Review: Sonic Generations (Xbox 360)
My GameFly Review: 9 (Excellent)
Rarely do I get giddy while playing a video game, but the nostalgia of “Sonic Generations” is staggering.
The Genesis was my first home console, so I grew up playing Sonic. The franchise has always had a special place in my heart, but admittedly I gave up prior to Sonic Adventures for the Dreamcast. I decided to give this title a shot and not only did I play this game over-and-over, but after unlocking 95% of the achievements I’m planning on purchasing it simply to play through it another dozen times. (Not to mention my 6 year old nephew LOVED this game before I sent it back)
Sonic Generations takes levels from your favorite past Sonic titles. From Sonic The Hedgehog to Sonic Unleashed & everything in between. The best part is the “Classic” and “Modern” re-imagining of all these levels. Classic is your vintage side-scroller of course; while Modern is the 3D, fast paced, racing-style gameplay that Sonic has seen in recent years. One of the coolest additions is collecting the Red Stars hidden through out the levels. When you collect the stars you unlock artwork, music, points for upgrades, and tons of other items that are well worth it.
The gameplay itself is blazing fast, and you will revisit levels constantly to unlock the highest rankings and collect all the hidden red stars. The graphics are colorful, vibrant, and bright enough to make even the Great Depression look like a party. And the audio will make you feel like a kid again (particularly “City Escape - Classic”). But if you choose to listen to some classic Green Hill Zone, when you unlock music items you can implement them into the levels as the backing track!
My only gripe is boss battles. They admittedly are quite forgettable and definitely don’t have the same feel as the classic Genesis showdowns.
However Sonic Generations proves that the classic formula is still 100% effective today. Sonic has truly stood the test of time, and you should have no regrets renting/purchasing this spectacular title.
Just Missed the Awards Ceremony!
Hey everybody, just wanted to take a moment to tell you to check out a new music video produced by Lawdy and myself, better known together as Lokken Load, and it’s directed by our very own Lawdy in his world debut as director, and let me just say: WOW. I can’t stop listening to this indie masterpiece.
The brand new single “Heartless” from TiM’s upcoming mixtape will certainly leave you wanting more. The video is in full HD, and I recommend watching it with that to get the full quality as well!
I apologize for being M.I.A. with the Lokken Load updates. Just remember though, we will never go away! I actually prefer the low key attention we’re getting the past year or two, because it appeals to the diehard and real musicians/music enthusiasts out there.
Thanks again for the all the support, and keep your eyes and ears open for more from Lokken Load and TiM in the future! We’ll always have something for you guys, no matter what.
WATCH THE VIDEO HERE:
Produced by Lokken Load Entertainment
Directed by Lawdy from Lokken Load
Review: Batman Arkham City (Xbox 360)
My GameFly Review: 10 (Perfect)
This game is simply a mind blowing good time. Period.
From the minute you start up the game, you’ll be captivated. The plot of the game flows from one story to the next flawlessly, almost to the point that I couldn’t tell if I was playing the main campaign or the side missions. The side missions aren’t the normal repetitive bunch you’d expect from other sandbox games either, with each one just as unique and engrossing as the next.
Let me spare you some time and just say the positives are countless. From the gorgeous detail of Arkham City and the characters, to the amazingly penned storyline. (Not to mention this is THE last time ever that legendary Mark Hamill will lend his voice to the Joker, and what a bang he goes out with). Through out the world as well (a la Arkham Asylum) you will collect Riddler Trophies, which are basically the collectibles scattered around the world. In case you aren’t familiar with the Batman series however, these aren’t just your old hidden energy Orbs. Each Riddler Trophy comes with a unique obstacle to obtain them. Some easy, some quite tricky, all pulling you back in to the world to collect them.
So on the heels of that point, let me just say the replay value is a “ten”. The story just doesn’t seem to end, even after you beat the main campaign. And after beating the regular game, you will unlock the “Plus Mode” (which is a staple of story-driven single player games), however it’s inclusion is completely warranted. You probably will fire up the game for another go instantly after beating it.
Another high point of the game worth mentioning are the characters included through out. No spoilers, but let’s just say the “dark” reimagining of some of your favorite villians will surely put a smile on your face as they are introduced.
If I had to note a negative (to not sound like a fan boy) I’ll say the ending seemed slightly “rushed”. But all in all, this is an instant purchase. Add this potential GotY classic to your library.
Review: Scene It? Box Office Smash (Xbox 360)
My GameFly Review: 8 (Very Good)
I own the game and haven’t played it in quite some time, but I felt compelled to write a review for those who may be on the hunt for an incredibly addictive party game for the upcoming holidays with friends and family.
Allow me to start off by saying the whole Scene It? series for the Xbox is pure fun. For the somewhat “limited” amount of movie clips or references, the questions are plentiful. You may play back to back games and get the same movie clip, thinking “wonderful, we literally just saw this”, and alas the questions are a completely different set. Nothing beats seeing that friend with the sharp memory rush to buzz in and get stumped when the questions change.
The game modes seem fresh too each time you play them. You’ll frequent the same cute scenario with the cartoony graphics, but it just does not seem to get old. The genres and eras are vast as well. Knowing comedies from the 90’s won’t cut it here. It all adds up to the anticipated “Final Cut”, where the points can seriously accumulate and take you from third to first if you know your movies.
The game gives you the opportunity to add avatars in, which is just a nice little gift. Although their involvement isn’t incredibly immense, just seeing your little guy or gal happy to win a round is satisfying enough to justify throwing them in.
