Showing posts with label Other interests. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Other interests. Show all posts

Monday, April 2, 2018

Nintendo Switch: Squareboy vs Bullies: Arena Edition Review!

Hiya Folks, today I am going to do something a little different. Long story cut short; my family bought me a Neon Nintendo Switch for Christmas. Super Mario Odyssey was the only game I was playing for a while (good game btw). I finally decided to go to Nintendo's E-Shop to purchase more games to get me occupied momentarily till I get Legend of Zelda or maybe even Street Fighter's 30 anniversary collection. So first game I purchase was Squareboy vs Bullies: Arena Edition. How did it fare? let's get started!

Gameplay and storyline:

You play as the character named, well, try guess? Squareboy! SB gets bullied by the bullies (yes, that is their gang name) and he seeks revenge by training with a dojo master he refers to as just sensei. SB takes the streets and beats up his attackers. Eventually, we discover ninja bullies are involved and due to SB's interference, his sensei's dojo is trashed and SB thirsts for more justice! You end up fighting on a ship deck and construction site soon after. Thrash them bullies, need I say more?

The game features co-op though this review is written as a one player conquest. Some time has passed and Squareboy now knows Kung Fu. How you use it determines how swiftly you destroy your enemies. You can perform various moves by pressing various combinations with your Joy-con stick and pressing B to attack with A to jump. So this game is really just a two button masher for the most part, but like I said your moves vary depending on the input sequences you put with your joystick. The x button is used only to pick up weapons and health items.

You unlock achievements by performing certain feats and you also have an extra modes which I am still working on. There is a arena mode which pretty much unlocks alternative stages by beating a certain amount of bullies. As you reach your goal, the game becomes more difficult due to a horde of bullies ganging up on you. You will learn to rely on your counter-attack move (a+b while getting hit) to get yourself out of tight spot. The gang up also occurs frequently during story mode though thanks to continues and memorizing bully patterns, you will beat the game within a few hours. Sad to say the gameplay is repetitive but you can't complain much once I get to the final words section.

What were they thinking?

It had to come to this but what is a game without its problems? First off, everybody knows in a beat-em up you can back multiple enemies to a corner and beat them up with the same combo till they all expire one by one. No such luck here. Unless you are using a spin kick or punch, one of your enemies will always manage to kick the stuffing out of you if you use this method, or least half of the time. This has been a tradition in most beat em games such as Final Fight, Streets of Rage, and even Double Dragon. It seems that your combos for the most part can only hit one enemy at a time.

The 2nd and final complaint is the grab move. In order to grab, you need to be near an enemy and press B. To attack your opponent, you just press B. Do you see the fallacy here? Sometimes you get so close to an enemy, SB ends up grabbing the enemy and starts knee bashing his opponent. So what's wrong with this? Let's go back to the first complaint. SB will just sometimes randomly grab one of his multiple back-upped opponent and then while you are knee bashing your opponent because you simply pressed B, the other enemy will punish you for doing so. Why couldn't the grab button be the Y button instead? To attack your foes, you need to get close and press B but you end up sometimes performing a grab instead. Seriously, what were the game developers thinking?

Graphics, controls and Sound:
Nothing too special here. This was meant to have an old-school look, feel and sound to the game. I sometimes found the controls to be tight in response and sometimes they were unresponsive but otherwise it played ok.

Final words:

Why I ain't complaining too much is that the game is only $4.99. You can either pick this up on Steam or Playstation if you don't own a Switch. The game is short and fairly easy to progress through. The game offers unlimited continues though you start back in the beginning of the stage if you lose. You get 25 reward points for purchasing this on the E-shop.  If you need something to pass the time, then Squareboy vs Bullies will do the job. Just don't expect anything out-of-this world phenomena to emerge from this game.

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Spider-man Origins Collection (Blu-Ray) exclusive Spider-man 3 Editor's cut review.

Spider-man Origins Collection pic

Click above link to see the cover pics.

Well, I don't have the best equipment to view Blu-ray though I will admit it was nice to see Spider-man (2002) and Spider-man 2 & 2.1 (2004) in high Definition; I have and seen Spider-man 3 in high def a while back ago. It was a gift by my brothers friend.

This quick review will deal mainly about how I feel about the new editor's cut which was pretty much long overdue, 10 years to be exact. Does it fare better than the theatrical version or should you simply stick with the very mediocre theatrical release? Let's get started!


The changes? 

