Justice League/ Power Rangers #6 Review

Previously: The Rangers and League team up to fend off Lord Zedd’s and Brainiac’s forces where the Rangers get their Power Coins back. Plus, we find out what had happened to Alpha-5 as he was a prisoner of Brainiac and the two have a narrative over the course of the last few pages which causes Alpha to use Zedd’s growth grenades and turns himself into a giant to fight off against the monsters attacking the UN.

The issue opens with the battle continuing outside of the UN and Alpha manages to knock out a monster, but that ends up nearly killing fleeing civilians, but Wonder Woman and Superman manage to get underneath the monster to stop it from falling. Alpha apologises for what he has done, but the Rangers pass it off since that Alpha is new to punching monsters and Jason says that they need to get Angel Grove away from here and Flash says that he will get it away, but the Rangers notice something wrong with the city. The Command Centre wasn’t in the bottled city, and we find out that Zordon is around the neck of Lord Zedd who appears to also be commanding the Zords.

Batman informs the B-Team that they are being overwhelmed by the combination of Drones and Putties and asks for when Cyborg and Billies plan is going to happen and they say that their idea seems to have worked and Cyborg tells him to let the Drones come. The Drones start massing around Cyborg and it appears that Brainiac has taken control of him again. Brainiac says that he is going to destroy Cyborg to see how he works, but Billy says that he isn’t going to do it since that they have a surprise install for him, a Trojan Horse that manages to delete Brainiac and all the Drones in the process. With Brainiac down this means that the Rangers can retrieve the Zords back, giving them an advantage against Lord Zedd.

But it looks like that Zedd isn’t happy about the current predicament, with his ally being deleted, the Rangers reclaiming the Zords and seeing Alpha facing off against a monster. He uses two of his growth grenades and he turns himself giant sized. Green Lantern seems shocked that he can do this, even though it was shown that he had used to grow his monsters and seeing Alpha use one at the end of the last issue. But Wonder Woman brings up the more important point, that being he had made himself a larger target. But just as they decide to take him on, Zedd blasts them with a bolt of magic and they fall out of the sky and Batman notices Superman falling out of the sky and he runs over to him to save him from being stabbed by the staff, but the Megazord manages to make the save and they notice where the Command Centre was and rip it off and hands it to Alpha to keep it safe.

Zedd tries to fight off the Megazord, but that goes as well as to be expected and it just punches him back. The Rangers having the upper hand and draws the Power Sword and they go for the finishing move but Zedd manages to repel the Megazord off with his magic staff and he manages to shrink down. Wonder Woman manages to see where Zedd is running off to and Kimberly teleports out to take him down, with the most comical way to take out a villain, a boxing glove arrow that she kept from her Justice League disguise. Later, the Rangers and the League set up to get Angel Grove back into its correct place and they just make a joke about moving the city a little bit to the left. They use Brainiac’s ship to revert the city back to its proper size and we see the Megazord standing over the city.

Even further later, the Rangers and League are in the Juice Bar where Batman manages to intimidate Bulk and Skull. They order a round of drinks and Batman tells the waitress to leave the bill with him and Zach interrupts him saying that he can’t pay for the drinks since that the money that he is using won’t be legal tender, for the fact that it is a $100 bill with Lex Luthor’s face on. At the Command Centre, the Rangers and League say their goodbyes as Zordon is able to open a dimensional doorway to get the League back to their universe. Kim asks Batman if she can keep the Boxing Glove arrow and he says yes, hopefully Oliver Queen will have some back up arrows, and Billy gives them a gift of their own in the form of Communicators so that the League can call them for help and vice versa. The League departs and we see Alpha walking off from the team and we have ourselves a cliff hanger ending. Brainiac is still alive and living inside of Alpha-5.

Overall this series has been a rather good crossover between the two franchises since that we got to see the teams start off at differences, but then a reasonable and rational discussion got them on the same page. The villains seemed to be a good pairing as well since that Zedd had gave Brainiac a good incentive for teaming up with him, that being able to get him to another multiverse and start taking cities from the planets that exist there. Plus with the now lingering threat of Brainiac still being in the Rangers universe means that there are plans to have a sequel series that I’m hoping will be out in the next few years.

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Halloween Month: The Good, The Bad and Pennywise the Dancing Clown

When I heard that there was going to be a new version of the film It, I was a rather looking forward to it since that the original television movie for it, wasn’t that great in my opinion and was only regarded in having the best portion being the kids story, with the adults seeming to be rather okay. But with the new film being split up into two films, with the first chapter being focused around the kids and then the second the adults maybe this would make it better.

