batman vs superman

It’s taken me awhile to write this review on the movie “Dawn of Justice”. A lot has been going on, and I just haven’t had much time to write here in this blog. However, since the DVD is supposed to be released sometime next month, I figured I would do a review of the movie for anyone who might be considering picking up that DVD.

I’m going to start by reminding everyone that I wasn’t a big fan of the movie “Man of Steel”. However, I still watched this movie because it had Batman! Now, I was one of those people who from the beginning said this movie was going to suck because Ben Affleck was playing batman! I was wrong! Don’t get me wrong, Affleck was a HORRIBLE Batman, and the movie sucked, but it wasn’t because of Ben Affleck! He just added to the suckitude! In fact, I would say that the movie sucked mainly because of Jesse Eisenberg who played Lex Luthor! He was a horrible choice! Between Ben Affleck and Eisenberg I have to wonder what the casting crew thinking!

Lex Luthor is played like a whiny lunatic! Less like a billionaire criminal mastermind and ultimate nemesis to Superman, and more like a whackjob who should be committed to Arkham Asylum. It’s like they wanted to make Lex Luthor similar to Batmans typical rogue gallery. Someone like the Riddler, or the Joker but with money! It’s horrible!

Like I said, Affleck was horrible too! However, I expected that! I just HATE this version of batman so much! To be honest though? No actor could have made this version of Batman enjoyable. He even has a lame costume! This was hugely disappointing, because Superman and Batman are the only 2 DC characters that I enjoy! So, I really should have liked this movie, and I didn’t! This is the first Batman movie that I didn’t like, so congratulations Zack Snyder! You ruined Batman for me!

In fact, oddly enough the only saving grace of this movie was Wonder Woman! Her character seemed pretty well done, and she looked bad assed! Which is insane, because I don’t even like the Wonder Woman comics!

By the end of the movie I was bored out of my skull. I spent the last 30 minutes thinking about what I wanted to do when I got home. I can’t recall the last time I was that happy about a movie ending! When the credits began to roll I bolted! I was up and gone! I didn’t even stick around to see if there were post credits because I have no intention of watching any movies set in the DC cinematic universe. Except maybe Wonder Woman….If Snyder isn’t attached to it.

vita

Planning on picking up a new portable console? Toying with the idea of picking up a Playstation Vita? If you are, and you stumbled in here looking for peoples opinions, then let me give you my two cents!

I’m not gonna lie! The Playstation Vita is great! I love my vita! It’s a powerful game system, and the graphics are superb! In fact, Vita games look as good as PS3 games, and sometimes better! The only drawback? There’s not a whole lot of games being released on it, aside from indie games! AAA titles don’t get released anymore for Vita. The folks at Playstation announced a few months ago, that Exclusive AAA titles won’t be making it to Vita. Which means you are pretty much stuck with Indie games, and the occasional console game tossed to us(Usually Lego or something from Tell Tale Games).

As for exclusive games, well there’s a few good ones that came out before they quit making them. Uncharted: Golden Abyss, killzone mercenary, call of duty black ops declassified, resistance: burning skies, little big planet and that’s pretty much it!

Sure, there were a few other titles like Assassins creed: Liberation, Arkham Origins: Blackgate and such, but they are also later released on console.

So, is the Vita worth buying? At the time of this writing, the going price on Amazon was 167 bucks. That’s a lot of cash for something that is pretty much dead in terms of new exclusive content. Why waste your money? A Nintendo 3DS is currently 196 bucks, so for 31 extra bucks you can have a portable system that’s still heavily supported. Does it look as nice as a Vita? No,  most 3DS games don’t look as nice as Vita games. Still, they DO look good! Plus they have 3D! There’s also tons of exclusive games being released regularly.

So, while the Nintendo 3DS isn’t the most powerful portable game system, it is the better option in my opinion. Even a Nintendo DSi would be a better option honestly.

Another option, if you have way too much cash on hand is the NVIDIA SHIELD Portable which will only set you back about 500-600 bucks, but will also let you play PC games and Android games on it. Personally, I don’t think it’s worth the price of admission, since PC games are better played on larger screens. They weren’t made for hand held gaming normally.

Uncharted4I’m just going to cut right to the chase! Uncharted 4 is incredible! It’s easily the best game of the franchise and in my opinion it’s the best game currently out on the PS4! In fact, I would go so far as to say that Uncharted 4 is the best game I have ever played! Now, granted that might change next week when Home Front Revolution is released, but at the time of this writing, it is the best game I have ever played!

The first thing you need to know, is that this is supposedly the final chapter of the Uncharted series. I say supposedly, because franchises have a habit of continuing past their final chapter(I’m looking at you Mass Effect!). Since it’s the final chapter, I guess Naughty Dog Games wanted to take the series out in style! The brought back all our favorite characters like Sully, Nate and Elena, then went and introduced a few more!

