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Blues Traveler - Onslaught

I love BT's early material. The musicianship is so tight, and I've always liked their drummer's style. Plus, who can deny such vicious harmonica molestation? I've never been able to get into their post-Sheehan material, though... It just bores me, personally.

Michael's fine when around other Bluthes but not that funny on his own.

'Tis true. His Michael Bluth character is like all of Seth Rogan's characters, in that their reactions to other characters are what make them funny.

General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal
« on: September 03, 2013, 04:00:27 PM »
Amalur: Got my magic character to level 9. I can now safely say that mage/sorcerer attacks are the most fun to use in this game. Seamlessly switching between elemental magic attacks; chakrams; and staffs is awesome. I'm being much more selective about which side quests to take on, and focusing more on exploration and main quests. Hard difficulty is providing a decent challenge during some parts, although overall, it's still pretty easy. All of those approaches combined really make this game much more fun for me than the attempts I've made in the past.

General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal
« on: August 29, 2013, 05:08:04 PM »
It's very, very cartoony compared to GTA IV.

It's also better in just about every way.
I was having much more fun within the first few missions of SR3 than I ever did in GTA IV.

but I can only drink exactly ONE in any given night. That's it. And I'll drink that one beer over the course of an hour.

Shame on you for letting an unfinished beer last that long.

General Discussions / Re: What's the haps?
« on: August 29, 2013, 11:14:32 AM »
I really wish they would make a Condemned 3, but it's unlikely... The second one is so awesome.

General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal
« on: August 28, 2013, 09:54:16 AM »
Amalur has complexity but I think it's less in the combat itself and more in terms of just letting you do stuff. It's very similar to Ultima in that sense.

Or maybe just make a strict thief or wizard character maybe. I know you can get your skills and fates reset. Can you get ability trees reset too?

IIRC, fateweavers can reset both skills and abilities. I think I want to keep this dude as he is, though. It's admittedly kind of fun once in a while to just be able to run into enemies head on, and SMASH their asses.

I will admit though that last night I started a new game on hard difficulty with a purely magic oriented character. (Keeping my melee character on the back burner for now). It's already fun and presents a nice new set of challenges, although when you get enough abilities that help with Mana cost, it's pretty easy to launch powerful magic at faraway enemies. I know that's countered later on with anti-magic enemies, so we'll see how it goes. Chakrams look pretty bad ass, and I'm looking forward to trying them out, although I haven't found any for this character yet...

General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal
« on: August 27, 2013, 01:55:36 PM »
wrt Amalur though, yeah, it's easy as hell, but it's fast and almost /arcadey/. It's not so much about being deep and strategic as it is about being a human cheese grater, and it's gives you a nice little toychest of ways to do that. The main fun for me in that game is exploring and questing though. It's an open world RPG, yeah, but for some reason everything feels like it's structure like a 32-bit era explorationy platformer ala Rayman 2 or Mario Broys.

A very reasonable way of looking at it... I guess I've been expecting it to feel more complex than it is. At least the environments are really well done, and keep exploration interesting. All I can really do in the end is roll with the punches, anyway.

Last night, I ramped it up to Hard difficulty. Certainly gives the enemies a bit more of an edge, but obviously not enough where it becomes a real challenge. I'm gonna see it through with this character. I don't like the idea of gimping him to create more of a challenge, so instead, I think I will increase the main plot advancement a bit. Leaves some questing for another play-through with a different type of character anyway.

General Discussions / Re: Today's News
« on: August 27, 2013, 01:23:38 PM »
Hannah Montana grinding her patootie all up in Beetlejuice's business. 

At first, I thought you were referring to this guy:

And I was thinking: "I gotta see this.".  ...Of course, I was not correct.

General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal
« on: August 26, 2013, 01:08:35 PM »
If you bothered to do every quest available to you, you'd be more than enough leveled for anything thrown at you.

This is the gist of what I've gathered from a few quick visits to other forums in regards to this matter.

That is exactly what I have been doing: Looking for quests everywhere, and possibly overstaying my welcome in certain areas. I almost feel like I'm playing on "god mode" now, seriously. Enemies like threshes and mountain trolls are way too quick to fall under my character's basic attacks, even with weaker equipment.