The Good: To start out for this with the good, the entire cast of kids for the film are really good since it appears to have the token characters that you would see in a film from the 80’s, since that is when this version of the film is set. But if I did have to say who my favourite from the series would be Bev Bill, Richie and Ben. The other friends seem to be alright but I did find them to be annoying and in the case for Mike, I didn’t find him to be part of the story that much and I hope that in Chapter 2, we see him with a bigger role to play.

The second thing that I liked about the film was the way that Pennywise used the fears of the children to his advantage. It did make him seem more of a threat than in the original version where he was vaguely terrorising the children and didn’t seem to do much else. However, in the film, they did get a lot more creative with the ways that he terrorised the children, going with the way that each child had a fear that made them different with the ways that the scares happened. The three that I liked the most, weirdly enough featured the three kids that I didn’t care for that much. The first was Stan who was freaked out about a painting that his father had in his office of a deformed woman playing the clarinet/ flute. The second was Eddie getting chased by a leper, who at first, I thought it looked like Stephen King but I could have been easily wrong. The third scare that for Mike, who had arms trying to reach out at him from behind a door that was on fire, and when we get the backstory on what happened to his parents it just gets even creepier.

The third thing that I liked about the film was the story since that it seemed to do a lot better of a job explaining the lore about the town of Derry in which we find that it seems to have larger numbers of missing people but most worrying children. Another thing that I liked about the story was that it seemed to be a lot more realistic in ways. This comes to it after (Anti-Germ Kid) ends up falling through a hole in the well house and breaks his arm, it then signifies the team breaking up since that some of them no longer want to do this since according to the lore, Pennywise will be going into hibernation and not appearing again for another 27 years. But when it turns out that Pennywise has captured Bev, it gives them the reason to reunite and take on Pennywise.

The Bad: With the good comes the bad and to start it off I did rather hate the bullies from the film. I just found them to be rather plain and boring since they didn’t seem to have that much of a character at all through the film except for one scene where he is recruited by Pennywise and then goes and kills his father. Lucky for the Losers Club is that he then ends up meeting a possible worse fate after Mike knocks him down the well and he is supposed to be dead. But the thing that has me rather curious is that in the original movie, Knives, is supposed to be alive and in an either a hospital or an asylum where Pennywise breaks him out.

The second thing that I though was bad about the movie revolves around Bev and her father since that it seemed to have a rather icky sub text. That being it seemed that she might have been forced into some sort of incestuous affair with her father. This is even more suggested since that the film, the scenes that we see between the two of them there does seem to be something dark going on between them. This does make more sense since that in the final confrontation with Pennywise, he changes his head into that of her father, but instead of being afraid, she just whacks him revealing that she isn’t afraid of him anymore. In the end of the film, Bev reveals that she is going to be moving to Portland (not sure which one) mainly what I believe is down to either her father’s actions or for the small possibility that he could be dead after she clocked him over the head with the toilet tank lid.

The third thing that I found bad with the film was the scoring for it. For a lot of the scenes that happened the music seemed to be rather over the top in which that it should have been more quieter and this way makes the scene have more suspense and makes it much scarier and the Nostalgia Critic brought it up in his review of the film. I also have a problem with music being used to score for building up jump scares and it is something that bothers me when I watch horror films in general. It just seems to be rather pointless and I think that the sound would be better to place in when the scare happens.

Overall: I think that this has been one of the best Stephen King films that I have seen and if Chapter 2 is going to be anything like this, quality wise, I will be looking forward to seeing it in 2019.

Halloween Month: The Invaders #31 Review

A few months ago, I had decided to try and do another theme month and the one that came to my mind was to do Halloween theme and when I was in Durham I found a retro toy stall on the market and I found the first comic to kick off this month as The Invaders meet Frankenstein.

The cover for the issue is rather cool, with Captain America and Namor getting swatted by Frankenstein, who is wearing a blue Nazi uniform. But the thing that I find weird about the cover is that The Human Torch looks to be smaller than either Cap or Namor.

