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New Obession: Killing Floor 2

games_kf2_logoThis is why I love having a PS Plus membership, you get games like this for free! Well, sort of.

Killing Floor 2 is an FPS game that came out last year and was one of this month’s free games for those with PS Plus memberships.

In the game, Europe has been overrun by deformed clones known as Zeds. Most of the remaining survivors of the outbreak have fled or hidden, but a group of unlikely heroes have stepped up to fight the hordes.

You have three choices when it comes to how many waves you dare to take on. Your options are four waves, seven waves or ten waves. After defeating a wave, you have one minute to buy and upgrade your gear and prepare for the next wave.

After you have taken out all of the waves, you go up against a boss.

There are ten different perks to pick from. These perks determine what weapons you start off with and give you different bonuses. As you level up your perk you unlock more bonuses and skills to give you an edge. You can change your perk anytime you want, but I have stuck with Berserker for no reason at all.

aussieIn terms of the characters, they are all likeable in their own ways but I have two favourites. The first is Rae Higgins, an Aussie Rockabilly. I love her design and her voice.

The other character is Reverend Alberts. Why? Because he has answered my prayers, he is Scottish! This is a pet peeve of mine and I know it might sound silly, but I have always been annoyed by the lack of Scottish characters in games. There are a lot of English characters, but few Scots.

I started playing Killing Floor 2 a few days ago and I am now hooked. Funny thing is, I don’t exactly know why. Ever since I started slicing up Zeds the game clicked with me.

If I had to guess, it’s probably because of the rapid fire gameplay that forces you to pay attention or get ripped to shreds. The references to Shawn of the Dead and Monty Python And Holy Grail are a nice touch.

If you have a PS Plus membership, you need to play this game, its a hell of a good time!

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New Obsession: Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links

unnamedDammit, Shiloh! Stop getting me addicted to stuff!

Back in Highschool, I was really into Yu-Gi-Oh! I loved the anime, the manga and the card game. However, with every new series, the rules kept changing and it confused me. So I stopped playing the card game and eventually stopped watching the anime.

Then on Tuesday, my dear friend Shiloh asked if I had the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links app. When I said no she recommended it.

Now, I am hooked.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links is a lot of fun. I am still a bit rusty but thankfully I’m picking it up fairly easily. At first, I was worried that you would have to pay to get cards, but that isn’t the case. Well, you can, but it isn’t necessary as you can use gems you win.

jou.pngI’m hardly the king of card games. I’m pretty unlucky, so I tend to get a bad hand and I tend to draw cards that aren’t any use at that point in time.

At least the app gives you hints and keeps count of your LP. Back in Highschool, I had to have someone coaching me every time I played, I was that bad.

If I had to nitpick, I would have liked the option to use a customisable character. You can customise your deck so why not have a customisable character?

However, I can’t really complain. After all, they did bring back the original voice actors to reprise their roles.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links had also reignited my old love for the franchise as a whole. I recently found my old Yu-Gi-Oh! cards and started to rewatch the original anime.

Side note, why isn’t Yu-Gi-Oh! GX on Netflix? That was my favourite series, but they only have the original and the newest at the moment. Oh, and the Bonds Beyond Time movie.

While Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links will appeal to a new generation of Duelists, I think it is safe to say that it was made with the original fans in mind. Because of that, this app is perfect for anyone. I recommend it if you are looking for a free way to play the card game or just kill some time.

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New Obsession: Voltron

Voltron_poster_finaljpegOnce again, I am late to the party. Well, better late than never.

Voltron: Legendary Defender is an animated Netflix original series about a group of heroes brought together by chance who must learn to be a team in order to save the universe. It is based off an 80s series which is also on Netflix but I have no intention of watching it.

Man, I love this show! I don’t know why It has taken me so long to finally get around to watching it. I started watching it this Thursday and binged 18 episodes in one day. Yeah, I might have a problem, but we have all been there.

