The Ancient Art of War at Sea (1987 MSDOS)

Posted by Critical Failure On Monday, March 31, 2014 0 comments

Your Arsenal (Definitive Master Edition) is a special remastered re-release of Morrissey's third studio album from all the way back in nineteen-ninety-two.  With this being the first album review by me here on Mondo Coo Cast I am going to be talking about each song one by one.  This might not be the case every review as not all albums have setlists where you can talk about each song individually (for various reasons).  If you don't like my style of reviewing music... Too bad as there's going to be more album reviews in the very near future.  So sit back, relax, the review is right after the jump.  (Click "Read More" to read the full article).

Blu-Ray Review: We Without Wings (2011)

Posted by Retrokaiser On Wednesday, March 26, 2014 0 comments

We Without Wings is an animated romantic comedy series that parodies all of the stereotypes found in other animated romantic comedies.  This series takes perspective from three single males who live in a city.  Male number one is named Shusuke Chitose and he likes to hang around at a bar called Alexander with his best friend named Kakeru Ohtori (the cool guy who likes to smoke and women find him irresistible).  On one fine day Shusuke Chitose and his friends are planning a party to say goodbye to the owner (and bartender) of Alexander's life as a single man (he is engaged to a woman he impregnated after having a one night stand with her) and they go around thinking of people to invite.  Sadly all they could invite were all the staff members.  After the planning Shusuke Chitose goes to the office where he works as a book reviewer for a newspaper and is put on assignment to review a book.  While drinking coffee in a courtyard with Kakeru Ohtori he notices that the author of the book is right across from them.  Shusuke Chitose learns that her name is Hiyoko Tamaizumi and gets really excited as he mistakes her for his favorite porn star that has a similar name to her.  After a very awkward conversation he realizes that he has made a mistake.  Shortly after he gets a job working at Alexander and while going to the supply room he accidentally walks in on Hiyoko Tamaizumi changing and finds out that she is working there too.  Shusuke Chitose tries to use this to his advantage to learn about the woman who wrote the book he has to review.  There's still two more storylines I need to get to but there is no room to put all of that information into this opening paragraph so the rest of it (and the rest of the review for that matter) can be found after the jump.  (Click "Read More" to read the full review).

DVD Review: Transformers Armada Collection Two (2002 - 2003)

Posted by Retrokaiser On Tuesday, March 25, 2014 0 comments

Transformers Armada Collection Two is the second (and final) half of this animated sci-fi series.  The war between the Autobots and Decepticons for the Mini-Cons still wages strong.  Both factions have secured quite a few Mini-cons including some that have the ability to join up to create great weapons such as the Star Saber and Skyboom Shield.  There is also word going around that there is a third group of Mini-Cons that combine to make an ultra-powerful gun that shoots laser beams called the Requiem Blaster.  The Autobots are in a very desperate state and must get a hold of them before the Decepticons do as not only does the Decpticons have the Star Saber but they have also got more recruits that came all the way from Cybertron to help them destroy the Autobots and conquer the Universe.  Little do the Autobots and Decepticons know that there is a third party involved in this war as a rouge transformer named "Side-Ways" has made a secret pact with "Thrust" of the Decepticons whom both plan to help Megatron obtain the three great weapons and then swipe them from right under his nose.  Side-Ways is also using Thrust as a pawn as Side-Ways' true plan is something that won't only doom all Transformers and Humans but it will threaten the whole Universe as we know it.  What could it be?  I'm too afraid to find out (not really as I'm just using this line for a cheap hook-in to get you to read the review).  Trouble or not this is going to be one heck of a show.  (Click "Read More" to read the full review). 

