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Destroy All Humans Game Review

By: Justin Hopkins

I lost my mind when the Trailer revealing that they were remaking this game. Destroy All Humans is a game series that I have held close to my heart since it first came out in 2005. From over the top violence and comedic lines. Thrown in with some levels that have made me and my friends absolutely insane. So was all for them updating the graphics and bringing it back. So, lets dive into the invasion shall we.

They really didn’t mess with the story in anyway. Bringing us the exact same story in all of its glory. Telling the tale of how the US Military accidentally blew up a UFO and captured the alien, Cryptosporidium-136. While high up in the Mothership, Orthopox watches on. When another Crypto comes up behind him asking what happened. Turns out they are a race known as Furons, and they reproduce via cloning, and this one is Crypto – 137. An ultra violent one who demands to not only go and rescue his brother, but to destroy everything in the process. Pox agrees, but to a point. Humans see have buried in their DNA, Furon DNA. Which is needed to help restore the degrading cloning process. All the while, Crypto is being chased by the Military and shadow organization known as Majestic. Lead by the mysterious leader called Silhouette. Which was the perfect way to go.

Not changing the game to much may not make for any exciting changes or new little surprises, but didn’t really want any of it from this game. Being more of a remaster than an outright remake. Wanting to relive the magic of the first game, with the witty dialogue and challenging boss battles with newer graphics and they gave us just that and the game looks gorgeous.

Crypto looks amazing. The purple veins and hues around the side of his head. Opening and closing pores, and especially his eyes. Deep red that had layers beyond, that looks so alive and ominous. Loved the fact the humans kept a cartoonish look. The colors of the Mothership and the UFO really pop out at times. Then you get the color burst explosions from his weapons which were both a blessing and a curse we will talk about later on.

Most of the voice acting was done with using the archived voices and yeah they still sound great. J. Grant Albrecht is stellar as Crypto. So was Richard Steven Horvitz and Nika Futterman as Pox and Silhouette. Would have liked some newer dialogue from the NPCs. When you blow through the town on a side mission. Tend to hear the same the lines on repeat kind of gets old pretty fast and going to have the line, “…My name is Bill and I am right” in my head for the next fifteen years, but the main cast does well enough to make it worth while.

Okay, we got to talk about that nightmare of a final level. Wow, I have seriously forgot how hard the older bosses were. Before I go into it, I did enjoy how hard this fight was. Seriously miss when the final boss was a force to be reckoned with, but this had some serious flaws to it. First you get the infuriating UFO fight against the Robo-Prez and the UFO controls that makes it the least fun flying a UFO can be when you are trying to do anything more than casual destruction. Then you go right into battle with Silhouette. Which was fun, difficult and overloading all at the same time. Destroying you if you dare try to retreat. Having to juggle her variety of destructive weaponry, mounted guns and ever back up Majestic Soldiers and Mutants and keeping the Disintegrating Ray loaded at the same time. As well as a Robo-Prez electrocuting the ground intermittently. At times that there is so much going on and colors flashing wildly that it overloads your eyes and will miss something that will end up destroying you and then I made a horrible mistake. I backed out to Upgrade Crypto and had to restart.. from the Robo-Prez fight. Seriously spent more time on these two fights, then I had with the entire game leading up to it. Like I said at the start. Love the fact Silhouette is no pushover. Made it one to remember, but everything around it was a nightmare.

With that said, I had a blast playing Destroy All Humans again. Getting to relive the fun moments, challenging levels, and a difficult boss level. So, if you missed it the first time. Check out the remastered classic of a game. Fingers crossed they green light the second one. Final Grade – A

As always, I hope you enjoyed and..

Thank You For Reading.,

 

Saturday Sequel Presents D2: The Mighty Ducks

By Paul Anthony

I have to admit I am missing hockey and with my beloved Penguins already basically set to be in the playoffs before this mess even happen, and with the news that the NHL does have an plan and agreement to resume action, I needed to find another hockey movie to enjoy and another fun sequel came to mind. Of course I am talking about D2: The Mighty Ducks. Which was released in March of 1994 and became a beloved hit with fans and even spawn another sequel. Now sadly I was not able to find an budget for this film but the first film was ten million and it made 50 million for a gross. Part two didn’t do bad either and came close to first films gross and that gross was around 46 million. If I would have to put number on the budget I would say around 12 to 14 million, in any case I do believe it made a decent little profit.

Anyway let’s get to the plot. The film picks up just after the offseason when the Ducks won the State Championship and their coach left to be a minor league hockey player which he was so good that he was just one step away as the announcers would say from being called up to the NHL despite only playing one season. However a dirty player decided to ruin Bombay’s career by busting up his knee which ended his career for good. So he returns home to figure out what to do next and that when a sponsor shows up to recruit him to coach Team USA with some of his Duck players and some new talent around the country. The team heads out to Los Angles California where they begin to work as a team and win games. Slowly fame goes to Bombay’s head and he begins to change the way he acts and coaches the team and when he full out changes, the team gets crushed by Iceland which has become the number 1 favorite to win it all. After losing the game and losing his team Bombay begins to find himself and realizes the only way to win is to be himself and so it begins and team USA returns to their winning ways however they meet Iceland in the finals which goes to a shootout and uniform to spark the ducks to win the shootout and game and the team returns home where they enjoy a camp fire which happens during the credits.