Each of the five heroes has a giant robot lion and they can combine to form Voltron, the ultimate weapon and the only thing that can defeat the villainous Galra Empire. The five lions have different abilities to match their bonded pilots personality. The show is a good old fashioned space adventure with plenty of action and character development.

tenor.gifSpeaking of which, my favourite character is Pidge, the youngest and smartest member of the team who pilots the Green Lion. Pidge is the team’s resident tech geek, but there is a lot more to this kid than just technobabble.

Pidge is quick-witted and snarky, yet rather compassionate. This geek is a bit on the pessimistic side but determined and dedicated.

On that note, there is a bit of a twist involving Pidge but I don’t want to spoil it. In fact, most of the characters have secrets revealed about them over the course of the show. It keeps the show interesting. I would go so far as to say that the plot of the show is pretty basic, the real source of entertainment is watching the characters grow and adapt to their situation.

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I went into this show fairly blind, knowing only that Shiro was the leader of the team and that the fandom gave him the nickname of Space Dad. Outside of that, all I knew was that it was popular. I am kicking myself for not watching Voltron: Legendary Defender sooner.

If you like SciFi action then you really need to watch Voltron: Legendary Defender, trust me, you will love it.

 

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New Obsession: Danganronpa 1.2 reload

91u0IIzPqmLI’m kind of breaking my rules on this one.

You see, I have been obsessed with the Danganronpa franchise for a wee while now. A friend of mine had Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc on PSP and let me play a bit of it. Since I don’t have a PSP I was glad to know there was an anime adaptation, so I watched that. When

When Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc was released last year on Steam, I was over the moon and bought it as soon as I could. Thing is, my laptop couldn’t run it, I had wasted my money.

Now, a year later, the first and second Danganronpa games, Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc and Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair have been released together for the PS4, meaning I can finally play the games!

buttonSince it’s release six days ago I have been playing Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc non-stop. Currently, I’m on Chapter five and loving it. I will admit that, since I have already seen the anime, I already know all the twists and turns which does dampen the experience a bit. After all, you are meant to solve murder cases but it is pretty easy to do that if you know the outcome. However, the game goes into way more detail than the anime.

Also, while I know some spoilers about Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair I haven’t had the entire game spoiled for me.

I don’t think I need to talk about what this game series is about, considering that it was released back in 2010 and it has a sizable following. But just to be safe, I’ll briefly go over the basics. The best way to describe the

ReloadThe best way to describe the Danagnronpa series is if Battle Royale and Phoenix Wright had a love child that was raised by Tim Burton. A group of talented students are trapped by the twisted teddy, Monokuma and are given a choice. Kill a classmate and leave, or live at Hopes Peak for the rest of their lives.

If only it was as simple as killing, you see in order to ‘graduate’ and leave you not only have to kill but get away with it. After someone is killed, you the player must investigate and find the killer in a Class Trial.

The comparison makes sense now, doesn’t it?

The main reason, of many, that I love Danganronpa is the characters. While the premise of the game is unique enough to gain a decent amount of attention, it’s the student body that makes this game series stand out.

TF.pngMy personal favourite character is Toko Fukawa, the Ultimate Writing Prodigy. As a writer, I tend to gravitate to characters who are also writers, but Toko is more than just a writer. Like all of the characters, she is a fully rounded and interesting personality. Unfortunately, I can’t say anything else about her without giving away some serious spoilers.

I hate that I like Monokuma, considering all the horrific things he does in the game, I still laugh at his jokes and can’t bring myself to dislike the fiendish fluffy guy.

There are two more games in the series that are coming out later this year, Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls which will be released here in Europe on the 27th of June and Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony on the 29th of September. While I am glad I that they are coming soon, I want them now!

With a set of oddball characters and a sinister plot, the Danganronpa series is certainly a good way to kill time. Sorry, I couldn’t help myself! Jokes aside, if you have the chance, give this game series a shot.Just remember, have hope and don’t give into despair!

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New Obsession: BioShock

tumblr_ob84iraewn1vbzsvqo1_500Sometimes a game or a game series just clicks with you, Bioshock is one of those games for me.

Yes, I know I’m late to the party. However, I want to talk about this game series and how it quickly became an obsession of mine.

