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Berserk Miscellaneous / Guts Berserk Armor pic?
« on: February 26, 2010, 04:17:26 AM »
To all you ironclad Berserk fans out there, maybe you can answer a question.  I don't remember seeing this pic in any of the episodes. Is it from an art book? Or is just really good fan art?

Movies, TV, Books & Music / AVP round 2
« on: August 25, 2007, 02:51:58 AM »
Now this is how the first one should have been (violence wise).

Well, it can't be worse than the first one.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Vampire Hunter D becomes a manga
« on: June 08, 2007, 09:30:20 PM »

Seems interesting enough.  I may look into one or two but for the most part I'll stick with the novels.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / More Pirates!!!!!
« on: March 22, 2007, 02:15:50 AM »
I love the Pirates movies.  The third looks like it'll be just as entertaining as the other two.

Video Games / Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles
« on: February 02, 2007, 02:19:31 AM »
Before I post the link all I can say is that it's about time PSP owners got a Castlevania game.

Once upon a time there was a Super NES game called Dracula X. And lo did many Castlevania fans play this game and say unto themselves, "Meh, it's okay, but it sure seems like a step back from Castlevania IV." Many seasons later, unto PlayStation a masterpiece was born, building interest in the series among fans new and old. But also did it prompt Japan-loving users of the Internet to issue forth a decree.

"Hear ye, hear ye!" they bellowed. "Dracula X is but a sham! A pitiful shadow of a first-rate classic called Dracula X: Rondo of Blood, to which your new darling Symphony of the Night is the true sequel!" And there was much amazement in those days, and much sadness, for Rondo's excellence was matched only by its rarity and inaccessibility. Having been released as a CD-based game for the PC Engine Duo, Japan's version of the Turbo CD, it was both difficult to come by and nigh-impossible to download back in the days of 56K modems. Thus were both pirates and legitimate customers stymied.

But the virtuous are being rewarded for their patience, because at long last -- on the 10th anniversary of Symphony of the Night, in fact -- Rondo of Blood is finally making its way to America. And how it's coming over might come as a bit of a surprise: a 3D remake for PSP.

A Completist's Dream

But there's more to Castlevania: Dracula X Chronicles than a mere graphically-enhanced version of a long-coveted classic (although that alone would certainly sell the game to most people). According to Konami, Chronicles will also include the original 2D version of the game. And, for good measure, a straight port of Symphony of the Night, featuring full-screen graphics and a touched-up localization. Sorry, kitch addicts -- no more scenery-chewing here.

What Symphony won't be receiving is a 3D facelift; that honor is reserved solely for Rondo. But Rondo's the focus here anyway. Fans have been clamoring for years for a port, a rerelease, a remake, anything, so long as the game makes its way into American hands -- and now it's on the way. Symphony's inclusion is simply a sweet, sweet bonus.

Purists might complain that a polygonal facelift will somehow spoil the feel or gameplay. But even ignoring the fact that the original version of the game will be included for good measure, what we've played of Rondo in 3D feels incredibly faithful, even in its clearly pre-beta condition. Koji Igarashi's team still has a long way to go before the remake is ready for release -- voice clips are missing, the music is still placeholder-only, secrets (including a playable Maria Renard) have yet to be added -- but even so, the addition of a third dimension does nothing to change the gameplay. Normally, 2.5D games feel slower and floatier than their flatter predecessors, but Rondo was a slow, precise game to begin with; the controls feel spot-on, even moreso than in the current gold standard, New Super Mario Bros.

Rondo of Awesome

The upgraded visuals have a slightly more "realistic" element to them, but the look is still classic Rondo. The opening stage, the burning ruins of a town straight out of Simon's Quest, is clearly precisely that. The bosses no longer look like simple sprite chains, but they behave exactly the same (and kick your ass just as hard). The heroes have earned a visual overhaul, too -- fan favorite Ayami Kojima has returned to bring both Richter Belmont and Maria out of their awkward anime phase. Richter now sports a blue tailcoat similar in style to a British Redcoat uniform (wholly fitting, given the late-18th-century setting), and Maria now looks like the 12-year-old she's supposed to be (an improvement over her original chubby-eight-year-old appearance).

