Green Lantern

gl1 Ugh, this one hurts like getting a snapping turtle shoved up my ass. I’m 98% sure this film is the reason Green Lantern won’t appear in the upcoming Justice League (JLA) movie this November even though he’s been in the Justice League since it’s original inception. Green Lantern- Jon Stewart in particular- is my second favorite DC hero. What I love is that unlike most comic book heroes, Green Lantern does not pertain to one singular person but several diverse characters: Hal Jordan, Jon Stewart, Guy Gardener, Kyle Raynor, Simon Baz, Killowog, Arsya, and hundreds of others in a universe full of rich lore. Ideally, Green Lantern could be an amazing film franchise; Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy films proved that there is a market for cosmic themed superhero films and can be well done. That being said, this movie has bright spots in my opinion both as a critic and a fan of the comics but what’s terrible murders this movie. The film follows the story of Hal Jordan, ace air force pilot and smart ass who is trying to live up to the memories of his father who died in a flight accident when he was a kid. One night, hes sees what he takes to be as a meteor crash or some kind of aircraft crash nearby him so he goes to investigate. He comes upon a mortally wounded purple alien named Abin-Sur, a great warrior of the Green Lantern Corps; he reveals to Hal that his ring guided him to him, so he can take his place. Hal takes the ring and Abin dies, before handing him his ring and a green lantern, instructing him to “speak the oath”. After he does he’s taken to planet Oa and brought into the Green Lantern Corps. The lanterns are intergalactic peacekeepers given rings forged from the concentrated willpower from throughout the universe with the ability to construct there thoughts into reality, fly, have access to knowledge collected from throughout the known universe, with the ability to travel in deep space. Hal discovers an ancient Entity of fear called Parallax was responsible for Abin’s death and has his sights set to destroy the Corps while being signaled by mad, mutated scientist Hector Hammond. So Hal has to face his fears and fight this seemingly unstoppable force and become the green lantern.

First, the positives. Overall, the acting is fairly good. Ryan Reynolds tries his ass off to pull the part of Jordan off. The supporting cast of the late Michael Clarke Duncan as Killowag, Geoffrey Rush as Toma ree, and Mark Strong as none other than Thaal Sinestro- one of DC’s most infamous villains ( which the after-cred scene reveals) are the best part of the movie. Problem is these actors would’ve shined but the script isn’t good. Its condensed to shit, the villain layout is wrong, and it tries way too hard to be other, more popular superhero flicks. The CGI is an atrocity, it’s everywhere and it shows; especially in Jordan’s costume and Parallax…and the race car. Oh the race car scene makes you want to drink.  I don’t recommend this movie if you want to learn about Green Lantern. Because of this movie, I rushed to find out more about the character. If you are interested in some epic lantern action I suggest Green Lantern: Secret origin by Geoff Johns or Blackest Night: Green Lantern. I’ll be covering some lantern books soon in the near future so stay tuned and let the gaming gods be with you all

 

 

 

Snes classic

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Nintendo has officially confirmed the Super Nintendo Classic is a thing to be launched this year and will include the never released Star Fox 2. More info can be found here.

http://comicbook.com/gaming/2017/06/25/snes-classic-edition-confirmed-closed-door-events-gamespot-managers/

Lets just hope this isn’t as limited as the NES classic, something many of my friends want but only I seem to have. The 30 games are nice and the system and all its parts work just as well as you would hope and i expect nothing less from the SNES Classic. As always thanks for joining me, and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

Open World Games

 

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Open world games are pretty much always full of places to visit, things to do, people to meet and hey usually I try to kill them. But do they need an actual story? Normally I would say yes, but there are exceptions to the rule. Nobody would expect Sim City to have a story attached to it for example. These games are also usually filled with places to visit, many of which most players never take the time to find. I have easily over 200 hours into Skyrim and I know for a fact I haven’t seen most of the world. I can really say the same thing for any Bethesda game. But they have amazing stories with full fledged worlds to explore and a mission to accomplish. But could there be an open world game that just dropped you in and stopped caring what you did? I’m aware of a couple but the only one I ever played was Elite Dangerous and that is a pretty different breed all on its own. As always thanks for joining me and please comment a few games that may fit this,and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

