Halloween Month: Top Five Horror Sequels/Prequels: Part 1

A few years ago, I did a list of my Top Five Horror films, so I thought that this time that I would focus on something similar and that being sequels and prequels.

Annabelle Creation: Starting off the list is the sequel to a film that I didn’t think should have even been made into a film, but I got to say this made up for a lot of the problems that I had about the first film. The film starts off with a family heading back from church, in which their car breaks down and their daughter is killed after running into the road. After a few years the parents take in a group of orphans and a nun to stay and they start noticing weird things going on and we see that the focus targets one of the girls Janice, who has Polio making her a weaker target than the rest of the girls. During several nights, she is awoken by the sounds of somebody running around and finds her way into the daughter’s room, in which she finds the Annabelle doll locked in a hidden room and thus the doll targets her with one case throwing her from the first-floor landing to the ground floor, manages to keep her wheelchair bound. Later in the film the mother reveals what happened after their daughter had died they contacted mediums to communicate with their daughter in which they found notes around the house and then later got permission to have her spirit be transferred into a doll, that doll being Annabelle. But it turns out that whatever entered the doll wasn’t their daughter but in fact a demon that began terrorising the family, even attacking the mother. They got a priest to bless the hidden room and had bible verses to be wallpapered around the walls to reduce the influence and power from the doll. In the end, the remaining orphans and the nun get out alive, but when the police go to find where Janice is and it turns out she escaped and left the doll there. But a few years pass and we find her in a new orphanage and she is taken home by the Higgins, who give her a copy of the original Annabelle doll. But the film makes an interesting turn as it ends with the film wrapping up for the beginning of the first film. Overall, I liked this film a lot better than the first film as the first seemed to be a slight rip off from Rosemary’s Baby and the scares weren’t that good. However, with this the scares were a lot better, with the scariest being when the girl is taken into the barn by a mysterious figure and is where she gets possessed by the doll.

Ouija: Origin of Evil: Another prequel from a recent film series, Ouija: Origin of Evil bring all the bad points for the first film and makes it a great film. The cast for the film is rather short since that it mainly focuses around a family of three, Alice, Lina and Doris, in which the mother is a medium that helps people connect with people who have passed but she is a charlatan. They then buy a Ouija board from a store and they decide to use it for their skits but it turns out that the daughter can channel spirits in which a dark force possesses her and it is during the final act to find out that their house used to belong to an evil Nazi scientist that tortured and killed people. They try to then kill the daughter by sewing her mouth so that the entity can’t speak, but during the process the mother dies and the only survivor being Lina get sent to a mental facility and then, like Annabelle Creation, the film ends with Lina being met by the lead from the first film. Overall, I like this film since that it built up a better story, the Doris being in contact with what appeared to be her father, who had died, but then the realisation that she has being used by the demonic being seemed to be rather sinister. Another thing that I liked about the film was that the films scares were dealt a lot better than the previous film.

Insidious Chapter 3: One of the things that I like about this film is that since it didn’t focus around the story of the original family from the first film since that their story was over and done with at the end, as well as Elise dying and being a spiritual guide for the Nether in both instalments. For this film, it is set years before the events of the first film, in which our main character Quinn trying to in contact with her mother, who had passed away (what a weird coincidence that all three prequels that I have picked have a revolving theme), and she goes to contact Elise but she says that she no longer does readings but she accepts this one but it goes pear-shaped in which a darker entity comes through and she stops the reading and tells her not to contact her mother again. But she ignores it and then a lot of bad things start happening to her, involving being hit by a car and breaking her leg. Then through the rest of the film her and her family start noticing weird things going on in their apartment including them seeing a ghost that is covered in goo. The family try to figure a way to get answers, first by getting a paranormal group to come in to find out the source of the problem, and then Elise comes into find out the problem and they manage to get rid of the evil entity with the help of the girl’s mother and all is right. This is then leads Elise to return to the paranormal investigations with the paranormal group and now is leading to a fourth instalment that is out next year, which I will be probably see. I like this film since that it shows Elise in a different light, knowing that she was sceptical about returning to do reading and the paranormal since that she had lost her husband and felt distant from the rest of the world. Another thing that I liked about this film was that with Quinn being confined is something that does make being scared, not being able to defend yourself from an unknown attacker.

Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday: For a franchise that has gotten a lot out of hand over the past few instalments, with one film seeing a copycat killer and then seeing Jason being resurrected (by accident), this is one of the goofier but good films from the series. The film focuses around Jason possessing people trying to resurrect himself since that it turns out that Jason in fact has a sister, Diana as well as a niece Jessica and she has a child and the only way that he can resurrect himself is by taking over the body of his family. So, the main worry of the film was Jason being incarnated through the baby, but it then turns out that the dead body of his sister is in the old Voorhees house were Robert Campbell had stashed the body in the house for a television show he was making about Jason Voorhees. A lot of the film is rather interesting since that it deals with Jessica & Steven trying to reconcile as well as a bounty hunter who is also after Jason and he also gives a lot of exposition about how to deal with Jason. In the end Jason gets reburned from his sister’s body and is then killed by his niece. One of the things that I really do like about this film is the amount of references to other horror franchises, from Halloween with mentioning of the old Myer’s place, a package addressed from Antarctica for a possible link to The Thing. It is a fun film to watch as well as being the lead in to the crossover for Freddy vs Jason.

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors: Nightmare 3 is one of my favourite films from the Nightmare franchise, it is one of the better told films as well as having more of the most creative ways that people have died. The film also brings back Nancy, from the first film, in which she now works with children/teenagers who have been dealing with nightmares and Nancy finds out that Freddy is back killing teenagers in their dreams again. In the end of the film the teenagers that survive at the end manage to defeat Freddy again, but it came at a cost as Nancy dies, but to make sure that this doesn’t happen again Kristen dreams her into a perfect dream, and we don’t see her again until one of the comic book adaptations where she returns. The things that I do like about the film is the way that Freddy makes his kills in the film with some of them being rather creative and the two that come to my mind are Phillip who starts sleepwalking but what the people that see this happening don’t see is that Freddy is manipulating him by controlling him like a marionette with strings made from his veins and kills him by cutting his strings, making the residents thinking that he had jumped. The second kill that I like in the film was with Jennifer in which Freddy basically forces her to watch television shows with a cameo from Zsa Zsa Gabor, but the best was when Freddy grabs her and hurls her into the TV and we see her body stuck head first in the television with them also thinking that she had took her own life, somehow also lifting herself about 3 or 4 feet off the ground.

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Halloween Month: Top Paranormal Television Shows

One of the first ways that I got into horror and the paranormal was a show called Most Haunted back in the mid 2000’s and ever since then I have watched a lot of paranormal shows, either being retellings of people’s encounters or being a team of investigators trying to get proof of the paranormal.

Most Haunted: Starting off with something that I have already mentioned is Most Haunted a show that has spanned over fifteen series and is something that has changed over the years that it has been around. When it first started up it did have a larger crew to what it does have nowadays and it also had a different way that they conducted their investigations. In the first thirteen series, they used to use mediums, with Derek Acorah and David Wells being the ones that featured mainly on the show. But when they came back a few years ago with a new revamped version they dropped them in favour for using more of a scientific approach with having two Parapsychologist as well as a Demonologist to help them get evidence of paranormal activity. Over the recent series they have seen to get the best evidence that they have ever got though their years and one of the best pieces of evidence that they ever got was of an apparition walking up a flight of stairs. Plus, this latest series has had the team being put in a lot of difficult places, but my most favourite has to be East 30 Drive, in which the team was tormented by an entity that was able to apparently knockout two of the investigators as well as having knives appearing out of nowhere and picture frames being hurled around. I am looking forward to seeing what they have planned in the future as one of the Executive Producers and investigator askes on Twitter a few months ago where fans would like to see them re-visit got me thinking that they could be planning a re-visiting series.

Ghost Adventures: Heading over to America and what I think to be a better version of Most Haunted is Ghost Adventures, another investigative series, but what is different about this is that the investigators are just one small group of five, formally three, to keep contamination to a minimum. The series originally started off as a documentary where they caught a lot of activity and made news headlines with the evidence that they caught where a board was hurled at Zak Bagans. Over the years they have caught a lot of amazing evidence with the different pieces of technology, such as the Spirit Box, SLS Kinect Camera but most recently they have a had a lot of sightings with the Thermal Camera catching entities walking through places where they are locked down in. Through the years the show has been very entertaining but as well as can be rather dark, with a couple of episodes focusing around demons and possessions, with even one of the most recent episode. The latest called the Ogdon Possession focused around the possession of a man in which he was plagued by a spirit that was telling him to kill himself. But in the end of the episode everything seemed to be okay but in all reasons, we don’t know if that is true, but hopefully with a new series of Ghost Adventures Aftermath to get a follow up on the family will shine a light on the aftermath of the episode. I would like to see this happen since when they the Zozo episode they did a follow up on the next series and they got a lot of information in what had happened to the family.

