Top Five Movies of 2016

So this year I have watched a lot of films in the cinema as well on demand and on DVD and there have been some that I liked and there were some that were rather bad. This was meant to be a top ten list of what I was going to put down for my favourite films but I wanted to get this out earlier and doing a top ten would have taken more time. However, I am also going to do a top five for worst films that I have seen and that will be out on the same day as this.

5. Rouge One: A Star Wars Story: So this is the most recent film that I saw this year and I got to say for a majority of the film it was an alright film. rougeoneThis film is the basis of how the Death Star was built and the group of Rebels that went and tried to get the plans to find its weakness. I did like this film but it seemed to be rather over hyped with critics giving it five star reviews but it seemed that it was about as good as most films that came out this year. I only found it to be more enjoyable when it came to the final act since that is where all the action came full circle and it was really awesome. The space battle was one of the best scenes that I have seen in Star Wars since the space fight in Return of the Jedi. Plus, seeing the idea of a Rebel ship designed to ram into other ships was something new and different since that in the end it helped them get the information about the Death Star from the planet below. Then when you think it’s all over a Star Destroyer comes out of warp and destroys several Rebel ships and starts attacking them with one of the most awesome Vader scenes ever in Star Wars. But there are a few problems that I have with the film, the acting seems rather passable and the direction for the characters seems to be rather bad too. Then we have something that has a rather mixed reaction with people and that is the CGI Grand Moff Tarkin and Princess Leia. The CGI looks rather passible and that it is rather equivalent to what the CGI used in the Battlefront games for their trailers. For Tarkin I think that it would have been better if he was used more for a hologram than it was to be an actual person since then it would make a better choice. For Leia on the other hand I think that it would have been better if it was just seen from the back and that it was just her voice. Overall it was a good film and something that is rather different since that it brings more lore into the Star Wars universe for people who prefer media over the fictional lore that I believe has change since that Disney have the rights to Star Wars.

4. The Jungle Book: Usually I am not a big fan of when movies get remakes but since that Disney really has no new ideas since that they have stated to remake a majority of their animation films and turning them into live action. the-jungle-bookOn the other hand, this film is my exception since that it is better than what the previous films have been. My favourite thing about the film is that the cast is rather well balanced. For instance, you have Bill Murray as Baloo and he is a rather perfect fit for the role since that he plays the laid back buffoon role rather well, Ben Kingsley as Bagheera is another good choice since that he is a knowledge factor for Mowgli about the jungle, then you have Idris Elba as Shere Khan and this is a really good choice since that he makes a really good villain. One of my favourite things about this films is that I am glad that the elephants don’t talk in the entire film which is something that I did find rather annoying about the original. In this they are pretty much the most respected animals in the jungle. Another thing that I really liked was Christopher Walken as King Louie and singing I Wanna Be Like You since that it was rather weird but it was really hilariously good. However, there are somethings that I found rather stupid about the film and that was having Scarlett Johansson playing Kaa since that it is rather pointless since that she was only in it for two minutes and that she was mainly there for a seductive voice and that was pretty much is. Overall it is another good film and that I hope that the next film that Disney are bringing out, Beauty and the Beast, will be as good, even though from the trailer it looks pretty much a copy and paste of the original movie

3. Doctor Strange: I was really hesitant about seeing this film and that it looked rather like the Green Lantern film. But I saw it and I thought that it was a lot better than it the Green Lantern film. The story revolves around the origins of Dr Stephen Strange that is I was surprised since that it was adapted from the comics on how he became crippled and then on how he learned about the mystical arts.drstrange Benedict Cumberbatch portrays Dr Strange in this film and I got to say that this was a really good call since that when people started to do mock up images of when it came to hearing that it was being made that it was a rather spitting image of the comic book counterpart. My favourite thing about the film is that it is has a lot of good comedic moments and that it does have a bit of a sinister feel to it. But there is something that I do rather find annoying about the film and that is mainly down to Dormammu and that he looks nothing like what he was meant to be since that he looked like a badly CGI head instead of a fiery skull. I think that this film does have something really good about it and that is being able to blend mysticism and CGI together, I really wasn’t interested with the CGI since that it looked like that in the trailer that it was going to be heavily just a CGI film, but I was wrong and I really did like the blending that they did in the film. But there is something that I really did like about the film and it came at the very end of the film in the infamous post-credit scene and that sees Dr Strange talking with Thor talking about bringing Loki to Earth and seeking his help to find out what had happened to Odin since that in The Dark World Loki was disguised as Odin. So that is something that I am going to be looking forward to see next year.

2.Deadpool: I found this film to be rather enjoyable, even more so if the repeated sexual scenes were taken out of the film during the beginning since that is why it most likely got it desired R rating in America. I was glad that we finally did get a good Deadpool movie since that his ‘appearance’ in X-Men Origins really did suck, but in this incarnation for Deadpool is better.Deadpool With this we have a twin time line story going on with the current time line with Deadpool in costume trying to find the person that stole his girl and trying to find out where she was and the past story line tells his origins and how he became Deadpool. The comedy in the film is really good and it is shown well in the film, Ryan Reynolds has actually shined out in this film since that the jokes are well timed and also see to be a lot like the comic book counterpart.  I think of the things that did slightly hurt it was the fact that the villain wasn’t really that much of a threat since that he was rather forgettable and the second is that I think the film could have done with some more mutants since that just having two X-Men but I think that is down to Fox or the writers not knowing how popular knowing how popular the film would be. But with the sequel being made there is a chance that we can see more X-Men in the sequel and also the rumours that Deadpool could be showing up in the next Wolverine film ‘Logan’ makes me more interested in the X-Men universe now than ever more.

1. Captain America: Civil War: For me this is most likely my favourite comic book film from this year. The story is an adaptation of the Civil War storyline with some changes. The first being the Sokovia Accords replacing the Superhero Registration Act, Captain America choosing to align with his friend who was a brainwashed assassin that tried to kill him in his last film instead of seeing the fact that he thinks that working for the government since they would tell them who were villains and who weren’t. The film focuses around the Winter Soldier and a person possibly working with HYDRA discovering where a secret HYDRA facility is where it turns out that there are more than one Winter Soldier and that somebody has a book that has the password to reset the hypnotising programme inside Bucky.civilwar Captain America and his rouge team that consists of Scarlet Witch, Falcon, Bucky, Hawkeye and Ant Man decide to head to this secret facility but before they can do that Tony with permission from a returning Thaddeus Ross to create his own team to take down the Cap’s team. This also leads into bringing in the new Spider-Man, who unfortunately is a teenager. They clash at an airport that seems to be rather deserted and we see a pretty awesome fight scene between the two including one of my favourite scenes that involves Ant Man reversing his shrinking tech and growing to become Giant Man and then Spider-Man using the best line in the film taking down Giant Man in the way the Snow Speeders took down the AT-AT in Empire Strikes Back. The film ends with Captain America and Bucky teaming up and fighting Iron Man, in a pretty good fight scene, Iron Man finding out that it was Bucky killed his parents and then Captain America breaks his team out of the Raft possibly creating his team of Secret Avengers team whilst Bucky gets Asylum in Wakanda to find a cure for his brain washing. This is a good idea that does follow in a lot of ideas since that it wraps up elements from The Winter Soldier and Age of Ultron and then it leads into the new chapter coming in for Phase 3.