I don’t think this film was bad not at all actually. I think the biggest problem was that it felt like the first film all over again and I think that was the biggest problem. Some elements like the timeline with Bombay’s career didn’t make sense like how was he so ready for the NHL. Some of the cast from the first film are missing without being explained. Then at the same time too many of the Ducks were on the team and not so many were around the country. Overall though it was still a fun family film to enjoy if you and the kids are missing hockey like I am and in the end I am giving this film a B plus for a rating!

Predator: Hunting Grounds Game Review

By: Justin Hopkins

When this game was announced was very much on the fence about whether or not I wanted to bother with it. Was a fan of Friday The 13th and then Dead By Daylight. Enjoying Asymmetrical Games, but wasn’t real enthusiastic about what I was seeing from this. Which changed after I played their demo. Having a great time as both Fireteam and playing as the Predator. So much so that I ended up pre-ordering the game. Looking forward to seeing what the full game had to offer and now with an extra day to play. Does it still hold on to its charm. Let’s devein and check it out shall we.

Being an online multiplayer, it doesn’t have much of a story to it. You either play the role of Fireteam, where you work with 3 other soldiers (As long as nothing goes wrong in loading) attempting top complete missions and take down AI. While at the same time, another player is hunting you as the Predator. You win by either escaping on the chopper, downing the Predator while escaping their explosion, or defending it’s body for extraction; you may or may not have to defuse its bomb.

A simple story that works just find. Puts you in the jungle just like Arnie and his men were in the first movie. They make the most of one short map with various different missions. For starting out, works just fine, with room to grow. Hope we get more like a artic temple like from AVP or something off planet.

Breaking down the sides more, we will start with the Fireteam and you got four different Soldiers to pick from; Assault, Recon, Scout and than Support. Each having their own skills and attributes. Assault being your balanced. Recon and Scouts being a little more speedy, but Scout being faster but has less health and can’t carry as much. Support being more armored but slower. You have various perks to play with that can boast your speed, strength, reload and even how much damage you can inflict on the Predator. Wide range of weapons, Assault rifles to shotguns and if you pre-ordered you get the mini gun that I have yet to use, because I like the others a little more, but none of it will help if you aren’t team oriented. The key to playing as Fireteam is working together. Making sure you all keep an eye out on one another and if all four of you are swarming together. Then you’re going to clean up. Stealth can be a thing, especially if you are down members and need to call for reinforcements, but as long as you are working together. Probably won’t get to that point.

Alright, on to the headliner and the one most people, myself included, were looking forward to play; The Predator, or Yautja of you prefer. They come in three classes; Hunter, Scout, and Berserker.  Hunter is balanced, Scout if fast and has very little health ( I have not played this class and probably never will. Ever) and Berserker is your tank. The customization is a lot of fun. Picking between male and female and what masks and predlocks you can put on them. Various weapons and traps and I am clearly avoiding gameplay.

I don’t want to seem like I am trashing it isn’t terrible. They are very challenging to learn how to play, because you have to be patient. Mess with the tight group. Try to force them to split up and pick off stragglers or catch the right time to charge them and I think that is where it loses me a little. The wait times are so long, to get into a game, to attempt to break the group up in some chance you even can and don’t have to settle for a yolo play at the end. Meanwhile, their health is atrociously low. It does not take much to be gunned down. The reason I won’t even touch scout. Not when Berserker can be taken out with ease. Not even just playing as the Predator. Don’t even really feel intimated when I go against them. I don’t want them to be walking tanks who eat bullets, but something has to be done to make them a bit of a threat, and I think that a single player mode can help out.

I think a big help can be a place where you can practice playing as the Predator. Learning how to play him more effectively and how everything works against harder AI then people who have been playing shooters for ten plus years. Can practice movements, trap placements and be a better player before going to face others. Not to mention you give people a chance to just play the game, instead of waiting ten plus  minutes to play a five minute round.

I know a complaint I have seen is how thick the forest can be and it can be hard to see incoming AI, but I personally like that. Makes them a bit of a bit of a challenge. Adding to their ability to be a threat and they can be. Especially, if you get swarmed and Predator is pressuring with them. All making for more of a fun experience.

With all of that said, Predator: Hunting Grounds is still a pretty fun game to play. Got a fun little shooter with the Fireteam and despite my personal complaints. There is fun to be had with the Predator. You just got to be patient when playing the role and see a lot of potential going forward.

As always, I hope you enjoyed and…

Thank You For Reading.

