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Has mobile gaming finally gone downhill?

I can't even remember the last time I've seen someone playing a game on their mobile phones while waiting for the bus or spending a few minutes during their coffee break at work. A recent article from Digital Spy reported that Candy Crush is one of the UK's favourite games alongside both FIFA and Grand Theft Auto franchise, the mobile title emerged as the favourite among 3,300 Britons polled by YouGov with 11.3% of the vote.

At first I was surprised by this because I actually thought that mobile gaming has finally gone quiet since the sales for the Nintendo 3DS are doing really well selling both the original and the New 3DS handhelds, games like Super Smash Bros, Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Pokémon franchise have helped sales for the Nintendo 3DS. Nintendo have still haven't announced any more information about their new console the NX but recently this week Square Enix have announced both Dragon Quest X and XI will be heading to the new system and the first games to be announced.

Going back to mobile gaming the only other games I've played on my mobile were games like Crash Bandicoot which was already installed on my Xperia Play phone when I first got it a few years ago, I liked the idea that certain apps from the Google Play store gave you the option to download certain emulators and of course you would have to install and download files in order to play PS1 or even Mega Drive games on your phone. Other times I've always tend to try some of the indie titles like Wind-up Knight or Grabatron, some of the best games are always from the indie section while everyone else would play games like Angry Birds or Movie/TV franchises on Village app games like Smurf's Village or Simpsons Tapped Out and requiring real money for additional in-app content just to get some more minutes in to your game.

Similar to games like Puzzles & Dragons and Candy Crush series Pokémon Shuffle is a Free-to-Play puzzle game which you can download for free on your Nintendo 3DS from the Nintendo eShop. Past Pokémon games have always been addicting for gameplay and trying to collect more than 150 Pokémon on each of the games over the years which has expanded even more with later titles down the line. This is in fact a spin-off title in the series doesn't do too bad for a puzzle game on a handheld console you would have think this would have been released on either iPhones or Android devices or even Facebook but it's not. I know that when Nintendo first released the 3DS they had problems with sales after its launch where not many people would buy one since most games that were released on mobiles were free to download but after Nintendo released Pokémon Shuffle back in February a lot of people I know have been playing this non-stop plus the idea of it having StreetPass support giving you one or two hearts if you StreetPass a certain amount of people. The only way to gain more hearts or coins is by trading jewels but you would need to buy them through the Nintendo eShop using microtransactions just like you would see in other Candy Crush related games. You do also have the option to wait within half an hour you'll get your five hearts restocked. You can check-in by signing in to your Nintendo account online through the Nintendo 3DS to gain some extra coins, updates and special events almost every day if you keep checking-in its encouraging you to come back every day repeating the same process.

Fallout Shelter was announced for both iOS and Android being a free-to-play Vault management and strategy game without paywall timers, and it will not require an internet connection this is a neat idea for a mobile phone shame that other games can't use that same idea on not requiring an internet connection. I liked this idea when I first heard about it but after reading reviews and plus some of my friends I know talking about Fallout Shelter it's one of those games that you wouldn't want to keep coming back to almost every day on your phone. With the release of Angry Birds 2 being released this week worldwide it does make you think will this be as successful as the first one when it hit mobiles in 2009? Plus having multiple game spin-off titles, toys, sweets, theme park and even a movie along the way you would think that Rovio Entertainment have run out of ideas by now. If not many people or even casual players end up not downloading the sequel or even finding the game disappointing maybe it is finally time that mobile gaming should throw down the towel.

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Five movie franchises that should get the Lego treatment for a video game

I've recently been playing a lot of Lego Jurassic World and it had me thinking what will Travellers's Tales will be developing next we know that Lego Marvel's Avengers is being released around Q3/Q4 2015 including Lego Dimensions that's be released later in the year. After watching Sharknado 3 the other day had a random thought on what if Lego Sharknado was made into game it would actually work for a game just replace blood with blocks and lego sharks; then when looking at other movie franchises out there making you think that they should get the Lego treatment in a video game.

Here is a quick list looking 5 franchises that should get a Lego video game-

Jaws-

This one left a bit of a clue after playing a few hours of Lego Jurassic World and seeing a Jaws reference in The Lost World, so it could be likely that the Jaws trilogy could be next in line. With four Jaws being made Traveller's Tales could make a game out of it and the end of each film giving the chance to battle the great white shark.