In terms of gameplay, it doesn’t really stray from the tried and true Uncharted formula. So, expect to be climbing cliffs, jumping across rooftops, finding collectibles and stumbling through tombs and ruins in order to achieve your goal. It however did add one new gameplay mechanic, and that’s an all-purpose grappling hook that will allow you to swing across chasms, jump punch enemies, pull items and reach hard to get places. It’s so handy that you will wonder how Nate got around without one before now!

The game really does have everything! On top of all that, there’s optional dialogs which give the game almost an RPG like feel to it, and keeps the gamer looking around for those “Optional dialog” moments. They could be anything from a companion with a speech bubble just wanting to chit-chat, to some interactive chairs that lead to a brief heart to heart discussion. Then, there’s also that kinda cool easter egg!

Vehicles are also now a major part of the game! Past entries in the Uncharted series had vehicles, but they never played as big a role before as they do now! Also, the driving segments are much more enjoyable than they were in Uncharted, Uncharted 2 and Uncharted 3..Although Uncharted 3 had horses! I miss horses!

If you are curious how much time you should set aside to play this masterpiece? Well, the game is fairly long! It took about 14/15 hours of gameplay to complete, but I spent a lot of time hunting down collectible treasures. Still, it took me longer to finish it, than it did to complete any of the other games in the series. Your time frame maybe less, or even longer, but that’s a general idea of the length of the campaign. Plus, once you finish the campaign, you have a Multi-Player mode that you can participate in! Be a hero, or a villain, and swing around maps collecting treasures and blowing up your enemies! Use your treasures to hire sidekicks, and other nifty upgrades! I have only lightly dabbled in the MP mode, since I am more of a single-player/story-mode gamer, but from what I have seen the MP mode is very well done, though I did encounter a bug which freezes the game during the introduction/tutorial of the MP mode.

When all is said and done, this really is a must own for the PS4!

 

 

Yesterday saw the release of the highly anticipated ps4 adventure exclusive “Uncharted 4“, Perhaps you’ve heard of it? I will be doing a review of this game soon, but first wanted to address an Easter egg hidden in the epilogue of the game! Don’t worry, this doesn’t contain any spoilers! I’m not focusing on any aspect of the game, just the Easter egg!

If you explore the surrounding area of the epilogue, you can discover all kinds of fun and neat things! One of those neat things is a poster for “The Last of Us: American Daughters”. I’ll show it here now in case you missed it.

last of us poster

Now, for those unfamiliar with The Last of Us, it’s a game from the same developer as the Uncharted franchise, so many people are excited about what they believe to be an announced sequel to The Last of Us. It wouldn’t be the first time that ND has hidden a teaser for an upcoming game in another game! In fact, Uncharted 3 had a hidden mention of the “Last of Us”.

However, I don’t believe this is a teaser for an upcoming sequel. While I am sure a sequel is in development, I don’t think “American Daughters” is it. The reason? The bottom right of the poster has a logo that looks VERY much like the logo to Dark Horse Comics. I’ll refresh your memory.

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Dark Horse Comics released a similarly titled comic book mini series based on the Last of Us called “The Last of Us: American Dreams”. So, I am 99% sure that this is less a teaser for a sequel to the Last of Us, and more of a Teaser for a new Comic book mini-series. Now to be fair, the Mini-series could be launching as a promotion to a Last of Us sequel…I don’t know. I am just reasonably certain, “American Daughters” will be a comic series.

Logo used from the start of the Chrome project...

Last night while browsing the online news sources I came across an item from ABC news, the headline reads “Google Chrome Named Top Internet Browser” and it basically goes on to say that Google Chrome has now beat out Microsoft Internet Explorer as the most used Web browser. This was shocking news to me! Not because Chrome is now numero uno, that was bound to happen!  I was shocked by both the fact that it took this long to happen, and that “Holy shit!” people still use Internet Explorer to surf the Internet?!?

It’s like finding out that people still use Netscape Navigator! Ok, well, not exactly! Navigator has been dead for years, but I honestly thought that people only used IE to download either Google Chrome or Firefox! I had no idea that people actually still seriously used IE! I’m sorry if I am offending anyone who browses my blog, who is a die hard IE user, but I am not intending for this to be a slam against IE! It’s just that I had no idea it was still used!

Let’s be honest here! When you hear people talk about internet browsers, they tend to talk about either Chrome or Firefox. I can’t think of the last time I have heard someone mention that they enjoy IE. So if IE was more popular than Chrome until now, how come it’s userbase never discusses the joys of explorer surfing?

rust title

 

While browsing through my blog, I became aware of a startling fact! I have never reviewed the game Rust! I couldn’t let this injustice go! It had to be corrected, and that’s what this post is! A review for the game Rust!

So, what is it? Well, it’s basically a first person survival game! You run around this apocalyptic wasteland and gather material to build a base/house and craft weapons and clothes. You hunt animals for food and other useful resources…It’s a lot like Minecraft actually, except much better and nicer looking! Though, it’s safe to say that if you like the type of survival mode gameplay of Minecraft, that you would most likely enjoy the gameplay of Rust.

