TME Comic Review: The Art of The Mass Effect Universe

Review By Sean McQuillan

Mass Effect, like all BioWare games, is an ocean of rich character designs, immersive and interconnected storylines, and beautiful set pieces.  An ocean of such depth you could easily get lost in it.  The Mass Effect series followed Shepard as he, or she, saved the universe.  It not only gave you a world to explore, and loads of interesting races and subcultures to investigate, it acted as a tour of the imaginations of the BioWare team.  You get exposition through gameplay, but there is a huge amount of extra material if you have the interest to pour through it. The Art of The Mass Effect Universe is, as the name implies, a look into the artwork behind one of the most immersive RPGs released.  What makes it truly amazing it now just the stunning final art of the characters and locales, but the insight into their design process.  You see tons of early designs and notes from the creators explaining their approach and how they refined it into the final designs.  We see the races, characters, and worlds spanning both Mass Effect titles. Coming in at almost 200 pages, with a price tag of $39.99, this beautiful hardbound book is well worth it to anyone who loves the series, and would make an excellent window into the BioWare universe for anyone curious about the series.

What I want for Christmas

By David Burrola

I remember a time when I asked for a lot of things for Christmas. Toys, games, nunchucks, a firemans pole from my room to the kitchen, the Batmobile; but as i’ve gotten older I ask for less, or just to see people I haven’t been able to keep in touch with for a while.

 

But in recent years, i’ve come up on some harder choices that every adult takes. Do I get food right now or Assassin’s Creed? A replica of Dante’s Ebony and Ivory pistols in airsoft form or gas? Things any normal(see nerd) adult thinks about. And with that are what i’d like for Christmas this year, since i’m poor and you always help the poor during this season!

 

 

I know everybody’s been playing Batman Arkham City since it came out, but i’ve either been pre-occupied with The Elder Scrolls V : Skyrim, or too poor(because of Skyrim). So i’d like to get this and dive right in and feed that desire to be Batman that everyone has deep down inside. Those who say they don’t are lying. This is a fundamental. We know this.

 

I’ve neglected this one since its kind of a money sink in that it does what other big titles do nowadays and offer all sorts of DLC that you should have either not told us about until later, or hinted at so obviously you had signs for it that we have to buy later. Sure most of its not more than $10 but its the principle of kind of not having a full game that we’re still paying full price for. Thats mostly because of Catwoman not being able to be played unless you have that online pass code and what not, but this is still something for another day to discuss.

 

What Rocksteady has done, is given you a game that really makes you feel like Batman, and in a setting that really works for both comic book geeks, as well as general gamers or people who haven’t much gotten into games. Hell, you can just watch someone play it and it’ll be just as cool, but I want the experience of doing it myself. After all, I beat the last game on all difficulty’s and investigated everything there was to it.

 

While I really do have lots of fun in Skyrim and with other fighting game titles, I just want me some time as the Dark Knight. Also because I want some other way to quench my thirst for The Dark Knight Rises, staving off my rabid need to see that.

PRESS START REVIEW: Mario Sports Mix

By Helen Elson

Published by: Nintendo

Developed by: Square Enix

Number of Players: 1-4

Release Date: February 7, 2011

MSRP: $49.99

Rated: E for Everyone

For:  Mild Cartoon Violence

Available On: Wii

Rating: 4/5 MOM’s CHOICE! (The jumping plummber and his pals bring a new meaning to competetive sports ,I gave it a  4/5. Another Nintendo creation is Mario Kart which is not only entertaining but fun for the whole family … if you liked Mario Kart this you will love Mario Sports Mix) MOM’s CHOICE!

With the original character that started it all, Mario’s back with one of his most entertaining games released to date.  This game allows you to go head to head in basketball, hockey, volleyball, and dodgeball. There are three tournaments for each sport, and players can also do single-player and multiplayer exhibition modes. The rules of the games are all the same, however, they found a way to shake it up “mario style” by having the character’s super abilities make the game unpredictable and challenging.

They have all the orignial favorites like turtle shells and bananas with a twist. Of course, the game is more enjoyable when 4 people are playing at once. All four sports are easy to pick up. If you are familiar with the Mario games. Ice Hockey is fun, as you can steal the puck and block shots. Basketball is especially fun combining all the special moves of the other Mario games making it more entertaining and exciting. Volleyball is similar to basketball with the rip roaring action you need to jump and spike on the opponent. Dodgeball is fun, but you are not dodging at all. You are throwing fruit or bombs which makes it equally enjoyable. All in All,the games are a silly variety of the sport with a enjoyable outcome. Definitely a pick up for the holidays for family gatherings or a early Christmas Morning!

My Top 5 Scary Game Franchises

By Angie Quidim

It’s that time again; Halloween! The best time for ghouls and ghosts and slutty costumes. Not up to the trick or treating this year? Here are my 5 top scary franchises that will keep your skin crawling during this all hallow’s eve.

5. Clock Tower (specifically Clock Tower 3 on PS1 and PS2)

Running through dark city streets with creepy puppet like figures chasing you.
Turn up the sound for some good old audio freak outs!

4.Resident Evil Series (all systems)

Superhuman zombies and a love story.  What more can I say.  It will take more than love to get any of these characters past the hellish world that was created by the Umbrella Corporation.

3. Left For Dead (XBOX360)

FREAK ZOMBIES… Most scarier than the ones from George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead.  They’re fast and relentless and hungry for you.  This game gets your adrenaline pumping and makes your think quickly.

2. Dead Space

In space no one can hear you scream.

1. Fatal Frame  (1 amd 2 on PS2 and XBOX, 3 on PS2 and 4 on Wii)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCBmCpyRpH4

Nothing freaks me out more than anything based on a true story or even true information.  It makes it too real which makes you wonder; can this happen to me? Fatal Frame takes advantage of the new technology in the 4th installment of the series which requires you to grab stuff with the Wii mote.  Sometimes… something grabs you!

 

 

Majesco Entertainment Unleashes JAWS: Ultimate Predator End Of November

Majesco Entertainment announced today that JAWS: Ultimate Predator will be available at the end of November for both Nintendo 3DS™ and Wii™. Based on the iconic Steven Spielberg movie franchise, JAWS: Ultimate Predator is a re-envisioning of the world’s most famous and deadliest predator the ocean has ever seen.
Players take the role as JAWS– hunting and killing prey, exploring the depths of the sea and battling fearsome new bosses. The game is loaded with hidden collectibles and upgradeable special abilities. Players will have more than a few ways to rip their foes apart. JAWS: Ultimate Predator is riddled with combos, finishing moves and deadly special attacks – including intense rage attacks!