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Funny Descriptions

Posted by Strange Festive Voltex , in Reviews, BZP Library, BZPower Feb 09 2013 · 153 views

So I'm just chatting with one of my irl friends whilst browsing BZPower, and we're flipping through the different library clubs (ECC, SSCC, CCC, Ambage, CFE), and in the middle of looking through different posts, he stops me.
Then he says that a lot of the posts are like the speech Darth Sidious made to the Senate in Star Wars Episode III, and the church in Dishonored (I haven't played this, so I dunno if this part is correct).
I asked him why and he says this:

It sounds like they are proclaiming themselves as being this 'amazing' group that will help everyone, while in reality it never lives up to that and often contains a certain level of corruption....

That's a pretty funny description to give to the clubs on a website for a children's toy, don't you think?


Django Unchained - Review

Posted by Strange Festive Voltex , in Reviews, Film / Shows Dec 26 2012 · 166 views

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Dr. King Schultz, a bounty hunter, buys a slave known as Django and gives him his freedom. The two strike a connection and become partners for the winter, providing Django with an opportunity to become a lethally accurate and fast shot with a gun.
I saw Django Unchained last night. It’s been my most anticipated film of the year since I saw the trailer in July, upsetting The Hobbit. It was a spectacular trailer to do that, because I’ve been following The Hobbit since early 2011. Usually I’ll look at a trailer, and if it does the job right and catches my attention, I will go see the movie. But I never let myself form an opinion on the film beforehand. I didn’t do that for The Dark Knight Rises, or Skyfall, or Looper. However, this was a trailer that was so good that I could almost smell the movie itself being just as fantastic. So when I walked into that cinema, I was expecting something amazing.
Director Quentin Tarantino has served up yet another masterpiece – not surprising, considering that my least favourite Tarantino film, Jackie Brown, is still far better than many films I’ve seen.
The setting, the south western United States before the American Civil War, is one I always enjoy if done right. The “western” genre has also been one of my favourite genres to watch. It feels like this film was made by Tarantino just to say “Merry Christmas” to me, because it stuffs so many things that I enjoy about film together and does it right.
Django is portrayed brilliantly by Jamie Foxx, both for the brief few minutes we see him as a slave and throughout the entire movie afterward as a free man. It was very fun to watch him turn from being an unsure free man ready to serve Christopher Waltz’s character into a confident, bounty hunting partner of Waltz’s character. In his relentless pursuit of these white men, Django throws himself so wholeheartedly into it that Schultz calls him the fastest gun in the south. It was interesting to watch as Django slowly developed as the main character throughout the film, and while he does some pretty nasty stuff in the finale, he retains his humanity.
Waltz as Dr. King Schultz is a joy to behold, and was the highlight of the film whenever onscreen. Waltz has a way of acting that I really enjoy (his character Hans Landa from Inglourious Basterds stole that show, too) and I hope to see him in another film soon. Schultz shows up with some very fancy language in the beginning, combined with his own accent and unique way of speaking that allowed me to immediately latch onto the character. Although he is confident and knowledgeable early in the film, we are shown that Schultz is still very human – his German legend about Broomhilda, his anti-slavery view, and numerous shots of him being unable to watch actions taken against slaves in Candieland. Schultz is the character of the film, and Waltz did everything right with the role.
Leonardo DiCaprio as the antagonist Calvin Candie was also superb, as a brutal, conniving plantation owner. It was very interesting to watch as Candie allowed Django to talk smack about anything and everything (all thanks to a possible 12, 000 dollar deal) before the ruse was detected, and the allowances he was willing to make for Django and Schultz as well. I also enjoyed the scene between Candie and the head slave Stephen (played by Samuel L. Jackson), who had realized the ruse of Django and Schultz and reveals it to him then and there… leading to everything falling apart for our two protagonists.
As Tarantino films tend to do, the film does jump a little bit between different periods of time between Django’s past and Django’s present, but not as much as Resevoir Dogs or Pulp Fiction. However, I think it works to the benefit of Django Unchained because, to put it bluntly, the only thing that matters about the past is the whipping of Django’s wife. Once we’re past that, we don’t need to know anything else – all that matters is the here-and-now Django story. So that’s what we get. Django Unchained is still filled with Tarantino staples – blood is everywhere, we get some disturbing scenes (such as a slave being eaten alive by dogs), and people being absolutely ridden with bullets. Tarantino himself cameos as a slave drive that’s shot while carrying dynamite… I’ll let you imagine the rest of that.
The soundtrack is upbeat and delivers exactly as any Tarantino soundtrack should – by pulling in very out of place songs and making them fit. There’s one scene where we get a rap song that would usually only fit in with a bad modern comedy movie. The song shouldn’t fit into this “southern” scene at all, but this is Tarantino, and he makes it fit. However, the soundtrack also manages to fit in several western sounding songs, and let’s be honest here; society needs more songs like that.
If I have one complaint about the film aside from some small nitpicks (there’s a scene towards the end where Django shoots someone from an angle and they go flying in a straight line backwards), it’s the lack of screen time that the winter bounty hunting segment is given. We see Django and Schultz go up to the mountains, see a bit of Django training, and see his first bounty – and then the film skips ahead to spring, when Django and Scultz infiltrate Candieland. The film is almost three hours long as it is, and Tarantino mentioned they actually considered splitting the film into two volumes like Kill Bill, so perhaps cuts were made to that segment in order to keep the runtime down. That said, an extended version on Blu-Ray would be very welcome.
Suffice it to say that Django Unchain didn’t just meet my lofty expectations for it – the movie exceeded them. Where it fits in terms of the rest of Tarantino’s films I’ll have to decide later, but this is easily one of my favourite films of 2012 thus far. If you haven’t seen Django Unchained yet, correct that mistake immediately.
I hope to see both The Hobbit and Les Miserables by New Years; if I manage it, both will be reviewed.