For those who have never played Rondo, it's best to think of it as the midpoint between the classic level-by-level school of Castlevania design and the modern free-roaming structure popularized by Symphony. Rondo technically has only six stages, conquered in a start-to-finish fashion, but that doesn't really do justice to the intricate, secret-laden world that Richter must conquer. Each stage has a "prime" version, an alternate path whose entrance is hidden. Each prime stage has its own boss (usually much more daunting than the standard boss), and it's by exploring these extra routes that players unlock the game's numerous secrets, like the ability to play as a young Maria. Although the game is linear, players are given the opportunity to choose any available level between stages, which makes repeated exploration a breeze.

Rondo introduced a number of concepts that have been retained in subsequent chapters of the series. Multiple characters, obviously (once Maria is unlocked the characters can be swapped out at the level select screen), but also item crashes (the ability to trade a large number of hearts for a powerful-screen filling attack), subweapon retention, and more. And all of these elements will be retained for the PSP version; despite the new look, Chronicles is shaping up to be a fantastic and faithful rendition of Rondo.

Which is to say, it's an exceptionally-crafted action game whose circumstances unfairly limited its audience. Konami is targeting a fall release date, giving the team plenty of time to polish an already promising (and ambitious) collection. Undead or not, Chronicles should be a godsend for both PSP owners hungry for great content and Castlevania fans who don't really feel like shelling out $150 for one of the series' best chapters.

Be sure to check out tomorrow's 1UP Show for more exclusive gameplay footage, and also look out for the March issue of EGM for comments from Castlevania overlord Koji Igarashi and more hands-on impressions of the game.

Richter redesigned:



Movies, TV, Books & Music / Afro Samurai
« on: January 03, 2007, 03:53:18 AM »
Well if Berserk were to appear on American TV, it would definitely be on Spike.  This is a station that doesn't shy away from violence.  First episode is up on the main site.  The action is pretty insane.  Though for some reason, it wouldn't surprise me if Griff had nothing but "good" things to say about it :guts:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / The Dark Knight
« on: July 21, 2006, 01:46:09 AM »
Or whatever they'll call the sequel :guts:

Anyway, it seems like they've picked the actor for the Joker.  It seems like a rumor, it seems like it's true.  But whatever it is, I just don't know what to make of it when it comes to how I feel.

Heath Ledger.

I think Robin Williams would've been an interesting choice.  That or Johnny Depp.

Shootin' the Breeze / Jackass comes around for a second serving
« on: June 16, 2006, 01:03:04 AM »

I never thought they'd do another one of these.  How many more ways can they come up with to kick their own asses?

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Ghost Rider...
« on: May 23, 2006, 10:37:23 PM »
I don't know what to think at the moment:

Movies, TV, Books & Music / Yo ho, a pirates sequel for me
« on: December 02, 2005, 03:59:38 AM »
Catchy title eh? :guts:

The sequel looks like it'll be as fun as the first one.

Shootin' the Breeze / Anderson needs to disappear
« on: November 03, 2005, 06:51:54 PM »

He's doing a Castlevania movie now.  Seriously, does this guy actually believe that he makes good movies?

Well, at least it's not Uwe Boll.

Shootin' the Breeze / We are DOOMed
« on: October 22, 2005, 05:23:35 PM »
Anyone see Doom yet?

I saw it the other night and I gotta say, it's probably the best videogame to movie adaptation yet.  That's not to say it's a great movie.  It was a fun ride and I was entertained. 

It had it's funny moments too in the form of amusing one liners.  "Semper Fi, Mother Fucker!"  It's funny to see how badly Sarge (Rock) wants to get his hands on the BFG.

The mutants (not demons) looked pretty cool.  You could tell the guy who did the creature effects on the Alien movies was on board for this one.

The music was so-so.  It fit in certain areas, and could have been better in others.

Surprisingly the FPS segment wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be.  I found myslef saying (to myself) "What the hell are you doing, look the other way."  It was like watching someone else play an FPS who does things differently than you.  I'm more of a go in guns blazing.  With this you saw him pearing around the corners and stuff.  I wouldn't be surprised if there's an FPS segment in the upcoming Halo movie.

