Random Film of the Week: Alien Resurrection

(Thanks, Forever Horror!)

So, I think it was around spring 1997 and I’m sitting in a movie theater when “surprise!”, a that teaser trailer above for Alien Resurrection pops up like a chestburster. I recall some people in the theater being either not too thrilled or just plain shocked that there was another film on the way. I also recall my eyeballs didn’t pop out like they did when I saw the ALIEN³ teaser trailer six years previously, but I think my new-ish eyeglasses kept them from ending up on the floor. Actually, I was more amused than shocked by what I saw (so there!).

I saw the first ALIEN back in 1979 at age 15 (in dangerous Times Square, baby!), ALIENS was a day one view when it premiered in 1986 (there’s a funny story about screening that I’ll tell one day). The third film was, I thought, going to be the last one when it landed in 1992 and yes, I bade the franchise a fond farewell thinking it had run its course. Welly-well-well, imagine my surprise when 20th Century Fox trundled out the ALIEN name for one more installment that turned out to be less scary than the others and actually somewhat more amusing while unsettling on a few fronts in terms of the visual vibe it delivered. How the heck does that work and how the heck did I find myself bopping into a theater in November 1997 with a wry grin not expecting anything other than to be somewhat giddy partly because I knew some in the audience wouldn’t appreciate this Resurrection at all?

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PSN Flash Sale: Sci-Fi Games and Flicks Up For Grabs

PSN Flash Sale Sci-Fi
 

So. Say you’re sitting around doing not too much this weekend, happen to have a PSN account and need something (or a few things) entertaining to do with your time. If you’re willing to spend a little money (or more than a little if you let yourself get too caught up in the bargains), yep, there’s another PSN Flash Sale going on. Expect to see plenty off excellent deals as listed on this PlayStation Blog post… and look, your wallet is already hopping out of that pocket or purse and is running away from you! Go get it!

See, this is why you NEED to always vacuum under the bed, folks.

PSN Flash Sale Sci-Fi 2 

Hmmm. Fortunately, wallets love playing with dust bunnies so they’re easy to catch. I’ll leave you to it, then. The Sci-Fi Deals Flash Sale ends Monday, July 20 at 9am Pacific Time, so get moving if you want to score some nice deals.

Back to the Future: What’s Old Is New Game News @E3 2015

(thanks, magicalmotionmuseum!)
 

It’s a good news/bad news thing today. The good news: time travel DOES exist, ladies and gents. Final Fantasy VII is finally getting a remake for the PS4 and possibly PC. The Last Guardian is now a PS4 exclusive (as I predicted a while back) Shenmue 3 was announced yesterday evening at Sony’s E3 event as a surprising show-announced Kickstarter project for PS4 and was COMPLETELY funded in about twelve hours (breaking a Kickstarter record). Even King’s Quest and HITMAN are making comebacks (and sooner than you’d think).

Microsoft’s formerly forward-looking only Xbox One gets Xbox 360 backward compatibility and legendary developer Rare is releasing 30 of its classic arcade and console games for $30 in a crazy must-have bundle this August (exclusively for the console, of course). Between this and the return of DOOM, the acceptance of indie retro games as necessary for part of a console’s success and other interesting developments, it’s a huge win-win situation for gamers with a good deal of disposable income. And no, I didn’t forget Nintendo in all this. I’m just holding out for a separate post on their always nostalgic ways and means of getting loyal fans continually hooked in. Give me a bit of time on that as it’s still construction central here with more to come.

Now, the bad news: In reality time travel DOESN’T exist at all. With all those new games coming (and this post doesn’t count the VR games invasion happening soon), no one will actually any free time to play them all unless their Doctor has a certain “timey-wimey” prescription that allows them to have their fun and return to reality not having missed much sleep or even a day of work. Oh well…

PSN April Flash Sale: Some Decent Deals For All Tastes

PSN April Flash Sale

 

I guess it’s now a once a month deal or so over at the PlayStation Network when it comes to finding quickie weekend bargains available for a short time. This month’s big deal PSN Flash Sale is a nice lineup of PS3, PS4 and Vita digital games plus a bunch of movies at okay to excellent prices. Don’t forget to poke around the site and look up other deals, as there are some cool titles not part of THIS sale that are part of other promotions. You never know what you might find outside the box, right?

PSN Flash Sale: Break Your Backlog With 81 Great Game Deals

PSN Flash Sale Madness 

As soon as I saw this PSN Flash Sale page, this scene from The Bridge on the River Kwai popped into my head and made me cackle madly for a few seconds:

(thanks, The Dork Knight!)
 

