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Sunday, June 28, 2009

RIP Michael Jackson 1958-2009

A Salute to the King of Pop

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Rock Band Unplugged Game Review

Harmonix finally released the portable version of their hit rhythm game Rock Band to the PlayStation Portable, entitled: Rock Band Unplugged.
Hardcore players of DJ Max may feel that Rock Band Unplugged is a easier version of DJ Max
but long time gamers will notice that this game has similarities with Harmonix's previous rhythm games: Frequency and Amplitude

The object of the game is to completing the song by matching the right colored notes at the right time as they scroll down from the screen, unlike the original Rock Band and Guitar Hero where you'll require instrument peripherals to play the game, in Rock Band Unplugged, you'll be using the PSP buttons, but instead of playing one instrument, you'll be playing all FOUR of them. But it doesn't sound hard as you think, as playing a song requires you to complete a phrase of the song per instrument so you can switch to a different instrument.

Aside from the usual Quickplay aka Arcade mode, you can create your own band and start a career in the World Tour mode. This is where you can unlock new songs, outfits for your band and even managers to improve your band performance.

The controls can be customized the way you want and even using the default settings will give you no trouble at all, even playing for long consecutive hours.

Rock Band Unplugged boasts over 40 songs that's a mix of classics to moderns hits from Bon Jovi to Blink 182 and the tracks can be expanded with the games' built-in music store.

One bad thing about Rock Band Unplugged is that there's no multiplayer support, and it really gets lonely when playing alone, hope they add this feature in the future, having a head to head match or even a four player co-op would be a great addition.

Overall, Rock Band Unplugged is a great addition to the portable console, a great franchise and an addictive gameplay will keep players hooked into this game. As well as expanding trackline to that you can purchase from the music store, you'll never get tired of playing it.

So if you're a fan the Rock Band and Guitar Hero (and not tot mention, DJ Max) franchise, then there's no reason not to buy Rock Band Plugged.

Game Rating: 8 out of 10

*Rock Band Unplugged was developed by Backbone Entertainment and published by MTV Games for the PlayStation Portable

Thursday, June 18, 2009

The 25 Greatest Sci-Fi TV Shows

Over the decades, fantastic exploits on television have only gotten better–and better-looking. Done well, sci-fi removes us from the mundane and into the realm of the fantastic. A writer's medium, it's acted as a metaphorical cloak for topical social issues; serialized, it allows us to spend years–sometimes decades–following characters, often with the same emotional investment we put into real life.

Hours of fiery debate, interns–and time travel via DVD have led us to assemble an indisputably disputable list of the top 25 sci-fi series of all time. Since that's a chunk of real estate that could easily get unwieldy, we decided to keep the focus on primetime, live-action series and miniseries. And while we're sure something great is lurking on the dial in Japan or other countries, we gotta be able to understand what we're watching

So here are the Top 25 Sci-Fi Shows of all time:

25. Dark SHADOWS
(ABC, 1966-71)
Horror, you say? Well, it's not like vampires and time travel are science fact, now are they? ABC's daring daytime soap–featuring bloodsucking bad boy Barnabas Collins (Jonathan Frid)–gave a generation of viewers some pre-"Twilight" bite, with Collins in perpetual search for his own humanity.

24. Smallville
(WB/CW, 2001-Present)
The adventures of a pre-tights Clark Kent (Tom Welling) is the most geek-friendly comic adaptation ever, crammed to the margins with inside jokes (Clark wears glasses!), guest appearances (Is that Doomsday?) and an encyclopedic knowledge of DC lore. Filmed with an appropriate sense of scope, it may also be the handsomest sci-fi series on TV.

23. Red Dwarf
(BBC2, 1988-99, 2009)
"Space madness" is the appropriate diagnosis for this lunatic series starring Craig Charles as Dave Lister, a last-in-command ship bum who wakes up millions of years in the future and millions of miles from home. His companions: a man who evolved from cats, a neurotic hologram and an unpredictable robot. All four are, like the show itself, brilliantly stupid.

