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Old 11-30-2005, 01:28 AM   #16
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I've got next week off from college. I'll see if I can review these:
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (SEGA Genesis)
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (I'll merge it with S&K- SEGA Genesis)
SFA Generations (the anime)
Jojo's Bizzare Adventure (If i can get over the blood)
Kirby: Nightmare in Dreamland (GBA)
Megaman.exe (GBA)
Sonic the Hedgehog (NGPC)

Like I said I'll try ^_^;
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Old 12-05-2005, 10:57 AM   #17
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Cool Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (SEGA Genesis)

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Title: Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Genre: Platform
Console: SEGA Genesis/Mega Drive
Players: 2 Players
Released: 1992


The game's intro was one of the best I've ever seen

Introduction:
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 was, to me, the game that introduced me into the world of gaming. I originally had Super Mario Bros. for the NES (I.e. I owned an NES), however that game didn't appeal to me as much as this game did (though I did enjoy Super Mario Bros.). In fact Sonic 2 was like the first game me & bros spent the MOST time trying to beat, even though we were not successful at defeating the final boss of the Death Egg (that sorry excuse for an Eggrandizer), but we had enjoyed that game A LOT. So here is my review for this wonderful game & I hope you'll enjoy it like my other reviews .


The review:
I found it pretty hard to give a score for each category, so I decided to add them all up into one section:-

After the heavenly glorious word 'SEGA' is pronounced, you are shown the game's 'intro' and main menu. As a kid I just liked how Sonic & Tails came out & each striking a pose, now that I look at it, I would wonder how I would've felt had I played A LOT of games back then (for NES, SNES & SEGA Genesis, etc.).

There are only 3 selections from the main menu: 1 Player, 2 Player (Vs. mode) & the options mode. In options, you can listen to the game's music, choose to play as Sonic & Tails or just Sonic or Tails. You can also set the items to be used in Vs. mode.

In Vs. mode you go up against your friends are Sonic or Tails & race to the end of 3 zones & 1 special stage. The one who beats the stages first wins. There are only 4 places to play in: Emerald Hill, Casino Night, Emerald Special Stage & Mystic Cave. Each have a different theme than if you'd play them in 1 Player mode. The stages seem the same as the normal ones, but the power-ups (shoes & ProtectoBubbles) are replaced with boxes with a '?' in them, indicating a random power-up.
The only problem with this Vs. mode would be the lack of stages & that the screen is split horizontally killing off the game's beautiful graphics. Still this is a nice addition if you're bored with completing the game so many times.

In 1 Player mode, you go through 10 Zones, the first zones are divided into 2 acts. At the end of the 2nd act you will face Eggman/Robotnik in one of his so-called 'brilliant-0.0000001%-chance-of-failure Egg-machines' or whatever they're officially called.


Chemical Plant is one of my fav. stages belive it or not! In the past I used to hate it cuz I lost a lot in it, but now...heh

For most of the stages, you can just run through them collecting some rings along the way & dodging or destroying some of the Badniks & picking power-ups until you complete an act. TBH that's what I do whenever I play the game. If you wish to take an alternate approach at completing the game, you could always try to collect the 8 Chaos Emeralds (7 normal ones & 1 Master?), which when all are gained, allow Sonic to transform into Super Sonic after collecting 50 rings & jumping!

To get a Chaos Emerald, you must have 50 or so rings, pass a check-point and then jump into the circle formed around the check-point's tip. This will take you to a Special Stage where you must collect a set number of rings & dodge some explosives until you are qualified to getting an Emerald. The difficulty of the Special Stages increase as you collect more Emeralds. Later stages are so hard that you may re-enter the same Special Stage a couple of times before you can get the damn gem. Heh, as a kid I always thought that Sonic 2's Special Stages were easier than Sonic 3's, but back then, I never reached the 4th or 5th Special Stage .

Achieving Super Sonic, isn't something I would recommend as, unlike Sonic 3, you turn into him after collecting 50 rings and JUST jumping. I've had a few troubles in Wing Fortress (Airship zone) when playing as Super Sonic, add to that the difficulty of colleting later Emeralds that I usually ignore them and just get on with the zones.


The special stage

I really like how you can just run across a stage at high-speed until you reach the end of the stage. I know this game isn't about 'run as fast as you can till the end of the stage', since not all stages are like that, but the feel of running at high speed sort of gives me a fun feel.

