Monday, 30 September 2013

TV Show: Dexter (the final season)

What’s it about? The Dexter series follows the story of Dexter Morgan who is a blood spatter analysis for the Miami police…and a serial killer on the side – but don’t worry he’s a nice one…he only kills bad people that fit Harry’s code.


Will he, won’t he? Yeah more killing – sure thing in this show! I’ve followed Dexter since it started and was hooked from the first episode…even though I’d convinced myself I wouldn’t like it before tuning in – it became one of my all time favourite shows! Dexter’s awesome – he’s great – you have to love him and what he does. The final season brings a final end to the show – yep a proper ending – and all I can say is it wasn’t what I was expecting…I did expect a few more twists – but it’s still bloody damn good…you see what I did there ha ha?! All I can say is Sunday nights will never be the same again…sad times…sad…sad times…


Sunday, 29 September 2013

Movie: Runner Runner (15)

What’s it about? Richie is running low on student funds so basically gambles all the money he has left and well gets screwed by an online gambling site. He ends up going to the big head of gambling company and lands a job and from there it all goes a little bit wrong…


Ok I really didn’t have much hope for this film…come on its Justin Trousersnake – I mean Timberlake and Mr I’m no way Batman Ben Affleck. But I was actually really pleasantly surprised – by Justin at least – his acting is much better than his lame ass music (but that's not hard). The story is good and interesting and is pretty well thoughtout, its not like a "ahh you have to see this movie" but it’s better than just good!


Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Game: Nosgoth (PC) (Pre-release review)

It was a beautiful sunny day in Wimbledon England – birds chirped in the trees and all was well in the land…until a black cloud suddenly fell upon the city. The sinister presence from another world – a legion of Legacy of Kain fans descended upon the metropolis to conquer that which held power over all within the realm…the empire of Square Enix!...

STOP! Wait a minute – what is this? Are you insane? I didn’t come here to read this – I came here to read about the Nosgoth game!

Ok that’s enough mucking about; it’s time to get serious for a bit…this article is my thoughts, my opinions and what I took away from what was shown of Nosgoth on 8 Sep 2013, the game was shown to a select group of LoK fans who were very kindly invited to attend Square Enix London Studios. As this is my account it will therefore be different to other people’s experiences of the game and the day, also note that changes will have been made to the game since then.

The Square Enix event hosts were: Bill Beacham (Design Director - Nosgoth), Trevor Burrows (Live Game Manager - Nosgoth), Joe Best (Producer - Nosgoth), Rob Rutter (Marketing & PR Manager - Nosgoth), George Kelion (Community Manager - Nosgoth), Cat Karskens (Community Manager - SELS) and Jason Walker (Mastering Manager SE Europe).

Now let's get onto the article...

Those who know what Nosgoth is give yourself a pat on the back and to those who do not…you have failed the circle – but don’t worry I won’t bind you to a magical suit of armour – instead I’ll just explain…

You should probably first of all check out the games official website at www.nosgoth.com

What is it? Nosgoth is the new (currently unreleased) competitive online multi-player game by Square Enix London Studios that is set in the Legacy of Kain universe – it’s vampires vs humans in this melee vs projectile weapons combat arena war.


Overview: Nosgoth is another branch of the Legacy of Kain (LoK) franchise, it does not follow the plot from previous games…as in Kain’s legacy…but it keeps to the lore of the series. It allows you the opportunity to enter the world of Nosgoth in another vein (sorry I couldn’t resist) and see it from a completely new perspective. It takes place between Raziel being abyssed and his unique resurrection and is basically a battle between the humans (as in vampire hunters) and vampires (yes this means Clans people!). There are three human warriors, two male and one female, and three vampires, all male. Each of the characters have varying skills…


The Humans – there is the Alchemist (Red Sisters of Anacrothe), the Hunter (The Iron Guard) and the Scout (Watchers of Dark Eden). They are armed with cross bows, bow and arrows and some cool potions to take down the vampiric enemies. They can rain down arrows and create walls of flame to take down their foes but don’t let those fanged fiends get too close – projectile weapons are the human’s speciality.


The Vampires – well there’s the Reaver (Clan Dumahim), Sentinel (Clan Razielim) and Tyrant (Clan Turelim), each of which are unique and use their close range vampiric strength to take down their enemies. Climbing walls, jumping, claw fighting and of course the Razielim HAS WINGS!!! So he can fly which means pick up an enemy and drop them from heights – yeah baby…but sadly only some of which go slat – there’s no weapons for these guys but they don’t need ‘em – they are melee fighters.

What I took away from Nosgoth: That Nosgoth is a LIVE game and will be improved, upgraded, expanded upon even after release. It was very much implied this was the stepping stone and the game will grow and evolve over time if it is a success...and that members of the team will be lurking and taking on board suggestions via forums and feedback - which is awesome.
The team wanted to make the characters believable, they are more physical rather than the vampires having all the uber powers they evolve into having in Soul Reaver. There will be character customisation, some of which will be chargeable but this is ‘looks and not playable related’. The game itself will be FREE TO PLAY this will include game related content as in character advancement/upgrades! If you want to spend money you can but if you don’t want to then you don’t have to. It was hinted that there will be things in the game that may link it further to the rest of the games in the series.