The issue opens with Spitfire cleaning the Invaders mansion in which she knocks over a hatbox and discovers a hat of a Gestapo officer and she then tries it on for then to notice Captain America standing in the doorway. Spitfire is slightly shocked about the sudden appearance of Cap and he says that the hat was a souvenir that The Torch had and Cap regales the tale of how they had gotten the hat. He, Namor and Bucky were travelling to Switzerland, but Spitfire interrupts on what happened with them heading to a neutral country and what had happened to the Torches and Cap continues saying that they had received word that there was possible Nazi activity in the Swiss Alps and the Human Torch and Toro went off to see what happened. But since they had wrapped up the investigation in England, they still didn’t hear anything back from them and they headed to Switzerland to see what had happened.

When they got there, the village where the Torch was near and they find it to be rather deserted but the lights are on in the building, but just as they said that the two of them are swarmed by the villagers with one of them saying, ‘let me drive the stake through their demon hearts’ making me think of the time where Captain America fought against Dracula in Avengers Assembled. Namor comes to their rescue and the villagers note that he is strange looking for his feet and his ears. But Cap tries to calm the villagers by asking if they have never heard of him or Namor, but the villagers then notice that in the moonlight that they recognise who they are. Cap theories that they attacked them since they were unfamiliar and the villagers say that they were attacked by ‘horror beyond all comprehension’.

The villagers inform them on what has happened recently with graves being robbed, two fire demons (which was Human Torch and Toro) that were heading towards Castle Frankenstein, and that a monster had left the castle and had murdered several villagers. The villagers had then decided to mount an assault but when they noticed the jet coming over the town they turned their focus on them. Cap doesn’t seem to believe the part about the monster and tells the towns folk who the demons were and says that they are going to Castle Frankenstein to investigate and tells the villagers to go back to their homes. But the villagers refuse to do so and inform them about Dr Basil Frankenstein and says that he consorts with the Devil, making me think more of the Invaders meet Doom than Frankenstein, and they say they are they only know how to deal with him.

Cap and Bucky reach the Castle and they manage to find an open window and make their way in and discover that the information about Nazi’s being in Switzerland being true and then they get ambushed by a group of Nazis’ from behind a secret wall, confirming more about my theory of it being the Invaders meets Doom.  Cap and Bucky manage to beat up the soldiers but they don’t notice a lumbering officer coming up behind them to reveal Frankenstein. Cap goes to punch Frankenstein but it appears to do nothing, but Frankenstein then starts beating up the two of them and then we see Basil Frankenstein and his assistant Kitty being wheeled in and Cap takes advantage of the distraction. But that comes up rather short since Basil gives the creature a command to attack them and he manages to knock them both out and we see them being bound.

Cap wakes up and finds himself being bound on a table, Bucky chained to a wall and we see that Toro is there as well who is also chained but he has been doused in chemicals that don’t allow him to flame on. Basil and his monster arrive in the room and he commands the creature to remain where he is until the need him and Cap asks him the basic questions on why the Nazi uniform and what happened to the Human Torch. But Basil first decides to inform him on the creature first and says that his ancestor was Victor Frankenstein and says that he created the first monster, and we get an editor’s note that this is in the same continuity as the events of Monster of Frankenstein. He then goes on to say that he started to appreciate more of his family’s heritage and secrets. Then we get more information on Kitty and we find out that she is in fact Japanese. Basil says that she is a surgeon from Japan and she has been acting as his hands for surgery because of a laboratory accident. They then give them the reasoning why they are doing it and it is an experiment to win the war by having an army of Frankenstein’s that would be unstoppable. Then they revealed the reason why Cap is strapped to a table and that is since Basil is paralysed he wants a new body and he decides to place his brain inside of Cap’s body.

When they wheel in Cap’s body to the laboratory, Cap discovers the Human Torch inside a large bubble. Cap tries to talk to Torch, but he can’t hear him and Basil tells him that he can’t hear him or flame on. Basil then says that he has needed Torch all of this time because he needs his ‘Android Energies’ since that this version of the Human Torch is an Android and he plans on improving on the prototype of Frankenstein with Torch’s technology. Back down at the town, the resident notice lights coming from the Castle and they decide to march up to there in a mob, but Namor tells them to stay where they are, but they don’t listen to him, so he decides to use his strengths to get to the Castle before the mob and he discovers what has happened, with Cap being strapped to a table and Torch in a bubble but this time it appears that Torch could be dying.

