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Deadpool 2 Review

deadpool_two_ver7_xlg_largeWhen it comes to sequels, I try to keep my expectations in check. Especially if the previous film was amazing.

I’m going to say it now, in my humble opinion, Deadpool 2 is a great sequel and I think its better than the first one.

Also, while you don’t have to be an expert on Marvel or even read the comics (although I do encourage you to check them out) to enjoy the film, you do need to watch the first movie.

Deadpool 2 follows everyone’s favourite fourth-wall-breaking mercenary as he tries to protect a young mutant named Russell from the brutal soldier Cable. To do so, he teams up with others old and new.

Deadpool, never change. If you loved his portrayal in the first movie you will enjoy his antics in his follow up. If anything they took it up a notch from the first film, which is a good thing in my books. Colossus got way more screen time which I appreciate.

Domino was amazing. They nailed her character as well as her power, they pulled out all the stops. I could rant about her and Cable but I don’t want to spoil anything so I’m just saying that Cable was fantastic and leave it at that.

2Deadpool 2 is one of the funniest films I have seen in a while. I laughed so hard I cried. Deadpool didn’t hold any punches when it came to trash talking DC. I have mentioned a few times that I prefer DC but I will admit that those were the jokes I laughed the hardest at.

Of course, it wouldn’t be Deadpool without pop culture references, fourth wall breaks and insane action scenes. Deadpool 2 delivers.

As I said at the beginning, of the two Deadpool movies I think the sequel is the superior one, but not by much. Both films are funny, action-packed and oddly sweet at times.

All in all, Deadpool 2 is a blast. If you haven’t seen it yet, what are you waiting for? Go, now!

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Posted in Opinion Corner

Happy Anniversary, Overwatch!

BrigTwo years old already. Aw, they grow up so fast!

Jokes aside, Overwatch has become one of my favourite games. I mean, Team Fortress Two will always be king in my heart, but I still enjoy Overwatch.

It has been interesting to watch it grow and change over the past two years. From buffs and nerfs to new heroes, Overwatch continues to improve over time. I’m looking forward to seeing what the future holds for this game.

The best part of the Anniversary has to be the event. So far I am having a blast with it.

As I said in my last ramble, skins from all previous events are now available in Anniversary loot boxes.

Not only does this give players the chance to nab the skins they missed out on, but the free weekend starts tomorrow so that means new players get a chance to get some cool skins right out of the gate.

Something I didn’t know before starting the event was that the main game in arcade mode changes every day. Personally, I am thrilled about this!

While I would like to play Lúcioball nonstop I’m glad I get to play the other event modes. Besides, Summer Games will be here soon enough.

logWhile I suck at Deathmatch, I have to say the Petra Map is pretty cool. I like the layout not to mention my soft spot for ruins. Oh, not to mention the hidden lore that has been discovered by keen-eyed players.

These data logs contain messages sent between three researchers and connect some of the maps together. Some suspect that one of the free researchers might be either the next hero or connected to the next hero.

I was in the minority that didn’t see Brigitte coming, so don’t ask me if I know anything about the next hero.

I just hope the next hero is Scottish. That is all I want, a Scottish hero and more content for D.Va. Is that too much to ask?

Sorry, I am a bitter person. Moving on.

If you haven’t started the event yet, you have until the 11th of June to celebrate the Anniversary.

Happy Anniversary, Overwatch!

Posted in What Do We Know?

Overwatch Anniversary 2018: What Do We Know?

McCreeHeroes, clear your schedule, the mission begins in two days. That gives us enough time to brief ourselves on what this event has in store for us.

So, What Do We Know?

This year’s Overwatch Anniversary Event will start on the 22nd and run until the 11th of June. On top of that, for those of you who still haven’t played Overwatch, you can get a taste of the game for nothing during the Free Weekend from the 25th to the 28th of May.

A popular Arcade game mode is back, free-for-all Deathmatch. During this session a new map will be released, Petra. Set in and around a stone temple built into the rock, the map looks rather promising.

Yet again, skins for this event have been leaked and on top of that, there isn’t a single one for D.Va in sight. Don’t get me wrong, the skins I have seen look great and all, but it sucks that my main rarely gets anything.

Blizzard, you are really getting on my nerves at this point. Cough up some skins and a D.Va centric comic soon or I am going to lose it!

At least during this event, all the skins from previous events will be available. Giving us the chance to grab the skins that we missed out on the first time around. That softens the blow a tad, but I would be lying if I said I wasn’t miffed.

mercy-overwatch-pink-mercy-skin-4k-db-1080x1920On the note of skins, last call for the Pink Mercy skin. For $14.99 not only do you get a super cute skin, but 100% of the proceeds go to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The campaign isn’t even over yet and almost $10 million has already been raised.

Blizzard didn’t stop there, they are also selling tees featuring Pink Mercy designed by community artist VICKISIGHand again all proceeds will go to BCRF.