I got a copy of BioShock: The Collection for Christmas but I only started playing it near the end of last month, so about two or three weeks ago. I quickly fell in love with the first game. I became to enraptured (Ha!) with it to the point that I managed to finish it within a week. I’m currently on the second game.

giphy-5Considering that the first game is nearly 10 years old, you probably already know the story. Heck, the plot twist is a meme. I thought that would dampen the experience for me, but I am glad to say it didn’t.

After playing the first BioShock, I can see why this game is so critically acclaimed. I have a thing for the sea, art deco and politics so I’m not surprised that this game resonates with me. It has inspired me to draw several sketches and I am currently reading Rapture by John Shirley. I keep doodling little shackles everywhere.

So far, while I am enjoying the second game, the original has to be my favourite but that is mostly due to the fact that I completed it. My opinion might change once I finish the other two. BioShock 2 does improve in the mechanics department, making it way easier to get the plasmid or weapon you need when you need it but I feel somewhat less invested. Plus, I prefer the hacking game in the first one.

tumblr_mtih42WMSB1sc0tu1o6_250.gifFor the record, I haven’t harvested a single little sister to date. I can’t bring myself to do so. I feel so bad for these poor wee girls. That isn’t really saying much, as they were designed to do so.

It’s even more emotional in the second game as you can adopt them for a while and they will gather ADAM for you, during that time they refer to you as daddy. I guess I’m a softie, but I always find it a bit bittersweet when they thank me then crawl back into the pipe.

Everything about Rapture is both beautiful and distressing. As you stumble around the shambles of the once grand city you get little insights into what life in Rapture was like before it went to hell. This coupled with the haunting music makes for a rather unsettling atmosphere and experience. One that I have never had playing any other game before.

I regret not playing BioShock earlier, I feel like I nearly missed out on something special had I not played it.Action packed with plenty of interesting characters and engaging stories with an ocean of chilling charm, BioShock is a one of a kind experience that I could not recommend any higher.

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Mentionable Manga: The work of Junji Ito

normal_1Normally when I write about mangas, it is normally about a lesser-known one and only one series. However, recently I stumbled across a Manga-ka called Junji Ito and I have fallen in love with his work.

Well, love might not be the right word, considering that the manga he creates are horror masterpieces. Perhaps a better term would be morbid fascination?

Chances are if you are a part of the anime community with a taste for the darker side, you probably know him and his most famous story, Uzumaki. If not, allow me to tell you about him and how he makes quite possibly the creepiest manga I have ever read.

acfbb56872ca48135f5a3847f92cc15cFirst thing first, when it comes to his art, it is extremely unsettling. Even when he draws something that isn’t meant to be creepy, it has a distressing vibe to it. There is something about how he draws eyes and facial expressions that really freaks me out. Combine that with great composition and pacing and you have one disturbing manga.

There is something about how he draws eyes and facial expressions that really freaks me out. Combine that with great composition and pacing and you have one disturbing manga.

One thing that helps him stand out from other horror makers is the amount of detail he tells the reader. With western movies, they tend to tell you everything, to the point that they spoon feed you everything about the villain that they stop being scary. Take Freddy Kruger for instance, now that we know everything about him, he isn’t as scary as he used to be.

rsz_amigara.jpgJunji Ito tells us just enough to scare us, but not too much to lose the fear factor. A perfect example would be my favourite story, The Enigma Of Amigara Fault.

The Enigma Of Amigara Fault is about the discovery of human-shaped holes dug into the side of a mountain that only got revealed by an earthquake. It is never truly explained why these holes exist, or how.

All we are told is that they tunnel deep inside the mountain and each one fits everyone in the village perfectly. When someone finds their hole, they feel compelled to climb in, and once they do, they are slowly pulled in.

I won’t tell you any more than that because, like most horror, It is better to experience it with as little knowledge as possible. However, I have to talk about a certain cartoon that apparently took inspiration from this manga. Steven Universe.

 

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Intentional or not, they match up pretty well.

 

In the episode, On the Run, we find out were Amethyst was made. It is one of the darker episodes of the series (and that is saying something) and many fans have pointed out the similarities. Both mention how the holes are theirs and their size. Even the way Amethyst slides into her hole match the manga.

