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30th Anniversary Blog- Nintendo Game Boy

Something I did not know until today Nintendo released the original Game Boy on April 21, 1989, meaning the beloved portable device is now 30 years old and still one of the best-selling handheld consoles of all time only in 3rd place where the Nintendo DS takes second place and the PlayStation 2 being at Number 1 on best-selling console.

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Launched in Japan back in April 21st 1989 it was launched with 4 games and one of them was Super Mario Land which was a success and selling over 18.06 million copies, making it the seventh-highest selling game of the Mario series and the fourth-highest selling game for the handheld. With it being a retro game and making it your first time playing a Mario game on a handheld it's nice to feel and know what games were like back then if you weren't around those days or you didn't own a Game Boy when you were a kid. I really do like the 2D styled graphics and the music as well, making it a fun to play when you're out and about. If you own a 3DS you can buy this on the Nintendo 3DS store if you wanted to.

Later during that it was released in North America on July 31st 1989 with 5 games at launch and one of the biggest sellers for outside of Japan and came with the Game Boy and a copy of Tetris which is still played by many gamers and newcomers alike. Tetris has been released on almost every system, including the Nintendo DS, Mobile Phones and on Facebook. Anyone can get into Tetris straight away as you're trying to clear multiple lines and flipping and switching blocks and shapes around. By rotating 90 degrees and using the directional pad to move the blocks and placing them down. There's actually two ways in playing Tetris on the Gameboy, the first is just trying to get the highest score on whatever speed drop you want the game on. And the second option is clearing lines from dropping the blocks downs such as clear 30 lines at once. Seems simple for anyone to follow, but can be really addictive after the first 5 minutes.

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Two-player mode is available where each player's objective is to remain in play for longer than the opponent. Each player plays with their own Game Boy, with the two consoles connected via the Game Link Cable. During gameplay, when a player scores a Double, Triple or Tetris, one or more incomplete row of blocks are added to the bottom of their opponent's stack, causing it to rise.

And then a year later it was finally released in UK/Europe on September 28th 1990 with only 3 games at launch which were Tetris, Super Mario Land and Alleyway. It was a few months and years even more games were released on the Game Boy including ported games that were on the NES, but on the Game Boy like DuckTales and Mega Man and also a ton of new games that were only released for it like Dr Mario, Donkey Kong Land, Kirby's Dream Land and also one of their biggest and bestsellers that has made millions of copies since 1996 and 1998 which were Pokémon Red and Blue.

I know that the original series had at least 150 Pokémon on Red, Yellow and Blue and after that there have been more than 200 Pokémon in the games in general which is an awful lot to catch and I've seen hard-core fans trying to capture all and get everything all at once which must have been a huge challenge for them. The fun part about the series is where nearly all of the games you can battle other players over Wi-Fi if you have a DS if they have a copy of the game and trade stuff and it was also the same with the games on the Gameboy but with a cable which looked clever but a lot has changed since 1998. There have been remakes for the DS which were both Heart Gold and Soul Sliver which were both remakes of Gold and Silver on the Gameboy Colour, when Black and White were released they even had a sequel, which were released not too long ago and this was the first time the series had an actual sequel for a game.

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The series even had spin-off titles like Pokémon Snap, Stadium, Mystery Dungeon and even a Pinball game; and yet they have also been successful games when it came to sales. As I mentioned before, I never liked the animation for the TV series, but I have met the voice actress- Veronica Taylor at SunnyCon 2012 she did the voicing for ASH in the series, everyone at the convention were really happy to meet her in person. I did feel sorry for her a little bit due to the fact that she said the same quotes over and over again "Pikachu I choose you" she was a nice person to speak outside of the show itself.

Yet another feature was added to the Game Boy was the Game Boy Printer which was a thermal-printer accessory released by Nintendo in 1998, while it ceased manufacture in early 2003. The Game Boy Printer is compatible with all the Game Boy systems except the Game Boy Micro, and is designed to be used in conjunction with the Game Boy Camera. Yet what may annoy certain gamers about the Game Boy was that this took AA batteries which were expensive back in the late 80's and early 90's if you were low on batteries you would have to go out and buy more if you kept playing with your Game Boy non-stop, AC adaptors were sold separately, but they had mixed-prices and some adaptors were faulty but if we look at today, you can easily pick up some AA batteries for under £1 or $1 at almost anywhere in your area and plus the latest handhelds come with a charger so there wouldn't be any reason to buying more batteries.