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The Muppets Christmas Carol Review

One of my favourite Christmas movies of all time is the adaptation of A Christmas Carol by the Muppets since that it was one of my first films I watched that was based on the book.

The film starts off on Christmas Eve with Gonzo the Great playing the role of the Charles Dickens and along with Rizzo they act as the narrators for the film. muppets-christmas-carol-3We see out Scrooge of the film, played by Michael Caine, where he dismisses two Muppets (Dr Honeydew and Beaker) who are looking for charity and declines his nephews offer to celebrate Christmas with him. Bob Cratchit, played by Kermit, and the other book keepers ask Scrooge to have Christmas Day off since that there wouldn’t be any business and Scrooge agrees.

Scrooge heads home where he ends up being confronted by the ghost of his old business partner. But with this incarnation they did something rather different. For this they decided to make Jacob Marley into two different people, brother’s in fact called Jacob and Robert Marley (Waldorf and Statler). They warn Scrooge to repent his wicked ways or be condemned in the afterlife and that three spirits will come to him during the night.

muppets-christmas-carol-2The first spirit arrives at 1 o’clock and says that is the Ghost of Christmas Past and has a childlike look and takes Scrooge back to his childhood and early adulthood. Gonzo and Rizzo also manage to get hitched along for the ride as well. The first place that they visit is lonely school where we see that one of Scrooges teachers was Sam the Eagle wondering why Scrooge wasn’t going home for Christmas and then it cuts to a few years later where we see Scrooge working for Fozziwig (Fozzie Bear). Fozziwig and his wife throw a party where Scrooge meets a young woman named Belle and he falls in love with her. However years later we see that Belle leaves Scrooge after he chooses money over her. This is rather sad since that present Scrooge seems to be rather emotional about it and possibly even have regrets about not being able to be with the woman that he loves.

The second spirit arrives at 2 o’clock and says that it is the Ghost of Christmas Present, who is quite a tall and jolly spirit and he shows Scrooge the joy and wonder of Christmas day. Scrooge and the ghost visits Bob’s house with his family with his wife Emily, played by Miss Piggy and a mix of frog and pig children. They notice that the family seems content with their small dinner and Scrooge takes pity on Tiny Tim who is ill. The ghost abruptly ages and says that it is highly unlikely that Tiny Tim will survive till next Christmas. Scrooge and the ghost then head to the cemetery where Scrooge it is revealed that The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come will arrive.muppets-christmas-carol-4 A fog fills up the cemetery where the third spirit appears as a tall, silent cloaked figure where we also see that Gonzo and Rizzo abandon the audience since that they are scared and the ghost takes Scrooge to the future.

Scrooge and the Ghost witness a group of people discussing the death of an unnamed colleague where they would only go to the funeral if lunch was provided. Scrooge recognises his laundress and the local undertaker is trading stolen possession to a fence called Old Joe. However they end up back at the Bob’s house where it is revealed that Tiny Tim has sadly passed away and Scrooge is then escorted back to the cemetery where the ghost points to a grave with the tombstone revealing Scrooge’s name etched on and that he was the one who died. With this Scrooge decides to repent and change his ways.

Scrooge wakes up in his room and asks a passer-by in the street asking what day it is and it is Christmas Day. He throws money down to the passer-by telling him to by the largest turkey that the butchers have and to bring it with him. Scrooge then heads out through the streets with the charity workers, Gonzo, Rizzo where they spread the Christmas joy around London. Scrooge heads to Bob’s house first putting on a stern demeanour but then changes his tune when he tells Bob that he is giving him a raise in salary and that he would pay off his mortgage. Scrooge then heads off to his nephews house and asks if he still had a place for him at his Christmas table and he says that he does. Dickens narrates on how Scrooge then became a secondary father to Tiny Tim and they celebrate Christmas the end.

 I really do love watching this films since that it is a really good adaption. There are a lot of good songs that are made for the films such as the opening song where people on the streets a singing about Scrooge who walks through them and we don’t see who Scrooge is until the end of the song. Michael Caine does make quite a decent Scrooge and during the Christmas Past part does show that Scrooge still has a lot of regrets about his past, especially when he chose greed over love and it is something that people can relate to, including myself.

So with the Christmas season nearly over and done with I know what I am going to be watching this Christmas Eve and hope that I don’t get visited by three ghosts.

Batman Annual #1 Review

So after just doing a review for the Batman Arkham City comic books I am back into the pool and reviewing the first annual of the Batman Rebirth series and I got to say in advanced I think that it is an okay comic. It’s a comic that is made up of a collection of different stories written and drawn by different creative teams such as Scott Synder and Paul Dini and I do find some of the issues to be rather good but some not that much.

The first story is called Good Boy, written by Tom King the current writer for the main Batman series. It features the story of how Bruce and Alfred got Ace and it is a rather sad story and has a really warming outcome. It is also a story that has a lot of time jumping but for this it makes more sense. The issue starts out at September 2nd seeing a dog with a Ace of Spades mask biting Batman in the neck and then it cuts straight over to September 23rd where Commissioner Gordon informs to Batman that Joker had ditched the dogs in a ditch and it turns out that Ace had killed the other dogs since that it also looked like that Ace was under the influence and Gordon making a really bad joke saying ‘Aces high, ha ha ha’.  Two days later Alfred is seen at the Gotham Pound where Ace is at and the assistant at the pound saying that Ace isn’t fir for anything but dying; we also discover that Ace is also a female dog. Alfred tells the assistant that after he cashes the check that he wants the building to be rechristened the Martha and Thomas Wayne Humane Society and Alfred takes Ace home. The next day Bruce discovers that Alfred has brought Ace home and it seems that Bruce and Ace seem to boot heads. Over the span of a couple of months we see Alfred training Ace with Batman in the back going over the different cases that he has had including Penguin, Two-Face and Riddler. By the time that December came through with Bruce telling Alfred that what his is doing hasn’t worked and something that makes me scratch my head in a way since I think the editor made massive screw up since that now Bruce and Alfred are saying that Ace in fact a male dog and not a female like the assistant at the pound did. Nevertheless it was then revealed that Ace is actually leaned from Alfred. A few days later Batman returns to the Batcave with Batman pulling a knife out of his arm with Ace running up to Batman with him now accepting Ace since that Ace showed concern for him. On Christmas Day Bruce gives Ace a Batman mask that he puts on Ace with Bruce asking if he want to be a Bat-Hound. Bruce asks Alfred why he didn’t get a gift from Alfred with Alfred saying that he had been preoccupied with training Ace. But Bruce says he has everything that he wants. This is a really good mini issue minus the hiccup in Ace’s gender and it has a really good ending.

