Archive for December, 2011

This is my gift to myself. I finally got around to taking some shots. Still need to find a glass case so I can finally put it on display.

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I’ve been playing Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D for almost two weeks now, and although I keep dying trying to kill the major bosses, I rally on. You wouldn’t believe the quality of the graphics, and for a handheld console game, that’s really an achievement by itself.

Incidentally, the game features a 5-minute preview of the soon to be released Resident Evil: Revelations. The latest installment of this franchise will reach European gamers on January 27th, while state-side, the game is set for a February 7th release. I can only hope that local release will coincide with those dates.

Revelations is actually the reason I bought a Nintendo 3DS console. I’ve bought along the Mercenaries 3D to test it out. At 8 characters, 5 alternate costumes, 34 medals, and more than half of the skills unlocked, I’m still looking forward to every game I play. Online co-op mode also makes it interesting when it gets too intense or just to change the pace. In fact, a handful of the achievements can only be unlocked thru co-op mode.

Revelations couldn’t come soon enough. Fortunately, the game’s official site offers a wealth of information for us fans – from characters, new monsters, back story, game play, even video previews. So head on out here to check them out.

In the mean time, I’ll leave you with these screen shots I’ve swiped from the linked address above. I hope Capcom won’t mind.

Jill Valentine

Jill Valentine

A member of the BSAA, an NGO founded by the Global Pharmaceutical Consortium.

She is one of the few known survivors of the Raccoon City Incident. Following the dissolution of Umbrella in 2003, she and Chris Redfield decided to continue the fight against bioterrorism and joined the BSAA.

During this mission, Jill boards a mysterious cruise ship to find Chris.

Parker Luciani

Parker Luciani

Parker joins Jill Valentine on her mission aboard the cruise ship.

Parker carries out his missions with unwavering earnestness.
He tries to mask his seriousness and occasional clumsiness with sarcasm, and he is known for becoming very passionate about his beliefs. Following the events of a certain incident, he transfers to the BSAA to "fight the good fight."

Chris Redfield Winter Mountain CostumeChris Redfield Boat Costume

Chris Redfield

A member of the BSAA, an NGO founded by the Global Pharmaceutical Consortium.

He survived what is known as the Mansion Incident in Raccoon City, and now continues the fight against bioterrorism the world over.

Jessica Sherawat Winter Mountain CostumeJessica Sherawat Boat Costume

Jessica Sherawat

She is partnered with Chris Redfield on this mission.

She and Parker Luciani were originally part of another organization before joining the BSAA.

She always carries her rifle with her, and her graceful figure belies her deadliness in battle. Her ability to provide cover and support holds much promise.

Keith Lumley

Keith Lumley

This mission is the first time we meet this BSAA operative.

He comes off as cavalier, but when it comes to getting the job done, his skills are on par with Chris and Jill.

When the fighting gets close and personal, Keith uses two kukri knives to finish the job.

Quint Cetcham

Quint Cetcham

Quint is the BSAA’s resident gadget geek, who loves quoting movie lines to match the situation he’s in.

He and Keith work well together, on and off duty.

The Genesis device the BSAA uses incorporates many of Quint’s own designs. The signature headset he sports is just one of the many devices he has invented.

Clive R. O'Brian

Clive R. O’Brian

Director of the Bioterrorism Security Assessment Alliance, and key in keeping the organization fighting against
the threat posed by bioweapons.

It is a testament to his leadership skills that he was able to organize such disparate personalities as Chris, Jill, Parker, and Jessica into an elite force.

Raymond Vester

Raymond Vester

A man with uncertain intentions who appears before Jill aboard the derelict luxury liner.

While his intentions are unknown, it seems he has some of the clues Jill needs to unravel the mystery of the ship.

Raymond comports himself with poise, and his focused stare hints at a military background.

Rachael

Rachael

This mysterious woman can be seen cradling her injured arm aboard the cruise ship.

She wears a wet suit similar to Jill’s, but she doesn’t belong to the BSAA as far as anyone knows.

We can only speculate what fate awaits her on the ship.

Morgan Lansdale

Morgan Lansdale

He is the head of the FBC and has absolute authority.

His attitude towards problems can be perceived as overbearing and firm but there is no one in the FBC who can stand against him.

Veltro Terrorist Group

Veltro, A Terrorist Organization

A mysterious organization whose terrorist attacks have equated them with evil.

Its members usually appear in pictures and videos wearing gas masks, making it difficult to identify individuals.

One of these members appears to be the leader based on circumstantial evidence.

Let It Snow

Posted: December 18, 2011 in Blurbs, Technoloy
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This is one of those Easter Eggs Google is famous for. In the spirit of Christmas, here’s something fun to do if you’re bored.

Point your browser to Google. Type search string “Let It Snow” and check out the results page. Enjoy!

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I tried this with IE9, but apparently, Microsoft’s flagship browser is the Grinch. Not a flake dropped on the results page.

Finally, if you let those snowflakes fall for a while, it’ll fog up the search screen so badly you won’t be able to read anything. Don’t worry though, Google’ll let you “Defrost” the window if that happens.

