Saturday, June 10, 2017

BloodStained Ritual of the Night

The E3 trailer for Bloodstained Ritual of the Night just dropped and I have a good feeling this kickstarter might actually be the true spiritual successor to a classic game legacy (unlike what Mighty #9 turned out to be).
Igarashi was an assistant Director, Programmer and Writer of the legendary Symphony of the Night I have faith in IGA, if Bloodstained is half as good as SotN it'll still be 200% better than LoI.....

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Netflix Castlevania Anime Series Teaser Trailer

When I first heard about this I was hopeful....still am.
I've been playing this franchise since the original you see in this clever teaser. Can't wait to check this out!

Saturday, May 20, 2017


Watched Blame last night, visually it wasn't bad, the color pallet and character design reminded me of Knights of Sidonia (same production studio), but thankfully without the creepy elastic alien phallic creature! I really wasn't able to get emotionally vested in any of the characters, which apparently is true to the Manga....characters survive just as long in BLAME as in Game of Thrones and TWD. The environment in BLAME is supposed to instill a sense of dread, hopelessness and endlessness but I never felt that in this movie. Also the sound track didn't do anything for me either in fact I preferred the sound track from the ONA (below).
All in all the NETFLIX BLAME! movie by Polygon has the same sterile, muted visual style like Knights of Sedonia, with an underwhelming soundtrack and characters that you never get enough time or info to get invested in.... 

Blame felt like a hollow blend of The Matrix and Terminator 2. Visually it's good but it just felt longer than necessary.


Monday, May 8, 2017

Blade Runner 2049 First Trailer

Like I said at the beginning of the year 2017 is gonna put us in the poor house with all the amazing movies coming out this year, Ridley Scott has potentially 2 huge films this year with Prometheus and now Blade Runner 2049!

I'm on the fence about Jared Leto, I have confidence that Ridley Scott chose the right actors for the roles but I still have reservations.....I have a feeling Leto is playing a relative of Eldon Tryrell.
I love the aesthetic of the new film, it feels like the original based on this trailer, but also gives the impression that the world is going to be expanded upon.
It's cool to see that Atari is still sponsoring the Blade Runner franchise LMAO! I'm not even sure if Ridley Scott needed to get permission to use the Atari logo at this point, I'm not even sure who owns the trademark any more.
I guess Gaff was right when he said. "It's too bad she won't live...but then again who does" referring to Rachael because Sean Young is nowhere to be seen.
I'm really excited for this film because I have absolutely no idea what is going to happen the entire film is a mystery at this point and I love it!
I'm going to attempt to stay as spoiler free as possible!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Alien: Covenant | Prologue: The Crossing | 20th Century FOX

The Crossing, an official prologue short to Alien: Covenant, reveals what happened to crew members Dr. Elizabeth Shaw and the synthetic David after the events of Prometheus. Set aboard an abandoned Engineer vessel, Dr. Shaw repairs David as they continue their search for humanity’s creators.


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Kingsman The Golden Circle Trailer

I loved the first Kingsman movie, and Kingsman The Golden Circle looks like it's gonna be just as fantastic if not more!
If you haven't seen the first Kingsman movie I HIGHLY recommend it!
This movie had me at One Armed Man with Rocket Fist!!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

D-23 Expo July 14-16 2017 What will we get from that Galaxy far far away?

With SWCO behind us let's look to the future, Disney's Expo that happens every other year is coming this July! At the 2015 convention we got some exciting news regarding Star Wars Land and I'm positive we will get a presentation with updates on the progress and highlights we can look forward to in 2019...(that's some good timing!)

But what other Star Wars news can we expect?
A teaser trailer for the Han Solo movie?

News about other stand alone movies? 

Another trailer for TLJ?

News about the next animated Star Wars series?

News or a trailer for that other Star Wars game?

What do my dellow fellagates want to see from D-23?