I think I may restart a new character (with less physical prowess), and be more selective about quests. Also, won't be afraid to more widely traverse the map earlier on.

It's a shame it's so easy to over-level, but I guess they wanted to cater to a much wider audience...

General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal
« on: August 26, 2013, 11:18:41 AM »
Is it me, or is Amalur a little too easy on normal difficulty? It's my first play-through, and I feel like I'm sailing through it. Did a lot of you play it on hard?

I made good progress over the weekend. From level 7 to 12. My character is all Might, with a preference for hammers, and he seems overpowered. I've been smashing the absolute crap out of some enemies and bosses that have some intimidating reputations. After what is supposed to be a big fight, I think to myself: That's what the big deal was about? This is with equipment that I have simply found in my travels, not even the stuff I've been smithing. I think I've only died once or twice since I've started, and that was just due to careless maneuvering. I'm thinking of ramping up the difficulty, but I haven't actually tried it yet. I'm not looking for Dark Souls-type frustration, but it just feels like it's too easy...

Absolutely loving it, regardless. Lots of fun. I've only maybe explored about a 1/5 or 1/4 of the overall map.

Hansel & Gretel - Witch Hunters

Wanted to see this for some time. It's like the Expendables, in that it's just meant to be campy good fun, and not to be taken as a serious Oscar contender. If you go into H&G knowing that, you will most likely enjoy it. It's entertaining throughout. The big sell for me on it was/is Jeremy Renner. I love that dude. Plus, the lead actresses do well, and are hot, to boot. The film makers did a great job on the looks of the dark witches. Menacing and creepy. I love that they all fly on brooms!
The fight scenes could have used better camera work and choreography, but they're not terrible, like some certain 80s ninja movies I know... Special effects are also not the best you'll see, but they get the job done. One thing I thought was funny is that this movie takes place in Germany, but only one person speaks with a German accent. I guess you can't expect that kind of attention to detail with this kind of film, but it's something that stood out to me, nonetheless.

Like I said, if you are down with movies that are just meant to be silly fun/guilty pleasures, you may very well enjoy this one. IMO, it's way better than that awful, terrible film about witches known as Oz the Great & Powerful.

Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: August 23, 2013, 04:35:44 PM »
Last night I watched the Baoh OVA for the first time in almost 20 years... I forgot how gratifyingly gory it is. Fun stuff! It's what made me love it as a teen.

The voice acting is pretty stale and hollow, just as I remembered it. Seriously, I don't know how some voice actors get the jobs they do... I know the recommended remedy to that is to watch with Japanese audio and English subs, but I honestly don't like reading shit while trying to watch a movie, and this particular version (the one I linked to above) of Boah does not have that option, anyway.

I actually like how the "movie" starts in the full swing of things, and explanations/origin stories are made throughout the rest of the "film". I don't like how short it is overall, as pacing suffers a bit. I know that's just how these types of productions are, though. Straight up campy 80s OVA fun.

Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: New Batman.....
« on: August 23, 2013, 12:07:40 PM »
My negative kneejerk reaction was the same as all of yours, but then I remember Dark Knight Rises.  I balked at the idea of Anne Hathaway playing Catwoman.  I saw her as breezy rom-com fluff who'd probably crumble under Bale's intensity.  My personal choice was Christina Ricci because she's edgier.  But, man, Anne Hathaway surprised the hell out of me and played Catwoman extremely well, probably due in large part to Christopher Nolan's skilled directing.

Agreed. I honestly wasn't sure what to expect, but like you, wifey and I were both pleasantly surprised by her performance. Very well done. 
Plus, the way she mounts the batcycle.... yeah.

Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: New Batman.....
« on: August 23, 2013, 11:19:05 AM »

Sheeple... Bigots. Sheegots.

Granted, Affleck is not the best actor out there, but he's not bad, either. Hell of a director on top of it. I personally think he will do just fine here.  People are too quick to cast doom and gloom on things they don't immediately approve of. No actor could have saved the mess that was Daredevil...

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