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First Impressions of Umbrella Chronicles

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First impressions of Umbrella ChroniclesLast night I played through the Resident Evil 0 sections of Umbrella Chronicles, and I have to say I had a blast. While it’s understandable that some people are still disappointed this game is a rail shooter similar to House of the Dead rather than a Resident Evil 4-style free roamer, it’s still a lot of fun. As a long-time Resident Evil fan, I find it definitely pushes all the right buttons so far.

Gameplay is simple, tight and even on normal, challenging. Point, shoot, reload, and pick up what you can. Aiming is intuitive with the Wiimote and the enemies come thick and fast. Precise shots are what you’ll need to take them down. There’s a small sweet spot in the center of a zombie’s forehead that causes the head to burst when you hit it. It isn’t easy, but it’s highly rewarding to see the explosion of blood, bits of skull and brains that ensue when you can pull it off.

Even though you have infinite ammo for your hand gun, ammo conservation is still a huge part of the gameplay, as any extra weapons you get have limited ammo and the pistol just doesn’t cut it for a lot of the enemies the game throws at you.

First impressions of Umbrella ChroniclesAnd it throws them at you. The game is intense at times; scary even. You’ll probably find yourself needing to replay some of the sections to be in a better situation ammo-wise when you hit the bosses at the end of the chapters, at least if you play on normal or hard difficulty anyway. Staying cool and only using more powerful ammo when absolutely necessary is something I’m still working on.

So far, the graphics have been excellent for the Wii; definitely an improvement on what was in Resident Evil 4 (though I’m expecting the Raccoon sections to be worse, since they borrow from the PS2 Resident Evil Outbreak games) and the gameplay is instantly accessible.

The music, be it new, rearranged or classic themes, is excellent, though the voice acting seems a step backwards from the recent Resident Evil games; It’s kind of cheesy.

If you’re a fan of the series from a story perspective, or a fan of lightgun style horror games I’m happy to recommend it based on what I’ve played so far, but if you’re new to the series or only familiar with RE4 you’ll want to hold out for the full review.

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Must-See: Michael Myers Versus Jason Voorhees Fan Short Film

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The short film titled Michael Myers Versus Jason Voorhees made its much-anticipated debut on YouTube channel CallMeJeff86 on January 15th, 2018.

The film is a passion project that pits two horror movie icons against each other; it’s Michael Myers from Halloween against Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th in a bloody fight to the finish.

What are you waiting for? Give the short a watch below, and then let us know what you think!

Michael Myers Versus Jason Voorhees is written and directed by Mason C. McDonald and stars Jeff Payne as Michael Myers, Dustin Miller as Jason Voorhees, and John Alton as the Vengeful Father.

Don’t forget to follow the film on Instagram and Twitter!

P.S. I’m pretty sure the ‘Part 3’ in the title is a joke.

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PG-13 or R? The Strangers: Prey at Night Gets Official MPAA Rating

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Earlier this week we let you guys know that there is a killer The Strangers: Prey at Night fan art competition going on and you can read all the details on that right HERE.

But today we have some cool (if expected) news that The Strangers: Prey At Night hs officially received an R-rating from the MPAA.

The sequel has been rated R for “horror violence and terror throughout, and for language” and I think that makes about as much sense as we could have expected.

For those who are interested in such bits of trivia, the original The Strangers was rated R for “violence/terror and language” so there you go! Impress your friends with MPAA trivia.

Would The Strangers: Prey at Night getting a PG-13 have affected your enthusiasm for the upcoming film? Let us know below!

The Stranger: Prey at Night is directed by Johannes Roberts (47 Meters Down) from a script by Bryan Bertino and Ben Ketai. It stars Martin Henderson, Christina Hendricks, Bailee Madison, and Lewis Pullman.

The film hits March 9, 2018.

Synopsis:
A family’s road trip takes a dangerous turn when they arrive at a secluded mobile home park to stay with some relatives and find it mysteriously deserted. Under the cover of darkness, three masked psychopaths pay them a visit to test the family’s every limit as they struggle to survive. Johannes Roberts directs this horror film inspired by the 2008 smash hit The Strangers.

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Artist Reimagines Superheroes as Tim Burton Illustrations

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The world of Tim Burton has always been full of imagination and wonder built on a surreal and often horrific foundation. Films like Beetlejuice and Sleepy Hollow capture the imagination with stunning visuals, all based on the mind of the visionary director. Burton’s artwork was also featured in his illustrated poetry book The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories.

Burton’s work has not only amazed viewers for over three decades, it’s also been an inspiration to countless artists and creators. Enter Los Angeles-by-way-of-Russia artist and animator Andrew Tarusov, whose work has been used by companies such as Cosmopolitan, Disney, 20th Century Fox, Maxim, and more. In a series he simply calls “Tim Burton’s Superheros”, Tarusov took 10 of the biggest comic book characters and gave them a dark twist that is 100% befitting of Burton’s style.

You can see a gallery of these images below. To see more of Tarusov’s work, head on over to his official website.

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