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My thoughts on The Cat Returns

Sun, Aug 27th, 2017

So I decided to watch The Cat Returns today, I’ve only seen a little bit of the film beforehand when it was on TV, and thought that it would be right up my alley! So I decided to get the Blu-Ray some years later, and give it watch. I finally got around to doing so, and I thought I’d write my thoughts about it here real quick. I gotta keep myself distracted from being bullied by my crippling depression and my antagonising anxiety somehow!

For those unaware, the Cat Returns is an anime film by Studio Ghibli released in 2002, and it involves cats…

I know some people are going to ask: I watched it subbed, but maybe in some cases, it might have been better to watch it dubbed, because a lot of the humor and whatnot involved the way cats spoke, which were just lost on me when listening to the Japanese, but by the time I realised this, I was well into the film, too late to change it without being put off by the sudden change.

Anyway, I thought it was a really good film. I was very into it when I watched it, at least originally. Visually, like every other Studio Ghibli film I’ve watched, it looked beautiful! It was very well drawn and animated, very colourful and cheerful! Why isn’t our world like this?!
It’s also so nice to watch a Blu-Ray film at 16:9! It’s good to actually see a film’s picture take up the entire TV screen! Thanks guys!

You can tell it wasn’t written entirely seriously, there was a lot of intentional comedy in it, and a lot of self-awareness was also present, maybe too much, almost like the writers couldn’t be bothered to rewrite the story to fill in the plot-holes, so they just leave it all in and just have characters say something like “Well, I knew we should have installed that…” or “Oh, how convenient!”. To me, it seems used as a crutch to make up for bad writing… though then again, it is an anime about a girl being sent to a kingdom of cats to marry a cat prince to rule a population of cats whilst having jokes about cats thrown at us (did I mention that this film is about cats?), so I guess anything goes, right?

This self-awareness practically made me lose my immersion, like it’s hard to feel immersed and worried about the characters if there’s always a convenient way out.

While I thought this was a really good film (and believe me, it was!), it’s not as good as the other Studio Ghibli films I’ve watched.

If you find this film on Blu-Ray or DVD for a good price, I’d say £10 or under, then go for it!

That concludes my review, I give this film 7 bags of cat-nip out of 10!

Okay, now the review is over, now go away!


5 Word Impressions – 007 Special

Sat, Jul 9th, 2016

Hey guys, I’ve watched every single 007 film, From the 1954 Casino Royale to Spectre, all in one big marathon and I have recorded my reactions for every one, all summed into 5 words each!

Are you ready? Go!

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New feature – 5 Word Impressions

Thu, Dec 10th, 2015

First thing’s first: Yes, I’m still alive! I just haven’t had anything to post in a long time…

Okay, anyway, I’ve been to a retro gaming cafe known as “Megabytes”, which is a great place, everyone should visit if they’re ever in Glasgow.

So I decided to do this thing where you get to try out and play consoles for £1 an hour, so I decided to try out a bunch of N64 racers I’ve been dying to try out, from Cruisin’ USA to F-zero X!

So I’ve decided to try out this new feature I wanted to do called “5 word impressions”, where, as the title says, I give my impression of a game in exactly 5 words! In the end, I’ll give a rating of my experience out of 10, which won’t count towards the word count.
I might end up changing the name later, though, since I don’t like the title as it is, so it’s a placeholder.
The idea was inspired by a radio station I used to listen to (that sadly isn’t around anymore) called “Rock Radio”, where they gave the weather forecast in 5 words, called “5 Word Weather”. (See what I mean? That’s a better title!)

Anyway, without further delay, let’s start on the games I tried out! Bear in mind, though, I only got to try these for 5-10 minutes each, so I didn’t get time to try them out in full.


Cruisin’ USA!



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Cobra!’s Retrospectives – Soldier of Fortune

Fri, Jul 11th, 2014

I have finally finished a game series, and thus stars a new series I am doing! Retrospectives!

Well okay, this series was only 3 games long, but it’s still an achievement, at least it is for me.

