Video Game Tuesday: E3 2016 Predictions

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It’s nearly that time of year again and I’m going to make some guesses for this week’s Video Game Tuesday! It’s my E3 2016 Predictions!

Things that will be discussed for sure: Sports games (ugh), Call of Duty (let it die already!), Destiny (let’s see how Bungie shoots themselves in the feet this year), and Zelda Wii U. Now for my actual guesses!

Nintendo: I think I remember reading something on Kotaku a month or two back about how Zelda will be the only thing discussed during E3, but I bet we’ll get some word about the NX, if only to learn when we can learn about it in an upcoming Nintendo Direct.

Sony: They’ll be talking about some first party exclusives, and there’s good chances of the PS4.5 being announced formally.

Microsoft: Like Sony, there is a good chance that they’ll be talking about the Xbox One hardware updates they have planned. There’s also a very good chance at them announcing Halo 6. Oh and they’ll bring the yearly sports games onto their conference stage like always.

Ubisoft: Watch Dogs 2 will be announced most likely, hopefully it’ll take the concept of the first game and make it a masterpiece like they did with Assassin’s Creed and Assassin’s Creed II. There will most likely also announce Far Cry 5, but who knows. Thankfully Assasin’s Creed has been confirmed to be taking a break this year, hopefully they can reinvigorate the series, but no high hopes from me on that.

Bungie: They’ll announce the September Destiny expansion and barf up some lines about they’re going to knock our socks off with a real story in Destiny 2. I’ll believe it when I finish playing the review copy.

That’s it for this week’s Video Game Tuesday! What are some of your guesses about what will be talked about or announced this year? Leave a comment below!

Anime Sunday: AntiMagic Academy The 35th Test Platoon Episode 01 Impressions

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This week for Anime Sunday I’m covering a series that I was looking forward to this season. It’s AntiMagic Academy The 35th Test Platoon Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: In a world where people possessing magic are going extinct and armaments are at the peak, the seat that was taken from the sword by magic, is handed over to guns and the one cracking down on remaining magical threats is the “Inquisition”. Kusanagi Takeru despite being unable to use guns, and fights with only a sword, is attending Inquisition’s training institution known as the “AntiMagic Academy”. The 35th Test Platoon aka “Small Fry Platoon” led by Takeru is a mishmash of underachievers. However, one day a handgun-using super elite qualified to join Dullahan, Ootori Ouka has been enlisted in their platoon.

Plot: Well that’s the plot, but dammit the Anime studio is doing a terrible job with it. They are pacing it way to freaking fast, making half of the first volume into a single episode.

Characters: The cast is great, but this Anime is doing them way too much injustice. There’s a reason why Takeru can use a sword in the era of guns, and that’s completely skipped over in the Anime. It’s a huge plot point, but they just skip it. I’m super disappointed.

Art: The art is great, but it’s sadly not ufotable, which might have been enough to save this series in my opinion. But it isn’t and it isn’t enough.

Music: The musical score is okay, and another disappointment. The cast is voiced, decently but completely differently than I thought. Lapis in particular is just poorly done.

Overall: Skip this and read the Light Novels, you’ll be a hell of a lot less disappointed.

Video Game Tuesday: Why I’m not returning to Destiny

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This week on Video Game Tuesday I’m covering a subject I got asked by a few friends over the last couple of weeks. I’m not going back to Destiny, and I’ll explain why below!

You really aren’t going to play the new expansion even though you wrote for months about this game?: Yes, even I one of the most fervent fans is sick of the crap that happens in Destiny every day with no change. Hey that guy who did absolutely jack shit in Crucible just got one of the best guns in the game again, while I went for a K/D ratio of 10? How about I’ve got 3 max level characters and kept getting No Land Beyond from all my exotic chances this week? What does Bungie do to fix the problems that have been apparent since Day 1? Nothing, they instead focus on meaningless crap like PvP balancing in a game that they said would be more PvE than PvP focused. What about letting us see more of the Tower instead of the roof and a few rooms inside it? How about that giant freaking city you said we’d be able to visit? What about fixing the bugs in the raid that launched with the game instead of breaking it further? They do none of these things, and I’ve talked about PUDs before, but this is getting to an almost stupid amount at this point.