22. The Incredible Hulk
(CBS, 1978-82)
Simple fact: Lou Ferrigno scared the bejesus out of us–guy looked like a bunch of doorknobs jammed in a sack. But the real muscle of the show was Bill Bixby as haunted alter ego David Banner, who made our hearts bleed every week in his quest for normalcy. His tortured soul could bench-press even the flimsiest plot.

21. Night Gallery
(NBC, 1970-73)
Encores are never kind to visionaries, and Rod Serling's post-"Twilight Zone" effort was no exception: Fans didn't know what to make of the genre-bending blend of sci-fi and horror. But when "Gallery" dropped anchor on great source material from masters such as Richard Matheson, there wasn't anything more disturbing on TV. "Zone" was light on its feet; "Gallery" turned the lights off.

20. Supernatural
(WB/CW, 2005-Present)
The Winchester brothers: middle America prom kings or demon hunters? Li'l from both sides. What fans had feared would be little more than an "X-Files" for tweens morphed into one of the dial's best chillers, a gothic soap opera with family bonding serving as the glue that keeps Sam (Jared Padaleki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) from cracking under the paranormal pressure.

19. Highlander: The Series
(Syndicated, 1992-98)
If there can be only one, make it Adrian Paul: The actor's portrayal of gloomy, haunted Duncan MacLeod blows away Chris Lambert's big-screen relative. Though the series was formulaic–you just know heads will roll in act four–the isolation of immortality has never been so romantically realized.

18. Babylon 5
(PTEN/TNT, 1994-99)
With unparalleled creator ownership–he wrote most of the series' 110 episodes–J. Michael Straczynski's "5" dismissed the dopey, simplistic yarns of its era and presented nothing less than a televised novel, a sprawling story about a space station teetering on the precipice of war and peace, and a giant metaphor for Earth's own territorial teeth-gnashing.

17. The Outer Limits
(ABC, 1963-65)
Unfairly cast by some as a cheap knockoff of "Twilight Zone," "Limits" was essentially pulp mag Amazing Stories come to life: tales of benevolent and malevolent aliens, often with a twinge of despair, and the dangers of brilliance run rampant. Unbound by any network mandates for cheery speculative fiction, producers had few limits; fans had few complaints.

16. Quantum Leap
(NBC, 1989-93)
Viewers love to be in on a secret, and the idea that time-traveling Sam Beckett (the terrific Scott Bakula) inhabited troubled men (and women) gave good giggle. But where "Leap" really made strides was using the classic tenet of sci-fi to mask the medicinal taste of social tolerance: Beckett would jump into the literal skin of the bigoted, the persecuted, the downtrodden–and so would we.

15. The Dead Zone
(USA, 2002-07)
John Hughes alum Anthony Michael Hall starring in a moody fantasy about a tortured seer? Yeah, couldn't wait to miss it. But how could we know Hall's Johnny Smith–culled from Stephen King's novel–was pitch-perfectly brooding, haunted by his visions of an apocalyptic future courtesy of slimy Greg Stilson (Sean Patrick Flanery)? 
Or that we'd ache for him as he observed his beloved Sarah 
(Nicole de Boer) happily re-married after he slipped into a coma? Or that the stories would be genuinely gripping suspense yarns, full of dread calm, tension and even outright horror? What are we, psychic?

14. Angel
(WB, 1999-04)
Spinoffs of popular shows usually have the product quality control of peanut butter. One happy exception was Joss Whedon's "Angel," which granted the tortured ex-beau of Buffy his own detective agency with which to investigate paranormal doings in L.A. If that sounds like Hellblazer, it's a happy homage: The series has more in common with that influential material than even "Constantine" itself. As glowering antihero Angel, David Boreanaz is the oxymoronic vampire, a bloodsucker with the soul of a human. As sidekick Cordelia, Charisma Carpenter made the rare evolution from vapid bimbette to valued heroine. Full of imagination, "Angel" staked its rep on its characters. Smart.