-  Peter's apology to Mr. Ditkovich is removed after yelling at his landlord to "fix the damn door!" Instead we have Peter sitting idle in his room before Ursula barges in. Peter proceeds to apologize for the incident but Ursula tells him to forget about it and informs him that M.J. is on the line. 

- The line from Norman to Harry: "Make him wish he were dead. First we attack his heart!" is removed. Harry just simply gives us his grin stare and that is it.

- Aunt May's forgiveness speech scene is removed entirely.

- The black suit Spider-man swinging in daylight has been re-inserted. This scene appears right after Peter gets Eddie fired. Also, in the theatrical version, when Jonah says "We haven't printed a retraction in 20 years!" the camera focuses on him and Robbie whlist this line is said as Eddie is walking out the door in the editor's cut. Therefore, the newspaper that says sorry Spidey is removed in the editor's cut. 

- As a result, the infamous emo dancing scene is later in the film.

- There are extra scenes of Peter falling into temptation using the Black-suit. His smile just says it all.

- The Peter/Harry fight starts off different. In the theatrical version, Peter web slings off camera into the room while the editor's cut reveals him to already be lying in the same chair where Norman died. Some of the dialogue is different as well. After Peter scars Harry, the dancing scene starts here. 

- The famous Sandman being a sandcastle for Penny has been re-inserted. However, there is no Venom alternative seeking him scene here. 

- The infamous Butler telling Harry that Norman killed himself is removed; After sending Peter away, Harry picks up a cracked frame pic of him, Peter, and M.J. He sheds a tear thinking about his broken friendship. 

- The music is different in some scenes. 

According to this website: There are two more changes which is listed under Minor changes section.
Both involves Sandman though the changes are really minor which I guess I didn't notice in the first place.

My thoughts:

I think this version does trump the theatrical version a little. I will go through every change and whether I agreed with it or not. 

- Though the apology to Ursula was a nice alternative scene, I think the apology to Mr. Ditkovich made more sense. However the latter scene was probably removed due to him giving Peter an awkward speech on how to talk to M.J. on the phone.

- I didn't care much for the Harry/Norman speech removal. I don't think this made much of a difference to me.

- Probably the biggest and shouldn't "had done it" removal was the Aunt May forgiveness speech. By removing it, Peter just simply knew how he had to handle him hurting M.J. Aunt May had always been one of Peter's inspirations and advice givers, so removing this scene should had been a no-no.

- The black suit scene daylight scene we all saw in the trailer!!! Well, kinda pointless honestly, but I guess it was a nice addition. 

- I like the extra Peter falling into the black-suit temptation scenes. After ridding the symbiote, the scene where he pulls out his original suit becomes more significant. 

- The Peter/Harry fight is there. That is that. You could either go with the theatrical or the editor's cut in this one. To me it really didn't matter. To make matters worse, after he pumpkin bombs Harry's face, the dancing scene appears. Kinda feels off doesn't it?

- The Sandcastle scene is very much needed for character importance and development. I wonder why this was removed in the first place? By far the best addition of the entire editor's cut. 

- Well, Harry crying is by far a better touch than the forced Butler reveal. However, in the editor's cut, Harry chooses to help Peter because of their friendship despite still believing Peter to be his father's murderer. In the theatrical cut, Harry gets closure on who truly killed his father. 

- Music changes, the theatrical cut is better in my humble opinion.


Is the editor's cut worth a view? Yeah, why not? However, the changes are too little to warrant this purchase especially you have to buy the box set just to watch the editor's cut; $29.99 to be exact in Wal-Mart dollars. This wasn't a wow like how Spider-man 2.1 was. At least 2.1 added 8 extra minutes into the film and hardly removed anything. SM 3 editor's cut attempts to replace the theatrical version saying this is how the editor would had done the theatrical release instead of releasing an extended version the fans are owed. Also, the Editor's cut is two minutes shorter than the Raimi theatrical version. If you have a friend that has this, then I say borrow it from him/her. Don't pay full price for this until they release a definitive version of SM3. Look online to see other filmed and deleted scenes that never made both cuts. Ciao folks. 

Thursday, February 18, 2016

A good site for those who are being backstabbed.

Wow! Is there someone in your life that belittles you or claims to be your friend but secretly continues for years stabbing your back? Well, here's another site that may help you out. Don't let those monsters get the best of you.

Best of luck dudes and dudettes! I couldn't have said it any better myself.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Can't fight this feeling MV

Song of the month... Don't ask me why but I fell in love with this song again. Long live the 80's!

By REO Speedwagon

Copyright to the respective owner. I am only using this song for entertainment/information purposes.