Earth Defense Defence Force: Insect Armageddon

I’ve got a lot of games sitting around.  I mean a lot.  Some are crummy, some are flat out fantastic.  I wanted to do a review of one that I consider to be a sleeper-game.  To me a sleeper-game is one that was super fun but that very few people actually know about.  To apply the same term to a movie see Fight Club – yeah it’s a big hit now but it flopped big time in the movie theater.  That’s a sleeper.  Okay, I am starting to digress so here we go..

Imagine waking one day to discover that you were the size of an ant.  No, scratch that… You are still the same size you have always been.  Let’s start over.  Imagine waking one day to discover that ants were the size of convoy trucks, bees the size of helicopters, or spiders the size of skyscrapers!

 

Yeah, we’re talking about little monsters that have become larger than life:

Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon

 

Earth Defense Force, originally presented as a co-op arcade game, was ported to the Super Nintendo in 1991.  Aliens, the Azyma Empire, built a base on the moon, and the Earth Defense Force is sent in to kill and take out the weapon that threatens to destroy earth.

Global Defense Force is the sequel, this one coming out for the PlayStation 2 in 2007.  The aliens are no longer around, but instead players fight off giant insects.

Earth Defense Force 2017 is the 3rd and was also released in 2007, this time for the Xbox 360.  Taking place in the year 2017, aliens have once again returned in their UFOs and this time they have brought giant ants with them.

The latest incarnation of the game is Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon, made by Vicious Cycle Software.  It was released on July 22nd of 2011, and is available for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.  It is a first person shooter with a storyline that is not too different than the previous games, in this go around it is an infestation that is bigger and nastier than ever seen before.

In E.D.F.:IA you defend the city of New Detroit, even if you have to blow up every building in the process.  The game features over 300 weapons to find and use (sniper rifles, grenade launchers, energy weapons, and rocket launchers are but just a few).  You can also choose from 4 different types of classes (or as they call it, armors).

Jet Armor: This armor allows you to move fast, uses energy to refuel weapons, and of course allows you to fly.  The downside, it provides very little protection.

Trooper Armor: This is the standard armor but allows use of more weapons.  It has an upgradeable feature which makes it a tough unit to knock down.

Tactical Armor: This will allow you to deploy mines, radar dishes, and turrets.  As you progress through the game, more advanced items become available for this class.

Battle Armor: Want to take on the role of taking out massive amounts of bugs at once?  This is the class for you.  It can equip the most powerful weapons in the game and can also discharge an area wide electric jolt (chain-lightning for you magic users) causing damage to everything nearby.

With technology having advanced in our consoles, this game supports up to 6 players and can be played online.  There is a survival mode that pits players against unending swarms of bugs (thumbs will get tired in this mode, trust me).  Don’t think that these are your garden variety bugs either.  No, these guys are enhanced with all types of outer space sci-fi fun.  The following bugs are but just a few of the baddies you can expect to encounter:

Wolf Spider: Fast, jumps and hunts in packs

Daddy Long Legs: Slow, shoots plasma and lasers

Bomb Spider: Slow, launches Ticks

Ticks: Medium sized, can explode

Wasp: Flys, spits venom, and can eat you

Black Ant: Tunnels, hunts in packs

If you are looking for something mindless to play, Insect Armageddon will certainly fit the bill.  The storyline does not really develop too much, but then again why should there be a deep story when all you are supposed to do is kill anything and everything that moves?  There really is no strategy involved, just get out of the way, and kill.  It’s really that simple.

Not only do the bad guys explode in buckets of gore, but almost every building can be laid to waste as well.  When I say laying waste to buildings, I’m not talking about battle damage, I’m talking about total collapse to the ground destruction.

This is not a high budget game, but it still provides hours of fun, simply running around and blasting away at all the ginormous pixels on the screen.  Throw some friends into the mix, order up a pizza, and you have yourself a fun Tuesday night!

This is not a rendition of Starship Troopers, but you will face giant insects, massive mechs, and the occasional UFO.  So the bottom line is, if you are into “fire and forget”, want to have a choice of hundreds of different weapons, and mindlessly blow up everything, this game is a must have.

Larger than life monsters just don’t get much bigger than this.

Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon is rated T for Teen.

