Secret Wars – Week Fifteen

It’s week fifteen and we have a new issue of the Secret Wars’ main story!

This one isn’t as heavy on the action as others. It tells the true history of the Battleworld. After Stephen Strange’s funeral, a guilt-racked Doom seeks out the counsel of Owen Reece, also known as Molecule Man. He goes to where Owen lives, deep below Doomgard, and tells him how and why he killed Doctor Strange. Owen recounts how he and Doom not only oversaw the creation of the Battleworld, but were responsible for the demise of many dimensions, and may have started the chain reaction that led to the need for the Battleworld in the first place. He also recounts how Stephen Strange was brought in after the damage had been done in an effort to save something.

Meanwhile, Valeria (Susan Storm’s daughter) and the Foundation are tasked with finding the survivors from the life raft, but when Valeria asks questions as to who they are, Doom responds with threats. Valeria, however, ignores those and begins to ask the same questions of the Foundation instead. They discover that Stephen Strange’s power was the opposite of Doom’s, and they plan to use that to find the life raft survivors.

This issue is important mainly because it echoes what we’ve seen in many of the side stories: People are having problems with Doom’s history of the Battleworld. It’s not so bad when it’s a baron of a faraway land, but when it’s Doom’s own “daughter” that sees cracks in the story, it means that things aren’t going to go so well for the self-appointed God of the Battleworld.

Also out this week is the fourth and final issue of the Secret Wars – Battleworld collection of short tales.

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This issue focuses on a couple of variations on the Silver Surfer. In the first of two tales, he’s living a version of his time in service to Galactus, where he goes out and hunts for food to feed the devourer so that his land is not destroyed. In the second tale, the Silver Surfer has to recover his board, which is sitting in Maestro’s vault after Doom gave it to him as a gift.

The only reason I mention this comic this week is because the Silver Surfer has been absent from the Battleworld (you’ll have to read the Last Days Of issues of the Silver Surfer to know more), and these two stories reminded me of the threat the Surfer is to Doom. If this goes the way I think it will, then the finale of the Secret Wars will be suitably epic.

That’s all from me this week. Join me again next week with more from the Secret Wars!

 

Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC Review – The Descent

The second major DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisition dropped yesterday, so being the easily excited BioWare geek I am, I jumped on it.

In my excitement about playing new stuff, I forgot how poor BioWare are at DLC stories in general for the Dragon Age series. Having been spoilt by the good quality DLC for Mass Effect 3 (Leviathan and Citadel in particular), this DLC just felt lightweight and a long, linear setup for a discovery that had already been hinted at.

That’s not to say it wasn’t fun to play.

The main storyline for the DLC wasn’t much more than four hours of game time, and I haven’t yet explored all the side-quests and additional areas. It had all the elements that you’d expect from Dragon Age; exploration, conversation, new loot, crafting, and something to push you forward to find answers. One of the complaints about the Jaws of Hakkon was overpowered enemies, and the same complaint applies here.

Looking at this DLC in isolation, though, without comparing it to others, there’s some fun stuff. Right at the beginning, a little searching finds a very useful merchant who sells dragon parts, and just near that merchant there’s a loot chest with a rather nice weapon schematic. As a twin dagger wielding rogue, I got a schematic for a dagger that would be a one-hit-kill weapon for most of the foes found in the Hinterlands.

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The story brings in two characters; a shaper, and a member of the Legion of the Dead. In conversation with them, they hint at the existence of the Titans. These creatures reshape the stone. If I was a betting man, I’d say that this is the DLC that offers some insight into the next game in the series, much like the Legacy DLC did in Dragon Age II. Of course, I could be wrong.

The subterranean areas in the game are gorgeous. There are a great many places to explore, and some searching involved in accessing them. There’s also a mini War Table in the DLC which lets you send Inquisition resources to unlock new areas in much the same way as the main game.

