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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!

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Detroit: Become Human Demo

_wiMCIa9_400x400I thought I knew what I was getting into as I downloaded the demo for Detroit: Become Human. I was wrong.

To be fair, I wasn’t completely wrong. The story played out more or less how I expected it to as I have watched every trailer for this game. What interested me was the gameplay.

You play as Connor, an android sent to negotiate with another android that has taken a young girl named Emma hostage.

In the promotional material, they really hit home that choices matter, but it isn’t until you start playing you realise how every single thing you pick or ignore impacts what choices you make and their outcomes.

For instance, In my first playthrough, I didn’t go into Emma’s room, so I didn’t get to start the negotiation by greeting Daniel, the other android, by his name or use certain bits of info.

You get to investigate scenes of interest by scanning areas to recreate what happened, allowing access to more information. You even get given choices to either obey or disobey your programming.

ConnorFor what is a relatively short demo, it is an emotional ride. At least it did for me, I am admittedly a softie.

As someone who has been following Detroit: Become Human for the past two years, I was thrilled to get the chance to finally play a snippet of the game. I was not disappointed.

I will admit, I fear that Quantic Dream might have overplayed their hand in terms of the trailers. Like I said at the beginning, I knew most of the story before I even hit play. I’m worried that they might have shown us a bit too much.

Had it not been for my lack of funds, I would have already preordered Detroit: Become Human. Contradictory to what I just said, the more I see of this game, the more desperate I am to play it. While the demo has sated my hunger for a bit, it won’t hold me over for long.

I would encourage every PS4 player to download the demo and give Detroit: Become Human a go. Even if it is just to kill time or see what all the fuss is about.

Is it the 25th yet?

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Retribution is at hand

mblackLet’s get this out of the way, once again there is nothing for D.Va and I am a little salty, but at this point, I am not surprised anymore. I’m not mad, I’m just disappointed.

Thank you for letting me get that off my chest, time to move on to the topic at hand.

So far I’m having a great time with the Retribution event. I didn’t expect to enjoy the story mode as much as I have since I don’t play any of the four choices. However, thanks to Retribution I have discovered that I am an adequate McCree.

In terms of gameplay its simple but fun. It’s a matter of survival as you face wave after wave of enemies. What I love most about it is the banter between the Blackwatch members as you play, particularly Moira’s.

If you prefer last years event, then I have good news for you. In the Arcade you can play both versions of Uprising. If I had to pick I would have to admit that I like Retribution more than Uprising but I am not passing up the opportunity to play Uprising again.

MeiI didn’t know how desperately I wanted Mei in her PJs as a skin until I saw it. I have made it my mission to get it before the event draws to a close on the 30th.

The rest of the skins are pretty cool, I have my eye on the Scion Hanzo and Talon Sombra ones in particular.

Overall, a rather solid event. Looking forward to playing more when I get the chance. That Mei skin will be mine!

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Mace to the face

DXj5NvCXUAEGyAQAfter what feels like forever, Brigitte is finally here!

I have to say, she has been well worth the wait. The second I took her out for a spin I fell head over heels for her.

Also, good luck trying to grab her before someone else does. As you might have guessed everyone is trying to play as her so you need to be quick if you want a go.

In my humble opinion, Brigitte is the best of both worlds when it comes to tank and support heroes. While classified as a support hero she can do a fair about of damage with her Rocket Flail and Shield Dash if you get the timing right.

My go-to move is to stun an enemy with Shield Dash then finish them off with the Rocket Flail.

In terms of healing, she can either throw a Repair Pack which heals allies and gives a bit of armour to them if they are already full health or you overheal them. Also when she damages an enemy, nearby allies get a bit of health back.

tumblr_p55egfYgIo1tnz2h4o1_500Her Ult, Rally, is an interesting one. For a few seconds, she is faster and any and all teammates get armour which will last until damaged, even after the Rally ends.

Her arrival also comes with alternate skins and a bunch of seriously cute sprays! Just when I thought there was no way she could get any cuter, turns out she is a cat person and has a spray where she is covered in cats!

Jeff Kaplan said that Brigitte was someone who was “very needed.” and I can’t help but agree. She is a blast to play as. If you haven’t tried her out yet, you need to!

Good luck with that though, in almost every match I have joined it has been a race to lock her in.

 

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Like Father like Daughter

tumblr_oyvg8rQDc31vam7veo1_400.gifIt seems like most of the fanbase, yes including you Eilidh, figured out the identity of Hero 27 way before me. I’m not going to lie, I feel a bit dumb for not guessing it.

Last night Blizzard revealed that the newest hero to join the fray will be Brigitte Lindholm. Chances are you recognise that name and face as she is Torbjörn’s daughter and has made a few small cameos before.

