Does Destiny Still Hold Up?

For the past two months or so I had finally got around playing Destiny, on PS4, and I got to say that I rather did enjoy the story to the game. Though it does seem like a rather difficult story to follow but the general premise of the game makes it seem like a decent Sci-Fi film that seems to have a reused story. You have a large planet like being, called the Traveller, that is trying to ‘destroy’ the ever growing Darkness that has been growing for eternity, but once the Traveller reached Earth it started to slowly die and with his last powers created to Ghost’s, basically your AI for the game, voiced by Peter Dinklage, you are revived on Earth and are there to find a ship to get back to the Traveller to then meet with other people and start building up your armour and weapons from then on out.

But there is some rather problems that come with this game. Half the time that you are in the social area there are countless times where an error message comes up and it automatically forces you to return to Orbit when you’re trying to either put items into your vault or trying to decrypt an engram, it gets rather annoying rather fast. Some more problems is that there does seem to be quite a few bugs that happen in the game from enemies being stuck in mid air even though they are dead and most recently in House of Wolves when at a few points in time there were times when Wolf packs dropped in and they where they just drop in and be frozen, not moving or loosing health. Also another problem that I happened with the game was when they did a patch a few months ago where they took out all the Blades of Crota that could be summoned in on Patrol missions on Earth and the Moon making some of The Dark Below bounties hard to complete when there is only one mission that has a Blade of Crota.  It seemed rather unfair and unnecessary for them to take out.

Another thing that I found rather bad about the game is that if you do a Wolf Pack in Destiny and are killed and in regeneration you don’t even get the Ether Key to get the chest even though you were there for the fight itself. It’s beyond stupid and rather unfair just because you get killed you don’t get the key when you’ve fought through the waves just to get nothing except for glimmer for killing the leader. I hope that there is a patch that does fix this because I do think that it is unfair that you don’t get the key, it does seem unfair and should be fixed.

However there is one thing clear about Destiny is that Bungie are trying to make this game as big as a series game like Call of Duty since they announced a ‘Ten Year Plan’ for the game where they will be adding new expansion packs like The Dark Below and House of Wolves, and apparently earlier this year there was a leaked image that appeared online that there could be another Destiny game on the way this year that could possibly be either a standalone game for the series or more likely a Year One edition that will contain both TDB and HoW on them making it seem like a more easier and possible cheaper alternative for gamers who did find the price for the season pass to be atrocious.

One point for me that I rather did like about the game was the voice acting by people in the game. As I said before you have Peter Dinklage voicing your Ghost which I got to say I really liked. I thought his parts were well written, though when you do the Patrol Missions it does get repetitive at times. I really wish that he was also added more to the DLC missions so that you don’t just have the protagonists for the stories doing the voice over because it seemed rather boring just hearing one or two voices at a time. There is also a number of recognisable including Bill Nighy the Speaker, Lauren Cohan EXO Stranger, Gina Torres Ikora Rey the Warlock Vanguard, Lance Reddick Commander Zavala Warlock Vanguard, Nathan Fillion Cayde-6 Hunter Vanguard, John DiMaggio Banshee-44 and so many others. It does seem like there trying to make a rather good film alone with these actors and actresses.

But in all I think if Destiny holds up is all up to how you play the game and who you play it with. I had the rather good time since I was able to play with a friend, who was able to guide me through the game and I was able to do rather well that I’m now up to a good level where most people have been since The Dark Below came out. But there have been times when we’ve had to do strikes and we’ve been joined with a person that just doesn’t do anything what so ever at all and then heads back to orbit, or a person who gets up to the end boss and keeps getting killed and decides to rage quit, so I think that it is important to always have a three person team when you play so at least you know somebody has your back. Also once you get past level 20, it does seem to get harder when you do have to try and level up your light because for a while, especially if you’re doing it solo then it would seem like an eternity to reach a high level. Never the less it all depends on how you play if it still holds up. I honestly think that it doesn’t hold up much. Yes, it does have rather good graphics and yes the people that are in the game are rather good, but everything that you have to do is wash, rinse, repeat. You go into a mission, clear out the enemy, use your Ghost to decrypt something and then kill more enemies, go through a long area that is the equivalent of a load screen and then face the boss of the area. It just gets too repetitive and rather boring most of the time. I honestly give the game a 7/10, there was way too much hype for the game and it seems like it would be a good game just to waste away some time and nothing that much serious about the game.