But that’s not all that is happening, it appears that the ‘Android Energy’ is being transferred to Frankenstein and it is changing the monster into a new form giving it a larger design. The villagers storm the castle and Basil tells the guards to butcher them, whilst Namor uproots a power pole and throws it through the skylight of the lab, managing to break the bubble that encases Torch and he manages to flame on and frees Cap. Basil commands Frankenstein to recapture Cap and Torch rescues Bucky and Toro. Torch has an idea that he wants to try out with Toro and it turns out that Frankenstein is afraid of fire, but Torch doesn’t want to hurt the monster, however Namor ignores him and punches him full force in the face and we see sparks flying off the monster after crashing into a machine. But after that punch, Torch notices something about the monster and we see tears on a close-up of the face.

The creature turns his attention away from The Invaders and switches his focus towards Basil and Kitty and he grabs them both. The reasoning about this would be when Namor punched him into a machine, it created a short circuit that disabled the brain implant. He takes the up to the roof of the castle and the creature finally speaks and says that he will return to the grave that spawned him and will take them both with him to the grave, and they jump off the Castle and they manage to land in the town where the villagers discover the bodies. The Invaders discuss what had just happened but the villagers come through and they say that they now must destroy the Castle so that no more monsters can be created, but Torch disagrees with the mob and he manages to absorb the flames of the torches. He then informs them that he is an android and he makes it his mission that he will keep the Castle intact as a monument to Frankenstein since that the creature was the one that stopped Basil from creating more monstrosities. The issue ends with Cap ending the tale saying that Castle Frankenstein is still standing but Spitfire asks why the Torch should defend the Castle and if he has asked him. But Cap just replies by asking if she should ask him.

Overall this issue is just rather strange, but it does have a lot of the tropes that come from the Frankenstein movies. I do hope to try and find more classic stories to review in the future mainly because the next issue of the Invaders sounds interesting that being The Invaders and Thor crossing paths.

Batman: Battle of the Cowl #1 Review

Following the events of Final Crisis, Darkseid had ‘killed’ Batman, in fact Batman managed to travel through time. But that meant that Gotham was without a Batman and thus more and more villains came out of the woodwork and try to take over control. And this is the story on how three former Robin decide to see who would take up the mantle of the Bat.

The story opens with Red Robin, Tim Drake, and Squire (a UK counterpart for Robin) who are on patrol where they stumble up on a group of Joker’s goons where they find them already wrapped up in rope with a note saying, ‘I am Batman’. Red Robin tells them that they are running late and we see them riding off on a Bat-bike where Red Robin narrates more about what has happening but the most important is that Nightwing and Batgirl forming The Network where we see in the smaller panels we see a lot of supporting characters with, Knight, Wildcat & Black Canary, Man Bat & Katana and Batwoman with Batgirl where they are all trying to help the GCPD with stopping the riots from happening. Red Robin helped Huntress by knocking out Professor Pyg goons, where he then informs Nightwing that they have a problem and he then informs the readers that Nightwing has started to be more like Batman since he ‘died’ by becoming cut off from his emotions and becoming unapproachable.

We then cut over to a prisoner transfer bus where it halted by a double- crossing guard and we see a masked individual standing in front of the bus where we see that Black Mask has stopped them. This seems to confuse one inmate since that he thought that Black Mask was dead. This is true since that Roman Sionis was dead and a new Black Mask had taken his place and in the main series that follows this we find out that the person behind the mask is Jeramiah Arkham. A lot of the prisoners seem rather sceptical about Black Mask leading them since that he wants them for his plan and one prisoners decides to step out of line in which he gets a harsh discipline. Black Masks has him killed with a chemical implant with what appears to be the prisoners head being attacked from the inside causing it to rot like a corpse. Croc asks him the reason for doing this in which he says that Batman is dead and then Arkham Asylum blows up. Going into this it seems rather strange but it does make Black Mask seem to be the bigger threat in the story since that the inmates that were going into Arkham are useful since that you have Killer Croc, Poison Ivy and Victor Zsasz since that Zsasz is rather psychotic.

Outside the GCPD reporters badger Gordon for answers asking if the GCPD have given up with the amount of gang’s that have sprung up but he ignores them all except for one, that comes from the Riddler. At this point in the Batman stories, I believe that Riddler had decided to step out of crime to focus on becoming a Private Detective of sorts. He asks if Batman is dead but before he can answer Bullock draws his attention to the Bat-Signal which was shining with a new icon of the cowl with R.I.P ripped into it.