The team have been researching into the previous games, playing them, looking at the lore and what will and will not work for this game and to make sure it fits into the LoK universe. The game has been made to appeal to both a) fans of the series and b) new/multiplayer audience. This in mind they are limited to what is in game, there are not cut-scenes as in other LoK titles, it is not hardcore story driven but there is story and information about the game.

This is what I understood of the story:

Raziel was abyssed in this period and Kain has disappeared, the clans have fought amongst themselves – the Razielim being persecuted by the others where they believed it would be Kain’s wish. With the vampires preoccupied with internal squabbles this gave humanity the opportunity to unite – they have been building a fighting force to battle back the vampire scourge and reclaim Nosgoth for humanity! The humans begin to fight back and the vampires then put aside their differences and unite to destroy this advancing force and put humans back to where they belong – being in servitude to the vampire masters and vampy snacks.

From what I picked up the game will take into consideration your scores and how you play and match you accordingly but you will be able to select people you want to play with too.

The team looked at weather and changing climates but at the moment they advantage/disadvantage players, there is currently no weather changes at the moment. The same goes for environmental hazards.
Oh and not forgetting…maps are cool!

I asked a few questions: Here are the responses to numerous questioned I asked staff members in open forum and in one to one talks…(I can’t exactly remember who answered what because my brain is a cabbage and I was too overwhelmed). These answers are NOT in exact words…George Kelion answered the first three and then the others were answered by a mixture of people, but mainly Bill Beacham and Jason Walker.

Why these three clans?
They were the best ones that fit into the games mechanics. It was implied that other clans may make an appearance at a later date.

Will humans be able to climb?
At certain points in the game traversal will be available but only in certain places.

Will there be more information and write ups on the website relating to characters, bios, places to give depth to the game?
Yes, more information will be available than what’s in the game.

How many people have been working on the game?
25-30 people, the number changes depending on what needs to be done.

How long has it been in development?
About two years.

When is it expected to be released?
2013.

Is it planned for anything other than PC?
First release will be on PC but there maybe other platforms later.

What are the system requirements?
The game runs the Unreal Engine, a mid-range-PC will be required, it is not aimed at super-computers.

What is the official name?
Nosgoth.

Which studios have been involved?
Square Enix London Studios and Psyonix.

Will Nosgoth be shown at the Square Enix stand at ComicCon London in October?
No.

Can fans get involved in the Beta testing of the game?
Yes, register to take part at www.nosgoth.com.

Where will the game be available from?
Steam.

What’s it like? This is my thoughts based on 30 minutes of game time…I should really rename this section to how many times can you die in the allotted time…

The graphics, it’s a lovely looking game, we played in the Freeport area. Some of the looks of the game are very in line with previous titles and some a little advancing; Freeport is a bit of a shanty town. The docks itself seemed very Blood Omen 2esc. The shrubbery, stonework, structures etc fit with the feel of the game and the era it’s set in – Soul Reaveresc. It’s not gothic as in Blood Omen – remember it takes place around the era leading up to Soul Reaver so the places and structures fit more in line with this.


The character designs are great, the humans especially – I have no issue with them; the armour is good, detailed and fits in well. The weapon choices go well with the series canon and it is nice they included the token woman. How they fight, ok, well I think I had a go at two of them and to tell you the truth I thought these were going to be the harder of the two being they use projectile weapons but they played well, smooth and agile. They move, run, dart and roll quickly to avoid attacks, the weapons fire off their ammunition quickly, are smooth and easy to aim, though sometimes takes a while to re-load (like in real life!).


The vampires – These guys look pretty cool, menacing and all out rrraaagggghhhh (no Twilight pansy ass vampires here – which is a defiant win!). The Razielim is more devolved than the other two…he has wings! Yay wings!!…But…here comes the but…there are a few things that bother me about the way they look…let’s just say they are lacking a bit of LoKness – enough stop whining! Stop whining!!! These three are full of vampiricness, are different from the humans, they look intimidating and have the vampire factor down. You defiantly wouldn’t want to meet these guys on a dark night…or at all because no doubt their personalities would match their ‘demonic’ looks! The clothing and armour like the humans is detailed and well crafted and fits in well with the era. I thought these guys would be pretty easy to play with the fact its hand to hand (melee) combat and climbing and stuff but to tell you the truth I pretty much sucked at them (and not in a cool vampiric way). It was great how they can run, traverse a building, jump from roof to roof and then onto or close to an enemy. They are stealth characters and made for surprise attacks (saw people doing some cool crawling – ninja style!). The Razielim was fun with the whole flying thing…I would have just been quite happy flying around for ages and looking at everything but that’s not really an option as you have to kill things or not get shot down – those arrows do fly a long way!

The controls, what can I say about them…well it’s on a PC so it’s programmed for keyboard and mouse, which is really really hard when all you’re used to is a game pad. I suppose they would probably be thought of as very simple to someone who plays PC games but to someone who doesn’t it’ll take a little getting used to. It took me a while to try to figure out what did what…and how not to walk into walls. Luckily you can’t do friendly damage and kill your allies which is a good thing in my case (oh you can’t kill the crows either – yes I did try). I only used the basic attacks and walking, running, dodging, climbing and jumping. There are more advanced attacks and powers which you can use too. The controls were responsive; the character did what he/she was being told to do when the buttons were pressed, quickly and efficiently. The mouse and aiming control for the projectile weapons is smooth and it all lines up and plays very well.