Like I stated, this isn't about 'run as fast as you can till the end of the stage'. There can be a lot of obstacles in your way that might slow you down, but if you're careful enough, you can get by them pretty easily & still make it to the end with enough rings & time for some big numbers (score). Some stages of such include Chemical Plant 2, Aquatic Ruins (For some reason I don't hate this stage much), Mystic Cave & Metropolis (God I hate that zone!!!).

If you've thought that Eggman/Dr. Robotnik was a tough mo-fo back in the old days, try him now. I mean SERIOUSLY, he's FAR more easier than I thought he was! Heck for most of his fights, you can just time a right jump & Sonic (or Tails) will keep juggling on him damaging him while he grins thinking his toys are indestructible! Heck even the FINAL boss of the Death Egg turned out easier than I thought he was!


Time your jump & Sonic'll juggling on Buttnik till he goes boom! Don't forgot to jump away, cuz this trick could be hazardous!

There doesn't to seem to be any difference when playing as Sonic or Tails (alone), though I think since Tails is shorter than Sonic, it's possible for him to dodge some attacks. Plus Tails' is so cute.

I really like the game's graphics, the backgrounds & the stages all mix pretty well with each other and use a great mix of colour. Sonic's arms look so thin in this game BTW. Also I'd like to comment on how it really cracks me up how Eggman/Robotnik laughs whenever you hit him. I mean how over-confident could one get?!

The game's music is great & unforgettable (IMO at least)! The stage's themes are just beautiful & are all my favourites with Mystic Cave's being my personal favourite (No really!).

Beating the game just gives a slide show of images & then Sonic jumps at you with congratulate you for beating the game. The same thing applies if you beat it with all Emeralds IIRC.

Ah...and before I forget- Playing as Knuckles in Sonic 2. Of course, for the SEGA Genesis, you'll need Sonic & the Sonic & Knuckles game to play as the red dude in this gem. He has all his abilities from Sonic 3 in here, which could make beating the stages a little less tougher. Speaking of which, I don't remember what happens if you beat the game with him .


Rating: 9/10
All in all this classic is one hell of a fantastic game. Some of my old memories are still engraved in my mind. If you still don't have the Sonic Mega Collection, then move your ass and get one to play this great game, with it's colourful stages, catchy music & fun & simple game play!

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Old 12-05-2005, 10:58 AM   #18
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Shocked Street Fighter Alpha Generations (AN)

Introduction:
There has been much talk about this anime. The majority of the fans were displeased by it, though I do not recall what was the cause, though for that I might blame the trailer that was shown in Evo 2005.

So the question that's going in your mind as you are reading this review is: "Is this thing even worth renting?" as I may assume (Oi I'm no psychic!). Well response to that, you will find as you read this review.

I have decided to add spoilers for those that are still not interested in checking this anime out (fags >P).

So without further ado-


Akuma/Gouki gets ready to fire a Haduken & damn does he look freaky in this image!

The Story:
This anime's story concentrates on both Ryu & Akuma/Gouki. The first quarter of the movie shows how Gouki/Akuma became what he is known to us today. While the rest of the movie is about Ryu wanting to fight Akuma/Gouki to avenge for his master's death.

That's the story, spoiler free.


The Characters:

Akuma/Gouki: OK, wow....don't let the images you've seen in the past months fool you, that's just Akuma/Gouki AFTER being possessed by the Satsu no Hadu! In reality Akuma/Gouki was a normal martial artist, training under the watching eyes of Master Gotetsu, however he was obsessed on becoming a powerful martial artist, or should I say 'Master of the Fists'. For that he worked hard on awakening Satsu no Hadu within him, despite the many warnings by his master, and it, alas became the demise of Master Gotetsu.
OK, yes Akuma/Gouki IS Ryu's father as is shown by the end of the movie


This is Akuma/Gouki BEFORE accepting the Satsu no Hadu...and after a beating from Gouken

Ryu: OK, another wow! I just like how Ryu is portrayed in this anime! Not only that, HE ACTUALLY WEARS NORMAL CLOTHES! Thank god, and all this time I thought that he was cheap to the point he wouldn't even buy clothes!

In this anime he goes to his old dojo where he trained with Ken & Master Gouken, so that he can get ready top avenge his master's death. To cover up for that, he's using the fact that he and Ken are gonna meet at the dojo because it was the day their master died at. Guess he doesn't want people to stop him from fighting Akuma/Gouki.
Is it me or does he have the hots for Fuka?


