It’s been a while, hasn’t it, folks? Well, Torsten’s tales are for another post but for now: new year, and let’s start talking soul-crushing boredom. That’s right, let’s talk about the Avengers game.
Kamala Khan is a normal girl and super fan of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes: Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow, and the Hulk. During a grand expo on A-Day, celebrating the heroes, they are called into action during an attack that presumes Cap dead, injures hundreds, and unleashes the Terrigen Mists which causes an outbreak of people to get superpowers, becoming Inhumans, including Kamala herself. With the Avengers disbanded, an organization called AIM has risen to fix the Inhuman problem by any means necessary. Kamala, desperate, sets out to reunite the Avengers and beat the sinister head of AIM.
Ok, whatever you heard about this game is basically true. This game is a bland, boring slog. The game starts off promising but damn it gets repetitive fast. Hell, two out of three of the game’s bosses are in the opening hour pretty much. Most of the game is a out of date beatum up that doesn’t even feel right; Hulk and Iron Man feel nerfed hard while Black Panther feels damn near unstoppable; Hawkeye and Spider-man feel like absolute jokes. After two hours in, you pretty much saw what the game has to offer in terms of gameplay all around. As for the characters, the only one I actually liked was Kamala, everyone else feels like dimestore MCU knockoffs. The gear you get throughout the game doesn’t affect your appearance, the costumes are basically microtransactions that this game goes out of it’s way to try to sell you. In the end, unless you find it ultra cheap like I did and even that’s a stretch, don’t waste your money. May the gaming gods bring you glory.
Peter Parker has come a long way in the MCU, hasn’t he? Becoming an Avenger, beating Vulture in Spider-man: Homecoming as well as Mysterio in Spider-man: Far From Home ; well now the world knows after Mysterio reveals not only Parker’s secret identity but also frames him for his death. Suddenly the young wallcrawler’s life is not only in shambles but also the lives of May, Happy, Ned and MJ. Desperate he visits Dr. Strange for a favor but unbeknownst to both heroes, Parker made a grave mistake that rippled across worlds, bringing 5 villains from multiple dimensions into his world, each with a bone to pick: Doc Ock, Sandman, Lizard, Electro, and the Green Goblin. If dealing with 5 enemies and a crumbled reality isn’t enough, Peter learns they all will perish fighting Spider-man in their own universes; can Peter pay the ultimate price for the greater good and how far will he go to save a life?
Ok, I’m not going to spoil anything but I’m not going to sugarcoat it: No Way Home is fucking amazing (pun intended). Not only does this movie give a damn powerful conclusion to the Home trilogy but to Spider-man in general by contunining stories left off by Mcguire and Garfield’s timelines as well. There is plenty of fan service and you can tell this movie is hardcore for Spidey fans; seeing the classics return was not only rewarding but also a huge threat seeing them interact and face a younger Spider-man. This is Tom Holland’s best portrayal as Spider-man hands down and I loved seeing a story with him and Strange butting heads and playing off each other. The acting all around is great but Holland and Dafoe steal the show; Goblin is still a legend almost 20 years later. Admittedly tears were shed and this is a very heartwrenching movie but it completely pays off. Honestly, I recommend this movie not only to superhero fans but especially Spidey fans in general; you will cheer. May the gaming gods bring you glory.
Where do I begin with Outlast? Miles Upshur, an investigative reporter gets a anonymous tip to look into the Mount Massive Asylum where things have gone horrifically wrong; Miles finds himself trapped alone with the violent, deformed inmates running amok, terrified of a mystical entity called the “Wallrider”.
So Outlast is a horror gaming classic, highly rated with the likes of Resident Evil, Silent Hill, FNAF, and Alien: Isolation . To it’s credit, the dev team did a damn good job establishing a disturbing, memorable atmosphere. The music and sound is really good and I appreciate the attention to detail with the freaky dialogue. While I think Chris Walker is a decent antagonist, I actually liked Richard Traeger a more interesting foe. So while I have a few positives, what I hated about this game I absolutely couldn’t stand. I hate the fact its 100% a running simulator. The fact Miles brought no kind of self defense item with him at all- knowing damn well he’s going to a dangerous environment- makes me question his intelligence; why doesn’t Miles at least try to fight back? This game is full of infuriating bullshit deaths, though not as bad as Outlast 2 in that regard. This game really started pissing me off when you are outside the asylum being hunted by Walker and I lost my shit a few times. The graphics are meh and if you are immune to jump scares, a lot of the fear factor is wasted if you are. Honestly, Outlast would be a pretty good horror movie, but as a game, I didn’t really like it. In the end, it’s a admirable game in a few ways but there are better stealth horror games out there. May the gaming gods bring you glory.
