Pokémon Shield Review

This game has created quite a bit of controversy over this past year for fans and pretty much splitting them down the middle. But I am not going to get into the main problems with this game yet, so I am going to break down the game into different parts and I have a special part for where I do have my problems with the game.

Galar Pokémon:
With this being a new region, this also brings in a large new pool Pokémon for use trainers to use and to mix with Pokémon we currently use and come up with new strategies. When I saw the images for the new starters, I wasn’t that sure with them, mainly for the fact that we didn’t know what their evolution could be (also the possibility that Scorbunny would be another Fire/Fighting type). But when I started playing the game, I was going with Scorbunny for my first play through (I bought the dual pack so Sword is going to be my replay game) and when I evolved it and found that it was just a pure fire type I was glad to see that it was a mono since most of the starts nowadays tends to be dual typing.

I also found that the designs for several Pokémon had really cool designs, such as Impidimp and its evolutionary line, Corviknight designs is my favourite bird design from any generation and of course, going of using it in battle quite a few time and helping me get through the Champions Cup is Duraludon, it looks so sharp and cool and it just looks like something that could just easily wreck anything that it comes in his way. Another Pokémon that I used that I thought was a cool from the game that I haven’t gotten yet (at the time of me writing this) is Dreepy and its evolution line, that and also that I think Dragapult sort of reminds me of a serpent like version of Mega Salamence.

Another thing that I enjoyed about this game, like with Gen 7 and the Alolan Forms, we got our own Galarian Forms in which not only did we get new designs for Pokémon such as Zigzagoon and Weezing but we also got for the first time new evolutions. The first that we saw was that of Obstagoon, which everybody pretty much made instant connections to Gene Simmons from Kiss. But there were some Pokémon that I didn’t know that had Galarian forms such as one that I used for most of the game before swapping out for the previously mentioned Duraludon and that was Meowth and its evolution of Perrserker. The design was something really out there and weirdly it reminded me a lot of a Digimon which I did rather like.

Galar Region:
The Galar region is quite possibly my favourite region that there is to date, and that is not being the fact that I do come from England where the game is heavily based from, but it is a really wonderfully designed area. The opening village area is so quaint and peaceful it does remind me a lot of the countryside, which in real life England is really nice and it was nice to see it replicated into the game. We also then get a big cross into cities and then the larger cities with multiple districts. Motostoke, Hammerlocke and Wyndon are the three largest cities in the game and all three are important as well. I like Wyndon the most since that it does take a lot of inspiration from London and you can easily see it from several of the building as well as the replica of the London Eye.

The other new feature to the Galar region is the Wild Area where a lot of the new features to the game do come into play. The Wild Area is a large portion of the region in which Pokémon inhabit and they can range from pretty much anything that is there in game and also stronger Pokémon, and depending on your level and how many Gym Badges that you have can be a good addition for your team since they are several levels ahead of the regular overworld and encounterable Pokémon. For instance, the first Pokémon that I ended up encountering was an Onix that was about five levels higher than what my Scorbunny was and it pretty much got wiped out by it. Another cool thing about the area is that there are additional things that you can do in the area from gathering food resources to use to make curries in the Pokémon Camp, you can also get the Rotom bike and participate in Rallies around the area to earn Watts, a sub currency in the game that is rather similar to the Battle Points in which you can use to exchange for Technical Records, Poke Balls and Wishing Pieces which are used to help spawn Raid Pokémon. Overall, I love the Wild Area and found it a useful place to train and help for the final push of the main story.

The Gym Challenge:
One thing that I have missed over these past few years has been the Gym system since Sun/Moon opted for a new system. But when they announced the return to the Gyms, I was glad to see them return and with quite a big twist to it as well. The Gym challenge is a breath of fresh air from the precious instalments of the games for a few things. The first is that this game has a lot of pageantry. The only way that there are Gym Challengers is if they are endorsed by somebody in this case you and your rival are endorsed by the Champion, who happens to be your rivals’ brother. Then you head to the first main city and partake in an opening ceremony where you get your uniform and are introduced to seven of the eight Gym Leaders.