The Ghosts of Shepardstown: Continuing down this list is another investigative series, this time also coming from a former member of the Ghost Adventures, Nick Groff, this is one of the first series that I have seen that has just been focused around one town that has had a spike in paranormal activity in which a police chief decided to form a paranormal team to deal with the cases that they would get calls for. Throughout the series it got really interesting since that it turned out that there appeared to be an evil entity in the town that caused the spike in activity and I had thought that the activity was to do with the clock tower by the Town Run but I was wrong. One of the eerier things about the series was the penultimate episode of the series, in which the team are doing an investigation that lead them to discover that two women were killed, but it then led to something creepier when they stumble upon a upside down cross and discover that the area was known for witchcraft. When they started investigating around the area they caught a lot of evidence in which that I am sure they caught two figures surrounding Nick when he went on to search for evidence, but that could have just been anomalies. When the first series ended after they managed to release the supposed evil entity, it turns out that the neighbouring towns were starting to develop an increase in paranormal activity.

Paranormal Witness: For something different from the previous entries, Paranormal Witness is a show that retells peoples encounters with the paranormal, either being demonic attacks, paranormal activity or zoological creatures. I do like this show since a lot of the stories are rather interesting since that the stories that are told are rather frightening. The most recent season that I have been watching has been rather interesting since there have been a lot of interesting. A episode that was on recently focused around a family in which they all moved to a new house in a different state and it turn out that the house that they had move in, turned out to be haunted by a malevolent demon called Zozo which started attacking the family and attacking one of them by slashing his back and with all the activity this causes the family to leave the house and back to finding a new property. But the latest episode that I watched was rather weird since it took place at an active prison. It turned out that in a part of it called Tower D, in which it appeared that there seemed to be some sort of force that was there that seemed to afflict the officers that were there and made them seem to be distance to others as well as their families. But the weirdest thing that I found about it was that there didn’t seem to be a resolve for the episode since that they never found out who was the supposed ‘Sargent Ghost’. The only research that was done in the entire episode was the wife of the officer that was being afflicted to find out that an officer had killed his wife and that was all, nothing else. I so like the series but when there doesn’t appear to be any resolve to the episode it does make me feel that it was a bit of a waste.

Amish Haunting: For the final instalment on this list is something that is more different to the previous entry, but shares a lot of the same idea. Amish Haunting is a series that is retellings of stories that happens in the Amish portions of America and I got to say that some of the episodes that I remembered were rather dark and freaky. The most memorable episodes that I can remember was something to do with a couple that got married and conceived a child out of wedlock and the baby turned into a hideous creature that turned into a version of the Goat-Man tale which terrorised a small town. A lot of the episodes were rather interesting but when I tried to find them on sites like YouTube, were I did originally watch them, they were only redirect links to other sites so I can’t remember other episodes that well, but I do hope that they do somehow get re-syndicated for UK release since what I do remember was that it was enjoyable.

Top Seven Videogames I Want To Play

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Top Ten Favourite Pokémon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Top Five Favorite Decepticons

Where there is good there is also evil. To the Autobots that evil comes in the form of the Decepticons.

5: Devastator/ Menasor/ Bruticus (G1): One of the things that I really loved about watching through the first two series of G1 Transformers was seeing the formations of the combiners since they all looked awesome and before I watched this I was a huge Power Rangers fan, so it was basically seeing evil versions of the Megazords. The first combiner that we see in the series is Devastator, and he gets the upper hand for the Decepticons, but we then see them start to be defeated by the Autobot more and more frequently. However, Devastator is also good as separate vehicles since that they are based off construction vehicles so they have been useful in building structures for the Decepticons. Menasor on the other hand was designed on more of a different matter and that being to match the Autobots on the ground since that the main design motif for the Decepticons was more militarized, these seemed to be more blended in for disguise, but when they were put into battle with the Autobots they had the upper hand, until the Autobots created their counterpart and they could beat Menasor. But the most intriguing of the combiners is Bruticus for the fact the robots created for him were built from Starscream after he was kicked out of the Decepticons and was going to use them to show Megatron how resourceful he is. But the interesting thing about this was that Megatron praised Starscream for what he had done, and then he wiped the memory of the Cons used for Bruticus and used it for himself.