Let’s talk strategy…it’s a team game, especially if you are human – you need work with your cohorts so you can survive the onslaught! The humans can rain down loads of arrows on an area and take out the vampires within that zone, as well as use walls of fire to burn the vampires into cinders…crispy (this has a very cool cinder/ash effect). There are some cool ‘death moves’ too such as exploding vampire goo – goo bath time…and head explosions – slat! Vampires can jump onto humans and attack – if you end up with a vampire in full attack on you and you are pinned down don’t worry your team mates can get him off but you can’t! The weapons for the humans were really satisfying, shooting off lots of arrows at an oncoming vampires was great fun, the whole head exploding was pretty awesome too, though you need back up in the time it takes to reload (remember you are reloading bows and crossbows here and they’ve made it kind of realistic).

As for the vampires you can hunt in packs or individually – keep in mind though one vampire vs four humans isn’t going to stand much of a chance. The vampires are agile in that they can climb up buildings easily and jump from rooftop to rooftop, meaning they can reach enemies unseen. They can jump from the rooftops onto unsuspecting humans below and attack. The Turelium does an awesome claw their faces off thing which is pretty fierce – he basically pins a human down and they can’t do anything to get him off whilst he’s in this ‘fury’ mode. The vampires can use black smoke to blind the humans in a limited area which means they can’t see for squat – of course at this point it’s time for you to beat the hell out of the humans and have a lunch break – yummy!

Health, ok, as a human there are ‘health machine/points’ in walls which give off a glow so you know where they are, it’s pretty easy to go and heal there. The vampires, well it’s pretty obvious – you have to kill someone and then drink their blood. Snack time! – It’s biting and not the super-suck classic LoK style. I think the thought is you eat only what you kill – don’t be a pikey and steal my vampy snacks! Once you’ve made a kill you can drag your victim off into a nice secluded space where you can feed and not worry (so much) about being attacked. Both Humans and Vampires can be attacked whilst they are healing.

There is the right amount of blood in the game, it’s not over the top like some games but it’s there, you get nice blood stains where bodies are dragged off or where people are killed as you play throughout the area. NICE!

I wish I could comment on the sounds and music for the game but I actually got too distracted with playing and forgot to put the head-phones on so I’m not sure what the game sounds like. Something I am really regretting now. Doh!

Which race was my favourite? Ok its confession time for me…I’m very pro-vampire and this is something really really really really hard for me to say but…I think I actually preferred playing the humans over the vampires. Eek I can’t believe I said that! Don’t hate me! I’m sure once I get the hang of the vampires I’ll be living the dream – oh and maybe it was because my first experience of the game was as a human…yeah let’s just say that!

My final thoughts: If you want a bit of vampiric fun battling against other gamers or your online chums then this will be something for you. If you however want the next iconic LoK game in the series then it might not float your boat but with that said you should give it a look and experience the world of Nosgoth for yourself! If you are new to the series it’ll be a blast but if you are a fan of the previous games then it’ll be sheer enjoyment being back in the world of Nosgoth.

The truth is this isn’t the game genre I would usually play and if this wasn’t a vampire game or set in the LoK universe I probably wouldn’t even give it a glance. Now I’ve had a go though I can’t wait to get it and get online and play with some online chums and hopefully make some new ones in the process! Why? Because it’s a fangtastically FUN game to play!

Just something I’ve got to say: Ok…I admit when Nosgoth was originally ‘announced’ to be an online multiplayer game I was one of the first on the wagon with flaming torches and pitch folks shouting “Square Enix what are you doing!” like one of Moebius’ mob…but umm well what to say now? Ah yes “forgive me Elder God for my wrongful words - I should have trusted in you”. Yep…there you have it I’ve officially ate my hat on the subject. I was wrong…it is awesome and fun…and maybe I should have had a little bit more faith!

Very special thanks: I’d just like to finally say a BIG THANK YOU to Square Enix London Studios for being so kind and for such a wonderful Nosgothic experience, it was truly a day that I will never forget. Also to all the LoK fans I met – it was a pleasure, you are all so awesome – I love you all ‘cause all you guys & gals rock!!

Here’s a couple of mug shots of me enjoying the coolness that is Square Enix and Nosgoth…yeah!



Where can you find out more about Nosgoth?
Join the War For Nosgoth at www.nosgoth.com

Where can you find out more about Legacy of Kain and Nosgoth?
The official LoK Eidos Forum

LoK fan sites & blogs – in alphabetical order…

Where can I find other articles about the Nosgoth event? in alphabetical order...
Bazielim - Legacy of Kain Wiki
Blinc - The Lost Worlds
Raina Audron - The Ancients Den
Divine Shadow - NeoGAF

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Movie: Prisoners (15)

What’s it about? Two young girls go missing…the police and children’s families are in search of them before it is too late! That’s all I’m going to say because anymore is going to spoil it!