Saturday Sequel Presents Major League 2

By Paul Anthony

How is life treating you as we spend another week inside? Recently and I do mean this, MLB has been in the sports news and I nearly forgot that we are nearly two weeks into the baseball season and I realized that I am missing baseball, even though my team sucks that is besides the point in any case this was the perfect time to watch a baseball film and one that has a sequel. Only one film franchise came to mind and that was Major League which for the first two films starred Charlie Sheen. Let’s do a little recap here. The first film came out in 1989 and a was a goofy comedy which was Rated R. The film focused on the Cleveland Indians and the team owner who wants to sell the team and no longer wants to spend money on the team. With the terrible payroll the team gathers a bunch of no bodies but with a little magic, the team actually starts to win and nearly heads to the World Series. The Movie was made from an 11 million dollar budget and grossed nearly 50 million dollars. Which meant a sequel was coming but did the film live up to the legacy of the first film?

The story made sense, which I was fine with. Here in the next season the team has changed their ways since becoming a winner, Many have cleaned up their image, which includes Rick “The Wild Thing” Vaughn ditching his bad image and now is wearing a suit! Willie Mays Hays in the offseason became an actor. Pretty much the whole team now look like the classic good guys, however their focus on their image made them lose their edge in their skills at playing baseball. The evil owner sold the team to their third basemen who retired and took over the team. The season starts with the excitement that they could head to the World Series. However that soon ends when the team starts to lose badly and the fans start to turn on them and they begin to lose their way and lose fans in the stands which means the team was sold back to the previous owner and she continues her wicked ways which with a few little trades sparks the team to get their mojo back and once again the team starts winning and even makes it into the playoffs but this time they win and head to the World Series which the film never shows.

Like I said before I was okay with the story because they did have unfinish business and the film showed us how winning changed their ways but the movie had a higher budget which was 25 million, that alone was 14 million higher than the previous film but the film barely made 30 million, 20 million less than the first film. Making it more family friendly, I believe did hurt the film, look the film had grown men in it and we couldn’t get a PG-13 rating at least. I did feel like the comedy which was the main thing that made the previous movie shine was hurt by the rating. I didn’t laugh at all and felt like the jokes were cheap. In the end I am giving this film a D rating it just wasn’t there for me

 

Resident Evil 3 Nemesis review and discussion

By: Justin Hopkins

Words can’t begin to describe my excitement, for my return to the zombie packed streets of one Raccoon City. Following the success of the wildly fun and thrilling Resident Evil 2 Remake, we have Resident Evil 3: Nemesis. The popular entry that marked the end of Raccoon City, and one of the only ones that I didn’t play much of as a kid. Played a little and became well aware of the threat known as Nemesis, but not much more. Which hyped up my excitement that much more. To play through and kill him for a change. Was my luck better this time around? Let’s dive in and find out shall we.

I’m always big on a story, and loved not only the story, but the pacing of it. Nemesis hits you hard right from the jump and it’s just go from there.  Even when you don’t have Nemesis breathing down your neck, it still feel the game pushing you along. Worrying that he will either show up around the next bend or trying to get the Vaccine to cure Jill. Speaking of Carlos, his parts don’t feel to shoehorned in. Begining with him at the Police Station where he learns where the Doctor is, who knows how to make the vaccine. So, when Jill is infected, he knows where to go. Fact that it started with Carlos temporarily downing him with the rocket launcher was a nice touch. The Rocket Launcher being a big thing in Resident Evil games as the big finish. Even being the final K.O for Mr. X. Showing Nemesis brush it off upped the stakes.

Being that the events of this take place around the second game. This game had a lot of fun tie-ins with it. How the cop with the sliced up jaw and other hanging from the pipe ended up in their position, and pour Marv getting bitten by Brad. Even how the cop got into the locker and the hole in the showers. Could even save some time if you remembered the codes to the safe and lockers, which I did not. Now, I normally never catch the Easter Eggs. Astounded and amazed by others who have a keener eye, but when  spotted one that was right in plain view that hundred of others probably already caught it, but seeing Morrigan Aensland on the sandwich board got a chuckle out of me for finally not being blind for a change.

Jill looked fantastic in the game. Coming off as not only a champ throughout most of the game, but the voice acting was spectacular in the aspect where she came off as vulnerable at the same time. Feeling more and more bad for her with her cries of pain when she would get ragged dolled around and every time she smacked off the ground. She felt like human who had to dig down deep to overcome. Big props to Nicole Tompkins for her vocal works on the character.

Now, to the monsters and no better starting place than the one whose name is on the cover; Nemesis. Back when two came out, had no idea for a while that there was a group of people who hated how difficult Mr. X was because of how difficult he was. Got a little worried over them weakening Nemesis for it, and so glad that they certainly did no such thing. He made himself known right away as a legit threat, where running was not only not a guarantee from how fast he could move, leaping back into the fray, or just pulling you back to him. Yet, he never felt overpowered at the same time. Always something around to aide you or get to a safe place. In his later forms, when he was more dog, he truly felt overwhelming and genuinely satisfying when you finally beat him, and great ending with the FINGeR.