Ghostbusters-

Did you know it's been over thirty years since Ghostbusters was released back in 1984 with only two films and a game that was released in 2009 that could have been the third film both Aykroyd and Ramis, who wrote the films, also aided in minor script doctoring for the game. Having the idea of playing through both movies including a bonus third story which could have story taking place after the events of Ghostbusters 2 plus it would also pay a tribute honor to Harold Ramis who passed away over a year ago.

Mad Max-

I can easily say that Mad Max: Fury Road would be my favourite film for 2015 so far but when looking at a Lego version of this it would actually work, having all four of George Miler's movies into one game following Max Rockatansky a police officer of the Main Force Patrol in a future Australia whose civilization is rapidly collapsing due to war and critical resource shortages. When his wife and child are murdered by a vicious biker gang, Max kills them in revenge and becomes a drifting loner. Plus with the game having an apocalyptic world filled with deserts and survival it would be an awesome idea giving you the option to build your own Lego vehicles.

Back to the Future-

We know that it's getting a level pack in Lego Dimensions but actually did think that it would have been better off on its own as a game following the original trilogy and using the DeLorean to go back in time to the events of 1955 and 1885 it has also been thirty years this year since Back to the Future was first released in cinemas back in 1985 plus with Back to the Future Part II having the start of the film taking place in 2015 a lot of people are still waiting for them hoverboards and flying cars. The idea of it getting the Lego treatment would be a cool idea plus maybe the option to your own time machine with the help of Doc Brown.

James Bond franchises-

It would really depend on which one would get the Lego treatment but with their being more than twenty four James Bond films you could easily have four films in one game each in either in one franchise. Most films do have some of the best moments and villains that want to defeat James Bond or want to take over the world. Plus the idea of creating your own gadgets could really work which you could use in the game on any level, with Spectre around corner being released in October this year it would the right opportunity on having the James Bond franchise in a Lego video game.

Are there any movie franchises or films you would like to see get the Lego treatment?

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Movie Review- Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!

Seem likes almost every year since 2013 Sharknado has pretty much became a tradition to watch every summer either through the Syfy channel on your TV or watching it online. There have been many cheesy movies like Snakes on a Plane, Piranha 3D, Zombeavers and FoodFight! but the third instalment for Sharknado is twice as bad as Sharknado 2 but it still cheesy and funny at the same time.

So is Sharknado 3 as bad and funny as the first two you may ask? The answer is yes the first film was set in Los Angeles and the second film was set in New York this time the Sharknado makes an impact along the east coast destroying both Washington D.C. and Orlando Florida. Most people would understand that freak weather system would mess up a lot of things in general; however the weather gets twice as bad as the last two and having sharks chomping their way through certain landmarks including the White House, Universal Studios Orlando and in space. Tara Reid and Ian Ziering, who play April and Fin are back once again to try saving the day from the Sharknado, April is expecting a baby at any time and Fin is awarded with the highest honor from the President of the United States from defending both Los Angeles and New York but as soon as the sharks start falling from the sky and chomping their teeth attacking many citizens Fin is pretty much protecting the President at all costs. Twenty minutes later it gets even more far-fetched, hatched with various plans to save the east coast, including slashing the sharks with chainsaws and theme park reference from both the Twister and Earthquake rides from Universal Studios.

The idea on making movies like these are silly and insane it’s like looking at other movies and games like Lollipop Chainsaw which had a ridiculous story plot but still an enjoyable game to play. That is what the Sharknado series tries to do make a story plot that is ridiculous and very cheesy with puns added in. The CGI animation on the sharks is still the same as it always has been and also randomly attacking and eating people, the best and funniest moment was around at the beginning where both Fin and the President go out in style on escaping the White House carrying many guns and taking down as may sharks as they can. Later in the film gets even more insane including guests that make an appearance including David Hasselhoff, Frankie Muniz, Ryan Newman and Cassie Scerbo; half the time you will be wondering what the heck is going on here? However Sharknado 3 is worth the watch if you liked the last two films and looking for some laughs with friends or family but might not be everyone's taste when it comes to disaster movies and does tend to drag a little bit but lots of cheesy and corny moments throughout. The biggest shock and surprise comes towards the ending leaving a massive cliffhanger and leaving you with questions on how on earth was that possible to happen.