Truthfully…I don’t think I liked this movie…ok I’m on the fence! Don’t get me wrong it is a good movie with a well thought out storyline, with good twists and turns that leave you thinking but it was very dingy and depressing…which is what the film is meant to be so they completely did it right! It's pretty long and it’s one of those you come out of and want to watch something light hearted to take your mind off of what you’ve just sat through…before you go and hurl yourself under a bus! If you like serious police movies then you’ll love this…


Monday, 23 September 2013

Game: Bayonetta (PS3)

What’s it about? Well you take on the role of Bayonetta and it follows her story. She is a witch who cannot quite remember her past and is on a quest to remember what happened and who she is...along the way you advance your magical powers and battle all sorts of angelic beings and enter different realms...she's one of two defenders against forces unseen to human eyes...angels and demons!


It’s an action game that’s battles are intense, you tackle some great enemies and take them down in numerous ways…some of which are morally questionable. She has guns on her shoes and can summon a demon with her hair what isn’t there to love? I wish I was her! Even I was shocked by the language at the start (it calms down after though) and uh nudity of this game, some of which is a little…pesty…so it’s not to everyone’s tastes. It’s raised my eyebrows on a few occasions…I really can’t believe this is a 15…it probably should have been an 18. It is quite chaotic and hard at first...the game play I'm talking about the game play - get your brains out the gutter...as there are lots of things bombarding you on the screen but once you get used to it, it’s easy to play and the combo moves are great. It’s a fantastic game...probably one of the most enjoyable I've played for a long long time...its easy to pick up and play, and its a whole lot of fun! Check it out and see for yourself…if you don’t mind bad language and a tad bit of pestiness!


Sunday, 22 September 2013

Music: Alien Vampires – Harshlizer

The band Alien Vampires, the album is Harshlizer – which says it all really. Some would say “industrial noise”. I say meh to them - what isn’t there to love! This is an album with power, darkness, hard-beats and intensity, shake that booty and release your rage, turn up the volume and let loose your inner demons! Ok I admit you may have to be in the right frame of mind to listen to this one...but see what you think.
...and this video has some good moves to it...


Movie: Aeon Flux (DVD 15)

What’s it about? It’s the future and humanity has been nearly destroyed yadder yadder yadder...a family take over and control what’s left of humanity and what’s left of civilisation all live in one big shiny city…resistance fighters try to well fight back because the government is up to something…


Well I like it…I want feet hands that’d be fun! What? It’s a good little action movie with an interesting story (based on an earlier MTV animated TV show – well kind of). It’s a fun watch as long as you don’t maybe uh think or expect too many answers but…it does has some good stuff going for it...like a really fit woman running around with guns! Yeah watch it if you haven’t…you may like…or maybe not…


Saturday, 21 September 2013

Movie: RIPD (12A)

What’s it about? Nicks a cop and he gets killed…is offered the choice of joining the RIPD…Rest in Peace Department…basically the dead police force…or take his chances with judgement. He chooses the force and teams up with Roy to catch escaped souls that have returned to earth…

It’s a bit of an odd ball adventure…I kinda like it though…its a strange kind of humour but it has some funny moments…and it has The Bacon in it! Bacon time! It’s one of those movies the trailer really does show you what to expect so if you find it intriguing then check it out if not then meh to you…


Music: Anamanaguchi – Endless Fantasy (album)

The band is Anamanaguchi, the album Endless Fantasy – how do I sum this up...it kind of sounds like its swallowed a Nintendo…which rocks of course! It’s a high energy album which lifts the spirits and gets you in the mood for life in some weird fantasy universe that makes you want to run around and collect coins or something! It's quite up beat...but be warned it may get you a speeding ticket if you have it on in the car! Yeah!


Friday, 20 September 2013

TV Show: Supernatural (Season 8)

What’s it about? Dude if you don’t know what Supernatural is where have you been…living in the depths of hell with no TV signal or something? Anyway brothers Sam and Dean are reunited after Dean’s luxury stay in purgatory…they continue their exploits to hunt and take down all of demon kind and save the world from all arrays of bad guys/girls that heaven and hell throw at them by closing the gates of hell…for good!

I really didn’t think they could come up with something that tops last season but once again the writers pull it off and add more to the in depth world of the supernatural…Sam and Dean are just well awesome as are some of their friends…and they have a LARPing episode this season which is so funny…lets hope they continue on for many more seasons to come ‘cause I’d be very sad to see them leave the goggle box!


Thursday, 19 September 2013

Movie: Twilight – Breaking Dawn Part 2 (DVD 12A)

What’s it about? Ok if you don’t know the story it goes something like this (if you don’t want it spoilt then don’t read on)…here is the whole Twilight saga in one paragraph… *pout pout* “oh no I’m a vampire I’m so miserable”. “Wow cute guy” *falls in love*. “I’m a vampire”. “Oh well it doesn’t matter I want to be with you and have your vampire children” *kissy kissy lovey lovey*. “We can’t be together” *mope*. “Yes we can because I love you”. “Ah the Volturi” *shocked face* (actually these guys make the whole thing…they are more like proper vampires! Some of the other vampires in the last movie are ok too). “Oh no” *pout some more*. "Meh". The End


Stop laughing? Please stop! Why won’t you stop laughing at me for the trauma I put myself through!?! Ok yep I admit it I have watched the all Twilight movies *shudders*…well they have vampires in them so I had to give them a try right? It’s in my nature! All I can say that is what about 12 hours of my life I will never get back. I wish Kain turned up and just killed them all that would have made the saga awesome! Heh If you want to watch some teenage fagpires poncing around on the screen swooning and loving over each other then watch it…if not and you want to watch proper vampires then don’t bother because you’ll be highly disappointed. Oh god I still can’t believe I put myself through that…should have skipped to the end and watched the one good bit out of all the movies…


Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Movie: Django Unchained (DVD – 18)

What’s it about? A bounty hunter is well in search of bounties and is searching for one group in particular…he finds a slave who knows what they look like. They make a deal and team up to make some money and hope to reunite Django with his wife. I will say no more so I don’t spoil it!