Next Review Coming

Posted by Strange Festive Voltex , in Reviews Aug 29 2012 · 89 views

I'll be reviewing The Expendables later today or tomorrow, and a review of The Expendables 2 will be coming later in the week.


Review - The Dark Knight Rises

Posted by Strange Festive Voltex , in Film / Shows, Reviews Jul 22 2012 · 90 views

A Review of The Dark Knight Rises

Where should I begin? How do you begin a review of possibly the best super hero film, and possibly one of the greatest films of all time?

I shall open with my few complaints about the film, as so very minimal they are. The first being The Bat, Batman’s new vehicle debuting in this film. While it is neat, and it’s cool that Batman can fly around, it just can’t hope to match the brilliance of the Tumbler, nor the versatility of the Batpod. However, the way it is worked into the film is very clever, and it ends up giving Batman a slim advantage where without it, there would be no movie at all. My second complaint is with the many connections to Batman Begins; while this helps the film to set itself up as the conclusion of the trilogy, aside from Harvey Dent being mentioned a few times there are no such connections made to The Dark Knight, leaving it out on its own. The third is a scene that takes place between Batman and Bane in the middle of the film, an encounter which looks like it should render Bruce Wayne either dead or useless, but doesn’t. It felt a little unrealistic, and thought the film worked with it very well, it could have been done far better.

However, as I said, those complaints are minimal. This movie is brilliant, fantastic, amazing, and I will definitely be going to see it again. The film takes place eight years after The Dark Knight, and this is easily seen; Bruce Wayne has become secluded from society as his company slowly loses money, and organized crime within Gotham has ground to a halt. However, chaos is rippling just beneath the surface, and when Bane reveals himself it comes crashing out of the floodgates.

The portrayal of Selina Kyle/Catwoman (although she is never referred to as Catwoman, another bonus) by Anne Hathaway was terrific, and it was nice to see that she never truly allied herself with either Batman nor Bane, working with one only to turn to the other and then back again. I also enjoyed Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s performance, and was extremely happy to see his character play a large role within the film. The cameo appearance by the Scarecrow was also welcome, and I wish that we could’ve seen the Joker in some way as well.

