Whilst I saw a lot of good movies this year I also saw some bad ones. Just to clarify not all of these movies are horrible, some just carry more missed potential or didn’t deliver on my expectations. As I couldn’t find 10 movies that fit this criteria (I refuse to waste my time with Fifty Shades of Grey) I decided to just do a top 5. Starting with:

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So it’s that time of year again where I look back on all the films I saw then make a top 10 of my favourites from that year. Same rules as before apply, this list is entirely my opinion and these are only movies I’ve seen. So if I miss out popular ones chances are I haven’t seen it or I felt differently about it. So without further ado:JW Banner

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As many of you may know by now I love my rock music. Whether it’s headbanging whilst in the car, playing my guitar or going to a good old gig it’s a big part of my life. So I thought I’d do a top 10 of my favourite songs from a certain artist, starting with my Favourite band Avenged Sevenfold. They have a lot of great songs that span the course of over 10 years, so picking just 10 is difficult. But after narrowing it down here are the 10 songs I like the most by them.


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Greetings mortals, I am DracoJames102 and I am here to give you a review.

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Now believe it or not, I didn’t get to play Super Mario Bros. 3 until a few years ago, but at its time it was said to be the best Mario game on the NES. Super Mario Bros. 3 came out in Japan in 1988 and need I say anything about The Wizard promoting the game to Western audiences. The game then came out in America in 1990 and Europe in 1991. Over twenty years have passed now so as a person who’s only started playing it a few years ago can I recommend it to the gamers of today?



The story is a little different than the usual Mario story. Bowser is back and his forces have taken over the castles in different lands. Princess Peach has sent Mario to stop Bowser’s forces and restore peace to each of the lands. However after doing that, Bowser kidnaps Peach while Mario was doing that (I don’t think I’m giving anything away when I say that) so you got to rescue her too.



Super Mario Bros. 3 goes back to the formula of the first game. You use the D-Pad to move, the A button to jump, hold the B button to run and the Start button pauses the game. The HUD contains your coin count, you life count and your P meter (hee hee) which shows you how fast you were running.

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The goal of the game is still the same as before only this game is the first to have the world map feature, where you can access the levels as well as the new item houses where you can get power ups to store for later and live houses where you can get extra lives. If you have a friend, you can play multiplayer mode where the second player controls Luigi and you take turns trying to complete the levels. You need to complete the levels in order to proceed but later on the game does give you a choice in multiple pathways where you can choose which levels you want to complete in order to move on. All of the levels don’t have checkpoints which can be a little annoying for some sections but all the levels are relatively short. I


Each world of Mario 3 has their unique theme. In fact Mario 3 was the first to introduce these themes before they became overused in the New Super Mario Bros. series. The first world is your basic grassy hill theme and then there’s the desert world with sinking sand sections, water world with oversized cheep cheeps (the scumbags), giant land where everything is giant, Sky land with all the bottomless pits, Iceland which can melt in hell, pipe land (I’m above the drug jokes) and fire land where you finally fight Bowser.


Mario 3 not only brings back the classic mushroom, fire flower and invincible star but it also introduces a ton of awesome new power-ups. The most prominent is the super leaf which gives Mario raccoon ears and a tail that makes him fly (you figure out that one but it is useful for platforming sections). The new frog suit allows Mario to have better control swimming underwater but it sucks on land. The tanukee leaf is a rarer better version of the super leaf because pressing down allows Mario to turn into a statue that can crush enemies. One level has you use a big shoe which allows you to stomp on enemies and makes you immune to floor hazards such as spikes and nibbles. The best power-up however is the Hammer Bros. suit which allows you to throw hammers that can kill everything including Boos and Thwomps. It’s even rarer that the tanukee suit so try not to lose it.


Mario 3 introduced a ton of new enemies, such as Boos, Thwomps and Dry Bones, as well as brought back the original enemies from Mario 1. In fact it also introduced different varieties of old enemies such as fire spitting Piranha Plants, homing Bullet Bills and Bloopers that send their offspring after you. Many of these enemies you can find in the new fortress levels, which are like mini castle levels that are challenging but they come with the most pathetic mini boss in all of video games.