If you owned one when you were younger what were your favourite games and moments, or when did you get your first Game Boy? Let us know in the comments-

20th Anniversary- Um Jammer Lammy

Back in 1997 PaRappa the Rapper was released for the PlayStation which was a rhythm video game published by Sony and developed by NaNaOn-Sha, it was a success on sales worldwide and even won a few awards for having some of the best music in a video game. Um Jammer Lammy was released on March 18th 1999 in Japan and would later be released a few months later for the rest of the world soon after. This was also a follow up to PaRappa the Rapper, once again featuring the collaboration of music producer and game designer Masaya Matsuura and artist Rodney Alan Greenblat.

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This follows the story of a left-handed guitarist called Lammy, who is a shy lamb and has joined a rock band called MilkCan, alongside bassist and vocalist Katy Kat and drummer Ma-san. Although normally a nervous wreck, Lammy becomes much more confident once she has a guitar in hand and also confronting her fears in front of a crowd on stage.

This does follow on from the gameplay of PaRappa the Rapper, with a stronger focus on guitar playing. Each of the levels sees Lammy playing alongside a teacher, with play alternating between the teacher and Lammy. Symbols appear on a scrolling score at the top of the screen; with an icon depicting whose turn it is which feels more like a pattern. After the teacher sings a line and the player's controller vibrates, the player must hit the corresponding buttons to make Lammy play a response on her guitar. You can either follow the symbols exactly, or attempt to freestyle to earn some extra points and have your saved recorded gameplay on a memory card to watch.

This may take you at least over an hour or so to get through the main story but 2 player Co-op is added in to make the game more fun and feels like you are both in a band together. However, like PaRappa the Rapper this still has the same 2D styled Anime when it comes to animation for both cutscenes and gameplay not saying there's something wrong with that, but it does have some of the best visuals for a PlayStation game when it was released in 1999; even the soundtrack on its own is worth the purchase or to listen through some of the levels have some of the best music you'll hear in a long time-

Um Jammer Lammy wasn't only released on the PlayStation, it was also released in Arcades using a unique guitar controller so this may have given other companies the ideas and inspirations for later games or even games in the future if they have stumbled upon the arcade version of this in Japan or possibly somewhere else maybe. Since its release in 1999 it has gotten some very positive feedback from gaming sites and magazines, but since then there hasn't really wasn't much of a sequel for Um Jammer Lammy, there was a sequel for PaRappa the Rapper 2 back in 2002 for the PlayStation 2 apart from that it has pretty been forgotten over the years and impossible to find a copy of it brand-new or even pre-owned but it finally caught the light of day after being re-released for PSN which you can buy and download onto your PS3, PSP or PS Vita.

If there ever was a sequel or even a reboot could you see Um Jammer Lammy using the same idea of what Guitar Hero and Rock Band has had in the past with gameplay style and buying the instruments including DLC? Or do you think it's better kept as it was in the original used in 1999? Or if not a remaster would be better than nothing for the PS4 celebrating the 20th Anniversary.

Did you play this forgotten classic? Have any favourite levels?

Let us know in the comments-

Movie Review- Pet Sematary

Just noticed that it would have been 13 years since I've joined GameSpot and for that I have no clue what to say or type up next when it comes to blogging on GameSpot. Anyways, thought I'd do a movie review on a film I've watched last weekend, which was Pet Sematary based on the 1983 novel written by Stephen King. Most films based on a book are often mixed reviews based on how much was added in or taken out of the book and used for the film due to length of time, other books that Stephen King wrote got the movie adaption, including The Shining, The Green Mile, The Shawshank Redemption and Carrie.

Just like the movie adoption of IT which got a mini series in 1990 as a TV series in two parts, a movie was released in 2017 for Part 1 and a Chapter Two announced for a cinema release in September this year. If you've read Pet Sematary or seen the 1989 version of the movie you must have known about the name of the film or seen at least as a spoof from other comedy programmes like South Park. This is the second adaptation based on the same name, this time being directed by both Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer.

