Archive for September, 2015

What A Lovely Day To Play Mad Max

Post Apocalyptic Prologue

Before we get started I just have to say that I have known about this game for quite some time now. It has been in development for the last three years or so. I remember watching the E3 reveal trailer back in 2013. You know the one where Mad Max finds a war boy stranded in the desert looking like he’s seen better days. This war boy begs for Max to put him out of his misery so Max opts to run him over with his car instead of wasting his last bullet. I can still remember the applause from the audience after that one and a half minute cinematic. A number of trailers have been released since then, but I just saw one today that I’ve never seen before and if I wasn’t already excited for this game, I would be now! Here’s the Savage Road Trailer.

3000 Miles To Wasteland

The Mad Max story remains somewhat of a mystery to me. I never watched the original trilogy starring Mel Gibson. I’ve seen snippets of each film here and there, but not once have I ever sat down and committed myself to immersing myself into this post apocalyptic world. Not until this summer that is! George Miller’s latest installment, Mad Max: Fury Road, was definitely one of this summer’s block buster movie highlights. Not to mention the incredible game (so far) featured in this post’s let’s play video above. Mad Max (the game) by Avalanche Studios is a love letter to any Mad Max fan, new or old. And there’s no better way to immerse yourself into the barren wasteland that this franchise has depicted so well. One of my favourite things to do when playing an open world game like this is to stop, smell the roses and take notice of the beautifully rendered world. Yes, there is beauty to be found in Mad Max. Not only in it’s aesthetic, but in it’s gameplay as well. It borrows the combat from Batman and splices it with…well I’m not quite sure exactly. I have no other reference because I haven’t played any other game quite like this so let’s just say that so far it has all of the elements that I like in a game 😁

But back to my original point. I don’t know much about the life and times of Mad Max. However I have been given enough pieces of information to put it all together. Here’s what I do know. Max Rockatansky (aka Mad Max) was a cop. His wife and daughter were murdered by some not so very good people. Max exacts revenge on the not so very good people and somewhere in there he goes mad? This is where I have questions. At what point does he go mad? Does he actually go mad at all or is it just a name? I have so many questions, but let’s continue with my mediocre book report. The movies take place pre, mid and post apocalypse. Resources are very limited and Max is left to his own devices just trying to survive. But sure enough he keeps getting swept up into the struggles and harebrained adventures of the different people he crosses paths with. The end. That’s Mad Max in a nutshell. Cross checked and confirmed by the three movies that I didn’t see, to the one that I did. Lol.

But all movie humour aside, one thing that I truly do know is that the Mad Max game does right a wrong that exists with Fury Road. In the game you have your bad ass ride to dish out some serious damage with! Mad Max’s car was a staple in the first two movies, but unfortunately it was not utilized to any degree in Fury Road. Perhaps the car didn’t have a significant place in the new movie. Maybe we’ll get to see it return in all of it’s glory in the sequel, Mad Max: The Wasteland. Whatever the case may have been, if you’re in withdrawal because of the absence of Max’s stellar ride in Fury Road then look no further. Mad Max the game has plenty of in-car mischief and mayhem to keep you from going, well, do I really need to say it? Ok then. Mad 😡

Boldly Xeodrifting My Way Around Some Little Big Planets

Confessions Of A Xeodrifter

So I have a confession to make. I am just now figuring out how much fun indie games can be. When I say now I really mean within the last year or so. I’ve had my PS4 for just over one year and it’s only within that time that I’ve realized there is a whole other side to this gaming thing. I had no idea that independent developers could create, what some would argue to be, video game masterpieces. But it makes sense doesn’t it? We live on a planet that constantly spits out exceptional indie bands and movies. So why not indie video games? Great titles such as Transistor, Super Time Force Ultra and Axiom Verge would never have been on my radar a few years ago. I’ve always been a triple A games type of guy. But that has all changed now. Thanks to popular blogs, podcasts and my PS4 I have access to a gaming information highway of epic proportions. God bless the internet and video game journalism! Oh, and I can’t forget YouTube. It’s through all of these different outlets that I’ve been able to increase my awareness about video games, whether they fall into the triple A or indie categories. I now make well informed decisions on which games to invest my time and money into and this week the runner up is none other than Xeodrifter by Renegade Kid.