There were several twists and turns within the plot that I didn’t expect, which was actually very surprising in a very good way. In fact, even the parts that were predictable were played out so well that I can’t complain about them. This film’s story outdoes the overly depressing one of The Dark Knight and its role as the climax to the trilogy is leagues better than the opening to the trilogy of Batman Begins. As hard as it is to believe, Christopher Nolan has outdone both of the previous films with this one, marking an extremely satisfying end to this tale.

I loved the soundtrack as well. Every single scene that was given music was strengthened in every way, the notes matching perfectly with what was going on and giving precisely the right tone. And when we were given scenes with no music (one key scene between Batman and Bane comes to mind), it fit as well, lending us more focus to the action that was occurring in those moments.

While I did have some complaints with the film, as I said before they were minimal and barely impact the score I have given this film. This film, like The Avengers before it, gets the superhero film right and perfects it. This is without question the biggest film of the summer, and you have to watch it. No moviegoer life will be complete if that moviegoer has not seen The Dark Knight Rises. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go back to the theatre and watch this again.

Final Score: 98/100

Yes, it's that good.



Mini Review #1 - Monsters University Teaser

Posted by Strange Festive Voltex , in Reviews, Film / Shows Jul 17 2012 · 113 views

Mini Review #1
Monsters University Teaser

First off, let me say this- when I heard that this film was being made, the first thought that popped into my mind was “Do we seriously need another Monsters, Inc. film?”.

However, then I thought back to my trip to Disneyworld and the hilarious Monsters, Inc. comedy show they have there, and to the (rather vague, I’ll admit) memories I have of the film itself, and just the fact that this is Pixar we’re talking about. So I decided to give it a chance once I heard more information.

I saw the teaser right before Brave, and I was blown away. When the trailer opened, I thought it was so predictable; “Okay, so they’re telling us how the monsters do their job. Got that... except it’s gonna turn out that they do something else and we’ll get some boring sequel to the original film”.

Or... not....

I wish the sound of the glue being squirted and the laugh that followed could be on a forever repeating soundtrack of my life. Those two sounds right there made my day and the hallway scene that followed was comedy genius at work. The banter between Wazowski and Sullivan was perfect, and I can’t wait to see both of them working against each other and together in the film next year.

The animation and music were also beautiful- I enjoyed the subtle additions they had, like Sullivan high-fiving another monster as he walks into the scene, and the chips that are scattered everywhere when he later digs into the bowl. I don’t think I need to say anything about the music that plays when the lights are turned off- it just fit the scene perfectly.

In the end, I am super hyped for this film. Pixar has, with this teaser, turned a film I wasn’t going to pay attention to into a must-see film for next year.

Final Score: 4.5/5

If there are any film or video game (or other) trailers or teasers you'd like me to review, feel free to suggest in the comments! I'm hoping to do two or three of these a week, and the only rule is that whatever it's a teaser/trailer of can't have been released yet.

Expect my The Amazing Spider-Man review tomorrow.

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A Review Of Pixar's Brave

Posted by Strange Festive Voltex , in Film / Shows, Reviews Jul 06 2012 · 94 views

A Review of Pixar’s Brave

Going into the theatre to watch the latest film from Pixar, I was... apprehensive. Every review I’d seen of the film, and every comment made on it, I had noticed complaints. Complaints that Brave didn’t match up to the rest of Pixar, everyone saying that the entire thing was predictable, so on and so forth.

Suffice it to say my expectations walking in weren’t that high. I only went because it was Pixar, and because I’ve been waiting to see this film all year.

I must say that I was surprised, to say the least. The animation was fantastic, as I’d heard- I only wish my theatre was one with the new Dolby sound format, as I believe the fantastic tone of the film would have been expanded beyond the confines of the current generation of sound technology. The grass and the trees seemed lifelike, and the birds sounded very realistic for an animated film. The entire motion picture was a treat to look at, and I would love to see another Pixar flick with a setting just as realized in the future.

