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Spartacus: Vengence Premiere

Are you sick of waiting for the premiere of the new season of Spartacus?  Well wait no longer.

Rather than keep fans in suspense, for less than a week in some cases, Starz have put the entire first episode of Spartacus: Vengence online.  So check out the trailer below and then, if you like it, head over to the Starz website and take a look at the episode.  Unless, you live outside of America, like me.  Unfortunately, the video is not available everywhere, but that doesn’t mean Starz loves it’s non-America fans any less.  Though they are fine with making us wait.

What do you think?  Are you lucky enough to be able to watch the episode?  Do you even want to see it?  Have you seen the other seasons?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to follow/subscribe and click the like button, if you liked this post.  You can also follow me on Twitter at!/AdamODwyer1.


Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Though others may try, there is no greater, fictional, detective than Sherlock Holmes.  Originally created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Holmes has gone on to be the star of many adaptations, including Guy Richie’s extremely successful 2009 film.  On the 16th of December, a sequel, also directed by Guy Richie, will hit cinemas, but will it be able to live up the high expectations of the excited fans?

The story picks up were the first one left off.  Holmes, played by Robert Downey Jr., is hot on the trail of Professor Moriarty, played by Jared Harris.  The film starts off with a, much too short, cameo appearance from Rachel McAdams who plays the infamous Irene Adler.  In her place, as this film’s female character, is Sim, a fortune teller played by Swedish actress Noomi Rapace.  This is Rapace’s first English speaking role, but she did a great job and Stephen Fry also appears in the film as Sherlock’s brother Mycroft.

I really enjoyed it, I went in with high expectations and they were exceeded.  One thing I would say though is that I wasn’t expecting Moriarty’s face to be revealed so soon.  They went through so much trouble to hide it in the first movie that it seems odd them showing it not only early in the film, but also in the trailer.  Though it did lead to some interesting scenes between Holmes and Moriarty, I couldn’t help thinking that Moriarty had plenty of opportunities to kill Sherlock.  However, I’m glad he didn’t make use of these opportunities as the rest of the adventure is an interesting ride full of twists and turns that recall earlier parts of the film that you didn’t think were important, which is one of my favourite things about these movies.

If, like me, you lack the observation skills that Holmes has, don’t worry as the plot is very clear and at the end of the film you’ll understand it all.  If not, well you can Google it later and the scenery alone is enough to keep you occupied in the unlikely event that you get completely lost.  I don’t know how they did it, but it really looks and feels like the late 1800s, which is important because if the look’s off then it’s harder to get engrossed in the world that they’ve made.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, or Sherlock Holmes 2, is a fantastic movie that, in my eyes, surpasses to original and maybe even steals the trophy of film of the year.

What do you think?  Do you have keen observation skills?  Would you like to see the new Sherlock Holmes film?  Are you team Sherlock or team Moriarty?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe/follow and click the like button.  If you really want to keep up to date with the blog, and some other up and coming projects, then you can follow me, AdamODwyer1, on Twitter.

DC Universe Online goes free play

A Superman sized kick in the teeth for anyone that’s been paying to play DC Universe Online, as Sony announce it will soon be free to play.

On the 1st of November DC Universe Online will have two new modes, free play and Premium.  Free play, as the name suggests, doesn’t cost a thing, but has no voice chat and a limited number of character spaces and inventory slots.  For a one off payment of five dollars, or the equivalent of five dollars, players can upgrade to a Premium account, this means voice chat and more slots.  Some people may be used to paying and could want to continue, as crazy as that sounds, this will be an option, it’s called a Legendary account.  With that you can the same features that players are currently enjoying, including the ability to buy more inventory slots.  Legendary mode costs 15 dollars a month.

Before it came out, I thought DC Universe Online sounded amazing, but I decided not to buy it when I heard it cost a monthly fee.  Bringing on a free play mode, with an optional upgrade, is a great way to bring on people that, like me, didn’t want to, or couldn’t, afford to invest so much into a game.  In my opinion, it’s going to get some fans through the door.

What do you think?  Are you already playing DC Universe Online?  Did you not buy it due to the cost?  Would you get it for the free play feature?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe/follow and click the like button.

Free Willy mixes with Jaws

Have you ever wondered what would happen if Jaws met Free Willy and they had some sort of mutant movie baby?  Well wonder know more, because here’s another movie mix.

When a young boy learns that the police are trying to kill a great white shark, he risks everything, including his own life, to free the heartless killing machine.  Truly a heart wrenching story of the crazy stuff kids did in movies in the 90s.  You’ll laugh, you’ll cry and you won’t go in the ocean for weeks.

