Dead Rising 2 Part Three: When the Chips Are Down

I finally realized the last time I played that drops of blood appear on the “XXXX KILLED” counter whenever you kill more zombies.

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Dead Rising 2 Part Two: The Agony and the Ending C

I knew there’d be something wrong with the “Tastes Like Chicken” case. It’s Dead Rising, after all. Continue reading Dead Rising 2 Part Two: The Agony and the Ending C

Dead Rising 2 Part One: Misfortune City

Dead Rising 2

Developer: Blue Castle Games (later Capcom Vancouver)

Publisher: Capcom

Platform: Xbox 360

Release (North America): September 28, 2010

Release (Europe): September 24, 2010 (I didn’t know that the game was released in PAL regions first!)

Release (Japan): September 30, 2010

Originally Played From: October 10, 2010 – January 12, 2011

72 hours to kill… Thousands of zombies… What would Chuck do?”

DR2 was the long-awaited canonical sequel to Capcom’s surprise hit, succeeded by the non-canon Dead Rising 2: Off the Record. It had several quality of life improvements over the original game, but does it deserve to be considered as much of a classic?

The premise is very similar to OtR, where the main character has to clear his name after being framed for an explosion in Fortune City that frees the zombies gathered for the Terror is Reality pay-per-view event. Our main character this time is Chuck Greene, a widowed single father, mechanic, and former motocross star trying to earn enough money at TiR to support his young daughter, Katie…

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Adaptation April 2019: Dream Cast Part Two: Unspeakable Horror

Silent Hill

Time for some fandom heresy: I love this movie. However, I’ll try to look at it objectively for this review.

Box office figures courtesy Wikipedia.

Laurie Holden really brought Cybil to life.

Cybil has a lot of heart in this movie; her attempts to reunite Rose (Radha Mitchell) with her stepdaughter Sharon (Jodelle Ferland) were written in a more personal context than the game version of Cybil’s attempts to reunite Harry with his stepdaughter, Cheryl. In this movie, it is implied that Cybil has a deep connection with her mother (motherhood is a big theme of the movie, to an extent that almost makes you wonder if the people behind it have daddy issues).

Cybil has a lot of heart in this movie; her attempts to reunite Rose (Radha Mitchell) with her stepdaughter Sharon (Jodelle Ferland) were written in a more personal context than the game version of Cybil’s attempts to reunite Harry with his stepdaughter, Cheryl. In this movie, it is implied that Cybil has a deep connection with her mother (motherhood is a big theme of the movie, to an extent that almost makes you wonder if the people behind it have daddy issues). In terms of replicating Cybil’s look from the game, an impeccable job was done.

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Adaptation April 2019: Dream Cast Part One

This article compares characters in video games to their portrayals in live-action films. We’ll not only be looking at their appearances, but also how they’re written in certain cases. Oh, I have a lot to say here.
Box office figures courtesy Wikipedia.

Double Dragon

I don’t remember this flick very well besides the fact that Abobo looks terrifying in it.

There was also a scene where he was tortured by being force-fed baby food. Honest to God.

There was also a scene where he was tortured by being force-fed baby food. Honest to God.

Budget: $7.8 million

Box Office: $2.3 million

Status: Bomb

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Adaptation April 2019: Silent Hill: Hunger Part Three

The art has changed, so I guess this is the second “issue”. It has its own foibles, as we’ll soon see. Doug looks pretty different now; a little younger with longer hair in some panels, and like Christopher Eccleston to distracting degrees in others.

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Adaptation April 2019: Silent Hill: Hunger Part Two

Doug realizes that he has a hunger for the story he’s currently obsessed with. “The kind of hunger that physically hurts.”
Clara says that Whately had a room with her, until he abruptly left last night. Doug wants to examine it, but Clara refuses because it wasn’t tidy enough. Bug problems.
Clara explains that Whately had strange comings and goings late at night, and that strange smells wafted out of the room. One night, through the open curtains, she saw him watching some BDSM play between a man and a woman dressed up as doctor and nurse.
Back in the present, Clara somehow casts a shadow shaped like Pyramid Head.

Only it wasn’t her shadow. Not unless she had a head shaped like a pyramid.”
Clara described the doctor and nurse; she believed that they worked at Brookhaven Hospital.
Doug walks through the park to clear his head, but he sees a couple on a bench. At first, it looks like they’re kissing, but on closer inspection, she’s ripping his throat out. He’s still moaning and sighing like he loves it. Doug doesn’t know what’s worse; if he isn’t actually seeing it, or if he is.
At Brookhaven, he asks about the doctor and nurse, but all that the nurse behind the reception desk can talk about is food. Doug starts to realize how so many of the people he’s encountered lately are hungry for something.
Nurse: “I like sushi. And pepperoni pizza. And steak…”

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Adaptation April 2019 #1: Silent Hill: Hunger Part One

Silent Hill: Hunger

This is the last Silent Hill comic that Scott Ciencin wrote. It was featured on The Silent Hill Experience UMD on the PlayStation Portable (the whole thing is on YouTube, however, if you don’t feel like tracking down the UMD and the handheld). It’s a motion comic.

One upside of being on a UMD is that Hunger actually features songs from the games (Silent Hill: Dying Inside was also turned into an MC with a soundtrack). Can confirm that these comics read better with the music, though it’s not enough to elevate them into must- buys.

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Alien: Isolation Part Four: Final Thoughts and Miscellany

Final Thoughts

Well, Sega certainly had something to prove after Gearbox ripped them off with Aliens: Colonial Marines, didn’t they? Yet, my feelings towards this game somehow aren’t as strong as they should be. Maybe because this game has you being the most vulnerable of any Alien game I’ve played. Maybe it’s because the game makes the sight of the Alien too common, without a more empowering narrative for Amanda (which her mother gets in Aliens). The game almost feels incomplete in a way. Perhaps they can do a sequel with a better story for Amanda?

I guess I’m a little disappointed because I expected constant terror, but no game is tat scary. But I do think that, for a certain type of gamer, they should check it out, if for no other reason than the later levels. It’s weird that the game is kind of back-loaded in the last quarter or so.

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