The story was predictable as expected, to an extent- overall however, I didn’t find it to be that bad. I enjoyed the fact that Merida did indeed know that the witch was a witch. It added some depth to the story, and changed up the far overused “Wait that was a witch how did that happen, because I never knew that!” plot point. There were some clever twists- number one being the scene mentioned above, and some others being scene where the three brothers were turned into small bears- I had a good laugh out of that.

The characters were a real treat to watch as well- much like how I enjoyed the characters of How to Train Your Dragon in 2010, except more Scottish and less Viking. I would have liked to have seen more of the King like we saw at the beginning of the film and less of the raging, revenge obsessed King we saw later, and it would’ve been nice if the clan chiefs had been given larger roles, but overall I can’t complain. I really enjoyed the Witch and her pet- they were brilliant.

Overall, I must say, this film was brilliant. Unlike the more negative reviews of this film, I’m going to say that I loved it and recommend that you go see it now. It was a more mature take on Pixar’s usual formula, and for that I am thankful; it’s a very fun and exciting refresher from the likes of Wall-E, Toy Story and Up – although like all of Pixar’s films, those are brilliant in their own way too. Would I recommend this film over the likes of The Avengers or The Amazing Spider-Man? Perhaps not- but this film will still be more than worth your while.

Final Score: 87%


Set Review: Evo

Posted by Strange Festive Voltex , in Reviews Jun 03 2012 · 83 views

Several months late (I wrote this back in January) comes the second set review on this blog- look for the review on Rocka by tomorrow.

From the design of the box to the instruction manual, these are the first things you see before building the set.

Evo doesn’t really come in a box as much as he comes in a bag. A re-sealable bag nonetheless, but still just a bag. I miss the canisters. Also, it looks like he’s trying to catch up with the Savage Planet heroes. It’s a little late for that, but we’ll let Evo be and he’ll be happy just the same. I actually think that, compared to some of the other bags this time around (like Jawblade), Evo’s is a little bland.

Half the fun is had building the set. How fun is it to build and how easy or challenging is it?

Evo is built just like the 2.0 and Savage Planet heroes, with a touch of 2010 thrown in for good measure. Although the build is one I’ve done several times before, I did find building the weapon arm (seconds long as it was) to be enjoyable.
Considering Evo is one of the small sets, one cannot expect much of a difference from the past. In this case that is okay, though.

Set Design
Now that the set is complete, we can critique how it looks from every angle. New or interesting pieces can also be examined here.

The set contains plenty of cool pieces.
The pieces I found to be of interest, or are otherwise new. I love the gunmetal feet (as well as all the gunmetal on Evo) except for that this probably means we might not get a gunmetal hero as I want. The gunmetal feet are sweet anyway. The new helmet I really like. Lego has made a helmet that looks like his 2.0 helmet but manages to add some personality, making it more like the 2010 helmets. And that’s a good thing. The new core I wish came in a color other than white, but it is okay as it is, I guess. The new body armour I think still would’ve worked with the 2.0 chest plate over top, and I’m not sure I like the new Thornax launcher. Without the pin hole it’s not as flexible, and must be re-adjusted every time I fire it. Sigh. The new round add-on armour piece is far better looking than I expected, however. That’s a plus.

Overall Evo looks very nice. The all gunmetal tank arm looks very good, as do the legs. To my surprise, the smaller body piece actually works fairly well for Evo; for the first time, I don’t feel like replacing it with a larger one. That’s automatically plus five points there.

The other half of the fun is in playing with the set. How well does the set function and is it enjoyable to play with?

Playability wise, Evo’s like a 2.0 version of 2010 Bulk, Stringer, or Stormer. His tank arm can’t bend past certain points and can be a little hard to pose well, but if you can get him in the right pose Evo looks very good.
I don’t really like the handcuffs, however. I think they would have been better as one big, rubbery piece like the spikes that came with Evo 2.0 myself.