Split

Split I’m not a huge Shyamalan fan; he reigned supreme at a time when gore, boobs, and bad language made a great movie to me…cut me some slack, I was 10. Like most, I’ve watched his descent into crap with The Happening and his awful adaptation of The Last Airbender and thought his time was over. From youtube, I heard a lot positive feedback on the movie he did prior to Split, The Visit, but still didn’t think much about it. When the trailers for Split started to drop, I became intrigued at the concept alone: three young women being held captive by Kevin, a man suffering from Split-Personality Disorder. Kevin’s mind is split into 23 personalities ranging from Hedwig- a playful 9 year old boy, Dennis- the rigid, disciplined captor repressing his sexual urges, Barry- the fashion loving face he shows his Psychiatrist, and Patricia- a stern companion to Dennis and fellow believer in “The Beast” that all 23 parts of Kevin fear, and soon will his captives. First, I command the astounding performance by James Mcavoy who plays Kevin. Each character he plays is unique and realistic; easily he’s a great villain but a sympathetic supporting character all at once. As for his doctor, who treats Kevin with the intent of proving people with  his condition can potentially lead to greater abilities, and Casey, the quiet of his captives with her own dark backstory. I didn’t find her friends memorable but not annoying; each tries to break free of Kevin’s grasp, proving Dennis and Patricia’s cunning and devotion to bringing forth the Beast. I don’t want to get deep into spoilers with this, it’s a movie that needs to seen and heard but I will say it has some thrilling moments, a great main character and a pretty epic post credit scene that links it to another Shyamalan classic.

Marvel Omega Heroes review

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Marvel Omega heroes is a free to play game where you take control of one of the many heroes  to play through a story i won’y ruin on you. The game play itself is quite similar to the Diablo games. Your hero will gain experience as you kill enemies traditionally found in comics like thug with a gun or any other cliche thing you want to name them since they don’t get names, just like in the comics. After  while of brutally beating up normal people with mutant powers that should probably blow up most of the city you get to fight the more mainstream people like the Green Goblin or the human laser whom i had never heard of. I point that out not to make a joke, but because they did a good job adding in characters both good and bad that most people have never heard of like Moon Knight or Nova that comic fans will recognize but never really get to see n games or movies. The graphics are nice and the sound is actually really well done to the point that if you stand around to long doing nothing your hero will let you know and many of them will actually speak to other heroes when you pass them in the street or at  a headquarters. Its a fun little game with plenty of heroes to play as and is absolutely worth a shot even if it were a full priced game and it fits  a niche that doesn’t exactly have a ton of options. As always thanks for joining me and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

Dark souls 2…oh my

ds2 Damn. Just damn. Much has been said about the Dark Souls trilogy from From Software- some say invigorating challenge, other say total bullshit; I say a little bit of both. Dark Souls I cannot say much about but I got my ass kicked all the way to level 160 in the sequel so let’s go with it. Graphically, it’s beautiful. The scenery is breathtaking and easily sunken into with all of it’s hidden nooks and crannies. Speaking of nooks and crannies, every souls player knows that there’s a threat behind every twist and turn; sometimes you can overcome the evils that can spring forth, but unless you dodge, dodge some more, keep a ass load of Estus Flasks at hand and can hit like a locomotive, you will probably die. In fact, you will die anyway. Many, many, times. My advice to most newbs- choose the sorcery class for your character because its a hard start but damn it becomes epic later on. I do have one major issue with this game, regardless of the difficulty. If you played the other 2 games in the trilogy or Bloodborne, you came to love, hate and respect the bosses. Many of the bosses of Dark Souls 2 feel dull or simply mob bosses that aren’t so much a challenge but a royal rat vanguard pain in the ass! Another complaint I’ve heard is many of the bosses bare a striking resemblance to those in the previous game. Overall, it’s a decently fun game and well, it’s dark souls, but its not the best of the series.

4 K gaming

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First and foremost let me start by saying this, earlier this year u went from a low end 1080 set to a low-medium end 4K. But is the graphical upgrade worth it? Yes and no honestly. My first system i ever played on was an intelivision, a system most people seem to have never even heard of and for a time considered the original Nintendo entertainment system to be the epitome of graphical design. For me graphics while awesome are not exactly important. That being said even with games i played before tossed onto the ps4 saw a definite improvement, and when added to the ps4 pro there was an even greater improvement. That being said, i am also one of the few if not only people i know in person with a 4k t.v. so marketing a system as 4K to me seems like a rather large mistake. The PlayStation 4 pro is an amazing system that I definitely but only if you already have the 4k t.v. to go with it, otherwise it seems rather pointless and  have no doubt the new xbox will fall into that same category.  See for now 4K is largley a niche market that most people simply can not take advantage of so marketing a system specifically for that seems like a sure way to lower sales. That being said it wont be more than a few more years anyway until 4K becomes common, especially considering more than a couple companies already have an 8K t.v. in development. (and they are expensive as hell)  4k gaming is without a doubt the future and it is coming fast, but we are not quite there yet despite what many believe. As always thanks for joining me, and may the gaming gods bring you glory.