Marvel’s What If…trailer

I’m on the fence here. While I think the concept is cool and the animation is surprisingly good, sadly I think I’m starting to get worn out on the MCU. Bit by bit I find myself feeling fatigue for it. The show looks pretty cool and could be a nice addition to the MCU. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

Loki trailer

I’m pretty confused what the hell is going on in this trailer and what the hell is supposed to be going in this show. I love Loki but why did he need a show of his own? He had a great arc throughout the MCU. While I’m not the most versed in Thor’s stories, I hope for the best in this series but I can’t say I’m ecited for it. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

Falcon and the Winter Soldier trailer

I have to admit, Falcon’s Cap suit looks pretty badass in real life. With the exception of WandaVision, I’m actually kind of excited for this show on the account of Zemo’s return. While I love Falcon and Soldier, Zemo is one of my favorite Cap villains. So far the show looks pretty awesome and it’ll be fun to see. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

WandaVision trailer 2

Of the 3 Disney+ exclusive MCU shows, WandaVision is the one I’m waiting for the most. After everything we’ve seen, it’s basically the closest the MCU will get to the House of M and frankly I’m glad to see Scarlet Witch get some much needed attention. The show looks interesting and I’m can’t wait for it. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

Faeria PS4 Review

As always, a huge shout out to the ladies and gentlemen over at Versus Evil and everyone involved with Faeria for tossing me a copy of this one. I don’t play many card games these days but I do enjoy jumping back in.

So just to give some background, I spent thousands of hours as a kid and in my early 20’s playing Magic the Gathering and Yu-Gi-Oh. This was back when Shadows just came out in magic and Yu-Gi-Oh still didn’t have synchro monsters yet. But then I had kids and it became to time consuming and expensive to play.

I mention that because I feel it’s important to know going in when I say this is essentially a more interactive MTG (Magic the Gathering) I say it from experience. Sure it’s easier to pick up and matches are shorter, but each turn you will out down land if different types and creatures to defend your hero. The lands include things like water and plains and you will need X amount of it before you can play certain cards.

The real strategy and interactive part is instead of putting these lands down to spend you also have to make a path to the enemy side of the field, and while you can walk across the opponents land cards, you can only summon creatures on your land and only on their type, so you can’t toss your fire creature on top of their mountains or your own water.

There are also special pieces of land that are simply there for either side to stand a creature by to get you more power to summon with every turn, and you have to decide are you going to go for those and attempt to deny them to your opponent or are you going to go straight for the kill? Neither strategy is wrong and I have successfully used both and had both used against me with great efficiency.

The game is also happily not pay to win or even pay to play. The DLC doesn’t seem to be a requirement, I don’t have it and never felt I was at a disadvantage beyond someone clearly just being better at the game than I am or simply having better cards because I hadn’t learned how to truly build a deck yet.

There are quite a few card games out there, but if you want a MTG type game on console, this is it. It is well done, never felt pay to win for me and you can play a quick 10 minute match or play for hours and that’s all I ask. The DLC is a little expensive for my taste considering I don’t know what it adds however and it seems like it is split up into smaller groups to make some money which I do understand, but for me it did take away from the experience. For me it’s a 7/10 because of it, but it wouldn’t stop me from buying or enjoying it. Best wishes and may the gaming gods being you glory.

RPG Maker MV Console Review (PS4)

As this always starts, huge thank you to NIS America for hooking me up with a copy of this one. You all know I have a history with the PC release so I was very excited to see how it translated to the PS4. Now if you want some small details about how NIS America doesn’t publish the console version you can look at mt preview from earlier last month.

RPG Maker MV Console Release Date

  This however will simply focus on the actual game play. First the tutorial will give you the basics of what you need to do, and it does it quite well. It will show you how to add tiles and how to use those tiles to make structures and how to add maps. It will also show you how to then use events to connect those maps. This is a bit weird to explain, but essentially events are used to do everything from transitioning from one map to another, to talking to NPCs and creating shops. The can be as basic as talking to a kid in a village that wants to whine about not having an apple to as advanced creating a 12 step quest that will result in that same kid getting an apple after your characters slay an ogre and deliver the apples he drops and making that kid run home and disappear all together, and yes you can do exactly what I just described with some patience and imagination.  

  The character creator is also quite easy to use, tho a bit limited. You can mostly just pick parts and change colors but there are quite a few parts to pick and choose from and you do have parts for men, women and children, and there is also a randomize option that you can keep hitting until you get something you like, or that is simply off the wall and use that. This for example is the picture of a character I made, his only purpose is to exist in the little game I am making, in fact the helmet he is wearing is only on his head so someone can ask him why he is wearing the helmet.

 

   

The map editor is amazing and far more in depth than anything you will find on console and is only matched on PC honestly by other game making software. There are thousands of tiles you can use to make your maps, from water to snow and desert. Trees and ocean,mountains basically just about anything you want, you can have. I even turned a motorcycle into a flying bike because, well reasons I guess, it was there. I simply felt the need to do it. You can design any kind of RPG trope you want from a cave to a tower to a city busting at the seams with activity. Or do what i did, be lazy and put four buildings and pretend they live in the middle of nowhere.

