I just wanted to say that the entire StarForge chainsaw part from the latest unprofessionals almost killed me. I haven't laughed that hard in a long time and I actually had to stop the video cause for a second I thought that would be the end of me: Dying in a unstoppable case of bomb induced laughter. Not the worst way to go I suppose but seeing that I'm not even in my thirties yet I still feel like I have a few things left to see and do.
So thanks for almost killing me Giant Bomb and thank you StarForge for being a delightfully broken mess.
I have some vacation coming up pretty soon and I need something to play during that vacation. Now my financial situation isn't as good as it used to be. Therefore I have to cut down on some of my expenses. So I thought that now would be a good time to get to play some of the "older" and cheaper releases.
Now I am a big fan of Psychonauts, hell IMO it's probably one of the best PS2 games. So I was of course looking forward to Brutal Legend, but then the reviews came out and I was not so sure if this was really a game I wanted to play. Not because it got espicially bad reviews or anything, it just sounded like the further and further you got into the game the more it started to play like some rts game, learning you all the basics so you can use them in the multiplayer.
One of the things I liked the most about Psychonauts was the characters and the humor, to me that meant just as much as the gameplay for that game. Also I need to add that I played the demo of Brutal Legend and it definitely had it's charm. But as far as I can understand the gameplay changes drastically through out the game. So I guess my question is: Is Brutal Legend worth checking out for the characters and humor or does the gameplay change so much that it almost becomes unplayable? How big a part does the rts element take up of the main story campaign and is it even worth buying if I'm only interested in the story campaign and not the multiplayer?
Imagine you are 12 years old and you are constantly on the road with your little brother and your father, traveling from town to town in the 1967 Chevrolet Impala, which your father owns and love. Now imagine that in the trunk of that car lies a shitload of weapons! We are talking everything from guns to knives and even sharpened wood poles etc.
That may sound a little strange, but that’s because you are not just part of any normal apple pie family. You are a part of the Winchester family.
John Winchester lost his wife to a mysterious fire back in 1983 and since that day John has hunted down every single supernatural creature he could find, in hope of one day he would stumble upon some kind of clue as to who or what caused his wife’s death.
22 years after his wife demise John just disappeared from the surface of the earth. The only thing he left behind before his disappearance was his diary and a disturbing phone call.
What does all of this mean and why did it happen?
All this and more are just some of the questions Sam and Dean Winchester have to face in the first year of Supernatural, in search of the their father.
So begins one of the most entertaining TV-shows of recent years.
The show is a supernatural horror/comedy/drama blend and it’s surprisingly well written and acted. The two leading actors Jared Padalecki (Sam ) and Jensen Ackles (Dean Winchester), who portray the two brothers with such ease, that it wouldn’t be difficult convincing me that they are actually related by blood, really carry the weight of the show. Luckily the chemistry is right there from the start and it’s just a real joy watching the show because of them, and it only gets better and better for each new season on that account.
The show is created by Eric Kripke, who has had a couple of not too successful projects prior to this, but with Supernatural everything just kinda fell into place. Kripke had wanted to do a show about urban legends for a while, but the right story or chance to make it just wasn’t there. So for a couple of years it looked like it was never going to happen. Until one day were Eric meet with David Nutter, who have worked on such acclaimed shows as The X-Files, Band of Brothers and The Sopranos, and then things finally started to happen.
Eric, who grew up with movies like An American Werewolf in London and Evil Dead II, just adored those kinds of movies that would blend the horror genre with comedy. Some of that is also present in Supernatural, which knows when to poke fun at itself and that is really nice and refreshing to see and it keeps the show interesting.
Now the first season isn’t exactly perfect though. After a great pilot the show kinda loses its foothold, but around episode 6 or 7 it slowly gets back on track and when it reaches episode 12 they finally hits its stride and they keep it for the rest of the season. That’s maybe my biggest complaint about the first season of Supernatural, it starts out a bit slow, except for an awesome pilot, and they fumble around for a couple of episodes just trying to find the right formula you might say, but when they finally do find it… man oh man does it deliver.
Supernatural’s first season, is 22 episodes of almost pure awesomeness and it does not fail to deliver on that account. You will find yourself laughing and fighting both inner and outer demons alongside Sam and Dean Winchester. That is of course when you are not out hunting ghosts or other things that go bump in the night.
All this together with a kickass soundtrack consisting of artists such as AC/DC, Blue Öyster Cult, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Bad Company to mention a few makes Supernatural a irresistible purchase for anybody with just a little bit of self respect.
Season 1 through 4 is available on DVD. As for Blu-Ray, season 1, 3 and 4 is available, with season 2 on the way.
My second review, focusing on year 2, will be up when Season 2 is out on Blu-Ray. I hope you have enjoyed this and maybe it has given you the urge to check it out, if you haven’t seen it before.