Batman: Arkham Knight Expectations

So at E3 last year the latest and possible final instalment to the Batman Arkham series was announced and at first I was rather pissed that they were only bringing it out for PS4 and X-Box One but I then got a PS4 and felt happier about it. But there have been a few things that do have me questionable about the new game.

Could There Be Co-Op: With one of the latest trailer for Arkham Knight it was revealed that for the first time you can switch between characters like Nightwing and Robin to create special tag team finishers to take out the enemies. My first thought to this is, could there be a room for a Co-Op sections of the games so that you can have a friend to play as the partner instead of switching between them. It’s just a small thought to it because that way at least if there is a difficult part where you’re playing as two characters a second person might be able to help out better than the computers AI.

Are There Too Many Villains: So with the many trailers for Arkham Knight we have seen a rather good amount of Batman rouges. We have Penguin, Two Face, Harley Quinn, The Riddler, Poison Ivy and of course Scarecrow and Arkham Knight as the main villains of the game. There could be a chance that we see more villains in the game because of the side missions that were in the previous instalments where you had characters like Mad Hatter and Deadshot. But a few characters that I would probably like to see in the game would be the Suicide Squad because when you look at the game and its story, it seems like a suicide mission. But there is one villain that I think we could possibly get back and in a 2% chance is The Joker. Though I may not think that he could be in the game there could be a 5% that he may appear, but I think that he could appear in a DLC mission say the Batgirl mission since nothing seems clear other than it seems like a possible prequel to even Arkham Asylum since Batgirl is Oracle under the mantle of Oracle since then. But hopefully it will be rather good with the villains this time round.

The Batmobile: For me when I heard that the Batmobile was going to be useable in the game I thought ‘Great something that I’m going to suck at’ but I then saw the game play of it being used and it looked okay the fact that it had two mode it seemed that I could get the controls rather easy for it.

Does Scarecrow Have Titan Fear Toxin?: As people may know, during the end credits to Arkham Asylum where there was a crate of Titan that was washed away that was then grabbed by a large had with needles, that being Scarecrow. So since there was a secret room in Arkham City of Scarecrow’s lab, could he have been working on something down there, like a Titan fear toxin, because that’s what I’ve been thinking since I completed Asylum a few months ago. So that’s why I think he wasn’t in Arkham City because he was too busy creating the new fear toxin.

Gotham City: With this new game and for the fact that you get to drive around in the Batmobile, you get to explore what seems to be a large chunk of Gotham City, I would like to see more intractable area and buildings that have something there other than to do with the main story. For instance in Arkham City there was some places that you could replay the area and get more stories about other things, plus up to a certain point you could also face off against some enemies that spawn in. But there were some points like in Arkham Origins where you had places like the GCPD and the Final Offer where it seems that it could have had people that you could have face off against but instead you only get the enemies fighting on the street. Hopefully there will be new areas that may have a constant respawn area.

What Comes After: When I found out that there was going to be a season pass for the game, I thought that yeah this could be good. But I then saw the price for the season pass and I thought ‘My god this is going to cost as nearly much as the game’. I do think that with games like this it does seem like rather a rip off to gamers when they put this much of a price tag for a season pass. For what it would be worth it would be better for gamers who want the full game experience would to be wait next year and get the Game of the Year edition where you get all the DLC content onto one disc. But hopefully with the price of the season pass the content should hopefully be good with as I stated before that the first content was a Batgirl (Barbara Gordon) story and there for had a most people’s interests. So hopefully any other story DLC missions that are going to be available will be good.

Possible Ratings: Since I last did a expectations for Batman: Arkham Origins I gave it a 8/10 and many of my friends think that I’m foolish for liking this game but nevertheless I stick by it and I am going to give the same rating for it, mainly because of the season pass. If it was less expensive then I would give it a 9/10.

