Monday, 14 April 2014

Viktor Adler/Second Master Org in Power Rangers Wild Force

Power Rangers usually had some villains that stood out... and I think Master Org is among them.  While Zedd initially appeared as scary but this guy had some some things that weren't originally allowed in Power Rangers.  Which of course, this second Master Org was actually a pretty much vengeful human which added a dark touch to Wild Force, a show that otherwise got criticized for its inadequate acting.  What we slowly discover is the fact that he is really human who had cast away his humanity, in exchange for revenge and Cole had a huge part of it.

Looking at him, he's not your average Power Rangers villain and just a few more tweaks he could have also been a threat to the Gaorangers as well.  I mean, I'm glad he isn't all that sissified for U.S. media.  Nope, after he was overshadowed by Cole's father, he even fell outmatched when he was once in love with Cole's mother... well instead of being just an ordinary sore loser he isn't.  In the jungle, he got the Org remnants, swallowed them and you guessed it, acquired Org powers while losing his humanity.  He even managed to control Jindrax and Toxica for some time until he was discovered.  He is no Orcus on the throne like Zedd, he really knows how to tackle the enemy.  He was pure nightmare fuel with an insane, cruel mind.

This of course was his hatred for Cole was when he discovered that the latter was the child of his once best friend turned bitter rival.  He killed both Cole's parents after all.  He also fooled him and the other Wild Force Rangers into a dangerous ordeal.  He wrapped the others around in gross killer slime that would have killed them.  Challenging Cole, it's one of the best scenes in Wild Force.  He did revert back to plain old Viktor Adler, overthrown by Mandilok but that was NOT the freaking end of him yet.  Either way, he was probably already slowly getting rid of his humanity.

Unknown to everyone but the audience, Viktor Adler had stopped being half Org to becoming a whole one after he supposedly died.  What's pretty amazing is that now as a real Org, Viktor Adler still possessed his memories and even remembered how he was betrayed by Jindrax, Toxica and Mandilok.  He sent Onikage to trick them all, to prepare for his return and he even blasted Mandilok in one blast (in Gaoranger, Mandilok's counterpart Rasetsu was destroyed by Gao Kentaurus).  He even manipulated everyone getting ready for his return which eventually pushes itself to the finale.

Well he did copy Gaoranger's Senki as his final form which for me, is a plus point of Wild Force against Gaoranger though I still love both shows.  And you could think that he goes freaking awesome when he also destroys Animaria, destroys the Wild Zords and goes on a total rampage.  Well he was later destroyed by the revived Wild Zords and the Wild Force Rangers, ending his insanity permanently.  It's also something Cole still forgave him even after all that!

Game Review: Tekken Tag Tournament 2

So yeah I bought Tekken Tag Tournament 2 at discount since I'm pretty much a budget buyer.  Now for the game review.

Now to talk about an introduction of the game, it pretty much is an upgraded version of Tekken Tag Tournament from the PS1 with much better graphics, sound while I do hate having to download characters.  Grrrr.  I was thinking of that I'm glad this game doesn't require you to play through the freaking Scenario Campaign to get the endings.  Tekken 6 was a fun game but that feature made it bad imo.  For this one, I can't blame the producers at Namco for removing Story Mode, Tekken Tag series don't fit the canon at all. And I'm glad you didn't have to play online to get the Fighter Status upgrade.

The character roster itself is almost having all that I want except I wish Devil and Kazuya were separate characters (but it was cool to have Kazuya transform into Devil but that move leaves you so vulnerable).  I was also thinking I'm glad that a powered down Jinpachi is now playable.  On the other hand, why in the world do I need to download Ancient Ogre, Kunimitsu and Michelle Chang?  I haven't done that yet.  For the boss character Unknown, I guess it's only fair she has to be downloaded because she has been bitched up from the last game.  I was thinking that, wow, so to this non-canon game she IS Jun Kazama.  I've finished the game with the regulars and it was mostly fun.

For the Tag Team play, sometimes I think the Tag system of Tekken is a challenge since losing one character makes you lose the whole round and you need to beat only one character from the other to win.  Aside from that, there's the interesting Tag Throw, Tag Combo and Tag Assault.  For Tag Combo, I just wish it were as easy as Mortal Kombat 2011's but yeah, this is Tekken series.  I do like doing Tag Throw and Tag Assault, pretty cool moves.  My disappointment however is that there's no option to go "one vs. one" throughout arcade, instead you can choose to fight against a tag or not.  Hmmm... seldom I wish this one was in Mortal Kombat 2011's tag team mode.

So if you think you're a noob or small fry, don't worry there is the Combot System.  Combot will at least get you oriented on how to play the game.  It's a series of challenges, actually Combot can be sometimes frustrating with some of its ridiculous challenges but it's fun.  It's pretty much a challenge game.  One could actually learn some basic mechanics of the game on how to play if they haven't played any Tekken game in the past.

Now for the endings I do have some minor complaints namely the endings of Christy, Eddie and Combot.  I didn't like how the endings were while I bothered to unlock them, I felt that they weren't really worth the playthrough because of their non-3D, just moving sketches type of ending.  On the other hand Mokujin's stop motion comic ending was fun itself compared to his Tekken 6 ending.  But most of the endings usually still keep the reason why Tekken series has the best endings to any fighting game.  Some of them are funny, the others are pretty serious.  For laughs, I suggest really getting to see Heihachi's ending or Feng's ending... or that of Lili and Asuka.

Overall, this is a must buy even for non-Tekken fans!  A verdict of 9/10!

Saturday, 12 April 2014

What's the Deal with King Sphinx Anyway?!

I remembered the 90s toyline that actually featured King Sphinx as a toy.  Man, I even thought he was the show's main antagonist because of the "king" there until I saw the show.  Now I had my thoughts on why King Sphinx had an action figure from the deluxe action figures (above) missing out Finster in the process:

Well remember this toy commercial which has a stock footage of Chodenshi Bioman (the releasing of a Mecha Giant into battle).  We have this scene included...

The battle of the Dino Megazord against Goldar and King Sphinx.  Perhaps for commercial purposes, King Sphinx was given an action figure since he was the first monster to be destroyed by the Dino Megazord.  In Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger, Dora Sphinx (his counterpart there) was the first to be destroyed by Daizyujin.

In the Home Along Da Riles parody "Powder Rangers" one can see that Cita (Rita's parody) was served by a parody of Goldar and King Sphinx.