Kamen Rider IXA

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    Writing<br />Halo 3 Forging<br />Halo 3 Racing<br />Tokusatsu (Japanese Special Effects TV Shows)<br />Anime (Japanese Animation)<br />Classic Video Games<br />History of the Video Game Industry<br />United States Political History<br />Current U.S. Political Analysis
  1. @TonkaShockNZ - It's hard to tell from the small pictures, but if those Crates are floating off the ground, then it meets the criteria for the contest. Even so, you need to follow the format at the beginning of the topic when you post your entry; I don't think they accept the entry if it's not in the proper format.
  2. Normally, I would tell you all about how Thunder Force is the most badass 2d shooter franchise in existence and what a CRIME it is that this latest entry in the series isn't available in the US. But really, the guy in the video sums it up better than I can. If you're wondering, this guy also has reviews for the other Thunder Force games on Youtube. Just search for "Classic Game Room Thunder Force" on Youtube to see what those games are like. If you actually want to get the Thunder Force titles (and you should), you can find used copies on Amazon.com for varying prices. To get Thunder Force VI and the Japanese PS2 that you'll need to play it, you'll need to go to play-asia.com. In case you don't want to navigate that site (it isn't exactly intuitive), there's some links at the bottom of the post. Classic Game Room Review of Thunder Force VI (Part 1) Classic Game Room Review of Thunder Force VI (Part 2) To buy a Japanese PS2 - CLICK HERE. [Warning - only able to play games with NTSC-J region encoding!] To buy Thunder Force VI - CLICK HERE. [Warning - only works on the Japanese PS2 above!]
  3. I get the feeling that she's not actually "there" in the strictest sense. They show you more of that battle later on and no one seems to be able to hear or see her.
  4. If you want to download it, you can get episodes for free from TV-NIHON. I provided links in the topic.
  5. It's somewhat hard to describe just how awesome the Kamen Rider series is to those who haven't been a part of its intensely popular run over the last decade. For those who don't know, the Kamen Rider series is easily Japan's most popular and long-running superhero franchise. As you might be able to tell by my name and Gamertag, I am a huge fan of the series. If you are familiar at all with the harsh nature of my reviews on this website, then you know that I only appreciate work of the highest quality. For this franchise to be at the top of my list is no joke. Kamen Rider Decade is the 2009 entry for the overall franchise. This show is attempting to do something which is normally only seen in the realm of highly speculative fan-fiction. Decade both creates a new show and fuses it with the characters and plots of the 9 Rider shows that came before it. It's the kind of thing that would normally be super-convoluted and often incredibly stupid, but these writers are pro, and this, ladies and gentlemen, is the big one. You don't have to have any prior knowledge of Kamen Rider to enjoy this show, so click "Play", and witness the glory of the 10th Heisei Era Rider Series. The video has Japanese audio with English subtitles by TV-NIHON. The video is kinda low quality, but you can download episodes of this series for free in both Standard and High Definition from TV-NIHON's website by CLICKING HERE. In order to download from their tracker, though, you'll need a Bittorrent client which can also be had for free from THIS WEBSITE. Note also that TV-NIHON carries every entry in the Kamen Rider franchise in its entirety all the way back to 2003's Kamen Rider 555. They are currently working on 2000's Kamen Rider Kuuga, 2002's Kamen Rider Ryuki, and 2009's Kamen Rider Decade. Even better, 2002's Kamen Rider Ryuki is currently airing on American television as the reworked Kamen Rider Dragon Knight. It's not as good as the original, but it is all in English with an American cast (including the amazing Matt Mullins), and it does a pretty decent job of communicating the overall feel of the Kamen Rider franchise. Check THIS WEBSITE for local listings if you are intrigued. I know you are. Enjoy! Episode 1 - Rider War (Part 1) Episode 1 - Rider War (Part 2) Episode 1 - Rider War (Part 3)
  6. I wonder if any of you are familiar with Power Rangers? If so, you might be unaware that Saban (and now Disney, ugh) basically took a tongue-in-cheek superhero franchise called "Super Sentai" from Japan and gutted it in order to create a soulless, toy-selling clone. This can be easily seen by the fact that, while Power Rangers has been largely forgotten in the States, the Sentai series is as strong as ever in Japan . . . well, mostly. Last year's entry - Engine Sentai Go-Onger - was an absolute joke with horrid mechanical designs, a brain-dead concept, and of course, environmentalist propaganda. I actually didn't have high hopes for this year's Samurai Sentai Shinkenger, but after watching the first episode, I have to say that I'm excited about what's in store for this year. Check it out for yourself! By the way, this video is in Japanese with English subtitles by Order of Zeronos Fansubs. Honestly, Order of Zeronos is kinda crappy at translating things, but this is the highest-quality video that I could find on Youtube. If you'd like to watch the series in high quality AND with awesome subtitles, I suggest you go to TV-NIHON by CLICKING HERE. These guys do amazing subtitle work - I get all my Japanese live-action stuff from them. Be aware, though, that you will need a Bittorrent client to download from their tracker. You can get the Bittorrent client for free by CLICKING HERE. Enjoy!
