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Prince of Persia review

Posted : 6 years, 1 month ago on 26 May 2012 12:09 (A review of Prince of Persia)

The original Prince of Persia games were a hit due to their exciting platforming sections and puzzle solving aspect. Although the Prince was often seen performing superhuman tasks that were beyond the capabilities of a mere mortal, such as running on walls and jumping from pillar to pillar with the same ease and nonchalance of a normal person ordering a burger from McDonald's, you wouldn't really give a damn because it was just so much fun to do that. Although the original Sands of Time tale ended with The Two Thrones, the Prince of Persia franchise was rebooted last year with another game.

The new game was simply titled "Prince of Persia", and had nothing to do with the original game. Although the prince was still his athletic self, this trait of his, along with the name of the game, was perhaps the only things that the new game shared with the older ones. The game even had a new cell shaded look which gave it that comic book feel. Unfortunately, the game did not do very well and failed to make its mark the way the older games did.

So this year the developers of Prince of Persia - Ubisoft - are back with yet another game. They realized that the audiences do not take very well when you mess with an old formula. So instead of experimenting they decided to stick with the original and came up with the Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands.

The Forgotten Sands is based exactly on the older games. The events that happen in The Forgotten Sands occur after the events in Sands of Time. So this is the same prince that you played with in the older game, not the new cell shaded cool looking dude in last year's game, who neither looked nor sounded anything like the older prince.

Unfortunately in an attempt to replicate the charm of the older games, The Forgotten Sands ends up being too similar to the earlier ones. The level designing is the same and as you play you have that constant sense of deja vu.

The platforming sections have been lifted straight from the older games, with some new tricks added for good measure. Like before, the Prince can jump over large gaps, run on walls and swing from conveniently placed bars and pillars with the agility of a hyperactive flea. Now, however, he can do a couple more tricks, such as jump on a wall and then wall run upward to grab that ledge just above, and grab on to bricks in a wall and move around as if he is mountain climbing. He can also shimmy around faster on walls than before, which makes it less of a chore. The ability to dig your dagger in tapestries to slow down your falls is still there but he no longer can stand on top of poles as he could before.

The time related moves are still there. If you miss a jump or get hit by an enemy you can still rewind back time. Compared to previous games you can now take time slightly further back. You can only do this a limited number of times, depending on the number of sand slots you have filled, but these can be refilled by destroying the pots and barrels that litter the Prince's kingdom.

You can no longer freeze time as you could before. Now, however, you can only freeze water, which leads to some interesting moments in the game. After going a bit further in the game you gain the ability to freeze flowing water. Depending on the way the water is flowing, you can freeze it into a pillar, a pole to swing from, and if it is a waterfall, into a solid wall to run on. Sometimes you have to freeze and unfreeze water mid-jump, which requires some precision and practice to get it right. Thankfully the game is lenient initially and even if you mess up you don't die instantly.

During the later sections of the game, there are certain parts of your surroundings that do not physically exist and can only be made solid when you press a certain key before you choose to jump on them or grab them. You can, however, make only one section solid at a time, which means if you are standing on one of those sections and have to jump to a similar one, you have to switch mid-air as you are jumping to the next section. Switching when you are standing on a section will make it collapse under you.

These are some of the most fun sections of the game, where you have to make these split second decisions as you jump from one frozen pillar to a nonexistent pole that you have to solidify mid-air. The game developers have combined these sections beautifully to form some truly ingenious levels that require a bit of skill. Sometimes if you don't get things right it can be frustrating, but with some practice you eventually do get through them.

The puzzle solving aspect of Prince of Persia is present in this game as well; in fact it is stronger than ever. It still involves rotating handles and manipulating objects around you, but some of them require quite a bit of thought and some trial and error before you get them right. These serve as a much needed change from all the jumping and fighting that constitutes the rest of the game.

