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Blue Dragon impressions!

Posted by Jason Triplett

No, I am not going to do impressions of Blue Dragon characters, no matter how much you beg me to say "I won't give up". Instead, I just wanted to post a few opinions I have on this game.

I picked this game up today, and played it for exactly two and a half hours. The thing is, it still felt like I had just begun in terms of story.

As for character development, there was plenty of that, and of course, that is where i feel this game shines. BD features a class system similar to the Final Fantasy series. Unlocking and then leveling up new jobs is a huge part of the game.

Graphically this game is simply amazing. From the awesome character designs of Akira Toriyama to the dramatic camera angles during battle, the game looks simply amazing. Except one thing... As awesome as the character models are, I feel their lack of real time expression (not in cutscenes) kinda takes away from the emotion of what's happening. Don't tell me for a second it isn't possible, there have been plenty of games to do it. But really, that is my only graphical gripe.

The music is what you would expect from Nobuo Uematsu. It really doesn't dissapoint me at all as a fan of his work. But on the other hand, I wouldn't necessarily call it award winning either. It suits the game, and it doesn't distract. It is beautifully composed, but many times it seems like I've heard the song before in another game... and this isn't Uematsu's fault one bit, it's his niche, and he's good at what he does.

As for the story, well it hasn't advanced a whole lot for me in the time I've played, but that may be mostly due to me exploring every rock and tree stump for cash or exp, and grinding a bit. The English voice acting is FAR better than, oh say...Enchanted Arms (Makoto lol), but I still feel the Japanese voices sound the best.

Combat in this game is simple but addictive, a trademark of Sakaguchi-san. Really, all in all, this game really shines because of the people involved in it's creation. It doesn't feel like it was treated as standard fare. It's very well produced, and so far a very clean game.

My only other gripe so far is that the 3 disc set came stacked. Yeah, stacked. I was lucky to not have any scratches, but I know of people who weren't so lucky. Oh well, US always gets the screwjob in the packaging department...just look at Bioshock.

Overall, I am happy I picked this game up. It is a definate buy for RPG fans.

Picture of the metal UK Bioshock collectors case... /jealous

Posted by Jason Triplett

So our friends across the pond in the UK, and even over in Austrailia got a much better looking Bioshock game case for their limited edition than we got here stateside. Check the photo below and let the drooling and jealousy commence.

Almost complete Bioshock soundtrack listing!

Posted by Jason Triplett

Many people have been writing in requesting the soundtrack list of all the music in the game. Here is everything I have found so far. Feel free to add to this in the comments section...

So here you go!

Beyond the Sea - Bobby Darin
If I didn't Care - The Ink Spots
The Best Things in Life are Free - The Ink Spots
Papa Loves Mambo - Perry Como
Bei Mir Bist du Shon - The Andrew Sisters
How Much is that Doggie in the Window? - Patti Page
Brother Can You Spare a Dime? - Bing Crosby
Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams - Bing Crosby
It's Bad for Me - Rosemary Clooney (George Clooney's Aunt)
You're the Top - Cole Porter
Night and Day - Billie Holiday
Nutcracker (Waltz of the Flowers) - Peter Illyich Tchaikovsky
The Party's Over - Judy Holliday
Please Be Kind - Frank Sinatra
Jitterbug Waltz - Fats Waller
It Had to Be You - Danny Thomas
Oh Danny Boy - Mario Lanza
20th Century Blues - Noel Coward
World Weary - Noel Coward
The Party's Over - Noel Coward
God Bless The Child - Billie Holiday
Just Walking In The Rain - Johnnie Ray
La Mer (Beyond the Sea Instrumental) - Django Reinhardt
Wild Little Sisters - ?

BioShock Main Theme (The Ocean on His Shoulders)
Welcome to Rapture
Dr. Steinman
The Docks
The Dash
Step Into My Gardens
Dancers on a String
Cohens Masterpiece
The Engine City
Empty Houses
This is Where They Sleep
All Spiced Up

Beyond the Sea - Moby, Oscar the Punk Remix
God Bless the Child - Moby, Oscar the Punk Remix
Wild Little Sisters - Moby, Oscar the Punk Remix

Larry Wachowski's sex change is complete, first photo emerges!

Posted by Jason Triplett

First, I direct you to our previous article, which revealed the truth behind Larry Wachowski's rumored sex change.


Posted over a year ago, we had no inkling of how far his transformation would go...until now.

Here is a shot of larry a few years back, when he fist began taking the female hormone therapy:

Another photo, about a year and a half later:

And this newly released photo from a rare public appearance earlier this year:

The duo will now just be known as "The Wachowskis", dropping the "brothers" part of their name. It is expected that Larry, now called Lana, will actually speak to the press about this for the first time, but not until after the Speed Racer film is out. The current feeling is that his sex change could hurt the family image the Speed Racer film is going for.

It is also expected that Andy will do all the press for the Speed Racer film, with Larry/Lana staying in the background for the above reason.

Dateline NBC is still rumored to have exclusivity of Larry/Lana's first public interview, but it has to be on his terms, not theirs.

More on this as we get it!

Bioshock Plasmid DLC? We think so!

Posted by Jason Triplett

We have come across a video of an unreleased Plasmid, removed from the game at the last minute due to time constraints. Could this be what we get in the way of DLC? Absolutely, says our sources. The possibility of more game areas opening up is not likely, but instead, the addition of all the Plasmids removed from the game at the last minute (I have heard of 5) will be what we receive in terms of DLC.

So now we wait. in the meantime, enjoy this video!

Forza 2 officially a MILLION SELLER!

Posted by Jason Triplett

The Major Nelson blog was recently updated in the twitter section with the information that Forza 2 has officially sold a million copies! This comes after a free three car DLC pack, plus another car for only 50 points! Sounds to me like another hit franchise under Microsoft's belt!

Source: http://www.majornelson.com/

Rage Against the Machine back together, but where's the new album?

Posted by Jason Triplett

Many Rage Against the Machine fans already know that the politically charged rap metal group is back together and touring the country. But for those that don't let me catch you up a bit.

In February, Chris Cornell announces he is quitting Audioslave for good, citing difference in opinion and music as the reason for leaving. He releases a solo album, and wishes Audioslave the best of luck.

So why wasn't Audioslave seeking another singer? Because they hooked up with their old singer, Zach De La Rocha, who fronted Rage Against the Machine. Originally it was never planned to be a permanent thing. But after the crowd response they seen, and most likely feeling at home with each other again, they took on other tours. It is said that they have shows booked through December.

These guys have now been on the road with each other for a few months. What do you think the likelyhood is that they would write a few new songs? Pretty high, if you judge on other reunion tours. They usually spawn at least one album.

Zach's solo career didn't do so well financially either, and you can bet he felt the loss of the RATM money machine for a long time. Likewise, the rest of the guys had to have felt uncomfortable working with Cornell. His style was so different from theirs. I mean compare Soundgarden to RATM and you see my point. Rumors had been flying since they got together that things were not going to last long.

But here is the kicker. http://www.ratm.net/ has recently gotten an interesting upgrade. A new home page advertising "NO WE ARE NOT DEAD", and a new relaunch of the website. The last update the old website had was around 2002, when Audioslave had just formed.

Further still, RATM has scheduled an awesome concert for August 24, 2007. Their special guests Queens of the Stone Age, who just happen to have a new album coming out. You can check out this concert at the link below:

So what do YOU think? Will they release a new album? Sound off and leave a comment.

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