Like her father, she is an engineer and grew up listening to the adventures of her father and his close friend Reinhardt. She was inspired to follow in their footsteps that she became Reinhardt’s squire, mending his armour and fighting alongside him.

She has been described as a support/tank hybrid which peaks my interest. Not to mention her interesting abilities.

  • Rocket Flail – Brigitte’s melee weapon has an extended range, enabling her to strike multiple enemies with a single swing.
  • Repair Pack – Brigitte throws a Repair Pack that can heal an ally. Any healing over that ally’s maximum health provides them with armour instead.
  • Whip Shot – Brigitte throws her flail a long distance, dealing damage and knocking an enemy away from her.
  • UntitledBarrier Shield – Brigitte deploys a frontal energy barrier to absorb a limited amount of damage.
  • Shield Bash – Once her Barrier Shield is deployed, Brigitte can dash forward to stun an enemy.
  • Inspire – When Brigitte hits enemies with her flail, she also heals nearby allies over time.
  • Rally – Brigitte moves faster and provides all nearby allies with armour that lasts until it’s removed by damage.

I cannot wait to start playing as her. Her abilities sound really cool and I am looking forward to learning how to pull them off. However, at the time of writing as you can guess there is no official release date. She is on test servers, but that is it. They said she should be online soon, frankly, she can’t come soon enough!

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Overwatch Lunar New Year 2018

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Who’s a fun event? You are! Good Dog!

Right off the bat, I have to say that I am disappointed yet again with the lack of D.Va content. However, I am willing to give this event a pass as a new skin was released beforehand. Still, Jeff when will you start giving my main decent stuff?

The skins we did get are beautiful, my favourites being Widowmaker’s Black Lily and McCree’s Magistrate.

In terms of the updated Capture The Flag, it is a lot more fun than last years. When you pick up the enemy’s flag you can’t use any movement abilities such as Sombra’s Translocator or Tracer’s Blink. On top of that if the match ends in a draw it will go into a sudden death round and the flags are moved closer together.

We also get a competitive mode, if you place in the top 500 you get a special animated spray and player icon. If you don’t place but still take part you will get something for your effort.

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I have been having a blast playing Capture The Flag, my hero of choice is Sombra as she is great for defending your flag and covering your teammate as they book it across the map.

Speaking of maps, Ayutthaya isn’t half bad. I love the duality of ancient and modern designs. Also, there are multiple different ways to get to the enemy flag depending on your playstyle.

I prefer attempting to sneak in from the sides, making a dash to the flag then bolting it. It has worked, but it does depend on whether or not your team protects you.

Overall I’m enjoying this event. I hear that it is going to be running longer than most Overwatch events which sounds like good news to me.

Good luck on your Placement Matches!

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Crunchyroll Anime Awards 2018

Since the Oscars and the Annie Awards are shunning anime films, again, let’s talk about the Crunchyroll Anime Awards 2018 nominees and I will tell you what I am voting for.

Round one has already closed and round two is ending today, however, round three opens tomorrow. So if you haven’t voted already, you still have a bit of time left.

Also before we continue I won’t be talking about every category as I fell behind on this year’s anime so I didn’t vote for categories that had none of the animes I saw.

First up, Best Ending.

morimoeI was torn between Ishukan Communication and Hikari, Hikari from Miss Koybasahi’s Dragon Maid and Recovery of an MMO Junkie respectively.

I loved both animes and consider them my favourites of the year so it was hard for me to pick.

Ultimately I chose Hikari, Hikari as I liked the song a bit more and the visuals were a bit more interesting, dare I say reliable too.

Best Animation was also a tough pick for me. Once again I had to pick from Miss Koybasahi’s Dragon Maid and another anime I loved. Although this time it was a movie, namely A Silent Voice. I wrote a review about it a while ago if you want to check it out, here you go.

While I liked the animation and art style in Miss Koybasahi’s Dragon Maid I have to confess that not only did I love the animation in more A Silent Voice but it made me cry multiple times when I first saw it. So the clear winner of my vote was A Silent Voice. I also voted for it in the Best Film category.

The hardest category for me to vote in was Best Comedy. Again Miss Koybasahi’s Dragon Maid was a contender but so was Osomatsu-San Season 2, Gamers! and KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World! Season 2.

tumblr_olhfx6Y2h61tudevfo3_250In the end, I went with KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World! Season 2 as it made me laugh the most.

Recovery of an MMO Junkie got my vote for Best Slice of Life and will get my vote for Best Girl. What can I say, Moriko Morioka stole my heart from the first episode.

My Best Boy vote will go to Kazuma from KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World! as his reactions to the crazy hijinks around him and the idiots, he needs to put up with an already hilarious show extra comedic on top of that he is my favourite character in the show.

Now, if you will excuse me, I have to try to catch up on my anime watch list.