Next you make your way to the first gym and this is where you find out about Gym Challenge and this is something that I like. Like each gym has a specific typing, each Gym has their own challenge before you can go off and face the Leader. Just as an idea and not to get that much into spoiler territory for a game that’s been out for a week, the first Gym has a rather simple challenge to do. That is simply you need to guide the Wooloo from one side of the gym to the other and making sure that all of them get there. There are challenges along the way such as trainers wanting to battle you, in my playthrough I only had to face off against one trainer and there were also some Yamper’s there to split up the Wooloo to make it a more of a challenge to do.

The Gym Leaders are some of the rather best used in a while. The first three leaders are your usual Grass, Water and Fire types in which they have a lot of cool Pokémon that they use, which I might end up using when I do my playthrough on Sword. One cool thing about this game is that there are version exclusive Gym Leaders as well, with Shield getting Allister and Melony and Sword getting Bea and Gordie. Another cool thing about the game is when you get to the final city of Wyndon for the finals and it turns out that when you beat your rivals, you pretty much get put into a better take on a Elite Four and something more akin to the Anime in which your in a tournament to face off against The Champion and you have to defeat the Gym Leaders again. This is something that I like a lot more than having specialist trainers since it pretty much shows that all the Gym Leaders are on the same level as each other and the main character.

Dynamax/Gigantamax:
The other new feature of the game is that of Dynamax in which certain places in the game mainly Gym’s and Raid Battles in which you can fight super-sized Pokémon and for the ones in Raids the chance to also capture them.

There are certain Pokémon that can Gigantamax and they tend to be the more difficult ones to encounter in the Wild Areas with using NPC’s since they are a lot more difficult to battle with as well as not having the best move pool, however it does seem to be better to do it online with people online. But with the Gigantamax Pokémon they also come with some really awesome designs and one that always stands out to me is the one for Corviknight since that it appears that his form comes with smaller birds that surround it.

The moves though for Dynamax are rather resembling that to the Z-Moves of S/M in which they are an increased in power in comparison to the base move stats. Some of them are pretty cool since they also do additional things such as stat moves, either increasing or decreasing, weather changes and terrain changes. These can be rather useful in matches since when I fought the champion they used the Grass Max Move in which it lays down Grassy Terrain in which anybody that’s touching the field they regain health at the end of the turn and it also helped me get the win.

Story:
The story for the game is rather interesting since that it is rather similar in ways to that of both XY and ORAS. Basically, the villain is rather misguided and is having his endorsement going around gathering Wishing Stars to fuel his new powerplant to create a new energy source for the region and it turns out that he was using it to create a new Darkest Day event.

The Darkest Day is something that you discover throughout the course of the event with the thanks to Sonia, that Professors grand-daughter and assistant who was Leon’s friend and rival. She is the one that links you in a lot with the legends and the mythos of the region and also discovers that the legends that they have might not turn out to be fully true. Since the first part of the history in which you find a statue in a hotel of a warrior brandishing a Sword and Shield. Then later you find out that there was in fact two heroes and then finally you find another statue that was hidden behind a mural of the two heroes and what appears to be the two cover legends behind each of them.

The story continues through the Champions Cup and then into the post-game and I’m rather curious on to see where that is going to take me.

The Bad Points:
As I said in the beginning of this post there are things that I do find about this game.

The first thing that I had a problem with is was with the change in TM pool and the early TM’s that you get in the game. It is rather hard to get a rather good move pool together since a lot of the early TM’s don’t seem to be that good and it does make me feel like I’m playing Red and Blue in which I didn’t think that they were that good, but the TR’s do make up for them but they are harder to come across mainly because they cost Watts and not money.

The second problems that I had with the game pretty much had to do more with the community than it did with the actual game. The amount of people that were complaining about the game was rather overwhelming and it really annoyed me that the game wasn’t out yet and people were just making wild accusations and following other people instead of using their own thoughts. When it was revealed that there was not going to be a National Dex I wasn’t that really bothered about it for this one fact: THERE WASN’T A NATIONAL DEX IN SUN AND MOON. But there was also the rumbling that Game Freak wasn’t going to be adding more Pokémon into the game and more fans were furious about this and my reaction was that I really didn’t care. I preferred this for this fact, it gives me more of a chance to try new Pokémon and Pokémon that I normally don’t use. I also don’t know why people are complaining about the fact that they were also reusing models of Pokémon from last gen because here’s the thing, they look a lot better than what they did when they were on the 3DS, they have better colour and better shading than before. Also, I think the reason why people also forget is that they also must have did new models for the overworld Pokémon since they are models that move around and there were only a few that actually did that in the previous games.

