So, I hate to break it to you, but there is no point to see this movie… It didn’t have a SINGLE Destiny’s Child song in it…
So Tomb Raider, the 2018 version, is a basically a prequel to the original movies and a reboot to the franchise. Alicia Vikander was cast to play Lara Croft and I think they really couldn’t have chosen anyone better. Now, I always think the opening to a movie is very important. It hooks you and reals you in, keeps you excited for whats to come. Clearly the people who made this movie do not agree because the first act of this movie is a damn snooze-fest! I understand that this is an origin story and we need to see where Lara was before she became the tomb raider, but I don’t need a twenty-minute sequence of her as a bike messenger. Eventually though it DOES get to the point and although it has its faults I have to admit, for a video game adaptation movie it really felt like a video game adaptation. There were so many sequences where I found myself thinking that it looked like it was lifted straight out of a video game! Whether she was stealthing, clearly doing live-action QTE’s, having a boss fight, going from one bad thing in to another, it was quite remarkable actually and I will give it points for that. However, it does have faults. One of its biggest and most important being that it was just kind of boring. It was two hours, almost on the dot, and should have been much shorter. It had so much filler and parts that I just wished would be over. I wanted to like it, it was trying so hard to be exciting but it barely even kept my attention. I want my tombs!
Play Station exclusives man… Play Station gets all the good ones…. Detroit: Become Human is the latest masterpiece by Quantic Dream and David Cage, the french powerhouse behind The acclaimed 2010 game, Heavy Rain. I’m a sucker when it comes to decision based games. If I could play a game that is just a movie I make the decisions in, that is probably all I would ever play. Well, this is as close as I think you will ever get. Just like Heavy Rain, Detroit is absolutely beautiful, I could spend hours just exploring and taking in all the beauty and small details. What is great about this game that sets it apart from most other decision based games is that it really feels like every tiny thing matters. You could make a seemingly small decision in the beginning of the game that I didn’t make and have an entirely different outcome at the end… Detroit: Become Human follows three story lines; Conner, Marcus, and Kara/Alice. All of them intertwine at one point or another, but Conner and Marcus play opposite sides of the same coin throughout the game. Conner, the android sent by Cyberlife, is investigating the deviants and trying to stop them with the help of Lt. Hank Anderson, a surly, android hating detective. Their chemistry and how they play off each other is EASILY the best part of the game. Marcus is the one leading the deviants to freedom and you can basically either be Jesus, or fucking Hitler when it comes to him. No real middle ground, just savior or devil and I love it so much. Kara and Alice round out the final story line and are honestly pretty expendable. They show the parental and family capabilities of the androids, but you could kill them off early on and it honestly wouldn’t even matter. Their honestly kind of boring at times. In conclusion this game is beautiful and nothing short of a masterpiece in my eyes. No two people will have the exact same experience playing through, meaning you can also play through countless times by yourself. Love.
I’m a sucker for stupid comedy, and gawd dayum if this isn’t a stupid comedy! Strangely enough though it is actually good beyond being there for stupid laughs. Game Night follows Max (Bateman) and Annie (McAdams), avid gamers (not video) who throw a weekly game night with a few of their friends. When Max’s older and more successful brother Brooks (Chandler) joins them for game night for a kidnap mystery night everything thing gets all fuckarood when he ACTUALLY gets kidnapped and everyone thinks it is part of the game… I’m not going to lie to you and say this movie is more than it is when it isn’t. It’s a dumb comedy, but it is a very very good dumb comedy that kept me rolling the entire time. The movie rounds itself out with a great cast of supporting actors that all contribute to the movie. I was worried that there would be at least one story line that bored me and drug by until we moved past it, but that wasn’t a problem this movie had. My favorite character by far though was Gary played by Jesse Plemons. Gary is the creepy neighbor of Max and Annie that desperately wants to join their game night. Plemons plays the role perfectly and is easily the most hilarious factor in the whole movie. In the end I was happily surprised by the fact that this movie was quite a bit better than I thought it was going to be. It’s worth a rent.
Overwatch League (or OWL) opening day is today! For those of you that are unfamiliar with Overwatch, go put in 100+ hours of gameplay and come back. For those of you unfamiliar with the new OWL, than time to get familiar because it looks absolutely amazing. OWL is the newest of any tournament in eSports and looks to revolutionize everything we know about eSports. OWL follows a traditional model for sports with set teams, and a long season with games being played over a many months span. Players are brought on to teams and payed a yearly salary. For many people, along with myself, this is all extremely exciting for many reasons. Never before has there been the ability to follow a team and watch the game as if one would with the Lions in the NFL. Now, we have that opportunity and if all goes well maybe many others will follow in Blizzards example.
The preseason aired in December and was amazing to watch. Admittedly I’ve never really watched professional Overwatch. After the fall of Starcraft 2 I never quite got the same enjoyment out of eSports tournaments again… However, this is on a whole new level. Everything is professionally and beautifully done with great casters and hosts. Every team feels just like that. A TEAM. It’s hard not to pick one right from the start. If you’d like to re-watch some of the matches than you can check them out here. I personally am rooting for Boston Uprising run by man Chris “HuK” Loranger.