Well what can I say about this movie, its violent, is bloody, it’s vulgar, its brutal…it’s fantastic! If you like stuff by Tarantino then no doubt you will love this, some of it is close to the bone and you’re not quite sure if you should be laughing or not but it is a great bloody movie that is good to watch…as long as you like violence that is! Defiantly look it up if you haven’t seen it already, you won’t regret it!


Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Movie: Rush (15)

What’s it about? The legendary rivalry between the two Formula 1 drivers Niki Lauda and James Hunt...in their journey to become Formula 1 world champions in the 1970s.

Well I have to say first of all if you are a guy, love cars, racing or F1 or are any of the former you will probably be jumping up and down and doing the happy dance at this movie. Yep it’s a biography movie and though I really do feel for Lauda who went through a horrific ordeal…this really wasn’t my type of movie. It was kind of better than I expected it to be in parts but I did have zero hopes…average movie unless you’re into the whole car and race thing really…




Monday, 16 September 2013

Game: Stargate Command (Android)

Stargate Command - this game isn’t really a game more of an encyclopaedia of Stargate. Take a wander around the SGC etc and examine objects to find out information about them…it gives you a nice little picture and description of each item. It’s pleasant to wander around and take a look at the places first hand. If you like Stargate then this little freebie will be good for you, though for the full thing it comes with a price.

Stargate Golf - remember when O’Neill decided to have a game of golf through the Stargate? Well that is basically what this little game is! You’re in the gate room with your golf kit, line up your shot, set the speed and power of your swing and watch the ball fly. Aim for the little target to rack up points. It’s a fun little freebie to have a play with but if you want some action and excitement maybe try Stargate Unleashed instead, it’s good though for a little bit of time wasting.

Stargate Command and Stargate Golf:



Teal’c Revenge – this comes with the pack of Stargate Command but is only available to paying customers. It is a good little game when you get the hang of the actions...haven't had much time to play it but what I've seen I like - it has nice graphics and pretty sensitive. An android game to keep you occupied whilst bored...defiantly it is!



Sunday, 15 September 2013

Movies: Insidious Chapter 2 (15) & Justin and the Knights of Valour (PG)

Ok bit of a contrast in movies today but hey what the hell...

Insidious Chapter 2 - What’s it about? A continuation from the last movie…so more spooks and travels to the astral plane. It follows the same family from the first movie and characters in it. Are they who they say they are or are they not? Who is in the house with them and what are the spooks plans with them?…
It was pretty damn good, even made me jump in one part! It’s not a gore fest and is more psychological and you know spooky…great to watch in the dark rrrraaaagggghhhh but it is pretty predictable…hey that’s like most horror films if you’ve seen a few! All I will say is I wonder when chapter 3 will be released... check it if you loved the first but it can be watched if you haven't...it explains all!
 
 
 
Justin and the Knights of Valour - What’s it about? Well it’s a cartoon for starters about a young lad is about to be sent off to study law at law school...boring...who wants to be a lawyer? He has other ideas...he wants to follow in his grand fathers footsteps and become a Knight...they are way cooler than lawyers! The story follows him on his quest to become a hero and also to reclaim his grand fathers lost sword.

Well it’s a kid’s film so if you want easy watching, light humour and minimal violence then this will be for you. It’s not the best film in the world but not the worst...it was kind of average…lots of better other kids films out there with better stories but you know this one killed some time. There’s not really any adult jokes in it...what you see is what you get but hey it does have enough chuckles to keep moderately entertained.
 

Saturday, 14 September 2013

Movie: White House Down (12A)

What’s it about? A father (Cale) and his daughter visit the White House...oh and he has an interview for the secret service at the same time...bit random. It all goes horribly wrong…well that’s not a surprise…when the White House is attacked by terrorists, who try to capture the president. Cale takes up the role of agent and tries to protect the president and get him out safely. I’m not going to say anymore because I don’t want to spoil it!

Well what can I say...this is a great action movie, lots of guns, explosions and fighting, if you want to watch a good bit of family action then this would be for you. I was a bit ugh before seeing it with it being the second film this year about the White House being under siege but this one was a lot more believable and a bit more than explosions for explosions sake. Though sometimes the sound effects are a bit over the top and off putting with all the aaahhhh oooohhhh aahhhhrrrr aarrggghhhh whilst Cale is jumping about, kind of would you really hear that so load with all the gun fire and explosions…loud noises! but heh. It’s got some blood but it’s like eeeeerrrrrr, there were some awesome chuckle moments in it too and a good helping of cheese! Check it out if you’re wanting to sit back and want to enjoy some destruction…things blowing up is always a good thing yay.
 