Overall I think that this was one of the more strongest games from the series and that it has been something that is has been really enjoyable to play and I look forward to delve into the Post-Game content and to see what Gen 8 and onwards has on the Switch.
So, come back next week where there is going to be a bit of a change in what I DID have originally plan as I head back into the comic books and we look at Batman/Superman #1-3

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Venom-Verse Review

Last year I started to re-read Marvel comics because I have pretty much been solely reading comics from DC (mainly Batman, Detective Comics and The Flash) as well as the Power Ranger series from Boom Studios. The first thing that made me pick this up was because I was rather intrigued by the cover for the prequel series Edge of Venom-Verse, so I picked that up also Venom-Verse and I really enjoyed reading both stories, that and it was a book series on the continual uprising for Venom, since he was also part of a feature solo film.

In the similar vein to the Spider-Verse series from a few years ago, Venom-Verse also had the prequel series before the miniseries debuted in which we got a few one-shots of issues focusing around different Venom symbiotes including a X-23 Venom which looked rather cool. But the linking aspect between each issue of Edge, like Spider-Verse, was the symbiote being teleported from their home world and being greeted by a Venomized Captain America. So, with that out of the way let’s get to the main bones of the story.

The first issue opens with Venom, now back being bonded to Eddie Brock, stopping the annoyance of C-List villain Jack O’Lantern and manages to catch him, and then throw him off a fire escape to the ground below in front of a few on lookers who are saying to call the cops. Venom then jumps down from the fire escape and lands of Jack’s back and then we get a rather gruesome image of Jack’s helmet smashed and lying in a pool of blood. But then something strange happens (pun intended coming up soon) and it appears as the Venom had imploded and we see Venom re-emerging in a rather desolated New York City. Brock (and for the rest of the review I will try to reference him since this is where we start to get into a lot of different Venoms) tries to figure out what had happened and sees a child in all white asking for his help and reaching out his hand. Brock goes to reach for the child’s hand, but a familiar looking shield comes hurling in smashing the child in the side of the head and we are introduced to Cpt America. The coolest thing about this is how Cap gets his shield back is through the Symbiote re-attaching it to Cap’s suit since that a lot of the times in previous comics, his shield usually found it way back to him through either physics, magnets or being made from some form of energy. Cap manages to save Brock from the child and Brock lambast him for killing a kid, but then it’s revealed that it wasn’t really a kid, but a strange alien creature. The two of them try and get out of dodge quick before they are spotted and manage to get to the hideout where Cap introduces Brock to the rest of the Venom-Verse crew including: Black Panther, Scott Lang’s Ant-Man, Robbie Reyes Ghost Rider, Agent Venom, Rocket Raccoon, Symbiote Spider-Man, X—23, Old Man Logan, Deadpool and a Venom version of MJ Watson.

We then get the reasoning who was behind the massing of symbiotes and that was with the help of Dr Strange (and there is where my bad pun came from), who had been recruiting different symbiote hosts from different universes to combat an enemy that has been hunting down symbiotes, in a similar way to the Inheritors from Spider-Verse. Brock asks if that was the reason why Cap and shield slammed a child for and proceeds to say that what Brock saw wasn’t a child but a monster. Each member then goes on to provided background on the villains of the series, which are called Poisons. The one that Cap had killed was a weaker version of what they have been fighting and they use’s memories of a person to get them to loosen their guard and then consume them. Then we get into a slight altercation in the group where there are few that disagree on Brock being part of the team which includes the Symbiote Spider-Man and MJ. Brock then says that he doesn’t want to be part of this but before he can leave X-23 tries to convince him to stay but before he can answer, Spider-Man’s Spider Sense goes off alerting the team to a danger coming to them, that being a Poison Hulk. Agent Venom tries to hold off the rampaging Hulk but to no avail as he gets thrashed in one punch and is killed. Good way to kill of a likable character from your main series by making him a background character with near next to nothing in dialogue to be killed in ONE PUNCH. Rocket is told to blow the base and the rest of the symbiotes scatter with Brock and Spidey going off together and Spidey telling Brock that he needs to realise in what is happening. But not only that but we also get our first good look at what later in the story was called a baby poison and I got to say I do really like the design of it. It reminds me of the Mouser from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles small creatures that can do a lot of damage also its rather skeletal design is rather creepy. Brock and Spidey get into another argument on the Brooklyn Bridge in which they get interrupted by another Poison Host, this time Doc Ock.