Top Ten Favourite Television Shows

So recently made a blog about my top ten favourite nostalgic television shows and since I had enough fun writing and watching nostalgic television that I thought that I would to my top ten of my favourite television.

10: Arrow

Arrow, I’m really surprised about actually got low on my list, has been a rather good three seasons. The series revolves Oliver Queen, played by Stephen Ammel, who was supposable trapped on an island for five years and comes back as something else maybe someone else. That’s possibly one of the more annoying things about the series that it has a continuing monologue in the credits that changes every 6-7 episodes. In the first series we see Oliver trying to take revenge against citizens of Starling City who betrayed his father including Malcolm Merlyn, played by John Barrowman, who turned out to be one of the main villains that use an earthquake machine to destroy a portion of The Glades because that’s where his wife was killed by a guy that we don’t find out till season 3. The series so far have been rather good, which has even had a more successful spin off with a reboot of The Flash staring Grant Gaustin reprising his role as Barry Allen in season 2’s mid-season finale. Never the less it is a really good series and one day I hope for a cross over with Green Arrow from Smallville because that would be cool to see.

9: Revenge

I was actually surprised that I got into this show. It focuses around Emily Thorne/ Amanda Clarke who was out for revenge against the Grayson family for framing her father for a crime that he didn’t commit. It takes the total of three series for her to exact her revenge in rather good ways. There are a lot of good actors in this including Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe, Gabriel Mann and Nick Wechsler, all seem to be really good in this show and it defiantly shows on screen and with this being the last series of the show, I hope that it goes off with a bang. But knowing what the show is like it probable’s is going to go off with a bang.  I like this show because it feels like a rather unique show that has a female anti-hero that will do anything to get justice may that be through abduction, murder and blackmail. It’s also a show that does make you sympathise with some of the characters and what they go through with an example like Charlotte who went off the rails at least during and before the first series and then goes through a transformation when she comes across Declan Porter who she seems to fall in and out of love with and after season three we see her go slightly off the deep end when Declan dies and she ends up miscarrying her and Declan’s child. There is a lot more of her character development in the third series but you’d need to watch it for yourself.

8: The Following

For this I’m going to focus series one and two for the fact that I’ve missed a large chunk of the third series. The series focuses around Ryan Hardy, played by Kevin Bacon, who is a FBI agent that was on the case of serial killer Joe Carroll, played by James Purefoy, who turned to serial killer after being a failed publisher and resorted to being an English professor. This series I did like a lot for the fact that it focused a lot on the cult following of serial killers, which I don’t believe has much limelight nowadays on television mainly since the 70’s-90’s possibly did with the different cults that were around back then like the Manson Family. Another thing that I liked about this show is that one of the actors in this was Shawn Ashmore, who most people recognise him from the X-Men trilogy playing Iceman, and I really liked him in the show and it shows that his acting has rather prevailed since then and I would really like to see him in more good dramas like this.

7: The Enfield Haunting

This is going to be one of the only recent shows, since the fact that it just aired on Sky Living this year. The show focuses around one of the most infamous and rather controversial paranormal experiences in the United Kingdom being the Enfield Ghost where a girl was apparently thrown around her room by a poltergeist and to the day it is still rather sceptical amongst people. This is actually a show that is based off a book that was wrote by one of the original investigators of the case Guy Playfair played by Matthew Macfadyen and Timothy Spall playing Maurice Grosse. These two seemed to go really well together but there is one actress that I did like in the show that was the main focus of the show being Eleanor Worthington-Cox who played Janet Hodgson and she was really good in the show and for child actors that young to do stuff like this must make her really good and she was and I could see possibly big roles for her in the future. I think a reason why I like this show is that it knew how long it was going to be on for and that it told a side of the tale from in a way three different points, it showed it from Janet’s point and what has been bothering her, Maurice’s part trying to help her and find a way to contact his daughter the dealings with his with his wife and from Guy’s point of going from sceptic to believer.

