Pokėmon Go – My Thoughts

Pokėmon Go has been out for a little over a week and has already been phenomenally successful. Pretty much everyone seems to be playing it.

The game itself is very basic. You simply run around in the real world until the app informs you that a Pokémon is near by which you then try to capture by throwing Pokeballs at it.  You can then train up these captured Pokémon using the gyms scattered around your local area and use them to battle other players.

Pokémon can also be gained from hatching eggs which can be received from the many Pokéstops dotted around.  These also provide you with extra Pokéballs and other items.

The available Pokémon are all from the original set so you can potentially capture the likes of Pikachu, Eevee and Meowth.  This has the added effect of bringing in the older Pokémon fans who may not be familiar with the newer creatures.

In the future the developers will not doubt add more features but for now it has just enough to be enjoyable.

A great side effect of Pokémon Go is the way it has brought people together, there has been pictures and videos of groups of people gathering to capture Pokémon. This is simply wonderful and in todays increasingly messed up world it is an amazing thing to see.  There are of course people out there who want to ruin the fun, players have had there phones stolen and have been threatened by the petty minded, so be careful out there people.

You should definitely give the game a go it’s a lot of fun to see your favourite Pokémon appear in the real world and then to actually capture it is a great feeling.

The Good

  • Lots of fun
  • Bringing people together in huge crowds
  • I captured a Charmander
  • There was an Eevee on the end of my bed once
  • Gets people out of the house in a good way

The Gastly

  • Bit bare bones at the moment
  • I seem to be surrounded by Pidgeys
  • There seems to be certain Pokémon only available in certain parts of the world
  • Microtransactions

Dangerous Golf – PS4 Review

Playing golf inside is dangerous, FACT! If you have ever wanted to cause damage by knocking a golf ball around then the good people at Three Fields Entertainment have your back.

Dangerous Golf is basically the crash junctions from the Burnout games but with golf and inside various buildings. Your only objective is to cause as much damage with your golf ball as possible.

Each hole has around 3 stages, first you aim your ball in what ever direction takes your fancy and hit it causing loads of damage. Next you activate the Smashbreaker which sends your ball flying off with a trail of fire behind it causing even more damage, you have control of the ball direction and bounce during this. Finally you have to putt the ball into the hole, if you fail to get the ball in the hole you lose half of your score.

There are loads of levels in the game. Pretty much every level has targets which you can aim for to receive a bonus, for example knocking over all the paint pots or destroying all the statues. There are also levels with slightly different objectives such as one level with nothing but holes where you have to get a ball in each hole.

The destruction in this game is spectacular, pieces of random objects go flying off in all directions. Normally this would result in long loading times when you restart a level but thanks to some creative jiggery pokery in the latest patch it only rakes a few short seconds.

Dangerous Golf is tonnes of fun. There are lots to enjoy in both single and multiplayer.

Birdie

  • Spectacular destruction
  • Loads of levels
  • Looks great
  • New patch has improved the game

Bogey

  • Some levels are a bit too empty
  • Can get a little repetitive later in the game

Ghostbusters (2016) Review

The new Ghostbusters is finally here and, at the time of writing, I have just left the cinema. As everyone knows the film has had a lot of hate thrown at it over the past few months, some of it was justified (such as that first awful trailer) and some was just vile and disgusting. But now that the film has hit cinemas we can all make a more informed opinion on the film.

Firstly is this new Ghostbusters better than the originals? No, but that doesn’t stop this film being so very good.

I went into the cinema with an open mind and was hoping for a fun film featuring some laughs and lots of ghostbusting action. What I got was pretty much that and a bit more.

The new Ghostbusters are a great team and all get their chance to shine. Jillian Holtzmann is my new favourite mad scientist who regularly steals scenes. Abby Yates and Erin Gilbert have a believable friendship. And proving that you don’t have to be a scientist to be smart, Patty Tolan has an extensive knowledge of the history of New York. Last but by no means least is Kevin, wonderfully brought to life by Chris Hemsworth he has some of the best comedy scenes in the film.

I really enjoyed the action scenes at the end and them capturing their first ghost.  They work well as a team and have some cool new gadgets such as the Ghost Shredder to deal with the paranormal menace.

I’m not one for modern American comedy but most of it worked here. Yeah there was one fart gag but so what. Most of the best bits of comedy comes, surprisingly,  from Chris Hemsworth. However they all have their comedy moments.

The film does rely a little too much on referencing the original films but hopefully it will be able to stand on its own two feet in the inevitable sequel.

If you are a fan of the Ghostbusters you should give the film a chance there’s a lot to enjoy here.

GOOD BITS

  • The new Ghostbuster team.
  • The new tech
  • The post credit scene
  • Chris Hemsworth is hilarious
  • Interesting story
  • Slimer
  • Poking fun at the haters.
  • Great cameos
  • Harold Ramis dedication

 BAD BITS

  • A fart gag
  • Relies a little too much on the past

The best UK + Ireland Youtubers (According to me)

I enjoy watching people play games on YouTube. It’s a strange thing to do but when it is so damn entertaining then why the heck not. Those below are the ones who I enjoy watching whenever I have chance.

First up is the excessivley cheeky Razzbowski. You’re never too far away from a cheeky or naughty comment about a game character with Razz. He mostly plays horror games but plays a variety of different genres and takes part in a Five Nights at Freddies ‘Theory Thursday’ with Dawko and the 8-Bit Gaming Ryans.