Issue two is written by one of favourite Batman writers Scott Snyder. This story opens up with Batman narrating about Gotham City noting the residents and the fact that every 5.6 seconds there is an emergency call. It then goes down to Batman surrounded by three suspects on the snow covered ground with a car burning in the background. Batman then goes on to say that there aren’t any silent nights in Gotham and that he uses an algorithm to help narrow down serious crimes that the GCPD might not be able to deal with. We then cut over to a area in Gotham called Champion Square, where there is a diner that looks rather similar to the one at the beginning of Arkham Knight, where there are people dressed in red coats. Alfred is talking to Batman when Batman interrupts him saying that the system alerted him to a possible terrorist at Champion Square. Two on the people in red coats disrobe showing them in black leotards and they climb up a statue in the square with on-lookers curios on what they are doing with them back diving off the top of said statue. Batman narrates saying that every prisoner in Arkham and Blackgate were accounted for, usual suspects are all in their hidey-holes and that Champion Square is a neutral ground for gangs in the city. Batman arrives at the scene and sees what is going on and notes that the system has went quiet with the crowd watching the performers. Batman asks Alfred if there was anything heard from the system with Alfred replying that the system was working fine and that he should enjoy the brief pauses in battle before the last bombardment resumes. Batman goes on to enjoy the show and smiles. We then see the performers finish and a person going up to them with money but they refuse to take the money. Batman gets a ping from the system and it turns out to be automatic fire with also a question mark leading to the Riddler being behind it and Batman goes on his pursuit. This is a really good short story.

The third part of the annual is a called The Not So Silent Night of the Harley Quinn and is written by Quinn’s creator Paul Dini. It begins with Harley Quinn breaking into a building that seems to be a police station and tries to break in but is interrupted by Batman. Harley pleads with explains herself to Batman about what she was doing and that she was trying to make amends with Gordon and the cops and that she has changed and that people look up to her as a role model. Batman says that he is going to continue his patrol and then drop Harley off at the city limits or Arkham with Harley accepting his proposal. Harley then decides to put on some Christmas music with Batman saying that it’s not that kind of radio so Harley decides to sing instead and starts to sing Jingle Bells rendition that Joker in the animated series and Bart Simpson sang during opening of the first episode of The Simpsons. Harley then starts singing another song with Batman looking out of a window and then cutting over to two kids, one with a Harley Quinn inspired costume, heading over to toys for tykes drop off point. Those kids are then set on by a group of kids taking toys from the drop off point and the kid falls into a present that reveals a Harley Quinn bat and he then goes to town on the kids and they run off. We the cut back to Batman and Harley with Harley now singing jingle bells to tune of barks and then cuts over to a guy loses his dog and it heads out into traffic but a person with a hot dog cart runs into the traffic to save the dog and she manages to save the dog whilst the owner of the hot dog cart and the taxi driver get into an argument. The next cutover goes over to a woman leaving her possible boyfriends place with him following her and gets caught in a group of Harley Quinn performers with then the girlfriend whacking him in the face with the case she carries and then sees a parade commencing. Cutting back to the Batmobile Harley is singing ‘Deck the Halls’ and Batman finishes the line and Harley calls out Batman that he does sing songs. Batman tells Harley that it is time to go but she is disappointed that they never got to beat somebody up but Batman replies that Gotham is unusually quiet tonight. Harley believes that she is the reason why it has been rather quiet and Batman drops Harley off but she thinks that it’s in the boonies but it turns out that he actually took her home. Harley then celebrates with her friends and Poison Ivy and they start carolling. This is another good issues and this one focus more around the artwork and the story telling from there.

The fourth story called Stag starts off with Bruce Wayne introducing Barry O’Neil, a billionaire who built a winter wonderland for the youths of Gotham City and that he has pledged to donate all of his money to the charity with the dream to die penniless so that others don’t have to. Barry O’Neil begins to talk but then is interrupted by a ice based villain crashing through riding on a giant bull saying that O’Neil had mocked his life. O’Neil says that the person is called Minister Blizzard and that he has been sending him letters but he didn’t think it was serious. Gordon says that he is going to get the kids out of here and says for O’Neil and Bruce to get out but Bruce has already went to suit up. Blizzard monologues that he had dedicated himself to restoring the Ice Age (insert your own Batman and Robin joke here). Blizzard then goes on to say that O’Neil’s winter world insults him and goes on a crazy tangent and asking for blood where a bat-line shoots off where Batman glide kicks Blizzard in the back of the head shutting him up. Batman flies off and Gordon asks O’Neil about Blizzard. O’Neil explains that Blizzard was a Prime Minister from an ice kingdom. Gordon then tells him that all Gordon knows that Blizzard was from Bayonne and that O’Neil should have told GCPD about the letters. Cutting over to Wayne Manor, Bruce is sitting in the library, where I think Bruce came up with being Batman, when Duke comes in wondering what’s up with him, giving him a chocolate coin that Alfred made that Kate wanted made. Bruce exposits more about O’Neil to Duke saying that he has been working to make Gotham better for longer than Bruce has been alive and also that he was a idol to his mother. He rebuilt Gotham Village twice and that he made miracles for generations of Gotham’s youths. He then says that he can deal with villains like Blizzard but he can’t save them from everything and that someday something comes for all of us and even the best of us. This is also cut over to O’Neil going back into his apartment where he is killed by an assailant saying ‘I am an honest signal’ with the last box saying ‘End? The Stag is coming 2017…’ I love seeing teases for this in annuals and I am looking forward to see what they are going to do with this after I Am Suicide is over and done with.

The final story begins with Batman narrating that he smells gingerbread and that his is six years old on Christmas Eve and feels anxious. He then says that a new psychologist at Arkham came up with an idea to have a good behaviour holiday party for inmates. Batman is in a safe house picking up a gas mask as a gas has spread throughout a portion of Gotham and is having an effect on the people. Meanwhile in Arkham, Haunter is gives small gifts to the different inmates and Batman realises that the gas is fear gas. Back at Arkham Haunter tells Jervis that she made the gifts out of her medicine and that she had taught herself the art of selective digestion and that she is leaving tonight. Batman determines that the gas isn’t pungent enough to send Gotham into a spiralling chaos and he has the Batmobile set to jam the drones dispersing the gas. In Arkham, Haunter starts her escape plan and goes through the guards plus possibly killing a guard in the process. Batman thinks that this is a dry run for a deadlier attack or a distraction and he heads off to Arkham. Haunter is now outside of Arkham and finds a hidden stash of clothes that she changes into. Batman arrives at Arkham and tells that Haunter can kill people just by using their DNA, skin cells and hair. Batman put her in Arkham ages ago since that she had killed six people but there could have been more and also that she is friends with Scarecrow. Haunter heads off to a small hut in what looks like a park and she finds Scarecrow there telling her that Batman could be here soon and he does by crashing into the back of the hut. Apparently Haunter managed to get a fingernail and she apparently states that she had killed Batman. Batman then tells her that he had taken precautions with her abilities and that he also apparently got them him a nerve toxin that was made from the fear toxin. He then tells them that the toxin lasts for a few hours and he most likely ended up taking them back to Arkham.