A young family moves from the city to the countryside, only to find there’s a demonic burial ground deep in the forest behind their house. When comparing both this and the 1989 that both versions follow the same story plot where they live next to a road with no speed limit and once Louis finds out that their cat Church got run over and when their neighbour Jud tells Louis about a way of bringing Church back to life, the more Louis keeps thinking about it the thought gets to him on what he could do next and keeping his daughter happy. I do like the casting choice for this version of Pet Sematary, which has good casting, including Amy Seimetz, John Lithgow, and Jason Clarke. Overall, this 101 minute film has it's up and down moments feeling like it has some good horror elements, including the zombie style look as well fits in well with the perfect casting; when you compare this to the 1989 version of the film felt like it had the right moments when you see the neighbour Jud feels more old and acts like a farmer fits in well more in Pet Sematary and explains a few things more about the Micmac ground and someone tried to use it to bring back their own son back from the dead.

If you've read the novel it's likely that you'll probably enjoy this version more than the 1989 version, however everyone have their own tastes and opinions based on Pet Sematary each to their own on which version was better based on the novel. I would say it has its good and bad moments wouldn't say that it's the best horror film I've seen in 2019 but still worth a watch.

3/5 (Three Star Rating)

Hope you've enjoyed reading my Movie Review :D

Free Comic Book Day 2019- Write It Down In Your Calendars

The first Saturday of May is in fact Free Comic Book Day in both North America and in the UK, not sure if other countries have this event in their local stores, Free Comic Book Day has been around since 2002 around the same time when Spider-Man was released in Cinemas to take advantage of the film's heavy promotion and related press about the comic book medium and thus the first event was held May 4th 2002, one day after the film's opening.

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Since then there has always been a film based on a comic series or Superhero franchise to help boost sales in comics and Cinema boosts during the first two weeks. However, if you live the UK like I do the Bank Holiday weekend slides in on that weekend in the first week with it being a Bank Holiday Monday in the UK, so this sort of a perfect way to spend the weekend plus grabbing some free comics and manga. The good news is that Free Comic Day is on the Bank Holiday weekend this year if you live in the UK and also a great way to spend a three day weekend if you think about it.

On Free Comic Book Day participating comic book store retailers give away specially printed copies of free comic books, you do get a mix of comics, including Marvel, DC, Archie, Bongo and Dark Horse comics. Manga like Tokyopop, Shoenen Jump and Kodansha Comics would throw in the first few pages of a new Manga series that'll be released in a few weeks or months or even welcoming new people into reading when it comes to Comics and Manga. In addition to comic books, some stores also give away other merchandise, such as mini posters and other movie tie-in memorabilia.

This year's Free Comic Day which will be on May 4th will offer comics like The Promised Neverland, My Hero Academia, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Stranger Things, Avengers, Dear Justice League, Street Fighter, Casper and Doctor Who. There are many more on the list if you look on their website, however there are many more series and franchises that you can get for free. Not all stores, but certain stores across countries or even places where you live would have a back issue department where you can pick up Issues of certain Comics at a really cheap instead of paying full price for a comic that was released a few months like December issue of Star Wars or Coda or Batman or even The Walking Dead you can easily pick that issue for 50p if you like in their back issues boxes it'll also include certain board games and graphics novels as well at a good price making it cheaper than buying them online from sites like Amazon. Some retailers and stores would organize stuff like a quiz, cosplay contest, or getting an artist to sign stuff which you can either get for free or pay a very small price for something you would request.

As I've already said this is also a good way of getting someone or even a friend into a new series or even getting them into this kind of thing, if they want a good story plot or even a unique art style that you can get in some issues and volumes making it a reason why you should pick up later issues in the future. But it is nice that this has become a yearly event every year since 2002 you can tell it's been here for quite a while and hopefully they'll carry this tradition in the future, especially if you live the UK because it feels kind of special if you are a comic nerd or a manga geek and a great way to spend your weekend.

Don't forget to mark it in your calendar or on your phone that May 4th is Free Comic Book Day.

Have you picked up any good free comics in the past?

Let us know in the comments-

Anime Spring Line-Up 2019

With Winter coming to an end and Spring is right around the corner and the line-up for Anime lined up between January - March list of series was impressive a lot of people I know have enjoyed watching stuff like The Promised Neverland, The Rising of the Shield Hero and Fairy Tail Final Series being the most popular ones out of the list for most people and magazines saying they were highly recommend worth watching. A ton of new anime would have started by this week and next week here is a list of a few anime's worth checking out if you have the time between now and until the end of June.

One Punch Man Season 2-

Saitama is a guy who’s a hero for fun. After saving a child from certain death, he decided to become a hero and trained hard for three years. Though he’s now so strong he can defeat any opponent with a single punch, lately he feels as if, in exchange for overwhelming power, he’s lost something even more important. If you haven't watched Season 1 yet I would highly recommend you in checking the series out or even the manga if you have the time.

