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Episode CLX: Think Of Your Sins, Mr. Bond!

The Bastards love it shaken, not stirred.

This week the B3 are excited about the news that happened on the day of Tuesday, November 6, leaving both King and Blueonic jumping for joy about the future of one of their favorite things. The demos for Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two and F1 Race Stars are looked at, and King describes why the new Karateka remake is nothing but bad news. Finally James Bond comes full circle in the review for Skyfall.

Make yourselves a martini, and relax with Episode 160: Think Of Your Sins, Mr. Bond!

Disney’s Mascot Looking To Repeat Its "Epic" Gaming Adventure

 

When we last left the beloved Disney mascot in Epic Mickey, peace was restored in the Wastelands, and Mickey had returned home, leaving the brush behind. Now it seems that destruction has returned, and the Mouse is needed again to save the Wastelands. This time, you will have a little bit more help in the form of a familiar rabbit.

In Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, one or two players can take control of Mickey and Oswald, as they take on the dark world yet again. Like before Mickey can use the magic brush to either create or destroy the worlds around him, while Oswald can use a magic remote to tackle monsters along the way. The players can also use double-team maneuvers, such as throwing each other up into the air to each higher areas and a helicopter maneuver that Oswald can use while Mickey grabs hold of his legs.

In the E3 demo I started things off by jumping through my TV after hearing Gus’s cries of help, landing in Yen Sid’s lair and grabbing the magic brush. I then returned to Mickey’s house, where I discovered a secret room hidden behind Mickey’s living room. I soon found myself jumping through one of the magic screens, leading me to one of the side-scrolling levels.

It is in the side-scrolling level where I am reunited with Oswald (voiced by Frank Welker), where he and I discover our new techniques. After reaching the end of the level, we found ourselves in a boss battle against a cog-filled dragon. In order to defeat it, we first had to suck the paint off its body while defending ourselves against his fiery breath and minions. Soon after we had to take out his buzz-saw-styled tail while avoiding its smash ‘n’ slice maneuvers. Finally, after a set of stairs were revealed, we found ourselves eliminating three pillars to cause the ceiling to topple on top of the dragon.

For my experience I gave Epic Mickey 2 a try on the Xbox 360, which was a bit of a hassle at first seeing as I was used to playing it on the Wii. Here the right stick is used to aim the paint or thinner, with its camera system automatically focusing on the action needed to be seen. It took some getting used to, but once I had the handle of it the gameplay got a lot easier.

As it’s being released on all the consoles, the graphics have been given a massive overhaul. It’s still wonderfully dark, a much needed contrast to the colorful world of Disney. Also new to the game is the addition of voice-acting and CGI cutscenes, a welcoming change compared to the weird Flash animation and adult Peanuts speak from before.

Fans of Disney will be happy when this game drops on all three systems on November 18. Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two is so far looking to keep to the true spirit of its predecessor. The magic is still intact from what I’ve seen, so there is plenty of reason to get your Mickey Mouse Club membership renewed.

Episode LXXX: The Green Hornet Ships Up To Boston

With Blueonic knocked on his ass by a nasty cold King Baby Duck and Anvil do what it takes to conjure up a worthy show.

This week the B3 crew discuss the new movie The Green Hornet, and Anvil gives his weekly sports update. King Baby Duck reviews the games ilomilo and Raskulls, previews Epic Mickey and shares his thoughts on the demos for Art of Balance and Faery: Legends of Avalon. Anvil gives his thoughts on the new Xbox game Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2011, and the Bastards give their reasons why the art of trash talking has gone down the toilet.

Brief Impressions of Nintendo Briefing

Well, it’s official.  If your head explodes, then a new one will instantly grow in its place so that it may also explode.  I discovered this great scientific fact this morning at the Nintendo Media Briefing.  They have shown this year that not only are they dedicated to bringing gaming to everyone, but also keeping it awesome for those of us that have been enjoying it for a while now.

The briefing started off with a huge bang by them going straight into the new Zelda game.  The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, as it is titled, will feature Wii Motion Plus controls and looks to be quite the fun time.  Not only are you going to be able to use a whip in the game, but there’s a beetle launcher than lets you control the beetle flying around the environment.

After such a strong opening, I thought to myself, how in the world can they top footage of the new Zelda?  It turns out they did it quite easily with a slew of awesome looking games, most of which are due later this year.  Wii Party, Just Dance 2, Mario Sports Mix, Golden Sun: Dark Dawn, Goldeneye 007, Epic Mickey, Metroid Other M and Donkey Kong Country Returns all made appearances and that was just for the Wii.

After all of that, they brought in the Nintendo 3DS.  After they talked some serious trash about 3D with glasses, they revealed Kid Icarus: Uprising as a title for the 3DS.  Seeing video of the 3DS, it looks like a handheld Wii, or perhaps a bit better.  Nintendo then assured us that there was going to be lots of 3rd party support for the system and proceeded to confirm every game you could ever want for the system.  Kingdom Hearts and Metal Gear Solid being notables among the many, there were really a bunch of titles there to see.

As I sit there considering the 3DS, the thought did cross my mind of, well I haven’t seen the 3D yet.  So, Nintendo has a bunch of models walk out holding the device and tells us to see it for ourselves.  I got to touch it and I am blown away.  The 3D seems neat and well implemented, the new analog stick feels great and the graphic were just as good as the videos boasted.

All in all, consider me blown away.  We’re not done yet though, so make sure to tune in now for our Sony briefing!