That is the end of the first Batman Annual and I got to say I did rather enjoy it and also it does seem that all the stories were well told, maybe with exception of the final story since the ending seemed really rushed. But with it being made up of multiple stories I really don’t blame them for the rushed ending. The artwork for all of them is really good and it gives them a different feel for each of the issues too. Overall my favourite story from it is a tie between the origins of Ace (minus the editorial hiccup with gender) and Scott Snyder’s story since that it does seem rather similar to Batman #51 which was Snyder’s last issue when he wrote Batman’s main series. Overall it is a good read and it does get me in the Christmas mood.

Batman: Arkham City (Comic) Review

A couple of months ago I decided to review the miniseries crossover where I covered a storyline in the Batman series called Night of the Monster Men and I had some fun going through it and I thought I would give it another shot. This time I’m focusing on another miniseries, since these are easier to get through, which is the tie in between two of the best Batman games that came out in the past decade; Batman Arkham City.

Issue one opens with recapping the end of the Arkham Asylum game where Batman is facing a Titan infected Joker and said Joker narrating about Batman breaking the rules and beating him on his night.arkham-1 He also goes on to talk about on how he knows that the Titan formula did something to him that makes him seem saner than usual. Joker gets wheeled back into his cell and he starts to laugh which then gets cut over to Harley Quinn knowing that he is at least all right with him laughing. But a guard talks to her through the door saying that apparently the Joker doesn’t have that long to live yet. Harley doesn’t believe this and promises that the Joker won’t die in Arkham Asylum.

We then cut over to the WGTV Channel 3 studio where former warden of Arkham Asylum and now Mayor of Gotham City Quincy Sharp where he is in dressing room talking to somebody over a video call since that Sharp appears to have some nerves about the interview he is about to have. The voice tells him to relax and concentrate on his voice and is persuaded into becoming more confident. During the interview Sharp says that he is about to make the streets of Gotham a safer place plus since that The Jokers failed takeover of the Asylum months ago apparently have been sent a message to super criminals that they are no longer tolerated. Jack Ryder asks Sharp if that anyone in a costume is branded as an outlaw and Sharp replies that he is right. Vicki Vale brings up the subject of the Batman and his allies since that they have saved the city on numerous occasions including the Arkham riot and stopped the Joker. She also brought up the fact that Sharp was taken during the riots and apparently he was also unconscious during the attack (even though he was fine when you found him then disappears in the game during a side quest when you return). Sharp starts to stammer but the voice in his ear tells him that he shouldn’t be distracted by the interviewers and retorts back to the interviewers that only fools focus on the past and that he plans on making Gotham crime free. Sharp makes a promise that anyone following in the footsteps of people like the Joker is that they will be caught and spend the rest of their time rotting away inside Arkham Asylum.

In Gordon’s office he calls Sharp an idiot and that Vale was right about Batman being the hero of the Arkham Riot. Batman replies saying that stopping the Joker was all that mattered and Gordon replies to Batman saying that he has had a word from the Asylum doctors and that the Joker will never be a problem again. He then turns his attention to two people that have made their way up the criminal ladder calling themselves T&T, a brother and sister team that somehow got their hands on the Titan enhancement since that some of the barrels got off the Asylum. Thanks to Oracle’s help Batman found out that T&T were working for Two-Face since that they were a duo. He finds Two-Face in one of his old haunts where he wants information from him on where he can find T&T but Two Face wants something for himself and Batman won’t tell Gordon of his location for 30 minutes. Two-Face gives the back story on how the Titan got into their hands and that Two-Face got all of the canisters of Titan that was recovered and game T&T to lock it in the cellar, however they turned the cellar into a training room and started experimenting with the Titan. Two-Face wasn’t aware of what they were doing and didn’t think that they were smart to pull a coup off. T&T then killed off half of his men and he then tells them where they are going to attack, the dedication ceremony at City Hall.

Gordon informs a group of cops that Batman found evidence that T&T are targeting the dedication ceremony and that he wants a tight perimeter around the building. But it turns out that T&T are already there and it turns out the same voice that was taking to Sharp is also talking to the twins. Sharp starts his speech going on about how City Hall rises like a phoenix from the ruins of Gotham and also wants to send a message to criminals that gets cut off by T&T who have used the Titan serum to make them into the monstrosities like what Joker turned into. T&T starts to attack Sharp but Batman manages to make the save and starts his fight with them, now having his boots and gloves coated with explosive foam. Batman manages to get the upper hand against the twins but one of them say that there are losing and that the voice that was talking to them asking if they are prepared for their cause. Batman notices that one of them said chief and noted that they were working with somebody but that wasn’t the bad news. The bad news what that it appeared that T&T had came prepared to die with twin detonators implanted into them. T&T get detonated by the mysterious voice and the new City Hall was destroyed. The end of the issue reveals that three hundred people had died and there was billions in damage. In the following weeks Sharp gathered the remaining council members and declared Gotham a war zone. Sharp then started campaigning for a privatised military force that would follow his orders without question. Batman also deduces that Sharp and T&T have been working with higher power with a bigger plot behind it. Alfred says that he doubts that Sharp has the vision to create Arkham City, a walled off section of Gotham City that would be transformed into an open air prison with Sharps private army to keep the prisoners in order. Batman decides to shift his focus from Sharp to the real mastermind and tries to come up with a plan to stop the higher power.

Issue two opens up with Vicki Vale and Jack Ryder at the groundbreaking ceremony talking about the prison currently in construction and reporting that many citizens call Sharps vision an abomination against human rights. But Ryder contrasts saying that the idea could be Gotham’s last chance. Ryder brings up that with the attack in last issue and residents want a permanent solution for the city’s crime rate. Vicki agrees to this but she believes that there is a better way then turning a portion of the city into a prison, when Sharp cuts into the interview where instead of calling it a prison he preferred the term quarantine zone. Sharp goes on to talk about the prison saying that Arkham City will allow people to degenerate into savagery and that there will also be security patrols, social services and health care, but that’s not all as a voice is seen relaying the speech to Sharp. The idea about Arkham City was that it would also be used as rehabilitation where criminals can be released back into civilisation. Vicki notices Bruce Wayne at the ceremony and asks him his thoughts about the newly constructed prison since he is a senior member on the Arkham Patrol Board. He is taking a wait-and-see approach since that he does think that there need to be steps taken to contain prisoners and he is curious on how decision of criminals being released is done since that the parole board has been suspended. Sharp ignores the question and breaks the ground for the ceremony.