The enemies are Darkspawn for the most part, but once you get down far enough, to an area beneath the Deep Roads, we find a new enemy with insanely powerful weapons and armour.

And that’s my biggest peeve with this DLC – We get to see these weapons and armour, and we get to have to try and survive them, but looting bodies to get them? Nope. At no point can you get their weapons to use as actual weapons. It’s bad enough when you kill an enemy who looks like he has an awesome bow in the main game, and loot him to get a freaking hammer, but looting these guys yields only gold, 90% of the time, and the rest of the time it’s a plot item or a trinket. Why introduce what is essentially a freaking minigun into the game and not let us have the thing?

So, after that mini rant, we get to the end of the main story in the DLC and find that there is a lot more to Lyrium than anyone (other than Bianca) imagined.

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I’m going to keep exploring the other parts of the DLC, because I like exploring, but ultimately, this DLC like many others in the Dragon Age series adds nothing of note to the main game. It can, frankly, be skipped until it drops in price (if BioWare deign to do that).

The next DLC is supposed to be the last hurrah for the Inquisition, like Citadel was for Mass Effect, but on current evidence, unless it brings back various characters from the first two games and delivers something massive, it’s just going to add to my suspicions that while the Dragon Age team can come up with a great game and a good main story, when it comes to DLC, they work too hard on inflating the significance of a minor detail of lore, which makes their DLC a lot less replayable than the main game.

The First Trailer Of Victor Frankenstein Is Awesome

 

That’s right folks, a trailer to a movie I’ve been waiting for for a really long while has finally released. Victor Frankenstein. And for your viewing pleasure I have provided the trailer below.

Well? What did you think? Are you as excited as I am? This movie has great potential from what I saw of the trailer and I seriously hope I’m not disappointed. I’m a fan of both James McAvoy (who will be playing Victor Frankenstein) and Daniel Raddcliffe (who will be playing Igor) and I’m sure they’ll do great. And I have to ask, doesn’t the trailer give off a vibe similar to Sherlock Holmes with Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law? Not that that’s bad thing. Overall the trailer gives off a feeling that’s quite kick-ass and I have a strong feeling I’m going to enjoy the hell out of the final product.

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Now despite the trailer being completely awesome there is something that’s bothering me, the fact that this movie is not a part of the Universal Monster Movie Shared Universe. This movie is being made by 20th Century Fox, not Universal. Which is a damn shame, I was really hoping for it to be part of the shared universe. That being said, that doesn’t mean the movie won’t be good, and to be honest, FOX desperately needs a good movie, especially after the farce that was Fantastic Four (and you can find my Fantastic Four review here). Lately FOX hasn’t been doing so well outside of their X-Men franchise so after watching this trailer I have my fingers crossed to the point of breaking in the hopes that this movie could start a potential new franchise for FOX (something that FOX desperately needs).

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And so for my closing statement I say that I am definitely looking forward to Victor Frankenstein and I think you should to. So did you enjoy the trailer? Did you hate it? Don’t really care? Let us know in the comments and be sure to check out our YouTube channel to view our various discussion vidcasts, and soon well be broadcasting again for the fall 2015 discussions, so if you want to join us during the discussions, let us know, we’d love to have you. And so I bring this this article to a close and I’d like to thank you for reading it, so I will see you next time. Bye bye.

 

 

This Episode Of Mr Robot Brings Back The Hacking

Are you freaking out? Tell me the truth. Were you in on this the whole time? Were you!?!?! – Elliot speaking to us, the viewers.

Wow. Just.. Wow.. Okay, so remember the past two mediocre episodes? I’m here to tell you that Mr. Robot apologized with this episode. Not only did we get back on track with the story, but we once again got our minds blown a couple times this episode.

Lets start with the boring and work our way up. Gideon Goddard (played by Michel Gill), who happens to be the boss of Elliot (played by Rami Malek), is extremely suspicious of Elliot.. and he should be. He calls Elliot on out the suspicious behavior on the AllSafe floor. NEXT!