Space Exploration Doesn’t Get Any Cuter Than This

Sadly I must admit that I’ve never played the highly acclaimed games that Xeodrifter hails from. I didn’t acknowledge Metroid back in my infancy gaming days and Axiom Verge is on my to do list. Luckily for me Xeodrifter is free on PSN and it only takes up 55 megabytes of space. Small in data, but by no means is it small on the richter scale of funness. Xeodrifter shows me exactly what I’ve been missing in the form of 2D, retro shooting awesomeness. It’s simple, yet stylish platforming puzzles take me back to my memorable NES days of old. Now had a played a little more Metroid and Mega Man and a little less Super Mario I probably would be better at this game. Nevertheless I’m up for the 8-bit challenge. It’s a nice break away from the more aggressive and complex mechanics of the triple A titles that I so enjoy. There’s no third dimensional traversing and left analog stick/camera rotating to be done here. It’s strictly just a 2D side scrolling, multiple platform jumping, alien world shooting experience with unwavering boss battles. A true throwback that happily reminds me where modern day gaming originally came from. Xeodrifter is truly pixel perfect, but you be the judge. There will be no nonsensical game review scores on this site! You can check Xeodrifter out on PS4, PS Vita, Nintendo 3DS, WiiU and Steam. There. How’s that for a review?! 😊

🔥 Special Feature 🎬 Alternate Ending

For a limited time only here’s an alternative ending to the feature let’s play above. See me actually gain the upper hand and defeat the yellow-eyed, pink and squishy alien thingy in a no holds barred fight to the finish! Click here.

Living In A Marvelous Disney Universe And Loving Every Minute Of It

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🇺🇸 America’s 😍 Favourite 😈 Superheroes

Now you might argue that Justice League America would actually be America’s favourite superhero team. I mean they have the word “America” in their name. That’s patriotism right there. And I must admit that I’m currently getting a kick out of watching Justice League America Unlimited the animated series on Netflix. I had a conversation with wifey just the other night on why Wonder Woman would be interested in dating Batman. I am only a few episodes into the first season, but so far she’s making it blatantly obvious that she wants to date him. And just like the douche that Batman is he keeps stopping her dead in her tracks. He said it best in the fifth episode, and I quote “You’re a princess from a society of immortal warriors. I’m a rich kid with issues.” LMAO. It totally amuses me. He’s basically telling Diana to go bark up Superman’s tree. And maybe she does, which makes way more sense to me, but I’ve gone off on a tangent. Justice League is a fabulous team, but I’m here to show respect to another team. My favourite superhero team lead by non other than Captain America himself. Wait, I mean Iron Man. No, wait…is it Cap? Whoever the bloody leader is I am dedicating this post to Marvel’s Avengers. Or should I say Disney’s Avengers? Ok, Disney’s and Marvel’s Avengers! So there. Great. That should keep both conglomerates happy 😁

To Disney Infinity And Beyond

Fact. I’m just a tiny (tiny) bit obsessed with The Avengers. For my birthday, which happens to be today, my lovely wife Michelle bought me eight Disney Infinity figurines. Six of The Avengers from the 2.0 Edition and two Star Wars from the 3.0 Edition. It was a wonderful surprise. So wonderful in fact I almost made her return all of them because they’re not cheap. And what’s funny is I almost bought myself the Captain America figurine a few nights before my birthday, but I decided against it and opted to buy her the Merida figure from the Infinity 1.0 Edition. She likes the movie Brave, but let’s get back to my Avenger obsession because that’s what you’re dying to hear about.

So now I have these funky new toys to add to my geek collection. This is all well and good, but you should know that my evil plan is to only display them like trophies. This Toy-To-Life video game experience, which is the primary focus for these tiny heroes, actually doesn’t appeal to me all that much. I just love the super well crafted toys. Shout out to the talented art directors and designers at Avalanche Software who did an outstanding job creating these miniature masterpieces. Disney Infinity is a work of art, just like everything that Disney touches, and I am very happy that they have Marvel (and now Star Wars) in their roster. It makes for some interesting gaming mash ups, that’s for sure. Who knew that there would be an experience this crazy where you could play as Marvel, Star Wars and traditional Disney characters, all in one game? You know what? On second thought, maybe I will play this game after all 😃

Avengers Assemble

I finally finished watching Phase 2 of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. Michelle and I went to the movies and finally saw Ant-Man! I wasn’t sure how it would “measure” up to the previous films from Phase 2, but I was pleasantly surprised. Earlier this summer I saw…no scratch that…I experienced Avengers: Age of Ultron! Twice! In two weeks I’ll be picking up the Blu-ray! Actually let me back things up a bit to truly make you understand. Prior to watching Avengers: Age of Ultron on opening weekend I had an Avengers party at my house! There was no cosplay, well, just an Iron Man mask, but that was it. That and all of the Avengers decorations that you could think of. Lol. I bought this decorative kit that came with Avenger swirly decals to hang from the ceiling, big and small pop-out center pieces for the table, and one inch round Avenger confetti to scatter all over! Are you still paying attention? Because it didn’t stop there! I created a tattoo station and had Avengers tattoos for all of my guests! And finally, if that wasn’t enough, I bought every flavour of Doritos that had an Avenger on the packaging! What did I tell you? Obsessed. With all of that in place the idea was to re-watch the first Avengers movie on the Saturday and continue this ultimate Avenger weekend by going to watch Age of Ultron the very next day. Talk about an amazing weekend! The cinematic adventures that is The Avengers are second to none and it’s all due to this ragtag Marvel team/amazing cast lead by the uber talented director Joss “Once More With Feeling” Whedon! Grr Argh! (For my Whedonites out there 😉)