Both the tees and the skin will no longer be available after the 21st, so if you want to support the fight against breast cancer with Mercy, now is your final chance.

All in all, I am looking forward to the second Anniversary Event. I might be a tad on the bitter side, but Overwatch Events tend to deliver. The last event Retribution was great, so I hope they keep the momentum going.

See you on the battlefield!

 

Posted in Lists

Top Four Guilty Pleasure Games

Let’s be honest for a minute, fellow gamers. We all have a few games on our shelves or in our Steam Libraries we don’t want people to see, let alone tell others that we enjoy them.

Well, I figured I might as well talk about mine in hopes I can maybe start a conversation about it. Also, I thought it might be fun. If I can make at least one person agree with me, or laugh at me, I’ll consider this a victory.

So, from least embarrassing to “Oh dear God, why do I spend so much time playing this?” I present my Top Four guilty pleasure games.

Don’t judge me!

images (1)Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle

The first game on the list and the newest.

I have ranted about my love of the Friday the 13th movies before, so it should come as no surprise that I was glad to find a free Friday the 13th game.

Are the graphics bad? Yes. Is it a rather cheesy game? Oh yes. Is it fun? Well, I think so.

It’s a fun slider puzzle game lovingly mocking the movies and I am rather fond of it.

The guilty aspect is that this game is more fun than it has any right to be. That and I am a sucker for games like this.

dqh_panelDragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree’s Woe and the Blight Below

Right, let me explain this one.

The reason Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree’s Woe and the Blight Below made this list isn’t so much to do with the game itself as compared to the other games on this list, objectively it is the best one. Great animation, solid gameplay and a rather good story to boot.

The issue was how much I got into it.

I was obsessed with this game for a while and even got emotional while playing, I cried a few times.

Yeah, I know. I am a sap, but at least I own up to it.

To add to the embarrassing factor, I was rather bad. It took me way too long to complete levels.

sakuraThe Sakura series

Yeah, if you know what these games are about, you know exactly what I’m talking about.

Side note, trying to find a vaguely tasteful picture for this segment was tricker than I expected.

Well, if you don’t know about the Sakura games, to sum them up quickly they are Visual Novel Dating Sims.

On top of that, they are very popular with 21 games in the franchise with four on the way with unannounced release dates and Sakura Sadist coming out in two days.

EDIT: The release date for Sakura Sadist is now the 26th of May.

downloadHunieCam Studio

While I am a bit embarrassed to admit my feelings on the last entry, this is the game that really mortifies me.

The spiritual sequel to HuniePop, HunieCam Studio is a clicker game were you run a cam girl studio.

You know what the worse part of this game is? How addictive it is! I take this game way too seriously and have been trying way too hard to unlock all the achievements.

I kinda hate myself more and more when I play this. Yet I find myself coming back to it time and time again.

Well, now that I have embarrassed myself online, I’m going to find a dark corner to hide in. If you have any guilty pleasure games you are brave enough to confess about, please let me know.

Until next time!

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Hopes and Fears: Deadpool 2

UntitledDeadpoolSequel2018Two days to go!

I am not alone in my love for the first Deadpool movie, nor am I the only one hyped as hell for the sequel.

Normally when it comes to films the less I see in trailers and promo the better, that is not the case with Deadpool 2 if anything I get more and more desperate to see this film.

That being said, I do have some hopes and fears about Wade’s second film so allow me to rant for a bit, thanks!

Let’s start off with my first hope, the cast. Most of the cast from the first film are returning to my delight, and on top of that, we now have Domino and Cable being brought to life for the first time too! From what I have seen the cast overall looks promising, so I simply hope they live up to their potential.

Also, as a bit of a side note, my favourite character in the first film, not including Deadpool, was Colossus. I’m glad he is back, I would have been miffed if he wasn’t.

rLIIGGCdj6EGxZKY8aqIYBfsib6I’m also hoping for some more top-notch comedy. Once again the marketing team behind Deadpool have been at it again, making the best trailers and promos ever. They really do deliver an award. Still, this hope is a bit redundant, I know but I wanted to voice it anyway.

Perhaps a better way to phrase it is I hope they elevate the comedy from the first one. Deadpool had me in stitches, so fingers crossed they step their game up.

Right, now on to the fears.

Once again, while I have made myself quite comfortable on the hype train, a part of me still fears about the potential of this film being overhyped and Deadpool 2 paying the price for that.

It sucks when that happens as it can ruin the experience for some moviegoers.

Another fear for me is that the action scenes take over the film. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good fight scene as much as the next guy, but I do want some character development.

deadpool-2I know that might sound a bit pretentious but the first film did give us laughs but also great character interactions and development and I don’t want them to forgo that just for more action.

This last fear may seem a bit pointless but nonetheless, I am going to voice it. I worry about the future of the Deadpool movies. At the time of writing 21st Century Fox is in the process of selling assets to Disney, which includes Deadpool.