So far I have not scratched the surface of what can be done here. This is very much a how far down this rabbit hole do you want to dive situation. Want to make that old fashioned Dragon quest (Dragon Warrior) you always felt the world deserved, do it. he combat system is built right in. Felt that Final Fantasy VI could have been better? Do it right this time. (the only downfall is that there is no true active time battle system) but you can choose from some premade spells, items, and weapons or go into the system and start from scratch, design each and every item and what it does, each and every spell and how it is cast and its animation and yes, even the match on how damage is calculated. That is all at your disposal. Now you don’t HAVE to do that, you can simply use their stuff but they won’t stop you from messing with it.

Speaking of creating stuff, no RPG is complete without monsters, and yes those are tours to create and manipulate as well. From starting bats and slime to end game dragons. Or mess with your friends and just palate swap the slime until the end of time. Your call guys.

The game however isn’t perfect, mostly because for as great at creating stuff as it is, you have to be patient and sink time into it. You wont make anything truly decent without sinking a ton of hours into this, and YouTube will be your best friend. This isn’t made for people that want to dive in and make a game because that can’t be done. Even tho they managed to simplify making a game by taking the hardest parts out of it, and by that I mean coding and the actual part of designing all of these tiles, you still need to design all the cities and such and the characters. Also on one occasion the game crashed while I was saving and I lost about an hour of work, but seeing as how that was a one time thing that easily could have been on my end so I won’t hold that against it. I am truly looking forward to seeing what other people make. This game from me tho will get a 9/10, with the note that this game is designed for RPG fans that dream of making their own. Everyone else, probably won’t appreciate this game for what it is.. Best wishes and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

Ratched series trailer

We live in a strange time friends. This strange time now includes a Nurse Ratched origin series, the tyrannical nurse from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. I’m sorta curious where the hell this series is going to take this. I want to watch it for Sarah Paulson and I’m hoping for the best. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

The Ultimate Horror Villain?!

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I have to say this post goes out with a heavy heart from Savior and I. April, 4th, 2020 my father, Duke, passed away. The man was a legend, hilarious, smart, and loved action, superheroes, horror and passed this love to me and for that I’ll be eternally grateful so this post goes out to him…

A lot of the time me and my dad spent together was watching movies and movies and either riffing them a new asshole or losing ourselves the worlds before us. So you see the title of the post and wonder who I’m naming the ultimate horror villain? Is it Michael Myers, the masked Shape of Haddonfield, that stalks the streets on Halloween. Is it the Alien, the perfect orgasm that exists and is biologically designed to be a heartless killing machine? Pennywise the Dancing Clown, Freddy Kruger, Dracula, Candyman, the Cenobites, Jaws? While I admit the topic is subjective and everyone is free to there own opinions, Duke and I had a peculiar candidate in mind years and years ago. A killer so diabolical, not only were they never apprehended but is seen as a positive force in there killing field. That is the most frightening thing of all, there is no fear of them, only admiration and recognition that disguise the wells of blood they spilled across the US. So who is this mastermind, you ask? Jigsaw? No. Hannibal Lector? Nope. The answer (drum roll please)….is…

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Jessica-motherfucking-Fletcher. Yes, the main “protagonist” of the hit show Murder She Wrote. For those unfamiliar, Murder She Wrote is about Jessica (J.B.) Fletcher who’s a widow, mystery writer, and sleuth in her cozy town of Cabot Cove. She’s a hometown hero, but I believe different. Why do people die wherever she goes? There is always a murder afoot and of course the police sheriff and town coroner need her aid to solve the deaths, despite both of them being close friends of the charming, sweet Ms. Fletcher. I’m saying it’s really suspicious the amount of deaths that have accrued in Cabot Cove, certainly wouldn’t the town be vacant after 12 seasons of Jessica’s bloodthirsty rampaging. Don’t let the cheery opening music and charmingly disarming performance by Angela Landsbury as Jessica Fletcher fool you, Murder She Wrote is a brilliant work of horror that gave us one of not only horror’s greatest villains, but fiction’s as well. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

The Spongebob Squarepants movie

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Ok, I won’t burst into song. Many are likely wondering, ‘Torsten, why are you talking Spongebob after a string of violent comics and video games’? Well, the answer is simple dear reader: I’M A GOOFY GOOBER!

Spongebob Squarepants is just a happy go lucky fry cook down under the sea in the underwater town of Bikini Bottom.he loves his job at the Krusty Krab, loves his friends, and loves jelly fishing. The Krusty Krab is about to open a second restaurant, spelling certain doom for Plankton and the Chum Bucket; after hundreds of failed ploys to take down Mr Crabs and the Krusty Crew, he has finally  come up with the perfect diabolical plan. He swipes King Neptune’s crown which hides his baldness, and Neptune freezes Crabs out of anger. It’s up to Spongebob and his best friend Patrick to find the crown and bring order to Bikini Bottom before Plankton takes hold…

Kids movie or not, I laughed my ass off with this movie. I always had a soft spot in my heart for the lovable yellow bastard. If you love the show, the movie won’t disappoint. I love how batshit the movie gets like Spongebob getting wasted on ice cream or him and Patrick riding on top of the Hoff’s ass; it’s easy for adults with a WTF sense of humor to enjoy but its still a clean movie for the kids. It’s a colorful movie and a pretty good soundtrack including a badass Twisted Sister cover at the end. In the end, this is one of those rare times a movie can be enjoyed by young and old and its worth checking out. May the gaming gods bring you Krabby  Patties.