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Gaming Recommendations - Super Smash Bros Wii U/3DS

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Available on the Wii U and 3DS



The Game
Smash Bros is probably the most self explanatory game ever created, however if you would like a short synopsis here goes; Looney Tunes + Nintendo characters = FIGHT!!!!!! The thing that makes this game special to me is the fact that there are always a plethora of modes and so many different ways to play. If you want to play competitively you can, if you want to have fun and create chaos you can do that as well. One of the best party games out there and with the inclusion of some third party characters as well this version of Smash is one of the best Nintendo has made. The roster list in this game is big and the characters feel unique (with the obvious exception of a few, I'm looking at you Ganondorf and Lucina). There is also plenty to do on both the single player as well as online fronts of this game. The modes are plentiful on both the 3DS and Wii U versions and will keep gamers busy for a long time. The 3DS version does have some differenc…

A Gamer's Thoughts - Mii, Mii, Mii all about the Mii's

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Available on Nintendo systems




Your Personal Avatar

Introduced in 2006 on the Wii, mii's have been a very interesting inclusion in the Nintendo pantheon. To be honest when they first debuted they looked silly and to some extent they still do when you boot up the Wii or Wii U. As the design is hella simplistic but charming all the same. While you create a mii that is specifically attached to you for your account that doesn't mean you can't make any number of them. There are sites when you can go to download miis of your favorite celebrities, anime, comic, or movie characters. A quick google search and you'll be able to add Ice Cube, Liam Neeson, Sam Jackson, and Abe Lincoln to your mii collection.




The Games

When they first debuted, the miis were headlining the Wii Sports games, which are addictive despite being simple. When the Wii U dropped NintendoLand was the game that Miis were featured in and while it is fun to be at a Nintendo themed theme park I wondered was there…

Film Review - Rogue One A Star Wars Story

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The Movie
I have to say I am pleasantly surprised. Gareth Edwards and company made a prequel movie that I immensely enjoyed even though everyone knows how this ends. Don't worry this review is spoiler free. Now that that's out of the way. This movie details the events surrounding how the plans for the Death Star wound up with the rebellion. There is a lot to love here from both a Star Wars fan and as a fan of movies. The movie has a feel of realism to it as the scenes have a grittiness to them that we haven't seen in the Star Wars films until this point. Storm Trooper uniforms look dirty and worn, some droids look like they could use some fresh paint. The cinematography is amazing and from a visual standpoint the world felt more real and not as clean as in previous Star Wars films. The cast is great nobody feels to over the top in their respective roles except for one of my favorite characters in the movie K2SO. There is humor in the movie and a lot of it came from K2SO.  …

Netflix Review - Pacific Heat

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The Season
Wow, I guess they all can't be winners. Pacific Heat borrows heavily from FX's Archer series and while that can be a good thing it just doesn't work for this show. The season follows a team of 4 cops as they handle a variety of cases throughout the season. The members of the team are Todd, VJ, Maddie, and Zack. Outside of Maddie all of them are idiots in one way or another. That's one of my issues with this show. The fact that damn near every character is way over the top dumb in one way or another. Another problem with the show is that there is no overarching story for the season. All of the episodes feel disjointed and in all honesty has no rhyme or reason to them. That may be the joke of the season but it doesn't help the show in my opinion. Animation quality is also up and down, mostly down, once again this may be the joke but it doesn't really help. While I do think its unfair to compare it to Archer, its pretty much impossible not to as a lot o…

Gaming Recommendations - Transformers Devastation

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Available on PS4, PS3, XBONE, XB360, and STEAM



The Game
Platinum Studios how do I love thee. This game is an awesome entry for fans of the Generation 1 version of Transformers, basically the 80's cartoon. They even have a number of the voicecast to make it feel extra authentic. Overall the game feels like a giant episode of Transformers. The Decepticons lead by Megatron have a plan to terraform Earth into a place more hospitable for Cybertronians and its up to Optimus and the Autobots to stop them and protect the Earth. Yeah, its pretty much the plot for most of the early episodes of Transformers and that's not a bad thing in my opinion. Not gonna lie the game is high on the nostalgia factor as it oozes Saturday morning greatness. Graphically, the game uses a cel shaded style. Its awesome to see the Autobots and Decepticons in the original designs and with their original voice actors. Yes the game is over the top, but to me that's a selling point as I would want the action …