Blu-ray Review: La storia della Arcana Famiglia (2012)

Posted by Retrokaiser On Monday, March 24, 2014 0 comments

La storia della Arcana Famiglia (boy that's a mouthful) is an animated mafia drama show.  This show is about a mafia family that lives on a small Italian island called Regalo and they do their best to protect it from criminals and damn dirty pirates (yah har harg).  After finishing a very explosive task we see all of the members attend a meeting hosted by their leaders named Papa and Mama (all the leaves are brown and the sky is grey).  Papa announces something big and that is he is holding a special tournament where all his men and women will be fighting one another until a grand champion is crowned.  The winner will not only be granted a wish and be head of the family but will also win the hand (in marriage that is) of his daughter, Felicita.  Felicita is not too happy about it and rejects the idea of being served to the champion like a doll.  Lucky for her she is also one of Papa's soldiers and is eligible to be entered into the tournament and she intends of winning it so she can get her wish and also doesn't have to get married.  These men are not your everyday foot-soldiers either as they all have contracts with tarot cards that give them all special abilities based on the card that they have made a deal with.  This show sounds like a lot a fun but don't be fooled as...  Well just click to find out after the jump (I'm such a tease).  (Click "Read More" to read the full review).

Freeware - Mari0

Posted by Critical Failure On Sunday, March 23, 2014 0 comments

A freeware cross between Portal and Super Mario Bros.

Get the game here.

Get the steam icon here.

Playing some Ouya

Posted by Critical Failure On Wednesday, March 19, 2014 0 comments

Tiger Claw Radio #123 - Tiger Bowl

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Tiger Claw Radio #123 is up again! After a break pending a hospital visit, I'm back again. It's time for the Tiger Bowl! The Denver Broncos take on the Seattle Seahawks in a simulated grudge match! Grab TCR #123 now!

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Critical Failure plays Quake

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Today Critical Failure from Tgerclaw- TV and Radio guest-hosts the show as he attempts to play Quake on Nightmare difficulty. Lets see how long he lasts.

Live! From the Terror Dome - Mondo Cool Cast 98

Posted by JerryTerrifying On Tuesday, March 18, 2014 1 comments

First podcast in a while.  I've been sitting on a lot of show notes.  The Devil Burning helps me discuss video games and other pressing matters.

Download and listen after the jump.

Let's Play Titan Quest (Part 3)

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The legendary journey continues with Alexules and Ioabka.

Book Review: Zeratopolis (2013)

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Zeratopolis is an dramatic action packed sci-fi fantasy book written by Ray Vazques (also happens to be his debut work).  The book is about a group of kids aged around the twelve to fourteen mark who jump aboard a ship and head out to sea.  The trip ends up being a disaster as they end up washing up on a very creepy beach after being attacked.  The attackers end up being powerful demonic creatures that won't show mercy.  The four young boys manage to get away and wind up in an even more creepy town where they are attacked by even more of those demonic creatures.  While they are trying to get a hold of themselves and trying to figure out where they are they captured by a sinister cyborg named Clifford (who is not a big red puppy dog).  Clifford winds up making them his slaves and forces them to go out on a mission to defeat all those who opposes the great and mighty Clifford (I added the "great mighty" part for dramatic effect).  The four young boys end up going out to achieve Clifford's missions although they are far from being happy about doing them (although replace "not happy" with "way beyond pissed off" and you've got a more accurate description).  How will the four young boys take the stress of being a cyborg's bitch?  Will they complete the missions or run off and do their own thing?  Or is Clifford actually the good guy all along and is just really strict about his work?  Only time will tell as we begin the epic adventure that is Zeratopolis.  (Click "Read More" to read the full review).

Movie Review: Need For Speed (2014)

Posted by Retrokaiser On Monday, March 17, 2014 2 comments

Need For Speed is a speedy action flick based on the video game series of the same name.  The itself film is about a mechanic named Tobey Marshall (played by Aaron Paul ("Breaking Bad (2008 - 2013)")) who is not only great at building fast cars but is also a great racer himself.  After winning a great race that took place all over his home town in upstate New York he is approached by his old arch enemy who is named Dino Brewster (played by Dominic Cooper ("Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)")).  Dino Brewster wants to use Tobey Marshall's mechanical skill to help him finish a legendary car that wasn't finished due to one of the people that were originally working on it passed away.  Tobey Marshall is not happy to see him but he accepts the job as he is offered twenty-five percent of the profit and the car is expected to sell for no less than two-million dollars (that's a lot of Steam Trading Cards). 

