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Kingdom Hearts II - PlayStation 2
Kingdom Hearts II - PlayStation 2
70 used & new from CDN$ 11.70

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, March 2 2010
If you haven't played the first one you'll probably not know much of what's going on. And that's even more so if you haven't played either Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories on the Gameboy Advance or it's enchance PS2 port Kingdom Hearts RE: Chain of Memories. It fills in the 1 year gap between the first KH and the second.

I highly recommend you play them both before playing this otherwise it's story is much harder to follow and less enjoyable.

The gameplay is much more fluid in KH2, but that also makes it much easier than the original. The magic was reduced to a refilling bar. When it runs out it regenerates, which also makes the game much easier. Which is either good or bad depending on who you ask. There are new actions to perform while in battle against bosses and certain enemies. Which unleash enemy specific counters. Different 'costumes' to transform into which grant Sora various boosts.

The game is also a lot more linear. None of the areas are confusing like the original Kingdom Hearts. Where Wonderland and Hallow Bastian were pretty confusing your first time through. [especially if you wanted to do everything in them] The more linear structure helps keep the story moving however. Which is the highlight of this game.

Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has A Glitch (Bilingual)
Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has A Glitch (Bilingual)
DVD ~ Dakota Fanning
Price: CDN$ 14.88
50 used & new from CDN$ 1.19

5.0 out of 5 stars Such a good movie, March 2 2010
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The biggest issue with the movie is the fact that Daveigh Chase didn't reprise her role as Lilo. It's very noticeable throughout the entire movie, and nothing against Dokota Fanning, but she isn't as good as Daveigh was with Lilo. She's not bad at all, but Daveigh just adds something to Lilo that Dokota can't.

Stitch has a glitch and it makes him go on uncontrollable rampages, these rampages end up ruining a lot of things that are important to Lilo. This puts a huge strain on their friendship. Stitch needs help, but Lilo is too preoccupied with fixing the things that Stitch ruined for her so she ignores his problems. It's a great story about friendship and really tugs at the heart strings.

It's a really good movie and fans of Lilo and Stitch will probably love it like I do.

Spyborgs - Wii Standard Edition
Spyborgs - Wii Standard Edition
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3.0 out of 5 stars Decent Game, March 1 2010
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This game is probably best played co-op, because the AI partner isn't very useful. Let's just get that set right now. The gameplay is like a beat'em up but quite repetitive, but if played in small bursts or with a friend is more enjoyable. It's repetitive because there are only 2 attack buttons, but one of them is 'c' on the nunchuk which is awkward so you'll probably stick with mashing the 'a' button most of the time.

You have 'co-op' attacks whether you have another person playing or not. You hold 'z' then tap 'a' at an enemy and you'll start a quick time event, which is defaulted at motion control movements, which you can change to button presses. Which I recommend doing to avoid hardship.

The levels vary in length. Some are a bit long, some are very very short [less than 1 minute short] and others are just perfect. You get difficulty options, so if you're having problems you can switch to an easier difficulty. Unless you have issues on the easy setting, then you're out of luck. Though you could get a talented friend to help.

The story is decent and rather enjoyable to go through. The character selection is slim and kind of disappointing. Having only 3 choices of characters is a let down when they are so stereotypical. Ninja girl, Big Robot, and Muscle Gun Arm Dude.

There's a lot of levels to go through, where some contain a hidden tape. Which can unlock extras if you find it. To find it you'll have to notice where it is. What I mean by that is it's cloaked, so it's nearly invisible. There are also boxes and switches hidden this way as well. You hit 'b' one one, then you hit 'a' to bring it out from it's... hidden space.

You also get rankings on each level. Based on time and total combos mostly. The levels themselves are pretty straight forward and therefore linear. Which is okay, but some puzzle solving would have been nice.

It's an overall decent game, but it could have been much much more.

A Pup Named Scooby-Doo: Complete Second, Third and Fourth Seasons
A Pup Named Scooby-Doo: Complete Second, Third and Fourth Seasons
Price: CDN$ 13.86
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great spinoff of Scooby Doo Where Are You?, March 1 2010
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How they considered all these 3 total seasons is weird to me, as the first season is pretty much the same amount of Episodes... but that's not important.

This spinoff series I've always enjoyed. It follows Shaggy, Scooby and the rest of the gang as kids, solving crimes as the Jr. Detective League. Each episode has a great musical 'chase'. Which brings me to the music, which is probably my favorite part of this series. It has some fantastic music.