Attack on Titan Season 3 Part 2-

This won't start until April 28th for those who are asking and wondering when does it start. Continuing where it left off from Season 3 The Exploration Battalion returns to Shinganshina to plug the breach of the Maria Wall with Eren's solidifying power. Arrived at the scene, Eren transforms and plugs the first breach. Armin and other soldiers then find three containers that have been used for drinking recently. It turns out that they belong to Reiner, Bertolt and Beast titan.

Fruit Baskets 2019-

High school student Tohru Honda begins living alone in a tent after she loses her mother, who was her only remaining family member. However, it turns out that the land she pitches her tent on is part of the distinguished Sohma family estate! When Shigure Sohma sees the value of her housekeeping skills, Tohru ends up living with Yuki Sohma, who is essentially the prince of her school, and Kyo Sohma, who regards Yuki as the enemy. Still, there’s something Tohru doesn’t know yet: the Sohma family has been bound for centuries by a horrible curse.


One day, three second-year middle school students Kazuki Yasaka, Toi Kuji, and Enta Jinai meet a kappa-like creature named Keppi, who is the self-proclaimed heir to the throne of Kappa Kingdom. Keppi forcibly takes the students' shirikodama (a mythical organ kappa steal through a person's anus) and they are transformed into kappa. Keppi informs them, "If you want to return to your former selves, you need to connect in 'that way' and you must bring me the shirikodama of zombies." Will the three boys be able to connect and take the shirikodama of zombies? At the same time, two policemen, Reo Niiboshi and Mabu Akutsu, try to do something at the police box where they are stationed.

Hachigatsu no Cinderella Nine-

In the game, the player takes the role of an unnamed former little senior league baseball ace who lost his or her baseball career after suffering an unspecified injury. The character moves to his or her grandmother's hometown and enrolls in the local high school, resolved never to enter the world of baseball again. When the character meets Tsubasa Arihara, he or she is persuaded to be the manager of the school's baseball team, and to take the team to the high school nationals at Koshien.

Bakugan: Battle Planet-

When Bakugan began emerging from the earth's crust in a mysterious worldwide "awakening," Dan and his friends find themselves at the epicenter of a new age. Dan and Company quickly learn that they must grow into more than just suburban kids looking for quick fame in the post-Bakugan era. They must learn how to work with their Bakugan and deploy them in battle in order to survive the seemingly endless forces out to control, enslave or just plain destroy the mysterious race of alien creatures. Dan and his friends will evolve into bona fide heroes by protecting their Bakugan, the Earth and ultimately the incredible secret hidden beneath our feet: Our planet has merged with another, living planet Vestroia.

Kenja no Mago-

A young man who had surely died in an accident was reborn in another world as a baby! After that, he was picked up by the patriot hero "Sage" Merlin Wolford and was given the name Shin. He was raised as a grandson by Merlin and soaked up Merlin's teachings earning him some shocking power however, when he became 15 his grandfather Merlin said: "I forgot to teach him common sense"! An "abnormal" boy's unconventional other world fantasy life starts here!!

Gunjou no Magmel-

One day in the middle of the pacific ocean a miracle occurred, a new continent appeared out of nowhere! The new continent was the home for new and mysterious plants, creatures and minerals! Humanity is excited as the age of exploration has returned.

Carole & Tuesday-

Fifty years have passed since mankind began migrating to the new frontier: Mars. It's an age where most culture is produced by AI, and people are content to be passive consumers. There's a girl. Scrapping a living in the metropolis of Alba City, she's working part time while trying to become a musician. She's always felt like something is missing. Her name is Carole.There's a girl. Born to a wealthy family in the provincial town of Herschel City, she dreams of becoming a musician, but nobody around her understands. She feels like the loneliest person in the world. Her name is Tuesday. A chance meeting brings them together. They want to sing. They want to make music. Together, they feel like they just might have a chance. The two of them may only create a tiny wave. But that wave will eventually grow into something larger.

Yatogame-chan Kansatsu Nikki-

Kaito Jin is a second year of high school student who moved to Aichi from Tokyo. He meets Monaka Yatogami, who has a heavy Nagoya dialect, and he learns about Nagoya through joining photography club.