On the other hand, the other zombies and monsters are no pushovers either. The zombies actually come across as legit threats. Even the ones on the ground are back in your face with a grab. The dogs continue their legendary status, and my god the Hunter Betas made me want to die in real life. At times, wanted the Nemesis back, instead of one Hunter B. And than we got the weird spiders… which I actually liked. You always read about creepy things like that happening to the NPCs’ in their journals and notes. To have it actually happen to you was an interesting twist and prefered them over Grave Digger from the original. They just work better and the setting was creepy and and unnerving. Not wanting grabbed again, but if you don’t take care of them. Can quickly get outnumbered.

I don’t normally like to address other people’s negatives. Everyone is free to have their own opinions and I have plenty of unpopular opinions in my reviews on a regular basis but feel like I almost have to this time around. No, this is not a long game. Even an achievement if you can beat it under two hours and to get an S or an A, have to do it under two and a half, with no deaths, and under 5 saves. My argument here, is that first, Nemesis was never a long game. Now, there is a whole story as to why it came out that way and I am not going into all the details, but they made it short on purpose, and to be honest, works better that way. The game is all about moving forward. Very little backtracking, with a massive monster making sure you do just that. Even with Carlos. They make it feel like you have to keep going forward. Anything you add to it, would threaten to throw off the pacing or start to feel stale.

Now, an actual bring up a real negative and that is how much I despise the shop section. The first two, encouraged you to beat it in certain ways to unlock stuff like infinite ammo in certain guns and costumes. Which worked so much better than the point system they have in place of it here. It is a small gripe, but just doesn’t feel as rewarding.

Before we get to the end of this, we got to talk about the other game that dropped with Resident Evil 3. That being Resident Evil: Resistance, and have been having a blast with it so far. Still very much in the learning curve of it and been only really playing Mastermind and has been a real joy learning as I go along. Which is such a huge part of playing Mastermind. You are far from effective at the start, but when you really start to grasp what to do. It unlocks so much more fun elements and more fun cards to play. Just got to Daniel and can’t wait to get to Alex and Spencer. I needed a new online multiplayer and strongly suggest giving Resistance a shot.

Resident Evil 3 has been another absolute blast from Capcom, who takes great care when t comes to remaking their prized games. Keeping what made them so much fun and bringing back to the world. Next seems to be Resident Evil 8, which if the rumors are correct sounds like a crazy game, but once that is done. Hope they start on the remake of another great, Code Veronica. In the meantime, hope you enjoyed by review and as always…

Thank You For Reading.

Doom Eternal Game Review

By: Justin Hopkins

This is a game I have been waiting for for quite some time. Deeply saddened by the short delay after it was supposed to drop in November. Desperately needing to remove the stench that was Doom: Annihilation. Doom has a long history of just great, adrenaline rushing fun times, and was excited to know end for this to finally drop, and now that I have played through. Lets jump into the world of the Doom Slayer and discuss shall we.

The game starts out with voices screaming and Earth turning red from the Demonic invasion, and Doom Guy in the Fortress of Doom. With him on a mission to target the Hell Priests running the Invasion along with Sentinel Leader, Khan Maykr. Along the way we find out more about who the Doom Slayer is and how he got his amazing abilities and that his fight with the Demons have been raging for quite some time. I was worried about how they would work him into the cut scenes. As a silent character, how would he act along other people and loved the results and did so without diminishing what makes him a hardcore, demon killing hoss that we all know and love.

The aesthetics and sceneries were gorgeous.  Loved the fact that the places always felt different depending on where you were.  Loved the horrific, hellscapes of Earth. Especially the lava flow and the Tyrants and Sentinels in the background. They levels where you are inside the dead monster was gorgeous. The hardcore soundtrack and violent green flashes and ground shaking on the base of the BFG-10000 and the prestigious feeling that Taras Nabod.  Which really made a difference being that I spent a lot of time fleeing for my life in nearly all of the levels. Fact they felt different kept from getting stale to quick.

Now on to what brought me along for the ride. What Doom does best. Bring us some awesome demons and massive selection of weaponry at hand to kill them with, and they sure threw everything they had at this. At nearly every moment you are being swarmed by Imps and Gargoyles and Hell Knights and many, many others and it was fun and frustrating and an absolute blast. Loved the fact that they really ramped up the difficulty and added a bit of tactics to some, such as the Revenant, Mancubus, and Cacodemon and Arachnotron. Makes you really have to prioritize and think about how you are going to take down the swarm. Luckily, you get a ton of weapons and gadgets. Most of which I continued to forget about till I pushed the button by mistake, and all hail the mighty chaingun. Which bailed me out of nearly every bind, when I lacked the BFG ammo. Which between that and the sword,  I can’t remember the name of at the moment, because never seemed to be able to use it, outside of the big boss fights anyway. Wouldn’t be a bad thing, but with them sort of encouraging going back at playing old levels. Should have ammo be a little more readily available for the big guns once you beat the game.

