Friday the 13th: Retro Review

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For those who have lived under a rock for the last 30 years or so, Friday the 13th is a series of slasher films in which teenagers at a summer camp get murdered in various ways by a serial killer in a hockey mask named Jason. That being said, one would think that this would be a horror game, but what it mostly succeeded in being was a generic, repetitive, frustrating side-scroller.

The game has you taking control of one of six camp counselors each with their own attributes, such as running or swimming, that they are better or worse at. Your job is to keep the teens at the summer camp alive for three days or to kill Jason three times before he kills the people you’re protecting.

The game starts you along a side-scrolling path that goes around the lake. At some point Jason will attack one of the cabins and you have to make your way along the path to the cabin and fend him off. When you enter a cabin it goes into a bizarre 3D-ish environment. The only reason I can see for this is to add a small amount of suspense because you don’t know if Jason is around the corner. When in the cabin you may or may not fight Jason. You then go back to the path and wait for Jason to attack again. Rinse and repeat.

The graphics aren’t terrible, what makes me not like them is that everything is so repetitive. There are only a handful of backgrounds and they are repeated over and over. There is also a forest in the game that you can go into and fight Jason’s mother and get the best weapon in the game. I wouldn’t recommend it however, because the forest backgrounds are all so similar that it’s near impossible to find your way out.

Even worse than the graphics is the music. The music mostly consists of a few 6 second loops that repeat constantly throughout the game. You know it’s bad when you play a game for all of thirty seconds to hear the entire soundtrack.

Some of these things could be forgiven if the game was fun to play, but it’s not. The side scrolling parts, while running from cabin to cabin around the lake, feel clunky and poorly made. The battles with Jason, which should be a highlight of the game, end up being battles of annoyance as Jason dances back and forth taking cheap shots at you.

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Seriously, it looks like he’s dancing.

There are bats and zombies that spawn continuously along the path and the only weapon you have at start is a rock that’s both hard to hit enemies with and very weak. The best way to get a better weapon is, I kid you not, to jump around aimlessly. After jumping around a bunch a floating knife will appear and you can grab it. Now don’t get me wrong, it’s not all bad. It’s just that the few good ideas in this game such as choosing between counselors, get drowned in a wave of bad execution and monotony.

 

In video games, as with movies, there are two types of bad. A few games like E.T. are so bad that they’re entertaining and then there are games that are just plain bad. Friday the 13th is the latter.

latest Podcast interviews Jason and his kickstarter for THE KINGDOM action figures

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Sam, Silent Tom, and Drew interview Jason from Spero. He gives us the lowdown on the property, from comic book, and now action figures via kickstarter.  You can listen via the embedded player below, or use the drop down menu above to subscribe to us on Itunes or Stitcher for easy mobile listening. Be sure to check out his KICKSTARTER HERE and the SPERO FB PAGE HERE.

the images that we talk about can be seen HERE.

You can see some prototypes at Alyosha’s both at Joe con this upcoming week. You can also see me and Drew there! (Say Hi!)   We will be doing some live youtubing, and recording some short podcasts and videos from con, so be sure to subscribe to our youtube, like our fb, follow on twitter etc, if you want the latest, all through the main menu above.

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New Kickstarter from The Drawn Word featuring the Incredible Change-Bots

Incredible Change BotsA new Kickstarter is underway for a card set featuring Jeffery Brown’s The Incredible Change-BotsThe campaign, started last week by The Drawn Word , runs until July 7th. Featuring the Awesomebots led by Big-Rig versus the Fantasticons led by Shootertron, rival groups of robots who can change in to vehicles from the planet Electrocybercircuitron . While in premise it sounds a lot like another certain transforming brand these are the characters featured in the Top Shelf Productions graphic novels, described as part parody, part nostalgic tribute, part moral fable.

Up for grabs in the Kickstarter are a series of cards, 24 regular cardstock cards in a tuck box featuring new artwork and then a subset of 5 Heavy Metal cards and further down the line 2 oversized cards lasercut onto hardwood and metal featuring Big-Rig and Shootertron, and some signed versions thrown in for good measure. And there are promises to “keep throwing things” should stretch goals are met. For more info drop by Kickstarter and check out the campaign!