First Impressions - Darksiders Warmastered Edition

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Available on PS4, XBONE, and PC; version played XBONE





The Game
Much like the Darksiders 2 Deathfinitive Edition, Darksiders Warmastered Edition is the upgraded edition of the first Darksiders game that featured the horseman War as the protagonist. The game begins with meteors falling to earth only they are not meteors but Angels and Demons fighting one another so begins the Apocalypse. While humans are running for their lives the horseman War falls to Earth ready for the EndWar. Realizing that his "brothers" are not present he wonders what is going on. He is stripped of his powers and seemingly defeated. To prove his innocence in helping to bring about the EndWar he makes a deal with the Charred Council to find those responsible and get revenge. Graphically, the game has recevied an upgrade like Darksiders 2 did with their remastered edition. The game looks a little more colorful than it did back in 2010. It also looks more polished from a graphical point of view. I wish I st…

A Gamer's Thoughts - Samus Aran Character Spotlight

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The Character
One of my favorite video game characters is Nintendo's own bounty hunter Samus Aran. Orphaned as a young child after a group of space pirates led by Ridley attacked her planet of SR-388, killing everyone and leaving her for dead. Young Samus is found by the Chozo, a bird like race of people, and given a blood transfusion that saved her life. It was then that she was trained and earned her iconic Power Suit that you start every game with, lose most of your arsenal and have to find through most the games. The Metroid series of games has a lot of history and Samus in my humble opinion is the first lady of videogame badassery. If you are a space pirate in her world you will probably die a very horrific death at her hands. There have been a few different interpretations of the character over the years but one thing remains the same. She will more than likely blow up the planet or space station your on so if you're alive its in your best interest to get off the planet …

Annual CW/DC TV Crossover Thoughts

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The Crossover
First let me start this off by saying that CW you pulled a fast one on everybody. That was not a four night crossover that was a three night crossover. Ya got me, well played CW well played. That being said I have been looking forward to these crossovers every year and this year with the addition of Supergirl to the "Arrowverse" as it has been called I was looking forward to seeing how this would all go down. This season I have been kind of up and down on Flash and Supergirl, however I have been loving Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow. Despite the hype the Supergirl episode really had nothing to do with the crossover at all. I am hoping in the future that they don't do that and make it possible for a true four night crossover. With that being said let's start with The Flash.



The Flash
This episode kicked off the crossover with what is thought to be a meteorite speeding toward Central City. When Barry goes to investigate he finds not a meteorite but a ship, …

Comic Thoughts - Death of X

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Death of X 4 issue limited series





The Series
If you have been reading Marvel comics for the past few months, especially the X-Men side of things there may have been a few questions that have been running through your mind. None as loudly as what in the hell happened to Cyclops and where are the X-Men hiding out in Limbo. What is this M-pox virus and why do mutants start running when the Terrigen Cloud shows up? Well Death of X begins to answer these questions. The four issue limited series tells part of the story of what happened in the eight months after Secret Wars ended. This event leads in to the big Inhumans vs X-Men crossover that will begin in December and I am hoping that it is better than the last couple of event comics that I have read.



