Movies/TV · Video Games

Wreck-It Ralph References

Wreck-It Ralph had at least a hundred references scattered throughout the entire movie, so here’s my go at naming all of the ones I saw firsthand:
Sonic the Hedgehog (Sonic)
Doctor Eggman (Sonic)
Tails “Miles” Prower (Sonic)
Chemical Plant Zone (Sonic) (Ridiculously awesome credits opening)
Angel Island Robotnik Boss (Sonic)
Orange PacMan ghost
Dig Dug
Portal (Vanellope calls Ralph “grumpy GLaDOS” which is pretty great)
Subzero (Mortal Kombat)
Shuma-Gorath (Capcom)
Mario (Felix mentions his name at a party)
Mega Mushroom (Mario Bros.)
Bowser (Mario Bros.)
Star Wars
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Metal Gear Solid (the cheat code from the original game is used in-movie)
Exclamation Point (MGS)
Mad Hatter (Alice in Wonderland)
Subway (That sandwich chain)
Mentos (not product placement, but essential to the story)
Zombie (House of the Dead?)
Zangief (Street Fighter)
M. Bison (Street Fighter)
Ryu (Street Fighter)
Ken (Street Fighter)
Halo/Tron (Not directly references but inferred in the game “Hero’s Duty”)
Lara Croft (name mentioned)

Needless to say, the movie was awesome (if I haven’t already convinced you in my two other Wreck-It Ralph posts).

Movies/TV · Video Games

Review of “Wreck-It Ralph”

If you’re a skeptical type and didn’t heed my advice earlier to just go out and see the freakin’ movie, I guess you’re waiting for a proper review. Well, you’re in luck because I need to gush more about Wreck-It Ralph.

Alright, so plot overview is short and simple: Wreck-It Ralph, bad guy, is sick of being bad. So, he goes about trying out different games in an attempt to be considered a hero, but all that does is get everyone into big trouble. A LOT more happens than just that, but spoilers are uncool so I’ll end it there.

So the movie is obviously kid-friendly. But that doesn’t mean it’s geared towards kids! Sooooo many classic game references abound in the first hour that it’s like swimming in pixel-filled memory lane. From fan-favorites such as Dig-Dug, Pacman and Frogger to more recent characters like Subzero and Shuma-Gorath, your inner-nerd will die, be reborn and die again, repeating the cycle until you’re numb with glee. Not to mention Sonic the Hedgehog on a movie screen (I can barely resist jumping up and down in joy while typing that).

Another important if minor thing the movie does right is the humor and puns. It’s hard for a movie to get that right, whether it be Disney animated or not. But Wreck-It Ralph forms a new standard for cheesy jokes that all other movies must worship and follow from henceforth ’til Wreck-It Ralph 2!

The movie can’t just rely on good humor and references though. It’s gotta have substance, and wings of its own so it can fly and become its own movie. And Wreck-It Ralph soars, with flying colors. I practically cried in one scene, and a movie about video games has got to be pretty darn good to extract that level of emotion. Not only can it be a solid tear-jerker, but the plot itself unfolds into this gorgeous, sprawling adventure that the trailers don’t even hint at.

The voice acting was on par with the rest of the movie, which is to say, AMAZING. John C. Reilly, Jack McBrayer and Jane Lynch all provided top notch performances, and even the woman who voiced Penelope Von Schweetz grew on me.

Well, I’m pretty sure I’ve made my point clear. Go out, see the movie and love it. Best animated Disney movie I’ve ever seen? Yes. Best Disney movie period? Yes. Best movie of all-time? It’s definitely a contender.

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Review of Street Fighter X Tekken for Xbox 360

Is the clash of Street Fighter and Tekken a worthy purchase, or should you wait a few months until the “Super Extreme” version is announced? Read on to find out!

Sound: There’s relatively no music, even in the background for menus. The voice acting is minimal, consisting mainly of grunts, Ryu’s “HADOUKEN!!” and punching sound effects. They’re good sound effects, but there should be more than just that. Sound: 6.5/10

Presentation: The graphics almost feel like a step down from Marvel vs. Capcom 3, being less defined and less comic book-y, which was one of my favorite design elements of MvC3. There aren’t as many flashy combos either, with means less explosive laser beams that fill up the entire screen. It feels tame, to say the least. Presentation: 6.5/10

Gameplay: The gameplay is pretty much Street Fighter with a few Tekken characters thrown in. That means 2D strategic fighting with hundreds of combos and loads of different characters to master. The gameplay is brutal, and the term “casual fighter” does not exist. With that said, the game is pretty fun at its core but requires a lot of skill to get good at. There’s training, challenge and mission modes which help to brush up on your skills and I think are an extremely useful addition to the game. Gameplay: 7.5/10

Multiplayer: It never took more than thirty seconds for me to find an opponent online, and there was very little lag in any of my matches. One important thing to note is that the gameplay is such that an opponent can’t corner and trap you into an endless wall pummeling, which makes matches fun and way less cheap than MvC3. Multiplayer: 7/10

Length: The good stuff is that there’s loads of missions, trials, challenges and of course arcade mode to keep you entertained. Couple that with the thirty-something large character roster and great online play, and that’s a lot of content. The bad is that the PS3 exclusive characters (Megaman, Pac-Man, etc.) are on the Xbox 360 version’s disc, but are just blocked from usage! That’s like buying a book with pages stapled shut. C’mon Capcom. Length: 7/10

Overall: This game gets a 6.9/10. Not exactly the twitch reflex over-the-top fighter I’m used to seeing Capcom put forth, but this game is definitely worth a weekend rental (not a buy because we all know a newer updated version of this game will be released in a few months).