Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two (Review)

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Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to review Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and the Nintendo Wii. This game takes place shortly after the events of its prequel, Epic Mickey. Unlike Epic Mickey, this game features co-op action where player 1 plays as Mickey Mouse and player 2 plays as Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.

 

In this game, Mickey returns to Wasteland (a realm where forgotten toons reside) only to find it has become inert (due to the damage caused by the quake) as well as finding that the Mad Doctor has turned over a new leaf (which is in fact an act of deception for a much grander, evil scheme). As such, both Mickey and Oswald work together to save Wasteland and Stop the Mad Doctor. The game has two endings (the game’s ending  as well as the fate of the Mad Doctor depends on your actions in the game).

 

The main protagonists in this game are Mickey Mouse, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, Ortensia and Gus the Gremlin. The main antagonists in this game are the Mad Doctor and Prescott the Gremlin.

 

The multiple versions of Pete we see in this game are Big Bad Pete, Pete Pan (Adventureland version of Pete), Petetronic (Tomorrowland version of Pete) and Small Pete (It’s A Small World version of Pete).

 

In conclusion, I found this game to be both magically heartwarming and spiritually, wonderfully amazing. Truly, this is a one of a kind Disney game that has touched and forever will touch the hearts of children throughout the ages.

Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Game Review)

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Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to review the videogame version of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King for the PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube and Xbox.

 

In this game, the LotR characters you play as are Gandalf the White (Wizard)(Weapons: Staff/Sword-Glamdring the FoeHammer/Magic),

Aragorn (Human)(Weapon: Sword-Anduril the Flame of the West),

Legolas Greenleaf (Elf)(Weapons: Twin Elven Daggers/Bow of the Galadhrim),

Gimli (Dwarf)(Weapon: Double-Headed Axe),

Samwise Gamgee (Hobbit)(Weapon: Westernesse Dagger) and Frodo Baggins (Hobbit)(Weapon: Elvish Blade-Sting).


The game’s storyline begins during the Battle of Helm’s Deep with you playing as Gandalf. Afterwards, the game’s storyline splits into three different paths. The 1st path is The Path of the Wizard where you play as Gandalf, the 2nd path is The Path of the King where you play as Aragorn, Legolas & Gimli and the 3rd path is The Path of the Hobbits where you play as Sam and Frodo.

 

The levels in The Path of the Wizard are Isengard where you help the Ents defeat Saruman the White, the Top Wall of Minas Tirith where you aid in Gondor’s defense and Minas Tirith’s Courtyard where you hold the line as you usher civilians to safety.

 

The levels in The Path of the King are The Paths of the Dead which you explore as you seek both the The King of the Dead as well as the Undead Army of Dunharrow, Gondor’s Southern Gate, Pelennor Fields where you aid the Armies of Rohan against the Witch-King of Angmar as well as the Armies of Mordor and Mordor’s Black Gate where you make a final stand against the Dark Forces of Mordor.

 

The levels in The Path of the Hobbit are Osgiliath where you attempt to escape from Faramir and his Ithilian Rangers, Shelob’s Lair where you try to find and rescue Frodo from Shelob the Ungolian Spider, the Fortress of Cirith Ungol where you try to rescue Frodo and Mount Doom where you must both defeat Gollum as well as destroy the One Ring of Doom.

 

In conclusion, I found this game to not only follow it’s movie counterpart in perfect sync, but also make the story concept more action-packed/adventurous/mystically dramatic thus in turn making this a perfect game-related choice “For All Free Peoples”.

Sonic Unleashed (Review)

Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to review Sonic Unleashed for the PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and the Nintendo Wii. Unlike other Sonic the Hedgehog games, Sonic will have two forms consisting of his standard form during the daytime and his Werehog form during the nighttime.

 

In this game, Dr. Eggman unleashes an ancient evil known as Dark Gaia which in turn shatters the planet into seven pieces, transforms Sonic the Hedgehog into Sonic the Werehog and renders the seven Chaos Emeralds grey and powerless. In his Werehog form, Sonic’s speed is diminished and yet in turn gains both immense physical strength as well as stretchable limbs. Now Sonic must restore the seven Chaos Emeralds, fix the planet and defeat both Dr. Eggman and Dark Gaia to break the curse of the Werehog placed upon himself.

 

The nine locations you visit in this game are Apotos (based on Greek Mediterranean architecture-Greek island of Chora, Mykonos Greece/Greek city of Santorini),

Spagonia (based on western European architecture-Italian city of Siena),

Mazuri (based on Africa),

Holoska (based on Alaska),

Chun-nan (based on China’s architecture),

Shamar (based on a Middle Eastern desert-Petra, Jordan),

Empire City (based on New York City),

Adabat (based on Angkor, Maldivian, and Southeastern Asia),

Eggmanland and the Planet’s Core.