Marvel Cinematic Universe

I’ll be a monkey’s uncle if I know what the people at Marvel Studios are drinking, but Jiminy Cricket, whatever is in the water over there is doing the trick. Marvel’s Cinematic Universe has to be one of the biggest, if not the biggest, silver screen undertaking in Hollywood history. From now until 2019, if you’re a Marvel fan, all of your summers will consist of lining up at the box office, at one point or another, to see what Marvel has in store for Phase 3. And guess what? I’m all in! All of these movies are just damn good. Yes, there have been weaker films. I’m not a big fan of the first Thor and I had to watch Iron Man 2 a few times before it started to grow on me. But over all both Phase 1 and 2 were successes in my book. And the fact that all of these solo projects connect and bleed into one another just adds to the excitement of it all. When the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier crossed over into Marvel’s Agents of Shield TV series, I nearly lost my shit! Not only are these big budget movies connected to one another, but they’re trickling over into the small screen TV shows as well! Tell me, who do I send my MCU love letter to because they are hitting all the right notes for me. Don’t even get me started on the Daredevil Netflix series!

Now who knows how much longer these movies are going to be popular with the mainstream. But ten or twenty years from now we are going to look back at this time and say that this was the heyday of comic book movies. And rightfully so because when you look back to when these kinds of movies originated you can clearly see the progression that has been made. There’s no doubt that Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins/Dark Knight trilogy raised the bar very high, but let’s save the DC movie discussion for another post. Marvel wants the next five years of your life. Maybe ten if there is a Phase 4. Whatever their evil plan is Marvel’s Cinematic Universe has me by the gonads and I’m not even the slightest bit upset over it. If I could give them my movie ticket money for the next five years in advance I would because I know that I won’t be disappointed. Marvel’s track record so far has proven this to me. Are they capable of producing a weak film? Of course. But at most that is what it will be. Just a weaker film. Marvel will never bomb at the box office, but if it so happens that they do, I think I’ll allow it 😏

🎬 Marvel Phase 2 Recap (Spoilers)

Here’s a recap of what happened in all of the movies in Phase 2

📅 Marvel Phase 3 Calendar

Here’s the movie calendar for Phase 3, not including the Spider-Man reboot slated for 2017

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How To Fight Like A God And Destroy All Of Your Enemies

God Of War III – The Not So Remastered Version

I don’t know what it is about the God of War series, but I absolutely love these games. It’s way too much fun playing as a powerful demigod with a huge chip on his shoulder. I get to take all of my…I mean…his…frustrations out on all of the demons and hell beasts that come in my direction. Kratos is a world wind of destruction and I enjoy every minute of it. I’m just sorry that it took me this long to get to this point. When I tell you about all of the events that had to take place for me to finally play this game you’ll be flabbergasted. I honestly think that’s the first time I’ve ever used that word in a sentence. Seriously though. I literally just tore off the cellophane from this game one week ago and put the disc into my PS3. I’ve had this game for so long and I’m only playing it now. I can’t even pinpoint when I actually got this game. I remember that my brother-in-law Brandon bought it for me for Christmas. I just can’t seem to remember which year exactly. Now I know I got my PS3 in December 2009. It was my Christmas present to myself. So I would have received it either the following year in 2010 or 2011. It was most likely 2010. Brandon, being the good brother-in-law that he is, would have come up with the idea to add to my slowly growing gaming collection. So I got God of War III just over five years ago. Now let’s put this into perspective. These are all of the pivotal and subsequent events that had to transpire in order for me to finally play this game. Are you ready? Then let’s continue.