So as you could probably guess, I have been delving into the Soldier of Fortune games, and now that’s I have completed all 3, I’ll give youse my thoughts on them here, starting with, of course, Call of duty! …Er, I mean Soldier of Fortune, the first game…

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Review: Klonoa 2 [PS2]

Tue, Apr 8th, 2014

This is a review I made for Review a Great Game Day, I made this in 5 minutes for a bit of fun, so enjoy.

Released in 2001 in all regions, Klonoa 2 is the sequel to Klonoa: Door to Phantomile, which appeared on the PS1 in 1997 in Japan, and 1998 in other regions, a remake was also released on the Wii.

I first found out about the game on a demo disc I got with my PS2, and I remember absolutely loving it, and I kept bugging my parents to get me it (I was 8 at the time, shut up!), and they eventually gave in, and got me the game, and I played it for hours on end!

Sadly, nobody I know has even heard of this game, and I think it’s a shame, it’s definetly a hidden gem, in my opinion, and more people should give the game a try!

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Rambo: The Video Game [PC] – Review

Sun, Mar 9th, 2014

Rambo PC_0003
Developers: Teyon
Publishers: Reef Entertainment
Release Dates: 21st February 2014 (EU/AU), 25th March 2014 (NA)
Platforms: PC (Version Reviewed), Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Steam

Rambo: The Video Game is an on rails shooter released on the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, PC and Steam. The game was developed by Teyon and was published by Reef Entertainment. The game was released on the 21st February 2014 here in Europe, and is due for release on the 25th March in North America, according to Amazon US. The version being reviewed is the PC version.

Since this game got released, it’s been getting hate around every corner, the game has been getting terrible reviews, but I don’t think the reviews are justified, most of the reviews I’ve read or watched consisted of a man moaning and crying about the fact it’s a rail shooter and that you can’t move your character, it’s a rail shooter, you’re not supposed to move your character.

There was actually an arcade Rambo game released by Sega in 2009, you would assume it’d make sense to compare the new with that, right? Well, nobody did!

Although I guess I can understand everyone’s reactions, I blame the marketing, they tried to hide the fact it was a rail shooter in the trailers and gameplay videos, and even on the back of the box! Did they try to make it appeal to Call of Duty and Battlefield fans?
They should have been honest, showed the game in all of it’s arcade-y glory, advertised it as an on rails, fast paced shooter, bringing an arcade style experience to consoles, it might have worked, because there still exists fans of rail shooters…

Rambo: The Video Game [PC] - Back Cover - It shows no signs that it's a rail shooter

Would you have guessed that it was a rail shooter from looking at that?

I hope to give this game a bit more of a justifiable review, or at least look at the game from another perspective, I am a huge fan of rail shooter games, and to me, it’s a huge breath of fresh air to see a company trying to make one in an industry currently infested with call of duty clones. I’m also a big Rambo fan, so this game seemed right up my alley.
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PS2’s Final Moments: FIFA 14 and PES 2014 review

Mon, Dec 30th, 2013

It’s been two years since I’ve done one of these, but to be honest, since WWE All Stars, the PS2 hasn’t gotten anything aside from yearly sports games, so I decided to wait until the last of them come out, and then review them, since they’ll be the same anyway.

I think I can safely say the 2014 editions will be the PS2s last, considering the PS2 has stopped production in Japan, and FIFA 14 on the PS2 was only released in PAL regions.

These reviews are coming from a guy who doesn’t follow football religiously, I watch the big national matches, that’s about it. I enjoy playing the FIFA and PES games every year though, especially with friends, on the newer machines. Don’t b*tch at me if I don’t cover everything.

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2012 Year Review

Mon, Dec 31st, 2012

So, 2012 is coming to a close, and 2013 is right around the corner. Usually, I feel upset about it, and I still kind of am, but not as much as I usually would. Maybe I used to feel upset because it mean’t it’s one year further away from what I call “The good old days!”, but if 2012 showed me anything, is that todays days can be as fun as the “good old days”, if that makes sense.

The only thing news-wise I want to talk about is the 2014 Scottish independence referendum being made official, that, to me, was the only bit of news that stood out.

I don’t know about anyone else, but after doing a lot of research, I support independence, from what I’ve read, Scotland can survive, even the head of the anti-independence campaign said we could, and not only that, it seems we’ll all be better off. For starters, we can say bye bye to paying the BBC’s stupid TV license…

Besides, I’d rather be Scottish than British personally, and I want to hear Scottish accents and the Scots language on TV!

