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Tuesday, May 23

Destiny 2 game play reveal trailer

I watched the Destiny 2 game play trailer and I pre-ordered the game straight away.

I have never ever pre-ordered a game after watching a trailer.

Seriously.

But I was simply impressed.

Destiny 2 looks to be the game that the original Destiny so desperately wanted to be but took 2 years to be fully realised by Bungie.

Check it out:



The lessons of Destiny 1 have been learned. Bungie has listened. They came right with the last couple of rounds of DLC. Destiny 2 is going to be the real deal.

For the love of Oprah Winfrey, this game better have a compelling campaign!

Can't wait until the Beta!

Speaking of the Beta, if you pre-order the game on Amazon, you can get into the Beta early.

Thursday, May 4

Shane Salerno to write the Gears of War movie script


So how is going to play Marcus and Dom?


Deadline reports:

Universal and Microsoft announced their collaboration on the game in late 2016. At the time, Rod Fergusson, head of Microsoft subsidiary The Coalition that develops new Gears Of War content and the franchise co-creator, said the film would not be based on any particular game but instead be a new story set in the universe. 

That universe is the fictional planet of Sera, where a squad of beefed-up commandos living in a bombed-out postapocalyptic society battle swarms of alien creatures called Locusts.

The first game, developed by Epic and released in 2006, has spawned sequels that have put the game series at north of $1 billion in grosses. It is considered one of the most iconic video game success stories that defined the first generation of HD gaming and is played by more than 45 million gamers worldwide. 

Microsoft acquired the franchise in 2014, when co-creator Fergusson returned to lead The Coalition, the Microsoft development studio focused exclusively on Gears Of War.

Salerno’s current writing credits include the four sequels to Avatar for director James Cameron, which begin shooting in August, as well as writing and producing The Cartel for Ridley Scott to direct at 20th Century Fox, based on the bestselling Don Winslow novel. That film is eyeing a tentative January production start. His other credits include the Michael Bay-directed Armageddon and the Oliver Stone-directed Savages.

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One question, if the story is not based on the three games will the movie feature Marcus Fenix or Dominic Santiago? And the rest of the gang?

Thursday, March 30

Rally the Troops with Destiny 2 announcement video

Destiny 2 logo

Fans have been wanting it, naysayers have been saying they don't want it but EVERYBODY must see this announcement of Destiny 2.



This announcement will become fabled over time - a rallying call to arms from Cayde-6 and Zavala looms large over of a Cabal invasion which has destroyed the Tower.

That's right before Destiny 2 even starts, the Tower has been destroyed!

It's clear then that Bungie is shaking things up. Maybe even they are intended to deliver a story based campaign? There's no doubt they are going to do so following their excellent DLC campaigns in response to the muted initial campaign.

Bungie have also clearly listed to the fans and it's clear that Cayde-6 will be focal point of the game, a welcome gust of bravado.

Here's the official description of the game from Bungie:

"Humanity’s last safe city has fallen to an overwhelming invasion force led by Ghaul, the imposing commander of the brutal Red Legion.

He has stripped the city’s Guardians of their power, and forced the survivors to flee. You will venture to mysterious, unexplored worlds of our solar system to discover an arsenal of weapons and devastating new combat abilities. 

To defeat the Red Legion and confront Ghaul, you must reunite humanity’s scattered heroes, stand together, and fight back to reclaim our home."

Destiny 2 will release on September 8th 2017. Check out the prices on Amazon for Xbox, PC and PlayStation.


Tuesday, March 28

Cayde-6 walks into a bar

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Here's the Destiny 2 reveal teaser. 

While some wags may joke how it has more story than the original Destiny campaign, we know that Bungie made that right with the subsequent DLC campaigns. And we can also expect that the campaign of Destiny 2 will be brimming with tales about robots, rogues and galaxies far far away.




We love how Cayde-6 has become a popular focal point following the DLC. We wonder just how mixed up in your Guardians adventure that he will have.

Monday, March 20

The Top Ten Most Bad Ass Cosplay Villains

darth vader grabbing tits
He's the boss....

The Top Ten Most Bad Ass Cosplay Villains


Every hero needs a counterpoint bad guy or gal. 

Spider Man to Venom.

Superman to Lex Luthor

Batman to Joker. 

Tank Girl to Kesslee.

David Dunn to Mr Glass. 

The problem is, every man and his dog wants to play the hero. It takes a bit of guts (and perhaps a sense of one for the team) to play as the bad guy. 

In the cosplay universe, it's a bit different where all kinds of villains and bad guys are up for cosplay action. 