I would give this movie 3/5.  It was fun.  But it was stupid fun :guts:

Creation Station / Looking for a certain Zodd pic
« on: July 12, 2005, 03:36:11 AM »
Can anyone help me find a larger pic of this Zodd?

Shootin' the Breeze / Need some computer help
« on: July 01, 2005, 12:08:36 AM »
My dad was burning CDs and when he finishes he sends the folder to the recycle bin and then empties it.  He happened to accicdently delete a folder along with his music folders.  Is there anyway that I can recover this folder or the documents within it?

Shootin' the Breeze / Darkhorse brings us Vampire Hunter D
« on: June 27, 2005, 08:35:44 PM »
Vol 1

Vol 2

Wow this has definitly been a long time coming.  I've been reading volume 1 and haven't gotten a chance to start this topic and all I can say is it's awesome.  The movie was based off the first book and I can tell you it's very different from the movie.  And it's better than the movie. 

Apparently Darkhorse has acquired the rights to the first three novels it seems they are in the process of acquiring the rest.

Here's a place to get reviews and plot info from 15 of 16 volumes:

I'm nearly done volume 1 and I already can't wait to get my hands on volume 2.

Current Episodes / Episode 258
« on: June 21, 2005, 01:17:40 AM »

Man I never thought I'd start one of these ;D

Shootin' the Breeze / Batman Begins
« on: June 15, 2005, 05:56:29 AM »
Someone had to start it. Just got back from the midnight showing. It was an awesome movie and Batman is the way he should be. It's late (or early) and I'm going to bed. I'll talk more about it later. Definitly a must see (though I bet Griff will have negative things to say).

Shootin' the Breeze / Highlander anime
« on: June 13, 2005, 04:51:43 AM »

In revenge, patience is a virtue.

And after a few thousand years,
Colin MacLeod doesn't give a damn about virtue...

After four films and two successful television series, you've never seen the HIGHLANDER like this. MacLeod returns with a vengeance in an animated feature length epic!

In the tradition of "Vampire Hunter D" and "Ninja Scroll," anime wizard Yoshiaki Kawajiri brings his unique visual bravura to the immortal "Highlander" franchise. For the first time, the MacLeod katana blade will find itself in the hands of a Japanese master.

Looks to be pretty cool. I enjoyed VHD:Bloodlust and Ninja Scroll so I should enjoy this.  Follow the above link for a teaser trailer.

Shootin' the Breeze / Fan Made Lightsaber duel
« on: May 16, 2005, 02:13:40 AM »
This is sweet as hell.  It's better than any lightsaber duel in any of the star wars movies thus far.

Click on finished project.

Movies, TV, Books & Music / AVP2
« on: May 08, 2005, 11:15:06 PM »

Here we go again.  Hope it's much better than the first one.

Speculation Nation / Zodd's end?
« on: April 07, 2005, 04:07:49 AM »
Zodd is interested in how far Guts has come. He was also impressed by his abilities when they first met. Guts seemed to be almost even with Zodd's human form on the hill of swords, even though Zodd seemed to still have a strength advantage. And now that Guts has the berserk armor he is at least more than a match for Zodd's human form.

Skull Knight and Zodd are age old rivals. And what a fierce rivalry it is. Zodd doesn't even bother fighting Skull Knight in his human form because he would probably get spanked severely.

Then again there's the chance that neither of them will take out Zodd. Someone else that we haven't even thought of or hasn't even been introduced could take him out in the end. Or, there's the chance that he might not even meet his end.

What do ya think?

I'm gonna go with Guts. Zodd was the first thing that Guts actually ever really feared. He never felt that kind of fear/despair in any battle like the time he came up against Zodd. It would seem fitting for Guts to bring Zodd down.

Shootin' the Breeze / You're going to hell
« on: December 13, 2004, 04:13:20 AM »
It's a quiz based on Dante's Inferno.  So, what level of hell are you going to when you die?

I'm off to the 7th.

Shootin' the Breeze / FFVII: Advent Children
« on: December 12, 2004, 05:43:57 AM »
The official tgs2k4 trailer has finally been uploaded in high res glory. Here's the steps to follow in order to watch

- go to:
- click enter
- click trailers
- click on trailer 3 and go with the broadband one for the best picture
- there are pauses during the upload so when it's finished click on replay and enjoy without the pauses

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