There are twelve teams from all over the world (mainly from the USA) competing. In order on the picture is…
- Florida Mayhem
- London Spitfire
- Los Angeles Gladiators
- Los Angeles Valient
- New York Exclsior
- Philadelphia Fusion
- San Francisco Shock
- Seoul Dynasty
- Shanghai Dragons
- Houston Outlaws
- Dallas Fuel
- Boston Uprising
Favored to win the inaugural season of OWL is Seoul Dynasty with London Spitfire and Dallas Fuel considered large contenders. Florida Mayhem and, surprisingly, the Shanghai Dragons sit at the bottom of the list. Just like anything else though, it is anyone’s game! So, pick your favorite, paint your face, throw a viewing party, and tune in with me tonight at 7pm EST!
Explaining my love of Starcraft to someone who doesn’t feel the same way is very difficult. The easiest way I can think to describe it is the way many feel about sports. I played Starcraft competitively for a long time, and it quickly became an obsession of mine. At first it was just a normal game, then I started watching streams on a daily basis. I’d tune into tournaments whenever possible. I followed the players, developed strategies, attended tournaments, competed in tournaments… It quickly became for than just a game, it became my life. I myself was a Zerg player, and my handle was WyrmZ. I thought it was catchy and I had a tendency to back-door nydus worm people. I had a group of friends that also had aspiring goals of becoming a pro-player. That was everyone’s goal if we are completely honest with ourselves. We wanted to be among the greats; our idols. We wanted to play in the EG house and have a seat next to IdrA and InControl. We would log on Skype and play for hours, all while making strategies and timing our plays down to the exact second… This was a daily occurrence. I would go to school in the morning and read strategy handbooks and memorize everything about the units. I would come home and play until I had to go to sleep and then repeat. When it came time for tournaments we would drop everything we were doing for the weekend and hold viewing parties.
All of this was back in 2011-2013. I still love Starcraft but, with its fall from grace accompanied with the impact it was having on my life I stopped playing. Much like sports, where I played (like one would play football in college) and then stopped, but the love remained I continue to watch and I continue to sit around with my friends, reminiscing about the good ol’ days of Wings of Liberty while watching low-level tournaments. I am very sad that Starcraft isn’t what it use to be, but at the same time the community is still there. At any given point I can boot it up and play. On top of that, whenever I do just have a simple discussion with somebody about it, it brings me great joy. The time that Starcraft 2 was in the spotlight was brief, but it will always be one of my, and many others favorite times.
I lost many hours in this game without even realizing it. Seriously, I started playing and before I knew it, nine hours had passed! Kept on happening too… Shadow of Mordor is an open world, action-adventure game set in the land of Mordor from Lord of the Rings. To be 100% honest with you, if you asked me anything about the story line or the main character I wouldn’t be able to tell you squat. But, strangely enough that doesn’t matter one bit. The Nemesis system and how it ties into literally everything you do is what makes this game… To explain it easily; there are uruk’s throughout the world. Captains lead the uruk’s, and warchiefs lead the captains. It is your job to eliminate them all. However, if you fail to defeat a captain, it will remember you and will also increase in power. If there is a vacant spot open for a captain and a random uruk kills you, Boom! Now that uruk has a name, is a captain, and will remember your flaws. This game is gold, and even without a story the Nemesis system and world itself will keep you entertained. The story is purely a bonus.
So this is a review that has been a long time coming. I realize I am WAY late on it compared to other reviewers and critics, but I wanted to get my head fully wrapped around this game and log enough time playing and watching it to accurately give my assessment… Destiny 2, very obviously, is the the sequel to what I guess we will from here on out call “Destiny 1”. It starts out with the tower getting attacked and taken over. Not only that but the light is taken away from all the guardians making them mortals. We, as in the guardian we play, are important to the story because we are the only one that gets our light back and can’t die again. As far as story lines go, this one is top notch… except for the fact that this is an MMO and we are running around and playing with a bunch of other guardians that ALSO have their light back. But, whatever, I won’t get too hung up on that… To cut straight to the point on Destiny 2, I think that there is potention here but this release is over-all pretty bad so far. I love the fact that the world feels much more open and makes you actually explore the environment rather than simply fast traveling everywhere. Just in the way it feels I believe it represents a proper MMO better that way. I also like the fact that everything is much more customizable now, allowing shaders on everything. What I definitely like the most though is the fact that all gear is equal. No more stupid random roles after hours of grinding for a specific gun. If you want it to do different things just modify it! Now, on to the bad… This game STILL does not feel different enough to me. When I first started playing it I wasn’t blown away or in awe of anything new it offered. I simply felt like I was just playing Destiny again. In fact, I was more impressed when Rise of Iron came out! I kept playing it simply because it is Destiny 2 though and found myself feeling weak, a feeling I never once got in Destiny even when I was getting my ass handed to me. I no longer feel powerful, just like another guy and that’s not whet I want out of this. I want a challenge, but I want the challenge to make me feel god-like. Also, the endgame needs a LOT of work, as it is completely unsatisfying… In conclusion I am quite disappointed by Destiny 2, but we are essentially in vanilla right now, and we have no idea how far this could go and how much it could add on. I have hope for that, and what they added in did make a better MMO experience, now the game and story itself just needs a bit of polishing!