2012 was a great year for video games, I’ll list my favourites this year:

Train Simulator 2013 – I never thought I’d find a game like this to be fun, but here we are. I’ve been hearing a lot about the Train Simulator games all over the internet, and I even have a good few friends who have the game, and say they love it, so I thought I’ll get this year’s game, and see how it is, it’s surprisingly addicting, however, I ended up spending over £50 on DLC just to get all of the Scottish trains and routes, and that was while the sale was on!

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD – It’s a nice throw back to the classic Pro Skater games, and even though I have them on practically every system they were released on, I still
enjoyed HD, mostly for it’s havok physics bails, in 60+ FPS!

Back to the Future: The Game – I know what youse are thinking “Wasn’t the game released in 2011?!”, Yeah, the downloadable episodes were, but I get physical copies, and the physical copy, which comes with all the episodes, came out in early 2012, so it counts! These games live up to the TellTale name in being absolutely amazing! Well, that and the episode actually came out on time *cough*Sega*cough*, *cough*Valve*cough*

Sleeping Dogs – Everyone has been talking about it, and playing through it myself, it’s no wonder, it’s a GTA clone, that I think is better than GTA! It’s set in a fictional Hong Kong, and you play as an Undercover cop, sounds awesome, right? Well it’s better than it sounds, the game has a combat system, that actually works! I never thought beat-em-ups could ever make it into 3D and work, but Sleeping Dogs achieved it!

Also, 2 games came out for the Playstation 2 this year! FIFA 13 and PES 2013, they’re the exact same as their previous year counterparts, but at least the PS2 got games, also, apparently Square Enix is coming out with a Final Fantasy expansion for the PS2 next year, sure, it’s technically an expansion, but since the PS2 out of the box doesn’t have a hard drive, it’ll probably be standalone, so it counts! It’ll be out early 2013, Only in Japan…

2012 was also a brilliant year for movies, I’ll go as far as to say it’s the best year for films ever! Many fantastic films came out this year, the new Muppets Movie, Men in Black 3, the Avengers, Brave, The Dark Knight Rises, Ted, all amazing films in their own right!

As for the music of 2012, all I have to say is: OPPA GANGNAM STYLE!

As for what I’ve been up to this year, it’s been crazy for me, all sorts of things have happened to me.

I’ve started development on a new game, as Stated before, called Rossies 3D, which will be a first person shooter that will run on the Unity engine! I am working with fellow Rossi member, and this guys a nutter, so with him on board, the games humour is guaranteed to be intact! I am very exited about the game, and so are others I’ve told.

I’ve discovered a new language, it’s known as Scots, and it turns out that I can understand this language perfectly without studying it or anything, and speak it quite well, most Scottish people can!
So esentially, I’m fluent in a second language, without putting in any effort to learn it, brilliant! My guess is that we learn it through neds and it being used as “slang”, so like English, we learn it as we grow up, kind of making it a second first language, if that makes sense.

Knawin the Scots leid wioot tryin tae lear it is afwu braw! Nou Ah can pit aw o ma gemmes intae this leid! Ah’ll e’en pit thaim intae Spainyie and Italian an aw!

If you understood that, then give yourself a pat on the back, you know another language!

Aside from them, and playing a bunch of awesome retro games, not much happened, just all kinds of little stuff happening.

  • Most Played Game Platform: PC
  • Most Played Game: The Sims 3 [PC] (According to my Raptr)
  • First Game Played in 2012: Motorstorm: Artic Edge [PS2]
  • Last Game Played in 2012: Bully: Scholarship Edition [PC]
  • Favourite Game of 2012: Sleeping Dogs [PC]
  • Favourite Film of 2012: Men in Black 3
  • Favourite Song of 2012: PSY – Gangnam Style
  • Favourite Gaming Moment of 2011: Me and Steven playing Robot Arena 2 for the first time (Not recorded on Blog)

Overall, I think 2012 was a great year, almost as good as the old days! I hope 2013 will be just as good!

My thoughts on 2011.

