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Tomb Raider movie review

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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!

Detroit: Become Human game review

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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.

Until Dawn game review

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Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds game review

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Tomb Raider 2 trailer review

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Overwatch League

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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.

overwatch league teams.pngThere 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!

Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds game review

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In this boom of a hundred battle-royal style video games, Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds (commonly referred to as PUB-G) comes out the other end victorious. A simple premise, lack of campaign, and repetitive nature do nothing to hinder this game from the massive sales and recognition it has been receiving since the moment is became available. The first time I played it I yelled out “Holy shit! It’s like a better Hunger Games!” and then had a difficult time doing anything else for a bit. You start the game, and every game for that matter, jumping out of a plane onto a HUGE map with ninety-nine other people. From there you collect whatever you can to stay alive, dodging and killing other people, and staying in the zone. PUB-G can also be down right infuriating. The possibility of taking 5 minutes to get in to a new game, only to be shot in the head the second you land is very high. Countering that point though, the gratification and satisfaction of actually WINNING a round is more than any other game I’ve ever experienced because of the fact that you have a 1% chance of winning. Literally… I love this game, even though I’ve chucked my headset once or twice.

My Love of Starcraft

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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.

Turmoil game review

There is honestly not a lot I can say about this game… In Turmoil you control a season of oil digging and need to gather more oil than anyone else (NPC’s you are competing against). After every season you get your money and can upgrade different things to make it easier to get oil. Extremely easy, extremely straight forward, and surprisingly fun to play. I wouldn’t say this game has any replay value since you can beat it in eight hours, but if you are a sucker for resource management like I am than it will be a nice little way to spend five dollars and entertain yourself for the rest of the day.