I’ve been playing Rust since it came out in 2013! In fact, it’s my most played game on steam! In recent years, I have stuck to Rust Legacy, which is an older version of Rust. See, Rust has been in early access, and has gone through a lot of changes! When the game first started, it was a zombie survival game, however they have since removed the undead hordes from the game and replaced them with wild animals, like bears and wolves(oh my!) in order to make the game a tad bit more realistic. Then they completely rewrote the entire engine! A lot of people liked the original one though, mainly because the newer one was much more demanding on your computer! So, they kept the original version in, you just had to switch over to it manually, and they named it Rust Legacy. The reason I stuck to Rust Legacy, wasn’t so much because my computer couldn’t handle the new Rust, it was mainly because regular rust crashed my computer due to Easy Anti Cheat(which is an anti cheat program that Rust and several other games use, to prevent people from using cheats and hacks in the game).

I have since then however gotten a new PC built from the ground up, and thankfully it doesn’t seem to have any problem with Easy Anti Cheat…However, I am lucky since a lot of computers DO have problems with Easy Anti Cheat, and if you google it, you will find pages and pages of people complaining about how EAC keeps crashing them out of games. In fact, it’s so common, I don’t know why game developers are even using it! It just seems counter productive to me!

Anyway, since I got the new comp, and it doesn’t have issues with EAC, so I have been spending a lot of time playing the newer Rust, and I have to say I am loving it! Is it as good as Rust legacy? Not at first, but that’s mainly because I don’t like change. Rust legacy was familiar to me, I knew where the animals grazed, I knew the best place to mine for iron, I knew the entire layout of the land like the back of my hand. New Rust was completely different! So, it annoyed me at first however once I slowly adjusted to it? I started enjoying it even more than Rust Legacy! The thing with Rust Legacy is that it got boring quick, because there was nothing new to do, The developers quit updating legacy a long time ago so things tended to get stale..The new version though? It is always being updated and is just overall fantastic!

I do wish they would texture some of the “Monuments” though. Monuments are areas that are unique and a good place to gather loot, such as armor and weapons. There are a lot of different monuments, such as a nuclear plant and a subway, however all of them are solid colors! It makes them look unusually clean for a wasteland too. For instance the inside of factories are so white and shiny it puts modern day hospitals to shame, and the subway system monument looks like the inside of a TNG era Federation starship…Still, it’s an overall excellent game, and one I am enjoying very much!

One thing that might put off some gamers, especially fans of MineCraft is that Rust doesn’t support an offline/single player mode, so there is always the chance that you will encounter other players. These other players could straight up kill you, and take your stuff, or destroy your base and raid you of your collected treasure horde. Even if other players don’t rob you blind, many servers do regular server wipes(Deleting all buildings and player data) to keep the land free of abandoned buildings. Even if you find a Wipe free server, there are still frequent mandatory wipes, mainly when Facepunch Studios (The developers of Rust) release a major update to the game. However, since the game is in Early Access those major updates can come at any time, and the game IS updated frequently!

There are however thousands of servers to choose from! You can pick a low population server to reduce the risk of bumping into other players, or if you REALLY just don’t want to fight people, Rust has you covered! They have PvE servers, where you don’t have to worry about other players killing you, but the wildlife can still slaughter you!

Now, let me be clear about this! The game is VERY much early access! I know I have said before about the risks of buying Early Access games, and have even gone so far as to suggest not buying a game while it’s in early access, however this game is a pretty safe bet! It’s been around since 2013, and has been updated frequently, and is made by the same developers who released the incredibly popular “Garry’s Mod“. So, odds are you will be fine with this purchase.

rip free delivery

I was an 80’s child. I grew up in the 80s, and while I didn’t live the 80’s party life, or even the 80’s high school life, I still experienced the music, movies, Cartoons, Television, fashion and culture. I also ate the food! The food wasn’t too different obviously! Sure, there was the occasional strange recipe, but for the most part it was your typical food that you eat today! Which is more than can be said about 70’s food!

One major difference though, and the thing I probably miss the most is that back then food delivery services offered free delivery! You ordered your food, and they brought it to you! Nowadays? That’s pretty much long gone! You will be hard pressed to find a free delivery place. These days, if you want your food delivered to your door it’s going to run you anywhere between 3 to 5 bucks extra.

If that wasn’t bad enough, nowadays not only do you have to pay delivery fees, but you have to have a minimum dollar amount before they will deliver it to you. The minimum differs from place to place, but I think the most common amount is $10. To be fair, most full meals will run you more than 10 bucks, so odds are you will meet the minimum anyway, but that’s beside the point! Either have a minimum amount, or have a delivery charge! If I am giving you an extra 5 bucks for gas I guess, just bring my a 5 dollar hamburger!

Back in the 80’s they didn’t charge you a delivery fee! That was practically unheard of! You wanted food? Just call the delivery place up and make your order, they would give you your total with no hidden charges and then bring it to your door in 30 mins or less! because that’s how the 80s rolled! I’m not sure when they went with “Mo’ money, Mo’ Money, Mo’ Money” business model…but it kinda sucks!

Alas, this is the world we live in now, and I am sure in time they will figure out other ways to tack on extra dollars to your bill, because…why not?