Just to clear up a bit of confusion this is NOT a real movie it is part of a new thing I’m doing called Movie Mix.  I take two films or TV shows and combine them.

What do you think?  Would you like to see this movie?  Which of the originals is better?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.

Alice: Madness Returns

Alice in Wonderland is a story that pretty much everyone is familiar with, girl follows a rabbit down a hole and goes on a crazy adventure.  In 2000, PC gamers got the chance to see what it would be like if the adventure was a hell of a lot more crazy and dark.  The game was praised by critics and it wasn’t long before planning for a sequel began.  Unfortunately, the sequel was put on hold after the movie, yeah that’s right movie, fell through.  11 years on, players will get to revisit this insane wonderland as the sequel has finally come.The first game follows Alice who has been driven insane by the death of her parents in a fire.  She then lives in a mental institution, where she loses touch with reality and one day she arrives in Wonderland, the events of the original books have already taken place, only to find that it was been warped by her tortured mind.

The second game takes place 11 years after the first, which is the real life gap between the games.  In this time Alice has managed to remain sane, but is still seeing a psychiatrist.  Alice begins to remember suppressed memories and is soon dragged back into the Warped Wonderland, where she must fight her way out, using a variety of weapons.

The game will be released on the 14th of June in America and the 16th of June in Europe.  It’s coming out for PS3, PC, Mac and Xbox 360.  PS3 and Xbox editions will come with a one use only code that grants you a free download of the original game; it’s unclear whether something similar will be included with the PC and Mac versions.  The game looks great and with the added bonus of getting the original for free, it’s pretty much a must buy game.  That is, unless you’re not in to completely insane third person action games.

The trailers all do a really good job of selling the game.  The graphics are stunning and the action is great.  You can see Alice kicking ass with everything from a rabbit bomb to a machine gun.  Check it out and let me know what you think by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe.

Scream 4 (Scre4m) Review No Spoilers

After ten years of safety, Sidney, Dewey and Gale must once again race against time to figure out who the killer is before it’s too late.

Today I went to see Scream 4 (Scre4m).  I was so nervous it would be sold out that I rushed to the cinema over an hour in advanced and had to wait around after buying my ticket.  There ended up only being around twenty people in the cinema.  Am I mad about it?  No, because the movie was amazing.

It’s tradition for a Scream movie to start by killing off someone famous in a really cool opening death sequence.  This time they took it a step further; reminding fans that there’s still some comedy left in the franchise.  From the get go, you can really feel just how much thought and effort has gone into this film.

A lot has happened between the third and fourth movies.  Sidney has written a book about how to stop being a victim, Dewey has become sheriff and Gale’s given up being a reporter and is suffering from writer’s block which is preventing her starting her new book.  As the film opens, Sidney is returning to Woodsboro, were Dewey and Gale are living, as part of her book tour.  Arriving back in her home town brings on more nostalgia than she’d have liked as killings begin yet again.

The movie was extremely well done and I honestly didn’t see the end coming.  I suspected nearly everyone at one stage or another.  The theme of the film is remakes/reboots.  If sales go well this is planned to be the start of a new trilogy.  Though the movie isn’t actually a reboot, if you look out, you won’t need to look very hard, you’ll notice that some elements are reminiscent of the original films.  As a fan of the first three, this sense of déjà vu was very much appreciated. 

They did a great job missing the new with the old, as both generations of the story pieced together very well.  It’s been a long time since the first movies and the rules have changed.  Forget virgins surviving and black people dying first, the new rules are simple basically the only way to survive is by being gay.

Revisiting the original trio is great and it’s clear that Sidney really has stopped being a victim.  She’s a fighter now, but will it be enough to ensure her survival yet again?  What do you think?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below. 

If you want to watch the film without any spoilers I recommending seeing it as soon as possible as the identity of the killer has already leaked onto the web.  I managed to avoid finding out and it made the film much more enjoyable.

Just wanted to put this on the end, I’ve seen the third Scream movie many times and didn’t realise this until my friend said it when we re-watched it last night.  The film ends in a cliff-hanger; what movie are they going to watch?  It never says and they didn’t even answer it in the fourth one.

Being Human US Remake 9 Days To Go

In nine days the American remake of Being Human will air.  On the 17th of January the world will finally know whether or not the remake is as good as the original.  It’s still unclear if it will premiere worldwide on that date or if it’s only going to air on the American Syfy.  Personally I think it should air on the UK Syfy as well.  After all fans of the original should be the first to see it, not the last.

