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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Transformers Review (BAY TIME!!)

By Corey Floyd


Well, it’s that time of year again. Time for Michael Bay to once again Ham it up straight to the Bank Today I’m covering Transformers: The Last Knight. The fifth installment in the guilty pleasure of the Transformer Franchise directed by Michael Bay.  Of course, each film has been completely panned by critics. But Bay has never cared about what they say and neither has the studio. The Franchise has grossed over billion dollars and that’s not counting merchandise. I have had a tendency to slam him every chance I’ve had. But I realized something, what he does in his films is show us his reflection of America and it’s scary accurate. Okay here’s the formula Patriotism + Sexism +US armed forces with a dash of racism add a big a cup of explosions. That's every Bay movie. With that being said let’s get into it.

Where we last left off Optimus Prime left earth to find his maker. Well say hello to Quintessa Queen of Cybertron Image result for quintessa transformers gif
Not sure what all of her powers are but one of them is brainwashing. That’s why we have seen so many commercials of him attacking Bumblebee. He has been reprogrammed to go back to earth to retrieve a staff that Merlin used. Yes, Merlin! The fucking wizard. This film reveals that Transformers have been around since the dark ages. Image result for dragon transformers the last knight
and the Witwicky family were the protectors of it.  Don’t worry there's only a photo cameo of Shia this Witwicky is played by Sir Anthony Hopkins who is the only living one left. They killed of Shia Labeouf just like the rest of Hollywood gives a phenomenal performance as a marvelous guide for Mark Wahlberg. He returns playing himself doing Mark Wahlberg things like quick insults and a harsh Boston accent even though his character is from Texas. We also meet  Izabella a survivor who ends up under Mark Wahlberg's wing but unlike like most kids in movie franchises she's pretty smart. Related imageIronically she is played by Isabella Moner who is known for her comedic chops in kids movies and television. She's traded that in for a gutsy soldier and ally to lost Autobots. My problem with her is she seems so independent until she meets Mark Wahlberg after that she makes the dumbest choices like getting on a plane to assault Megatron. But for the sake of the story, you have to have at least one kid in the movie. As I watched the movie I noticed something Bay traded his sexist card for a strong women card. Which is a step in the right direction or he’s pandering to what people say they want you to be the judge. I say this because Wahlberg is not the savior of the movie. The non-Transformer Hero is Vivian Wembley who is Merlin’s descendant played by Laura Haddock saw in Guardians of the Galaxy as Star Lords mom. Here she plays the savior who doesn't believe they are the savior.  Related image
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I’ve been talking about humans a lot in Transformers movie right? That’s the bullshit I can’t stand with this film series. So allow me to get to the nuts and bolts of things. First of all, Megatron, what the fuck happened to Galvatron?! Image result for transformers galvatron gif
This is how he looked at the end of the last movie. How the did we get to this?
there was no explanation.  Also, There was this old robot that was pretty cool and most of the comedy relief in this movie. Image result for cogman transformers gif Also, a lot of this Film takes place in Europe mainly the UK, maybe in each following film will take place in a different corner of the world. Since Agent Simmons (John Turturro ) had a few scenes via a phone booth in Cuba with a soccer playing Autobot maybe the next one will be in South America? Peter Cullen returns as Optimus Prime to give another beautiful over top Shakespearian performance that steals every scene. He really is the high point of the film. Frank Welker returns as the original Megatron but they hardly have any camera time.  

At this point I just realized something.  Image result for who cares gif
The entire franchise is riddled with inconsistencies, mild racism, and explosions. Like a drug addict, we can’t get enough. Did I enjoy this movie? Kinda tbh I feel like I could have been doing something while this was on in the background. Another thing that took the enthusiasm away from seeing the movie was the marketing campaign. They showed too much of the movie in the damn trailer.  If you don’t recall me talking about it before click here . It's upsetting because I feel like I actually would have like this one but they showed so much of it in trailers. They saved the world, of course, The Queen teleported away and Prime Spartan Kicked Megatron out a window so naturally there will another one. By the way, Earth is UNICRON  
the planet eating robot under the surface. Why, does it even matter.  Final Grade  D+ In Bays eyesImage result for michael bay erb gif

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Get ready for a New Challenge Dragon Ball is back with a new 2D fighter

By Luiggi Cavanna

A few weeks ago, we found out that Bandai Namco is developing a new Dragon Ball game, but this time it’s a 2D fighting game. There was a mistake and two screenshots were released ahead of time, letting the world know what was coming. Also, we found out that Bandai Namco is working with Arc System Works, the people behind the Guilty Gear games.

I saw this image and I lost it!

Fast Forward to the week of E3 and we get an announcement trailer, in the Microsoft conference of all places.

The best part was that they had a playable demo at E3 so we got a lot of information about the mechanics of the game. The gameplay is fast pace, something I really love in anime fighters, with destructible backgrounds. The battles are 3 on 3, meaning you gotta pick three characters to face your opponent. You can use your other characters as simple assists or tag them in to let your first character recover a bit, make moves safe, or to simply continue combos. This is very similar to the Marvel vs Capcom series, and the fighting game community has taken notice to this.

The memes won't stop!!

The FGC had a field day! Thanks to the less than desirable looks of some of the characters in Marvel vs Capcom Infinite - COUGH! Chun Li COUGH! - the bland character roster, (Where’s the X-men bro?) and changes to some of the core mechanics of the game, the community has happily jumped on the Dragon Ball bandwagon. 

Ok, I love this one, with the horrible grammar and everything.

Memes aside, the games will be different. Matter of fact, Dragon Ball Fighter-Z might be closer to other games that Arc System Works developed before, just like the Guilty Gear and Blazblue series.
Another group of fans that are excited for this game, of course, is the Dragon Ball community.
YouTube exploded with live reactions to the trailer and most of the reactions were from Dragon Ball Youtubers. How can they not be excited, the game is so faithful to the source material, not only with supers and special moves, but with character intros and even normal attacks. Great attention to detail has been put into this game.

I mean, look at THIS!!

The game will be release early 2018 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC, with a closed beta coming at the end of this summer for PS4 and Xbox One. If you want to get ready for this game I could recommend for you to play some of the previous Arc System Works games, you know, Guilty Gear and Blazblue. If you can’t wait for a Dragon Ball 2D fighter though, I might have something for you.

Dragon Ball Z Extreme Butoden!!

Bandai Namco and Arc System Works already worked on a 2D fighter Dragon Ball game, the catch is that it was for the 3DS. To be fair, Dragon Ball Z Extreme Butoden is a very functional 2D Fighter, and we don’t have many of those on the 3DS. In the game, you can have up to three characters or you can use assists only characters instead. Assists characters take less space than playable characters so you can have one Playable character with four assists. This changes the dynamic of the game quite a bit! You can have a match where one player has two playable fighters with two assists vs someone with three fighters and no assists. This is a game where the complexity comes from how you use your assists, and this game has some powerful assists.

And it doesn’t look half bad.

Are you excited for Dragon Ball Fighter-Z? I know I am! Let us know. Now I return to the deepest darkest corners of my dwelling. Goodbye, for now, my friends.

So HYPE!!!

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