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Episode 23- I recommend?

We are back. Thats 2 episodes in 2 weeks. This week we discuss some of the games we have been playing. Games include Fable 3, Lord of the Rings Online, Dead Rising 2, and Star Wars the Force Unleashed 2. We then jump into a little gadget talk with the rumor of the PlayStation Phone(PSP). Then we jump into our new segment called “I Recommend” were we discuss our thoughts on No Ordinary Family and Repo! The Genetic Opera. We then discuss Netflix Vs. Hulu and which we think is better. As always we encourage feedback. Leave a comment, iTunes review, or email us at TheGeeksFTW@gmail.com

Episode 21- 2 Guys,a Girl,and a Podcast

We are back for another episode. We are joined by our new writer Elf. We go into our main topic first by discussing our top 5 anime shows. Skip to 59minutes and 16 seconds to skip the anime talk if your not interested. We then talk about Prison Break the video game,  Borderlands latest DLC, Dead Rising 2, and America: The History of us TV series. As always we encourage feedback. Leave us a review on iTunes , follow us on Twitter , Email us at TheGeeksFTW@gmail.com , hit up the Forums , or leave a comment below.

The Dead Rise (Again) – A Review

There’s a lot to love in Dead Rising 2. That being said, it suffers from a lot of the same…quirks as the first game. In Capcom’s Blue Castle Games have produced the first true sequel to the 2006 zombie-killing romp that took the 360 by storm, ex-motocross father Chuck Greene is stranded in Fortune City (a new gambling haven built on the ruins of Las Vegas) with his infected daughter. The game begins with Chuck participating in the delightfully gory game show, Terror is Reality, where contestants compete to murder zombies in some of the most brutal ways possible. Shortly after Chuck completes the show. the captive zombies are set loose upon the city, and Chuck flees with his daughter, Katey, to a nearby safehouse. However, Chuck’s daughter is infected with the zombie virus, and needs the miracle drug Zombrex to keep from turning into a walking undead herself. So, Chuck finds himself scouring the mall for Zombrex until the military arrive in, you guessed it, 72 hours. Along the way, Chuck discovers that he’s being framed for the zombie outbreak, and sets out to clear his good name. Of course, there are other survivors holed up around Fortune City, and Chuck takes it upon himself to help them get back to the safehouse. But, naturally there are those who either want to kill Chuck for unleashing the shambling hordes upon the city, or are just plain crazy. These are the psychopaths, and they’re back with a vengeance.

The gameplay is very similar to the first game. You travel around the city (essentially a big circle with a strip of outdoor area in the center), picking up anything and everything lying around to cut a swath through the droves of zombies, and get where you’re going. The time mechanic is back, and still just as unforgiving. There are times when you’re rushing around, gathering survivors and hoping you’ll have time to get to the next mission. The psychopaths are just as difficult if you’re unprepared to do battle, and almost as tough if you are. While most bosses have a strategy to beating them, it may take a couple of tries to discover what works for you. This is where the game’s save system comes in. It’s still fairly brutal, but much less so than the first game. You now have multiple save slots, so you can revert to an older save if you decide that you don’t like how things panned out in your current file. There are also auto-saves after many main missions, which is a welcome relief. There also seem to be more save areas (read: restrooms) around Fortune City, but you’ll still find yourself retracing old ground if you die at an inopportune time.

Gone is the picture-taking that wartime photojournalist Frank West loved so dearly. Chuck is no photographer, he’s a handyman! As a result, the main distinguishing mechanic of this game over its predecessor is the idea of combo weapons. All over fortune city (much more frequent than restrooms), are maintenance rooms. Here, you can combine certain items (indicated by a wrench by the item’s name) to create the premium zombie-murder devices. Got some boxing gloves and a bowie knife? Throw ’em together, and go all Freddy Kruger on those zombies. Got a car battery and an electric guitar? Blow some minds (literally) with your own brand of rock. What’s that? You have a servbot mask and a lawnmower? Make the deadliest beanie cap of all time! There are a total of 50 combinations to be found in the game world. They range from the obvious (nails and a baseball bat) to the delightfully insane (Vacuum cleaner and saw blades). You can make these weapon combos whenever you have the parts, but they become far superior when you have that particular item’s combo card. Not only do you gain more experience when you use a combo card weapon, but on many weapons you also gain a devastating heavy attack that often brutalizes the zombies in a separate animation. These cards can be acquired by levelling up, killing psychopaths, saving survivors, or just by examining certain posters throughout Fortune City.