2.5/5 (2 and half star rating)

Hope you've enjoyed reading my review :D

20 Year Anniversary Blog: Virtual Boy

Considering it being one Nintendo's lowest selling console and a commercial failure in gaming history, Nintendo released the Virtual Boy back in July 21st 1995 in Japan but then got released over to North America a month later which was August 14th. With it being a commercial failure and was not released in other regions there weren't many games released for the system including complaints that if you play it for too long you can end up getting headaches and seizures it was no wonder this was a flop in gaming history.

It was back during November 1994 when The New York Times previewed the Virtual Boy and was officially announced via press release the next day. Nintendo promised that the Virtual Boy would impressive players into their own private universe, while Nintendo was working on the Nintendo 64 and having Nintendo's Research & Development 3 division on focusing and developing the console, two other engineering units were free to experiment with new product ideas on how it can be a success like its predecessor both the Game Boy and NES.

Designed by Gunpei Yokoi who also developed both handhelds the Game Boy and the Game & Watch, he saw the Virtual Boy as a unique technology that competitors would find difficult to emulate especially when it comes to games only 22 games were released for the system in both Japan and North America. I do remember playing one of these during my time at North East Retro Gaming both last year and back in June this year, trying to play Street Fighter II on that thing did gave me eye strain after playing it for the first 10 minutes I can see why this was a failure to begin with.

I wasn't even sure if Street Fighter II was released for the Virtual Boy or not I think that game might have been an emulator version, but what I've seen on Youtube from the likes of The Angry Video Game Nerd who gave out his best thoughts on the Virtual Boy including most of its games like Mario Tennis, 3D Tetris, Teleroboxer and Waterworld. The graphics and visuals used for its games were all in red and black the illusion of three dimensions on a two-dimensional screen, the Virtual Boy creates an illusion of depth through the effect known as parallax. Don't get me wrong seeing one or two games like 3D Tetris and Teleroboxer are considered being some of the best examples on how games should have been made for the Virtual Boy; if the Nintendo 3DS took this turn on going the same direction on its 3D effect Nintendo could have repeated history if they used the same path and direction the Virtual Boy did.

But luckily for the Nintendo 3DS you have the option to turn or turn off the 3D effect for the handheld. But going back to the Virtual Boy another thing that sort have put gamers off was the design of the controller directional pad on both sides and both A and B buttons on the right side of the controller but the problem you also had that to play games or the console it was on a stand meaning you couldn't get some headgear to have attached to the console plus you would feel like an idiot walking town having that stuck to your head plus not being able to see while walking around. Its power supply was on the back and can easily slide off if you are not too careful meaning if you play this on a table the power supply battery could easily turn off your system and lose your game. It also required six AA batteries required to power the system.

After the Virtual Boy was released with only 22 games released it didn't last very long in the sales selling at least 770,000 it was discounted 5-6 months after it was released in 1995. Gunpei Yokoi left Nintendo on August 15, 1996 after thirty-one years at Nintendo, however, he did not leave before completing the more successful Game Boy Pocket as a going-away present in July of that year, after Gunpei Yokoi left Nintendo he did form a new company called Koto and led the development of another handheld game console which was the WonderSwan which was only released in Japan back in 1999 but then got discounted in 2003. This wasn't the last time we've seen the Virtual Boy in Tomodachi Life the game made several self-references to the console and the quote "All hail the Virtual Boy!" not only that it also made an appearance in Animal Crossing; New Leaf as an item piece which you can have in your own home.

Have you managed to play the Virtual Boy somewhere either at a museum or at a convention?

Do you own one of these?

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Crash Bandicoot could have had a cartoon back around 1996

The last time we've heard about Crash Bandicoot was back in 2008 with Mind over Mutant plus there floating rumors that a remastered version of Crash Bandicoot could have been mentioned at E3 this year for both the PS4 and PS Vita but most of that was fake after an image was leaked a month before E3 with the caption "He will rise again" with a date as well. Back before Sony got the rights to Crash Bandicoot in 1996 after being a very successful game on the PlayStation, Universal Interactive Studio toyed with the idea of opening and closing the game with hand-drawn animation. Plus as soon as this was posted on Youtube everyone else has been going crazy in talking about this-

This video is test animation that was done for Crash Bandicoot, produced by Universal Animation early in the development of the game. It was based on ideas for where we were going with this IP at that time this was only the opening and ending sequence to the cartoon; there are many close to the development of the original game that do not even know that this material even existed. Yet the animation for the cartoon does look well detailed having a cheesy cartoon opening and likely having the same comedy humour we've seen in past cartoons in the 90's like Earthworm Jim, Super Mario and Sonic all got the cartoon treatment back than but seeing one on Crash Bandicoot just had me thinking on questions like why now?