My God Of War III Timeline In Retrospect

  • December 25, 2009 – After much deliberation I bought myself a PlayStation 3 for Christmas
  • March 16, 2010 – God of War III released for PlayStation 3
  • PS3 game collection steadily grew
  • December 25, 2010 – Brandon bought me God of War III for Christmas
  • PS3 game collection continued to steadily grow
  • November 13, 2013 – PlayStation 4 released
  • April 4, 2014 – I bought myself a PlayStation 4
  • PS4 game collection steadily grew
  • January 11, 2015I finished God of War: Ghost of Sparta on PSP
  • January 24, 2015I launched this blog!
  • July 14, 2015 – God of War III Remastered released for PlayStation 4
  • September 1, 2015 – I finally played God of War III on PlayStation 3

Fortitude Of A Demigod

By now I hope that you are shaking your disapproving head at me because what I just shared with you is ridiculous, isn’t it? #ICYMI (Hashtag, In Case You Missed It) please allow me to reiterate. Within the last five years of me owning, and not playing this PS3 game, a newer version of the PlayStation launched followed by a remastered version of the very same game that we are talking about. Crazy huh? Time flies when you’re a gaming procrastinator like I am. But that is all in the past. My goal is to still get through my infinite playlist. No game backlog is too daunting. Not for this Gaming Worker. So I’m off to a terrible start. Ghost of Sparta is still the only video game that I’ve completed this year, but I’m not going to give up. Damn the challenges. Just like Kratos I will fight like a god, destroy all of my enemies and come out victorious. Even if my thumb and fingers bleed from all of the button mashing that comes with entertaining a game like this, I will prevail. Spoken like a true god, wouldn’t you say? 😡

Editor’s Note

According to my official Twitter account I have released what seems to be a teaser of a follow up post to my How To Fight Like A God And Destroy All Of Your Enemies Let’s Play series. This slowly, but surely comes as exciting news to you as you have been eagerly waiting to hear about a possible sequel to my aforementioned blog post. At this time no official release date has been confirmed. Stay tuned 😉

Saying Au Revoir To DC Universe Online

This Is My Wandering Albatross

Scientific Name: Diomedea exulans

I would like to introduce you to a super friend of mine. She’s been missing in action for a very long time, but my other super friend let me borrow his “bat signal” to summon her back into the fray. I needed this friend for one conclusive adventure. She’s five foot eleven, weighs 135 pounds and always eager to throw down. Her sapphire blue skin glistens in the light and her ominous glowing eyes can burn a whole right through you. Short hair on one side with long bangs on the other, she’s as stylish as she is deadly. And her wingspan…well let’s just say her wingspan would make Marvel’s own Archangel crazy jealous. The name of this amazing wandering albatross is Arcilla and she hails from the Massively multiplayer online role playing game, DC Universe Online.

DCUO_Arcilla

I have only played a total of four RPGs in my lifetime. In three of them I was given the option to create and customize my very own playable character. DC Universe Online is DC’s answer to creating a fascinating role playing world. Arcilla (named after a college friend of mine) was the first super heroine that I’ve ever created and together we’ve been on a number of quests. Our relationship started when I downloaded this free-to-play PS3 game back in May 2013 and I had every intent to play and immerse myself into this superhero themed experience. After all it was a DC game unlike any other. It was pronounced and my favourite comic book creator of all time, Jim Lee, was involved as a director. All signs pointed to “Play this game!” And play I did. I created my super hero and began blasting, zapping and scrapping my way through the streets of Gotham City and Metropolis as a low level do-gooder.  I say low level because I only got enough XP to level my character up to a level six. In this game they say that the real action begins at level thirty because this is when all of the amazing endgame content becomes available. The duos, raids and other endgame missions are where the real parties are at. Basically the game doesn’t start until you hit the level cap so Arcilla would have to grind her way through until she reached those final double digits. Sadly though I never made it to those double digits. But as history dictates, life and other top priorities got in the way to trump my video gaming goals. Alas, it has been over a year since I last played DCUO and sadly I had to admit to myself that this is one special game that I am just never going to finish.

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Yes, truly a sad realization. Even though all of your characters and progress can easily be downloaded onto the PS4 it still took me a while to press the delete command on my PS3. I don’t like letting things go. Plus I have the tiny fear that something could go wrong. What if I do decide to resume play in the future on my PS4 and all of my data in the DCUO server goes missing? Not to worry. Worst case scenario would be to start all over again from the beginning. This would mean creating a new super hero. Arcilla would have to reincarnate into someone else, but it’s a risk I’m now willing to take. There are so many games, new and old, to keep me occupied. And right now I’d rather be grinding and leveling up my Titan in Destiny. Sorry Daybreak. I’m a big fan of the DC Universe, but right now, when it comes to MMORPGs, Bungie’s Destiny is my go to. But I’ll save my praises of Destiny for another post. I’m saying goodbye to a unique role playing universe where I was able to play alongside some of DC’s most iconic superheroes. DCUO was very short lived, but it was memorable and it introduced me to a type of online gameplay that I now love and appreciate. These things happen for a reason correct? Maybe I was not meant to finish this game. Maybe it was just a gateway drug to a much more addictive game. Whatever it’s purpose DC Universe Online is gone from my infinite playlist, but still within reach. Barring no issues with the DCUO cloud, Arcilla may rise again in true next gen form on my PS4. But until then I bid you farewell. Here’s looking at you kid 😈

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