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Battle Chasers: Nightwar

Posted in Artwork, Best / Worst, Blog with tags , on April 26, 2016 by slateman

This is older but I somehow missed it. I knew Battle Chasers was returning, but a new game was announced, Battle Chasers: Nightwar. I want to look forward to this all but as history has taught us, I’ll believe it when I see it. For now, at least, some artwork. Man, I wish I had bought one of those collection books when they came out. Going through my collection, it appears I missed a few issues of BC back in the day. Too bad those books cost a stupid amount of money. :/

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God Of War Replay

Posted in Best / Worst, Blog, Games with tags on April 12, 2016 by slateman

I moved to Maine in December of 2005 and it’s crazy to think that the first GoW was less than a year old at the time. In the decade since, three more console titles came out, a pair of handheld ones and compilations gathered them all in remastered form have shipped.

The remastered version of GoW3 for the PS4 was a mere $20 and I decided to pick it up. Coincidentally, some old class-action type thing offered me the initial game for free on the PS3 just a day later. Here we go again.

I did this once before with Metal Gear Solid. Then later on with Super Mario Bros. and another time with Resident Evil. It seems I’m no stranger to revisiting entire series and I inadvertently stumbled upon a new GoW run. There are worse things in life!

So, I blazed through the PS3 remasters of PS2 games in a short period of time. The first still has the strongest story and while the gameplay tweaks have certainly made the sequels better, they can’t hold a candle to Kratos’ initial journey of anger. As the second game progressed, I marveled at the sheer beauty of the PS2’s swansong. It was remarkably-gorgeous and its scope truly redefined the cinematic nature of games. Both games were superb. And so after hitting up PS2 games on a PS3, I went to a PS3 game on a PS4 (this is silly) and OMFG it’s utterly stunning! I don’t know how they remaster games to look this good but it is outstanding. Kratos’ perpetual sneer has yet to get old, though the game’s tropes remain true to its nature, the formula is not immortal. How many more times can we do this….oh wait, then they made GoW: Ascension.

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Turns out Ascension was a free PS+ title a few months back so halfway through GoW3 I deleted 70Gb from my PS3’s HDD (yes, SEVENTY) to download this guy and I think I’ll hit up the fourth title for completion sakes. I played the first three already, why not round up the thing with an unnecessary prequel? Oh, and I realize I’m skipping out on those handheld titles. I played them briefly, never completed them, but can’t say I have much desire to do so. See if I can muster a fourth game before the impending Norse GoW is announced. BTW, that’s going to fucking rule if they do that. Norse mythology is bad-ass and twisted.

Finally, note that God of War just missed out on my Top 8 Best Gaming Series Ever list. It might have made it to #10 had I managed to learn to count that high.

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Star Wars Rebels: Season Two Finale

Posted in Best / Worst, Blog, Reviews with tags on April 1, 2016 by slateman

swrBarring the highly-enjoyable Episode VII, the season two finale of Star Wars Rebels was the best SW outside of the original trilogy. What I just witnessed was nothing short of a brilliantly-written and outrageously-exciting anthology of what we all love about SW. The ending…and here are indeed SPOILERS…so, is Ahsoka dead? Vader’s messed up. Maul is off doing something. Kanan is blinded and beat down and Ezra…wait. WAT? Ezra is gonna hit up the Dark Side? OMFG that episode was legendary! A friend said it best, “I feel bad for any fan that doesn’t watch this.” I think that sums it up. Missing this would be folly. That episode was the best SW anyone could ask for and it goes toe-to-toe with the greatest the movies have to offer. Wow…

Moonsorrow: Jumalten Aika Has Arrived!!!

Posted in Best / Worst, Blog, Music, Reviews on March 31, 2016 by slateman

Jumalten AikaIt’s finally here! The latest Moonsorrow opus has landed and EPIC is the first word that comes to mind. The enormous sound is only truly matched by the hefty duration of each of the album’s five offerings. It reminds me of the old days of the first Opeth records. Each song was truly a journey, and this album is no different. And while a few spins leave me placing this firmly below the band’s 2011 masterpiece, Jumalten Aika got me pumped up more and more on each subsequent listen. I’ll avoid the genre tags everyone so often loves to toss about, but it’s got everything I love about music and the lyrics…well, I don’t care about lyrics so there’s that. It may not end up being AOTY, but that’s OK. It’s fucking brilliant and it’s everything I wanted it to be. In fact, I can’t even finish writing this without bobbing my head in folky enthusiasm. I love this band.

Mini-Review: Amon Amarth – Jomsviking

Posted in Best / Worst, Blog, Music, Reviews on March 26, 2016 by slateman

Amon_AmarthI just finished The Saga Of The Jómsvíkings and found it a decent read. Most of the tale was the traditional Nordic heritage tales but the end was exciting. Now, Amon Amarth’s take on the legendary warriors is far more memorable! Barring the song featuring Doro, I love every single song. The production is utter perfection, it’s heavy as hell and it is memorable and catchy. This album is their strongest in quite a while IMO and it’s a temporary Album of the Year thus far. Let’s not forget Moonsorrow comes out next week, though. \m/

New Bone Fire MP3: BiasFX Test 15

Posted in Blog, Downloads, MP3s, Music on March 25, 2016 by slateman

A few steps forward, a step or two back. This one is better but I’m not fully happy. It gets really sloppy towards the end but since I likely won’t have time to go back to it in the coming days, here you go. It’s no Moonsorrow (NEXT WEEK!) but it’ll do for now. Enjoy!

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Average Of 5: Sub-40 Still!

Posted in Best / Worst, Blog, Cubing, Cubing Records on March 21, 2016 by slateman

It’s been a few years since I posted any real cubing milestones. I have not stopped cubing, certainly not, but my speed-cubing days are mostly behind me. With a few minutes to spare today, I figured I’d try my hand at an average of five to see where I stood. It’s been quite some time, really. So, imagine my delight when I realized I was still under 40 seconds! My best was a bit over 36 and my worst nearly 44. Still…it means I’m not really out of the game! Anyways, this is no record but it’s good enough for me!!! Visual evidence!

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SFV: Ken vs. Ken – Epic Finale!

Posted in Blog, Games, Street Fighter, Video on March 13, 2016 by slateman

Old-school Ken vs. Ken matchup in Street Fighter V. I’m the Ken with gold pants on the left. You’ll notice I get decimated for the first portion of this match. How does it end? In classic SF fashion! Enjoy!

New Bone Fire MP3: BiasFX Test 11

Posted in Blog, Downloads, MP3s, Music on February 27, 2016 by slateman

Now that I officially own BiasFX, I hope my shit starts to sound better! Here’s test track 11 (yeah, you missed a bunch since the last posting. Tweaks required but I fear I won’t have time. Today’s sample follows!

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Vikings: Season 4

Posted in Best / Worst, Blog, Vikings on February 21, 2016 by slateman

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The best show on television returns. The best trio on TV returns, even if I’m kinda pissed at Rollo, maybe it’s all a ploy. Lagertha….Well, need I say more?

Vikings is my favorite, it’s back, and it’s time for some Ragnar revenge, methinks! ROAR!!!

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