This year saw a lot of great movies at the box office. Sadly, there were also a lot of craptastic ones that got released. Worse, the biggest crap that came out actually made it big. Oh, you know which one I’m talking about!

So here’s what I thought about the movies that I’ve recently seen. Not in any particular order.

Immortals

Rating: 3/5

I’ve always been fascinated by mythology. It’s an interesting glimpse of how deep the human mind and spirit really is.

The Good

The visual component of the movie is certainly appealing. Action scenes were filled with the right amount of gore and violence to qualify it as realistic enough. And certainly, with the actor who will soon be gracing the big screen as the Man of Steel, and a slew of attractive cast, there is enough eye candy for everyone.

The Not-So-Good

I don’t understand why Hollywood writers feel the need to crap on classic literature.

Case in point, this movie is about the Greek hero Theseus, battling it out with King Hyperion to save the fate of mankind and the gods.

For the uninitiated, Theseus was the founder and king of Athens, believed to be descended from Poseidon, although his father may very well be Aegus. Among his many adventures, Theseus was perhaps best known for slaying the mythical beast Minotaur, a half-man half-bull creature. More on Theseus from this Wikipedia page.

The movie is not based on that Theseus.

As is typical Hollywood style, they created their own version of Theseus. Heck, they created their own version of the Greek gods and the titans. Which might have worked – if the characters they replaced them with are not pathetic shadows of the original mythological ones.

In the movie version, Theseus is a peasant bastard borne of a peasant woman who was raped. Zeus, the supposed mighty leader of the gods has secretly watched over the hero by posing as an old man close to the mother-son.

Then, this king, Hyperion went on a bloody quest to find the Epirus bow, a weapon so deadly the gods themselves fear it. It has the power to unleash the locked up titans from the bowels of Mount Tartarus. His motivation is revenge, because the gods stood by while the king’s family suffered from a plague of sorts. King Hyperion ravaged villages and monasteries in the hopes of finding the lost artifact. Hyperion will succeed, and the Oracle has seen this.

Actually, it’s the Oracle’s fault that Hyperion will succeed. She’s foreseen future events, as oracles are wont to do. She’s been captured by Hyperion’s men when they overtook their monastery, but having three decoys around her all the time, they were safe for the time being as it was the case that if the Oracle were to be touched by men, her visions will be corrupted. She managed to escaped with Theseus, who after witnessing Hyperion slash his mother’s throat, was captured as a slave.

The Oracle again had a vision, that if Theseus embraced Hyperion, the world as they know it will end. But the bigger point is, if Hyperion got the Epirus bow in the first place, the world is gonna end anyway. So what did she do to prevent that from happening? She leads Theseus right to the Epirus bow. And of course, it ended up in Hyperion’s hands. They basically just gave Hyperion the very weapon that could destroy the world.

And the gods? Useless and pathetic supermodels perched atop a mountain high up in the air. They’re forbidden to interfere with men’s affairs so long as the titans were not involved. Of course, like teenagers, being told not to do it only makes these gods want to do it all the more. And Zeus killed one of them for defying him. Really? Gods don’t punish gods by killing them. I mean, even the titans were just locked down in an infernal mountain.

The titans? The monsters of yore are pathetic ethnic-looking men who seemed to multiply like gremlins once Hyperion released them from their cages.

Terrible story-telling, weak plot, vomit-inducing dialog, uninspired acting. That’s sounds about right.

New Year’s Eve

Rating: 2.5/5

The Good

It’s a feel-good movie, a mish-mash of characters as they go about their lives culminating in the eve of New Year’s.

The Not-so-Good

It worked somewhat on Valentine’s day, but in this one, it seemed forced. I ended up trying to play a game of who’s that actor/actress throughout the movie instead of being engaged in any of the storylines. And I am a sucker for feel-good movies!

The Adventures of Tin-tin

Rating: 3/5

The Good

The animation is quite plausible, especially with glasses and reflections.

The Not-so-Good

The title character, aside from the weird ugly boy’s face in a young adult’s body, is an uninteresting and a little annoying character. The dog’s the only character I am happy to see that’s not overly stupid, pathetic or otherwise just plain annoying.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part I

Rating: 0/5

Yes, I managed to get myself into that situation where I had to come with. Still recovering from the nightmare of it all.

The Good

Honestly, I can’t think of any.

The BAD

Everything. I can’t talk about this movie without expletives coming out.

Bad acting, terrible directing, crap writing… All things despicable about the current state of Hollywood is embodied in this heap of excrements.

I can’t be sure, but I think they spent more than an hour just to establish those two weirdoes fornicating. This to me is just a way to ride the popularity (something I still can’t explain) of this series and cash in. Greedy bastards! They made a very long narrative out of something that could have been fine as a Short Movie! A 10-minute or less short movie to be honest.

It felt like something in me died after I watched this garbage.

Super

Posted: December 10, 2011 in Hobbies, One-Sixth
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After more than a year since Hot Toys announced them, I finally have my hands on two Christopher Reeve Superman one-sixth figures. They’re awesome!

Now all I need is an airtight glass display. It would be a shame if they get damaged by dust and the elements while on display. Any suggestions?

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More pictures when I find a display case.