13. The Prisoner

(ITV, 1967-68)
The strongest ideas are often the simplest, and Patrick McGoohan's acid-trip series announced its arrival with an easy premise: What if James Bond goes and retires? With everything he's seen and heard, is Her Majesty really about to let him roam around in the Caribbean? Not even. McGoohan's secret agent, having turned in his resignation, wakes up in a seaside resort, free to be anything he wants–except free. Is his own government holding him, or is the enemy? Alternately confounding yet visually stimulating, its brief 17-episode run is as rewind-worthy as any series ever.

12. The 4400
(USA, 2004-07)
According to Biblical promises, the Rapture will see a giant portion of humanity up and disappear come Judgment Day, leaving us sinners to rot on terra firma. But what if they came back? That's the central issue of "4400," which refers to the number of people who vanished as far back as the 1940s. When they spontaneously return, the government has a lot of questions. And when some begin displaying powers–telekinesis, premonitions–those questions become increasingly urgent. Like the best sci-fi, it works as a parable for our own fears of abandonment, isolation and ill-prepared authority–along with our innate ability to destroy ourselves better than any external force ever could.

11. Firefly
(Fox, 2002-03)
Remember when Calvin (of Hobbes, not Coolidge) imagined dinosaurs zipping along in F-14 fighter jets? That's the kind of genre-sexing concoction that may have inspired "Firefly," a much-missed series from "Buffy" creator Joss Whedon that fearlessly took on the oddball label of space Western. As commander of the titular cargo ship, Nathan Fillion's Malcolm Reynolds is an ersatz Han Solo: good-natured, but sternly protective of his command and crew–made up, in part, of survivors (and losers) of a galactic war against The Alliance–which ekes out a living however it can. Any show that can plausibly segue from a galactic dogfight to smugglers riding off into the sunset on horseback did something worth watching.

10. V
(NBC, 1983)
While sci-fi had long been home to thinly veiled allegorical framework, none had quite the scope and panache of "V," the miniseries that turned World War II into a spaceship parable. Like the Nazis, the "Visitors" were only disguised as humans; under their flesh, they were lizard-like creatures eager to slurp up Earth's water supply! And like their fascist inspiration, they used intimidation, propaganda and character assassination to achieve their goals. Though the aliens possess the superior technology, the series leads–macho Marc Singer and delicious Faye Grant–have one advantage: an indomitable will to survive. "V" stands as a singularly ambitious miniseries that ends on a surprisingly downtrodden note.

9. Jekyll
(BBC One, 2007)
Every bit the mutated monster of its title, BBC's sensational six-part miniseries flies from genre to genre without skipping a beat. As Tom Jackman, the beleaguered scientist who periodically transforms into the shameless, vicious Id boner he comes to call Mr. Hyde, James Nesbitt doesn't need to rely on expensive prosthetics or false choppers: Body language, a subtle hairline change and marvelous acting transform him into a cauldron of testosterone that's best regarded at a distance, as though he can bite. (And oh, can he ever.) Hunted by a shadow organization eager to harness his power, Jackman struggles to make sure his family isn't harmed by Hyde's mischief. Not exactly a sequel to the Robert Louis Stevenson story–in this tale, it's considered fiction–"Jekyll" is the best gothic-horror-romance-adventure-comedy you'll ever see. Catch it before Hollywood goes and mucks it all up.

8. The X-Files
(Fox, 1993-02)
Wouldn't we all liked to have had Mulder and Scully on the case for every strange thing that ever went bump in our nights. In a way, we did: Thanks to creator Chris Carter's "Kolchak" stepchild, the aliens, monsters and dark, creepy inexplicables that populated video shelves (and our imaginations) were finally audited by authority. Who could fear the Boogeyman with a couple of federal agents on its ass? As co-chairs of the FBI's laughed-at–and eventually, decommissioned–paranormal office, David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson did more than just let the mutated cats out of the bag: They told a gentle, subtle love story, helping ground the unlikely proceedings in emotions we could all recognize. Thanks to their obsessions, we were never left alone in the dark.