Batman then heads out to the Mayor’s Mansion to find out clues about the higher power and also anything on Arkham City. Batman notices that the staff is armed with weapons and that Sharp doesn’t have an alarm of the skylight. He then finds a file on Sharp noting that he was from a military family and wanted to follow in their footsteps but never excelled. He then finds a file called Enemy X and discovers that the file is about him but then he finds what he wants but then a video appears on the saying that he knew that the plans would be irresistible for him and the video then activates a sentry gun which fires rubber bullets at Batman. The turret then spurts out a gas and then tries to shoot a jolt of electricity at him but Batman uses a batarang and realises that the person was studying his fighting techniques. Batman shuts down the computer and makes a getaway from the mansion where he then informs Alfred that somebody was studying him to gain an advantage but they didn’t see much.

At Arkham Asylum where Aaron Cash is sending an inmate to Arkham City, with both the inmate and Cash not liking the idea of Arkham City but law is law and now is his turn. With this inmate dealt Cash says that he has no problem transferring Joker from his cell to the holding cells in the City. Joker is being wheeled to receiving talking about what he wants to do in Arkham City, like becoming mayor, but Dave the Guard (I don’t know his surname) takes him on a shortcut where a group of guards in masks take him down into the bowels of the Asylum into a weird looking torture chamber with Joker being attached to a bed. Dave and the other guards made a promise that the Joker will suffer for what he had done in the Asylum Riot. Dave give a knife to a masked guard and gives him the order to kill the Joker, but slowly but Dave gets killed by the guard who reveals that it was actually Harley Quinn in disguise. Harley takes out the guards in the room and tells Joker how she got out and manages to get break him out they escape on a boat that Harley acquired. Batman finds out that Joker and Harley had escaped Asylum on his Bat-Jet Ski and blasts the boat telling Joker to surrender. arkham-3Joker fires back at Batman and Batman fires back but when the smoke clears Joker and Harley are no where around but managed to escape and manage to get into the Arkham City being the first two people inside the prison dubbing themselves as the mayor and mayoress of the prison taking office inside the Sionis Steel Mill.

Issue three seems to be set a week or two later since that The Penguin is apparently now a resident of Arkham City. We see a mysterious character making his way into the prison by climbing over a barbwire fence and heads to the Sionis Steel Mill where the Joker is held up and see that the exterior is decorated with clown motif. He goes aboard a joker styled cart that takes him inside the steel mill and to near certain doom but he manages to escape into the clutches of a group of thugs that he easily takes down. The final thug goes down and the guy is faced by the barrel of a gun held by Harley Quinn. Joker is impressed on how he managed to get in and asks for the guy’s name. He says his name is Lester Kurtz and it turns out that he had done time for armed robbery, aggravated assault and grand theft auto. Joker gives him a mask and is then shown to the sleeping quarters where Kurtz deduced that they were going to give him a beat down initiation and then leaves to go and see The Penguin. Penguin, like Joker is looking for men and will pay them just for following orders and there apparently will be a position available since that he found out that one of his own men was selling his secrets to Harley and with photographic evidence. Penguin hits a button and the thug is sent through a trap door and Kurtz asks what is down there and Penguin tells him pray that he doesn’t have to find out. Penguin decides to change his plan of grabbing a shipment of weapons before the armoury since that Joker knows about the raid they had to do that night.

They hit the truck with a modded truck and take the weapons from the shipment and Lutz manages to slip in some sort of grenade just as the Joker’s crew shows up wanting the weapons for themselves. Lutz throws the grenade at the car and apparently the guns get destroyed in the process. Penguin seems pissed with the ending since that he doesn’t have the guns but with security patrol took some of Joker’s crew. Penguin contemplates on sending Lutz down the trapdoor but instead he only pays him half and they will strike on the Joker’s Hideout. The Penguin orders his goons to lock him up for tomorrows strike but he manages to beat the goons and leave with pulling out a bat-claw.

Batman now knows what the game is like in the prison between Penguin and Joker but he still is intrigued about the person behind the controlling Sharp and the Arkham Inmates. He also now has a way getting in and out of the city via a bat boat that goes through the bay. But it then crosses over to a base where see who is behind Arkham City and that is Dr Hugo Strange.

Issue four begins with Batman being chased by Sharp’s security in a helicopter. Strange then talks over Batman’s communicator welcoming him into Arkham City telling him that he has set up a network of security cameras, impressed that he got into the city through the city on a boat and that the security team has spent every day and night counteracting his every moves. The guards overwhelmed Batman but he then gets saved by somebody crashing through in a truck. It turns out to be Catwoman and they escape the guards and Strange gets pissed by this. Batman turns off his communicator and asks Selina why she is here and her reply is that mob bosses are stockpiling their wealth and she wants it. She then explains how she got the truck and it involves finding a hidden weapon cache, saved Poison Ivy and disposed of some of the security force. Batman warns Selina about having allies like Poison Ivy and leaves her without even a thank you.

Back at the steel mill the Joker is talking to a doctor who his crew has kidnapped since that he wants to find a cure from the Titan formula but there hasn’t been any change and it has been destabilising the Jokers vitals. Joker asks if the doctor had isolated the toxin in his blood sample and the doctor reveals the vial to the Joker. He leads the doctor back to the roller carts and sends him off to the exit aka the incinerator. Cutting over to a group of guards getting attacked by Batman who interrogates a guard and he wants to know who was behind it. The guard tells him that it was Sharp but Batman knows that he is just a puppet. Batman demands the real name and the guard tells him that it is actually Hugo Strange that behind the prison.

In the final issue begins with the with the recapping of Hugo Strange being revealed the mastermind behind Arkham City and the person pulling Mayor Sharps strings. Batman returns to the Batcave where we see Robin (Tim Drake) for the first time in the series and we see a completely different design to what we have seen in previous incarnations and in the comic it doesn’t look right since for me since he looks a lot older and bulkier than what he should be. Tim brings up all of the information that he was able to dig up on Strange but Batman thinks that it is now a waste of time since that if Strange was a normal criminal he would be out of the state by now. Batman says that he read about Strange and that he is a ruthless strategist and convinced that he’ll do the last thing anyone suspects. A news bulletin starts up on the computer and it is now revealed to the public from the Sharp that Strange was the mastermind behind Arkham City and arranged a conference introducing Strange to explain the management role in the prison. Batman then decides that it is time for Bruce Wayne to make the next move.

