Star Wars Episode 1 Racer

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Star Wars Episode 1:The Phantom Menace may have started the decline of Star Wars in the eyes of many but some good did come: one of which being one of my favorite racing games. Racing through a host of different maps across different worlds, you have to beat the competition while trying to survive the intense speeds.

For a N64 game, this game does one hell of a job immersing you in the dangerous thrill of pod racing. Averaging speeds of around 400 mph and having to worry about the integrity of your racer. Repairing your racer requires you slowing down while boosting drastically increases your chances of death. There are a good array of maps, each with there series of dangers you either find annoying or in some cases, epic for passing through. The controls flow nicely and are easy to pick up. The graphics, well not outstanding, hold up fair enough for such a console gap. The only honest issue I have is how easily you die and the quirks to boost. Pro tip: don’t boost useless you really have to. While the I like the danger of boosting, it caused most of my deaths. In the end, I enjoy this game more than most other racing games and I highly recommend it for racing fans as well as Star Wars fans. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

Something New

This is something new, that honestly won’t happen again probably. As some of you know I did a small stint in the U.S. Army and recently I’ve had need to buy a weapon for work. Something I honestly thought I would never do again. So after some searching and thinking I picked up a Glock 17 Gen 5.

Why? I can’t say really. Couple of my friends own Glocks and they felt nice to hold and the 17 as a 9mm just seemed and felt like a nice fit. It is t overly powerful but is reliable, even fully loaded with the 17 round mags it isn’t that heavy and I feel like I could teach my kids to shoot with it just as well as protect myself at work if I unfortunately ever need to.

Thanks for listening by the way, just thought I would share my new purchase. Best wishes and may the gaming gods being you glory.

Wonder Woman: 1984

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Wonder Woman was quite honestly a superhero movie I think did not only DC a service but superhero movies in general. It had good characters, was serious but broke the mold of edgy DC films, and had a unique and beautiful color pallet. I had concerns over the sequel; I think we all did. Cheetah looked funky, the comparison to the MCU vibes were getting heavy, and early reviews weren’t really kind to say the least. So I wondered what was in store for me…oh boy.

It’s 1984 and Diana Prince is kicking ass as a curator for the Smithsonian while being Wonder Woman in her spare time. She’s mourned over Steve Trevor since WWI and the pain lingers beneath her caring smile. During a routine mall robbery, an artifact is discovered. To help uncover the artifact is Barbara Minerva, a hapless nerd who quickly befriends Diana and envies her outer beauty and the life she perceives. With this artifact comes Maxwell Lord, a failing con man who desires riches, wealth, and success.. Lord understands the relic grants wishes and wishes to become the embodiment of it. Barbara wishes to be like Diana, surprised at her newfound strength, speed, and agility. And suddenly Diana is reunited with Steve, but at what cost are these wishes coming?

Ok, I’m pretty at odds here. First of all, I give the cast credit because they gave it there all; that I can say for sure. The cinematography looks great and I appreciate the color of the film. Hans Zimmer adds a solid score that sadly maybe his weakest but still more solid than most. And the final fight with Cheetah was pretty cool as was the end credit cameo. And that’s the good; the rest of this movie is a fucking mess. The CGI looks goofy and a lot of the movie feels painfully retro in a bad way. I got a cheese vibe circa the classic Wonder Woman show, some of the action scenes, especially the flying scenes felt like modern Chris Reeves Superman, and the humor felt like runoffs trying to copy Thor: Ragnarok which comes off harsh. The ending falls flat and the action scenes aren’t too impressive or believable. In the end, I don’t hate this movie but I sure don’t recommend it unless you want to laugh and have a cheesy superhero romp. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

Willy’s Wonderland trailer

Dude, I’ve never been on the FNAF bandwagon but I’m well aware Hollywood wanted to cash in on the jump scare empire’s success. That being said, this looks a Grindhouse style take on FNAF and strangely I’m intrigued. Nicholas Cage is always fun and this looks a batshit bloodbath and that enough looks like a reason to watch. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