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The Big Lebowski Limited Edition BluRay

F#$! it Dude.  If you are over the age of 25 and you even remotely have your finger on the pulse of what is a good movie, then you’ve already seen The Big Lebowski.   This Limited Edition BluRay version does not sport much in the way of new extras (yes, I own 2 previous versions of this movie on DVD – and each one was purchased specifically for it’s extra features).  Don’t get me wrong, it does have extras, there is just not that much more on here that has not been previously released on past DVDs.  Of course the movie itself is beautiful on BluRay, so my true recommendation is to say “F#&! it, Dude, buy it anyways.”

 

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Features that we have seen before; and this WOULD be a valid reason to have this (they are now all together on one disc):

  • Jeff Bridges Photo Book: Exclusive shots taken on the set of The Big Lebowski by Jeff Bridges himself.
  • The Dude’s Life: Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi and John Turturro take a look back at their performances and their delivery of the Coen Brothers’ dialogue that became classic movie lines.
  • The Dude Abides- The Big Lebowski Ten Years Later: A conversation with the cast about the film’s cult classic status.
  • Flying Carpets and Bowling Pin Dreams- The Dream Sequences of the Dude: Featurette on the making of the surreal sequences in the film.
  • The Making of The Big Lebowski
  • The Lebowski Fest- An Achiever’s Story: An in-depth look at the popular Lebowski Festival, formed by the legion of fans in honor of the film.
  • An Introduction: Featuring Mortimer Young.
  • Photo Gallery
  • Interactive Map (this is by far one of my favorite extra features; you can actually click a location and it will “zoom” in to where that scene was filmed.

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Limited Edition BluRay?  What makes it a limited edition?  What won’t it come with in the future?  Well.. The case itself is adorned with the artwork that you see in the feature image as posted above, the back is an image of The Dude’s Rug.  It’s actually pretty cool; but you also have within what Universal is calling a “Digibook” – a 28 page book that features stills from the production, quotes, an interview with Jeff Dowd (that’s the guy who inspired to Coen Brothers character ‘The Dude’ ), and a Duderology quiz (How many times does The dude say “man”? – stuff like that).  That’s pretty cool.  Universal has not stated when a regular edition will come out, nor have they said if the above packaging will be changed for it.

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BluRay special features always get me giddy.  I love em.  Shoot, it’s the reason I buy the BluRay to begin with!  The Big Lebowski does not disappoint when it comes to extras.  Yes, these were worth the price of admission.  You get:

  • Scene Companion: A picture in picture mode that features cast and crew interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and more during key scenes.
  • Mark It Dude: On-screen counter that keeps track of all the “F-Bombs”, “Dudes” and “Dude-isms” in the film.
  • The Music of The Big Lebowski: Instantly identifies the songs heard while watching the film, and allows the creation of custom playlists.
  • Worthy Adversaries- What’s My Line Trivia: Trivia that tests your Lebowski knowledge by finishing lines of dialogue during the film. Play as Walter or The Dude or in two-player mode against friends.
  • U-CONTROL – let’s you access special features (making of, behind the scenes, etc) while you are watching the movie itself.
  • pocket BLU – you can use your mobile device to interface with your bluray player to access the special features and watch them directly on your mobile device.
  • BD-LIVE – this is pretty cool provided your BluRay player is connected to the internet.  You can check out updated special features when more are added instead of being stuck with only the ones that came on the bluray disc itself.
  • Mobile-To-Go – toss the movie onto your mobile device, ipad, itouch, smartphone, laptop, whatever.  Watch The Dude anywhere!
  • uHEAR – Hit the pop up menu and click on the uHear button and the movie skips back a few seconds and turns on the subtitles just for the patch of dialogue you missed.

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Apple to make a cheap IPhone?

Rumors will be rumors, but when trustworthy sources state that Apple is looking into releasing a less expensive version of their famous IPhone, it makes you wonder why they have not gone this route sooner.  The International Data Corporation (IDC) has stated that the “mobile phone market grew 2.4% year over year in the third quarter of 2012” with the “worldwide smartphone market vendors shipping 179.7 million units“.  Of that, Apple’s IPhone made up 29.6 million of those units.

Some would argue the small fraction of that unit from Apple had to do with the operating system (some people simply prefer the Android), but others would say it’s everything to do with price.  The average IPhone price is (brand new, off the shelf, no contract) about $500.00.  Yes, you can wait a few months and the price WILL drop, but I’m talking about Day 1, Hour 1.  That’s a fairly good chunk of cash for most of us.