Hands down the highlight of the series is the four player mode. While the solo games are fun for a little while, you can’t help but look around to see who is impressed at your movie knowledge, only to find the lamp, chair, and couch totally unamused. Don’t be surprised if the casual to non-gamers become addicted either. Scene It? does is right - the game focuses on keeping it simple and group interaction, and that’s exactly why it’s fun. There were nights where friends and I would go out to the bar, and all rushed back to fire up the game. You know you’ve got a winner when even the girls would rush their last cranberry vodka to go play.
Review: Skate 3 (Xbox 360)
My GameFly Review: 8.5 (Very Good)
Allow me to start off by saying that this was a game I used my $5 Gamefly dollars with to keep. So take that as an instant compliment to our good friend, Skate 3, here. But keep in mind, I am also a pretty hardcore “free skater” when it comes to the Skate series. It takes me back to actually skateboarding - as it will for you.
The best part of the game in my opinion is putting on your custom soundtracks (yes they are back) and freely cruising the immense town creating new spots to trick. So if you are one of those guys or gals as well, go place this game in your queue right now because the replay value is off the charts.
One awesome addition is the team creater. You’ll spend a good portion of time just building and creating your partners, let alone skating together.
The gameplay itself is just superb. Everything flows together like butter. There are tons of new tricks and even the moves like hippy jumps are just so much more fun to throw in to the mix. I spent a good amount of time tricking benches for no reason, just because of how much fun the gameplay is. It really makes you feel a sense of accomplishment for pulling off a great trick, and that’s what counts.
A few things to keep in mind however that are a bit of a turn off. EA now requires a non-included activation key (or a roughly $8 access download) in order to get online, upload videos and snapshots, even watch videos and screenshots. This was a a bit upsetting considering your videos where you get destroyed by a car and hilarity ensues will unfortunately be limited to an audience of one.
Also, the story seemed to fly by. After logging in a good amount of hours - and granted there are still missions that I have yet to beat - the final tournament seemed to come and go like it was nobody’s business. If you simply transport to the challenges, and beat them on the second or third try, I think you’ll be missing a lot of what the game has to offer - which is good clean skateboarding awesomeness.
Don’t let the title fool you.
“So Disgusting”. When you hear such a title, you may be under the impression that this is something negative. Maybe a one-night stand from the bar, maybe an in-law, maybe a past job. But let me tell you what this means today.
That’s right, another huge announcement to make today from the music side (hi there, Lokken Load). Superstar, super lyrical, super well known artist Talib Kweli is putting out a new mixtape, engineered and mixed by our good friend Mr. E, and what is the first single off the tape? You guessed it - a Lokken Load produced track by the name of “So Disgusting”.
This is a new approach from Talib, as he even stated so himself on his Facebook fan page, and the proof is in the pudding. The mixtape will be available on October 3 on Amazon.com and iTunes! So make sure you help support some quality music by making that purchase.
Preview the track here on the Youtube channel:
Thanks again for all the support. Lawdy and I truly appreciate every single ounce of support and positive feedback. It seems like things just keep happening - even when we go on a temporary hiatus. It’s like the game just keeps pulling us back as if to say that maybe, just maybe, we can help contribute to this industry in a very real way.
Curren$y + Lokken Load = Magic
So I get a call from my friend Dave tonight. He asks me if we produced for Curren$y, and to my knowledge we have not, so he says to listen to his new mixtape Verde Terrace because he’s positive the one beat for “Car Talk” is ours. So of course, my interest peaks, and I must listen. I pull up Youtube on my phone while out-and-about, and low and behold I hear one of the greatest things I ever heard.
Yes in fact, the track is from us (Lokken Load) and it was the beat we did for Cam’ron on his Public Enemy #1 mixtape. Curren$y, for the record, absolutely blessed the beat - and I instantly fell in love with everything about the situation. I immediately Tweet him, semi-star struck, asking if we can do more songs together.
This is the thing I love about music and/or movies, and/or any project I’m involved with. I am a total fan. And not in an arrogant way, when I find stuff like this it makes me truly grateful. As much as I would absolutely love to inspire others, I couldn’t imagine anybody looking up to me. I’m the one doing the looking up to and constantly working to improve my craft to be equivalent to them.
Regardless, this couldn’t have come at a better time. To me this is the kind of stuff that makes it all worth while. So without further ado, I would like to leave you with the link so you can enjoy this two minutes of personal bliss.
Welcome to the cast!
I am pleased to announce that we also now have Merill Hoge (“ESPN” football analyst and expert, and former Pittsburgh Steeler) attached to the film for an awesome role! We are so grateful to have the opportunity to bring in such a great and genuine guy, and shooting with him is going to be a blast! (Thanks Camera for the hook up!!)
Check out Merril’s webpage here:
So stay tuned everybody because more information will be coming soon, and we can hardly contain the excitement and anticipation. Sometimes we pee a little :/ (no we don’t)
No Point in Being One Dimensional…
So on top of production; me and two of my friends, Jason and Cory, have been putting together a feature film.
This has been in the works since 2008 (yes, it’s really no easy task coming from the suburbs with no connection to the film industry, and climbing the ladder) and recently it’s been taking off, so I figured: since I have a Tumblr account for music, why not also use it as an avenue for our film(s)!?
I will update everybody with recent developments on here, not that anybody reads this — yet!
To start, go “Like” our Facebook fan page, Commuters the Movie here:
Currently we have Taryn Southern (“Battle: Los Angeles”, “Rules of Engagement”), Bryan Lillis (“Riddle”), Ashley Phillips (from the national hot spot “The Groundlings” comedy group), and 1/3 of the infamous Hanson Brothers, David Hanson (“Slapshot”) attached. More people to be announced soon, we are hard at work! And I’ll post any updates on the Tumblr so stay tuned!