Other Anime to check out during Spring-

  • Bakumatsu Crisis
  • Kono Oto Tomare!
  • Senryuu Shoujo
  • RobiHachi
  • Strike Witches: 501-butai Hasshin Shimasu
  • Namu Amida Butsu!: Rendai Utena
  • Mix
  • Yo-kai Watch! Season 5
  • Joshi Kausei
  • Han-Gyaku-sei Million Arthur Season 2
  • Karakuri Circus
  • Nobunaga-sensei no Osanazuma
  • Kidou Senshi Gundam: The Origin - Zenya Akai Suisei
  • Hora, Mimi ga Mieteru yo! Season 2
  • Kono Yo no Hate de Koi wo Utau Shoujo YU-NO
  • Jimoto ga Japan
  • Nande Koko ni Sensei ga!?
  • Chou Kadou Girl ⅙: Amazing Stranger
  • Sewayaki Kitsune no Senko-san
  • Bungou Stray Dogs Season 3
  • Kimetsu no Yaiba
  • Fairly Gone
  • Shoumetsu Toshi
  • Bokutachi wa Benkyou ga Dekinai
  • Isekai Quartet
  • Midara na Ao-chan wa Benkyou ga Dekinai

Any anime that you'll be watching for Spring?

Let us know in the comments-

Comic Review- Spider-Man: City At War

It's been a while since I did a comic review on GameSpot but there was one comic that recently caught my attention just last and finishing the game a few months back was Insomniac Games title Marvel's Spider-Man which took me by surprised on how enjoyable the game can be with a mix of both the original games that I played on the PS1 and the movie version of Spider-Man 2 based on the free-roaming around New York City put the two together and have a well known studio behind the idea we've got a perfect Marvel game. I couldn't get enough of Marvel's Spider-Man not just the main story of Peter Parker it's being the hero and fighting crime across New York makes this game special along with the item collecting and photography on locations.

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This will be a six Issue series based on the game's main story around our favourite characters from the Spider-Man universe and franchise with Peter Parker, Mary Jane, Miles Morales, Norman Osborn and Otto Octavius. After years of seeing Wilson Fisk escape criminal prosecution, the wise-cracking web-slinger finally has the opportunity to team with the PDNY to help them arrest his fearsome foe. But when the Kingpin of Crime is removed from the mean streets of the Big Apple, how will the mysterious Mister Negative’s ascent to power bring Peter Parker’s civilian world and Spider-Man’s superhuman worlds crashing together?

The story was written by Dennis "Hopeless" Hallum who you may know for his work on House of M, All New Captain America: Fear Him and Avengers Arena. It is well written and keeps the story together based on the video game storyline for those who have played will know which part of the story starts and finishes for the first issue making you wonder where the story will continue and finishes for Issue 2.

Michele Bandini was behind the art style and pencilling who you may for his work on other Marvel comics, including The Mighty Captain Marvel, X-Men: Gold #26 and What If? Thor; looking at his work on City of War is highly well detailed along with David Curiel on the colouring both try and keep close to the visuals and art style that were used in the video game and if you compare the two they look almost identical from both video game and comic design. The character design and facial animation look well detailed, including the facial expression, even the fight scenes and the relationship drama between Peter and Otto Octavius as well designed including the classic comic text added in for the effect and this is just on a 25 page comic.

Overall City At War does a pretty good job for the first issue, I look forward to picking up the second issue if you enjoyed the game I would recommend this series to you if you get the chance either digital or physical.

Why Haunting Ground should get the RE Engine treatment

Seems like this year that Capcom was already on to a great start for 2019 with the success of both Resident Evil 2 Remake and Devil May Cry 5; I haven't played the Resident Evil 2 Remake yet plus in no hurry in buying the game from what I've heard and seen from everyone else I know it looks as perfect as the original not to mention the new mods added in. I have recently been playing Devil May Cry 5 recently and couldn't put the game down because it was that fun and addictive for a Devil My Cry game the last game we got was back in 2008 with Devil May Cry 4 and yet I still refuse to play the other game titled as DmC: Devil May Cry due to the design of Dante which I hate seeing and when looking at the trailers a few years ago didn't feel like a proper Devil May Cry game.

From what I enjoyed about Devil May Cry 5 is not just the gameplay and amazing soundtrack, Capcom has really done a great job on the using the RE Engine for it which is what they used for developing Resident Evil 7 which would explain why the graphics and visuals look highly well detailed from the ground up from the environments to the character designs. This thought came to me after seeing the mods used for Resident Evil 2 Remake and what I've played and seen from Devil May Cry 5, had me thinking what if Capcom decided to do a remake on one of their classic or forgotten titles. I am aware that a remake of Resident Evil 3 is happening which I know will be five times scarier and know for a fact that Nemesis to going to be hunting you down shouting the quote "S.T.A.R.S".