4: Steeljaw (Robots in Disguise): For a series that I have just gotten into I found that Steeljaw is a rather interesting Decepticon. In the show, Steeljaw is shown as a Con that only wants one thing in life and that is being ruling over a planet full of Decepticons and he would do anything and use anyone to get what he wants. In the first series of the show, he starts getting his army ready, which is made up of the typical villain of the week and uses their abilities and sometimes sacrificing them to get captured to get the job done. I think another reason why I like this character is also because of his voice actor, that being Troy Baker, who makes this role his own and gives a menacing and devious character.

3: Starscream (Various): What can I say about Starscream that people already haven’t said before. He has delusions of grandeur wanting to become the leader of the Decepticons and become respected. But on the other hand, he is also a bit of a coward. He has also had a lot of good moments to throughout the various series and incarnations of the show with some of the best coming from G1 and Cybertron. One of my favorite moments from G1 was during the Transformers Movie when Starscream decides to take advantage of an injured Megatron by casting him and some of the other Decepticons out of Astrotrain since that Astrotrain was being weighed down. With this Starscream then became the leader of the Decepticons for a hot minute before he got killed by Galvatron. Another of my favorite moments is during Cybertron when Starscream uses the Earth Cyber Key and makes himself to be a rather strong opponent to the Autobots.

2: Megatron (Various): Megatron has been the leader for the Decepticons for a long time and he has had a lot of cool transformations from a gun, to a tank, to something that resembles the Batmobile. He is a no nonsense leader and can be rather ruthless at times, but he does see the good in the ideas, sometimes, that his team has. The one that I mentioned already was seeing the brilliant idea that Starscream had when he built his own combiner and then wiping the memory of said combiner to forget that he was created by Starscream. He also has had a lot of rather good and smart ideas compared to what the Autobots have done since that during the first few episodes of G1 when they attacked places to go and gather Energon to get on their way back home to Cybertron, they use green energy sources to generate Energon and that they were successful in getting Energon out of it. But with the good there are also a lot of problems that Megatron has and he does seem that he can be rather self-destructive, blaming his team for the failures that have happened over the many years and battles with the Autobots.

1: Soundwave (G1/Prime/Robots in Disguise): I love Soundwave for so many different reasons. The first is that his transformation is useful for a lot of the plots, since that in G1 the transform modes could change their size, and a lot of the times it featured Soundwave being the size of an 80’s radio being picked up by a dumb human. The second thing that I like about him is that he has Cassette-Bots that have proved to be rather useful for the Decepticons with Laserbeak being used for surveillance and Prowl used to hunt down any humans that can get away from them.  Another reason why I like Soundwave is that in later incarnations he is a powerful fighter and is also cunning. During an episode of Robots in Disguise he was able to manipulate the ground-bridge in the Autobot base to escape a pocket dimension that he was in and managed to get Bumblebee into it. He also managed to beat Strongarm and Grimlock and he was also nearly able to set his plan in motion to signal other Decepticons back to Earth but he was stopped by Bumblebee who used his own tricks against him to put him back in the pocket dimension.

Top Five Autobots

As a child growing up I loved watching Transformers Armada and its sequel shows, then I got into watching G1 Transformers and enjoyed that even more so I decided to make a top five lists of my favourite robots starting from the side of the Autobots first.

5: Rodimus Prime (G1): During the events of the Transformers movie, Optimus dies and the Matrix of Leadership then gets handed over to a few other Autobots, but at the end of the film then Hot Rod heeds the call of the Matrix and manages to defeat Unicron taking on the new mantle of Rodimus Prime. One of my favourite things that I like about this is that we get a new leader for the Autobots who doesn’t have that much knowledge on leadership, which does seem rather off putting but he was rather likable as a character.