Now as much fun as the gameplay was. It was fast paced and the jungle gyms you use to evade were excellent and fact it all felt smooth. The platforming at times made me want to curl up into a ball and begin to cry. I get they really wanted to use the double jumps and dashes, but some of them were worse than the boss fights. The fun mechanics to use during battles, but some of the leaps toward the end were pushing him to his limits and just beyond my patience.

While that is a minor gripe, this one bothers me much, much more, and that is in the form of the Marauder. I actually, love the Marauder. He had a great entrance. Calling the Slayer a fake and that he sees his lies. True challenging adversary that took timing and felt satisfying when you beat him, the first time. Around the eighth time though, was nothing more than an eye roll, and that is a real shame. Know the Marauder is kind of a unit according to the lore, but by using him more than once, did such an injustice to one of the best intros in the game’s history. To a point, the Doom Hunter kind of had the same issue, but not quite on poor Marauder’s level. Plus, small nitpick, The Summoner was much better than Archvile.

Since I don’t really do online gaming I can’t speak on Battlemode, and will go right into the wrap up. I love this game. Doom has always been a sheer thrill ride of a series, and Eternal is just another excellent, blood soaked, gory, hellacious entry. If you haven’t checked it out. Would strongly suggest giving it a play through. It’s the perfect way to kick back, and relieve some stress by unleash hell on countless demons. Final grade: A

I hope you enjoyed my kind of rambling thoughts, and as alway…

Thank you for reading and..

All Hail The Doom Slayer.

My Top 7 Video Game Protagonists

By: Justin Hopkins

I have a very exciting few weeks ahead. Starting things off with Castlevania Season 3 dropping today. Along with Doom Eternal dropping on the 20th, than free play of Predator Hunting Ground starting March 27th, and then you get Resident Evil 3 on April 3rd. It goes without saying, So, the gamer in me is chewing at the bits. Talking to some friends about games they like and so forth. Got me thinking about the characters I hold dear and decided to come up with my favorite seven. Will this be the same as yours? Absolutely not. We all have our own favorites and own personal memories surrounding them. This is for fun. Maybe you see a name that brings back memories of playing their game, or if you haven’t played them. Give you reason, and mostly, to give you a reason to think up your own names and the fun times you had playing Video Games. With that said, one rule as always, have to have played the game in order for the character to have made the list. There are going to be few heavy hitters missing from the list. Chances are, missed out on their games and just haven’t gone back to play them and don’t like to talk about things that I don’t know about. Okay? Good, lets jump in shall we.

7. Mario – Super Mario Bros. and so much more

I am Thirty years old. By the time I was old enough to play Video Games, found myself pulled to the 2-D World of Super Mario Bros. A game of simplicity. Start the level and get to the end, and repeat. Could play it to try and get everything or get to the end the fastest, and repeat. As time went on and you enter the beautiful and thrilling world that was Mario 64 and the days lost to Mario Kart, the Game Boy Games, Tennis, Baseball, The Parties, and the glorious chaos that is Smash Bros. Mario may have dropped down the list since I was little, but will always hold the Italian Plumber close to my heart.

6. Cryptosporidium 137 – Destroy All Humans

A little out there, I know, but there is something about the foul mouthed, grey alien that makes me laugh. How over the top he is and how outrageous they get throughout the series. He was a likeable Anti-Hero. You did awful things to people and cheered him on the entire way. From him touching down in the farm the first time to all the way back to his homeworld. Had a blast going through his journey and impatiently waiting for the remake.

5. Bigby Wolf – A Wolf Among Us

Okay, if we were factoring in gameplay and technical aspect A Wolf Among Us would fall drastically. Being less game and more, please just go here so we can continue the cut scene kind of game, but I am looking at the character and Bigby Wolf made himself a character that I enjoyed so much. Strived hard to get him the best possible outcome, minus destroying George’s bar, he had it coming. Bigby was a flawed character, who was trying his best to overcome what he did and try and turn over a new leaf and be the guy who saved those he once tormented, and his plight got me to plow through the lackluster mechanics and look forward to the sequel to come.

4. Doom Slayer – Doom

Doom is one of my favorite game series I have ever played. The non-stop action of just wave after wave of demons and monsters to simply plow your way through with glee, and while little is known of the Almighty Doom Slayer, the idea of jumping into his world, armed with a plethora of guns and explosives and glory kills and chainsaws always brings a smile to my face, and what more can I say. He is just a blast and can’t wait for the 20th.

 3. Senua – Hellblade

Her voices drove me crazy. Actually found myself yelling back at them myself when I got stuck on a puzzle and they kept telling me I was lost. Loved the story of her finding happiness in her love Dillion. How he made her strive to be better and her trek into Helheim to save his soul from Hela. A warrior at heart who fights and claws her way to victory and kept me invested and couldn’t stop until I found out how her journey concluded, and still geek out over the Senua Saga Trailer, and all of it is just how strong of a character she is.