Batman’s foes are some of the most legendary of all time: Joker, Bane, Scarecrow, Riddler, and Mr. Freeze to name a few. Bruce has been the Bat for a while but despite Alfred, Gordon, and his sidekicks, it’s a lonely life. He finds himself falling for Selina Kyle, allegedly reformed Catwoman, and well as vowing to reconnect with his childhood friend and now famous surgeon Thomas Elliot. But things are escalating in Gotham as Batman is lead through a gauntlet of villains interwoven in a unknown plan by a mysterious, bandaged figure named Hush, determined to bring a end to the Dark Knight once and for all.
So I have to this classic was handled really damn well, just about perfect but for a raging flaw. The voice acting is really good and the animation is great. The story features a lot of friends and foes, including a pretty badass fight against a possessed Superman. I love the relationship between Batman and Catwoman and I like the friction Nightwing and Batgirl have towards her; Catwoman’s story arc is one of my favorite parts of the movie. So the flaw I mentioned, what kills the story dead? The twist on Hush’s identity. The book had a great twist, revealing Hush’s identity which screws with Batman on a mental level, which is what I really enjoy about Hush as a villain- he attacks on a intellectual and mental level rather than brute force. The twist is the movie sucks and hurts the value of the story overall. In the end, its a damn good watch but definitely read the book. May the gaming gods bring you glory.
Let’s talk hype for a second shall we? In 2018, my friends in the horror community hyped the hell out of this movie. I was really stunned when my Lil sis and her husband told me they thought it was stupid and waste of time. I was even more curious what I would get, especially not just any trailers but just a few vague reviews. So what did I find?
Annie is a artist from a troubled family background of mental illness; when her mother passes away, Annie is at odds. Sad but almost relieved, determined to be a better mom to her two kids and wife to her stressed out husband. When one of her children dies in a accident, Annie begins to break and the family starts to suffer as Annie desperately clings to hope her child isn’t gone. But at point does hope become madness and how long before history repeats itself?
So I’m going to say this now, if you are sensitive to things involving mental illness or heavy family drama, don’t watch this. This movie is an uncomfortable look at some pretty real stuff and in that aspect it’s pretty damn terrifying and well executed. Toni Colette steals the show as Annie. The movie is also a really slow burn and admittedly how ambiguous it is at times made me laugh my ass off at times where I shouldn’t have. The movie on a whole does keep you on your toes and by the end, I wasn’t sure what the hell I watched. Overall, I really liked it but I completely understand why anyone wouldn’t and I can even see why it would trigger people. In the end, if you want a great dark drama/ psychological thriller, I’d highly recommend it but it won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. May the gaming gods bring you glory.
Susie Bannon is a young, aspiring ballerina just accepted to study abroad in a prestigious dance academy in Germany. The day she arrives is dark and stormy as she notices a young woman flee the academy; the next day she finds out the girl was murdered. Strange things at the school and others begin to die at which time Susie finds out the school has a dark history and sinister things maybe at play, but can she survive long enough to discover what?
Suspiria has a special place in my heart as my intro, as much as going for many others, to Dario Argento and Italian horror. Suspiria is one of the most beautiful movies I’ve ever seen visually; every scene looks like a painting in motion and the colors are striking to the eye, making it impossible to look away. The score by the Goblins is just as memorable as the visuals, a interesting blend of Disney fairytale music and obscure punk sounds. The story isn’t bad and is pretty damn suspenseful at times. I will say the movie isn’t very fast paced and feels a bit slow at times; if you want a kill a minute movie, this sure as hell ain’t for you. I can’t say it’s a movie I’d want to watch every day, but it’s incredible to watch those times where it hits the spot. In the end, while not for everyone, its a fantastic sight to see and learn from from. May the gaming gods bring you glory.
I’ve never been one for the Stranger Things craze, but this season looks alright from the trailer. A group of kids and a haunted house- what’s more American horror than that? The atmosphere looks nice and I know a lot of people that have been waiting for this, so I hope its worth the wait. May the gaming gods bring you glory.
The image of a burnt, bloody, rain soaked Michael Myers emerging from the burning house gives me chills. I’m seriously pumped for this movie and I can’t wait for the Shape to return. May the gaming gods bring you glory.
I love Anya Taylor Joy, and this looks like a fun horror thriller. I really like the vintage style with a Argento twist. While I’m not really familiar with Edgar Wright’s work, I always wanted to check it out for myself. I’m hoping this will be a cool film to start out with. May the gaming gods bring you glory.
I feel weird about this one. I really liked the first Matrix but let’s face it, the sequels honestly blew. I like the direction this appears to be going in but I’m weary at the same time. I felt more of a soft spot during the trailer than I thought I would. This December I guess we’ll return to the Matrix once again. May the gaming gods bring you glory.