In the mayor’s mansion, Sharp is rather curios on why Strange has decided to come forward. Strange has his own motives to go against Batman but he says that it is Arkham City is nearly ready and the people of Gotham need resurgence. Sharp asks him why he is doing it and Strange replies to he wants Sharp to reassure the public that Arkham City is a safe place and that he will introduce him to the public as the man that he entrusts to carry out his vision.

In the morning Sharp’s conference where he announces that Strange will be in control of day-to-day operations for Arkham City but Bruce Wayne interrupts the conference bringing up reports about Hugo Strange and his record of patient abuse. Bruce gives the information that he had about Strange to Vicki Vale with reports of Strange’s inhumane experiments (which he continues to do even in the current DC Universe). It is also known that four years ago Strange vanished from Arkham Asylum and asks what we can expect from him being the warden since that he disappeared from the Asylum. Strange replies saying that he fled because he was going to be a scapegoat after doctors made fatal mistakes. Strange then makes an observation of Bruce finding it intriguing that a playboy would put together a thorough history of a doctor that he has never met. Strange asks Bruce why he cares about the criminals behind the wall and he replies that he has little faith that the criminals would stay behind the wall. He then goes onto say that instead of creating an alternative mad house and they turned it into a nightmarish netherworld. Sharp tries to intervene saying that this isn’t the time to be discussing. Bruce interrupts when he believes that the walls are going to crumble when madmen blow them down and reign chaos in the streets. Strange finishes up the conference saying that Bruce’s theories are just that and Arkham City is a reality and there is nothing that he can do to prevent it from being open.

Strange then starts to monolog about the different things that are going on around Arkham City with all on full page spreads that pretty much are there just to fill out the comic but the art work is rather good. The first page focuses around Jim Gordon and the GCPD saying that all the can do is watch since they have no control inside the city and the control is by the TYGER guards which are also the name of the security force that was in the previous issues that I believe just got named in this issue. The second and third page were about Victor Zsasz and that Strange had given him a escape map that got him out to be then recaptured by TYGER and the third page showing people watching Zsasz being captured mainly for publicity. The fourth page shows Strange looking at his monitors going on about people either fleeing the city or hunkering down in lairs so that they don’t pose as a threat. In the fifth we see Catwoman stealing some jewellery with TYGER guards looking over the crime scene.arkham-2 The sixth shows Two-Face battling it out with TYGER and in the seventh page features Poison Ivy with Strange talking about people acclimated to their new surroundings. The eighth picture features the Riddler with Strange talking about people repeating their tiresome plots and bizarre reasons. The Ninth page features the Penguin with Strange talking about when everyone has already been taken out in the ground war his troops would take out the survivors. The tenth and eleventh page features Joker in love with all the mayhem that is happening and Batman hanging upside down saying that Batman will find Strange’s real plan. But Strange is looking forward to seeing Batman return to Arkham City and that is the end… for now.

I really do love this miniseries tie in since that it does build up some story lines that happen in the game. I would recommend this for fans of the game plus also the bonus chapters that were available online are really good as well from a story point, but the artwork seems rather okay. I think that I may try and get some more of the tie in series for the videogame series and I may do a review of them in the future.

Overall Rating: 8/10

Top Four Animated Christmas Television Specials

If there is one that I like watching around the Christmas season it is the usual specials that shows do that are based or set around Christmas. Now since that there have been shows like The Simpsons that have the usual specials throughout its near thirty year tenure, I will only be putting in one episode for each show.

4: Family Guy: Road to the North Pole: In 2010 Family Guy continued with their Road to series that has had quite a few popular moments and this is possibly my second favourite episode. In this episode Brian takes Stewie to see a Mall Santa that is rather disappointment so Stewie decides to go and kill Santa in the North Pole, bringing Brian along with him. After a few problems later Stewie and Brian find their way to Santa’s Workshop where they find it to only be a dark and gloomy factory that seems to be heavily polluted and a lifeless waste land where they then find that Santa is sick and depressed. Santa reveals to the two that over the many years that with the world’s population growing he had became overwhelmed with the demand for fancier presents for each and every year. Santa starts to get sicker and Stewie and Brian decide to take up the mantle of Santa and deliver the presents for him.road-to-the-north-pole This then leads to Brian and Stewie realising that Santa’s job is rather difficult since that in their first house they ended up being seen by the family and then realised that it was the wrong house and that took a whole hour. On Christmas morning the whole town finds that they don’t have any presents and Brian and Stewie appear on TV bringing out the dying Santa and informs the residents that humanity’s greed is killing Santa and that they should only get one present a year so that Santa can start to regain his health. One year later everything seems to be back together and Santa is a healthier thanks to the less of a demand for presents. I do like this episode since that it does have quite a nice message to it since that the world that we do live in seems to be more commercial and a proportion of people wanting more and more presents each year making the meaning of Christmas rather moot. The beginning of the episode is what rather seems to be more of the downside for the episode and I would just skip forward to when they get to Canada.

3: American Dad!: For Whom the Sleigh Bell Tolls: In 2010 American Dad too continued with their Christmas series with this episode and for me it is a rather good one to. As usual canon in the show Stan rather despises Jeff since that he hasn’t done anything good in his life but Francine wants Stan to have Jeff be joined in on the family traditions. Stan then decides that it time that Steve has a gun and against Francine’s wishes he still gives it to Steve and they use some snowmen in a parking lot. But it turns out that behind one of the snowmen was apparently a Mall Santa and with this Steve decides never to use a weapon again. Stan convinces Steve to hide the body from Francine to see if he was in the CIA database but it turns out that the DNA doesn’t match anybody at all. Francine and Hayley discover what they have done and that they all go into the woods and bury the Santa and make a pact to not share with anyone what they had done. The next day they then get messages all with Christmas based puns that somebody knows that Santa was killed. The Smiths return to the site when they find that the body was gonefor-whom-the-sleigh-bell-tollsAn elf appears to them and says that Santa is rejuvenating and vows vengeance against the Smith family and they decide to hide out in the woods with Roger, who has his own side story looking for booze, with the help of Bob Todd. Jeff manages to find where the Smiths with Hayley telling him where they would be which also lead Santa finding them also to Jeff’s ignorance. It also is revealed that Bob Todd’s house is also an armoury where they all fend off the attack from Santa’s army that consist of Elves, reindeer and snow-trolls. In the end Stan gets injured and Santa gives a proposition for Jeff giving him the Relic from the Golden Compass. Jeff goes to Santa’s side but then heel turns stabbing Santa and dragging Stan away to safety. The two then start to see more eye-to-eye about things including their love for Hayley. The end of the war comes as Christmas Morning happens and Santa’s vengeance stops, at least until next year when Santa can get his revenge and now the Smiths now have a new tradition. I do like this episode since that it is written rather well with the continuity in hand, which I don’t think most shows usually have like this. Plus the lingering threat that Santa can strike again on Christmas Eve is something that does leave for a sequel which they do make.

