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Luigi’s Mansion: A not-so-scary romp.

Posted in Video Games with tags , , , , , , , , on April 21, 2010 by Pirate

Luigi’s Mansion, for the Nintendo Gamecube, was the first ever Mario game for the console. It was infamous for two reasons: 1, the main character wasn’t Mario, but his younger cowardly brother Luigi. 2, The gameplay was much different than any other Mario game before it. Oh, and it had a haunted house theme.

Anyway, in the game, Luigi wins, via a contest, a old, rustic mansion that looks very expensive. The thing is, Luigi didn’t enter the contest! But, dolt that he is, he doesn’t care, and agrees to meet Mario there to check it out. However, once Luigi arrives at his new digs, he is scared to learn that Mario is missing!

It actually doesn't look too bad.

Worse, its haunted by ghosts, so naturally, Luigi comes to the conclusion that the ghosts have spirited Mario away. And now the ghosts are after him! Luckily, he gets help in the form of an old, strange man named E.Gadd, who equips Luigi with the one thing that can destroy the ghosts: a vacuum called the Poltergeist (how fitting).

When ghosts surround you, you should...

The vacuum is where the unique gameplay kicks in. Unlike most 3-D Mario games, or even side-scrollers, you can’t jump, wall ump, dash, or crawl, which takes away some of the fun of exploring. Who wants to explore a giant castle by walking slowly? Anyway, to beat the ghosts, you have to shine a flashlight at them, and then suck them in with the vacuum while they are stunned and blinded. With only one real way to beat the spooky spectres, it can get boring.

...Scream at the top of your lungs!!!

The animation is okay, just lazy sometimes. Also, despite being a “horror” game, its more like Scooby-Doo. The ghosts aren’t scary. And you know that they’ve run out of ideas when baby ghosts become big bosses. The stages are varied and detailed, which helps.

Anyway, its great and all that Luigi got his own game, but why did they have to take out most of the fun from the controls? Luigi is just as athletic as Mario, maybe even more. This game is a decent diversion, but with no extra missions or two-player mode, it doesn’t have much replay value. I’ll give it a B-

Open the door, Luigi.

Luigi’s Mansion is rated E, and contains very mild cartoon violence, and very mild horror themes.

Dragonball Evolution: Homage or Parody?

Posted in Movies and Films with tags , , , , , , on March 19, 2010 by Pirate

I watched Dragonball: Evolution today, and I wasn’t dissapointed. You see, I already knew it’d be bad and boring. This is nothing like the manga or anime!

Compare this...

The actors, for the most part, looked nothing like the manga characters, the “Mafuba” is taken way too seriously, Piccolo is, well, differnt, and who is that lady supposed to be? Goku is teased and goes to school, and Chi-Chi is a brawler!

To this. See the difference?

As for the actual movie, it just wasn’t that good. I’d take the manga or anime any day! The film’s plot is too rushed, the special effects were very weak. A blockbuster this isn’t. The romance felt contrived, and the acting wasn’t anything special, and a certain wide plot-hole at the end felt very annoying.

So true, so true.

This film did to Dragonball what that awful Mario film did to the Mario games. Avoid this film, and watch the animated ones instead.