First Impressions: DRAGON BALL FIGHTERZ Beta Was Fun, But Online Servers Were A Mess

dv.jpg

This last weekend saw the arrival of the Dragon Ball FighterZ closed beta and WTF?...  Before I get into that, let me just say: the game is awesome!  So, what’s with the WTF you ask?  Well of the 12 hours the beta was open for, I managed to only get into one online match and even that was after about 6 minutes of matchmaking time.  Well if you only got into one match, how did you spend the rest of the beta, you might ask.  Simple, while servers were unresponsive and not allowing me into the online lobbies I got to, thankfully, participate in trial matches against the CPU.  This is where I spent roughly 4 of my 7 hours of time with the beta.  As for the rest of the time, I was either trying to get into the lobby or waiting fruitlessly in matchmaking.  Now don’t get me wrong, this was a beta, things aren’t supposed to work completely.  But, I did expect to spend a LITTLE more time playing online matches.

fin2.jpg

OK, now that I ranted about the lackluster servers, let’s talk about what’s most important here, gameplay!  I have not had this much fun in a fighting game since I played Marvel Vs. Capcom 2 back in the arcades.  What made this game so fun to me was the pure approachability of it.  Combos and special moves are simple to execute, most just involving quarter circle turns forward or back plus any other button.  While more complex moves do exist, the simplicity of the basic fighting mechanics will ensure anyone can pick up the game and feel awesome about kicking an opponent through a mountain!  Matches are played out between two teams of three and there was a good variety available in the beta.  Unfortunately, the trial fights selected random characters for you so I never got to figure out my perfect dream team.    

fin.jpg

Presentation is the final key to this awesome formula.  Graphics look like they are straight out of the never DBZ movies.  Each character looks and feels just like you would expect.  The truly jaw dropping part of the presentation is delivered by the moves themselves.  Everything from a simple Ki attack to earth cracking explosions looks so epic I can’t get enough!  This also allows the game to look way more interesting than other fighting games I have played.  While this was only a beta, there are still things to improve, like character balance and server issues.  With there being quite some time between now and the games 2018 release, I am confident these will be ironed out from the data collected this weekend.  The team at Bandai Namco have done well to craft an amazing fighter based off one of the greatest Animes of all time!  Did you get a chance to play Dragon Ball FighterZ this weekend?  Let us know in the comments below!

Permalink

STAR WARS Fans Start Petition To Have J.J. Abrams Removed as STAR WARS: EPISODE IX Director

Silly Star Wars fans. Now that Lucasfilm has hired the director they really want to direct Star Wars: Episode IX, there's no way in hell they are going to let him go. 

A bunch of Star Wars fans were upset to learn that J.J. Abrams, the director of The Force Awakens, was brought on board to also helm Episode IX. So, what do disgruntedly fans do? They started a petition to have him removed as the director and replaced by something else. 

So why are fans so upset about Abrams directing Episode IX? I'll let the petition tell you:

Star Wars fans abroad were upset with the result of J.J. Abrams' directing of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Although not reflected in the box office sales, most fans agree that Abrams' vision for Episode VII resulted in a rehash of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. There was virtually no creativity, and no risks taken. Such complacency cannot be the trajectory of this sequel trilogy. More specifically, the metric for success in a Star Wars movie cannot be box office sales. Lucasfilm and Disney *need* to listen to fan criticism. Star Wars fans deserve better. They demand better.
At the start of the new sequel trilogy, beginning with The Force Awakens, Lucasfilm and Disney promised a new director for each movie to promote a fresh new vision on every installment. With the hiring of J.J. Abrams to direct the upcoming Episode IX, Lucasfilm and Disney have both reneged on this promise.
Therefore, to prevent Star Wars Episode IX from becoming yet another rip off of the original trilogy (specifically, a rip off of Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi), and for the good of the Star Wars brand, we demand that Kathleen Kennedy replace J.J. Abrams as director of the upcoming Episode IX film.  