...and here I thought he had a horrible fashion sense!

Retsu: This old man meets Ryu at the dojo, and does a little sparring with him, in which after he let's him, stay at his place & train so that he may fight Akuma/Gouki. Strangely enough, you don't see the training, looks like it got cut off in the final cut.

Gouken: I could swear he looks like Ryu. The other student of Gotetsu & the brother of Gouki/Akuma. He looks after and watches over Ryu & Ken's training when they were young, until he met his end at the hands of Akuma/Gouki.
In this anime, it shows that Ryu witnessed his death, while it was actually Ken & Gouken's (forgotten) daughter that witnessed it. No complain here though

Sayaka: She is Gotetsu's daughter & sort of looks after Gouken & Gouki.
Looks like Akuma/Gouki had some fun with her before he went Satsu no Hadu heehee.

...and if you still don't get it, she's Ryu's biological mother, w00t.


Fuka: This beautiful young lady lives with her grandfather. Not much I can say.
I believe she is the forgotten daughter of Gouken. IMO I like her design more than what was described by Capcom. ...and is it me or does Ryu have the hots for her?

Gotetsu: The master of Akuma/Gouki & Gouken. Having knowledge in the forbidden arts of Ansatsuken, it seems he can even perform the Shun Goku Satsu! He meets his demise at the hands of his own student, Akuma/Gouki.


Akuma/Gouki gets a beating from his master

Sakura Kasugano: She came aaaaaaaaaaaaaall the way from Tokyo for a lil' one-on-one with Ryu. Her fight wasn't bad IMO.

Ken Masters: Poor Masters does NOTHING in this anime, though his design in this anime is horrible.


The artwork:
OK, hit & miss. The animation is VERY nice and fluid, however some of the facials are a bit annoying, while some facials look ugly. I personally like how Akuma/Gouki looks like in this anime, even though he looks like a pig, LOL. The one thing that pissed me off though was how the Hadukens were portrayed in this anime, as they don't have the feel of the game's Haduken in them (I liked SFII's Hadukens). However, the special effects for the Hadukens look cool.

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The action & stuff:
Not much comedy, though Retsu pulled off a semi-perv around 20 or so minutes into the anime, though I personally don't think he's a perv, maybe he did that cuz he wanted to make the girls laugh. The fights are REALLY good, and better than I expected, but like I said the Hadukens weren't that good. Still...this animes fights might actually be THE BEST fights I've seen yet in a fighting game based off anime! I won't spoil them for you, you gotta seem them to know what I mean (or not).

This anime is more about drama as it concentrates on what Ryu wants to become & the true reason on why he wants to fight Akuma/Gouki.

I should note that the anime feels short as there could've been more scenes in it (assuming so it would at least be 1 hour), but I was really satisfied with it.

Oh and BTW....the final fight in the anime will make you go 'WTF?!'...and for those that still don't have a clue on what the heck it's about:
Those are the souls whose lives were affected by the Satsu no Hadu


Ryu gets a taste of geezer fu

The audio:
Music was fine, since I dled this anime, I only got the Jap VAs which were really good, though I could swear the Retsu's voice sounded very similar to that bastard Mayuri's voice from the Bleach anime. Personally I liked his voice.

The left-overs:
Hmmm we get to see a false Shun Goku Satsu in this anime, which is weird. Also the Satsu no Hadu is only referred to by the end of the anime it seems. A couple of mix-ups on official stuff. ...and Ryu actually wearing normal clothes for once.


I swear Ryu looks like Batsu/Daigo in this image! The haduken sucks though

Final Score: 4/5
Needed some more scenes. Art was hit & miss. Really good fights & we FINALLY get to know the origins of Ryu. Seriously people, at least try to rent this thing, you may need to change your keyboard due to the art (puking), but you will be satisfied with the fights & the climax to this whole thing.

I need to remind you that this movie is ALL about Ryu & Akuma/Gouki, so don't expect Dan or R. Mika to pop up as cameos or anything.
...and I remind you, Akuma/Gouki & Sayaka ARE Ryu's parents
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OK, I'm gonna see if I can bust my lazy ass to review:
Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman
Full Metal Alchemist (the 51 anime series)
Megaman.exe
Sonic the Hedgehog (NGPC)
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (merging it with S&K)
The King of Fighters 97
Garou: Mark of the Wolves
Transformers the movie
The King of Fighters 98
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Thumbs up Transformers the movie

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Title: Transformers the movie
Age Rating: PG for violence & some mild language
Released: 1986 in USA, 1990 in Japan
Desricpion: Best animated movie evah!