Each world ends ends with you invading one of Bowser’s airships which are probably the most dangerous levels in the game. They not only sport cannons and flame throwers there are also bottomless pits and they are all auto scrolling levels which is another concept that this game introduced. At the end of the airships you fight the new Koopalings, Larry, Iggy, Lemmy, Wendy O’Koopa, Morton Jr., Roy and Ludwig Von Koopa. All of them are pretty easy but Roy and Ludwig’s stomps can stun you and Wendy’s rings make her the most difficult to fight.



The 8-bit graphics still hold up today. The sprites are nicely detailed and it’s a lot more colourful than most of the games you can find on the NES.


The music is pretty catchy and fun to listen to. They added more variety of music to the levels including the athletic theme and the fortress and airship themes really make the levels feel menacing (especially the airship theme).


The control is certainly an improvement over the previous games. Although Mario is incredibly responsive to button inputs and his momentum is fine, his jump feels very floaty and his traction could be a little less slippery but there should never be a time where you are unfairly killed because of control.

Final thoughts

So after over 20 years, Super Mario Bros 3 is still a fun game to play. It introduced a lot of great ideas that will be used in future games, the level design is great and all of the power-ups are awesome. The only problem I think the game has is the difficulty level. It goes up and down like a roller coaster in various places instead of getting progressively challenging like a game should usually do. Despite that though, I still heavily recommend this game to anyone who is curious about it, but go for the virtual console versions as I wouldn’t recommend trying to beat it in one sitting (unless you know all of the game’s secrets such as the warp whistles).

Final rating: 8/10

This review is dedicated to my old college tutor

Simon Gibbs

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Just like last year us lot at Spectrum Club got together and for 24 hours played games. The event took place from 10:00 AM on the 30th of October all the way to the 31st of October. Some of us like James and Mike relegated challenges to accomplish within the 24 hours. If you remembered last year I played through the whole of Sonic 06 in the mere span of 10 hours. So how could I top that insanity? Well I set myself a gargantuan task of playing through all of the classic Mega Man games from 1-10.


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Another year another Euro Gamer, this time EGX at the NEC in Birmingham. The usual gang went and I got to hang out with my beautiful Ice Queen Laura (yeah, that’s what I call her). Trying out up and coming releases as well as various other games how was it this year?


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DracoJames102 returns to Alcon once again, only this time Ben Duckworth from Your Ideas interviews him on this year’s experience for people who are interested in going to Alcon or conventions in general. I hope you all enjoy this.

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Hey guys. Sorry for not posting anything or keeping you updated over the summer. There have been a lot of household chores as well as a lot of other things happening so I wasn’t able to work on my reviews for a while. I am still planning to post my Mario 3 review as well as my Arkham Knight review. Then after that I’m going to take another break because I have so many trips next month and I’m going to prep up for another review marathon in October that I’ve been wanting to do for a couple of years now. Speaking of which, one of those trips is going to be Alcon 2015. I can’t believe it’ll be less than a week now. I’ll be there for all four days Sept 3-7th and I hope to see you there.

In my Worst to Best of Megadrive Sonic games I mentioned that sometime I would also do the 3D Sonic games. Well here now is my Worst to Best of all the main series 3D Sonic Adventures. I feel I should warn you, some opinions here may be a tad controversial (then again anything involving Sonic would be) but these are just my opinions, so please try and respect them.

Also a quick little disclaimer. DracoJames102 is at some point thinking of reviewing some of these games and his opinion may very much differ from mine (Might’ve saved myself a few dozen comments just by mentioning that).
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WHAT I’M EXPECTING As Batman popped his head out from this years E3 he brought high expectations and I’m hoping that Batman: Arkham Knight is just as good as the last one…. no I want it BETTER with more fights, gadgets, enemies and story to discover! I have my doubts and the question on everyones mind is what is Batman going to do without the joker?? it’s like the Yin without the Yang… also warning spoiler’s Read the rest of this entry »