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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.

 

 

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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.

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.

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. 


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.

Geeks Rule 

Back in school, like so many others, I was bullied. It made my life very difficult, I was miserable a lot. I was bullied because of my height, because I was shy and, for the purpose of this blog post, most importantly for what I enjoyed.

I loved video/computer games. Starting out on the Commodore 64 and moving on to consoles it was something that, at the time was bizzarley looked down on. But eventually this became a win for geeks since gaming is now a big business and everyone is doing it. So Geeks rule!

Sci-Fi was another passion. Whether it’s TV, films, comic books or novels I enjoyed it all. But again anyone who was into this was looked down on and beaten down with cruel words. These days comic book movies are everywhere and are massivley popular. Sci-Fi TV fills up schedules around the world and grows more and more popular. Sci-Fi seems to be where the interesting and varied characters are. It’s where different ideas can be experimented with. Once again Geeks rule!

Like many others I enjoyed all these things before they were considered to be cool. Geeks are true trendsetters of the past couple of decades (There are of course others). Geeks had to struggle through a lot to get where we are today.  Geeks are the ones moving us all forward. Geeks rule, FACT!