  7. Twenty-three years of age. Born on April 28, 1985. Have I mentioned how old this site makes me feel? Sad face.
  8. Thai food in general is absolutely delicious, but nothing hits the spot like a good plate of Pad Thai. From Wikipedia Pad Thai (or Phad Thai, Thai: ผัดไทย, IPA: [pʰàt tʰāj], "Thai style frying") is a dish of stir-fried rice noodles with eggs, fish sauce (Thai น้ำปลา), tamarind juice, red chilli pepper, plus any combination of bean sprouts, shrimp, chicken, or tofu, garnished with crushed peanuts and coriander. It is normally served with a piece of lime, the juice of which can be added along with Thai condiments. Hot damn . . . I need it.
  9. Believe me; aside from graphics, Abyss blows Vesperia out of the water. Vesperia is actually pretty mediocre for a Tales game.
  10. So . . . this is what overexposure to the internet does to your sense of taste . . . The more I watch it, the more meaning it drains out of life. Must . . . stop . . .
  11. My favorite game is easily Tales of the Abyss for the PS2. I've probably logged more than 200 hours into this RPG across several playthroughs. Here's why: Pros -Amazingly fluid real-time combat system. -Difficulty that you can adjust at any point during gameplay. -Best. Video. Game. Story. Ever. -Seriously, the writing is fantastic, the voice-acting is top-notch, the characters have great chemistry, and the plot has epic scale. Much better than anything Squeenix has EVER come up with. -The music is catchy and changes as you progress through the game; for instance, your battle music gets more intense and emotional as you get closer to the endgame. -Everything that you do aside from fighting and exploration is thoroughly streamlined; the extraneous bits are fun without getting in the way of the main game. -The game offers challenges all the way up to your maximum power levels. Even maxed out after several playthroughs, it still took me two hours of solid fighting to beat the secret boss on the hardest difficulty (thank God for the pause button). -Every time that you beat the game, you can carry over everything except your levels and some items to the next playthrough. You can also modify the new game to make it either easier or even harder on you. -Not every game has the balls to turn your player character into a mass murderer about 1/3 of the way into the story. Cons -The game doesn't have big-budget production values (it's an RPG and it's not from Squeenix; go figure). It still looks pretty good, but don't expect anything mind-blowing. -The overworld map has a bit of lag. If you have never tried this game and own a PS2, GO GET IT. You can probably find it used at a dirt cheap price nowadays. I promise that you won't be disappointed.
  12. Have you ever played a Thunder Force game? They're easily the best 2D space shooters out there. Better than R-Type, Gradius, and Ikaruga all rolled into one. The only shooter better than Thunder Force MIGHT be Radiant Silvergun, but I'm not about to import a Japanese Sega Saturn to find out. Hopefully, they'll just come out with it on XBOX Live Arcade someday.
  13. I think they're deleting that forum, though.
  14. That was pretty good, but not as good as you built it up to be. Not to mention that there's like a billion of these stick figure flash movies out there.
  15. Actually, the Sega Genesis is the most recent system I purchased. I managed to get a custom model with blue running lights and an S-Video output for just $30.00. As you might have guessed, I bought the system to play the Thunder Force games (which were more expensive than the system). Totally worth it. Thunder Force rocks.