6: Firefly

Firefly was is an odd show. One it was only on for one series, two it was, and I think is, the only show to have its episodes shown out of order and three being cancelled halfway through the series. I think that it was the blame of Fox that had the show’s demise on their hands but it managed to get a cult following through it and also a spin off film and comic book series, plus an online game as well. The series was created by Joss Whedon who also made Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and The Avengers. The series focuses mainly on a crew of nine people who all I think are still in work in television and films nowadays including Nathan Fillion who got more fame through Castle, Alan Tudyk has had recurring roles in Suburgatory, Gina Torres has been in Suits for the past four seasons and also a recurring character in Revenge, but most recently Morena Baccarin has appeared as Dr Leslie Thompkins in Gotham, Jessica Brody in Homeland and also the voice of Dr Well’s computer AI in the Flash she is also to play Veronica Carlysle in Deadpool alongside Ryan Reyonlds. I think that a reason why I like this show is that it does have a rather Star Wars theme to it being a group of rebels that are trying to make their own life whilst trying to avoid the dreaded empire. It’s a rather good show and I’d advise people to check it out.

5: NCIS

NCIS was a show that I stared to watch mainly because it seemed more like an action packed version of CSI. The series revolves around a group on Naval Investigators who solve crimes that have mainly to do with sailors either being killed in the Maryland area or on ships and sometimes dealing with different organisations including FBI, Homeland Security, Mossad and the Coast Guards. A lot of the series do have a continuing story to it, especially in the first and second series where there was a lot of focus around the team hunting down an assailant known as Ari Haswari who was able to infiltrate the NCIS building leading to Leroy Jethro Gibbs, played by Mark Harmon, to go pretty much full blown Ahab and goes on a hunt to find him that ends up with him losing one of his team members in the process. I think the reason that I do like this show is that it is a real mixture of storytelling and good character development. For instance one of the people who had rather good character development is Tony DiNozzo, played by Michael Weatherly, who started out as a rather jock like character always making people life seem a rather misery with his childish remarks but has always was one of the better characters because he has changed rather well over the past 12 series. From the guy that was in a way on the pull for most series with different people, but never seeing them on screen and then starts falling for the right person only to find that she is leaving the company and we see how he tries and deals with this in the beginning of series 11.

4: Game of Thrones

This show currently has me at a mix, currently the show has taken the word adapt and literally adapt the book by killing off characters that are still alive in books, changing some events in the books like having Jamie and Bronn heading to Dorne to get his daughter back or having Jorah and Tyrion sailing through the Doom and getting attacked by the Stonemen. But in all actuality it is rather good. You get to see more of the characters that don’t seem to have many stories that people like and keep their actual stories for the next seasons because what happens to Jamie is a lot better now in the show than the book. I think that I like this show I think mainly because it seemed really interesting. A neat medieval setting to it seems rather nice to see in television and I really watched it when Pick TV aired a Sky Free Air programmes and I seemed to be rather mesmerised by the shows premise. But since they had only shown three episodes I went and on a whim bought both the first and second series, not knowing if I was going to like the next episodes after or even the second series, but I did and I then buying the books and finished reading all of them and I originally thought that I was going to be spoilt but the writers for the show always know how to make a good change.

3: Castle

What happens when you take a writer and a NYPD police officer and you end up having them weird on screen chemistry for five seasons before the realise that they were meant to be, you have Castle. This has possibly one of my favourite comedy/drama type shows that’s currently on television where you have Richard Castle, played by Nathan Fillion, and Kate Beckett, played by Stana Katic, it’s a really good show that follows about a writer that helps, and sometimes hinders a case all in pursuit to make another best-selling book since he killed off his Derek Storm character, only to bring it back in series four. I think that I like show is that the main characters are really likable, the stories are well written and it’s really good. Another thing that I like about the show is that there are actually tie in books that are actually in the show, like the Nikki Heat book series and even some of the new Derek Storm book series as well as the graphic novel version as well which are published by Marvel, which is owned by Disney which also owns ABC Studios there is quite a bit of conglomeration there from Disney, well played.