The promos don’t look promising I’m afraid.  British humour doesn’t translate very well and I fear that American’s might not pull it off, but I hope they do.  Some of the changes to the series have been revealed.  In the US version vampires have superhuman speed and psychic powers; they do not have either of these in the UK series.  Also Vampires can drink blood from a blood bank, which they can’t in the English version because it tastes disgusting.  Oh and ghosts can fly, and look ridiculous while they do it, thankfully they can’t do that in the UK show.

I’m don’t agree with a lot of the changes that have been made, I would have preferred a unity in folklore and completely changing the story, but they seem to have done the opposite; keeping the same storylines and just messing with the folklore.  In fact an interesting thought would be to develop continuality between both versions.  There are millions of ways that you could do it, but they didn’t.

I’ve yet to see the show being advertised on TV, but that’s not saying much because I don’t watch Syfy very often.  I’ll put up another post when I find out whether or not it’s going to be shown in countries besides the US, so don’t forget to check back.

TimeSplitters 4

TimeSplitters is a game that has inspired millions to make their own levels, shoot their friends and even film machinima.  When I was a kid TimeSplitters made me want to create my own game and it gave me all the tools I’d need to do it.  It focus’s strongly on multiplayer and is really a game without limits.

TimeSplitters 4 was confirmed, which made fans very happy, then this happiness was taken away when the Free Radical, the company that makes TimeSplitters, was bought by Crytek.  In 2009, two years after it was first announced, TimeSplitters 4 was officially put on hold.  Crytek UK, which was once Free Radical, then said that if there was a high demand for the game then it would be made, so fans petitioned.  On the 1st of November 2010 Crytek UK announced that they are talking with publishers to see if release a fourth TimeSplitters is the right move.

TimeSplitters allows players to play against friends or ‘bots’ in many different types of games, it also has a story mode and allows you to make your own levels, that can either be free play or have a story.  It’s a truly unique series and it would be a shame if the sequel never gets finished and released.  Some fans have used the game in a different, creative way.  They’ve made machinima, which, encase you don’t know, is when a game is used to make movies or series.  Not many people use TimeSplitters to make machinima, in fact these might be the only ones.  Their show is called As the Hamster Wheel Turns (ATHWT).  The first episode is below so check it out.

If you want TimeSplitters 4, then demand it.  The battle is far from over so don’t forget to sign the online petition.

Don’t let TimeSplitters die.

Here’s a trailer for TimeSplitters 4

Don’t forget to vote and comment.

The Sims 3 Console Version

Until now The Sims have been trapped, but they’ve been set free.  The Sims 3 gives players the ability to visit neighbours and travel to different parts of town.  Much like the PSP version, except the PSP version was done better.

I just don’t understand why they couldn’t have made the console version more like the PSP version.  Sure the areas weren’t that big, but at least you knew your way around and you had time to explore them.  Instead EA (Electronic Arts) have decided to replicate the PC game, which doesn’t entirely work on console.

The PC games have been more popular than the console games, but the console versions still have a massive fan base.  EA doesn’t seem to realise that there is a reason console players aren’t buying the PC version.  Some people, me included, prefer the console games, and I’m a fan of both versions so I’ve played enough Sims games to make a strong comparison.

For me the biggest let down is the lack of multiplayer mode.  My favourite part of the console Sims is playing with friends.  The Sims 3 is fun to play, but after a while I can’t help but miss my partner in crime, who has assisted in the murder of thousands of Sims.  This is the game’s biggest flaw, but it’s not the only one.  Another down point is that it’s hard to find the time to explore the huge world, especially if you have multiple Sims.  I’m still not even sure how many neighbours I have, since I’ve only visited one so far.  Then there’s the click and go control system, which actually didn’t bother me as much as I thought it would (I’d gotten used to The Sims 2 controls).

The game is definitely not all bad.  It has many good points that almost make up for its shortcomings, almost.  The introduction of pregnancy was a clever, and unexpected, idea.  It gave me quite a shock actually.  Aging is another fun, yet slow, feature.  I’m patiently waiting for my Sims to become old and die; saves me buying new carpets all the time.  I haven’t really played with the Karma powers all that much.  It’s a very My Name is Earl idea, not that that’s a bad thing.  Plus you can now have an upstairs.

All and all the game is fun, but can quickly lose momentum.  Being able to travel isn’t as interesting as you might think, especially as it is hard to find the time with work and other Sims.  The lack of a two player mode is just such a downfall as it would have made all the other flaws less noticeable.  Still I have to give it some points for the very well thought out features that were added.