New Kickstarter to bring Animals of The Kingdom to life

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Spero Studio’s Jason Bienvenu and Brandon Gray are looking to bring a new line of action figures based on the graphic novel The Kingdom.

“Spero Studios was founded by Jason Bienvenu and Brandon Gary, inspired by the 3 3/4 inch toy lines of the mid 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, Spero focuses on bringing back the fun and joy from these eras with high quality products featuring modern articulation and accessories!
Our first offering is inspired by The Kingdom Comic book featuring the animal warriors from the first story arc.
Series one features the main Protagonist “Pale” and his Clear “Spectral” variant as well as 4 army builder characters to fill out the ranks of your ape armies! Each figure stands a little over 4 inches tall; features 18 points of articulation as well as weapons and accessories.”

The figure line is in the 4 inch scale and presented in a “cartoon style of the comic book source material” and don’t look too out of place next to some of the TMNT offerings in stores today. The Articulation is on par with what today’s collectors and kids are used to with 18 points of articulation for great play and possibility.

Looking for more info? Check out Kickstarter or their Facebook page for graphics, prototypes, all the great details and of course to pledge for your own cool Warriors of The Kingdom figures!

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new HD video of the Loyal Subjects Baroness and Blowtorch prototypes

IMG_6745 Latest Video is up with an ever better look at these two prototypes.  If you would like to see them in person, you can at the Declassified booth this Joe Con.

Check out the video below, if you enjoy it be sure to give it a like and subscribe to the channel.

 

The previous article about these was:

I Have a The Loyal Subjects BARONESS in Hand (pics and thoughts, with more to come)

I Have a The Loyal Subjects BARONESS in Hand (pics and thoughts, with more to come)

First (brief) Look at The Loyal Subjects G.I.Joe Wave 2 Baroness! This is a fully colored Prototype, it is not a production final, so some changes could occur.

Keep reading, or scroll down to see a short VIDEO.

13262415_10207697864581891_1144445454_o  Here the Beauty is, and the first thing you will notice is that the glasses come off! As does her backpack, even though it would have been easy to mold on as you can’t see all the detail behind the hair. To me that makes extra awesome the time was taken to make sure you could remove it (somewhat flexi head as it is removable) and examine it, maybe even swap it with someone else!

13231133_10207697863181856_1724851621_nHer Gund looks like the original. Only the handle and trigger give it a way, and I look forward to doing some comparison shots when I get home. Now check out a different angle:

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You can see her armor pieces are more silver, like sideshow.  Her cobras are not sculpted on, but are Tampo’d so well it works great and means more customizing potentially, (especially for the blue single pack version you can get online) I can already see a way  (with some dremeling) to make a Helix and more on top of my planned “Snow bunny”, Crimson Asp, Iron Grenadier and Classic comic versions. (Glad I pre ordered plenty of the blue ones)

14 points of articulation. It appears the right hand has a swivel but not the left, or mine might have been stuck. (1 of 3 I’m aware of, with the other 2 at TLS HQ and another the glasses were a bit tight, may be similar here.)

Her eyebrows are sculpted by the way, and she is frankly the most beautiful female Joe figure under 12″s I have seen.

Feel free to ask for specific shots or comparisons and I will do my best to do so when I get home from this training trip.

For those who do not like chases, Yes this baroness will be a chase, but a blue baroness will be available single carded right off the bat, and future baroness figs are coming too

For those who do love the chase, unlocking this super intelligent, helicopter flying, tactical European bad @$$ sniper will make your day.

I will update this post with more pics. But I know I will also be uploading HERE and I already have a bunch in that TLS Folder so feel free to take a look!

Tom hosts his first podcast as he and Steven Discuss Star Wars

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I’m missing? Sort of? Tom takes on host duties for this recording and introduces Steven to the mic. You might recognize him for several video game articles he has done on the site.  This is a short one, and I’m editing the sequel episode now (finally.)  Not only does the episode discuss the latest movie, but also optimum watching order! You can listen below via the emedded player or catch us on Itunes or Stitcher. (You can use the drop down menu above to head straight to our page in either format)

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