2: The Blacklist

Now my second pick was going to be something quite different, it was originally going to be Ghost Adventures, but then there was a show that I thought was in a better than Ghost Adventures and that is The Blacklist and the weirdest thing is that I got into this show by not watching an episode, but in fact watching a video on YouTube by TheFineBros where I watched their Spoiler video for the first series and I was intrigued with the premise of the show. A FBI’s most wanted felon Raymond Reddington, played by James Spader, working with a black ops FBI group targeting a specific file of people known as The Blacklist made up of different killers, traffickers, cults and all sorts, but only if they were to bring one person aboard, Elizabeth Keen, played by Megan Boone. But the one thing that really has me and possibly is that could Reddington actually be Keen’s father because there are a lot of hints in the show that does point towards that even in one episode Keen actually asking Reddington that if he was her father and he basically said no. But there have been scenes in the new series that may actually prove that wrong with what looks like Reddington looking at pictures of a young Keen. I like this show because every week is a different story but still keeping a secondary story that has a flowing narrative over the series. Also I really like James Spader because he seems like that he’s having fun with the role, plus when I went and saw Avengers: Age of Ultron it didn’t feel like if I was watching Ultron, I was watching Reddington. I look forward to watch the rest of the season with each episode.

1: The Walking Dead

This is possibly one of the most current adaptations of a comic book today, has the world going back into the zombie vibe with cities being evacuated and small groups trying to survive the zombies and themselves. The show follows a group of survivors that have been trying to find a place to stay but when they seem to get to a safe place they then end up have an unsafe turn where someone manages to turn the story. I think that I got into this because I really enjoy watching the zombie genre, I remember watching Land of the Dead for the first time and I really enjoyed it. I then expanded from that and I then went back and watched back old films like Night, Dawn and Day of the Dead and even Shawn of the Dead. I also think that I like this show because all the characters are rather good from Rick Grimes, played by Abraham Lincoln, Daryl Dixon, played by Norman Reedus, and both of them are rather good in the show since most of the story that they have is really good. You have Rick who actually seems to have a rather split personality that he goes through with most of the series where he has a problem when other people are in power and he goes out of his way to try and have people see his way and work out the meek of the group. I think that again with this series that there are a bunch of comic diehard fans that think that that the comics are better but I don’t know yet because I’m yet to pick up a volume, but I will be looking to pick up a few volumes this year.

The Good, The Bad and Kill The Boy

I got to say this episode sucked except in three parts.

The Good: Daenerys has finally used her dragons for good this time. She uses them to kill some possible traitors that had killed Barastian Selmy who tried to help Greyworm against an ambush from Sons of the Harpy. I rather wished that we got to see more of Daenerys using her dragons until she finds out who was behind the attacks. But nevertheless she manages to get a deal about how to get the Sons of the Harpy from stop attacking.

We also finally got to see what the Doom was like when Tyrion and Jorah travelled through there to get to Mereen. There we see a lot of the architecture that was still around where the original Targaryen dynasty had started. It was rather nice to see this because reading the description you do get an idea but not that much of an actual look at them. Another thing that I liked about this was when Tyrion and Jorah were talking, about dragons I think, and Tyrion being sceptical about them and he then sees Drogon flying overhead and then he changes his mind about the dragons.

Also since they were in the Doom, we also got the actual introduction to the Stonemen and also a visual look of them as well. I got to say I liked the look of them. They rather reminded me of what a Stoneman should look like covered in large grey scales and sinking fast in the river like giant boulders. They also seem a lot scarier than what the Stone Angles are from Doctor Who as well for the fact that they can actually kill you or infect you with their same disease.

The Bad: Barastian Selmy being killed off for me was a real let down as he was a key character in the destruction that came during the second part of Dance with Dragons. He was an awesome character and I think this goes back and me repeating myself saying that the writers have creative controls over the characters and I get the feeling that this I going to continue over the rest of the series till it finishes.