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Retro Game Review: Child of Light

This game is simply gorgeous from the visual aesthetic of a water color painting to the haunting sound track to the story of Aurora and her quest to save her father from death.
This gem from Ubi Soft Montreal studio in is a perfect example how how small and simple doesn't always equate to a less impressive experience, sometimes less is more!
There is beauty throughout this game from the art design to the dialog between Aurora and the NPC's and party members to the games story!
The battle system is very reminisent to old school Final Fantasy games, when Aurora comes in contact with an enemy mob the screen goes to a battle screen where the enemy's (up to 3) show up on the right side and the party members on the left. There is a ATB system with a single bar with avatars representing all characters in the battle. Each character's avatar moves at different speeds till it reaches the "casting point" once the avatar reaches that point the speed slows down till it reaches the end of the ATB bar, then the character performs an action, if the attack hits the recipients turn could be interrupted sending the player or enemy back to the beginning  of the ATB bar. So the player isn't just passivly waiting for their turn there's some strategy involved in which characters you keep in battle. You can swap out any character during battles once the character reaches the "casting" point on the ATB bar, which will save your ass during some particularly difficult battles.
The level up system is also very simplistic but has adequate depth to allow the player to feel like they have control over the characters progression, you earn skill points during battles and can use the points on the characters skill tree to upgrade MP, HP, offensive and/or defensive abilities and spells. Each character has their own individual skill tree with character specific skills so building a well rounded party or a highly offensive party is up to the player how they prefer to tackle the battles.

Child of Light also has a crafting element with gems called Oculi,  you can think of them like the materia system from FFVII they are gemstones that can be attached 1 per item (weapon, armor, accessory) to enhance it's attributes such as adding elemental damage to attacks or enhance chance of evasion or increase max HP/ MP, 
There are 3 tiers of Oculi; 
Base Oculi: Sapphire, Ruby, Emerald
Crafted Oculi: Tourmaline, Amethyst, Citrine
Advanced Crafted Oculi: Diamond, Onyx, Spinel

The characters in Child of Light are all unique and varied enough to stand on there own,
Finn is a Capili (dwarf) who is the equivalent to FF's Black Mage
Genovefa  is a Piscean  who would be the equivalent to FF Tactics Time Mage
Igniculus is a floating orb of light that can assist Aurora by healing with his light and blinding enemies which stops them in their tracks. I'd say Iggy would be the equivalent to FF's Carbuncle.
Norah is Aurora's step sister and she reveals herself to also be NOX her skills also make her equivalent to a Time Mage
Oengus is a Kategida warrior and is pretty much a tank so we'll say he's the Knight in CoL
Robert is a Bolmus (mouse) his primary weapon is a Bow and Arrow that can inflict status ailments on enemies he's like a Archer from FF Tactics
Rubella is a Aerostati that specializes in healing....we all know what she would be in the FF realm
Tristis is Rubella's brother and he casts support spells on the mage.
CoL was a gorgeous game in so many aspects, I enjoyed the simplicity of it which brought me back to a time when RPG's ruled consoles.
If you enjoyed JRPG's back in the day you'll truly appreciate Child of Light.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Star Wars Battlefront II Reveal Trailer Star Wars Celebration 2017

I never bought the new Battlefront even though I was impressed by the trailer, and in retrospect I'm so glad I held off. This generation of selling an incomplete titles at full price and then releasing DLC that accounts for about 20% of the game at rediculous prices. When all is said and done and you have all the DLC expansions the game could cost over $100! Fuck that shit!
I did however play the Original Battlefront games on the PS2....back when games were sold complete....ok grumpy old school gamer rant end. I do hope EA/ Dice listened to the complaints and have re thought the DLC sales model.
Because if they did I will definitely be getting BFII.
I love the fact the story looks like a game based on the Lost Stars Novel.

Dear Lucasarts....please reach out to Capcom and make Masters of Teras Kasi 2!

Movie Review: Boss Baby

This movie arrived right on time because my clan just recently grew by one and my son who's seven loves our Boss Baby but also is clearly struggling with jealousy. Mommy and Daddy are trying to evenly distribute love and attention but it's HARD!!!
So when my son and I watched this I think he understood the message.  
This was a fun little movie that succeeds because it appeals to all ages, it has plenty of laughs but also has heart and for me came at just the right time!
Alec Baldwin was the perfect choice to voice the Boss Baby and the contrast of the big headed baby against the slick talking suite wearing persona was entertaining, but can someone ask the voice actor what Chrishmash is?
I enjoyed the fresh take on the ol Body Swap gimmick/ Look Who's Talking gag.