 

The cast of characters are Sonic the Hedgehog/Sonic the Werehog/Super Sonic,

Miles “Tails” Prower,

Amy Rose,

Dr. Eggman,

Professor Pickle,

Dark Gaia and Chip/Light Gaia.

 

In conclusion, I found this game to showcase the eternal conflict between light and darkness that takes place in the world as well in each and every one of us. But as long as we all stay true to ourselves, the light in us will illuminate our lives and the darkness in us will be in turn suppressed forevermore.

(Light Gaia)

(Dark Gaia)

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(Dark Gaia-Perfect)

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(Trailers)

Sonic Generations (Review)

Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to review Sonic Generations for the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360. This game commemorates Sonic the Hedgehog’s 20th anniversary. Unlike other Sonic the Hedgehog games, You play as both the classically, retro Sonic the Hedgehog and the modernally, mature Sonic the Hedgehog.

 

In this game, Sonic & Tails team-up with their past selves to rescue their kidnapped friends, defeat both Dr. Robotnik and Dr. Eggman (Dr. Robotnik’s future self) as well as prevent an evil entity known as a Time Eater from erasing all of history.

 

The areas we travel through are Green Hill (Sonic the Hedgehog-Sega Genesis),

Chemical Plant/Death Egg(Sonic the Hedgehog 2-Sega Genesis),

Sky Sanctuary (Sonic & Knuckles-Sega Genesis),

Speed Highway/Station Square(Sonic Adventure-Nintendo Gamecube),

City Escape/Final Rush(Sonic Adventure 2-Nintendo Gamecube),

Crisis City (Sonic the Hedgehog 2006-PS3),

Rooftop Run/Eggmanland(Sonic Unleashed-PS2) and Planet Wisp (Sonic Colors-Nintendo Wii).

 

The bosses you face off against in this game are Metal Sonic (Sonic CD-Nintendo GameCube),

Death Egg Robot (Sonic the Hedgehog 2),

Shadow the Hedgehog (Sonic Adventure 2),

Perfect Chaos (Sonic Adventure),

Silver the Hedgehog (Sonic the Hedgehog),

Egg Dragoon (Sonic Unleashed) and the Time Eater.

 

Sonic’s kidnapped friends in this game are Knuckles the Echidna,

Amy Rose,

Cream the Rabbit,

Cheese the Chao,

Rouge the Bat,

Vector the Crocodile,

Espio the Chameleon,

Charmy Bee and Blaze the Cat.

 

In conclusion, I found this game to showcase Sonic’s greatest, most historic hits as well as completely live up to its 20th anniversary declaration thus we should in fact feel the need, the need for “Sonic Speed”.

Final Fantasy VII: ReMake (Preview)

Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to preview Final Fantasy VII: Remake for the PlayStation 4. The game is a remake of the 1997 game Final Fantasy VII for the PlayStation 1.

 

Square Enix “ the company that invented Final Fantasy” plans to release the game in episodic installments, with the first scheduled for release on April 10, 2020. The first installment covers the beginning of the game’s storyline from bombing a Mako Reactor to fleeing The City of Midgar.

 

The protagonists in the first installment are Cloud Strife (an Ex-Soldier turned Mercenary)(Weapon: Buster Sword), Barrel Wallace (the leader of the Rebel Force: Avalanche)(Weapon: Gun-Arm), Tifa Lockhart (Cloud’s childhood friend and a member of Avalanche)(Weapon: Martial Arts), Aerith Gainsborough (a Flower Girl and the sole survivor of an Ancient Race known as the Centra)(Weapons: Staff/Magic) and Red XIII aka Nanaki (a Red Lion/Wolf-like Beast).

 

The antagonists in the first installment are Sephiroth (a Legendary Super-Soldier)(Weapon: Masamune), President Shinra (a tyrannical businessman), Heidegger (President Shinra’s assistant and the Head of Public Safety “a euphemism for the military), Scarlet (the Head of Shinra’s Weapons Development), Palmer (the Head of Shinra’s Space Program), Tseng (the Leader of the Turks “ President’s Elite BodyGuards”), Reno and Rude (Members of the Turks) and Hojo (the Head of Shinra’s Bio-Chemical Research).

 

In conclusion, I strongly believe that this game will surpass it’s PS1 counterpart on a level of global proportions and in turn exceed all expectations, beliefs and ideals concerning the vast world of Final Fantasy VII.