The comic itself begins with Cyclops and Emma Frost going to Muir Island after the terrigen cloud hits the island. The readers then find a pretty horrific scene as we find out that Jamie Madrox and a lot of his clones are dead. As a long time …

Gaming Recommendation - Tales of Zestiria

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Available on PS4, PS3, and PC





The Game
This is one of my favorite gaming franchises around. The Tales of series of games are a collection of JRPG titles that is more action RPG than turn-based RPG. Each game in the series tells a different standalone story but usually has elements of previous titles in the games. This time around the game centers around Sorey, a young man who has lived in a village of celestials ever since he was little. One day he finds a young knight, Alisha Diphda, in some ancient ruins and that meeting begins a chain of events that kick off the game. Like most games in the Tales series this game is heavily influenced by anime and has a lot of anime tropes in it as well. As a fan of anime I don't mind one bit but it is important to know as a lot of story beats usually follow those same tropes. As far as the characters are concerned each one is likable in their own way and the voice acting is very good as well. Graphically speaking, the game is beautiful to look …

Gaming Recommendations - Ninja Gaiden 3 Razor's Edge

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Available on PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii U; version owned Wii U




The Game
Gamings most famous super ninja is back in the 3rd game in the action series from Tecmo Koei. Razor's Edge was a Wii U launch title and at the time was an updated version of the original Ninja Gaiden 3 game (which was awful by comparison) and was eventually ported to the PS3 and 360. The game follows Ryu Hayabusa as he has eight days to rid himself of a curse or die. The game has a globe trotting feel to it as Hayabusa has to travel the world in order to track down the person(s) responsible for his troubles. Along the way he will meet up with other characters from the Ninja Gaiden series like Ayane and Momiji. Even Rachel makes an appearance in the game. The game is heavy on the action adventure genre side of gaming. If you have not played a previous game in this series then you should know that it is a very challenging game. It is easy to become frustrated if you are not used to this because Ninja Gaidens Normal M…

Gaming Recommendations - Halo 5

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Available on XBONE and PC




The Game
I must admit I am a fan of the Halo series. I find the story to be interesting and the latest installment is worth a pickup and a worthy addition to the XBox game library. Since it is one of the biggest franchises in gaming I will forgo my usual synopsis and just say that this one picks up where Halo 4 leaves off. Master Chief is looking for Cortana and goes off the grid so to speak. This game introduces Spartan Jameson Locke who is given the task to "Hunt" the Master Chief. The main story campaign of Halo 5 is very good and pretty sizable. Normally in FPS games the main campaign is at between 4 - 6 hours but this one can easily take up to 15 hours to complete. The main draw of the game is the multiplayer and I have to give it to 343 Studios they did a good job with the variety of modes available to gamers for the multiplayer. As the multiplayer is always interesting and I have never had an issue finding a lobby or getting a game started. My…

Gaming Recommendations - Xenoblade Chronicles X

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Available on the Wii U





The Game
This game came out close to this time last year and while people have their own personal feelings about the game itself one thing you cannot deny is that they do not skimp on the content. The game opens with Earth getting wiped out and blown up Dragon Ball Z style with the last remnants of humanity aboard a huge ship called the White Whale. The ship crash lands on a planet called Mira and from there the game begins. Graphically speaking the game is beautiful and expansive. This game is huge and has plenty to see and do in the game world. It can get it a little crazy with all the side quests that you have the option of taking and believe me its in your best interest to do some of those quests. As far as the story goes I found it enjoyable. I have talked to people who don't really like the story because they were comparing it to the Xenoblade Chronicles game that came out on the Wii. I can't really blame them for that way of thinking but I still th…

Comic Recommendations - Playing a little catch up

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It has been a while since I gave some comic recommendations and for that I apologize. So here are some recommendations from my collection. These are comics that I am personally enjoying so far so when you have a chance check them out.


Black



This is an independent comic and I have to give props to Camille at The Amazing Comic Shop in Fairfax, VA for recommending this one. First of all the book is in black and white, it kind of has that Walking Dead feel to it in a way. This comic however deals with people finding out they have abilities with one twist. There are only a small portion of the population that have abilities and the only people who have these abilities are black. Shadowy government agencies, crooked cops, and questionable alliances is how this comic starts out. Two issues in and I have to say that I am interested in where this story goes, especially with how the main character deals with his newfound powers and what he does with them.


Teen Titans Rebirth



DC Rebirth is going …