I Finished Dark Souls! (Xbox 1 BC)

Over the past few weeks I have almost obsessively been pushing through the first Dark Souls game.  Anyone who has been through the game knows that you just have to keep pushing through since the game just constantly pushes you back.

I played through it on my Xbox 1 S using the Xbox 360 version.  It does come with its set of problems such as a wonky frame rate at times but that didn’t curb any enjoyment and frustration the game sends in your direction.

My character Bob was a warrior whose main weapon was a Halberd along with a nice line of fire based magic.  He finished on around level 72 after over 70 hours.

It’s a weird game because at no point did I want to give up and just move on to another game.  Despite all the deaths (there were more than a few), really difficult boss fights and non boss fights I managed to stick with it to the end.  Frustration set on many occasions during my play through but I kept plugging away.

The bosses in the game include a massive green prison guard, a really big wolf swinging a sword around, a giant tree, a big moth and a big blob thing full of skeletons among others.  The final boss of the game was, perhaps unsurprisingly, the one who gave me the most trouble.  Defeating any one of these bosses is a definitely a time for celebration and more than a bit of relief.

There are many diverse areas in Dark Souls, all of which are gorgeous (for a 6 year old game).  Each area is filled with unique enemies, secret rooms and items and of course short cuts between each area to make moving between them much easier.

Will I move on to Dark Souls 2?  Yes I absolutely will, I am hooked on these games now.  Dark Souls 2 will be followed by Dark Souls 3 no doubt.  If you get the chance you should give these games a go, they are amazingly hard but so very worth it.

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The 13th Doctor

I’m a huge fan of Doctor Who, ever since it came back on our screens I’ve been hooked and loved every minute (except Love and Monsters). For around 54 years the role of the Doctor has always gone to a male actor, each and everyone one of these were brilliant in their own right and I wouldn’t change any of them for anything.  However the other week this happened……

The 13th Doctor (technically the 14th but lets not go there) is to be played by Jodie Whittaker.  This of course has caused the Doctor Who fandom to explode a bit.  Some like myself are excited for the change and think it’ll give the series a much needed kick up the bum. Others are worried that people might not accept this change and will switch off.  The rest just think that an alien who can change appearance cannot be a woman, because that’s how it works apparently.

Doctor Who is a show about change, over the course of the 54 years it has not just been the Doctor who has changed.  There has been a string of wonderful companions, the Tardis interior has changed dramatically since the show started and even the Sonic Screwdriver has had several different variations.  You’re taught to accept change and just run with it.  So I don’t understand why people cannot accept the direction the show is taking.  Jodie Whittaker is a brilliant actress and no doubt had to fight for the role, it’s no doubt highly sought after and requires you to be passionate about it.  She no doubt knows what she has taken on and will give it her all.

In the end all we can do is wait for series 11 in 2018 to see how she gets on, however we will get a glimpse of her during this years Christmas special when 12th Doctor Peter Capaldi regenerates.

Good Movies I’ve Seen in 2017 (so far)

Logan

Logan surprised me by how good it actually was.  The story revolves around the Ex X-Men Wolverine, or Logan for short, protecting a young girl who has powers similar to his own.  This film isn’t afraid to pile on the bloody violence in between all the quiet moments.  One of the best comic book movies ever.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

GOTG 2 somehow actually surpasses the original film.  Once again we follow the Guardians once again saving the galaxy from a massive threat and doing it with the usual awesome soundtrack.  In this one Peter Quill (Star Lord) meets his father, who turns out to be a living planet called Ego, and wackiness and other amazing set pieces ensue.  GOTG 2 once again makes you absolutely adore Groot and will break your heart more than once in the space of 10 minutes.  So far that’s 2 absolutely stellar comic book movies.

Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman is a surprise hit, Gal Gadot plays both sides of the role pretty much perfectly.  She is both as tough as any other superhero but innocent went it comes to the world outside of Themyscira.  The action sequence in the trenches is amazing but the final battle at the end of the film is a let down in comparison.  However this is yet another amazing comic book movie this year.  That makes 3, surely that must be all.

Spider-man Homecoming

After his short stint in Captain America Civil War, Spider-man is back in the brilliantly fun movie. Under the watchful eye of Tony Stark, Peter Parker sets out protecting the citizens of New York from the evil Vulture.  This film is technically not an origin story because lets face it we all know how he became Spider-man by now.  However it also technically is since he’s still new to the role and learns how to be responsible in the role.  Tom Holland is brilliant as Peter Parker/Spider-man and Marvel did an excellent job finding him.  Four high quality comic book movies and with Thor Ragnarok look awesome from the trailers and Justice League may surprise us yet.

