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Hey guys it’s Sam, and if you’re from my background, you have to be therefore African. And it’s pretty darn amazing that one game of kicking a ball around and shooting it into a goal can turn into Africa’s main sport. Nonetheless, that sport is soccer, also known as [association] football, footy, “the world game”, or even “the beautiful game.” And being the most popular sport on the face of the planet (literally, I’m not bluffing) with over 3.5 billion fans (see?), you may know the highest governing body of this great sport: FIFA. The first video game of FIFA’s great big saga releasing back in summer 1993 (FIFA International Soccer, aka FIFA ’94), almost 2 decades would pass and FIFA would slowly work its way up the fame ladder, improving in mechanics and physics. Today, FIFA stands as the eighth-most bestselling video game franchise, beating Need for Speed but falling behind Final Fantasy. Enough talk, let’s get to the good stuff. In 2005, FIFA took to the streets for the first time in the sixth-generation of consoles. And as generations have passed on and new consoles have formed new generations, FIFA‘s been getting better and better. Along with last year’s release of the acclaimed FIFA 12, next month we’re getting another trip into the world of simulated soccer we love so very much. The last time FIFA took to the streets, it was 2008, and it didn’t do great. But now it looks like critics will be dropping to their knees and begging for mercy, because the streets we knew and loved are gone.

That’s right. This is not a joke anymore. When the new FIFA Street (aka FIFA Street 4 or FIFA Street 2012) shoots a goal next month, it’s gonna be a complete reboot, whether you like it or not. This is the first game in the series for four years ever since FIFA Street 3 arrived in 2008 (and it will rightfully be E-rated). EA Canada and EA Sports (the same companies behind the upcoming SSX) will promote full devotion to the game, and a chunk of the people that gave us FIFA 12 will also be chipping into this. The two games will share the same visual engine, the Impact Engine. The FIFA Street line producer, Sid Misra, promises “the first true quality street football experience.” Well, say that to the people who worked so hard on the original FIFA Street and FIFA Street 2. First announced back in late summer 2011 at Germany’s Gamescom event, the new FIFA Street (among other EA Sports titles) will be available exclusively early to buyers of the EA Sports Season Ticket. What that is, I have no idea. What it does, I know now. If you’ve got a PS3 or Xbox 360, make sure to mark your calendars, because FIFA Street‘s demo will arrive to the PSN and Xbox Live atmospheres on the 28th this month.

That picture that I just showed you is the official cover art for FIFA Street. The soccer superstar on it is none other than the Argentina national team’s grand captain (as well as a veteran FC Barcelona player) Lio Messi. And, according to Electronic Arts’ announcement back in November, Lio even signed to a deal to become the new face of FIFA. And just in case you don’t know, that’s a big honor. Soccer fans, mark your calendars, since March 13 is when this game will slide tackle into markets. The officially announced national teams of the game are:

In an effort to make the game more “authentic”, the stylised cartoon-like visuals of previous games in the series has been dropped in favor of a more realistic look, though there will still be the same emphasis on skill moves and tricks. The focus is once again on fast-paced games involving small teams of 5-6 players per side, one-on-one, and game modes based on panna and futsal also included. As with the previous games in the series, skill moves are an important element of gameplay. FIFA Street will feature twice as many tricks as are possible in FIFA 12, with much greater variety, and over fifty more than its predecessor FIFA Street 3. Talk about “show-off.”

Jumping with the ball between your legs is one of the most classic tricks in the book.

FIFA Street‘s soundtrack hasn’t been fully revealed quite yet, but some songs have been officially announced in the meantime:

So make sure you mark your calendars for March 13th, because FIFA Street‘s bicycle kicking into retail stores that very day. I was gonna make these letters bigger so you wouldn’t forget, but…Also rate, comment, like, and kick the subscribe button in the shins and give it a yellow card! As of today, this is Samuel Mwak, 11 years old, whom believes that silence is golden, but duct tape is silver.