Like what channel would this be on? Would this be one of those Saturday morning cartoons that you watch every week around 7.30 am? Don't get me wrong if Naughty Dog and Sony said yes to the idea before this they've could have got a little more money and likely getting more fans when it comes to Crash Bandicoot. Plus if the cartoon did exists it would be very likely they would get the same voice actors from the original games to play the characters and having Clancy Brown playing Dr. Neo Cortex just don't have a voice actor for Crash because that might leave the series going downhill if the idea did go forward back then. With next year being at least 20 years since the first game was released I wouldn't be surprised if they did something special with Crash Bandicoot celebrating 20 years but as I've already mentioned Activision still owns the rights for now but no one still knows if we will ever see that Bandicoot again sometime in the future.

What are your thoughts after seeing a cartoon of this?

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The possibilities if Kill la Kill was developed by Platinum Games

When it comes to Anime in general Kill la Kill was one of my favourite during 2013 alongside Attack on Titan which aired during that year, both Hiroyuki Imaishi and Kazuki Nakashima who both worked on Gurren Lagann which was shown back in 2007 and is still one of the well-known Anime's out there for both fans and newcomers alike when it comes to Anime. Kill La Kill is a different kind of Anime which has an insane plot twist throughout each episode of funny humour and gripping, the last series I've really enjoyed watching was Attack on Titan and already became a huge hit all over the world and even seen people cosplaying as their favourite characters at conventions.

There is likely you would probably have seen a Kill la Kill cosplay group if you were at a convention or even at a convention in the future even I've cosplayed as one of the characters from the series which was Aikuro Mikisugi and the number of times I've quoted out "Nudist Beach" at a convention is insane but worth it.

But going back to the main reason of the blog is that there have been floating rumors around online an article that was mentioned from Destructoid, it may seem that Platinum Games could be working on a Kill la Kill in the future, according to an article Metal Gear Rising: Revengeancedirector Kenji Saito when a fan suggested he make a game based on Gatchaman or Karas, he responded with an even better idea. Following through his Twitter account that he would like to develop either a Kill la Kill or a Berserk game, if Saito was developing a Kill la Kill game imagine the possibilities on what kind of gameplay it could have.

It would have the main story plot to begin for fans and newcomers alike following the vagrant schoolgirl Ryuko Matoi on her search for her father's killer, which brings her into violent conflict with the iron-fisted student council president of Honnouji Academy, Satsuki Kiryuin, and her mother's fashion empire. This maybe a simply story plot that has a style of Kill Bill at first but later episodes the plot-twists even further and further on what's really going on here. The battles with Ryuko are another thing good about the series as she pretty much fights her way to the top to reaching Satsuki and knowing the truth about her father's death. I clearly don't to spoil the rest of the story plot to anyone who haven't watched the series yet but once you've watched it you realise that you do want to see a game on this. The animation is also impressive to look at which does remind you of how fun and creative anime can be at its best, even the soundtrack can also be very catchy to listen to including its openings and battle music.

I can still remember playing the Japanese demo for Bayonetta the very first time back in 2009 after downloading the demo from the Japanese PSN Store and I was blown away on how amazing the gameplay was including the visuals. If Kill la Kill had the same gameplay style on sword-fighting and levelling up your scissor-blade and levelling up Senketsu when it comes to adding new abilities, HP and Skill Points so far the idea would have been good but when thinking about gameplay that was used from Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance you could have the same gameplay that it have but have multiple students and challenging the council would be good bosses to add I can really see that happening. Yet later in the game you could well have the option on playing as Satsuki or even a side-story telling about her story before or during the events when Ryuko arrives at Honnouji Academy.