7. Star Trek
(NBC, 1966-69)
Musing about the legacy of "Trek" is a little like trying to find a new way to say the Beatles transformed music: Both are a monolithic media presence with few angles left to explore. All we can do is reflect on the show with 2009's eyeballs, surveying the landscape of film, television and books that have either been directly spun off from the mythology or owe a substantial debt to it. William Shatner's Captain Kirk is still one of the great boob tube icons, a hyena of emotion with a bedroom résumé to rival Bond's; Leonard Nimoy's Spock is still his logical counterpoint; the stories are still subconscious lessons in civic tolerance. Above all, "Trek" preached–without really preaching–that peace and prosperity are within our reach, and that being a galactic superpower comes with a series of responsibilities. If you cannot find food for thought for today's climate in Gene Roddenberry's fables, you're just not hungry enough.

6. Lost
(ABC, 2004-Present)
Fans should reconcile one important margin note: It was never about the island. Granted, a giant slice of dirt in the middle of the ocean that can disappear, summon smoke monsters and seemingly grant immortality makes for fascinating TV. But we're invested because the 
show invests most of its time in building, brick by emotional brick, the stories of the men and women who contend with its mysteries and challenges, most of them haunted by demons long before they ever took step on Oceanic Flight 815. "Lost" is that rarest of TV success stories: The anthology, with a revolving door of personalities and narratives, all of it affixed to the fulcrum of their sedimentary prison. No one is safe, and no one quite knows what the rules are.

5. Battlestar Galactica
(Sci-Fi, 2004-09)
"Galactica" confounded viewers expecting a rehash of the '70s bootleg "Star Wars" knockoff, and instead got a dark reflection of the country's post-terrorist era. As the anchor for a fleet of estranged humans desperately seeking solace on an undiscovered Earth, "Galactica" explored hot-button issues (ill-prepared authority, flexible morality, unspeakable evil) without reeking of preachy condescension. It all works because their reality isn't far removed from our own: No rubber monsters are afoot, you can fly only with the aid of a ship and crewmembers rarely bark out techno-nonsense for the writers' own amusement.

4. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
(WB/UPN, 1997-03)
"Feminism" was a dirty word for nervous, adolescent geeks prior to Buffy's '97 arrival. But Joss Whedon's biting wit and girl-power riff proved irresistible to genre fans. As a teenaged vampire mauler, Sarah Michelle Gellar was a bouncy confection of sex appeal and rabid independence; backed by her "Scooby Gang" of regulars, she stood as our last, unlikely hope for salvation against an army of pulp monsters. "Buffy" could've been a series of cheap gags, a vacuous one-joke premise that would sink like the vile 1992 movie. Instead, it's a coat-hanger for a rich mythology, indelible characters and possibly Hollywood's first hint that brash, comic-inspired projects didn't have to be dopey: Buffy, like the series itself, was much smarter than she looked.

3. Star Trek: The Next Generation
(Syndicated, 1987-94)
"Next Generation" had logged two strikes before it even aired: It was a sequel to a successful cult series with a beloved original cast, and it was committed to syndication, where bad ideas (and actors) go to die. That it went on to become one of the most successful sci-fi series in history is owed to producers' reverence for the source material and a cast that, incredibly, managed to outpoint Kirk's brood in the minds of many. As Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Patrick Stewart was the General Patton of the spaceways, a man so sophisticated that he made even the most ridiculous circumstances digestible; a further stroke of genius netted Worf, a Klingon that stood alongside the Federation without abandoning his savage roots.

2. The Twilight Zone
(CBS, 1959-64)
"The Twilight Zone" represents the first, best example of television's creative minds striking back at an oppressive standards and practices regime. Rod Serling, TV's first true playwright, was already an Emmy-winning success, but his compulsion to explore society's ills was never accepted. Out-smarting his suppressors, he disguised morality tales in the candy coating of science fiction. The result was a show about something–paranoia, isolation, prejudice–that had the flavor of a flimsy paperback thriller. When "Zone" was running on all cylinders, it granted itself the most fantastic conceit of all: immortality.

