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Shenmue I & II to return later this year

Nineteen years after its initial release on the ill-fated Sega Dreamcast, Shenmue is returning with its sequel Shenmue II later this year.

2957795-box_shenmue2The games follow young martial artist Ryo Hazuki as he hunts down the man responsible for this fathers death and the circumstances around it.

While a hit with both critics and gamers alike back in 1999 and 2001 the games, unfortunately, did not meet commercial expectations.

The pair of games will be released together for PS4, Xbox One and PC on steam. On top of that, thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign raising over $6 million dollars from 70,000 backers, Shenmue III is in the works and is due to be released in the latter half of this year for PS and PS4.

While there isn’t an official release date for Shenmue I & II I would guess that it would be out before Shenmue III.

Sega has made a rather interesting choice in regards to the re-release. It is more of an update than a remake or remaster as they are striving to keep the original look and feel of the game. Instead choosing to update the controls and user interface.

Considering how beloved the Shenmue games are, I think they made the right decision to keep it as close to the original as possible. I haven’t played the games myself, but from what I have been told they sound like great games. I’m looking forward to playing them!

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Detroit: Become Human arrives in May

UntitledThis is the third time I have written about Detroit: Become Human, and it isn’t even out yet.

For crying out loud, it’s been two years since Quantic Dream started showing this game off. On top of that, it has been shown in two E3 events. Not to mention the controversy the game started.

In case you didn’t hear or have forgotten, to show that choices matter in a trailer they showed that your actions could cause a young girl to be either be harmed or even killed by her father, or you could save her.

This angered a lot of people, including the NSPCC, Childline founder Dame Esther Rantzenand and Tory MP Damian Collins.

Yeah, that happened. Frankly, I thought people had better things to do then complain about video games. Maybe working hard to save and protect real children rather than fictional ones. Then again, Trump has jumped on the ‘Video games promote violence’ bandwagon. God, I am sick of hearing that nonsense.

I am tempted to write about how ridiculously stupid that idea is, but my blood is boiling just thinking about it so for my own safety I don’t think I will anytime soon.

Back on topic.

UntitledAfter two years of waiting, we finally have an official release date! Detroit: Become Human will come out on PS4 on the 25th of May. Needless to say, pre-orders are already available. To be honest, part of me suspects that it will get delayed. Not quite sure why, just a hunch.

I love Scifi, particularly Scifi that discusses morality. On top of that, any game that implements choice mechanics gets peeks my interest. So I have been keeping an eye on Detroit: Become Human since it was first announced.

While I complained about how long we have had to wait for this game, I personally would rather wait and get a great game than have a rubbish game rushed out. Yet I will admit that my expectations grow the more I have to wait.

On the bright side, at least we don’t have to wait much longer.

 

 

 

 

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Batman takes on feudal Japan

12-1-I need to take my Batradar to the shop because it has failed me big time.

I had no idea about this upcoming movie until a friend informed me about it a few days ago. How did I miss this? The trailer was released back in the first week of December for crying out loud!

What annoys me the most about being late on the Batwagon (you will have to pry the bat puns out of my cold dead hands!) is that this film promises to be everything I dreamed of.

Anime film about Batman? Check. Set in feudal Japan? Check. Unique visual style and animation? Check.

On top of that, the screenplay was written by Kazuki Nakashima, the writer of Gurren Lagann and the creator of Afro Samurai Takashi Okazaki was the man who designed the reimagined versions of our favourite Dark Knight and his rogue gallery.

Batman Ninja follows Batman as he is transported back in time to feudal Japan to stop Joker from manipulating the past.

teodnrx8apan2cxjuwbpI only have two issues about this film. First off, why is it called Batman Ninja when his design looks more like a Samurai? I’m just saying, though if I had to guess I think its simply because Batman Ninja sounds cooler.

Secondly, at the time of writing, there is no official release date. Why do you torture me so, DC? You wave this amazing anime film in my face without telling me when I can watch it? You are more twisted than the Joker.

With all that said, just knowing that this film exists and will be released sometime this year makes me happy and hopeful for the rest of this year. Let’s not forget Batman: Gotham by Gaslight is coming out on DVD next month.

Maybe 2018 will be the year of the Bat? I for one hope so!

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Merry Christmas From Nerd Rambles!

acbbe4e5863a3efc89d1ebf6777da118267a1999_hqIt’s Christmas Eve! Only one more day to go, lads. I for one can’t wait.

My sister and I are going to continue our Christmas tradition. You see when we where kids we were way too excited to go to sleep so we used to connect on our DSs and play Mario Cart and send drawings to each other over PictoChat until we passed out.

My sister doesn’t play video games anymore (I’m trying to convert her but she is content with reading so I don’t push it too much) but we wish to continue the tradition. So we found a site that lets two people play Battleships online and we use that instead. The annoying part is that she keeps beating me.

If you will indulge me and forgive my sappiness but I want to take a moment to thank you for your support. Yes, you, the individual reading this. Whether this is your first time visiting my blog or you are one of my 72 awesome followers, thank you for taking the time out of your day to read this.