As I've already mentioned Platinum Games have already got a few games in development already on Transformers: Devastation, NieR, Scalebound, and Star Fox Zero, I would be very surprised if they did work on a Kill la Kill game if it did happen plus quite a lot of people would consider picking it up whatever system it could get released on unless something gets mentioned later in the year or even at the next Tokyo Game Show maybe.

Would you want a Kill la Kill game?

Or would you rather see Platinum Games work on a different anime series and turning it into a game?

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Is bundling PS TV with the PS4 1TB a good move for Sony?

PlayStation Vita was released over 4 years now outside of Japan and the rest of the world got their hands on it back in February 2012, this handheld in particular is considered to be an amazing handheld console. But when the PlayStation TV got a release outside of Japan for both UK/Europe and North America there have been mixed views on the microconsole since its release back in October 2014 this does have a 1GB of built-in memory for the PlayStation TV costing around £40/$50 at the moment or you could get it at a cheaper price depending on where is the cheapest in picking one up new or used.

This was announced at E3 2014 about a release and a price bundle for PS TV for North America having a DualShock PS3 controller, 1 GB memory and The Lego Movie Game. Nice idea for an offer for those who can't afford a PS Vita or don't fancy owning one, for UK/Europe Sony had released the 1TB PS4 console which is a bigger hard drive for the console and makes less noise then it's original console which is the 500 GB console; Sony decided to bundle the PS TV for free if you were planning on buying a 1TB PS4 I'm not sure if the offer will still be available later in the year or North America getting the same offer as UK/Europe did on getting the PS TV for free.

What I have heard from reviewers and websites it does have four ports for the microconsole having a HDMI port, an ethernet port, a Vita memory card slot, a Vita game card slot, and a USB port. Remote Play has been used as a second screen device through the PlayStation 4 for streaming content directly from the console to the Vita, for the PS TV from your own bedroom you could wake up your PS4 in the living room and play any game installed.

Considering the fact that the Memory cards were expensive alone from 4 GB, 8 GB, 16GB, 32 GB and 64 GB this really did took a chew for some gamers especially if they wanted the extra space for downloading more games through the PSN Store this has happened before in the past when the PS Vita was first released. You can download most PSP and PS1 games through the PSN Store but as I've already mentioned you may want a bigger GB memory if you want to add and play more games for it; plus with PlayStation Now supporting it if you start a free trail or having a subscription you can download more games.

Not all PS Vita games will be compatible on the PS TV meaning that you may need to check the Sony website to see which PS Vita games are compatible if you own or have a DualShock 3 controller so games that use these Vita extras include FIFA 12, Uncharted and Tearaway won't be compatible. Many gamers have said that the PS Vita is a really good handheld especially for fans who like JRPG games getting a PS Vita is worth the purchase, but if you were wanting to get something to play most PS Vita games at a cheaper price would say that the PlayStation TV is a good option for those who can't afford to purchase a Vita or don't fancy having one; one or two people I know would pick one up along with Persona 4 Golden which is in fact still one of the best games for Vita alone but playing this on a bigger screen thanks to the PS TV is another good reason why people should pick up more PS Vita games which is why I reckon Sony has used this idea to encourage more people in playing Vita games. This year still has a good line-up of games released including Persona 4: Dancing All-Night, Severed, Danganronpa: Another Episode and Day of the Tentacle but it will be unknown if they will be compatible for the PlayStation TV but reckon they will be either way.

I know there's still mixed thoughts in your heads saying is it worth getting a PS Vita? Their cheap enough as it is already and most of the deals are bundled with the handheld, a 4GB memory card and a game in both retail stores and online stores it is worth the purchase once you've decided on getting a PS Vita even after the first 30 minutes you finally realise how amazing the PS Vita is and glad you've bought one in the end and really handy to have if you are out and about a lot pretty much gaming on the go. Having a PlayStation TV is something that most Sony fans would consider getting either for a PlayStation Collection or a mini console to take with them when going to a friend’s house or even aboard just hook it up to the hotel TV in the room you’re staying in.

Would you consider picking up PlayStation TV if you were planning on buying a 1TB PS4 or on its own?

Is this a good move for Sony?

Would you recommend your friends and family playing Vita games through PlayStation TV instead of buying a PS Vita?