He manages to complete the car in only a few months.  Not long after it's finished they show it off at a car show where he meets with a British woman named Julia Maddon (played by Imogen Poots ("The Look of Love(2013)")).  Julia Maddon is interested in the car but won't let her boss buy it unless it goes really fast (320MPH to be exact).  Tobey Marshall accepts the challenge and takes the car for a ride and is successful.  Celebrating their sale Dino Brewster challenges Tobey Marshall and his best friend Little Pete (played by Harrison Gilbertson ("Beneath Hill 60 (2010)")) to a race where the winner gets the losers share of the profits.  They have an intense race but Dino Brewster pulls off a dirty trick and knocks Little Pete off the road and ultimately ends up killing him.  After the race Dino Brewster frames Tobey Marshall for the murder and gets him locked up (what a dirty piece of work he is).  Two years later Tobey Marshall is released on parole and is hungry for revenge.  He ends up contacting Julia Maddon so he can use the car he sold to her boss and goes on a cross-country search to find Dino Brewster so they can settle things once and for all.  (Click "Read More" to read the rest of the review).

Darabka's Dungeon - Darabka and friends discuss RPG's

Posted by theGamingBeast On Sunday, March 16, 2014 0 comments

Just an impromptu discussion about RPG's.

Blu-Ray Review: Kokoro Connect - Original Anime Selection (2012)

Posted by Retrokaiser On Saturday, March 15, 2014 0 comments

Kokoro Connect - Original Anime Selection is the second volume of the supernatural drama series Kokoro Connect and includes a special story-arc that is exclusive for home video.  In this volume we see the Student Cultural Research Club  (STCRC for short) return and they are still being tormented by Heartseed and he has given them their biggest curse yet.  This time Heartseed's curse has turned all of the STCRC's minds into personal broadcast stations and certain thoughts will be heard by the other members.  This isn't good as some of the STCRC member's most personal thoughts will be heard with a high chance at hurting the other members which is sure to cause some carnage amongst the group.  That is not the only problem that the STCRC have as it turns out that the club has a chance of being shut down due to their teacher can only be the advisor of only one club.  Sure that doesn't sound that threatening but their teacher is also the advisor of the Jazz Club and they are also refusing to let him go.  In order to settle this the STCRC must impress the judges at a special presentation their school is having where all the clubs perform a special show in front of a crowd.  The STCRC doesn't have long though as they have till after their short school break is over and they must work hard on trying to impress the judges so that their teacher will pick them.  There is also a third problem that the STCRC must face as one of their members (Iori Nagase) has suddenly started suffering from depression for no apparent reason and the other members must find out why and help her get though it but she is refusing to accept any help from her friends.  What a hectic time it is for the members of the STCRC.  (Click "Read More" to read the full review).

DVD Review: Samurai Pizza Cats Collection Two (1991)

Posted by Retrokaiser On Friday, March 14, 2014 1 comments

Samurai Pizza Cats Collection Two is an animated action comedy series about four cats named: Speedy Cerviche, Polly Esther, Guido Anchovy, and Francine who are in charge of running a pizza shop named "Samurai Pizza Cats".  Life at Samurai Pizza Cats is very hectic as their shop is always full of out of control customers that want a quick bite to eat.  Sure that might sound like a typical day job but the pizza place is only a cover for their real job.  The Samurai Pizza Cats crew are actually a bunch of superheroes named "Samurai Pizza Cats" (some cover their shop is).  They are appointed by their chief (named Big Al Dente) to protect the city of Little Tokyo from the evil harebrained schemes of a money hungry fox named "Big Cheese" and his sidekick "Jerry Atric" whom is crow.  Jerry Atric is also the leader of a squadron of some tough birds (I'm being sarcastic) called the "Ninja Crows".  The Samurai Pizza Cats can normally handle the bad guys but sometimes they get stuck in a pickle and need help from a back-up group called "The Rescue Team" that are made up of the following cats: General Catton (a huge sumo cat with great strength and huge cannons), Bat Cat (he glides through the air like a bat or a man who thinks he's a bat), Spritz T. Cat (master of everything that involves water), and Meowzma O'Tool (he can drill through anything with his drill paws).  When that's not enough to stop the bad guys we have the Samurai Pizza Cats summon special robot suits that has some very powerful abilities (although I don't know why they just didn't do that right from the start).  These cats are crazy.  (Click "Read More" to read the full review).

