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The Birdman Prophecies – Holiday Gift guide Part 2

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It’s Christmas time and of course that means spending money we don’t have on loved ones, ourselves and getting some really cool stuff. In my last edition, I talked about toys and clothes and some electronics and this time we’re coming back with digital fun of all sorts before I do the big close out next week sometime.

So without any more screwing around, let’s get into this and get started with DVD’s and Blu rays!

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Star Wars: The Clone wars the complete first season on Blu ray
I’ll be the first to admit that I misjudged this series when it first came out and now that I’ve had to chance over see some stuff,it’s bad ass. The series is a continuation of the movie that came out last year with Anakin Skywalker and Obi Wan Kenobi fighting pre Episode 3 battles with alot more of the SW universe explored. I’ve always been a fan of the Clone wars era from the battle droids to the way that galaxy is torn apart by Count Dooku and his armies and it’s great fun all together as well. The thing that really makes this set awesome and worth your $$ is the sheer amount of extras your getting such as TONS of featurettes and behind the scenes stuff and a pretty cool little booklet if you go with the Blu ray version. However Asoka still sucks and that is the only real downside of the series itself but if you can move past that, then it’s worth adding to your own jedi temple this holiday season
Click here to buy on Amazon.com

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It’s no lie that I am a huge Dragonball Z fan and boy was I surprised when this arrived in my mailbox a few weeks ago. The Dragonbox is available for the first time in North America and is originally from Japan from the uncut masters of the original series and it looks fantastic. This is the way the series was meant to be seen, uncut and in the original Japanese audio (dub is included as well) and everything left intact like openings and closings and more. I’ve only ever seen the dubs before and this was certainly a new experience for me as a DBZ fan. The thing that really makes the set complete in my eyes is the Dragonbook that is included that has all kinds of neat background information on the characters. It’s a little strange to see the series in it’s original aspect ratio but, it still looks great as the day it was broadcast.
This is a recommend if you didn’t get the orange sets from a few years ago or if your a DBZ purist at heart!
Click here to buy from Amazon

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Yes, I am recommended this for my Holiday gift because It’s Transformers BUT one of the best blu rays I’ve seen this year. There’s enough reviews out there that I’ll leave the movie summaries to the pros but let me talk about why you should get this movie who is a info buff. The features across this two disc set really make it worth for someone who is a transformers nut such as info gallery on the characters which includes clips from the G1 cartoon and toy galleries spanning from g1 to current incarnations. There are also HOURS of extras and they are in glorious HD as well which was a real surprise, the Michael Bay featurettes on the making of the movie is really indepth and interesting.There is also quite the wealth of knowledge of what this movie could have been coming from the writers during the features as well which really surprised me.The usual commentaries are there as well and are worth a listen to if your a fan of movie making.
Trust me, its worth it when you get a chance to dig into this movie and it’s even got a feature where you can make your own Transformer.
Click here to buy from Amazon

Now we’re moving onto something else entirely and something that you know me well for, video games 🙂
I’ll be taking a look at a variety of games from the past year and some ones that are definitely worth checking out.

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Well, this is the pink elephant in the room that we all need to talk about and well, it’s AWESOME!
Seriously, Modern Warfare 2 is a game that really takes what an FPS can be and improves upon the perfection that was Modern Warfare. The action pretty much grabs you right by the bits and never lets up at all. The mulitplayer is where this game really shines and will make a gamer out of you damned right if you play online and are dedicated to learning but beware, you will get bitch slapped if your not ready for serious online play. The sheer amount of enjoyment you’ll get from the firefights in this game will really make you appreciate quick reactions and killstreaks when you can make them happen.There are also quite number of licensed controllers and headsets from Mad Catz and they really do enhance the experience and besides they glow green and thats just cool 🙂 I’ll talk more about this in my next gift guide installment.
However in closing Modern Warfare 2 is a great addition to your collection and even if you don’t like playing online, it’s an experience that should not be missed.
Click here to buy from Amazon

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This was an unexpected surprise in this year’s entry into the racing genre. Dirt 2 is a rally racer that puts you on and off road and really makes the whole experience akin in my opinion to Tony Hawk but with cars.The driving in this game really feels natural and all the cars and trucks have their own distinct handling and that really adds to the experience.The soundtrack really stood out to me and make the game come alive that much more to me. I had alot more fun with this game then I thought I would and I think if your looking for a new racing experience for someone this Christmas then you can’t do much better then this. Give Dirt 2 a try and I seriously think you’ll make someone super happy
Click here to buy from Amazon

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Its no secret that I’m not a huge Wii fan but this was one that surprised me when it came out. Dead Space:Extraction happens before the first Deadspace game and act as a prequel to the first game but as an on the rails shooter. The game looks really good for a wii game and that says something that the hardware can be pushed to do more. The Deadspace game really lays on thick with atmosphere and really does do it’s part to make you feel isolated, alone and most of all somewhat helpless in the face of danger. Its one of the best rail shooters experiences you can have on the wii right now and is totally worth it for someone who has a wii and loves action. I’d recommend getting a Nyko perfect shot to go along with the experience because it’ll add layers of more fun to the game play experience.
Click here to buy the game from amazon

I recommend this to go with the game
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Click here to buy from Amazon

Well that does it for Part 2 of the gift guide. There’s alot of stuff I didnt mention but you likely already have it like Batman:Arkham Aslyum or Halo:ODST so thats why I didn’t include it. However the next edition of the Gift guide will include my personal picks and picks for the collector and will be of a higher end of stuff so prepared to have your credit card’s maxed out.
Till next time!

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