Inhumans

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Of all the strange corners of the Marvel universe, the Inhumans of Attilian are some of the most mysterious, powerful, and dangerous. A city devised of superpowered beings granted power from the mythic Terrigen Mists, every citizen is genetically unique and given a place under the royal family led by the silent king, Black Bolt. There is peace and prosperity until they misjudge a young Inhuman at changing ceremony named Woz, enslaving him with the unfortunate Alpha Primitives, despite his hidden powers to transit through reflective surfaces. Its soon after that Woz is drawn unto Maximus, the greatest threat Attilian has ever faced who plans to revolt the city, start a war and usurp his brother, Black Bolt. Can a overwhelming conflict from inside and out be avoided without coming to devastation and full fledged war?

So I want to say I love Marvel Knights productions, which cover the grittier stuff in Marvel, and this book is a Marvel Knight’s production. The art steals the show with some truly memorable and frankly imaginative designs. The writing is really good too and there is a really good story here that isn’t your typical superhero romp. That point however is where I feel people will get divided. This book sure as hell isn’t for everyone. While most comics balance between action and world building, this book is about plot and character rather than Blockbuster action. Between the heavy exposition and world building combined with the length a lot of people will find this book bloated and boring. Since I’m a Marvel fan, a sci-fi fan, and a Lit nerd I think it’s a really good tale from one of the weirdest corners of the Marvel universe. I recommend this story if you are a Marvel fan or like deep sci-fi. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

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Here’s a weird fact very few people know about me: I have a heart for musicals. Not all of them and no you won’t see me standing in line for Momma Mia on Broadway, but I love the weird ones. And let’s face it, how many movies are as strange as the Rocky Horror Picture Show?

Brad and Janet are two wholesome young people are newly engaged. After Brad pops the question at the wedding of a mutual friend, they decide to ride off to tell the good news to there mentor and friend, Dr. Everett Scott. As fate would have it though, their car breaks down during a bad storm and the couple wanders to a nearby mansion for assistance. What they find is madness, depravity, sexual awakening, desire, aliens, and the perfect lover. Welcome to the home of Dr. Frank N Furter.

This movie is something everyone should experience at least once, musical fan or not. This movie is fun, absolute batshit but I love it. Tim Curry is a legend if not for anything else, it’s his portrayal of Frank N. Furter. The cast is memorable and the music and dances are infectious. The movie is unexpectedly hilarious and heart felt at times. The only real issue I have is the pacing is off and there are a few parts where the movie feels longer than it should and there is some dragging parts. In the end, while this movie sure as hell ain’t for everybody, I highly recommend and may the gaming gods do the time warp.

Green Arrow: The Kill Machine (New 52 vol 4)

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Oliver Queen is about to learn not to take being ok for granted. It begins with having Queen Enterprises swept from under his feet by the man meant to take charge until Ollie was ready, and if that wasn’t a shock enough, Ollie is on the run after he’s murdered in front of him by a skilled archer- enter Komodo. With no money, wanted by the the feds, and his friends kidnapped by Komodo, Ollie is left having to face a superior foe who not only tests his skills but everything he believed in about himself, his origins, and his destiny as he must hunt for a fabled weapon sand face the ancient Outsiders…

I’d heard of all the new 52 this was some of the best Green Arrow had to offer and with Jeff Lemire taking over the writing, I’m inclined to agree. The story feels like a revenge take on a Uncharted game or old school Indy movie and I really dug that. While Green Arrow is pretty cool, I admit I like the sadistic take on Count Vertigo in this book. While the story is really good, the art, while cool to look at can be jarring and make certain scenes hard to follow. For the 4th book of DC’s New 52, it’s pretty accessible. In the end, if you ever wanted to pick up some Green Arrow, this book wouldn’t be a bad place to start. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

Star Wars: The Rise of Kylo Ren

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Ben Solo, the apprentice and nephew of legendary hero Luke Skywalker as well as the son of legends Han Solo and Leia Organa, as well as the grandson to the incomparable Darth Vader, one of the galaxy’s greatest villains. Ben is a talented young Padawan born of legacy with all choices taken from him, or as he feels. For years, a voice named Snoake has been been guiding him alongside Luke, rather against Luke, telling him his fate isn’t as a Jedi but rather with his grandfather in the dark where his true freedom lies. After coming into contact with the Knights of Ren, a cult worshipping the dark side of the Force, Ben decides to join them after Luke’s betrayal, beginning a new age of infamy as Kylo Ren begins.