Here we see Darth, err Megatron undergoing a scan

Introduction-
I do not recall how I found the movie, but all I know is that it was magnificent. I could not recall any other movie (well maybe other than Disney's) that impressed as much as Transformers the movie did. The art, the fights, the music, the cool looking robots- everything about it awed me and entertained me for the length of the movie. ...and to this day it still does.

Here I am with another review, one that might give you an idea on what this year's X-Mas present will be for little ones, and to express my opinion in this great movie.

If you've never seen the Transformers movie as a kid before- LOOK FOR IT NOW! Oh and for the record, I'll try show as less spoilers as possible ^_^v. Oh and excuse my spelling .


I wonder what the Decepticons would be without Laserbeak & Ratbat?

Story-
It is the year 2005 (no, seriously that's what the narrator says), the Decepticons still have complete control over Cybertron, however the Autobots have gathered enough force to one day re-take their home planet. To counter such a threat, Megatron, mighty leader of the Decepticons launches an attack on Autobot City on Earth to crumble the Autobots forces. Meanwhile, some light-years away from Cybertron, a devastating being beckons.....


Art-
OK- WOW! Even though I've seen the movie BEFORE seeing the Transformers G1 TV show, the art is fantastic! When comparing the art of the movie to the episode, you will notice how the art is the same, but with far more better quality! Now if only they've done that with Season 3 :/. All the Transformers & robots look cool & the worlds are very colourful & give you a feel of what the Transformers universe would look like.

I must note on how some of the main Autobots' designs look rather 'ahead of their time' like Blur & Wheelie, while other are a bit strange (like Magnus & the Sweeps)

Another good thing in this movie is that the transformations are really well drawn and detailed. There are a few episodes which show the Autobots transforming 'fluidly', but the movie does it best.

Despite that, this movie is one of the best animated movie of it's era & very well drawn.


Autobot City's, later to be known as Metraplex, transformation to War mode is one of the coolest scenes in the movie!

The Characters-
NOTE: I've decided to not spoil too much to you in this section even though I think some of you will remember events from the movie by reading this ;).

Optimus Prime: Leader of the Autobots, who meets his doom at the foul hands of Megatron. TBH, the scene in Autobot City when he fires at the Decepticons with gun is BADASS & TOTAL OWNAGE! Plus his fight against Megatron's one of the best in the movie!

Hot Rod: One of the survivors of the assault on Autobot City & the main hero of the movie. However, unlike some movies where the main characters gets all the attention, all the other characters get their share as well.

Ultra Magnus: He leads the Autobots to Cybertron to find out WTFs going there.

Kup: One of the oldest Autbots, maybe not as old as Optimus, but he had his share of adventures in the past. i quote- "Ba weep grana weepp ninny-bar"...or something like that...

The Junkeons: Robots who can transform and live on the Planet of Junk & are led by a transformer that goes by the name of 'Junk-gar'. (I would like to mention how I like the words he says which seem to be lines from TV shows).

The Dinobots: Five Autobots that Transform into dinosaurs. Despite their brute strength, there wasn't enough components to make them smart, but who needs brains when you can bash them?! The Dinobots are: Grimlock (T-Rex), Snarl (Stegosaurus), Slag (Triceratops), Sludge (Brachiosaurus and the dumbest of them all, even Grimlock!) & Swoop (Pterodactyl).

Megatron: Leader of the Decepticons, after Soundwave turns a 180 (I'm just being sarcastic here BTW) on him to save himself, he gains some 'new powers'.

Soundwave: My fav. Transformer and the Decepticons most useful & powerful asset, I ask you to consider how the Decepticons would've fared against the Autobots had he never been with them?

Starscream: What words can describe Starscream? Perhaps maybe calling him a 'true Decepticon' would pretty much sum it up. For eons he has been plotting to out-throw Megatron, and in this movie, he finds out the consequences of doing so.

Unicron: The main villian of the movie. Unicron is a being that consumes other planets to either satiate his hunger or to become stronger. He has a weakness, one which forces him to use the aid of unlikely ally.