1. Doctor Who
(BBC, 1963-89, 2005-Present)
It happened around 1979: A villain bent on distorting time and improving his own standing at the expense of humanity has trapped the Doctor (Tom Baker). Erudite bordering on the effeminate, this evil agent regards the smiling, jovial Doctor with a mixture of bemusement and contempt.

"You," he says to the Doctor, "are dangerously clever."

And that's it. That's the sum total of the premise behind "Doctor Who," the British sci-fi series that has proven itself to be the most durable, most charming, most altogether fun excursion into the unknown on the dial to date. The Doctor's superpower is simply that he's an incredibly smart man, a "Time Lord" with an ambiguous past who uses an antiquated police call box (the TARDIS, or Time And Relative Dimension In Space) to surf through the ages like an astrophysicist Laird Hamilton. Armed only with his wits (and a sonic screwdriver), often accompanied by a female companion (the audience's gape-mouthed stand-in), the Doctor plunks himself into impossible circumstances and then finds a way out. Aliens want to vaporize Earth and then sell off the chunks to the highest galactic bidder? He'll deal with it. A villain wants to steal the Mona Lisa so he can sell the six duplicates to unsuspecting art collectors? The Doctor will buzz himself into da Vinci's pad and write "This is a fake" in black magic marker on each of the drafts. Wanna see the literal end of the world, five billion years from now? He's got your first-class ticket.

To call "Who" a science-fiction fable is a bit of a mislabeling: Because of his kinetic, restless whims, he can drop himself (and the viewer) into any genre. Horror. Fantasy. Romance. Current Doctor David Tennant has even expressed interest in adding a musical to the series' 725 installments.

More than 800 years old, the Doctor–we never learn his true name, hence his working title–has the ability to re-generate himself up to twelve times when critically wounded. The '60s played host to Doctors who were older, sophisticated and charged gamely through cardboard sets; the '70s employed Baker, who adorned himself with a free-flowing scarf that rivals the fabric of any Todd McFarlane cape ever drawn; the fabulously deranged resurrection of the series in 2005–after a 16-year hiatus–brought us Doctors Nine and Ten, with Number Eleven (Matt Smith) on call for 2010.

With his regenative lives running out, it's possible "Who" could finally disappear into the black hole of time. If it's truly the end, it will stand as sci-fi TV's most deliriously imaginative creation. But if anyone can figure out the perscription for TV immortality, it's the Doctor.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Guess What The Mask is...

Finally, Reimaru Files has reached its 100th post (yey for me ^_^)
so for the 100th post, I'll be giving you another great video game trailer fresh again from the Electronic Entertainment Expo or E3

This time, the video is related to the previous post where it involves the mask from Hideo Kojima's teaser site for the upcoming Metal Gear Solid games, well it turns out that the mask is for a different franchise, if you're curious on what franchise will be the other upcoming game is..well just take a peek at the video

All I can really say is that it'll be epic!!!

Also another update on the teaser site, looks like there will be a Metal Gear Solid Arcade game to be release on 2010

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

A Promising Year for The PSP

Well...looks like the PlayStation Portable still has some juice left, as Sony showcased and announced at E3 the new version of the PSP, the PSP Go.

Aside from the PSP Go, they also announced new games to be relaesed for the portable console
some of them are Gran Turismo, Soul Calibur, Little Big Planet, Metal Gear Solid, Resident Evil and many more

Here are some videos from the Sony press con at E3 and trailers for the upcoming games:

Press Conference Videos

PSP Games Preview Trailer

PSP Go! Trailer

PSP Go Trailer part 2

Game Videos

Soul Calibur: Broken Destiny

Gran Turismo PSP

Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker

Dissidia: Final Fantasy (US release)

Warriors Orochi 2

Looks like the PSP will going to have the best year with these impressive releases...
and another 5 more years for the little console

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Ladies and Gentlemen, I bring you...The PSP Go!