Alien Covenant

Alien Covenant is a sequel to the slightly better than mediocre Prometheus.  It continues the story of David the Android from Prometheus as he meets the crew of the Covenant.  This film is much better than Prometheus mainly because this time we get to see the Xenomorph make a lovely bloody mess.  Hopefully the next film will improve things further.

 

 

Games I’ve Played In 2017 (So Far)

Persona 5

Persona 5 is one if the most stylish JRPGs around.  It looks amazing and has an awesome soundtrack.  There’s loads of game mechanics to learn and enjoy and a whole load of interesting characters to get to know. Building relationships between your character and his friends is an important part of the game as it can open up new skills during the palace crawling areas (same thing as dungeon crawling but they’re called palaces}.  If I had one gripe it’s that the talky cut scenes can go on and on and on and on etc.  However it’s a very enjoyable way to spend 90+ hours.

Zelda Breath of the Wild

A new Zelda game is always a big thing for Nintendo fans and this one is no different.  Set in a massive open world you once again take on the role of Link, the hero who has saved Hyrule many times before.  This time he wakes from a very long nap with no little to no direction and is thrown into a beautiful world.  The game revolves around exploring the landscape completing shrines to upgrade your health and stamina, and of course going after the evil Ganon. The first big exclusive on the Nintendo Switch is indeed amazing but in my opinion it is not the awesome game that some thin it is.

Prey

Set aboard a space station orbiting Earths Moon, experiments on an alien life form inevitably go wrong.  Prey is sort of metroidvania meets System Shock, you have go back and forth between different areas of the station unlocking new areas and completing quests.  All this while fending off the evil Typhon, some of which can mimic objects in the world.  This game is pretty awesome, it has an interesting story and some cool game mechanics that kept me hooked till the end.

Mass Effect Andromeda

The fourth game in the Mass Effect series is more of  a spin-off from the main story.  Set somewhere between Mass Effect 2 and 3 it sees Arks full of humans, Turians, Krogan etc sent out to the Andromeda galaxy to find new homes, naturally things go wrong.  A new alien race called the Kett start causing trouble and it is up to the Human pathfinder and his or her team to stop them and at the same time scouting out potential base locations on other planets.  I found ME:A a little disappointing at first, it unfortunately didn’t live up to the original trilogy.  However once I got a good few hours in to the game it really grabbed me and I started enjoying the setting and the new characters and missions.

5 Months Later…….

Greetings and apologies to all.  It has been a long 5 months since I last posted on this blog.  Think it was a post about the awesome Resident Evil 7. Since then I’ve played lots of games, watched a bunch of movies and TV, and been to work a bunch.

Work has been a hard slog this past year, starting at 5am in the morning and being on my feet for 8 hours is very tiring. This along with not having a proper weekend so little time to recover means I’m tired pretty much all the time.  So my get up and go as pretty much got up and gone.  It’s been getting me down and it’s definitely time for me to find another job, whatever that may be.

As for this blog I want to get posting again, all those games and films along with the fact that the 13th Doctor is a woman means I’ve got plenty to be getting on with.  I’ll probably do a round-up of the games and movies, although there are a couple of things that in my opinion need their own post.

I’ll hopefully get a new post up in the next day or two.

Resident Evil 7

The 7th main iteration of the Resident Evil series is finally here and it’s a terrifying corker.

You play as Ethan who is searching for his wife who supposedly died 3 years ago. His search takes him to the home of the Baker family which is where the fun begins.

Resi 7 is played entirely in the first person, meaning all the scares are in your face. This is used to terrifying effect during the game since the Bakers like to get up close.

During the game you face each member of the Baker family one at a time. Each attack you in there own unique way. Jack, for example, is a walking tank who relentlessly chases you down. I’ll leave the others as a surprise. 

One of the main concerns before the game was released was people were worried that it would be missing all the things that make a Resident Evil game. Rest assured however that they are pretty much all here. We have herbs, strange doors, weird puzzles, evil experiments, item boxes and very little ammo.

Resident Evil 7 is a brilliant return to form for the series. I’ve already finished the game 6 times and I’m still not bored. Sure the last third or so doesn’t live up to the first two thirds but this is a game that shouldn’t  be missed.

My 5 Most Anticipated Games in 2017

2017 is here and with it a gaggle of new games.  Here are the games I’m most looking forward too.

Resident Evil 7
Resident Evil is back and so is the horror.Early reports suggest that this is classic Resi although from a first person view point. As a fan of the series I am really looking forward to being scared silly once again.

Horizon Zero Dawn

A brand new PS4 exclusive open world adventure with giant robotic dinosaurs. Don’t know a awful lot about the story or characters but the trailers really got my attention, this game looks amazing.

