All Three Missions are centered around the SNES Mini. We list 30 games that would be perfect for the system. The Agent’s Choice poll took place also. You decided which SNES peripheral was the best! Was it The Super Game Boy, Super Scope 6, or Multitap? We have The results. This is one Podcast you can’t miss. Continue reading “Mission 3 Podcast: SNES Mini Special Edition”
Operating in its own separate Turtleverse, Mutants in Manhattan is a four player brawler developed by Platinum Games. This company has made great action titles in the past (Bayonetta 2, Vanquish, Wonderful 101, Transformers Devastation). Having the same crew attached to a property like this, yes my excitement meter was quite high. Do we have a winning combination? Continue reading “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants In Manhattan Review: Bomb Squad”
It’s weird how the definition of a hard video game has changed over the years. Games we view as hard now would have been a walk in the park back in the days of NES. See, when Nintendo released their first game system, it was very limiting in terms of how complex the games could be. They just couldn’t make most games long enough for a single play through to be considered worth it. So they took a much different route than most modern-day games: they ramped up the difficulty to such a degree as to make it incredibly hard to beat. Also that there was less knowledge of what made a good game contributed to some games being much harder than they needed to be. As a result, there are many obscenely hard games on the NES. Here’s my list of what I believe to be the 10 hardest. Continue reading “Top 10 Obscenely Hard NES Games”
The road to the rebooted Turtles was indeed chaotic. Everything from who would direct, to the plot itself. Would they be extraterrestrials? Did your childhood heroes get buried in the name of the mighty dollar? People give Michael Bay flack all the time. Disagreeing with his version of Transformers. The concern is that he would take the TMNT down too. Well, contrary to popular belief he is not handling direction duties. That job goes to Jonathan Liebesman (Wrath of The Titans). It’s simply Bay money being tossed at the project. His Studio Platinum Dunes, and Industrial Light and Magic have put together some nice effects in the past. Still, Robots and Explosions are entirely different from sewer dwelling mutants. Right?
The super modernized designs threw people off. They have nostrils now. You know, like real turtles! Keep in mind they are mutated freaks, so the new appearances do make sense. Each Ninja has a unique look, that matches their personality. In hindsight, the results aren’t bad once you see everything play out on-screen. Enemy designs work too. The shredder always looks like a boss, regardless of the adaptation. Given some new tricks in this flick, he remains one of the toughest comic book villains. His foot soldiers, are less Ninja-like, using firearms instead of traditional weapons. They are thieves and crooks with obviously no honor. Sir Cmack brought that to my attention. We weren’t bothered by this update at all. Like all other versions, expect these thugs to get mangled by the good guys. Since the Turtles are the biggest they have ever been, each hit does serious damage. Watch the foot get tossed around like rag dolls.
Megan Fox plays News reporter April O’ Neil. She witnesses the TMNT fighting the foot, and wants to prove their existence. O’ Neil and her colleague Vernon Fenwick (Will Arnett), work together in the film to uncover this force. The human interactions while not as weak as a typical Transformers flick, certainly leave much to be desired. Arnett’s character was clearly intended to be a huge part of the comedic relief. Too many of his lines fall flat. Several supporting cast members have the same issue.
Thankfully Michelangelo’s (Noel Fisher) material was much better. He had plenty of laugh out loud moments, with his brothers trying everything just to get him to shut up. Despite their newer looks, how the turtles behave has been faithfully represented. Donatello (Jeremy Howard) is loaded-up with cool gizmos and gadgets. They are put to good use. Leonardo (Johnny Knoxville) is just trying his best to keep every one together. His character design is actually my favorite. Of course hot-head Raphael is in here as well. His aggressive nature was properly conveyed do to the solid performance by Alan Ritchson. Their voices match the CGI counterparts I have to say. Splinter (Tony Shalhoub) has his moments as well. The Big Rat is always ready to educate a friend or foe.
The origin of the ninjas has been tweaked. While it didn’t outright disappoint, the changes seemed unnecessary. It felt more like “It’s 2014 so we need to have our own version of the story. Just because”. The bad guys’ master plan wasn’t a shocker by any means. More of just a generic Saturday morning cartoon plot. If that was the goal, then mission accomplished.
Despite the 2014 look, the filmmakers clearly did some digging. There are nice references from the 30 year history of this franchise. The hardcore and casual will find some solid stuff. The games, comics, and a nice nod to the 1990 film can be witnessed.
Ultimately Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2014 was developed with the kids in mind. You knew it from the moment the Nickelodeon logo popped up on the screen. The movie has its violence, but doesn’t step out-of-bounds. Families can go see it and enjoy. We’re here to watch our four favorite turtles at the end of the day. Leo, Mikey, Don, and Raph, behave just as you remember them. In that regard, Liebesman keeps TMNT true to the source. If only the human element could have been as well-developed. While certainly flawed, at the end of the day it’s just a fun movie. So Laugh a little and see evil get shell-shocked.
I’m just wondering why It takes so long for these Classic Brawlers to arrive on XBL. The arcade needs more Beat-em-ups. TMNT 89′ was in the top 5 for almost three years. If you go to the Marketplace you will see Castle Crashers at the top. we should be downloading Final Fight 3 by now.
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