4: Arielbots (G1): During the events throughout G1, the Autobots needed a way to defeat Menasor who had just been created by the Decepticons to up their forces and they were overpowering them. So, it was their decision to build their own combiner, this in the design of five Arielbots that were based on Cybertronian planes. Combining they form Superion and they manage to defeat the Decepticons Menasor. But there is something that I like rather more about them than the other combiners that are in the show, that I remember and that was that they ended up having some character development. In one or two episodes after they are built they are in a story where a few of them think that the Decepticons are alright and they accidentally get transported back through time where they end up meeting Megatron and Orion Pax. The Arielbots then discover how bad that the Decepticons were and they help Orion Pax beat Megatron and his Decepticons and they show their loyalty more when they realise that Orion is now Optimus Prime which is when they get back to the present, Optimus then realises them creating a possible change in the timeline or that the Arielbots were meant to go through time.

3: Optimus Prime (All): Optimus Prime, the leader of the Autobots and the usual main character in many of the Transformers media series and is the staple of the Transformers universe. The reason being, he is a great leader and a powerful fighter. Originally starting life as Orion Pax on Cybertron he adored Megatron but when he realised how evil he was he decided that he would stop Megatron as all cost. Another thing that I really like about Optimus through the Unicron Trilogy where we got to see him combine with characters like Jetfire, Omega Supreme and Leobreaker as usual finishing moves.

2: Grimlock (G1 & Robots in Disguise): The Dinobots are one of my favourite things about the Transformers series and I like them both in G1 and in Robots in Disguise. I like Grimlock in G1 since that he was pretty much a powerhouse and has a lot of good and funny lines through the series, but one of my favourite moments is in series 3. This is when Grimlock becomes super smart when helping the Autobots deal with anti-electrons and with this he then can create a new group of Transformers called the Technobots. For the Robots of Disguise series, I did start of being rather curious on why Grimlock was a Decepticon where they explain it rather well. But then he was then given the change of signa to the Autobots as Bumblebee entrusted him that much and since then he has been a good powerhouse for the Autobots but there is one episode that I have seen that does make him stand out. In the episode Deep Trouble, Grimlock gets hurt during a training exercise but he just passes it off as nothing to the team, but as the episode progresses it starts to hurt him more and more. He confesses it to the Bumblebee and apologises to him for hiding the injury since that it could have cost them the mission.

1: Bumblebee (Robots in Disguise): I am rather surprised that I didn’t put Optimus as the first on the list and there is a reason why, Bumblebee has more depth of a character for this than what Optimus has had in the past few series. Set after the events of Transformers Prime, Bumblebee is sent on a secret mission to Earth sent by Optimus Prime in a weird vision with him saying that a something bad is going to happen there.  From there Bee is then joined by Strongarm and Sideswipe who accidently join him on Earth since that Strongarm is a cadet under Bee’s supervision and Sideswipe was under arrest at the time. Since then Bee’s team has grown a bit bigger when he enlisted the help of Grimlock, who was a prisoner on a transport ship and he then proved his worth to have Bee make him a Autobot. But something that did make him a good leader was in an episode where the team had to deal with prisoners that resemble skunks, and they could also spray to blind them. Near the end of the episode Bee concentrated hard on what he needed to do and in a bit of a Sherlockian way as well focusing on what he was going to do and It was successful managing to save his team, a city from being flooded and was able to capture the Decepticons.

E3 2017 Games I’m Forward To Play

Last year I did a list of the games revealed at E3 and there were a lot of games that I liked the look of, but I only wanted to make it a top ten lists. So, this year I have decided to expand on my usual list lengths and just doing a list of the games that I am looking forward to playing or at least look interesting.

Call of Cthulhu: When I heard about this game last year, there wasn’t that much information about the game at that date. However, this year we got a trailer for the game and it does look rather interesting. It seems that this game is going to be a first-person exploration game, in the same way that Amnesia is where you’re going around looking for clues to try and solve whatever the story is. I think that this could be a game that I could pick up, but I would need to see something more solid before I put my money down.

Days Gone: Another game that we saw from last year’s E3 and that showed a very cool video of the protagonist that you play trying to run away from a hoard of zombies through a farm area and the immense nature of the zombies was something that intrigued me and some of my friends.  But when the latest footage that was shown, we saw a lot more of the game. The first being that we can ride certain vehicles in the game, with this showing a motorbike. Luring away zombies from a camp to set up an ambush to go and rescue a member of your group. But then we got something more amazing than anything that I have seen in a zombie film and that is we get to, at some point, facing a zombie bear and that is what I am looking forward to.