This leads into a fight in which Doc impales Brock with one of his tendrils and is knocked back where a baby slowly approaches Brock and Spidey remind him not to touch him, so Brock manages to grab a piece of debris with his symbiote and impales the creature through the head. Meanwhile, Spidey is getting the shit beat out of him by Doc and tells Brock to run for it, but Brock being resilient says that he isn’t going anywhere and then manages to help free Spidey from the clutches of Ock, even biting the tendrils and then impaling him with a metal pole. But whilst Brock is doing that Spidey is getting tricked by a Poison, taking the form of Aunt May, and then converts him into a Host ending the first issue.

Issue two opens with a good fight that last for at least three pages in which we see Venom being out powered by that of the Host Spider-Man and Spidey tries to offer up Brock to a group of baby Poisons before they are swiftly killed by the returning group of Deadpool, Old Man Logan and MJ. We then cut over and find out that in the outcome of the Hulk attack on the hideout we find that Cap had been captured by the Poisons and we see what his Poison illusion is in the form of and that being of Sharon Carter (if this was the MCU it would have been Peggy) and the last panel shows the Poison illusion getting in close for a kiss Cap. Back over on the bridge, the team are attacking Spider-Man three-on-one and MJ manages to freeze Spidey for a moment, because no matter what dimension that you come from nine times out of ten it would lead to that world Peter and MJ being in a relationship. Deadpool damages Spidey with a barrage of bullets forcing him to flee as the group reconvene. They head to another hideout that and Brock asks for more information on what is happening because Spidey was going to say it before he got turned. Strange proceeds to tell Brock more about the Poisons and that they were designed to eradicate symbiotes. When a Poison bonds onto a symbiote they then become a perfect host and they become more powerful, for the host of the symbiote however it isn’t that nice as they are then consumed and turned into fuel for the Poisoned symbiote. Deadpool then chimes in to pretty much say that they are screwed about this whole thing because each time they come up against the Poison’s their number drop.

We then cut over to the Poisons base and see a newly converted Poison Cap, along with Hawkeye, Sabretooth, Scarlett Witch (and for some reason a silhouette of somebody probs Spidey) and they are being talked to by a mysterious figure who is glad to have another conversion for their army against the symbiotes. Poison Cap is still adjusting to the change that has taken place and says that he knows where the safehouses are and who else is on their team. The voice then asks if he can get them ‘The Source’ and Cap says that he can give him the location and help capture him and then we see that it was Doctor Doom that is the leader of these Poisons, saying that once they have consumed the symbiotes, they will use the magician to bring more symbiotes.

The group head to the safehouse and discuss what they are going to do, the are going to find out where the poisons base is and blow it up, with Rocket doing it because he had lost the rest of his team to them. It also turns out that safehouse that they have arrived at is the church Our Lady of Saints, which holds a special place for Brock since that was where he and his symbiote had bonded for the first time. The team try to come up with a plan on what to do with the Poisons and they then realise something, Deadpool is no longer with the team. Deadpool is far away from them yelling in the streets calling out for any Poisons or babies to come at him because he wants to be converted.

Issue three starts with Deadpool talking about his conversion into a Poison and being introduced into the ranks of what Doom calls the Hive and Cap asks where the symbiotes is hiding and Deadpool willingly tells where they are hiding. Back with the symbiotes in which Rocket and Ant-Man have built an explosive device and reveal that Brock and Strange have been talking about a plan that they think will turn the tide. Strange starts his ritual to pull through what they think is going to help them turn the tide and that being Cletus Cassidy aka Carnage. Carnage being the loveable, murdering symbiote we all know starts attacking the other heroes starting off with Brock. They keep fighting until a group of Poisons attack, this team forming of Cap, Rhino, Green Goblin, Iron Fist who and I want to say Bullseye. Carnage then realises why he was brought here and starts attacking the Poisons in which he manages to rip Iron Fist in two. Cap and Carnage get into a fight but amid the action, Ghost Rider gets a Poison attached onto him rather stealthily and is then converted but is then quickly killed by Carnage who stabs him through the back and then gets a taste of brimstone breath which blinds Carnage for a bit.