Muzac makes a return for the mall areas, and Blue Castle draws heavily on the Celldweller discography for a lot of the psychopath music. There’s also a lot of great sound effects in the game. Weapons sound appropriately gruesome when they strike the zombies, and little touches like paint sloshing around in the can when you run with it are much appreciated. The characters are well-voiced, even if some Canadian pronunciations bleed through now and again (Blue Castle being a Canadian developer n’ all). A lot of the messages and survivors are still communicated via text on the screen, but the text is a lot easier to read this time around, and that choice is largely based on the timing of the game. If every survivor communicated their plights through speech, it would take much longer than you’d like. While we’re on the topic of survivors, know that the AI is vastly improved over the first game. Now, survivors can easily push through the zombie masses and follow you to where you’re going, instead of getting stuck on every other zombie along the way. This was really my main gripe with the first game, and now that it’s gone I couldn’t be happier.

Two multiplayer modes have also been added to Dead Rising this time around. Dead Rising 2’s co-op allows a second player to jump into your game. The “guest” player retains no story progress or items, but he does keep any money and experience earned. To me, this is almost a better way of playing Dead Rising. You don’t have to worry about who you’re going to save or where you’re going to go, you’re just tagging along with the guy making all the decisions, killing zombies as you please. It also goes without saying that defeating psychopaths is much easier with two players than with one. The co-op is unexplained, just throwing another Chuck Greene into the mix. Plenty of fun can be had with the costumes (yes, the ridiculous outfits in the shops have made a comeback), and racing to activate cutscenes before your friend, so it’s your Chuck wearing a Blanka mask administering Zombrex to Katey, instead of your friend’s coonskin cap-sporting, long john-wearing Chuck that completes the next cinematic event.

The other multiplayer mode that’s been added is Terror is Reality. As I mentioned before, TIR is a zombie-killing game show. This mode is essentially a mini-game collection. There are eight possible events that will be featured in the first three rounds, ranging from grinding zombies with zambonis and firing their blood into score zones to competing to see who can put the flip the most zombies onto a scale using only the bull horn helmets strapped to their heads. After these first three events, a game of Slicecycles starts, where players ride around an arena on a motorcycle with chainsaws strapped to the handlebars, killing as many zombies as possible in the alotted times. The player with the highest score at the end of the first three rounds gets a head start, and everyone follows out in order of score, with different time delays based on how well you did. At the end of the final round, scores are tallied, and a winner is determined. Each player gets money based on their score, which can then be carried over to a single player save of their choosing. It’s an interesting mode, but it’s plagued with connection issues at the moment. Hopefully that will be patched in the near future. It’s also worth noting that I’ve had some issues with the co-op as well, dropping whenever the host saves his game. I’ve heard this is only an issue if you have multiple save devices in your 360 (i.e. memory card and hard drive), so this may not even be an issue on the PS3 or PC versions. It’s also worth noting that the PC version is only $40 on Steam, so if you’re not jonesing for some co-op with friends on the 360 or PS3, then that may be the best route to take.

All in all, there’s a lot to love in Dead Rising 2. Killing zombies is just as fun as it was 4 years ago, and rescuing survivors is no longer the chore that it used to be. However, the brutal difficulty of some psychopaths, the stringent save system, and the unforgiving time mechanic may be more than enough to put some people off. I’d recommend doing your best to find a way to try Dead Rising 2: Case Zero, especially if you already have a 360. You can get to level 5 in this arcade prequel, and you can transfer the over to Dead Rising 2 proper, if you choose to check out the full game. It’s a nice little $5 experience that will tell you if you want to see more of that gameplay or not. But to me, Dead Rising 2 is a fantastic game. You get genuine satisfaction in senselessly murdering these zombies in creative ways, and playing with friends will take quite a while to get old, at least for me.

Episode 19-Dynamic Duo Returns!

We are back with another full-length episode of The GeeksFTW Podcast.  Stuart and Myself cover a variety of topics. We start off by talking about his experience with android since getting his HTC Droid Incredible. Then he talks a little bit about the show Fringe. We then jump straight into gaming with a little Dead Rising 2: Case Zero talk along with Plants Vs. Zombies XBLA. Finally I talk about my experiences with Spider-man Shattered Dimensions and answer some of Stuarts Questions. Oh and we talk a little(Truthfully its A Lot) about Halo: Reach. And my dog makes a short appearance on the show. This is the start of the re-birth of the podcast so stay tuned for much more! Again, we encourage feedback. Leave a comment on the site, Twitter, Facebook, or email us at TheGeeksFTW@gmail.com .