Inside in the Batcave, Nightwing is staring at Batman’s Cowl in the glass and poses in front of the costume where Red Robin says that one of them should take up the mantle of Batman, but Nightwing reminds him that they have already discussed this, but he gets informed that there is already somebody that has beaten then to wearing the cowl and that they have experience. Nightwing questions him in what he means and brings up the evidence that he has found including a Batarang and Bat-Rope. We cut over to a page spread with this new Batman wannabe standing atop a gargoyle and for a design it did make me think that it was going to be Azrael since that the costume does remind me slightly of the costume that he wore during the Knightfall story arc. In the smaller panels, we see this new Batman attacking gang members and we see that he is using a lot of force since that we see him throwing Batarang in the eyes of some gang members. Nightwing goes through some evidence of the notes that are left from the scenes of the ‘Batman’ attacks but Tim decides to do something more drastic and decides to don the cowl and become a Batman.

Nightwing then starts training against some dummies in which he manages to break the head off and Alfred manages to catch it and he asks if he has something to say. Alfred asks to talk about Bruce’s legacy, that for him to take up the mantle of Batman, but he refuses and says that he has already been over this decision with Tim and Oracle contacts him to inform him on what has happened with Arkham and then we cut over to the top of the Asylum with Nightwing talking with Gordon about what has happened and Gordon comes up with the notion that it could have been an inside job. But Gordon think that it just seems weird since that there were hundreds of inmates that just disappeared without a trace, but Nightwing has an idea with that being that they are all being kept under control. But there is something that I am surprised that hadn’t been brought up and that would be the dead body that was left near the entrance since an inmate did try to step out of line and was killed by Black Mask. The only thing that I could think of would be that Black Mask had the body be disposed of. Meanwhile underground Black Mask is rallying his army on Arkham Inmates and they find out that they are going to start their assault tonight.

Back up top we get Tim narrating about the Network and we see Catwoman dealing with some criminals and then she spots a person dressed in a Batman costume going across the rooftops which catches her attention. In the next page, we see Tim in a Batman costume which appears to be the 1970’s costume with the blue cape and cowl. He continues his narrations saying that he is going to focus on tracking down the Other Batman and it appears that he had found something, but that something isn’t known to us as we then cut straight over to the harbour with Black Mask’s army attacking what appears to be Two-Faces thugs and we see Zsasz ripping the head off one, Croc eating one and Poison Ivy binding two.

Meanwhile, we see that Damian has ‘borrowed’ the Batmoblie to impress a girl, who I don’t think was given a name in the issue, and after accidently turning the GPS system back on Oracle manages to contact him and then sends Girl out of the roof via ejector seat. Oracle tells him to wash the car and stay out of Nightwing’s way but as he is about to reply to her Killer Croc rams the car and causes it to be flipped over. Oracle asks Huntress and Blackhawk to go out and rescue Damien, but they can’t get there quick enough however Nightwing says that he will go and get him. Damien manages to get out of the Batmobile, which is down bogged down in a marsh-like area where he is trapped between Poison Ivy and Killer Croc and Ivy suggests that Croc should eat Damian. We also see that Croc had ate Girl and Damian tries to bargain his way out of Croc eating him, but Croc goes for the bite and we see Damian being swooped up by Nightwing who flies in hang-glider. Damian asks if he was going to keep this quiet and he replies says ‘We’ll see’. But that could be up in smoke as some sort of projectile hits the glider and the two of them are sent crashing down inside an abandoned building.

Inside the building, Damian is the first to get up and he goes over to see if Nightwing is alright and manages to get him away until another explosion, possibly from the glider, sends them flying and a group of masked armed thugs enters searching for the duo. Nightwing tells Damian to stay out of site and we see Nightwing possibly surrendering to the thugs, who then try to kill Nightwing, but one of then gets riddled with bullets and in the final page we see the Second Batman, dual wielding guns with explosions that remind me of Power Rangers where monsters would explode behind the Rangers, and he tells them that he is Batman ending the issue.

Overall the first issue is a rather decent opening since a lot of the issue focuses around one major point. That being Nightwing’s reluctance of donning the Cape & Cowl since that he was the first to be trained by Batman, but he doesn’t want to and he wants to be his own hero, which is why he dropped the mantle of Robin and became Nightwing. I like the idea of Tim becoming Batman since that he and Batman have somethings in common, that being they are detectives and that Tim was able to deduce Batman’s identity. Plus with Tim taking the mantle of Batman for just the series we wouldn’t see him taking the mantle again until the New 52 in which he takes the mantle of Batman Beyond during the Future’s End story arc.