2. Claire Redfield – Resident Evil

When I made this list, knew someone from the prestigious Resident Evil Universe was going to make it. Have loved all the games, yes even the sixth one, and while Leon S. Kennedy came close. Claire has always been my favorite of the pact and it’s because she has always seemed to be over her head. She is not a trained special ops. Nor is she a rookie cop, but just a person, in search of her Brother. Who, through a series of events becomes something greater. She saves Sherry and then becomes something much more than where she started, and we got to see the start of her journey and grow along the way. From Resident Evil 2 to even the movie, Resident Evil: Degeneration. Any time they bring out Claire. Know it’s going to be good.

1. Crash Bandicoot – Crash Bandicoot

There has never been a character that has made me blindingly angry and thrilled in a bat of an eye, the way the insane bandicoot has made me. The only game, whether it be the original or remake, that had made me want to throw the controller through the Television on a regular basis, but I couldn’t because then I wouldn’t be able to get the gems and save his lady bandicoot friend, and I had to get the full ending. Not just beat Cortex. I love everything about Crash. His designs and little dances. The vacant look in his eyes, and the fact that no matter how much he made me want to waste all his lives hurling him off the edge, because he won’t stick the landing when I need him to! Yet, I didn’t because I wanted to see his dance of victory and the fact that he can get those extreme mood swings out of me. Shows how strong of a character he is and deserving of the crown.

Like I said at the start. Not expecting people to agree with my list. It’s a personal one and we all have our favorites, and would love to hear yours. All I can hope, is that you enjoyed the list and as always…

Thank You For Reading.

Top 7 Video Game Movies

By: Justin Hopkins

I know what you are thinking. That there are no such thing as a good video game movies. That they are all bad and should have never have happened, and others may say that there is perhaps one, maybe two, but no way could I actually have found seven. True, it was a bit of a challenge towards the bottom of the list. Wishing I could just go the normal route of Top 5, but with that said, I do enjoy all seven of these films. They may not be classics, but not asking for them to be. Just want to kick back and let the story take me along for a ride, with the tools that make the game they come from so enjoyable. Before we start, there was one rule, and it’s the same as always. I can’t judge a movie without having seen it. So, movies like Rampage and Detective Pikachu, along with a few others were out of the running. Alright, with that said, lets begin.

7. Dead Rising: Watchtower

The only movie on the list to not spend time in the theaters, which for me is kind of a surprise. It also took a second viewing for me to really enjoy it as well, but they do a lot of enjoyable things throughout. Going with a new lead character in the form of Chase was a bit of a questionable choice, but Jesse Metcalfe performed really well at the rule to make us care enough about him. They way they incorporated them making their own unique weapons and having a psychopath as the main villain was wonderful. Dennis Haysbert did great as the General. Fans on the game know there is always a conspiracy going on, and his soothing voice and tone really adds to the menace when you get to the end. Would be higher on the list had they treated Frank West better than they did, but still an enjoyable film.

6. Doom

Wait, please don’t go. Hear me out. I know, they did the game wrong in quite a few places. I am not disagreeing with you there. Had they dropped all the scientific and super soldier like shot. All they had to do is keep them demons from Hell. This could have been really something. The action was great. Liked the characters and set pieces. The actors did as well as they could with what they had to work with, and that First Person Point of View shot they did is still beautiful. Respect they had for the BFG. They had a fun assortment of demons, loved Pinky, and they could have easily swapped the science bits for demons and ran everything and would easily be jockeying for the top spot, and maybe have The Rock go full on Demon at the end, for Urban to square off with. Also, watching Doom Annihilation, this one is light years better.

5. Tomb Raider (2018)

This movie had a lot of things going for me, loved the story and the dark tones and atmosphere, but what really made this movie so good for me, was Alicia Vikander’s performance as Lara Croft. That she wasn’t this over the top can do anything characters. Playing her with gritty realism of a character who was in over her head. Having to scrape and claw and fight for her survival, because she isn’t the over the top, legendary Lara Croft yet. By playing it the way she did, left her so much room to grow in the future, and thankfully, we will be getting a sequel, which will hopefully be even better.

4. Resident Evil

Yes, this series went screaming down the draining faster than even I expected it to, and the seventh one, was one of the worst finales of anything I have ever seen in general, but the first one though. That is still a good watch. The atmosphere of the lab and the music were fantastic. The zombies were perfect and the Licker looked gorgeous. Even the fact that it transformed was reminiscent of the game. Feel the danger around every corner. Milla Jovovich gave us a character, at least for this movie, felt like a character that could have appeared in a Resident Evil Game. If Paul carried this much love forward, who knows how good this run could have been after the second one, but the first, Definitely still a good time.

3. Sonic The Hedgehog

This one and entry number 2 had to of changed spots at least a dozen times and they are razor close to one another. You can check out my review for this for more details, but they hit a homerun with this film. Sonic came across in a great way. Having a hyper friendly attitude you would expect for him to have. Fun use of the rings, and callbacks to the games. While, Jim Carrey was spectacular as Robotnik.  Check it out if you haven’t. You’ll have a best.