2: Futurama: X-Mas Story: Futurama is one of my favourite animated series and this is a really good episode from the early days of the series. In this Fry celebrates his first X-Mas and the Planet Express staff decide to decorate the building to help him feel more nostalgic. Fry decides to go out and buy Leela a X-mas present since that she had a string of bad X-masses since that she grew up in an orphanage. The others inform Fry to be back before sun down since that Robot Santa Claus will come out and kill anyone who is outside then. They then give the back story of the Robot Santa that he was created to determine who was on the naughty and nice list but a programming error turned the robot into a killing machine when his standards set too high thus he would kill anyone that was on the naughty list which is everybody. Fry manages to find a present for Leela in the form of a parrot, but it flies away and Leela decides to go out and get Fry before Robot Santa arrives. Fry manages to find the parrot atop a large building and Leela manages to save Fry but it’s really too late, Robot Santa has arrived.xmas-story He hunts down the two chasing them around the city. Fry and Leela managed to get into Planet Express but Robot Santa manages to break into Planet Express through the chimney and he tells them that they have all been naughty, except for Dr Zoidburg for some reason who manages to help the team force Robot Santa back into the chimney and blow him into the stratosphere with his reindeer as well. In the end everyone celebrates by singing a song to then see that Robot Santa promises that he will be back next X-Mas. I do love this episode since that the chase scene through New New York is rather cool and interesting and brings in, at least one of my most favourable quotes; your mistletoe is no match for my TOW missile. It is always a good episode that I do like to watch whenever it is on.

1: The Simpsons: Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire: I had a pretty hard time deciding on which episode that I would have picked but the reason why I picked this was that it was the first actual episode of The Simpsons that was made for television that wasn’t a short. The episode begins at Springfield Elementary where the school is doing a pageant for Christmas where we see Lisa’s year covering the different ways countries celebrate Christmas. This then leads the family writing their letters to Santa yet when reading Bart’s letter to Santa, Homer and Marge become enraged to see that he wants to get a tattoo and they forbid him to get a tattoo. Whilst Christmas Shopping the next day Bart slips off to a Tattoo Parlour and attempts to get a tattoo done with the typical Mother design. Marge finds out that Bart is getting a tattoo and pulls him out and drags him down to a dermatologist to have it removed. This leads to using all the money that they were going to use on for spending money on getting the tattoo removed. Meanwhile when Homer is at work he finds out that Mr Burns isn’t going to be giving them their holiday bonus and then discovered that there is no money for presents he decides to become a Mall Santa as suggested by his friend Barney.sroaop On Christmas Eve Bart finds out that Homer is a Mall Santa but even worse is that Homer finds out that he has been paid less than expected. But Barney then comes up with the idea to take his pay and bet it on the greyhound races. Homer decides to bet all of his money on a dog called ‘Santa’s Little Helper’ as some sort of sign but looses it all as it comes in last place and he then see’s the dog’s owner disown him for losing the race. Bart pleads with Homer to keep the dog which he agrees to them. When they get home, Homer comes clean about not getting his bonus but the family considers Santa’s Little Helper to be their present which they all accept into the family. Even for the very first episode this episode does still hold up rather well and is a rather good story since that Homer goes out of his way to try and get money for presents since of the problems that occur.

Pokémon Sun Review

Currently I have put nearly 80 or so hours into Pokemon Sun and I have to say that this has been one of the best games after seeming rather hesitant about it for the last few months.

Story: So with this story it is one of the most complex and intriguing story that they have ever done for a Pokemon game. The main story revolves around three different story elements. The first is the Island Challenge that replaces the Gym system, which I will get later on in the review. The second is with a character that you get introduced called Lillie and her Pokemon, Cosmog, to find out where it came from and trying to find its way home. The third revolves around Team Skull and the Aether Foundation which gets really weird and strange.sun-moon-2

With the island challenge you travel around the four islands of Alola and partake in different challenges that revolve around facing Trail Captains, Totem Pokemon and then the Island Kahuna which some can be rather challenging. I know I have a hard time fighting Lurantis in the Lush Jungle. In the end of the challenge you then unlock access to Mt Lanakila and then challenge the newly formed Elite Four and Champion.

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The story line with Lillie and Cosmog does get rather interesting since that it also works its way into the story line with the Aether Foundation. But in the mean time Lillie and Cosmog head to the different ruins around the different islands since that apparently Cosmog is linked to the different ruins. Later in the game we then find out that Cosmog is also linked to the Ultra Beasts that has the interests of the Aether Foundation since they want to preserve the Ultra Beasts against Team Skull. But then it turns out there is more to Cosmog than what even Lillie knows and that is Cosmog is a legendary Pokemon that can evolve into, depending on the version, the cover legendary. Lillie then comes to the realisation that she can no longer look after Cosmog now and you get the chance to capture it to help you with the way to get into the Alternate World to fight the Ultra Beast.

The story line with Team Skull and the Aether Foundation is the weirdest one since that in the end, and a bit of spoilers, the leaders of both factions join together for some strange. With Skull they are around sort of the same thinking of Team Rocket with mainly wanting to steal Pokemon. But with the Aether Foundation they start off rather innocent wanting to help preserve and protect Pokemon from Team Skull but then when it comes to the Ultra Beasts they start to show more of a strange intentions to get them that involve Lillie and Cosmog where it at least seemed that Lusamine the president of Aether Foundation wanted to use all of Cosmog energy to access the Alternate World. When in the Alternate World we see that there are a lot Ultra Beasts and that Lusamine merges with one of them but then after your battle with her gets separated with the help of the cover monster. Team Skull in this game seem to be rather lacklustre but the fights are more interesting especially in the abandoned town that Team Skull takes over.

Island Challenge: The island challenge is one of the best features that they have added to the game and is a breath of fresh air from the Gym system that they had in all the previous games. The concept of the island challenge is rather simple and that is that you go around the island and do roughly three different types of challenge. The first is the Totem Pokemon; they are Pokemon that you fight in the game that have special abilities that can boost stats such as attack and speed. The second asun-moon-3re the Trail Captains; these are trainers that some can fight to progress further on or later in the game, I think since that I have faced one of the Trail Captains after I beat the game. The third are the Island Kahunas which are basically the strongest trainers on the island who, theoretically, should be some of the strongest trainers that you will fight on the islands. But beating the final Kahuna isn’t the end of the story by beating them you unlock a new area called Mt Lanakila where you can take on the Elite Four of the game and become the first Island Champion. The cool thing about the Elite Four is that the majority of the Elite Four is made up of the Island Kahuna’s and some characters added in. Plus an additional awesome thing is that when you beat the Elite Four the first time you can retake the challenge and then face off against different challengers like Hau and other characters that you encounter around the different islands. It is a rather big step up from refighting the Elite Four and Champion from the previous games since that it does mean that the last fight will always be different.