Mass Effect Andromeda 

The 9riginal Mass Effect trilogy were 3 of the best game during the last generation. This isn’t really a continuation of the the original 3 games, rather it’s a separate story set in a new galaxy with the Human eprace and others looking for a new home.

South Park: The Fractured But Whole

A sequel to the surprising awesome South Park: The Stick of Truth. Cartman and co are back in a new adventure, this time they’re all super heroes.

Outlast 2

I love a good horror game and the first Outlast was one of the best in recent years. More horror shenanigans are bound to happen the sequel along with plenty of running away.


Things I Enjoyed In 2016 – Games

There’s a lot of these spread over both Xbox One and Playstation 4 (takes a deep breath). 

Best comeback award –  Final Fantasy XV

The Final Fantasy series is back on top form after many games of being mediocre to bad so yay! 

Best walking simply award –  Firewatch

Not a fan of the walking sims,  I usually find them dull and tedious.  However Firewatch has a interesting story,  great acting and is absolutely beautiful. 

Best FPS award –  Doom

Doom is back and is as gory and action packed as ever.  The single player campaign is the star here.  

Best remake – Ratchet and Clank

An absolutely stunning old school platform adventure that everyone should buy,  play and enjoy. 

Played the longest award –  Skyrim Special Edition

Currently over 100 hours in and still plenty to do. My archer/theif/Elf has plenty more adventuring to do. 

Best bit of time travel award – Quantum Break

Remedy sure like their strange stories,  but when they’re all of such high quality it doesn’t matter.  

Best racer –  Forza Horizon 3

Graphically the best,  it also plays perfectly with tonnes of content. 

Best 3rd person shooter – Gears of War 4

The fourth game in the Gears series succeeded where the Halo games failed. They had a really really great 4th game in the series 😂

My game of the year –  Uncharted 4

Nathan Drakes last adventure and as always it is full of stunning landscapes,  amazing set pieces,  wonderful character moments and loads of shooting. 


Things I Enjoyed In 2016 – Cinema

Happy new year readers of my little blog.  I still haven’t gotten into a blogging rhythm  and I fully intend to get on this in 2017. To start things off I thought I’d go through the films I saw at the cinema in 2016 and make up awards for them. 

Favourite Film –  Captain America: Civil War

The cinematic behemoth that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe has done it again with another amazing superhero film.  This one is a little different since it pits hero vs hero. 

Most Fun Film – Ghostbusters

The new Ghostbusters is not as good as the original 1984 film. However this does not mean it is a bad film at all.  It’s the film that put the biggest smile on my face. 

Weirdest Film – Doctor Strange

Doctor Strange is a seriously bizarre film,  there’s lots of weird stuff going on, yet somehow it all works. There’s some amazing effects that should probably be seen in 3D to be fully appreciated (I saw it in 2D). A great film and I look forward to seeing Doctor Strange in action again. 

Star Wars is still awesome award –  Rogue One

A Star Wars film with little to no force related stuff sounds crazy but works surprisingly well.  The story of how the plans of the original Death Star are obtained is action packed and contains loads of great moments. 

Better than the critics say award – Suicide Squad

Suicide Squad has a lot going for it despite what the reviews say.  Both Harvey Quick and Deadshot are both great characters and I look forward to seeing more of them in future films.  The action scenes are exciting.  The film does have its problems, it can be a bit muddled and the Joker is just bad. 

Batman,  Superman & Wonder Women in the same film award – Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice. 

This is one confused film.  It rarely makes much sense and is way too dark.  However Ben Affeck is great as Bruce Wayne and Batman also seeing Bats,  Supes and WW fight together was just awesome. 

Dumbass Superhero Film Award – Deadpool

Funny,  action packed,  moving,  stupid and brilliant are all words to describe the Deadwood film. 

Until Dawn – Horror Games 

Until Dawn is one of the best horror games of recent years. Released in 2015 to plenty of praise and became something of a sleeper hit.

Until Dawn is the story of a bunch of teenage friends returning to the lodge were 2 of their friends were killed. The game takes place over the course of one night with the kids fighting for their lives.

Gameplay is similar to Heavy Rain with plenty of quick time events. However these QTEs never drag the game down and actually manage to enhance the experience. 

One of the best things about the game is that any of the kids can die and the story just carries on without them. This allows for a multitude of endings and plenty of tension if you’re trying to keep everyone alive.

I personally finished the game several times upon release and have decided to go back to it since halloween is just around the corner. 

Until Dawn is an awesome game with plenty of scares and well worth a play.

If you have any suggestions for which horror game I should play next let me know in the comments.