Star Wars Rebels Season 4 Trailer Star Wars Celebration 2017

Star Wars Rebels returns this fall with the the ongoing struggles of the crew of the Ghost and the fledgling Rebellion....a moment of silence for Commander Sato.....
My son and I watch every Saturday morning (thanks FiOs On Demand) and he's really enjoying learning about all the characters that we don't see in the Saga films....he's taken his first steps into a larger world....
So I've watched the trailer for Season 4 a few times and I'm gonna rub it in my son's face right now....

I'm really looking forward to next season as the Rebels timeline inches ever closer to the Rogue One time line and the connection is made!

Is Bo Katan on Tatooine?!

Agent Callus aka Fulcrum on Yavin 4

Amaterasu in Rebels???

Love ya Sabine, but this is where you lose the Darksabre!

A U wing...Could we see Cassian Andoe in Rebels S4?

Welcome to Yavin 4 


Friday, April 14, 2017

Star Wars Episode VIII The Last Jedi Trailer - Star Wars Celebration 2017

I'm sorry all I heard during the panel was Charlie Brown's teacher until the word TRAILER!!!!
Oh and that poster is AMAZING....must have! So much better than TFA rainbow bright poster.
Kylo still has that old cross hilt sabre.
OK gotta go watch it again....

40 Years of Star Wars: Star Wars Celebration 2017

Yesterday my son and I watched the opening ceremony for Star Wars Celebration 2017, celebrating 40 years of this beloved franchise. He's only 7 so he was watching because he thought we'd see the trailer for TLJ...after an hour he was like B-O-R-I-N-G, I enjoyed the panel, some of the highlights for me were seeing Dave Filoni up on Stage with George Lucas, Sam Jackson telling George to save Mace Windu, Liam Neeson giving us a spoiler about the fate of Jar Jar Binks, and seeing Mark and Harrison on stage with George and the tribute at the end to Carrie Fisher/Princees Leia...ack those feels....and seeing her daughter Billie Lourd was really nice.
I felt George Lucas's speech was heart felt and sincere....I'll just leave it at that.

Some other notable moments were Hayden Christensen seemed a bit uncomfortable or nervous on stage and it seemed like Ian was trying to help him feel more comfortable up there....nice going Palps!
Notable absentees were Dennis Lawson ,  Ewan McGregor and Natalie Portman.

Looking forward to today's The Last Jedi panel that begins in about 45 minutes!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

GHOST IN THE SHELL - Steve Aoki Remix (2017)

Steve Aoiki remixes the iconic theme song of the 1995 Ghost in the Shell anime, composed by Kenji Kawaii.

PLOT: A cyborg policewoman attempts to bring down a nefarious computer hacker. 

CAST: Scarlett Johansson, Michael Pitt, Rila Fukushima

Steve Aoki is in trouble with hardcore Ghost in the Shell fans, after remixing the original animated film's soundtrack for the upcoming Hollywood remake.
The original score, taken from the opening sequence for the 1995 animated film, is sacred to followers of the franchise, and they are really not feeling the dub-love.

Release Date: 31 March 2017 (USA)

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Alien Covenant: Meet Walter....David's less insane younger brother

Back in 2012 we were introduced to David 8, he seemed like a great companion on a long trip into unexplored regions of space....well David had some serious issues with authority and some definate daddy issues!

Well five years have past and humanity is headed out to find paradise in space and spread humanity across the stars, it's a long trip and while we're sleeping snugly in our cryo chambers Walter will be keeping an eye on you so when we arrive in paradise we'll be bright eyed and bushy tailed!
Sweet dreams pumpkin......

Reserve your Walter here

Thursday, March 2, 2017

The Bitch is Back! The path to paradise begins in hell.