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A game I wouldn't mind seeing getting the remake treatment if it ever happens is Haunting Ground. This forgotten gem and a horror game was developed by Capcom, it might not have been as perfect as Resident Evil 4 when it was released during the same year in 2005. Haunting Grounds used the tank controls and borrowing similar gameplay elements from the Clock Tower franchise, the story follows a young woman named Fiona Belli, who wakes up in the dungeon of a castle after being involved in a car accident. Unlike other horror games you would have a weapon to carry around, however in this game you'll be avoiding and hiding from enemy pursuers and occasionally fights against the castle's inhabitants. Sometimes Fiona will panic when in danger, in which case she begins to run on her own and the player loses some control.

I really did love the idea when I played it for the first time round and your only companion and helps you along the way is a dog named Hewie if you manage to look after and care for Hewie or end up being cruel there are multiple endings. I can easily see trophy support being added in for the multiple endings and odd challenges like clearing a puzzle perfectly or using perfect alchemy or keep Hewie happy. The graphics and visuals still hold after it was released it still looks impressive for a horror game and Capcom wasn't afraid of trying something new for a change. If you've played Resident Evil 7 you would have noticed that the Baker family would end up chasing you down, for Haunting Ground you have no weapons and getting chased by enemy pursuers would make a great concept, especially on the hiding either done in third-person or first-person perspective if you think of the concept idea if you use both of the engines and gameplay used for Resident Evil 2 Remake and Resident Evil 7 Capcom could easily make another great horror game on next-gen consoles. The horror aspect is great from the creepy character designs to the maze of the castle trying to figure out where to go, what makes the game more charming is the panic that Fiona will have if she is in danger and loosing control.

This would have also been a great idea for those who missed out on the original release for the PlayStation 2 even if it doesn't get a remake a HD version released on the PSN Store would do for the PS4. I would still highly recommend this game if you haven't heard of it until now you would be surprised how enjoyable Haunting Ground can be picking up the original game can easily be around £10 - £20 used depending on where you find it either at a retro shop or a gaming market, which is what I ended up doing back at 2017 when I found a copy of the game at NERG (North East Retro Gaming) at a good price. If Capcom does consider bringing back a forgotten title, it's very likely that Haunting Ground could be the next game either as a remake or even a reboot if it ever happens.

What game would you like to see Capcom do next?

Have you played or heard about Haunting Ground?

Let us know in the comments-

Movie Review- Captain Marvel

I've been a fan of the Captain Marvel comics over the past few years now and I do enjoy reading them based around Carol Danvers and her team in various issues and volumes, including Civil War II as well, which was released back in 2016 which I really did enjoy reading and could likely be a movie sequel to Civil War if it ever happens in the future. I was pretty excited about the news on a Captain Marvel film a while back, especially after the end credits to Avengers: Infinity Wars knowing that Captain Marvel would be the next film from the Marvel franchise and possibly an origin story as well which later connect to the other Marvel films and where it fits in the timeline in that universe.

Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) is an extraterrestrial Kree warrior who finds herself caught in the middle of an intergalactic battle between her people and the Skrulls. Living on Earth in 1995, she keeps having recurring memories of another life as U.S. Air Force pilot Carol Danvers. With help from Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), Captain Marvel tries to uncover the secrets of her past while harnessing her special super powers to end the war with the evil Skrulls. I did like the idea of having an origin story around her feels like we've seen this all done before where you wonder how they got the super powers and knowing how to control it and then finding it's something deep inside you all along that helps you overcome something. This is what had me thinking through most of the film and kind of wished they made her story a little better overall it still had a good story plot element around her and Brie Larson did do a great job on playing the real being both serious and heroic at the same time. I would say that Samuel L. Jackson is more funny this time round as Nick Fury and knowing his backstory as well is interesting and funny where he is just a chilled guy and just wants to help her.