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Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara review

Posted : 6 years, 2 months ago on 13 May 2012 05:31 (A review of Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara)

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (English: You don't get life a second time) is a 2011 Indian coming-of-age film, directed by Zoya Akhtar and produced by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani of Excel Entertainment. The film features an ensemble cast including Hrithik Roshan as Arjun, Abhay Deol as Kabir and Farhan Akhtar as Imraan. It also stars Katrina Kaif as Laila, Kalki Koechlin as Natasha, and Ariadna Cabrol as Nuria along with Naseeruddin Shah making a special appearance. Initially expected to hit theatres on 27 May 2011, the release of the film was pushed back to 24 June, and once again to 15 July due to technical glitches in post-production.[4] Made on a budget of 55 crore (US$10.97 million), the film was shot in Spain, India, Egypt and the UK.

The story follows three friends, Arjun, Imraan and Kabir, who have been inseparable since their childhood. They set off to Spain on a bachelor trip and meet Laila, who falls in love with Arjun and helps him overcome his problem of workaholism. Kabir and his fiancée experience significant misunderstanding in the meanwhile, which they soon overcome. After solving the problem, the three friends go to locations in the country where each friend chooses a sport for the group to attempt.

The music and score is composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy with lyrics by Javed Akhtar. The film had a worldwide release in 1800 screens and was a critical and commercial success. Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara grossed 153 crore (US$30.52 million) worldwide and is the eleventh highest grossing Bollywood film. After its theatrical run, the film was nominated for several awards in various categories and won many of them.

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Australia review

Posted : 6 years, 2 months ago on 11 May 2012 07:39 (A review of Australia)

Set against the scenic backdrop of pre-World War II Australia, Baz Luhrmann's romantic period adventure stars Nicole Kidman as an English aristocrat who inherits a sprawling ranch, and Hugh Jackman as the rough-and-tumble cattle driver who helps protect her property from greedy English cattle barons. As the pair attempt to herd 2,000 head of cattle hundreds of miles across the treacherous Australian outback, they are stunned to bear witness to the bombing of Darwin by Japanese forces -- who just a few months prior launched a devastating attack on Pearl Harbor.

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Fashion review

Posted : 6 years, 2 months ago on 11 May 2012 06:02 (A review of Fashion)

Fashion is a 2008 Indian film co-produced, co-written, and directed by Madhur Bhandarkar. The film has a massive star cast which includes Priyanka Chopra, Kangana Ranaut and newcomers Mugdha Godse and Arjan Bajwa. Based on the dark side of the world of fashion, the movie depicts it through the protagonist's eye. Kangana plays a former supermodel who faces downfall and comes to the streets; though the story resembles the biography of Geetanjali Nagpal, the director has denied that it is based on her life story. Priyanka Chopra and Kangana Ranaut won awards for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress, respectively, at the 2009 National Film Awards for their roles

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Magadheera review

Posted : 6 years, 2 months ago on 11 May 2012 05:52 (A review of Magadheera)

Magadheera is a 2009 Telugu film. The film is a historical drama love tale, directed by S. S. Rajamouli and produced by Allu Aravind. The film stars Ram Charan Teja and Kajal Aggarwal in the lead roles, while actors Sri Hari and Dev Gill play other prominent roles. The film features an original soundtrack by M. M. Keeravani, art direction by R. Ravindar, cinematography by K. K. Senthil Kumar and editing by Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao. It was released on 31 July 2009 to critical and commercial acclaim, eventually proceeding to become the highest grossing Telugu film after its theatrical run.

The film won, two National Film Awards (Silver Lotus) in the Choreography and Special Effects categories.[3] The film was dubbed and released in Malayalam as Dheera — The Warrior and in Tamil as Maveeran, on 27 May 2011.

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Queer as Folk review

Posted : 6 years, 2 months ago on 29 April 2012 10:12 (A review of Queer as Folk)

It was the most bold homosexual series of 2000's. Directors did really a good job in the character of Gale Harold. It was my all time favourite show...

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