Darlene (Carly Chaikin) is screwing some corporate stooge. NEXT!

Tyrell Wellwick (played my Martin Wallström) hasn’t told his wife he killed a lady because it wasn’t part of the plan. I knew it seemed weird last week, didn’t I tell you? Also the police are investigating the crime and while they may be suspicious of Tryell, he’s not an official suspect as of yet. Also, he met with Mr Robot (Christian Slater) and apparently is trying to blackmail him for something. The only info gleaned for that meaning is that they know each other, which is (potentially) new information. NEXT!

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Elliot asks himself.. what do you do on this show? Like.. what’s your contribution?

Okay, now we get into the good stuff! Elliot figures out that the AllSafe hack was a way to lure him into a meeting that he previously had thought he had set up. He also figures out it was Angela that installed the malware. Her response to “Why didn’t you tell me?” was “Because you weren’t there”. In other words, Angela said the smartest thing she has ever said this entire show.

Elliot meets with the head of the Chinese hackers, a character known as White Rose who claims to hack time. The conversation happens over a very precise three minutes. She tells Elliot what he needs to do, how long he has to do it and unceremoniously exits.

This isn't Game of Thrones you perv!

This isn’t Game of Thrones you perv!

Now we get to the REALLY good stuff. After telling Darlene that their plan was finally going forward again with support from the Chinese, Darlene whoops and hollers, so happy that the plan is viable again. She tells Elliot that he is the best person she has ever known and that she loves him. Elliot, acting very unlike Elliot, takes advantage of that and kisses her. Darlene then freaks the hell out on him and asks “Who do you think I am?”. He is not sure about the questions. She repeats “Who do you think I am?”. He still does not get the question. Now I’m thinking “Its freakin’ Angela, isn’t it? He’s been mixing his friends up in his head”. I was wrong. She starts to explain (but he knows as she’s saying it), Darlene is his sister.

Up until this point Elliot had no idea he had a sister. He had no recollection of his family at all. So he goes home and he hacks.. himself. This leads to nothing. He’s covered his tracks far too well. So he checks to see if he kept a record of his life. If he forgot his whole family, maybe he forgot saving the info somewhere. So he goes into his archives and finds a blank disk. He decrypts it and finds his family. Himself, Darlene, and his father, which we know as Mr. Robot. (He later finds a pic that also has him mother, but who cares!) Last scene has Mr Robot (dad?) knocking on his door and saying they need to talk.. Like.. no kidding..

Elliot literally forgot the one thing you are never supposed to forget.. Riding a bike.

Elliot literally forgot the one thing you are never supposed to forget.. Riding a bike.

So pretty sure his father is dead, he is only imagining him. It hasn’t been verified that’s the case, but its pretty clear that’s the case. Anyways, it was a whopper of an episode, giving it a 9 out of 10, falling a point only because of the slow start.

So what do you think? Are you still watching? If so, are you glad you held out until the show got amazing again? Let us know in the comments below!

Hateful Eight Trailer Released (For Real This Time)

Those of you who’ve been with us for awhile may recall that this isn’t the first time I’ve tried showing this trailer to you.  After a few hours of a frustrating game of what essentially boiled down to whack-a-mole, I gave up and promised to post it the instant it appeared again, and today is that day so check it out below before something else goes wrong!

The Hateful Eight stars Samuel L. Jackson as Major Marquis Warren, Kurt Russell as John Ruth, Jennifer Jason Leigh as Daisy Domergue, Walton Goggins as Chris Mannix, Demián Bichir as Bob, Tim Roth as Oswaldo Mobray, Michael Madsen as Joe Gage, and Bruce Dern as General Sanford Smithers.  The movie will have a limited release on December 25th 2015, and a full release in the U.S. on January 8, 2016.  Are you excited to see the latest work from Quentin Tarantino?  Let us know in the comments!