– Sam


Hey guys, it’s Sam again. Yes, it is the start of July today, a very patriotic month on the face of the country! And not only is July the month of America and independence, it’s also the month of everything Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. Everyone’s waiting for the big finale of the worldwide phenomenon, where it all ends. Not only is the epic fantasy itself releasing on July 15…

But its accompanying video game (again, by EA) and soundtrack (again, composed by the French film composer Alexandre Desplat) are releasing the same month…surprisingly, the same day on July 12, just three days before the big opening. The game has received a rating of E10+ for fantasy violence, or, if you’re talking about the Nintendo DS version, mild fantasy violence.

Harry Potter and the Death…eh, you can read, you know what’s it called. This game continues Harry, Hermione, and Ron’s search to find and destroy the remaining Horcruxes that gave Lord Voldemort immortality, and it all leads up to Harry and Voldemort’s final battle, sort of like the final Transformers. Still a third-person action adventure, this game isn’t entirely just a carbon copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, to address complaints from Part 1. The game will use cut-scenes to progress linearly, but without side missions like Part 1. This game’s combat involves button pressing which casts spells as attacks. Three face buttons, usually with either a symbol or a letter, and the second spell of a button can be activated if pressed twice. And if you’ve seen past movies, you’ve heard of Apparition. As a use of defense teleporting in and out of battle, Apparating is now a part of Part 2. With an over-the-shoulder view, you can control several characters including Harry, Ron, Hermione, Professor McGonagall, Neville, Ginny, and more.

HP7 Part 2 (that felt a lot better :D), the soundtrack to the movie of the same name, is composed, as I said, by the returning Alexandre Desplat (responsible for music for movies like Fantastic Mr. Fox, Twilight: New Moon, and The King’s Speech). The release date was announced by Amazon on 7/12/2011. Speaking of Amazon, they’re allowing pre-orders of the soundtrack, priced at just $12! 😉 Warner Bros.’s website confirmed Alexandre’s return to compose Part 2. Desplat himself said scoring was a “great challenge” and that he has “a lot of expectations to fulfill” ahead of him. The soundtrack composes of twenty-five songs, from “Lily’s Theme” to “A New Beginning”. The longest song is “Severus and Lily” at 6 minutes. “The Tunnel”, at almost 1:10, ranks as the shortest.

So, do you know what you’re going to be casting…er, craving…this July? 😀 😉

Later, from Sammwak. And now, I shall Apparate away! d(^_^)b

Hey guys, it’s Sam with another video game to chat over! My brother actually has this game on his laptop, and in my case, I’m getting pretty good at it. It’s not even that bad anyways. Amazing visuals run with a quality engine, easy-to-grasp controls, and all this turns into the lovably acclaimed…

FIFA 11, or as we North Americans must call it, FIFA Soccer 11, is the eighteenth and most recent main entry of EA Sports’ soccer game series for FIFA, or the Fédération Internationale de Football Association, released in late September 2010. It is also the final PS2 game, sadly. 😦

You have the power to play as all of your favorite national teams: Real Madrid, AC Milan, Manchester United, you name it, you play it. There are also new features added to this game, such as:

(PC) FIFA World: Allows players to customize avatars, and compete with others from around the globe in the battle for a place on the leaderboard.

(PS3, X360, PC) Pro Passing: A new passing system where the player’s own accuracy through the control pad, as well as the situation and skills of the gamers on the pitch, determine the accuracy of your passes.

(PS3, X360, PC) 360° Dribbling: True 360° dribbling system that provides finer control, enabling players to find the space between defenders that wasn’t possible before.

But here’s the thing that’s COOL…you can get FIFA 11 for the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, and 3rd and 4th generation of iPod Touches. And did I mention that a recent iPad version came out? NOT SO MAJESTO!*

The game’s critical reception was also overwhelmingly positive, such as a 9.0/10 on GameSpot, an 8.5/10 on IGN, an 89% on Metacritic, and even a perfect 10/10 on the Official PlayStation Magazine of the UK! How big can soccer/football GET?

FIFA 11 is available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, the PC, the DS, the Wii, AND Apple iOS devices. You can even stop by GameStop and hitch up…:

The pre owned X360 version for $42.99, or the new version for $59.99.

The new PS3 version for $59.99, or the pre owned version for $42.99.

The pre owned Wii version for $34.99, or the new version for $49.99.

The pre owned PSP version for $32.99, or the new version for $39.99.