Strange gets kidnapped by the Poisons and brought back to their base and Cap asks Deadpool about Carnage where he was told nothing about his plan. Doom asks of his plan has gotten any further and Cap says it has since Strange is getting weaker and that he should soon be ready for conversion. The symbiotes head off to a new place and Brock realises something that MJ had said about reinforcements, Strange just wasn’t bringing them in, but he was also bringing in food for the Poisons. Back in the base, Strange is trying to be allured by his Poisons illusion but he is strong mined to see through the illusion, however there isn’t just the Poison baby there, but also a Poison Enchantress, Scarlet Witch and two others there to weaken his magical defences as they had theirs weakened. Doom appears in the chamber and then basically spells it out for Strange the same thing that Brock had realised.

Issue four opens with Poison Sabretooth and Gwenpool on patrol looking for the symbiotes and they pick up the scent. This leads to Rocket, Brock, Logan and X-23 ambushing them and attacking them. They manage to get the upper hand on the duo even more so when it turns out that Carnage was also hiding underground with the mines that Rocket had set up. Carnage cuts off Sabretooth’s arm and starts playing with him for a bit, but even armless he flings Brock into Carnage which causes Rocket to shoot him whilst Logan stabs and decapitates him. They also manage to capture Gwenpool as well with the help of Ant-Man going giant-sized and pretty much just holding her in his hands. Carnage senses something still around them but they say to leave as there could be more Poisons on the way and we see Deadpool crouched behind a car.

Back over at the Poison base, Scarlett Witch says that Strange is weakening and Doom is glad that Strange has been unknowingly helping the Poisons. Back with the Symbiotes, Poison Gwenpool basically says that the Poisons are the perfect hosts for the Klyntar and that it cuts out the physical body and the emotional side, the perfect symbiosis and says that is what every Venom wants whether they want to admit it or not. They ask for a location to the Poisons lair, but Gwenpool won’t reveal the location of the base. Rocket asks how come they are consuming symbiotes that they didn’t try and consume Carnage, in which Gwenpool says that they don’t understand the Carnage symbiote yet, which would make sense since that symbiote was a created from the Venom symbiote and was more heavily infused with violence tendencies, so the Poisons won’t fully know if there are any difference between the two symbiotes. Gwenpool is then killed by Deadpool and says that here is there to pretty much help them.

At the Poison Base, Strange is getting weaker and weaker as it goes on. Back with the symbiotes Deadpool goes over the reasoning why he decided to go with the transformation to becoming a Poison. He noticed that Spidey had held on to some of his memories, the brief pausing when he fought with MJ, and he pretty much banked on his crazy to keep him from true conversion. But that’s not all, he also reveals the true plan behind the Poisons. The plan is to have Strange bring in more symbiotes because of the new and different power that each symbiote seems to have possessed. The Poisons plan to consume as many as they can to create an unstoppable army and Deadpool says that they are the last line of defence between the Poisons taking over and Deadpool has a plan to help them get to the Poisons. At the Poison base, this time not focusing around Strange, Cap walks down a corridor where he is met by Spidey who says that Deadpool has returned with Carnage as a ‘prisoner’ ending the issue.

Issue five opens with Carnage being assaulted with sonics and Doom says that he will be looking forward to adding a Poison Carnage to his arsenal. Doom leaves and then with the sonics going off Deadpool kills Cap and frees Carnage from the restraints and they start their assault from the inside. Meanwhile the rest of the symbiotes manages to make their way into the base and split up into two teams, one team focused on blowing up the place and the other on a rescue mission for Strange.