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Game: Minion Rush (Android)

Despicable Me Minion Rush, a game with minions, you take on the role of a minion and try to win your place as Minion of the Year. Run through Gru’s laboratory and collect bananas, watch out for the bombs, other minions and lots of other bits and pieces that will send you to game restart! Don’t worry though as rockets and slides are your friend! How far can you get and how many points can you get?

MINIONS yey everybody loves minions right? Don’t you want one…don’t you want to be one in their chaotic little Gru laboratory? Ok maybe not so much but this little cartoon game based on the Despicable Me movies is fun for all ages. It has the original voices from the movies too so it makes it a great little experience, it’s quite responsive too but then again it’s just a case of swiping the screen to get it the little fella to do what you want. Defiantly check it out to keep yourself occupied when you are waiting about, its free so there’s nothing wrong with it…well maybe all the adverts that pop up at the beginning and when you reset but that’s bearable where you paid nothing. Of course you can upgrade your minion if you want to pay to that is. Oh one word of warning when you download it, make sure you are in an area where you can connect through wifi as the game has to update itself to begin (big incoming file sizes)…yes and that’s twice on loading and on your first game…don’t get caught out!

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

TV Show: The River

What’s it about? Emett Cole a wildlife expert/explorer and his crew go missing on the Amazon river. His family and crew/film crew go in search of him/them. It is their account and filming of the search that make up this supernatural adventure.
 
Filmed in spooktastic handy-cam style by the onboard cameras and the film crew this show gives jumps and thrills throughout in this intense supernatural drama. If you like horror/supernatural stuff then it is defiantly worth watching…if you don’t you might want to hide behind a cushion at points! Eek
 
 

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Game: Temple Run 2 (Android)

What's it about? Grab the idol and run like hell because you’re being chased by a giant monster...collect as many diamonds as possible to rack up points and of course some cool boosters which are fun fun fun. This is sounding awfully familiar…oh yes Temple Run. How far can you get without dying in some painful fashion? But don’t worry there’s no gore or blood in this little game so it won’t freak even the biggest of wimps out.

It’s a great little Android game and if you have the first you know what to expect, this one though has better graphics and levels. Free to download there is no harm in trying it, of course you can choose to buy things if you like but that is optional! The controls are simple, swipe the screen up or down, left or right and tilt the phone for a more gradual movement. It’s a really fun game that will keep you entertained whilst waiting for that bus, train or anyone that’s running late…don’t shout too loud though as you may get funny looks!
 
 

Monday, 9 September 2013

Movies: Riddick (15) & About Time (12A)

Riddick – what it about? Well it’s the next film in the Chronicles of Riddick saga that takes place 5 years after The Chronicles of Riddick. Riddick is the Lord Marshal of the Necromongers and wanting to find out more about Furya he makes a deal with Vaako who agrees to have Riddick taken to his original home world. Riddick is taken to a planet and is left for dead, things happen and he has to try to get off that rock.
This was enjoyable don’t get me wrong, it's Riddick! I love the Riddick saga but to me this was just kind of a reboot of Pitch Black. Yes, it had its differences but I don’t know it was just very samey. I was hoping for more linked to the Necromongers or something a little different but that sadly didn’t happen. It’s worth seeing if you are a fan of the franchise or you want to see a good action movie but don’t expect to be blown away too much. Oh and watch out for bugs!



About Time – what’s it about? It’s basically the story of a young lad from Cornwall, the men in his family can go back in time and can therefore change things about their lives. He swears he will use this power for – love, and it’s basically the story.
Well this, what can I say it was a good 45 minutes too long for my taste, there are a few bits to bring a smile but overall it’s basically another romance/romantic comedy. Sure if you like those things you will probably love it but for me not so much. The time travel element of this made me see it and that is interesting, the rest is pretty average.
 
 

Friday, 6 September 2013

Game: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow (PS3)

What's it about? A Castlevania game that’s kind of not a Castlevania game…it’s a *shocked face* reboot. This one follows the story of Gabriel who’s on a quest to defeat the Lords of Shadow because his wife has been killed and he’s not happy and wants her back…blah love story blah romance blah. Take on his role and battle all kinds of demons, monsters and things that go bump in the night in this spooky action-adventure game.

What’s it like? The graphics are amazing, truly beautiful, the atmosphere is pretty dark and well the voice acting is awesome…it has Rush in it…I mean Robert Carlyle! The controls are responsive…though I keep dying…it’s a pretty great game. Some of the uber monsters you think are going to be really complex to kill and you spend ages trying to figure out how to defeat them…turn out to be something really simple which you’ve over analysed ugh. I think I would prefer it if there were less major baddies and lots of smaller ones you can tackle on the journey. It can get a bit annoying where you walk for a while…collect some stuff/do something and oh another cut scene and what a surprise another big baddie to fight but hey it is enjoyable. If you like lycanthropes, vampires, demons and all manner of supernatural creatures…and don’t mind killing these poor defenceless beings then look it up and give it a whirl.
 
 

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Game: Stargate Unleashed (Android)

There are two versions of this game: the Lite version which is free (about 4 mins of gameplay) and then the full version which is not. Stargate Unleashed is an Android game where you take on the role of SG1 at the time of a Goa’uld infiltration/attack.

