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Beyond Xbox #2: Videogames vs. Film Animation

Why is it that I don’t understand how so many people can praise animation in film and pooh pooh videogames so easily. As I sit here and Watch Starz Inside: A Pixar Story (more specifically Part 2), I can’t help but see the exuberance oozing out of Richard Roeper as he chronicles Ratatouille. It’s no secret that film has had eons to build up the relationship it has with audiences, but why is it so easy for giant swaths of people to ignore the fastest growing entertainment segment there is?

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High Hopes for Condemned 2:Bloodshot

Do you feel that chilling sensation in your spine? That feeling of the hallways closing in? No, it has nothing to do with that heavy night of drinking you had. It has to do with the release of the sorta-highly anticipated release of the sequel to the brain-twisting Xbox 360 launch title Condemned.

I enjoyed the original Condemned as it was a flawed title but, I did love it’s certain charm. Ambient noises and the gritty atmosphere of the city kept me tuned in to the game all the way through. I loved the last mission of the game which felt straight out of “Friday the 13th”.

The main character “Ethan Thomas” has even had a Sam Fisher/Scruffy beard makeover in part 2. The reviews so far seem positive even though some outlets claim the game gets too “Supernatural” towards the ending.

I mostly want to play Condemned 2 for the single player as I’m not all interested in the multiplayer.The multiplayer aspect of Condemned 2:Bloodshot is getting written off like the lag-fest that was The Darkness multiplayer.

So, we’ll see what happens this week. Anyone here looking forward to buying/renting Condemned Dos?

-Michael “Thrills Killa” Pacheco-

Army of Two Impressions

I picked up EA’s Army of Two a couple of days ago and so far, so good. The graphics look very nice during gameplay with the cutscenes looking even better. The story of Army of Two is these 2 buddies (Rios and Salem) are contractors who get paid tons of cash to do the dirty work that the US Government doesn’t want to do. The game takes you to locals which include places like Afghanistan and Iraq for example.

While some games are mostly built for a single-player experience, Army of Two was built with co-op tactical action in mind. You and your partner will have to team up to take out terrorists and baddies alike. Since the game is all about co-op let’s talk about that. The game includes different types of interactions which you can have with your partner.

One of my favorite co-op interactions includes either Rios or Salem using a riot shield with your teammate right behind you busting caps into terrorist. (Video Below)

Also, the back to back interaction may seems “Michael Bayish” at the beginning but it feels so damn cool. (Video Below)

I’m about 5 Missions in so I can’t talk about the ending and things of that nature but so far I’m pretty pleased. I haven’t tried the versus modes( 2 vs 2) as I want to complete the story first but I look forward to that as well. You can play the single player with an AI controlled teammate but I highly suggest you play with a friend(Xbox Live, Splitscreen) to get the whole Army of Two experience. The game seems like it’s going to be pretty short( 5-6 Hours) so keep that in mind if you hate short games in length.

-Michael “Thrills Killa” Pacheco-