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R.I.P- Satoru Iwata, game developer and legend

I've only just found this morning after receiving a message on my phone relating to Iwata and then looking through Twitter there were a ton of tweets about Satoru Iwata who passed away on Saturday due to ongoing health complications at the age of 55. Iwata was appointed as the director of Nintendo back in 2000 and promoted to president and representative of Nintendo in 2002, he was also following the resignation of Hiroshi Yamauchi and he took the responsibilities as chief executive of Nintendo of America in 2013.

The news has made a massive impact and shock to everyone around the world from gamers to developers paying their tribute and respects, other industries and companies including Sony and Microsoft have paid their respects including Zelda Williams posted a tweet through twitter paying her respect to Iwata, Zelda's father Robin Williams was a massive fan of the Legend of Zelda franchise both Zelda and Robin have appeared in commercials for past Legend of Zelda games.

Iwata was absent from last year’s E3 due to health issues and finding out that he had a bile duct growth which was removed from surgery. He resumed back to work sooner after but there were concerns about his rapid weight loss following the treatment. Iwata wasn't at this year’s E3 either but instead staying in Japan and focus on Nintendo's other business, at the age of 55 doesn't feel that old when thinking about this but it has been a very sad day for Nintendo fans and gamers around the world.

Started working for HAL Laboratory graduating from university and became the company's coordinator of software production in 1983. Some video games he has worked on were titles including EarthBound, Kirby games and Balloon Fight; with HAL Laboratory on the verge of bankruptcy, Iwata was promoted to president of HAL in 1993 and helped to turn the company around and stabilize its finances. Iwata assisted in development of Pokémon Gold and Silver and aided in the programming for Pokémon Stadium, when taking over the position president for Nintendo back in 2002 the sales for GameCube weren't selling that well in the console market for most parts of the world. He did felt that the gaming industry was becoming too exclusive and wanted to develop hardware and games that would appeal to all players from young children to adults. When Iwata became the fourth president he helped Nintendo change a lot of things around for both its consoles and handhelds including the Nintendo DS which had a unique form factor that allowed for more novel games to be played on the handheld including some memorable titles were released for the Nintendo DS which he was an Executive producer for games like Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, Elite Beat Agents, New Super Mario Bros and Metroid Prime Hunters.

The Nintendo DS was a massive success with it's dual-screens and touch screen but it's Nintendo Wii selling more than 101.52 million units since its launch in 2006 it became a household item in every family home this also introduced the use of motion control some of the best games like Mario Galaxy and Twilight Princess were only on the Nintendo Wii but Wii Sports however was the best-selling game for the system this was also bundled with the console when it was first launched; Iwata even played a cameo in WarioWare: Smooth Movies as Shop Manager Iwata.

With the release of both the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U they weren't selling really well they weren't successful as the DS and Wii, Iwata voluntarily cut his salary in half to help Nintendo's poor finances and to better compete against Microsoft and Sony. But a year and a half later when the 3DS was released the sales slowly boosted thanks to the sales of the hardware including its games including Pokémon, Super Smash Bros and Animal Crossing: New Leaf; The Wii U have finally been picking up on sales thanks to Mario Kart 8, Splatoon and Super Smash Brothers including its Amiibo sales which went through the roof being sold out in retail stores and online sites had them at a ridiculous price everyone wanted more and wanting to collect them all.

As I've already mentioned in this blog if it wasn't for Iwata Nintendo might have taken a different turn in the gaming industry during those years, funeral services are planned to be held on July 17th. For Nintendo it's going to be difficult times for them to get their heads around together for the months ahead of them but we'll never forget Satoru Iwata for his work.

THANK YOU IWATA

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Autobots, transform and roll out

There's been past Transformers games that have got mixed-reviews on past games over the years including some good TV shows especially the original series which ran from 1984 until 1987. I have met fans who love the original series which I do agree with them that even some of the best moments can be found in the original series unlike the live-action movies which were directed by Michael Bay the movies weren't that great, don't get me wrong the first film was decent but after watching the second film Revenge of the Fallen it just didn't feel like a Transformers movie at all I haven't even bothered watching both Dark of the Moon and Age of Extinction which the last film was twice as bad as the last films from what I've heard from a few friends I know.

