So we continue the somewhat neglected Retro Video Game month by taking a look at one of the franchises that was a major part of my childhood. I have talked on several occasions that one of my favorite video games of all time is Mortal Kombat 2. My family had this game as a kid and we would all play it religiously at any family function, adults and children alike. Those were the days. When you could not go onto the internet and look up fatalities or have a tutorial on them. Oh no, you had to find them out on your own by button mashing and hoping that you figured it out and memorized it long enough to write it down on a cocktail napkin. The only one I was ever able to memorize by watching my cousin Brent was Kung Lao’s and once I got lucky and got Reptile’s finisher. Besides that, I was lost and had to settle for the anticlimactic finishes.
The Mortal Kombat franchise has suffered a roller coaster of a ride. With one hell of a downward slope until the recent reboot of the franchise rescued it from the hell of mediocrity. Mortal Kombat was in the shitter for so long and it is Mortal Kombat 4 that we can thank for starting it all. Bringing in an entirely new 3D look, battle arena, and a new cast of character to add upon the already huge 60+ cast, Mortal Kombat 4 was the precursor to disaster for Midway and the franchise. Continue reading “Retro Video Game Month: Mortal Kombat 4”
Ah March! With the coming of this month marks my second year of Tanner Reviews. I started this site two years ago to bring the most unbiased and professional movie and video game reviews that I could and I feel after two years I have and still am accomplishing that goal. I have over 300 articles written reviews and have no signs of slowing down. Over the years I have wanted to write reviews for various movies and video games, but typically have found it hard to write about older material seeing as how the point of mass interest has past and short of retrospectives it is hard to fit them in. So I decided to dedicate my Sunday review slot to reviewing a couple of older video games that I have in my collection for those nostalgic enough to read them or want to play a good game that you can get at a good rate on Steam or at GameStop, ladies and gentlemen this is Retro Video Game Month!
So the rules to Retro Video Game Month are simple. Any video game that was created during the Playstation 2/XBox generation are in the running for Retro Video Game Month. This is to showcase video games of the past for better or for worse. Other then that, they will be reviewed just like any other media I have tackled on this site. With that being said, let’s get to today’s topic… Bully. Bully is a game released in 2006 by now defunct studio Rockstar Vancouver. The branch of the popular company that brought us the Red Dead series and of course Grand Theft Auto were looking to expand their massive video game empire with a couple of new ideas and what could be more new then a game based around a pudgy degenerate white kid going to reform school? Essentially GTA but from a pissy 14 year old’s perspective, the game was a modest hit but has fallen into obscurity over the years. The reasons why, I plan to look at today. Continue reading “Retro Video Game Month: Bully”
So with the obvious success of an anime like Full Metal Alchemist, it is needless to say that you are going to need to start milking that baby for all that it is worth and with that comes a movie to tie up all the loose ends that the original anime left dangling after the conclusion of the original series run. With that comes an interesting and thought-provoking movie called Full Metal Alchemist: The Conqueror of Shamballa. Complete with a healthy amount of intrigue and a just a pinch of good ole fashion Nazis, The Conqueror of Shamballa is a must watch of anyone that is a fan of the original series.
Taking place two years after the conclusion of the original series, Edward and Alphonse find themselves torn apart by different planes of existence. Alphonse, now with his body intact remains in the world of Amestris, while Edward is sent through the gate and has found himself on Earth in the early 1920’s where modern science has won over the alchemical process. While studying rocketry in Weimar Republic Germany, Edward learns that his world and Earth parallel each other with several people looking like people that he knows in Amestris, like his brother and Führer Bradley. After being kidnapped by a group of people known as the Thule Society who are attempting to open a gate to Amestris as is Alphonse along with the help of Wrath. So the story becomes of a rift between two world as the Elric Brothers attempt to thwart the Thule Society and reunite once and for all. Continue reading “Full Metal Alchemist Retrospective: Conqueror of Shamballa”
I hate this movie! I hate, hate, HATE this movie. Not only does this movie go right back to removing everything original and great about its source material, but it also shamelessly rips off my favorite movie of all time thus breaking the cardinal rule for bad movies. If you make a shitty movie, do not remind people of better movies that they can better spend their time watching! Released 4 years after Starship Troopers 3 Marauder, Starship Troopers: Invasion is a computer animated sequel to the series. Our former list of champions was sadly put to the wayside as Edward Neumeier and Casper Van Dien were shifted to the status of executive producers with their role in the creation of the film limited. Instead we now have a new director in Japanese anime director Shinji Aramaki who was the man behind anime OVA’s like Genesis Survivor Gaiarth, the Appleseed franchise, and also was the man behind Halo: Legends. With him in charge and with writer Flint Dille penning the work, Starship Troopers: Invasion takes a much different and far worse path then its predecessors. Continue reading “Starship Troopers Retrospective: Starship Troopers: Invasion”
