Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Alexander’s Top Ten Video Games of All Time

#10 Call of Duty
The Call of Duty series has taken us through the bombed out cities of WW II, into the jungles of Vietnam and across the deserts of the modern war. COD has heard great praise of keeping its games realistic without sacrificing any of its action pack story. Whether it’s Europe in 1943 or Afghanistan in 2016 Call of Duty is guaranteed to satisfy your craving for war and excitement.

#9 Assassin’s Creed
Assassin’s Creed 2 is set in 1499 and follows Ezio, a young man set out on a quest of revenge against the man who had his family put to death. On this quest he discovers a group of assassin’s who like him, kill only for good.
Assassin’s creed is an open world third person game that gives the player a large inventory of weapons to choose from such as a sword, knife, crossbow, throwing knifes, and many other useful objects, all of which are at your disposal. The game also has a large free running aspect to it. All of these things combined makes for a very fun and action packed game with great replay ability.

#8 Left 4 Dead
Left 4 Dead starts off with four survivors meeting up by chance on their way to the Evac Zone. All of them decide to join up and try to make their way through the zombie apocalypse together. You and your friends play as these four survivors. Left 4 Dead forces heavy team work between you and the other members of your group. If you don’t all have each other’s backs, then no one will make it to the end.

#7 Deus Ex
Deus Ex is a first person shooter set in the year 2027. You play the role of Jensen, an ex-SWAT member, who is currently the head of security at a company called Sarif Industries. Sarif makes and sells robotic replacement body parts called augmentations. In this future world augmentations are highly controversial. This controversy gives way to extremist groups. One of these groups is set out to destroy those who have augmented themselves. But as the game progresses you find out that this group and company your aren’t what they seem to be.

#6 Portal
Portal is a very unique game unlike any other. You are given a futuristic piece of technology that allows you to open two interdimensional portals on any surface. The game’s story is very unclear at first, your character awakes in a very clean, sterile, white room. Your character is greeted only by a computerized voice played though the loudspeaker. This mystery voice tells you to complete a number of test courses, as the game proceeds you begin to find out more and more information about who and where you are.
It’s a very enjoyable game that is a lot of fun and has a great sense of humor.

#5 L.A. Noire
L.A. Noire follows a cop as he starts his new job as a detective. Through the course of the game your character is moved around to different branches of the department. L.A. noire uses mo-cap to give the killers, witnesses, and suspects realistic facial movements to deliver stunning emotions and provide movie like quality.

#4 Fallout 3
Fallout 3 is a highly successful open world RPG shooter, set in a post-apocalyptic Washington D.C. The games story is about a war between the U.S. and China. This war eventually turns nuclear and destroys the majority of both countries, but before the bombs fell many people locked themselves away in massive underground bunkers called vaults. after awhile the vaults opened their doors, only to find the horrible wasteland that awaited them. The vault dwellers had to adapt to this strange world where gang warfare rules and order is a thing of the past. You play as a lone wonderer in search for his father who has gone missing somewhere in this hellish and violent world.

#3 Halo 3
In Halo 3 you play as a super soldier named Master Chief who is fighting against an invading alien army. Master Chief was once one of thousands of super soldiers but all the rest were killed off when the planet of Reach was destroyed. Although the single player is fun it’s the multi-play that will keep you coming back. Also with an excellent map maker you can build anything you can dream up. Bungie (the games creator) has always been committed to making a fun and well balanced multi-player experience.

#2 Mine craft
Mine Craft is very different compared to most games. It has no story, no voice acting and no levels. You wake up in the forest in an infinitely large, randomly generated world. But this world is nothing but deserts, forests, oceans and snowy tundra. That’s where you come in. You cut down a tree to make a wooden pickaxe. Then you use that wooden pickaxe to mine stone. Then you use the stone pickaxe to mine iron and so on and so forth. You can build the simplest shack or the most luxurious mansion. The sky is the limit and your creations are only limited by your imagination.

#1 Bioshock
Bioshock is a highly story driven FPS set in an underwater city. The story is set in 1960. You play as a silent protagonist named Jack. You start the game on an airplane that’s flying across the Atlantic Ocean, while on route the plane crashes into the sea and Jack is the soul survivor. Jack swims to a mysterious light house in the middle of the ocean, inside he finds small submarine called a bathysphere. He finds an underwater city called Rapture, created by a man named Andrew Ryan. Ryan built this city to escape both closed minded people and government alike. His city has no restrictions on media, drugs, guns or prostitution. There are no taxes or charities in his city. Rapture shows the pros and cons of a world with true freedom. Bioshock asks many questions about religion, government and morality. It is a wonderful story and the underwater city of Rapture makes for a beautiful set piece. In my opinion Bioshock is one of the best games of all time.

Paranormal Activity 3

This review is very late but I thought at least you might read it before you rent the DVD.
I watched Paranormal Activity 3 in the theater with a few friends. I don’t really care much for scary movies for the most part. They seem to have very low budgets, bad actors and for the most part they aren’t even that scary.

Paranormal Activity 3 has a pretty good production value and decent actors. The main problem I found with the movie is that it was very slow. I found myself nodding off at times. Because Paranormal Activity 3, like many other horror films is filmed in a Blair Witch project style, all the cameras are either in the actors hands or on a tripod. This seems at first like an interesting idea, but after having to watch the same two rooms from the same angle for an hour and a half you get sick of fixed cameras.

I also found the story a bit hard to follow. I admit I haven’t see the other two films but the friends I was watching it with seemed to have as little idea what was going on as I did, even though they had seen all the movies in the trilogy.

Over all I would give it a 3/5

Thursday, February 16, 2012

The Artist Movie Review

Over the holiday break I had the chance to see a movie that I’ve been anticipating for quite some time. For the most part I enjoy movies from all genres, especially old movies, films form the 50’s, 40’s, 30’s, 20’s and 10’s. I enjoy silent films very much, I find it to be a very beautiful yet dead art form.

I regularly use a movie information website called IMDb. One day I was browsing the site when I saw a poster on the front page, the reason this movie caught my eye is because the front page is for new movies, but the people on the poster were dressed in 20’s clothing and it was in black and white. Once I did a bit of research I found out that a French director was filming a new silent movie. This film seemed right up my alley. So I made sure to see it in the theater.

The movie is about a fictional famous silent film actor named George Valentin. Who was once the main man in the lime light, with the world at his finger tips. But he fell victim to a world that has been changed by the invention on the ‘Talkies’. He is forced to the way side by new and young actors.

The film is very well done. It goes to every length to really make you believe the you’re watching a much older movie. I would have to say it’s one of my favorite films of all time if not my favorite. I highly recommend it to anyone seeking a much needed break from the typical big budget movie that lack the slightest scrap of a story.
Over all I’d give it a 5/5 It’s a must see!
-Great story
-Excellent art style
-fantastic acting


By Alexander