2. Mortal Kombat

The song alone earns it’s spot as one of the best of all times. Almost impossible to say the name without trying to imitate the famous scream of, MORTAL KOMBAT! In all seriousness though, this is fun from start to finish. The fights were well choreographed and done so well. The characters all felt ripped straight from the game. The lines, as hokey as they were. All felt like something they would say. Again, if you want to hear more, can check out our review on it. Paul W.S. Anderson hit gold with this, and to many, it never got better. Well.. except for one, in my opinion.

1. Silent Hill

It couldn’t be anything else. When they take the entire opening scene of Harry chasing who he thinks is Cheryl until he is attacked by they Grey Children, and replicate it shot for shot with Rose and who she thinks is Sharon. The psychological elements are deep and great. From sins of the mother and the town being tortured by Alessa in their own version of Silent Hill and wanting to finally crush them for good. The gore was awesome and Jodelle Ferland is still one of the creepiest kids in a movie. Way she danced around in the blood raining down and then moving straight to the camera. Excellent from start to finish and wears the crown as best video game movie.

Do you disagree? Feel free to let me know in the comments. In the meantime, I hope you enjoyed, and as always…

Thank you for reading.

 

Friday Roundabout 1-24-2020

By: Justin Hopkins

Hello and welcome to this weeks Roundabout. As you know, we take various stories that have happened and give our two cents, and this week we have quite a few, so let’s jump right in and get started, and no better place than what seems to be the never ending story of the Spawn Reboot.

It seems like has been cropping up a few months for years at this point. Some movement on a new Spawn movie, or will it be a reboot of the show. Or is it both. Or is it two movies. Will it be PG-13, no It’ll be hard R rated. These are just a few rumors that I remember seeing at some point. Now, we have the creator, Todd McFarlane, saying that Big News is incoming about the reboot, and I have no faith that this is going to go anywhere. At this point, as much as I would love to see a return from Spawn. I have very little reason to buy anymore of the speculation about it. Until something concrete  happens. Just going to take whatever he has to say with a grain of salt. Sad, but just to much disappointment to get my hopes tied up in rumors.

Going from there to JJ Abrams Bad Robot company developing The Justice League Dark Universe in the form of TV and Movies. This is rather exciting news. I love the Arrowverse and the D.C Movies are improving with every new film, but something like a Dark Universe can really open up the world to some great characters. Zatanna and and her Father Zatara. Etrigan The Demon, Deadman and so, so many more. Can bring back Enchantress and give her another shot, and of course, John Constantine. Would love to see them use Matt Ryan. A rarity for them, but he has been breaking the barriers, by not only playing the character in his show, than the Arrowverse, and even voiced him multiple times for their animated stuff. Sure he would love to make the jump to a live action and would bring his fanbase along with him. Hoping for good things coming from this.

Staying in the land of D.C. Karen Gillan has recently come out saying that she would love to star and direct a Batgirl movie. That’s a rather tall task, but would be fun to see what she can bring to the table. We have seen the character in the animated movies and shows, but if memory serves correct, haven’t seen the character live, since Batman and Robin. She does a great job as Nebula and has the look to pull of Barbara Gordon. I am not going to get my hopes to high. D.C has always been strange in their casting choices, but Karen Gillan should be high up on their list.

Jumping from there, to Video Game rumors. Read that Konami has been working on not only one, but two Silent Hill Games. One being a soft reboot. The other more decision making such as Until Dawn. I have a  love hate relationship with the Silent Hill games. I love the first two, but the puzzles have made me want to lay down and die.  That said, would be thrilled to have either. More so, the reboot. Not quite sure how an Until Dawn style Silent Hill would play out. The source of the rumor, AestheticGamer, has a bit of a track record for being on par as far as rumors go. After the Silent Hills P.T. debacle though. Going to keep my fingers crossed that he got this one right too.

We had a few trailers drop, that I refuse to watch. Remember, stop after the first. Do not encourage their spoiler filled behavior. #NoMoreSpoilersInTrailers

Today marked the end of the end of the 16 year career of New York Giant Quarterback Eli Manning. For gave it his all, and always held himself to a higher level. Walking away as a Two Time Super Bowl MVP. Besting a team that seemed destined for perfection along  the way. To me, there is no question he should be a first ballot hall of famer, and wish him the best of luck in whatever he does next.

In much more upsetting news, we once again have some deaths to talk about. Three unfortunately. Singer/Songwriter David Olney, Dragon Ball narrator and voice of Captain Ginyu Brice Armstrong, and Comedy Legend and one of the minds behind Monty Python Terry Jones. Brice Armstrong hit me a little harder. A Dragon Ball Fan since I was a kid. How exciting it was hearing him kick off the show. Than you have the way David Olney went, dying on stage, with a guitar in his hands. Never want to see someone go, but have to feel, in some way. He went out doing what he loved, and had to meant something to him.  Our thoughts and positive energy goes out to the families of these three legends.