This is kind of like an episode but in a game woohoo! The controls are easy but at points they can be unresponsive and if you are not standing in the right place it wont let you move on and at the start with the counter to mission fail going down in the corner it sends you into a bit of a flid! Panic stations activated! With that said though for an Android game it’s good. I would have loved to see this come onto a console, mainly due to I think it’d be easier playing on a game pad but it’s the first SG game out since the soooo many cancelled ones over the years, so we should be happy we finally have something, right? The graphics are great and it has the original voice actors which is a defiant win. Check out the Lite version first if you’re a tight ass. JAFFA KREE!
 
 

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick (DVD re-watch)

With the coming release of the new Riddick movie this week it’s a good time to revisit the Riddick saga…

Pitch Black – the first movie in the chronicles of Riddick series. It follows the story of the convict Riddick who was on a ship being taken to prison. The ship crashes into a planet and the survivors well have to try to well survive…

It is a good movie but not the best out of the two, its pretty low budget but you should defiantly check it out if you haven’t seen it before or to get yourself in the mood for more Riddickness. He’s so cool!
 
 
The Chronicles of Riddick – this is the second movie and takes place 5 years after Pitch Black. Riddick returns and has to battle an invading force called the Necromongers to save the lives of those of Helion Prime and mankind. The question is will he do it? he’s a murderer and doesn’t have any reason to help them…or does he?

This is frelling amazing, high budget and action that doesn’t stop! It’s a wild ride and one you won’t regret seeing. If you love action-sc-fi movies and you haven’t seen it then where have you been? Defiantly look it out or re-watch it before Riddick is out!!
 
 

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Music: D.o.C Presents Hell Bar Blues. (and a little bit of reasoning from me)

I said to myself I wasn’t going to back-date on this blog and go over old stuff I’ve had or seen a while back because it would take for all eternity…”you will serve us for eternity”…Wait! What? No way that’s unfair I didn’t agree to that! Well apart from the first movie list that kind of goes back but it was the original concept of this place from back when so it’s fine! Instead my plan was and is to keep it current and only write about it if I’ve just seen/heard/currently playing or re-watched/visited something…so this is technically a breaking of that code as I’ve had it since March…but it is an exception I’m going to make... and here it is…
 
Hell Bar Blues - though technically an EP this mini-album is the 7th instalment by the gothic-rock band Descendants of Cain. Hell Bar Blues was created and recorded by D. The album is filled with different stories and tales each told by a “nameless” band playing at the Burning Man Tavern, where else would you expect to find a group of musical demons?…in Hell of course at the Market of Souls!

This is another amazing album, D has the most awesome singing voice and well this album is pure entertainment. Some of it’s sad, some of it’s like what the hell (no pun intended) and some makes you crease up in laughter. It gets the mind boggling and is so worth a listen!

MP3 release date: March 2013, CD release date: July 2013.
 
 

Monday, 2 September 2013

Movies: You’re Next (18) and Pain & Gain (15)

You’re Next – a movie about a family get together that kind of goes horribly wrong (or right depending on how you look at it). They are attacked by masked baddies who start to pick them off one by one…can they survive the night?

A good movie though I was not overly impressed…it was not as gorey and scary as expected! There were a couple of bits that made people jump but most of the time it was actually pretty funny and at points I was crying with fits of laughter. There is one amazing death scene but there’s a lot of other good ones too. It was quite predicable if you’ve watched a few horror films but its worth seeing in the cinema to get the full experience.
 
Pain & Gain – based on a true story that is about three body builders who decide to take up kidnapping to make some money. It’s a comedy filled with dark humour…
 
This movie was pretty damn long, much longer than it needed to be, don’t get me wrong it was ok but if you aren’t into this type of film then defiantly wait until it’s on DVD! It’s not something that needs to be seen in the cinema. It had a couple of bits that were really funny but most of it was meh and it just left me thinking "what the hell are people really that dumb"…though the more I think about the more amusing it was.

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Legacy of Kain & Nosgoth

Ok well I can’t believe I haven’t mentioned the "L" word on here yet so to make up for it Legacy of Kain, Legacy of Kain, Legacy of Kain, Legacy of Kain, Legacy of Kain, Legacy of Kain, Legacy of Kain, Legacy of Kain, Legacy of Kain, Legacy of Kain, Legacy of Kain, Legacy of Kain, Legacy of Kain, ok and breathe.

So what is this Legacy of Kain (LoK) I speak of? LoK is a computer game series which spans from 1996-2003 and over…currently…5 games (Blood Omen, Blood Omen 2, Soul Reaver, Soul Reaver 2 and Defiance). It follows the story of Kain and his death as a human and resurrection as a vampire, as well as his later created vampire son Raziel who becomes a wraith. I don’t want to give too much a way but really you NEED to check it out if you haven’t already as it’s an epic action-adventure saga and is the most story based game I’ve played. To find out more check out the wikia or get on and download it on PSN!

Nosgoth – confirmed to be the new online-multiplayer game set in the LoK universe by George Kelion who has been kind enough to talk to the fans over at the Eidos Forum on this thread created by Aevum, so check it out for the latest stuff and information on the game. Also another great thread to check out is one created by Raina Audron which is a full FAQ for Nosgoth. An official announcement has not come out yet, let’s all hope it’ll be awesome!