Top Seven Videogames I Want To Play

Since turning 25 this year I got to thinking about something that has been a part of my life, that being videogames and most importantly games and/or franchises that I haven’t played.

Metal Gear/ Metal Gear Solid (Some games): This one I am slightly cheating on since I have played a handful of Metal Gear Solid games, never to completion but still there have been some games that I have yet to play. Mainly since I never played them till PS2/PS3 era when I played Snake Eater and Guns of the Patriot, so that means that I still had at least several games still yet to play since that the franchise started on the NES which I never played since I believe my first console was the SNES. But a few years ago, Konami re-released Metal Gear – Peace Walker in a Legacy collection where it has all the games in between and hopefully I should be able to get it but knowing my luck when it comes to videogames, I think it will take time to get.

Resident Evil: A lot of the people that know me know that I love watching horror film but they should be surprised to know that I never played any games from the Resident Evil franchise since that I didn’t know where to even start with them. There is the original game that was on the PS1, then the was Resident Evil 4-6 on the PS3 that I now can get on the PS4 and now the latest instalment that came out last year in which I did play the demo for. But the two that do stand out for me would be the original game and Resident Evil 7 since that does attract me more since that they both make you feel isolated and this is something that I do enjoy about horror and was one of the things that I like about Until Dawn. But a good thing is that since Capcom have re-released the original games for the current gen consoles so there is another game that I could get my hands on.

Silent Hill: About a year or so ago, I played PT for the first time which was going to be the launch point for a new Silent Hill game for the PS4. However, things at Konami as we all know now, weren’t really going that well and the game was scrapped and Hideo Kojima leaving to work on new games with the first, Death Stranding, being a possible replacement for the Silent Hill sized hole that was left. But getting on with what had come before, I had never played any game. I had seen the films and reviews from the comic that Linkara had reviewed throughout portions of Halloween but they didn’t seem to hook me on that much. But I then saw some gameplay for it from a Let’s Play and it seemed to be rather interesting to me. But there is a slight problem on where I should start since I am unsure if Konami have or are planning on re-releasing the first game or that I should skip to play 2&3 since that I know that I can get a copy since that they are sold together for the PS3 port in which they had to apparently re-do.

Ratchet and Clank: My best friend introduced me to Ratchet and Clank and a few times when I went over to his house I found him playing Ratchet and Clank on a few occasions but the only time that I had ever played it was on a PS2 Demo disc and that was a long time ago. The only other time that I had much experience with Ratchet and Clank was the movie that came out and it I thought I was rather enjoyable of a film, but I didn’t even play the tie in game that came with that. Then I also have the same problem with this as I did with Silent Hill with not knowing where to start with the series since that there were PS2 games, but I don’t know if they got updated to either PS3 or PS4, or I skip to the PS3 games.

Crash Bandicoot: When I was growing up I played Spyro the Dragon over Crash Bandicoot so I never got to experience it back on the PS1. But when Naughty Dog announced that they were going to be re-releasing Crash for PS4 I was a little bit unsure whether to get pick up a copy and I might try and get it for Christmas to see if it is worth getting.

The Legend of Zelda: Even thought that I have owned a 3DS for a long time I have never picked up a Zelda game since I didn’t know what they were really like, but for the past few months since I picked up the 2DS XL I have been trying to find out A) which game to get and B) where to get them. I was thinking on getting Ocarina of Time since that is one of the most popular games from the franchise. But I also have a second option since that I am planning on buying a Switch in a few weeks and I did like the design for Breath of the Wild so there could be a chance that I could also pick this up around Christmas.

Final Fantasy Series: Like a lot from this list me not playing games is down to not knowing about games at the time or due to not knowing about the franchises till later in life. Final Fantasy is one of the franchises that I have slowly gotten into over the years and the most that I do know about the world is thanks to Kingdom Hearts and from what I have seen for Final Fantasy VII Machinabridge from TeamFourStar. I think that one of the games that I do want to play is VII since that it is going to be rereleased possibly next year but the version that I am going to get my hands on will be the original since it is on the PlayStation Store as a digital down load. But as for the rest of the franchise I am a little bit uncertain about getting, mainly down to not knowing the franchise enough. But XV could be another game that I could pick up since that it is the most recent game and if I do plan on picking up the remastered version on VII it would get me used to it since that it appears that it uses the same mechanics as XV, plus the weird Assassins Creed event that is currently happening seem to be rather interesting.