Once it's all said and done, how does the set stack up? Should I get it?
What's to like?
  • 2010 style helmet is win
  • Gunmetal feet!
  • Tank arm
  • Flows nicely
What's not to like?
  • Is tiny compared to Furno, Breez, and Rocka
  • No purple?
  • Orange head instead of blue or purple?
  • Lack of 2.0 chest plate
  • Seriously where’s the purple
  • Handcuffs don’t really work
Evo would be the one breakout hero that I would recommend. Furno and Breez both look slapped together with all that white and mata red (in Breez’s case), Surge has too much lime green and doesn’t really add anything new, and Rocka has several issues in piece choices. Evo, however, is good as he is.

Final Score: 9/10


The Avengers Review

Posted by Strange Festive Voltex , in Reviews, Film / Shows May 08 2012 · 88 views

The Avengers – This is the film that Marvel Studios has been building towards since 2008, when they released Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk. Further leading into this film were the films Iron Man 2 (released in 2010), Thor, and Captain America: The First Avenger (both released in 2011). In this film Nick Fury, the director of a company known as S.H.I.E.L.D. must assemble the title heroes from those films (as well as a few others, which we’ll get to later) to defend Earth against the super villain Loki, who returns from last year’s Thor.

The Characters – 9.5/10
The characters were one of my biggest worries heading into this film- because I already knew the sheer amount of them. You have seven super heroes, the main villain, three agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (that is a pain to type), and then several other background characters to keep track of.

You can easily keep track of them all.

There’s Nick Fury, the hardcore and brutally honest director of S.H.I.E.L.D., who gathers Tony Stark/Iron Man (played by Robert Downey Jr.), Bruce Banner/The Hulk (played by Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans), Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and Clint Barton/Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner). Ruffalo as Banner is easily the standout of the crowd – he plays Banner brilliantly, as a Doctor whose anger is always there boiling right beneath the surface, waiting to be unleashed. Downey is also pleasing to watch, as Stark easily interacts with Banner, Rogers, and Thor. Hawkeye as the confident, to-the-point assassin was also fun, although Thor, Black Widow and Captain America were rather average.

Then there’s Loki, the main villain of the film returning from last year’s Thor. He’s descended since then into a pure need for revenge and the need to satisfy what he feels is a most terrible injustice against him, and Tom Hiddleston pulls this off beautifully. Loki’s banter with Fury, Thor, Black Widow, and the rest of the Avengers one by one is hilarious to see, especially when it’s Iron Man’s turn: when Stark, without his armour, is asked if he’s going to appeal to Loki’s humanity, Stark says that no, he won’t, and proceeds to threaten Loki instead, provoking one of the most hilarious scenes in the film.

The chemistry between the characters is amazing too; almost every conversation between the Avengers or Loki slips in one or two clever remarks that are genuinely funny; and that was very refreshing. In terms of the characters, Avengers has gotten everything right.

The Plot and the Juicy Stuff: - 9.5/10
The plot is rather predictable, to be honest; the big bad villain (Loki) wants to rule/enslave/destroy the Earth, and the heroes (the Avengers) need to stop him and save the day at the eleventh hour. However, it’s the way that the film portrays it that makes me give it such a high score; imagine Transformers: Dark of the Moon with all of its high points, and then give it characters you can actually care about and give it humour that isn’t like, totally lame. Once you’ve done that, multiply it by three, and you might have Avengers.

From the get-go, the Avengers are fighting amongst themselves (albeit, not willingly). Loki takes over the mind of one in the opening scene, which was definitely a surprise, and that hero then fights Fury and others to help Loki escape; Black Widow is sent to retrieve Banner and only narrowly avoids unleashing The Hulk; Iron Man point-blank refuses to join and then joins in anyway, saving Captain America/stealing his thunder; and then when Thor enters, he immediately begins brawling Iron Man and then brawls with Captain America too, as Loki watches and laughs.

I don’t want to spoil the movie, so I’ll end this section off there, but I will say that the banter between each character makes every scene worth it, and at the very end you’re going to be in for a huge surprise that no Marvel fan will want to miss.

Special Effects and Action: - 9.5/10
The special effects of this movie are as good as (if not better than) those in Transformers, with trees and buildings being snapped and shattered when Thor and Hulk fall from the heavens and then the portal to another dimension that Loki uses to return to Earth.