You've got other good actors as well, including Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Lashan Lynch, Gemma Chan and of course Stan Lee making another cameo once again this was before he died back in November 2018 and most of the filming was done before all of that happened. With the story being set in the 90's I did like the 90's nostalgia and easter eggs that were in the background, including a few video game references and businesses as well; the fight sequences are well detailed and impressive same goes with the CGI effects especially if you were planning on watching this in 3D. If I'm honest, I wouldn't say that it's not the best Marvel out of the bunch might not be as perfect as Guardians of the Galaxy or Doctor Strange for that matter Captain Marvel still does a great job keeping the film fresh however, if there was going to be a sequel or anything, I would like see more on Carol Danvers going around various planets and galaxies more because the idea would work and if you've read the comics like I have there is more detail added in.

For a 124 minute film it still offers some great moments and a decent origin story might not be as perfect based on Captain Marvel it's a start and having Brie Larson was the right choice for casting at the end of the film I did had mixed-thoughts on Captain Marvel I'm sure that she'll play an important role in the next Avengers film and in future Marvel films as well.

4/5(Four Star Film Rating)

10th Anniversary Blog- Resident Evil 5

Looking back 10 years ago this month doesn't feel that long, especially for a game that was released on that month worldwide for both PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Even I was excited to play Resident Evil 5 at the time was the game I was quite excited about during 2009 from the highly well-detailed graphics and visuals to the main story which I was hoping for some jump-scares and horror moments after seeing trailers and gameplay footage before the release, I remember seeing and hearing news about it during E3 2007 and the story being set in Africa thinking that it could have a twist to the gameplay where you would have to stay dehydrated on drinking water to survive which a few fans were expecting at that time. A lot of people thought that Resident Evil 5 was going to be great on next gen consoles; well you are sort of right and wrong on that one.

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Fans of the series will know what I'm talking about with the main story. But for new comers the story isn't that amazing mostly funny at certain parts of the game. Ten years after the destruction of Raccoon City, former S.T.A.R.S. Alpha team member Chris Redfield is an agent of the B.S.A.A. This paramilitary anti-bio-organic weapon organization travels the globe to seek out and destroy Umbrella's creations, which have fallen into the hands of terrorists following the collapse of the multinational pharmaceutical company. When Chris gets a tip that a known weapons dealer will be making a big deal in the remote African nation of Kijuju, he heads there to put a stop to it and learn what he can about the mysterious doomsday project known only as Uroboros. Chris is joined by Sheva Alomar, a local B.S.A.A. agent, and together they battle wave after wave of infected villagers, horribly mutated monsters, and even series arch nemesis Albert Wesker.

If you have played through Resident Evil 4 either on Cube or PS2. It's the same 3rd person controls you can easily aim for enemies in the head, unlike on the old Resident Evil games where you can't shoot most of the zombies in the head. Also returning to Resident Evil 5 is re-action commands which you have probably seen in other games where you might have to dodge attacks by pressing a random from enemies or certain cutscenes you'll really need to keep your eyes open because you may never know what is going to happen next.

The whole point on Resident Evil 5 is teamwork where you have to watch your partner, Sheva but having a partner can help you blast your way through over 20-30 enemies all at once. There will be times where your partner will be in trouble or badly hurt so you'll have to help your partner get back on their feet or get enemies of their backs. Throughout Resident Evil 5 you can only carry at least 9 items with you and your partner, you can't upgrade it to carry more weapons and items, but you will need to have to choose what you're going to take or what to pick up. At the end of each chapter or if you die you to the can buy or organize items or weapons, but you can also upgrade your weapons as well before going to what it is you were going to do before you died or going on to the next chapter or before taking out a boss.

I do regret not playing online on release, however wanted to go through the story alone and had the problem that your partner would try and waste all of your ammo and trading items back and forth. This did have online Co-Operative where you can play with a friend online or offline. Which you can either join in on a free-for-all or invite-only basis if your game session is set up to allow this from the get-go. But these conveniences, there are some frustrating hurdles that need to be leaped over before a partner can begin playing. Co-op isn't drop-in, so if someone joins, gameplay is interrupted and immersion is broken to some degree. You can't trade items or weapons with your friends like giving your friend an upgradeable weapon or mixed herbs.