Overall: For me I just seemed rather bored with this episode. I don’t know why but it did seem to go rather boring through most of an episode. But that usually happens with a series when there are usually one or two episodes that seem to get boring. Hopefully there could be better episodes left.

5/10

The Good, The Bad and The Sons of the Harpy

This episode has got to be one of the more weirder episodes that I think has come along, as it seem to have a lot going on but then again not a lot.

The Good: One of the first good things that I liked about this episode was Jamie and Bronn finally arrived at Dorne in search of how to get to where Marcella is located. But a group of soldiers come along and discover them there when they say that their ship had capsized during the night which leads rather good fight scene with Bronn taking on three guys, one being on horseback. This then lead Jamie to discovering one really good thing about having a false hand. Being able to block attacks with his false hand. That was pretty genius with what the writers did there, since I’m sure that most of this season that I have watched has ignored most of the book.

The second thing that I liked about this is that you see Stannis in the light of a caring father, instead of a brooding commander. In the scene Stannis exposits about how is daughter has suffered first from the attack of greyscale and how he used everything he had to try and cure her of it, whereas her mother wanted her to be transported across the Narrow Sea, to live out her life with the stone men. I don’t think that I’ve seen Stannis be like this in most episodes and it was really nice to see him portrayed in this light.

The introduction of the Sand Snakes was something that I found to be good about the episode. One it was an introduction to three new characters, all daughters of the Red Viper who tried to get revenge on the Lannister family for what happened to his sister, and also because they have a more clear vendetta then most characters in the series so far, unlike Arya who has a vendetta but that’s not very clear. Also each of them seems to have their own traits Nymeria being the quiet type, Obara seems to be the one that is more of a sheep then snake and finally Tyene who is literally the same as her father, really direct and seems to be a good fighter the way that she was able to use a spear to kill a ship captain. I actually do look forward to see what happens between Jamie, Bronn and the Sand Snakes in the upcoming episodes.

The Bad: One of the things that I did hate about the show was mainly with the overall religious take over where they pretty much taken away anybody that has done something against the teaching of the Gods, from people who visit the brothels to the prostitutes that are in the brothels and even Loras Tyrell which made Margery very pissed off because she thought that Tommen had sorted everything out with Cersei and she thinks that this was all of Cersei’s idea. So Margery, manipulates, Tommen to get her brother out of jail which has Tommen being set off to see the High Sparrow since Cersei said that it wasn’t her that imprisoned Loras. Tommen goes to the Sept to find the High Sparrow but his followers blocked him from entering and the people outside started heckling him saying that he was a monster, since he was the son of Jamie and Cersei. This I thought was stupid because it then makes Tommen seem like a joke as a king since he is only told one side of being a king.

The second thing that I hate about the show, I can’t remember if I ranted about it last week, but they cut out a few good characters that were pivotal characters in the book. First you have Jon Connington who was a former Hand to Aerys Targaryen who then banished him after failing to stop a rebellion and then took in Aegon Targaryen where he taught him along with different teachers on how to become a ruler. There Tyrion, who was on the same boat decided to give them the idea to go and take over some places in Westeros because he thinks that Daenerys would respect him more if he had more control of lands that they might join forces. If they did this the show could have been a lot better, but who knows they might not even go down this line since there avoiding most stories or might use them for the next few seasons because they haven’t yet started doing the story line in the Iron Islands which is a rather good read.

Overall: I think that this was a real mix of an episode that a lot of good but still a lot of bad, hopefully next weeks is going to be good. 7/10.

Top Ten Nostalgic Television Shows

With the many different shows that either have went through different reboots or films being made or have sequel series being made that are based around different stories nowadays I got to thinking, man are there a load of shows that I’ve missed watching. So this list is my own top 10 nostalgic shows that I’ve missed as well as some honourable mentions.

10. Yugioh

For me Yugioh was a really good television series that turned into a popular brand worldwide that still has people watching it today. The original series follows the tales of a young boy called Yugi and his friends participating in a tournament held by Maximillian Pegasus because he forced Yugi to play in it after capturing his Grandfathers soul. There along with his Millennium Puzzle discovers new friends and redefining characters for the series as well. This was so popular in Japan that the card game was actually made, three more additional series, four new spinoff series and two films. I get the feeling that this series is going to be around for a while.