But what about that Trials of Osiris thingy, and the Prison of the Elders?: First, if all reports are to believed the Prison of the Elders is going to be a Horde mode, or if you never played a Gears of War game and went for Halo, Firefight 2.0. They say that it’s going to be more varied, but i’ll let you into a little secret about programming, unless you randomly generate everything including the playable arena, it’s going to get boring after about the 10th time. In an FPS game they can’t do that because it’d be too unforgiving if they had 10 Atheons spawn and just wreck the players. It’ll follow a certain set of rules and about 10 times through everyone will know sort of what to expect, grunt wave, more difficult enemy wave, elite enemy wave, boss level enemy wave, repeat as necessary. If that sounds familiar to you that’s because that is  pretty much what Firefight was. Between the two Bungie developed Halo games it was in, Firefight didn’t change all that much in a game design sense.  Even worse is the basic concept of a horde mode, unending waves of enemies. I’ve farmed for glimmer, engrams and bounties for hours. I’m sick and tired of these freaking enemies.

Second about the Trials of Osiris:We’ve had a total of 3 in game mentions of this guy Osiris, two from Dinklebot in mission intros and one from the bastard named Cryptarch. Supposedly he was a bad ass warlock, but we never learned much about him in the game, like a lot of other things. However the gameplay of Trials of Osiris is pretty much just a bit more high stakes version of Iron Banner. Whoop de freaking do, nothing new except for new “rewards” that will be only good for looks because they removed all the point of gear in HoW.

What about that Raid later this year?: I’m highly disappointed by the execution of Crota’s End, and to be honest I’m sick of the shitty gamebreaking bugs that Bungie either refuses to fix, or even worse can’t because they are incompetent. Vault of Glass still is bugged to this day, 7 months later and it’s looking like it won’t ever be fixed. I have no faith that this new raid will be good, and even worse I’m betting I’d have to pay for that “Comet” content update to access it. Not interested in being tricked again.

Overall: I’m sick of being told I’d be able to X,Y, and Z and only being able to do X, which is to face off against the same aliens endlessly.

Anime Sunday: Black Bullet

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This week I’m covering Black Bullet, the biggest disappointment of the Spring 2014 season.

Plot Synopsis: In the year 2021, mankind is decimated by the epidemic of Gastrea, a parasitical virus, and is forced to live within the Monoliths, which are created from Varanium: a metal wall that is able to subdue Gastrea. Soon, the “Cursed Children”, children born with the Gastrea virus who are able to control it, which gives them superhuman abilities, are discovered. Due to the Gastrea virus’ intervention, the Cursed Children could only be female. Civil Securities are formed to specialize fighting against Gastrea, operating with the pair of an Initiator, who are cursed children, and a Promoter, serving to lead the cursed children. Ten years after the epidemic, Rentarō Satomi, a high school student who is also a Promoter in Tendō Civil Security Agency owned by his childhood friend Kisara Tendō, along with his Initiator, Enju Aihara, receives a secret mission to prevent the Tokyo Area’s destruction and world.

Plot: While it sticks to the plot of the light novel and manga adaptation it deviates after the first few episodes and I felt that it really cheapens the growth of the characters in an irreparable way. Which is a complete shame because the animation for this show is amazing and I would love to continue watching it if they just didn’t butcher the story.

Characters: Rentaro is a pretty bad ass character and so is Enju, but it’s a shame we don’t get to see more of Kisara in the first arc, as I feel like her character was really left out of the action.

Art: It’s amazing, which like I said above is a shame because I can’t stand watching past the first 4 episodes.

Music: It’s got an opening by fripSide, the group who did the openings for Toaru Kagaku no Railgun series, so it already has a plus in my books but it’s also got an amazing soundtrack. The ending isn’t that great, but it’s not bad either.

Overall: For those who like Horror series you’ll love this.

For those who like: Horror, Action, Post apocalyptic.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, or bugs.