20th Century Fox has released it’s first official trailer for ‘Alien: Covenant’ that shows us that the path to hell begins here. Check it out.

Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created, with ALIEN: COVENANT, a new chapter in his groundbreaking ALIEN franchise. The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape.
The film hits theaters – May 19, 2017
Cast: Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Amy Seimetz, Jussie Smollett, Callie Hernandez, Nathaniel Dean, Alexander England, Benjamin Rigby

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Game Review: Life is Strange

Have you ever said to yourself "if I could go back and do it again..."
That's essentially what this game is all about.
Life is Strange is a game that revolves around a girl (Max Caulfield) who returns to her childhood home town of Blackwell because she gets accepted to the prestigious Blackwell Academy for photography. But even in this beautiful little fishing town in Oregon there is some seriously bad mojo going on here!
Life is Strange  can best be described as a digital interactive TV series clearly inspired by shows like Twin Peaks.
I don't mean that in a negative way at all, this game is extremely good and once you get into it you'll find it hard to stop until you reach the end of the final chapter!
The game opens to Max in Mr Jefferson's photography class where she has a vision of an enormous hurricane destroying the town while Mr Jefferson is lecturing the class.

The first chapter "Chrysalis" introduces us to the characters of Blackwell Academy, you meet Max's childhood BFF Chloe Price, and a bunch of other students at Blackwell like Nathan Prescott the rich kid who believes he's untouchable, Kate Marsh a girl who's fallen victim to bullying due to a viral video from a Vortex Club Party, Victoria Chase the obnoxious rich girl that is the epitome of the mean girl stereotype with her mean girl minions, then there's the jocks like Hayden Jones,  and the geeks like Brooke and Warren.
By the conclusion of the first Chapter Max discovers her power to rewind time, is reunited with her childhood BFF and we learn how Chloe's life has taken a dramatic turn since her father died in a car accident, and we begin Max and Chloe's trip to discover what happened to Rachel Amber a student at Blackwell that's been missing for 6 months.
This game is Rated M for some very good reasons, this game is not for kids,,,not for blood and gore, but for much more realistic subjects, bullying, suicide, child abuse, drug abuse, school violence, kidnapping, rape, murder, death and how to cope with it along with a slice of socio-economic differences and how they affect people......heavy stuff folks!
Life is Strange came out as episodic DLC starting  in January 2015, this gem flew right under my radar but fortunately I was able to grab a physical copy of the game and experience this trip back in time to when I was in high glad that chapter of my life is in the past. In retrospect it's absolutely hilarious how utterly pointless all the stupid drama was at that point in my life!
Anyway if you want to play a game that's more mature and emotionally engaging than so many games out right now check out Life is Strange!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Movie Review: The Lego Batman Movie

I took my son to see the Lego Batman movie and as I suspected it was absolutely hilarious! We were laughing so hard, obviously he didn't get all the jokes but he does have the 1967 Batman Movie starring Adam West so he did catch the Bat anti shark repellent. It's unfortunate to say but I enjoyed this movie infinitely more than BVS, even with all the comedy there was a message in the film, but wisely didn't derail the fun of the movie.
The ad campaign for this movie was brilliant and sold this film!

The music was another key ingredient that added to our enjoyment of The Lego Batman Movie!

And yes the Condiment King is an actual villain in the Batman universe...I Googled it Joker ;)
There's gonna be a lot of serious sci fi and Super Hero movies this year The Lego Batman movie was a refreshing change of pace compared to the overbearing DCU. What better way to celebrate Presidents Day weekend than for Batfans young and old to see The Lego Batman Movie!
I wish I was in the theater Robert Downey Jr. was in if he went to see this!