5a24a2dc5d676-1024x5762017 has been quite the year for me. I have gained some pals, lost some friends and reconnected with old ones. Not to mention the chaos that is my job and the several existential crises I had on a near-weekly basis.

This little blog is the one constant in my life, as well as the one thing I have control over. I continue to work hard to put out content and it seems to be paying off. This time last year I had 39 followers and as I previously mentioned Nerd Rambles has 72. Last year the total number of likes was 92 and while this year hasn’t ended yet the number of likes jumped to 244.

Since Christmas is a time for giving I want to give each and every one of you a heartfelt thank you, and I hope you will continue to enjoy the articles I write!

Merry Christmas!

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Reddit Secret Santa 2017

DPGqiW1VAAAE7kdThis year, I decided to take part in Reddit’s Secret Santa for the first time.

In case you haven’t heard about it before, Reddit runs a Secret Santa gift exchange every year. In fact, they do it all year round with different themes but this is their most well-known one.

I was a little nervous as I have never done anything like this before but I bit the bullet, signed up and waited to find out who I was assigned to.

You fill out a questionnaire and say a bit about yourself so your Santa can figure out what to get you and from what I could tell there isn’t a price limit but the average amount spent is around $26.

At the time of writing, I have finished on my end with everything bought and wrapped up ready to be sent away. I will post it tomorrow, I hope he likes what I got for him!

As for my gifts, they arrived a few days ago and boy, I am chuffed about what I received! I was so over the moon as I unwrapped each item that I squealed with delight. Apparently, my folks could hear me downstairs over the TV.

24899067_799136270268611_2012050180_nAs you can see, I got an adorable tee, a book, three small bottles of mead and some sweets. To top it off, it was wrapped beautifully with a note that hoped that I would enjoy the gifts.

In all honesty, this was better than I dared hope for! I’ve been meaning to watch Mindhunter but now I have the original book and you know what they say, the book is better.

On top of that, do you know how tricky it is to get mead in Scotland? I haven’t been able to find a single drop of the stuff outside of last years Christmas market. The set I got contains Strawberry (my favourite) traditional and salted caramel. I can’t wait to drink them.

Santa has been good to me this year!

I will definitely take part again next year, It has been fun buying gifts for a stranger and lovely to receive such wonderful presents from a fellow Redditor. If you can, please consider taking part next year.

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A Marvel to behold

Avengers_logoGet hyped!

Yesterday Marvel dropped the first trailer for Avengers: Infinity War and the internet lost its mind.

While we knew that this film was on its way, I for one still managed to get caught off guard when I watched the trailer for the first time.

If you haven’t seen the trailer, firstly shame on you, secondly here it is, so you have no excuse.

So, what do we know about this upcoming film?

First up, this will be the biggest team up since Civil War and then some. Not only are the Avengers back in action along with Underoos and Black Panther but the Guardians of the Galaxy have joined the party along with Doctor Strange.

avengers-infinity-war-posterWe know that Thanatos will be the main antagonist and its about time! I don’t understand why he said on the sidelines in Guardians of the Galaxy since he is one of the most powerful and feared villains in the Marvel roster. Hopefully, he will get his chance to truly shine this time around.

As a side note, as a Scot, I am ecstatic that they filmed here and I can’t wait to see my homeland on the big screen with some of my favourite heroes.

I have to voice my biggest concern about this upcoming film. Since there is such a huge cast I can’t help but worry that some might be pushed to the side and not given as much screen time as the rest of the cast.

I hope this doesn’t happen, but considering that there are allegedly 67 named characters in this film, it is possible.

What do you think? Are you hyped to the high heavens or are you indifferent? Let me know!

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Happy Campers

23898015_792132417635663_2041754428_nAnimal Crossing: Pocket Camp has only been available for a few days and I am already addicted.

Based on the popular Nintendo franchise, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp puts you in charge of a campground filled with familiar friendly faces. You run errands for your fellow campers to level up and grow your campsite.

I guess you can rename it to fetch quest: the app. Normally I hate fetch quests more than the next guy, but this is a colourful exception to the rule.

Not only can you customise your character and your campsite, but also the interior and exterior of your camper van. Instead of taking out loans from Nook to expand your house, you can expand your van. You can even get two floors!

Oh, and while you can unlock Nook as a guest, he is not the man you owe cash too. Instead its Giovanni, Beppe and Carlo of OK Motors. The Nooklings are the ones who run the shop.

I don’t know how I feel about that.

As you level up, you unlock more furniture and more campers. I am currently level 11, and I don’t know if that is something to be proud of or not.

23845264_792132410968997_1263537274_nMy favourite element of Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp is how chill it is. It’s a cute distraction with a lot of charm and heart.

I adore the Animal Crossing series to bits. I used to spend hours running around cleaning my town, chatting with locals and redecorating my house twice a week. So having an Animal Crossing game on my phone is a dream come true.

Oh, feel free to add me! My code is 2512 2657 612.