Anyway, wow. Don’t pass this one up, folks! It’s ONLY available to US PSN users, doesn’t require a PlayStation Plus account and as you can see, covers PSOne Classics, PSP, PS Vita, PS2, PS3 and even four PS4 titles! I had measly $1.82 sitting in my account for a while doing nothing. Now, all but 3 cents is left because I couldn’t pass up two older PSP games I missed out on. I was tempted to spend more money, but I’m needing to save up for a new TV and some other stuff that can’t wait. That said, YOU know you need about a dozen or more of these games for under a buck each, right? RIGHT? Yeah, I knew it. Go spend frivolously and report back on what you bought so I can live a bit more vicariously than usual.

Suikoden II on PSN: Millions Rejoice They Don’t Need to Spend Millions…

Suikoden IIWell, okay. A copy of Suikoden II doesn’t cost “millions” these days, but it’s not cheap at all. Some have paid close to $100 for the game disc alone, while mint condition to sealed copies can cost many times more. Of course, Konami hasn’t made a patina coated penny in profits from those sales. But starting tomorrow, all that changes when the game finally arrives on PSN as a PSOne Classic. It won’t cost much (hopefully under $20) and is still one of those deeper than it looks on the surface games that’s been generating desire since it went out of print.

Granted, it seems that it only got a single production run and until this point in time never got a western re-release. Now, (well, tomorrow) it’ll be in the hands of PS Vita and PS3/PS4 owners who can finally play what’s been called one of the greatest JRPGs ever made. Hmmmm… of course, now the BIG question remains will saves from this game also work with the Suikoden III, the PlayStation 2 follow-up that used the previous game’s files to grant players bonus content. Methinks Sony will need to tweak that Content Manager software the PS3, PS4 and Vita use to share that data when the time comes. I still have my physical copy of the third game, but I sold off my SII earlier this year because I needed the money. I bet the farm on Sony and Konami finally making things right and thankfully, that’s seemed to have paid off. Whee.

Sony’s 20th Anniversary Limited Edition PS4: Nifty Shades of Grey


 
I should have figured that Sony would be going back to basics for their 20th anniversary, but seeing that familiar shade of grey on a new model PS4 made me chuckle a bit. I bet it’s not backward compatible at all, meaning some younger folks who buy it, might want one to add to their collection or just hate that color aren’t seeing the complete picture. I still have three of those old grey models here and they get trotted out from time to time, too. 20 years is a long time and I can still recall the initial skepticism some had about Sony jumping into the game console business with the PlayStation after a deal with Nintendo to co-create a game console fell through. How the gaming landscape would been had that arrangement not fallen through is anybody’s guess. Like them or not, you have to give Sony credit for making good on their initial promise to shake things up and continue doing it for so long despite some ups and downs over the years.


 

Anyway, Happy Anniversary, Sony – you’ve certainly earned a place in millions of lives since 1994. Here’s to (at least) 20 more years (provided we’re all still around)…

PlayStation Store Flash Sale Time: 60 Games and Movies Up For Grabs!

PlayStation Store 

Amusingly enough, I actually forgot that there was a Heavenly Sword movie made well after the game made its PS3 debut. That said, seeing it in this latest PlayStation Store Flash Sale made me want to maybe check it out. Maybe. I kind of prefer owning physical media, so I may end up seeing if I can snag this on DVD for a song somewhere. As for the other stuff on that lone list? Well, here you go – take a look and maybe grab your self a deal this weekend – prices go back to normal on Monday (October 20) at noon:

GAMES
Title, Sale Price/Original Price
Battle Princess of Arcadias (PS3) $7.49/$29.99
Bayonetta (PS3) $7.99/$19.99
Beyond Good and Evil (PS3) $3.49/$9.99
BloodRayne: Betrayal (PS3) $2.49/$9.99
Fat Princess (PS3) $3.49/$14.99
Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams Full Game Unlock (PS3) $3.49/$14.99
Hatsune Miku: Project Diva (PS Vita) $11.99/$29.99
Hatsune Miku: Project Diva (PS3) $19.99/$49.99
Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory (PS3) $7.49/$29.99
Knytt Underground (PS Vita) $2.49/$9.99
Knytt Underground (PS3) $2.49/$9.99
Mirror’s Edge (PS3) $2.25/$14.99
Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection (PS3) $2.49/$9.99
Portal 2 (PS3) $4.99 /$19.99
Remember Me (PS3) $11.99/$39.99
Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (PS3/PS Vita/PSP)
$1.49/5.99
Resident Evil Code: Veronica X (PS3) $5.99/$19.99
Sacra Terra: Kiss of Death (PS3)
$2.99/$11.99
Sanctum 2 (PS3) $3.49/$14.99
Scott Pilgrim Ultimate Edition (PS3) $3.49/$14.99
Skull Girls Encore (PS3) $4.99/$14.99
Time & Eternity (PS3) $6.99/$19.99