Personally, I think Abrams is a much better choice than Colin Trevorrow, so I don't know why people are complaining. It could have been worse. 

Obviously, not everyone liked what Abrams did. The petition has a goal of getting 500 signatures but 500 signatures aren't going to change anything. Even if they got 500,000, I know for a fact that Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy still wouldn't consider letting Abrams go. 

He will end up playing well with the team and make a Star Wars film that will make Lucasfilm happy. That's all that matters to the studio. 

Teaser Trailer For Amazon’s Upcoming JACK RYAN Series – “$10 Bill”

Amazon Studios has released the first teaser trailer for their upcoming Jack Ryan series based on the classic Tom Clancy book series. The promo is called "$10 Bill" and if follows a $10 bill as it travels from the bedroom of a little girl deep into the drug underworld. It's actually a pretty fascinating teaser. The first full trailer is set to premiere at NYCC.

The series stars John Krasinski (13 Hours, The Office) as Jack Ryan and it's being developed by Carlton Cuse, who previously brought us shows such as Lost, Bates Motel, and The Strain.

It's said that the series isn't a direct adaptation of the books like the first Jack Ryan movies. The show will be a reinvention a give us a "new contemporary take on the character in his prime as a CIA analyst/operative using the novels as source material." 

Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan follows an up-and-coming CIA analyst thrust into a dangerous field assignment for the first time. Ryan (Krasinski) uncovers a pattern in terrorist communication that launches him into the center of a dangerous gambit with a new breed of terrorism that threatens destruction on a global scale.

I think Krasinski is a great choice for the role of Ryan, who was previously played by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck and Chris Pine. We don't see him in action in this first teaser, but we will on October 7th when the full trailer is released. 

Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan will stream exclusively on Amazon Prime in 2018.

First Look at David Tennant and Michael Sheen in Neil Gaiman’s GOOD OMENS Series

Neil Gaiman has shared a fun photo that gives us our first look at Michal Sheen and David Tennant in his upcoming Amazon series adaptation of Good Omens.

Good Omens is a collaboration by Gaiman and Terry Pratchet. It's a story about a Demon and an Angel right before the end of the world who don't want it to happen yet. Sheen is taking on the role of the angel Aziraphale and Tannant is playing the demon, Crowley in the six-part series which has started shooting. They look perfect in their roles! I have no doubt that they will awesomely bring these two characters to life in the series. I just can't wait to see these two actors play off of each other as the angel and demon. It's gonna be great!

When previously talking about the series, Sheen had this to say in a statement: 

“I first read ‘Good Omens’ as a teenager and it’s been one of my favourite stories ever since. To be part of the team entrusted with bringing it alive on screen is a bit of a dream come true to be honest. To work alongside Neil, who I think is one of the greatest storytellers of all time, is incredibly exciting. And, just like the rest of the world, I’m a huge fan of David’s so I relish trying to save it with him.”

The series is being co-produced by BBC Studios alongside the Blank Corporation and Narrativia, which is a production company owned by Terry Pratchet's Daughter, Rhianna. The first season will be six one-hour long episodes. 

What do you think of Sheen and Tannant's look in the series!? 

Jonathan Frakes Reveals Pretty Big STAR TREK: DISCOVERY Story Spoiler

This past weekend, a few of the stars from Star Trek: The Next Generation reunited for a panel during the Star Trek-themed Continuing Voyage Tour convention in Chicago. Those stars included Gates McFadden, Marina Sirtis, Michael Dorn, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton, Denise Crosby and Jonathan Frakes.

During the panel, Frakes, who is a director on the new Star Trek: Discovery series, spilled the beans on a story element that one of the Discovery episodes will focus on. If you don't want to know what that story entails, don't read ahead!

According to the former Commander Riker, one of the episodes of Discovery will include the Mirror Universe! Here are is a tweet that was posted from one of the fans in attendance revealing the news, which was later confirmed by Trek Movie:

He also went on to say that the pilot episode for the series is "amazing".

