determined to shoot down the dastardly red baron. Now, how do you take those childhood memories and bring them up to speed in the modern time, while simultaneously keeping the enduring classic charm that Peanuts has always been known for? Well, the folks over at Smart Bomb Interactive have found that magic formula, and the result is nothing short of marvelous.

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Commentary – Got Maps?

Activision wants to make sure you don’t suffer from mapathy, a problem brought about by not having the most up to date maps for Modern Warfare 2. They dole our their scripts $15 at a time time. With MW2 being the sales juggernaut, the first map pack “Stimulus Package” was equally crazy. It set a single day record on XBox Live with over 1 million downloads, culminated in nearly 2.5 million downloads within the first week. I can remember the fiasco with a rash of bad point cards, people calling other people for credit cards borrowing money & almost crashing XBox live servers trying to get the maps.
First off let me say I liked the stimulus package, not loved, but lied. Maps like Crash, Bailout & Overgrown are some of my favorites, but I could do without Storm or Salvage. Now with the newly relased “Resurgance” map pack we get Vacant & Strike, which to me equals awesome, along with three more newcomers. We’ll see how they fare in the long run. My only real question is though, why so soon after the Stimulus Package? I’m still working my latest prescription for mapathy symptoms. I understand Activision wants to make money, but come on guys lighten up a little bit will ya?
How you feel about this, leave us a comment or hit us up on Twitter (@ProjKillscreen & @JinRoh84). See you all on MW2 and don’t forget double XP weekend this weekend

Commentary – It’s All About Service

As a gamer we have a lot of choice on where we spend our money on games. From online retailers, to big chains like Gamestop, to small mom and pop shops. For me, the choice is easy; I frequent a Play n’ Trade that’s operated by a bunch of true gamers that care about their jobs. I tend to stay away from places like Best Buy and Walmart because they don’t give the level of service that I expect. I want legitimate suggestions and recommendations, not someone who’s going to try to push a product on me. I want someone who understands my wants and needs, and can give me a legit opinion weather I should or should not buy this game. Honestly, I like that even if we disagree on platform or game genres, they will give me an honest opinion & view. I want to be helped, not simply “dealt with”. I respect people who take pride in their job and provide the sort of insights that I need to make an informed purchasing decision. For me, it comes down to knowledge and service. That’s why you should support your local game shops & give the business to those that really care for you.

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