Destiny 2 Review

When Bungie announced this game a lot of my friends and I had rather mixed feelings about this game since that we did have a lot of problems when it came to the first game and we were worried that there was going to be problems that carry over. But lucky enough it seemed that some of those worries were gone.

The story is one of the better things about this game since that in the first game, there was barely a story since that it seemed to be up in the air and developed in some pieces of lore, but with this it starts out strong and it keeps on going. Dominus Ghaul is an interesting villain since that his story is well developed over the course of the cutscenes that we see since that he has his own agenda. Knowing of the existence of the Traveller and the powers that it can give to the Guardians and he wants that power for himself. Then we have the aftermath from the opening when your Guardian is ‘killed’ by Ghaul and is trying to get through the assault in the City, there is so much dread and the possibility that all is lost. But once you meet Hawthorn that is when there seems to be the start of hope in the game.

The rest of the story is rather interesting since that the first few parts is mainly getting the Vanguards back together to come up with a plan to take down Ghaul but there are all the usual Destiny fetch/destroy/defend missions along the way. For the rest of the story there were other things that I did like and the most enjoyment that I did have was with Cayde-6 and Failsafe on Nessus since that a) finding out what Cayde-6 got into the trouble he did with a Vex Teleporter and b) being introduced to Failsafe, the Exodus Black’s Computer for the fact that she is rather unique because of her personalities. But the best thing about the story is the penultimate and final mission in which the plan goes off, with some small hiccups along the way but it is some of the most beautiful looking missions that they have made since that the penultimate you get to fight on Ghaul’s command ship where it is about to absorb Mercury to take out the Sun and it shows a lot of the amazing design that they put into the Sun as well as the detail on the Almighty is rather spectacular.

However, the ending that they did for this is handled better than what happened before since that this had resolution. Being able to defeat Ghaul with all your abilities back that he had taken away from the beginning and then when you think that he is defeated the ending cinematic shows something that was bat-shit insane. That being Ghaul creating a weird astral form in which he tries to get recognition from The Traveller, since that throughout the game Ghaul’s main quest has been trying to get the Traveller acceptance for to be given the same powers as the Guardians. But unfortunately, that doesn’t go well for him as the Traveller, who is also bound in a chain-like cage, but it manages to break out of it and destroys the Astral Ghaul. But that wasn’t the end of it, just like with movies a post credit scene appears several Vex Pyramid ships, with one of them seeming like it was a Mother-Ship leading to mean that this would be the first DLC content that we will be having.

The rest of the game is rather alright. The new areas are designed rather well and each have their unique parts. Another thing that I do like are the Lost Locations in which are hordes of enemies that are hiding Loot.

But I did have some problems that I do have with the game and rather currently it has been down to it still being a relatively a new game and that has been a lot of the connection problems that has been plaguing. As a personal experience when I was playing the day after the first weekly reset I was plagued with five connection problems when I was playing Crucible with my friends. This caused me to even show up on the enemy team at times or even leaving the game, which was rather weird.

But one of my major problems that I have with this game are the Nightfall Strike, but not for the same reason why people have been having problems with. My problem comes with the Strike being set to a 10-minute time limit, in which I do find it to be rather pointless. It can be done but it does make it rather harder and more complicated for some players to do since that you would need to do multiple things on top of the actual Strike. I think that it would have been better if they had the time limit set to the Prestige mode for the challenge since that does give it more of a challenge. Hopefully there could be some changes coming to the Nightfall since that this does make it rather stupid.

I haven’t had a chance to check out the Leviathan Raid yet but hopefully in the next week, I may put something in to cover that.

Overall I did find this game to be quite the step up from where I did leave the first game and I do plan on playing through the entirety of this game. 8/10.

Top Ten Favourite Pokémon

With a franchise that is currently over twenty years old and a sequel to last year’s instalments due out in November I think it’s time that I did a top ten lists of my favourite Pokémon and for this list it is going to mainly come from my experiences from the games and not from other mediums.

10: Hydreigon: Playing through Pokémon Black, I came across a Deino and I caught it and then spent what seemed to be forever to try and get it evolved through Zweilous to finally get Hydreigon out and boy was it a useful to have. A combination of being a Dark type along with Dragon meant that it would be useful for the upcoming Elite Four since that two of the members had Ghost and Psychic types on which I was able to get the upper hand on. Another good thing that I like about Hydreigon is the design it has with its evolution chain getting an additional head, going down the line of it being a Hydra having an additional head. But since the introduction of Fairy type Pokémon I haven’t used it in quite a long time since Hydreigon is 4x weak against them.