9. M.A.S.K

For me M.A.S.K was a really awesome show when I grew up as a kid. I remember having it on video and used to watch it every week. It was focused around a sort of military background with a group called M.A.S.K (Mobile Armoured Strike Kommand) and they faced off against a faction that called V.E.N.O.M (Vicious Evil Network of Mayhem). The main reason that I liked about this show was that the cars and vehicles could transform from an ordinary car and turn it into a weaponized Bond-esq car. The show though only lasted for two seasons but for an 80’s show it did live up to the hype of Transformers and GI Joe.

8. Transformers

Now Transformers for me actually started out with The Unicron Trilogy series starting with Armada and I thought ‘By god what is this show’. I loved watching it as a child and found a lot of the characters to be easily identifiable in the series in a similar way to how films in the 80’s and 90’s had sort of stereotypical characters but at least you know who they were. I then discovered that they did have a original series that aired mid 80’s and I remember borrowing the film off a friend and thought man this is a good film and rather wished that I had watched the series that this film was about and I did get to see it years later when I got it on DVD. A lot of the times when I watched the original series I thought that it was weird how the Decepticons, though evil in general, went for a lot of green and safer ways to get Energon to try and either get home or destroy the Autobots which I think was strange that Optimus Prime never thought of doing that, using green energy to make Energon.

7. Arthur

Anyone in the UK who watched CBBC/ BBC1/2 when they had the children’s morning television at one point in time must have watched this show. I really liked watching this show when I was growing up and its nice for me to see that CBBC still have it on air, repeating old episodes along with airing new ones that were probably released in America in 2011. With a series that had a core focusing on childhood from dealing with school projects and friends leaving for possibly ever. I still think to this day that the story that was told when Buster found out that his Dad was going to be taking him around the world with the possibility of not returning was a rather good storyline for a kids show of it time. I liked watching it then and I still watching it now.

6. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle

Their teenagers that are mutants, who are ninjas and are Turtles. This had got to be one of the craziest ideas that they must have had when they came up for this show. In the original series it seemed to be a rather cheesy animation again from the 80’s but I saw it aired during the 90’s over in the UK, and I got to say that it was one of the most weird series I had possibly had watched over the course of my childhood. But I then grew up with a newer version of the Ninja Turtles in 2003 when they debut with a near anime style to them and my god I enjoyed the series. It was really enjoyable series to watch when it was on CITV’s morning block and I used to watch it if I was awake at the time. The story for this was really imaginative especially after the second and third series and it was really enjoyable from what they had aired. I have also been really enjoying the new CGI incarnation of the series because it seems like to be a mix of the original series and the last series, with some cheesy ness of the 80’s but with the serious nature of the 2003 series. Also who thought that TMNT would have been as big as what Batman is like nowadays with the amount of different incarnations that have aired over the past twenty plus years.

5. Batman: The Animated Series

The show that probably defined a generation and was one of the best shows that I had possibly had watched on what I think could have been the either on  Sky 1 or more likely Cartoon Network, since I lived in the UK and didn’t have the channel it was aired in America. I loved watching this show and then its futuristic follow up Batman Beyond. The characters were designed really well. Also the stories that they had for each episode was really fresh and that they also had a continuative narrative through some episodes it was done really well. It was also an introduction to two actors that also define the generation and voices for two of the most icon characters in DC history. That being Kevin Conroy being the voice of Bruce Wayne/Batman who has reprised his role for the current Batman Arkham series and Mark Hamill as the iconic Joker who like Conroy brought back the Joker voice for the Arkham series games. Overall this series is really epic and it also brought us one of the now staple DC characters Harley Quinn.