Cosmo’s life by Sydney

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I got Cosmo when he was a puppy. Thru puppyhood, he was mischievous: licking the kitchen drainpipe, bringing rocks into the house and chewing holes in our underwear. He loved to run after bunnies in our yard. Once, he caught a dove in his mouth and brought it inside to show my mom. I remember seeing him for the first time: Christmas 2006. My dad brought this BIG box into the room and set it down in front of me. I opened it and there was this adorable ball of fluff inside, wagging his little tail. He was there when I had my first boyfriend at 17 and first kiss. but , that’s a story for another time. He used to be this active dog, always pawing at the door to be let outside, so he could chase away the bunnies in the yard. Then , he lost his sight in both eyes and his hearing too.  So, at the ripe old age of 13, we made the decision no pet owner wants to make: my mom and I took him to the Humane Society’s vet clinic to end his suffering. Mom fed him multiple treats to keep him calm. When we first entered the room, he began pacing around it and the vet tech administered something to make him sleepy and shaved some of his fur off in order to put a catheter in his leg. Then the vet entered the room and inserted a needle into Cosmo’s leg that contained the euthanasia drug. It was over in a matter of minutes. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room: I bawled my eyes out over Cosmo’s body. The pain of letting go is something I’m still dealing with. But I’ll always have my memories of him.

Jeff’s Gallery: Wilhelm Voigt, the “Captain of Köpenick ”

Wilhelm Voigt, the “Captain of Köpenick ”

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Wilhelm Voigt, a perfect example that in the long run, crime pays. image from true-crime-story.de

As kids we all use to play pretend. We’d imagine ourselves as things as pirates, superheroes and cowboys. When we got older some of us continued as cosplay and LARP (live action role play) at conventions and other special events.  Lets not forget, of course, the crazy world of acting. Still, for some, the thrill of being a person you aren’t especially when it actually fools others into believing the whole thing was real! Such is the case on October 16, 1906 in the town of Köpenick , in the German Empire, just east of Berlin when a small company of soldiers invaded the town hall.

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Köpenick is now Treptow-Köpenick, borough of Berlin. image form en.wikipedia.org

Friedrich Wilhelm Voigt (I believe it is pronounced voy-get) was born on February 13, 1849 in the Kingdom of Prussia in the town of Tilsit, now Sovetsk in Kaliningrad Oblast, Russia. He was a shoemaker by trade but dabbled in burglary, theft and forgery throughout his life. He served a total of 25 years in prison; the longest sentence was for 15 years for a failed burglary. After he was released early in 1906 he became a hobo until he made it to Berlin where he lived with his sister. He tried to work legitimately but was expelled as an “undesirable” mainly just because he was an ex-convict. He officially left for Hamburg but continued to live in the city as an unregistered resident.

On October 16 of that year, Wilhelm Voigt made a costume of an army captain by buying different parts from various pawn shops and quit his job at a shoe factory. He went to a local army barracks and ordered four grenadiers and a sergeant to come with him. They also passed a shooting range and commandeered six more soldiers. Since the German Empire had such a strong militarist mind-state, the men followed him without a single question. “Captain” Voigt took his men to the town of  by Köpenick train, occupy the city hall, and to prevent all called from Berlin for one hour. He ordered the town mayor and treasurer to be arrested for “crocked bookkeeping” and confiscated over 4000 gold marks from the treasury. He told his troops to remain on guard for a half hour and went to the train station, changed back into civilian clothes and fled with the money.

However the newspapers and army soon did some investigation and found the truth of his little scheme. Wilhelm was captured and arrested ten days after the event for impersonating an officer, forgery and false arrest and was sentenced to four years in prison. Fortunately the public opinion was on his side and Kaiser Wilhelm II pardoned him on August 16 1908. It was rumored that the German Emperor found the hoax too amusing and was pleased on hearing how well the soldiers followed orders without question. After he was pardoned and made a fortune capitalizing the event.

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Wilhelm’s actual uniform and saber on display in Köpenick’s local museum. image from flickr.com

Wilhelm Voigt would tour all over Germany and the United States (he entered through Canada due to immigration authorities not granting him a visa) appearing at amusements parks, restaurants, variety shows and theaters in his army captain uniform retelling the event. He even  had a wax statue in London’s famous Madame Tussaud wax museum and wrote a book about his adventure. In 1910 he moved to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg . Here he  retired from touring and returned to shoe making.He was financially ruined due to the post WWI inflation but revived a pension from a wealthy widow. He died on January 3, 1922 and is buried among royalty in the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Luxembourg City. His grave even puts him as the Captain of Köpenick .

To think, a simple cobbler and petty crook could make a farce out of an entire world power and now rests with nobility. image from findagrave.com

Wilhelm Voigt continues to remain a folk hero in the town of Köpenick. His life and scheme has been made into a play in 1931 by the German writer Carl Zuckmayer and has also been made into a movie a number of times, usually with a bit of a catch-22 then added (no registered address-no job, no job-no registered address). The Köpenick city hall has the uniform on display and  honored with a statue at the entrance for the brilliant scoundrel and prankster who made a dummy out of the German Empire’s military lifestyle.

The Captain from Köpenick Poster

German poster for the 1956 version. I would like to see some of the these movies sometime. image form imdb.com