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Archive for February, 2012

Review #454

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

Poképark 2: Wonders Beyond
Developer: Creatures Inc.
Publisher: Nintendo
Genre: Action (Open World/Sandbox)
Release Date: 02/28/2012

Roughly a year and a quarter ago, Creatures Inc. and Nintendo released PokePark Wii: Pikachu’s Adventure. Due to an utter lack of marketing by Nintendo of America, the title was one of the few Pokémon games that was overlooked, even by the core fan base. It’s a shame too, because it was the first game to give a lot of Pokémon fans what they had been clamoring for: 3D real time Pokémon battles. Sure you could only play as Pikachu, but it was a lot of fun and I still see gamers go, “Wah! When we will get action based Pokémon combat like in a fighting game or a button masher?” Well, there already is. In fact, with the release of PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond, now there are two. I loved the premise of the original game, but wanted more playable Pokémon in combat, some better controls and the ability to play multiplayer version of all the mini-games. So does PokéPark 2 give fans of the first game the improvements they were looking for, or is it just more of the same?
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Review #453

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Magician’s Handbook: Cursed Valley
Developer: G5 Entertainment
Publisher: G5 Entertainment
Genre: Hidden Object/Adventure
Release Date: 02/16/2012

I know, I know. I’m supposed to be done reviewing video games and just occasionally talking about tabletop titles. Yet somehow I’m on my third video game review of the year. The first, Zen Pinball 3D was because I owned the PS3 version of the game and everyone else with a 3DS had a game assigned to them. For Epic Quest, well, I was the only person with Zen Pinball and there was no other option but for me to review it. The same holds true with Magician’s Handbook: Cursed Valley. G5 Games was kind enough to give us a review copy of the game for the Kindle Fire. Guess who is the only staff member with a Kindle Fire. I was more than happy to give this a chance though as I hadn’t played a hidden object game since Mountains of Madness. I’ve also covered two other Kindle Fire games (Where’s My Water? and Fruit Ninja: Puss in Boots )in my “Cleaning Up the Backlog” monthly column, but this will be Diehard GameFAN’s first full review of a Kindle Fire game. So does Magician’s Handbook start our Kindle Fire coverage off with a bang…or a bust?
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One Week of Marriage

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

For those of you not on Facebook..surprise! I did in fact marry Guin last Wednesday in Barbados. It was by far the best trip I ever had…even if you discount the marriage bit. We had the whole idea planned out since November but a few details were finalized until a the middle of January for some items like the rings and dress arriving.

We left bright and early on Monday the 13th on a first class flight from DCA to Miami. Great flight with a wonderful breakfast. From there it was a four hour flight from Miami to Barbados. We ended up sitting next to another DC resident name Lynn who was headed down to the same exact Adults Only (Kids suck!) resort as we were. The Miami to Barbados flight wasn’t so bad. I read most of the way and had an overpriced cheese and crackers plate.

When we got to the airport we breezed through customs and outside was a man holding a “LUCARD” sign. The resort sent him (because I paid them to), which meant not having to deal with hailing a taxi, getting ripped off or lost. The man took us on a beautiful scenic route that let us see all of Barbados (literally). It was beautiful. We got to the resort with no problem, were welcomed by a friendly and wonderful staff and were led to our fourth floor oceanview penthouse room. The also gave us a fruit tray and a giant thing of rum. Oh my god. I could have spent the entire trip just looking out the window. It was that perfect. Instead we unpacked, look around the resort, hit the beach and had a nice little buffet dinner before going upstairs for Barbados sex. What?

Tuesday, we met with our Wedding Coordinator to finalize our dinner plans, then we met with the reverend/minister/padre/whatever and then it was off across the country to get our paperwork filed for the wedding. We came back to the hotel, enjoyed the pools and beach and then while Guin got her nails done, I strode done to the celebrity beach. The only celeb there was Mickey Rourke, but hey! He was friendly and I got to talk to him for fifteen minutes as we were both enjoying the plethora of crabs on the beach. After Guin got her nails done, it was more beachside relaxing and then some dinner.

Weds was more of the same. A nice morning of warmth, beautiful weather (a bit of rain) and tropical awesomeness. We even awoke to a large beautiful rainbow and this was the day Tweeters, my little bird friend (Which Guin called a Starling but appears to be a female Black Faced Grassquit)ate directly out of my hand. Such a sweet little bird. After that is was getting ready for the wedding. Guin wouldn’t let me see her get dressed at all, so I had to wait out in the Barbadian sun in leather pants and a long sleeved dress shirt. HOT. The wedding started at three and it was very lovely. The whole ceremony was taped by a video recorder I brought with and I’ll have to upload it at some point. It only lasted about a half hour or so, but the wedding cake was cute, guin adorded her purple and white bouquet of orchids and…daisies and I had to pretend to drink champagne (and a bunch of other booze that felloow resorters kept offering me). It was alovely ceremony and people from throughout the resort watched it (creeepy) and clapped when we were done. When we went back to our room there were a set of glasses on the bed along with a card and a heart made out of (fake) rose petals. We also had a special dinner made for us (I got rack of lamb and Guin got a seafood thing). It was a beautiful day across the board.

Thursday was just walking the beach, laying in the sand, swimming in the pool, lying by the pool and getting a 90 minute warm bamboo massage that Guin said was the best she ever had. We were going to do a cooking class but alas, that didn’t pan out because they were so late we would have missed the massage. We had a wonderful Barbadian dinner at a place called Enids that night.

All in all it was a wonderful vacation. We had great food, made some new friends, found a new animal to bond with and had a lovely time at a wonderful resort (Almond Beach Club) that I would recomment to everyone and that I know we’ll be going back to.

Coming home was fine. Pets missed us and we missed them. It was also great to sleep in our own bed and shower at home. But then Sunday through Tuesday we had neither water or heat at our place. I guess thing balanced out. Wonderful vacation but horrible homecoming.

In a few months we’ll have a reception for friends and family - probably down here in Shirlington in May.

Review #452

Friday, February 10th, 2012

Zen Pinball – Epic Quest Table
Developer: Zen Studios
Publisher: Zen Studios
Genre: Pinball
Release Date: 02/14/2012

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