Thursday, September 30, 2010

Apps - Street Fighter IV

Disclaimer: Do you like street fighting? If not, close this page now. This app isn't for you. As Guile would say, GO HOME AND BE A FAMILY MAN.

March 2010. After almost two years after being released in arcades, Street Fighter IV tiger knee'd it's way into the iTunes App Store. With free game updates, the roster has increased from 8 to 12.

This game carries over the same stylized calligraphic graphics from the original version. Each character comes with two costumes, and additonal costumes can be purchased (real money, not Bison Dollars) from a menu at the default screen.

Here's a screenshot of the game, and the controls. Your left thumb controls the character, and your right thumb navigates the four attack buttons. Pretty standard fare, with punch, kick, special (ex:one button hadoukens), and focus.

And for those who suck at street fighting (like moi), there's free training mode as well as a dojo mode. The dojo mode gives you various challenges to complete, such as blocking six times in a match or throwing the enemy six times in a match. If you complete all the dojo challenges, you will come out a better street fighter.

There's no real importance of this screenshot, just goes to show you what happens when you try to play a game and screenshot it at the same time!

I give this app 5 Raúl Juliás out of 5.

Street Fighter IV is available in the iTunes App Store for $9.99

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Comics - Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne

The covers in order, 1-6
Batman is dead.

At least, that's what the inhabitants of the DC Universe were lead to believe at the end of Final Crisis, when Batman took on the big bad Darkseid. Bruce Wayne breaks his self imposed no-gun rule, and mortally wounds Darkseid. Darkseid hits Bruce with the Omega Sanction, and sends his ass back in time.

Bruce Wayne wakes up in a cave, with amnesia. Each issue, Bruce unknowingly time travels to a different era, while slowly trying to put the pieces together of who he is and what happened. He encounters various DC characters in their natural habitats, as well as a few historical characters. These events just happen to be my favorite part of these comics. These have to be my favorite:
  • Bruce getting captured by savages, led by Vandal Savage (Cool name bro)
  • Bruce dueling Blackbeard (True story. Bro.)
  • Bruce getting shot by Jonah Hex
So far, I've enjoyed this series throughly. If you love Batman, this is a must read. This book is not perfect, but is very nuanced and a pleasure to read. If you do not like Grant Morrison or any of his work, stay away. It has Morrison written all over it. Every page, glimmering of Morrison's baldness.

Do you enjoy barbarians? Witches? Pirates? Crime fighting? If you like any of these, you'll like this book.

I give this series 4.5 Batmans out of 5.

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Four issues have been released since May. The final two issues of The Return of Bruce Wayne are scheduled to ship in October.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

A little about me

Hello world, my name is Brandon.

In a former life (and by former I mean two years ago) I was a web designer, but I've lost the passion I once had for design in general. Several bad clients in a row left a bad taste in my mouth.
I'd like to consider myself an artist, I still do art from time to time, whenever I feel "inspired".

I'd like this blog to be more than LOLCAT pictures and macros (all though I'm not above doing those). I'm thinking of perhaps doing comic book reviews, perhaps even post some YouTube videos that I find worthwhile.

Hello world!