Here’s the questions I've asked over on the Eidos Forums (so far) which the kind “games master” George himself has answered:
 
Me: May I ask what you mean by hands-on-trials? Is there going to be a demo of the game available? Is this just going to be for your testing team or can fans get involved?
Monkeythumbz: Yes

Me: Is there a plan for this to be a global release or will it be US and then Europe separate? (In UK/Europe we got Defiance about 4 months after the US which really did suck).
You said don’t think of the game as a single-player experience. Is it an online based game or not?
You said it was not a mobile game, will it be for current or next gen devices?
How long are we looking at before the game will be released (not looking for a date but can you say in terms of months or years)?
How many people are working on/developing the game?
Where is it being developed and which company(ies) are involved?
Who is the lead person, as in writer/director or is it a team effort?
Who are the artists involved on the design of this game?
You mentioned that there will be a separate forum for Nosgoth, will this still be on the Eidos forms or held elsewhere?
Will there be cool Nosgoth merchandise?
You have said you were a fan of LoK, what was the first LoK game you played in the series?
Next time you go to a meeting on this, can you wear a cape just because that’d be funny?
Monkeythumbz: I'm allowed to answer them all right now - the cat would be so far out of the bag it'd be purchasing picture postcards of bags out of nostalgia!
I'll answer what I can:
1.Nosgoth is online.
2.The first LoK game I played was Soul Reaver, followed by all the others. Mechanically, I think LoK:BO2 is really under-rated. LoK:SR2 is my fave though - dat story. FULL DISCLOSURE: I've not played the original Blood Omen.
3.I don't own a cape, but I will endeavour to get one because DAMN that would be funny. If I haven't done this in a couple of months then remind me. I will do this and get photos done to prove it.

Me: Is this game being made with the thought of longevity in mind? As it is online will there be enough NPC involved so it will be playable years down the line or will it very much revolve around how many people are actually logged on to how playable it is. I hope the team have considered the possibility that if this is good that fans maybe playing it years down the line. As you can see from posts here the community very much re-plays the games even long after they are released.
Monkeythumbz: I'd love to be able to answer that, but in order to do so I'd have to give so many details away it would spoil the reveal. Plus, if I answered vaguely, you could misinterpret me and this whole conversation was about trying to provide clarity early.

Me: Please don't be an RTS, please don't be an RTS, for the love of the Elder please!
Monkeythumbz: It's not an RTS either, although I'd question your love for the Elder God.

Me: Will there be area servers e.g. people in Europe play with/against each other, people in the US will play with/against each other etc or will it all linked so you can play with/against anyone in the world?
-What kind of age rating do you think it'll have? (your opinion, I know you can’t say officially yet).
-If you are a vampire will you have an option of feeding methods e.g. biting or super suck distance feeding?
-Will be a create your own character game or are there set characters for you to play?
Monkeythumbz: I'm afraid all that info is TBC, for now.

Me: You mentioned weapons, are we talking swords, crossbows, axes, maces etc…please tell me there aren’t any guns?
-Is it solely combat orientated? Or are there other elements like say you can be a mage or a healer?
-Will there be levels in the game e.g. defeat a boss you move to the next level or get a power up?
-Will it be team orientated? e.g. you and 10 players fight as a team against other players/non-player characters?
Monkeythumbz: No guns, but do remember Nosgoth is place where flamethrowers exist.
Um... kind of. The focus is very much on combat, at least for the time being.
Again kind of, but there are no bosses in the game as it's a competitive multiplayer experience (...with a twist). You do gain experience, but it's not like XP in an RPG.
Yes, although there are no in-game NPCs.

Me: is it like that as in you play 3rd person? Are there options between 1st and 3rd person?
Monkeythumbz: Nosgoth is a third-person game; there's no first-person camera available

Me: you said in the end that its not really that much like Unreal Championship 2, so it leads me to...what are the closest game(s) to Nosgoth on the market or is it so different from anything it can't really be compared?
Monkeythumbz: While Nosgoth is unlike any other competitive online multiplayer game that I've played or am familiar with, the closest comparison is probably Unreal Championship 2.

Me: so I’m getting the impression from the above that you’ve now played Nosgoth? Is this assumption correct and if so is it beyond awesome?
Also are special abilities involved for vampires? For example certain types of vampires will be immune to certain weapons?
Monkeythumbz: I've been playing Nosgoth since last December! It's come on a LONG way and I can honestly say that - as somebody who traditionally prefers playing solo narrative-driven games - it's made me appreciate multiplayer gaming in a whole new light and enjoy it in a whole new way.
But I guess I would say that, wouldn't I?
In all seriousness, it's a helluva lot of fun to play - that's definitely been the focus of the development team, making a fun game you'll want to come back to over and over.

Me: Is that as in 2011 or 2012? Either way this thing must be near on finished then, right?
Monkeythumbz: 2012.

Me: -Is there a training mode in the game? Or is it a case of straight in and have no clue of buttons etc?
Monkeythumbz: I wouldn't say an in-game training mode is really necessary - it's a very intuitive game and we've ensure that it's as pick-up-and-playable as possible. We'd rather create an environment where you just dived right in and got into the action straight away.

Me: I know you have a lot of questions queued up over the weekend but I wonder if you could take a moment to answer Majinkura's (I'm curious too): Majinkura’s question: will this game have controller input support?? or will it rely only on keyboard input?
Monkeythumbz: Right now, Nosgoth only supports mouse & keyboard.