Everything seems to be going okay for all three of the groups, until things start to slowly go wrong. Rockets team goes well, however Logan gets stalled and MJ has to defend herself against three Poisons. Brock’s party manages to rescue Strange, but Spidey comes across to have a rematch with Brock and this is rather disappointed because of how this fight ended up going. It lasts for four panels on one page. Yeah. The first fight in issue two went on for three pages and that was a pretty much a one-sided affair. Whereas this fight in the four panels is really disappointing and this is pretty much the only thing that I found to be bad about the story.

Back over with Rocket’s group they manage to create another distraction to help give them even more time to plant the bomb. But when they are doing this Ant-Man get distracted by a Poison illusion and this was in the form of his daughter Cassie. He jumps over to Cassie and Rocket tells him that it’s not her and continues to finish off the bomb and then we got one of the darkest panels from the series and we see the Poison taking over Ant-Man, with him pleading Rocket to help but he doesn’t as it seems that Rocket is scared and knows that there is no way to help him. X-23 puts Ant-Man out of his misery. Rocket manages to rewire the entire base into one giant bomb and Brock tells Strange to send them all home in which a drained Strange manages to send them all back(?) to their correct dimensions.

But that isn’t where this story ends. It ends with Doom, still alive, returns to a ship in which he says to somebody that he apologies about his failure, but the voice says that there are more magicians that they can use and its revealed that the leader of this group is a Poison Thanos surrounded by the rest of the Guardians of the Galaxy, Gladiator and Super-Skrull.

Overall, I did really enjoy this story and one of the things that I really liked about this story was the designs for the Poison characters. Mainly for the fact that it looks like they are a cooler armoured version of their original host. Another good thing about this story is that it then spread on into two more stories, one being a cross over with X-Men Blue and then with the sequel series called Vemonized.

Join me next week in which I will be doing a Review in Progress of either Pokémon Sword/Shield or Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order.

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Top Five Games Disappointing Games 2: The Reckoning

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Back when I was thinking of what I was going to do for this list I didn’t realise that I already had done beforehand so I thought you know what can go down well: sequels. So, for this list this is going to a follow on a previous list.

5: WWE 2K20: So, to start of this list is game that has been critically panned by fans and reviewers alike. I have a very hard time trying to find anything good so far to say about this game because it has dropped a lot in quality for what had came before had. A lot of the character models have dropped in quality across the board with one of the biggest comparisons being of the model of The Rock used in 2k19 where it looked a lot more like him and then in 2k20 where it looks more like a bad Rock cosplayer. There have also been a lot of glitches that have happened with the game, with people finding a lot of unintended collisions happening and one person even managing to have a wrestler being hurled around the ring, like a washing machine on a fast spin. Luckily enough for me the only problems that I have came across have been has been that of some small collisions as well as having a slight problem when it came to a tag match where, no matter even if I had hit the correct button to get on the apron, I wouldn’t move. The only thing that I do find strange about these problems that have happened with these is that there is one name that is missing from the game for the first time ever and that is Yukes who have been a part of the WWE Games since SmackDown! on the PlayStation, so I don’t know if the problems have to do with it just been done by Visual Concepts but it seems that’s what the problems could be. The other problem that I had with the game then actually comes down to the story of the game and oh boy does it seem to be melodramatic and bad. The story focus is one of the most confusing and stupidly built I have seen from a wrestling game (and I played the TNA Impact game), in which it follows Trey and Red who are being inducted into the Hall of Fame (which it throws at you at the beginning of the game) and their trail on how they ended up in the WWE. Now I haven’t completed the game yet (I’m still waiting for an update that hopefully resolved the problems) but from what I have played it has been rather dull and both Trey and Red are two of the most boring people that I have ever seen in a WWE Game and it is making me want to really wish that I had never bought this game. Trey is an idiot who is there as a joke and there for the entertaining side, whereas Red is the one that is dedicated to becoming a wrestler, however it is her attitude that is the worst thing about her since that she gets mad whenever somebody pisses her off. Hopefully the rest of game might be better and I’m hoping that the Showcase Mode of the Four Horsewomen is a lot better.