4. Scooby Doo

Scooby Doo was one of the most recognisable shows that I have ever watched on CBBC, with the fact that they also re-air a few seasons of the show in their current broadcasting block, I always seem to enjoy watching it. I think that I really enjoyed the series because I always thought it was a really good show, I mean at the time the animation was okay but comparing it to the most recent incarnations it looks like a child drew the characters. Another thing that I probably liked about the show was the theme tune that went with it; it was fun and catchy and was a theme tune that you could even sing along with it. Another reason I liked it was that it seemed to keep rather fresh in some episodes, especially when it came to later seasons when they added guest stars to the show, you had also a mix of history and mythology to the series as well from Native Americans to Vikings I always got fascinated by this show and I kept on watching the show through to its following series and hope that the new series will do as well as the last series did.

3. Pokémon

Pokémon, a video game, a manga series, a card game and an extremely long television series. For me I can always remember watching this series and thinking wow this show looks awesome. When I was a kid watching shows like this and I always was quiet for half an hour being sat in front of the television watching it. There have been a lot of things that I liked about the show, like when Ash and company saved a Charmander and that it was one of Ash’s best Pokémon and then started turning into a real nuisance for him even more when it turned into a Charizard and it took him to the next season for Charizard to start accepting Ash as its trainer. I liked it because it was one of the first episodes to show the actual nature of Pokémon that it can change, in this case the worst, like humans do in real life. In overall I have watched, at least 75% of the entire Pokémon series, from Kanto to Kalos and always thought that Ash is possibly one of the smart/dumb characters ever conceived for a show. In the first season around a quarter the way through he captures a Caterpie, evolves it to a Metapod and evolves it to be a Butterfree only for him to go off with a pink Butterfree that isn’t even a shiny Butterfree in the games. He has always given away really good Pokémon like Primape and most recently a Goodra, one of the first Pokémon that he managed to fully evolve in the series. Never the less the writers for the show might end up writing some crazy thing in when Ash gets to the Kalos league and Goodra flies back to Ash like what his Gliscor did in the Sinnoh series.

2. Digimon

Now many people who see this may be amazed to see that I picked this over Pokémon because back then you were either Team Pokémon or Team Digimon. I was always on the fence and I always enjoyed watching both series. The reason why I preferred this series over Pokémon was the fact that it had much better characters and better designs. I still prefer it to Pokémon nowadays because it had a lot more better character development in the whole first arc of Digimon than the entire series of Pokémon. I think that I can remember also a lot more from Digimon in the first series than I can from Pokémon because it stuck with me more. I can remember the monsters of the week like Kuwagamon, Shellmon, Seadramon, Meramon, Andromon, I can remember the villain of the first arc better for his presence when we was there, commanding over everything and splitting the team to the furthest regions he could. I can also remember a lot of the voice characters that voiced Digimon to be really good mainly because they seemed to be a parody of famous actors and entertainers, for instance there was a Fridgemon who seemed he was nearly voiced after Rodney Dangerfield, I think, then you have Etomon who was a parodied version of Elvis Presley, and I think that the voice actor is back for the latest incarnation Digimon Fusion voicing Starmon. Also in the Digimon series there was a parodied version of Christopher Walken which I did find really hilarious. Never the less I always love watching the show, its storylines were always good to watch, the character always seemed to be real and it was fun to watch.

1. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

This was the defining show of my generation, defiantly if you were a boy. The show was pretty much non-stop action in most episodes and I think a lot of the times I always wanted to be a Power Ranger when I grew up. Along with this I always thought that this show, along with most of the anime that was on, was always an American concept. I think that it took me to when I was probably in secondary school to realise that Power Rangers was an American concept on a Japanese series. From there it did blow my mind that they were able to create a whole concept that aired in Japan to then adapt it for a Western audience. A lot of the character I can easily remember but the one that I and probably everyone in the world can remember is that of Tommy Oliver, played by Jason David Franks, who went on to reprising his character for five series when in three series he was a part of the main cast. I most recently got back into Power Rangers in the last year and a half watching Linkara’s History of Power Rangers series and it got me to wanting to watch the show again even though comparing it to the current line up seems a lot better in my point. Never the less I always looked forward to watching this show that I nearly over watched the first video I had of the show. Thank god for the digital age where quality is the only problem.