The animation is okay for it's time. It seems a bit dated now, but I don't mind it. As a huge fan of Scooby Doo and as a fan who's not enjoyed very many of the spinoff series, I have to say this one is one of the very few I've enjoyed. This one The 13 Ghosts of Scooby Doo, which sadly isn't available on DVD. ):

Mummy: Animated Series 3 (Full Sub Dol) [Import]
Mummy: Animated Series 3 (Full Sub Dol) [Import]
Price: CDN$ 12.90
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5.0 out of 5 stars Series conclusion, March 1 2010
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The series ends with Vol 3. Which is a shame as the ending really leads you to believe there was more they were planning but obviously were not popular enough to get renewed. However, the season takes you on some amazing adventures regardless. So if you can tolerate that kind of ending then you probably shouldn't miss this.

The ending is rewarding without seeing another season, so it's not like a huge cliffhanger like other shows have ended on... however, it's still a bit of a disappointment when this kind of thing happens.

Mummy: Animated Series 2 (Full Sub Dol) [Import]
Mummy: Animated Series 2 (Full Sub Dol) [Import]
DVD ~ Jim Cummings
Price: CDN$ 12.74
26 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

5.0 out of 5 stars Picks up in the Second Season, March 1 2010
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This has the last few episodes of Season 1 and the beginning of Season 2. Season 2 is much more 'action packed' than the first season. There's a lot more villains they encounter so it's less repetitive and the story picks up as well. Be warned that the series ends here though and it kind of ends as if there's more to happen... but you'll never get to see what they were planning out of a 3rd season. ):

You get to finally find the Scrolls of Thebes for the end of Season 1. I won't spoil it all, but in the Second season, Alex trains to be a Medjai. Eventually leading to them, once again, trying to stop Imhotep. Though in this season there are a lot of other enemies they face. A lot of which are not summoned by Imhotep so it's far more interesting in this season than the first.

The opening is less annoying in Season 2 as well. The animation looks a bit better as well.

The Mummy: The Animated Series, Volume 1 [Import]
The Mummy: The Animated Series, Volume 1 [Import]
DVD ~ Jim Cummings
Price: CDN$ 13.25
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good show, March 1 2010
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This contains most of the first season episodes. The first season as a whole was less interesting than the second season... but we'll leave that for other reviews.

But the product itself is great, the extras are passable, but at least there are some. And the show itself is pretty good. Voice acting is great, the animation I have no problems with either.

It follows a boy, Alex, who gets stuck with the Manacle of Osiris on his wrist which has magical powers and an evil Mummy Imhotep who is trying to obtain the scrolls of Thebes. The scrolls allow one to control the manacles powers. Alex and his parents are in search of the scrolls to stop Imhotep from getting them and to gain a way to remove the manacle from Alex's wrist.

Kameo Manga Limited Edition
Kameo Manga Limited Edition
by Sunmin Park
Edition: Paperback
7 used & new from CDN$ 101.76

2.0 out of 5 stars Very hard to follow, March 1 2010
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It sets up the history of Kameo: Elements of Power well, however it's a chore to read. It's set up like a Manga, to be read from left to right. However, they reordered all the pages so that it's not 'backwards'. It becomes annoying to read because the panels are still read left to right like all mangas, while you go through the pages right to left like comic books.

It's like they didn't know if people could figure out that Mangas start 'backwards' and go left to right. Then it's as if they got lazy in the reversal process and instead of reordering all the panels they just reordered the pages. Which makes it needlessly hard to follow.

It's a good read though. It really helps with some backstory in the Kameo universe. The artwork is great as well. I don't know, I'd say if you really like Kameo as I did then it's worth it. If not, then I'd probably just get something that's easier to read.

Keep in mind if this was set up in the typical manga layout or even fully reordered like american comics, it would have gotten a 5 star rating, but I really feel that the fact it's so difficult to read brings it way down.

The Legendary Starfy - Nintendo DS Standard Edition
The Legendary Starfy - Nintendo DS Standard Edition
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Game, Feb. 5 2010
This game is great.