We had so many great games, movies and so much more come out at the beginning of the year. So much that I’ve heard people wonder if the 2nd half would be able to deliver the goods. Well I’m going to give you a quick glimpse of whats coming out in September. I believe this is probably the best month of the year for entertainment and here is why:

Theater Releases

Machete– Sept 3-What started out as a spoof trailer for the movie Grindhouse has become a highly anticipated movie.

Resident Evil:Afterlife-Sept 10- I know most gamers think these movies are horrible, but if you can step away from the games and look at it as just a movie they are enjoyable. This one is the 4th in the series and is suppose to use the same 3D cameras that made James Cameron’s Avatar a unique visual experience.

Blu-ray/DVD Release

Killers-Sept 7- I cant personally say much about this movie. It looks to cater the female audience more then male.

MacGruber-Sept 7-Yet another comedic Spoof movie. Though it didn’t look good enough to see in theaters I’m sure it will be a decent rent and maybe it will be on Netflix Instant Watch soon

Letters to Julliet-Sept 14-Again this is another movie that would attract the attention of the female audience.

Prince of Persia:The Sands of Time-Sept 14- Yet another video game movie that has been thrashed with bad reviews. This is another movie I plan on renting to see how it is for myself.

Robin Hood– Sept 21- What was suppose to be Gladiator 2 ended up turning into another movie about the one and only Robin Hood.

Get Him to the Greek-Sept 28-A summer comedy that kept getting great reviews from word of mouth. I for one am looking forward to watching this.

Iron Man 2-Sept 28- The Sequel to one of the best Comic book movie adaptations. Personally I enjoyed it and look forward to adding it to my collection


Kid Rock-Born Free-Sept 7

N.E.R.D.-Nothing- Sept 7

Linkin Park– A Thousand Suns- Sept 14

Weezer-Hurly- Sept 14

Maroon 5-Hand All Over- Sept 21

Ne-Yo-Libra Scale- Sept 21

Doobie Brothers-World Gone Crazy-Sept 28

Ice Cube-I Am the West- Sept 28

Jimmy Eat World-Invented- Sept 28

Video Games

Borderlands DLC-ClapTrap’s Robot Revolution– The release date isn’t clear,but it has been said to release in September. This will be the 4th dlc for the popular co-op shooter/RPG and is said to be the biggest yet.

Spider-Man:Shattered Dimensions-Sept 7- I know the latest Spider-man games haven’t been the best, but this one looks promising. I’m most excited about the story of it and how the 4 different spider-men will play out.

Cabela’s North American Adventure-Sep 7- I know you might think this is a joke. Its true that odds are you and I are not going to be interested in this game but apparently these games are selling well since they keep releasing them every year.

Halo Reach-Sept 14- Say what you want about Halo, fanboys, and whatever the facts remain that Halo is one of the most popular multi-player gaming franchise

Playstation Move-Sept 17- Again odds are not a lot of us “Hardcore” gamers will be picking this up, but this is a big release in the gaming industry. It will show whether or not motion control gaming will work on the “Hardcore” consoles.

Sid Meier’s Civilization V-Sept 21- Seems like this has been one of the highly anticipated PC game to come out this year. The series has a big following and a reputation for being a fun RTS.

Dead Rising 2– Sept 28- Zombies Zombies Zombies. Lots of people are tired of Zombies. Well I think they will make an exception for this game. Not much to say,but its a sequel to one of the best Zombie games of this console generation.

Plants Vs Zombies-Sept 28- This of course is the Xbox 360 version of the crack like addictive game from Popcap. I have already purchased this on PC and iPod Touch. This will make 3 different versions of the game I have purchased. Safe to say I am probably not alone.

Final Fantasy XIV– Sept 30- I personally am not too excited about this, but I know lots of people are looking forward to this MMO. This is just the PC version. If there is a free trial I will most likely give it a shot, but it is a popular franchise so had to mention it

Overall this month is going to be really good. There is a large variety of entertainment options for everyone. Good thing September is just around the corner.