I got some yummy info on the upcoming new model for the PlayStation Portable, which will be released this fall. here's the additional info about PSP Go! (info from pspiso.com)


-3.8-inch display

- 43 percent lighter than the PSP-3000

- 16GB of Flash storage

- Bluetooth built-in; supports handset tethering and BT headsets

- No UMD drive

- Memory Stick Micro slot

- Full PlayStation Network Support (movie and TV rentals / purchases)

- Integration with PlayStation 3


The PSP Go has a 3.8-inch wide screen (versus 4.3-inch on all previous PSP models). It's said to be 43 percent lighter than the PSP 3000, which means it would tip the scales at about 3.8 ounces. The PSP Go design is very reminiscent of the Sony Mylo

The Go will offer 16GB of built-in flash memory, and it's expandable via a Memory Stick Mirco slot. There is no UMD (Universal Media Disc) drive on the PSP Go.

While the layout may be different, the control scheme on the PSP Go looks to be little changed from earlier PSP models: a 4-way d-pad on the left, the standard quartet of geometrically coded Sony controls (circle, square, cross, triangle) on the right, select/start buttons in the center, and the PlayStation "home" button to the left of the screen.

In addition to certain Wi-Fi support, the PSP Go adds Bluetooth capability to the Sony handheld platform. In addition to support for standard Bluetooth headsets, it also has the ability to tether the PSP Go to a Bluetooth-enabled cellphone.

For games, PSP versions of Little Big Planet, Jak and Daxter, Gran Turismo, and "a new Metal Gear Solid was mentioned to be release alongside or after the release of PSP Go.

As for the downloadable titles: a wide selection already exists on the PlayStation Store for existing PSP owners.

the Go will have at least the same baseline media features as the existing PSP models, which includes ample support for music, video, and photo files. Koller also mentions downloadable movies and TV shows (which can be purchased in the PlayStation Network)


Pictures: (from eurogamer.net)

Front view

Back view

front w/ controls

Side view

Exact size from hand

Exact size from hand 2

Another Teaser and then Finally..

Continuing the update on my previous post.

After the countdown reached zero on Hideo Kojima's teaser website, another countdown appeared and this time the counter is set on 120 hours and it's set on the date on the Electronic Entertainment Expo or E3.

You can also notice new letters appearing on the screen such as E and 3 (giving hints that the upcoming project will be featured in E3)

Then after a few hours, some teasers showed up on the site, The lighting and rain return, but the letters "R" and "P" flash on the screen...along with? What looks like a close-up of Big Boss. It is unconfirmed, however, whether this actually is Big Boss.

and then rumors spread out of a new Metal Gear game that was featured on Japanese magazine Famitsu, which also includes the interview with Hideo Kojima
so this already concludes that the upcoming project will be a Metal Gear game

A few hours later, another teaser pic appeared, and another familiar pic was revealed, along with some new letters popping out on the screen

Is it Raiden? Is it Gray Fox? Is it Sunny? or maybe a new character. The site also sports a new Kojima Productions logo in the bottom corner. When it changes to a mask, click on the image, and it takes you to another site. That site has this:

This mask image could be a hint on one of Konami's project: "Lords of Shadow"

As the countdown is about to reach zero, the background image has changed, the rain has stopped and the image has become bright and sunny (which could lead to another surprise)

And here's the recap on the letters and numbers that appeared on the teaser site:

"S" (or number "5")
"@" (or a lowercase "e")
"O" (or number "0")

"5" (or "S")
"0" (or letter "O")

And finally, after the long wait, the countdown has reached zero, and the site has changed with links to the "Mask" page and a Metal Gear Solid: Rising notice. There's also some space for games that Kojima might announce on the coming days.

and the link on the site

and some surprise fresh from E3, a teaser trailer.

This trailer gives us a first brief glimpse at Metal Gear Solid: Rising, the first Metal Gear Solid title to hit the Xbox 360. According to Konami, the game will star Raiden, who first debuted in Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty and who appeared most recently in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots.

We also have some info that Metal Gear Solid: Rising might be a multi-platform game and the picture with big boss could be a PSP exclusive game called Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker
as shown below from Gamespress

I'll be updating the post on tomorrow's Sony press con on E3, so stay tuned

source: http://kotaku.com/tag/kojima-productions/