The pre owned DS version for $22.99, or the new version for $29.99.

The pre owned PS2 version for $27.99, or the new version for $39.99.

The PC version for $39.99.


Also take the time to listen to some EPIC tunes that are on the FIFA 11 OST!

“Rhinestone Eyes” by Gorillaz, from Plastic Beach

“Splitting the Atom” by Massive Attack, from Heligoland

Hey guys it’s Sam and you should know The Sims 3 by now. It’s a life-simulation game brought to you by Electronic Arts, or EA, where you customize a humanoid avatar aka a “Sim” in a select town where you get a job, have a relationship, get married, have kids, and vice versa. It’s exactly a resemblance from that to the real life. Except Sims don’t speak English. They speak their own language, ‘Simmish”, to be exact. So this means every TV channel, is all in Simmish, from Cookin’ Cable to Fishing Fracas to even Sports Universe and Terror TV. And it won’t be long before you find out Simmish music, such as rockabilly, soul, and even hip-hop. But let’s stop talking turkey and talk ham. Because the latest expansion pack (the past packs were World Adventures, and Ambitions) just released a couple months ago, back in late October. It’s what I’d like to call…Late Night.

If you’ve played The Sims 2: Nightlife, you have a good image of this game. Heck, you could even call it The Sims 3: Nightlife. This game is like a bat. Quiet at day, active at night. So is this game. There’s probably more to do at night then at day. You could get your groove on at Aquarius, the local dance club of Bridgeport. You could hit a film career and be an outstanding actor or actress. Oh, and speaking of Bridgeport, it’s the new city with “all the good stuff.” It came with the game, like Twinbrook came with Ambitions. This is a pic of Bridgeport:

Can’t you feel the high-tech already? I can. Oh, and the vampires are back. And the bars of a regular Sim is Hunger, Hygiene, Social, Fun, and Bladder. Vampires don’t hunger. They THIRST. Isn’t it kind of obvious? They can only satisfy this by collecting Plasma, or, for humanity, blood. But vampires can also depend on Plasma fruits or even Plasma packs. But the thing is, if you wanna feed, you gotta ASK. That’s kind of pointless, because you know everyone’s gonna say NO.

My Sim is that lucky, athletic, virtuoso kind of man. His name? Sam Harris. I’ve named almost every one of my Sims after me. He already hit a job as an actor, and he previously got promoted for a Best Boy, despite the fact that they aren’t the best and typically aren’t always boys. Eh, what the heck? If you gotta roll with it, roll with it. Surfers gotta surf. Teachers gotta teach. Oh, and I almost forgot to tell you this. There are Celebrity Points in this game. If you got 5 stars, you’re a celebrity. Congrats. I only got 2 or 3 Points, so don’t rub it in my face. In The Sims 2, some people were likely enough to use a hot tub nude, at least without children or teenagers in the area. But in Late Night, this has been brought to the next level…meet skinny-dipping. What is it? It’s swimming nude, basically. You can even swim in legitimate pools now. Your clothes will be a heap at the poolside. But here’s the gimmick. Celebrities can snag a skinny-dipper’s clothes! Those Sims will have to walk around in a towel. But you gotta have stealth to pull it off. A stealthy celeb is the key. Paparazzi could photograph you in the act, and who knows what the skinny-dipper will do to you once they find out? Maybe punch your lights out? Pop a vein through your nose? Brawl you so hard, a cloud of mist forms? But note that only grown-ups can skinny-dip, and they can’t dip when children and teens are in the area. Skinny-dipping will eventually get you the “Exhilarated” moodlet. At least it did for me.

You also have zodiac signs? What is your Sim gonna be? An Aries? A Taurus? A Gemini? A Cancer? A Leo? A Virgo? A Lebra? A Scorpio? A Sagittarius? A Capricorn? An Aquarius? Or a Pisces? I can’t decide for all of you when I have almost 2,000 hits. BTW very impressive! It warms my heart when I see, more and more people are liking me! Seeing me, a nobody, turn into a somebody, it makes me grin! So does Emoti. 😀

Buy your copy today, or just slap it on your wishlist! Maybe Santa Claus will do the trick…

L8trs, Sam