Call me sceptical but I doubt the mouse will let the merc get away with half the stuff he’s doing. Recently Comcast has thrown their hat into the ring as well.

I would talk more about it, as I am nervous about what these deals will mean for not only Deadpool but X-Men too, but I think that above my skill level. After all, I am just a nerd with a blog.

Still, whatever the future holds, I can’t wait to see Deadpool 2! If it is half as good as the first, I would be alright with that. Don’t let me down, Wade!

 

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New Obsession: The Disastrous Life of Saiki K

tenor (2).gif14 episodes in one day, sad thing is this isn’t even a personal record. Not even close!

Jokes aside, I have been meaning to watch The Disastrous Life of Saiki K for a while. I’ve had it on my watch list for a few weeks and downloaded the first three episodes. Yesterday I finally got around to watching it.

Honestly, the title sums out the show rather well, but I’ll elaborate. Born with powerful psychic abilities, Kusuo Saiki hides in plain sight and tries to keep to himself but he always finds himself surrounded by hijinks and weirdos.

Saiki is the perfect straight man compared to the rest of the cast. His deadpan delivery paired with his dry wit makes him my favourite character. He is a rather serious person, rarely smiling and never laughing. The only thing that brings joy to his life is coffee jelly. His parents are not the brightest but they are kind and proud of their son.

Saiki has some odd classmates such as Riki Nendo, a well-meaning moron who calls himself Saiki’s best friend although Saiki finds him extremely irritating. Then there is Shun Kaido, the school’s resident Chuunibyou who just wants to make friends.

9b3312e9676a2af03352389a99dc00f01482718976_fullKokomi Teruhashi is the most beautiful girl in school and has a major ego to go with it. Sweet Chiyo Yumehara has a crush on Saiki. Class rep Kineshi Hairo who tries to motivate his classmates.

As expected more characters join the cast as the show goes on but I don’t want to risk any spoilers slipping out, but they fit in well with the rest of the cast nicely.

With The Disastrous Life of Saiki K being a comedy Anime, needless to say, that it is funny. No, scratch that, it’s hilarious. Everyone has a preference when it comes to comedy and this is just my cup of tea. It has everything I like, slapstick, reference humour and deadpan jokes. Not to mention the fourth wall breaks and how brilliantly the cast plays off each other.

The show has an abundance of pop culture and Anime references. In fact, The Disastrous Life of Saiki often parodies common anime troupes right down to character design. Notice Saiki’s pink hair?

a1bac79d11a6421b8caaa1f4c224b838It reminds me of another anime I adore, KonoSuba. While KonoSuba parodies ‘Lead character brought into a fantasy world’ Anime, The Disastrous Life of Saiki K parodies  Slice of Life/hidden power Anime.

I have ten episodes left of the first season but luckily there is a second season so I’ll dive into that one I finish the first.

The Disastrous Life of Saiki is a brilliant anime and from what I have read it is a fairly popular series in Japan as it has a game, a live action movie and a Gintama crossover in the works! I highly encourage you to check it out if you get the chance.

Now I want a coffee jelly, never had one before but I’m curious about it.

 

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Avengers: Infinity War Review

11wur3cmwzf01Several days later and I am still in shock.

I went to see Avengers: Infinity War with my pals on Thursday night and while I enjoyed it, I’m kinda still not over certain things that happened.

Don’t worry, this is a spoiler free review and if I see anyone post spoilers I will delete them.

The spoiler-free version of the plot of Avengers: Infinity War is that Thanos is gathering the infinity stones so he can wipe out half of all life in the universe and our heroes are doing everything they can to stop him.

One concern I had going into this film was that it was going to be all action and little if any character development. I am glad to say this is not the case. Once again they got the balance right, good job Marvel, keep it up.

We also got heroes teaming up with other heroes in groups we didn’t expect yet work so well together. On top of that everyone got enough screentime, considering how big the cast is that is extremely impressive.

Let’s not forget the other end of the scale, the fight scenes. They were brilliant. They were creative and let everyone get a moment in the spotlight showing off their talents and skills.

avengers-black-order-1I have to take a moment to say that as a Scot it was awesome to see my homeland in a Marvel movie.

No spoilers but what goes down in Edinburgh was even cooler to me as the whole time I kept thinking, I know that place! I’ve been there countless times! They also mentioned my hometown and I freaked out.

Speaking of freaking out, I cried a fair amount during Avengers: Infinity War. I was told going in that it gets emotional and I cry easy.

I will put my hands in the air and admit that I am a softie. That being said, I came prepared with tissues. Good thing I did because by the time the credits had finished I was a mess.

You might be getting a little sick of hearing people sing this movie praises but trust me, they are warranted. I could rant for hours about how they nailed it but that would be impossible to do without dropping spoilers.

Avengers: Infinity War has it all, good laughs, awesome fight scenes and heartbreaking moments. If you haven’t seen it yet, go get your tickets now! You don’t want to miss this.