Dragon Ball Fighter Z: One of the more stranger reveals of E3, for me, was this game since that I knew going in that this was going to be shown, but I didn’t know where it would have shown up. Up to this point I had only played Xenoverse 2 as the only fighting game that was Dragon Ball based on and I was really hoping for a new fighting game for consoles. Then this game was announced and I was really looking forward to it since that it was going to be a 2.5d game which is rather different to what we currently have. Hopefully that this game is going to be good to play since that the only time that I have played a demo for Extreme Butoden and I wasn’t that impressed with it since that it was 3v3 and not 1v1.

Far Cry 5: Another game that was revealed before E3 and this is something that has rather intrigued me. The main reason that this has got my interests me is that instead of this game taking place somewhere rather mysterious and exotic islands or areas, but Montana. The main story of the game seems to revolve around a cult leader and you are a sheriff’s deputy trying to protect the residence of Hope County from the cult. Another thing that I like from the information that we got from this reveal was that you also have the chance to get companions and they seem to be rather useful as well and the two that I like are Boomer, the dog, who can take out enemies as well as giving you guns from the fallen enemies. The second is Grace Armstrong who appears to take the distance approach as she her main is a Sniper Rifle. I think that if I do get this game I would be using Grace more than the other Hires that you can get since that I do find her being a sniper to be a lot more useful. Another thing that I like that was revealed from an interview from GameSpot and that is that there isn’t going to be any towers or possibly even a mini map which is rather weird compared to previous games where there were towers where you could find further points in the map.

Kingdom Hearts 3: I have been playing Kingdom Hearts for only a short period of time, but I have been looking forward to seeing what this game is like and I think that this could be a cool game. So far from what I have seen, the story seems interesting and that it involves Sora reuniting with Donald, Goofy, Riku and King Mickey who are trying to stop Master Xehanort’s plan and try and stop the second Keyblade War. There are two things that I am looking for from the game is the new worlds that they are going to add, since that currently we have two new worlds. The first is Tangled where we get Rapunzel and Big Hero 6 where we get Baymax. Plus, at this year’s D20 event there will be a new character and world revealed and I am hoping for one of two worlds, one being a Star Wars world where we could get Luke/Rey as a playable character or a Marvel world where I have no idea who would be playable. The second thing that I like is the Japanese dub since that it sounds a lot more better than what the English dub is so I’m hoping for an option where I can change it cause Japanese Hades sound awesome.

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2: All the LEGO games that I love playing are the ones that have original stories and when I heard that this game was coming out I knew that I was going to be getting it since that it would be a lot better than Marvel’s LEGO Avengers game that came out since that was a rather bad game. But with this game since that it has its own story makes it a better game by default for me. The story from what we know is it is going to be based in a world called Chronopolis where time displacements happen which cause heroes to be placed in different time lines and that they all must unite against Kang the Conqueror who plans on taking over Chronopolis. I like the look of the game as it takes a lot of elements from previous games and I hope that it can make them better. I am looking forward to seeing what the full story and what DLC content will follow since I really loved playing them since they are something fun to do.

Life is Strange- Before the Storm: I played Life is Strange and I liked playing it. However, when Square Enix revealed that this was going to be released, I was really hoping that this was going to be the sequel that Dontnod Entertainment have in development, but it turns out that it is in fact going to be a three-part prequel series that is going to be done by Deck Nine Games instead. This did sort of bother me since that there has been a bad track record for me when I have played a game series where a title was made by a different company, such as Arkham Origins being made by WB Montreal instead of Rocksteady. But nonetheless I am slightly looking forward to it since that it tells the story on what happened to Chloe three years before the events of Life is Strange and we also get to see more of Rachel, who was a subject of the first game as she was presumed missing during most of the game. Since that this is going to be a rather short game and for the fact that it is going to be episodically released it would be an easy game to pick up.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle: So, this is the only Switch game that I have on this list but this is the one that to me looks like it could be really fun to play. Mario on his way to Peach’s castle but hijinks ensures where he sees a vortex floating above him where Rabbids begin to fly out. It is now up to Mario and his friends with the help of four heroic Rabbids that dress up as different characters to stop the invasion. But the coolest thing about this game is that this looks like Ubisoft took a page out of the X-Com series where it is a turn based tactics game and this makes it more interesting than usual.