Thursday, February 9, 2017

Street Fighter V Season 2 Second DLC Character Reveal Trailer: Kolin

Capcom just released the Season 2 Second DLC Character Reveal Trailer for.....Kolin.
I like the Lupe Fiasco song they have with the trailer, someone needs to remix Kolin's trailer with Vanilla Ice's song....yeah he only had one.
Anyway it seems as if Kolin has lost her baby face from the season 1 cinematic story, but thankfully they didn't ruin her face, in fact the more mature face is more suited for her.
So Kolin's martial arts style is systema with the element of ice. I hope Kolin get her own stage like what her trailer opens with.I'm not sure if this is a case of good video editing or not but at mark 1:03 it looks like Kolin might have a variant of Cammy's Ultra II CQC from Street Fighter IV.
Kolin V trigger, "Diamond Dust" is intriguing in that it also freezes the stun gauge and if you do stun the character with it the opponent get frozen in place on the ground!
Kolin will be available February 28th along with her Story/Battle/ Nostalgia costumes.
I guess the Underground Arena will be Kolin's official Stage so does that male Ring of Destiny Geif and Mika's stage?

Monday, January 23, 2017

Star Wars Episode VIII The Last Jedi

OK we have the title, I like it better than TFA, in fact I'd say this should've been the title for episode VII.
Anyway we also know that for the first time in the saga films TLJ will pick up immediately where TFA ended so when I found this and it made me laugh, so here's a segment of opening crawl for episode VIII....enjoy!

For more insightful opening crawls for TLJ check em out here

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Star Wars Rebels S3E15 Trials of the Dark SabreThoughts and Impressions

I absolutely loved this episode, the Lucas Film story group and Dave Filoni has expanded the Star Wars universe more in 20 minutes than Jar Jar Abrams did in 2 hours with TFA!
For those who never watched TCW series one of the greatest story arc's was in season 5 episodes 102 "Eminence", 103 "Shades of Reason" and 104 "The Lawless"

 This amazing story arc culminated in one of the most memorable fights in the entire Clone Wars series!

With this past Saturday's episode of Rebels we are reunited with the Darksabre and given some fascinating history of the unique lightsaber courtesy of Fen Rau. I hope to see or hear more about Tar Vizla the only Mandalorian inducted into the Jedi Order in the future!

That there is plenty of awesome but no there's more!
When Fen Rau hooks Sabine up with Mando gauntlets and she beats Ezra we are treated to yet another gem that expands the SW canon Universe when Kanan tells Sabine "History Lesson...the Jedi won the war with Madalore" by saying this Rebels has officially brought a huge chunk of KOTOR legends into Canon and made it possible for D/LFL to revisit this time at a later point via Movies or TV/ Streaming Media Services! 

Aside from the above 2 gems seeing Sabine let her emotions flow and knock Kanan on his ass (tapping into the dark side hmmmm) was great, I know some folks had a problem with this because she really wouldn't be able to do this but I chock it up to Kanan was always trying to break down her walls and if he didn't allow her to she would've fallen back into self doubt.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Nintendo Switch the hybrid handheld/ home console, my hopes and concerns

I am going to start this of with a quote from a friend of mine after seeing The Phantom Menance....
"George Lucas has more money than God and that's the best he could give us!?"
OK I'm going to alter my friend's quote slightly...
"Nintendo has about 10 BILLION in cash reserves and this is the best they can give us!?"

Annnnd here come the Nintendo fanboys to curse me....before you do though let me tell you I want to see Nintendo reclaim their former glory and if the trailer for Ultra Street Fighter II is any indication they remember the good ole days....
Here's a few more quotes for you Nintendo, "Those who dare win" and "If your hearts not in it, get the fuck out."
I've been reading alot of articles about the Switch and I've watched the Nintendo Treehouse video's on Youtube and I'm not sure the Switch will turn things around for Nintendo.
First, the MSRP of $299.99 USD seems a little steep when I was able to get a PS4 for $249.99 USD two years ago.
Aside from the price there are alot of things that aren't being clearly explained such as the launch line up, the exact annual cost of the Nintendo Online Service, what you get with the subscription besides the 1 monthly game download. I find it very interesting that voice chat is not available via the console but via a smartphone app.
How the hell is that gonna work with multiplayer online games? And since we're on the subject the Switch network functionality is strictly wireless, there is no Ethernet connection! coughlagcoughcough
In today's gaming market we take it for granted that our consoles do more than just play video games, our consoles also have access to today's streaming services such as Netflix, YouTube, HBO Now, Hulu, Twitch and Spotify etc. Will the Nintendo Switch offer this level of entertainment?