Pokémon: I originally thought when I saw the Pokemon designs for this generation were rather lacklustre and looked rather bland and rather uninterested. But once I started catching them and training them that they were rather good.sun-and-moon-4 A lot of the Pokemon have a lot of good new abilities and from previous generations they seem to be totally different. I have had a lot of fun coming up with different ideas of combinations for when I was doing the Elite Four since that there were some Pokemon that could only evolve in certain areas that are near the end of the game. But other than that I actually changed my mind about all of the new Pokemon and they are really good. I also really do like the Alola forms of the first generation Pokémon since that they all have a different abilities and type match up since that the region had different effects on Pokémon.

Problems: With this game there are a lot of problems I do have with this game. The first is to do with the fishing mechanic and that is that you can only fish in certain spots. Plus the fact that there are two different sorts of fishing spots, the regular fishing spots where you have a higher chance of mainly getting Magikarp and then you have bubbling spots where there is a higher chance of catching other Pokemon other than Magikarp. I do hope that this could get fixed with the encounter rates since that there is also a chance getting items as well. The second problem that I have with it is the SOS system, even though that it does give a chance of getting rare Pokemon, the main problem that when you take out one Pokemon the SOS Pokemon can call out to bring another one in and it is a rather 50/50 chance of getting a third Pokemon called in and so on. The third problem that I have with this game is more of a minor problem is that when you catch a new Pokemon, the registration data shows you the evolution of Pokemon by showing blank spaces next to them. I know that I really wanted to be surprised if a Pokemon had an evolution by getting it to a certain level or stone or area to see if it would evolve but for some reason they decided to show what could come for the Pokémon. The final problem that I have with the game is that there are too many Pokémon from other generations in the game and it does rather bug me that there are so many, I’m fine with the Alola forms since they have a reason why they are like this but having Pokémon such like Caterpie or Magikarp in the game seems to me that they just wanted to fill out the Pokedex more. It is disappointing that there has only been one game that had only one generation (pre Elite Four) where you can’t get Pokémon from other regions. Hopefully in future instalments they will have a game that will just have just one generation.

Overall Score 8.5/10

Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 Review

So I already a little bit late to the game here but I thought I decided to put in my two cents for this game.

Story: For this game the story follows off from the first game, which I didn’t play, where you can play as a Time Patroller (from five different races) and partake in restoring history points in the Dragon Ball Z and beginning bits of Super that have been altered by the villain Towa. But things are more different this time, Towa has brought in villains from a different canon in the Dragon Ball universe and that was bringing in the movie villains like Turles, Lord Slug, and Cooler etc. This does seem to repeat a lot of elements from the first game such as repeating some stages such as fighting the Great Apes on Earth and the Ginyu Force on Namek. But they did add some rather cool what if and new battles including Ginyu taking Trunks body and something that was missing from the first game and that was being able to fight Imperfect Cell and Androids 16,17 and 18 in the time line as well as fighting with Future Gohan. In and around the game the story follows through the disappearance of Trunk’s Time Patroller partner, who could be imported from the first game or a preset character from the game.xenoverse-2-3 It then turns out in the end that Towa had captured them and turned them evil with a controlled mask and when that plan fails she goes back in time and destroys the Dragon that granted the wish at the beginning of the first game. In the end of it Towa manages to steal Tokitoki’s egg and has Mira battle your character. However Mira goes rouge and merges himself and Towa with the egg into a altered form and you have to take him down with the help of everyone’s ‘favourite’ character Goku. In the end there are two post game missions that you can so that features Bardock and Future Gohan but it just seems more filler than anything else. Overall the story is rather decent play through but getting up to the fight with Frieza and Cooler requires pretty much a lot of grinding since that it can be quite annoying.

Characters: So with this game, like the previous instalment, you can bring along two AI’s with you on Parallel Quests. This ranges from having characters like Goku and the usual Z Fighters to the villains through the game. But there are also some characters that you can only unlock by doing specific quests as well as wishing for characters from the Dragon Balls which does seem that it could be rather long winded to get. But overall it does seem like a rather good range of characters and some of them do have rather interesting ways to unlock them such as a really cool PQ where you have to fight Yamcha who goes rouge and you unlock his super-villain form by just beating the game. But there is something that I wish that could be added for characters and hopefully something that could be done if they do make Xenoverse 3 and that is to have more villains from either Dragon Ball and GT or the films. But since that DB Super will likely still have a few years left we could see characters like Zamasu and Goku Black (with Super Saiyan Rose) in the future.

Quests and Expert Missions: Now here we come to a rather annoying and something that should also be rather fixed about the game. First the quests are pretty much copied and pasted over from the first game such as the missions for the story. This does seem like a bit of a letdown but it is rather disappointing that they did this. But this is mainly the 6&7 Star missions that are copied and pasted mission the rest of them seem rather repeated but there are new missions in it such as battling against the three main Androids and Imperfect Cell or fighting against the Z Warriors in the Cell Games, it is really fun. But here comes one of my problems and that is the Expert Missions.xenoverse-2-4 First this seems, from what I have played from it as well as watching streams from it was that there are many connection problems that it has and that is mainly due to what Bandai Namco’s severs. If they had serves dedicated to host online matches since that apparently it affects more of your broadband connection and from people that try to stream expert missions it does cause a lot of problems. Second is that if you try to do these missions offline then you are stuck with computer AI and that is pretty much worse since that they seem more sporadic and more of an annoyance.

Problems: Of course there are problems with this game. The copy and paste missions and problems with the Expert Missions online are rather annoying. Yet I do find more problems with this game, the first being something that should be available to do and that is being able to have the imported/pre-installed created character and being able to play as them or use them as support AI for PQ’s which does seem that it would be easy to do since that the move sets are in the game and the model is already there but there is no way that you can do it. It just seems rather weird that you can’t do it.xenoverse-2-2 Second problem is one of the story missions and that is the fight against Cooler and Frieza. This is one of the most annoying fights that is in the game, I had a easier time fighting against Mira at the end than I did with that fight. I basically had to grind to, I think, level 30 or 35 when I went back and done that mission. I don’t think that it should have taken me that long to get through that mission. The third is something that in the main world and that are the vehicles and the fact that you don’t get to fly in the main world until getting through the Frieza/Cooler mission. But I don’t see the reason at all why they did this in the first way since that when you start in the game you fly from whatever rift world you’re in and then being able to fly through the missions. It just seems rather a weird thing that they do and I hope that it is something that they fix when and if they do Xenoverse 3.

Overall Score 7/10