Beastcast 46 - Interview with Lucifers Laywer

Posted by theGamingBeast On Thursday, March 13, 2014 0 comments

I interview fellow TNR contributor Lucifers Laywer and we talk about Superhero movies, Zack Snyder and other nerdy stuff.

Blu-Ray Review: Adventure Time: The Complete Second Season (2010 - 2011)

Posted by Retrokaiser On Wednesday, March 12, 2014 0 comments

Adventure Time: The Complete Second Series contains more fun filled tales about our two favorite brothers, Jake the Dog and Finn the Human (Finn was adopted).  Finn and Jake are adventurers and love going out on long journeys, exploring dungeons, and rescuing people and princesses just for the sheer fun of it.  While not adventuring they are resting in their tree house playing video games or eating ice cream... And sometimes both at the same time.  Life is great when you are a hero but there are some people out there who don't find their lives so nice like Ice King, a villain who has the power to freeze things, and Goblin King who is just a huge jerk who likes to spank things (watch your bottoms).  A lot of classic episodes happen in this season including: Finn and Jake becoming servants of the Nice King (who is the Ice King with a nice clean shave), Finn and Jake trying to get a bunch of royal tarts to a peace convention, Finn and Jake going crazy while being spied on by a goofy looking horse, battling the ruler of the underworld AKA Marceline's dad, our heroes trying to become vampires after trying to get Marceline (their friend who is a vampire) to watch an old movie with them, and lastly we are introduced to one of the more major villains named "The Litch" (Dun dun duunnn!). (Click "Read More" to read the full review).

Blu-Ray Review: Kokoro Connect - The Complete TV Series (2012)

Posted by Retrokaiser On Monday, March 10, 2014 0 comments

Kokoro Connect - The Complete TV Series is an animated drama about a group of teenagers that have formed a club called "The Student Cultural Research Club" (or "STCRC" for short).  The members of the club are: Taichi Yaegashi (he is huge wrestling fan and has a poster of The Undertaker on his side of the club room and John Cena in his bedroom), Himeko Inaba (she is the straight minded one of the group and can be a bit mean), Iori Nagase (a very hyperactive girl that lives alone with her mother), Yui Kiriyama (a petite blond haired girl who has a fear of men), and Yoshifumi Aoki (the pervert of the group who has a very open crush on Yui Kiriyama).  One morning at a start of a meeting we see Yoshifumi Aoki and Yui Kiriyama talk about a weird experience that they had during the night where they have said to have "exchanged bodies" (get your mind out of the gutter).  The rest of the gang think that they are crazy (don't blame them) until Taichi Yaegashi and Iori Nagase suddenly have a body swapping moment right then and there.  As soon as we know it the whole gang begin to have body swapping moments that are very uncontrollable and must think of a way to manage to control it before someone messes up the other person's life.  Turns out that this whole ordeal is being controlled by a creepy guy named Heartseed who has mastered the art of a body swapping technique and is possessing the body of their teacher.  Why is this man doing all this?  Can they make him stop?  Or is this only the beginning of something huge?  (Click "Read More" to read the full review). 

Let's Play Titan Quest (Part 2)

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Gaming Beast and Alex Swingle continue to fool around in mythical ancient Greece.