The story is really cute, nothing ground breaking of course. The characters are really likable. It's your typical 2D platformer. You start out with bare minimum of abilities. As you go along you get more and more abilities. From double jumping, to spinning under water, to transforming into a ghost, a dragon or a seal. The main game plays out with the face buttons. With the menu on the bottom being used with touch screen controls. The menu gets more features as the game goes on as well.

Each level has a lot of hidden chests, some levels also let you find extra mini-games or bonus levels. You earn pearls throughout your journey, which can be used to buy parts of outfits. When you get a full outfit and equip it you unlock a special outfit.

These outfits are only seen in the menu, but they're cute. You can also mix and match them. There is also multiplayer via local wifi. Multiplayer in some of the actual levels in the story, which allows for one player to control Starfy's little sister Starly. Who's smaller, has different abilities and is pink with a bow. And multiplayer in all of the 6 minigames, which goes up to 4 players and all of which use the touch screen for controls.

I didn't get a chance to play the Multiplayer personally. After you completely Starfy's adventure, you unlock a mini adventure for Starly. Which is nice.

It's a really great underrated DS game. It's packed full of content that easily makes it worth buying for anyone.
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White Knight Chronicles: International Edition - PlayStation 3
White Knight Chronicles: International Edition - PlayStation 3
Offered by Orion Xpress
Price: CDN$ 11.86
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, Feb. 5 2010
The story isn't anything mind blowing, but it helps set up the sequel which is in development. It's still enjoyable, but nothing you've not seen before. Voice acting is decent, lip syncing is awful however. Graphics are great in my opinion. Everything is done in game, so that the armor that you equip shows up in each scene. The environments are huge and only take one load time. Unlike other RPGs, where areas are divided into sections. Even houses are loaded up right there when the town loads. You just open up the door and walk right in, then walk back out.

It requires an install, but load times are quick considering all that loads up. It takes awhile to save which is the only 'problem' I have with the game.

Gameplay wise, it's a lot like Final Fantasy XI and XII. You can move around real time, all enemies move around in real time. When you begin a battle, you have to wait for your action circle to fill up before you attack. [Much like the active time battle system of many RPGs, only you can move around at all times) There's a bar on the bottom of the screen where you assign abilities for use. Magic, Physical Attacks and combos you create. You use the d-pad to change between actions. Soon after you start playing, Leonard gets you the ability to transform into the White Knight. You need at least 5 Action Chips to transform into the White Knight. To earn AC, you need to defeat enemies and you earn them about each turn as well. Later on, when you transform with more and more AC stocked up the White Knight will gain new abilities to use while transformed. The White Knight will be dismissed when you run out of MP. Each move of the WK uses up MP, so you have to be careful at what you do.

When you level up you're rewarded with 4 ability points, which you can use on learning new abilities. Divided by weapon type, with two magic sections. One for White magic and another for Black Magic. As you learn abilities, you unlock even more. Which also includes status upgrades. When you learn 2 physical abilities [or even magic] you're able to create a combo. To use a combo, you'll have to use an Action Chip [or more depending on what abilities you have in the combo, each has their own value]. You use a combo, and you'll have to hit 'x' at the right time to go through the combo. Otherwise, you'll just use the first ability in the combo and it'll stop. Combos are really where the battle system shine.

The online, I've not delved into that much yet. So can't comment much about it. Georama and Geonet are great though. Georama allows you to make a town as a 'hub' for online. Where you can meet up with friends and head out on missions. You can also put shops into your Georama where everyone can shop. The Georama works a lot like the Dark Cloud series' town editors, which I think goes by the same name. You get materials in single player to make houses and various other things to put into your town. You upgrade the size of your town with the money you earn in single player as well.

Geonet is a lot like .hack's 'The World' oddly enough. There is a type of forum, where you can post topics for other WKC players to reply to and read other topics by others. You can post blogs about your missions and what you're doing with WKC, and read other people's blogs. You can update a status as well so others can see what you're up to. I personally use it to say what area I'm at. :3 This is also where you find friends, and add your friends to your Geonet friends' list.

You also create your own character at the beginning, which is used as your online character. Where you can level and gain items for the single player section of the game. You can't change the appearance of your character without either starting over, or paying $5 to do so. So make sure that you do it right. Your character kind of hides in the background of the story, which is a shame but easily overlookable.

White Knight Chronicles is like a lot of great games melded into one great package. Not without it's flaws, but it's a game that you have to try to know if you'll like it I think. The music by the way, is phenomenal.

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