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Monday, February 14, 2022

Why I Still Have Love For CYBERPUNK 2077


Cyberpunk 2077 had one of the worst video game launches in modern times. The game was a buggy mess. The suits deceived people with gameplay on PC because the console port was trash. Playstation removed it from their marketplace and was issuing refunds.
The suits at the company ignored the developers' suggestions and went full steam ahead. To be fair, this is not the first game that had so much hype behind it to have a horrible launch i.e, No Man's Sky. After a year of patching and updates, I think this is the game I wish came out at launch. I am a firm defender of this game. I wanna talk about why I stan for NIght City. 
A lot of people don't know that Cyberpunk began as a tabletop game by the same name. It was made in 1988 just six years after Blade Runner came out. I often wonder if they helped each other in the long run. The follow-up is cyberpunk 2020, which came out in 1990. The most recent addition Cyberpunk Red came out in 2020. If you're already invested in the tabletop game, the video game is the next step since a lot of elements and storylines come into play. If you haven't played the tabletop game, you can still hop straight into the video and not feel left out. But if you do decide to pick up the tabletop and get more invested in the world you'll see 2077 in a different light. Also, the creator of it all is Mike Pondsmith, a black man from Santa Cruz, so I gotta show some support for black creators, especially in a space where they are sparse. 

They give you three different life paths to choose from. Now sometimes when options like this come up it changes only a few conversations in the game and your character's backstory. Here you can help set up your character to be a badass. For example, there is a boss fight that can and will happen as one character that can be avoided as another if you're cool enough. This brings up another point. You can build your character to be anything. Wanna be great with guns? Wanna be such a great hacker that you can take down your enemies just by looking at them? Wanna bring a sword to a gunfight and win?
It can be done. If you wanna reset your point and try a whole new strategy? You can reset your points for a small fee.

The game's story is pretty wild. You will see some very interesting situations in each character path you chose. You can find yourself in a Mexican standoff in a corporate highrise. How about a fistfight with a maniac clown with a grenade for a nose ( not even kidding). Help out a tribe of nomad mercenaries on missions? Help a cop find missing children whose location is hidden in the memories of a killer who is in a coma. There are a lot of mysteries in this game, you just have to be willing to look. You can turn a corner and find a new car with no strings attached or a three-piece suit that makes you almost untouchable. You have to be an adventurer though not afraid to fall off the beaten path.

The last thing there is a lot of DLC coming out. There is a small window for the game to make a big comeback, and a lot of is gonna ride on DLC. I doubt it will all be free, but a good chunk of it should be. The players who have been around since day one flaws and all need to be taken care of.No man's Sky saved face with their DLC and support over the last few years. They need the same magic here. If people are willing to give them a chance the same way they gave Bethesda a chance with fallout 76, you could be engaging with one of the best games. I know I sound like an overzealous fanboy. You're right, I am. I'm a huge fan of the tabletop and a huge fan of the game, and by the look of people online, there are new fans every day. So, I hope to catch you in Night City sometime.

 Stay Salty, my Friends!

Friday, February 11, 2022

League of Legends review

League of Legends, Riot Games’ most prized possession, has just received one of the most refreshing fantasy/sci-fi animated series to date. The nine episodes long Netflix series chronicles the best story set within the world of League of Legends. This is something truly spectacular, as this is one of the first and only times that a video game has been adapted into a television series in a way that isn’t disappointing. In fact, Arcane is a one-of-a-kind show that screams originality. 


Arcane is by far one of the best series that has come out on Netflix, it is without a doubt the best-animated series to release in 2021. I cannot believe how precisely they’ve adopted the characters, as well as how wonderful the story and world that they’ve created has turned out. Let’s talk more in detail about this wonderful show and every aspect of it that truly makes it special.

This is a story of two sisters caught amidst a war between two very different nations. They find themselves on opposing sides of the spectrum, as the chaotic tension and unrest between the utopian land of Piltover, and the pitiful city of Zaun begin to reach unprecedented levels of angst. Vi and Jinx find each other on opposing sides of these ravaged lands. The perspective of these characters takes the center place of this show, as they get further surrounded into the political, and magical anarchy of this world. They must figure out how to further their agendas while keeping their relationship as the core of their motivations.

The futuristic utopia of Piltover is what lies above the Undercity, also known as Zaun. The former is the best place to live, at least in the lands of Runeterra, while the latter is a dystopian, violent fuelled land, full of gang violence, brutality, and crime. In the games, there isn’t any complexity to these worlds. It’s just a concept of good and bad. However, the show paints a different picture. It showcases how the upper class of Piltover, have been keeping the undercity of Zaun beneath them for their own gain.


The characters in the show are the main meat of the series. Their stories are engaging and dynamic. The series focuses on two parallel storylines; one is based in Piltover, while the other is based in Zaun. It manages to provide a deeper story for every single one of these characters to accommodate the wider audience while keeping the lore and the world of Runeterra that is beloved by fans of the game intact.

The incredible art direction adds depth and complexity to this world. It has some of the best animation and an ensemble cast of actors to do the voices. It’s a testament to how much Riot Games have grown. The artistic style and the way the characters look within the games are present here. The characters have their personalities drawn out just by the way they look, the way they speak, their mannerisms, and their expressions. What pushes it even further past the expectations is an incredible animation, which is especially prevalent throughout the fight scenes and all of that action goodness that we expected. 


This series has by far some of the best action sequences that I’ve ever seen animated on a screen. It looks even better than the live-action trailers that Riot Games has constantly been known to create for their games, and that is part of the reason why this show has sold massively. If you’re in here for the story, the world-building, the lore, and the characters. You will love the life out of it. However, if you’re just here for some good old-fashioned action, then you’re going to love it just the same. 


The series keeps a constant aura of mystery regarding its world throughout all nine episodes and leaves things unanswered for the already green-lit second season. The one thing that I really enjoyed about this show was that it constantly kept me on the edge of my seat, whether it was through the ever-evolving plot points, the highly emotional character moments, or just the fun parts like the action and the comedy. 

The voice acting in this series is absolutely phenomenal, with some of our absolute favorite Hollywood darlings featured within it. Hailee Steinfeld in particular as Vi is a stand-out. She has an adorable personality and keeps the character's colder mannerisms intact through her voice acting. Kevin Alejandro as Jayce, Harry Lloyd as Viktor, and Ella Purnell as Powder, also gave notable performances. These performances elevated the quality of the show even further, making it seem like an insanely large production rather than a television series. 


The scope and scale of Arcane are unimaginable without the outstanding soundtrack at the hands of Alexander Temple and Alex Seaver. Who mash together with a soundtrack that isn’t just orchestral, but also filled with intimately crafted slow tunes and some ecstatic synth-driven tracks. The music gives that cyberpunk feeling a kick! It’s also filled with a huge selection of wonderfully curated songs by Pvris, Pusha T, Curtis Harding, Imagine Dragons, Woodkid, Denzel Curry, and many more! The soundtrack and the music just enhance the experience. It makes sure that the audience constantly has moments to look forward to that they’ll remember for ages.


Arcane is a classic in the making, a show for people of all ages that manages to remain brutal and funny, yet still keeping everything under the PG-13 banner. It’s not a show made for children, but it’s something that they should be able to watch without their parents getting too mad about it. It’s a complex story of political intrigue, two divided worlds, two sisters on the verge of separating from one another due to lingering moralities and a whole lot of mystery. Arcane is an action-packed roller coaster ride that you just need to be on board with. This show has got plenty to keep you entangled in its web, whether you are a fan of the game or not. 


RATING: 10/10


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