Sat, Dec 31st, 2011

I thought since 2011 is coming to an end, I thought I’d give my opinion of this year based on my experience, Those who know me in real life would know that I don’t usually like the modern years. It’s surprisingly mixed this year, very much leaning towards the bad side, but still. I’ll explain.

At the start of the year, literally, when it became new year, my cousins were all at our house to celebrate the new year, it’s a tradition we have, we either go to our house or our grans. Anyway, my cousins, Steven and Giancarlo were in my room, and I asked them if they wanted to try Goldeneye out, because up until that point, they were practically trying to avoid playing my old games, they even seamed to think less of me because I played old games. However, they said yes this time, so we played a match, and we were having a great time, then Steven said to me “Maybe you could bring this over next time we’re at grans, and I could bring extra controllers and games!”, I finally convinced them that there was some fun to be had with retro games, and to me, that’s a major plus for this year.

Also, another major plus in my opinion is that I finally left my awful high school, and started college! Which I’m very much enjoying!

Also, my collection of games have grown quite a bit, I’d never thought I’d own a Jaguar, let alone a Jaguar CD, or even consider getting a 3DO and a CD32, but here I am, playing all of them practically every day! Although now I’m having a problem with space now.

Another thing, it’s a bit minor though, but I’ve been introduced to the Sam & Max franchise, and it was practically love at first sight, after playing and completing Episode 104, I instantly wanted everything with the Sam & Max name on it, good or bad!

Also, this really isn’t a plus or a minus, but it was amazing how we got 5 PS2 games this year, 8 in America! I predict that the PS2 has another year in it left, I mean in march 2012, MLB 2K12 is coming to PS2, and it’ll maybe get it’s versions of FIFA 13 and PES 2013 (I hope so.), and that’ll be it, the PS2’s had one heck of a life, and it wasn’t until this year that I realised that, long live the PS2!

Now onto the minuses, these are a bit personal, but these outweigh the good of this year, my great gran passed away, she lived until her 90s, so she’s lived a good long life.

The more important one, my dad suddenly passed away this year, I suppose it’s not all terrible, because they say those who passed away can still visit you in your dreams, and when that happens, it’ll fell real, there’s a term for this, but I have no idea what it is, but this is has actually happened to me, twice!

2011 Media Summary:

Overall, it’s mixed, alot of good has happened this year, but alot of bad has as well

The PS2’s Final Moments: WWE All Stars Review

Wed, Oct 26th, 2011

I’m going to start doing reviews on this site, I’ve been doing reviews for several sites, and since my readers think I’m good at reviewing, I though make some here, particularly this series I like to call “The PS2’s final moments.”, where I review the PS2’s last games.
When did they come out? The more appropriate question is, when WILL they come out?
That’s right! Believe it our not, they’re still games being made for the PS2, usually a port of a game, although there’s no mention on the advertisements for the games, or reviews of them, that’s when I come along, I’m going to buy every individual game that comes out on the PS2 from 2011 onwards.

I also want to know, if there’s any game I’ve missed that’s coming to PS2, tell me about it, like I said I want to experience the PS2’s last moments, I want to be with it, on it’s deathbed, sitting beside it, holding it’s controller, until it finally rests it’s laser and is discontinued.

The first game in this series is WWE All Stars, yes, believe it or not, there’s a PS2 version, don’t believe me? Check on Amazon, it does exist, however, THQ themselves have never mentioned a PS2 port, why not?

As a PC gamer, at least when it comes to modern games, and a fan or Wrestling games, I am annoyed that THQ never release the WWE games on the PC, and have to resort to getting them on PS2, and recently, we were given a very good port of Smackdown vs. Raw 2011, the graphics were actually comparable to the other versions,and the game ran fast and the controls were very functional, in fact the only complaint I have with it is that the commentating wasn’t very good, sometimes they repeat lines a couple of times or just say something totally out of context to what’s going on, and the load times were awful, it can take up to 5 minutes to load up a match, apart from those, it was a great port and probably the best PS2 game in years, and being it was released when it was, I thought it would be the last, ending the PS2’s life with a bang.