Here's what I think are the most bad add cosplay villains I've seen. 
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Beware the beautiful charms of Poison Ivy!

poison iy cosyplay by Megan maire


A classic Batman villain, Ivy is bad ass in that she uses her seduction tricks to get what she wants, and in doing so, humbles powerful men such as Bruce Wayne. Look for her in the Harley Quinn spin off, Gotham City Sirens.


Here's a certain Street Fighter cosplayer which is bad ass.

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Any one that does Zangief cosplay must be bad ass
Destro from GI Joe cosplay costume
Destro
Sometimes Evil Sith Lords just wanna party all night long



Megatron and Galvatron? Need we say more? These are two of the most evil bad as robots that ever fired a gun in the Transformers universe.

Mystique

In the X - Men trilogy, Mystique was portrayed as quite the bad ass - she'd do anything to further the mutant cause. Despite there being a lot of hate for Xmen: The Last Stand, I really enjoyed Mystique's performance, especially her willingness to get the job done at all costs.

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The Hooded Cobra Commander
skeletor masters of the universe cosplay
By the power of purple....

 Any others you think should be added to the list?

One ring to bind them - an awesome wedding ring that only a Halo fan would want...

There's Halo fans and then there's Halo fans.

I'll leave you to ponder what kind of person the owner of this wedding ring is...

halo wedding ring

The bearer of the ring is of course probably going to be one of the coolest people around!

Mass Effect Andromeda campaign reviews

Mass Effect Andromeda campaign review


Mass Effect Andromeda campaign reviews



It feels like an era has passed since Commander Sheppard and his band of space aliens finished their long campaign against the Reapers and the Star Child in Mass Effect 3.

At that trilogy finished (falteringly in some respects) video game players having been hanging out for a new Mass Effect campaign. And so we finally have Mass Effect 4: Andromeda. Set an actual era after the age of Sheppard's story, Andromeda is a whole new spin on Mass Effect whilst retaining the critical game play and story aspects that made the game such a best seller.

The reviews are in an Mass Effect Andromeda has charmed the critics. Reviews are extremely positive and it is well worth you considering buying it.

Saturday, January 28

ME: Andromdea cinematic trailer released

mass effect andromeda

A full cinematic trailer for Andromeda has been released. Revealing the Pathfinder's crew and antonganists, it's a sumptuous feast of graphics.



Pretty epic eh?

Friday, January 13

Mass Effect - Tempest and Nomad Briefing Video



Welcome to the Andromeda Initiative’s Tempest and Nomad briefing. Hear from the Tempest’s pilot and familiarize yourself with this state-of-the-art scout ship and its all-terrain rover, the Nomad. Completion of this briefing contributes to all recruits unlocking exclusive equipment for use in the field.

Awesome facts about Darth Vader

Darth Vader doing the Force choke

11 facts about Darth Vader


We only needed to write those two words and you know exactly to whom's face they belong to.

The fallen Jedi and one of the great Sith Lords, Darth Vader is one of the most famous movie villains of all time.

His imposing presence, magical powers which include the infamous ability to force choke a man just by thinking about and ultimately tragic personal story have inspired all kinds of acclaim and a place in most Star Wars fans hearts.

But enough of this chit chat, here’s 11 crazy stories, facts and myths about Darth Vader that any Star Wars fan would be keen to know!

1. While Lucas had said post release of A New Hope that he had 9 Star Wars movies all mapped out, he didn't really. It was only on when developing the second draft of Empire Strikes Back with Leigh Bracket that Darth Vader became Luke's father. Indeed, in original drafts of A New Hope, Vader and Anakin Skywalker were different characters.


2. The famous reveal of the father and son relationship between Vader and Luke is often misquoted as "Luke, I am your father". The line is actually "No, I am your father". It's kind of like how Star Trek's Captain Kirk never actually said "Beam me up, Scotty".

Sebastian Shaw as Darrth Vader in Return of the Jedi
Sebastian Shaw as Vader in Jedi
3. The character of Vader has been played by several actors. In the original trilogy David Prowse is famous for wearing the suit and Sebastian Shaw as the 'face' of Vader in  Return of the Jedi. 

The prequels saw an idealistic Jake Lloyd tackle Anakin in The Phantom Menace and Hayden Christensen covered the next two movies as well. Bob Anderson also stepped in for sword fighting scenes and C. Andre Nelson helped out a bit with the redux versions of the original trilogy.

4. Hayden also appeared as the costumed Vader in Revenge of the Sith. He apparently begged Lucas to let him play him. The suit had to be designed to accommodate his smaller stature than Prowse's.

5. While Return of the Jedi saw Luke return the favour to Vader and cut his arm off, the idea for it actually came from the expanded universe novel, ‘Splinter of the Mind's Eye’. This book was intended to be turned into a sequel to Star Wars but when that movie became so popular, the idea was abandoned.