If Kickback had known he'd be run over by Kup, he would've considered falling, transforming and going back up for more carnage, but then again Bombshell's the brains of the Insectacons

The Action & stuff-
The movie's fights are really good and entertaining, though near the end it sorta cuts it short and has the main villain go boom after a few failed, but interesting attempts. The most obvious fight, of course, would have to be Optimus vs. Megatron, I doubt I'd see a movie with a fight as good as that. Also Unicron crushing Cybertron was like :br: BADASS!

One thing that may seem strange is....Autobots dieing, which is REALLY weird considering if they got shot like that in the normal show, they'd come back kicking in action after a while- weird.

For comedy, well there are some comical lines, but nothing beats Grimlock & the Dinobots.

I must say that this movie has THE BEST LINES EVER! Seriously, now that I listen to them, I feel like giving the script writers a pat on the back for a job excellently done!

Here are some that I remember:
Megatron: "Prime!"
Optimus: "One shall stand, one shall fall."
Megatron: "Why throw away your life so recklessly?"
Optimus: "That's a question you should ask yourself, Megatorn."

Quinteson Judge: "Silence or you shall be held in contempt to this court!"
Hot Rod: "I have nothing BUT contempt to this court."

Unicron: "I have summoned you here for a purpose."
Megatron: "Nobody summons Megatron."
Unicron: "Then it pleases me to be the first."

Starscream: "Who disrupts my coronation?!"
Galvatron: "'Coronation', Starscream? This is bad comedy."
Starscream: "Megatron? Is that you?!"
Galvatron: "Here's a hint-" *Transforms into a cannon and disintegrates Starscream*

Soundwave: "Soundwave superior, Constructacons inferior."<<My fav. line the movie

Grimlock: "Me, Grimlock, not 'nice dino', me bash brains!"

Galvatron: "I, Galvatron, will crush you just as Megatron crushed Prime"
Ultra Magnus: "...and you'll die trying just like Megatron!"


One final thing I should mention- for SOME reason this movie seems to be based off Season 1, since you don't get to see many of the other Transformers from Season 2 like the Stuntacons or the Aerialbots & Omega Supreme- ODD!


The Constructacons are merging...this could only mean one thing- GET MORE POPCORN CUZ THE GOOD STUFF GONNA GET BETTER!

The Audio-
Nice music & great voice-acting that gives life to the Transformers. You will notice some songs put in the movie at some scenes and they're all really good. I'm not sure if it's cuz I DLed the movie, but there are times when you need to increase the volume when some of the characters are speaking (mostly Unicron).

Oh and one last note- there are curse words in this movie.


Megatron vs. Optimus is one of the best fights I've seen yet in animated movie...maybe other than FF7 AC

Final Score: 4.5/5
What can I say, I love the movie <3. Try finding this beauty and watching it with your family this X-Mas. I believe this movie was true to the fans, despite some noticeable errors which I've added, not that I don't dislike the movie for, but wonder how they could've been overlooked.

The Errors (some)-
1- Where's Snarl? Sometimes you see him sometimes you don't.
2- Why didn't Blaster go with the Autobots to Cybertron and stayed in the remains of Autobot City for? He can't be able to repair it by himself.
3- How the heck did the Decepticons catch up to Ironhide's space craft? ..and how come their sensors didn't indicate this?
4- How the HECK did all those Decepticons fit into Astrotrain?! The Contructacons even transform into Devastator in him! ...and Astrotrain's the size of any normal Transformer!
5- When Unicron re-models' the discarded Decepticons along with Megatron, you see 3 Sweeps & 2 Cyclonus, then when they transform you see 4 Sweeps. Then when they board their space ship you only see 1 Cyclonus & 4 Sweeps O_o. (Note- THE LAST one is the correct number of Galvatron's new henchmen).
6- The Decepticons that were re-modelled are: Thudner*******, Sky Warp (both are 'swap palettes' of Starscream) & the Insectacons. This would mean that their old versions no longer exist, however use see the Insectacons striving for Energon in Season 3! On the other hand, sadly, Thunder******* & Sky Warp are never heard of since- *sigh*
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Old 12-24-2005, 11:41 PM   #21
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While I don't agree with it being the "Best animated movie evah," it was cool for its time. When I saw it again somewhat recently, it wasn't as good as I had remembered it being. I also have the soundtrack on record somewhere in my basement....
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