Back on topic, Junji Ito avoids using the traditional types of monsters. He instead tends to use concepts. Uzumaki is basically about a town that becomes obsessed with spirals. However, don’t let that fool you. The story is interesting with some of the most disgusting art you will ever see.

0d6e505c2880b2d81148e43616fe2c3ce4f9979b_hqUzumaki has been made into a live action movie, as has several of his Tomie stories. Gyo is the only one that has been made into an anime, but I hope that someday some of his other work get anime adaptations. An anime version of Uzumaki would be awesome!

I think the main reason that I like Junji Ito’s work so much is mostly because of the art. There is something oddly captivating about it. I’m failing my job as a writer because I simply don’t know how to describe it. Like the saying goes, a picture says a thousand words.

If you think you can handle it, I highly recommend giving these manga a read. Like I said The Enigma Of Amigara Fault is my favourite but he has written quite a few, so I’m sure you will find one you will like.

 

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New Obsession: Skyrim

51jypaybjmlDammit, Shiloh! You have done it again!

My dear friend Shiloh has always supported me and my hobbies, but she has also fueled my addiction over the years. This year she gave me a copy of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition for Christmas at the start of this month (We like giving gifts early, don’t judge!) and I have become addicted.

This was the first Elder Scrolls game I have played, but not the first Bethesda game as I am a big Fallout fan. So, when I started the game I had some high expectations.

Not only did Skyrim meet them, but crushed them.

Man, this game is fun! The world is massive and there is so much to do. Like Fallout, Skyrim gives you so many different choices not only in dialogue and story progression but also gameplay. Do you want to take the sneaky route? Would you rather talk your way out of conflict? Or do you just want to burn everything to the ground? The choice is yours.

yab98bn8xq90p1bds5glThing is, I have a Christmas temp job at a certain card store. This means I don’t have as much time as I would like to play Skyrim. If the shop is quiet I find myself daydreaming about the fun I could be having slaying dragons and causing chaos, but instead, I am having to deal with serious back pain from carrying stock all over the place and getting screamed at by customers.

No, really.

Just today (Monday 12th) I was working at the till and a woman was blocking the man I was trying to serve. When I politely asked if she could move over a little so I could help him, her hellhound of a husband pounced. “How dare you talk to my wife like that! Learn some patience!” He yelled finger pointed in my face, while I was shaking behind the till.  He looked like he was going to sock me in the jaw.

greybeardI have never been so scared in my life! He was at least two heads taller than me with the build of a rugby player. He gave me a death glare when he and his wife left. Keep in mind, Wifey didn’t say a word at all. I was just doing what my boss told me to. Plus, I do have autism so it might have come out as rude, but that is still no way to treat someone!

During my lunch break, after I had calmed down, I thought about how fitting it would be if I could use Thu’um in real life situations like this. You want a shouting contest, mate? Bring it!

But alas, I can’t. Reality is such a buzz kill.

Despite the fact this job has taken away nearly all of my free time, moments like this drive me to start up Skyrim the second I get home. One of my co-workers gets it, though. I told him that I was given Skyrim and he gave me a pitying look and simply said: “Your life is over”. Needless to say, he was right.

8a77d07f07a1beaabc763ebaa16aa890.jpgI have lost sleep from playing this game late into the night since that is pretty much the only time I have to play Skyrim and it is not enough! On my days off (though I barely get those, I have one this week) I will not move away from my PS4. I will skip meals and sleep if it means I can level up, or learn a new shout.

When I played Fallout 4, I never bothered with mods. For a while, it was hinted that they would be available on PS4, then they said it wouldn’t but now it is. Honestly, I didn’t really care. At the time of writing, I haven’t used any mods yet, mostly because I haven’t really found any that interest me.

Skyrim has become my go-to game. Mostly because you go from being a nobody who is looked down upon to being The Dragonborn. Not to mention, shouting NPCs off cliffs never gets old to me. The ragdoll physics crack me up. In an odd way, it has helped me through a pretty stressful time. Though, the lack of sleep and copious amounts of Mountain Dew certainly hasn’t had a positive effect on my health. But hey, that is a price I am willing to pay!