The other thing that I find alarming is the systems initial abysmal storage capacity....32 GB, yeah it's expandable with larger micro SD cards but that's on the consumer's dime.

In the end I think this console may get hardcore Nintendophiles  and a few casuals but it won't have the run away success the Wii had....Nintendo truly caught lightning in a bottle with the Wii. But I wish they'd just commit to competing against Sony and Microsoft with a serious console without the gimmicks!
Time will tell if gamers and 3rd party devs accept the Switch with open arms or if this console continues Nintendo's trend of non conformity and refusal to openly compete with Sony and Microsoft.

Movie Review: Kubo and the Two Strings

Kubo and the Two Strings is a beautiful story with a refreshing art direction, full of emotion that brought out the feels. My son wasn't feeling it till the end and then he wanted to watch it again immediately afterwards. Some parts could be a bit dark for younger viewers so children under 7 might get scared.
The movie was a bit predictable for me but I'm not the target audience.
This little gem totally flew under most people's radar, mine included.

Monday, January 16, 2017

How can Disney Lucasfilm fix the ST with the passing of Carrie Fisher?!

So with Disney putting the Kabash on a digital General Leia for Episode IX and the fandom split on recasting the iconic role I have come up with a solution no body has thought of!
The obvious solution for Leia's role in the ST is hire George to make TFA Special Edition where Leia joins Han aboard the Falcon when they go to Starkiller Base iso Finn and while Han and Chewie are planting charges Leia finds Rey, then Leia confronts Ben on the catwalk and uses Padme's line from RotS, "You're breaking my heart ya da yada yada" then Ben kills Leia! Han and Chewie witness it and yell NOOOO!! Leia's dead and Han lives, millions of fans mourn Princess Leia but also we get Han back!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Star Wars Rebels Season 3 mid season trailer!

The mid season trailer for the third season of Rebels has just dropped!
Much like the season 2 mid season trailer the hype this trailer brings is crazy, I just hope we don't get a bunch of filler episodes till the season finale like S2.
I don't think we will because of ALL the core stories going on this season....Ezra and Ezra going to the Dark Side? Kannan and Bendu, Ezra and Maul, Maul and his quest to find "him" (which apparently he does), Thrawn, when will observations conclude and we see him implement his master strategy!?
Sabine now has the Dark Sabre! When will we meet her mother and is it Bo Katan? Did Bo visit Ben while he was on Tatooine??? Inquiring minds want to know!
Will Orsen Krennic show up this season? next?
Seeing Rex and Saw reunite was great! Did I see Death Troopers?
I'm betting we see the different Rebel Cells unite in the finale against Thrawn as Maul reunites with an old "friend". And I'm betting Zeb isn't making it to S4 and Kallus is actually a double agent! I can't wait for SWR to return this Saturday and am soo fascinated how rebels will connect to Rogue One!

Monday, January 2, 2017

The 10 Coolest Star Wars Spaceships

What would Star Wars be without the many cool space ships that populate its universe? From starfighters to military cruisers and worn hunks of junk that separate Star Wars from the chrome aesthetic of countless other sci-fi stories, this vast armada is a true marvel of cinema and the science fiction genre. 
Since the release of A New Hope in 1977, we've seen plenty of awesome ships on screen, on book covers, and in comic book panels. Who can forget the first time he/she laid eyes on an X-Wing as it prepared to attack the Death Star? Or the Millennium Falcon, as it made its escape from Tatooine? You can't possibly forget the cry of a TIE fighter once you've heard it. 
We love so many of these ships that we've decided to list our favorites in no kind of particular order. We're not ranking them. We just want to appreciate one of the best aspects of Star Wars. Oh, and we're looking at both Legends and new canon ships. Because continuity doesn't really matter in this case. That said, we'll warn you now that you won't see the Death Star or Starkiller Base on this list. One's a space station and the other is an ice planet. Not the same thing. That's not to say they're not the coolest things ever, though!