DVD Review: Transformers G1 Remastered Complete Collection (1984 - 1987)

Posted by Retrokaiser On Monday, March 3, 2014 1 comments

Transformers Complete Remastered Collection is a box set containing all ninety-eight episodes (all four seasons) of this classic animated sci-fi show. This show is about robots called Transformers who are from the robot planet of Cybertron. The planet is in peril due to a great war between two factions called the "Autobots" and "Decepticons".  After retrieving some energon we see Bumblebee on his way back to Autobot headquarters but is chased by a few Decepticons.  Bumblebee gets rescued by a fellow Autobot and they get away from the Decepticons and the Autobots take refuge in the Teletram-One (the Autobot's loyal spaceship) and take off into deep space.  The Decepticons follow suit and chase the Autobots across deep space and catch the Autobots in their gravity beam and battle them on their ship.  The Autobots lose control of Teletram-One and crash land into a volcano on goold old planet Earth.  Millions of years later we see the Decepticons (whom are still on Teletram-One) awaken and repair themselves and explore Earth to look for energy so that they can build a ship and return home to Cybertron so they can rule it with an iron fist.  One of the Decepticons named Starscream shoots at Teletram-One to kick the Autobots while they are down but little does Starscream know that those blasts end up knocking them into a repair-bot that ultimately ends up repairing all the Autobots.  The Autobots head out to stop the Decipticons and find them terrorizing a oil rig.  The Autobots manage to drive the Decepticons away and rescue some humans from getting killed in all the carnage.  Autobots end up becoming friends with the humans and they recruit them to help stop the Decepticons from draining the Earth dry of all it's energy and to get home to save Cybertron.  (Click "Read More" to read the full review).

Darabka & Alex play Titan Quest (Part 1)

Posted by theGamingBeast On Sunday, March 2, 2014 0 comments

Starting a game of Titan Quest with our bro in law Alex Swingle. Let's have some fun ancient Greece in this Diablo-esque action-rpg.

Blu-Ray Review: The Look of Love (2013)

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The Look of Love is a drama film based on the true story (or a Biopic as the "hip" kids are calling it these days) of "Paul Raymond" who is played by Steve Coogan ("Tropic Thunder (2008)" and "24 Hour Party People (2002)").  The film starts in the late-1950s where Paul Raymond introduces nude dancing to his nightclub.  The nude dancers are successful and we then skip to the 1960s where we see Paul Raymond has expanded his nude dancer business and begins the push the edge a little bit and begins to fill his clubs with even more risqué shows.  While the people like it the press see it as nothing but smutty pornographic drivel and would love to see it go away.  After auditioning a new batch of nude dancers for his all-new stage play he ends up falling in love with one of them which leads to him divorcing his wife in what ended up being the most expensive divorce in UK history (at the time).  Now he and his new woman are in the magazine business with a magazine called "Men Only" and is pushing the edge even more.  Sure the press will look down on him but the money is bound to be good... But what will life be like for him when his grown-up daughter wants to work with him?  (Click "Read More" to read the full review).

Blu-Ray Review: The Stone Roses: Made of Stone (2013)

Posted by Retrokaiser On Saturday, March 1, 2014 0 comments

The Stone Roses: Made of Stone is a documentary about the English rock group called "The Stone Roses".  After having some pretty big hits in the late-1980's and early-1990's (like "Fool's Gold", "I Wanna Be Adored", "I Am The Resurrection", and "Love Spreads") the band suffers from a nasty break-up.  Now it's the year 2012 and The Stone Roses have announced that they will be reuniting to do a series of live shows all around the world.  This documentary follows The Stone Roses on this tour.  Will this tour be a successes or a complete flop?  That's not all this documentary covers as we also get to know what the band was like in the past, what they are like in the present with the band rehearsing all their songs for the tour, what the band is like in the future when we get to see them on tour, and what it is like through the eyes of a fan of The Stone Roses where we see fans line up to get tickets for their show and some of their thoughts of some of the drama that happens on tour.  It's sure to be a wild ride across the world with that little band from Manchester.  (Click "Read More" to read the full review).