The action itself is reminiscent (and better than) the Transformers films too; watching Captain America (and then Iron Man) take on Loki single handed early in the film was wicked to watch, and later on when Iron Man took on Thor, setting a forest ablaze, my jaw hit the floor. Let me tell you, there is nothing better than watching the Avengers duke it out with each other, beating themselves senseless while the guy they’re supposed to be fighting watches them and doesn’t even try to escape.

Overall – 9.5/10 (95%)
Even if you haven’t seen the other Marvel films (or haven’t seen all of them), I would recommend this movie; it does everything right in terms of a super hero film, and every character is given the screen time that they need and deserve. If you’re a Marvel fan, I shouldn’t have to tell you to see this film. It’s the best Marvel film there is, and I would argue that it’s even better than The Dark Knight.

If you see only one film in theatres this year, this has to be that film.


The Hunger Games Review

Posted by Strange Festive Voltex , in Reviews, Film / Shows Mar 27 2012 · 55 views

The film was pretty good. I could've done with A LOT less shaky camera work during the action/fight scenes and more detail, but I also get that part of it was because the film had to be PG. - WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD

  • The added behind-the-scenes scenes featuring Seneca Crane and the subplot around him as he tried to keep President Snow and the viewers happy despite the actions of Katniss was amazing. Honestly, I'm going to go back and read the book and miss not having these scenes in there. I enjoyed them in and of themselves, but I also thought that they were a brilliant way to give viewers a break every now and then from the consistently shaky, dirty, foresty setting of The Hunger Games themselves.
  • Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen: I think she did a very good job of portraying Katniss. In addition, I really enjoyed watching Haymitch and Cinna too. Seneca Crane was, as stated before, also a fun character to see on the screen. Too bad they had to kill him off.
  • The District 11 uprising after Rue's death; although it's another thing they added that wasn't in the book (not that we would've known about it had it occured anyway), I think it shows just how close to the edge District 11 is, and will add more tension during the visit there that Katniss must make in Catching Fire.
  • The portrayal of the Capitol-Although not strictly what the books described, I think it was a good blend of super futuristic and modern technology, yet it still contrasted starkly against Districts 11 and 12.
  • Primrose Everdeen; I felt like they made her far too frail and... wimpy, I suppose. I don't remember Prim ever being like that in the books, not even in The Hunger Games.
  • The lack of Thresh and Foxface- both were mentioned several times in the book, and I think it would've been neat if we'd seen shots of Foxface hidden in the background, following other tributes and perhaps a scene or two of Thresh doing whatever he was doing.
  • Peeta still has a certificate of ownership for both legs, despite the fact that the book clearly states he lost a leg. I'm not sure what could be done with this plot wise, but I guess it could always be said in Catching Fire that it had to be removed later on.
Final Score: 8.5/10.

The film did a masterful job of capturing the feel of the book and did admirably following the plot. In addition, the brand new subplot starring game maker Seneca Crane manages to add a lot to the movie. However, several character portrayals were not done how they should have been, or simply didn't receive enough screentime.

Despite my complaints, I think the score above says that you should all see this movie, especially if you have read the book already. This was one of the most anticipated films of 2012 for a reason, and it'll be remembered as one of the best.


Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door Review

Posted by Strange Festive Voltex , in Reviews, Video Games Feb 27 2012 · 59 views

Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door

Year: 2004
Platform: Nintendo Gamecube
Series: Paper Mario
Developer: Intelligent Systems
Publisher: Nintendo

In this sequel to Paper Mario, Mario travels to a run-down town called Rogueport in the Mushroom Kingdom after Princess Peach tells him of a magic map she found. In possession of the map (for whatever reason, the Princess enclosed it with her letter), you discover that she... has been kidnapped. After meeting several wacky characters, you go on a quest to collect the Crystal Stars in order to open the Thousand Year Door underneath Rogueport; meanwhile, through both Mario and the Princess you learn more about the legend of the Thousand Year Door and the plans of the evil X-Nauts (the villains of the game).