6. Vader was actually the only Star Wars film character to lose an arm three times! And both his legs as well. Obi Wan Kenobi got 3 of his limbs in Revenge of the Sith! (he had the higher ground...).

7. Darth Vader was referenced in the film Back to the Future by Marty McFly as being from the planet Vulcan. No one was sure who was more upset - Star Wars fans or Trekkies!

8. Vader has his own theme song written by John Williams. Known as the Imperial March it was introduced in the Empire movie and used in Jedi and in the prequels to show when Anakin was turning to the dark side of the Force.

Darth Vader concept art by Ralph McQuarrie

9. James Earl Jones is famed for providing the voice for Vader however he didn't do the famous breathing sound effect. This was done by the now famous Ben Burt placing a microphone inside the mouth piece of a breathing apparatus and recording it being used. Burt has since become world reknown for his sound recording skills and I believe he worked on every Star Wars movie to date.

10. George Lucas at one stage considered using the great Orsen Welles as the voice actor for Vader. Welles eventually voiced the planet destroyer Unicron in the animated Transformers movie.

11. Anakin Skywalker really is the ‘Chosen one’. While Yoda and Obi Wan may have thought a mistake had been made in the reading of the prophecy, Anakin was the one who actually killed Sith Lord Palpatine by throwing him down the Death Star’s reactor shaft in Jedi and thus restored balance to the Force.

Bonus fact - Darth Vader only appeared on screen in A New Hope for a total of 12 minutes. It's amazing that for such a short amount of screen time that his character become one of the most loved bad guys in movie making history!

We think these were some pretty cool bits of trivia about the Dark Lord.

Sunday, December 4

Mass Effect Andromeda game play video lives up to the hype

Mass Effect Andromeda Wallpaper

The long awaited game play trailer for the fourth Mass Effect game is here. 


Andomeda's game play looks to be a fluid gaming experience with a whole new dynamic set of game play mechanics and different biotic and firepower options.

The game still however looks to be a classic Mass Effect game, albeit on that's running on methamphetamine when compared to the original.

Here's the video footage:



We thought the Nomad looked pretty handy!

Bioware stated:

"The reveal also shows off a number of features with which you’ll want to become familiar as Mass Effect: Andromeda’s Pathfinder. You’ll encounter entirely new alien races such as the Kett, and will grow to rely on companions like Vetra and Drack, seen in the video. 

Leading your squad through beautiful-yet-deadly worlds, you’ll progress your Pathfinder with a deeply customizable character system, crafting, and a host of new weapons, powers, and gear. And of course, you’ll develop lasting relationships with your companions forged from a long and perilous journey through space."

Monday, November 7

How good is the ME: Andromeda trailer?

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Mass Effect Andromeda's trailer has dropped and it's an epic trip. 


You are the Pathfinder.

Watch it and let's chat eh?



Holy cow!

That was one pretty good looking trailer. The aliens, the sense of dread.

Interesting that I said aliens because I think at one point I think I heard one of the characters say they were the aliens.

Which makes sense as the trailer suggests that humans have traveled for hundreds of years aboard a space craft to start a new life in a new part of the galaxy, being I think Andromeda.

There looks to be some awesome battles against giant worms and some pretty interesting looking 'bad guys'.

I'll definitely be pre-ordering the game from Amazon.

Sunday, September 25

Gears of War 4 Achievements List

Gears of War 4 Achievements List

Gears of War 4 Achievements List

Here's the official list of gamer achievements for GOW4.

A couple achievements are secret until the game is released. As usual, if you read this list you risk learning about the game. 

Some of the achievements are classic Gears such as active reload and pack rat which is nice to see. 

What's very amusing is the 'I'm Drumpf' tag given to what used to be (IIRC), the 'seriously' achievement. That's a political statement made by Rod Fergusson and the game's developers about Donald Trump. Makes me wonder how that got by Microsoft's squad of a million lawyers.


GENERAL GAME PLAY

  • Zen and the Art of Reloading - Perform 25 perfect active reloads [5G]
  • Drop the Beat…down - Get 3 Dropshot headshots [5G]
  • Now That's a Knife! - Kill 10 enemies with combat knife after yanking or kicking [5G]
  • Triple Play - Kill 3 enemies with a single Buzzkill shot [5G]
  • Whoomp, There It Is! - Knife execute an enemy that was yanked over cover by another player [5G]
  • I Live. I Die. I Live Again! - Rescue someone from inside a Snatcher [5G]
  • Pounsus Interruptus - Kill a Pouncer mid-pounce with Shotgun or Chainsaw [5G]
  • Stop Hitting Yourself - Kill a Guardian with a Guardian weapon [5G]