This means that Discovery will be the fourth Star Trek series to play with the Mirror Universe. It's also was featured in the Original Series, Deep Space Nine, and Enterprise. If you're not familiar with the Mirror Universe, Trek Movie offers a good breakdown:

The Mirror Universe is an iconic part of Star Trek which was introduced during the second season of The Original Series. In the episode “Mirror, Mirror” written by Jerome Bixby, Captain Kirk, Lieutenant Uhura, Dr. McCoy and Scotty were transported into a parallel universe due to a transporter accident. This Mirror Universe had a dark and brutal Terran Empire in place of the peaceful United Federation of Planets and it took all their wits, and a little help from a the bearded Mr. Spock of that universe to return them home. 

I think it's pretty cool that the Mirror Universe will be revisited and I'm curious to see what story the creative team built around it with these new characters. Since the new series takes place prior to the events of the original series, the characters from Discovery will be the first from the Star Fleet Federation to come across the Mirror Universe. 

Are you excited to hear that the Mirror Universe will be making a comeback in the new Trek series?

I also included a new promo spot for the series for you to watch below!

FORTNITE Currently Has Cross Play Between PlayStation 4 And Xbox One

In a move that will either end in a dream come true for the gaming community or an all-out legal slugfest about contract violations, Fortnite currently has the ability to play cross-platform between Xbox One and PS4. Reddit has been sharing this video (among other things) as proof that the cross-play is real. Check it out and continue on below for the explanation:

Watch live video from psnprecision on www.twitch.tv

See that name? That's an impossible name to create on PS4 because of the space in the tag as PSN users are forced to make an underscore if they want to have space in their name. Soon after the discovery many other people began to hop online with their own forms of evidence. Still, it's good to be suspicious of this one as one can't even begin to describe the hell storm that will happen as Sony finds out today that one of the games on their console is cross playable with an Xbox One, and can't imagine any gaming company would take the risk of angering them and potentially getting their game dropped from the console. 

We'll keep an eye on this story and update you as we learn more. 

Source: Eurogamer

Permalink

GREMLINS Director Joe Dante Teams With 4 Directors For New Horror Anthology Film NIGHTMARE CINEMA

gremlins-director-joe-dante-teams-with-4-directors-for-new-horror-anthology-film-nightmare-cinema1

I enjoy watching horror anthology films! I've been hooked on them ever since I first saw the 1982 film Creepshow. We now have a new horror anthology movie going into development called Nightmare Cinema. The film set in a haunted theater.

The movie also brings together five genre directors to helm the segments of the film. Those directors include Joe Dante (Gremlins, The Burbs), Mick Garris (The Stand), Alejandro Brugués (Juan of the Dead), and Ryuhei Kitamura (The Midnight Meat Train).

Mickey Rourke also stars in the film as a mysterious character who operates the creepy haunted theater’s projector. Here's a synopsis: 

A series of down-on-their-luck individuals enter the decrepit and spine-chilling Rialto theater, only to have their deepest and darkest fears brought to life on the silver screen by The Projectionist – a mysterious, ghostly figure who holds the nightmarish futures of all who attend his screenings. By the time our patrons realize the truth, escape is no longer an option. For once the ticket is torn, their fate is sealed at Nightmare Cinema.

Nightmare Cinema sounds like it will be a fun movie! It's currently in the post-production phase and as of right now there's no release date. It was also revealed that there are plans in place to develop a TV series out of the film inspired by anthology shows like Tales From the Crypt, so that's something to look forward to, especially if the movie turns out good!

New STAR WARS Book Tells the Story of Obi-Wan Kenobi’s After Death Adventures; Plus More New STAR WARS Story Details!

maxresdefault.jpg

Before the Star Wars prequels, it is probably safe to say that Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi appeared in Star Wars movies more as a ghost than he did a living Jedi. He took the infamous form after allowing Darth Vader to "strike him down" in Star Wars: A New Hope. Now a new story in the anthology book Star Wars: From A Certain Point of View aims to explore more of what Master Kenobi experienced as a ghost.