Playing through the game, the story is gripping, mysterious, and exciting; the best moment being Chapter 3, where you must discover the identity of “X” and also solve the mysteries surrounding a fighting arena called the Glitz Pit. The score here would be higher, but unfortunately the storyline of the game can be summarized into “Princess is captured, and Mario goes to save her”. Honestly, if the Princess hadn’t been captured, it’s questionable whether Mario would’ve bothered to lift a finger to save the world at all.

Most of you probably won’t agree with this score, and that’s fine- I’ve had minimal experience with other consoles. I’m going on what I know.
For the Gamecube, the graphics aren’t the most spectacular; however, they are innovative, and they do look very nice indeed. The visual style also works into the game play in several ways, which is why this section gets a 8.5 instead of, say, a 7.5. If you use a partner to blow on certain areas, the scenery is blown off screen to reveal a hidden secret; your character can turn into a paper airplane or paper boat; you can slip through thin cracks between walls. Without the paper style visuals, these things just wouldn’t make sense. This would have a 9, but man, does that second chapter kill my eyes! Geez!

Game Play/Controls 9.5/10
The controls of this game are very smooth; especially the control stick. If you push it right, you go right; you push it left, you go left. No delays, and no super speed. The “A” and “B” buttons also respond smoothly. The “X” and “Y” buttons are put to good use, and the few times you use them, the shoulder buttons work good as well. However, the C Stick is very frustrating; it’s very hard to push in the right direction. Often I’ll wish to change my partner, but instead find myself in the item menu; I believe the D-Pad would’ve been better to use in this instance.

You have many abilities to work with, however; each of your partners has at least one special ability in the field that you can use to your advantage, and some (such as Yoshi) have two. There are also four different paper forms you can take on to navigate the environment, in addition to your standard jumps and hammer. In-game, everything works and feels great; whether it’s in the field exploring or fighting in battles. I just wish your jumps were a little higher and a little longer.

I’ll bet some of you are gonna be all over me for giving the music this score, but, simply put, I love the music in this game. There are better soundtracks out there, and it might not be orchestrated, but several of the tunes are very catchy; others fit the environment perfectly; and some songs are just awesome (such as the Rawk Hawk battle, which also happens to be in Chapter 3, my favourite chapter). There are a couple songs in the game I dislike and would have preferred maybe some tunes from the first Paper Mario, but overall everything is good in this category.

In short, I love this game. If you are a fan of Mario, RPGs, or are interested in either, you should definitely check out this game; if you’re looking for a different experience from RPGs such as Final Fantasy, I recommend this game as well. This game is on the short (and easy) side of RPGS if you know what you’re doing, but that doesn’t really matter; you’ll have loads of fun while it lasts, and there are side quests that you can do afterward (along with a pit of 100 trials). I’d recommend trying out the first Paper Mario first, even though it doesn’t affect the plot; this game is better than the first (with better graphics, controls, and new features), so that way you won’t ruin the experience of the first game after playing the refined sequel first.

Buy this game and play it.

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4. Donkey Kong - OWNED
5. Samus - OWNED
6. Link - OWNED
7. Pikachu - OWNED
8. Kirby - OWNED
9. Villager - OWNED
10. Wii Fit Trainer - OWNED
11. Marth - OWNED
12. Fox - OWNED
13. Luigi - OWNED x2
14. Diddy Kong - OWNED
15. Zelda - OWNED x2
16. Pit - OWNED
17. Little Mac - OWNED
18. Captain Falcon - OWNED
19. Bowser - PREORDERED
20. Rosalina - PREORDERED
21. Sheik - PREORDERED
22. Toon Link - PREORDERED
23. Lucario - PREORDERED
24. King Dedede
25. Meta Knight - PREORDERED
24. Shulk - PREORDERED
25. Mega Man - PREORDERED
26. Sonic - PREORDERED
27. Robin
28. Lucina
29. Pac-Man
30. Wario
31. Charizard
32. Ness

AMIIBO: Other Games

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1. Mario
2. Peach
3. Yoshi
4. Luigi
5. Bowser
6. Toad