So the retrospective continues past the halfway mark as we touch on the most surprising film of the franchise, Starship Troopers 3: Marauder. Now to touch up on where we left off; The Verhoeven original movie had achieved cult status and thus resparked interest in turning Starship Troopers from a one off 90’s film into a franchise. Sadly though, major studios would not put much money into the franchise and Verhoeven had moved on in his career to film Black Book as well as be the front man for the film project known as Entertainment Expo. This would mean that the film franchise would be championed by a group of people that worked with Verhoeven on the first film Ed Neumeier, Phil Tippet, and John Davisson. Together the three would create the universally panned second movie Starship Troopers 2: Heroes of the Federation. As we saw in my review last week, it didn’t go over so hot. But still the franchise plotted along. Tippet and Davisson disappeared from the project leaving Ed Neumeier as the solo man on the project. However he was able to get some back up from an old friend, none other than Johnny Rico himself Casper Van Dien. With Neumeier penning, directing the film, with major support from Van Dien, new producer David Lancaster, and a slightly higher $20 million dollar budget the film franchise saw a breathe of new life as they pulled the franchise out of the hole that Starship Troopers 2 dug. Continue reading “Starship Troopers Retrospective: Starship Troopers 3: Marauder”
So we continue this lovely retrospective with the movie that spurned my desire to create it in the first place, Starship Troopers 2: Heroes of the Federation. Out of the four movies in the Starship Troopers franchise, this detestable film is not only the least like the source material, but almost seems to try to go out of its way to be a disgrace to the Verhoeven 90’s cult classic. Some might say that is unfair of me to say, seeing as how this film was created on a $7 million dollar budget, nearly $98 million less than the original movie, but that should still not excuse it from making a movie that would barely be passable if it were its own standalone title. Starship Troopers 2 was created in 2004, nearly seven years after the original movie. by this time, the original film had started to receive its cult status title and critics and fans began to reassess the movie and its merits. Of course when this happens, someone has to come around and take advantage of it. Those people being Edward Neumeier, John Davisson, and Phil Tippet. All three of these men had worked with Verhoeven in the past with movies such as Robocop and the original Starship Troopers. The three would pick up the series while Verhoeven was off doing more productive things with his career. So with a fraction of the budget, the three men set forth to resuscitate the series with all three producing the film, Neumeier writing, and Tippet directing. The combination of the three gave us… Well the abysmal shell of the first film’s former self that we see before us. Continue reading “Starship Troopers Retrospective: Starship Troopers 2: Heroes of the Federation”
Is it story time? Yes, I think it is story time. So a couple of days ago I was bored and really wanted to watch some hilariously bad movies, so I put on my Facebook page asking my friends to give some recommendations for some hilariously bad movies that I could watch, some through the comments, others through messages. Needless to say I got a lot of great picks, some of which will more than likely pop up on this site in the future. However one of which that peaked my interest was a friend of mine selected Starship Troopers 2: Heroes of the Federation (and we will be getting to that soon). Needless to say I watched it and I will discuss that one next week. But it started to get me thinking. The movie I am reviewing today, Starship Troopers was one of my favorite movies growing up. A young boy watching army men fight gigantic bugs, what wasn’t to like and as I have grown up I have gained a newfound respect for the movie in its clever political nuances, its tongue in cheek, and nihilistic propaganda dystopian paradise style. I remember seeing the second one and thinking it was a waste of time and a disgrace to its predecessor. But after I watched it a second time, I learned that there are actually two other sequels to the Paul Verhoeven cult classic. So needless to say, I had to watch them as well and after doing so… Well as you can see I felt the need to discuss, not just one of the four movies, but all of them. Plus seeing as how I haven’t done a retrospective since Resident Evil last year, I felt like it was high time to get another one going. So without further ado, I give you the Starship Troopers Retrospective. Continue reading “Starship Troopers Retrospective: Starship Troopers”
As we come to the end of this road and the last of my Resident Evil retrospective is written, we find ourselves in dire straits. The Resident Evil franchise started out as a juggernaut of video gaming. It and Silent Hill shared the honor of being the two games that jumped into people’s minds when it came to the Survival Horror Genre. It had some bad moments, but really that could be said about the majority of franchises with multiple games in their libraries (yes exceptions do exist, I’m well aware). But man… This franchise hit the top with Resident Evil 4 and have been on a downward spiral ever since. Resident Evil 5, Resident Evil Operation Raccoon City, and Resident Evil 6 have turned the once great franchise into little more than an action packed joke to the world. The franchise that we knew is all but gone and we are left with the tragic aftermath… BUT WAIT! Even in the darkness that we RE fans find ourselves in, there is a shimmer of light in the distance. Granted it is a pretty dull shimmer, but it is light none the less and at this point I think we will take whatever we can get. Continue reading “Tanner’s Resident Evil Retrospective Finale: RE Revelations”
Oh how the mighty have fallen… Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City may piss me off in new and spectacular ways… But Resident Evil 6 hits me in one of the worst places imaginable, right in the childhood. I have made no attempt to hide the fact that Resident Evil is one of my favorite gaming franchises of all time and THE game that inspired me to really get into gaming as much more than just a passing hobby. It is the whole reason I did the retrospective in the first place. Just so I could really talk about a game that has had such an impact on me as a gamer and me as a person. It breaks my heart to know this game exists. It breaks my heart on a very personal level to see my childhood have such a nasty fall from grace and into the dire straits the franchise finds itself today. Continue reading “Tanner’s Resident Evil Retrospective: RE 6”