When Capcom was putting a Resident Evil game on next gen consoles at the time the graphics for Resident Evil 5 are really impressive especially with it being set in Africa. But there is more action than in a horror game, meaning that there isn't much blood, gore and scariness which unlike the old Resident Evil games which ever you played them on that gave you nightmares at least in parts of the game. But there are a lot of detailed environments in every way like the beginning you start in an African town, then moving onto the mines and deserts of Africa and then blast your enemies in a factory facility. Most places in Resident Evil 5 are not scary or creepy there no dark places or certain areas of the game where if certain enemies cans from the dark and scares you or if you're opening a door a killer dog tries and attacks you. I think this is where I found the game quite disappointing in my own opinion where I thought it was going to have the gameplay mechanics that were used in Resident Evil 4 and having the horror aspect from the earlier games and putting them together would make total sense if you think about it luckily Capcom listened to the fans of the series soon after and made both Resident Evil 7 and Resident Evil 2 Remake scary and bringing back the classic horror to both fans and gamers. Yet I still refuse to play Resident Evil 6 overall, not just for the poor reviews I just feel that Resident Evil 6 is going to be more like Resident Evil 5 more action and less horror. The reviews were mixed on release most of them were at least either a 7 or an 8/10 from both websites and magazines, it did however become the fastest-selling game on that month worldwide including Japan and the United Kingdom on both the PS3 and Xbox 360.

A year after release, Capcom released the Gold Edition of Resident Evil 5 which included all DLC content, costumes and PlayStation Move support. Beating Campaign mode can take you over then 12 hours pending what difficulty you want it on. There a lot of things to do after beating Story you can replay the game carrying the weapons you've had before beating the game and there are hidden B.S.A.A. badges scattered throughout most levels to find to unlock new stuff. Trophy support was added if you want to get all trophies/achievements or getting a higher rank on certain chapters. Mercenaries mode returns again, which was a mini game where you have to take out as many enemies as you can on certain locations in Resident Evil 5.

What I will give credit for Resident Evil 5 ten years later that the graphics and visuals still hold up along with the cinematic visuals, making it feel like you were watching a movie then playing the game and some great voice acting. It may not be the best Resident Evil game. Fans of the series will feel disappointed where some fans thought that zombies were going to return unlike Resident Evil 4 where some people were annoyed that there weren't any zombies. But with the story set in Africa I thought there would be flesh eating animals like an Elephant/Monster type where it grabs you with its elephant trunk and eats in half or flesh eating monkeys that would rip you into shreds if you're near them. All of these ideas and thoughts would have been great it Capcom took a different approach to Resident Evil 5 in the past which all could have been good ideas for the horror aspect. I did finish the game around 3 am on the release day and as I've already mentioned, I hated the ending the most out of Resident Evil 5 and this is where I thought the series went downhill in my own opinion I will get around to playing either the remake of Resident Evil 2 or even Resident Evil 7 one day when I get around to it but I still refuse to play 6 till this day I have played Operation Raccoon City which was already bad enough for the price of 99p what could possibly go wrong.

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Movie Review- The Lego Movie 2

I grew up with Lego when I was a child and when I watched Toy Story first time it really did spark up my imagination when it came to building things from a mini city on the coffee table or turning one of my book shelves into a mini-city looking something like you would see in Final Fantasy IX or anything based on Steampunk. I loved The Lego Movie when it was released back in 2014 for its imagination, creativity and a story-plot which no one would expect at all. I didn't even know what to expect in a sequel from the Lego franchise since after the first film other Lego movies had been released soon after, including Lego Batman and Ninjago.

The story takes place straight after the first film where the citizens of Bricksburg face a dangerous new threat when LEGO DUPLO invaders from outer space start to wreck everything in their path. The battle to defeat the enemy and restore harmony to the LEGO universe takes Emmet (Chris Pratt), Lucy (Elizabeth Banks), Batman (Will Arnett) and the rest of their friends to faraway, unexplored worlds that test their courage and creativity. I really did like the opening setting at the beginning, especially if you've seen the trailers where the city of Bricksburg is set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland which does shine and really makes your imagination making you wish you could make that setting when you were younger if you owned any Lego.

I did like the story plot-twist that was going on however, it felt like it wasn't as perfect as the first film which had more imagination and ideas used for it based on Emmet, who is just an everyman construction worker and would later be called as The Special Master Builder the plot just makes it clever and something you wouldn't expect in an animated film. It still doesn't feel like it's all be done in stop-motion but it hasn't and it is all done in CGI animation making this almost close to what you would see in a Lego Video Game with a Movie brand slapped on it. Overall the sequel is still enjoyable to watch from start to finish with some catchy songs, funny humour and a another clever story plot a few hiccups and here there feeling like we've seen this all done before in other movies, if you loved the first movie highly recommend you to seeing the sequel.

4.5/5 (Four and a half star rating)