I’m not going to sit here and tell you Apple is a greedy company, but they do want your money.  Hey, that’s business after all isn’t it?  I mean.. That’s what a business does, it tries to get you to open your wallet and fork over that green!  Apple, it seems, may have finally realized that they can make even more $$ by making one simple move; make a less expensive version of their IPhone.

It’s something that we have heard rumors about for a long time, but now more than ever it makes financial sense for them to release such a product.  We have claims that Apple is in the testing phase of the Iphone 6 (and the iOS7), and as stated above our sources claim that this “lower-end iPhone.. could debut as early as late 2013“.

NOW.. Let’s take it a step further and tie it into the TracPhone’s StraightTalk line.. A cheap iPhone that’s going to give me unlimited talk, text, and internet for $45.00 a month?  I may very well take that deal!

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Magic: The Gathering Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013 Deck Pack #3 Now Available

Wizards of the Coast has released the third and final Deck Pack expansion for Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013 on Xbox LIVE Arcade, PlayStation Network and Steam (PC). It will release tomorrow (1-10-2013) on iPad. Available for $2.99, the Deck Pack features two brand new decks – Rogue’s Gallery & Mana Mystery – which provide new magic to defeat foes in Campaign or Multiplayer gameplay.
Additional information about these new decks includes:

Rogue’s Gallery: Manipulate and infiltrate with the blue and black “Rogues’ Gallery” deck. Disrupt your enemies’ plans with spells, then summon stealthy mages and shadowy undead to deliver the killing blows.

Mana Mystery: Wield all five colors of magic with the “Mana Mastery” deck. A pentacolor array of spells will help you keep the battlefield clear while you set the stage for towering, indomitable creatures!

This third Deck Pack also comes with foil conversions for Rogue’s Gallery and Mana Mystery decks. Available today, players are able to purchase either of these decks and/or their foil conversions individually.

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Danny Trejo is Bad Ass

Danny Trejo is Bad Ass.

I’m going to pause for a moment so you can go right now to your video site of choice to order or download this movie.

Done? Okay. Yeah, you gotta see this one. It may not have vampires, or kids who are spys, or big ass knives (well.. okay there is one), or Predators, in it but it does have Danny Trejo. We like Danny Trejo.

He plays Frank Vega (no relation to Vince or Vic), who returns to America from Vietnam only to find he does not fit in. He tries to get a job with the LA Police force, but due to an injury to his leg from Vietnam (got shot) he is not able to join the force. He tries to get other jobs but as we all know, the late 1970′s were not exactly kind to our soldiers who returned home after defending our country. He gets work as a hot-dog vendor and discoveres that after 40 years, he is still.. a hot-dog vendor. He wants more out of life.

He explains through narrative what’s happened in his life up to him being 67 years old. The tag line for the movie is “They messed with the wrong senior citizen”.

While on a bus ride, he stands up to two gang members who are harassing a man for his seat. Frank kicks their asses all the while someone is recording everything on their phone. The video gets uploaded to ‘YouView’ (looks very similar to YouTube) and goes viral.

From there he becomes somewhat of a hero, which is what he always wanted after serving his country in Vietnam. His best friend gets murdered and Frank realizes that the police are doing nothing to figure out who did it, so he goes out upon his own to solve the murder.

The movie does not take itself too seriously. There is a fair amount of comedy in it, but it’s not a comedy. I’d honestly have to say it’s a feel good movie. It’ a vigilante film. It’s an underdog story. There is not a lot of blood (except for when he finds Terrance – whoosh, that’s pretty sic!), and the acting is a bit over the top, but it’s supposed to be! It is, afterall, an homage to the 1970′s Vigilante films.

Don’t expect a 2012 ultra clean cinematic viewing. That’s not to say it’s not a pretty film, oh man it certainly is! Director Craig Moss knocked this one out of the ball-park with his directing style, no question there. What I simply mean is that this film was made to appear as if it was produced in the late 1970′s (film grain, over exposed colors, stuff like that).

It came out in April of 2012 and has a running time of about 90 minutes.

This has quickly become among my top favorite Danny Trejo films of all time. It’s a must see, hell, it’s a must own!

…and when I’m 67… I’ll sport a fanny pack too… bi-atch!

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