9: Toxapex: I think that Toxapex is one of the most useful Poison type Pokémon that has been so far in the franchise. The ability to land critical hits when the opponent is poisoned. Plus, its move set is rather decent as well including its own protect move, Baneful Banker, in which also poisons the attacking Pokémon.

8: Krookodile: One of my favourite Pokémon from the Unova regions and beyond for the fact that it is rather useful being another dual type, this time being Ground/Dark giving it advantage over many different types, but also giving it quite a few weaknesses to boot. However, the move sets that it can learn is also useful with the ability to learn Dragon, Rock and Fighting moves, which can help with the weaknesses. Plus, I think that the final evolution looks awesome and menacing.

7: Turtonator: When I saw the designs first for this Pokémon, I thought that it just looked to be rather stupid and I wasn’t interested in getting one. But a few months ago, I was replaying through Pokémon Moon and I decided to trade over a Turtonator to see what it was like though levelling up. Then I realised how awesome of a Pokémon it is. It didn’t take me long to get used to its move list and I was really shocked with its stats since I started off with a Litten and was training them up together and I found Turtonator to be stronger even when Litten was Incineroar. Plus, the fact that it is a Pokémon that has a high special attack it makes moves like Flamethrower, Dragon Pulse and Draco Meteor even stronger.

6: Glalie: After the fifth or sixth time that I restarted playing Alpha Sapphire I decided to go and get a new Ice type Pokémon since that I usually went with Walrein since I did use it as a HM Pokémon. So, when I decided to get Snorunt I found out that it had a lot of rather decent moves, with one of them being Freeze-Dry, a move introduced in Gen VI, where it can be super effective against Water type Pokémon making it rather useful since that Hoenn has a lot of water, plus it makes it useful for the Elite 4 when fighting Drake since his Kingdra is one more trickiest on his team to beat since that Kingdra resists the Ice type weakness. Another useful thing about Glalie is that its Mega Evolution changes its ability to Refrigerate in which Normal type move deal Ice damage so this means that it has move of a S.T.A.B set when you give Glalie a Normal type move.

5: Talonflame: When I started playing Pokémon Y, I caught a Fletchling not fully knowing if it is going to be any good but once I got it through the levels and got Talonflame I found it to me useful with a good dual typing, this time being Fire/Flying, making it useful for dealing with Steel and Ice types. In my current Moon playthrough I have been using a Talonflame and it has been useful for me dealing with Mallow’s trail as well as dealing with Guzma’s pesky Bug types since that my team is rather lacking in moves to use against him.

4: Electivire: When I played through Diamond and Pearl I never had the chance to get a Electivire since at that point I didn’t have a second DS to trade with myself or any friends at the time playing it. But a few generations later I managed to get my hands on a Electivire and I really enjoyed using it. It has a quite a good move pool with being good for physical and special attacks but the main reason I like using it is because of its ability and even more so for Double Battles, that being Motor Drive, being able to increase the speed stat. I also think that when they added the new evolutions from previous generations this was the one that had the coolest looking designs, that and along with Magmortar.

3: Mudkip/ Marshtomp/ Swampert: One of my favourite evolution chains in the entirety of Pokémon has been Mudkip’s line since that for its generation it has a lot of advantages. The first is that you have an advantage over the Gym Leaders and depending on which version that you play you have an advantage over the rival faction. Swampert is also a useful Pokémon to have since that it does have a rather good move pool as well having a good physical stat can make it useful making moves like Waterfall and Earthquake powerful.

2: Absol: Super Luck + High Critical Moves + Scope Lens = a really broken Pokémon. When I was trying to come up with an idea for a duo for when me and my friend did the Battle Maison I decided to try and use something that could be rather useful and when I saw that it could learn Psycho Cut, Night Slash, Slash and Shadow Claw, this gives me quite an advantage over several types and each time always dealing critical damage. And for what I chose as a my first choice for the Battle Maison is…

1: Greninja: I used this as my second pick and the main reason was that I got it during a Wonder Trade and discovered that it had its hidden ability of Protean in which it can change its type depending on the type of move that it is going to use. This is really useful since that it does take out the weaknesses for Water and Dark types, but it a double-edged sword since that it does give it the weaknesses of that type which in the Battle Maison made it seem that I was playing a high risk on every round it was in. But when I started using it in the Battle Tree I found to be at a disadvantage but with a lot of changes I did find it to be back to its usefulness.