Monster Hunter World: I found this to be one of the weirdest reveals from Sony’s press conference and that was that Capcom where bringing out a new Monster Hunter game to consoles, which hasn’t happened in a few years since that has happened. I am looking forward to this for a lot of reasons, the first is that we are getting a few new pieces of equipment, the first being a grappling hook, the second a slingshot and a third, that I find to be really interesting, a ghillie-suit. The suit is something that interests me since that with it, it does mean that it would be handy to hunt creatures that spook easily but also something good to distract monsters as well when working with group. The second thing that I like about the game is that it is more open world than what the previous games are, but when I mean open world for this game, I mean that there are no load screens between areas in maps, which is something that was pretty tiring about previous games. The final thing that I like about this game is that since that this game is also playable online, there will be loads of people that will be playing from around the world, and this could build up an amazing community.

Spider-Man: I am a huge fan of the Spider-Man franchise and if there is one thing that I have been looking for the past year has been information about this game and this seems to be really interesting since that it does seem to feature a different villain to what we normally get and that is Mr. Negative. One of the other things that I like about this game is that it looks like that the combat system has improved a lot better since the Amazing Spider-Man games that came out in conjunction to the films, but this time round this doesn’t link with the movie which is something that I do like. But from what I have seen from the game that I dislike and it is more of personal issue and that is I really don’t like the costume that you get from what appears to be the start of the game since I think that the white is too much for the costume. However, I did find out that there will be alternate costumes that will be available throughout the game, so I will be changing out of that costume ASAP.

Star Wars Battlefront 2: When I heard that there was going to be a sequel to Battlefront I was already determined to NOT get the game since I had rather bad experiences and found that EA/ DICE thought that it was better to focus on giving people who bought the season pass to get more perks. But when I saw that they were scrapping the season pass system as well as making the DLC content free for players. This has me more interested in the game so it means that I am not putting an extra £30-40 of additional content for a game that I’m not sure that I would enjoy playing. Another thing that I do like about this game is that we are going to be playing through three different eras where we even get to play as Battle Droids which I am really looking forward to. Another thing I like is that the first game mode that was shown at E3 makes it look rather good as it is a new game mode where the Separatists are invading Theed and it is their goal to break into the throne room to get the Queen to sign the treaty. I think from what we have seen of this it does look like that it is better than what Battlefront is. Hopefully, we would be getting more confirmations on heroes and villains over then next few months and I think that we could see something at D20 this year.

Wolfenstein- The New Colossus: I didn’t know what to think when I played The New Order since that I have never played Doom or the old Wolfenstein and didn’t know what to really expect. But I do have to say that I really enjoyed playing it since that it was a rather fun FPS, which I haven’t had fun playing in years. This game has me interested since that it pretty much continues off after the events of the first game where you have to protect your family and create new alliances to defeat the Nazi’s.

Honourable Mentions:

Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon: This is something that I am more cheating with since that it was only revealed before the start of E3 when Nintendo held a small Direct Conference where they revealed this at the end but more importantly Pokken on the Switch. I think that this looks rather interesting since that it seems that it could be going down the line of Black 2/ White 2 where the trailer looks like that we are in the same region, but it looks like that there are more things going on and I think that the story is going off the events of the first game as we know that Lillie is off trying to get her mother better after the events of the game. But other than that, I don’t know that much else about the game, but I guess that we may get another Direct in a few months where they may reveal more information about the game

South Park: The Fractured But Whole: I have already gone over why I am looking forward to this game with my list from last year. I do hope that the delays that have come with this game, that being pushed back from December to March then finally coming out in November, but I am still looking forward to it still.

Skull and Bones: One of my top games that I have played on PS3 was Assassins Creed Black Flag and this was due to the naval mechanics where you got to go around the Caribbean attacking and looting ships to make your ship, the Jackdaw, better. When Ubisoft revealed this game I along with a few of my friends got excited since that we enjoyed the naval stuff in the game. But since that we don’t have a lot of information on the game there is only so much information that we could take on hand at this time.