I didn't even realise that this game existed after seeing a trailer for this during the week of San Diego Comic Con 2015, not only that it's also being developed by Platinum Games which have developed a ton of games that have made no sense on story but have got a ton of positive reviews with games like Bayonetta, The Wonderful 101, MadWorld and Vanquish. Transformers: Devastation will be an action hack and slash game you'll also be able to control one of five Autobots: Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Sideswipe, Wheeljack and Grimlock as they battle against Decepticon forces.

After what I saw from that trailer I was really impressed how well detailed it looked for a game having large 3D environments in large cities and have the exact same art style and animation that was used in the original TV series. Gameplay footage also included fast paced combos as well as the ability to switch between vehicle and Transformer mode, this idea I really liked it just reminded of the same similar gameplay that was used in Bayonetta, do like how it has the original sound effects and visuals that were used in the TV series that get used in Devastation. Very likely you'll be able to perform combo moves and copy command attacks by successively pressing combinations buttons I would be very surprised if it lets you choose what difficulty you can play it on from Easy to Very Hard mode.

It's very likely that fans of the original series or even adults who grew up watching this would consider picking this game up when it's released in October bringing back both nostalgia and pretending that your kid again watching morning cartoons before going school. I do look forward to hearing more information about this game in the later months before it’s released and possibly a demo if there is going to be one, but it feels like both Platinum games and Activision feel like they are giving something back to its hardcore fans or to those who have been following the original series but feel betrayed after seeing Michael Bay's movies with disappointment.

Are a fan of the Transformers series and would consider picking up this game?

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Something tells me they'll be no horror at all in the Goosebumps Movie

With San Diego Comic Con kicking off over in California they'll be a lot of new announcements on upcoming TV shows and movies; but one movie in particular caught my eye for quite a while now after it was announced back in 2013 starring Jack Black and plus the film being directed by Rob Letterman. Based on the children's book series of the same name by R.L. Stine, I do remember reading some of the Goosebumps books when I was younger during school including the TV series which was shown on BBC 1.

From what we saw from this trailer follows a teenager named Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) moving from a big city to a small town finds a silver lining when he meets the beautiful girl, Hannah (Odeya Rush), living right next door. But every silver lining has a cloud, and Zach’s comes when he learns that Hannah has a mysterious dad who is revealed to be R. L. Stine (Jack Black), the author of the bestselling Goosebumps series. It turns out that there is a reason why Stine is so strange he is a prisoner of his own imagination the monsters that his books made famous are real, and Stine protects his readers by keeping them locked up in their books. When Zach unintentionally unleashes the monsters from their manuscripts and they begin to terrorize the town, it’s suddenly up to Stine, Zach, and Hannah to get all of them back in the books where they belong.

Don't get me wrong Jack Black is a good actor did like him in School of Rock, King Kong and Brutal Legend, the Goosebumps movie is being directed by Rob Letterman who did direct the last movie Gulliver's Travel (2010) which did have Jack Black as the main star of the movie but however I did not like that movie at all with it being too cheesy and cliché. But when seeing the trailer for the Goosebumps movie you feel that it's not going to be that great for a movie, I know that it's trying to be a family-friendly movie for children especially with it coming towards Halloween on that month but almost 8/10 adults would very much likely be seeing the movie but leaving the cinema feeling disappointed and brayed that movie isn't that scary at all. A movie had been in the ideas for a very long time since 1998 originally Tim Burton could have directed it but the film did not materialize because Burton felt he wouldn't make the film as good as the television series. I would have been happy if that went forward back than plus Tim Burton would have had the right art style and dark material if he did direct it but when looking back at the trailer for this you do wish that a proper horror movie director could have had a clear idea on how to make the Goosebumps movie scary but five times more messed up. Even if someone like James Wan (Saw and Insidious) or even Guillermo del Toro (Silent Hills/P.T.) I'd be fine with that because both writers do know how to scare an audience.

I do remember the TV series quite well especially when re-watching the series again through Netflix, some episodes I found quite scary and good at the same time if some took those scenes from the TV and say grab some of the scariest scenes that we've seen in games like the original Resident Evil and Silent Hill series, Fatal Frame series and some scenes from The Evil Within you might have a better chance in making a really good Goosebumps movie if it was directed by Japanese developers I mean think about it for a second while you are at it. I am still curious to see how well the movie itself will do when it hits cinemas in October including reviews on the film as well.

Are you excited about the Goosebumps movie or do you think it could have been better after what you saw from the trailer?

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