The new book contains 40 different stories from forty different authors, each of which tells all sorts of tales from the galaxy far, far away. The author Cavan Scott's story will focus on the first few moments after Kenobi was sliced by Vader. I've included information on the other stories as well that each of the authors have released. You can check those out below!

Now more than ever have fans been demanding to know more about Obi-Wan, especially since the news of an Obi-Wan spinoff movie being developed by Lucasfilm.

You can pick up Star Wars: From A Certain Point of View when it arrives in stores on October 3.

Ben Affleck Says Batman is looking for Hope in JUSTICE LEAGUE

justice-league-wonder-woman-flash-and-batman-bs-1920x1080.jpg

Ben Affleck is telling us more about his Batman character in Justice League, in a recent interview with US Weekly, Affleck and Gal Gadot addressed how their characters have changed since we last saw them. Gadot explains:

“She’s grown up — it’s been a century, after all! She’ll bring her specific qualities to a group dynamic, and she understands the enemy better than anyone else.”

Affleck adds that Batman is looking for hope:

"In Batman v Superman, he was at the end of his rope. But in Justice League he’s finding hope again. He has to open up and play well with others. He knows he needs them. But he’s really trying to make it work and develop a good relationship with all of them. He might be a mentor to The Flash.”

When talking about the dynamic between Batman and Wonder Woman, Gadot says:

"Since they’ve fought together, they know each other’s strengths. They also understand the hope Superman stood for, that was lost [when he died], so they feel that more than the others."

Justice League was directed by Zack Snyder and Joss Whedon and stars also stars Henry CavillJason Momoa, Ezra MillerRay Fisher, Willem Dafoe, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy IronsDiane LaneJ.K. Simmons, and Amy Adams.

Fueled by the hero’s restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Justice League sees Bruce Wayne enlist the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

Justice League is set to open in theaters on November 10, 2017.

Jon Bernthal Say THE PUNISHER Will Be The Darkest and Most Brutal Part of The MCU

Just in case you aren't excited enough about Netflix's upcoming Marvel series The Punisher, Jon Bernthal is here to throw some much hype at your face. During a recent interview with EW, the actor opened up about the series and said it's going to be the darkest and brutal part of the MCU. That's not really surprising, as we are talking about The Punisher here. 

When comparing the Punisher of the upcoming solo series to the Punisher of Daredevil Season 2, he says:

"The Frank Castle you see in Daredevil is reeling from the trauma of having his family killed, so the only thing he knows is his mission to kill every single person who’s responsible for his family’s death, and killing them in the most brutal way possible, because that’s the only way to quiet the storm that’s in his head. He can only quiet it momentarily by taking these people out.
"He’s a man on a mission again [in The Punisher], and what [Punisher showrunner and Hannibal alum Steve] Lightfoot is trying to do is ask the question 'What do you do when that’s over? What do you find out about yourself when you realize there’s nothing left? What is his purpose?' There’s an introspective bent in trying to figure that out. He finds something to fight for, something new to believe in."

This sets the dark mood of the series and gives you a sense of what is going on in the characters head. He's tortured and that torture will apparently lead to the darkest of dark Marvel stories in the MCU. Bernthal explains: 

"This season is much darker as it goes, it gets darker and darker and more visceral. The show takes you on this journey of Frank becoming more and more human again and then shutting off and shutting off and going back to what works for him, and the place where he kind of belongs, and I think that’s a place of solitude and of darkness and destruction. It’s going to get into as dark and as brutal a place as you’ve ever seen in the Marvel world, I can promise you that."

Sounds like it's going to be an amazingly awesome series that will depress the hell out of us. One thing is for sure, audiences are going to need to buckle up because this is going to be a wild ride!

The actor explained that he put a lot into preparing for the role of Frank Castle and that in the process he wanted to make sure he was being respectful to the military community, and those who suffer from the long-term mental consequences of war.  

I'm looking forward to seeing how this character unravels in the series. This is such a complicated dark and emotional character and it sounds like Bernthal and the team behind the series are handingly him with care.