Ending on a more positive note. Untitled Goose Game, is in the running to have a potential Lego set made, and I am pulling hard for them to pull it out. Not a huge lego guy, but would throw my money at them for this set. The Goose exploded onto the scene last year, and thrilled to see them get this far. Cheering them on.

And I’ll leave it at that. I hope you enjoyed, and as always…

Thank you for reading.

 

My top 6 anticipated games of 2020

By: Justin Hopkins

It is a sad way to kick-off a new year, when you realize that a game you love, is just not for you anymore, but that is the way this year is starting for me. A game that I have loved for the best part of a year and a half, has finally pushed my last nerve and have to walk away. It is sad, but as I look into the new year. There is a lot to be excited for. So, one game may have come to an end for me, I have six more to look forward too. Before I start, got to say, I play on Playstation, so with the exception of my Honorable Mention. We will focus on Sony. Not that there’s anything wrong with PC or Xbox, just going with what I got. Cool, let’s get started than.

HONORABLE MENTION – HELLBLADE 2: SENUA SAGA

The only reason that this is sitting at Honorable Mention and not number 1, is that it is not confirmed for 2020. I haven’t bought an Xbox since the 360. The moment that trailer dropped, I knew I would be getting an Xbox X-Series to continue Senua’s Journey. I loved the first game. Such an intense, beautifully made game, with a gripping story that sucked you in the game with everything they did and can only imagine what they have store for the second game.

6. PREDATOR: HUNTING GROUNDS

It seems that I am in need of a new online multiplayer game and what better, than Predator Hunting Grounds. Seems like a very basic idea. You either play as your choice of Yautja and hunting a team of marines. The Marines are working together to complete their mission and escape alive. The concept art looks fantastic, especially for the Yautja and am really excited to use the bow and you get the skin from the first movie if you Pre-Order. As always, go into it with a bit of caution. Online multiplayers can fall apart quickly, but still willing to give this one a chance all the same.

5. Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2

This game is probably the one game I know the least about, but am strangely being pulled towards it. It action roleplay game, that sees you playing a young vampire in Seattle, and that was all it really needed to be said to win me over. As you play through, you learn new abilities through factions engaged in a civil war, and I just like it. Wish I could say why. Didn’t even play the first one. Just has a certain vibe that has really won me over, and if they have a fair amount of creative character, would be that much more happy for it.

4. MARVEL AVENGERS

Alright, so the first trailer did not do this a whole lot of justice. The Kamala Khan one though, did a lot better, and with test players hyping it up even more. Don’t know if this was announced, but curious on how many heroes will be involved, and the story looks interesting, and I have a weakness for Superhero games. Have even enjoyed the bad ones, so this one should be a blast. Especially, if we get to play as our choice of characters, or focus a bit more on the lesser known heroes.

3. RESIDENT EVIL 3: NEMESIS

Resident Evil 2 Remake was fantastic and set the bar for how a video game remake should work. They stayed true to what made it great. Tweaked a few things to change it up and gave side stories and than the original versions. We might not get all of that this time around, but with them saying they took what they learned in 2 and carried it over to 3 has me confident going in, and as a bonus, you get the online multiplayer that they have been talking about for some time now, Project Resistance. Capcom has a successful track with their remakes, and have no doubt they can make it at a hat trick with Nemesis.

2. Doom Eternal

I love the Doom Series. They are so much fun. The adrenaline filled carnage of playing Doom Guy. Running around killing everything in your wake. Game literally knows exactly what it is. Oh, this rocket launcher, isn’t enough. Well how about if it shoots multiple locked on rockets? Still want more, how about a movable turret? No, here is a gun that will wipe out everyone in a bloody paste and you get to carry them all around at your ready. Low on ammo. Get up and close for more, or use this chainsaw, and god yes, give me more. Can play these game all the time, and a pre-order for Doom 64. A big yes to even more Doom, and just misses out on the number one slot.

1. DESTROY ALL HUMANS

I don’t think there is any game series that brings back more fond memories than Destroy All Human. A friend of mine way, back in high school gave me a game he swore I could not beat without cheats, it was Destroy All Humans, and I did beat it without cheating. Bought a Wii for the lone purpose to play, Destroy All Humans: Big Willy Unleashed. Watched another friend fail for over 4 hours to get any points in human plink-o in Destroy All Humans: Path Of The Furon. I even have the Original on PS4 due to a charity giveaway, but when this game finally comes out, am going to be getting a copy and just getting lost in the world of Cryptosporidium 137 all over again. Graphics look spectacular and hope for some new content, but one way or another. Destroy All Humans is the game I am most looking forward to the most, in 2020

I know, I didn’t say Cyberpunk 2077. I am going to play it, but is a game I know less about than Vampires. I know they have been working on it for a long time and don’t want to look into it at all. Want to go in blind, and because of that. It did not make the list, but I am sure there is plenty more that didn’t make the list. Feel free to drop any in the comments. In the meantime, hope you enjoyed and as always…

Thank you for reading.

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