CAMPAIGN

  • 16 Story Progression Achievements [80G]
  • Ready for More - Complete all campaign Acts (any difficulty) [10G]
  • Learned the Hard Way - Complete all campaign Acts on Hardcore or Insane Difficulty [20G]
  • The Night is Dark and Full of Terrors - Complete all campaign Acts on Insane Difficulty [30G]
  • Come And Knock on My Door - Complete one Act in Co-op Campaign (any difficulty) [5G]
  • Brothers Till The End - Complete all Campaign Acts in Co-op (any difficulty) [20G]
  • The Sound Of Silence - Complete the Campaign without dropping your inheritance [25G]
  • Collector - Recover 5 Campaign collectibles [5G]
  • Pack Rat - Recover 10 Campaign collectibles [10G]
  • Completist - Recover all Campaign collectibles [15G]
  • Remember the Fallen - Recover all COG Tags during the Campaign [15G]
  • But You Can't Pick Your Family - Find 5 weapons in snot bubbles [5G]
  • Look out! Uh… Never Mind - Kill 25 enemies by dropping pods on them [5G]
  • --Spoiler Protected-- Kills [5G]
  • Gone With The Windflare - Kill 15 enemies using the environment during a windflare [5G]


VERSUS
  • Big Ol Hero -Get the "Big Ol Hero" Ribbon ten times [5G]
  • Bounty Hunter - Complete 20 Bounties [10G]
  • Chest Candy - Earn one of each launch Ribbon [10G]
  • Custom Made - Win a match using a non-Starter Character and non-default Weapon Skin [5G]
  • Ranked and Filed - Achieve a rank in all launch Core and Competitive game modes [5G]
  • Rollin' With the Homies - Earn the maximum Consecutive Match Bonus in Versus [5G]
  • Say Hello to My Little Friend - Get the final winning kill in Arms Race [5G]
  • How's it Going to Work? Teamwork! - Win a Casual Co-op Versus match [5G]
  • Teamwork Makes the Dream Work! - Win a Normal Co-op Versus match [5G]
  • Talent Gets Kills, Teamwork Wins Games! - Win a Hardcore Co-op Versus match [5G]
  • To Go Fast, Go Alone. To Go Far, Go Together - Win an Insane Co-op Versus match [5G]


HORDE
  • At First I Was Afraid, I Was Petrified - Survive the first 10 consecutive waves of Horde in a squad (any difficulty, any map) [10G]
  • Bilford Bogin! - Complete 50 consecutive waves of Horde in a squad (any difficulty, any map) [25G]
  • I've Killed Things, Seen Places - Complete 50 consecutive waves of Horde in a squad on every Launch Series map (any difficulty) [50G]
  • I Have Approximate Knowledge of Many Things - Complete 50 consecutive waves of Horde as Scout on Insane in a squad (any map) [20G]
  • Job's Done - Complete 50 consecutive waves of Horde as Engineer on Insane in a squad (any map) [20G]
  • Oh What a Day! What a Lovely Day! - Complete 50 consecutive waves of Horde as Soldier on Insane in a squad [20G]
  • I Choose Violence - Complete 50 consecutive waves of Horde as Heavy on Insane in a squad (any map) [20G]
  • Give a Name. Any Name. - Complete 50 consecutive waves of Horde as Sniper on Insane in a squad (any map) [20G]
  • I Have a Very Particular Set of Skills - Upgrade a Skill card to maximum level [5G]
  • Skills That Make Me a Nightmare - Upgrade 5 Launch Series Skill cards to maximum level [10G]
  • Classy Move - Reach level 10 in one Horde Class [5G]
  • Stay Classy - Reach level 10 in every Launch Horde Class [10G]
  • Gold Digger - Spend 100000 Power in the Fabricator (across all sessions) [10G]
  • Sugar Daddy - Deposit 1,000,000 power in the Fabricator lifetime [10G]
  • Tea. Earl Grey. Hot. - Upgrade Fabricator to maximum level (in one session) [5G]
  • Call a Dr. If Lasting More than 4 Teammates - Resurrect 4 teammates using the Fabricator in a single session (any difficulty) [5G]


PROGRESSION AND CARDS
  • Level 10 - Reach level 10 [10G]
  • Level 50 - Reach level 50 [25G]
  • It's a Start - Earn 1000 Credits lifetime [5G]
  • Moving on up! - Earn 10000 Credits lifetime [10G]
  • I'm Drumpf - Earn 100000 Credits lifetime [20G]
  • Craftsman - Craft a card [5G]
  • Master Craftsman - Craft a Legendary card [10G]
  • Thank You, Sir. May I Have Another? - Re-up once [10G]
  • Please Sir, Can I Have Some More? - Re-up ten times [100G]
  • Seriously 4.0 - Complete Insane Campaign, ribbons, rank placements, Horde maps, re-ups, classes and five skills [200G]