4: Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Another game that I do think is rather good but with flaws is the third instalment of the rebooted Tomb Raider series, in which we continue the tales of Lara and in this one we take a trip to South America, in which it feels more like this game should have come out in 2012 with it ties into the ancient times and indigenous tribe that Lara befriends. The story is rather interesting, but it did have its flaws, especially with one segment of the game where a village is destroyed during a cataclysmic event. But the problem that I had with the game was with the final boss battle and I have only a few words to say about it and that is dull, boring and repetitive. It seemed to be rather like the way to defeat the boss from Rise of the Tomb Raider in which you pretty much take care of the ads to take on the boss. I was disappointed with this, but I digress it was a fun game to play.

3: Pokémon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon: First let me say this about this game, I do like playing this game. I have done Nuzlocks, Wonderlocks and now currently doing an Egglock of the game, but when the game came out I was rather disappointed about the game and the main reason to do with it was the story of the game. The original games Sun and Moon were rather decent, but it seemed that there was something more missing from the game, in a slight similar way that X/Y had apparent code for more things to do with Zygarde and then incorporated it into S/M. When it was announced that there was going to be another Gen VII game a lot of people thought that it was going to be a sequel game, in the same vain in what Black2/White2 were for Gen V, but alas it turned out not to be. Instead we pretty much just got the director’s cut version of S/M. We had an increased amount of Pokémon and the introduction of new characters as well as a more redefined story. The game pretty much follows beat for beat of the original game, all the way up to Aether Paradise/Ancient Poni Path where you are basically there to stop Necrozma from consuming the light as well as revealing a new form on Necrozma. But there was something that I did prefer that the original game did a lot better and that was the story between Lillie and Lusamine since it focused a lot on how Lillie had changed as a character and standing up to her mother and that she had changed a lot (even before being absorbed by Nhilego) but that is pretty much missed from USUM since that Lusamine Possessed heads into Ultra Space to defeat Necrozma to no avail. Another problem that I didn’t like about the game was the Totem Stickers/Totem Pokémon since that it pretty much made it feel like that you were getting a competitive Pokémon for collecting in-game rewards. It felt rather cheap and it also made it feel like the Totem Pokémon were less special since that you only saw them or got to fight them when doing the trails. Everything else about the game I thought was rather fine, the Rainbow Rocket post game was enjoyable since you also got to expand of the theory pretty much that the Ultra Wormholes helped tie into the similar events from ORAS with alternate time like with being able to fight previous version of the villain team leaders.

2: Batman Arkham Knight: I bet if you were to see an Arkham series game on this it would be WB Montreal’s Arkham Origins, but here’s the thing: Origins didn’t have the Batmobile. Arkham Knight is an okay game at best, the story was pretty much predictable if you picked up on some of the subtle hints that happened through the game especially with the Joker flashbacks where it was revealed that he had in fact kidnapped Jason Todd instead of killing him and turns him into the Arkham Knight aligning himself with Scarecrow and taking over Gotham City. The thing that bugged me a lot with this game is that it relied way too heavily on the use of the Batmobile. Yes, it was a nice new feature for the game and it was an easier way to get around the open world area, however the thing that was the most annoying and unbelievable thing was to do with the Riddler challenges. How in the hell did Riddler manage to build entire raceways underneath Gotham City without anybody (including Batman) knowing what was happening? Seriously it was a moment in the game that really annoyed me having to traverse the tunnels that Riddler controls, but there is one thing that annoyed me even more and that was the Cloudburst battle that takes a large amount of time since especially if you end up dying to it since there isn’t a checkpoint when get it down to a certain health. Another problem that I had also still had to do with the Riddler and the Batmobile and that was the Riddler Trophies that are scattered across the hub world in which I found it rather difficult to try and solve (I know that there supposed to be hard to solve cause of Riddler’s stich) and thus I have not yet seen what happens with the true Knightfall ending (and yes I know its on YouTube, I’d prefer to see it the true way).