8-Bit Gaming is made up of Ryan and Other Ryan.The two Ryans play a wide variety of games from Happy Wheels to horror games like Five Nights ar Freddies. They have some awesome banter and always have a laugh. Both Ryans also have their own separate Youtube accounts, the links to which will also be below.

As with the others on this list Dawko plays mostly horror based games, but thanks to his unique style he is always worth a watch. Dawko has also been known to do charity streams.

Next up is Suzy Lu. The official Queen of Resident Evil. Suzy enjoys mostly horror games from the aforementioned Resident Evil to the Dark Souks and Bloodborne games. She is also good friends with Razzbowski, Dawko and the two Ryans from 8-bit Gaming.

How could I do a list of my favourite Youtubers and not mention Jacksepticeye.  Jack is the most popular Youtuber on this list with around 11 million followers. This loud Irish man never fails to entertain.

Links

Razzbowski Youtube

8-bit Gaming Youtube – Ryan Youtube – Other Ryan Youtube

Dawko Youtube

Suzy Lu Youtube

Jacksepticeye Youtube

Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition PS4

Diablo III was released on the PlayStation 4 back in 2014, however the game is a few years older than that since it was previously released on PS3 & Xbox 360 in 2013 and PC way back in 2012. So why am I posting about what is essentially a 4 year old game? It’s because it’s an awesome 4 year old game and I’ve gone back to playing it again recently.

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My Monk kicking some bottom by dropping pillars on Skeletons.

Diablo III is an action RPG set in the world of Sanctuary and beyond.  You can play as either a Barbarian, Witch Doctor, Monk, Crusader, Demon Hunter or Wizard.  Each class offers different skill trees and styles of play and can easily be tailored to your play style.  The Barbarian, Monk and Crusader are primarily melee based characters, the Wizard and Demon Hunter mostly rely on projectile based attacks and the Witch Doctor allows you to summon different creatures to aid you.

The game takes place over 5 act being split up over many different areas complete with their own set of monsters and bosses to battle.  During the game you will pick up various books giving you some back story on the world and progressing the story.

I don’t want to spoil the story but it revolves around Diablo and his fellow evil doers continuing battle against the forces of heaven and the humans who live in Sanctuary.

During the game you will be picking up lots of loot.  This loot will be dropped by enemies and can also be found in chests and various other containers in the world.  You will be picking up weapons, armour, gold, gems and crafting materials. Weapons and armour can be upgraded by attaching gems or enchanting them to alter the magic attributes.  You can of course sell them for extra gold or even salvage them for additional crafting materials.

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This area is literally Pandemonium.

Diablo III can be played by up to 4 players both online and in local co-op.  Having the ability to have 3 of your friends around the same TV to play a game together is rare these days and is an option only available on the console versions.

The console versions of Diablo III have been expertly tailored to the console gamepads.  Each equipped skill is on a different button, you move with the left stick and can roll out of the way with the right stick.  It’s a great system and makes the game simple to play.

Diablo III is one of my favourite games on the PlayStation 4.  I keep coming back to it over and over and am still finding new things do, apparently there are still events that I haven’t come across yet and I have been playing it on and of for 2 years.

Ghostbusters Old & New

With the new Ghostbusters film literally just around the corner and with the original Ghostbusters film being one of my favourite films of all time I just thought I’d sum up the films in my own words along with my thoughts on the new film.

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The originals and the best. Egon Spengler, Ray Stantz, Peter Venkman and Winston Zeddemore.

 

I first saw the original Ghostbusters way back in 1984, it fascinated me and literally started me down the sci-fi path.  Ghostbusters is the story of three scientists who, after getting kicked out of University, set up business as paranormal investigators and eliminators.  Using excessivley cool tech such as the Proton Pack and Ghost Trap they seek out ghosts terrorising the citizens of New York and ultimately save the world from the double team of Zuul and Gozer.

One of the main reasons this film is special is the characters.  Firstly we have Egon Spengler the brains of the Ghostbusters. Ray Stantz is undoubtly the heart of the Ghostbusters, he’s always full of optimism and enthusiasm for the job. Next up is Peter Venkman the mouth of Ghostbusters, always ready with a witty line . Finally there’s Winston Zeddemore, who was hired after the Ghostbusters business took off and helped save the world after only a couple of weeks on the job.

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The newbies. Erin Gilbert, Jillian Holtzmann, Abby Yates and Patty Tolan.

 

The new Ghostbusters film starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones is out next week and has stirred up all kinds of controversy.  There have been ridiculous claims that the new film has ruined childhoods or destroyed the original films, this is of course not possible without the use time travel. Beyond this there has been something of a campaign of hate aimed at the film, I won’t be going in to this as I do not buy into it.

Personally I think the film looks like a lot of fun.  Sure some of the early trailers were poorly put together and the jokes fell a little flat but beyond that it seems that we’re in for lots of ghost busting fun.  The new tech looks amazing, and are sure to be put to good use during the course of the film.

Will the film actually be any good, only time will tell.  The later trailers have been much improved which bodes well, however I do not for second think that this will be anywhere near as good as the original films.

I will be sitting in the cinema when the film is out and will let you know my thoughts once I’ve seen it.

Ghostbusters will be released in the UK on the 11th of July.