Code Vein

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For Black Friday this year, I bought myself a game me and a few of my friends have been waiting for. What if you took the beauty and story of a anime and combined it with the gameplay style of a Souls game? Let’s find out.

In Code Vein we awaken as a Remnant in the wake of a brutal vampire war between the Revenants and the Lost., having to piece our memories together. The Revenants are struggling to keep there hunger for blood at bay and maintain there humanity while the Lost are vampires who have mutated into viscous monsters. With your allies Louis, Ios, Mia and Yakumo you have to traverse a broken dystopian odyssey in search of peace and to destroy the cause of the madness…

First, I have to say, I thought originally this game was going to be a Souls ripoff with a anime skin and a few kinks thrown in much like the The Surge or Lords of the Fallen (PS4) felt, but that quickly goes away. This game and how you approach combat is extremely versatile because of the Blood Codes, which is series of attacks and abilities based on another character where you can mix and match.  Your partners also provide extra attack power and defense with pretty decent AI so they thankfully do there job. What really sells the game is the art style and the overall story which is pretty captivating. A flaw the game has with all the options and having a optional partner can feel a bit overwhelming and the game can feel a bit too easy with few difficulty spikes that are pretty easy to overcome. Another minor issue I have is while impressive to look at, none of the bosses really stand out and for the most part they go down fairly easy. In the end, Code Vein is a pretty epic game with a good story and extremely versatile gameplay that I definitely recommend, especially if you want to wade into Souls type games. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

 

A Bug’s Life

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The older I get, the more I think about the ants and the grasshoppers and weirdly enough the movie wasn’t far enough from the truth if you are a normal worker at your job…oh well, enough of the philosophical crap and let’s talk about a Disney/ Pixar movie.

It’s a time of harvest for the ants, who are overseen by the large, menacing grasshopper gang. Flick is a plucky ant who likes to invent things, but the problem is Flick is kind of a screw up. One of his inventions goes awry and causes the whole summer’s harvest to get destroyed minutes before the grasshoppers show up. The leader of the grasshoppers, Hopper, tells the soon to be queen, Princess Ata that they want twice the food by time the last leaf falls or else. Flick, is allowed to go find heroes to fight the grasshoppers with the intention of getting rid of him; Flick does find a group of disgraced circus bugs he mistakes for heroes and who are willing to pretend to keep morale up for the ants. Can Flick’s plans work or are the ants doomed?

A Bug’s Life is one of those kid’s movies that is all around enjoyable. The animation holds up pretty well and Pixar tells a pretty heartwarming story as they usually do. Kevin Spacey has some menacing moments as Hopper. The movie has a solid story and good, likable characters with a pretty satisfying ending. It’s a movie I enjoyed as much as an adult as I did as a kid and it’s well worth a watch. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

Dragonball Z Boudakai Tenkaichi 3

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Has anyone ever picked up a licensed video game, yearning for the experience to live out your favorite series? You ever feel a heap of soul crushing defeat when you realized this game was crap? Well, good news, this post won’t be about that terrible experience.

Dragonball Z Boudakai Tenkaichi 3 is is the best DBZ gaming experience I’ve had. Combat is fast and the areas are open. The character roster spans from Dragonball Z ( The Saiyan Saga) to DragonBall Z: Buu Saga (Kid Buu) and the full list of movies while including key moments from the original Dragonball and Dragonball GT as well as having a few What IF segments that are pretty good. The roster is impressive, including transformations that are show accurate; Saiyans can go ape during the night stages, you can fuse Goku and Vegeta as well as Goten and Trunks mid fight and the story mode evolves as the story does, instead of multiple one fight missions. Besides a full sized story mode, there is also a variety of tournaments and even a mini RPG surrounding a fight with Cell. Throughout the story, Dragonballs are hidden throughout  the environments and once all 7 are collected, the Dragon can be summoned and exclusive items can be found which is epic as hell. The entire time, I felt like I was in the show. It’s one of my favorite fighting games of all time and I highly recommend checking it out if you have a Wii or PS2. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

DragonBall Z: Wrath of the Dragon

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Hey, wait a second, aren’t I forgetting a movie? Didn’t Broly have a third movie before Super? Why, yes, reader; yes he did. Bio-Broly was white hot liquid dookie and shall not be spoken of on the blog, nor should it be spoken of by anyone…so let’s talk about Wrath of the Dragon instead.

Ages ago there was a dark wizard (not Babadi) who created a unstoppable badass with magic (not Buu) who rampaged a whole world. There was a hero named Tapion who could save everyone from a terrible monster, Hirudegarn who could potentially destroy the universe. When informed of this legend by a mysterious alien, they release Tapion but also half of Hirudegarn. Young Trunks befriends Tapion and restores his confidence but the unstoppable Hirudegarn is complete. Can Tapion and the Z Fighters stop this latest threat?

I have to admit, my recollection of this movie is pretty fuzzy but it was a solid movie. Hirudegarn is cool and it and funny seeing some of the series’s biggest badasses getting beaten down by a torso and a pair of disembodied legs. Tapion was a decent character but he was mostly forgettable. The connection with Trunk and the sword at the end was kinda corny. Overall, it’s not the worst DBZ movie but not the best so it’s Ok to miss. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

DragonBall Z: Buu Saga (Kid Buu)

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We come to the finale of DragonBall Z and the true terror of Buu is finally realized. Trunks and Goten have perfected the fusion technique; Gohan had his ultimate potential unlocked by Elder Kai; and Goku and Vegeta fuse using Supreme Kai’s earrings, becoming the nearly unstoppable Vegito but nothing stops Super Buu from absorbing them, growing ever more powerful. After absorbing Vegito, he becomes the terrifying fiend Supreme Kai warned them about. The maniacal, giddy child like Kid Buu immediately destroys the Earth and everyone on it. Goku and Vegeta manage to survive inside Buu, but can they destroy this final enemy once and for all?

While the Buu Saga wasn’t my favorite saga of DBZ, there are some awesome battles in the finale. Buu is overall a interesting foe for the Z Fighters to face, and Kid Buu is pretty creepy and badass. Like most of the saga, it is overdrawn but unlike Dragonball Z: Buu Saga (Tournament)  and DragonBall Z: The Buu Saga the final season stays mostly on the main plot. Overall, it’s a good way to end an amazing series and I can’t recommend Dragonball Z to new anime fans. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

Day 24, ManBearPig

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Ok, now I know we like to have a lot of fun on this blog, but this time I’m totally cereal, ManBearPig is out there. YES! I know, it frightens me too. The unfathomable scourge of the world we inhabit is half man, half pig…or maybe half man, half bear-pig? It’s too frightening to comprehend. Thankfully we have a fearless savior against the diabolical machinations of ManBearPig, but remain cautious everyone this Halloween…I’m super cereal.