MOVIES
Title, SD Sale Price/SD Original Price – HD Sale Price/HD Original Price

All Cheerleaders Die SD $7.99/$12.99 HD $7.99/$16.99
An Empress and the Warriors SD $4.99/$9.99 HD $4.99/NA
Bedevilled SD $2.99/$9.99 HD $4.99/$12.99
Black Rock SD $5.99/$12.99 HD $6.99/$17.99
Boarding Gate SD $3.99/$5.00 HD $6.99/NA
Catwoman SD $7.99/$9.99 HD $9.99/$12.99
Colombiana SD $8.99/$9.99 HD $9.99/$12.99
Fast Girls SD $9.99/$12.99 HD $9.99/$16.99
Girlfight SD $7.99/$8.99 HD $9.99/$12.99
Grindhouse: Death Proof SD $4.99/$9.99 HD $4.99 /$12.99
Grindhouse: Planet Terror SD $4.99/$9.99 HD $4.99/$12.99
Haywire SD $6.99/$14.99 HD $8.99/$19.99
Heavenly Sword SD $8.99/$9.99 HD $10.99/$12.99
Kill Bill Vol. 1 SD $6.99/$9.99 HD $9.99/$12.99
Kill Bill Vol. 2 SD $6.99/$9.99 HD $9.99/$12.99
Killshot SD $4.99/$9.99 HD $4.99/$13.99
La Femme Nikita SD $8.99/$9.99 HD $9.99/NA
Lara Croft: The Cradle of Life SD $6.99/$9.99 HD $10.99/$17.99
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider SD $6.99/$9.99 HD $10.99/$17.99
The Long Kiss Goodnight SD $7.99/$14.99 HD $9.99/$19.99
Million Dollar Baby SD $7.99/$9.99 HD $9.99/ $12.99
Painted Skin: The Resurrection SD $2.99/$9.99 HD $4.99/$12.99
Raging Phoenix SD $4.99/$9.99 HD $6.99/$12.99
Resident Evil SD $8.99/$9.99 HD $9.99 /$12.99
Resident Evil: Afterlife SD $8.99/$9.99 HD $9.99/$12.99
Resident Evil: Apocalypse SD $8.99/$9.99 HD $9.99/$12.99
Resident Evil: Extinction SD $8.99/$9.99 HD $9.99/$12.99
Resident Evil: Retribution SD $8.99/$9.99 HD $9.99/$12.99
Salt SD $8.99/$9.99 HD $9.99/$12.99
The Four SD $2.99/$9.99 HD $4.99/$12.99
This Girl Is Badass SD $4.99/$9.99 HD $6.99/$12.99
Ultraviolet SD $6.99 /$7.99 HD $9.99/$12.99
Underworld (2003) SD $8.99/$9.99 $9.99/$12.99
Underworld Awakening SD $8.99/$9.99 $9.99/$12.99
Underworld Evolution SD $8.99/$9.99 $9.99/$12.99
Underworld: Rise of the Lycans SD $8.99/$9.99 HD $9.99/$12.99
Vanquisher SD $4.99/$9.99 HD $6.99/$12.99
Violet & Daisy SD $5.99/$9.99 HD $7.99/$12.99

And nope, you can’t watch and play everything here by Monday unless you’ve a time machine that works properly.

Coming Up for Air in Time for Some Vib-Ribbon News…

Vibri PinupActually, I heard about this yesterday, but it was after a long day of poring over email and plotting out today’s Alien Isolation run, I was too tired and amused to post anything. Anyway, today on PSN, Sony is finally releasing the original PlayStation game Vib-Ribbon in North America, but not for that old console. This port is headed to the PS3 and Vita, with a future trip to the PS4 in the cards. I’ll let you boogie on over to the PlayStation Blog to read up on this wonderfully cool little game, which retains its ability to use music CD’s to generate random levels on the PS3. It seems that the Vita version loses this feature (unless it can work with MP3 files), but even without it, the game is still quite whimsical and still a ton of fun to play.

I still have my Japanese copy of the game and a PS1, but I’ll most likely grab this for my Vita because it’s one of those quirky little charmers that’s an excellent traveling companion. Okay, back to being scared half (plus) to death…

PSN Flash Sale: Race To Get These Racers Before They’re Gone!

PSN Flash Sale Racers 

Like it or not, good racing games are evergreens in that they never go out of style. You can pick one or a few of a handful of some good to great third-party racers for the PSP, Vita and PS3 in this PSN Flash Sale. I’m ogling both those WRC games myself, as I don’t own them and I’m a huge fan of rally games. Yeah, yeah, they’re not a buck like some of the surprises in past PSN sales, but hey – the discounts of these digital drivers is more than reasonable as the usual prices are a bit “steep” by today’s standards of “give me everything old for nothing because it’s old and no one should pay close to retail for it” entitlement some think will keep a business afloat (it won’t). Anyway, poke around that sale page and score a couple of track burners for your own digital library!