So I was really anticipating this comic after my liking of the sequel trilogy crash and burned for me. Kylo was one of my favorite characters and after reading this, I still find myself loving and hating him as a character. The Knights of Ren are interesting adversaries that I really think could’ve made for great villains if written better. Luke is great in this book and his fight against the cult is badass. The art is great and the writing is pretty good. My biggest issue is the book feels rushed as hell and I feel like more time could’ve been spent of Ben’s character and his time with Luke. In the end, it’s a solid book but not great and adds some depth to a lackluster triloy. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

Marvel Spider-man: Miles Morales

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Six months after the events of Marvel’s Spider-man (PS4) , Peter Parker has taken young Miles Morales as his protégé in web-slinging after demonstrating his new powers. When Peter and MJ go on a job overseas, Miles is left alone as Spiderman, developing new abilities unlike Peter’s, bio-electricity and camouflage. The young hero is quickly drawn into a conflict between the diabolical Roxxon Corporation led by corrupt hipster Simon Krieger and the extremist high tech group The Underground led by the Tinkerer. Can this young hero handle the forces looming against him as well as his new powers as well as trying to be a good friend and son?

I was excited for this game mainly just to learn about Miles Morales. I don’t really know much about him. This game is well written and Miles is a cool character to follow. Gameplay, while similar to the first game, is addictive as hell with Mile’s new powers and gadgets. Honestly, I appreciated the old/new ratio when it came to the gameplay and it stands solid on its own. While the villain roster is way smaller than the first game, the last 2 boss battles are intense both personally and game wise. While the game isn’t overly long and surely I don’t recommend buying it at full price, it’s a lot more satisfying experience than Resident Evil 3 (2020) was. The only huge drawback I had was the glitches- people would randomly appear on the street and rooftops, guys would get stuck in car doors, the textures would get muddy and once my web zip went nuts. While nothing game breaking, these issues do subtract from the experience. In the end, it was a damn good follow up with some small bugs but well worth playing. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

Dreadnaught (Nemesis Book One)

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Danny Tozer is a young man living in a world of super heroes and villains, where powers and destruction are a way of life, but Danny has bigger problems than demigods battling through town: Danny secretly desires to be a girl, the only relief coming from the small things he can hide from his parents. One day, Danny gets caught in the crossfire of of super battle, left with with a dying Dreadnaught, the greatest hero in the world. During a battle against Utopia, Dreadnaught dies passing his powers into the closest person nearby- Danny. Danny is transformed into the body of his dreams, a beautiful young woman with an array of new powers. It’s not long before Dreadnaught’s old teammates try recruiting Dani to take his mantle, but she quickly learns her dream has consequences. Her relationship with her parents worsens as they fight to change her back into a boy against her will, her best friend turns into a perv, and many of the heroes she worshipped turn out to despise her as a female and a trans-woman. With her grey sided friend and partner Calamity, it’s up to Dani to decide her destiny, embrace the real her, and defeat Utopia..

I’d heard about this book and decided to check it out on Audible and I was absolutely addicted to this book. This is a really heartfelt story of a young trans-woman dealing with the prejudice of the world. The book does a great job at balancing the real world issues of a sympathetic character and a pretty interesting super world. While the super stuff isn’t unique it does have cool Easter eggs and is a interesting world. I wish Utopia was a better villain but the twist to her identity is pretty neat towards the end. The final battle is pretty badass and admittedly, besides a lot of feels, Dreadnaught’s declaration at the end was pretty epic. In the end, it was a really good book that genuine and well written and I’d recommend checking it out. May the gaming gods bring you glory.