1: Star Wars Battlefront 2 (Campaign): For this one I am going to solely focus on the campaign for this game because when the game was revealed it did have me hooked. You got to play as a member from the Empire’s Inferno Squad and you get to take one Rebels during the dying times of the Empires hold on the universe. But then we are then thrusted into something else that I wasn’t that huge of a fan of, playing as several heroes from the side of the Rebel Alliance including Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Lando Calarisian. I was rather annoyed by this because outside of The Force Unleashed (since I haven’t played any other games like KOR) where you got to play as the villains, but then I was more furtherly annoyed when the main characters of Iden Versio and Del Meeko have a change of heart questioning the ideas of what had happened with Operation: Cinder so far and then pledge their allegiances towards Leia and the New Republic. I would have been a lot happier if we did get a game in which it could have focused on the side of the Empire during the fall of The Emperor and then the start-up of the First Order and how they came into power. That would have been more interesting instead of getting your usual ‘oh the Empire is really evil lets go on the run and join the Rebels.’ Even though the next Star Wars game that is out in a few days is called ‘Jedi Fallen Order’ and I am going to go on a limb and say that this is going to either focus on the guy either being on the side of the Jedi Order or possibly the Grey Order but one day I hope to get to play a game as the bad guys for the full game.

Next week we are going to be heading back to the comics with: Venom-Verse.

 

The Return- Back to the Blog

So, it’s been a while since I have written a post on here in about nearly two years and there have been quite a few reasons why I haven’t been posting and here’s why.

The first is that I have been dealing with a lot of personal problems for the past few months, in which I have had a lot of problems with anxiety as well as stress. I’ve suffered at least three anxiety attacks when I have been at work and I also discovered the cause of them and how to work myself down from them so that is a rather big plus for me. The stress on the other hand is something that I have been working more on for the latter half of the year and there are times where I can get it under control, but there have been times where I have been trying to not break down when I’m at work which can be a rather hard thing to do since working where I do can be difficult at times when stressed. I have discovered that a lot of the stress that has happened that talking with somebody about it has helped relieve it from me, but for some reason, and something that I should really do, I haven’t seen any doctors about this, and I really should and I might do if it starts to get that bad again.

But back to the positives of the this is that I am going to start up again with the site and start bringing out new posts starting later this month and there is a reason why that I am restarting up is because of a few videos that I have recently re-watched.

My friend, YouTuber CreweOnTheSofa has done a retrospective on an anime called Higurashi. So far it has taken him at least three years to cover the first three arcs of the show. It is a pet project of his and it is some of the best retrospective shows that I have seen on YouTube and it has given me a new lease on wanting to restart on writing blogs again. Watching through all the videos you see the passion that he has in the show and what he like and hates about the show and more Importantly it also did another thing as well. It has made me want to watch the show/ read it (since the anime was based on the manga).

But since that I haven’t been doing any reviews or lists doesn’t mean that I have been doing nothing with my time away from the site. Back in May I was back in a rather bad place from what had happened and I rediscovered my love of writing fiction. So, from then I had started planning on writing a book then and planning it all down on paper and then only telling a one person pretty much on how some of the plots where going to go down. Now into November, I still haven’t put that much pen to paper in the means of starting to write the actual story but with the planning stage I am pretty much nearly done with it and it is something that I have thoroughly enjoyed. But then it comes with a slight compromise. I might end up only working on writing the book a few times a month mainly because of restarting the blog and also being in full time work. I work about 5 out of 7 days and I now plan on spending one day working on new blog posts and then the second off day either working on the blog or spending my time out socialising.

Now going back to why I am here and that is restarting the blogs. The first few things that I do have planned is a Top List but that is all I’m going to say on that because I don’t want to show my hand on that just yet. But in the form of reviews I do have somethings planned and it is going to be rather fun because the first thing that I plan on reviewing is something that got me back into reading Marvel (only in the graphic novel form) and that is Venom-Verse. I will be covering just that at first and not the prequel series of Edge of Venom-Verse mainly because it is a lot of filler and I want to get into the main bones of the story because it is rather interesting as well as the two sequels that followed.

I will also be continuing on with some old ongoing series such as getting back into the End of the Earths story from Amazing Spider-Man and I also think Dark Knight 3 (I think I can’t remember if finished that series) and any others that I my still have lingering around waiting to be resolved. But with the old reviews there is also be reviewing some new things in the future and a few of them will be Batman/Superman (Rebirth series and multiple issues), some issues to do with the Villain of the Year (possibly the one-shot issues and maybe the main run of the series when that comes out next year, I believe) and also Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cross-over that starts in December.

I am looking forward to getting back into the swing of this and hopefully we can have some fun to with it.