The best thing was, unlike every other game from 2008 to present, they didn’t just grab the Wii version and port it without a care in the world. The graphics were better on the PS2 overall, for instance, the ropes were 3D and the names on the wrestlers, telling you who you’re facing, didn’t have a black box behind them unlike the Wii version, the framerate was much more reliable too, in fact if I can recall right, it never slowed down on me, not even with 6 wrestlers in a TLC match, it’s just things like that that proved that THQ put real effort into the PS2 version!

On the back of the instruction manual it has an ad for the then upcoming WWE All Stars, and having done a little research, I found that it was coming to the PS2. The game was going to be an unofficial sequel of sorts to WWF Wrestlemania: The Arcade game, it’ll be cartoony and not the slightest bit realistic, I loved that game, so I was looking forward to this, and after playing the PS3 version at HMV, and enjoyed it, I didn’t expect a perfect port, but I still expected a great port nonetheless, like what we got for Smackdown vs. Raw 2011.

Before I started playing, I heard they grabbed the Wii version, and put it on the PS2, I thought that was kind of lazy, but I’ll give it a chance.

The game as you imagine, doesn’t have much of a story, just win matches and become the champion, you can choose from 3 champions, I’ll get more into that later.

I started the game up, and played a quick match, and wow, was I disappointed, the arena looked pretty nice, the textures were actually really good, the best I’ve seen from the PS2 in fact, but the characters look awful, the texture quality is awful, the colours look all washed out, sometimes the clothes look as though they were just part of the wrestlers skin. The worst part is, the game doesn’t even run a good framerate despite this, The gameplay suffers big time from this, I’ll get to that later.

The music is… well, there’s no music, instead we have JR and Jerry “King” Lawler commentating the match, if you wanted a fast paced, fun game, put in some upbeat music, or at least something that give you the impression that it’s fast. I’m sick and tired of hearing JR and King’s annoying American accents, to give them credit, at least this time around they got it right, they don’t repeat the same lines constantly and everything they say relates to what’s going on in the match.

The sound effects are awful, they honestly sound like they recorded the sound effects using a microphone to a speaker and then compressed it. It just sounds awful.

The gameplay is terrible. the controls lag, what I mean by this is that the buttons only work half the time and sometimes you have to press a button multiple times for it to do something, the AI are annoying as well, sometimes, they just won’t give you any chance to attack, they’ll punch you when you’re down getting back up, this can get very frustrating.

There are a few game modes to keep you occupied, you have the fantasy warfare game types, where they have matches where they get a WWE legend and their modern equivalent, for example, Andre the Giant vs Big show, both of them are big and heavy, or Sgt. Slaughter vs. Jack Swagger, both of them being obsessed with their country, the USA.
You also have a Path of Champions mode, which a mentioned earlier, you can choose from 3 champions to chase, the classic WWE championship (Undertaker and Paul Bearer), the modern WWE championship (Randy Orton) and the WWE tag team championship (D-Generation X), they’re all the same thing, you play 10 matches, the championship one included, so there really isn’t much to say about that.

The presentation is average, well, it would be had it not of been for the awful muffled sound effects, and the terrible load times, they aren’t as bad as Smackdown vs. Raw 2011, but they’re still awful.

To end on a high note, if you’re playing with a friend for the sake of laughing at the game for it’s many flaws, there’s actually some fun to be had with the game, because of the low gravity moves and, lack of music and bad sound effects give off the impression that they’re on the moon, you have a great laugh out of that.

Overall, it’s is an awful port, they put no effort into it whatsoever, they just grabbed the Wii version and dumped it on a PS2 disc. On multiplayer, however, it’s so bad, it’s good. Unless you can find it very cheap, like say 50p, and want to buy it for the multiplayer, don’t bother.

Graphics: 3/10 – They would be considered bad even if it was a launch title, and it can’t even run a good framerate, not even the great textures can save it.

Gameplay: 5/10 – Again, unless your playing it on multi-player to laugh at it, it’s just boring, the controls are delayed and sometimes don’t work.

Music: 1/10 – There’s no music in the game, and again, the commentators will really get on your nerves, The sound effects are Awful, absolutely awful, I give it 1 point for at least getting the commentary right.

Overall: 3/10 – Overall, A terrible port of a great game, I do not recommend you get this version. It wasn’t like you were going to get the PS2 version anyway, I’m just saying, don’t!

Was this any good? Give me your honest opinion, I want to know.

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