Alpha Papa was released earlier this year, staring the Steve Coogan as Alan Patridge. This character was originally was previously in the TV series ‘I'm Alan Partridge’ which ran from 1997-2002. This is the first jump to movies for the character and I think it does a pretty good job of it.
The basic plot involves Alan getting fellow DJ Pat Farrell (played by Colm Meaney) fired from the local radio station. Pat then returns to the station with a shotgun and holds the entire building hostage. Partridge is sent in by the police as a negotiator in an attempt to defuse the situation.
I had only seen a handful of episodes of the actual TV show and so I didn’t know the characters particularly well before the film but thankfully that didn’t stop me from enjoying the film. It is very much a British comedy film with lots of jokes that would be lost on American audiences etc.
So yeah this is one to check out for sure, good plot with likeable characters and consistently funny throughout.
Written by Brisingr, Sunday 8 December 2013
Risen 2: Dark Waters
Risen 2: Dark Waters is a 2012 follow up to Risen, a game which while I have not played has always caught my eye as one that I might enjoy. So anyway I picked this one up back in the steam summer sales (and then the bloody thing went on sale again for the Deep Silver bundle) and got round to playing it a few weeks back.
The story picks up after the events of Risen, where ancients gods known as Titans have awoken and have pushed humanity to the edge extinction. An order known as the Inquisition is the only thing fighting back against the titans. One Titan in particular called Mara is causing problems for the Inquisition, sinking its ships and causing supply shortages. It is up to you to infiltrate a group of pirates who apparently have a way to bring down Mara.
Your character will have 5 main traits which you can level up throughout the game; Blades, Firearms, Toughness, Cunning and Voodoo. These determine your ability to fight with certain weapons, use silver-tongue options, pick locks and use dark magic etc. You can spend glory points to level up in these areas which is obtained by killing enemies and completing quests.
The gameplay can feel a bit unbalance at times, certainly at the start of the game where the combat is next to impossible at times and only by pumping huge amounts of gold into training will you get any good at it. Compare this with the end of the game where I could kill anything with a few swings of my sword, even the end boss was taken down within 2 minutes without much effort.
All in all a decent game but not one you'd go out of your way to get, with some mediocre gameplay, a decent story and a relatively interesting set of characters.
Written by Brisingr, Saturday 14 September 2013
Saints Row: The Third
Saints Row: The Third was released back in late 2011 and is the third instalment of the Saints row series. I have never actually played the previous games as they never really interested me much but SR3 had gotten high praise and I decided to check it out.
You take on the role of leader of the saints known only as ‘Boss’. The now word famous gang has strayed from their criminal roots and has sold out to create merchandise etc. Rival gangs have started sprouting up to challenge the saints, most prominently is the syndicate who has mustered multiple gangs under its name to take you down. The saints funds are stolen by a hacker working for the syndicate and leaves you with nothing, meaning you have to work your way up to taking over the city.
The gameplay is split between the main storyline and various mini-games or challenges spread across the map. The main missions had a tendency to feel quite short at times with them last for 20 minutes at most but still enjoyable enough. The mini-games are fun enough at times but do get a bit repetitive with very little challenge in them when you get enough practice at them.
Overall a pretty fun title, with some very memorable scenes and a good amount of playtime in it. If you’re a fan of sandbox games and a bit of mindless chaos at times then you should check this one out. I’ll be sure to have a look into Saints Row IV when it’s released later on this year which promises to be even more insane than its predecessor.
Written by Brisingr, Thursday 8 August 2013
Hajime no Ippo: The Fighting!
Hajime no Ippo is an anime which started its run back in 2000, based on a manga of the same name which has been running from 1989 (and is still running to this day).
The anime follows one ‘Ippo Makunouchi’, a kid nearing the end of his high-school days, constantly beaten up and a bit of a social outcast. One day he is rescued from bullies by Mamoru Takamura, a local boxer with big ambitions who introduces him to the world of boxing. After this we see Ippo training to become a professional boxer aiming to take the rookie of the year title and then his ultimate goal, the Japan feather-weight championship title.
This defiently one of the longest anime I have ever watched (in fact I think it is the longest, coming in at 76 episodes) however I never once got bored of it and it kept me gripped throughout the entire series, from his very first fight until the very end. This is helped by a great set of characters who quickly grow on you and is supported by one of the best soundtracks I’ve heard from an anime in a long time.
This anime has easily become one of my new favourites; it all, a great story, a fantastic set of characters and an amazing soundtrack. This is one to check out for sure!
Written by Brisingr, Saturday 13 July 2013
Good Omens (The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch) is a collaboration between Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, which was released back into 1990. The book is a comedy based around the coming of the anti-Christ and the end of the world.
There is a good range of characters in this book, from the Angel and Demon duo (the angel Aziraphale and the demon Crowley) who try to avoid the end of the world, to Adam the son of the devil and even an appearance from the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
The basic premise is that the anti-Christ is swapped with another child by a group of satanic nuns who disband after this deed has been committed. Adam (the Anti-Christ) lives a normal life in the English countryside with his satanic dog called Dog (Original name or what?) and his gang known to the neighbourhood as ‘The Them’. However on Adam’s 11th Birthday his satanic power come into their own and it’s a fight against time for the crew to stop the end of the world.
Overall it’s a good fun read which doesn’t take itself too serious, plenty of religious knowledge went into the making of it with characters such as The Metatron and Beelzebub making an appearance. One to check out if you’re into the odd comedy book.
Written by Brisingr, Monday 29 April 2013
Unicorn Western comes to us from the minds of Johnny B. Truant and Sean Platt. I picked this particular title up when it was free on the kindle website, while I had no idea what I was getting into at the time I’m sure glad I picked this up.
The story follows one outcast marshal and his companion Edward (who also happens to be a unicorn who can talk). They have been living their lives peacefully in the town of Solace for some years now but that changes when word reaches town that bandits are coming.
Things really heat up when the news of a dark unicorn and ranger are accompanying these bandits. It’s up to Clint and Edward to protect the town’s people and drive off this the new threat with Clint’s seven –shooter pistols and Edward’s Unicorn magic.
It is a pretty short book last just 81 pages but I found myself really enjoying it, the setting is completely mad but it somehow works for this book. This has also spawned two sequels which continue the story. You can pick up the whole series on Amazon for a mere £3.30! So if you’re looking for something quite short but fun to read then this may be one to look into.
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