First off is the grass snake which by the internetz is named SMUGLEAF which is an amazing name. But unfortunately his real name is well SNIVY. It sounds nasally and terrible. He’ll always be Smugleaf for me.
e pig was nicknamed Piglit, Baken or Pignition depending on your preference. His real name? Tepig. Tepid Pig or Teh Pig? Either way it sucks. You’re forever Baken to me. Bake + Bacon. He’s a Fire-Type and a Pig? Awe yeah. Clever.
Finally is the guy I’m picking the water otter. His internet name is cute and chuckleworthy which is DERPDERP. But instead we have his real name, OSHAWOTT. It’s okay, I’m still naming mine MASAMUNE because his final form is a samurai sea lion narwhal with a mustache.
Overall the names suck. But luckily I have a tendency to name them. Oh well at least there’s still fun to be had with these names.
I love Metal Gear Solid. Still looking forward to the games early next year! Also the region is now called UNOVA instead of ISSHU. UNOVA= United States and something to do with bright stars. Whatever. Still looking forward to it!
Superman Earth One is a rare gem in a universe of convuluted story archs and cheesy boy scout representations of the man of steel. Mostly Superman is depicted as a do-gooder that makes all the right decisions which in turn creates the character into a painfully positive annoyance most of the time.
Earth One is not that.
Earth One is the true origin story of how the last son of Krypton, Kal-El, becomes the godly phenomenon that he is today. It follows a young Clark Kent as he struggles with the decision of leading a normal life of safety and peace at the expense of everything that he is or embracing who he is and becoming the true hero of the planet Earth.
It`s an emotionally engaging story that truly depicts the real persona of Clark Kent and how the actions a man takes will in turn define him for the rest of his life. As a young man myself it is very easy to connect with the way the character is represented as a man unsure of what he wants to do with his life and only further gives me hope when an event happens that truly defines him, which in turn gives me some sort of hope for my own future.
The story is well told and has many metaphors alluding to Clarks past that in turn explain his character better. The main central conflict is that an alien invasion on a world scale is unleashed upon the planet as a single man searches for the last son of Krypton. And Clark is given the choice to either stay in the shadows and let millions die or expose himself to the world and never be a man again.
This is, for the first in a long time, that I`ve ever seen the character as vulnerable and as real as ever. The young Clark is a bitter and unbelivably tormented individual that wishes for the ability to provide for his family but in turn is able to breathe in space and fly past the speed of light.
The story depicts Clark as a child being abused by other children his age for being indescribably different then the masses and the lone isolation he has learned to grow and fear throughout his young life. It`s interesting to finally being able to connect with a character is almost unrelatable due to how powerful he is and for once, you can honestly feel like you`re in his shoes.
That`s not to say the entire story is just speaking there is plenty of fighting aswell. The action is well placed and not overdone to the point of redundancy but instead the fighting is used as a metaphor for a man trying to fight his way through his own fears and tribulations.
A lot of interesting lore is also explained from how Clark`s planet was destroyed exactly and how the costume that dons the iconic `S`that is with Clark as he crashlands on Earth is actually made of a material that is indestructible to anything in the universe. Which is something I always wondered due to how much damage is caused and there is never a scratch. Now it makes sense to me and truly gives his costume a more of a armor-like feel then just booty shorts and red boots.
This is truly the story of a man lost in the universe and the artwork couldn`t be any better. Shane Davis is a superstar and rising artist that draws in a very iconic and clean yet detailed fashion that made every panel a delight to gaze upon. It`s truly a beautifully drawn piece of art.
At the end of the day I would be perfectly content if this story became a direct inspiriation for a feature length film of the character. It has all the rights elements of a modern take on a classic iconic character and would, in my opinion, translate very well into a film. It even alludes to a even more powerful villain beyond the forces that battle Clark in the story, which is always exciting.
This is a classic modern story and should be enjoyed by anyone interested in the stories of the man of tomorrow. It`s beautiful, well-told and above all it`s enjoyable.
OVERALL SCORE: 10 out of 10
- Beautiful art
- Amazing story
- Relatable to the character
- Dialogue is well thought out
- Could easily be a feature film
- Fresh take on a tired genre
- Very emotional
- Just overall great
- Could of had more special features in the back but not complaining
Superman: Earth One is a classic, you have to read it. Did you know the reason why he has a `S`on his suit is to represent that he is first and foremost a son of his planet and family? It’s to remind him that he’s just a man at the end of the day. Interesting stuff.
But in all honesty read it, it’s that good. Looking forward to the same take later on on Batman. EEEEP. <3
"The seven hundred ton elephant in the room returns."
If your boyfriends are seemingly silent all of a sudden, rooms smell of sweat and stale air and there’s not as many people out on the streets then you know what time of year it is.
It’s time for another Call of Duty game.
The biggest release of the year has finally dawned upon the gaming community and taken the crown of multiplayer, levelling up, electricity bills and our sweet good ‘ol time.
Black Ops is a great and well rounded FPS that blends RPG elements and strengths from previous games in it’s genre to help create what could be a contender for GAME OF THE YEAR in many people’s eyes. It’s intense, varied and is well worth the purchase in the long haul, until next year when the next Call of Duty comes out of course.
The single player campaign follows the story of an American Black Op soldier that is being interrogated by what seems to be a group of people interested in knowing what he knows. That man is Alex Mason, voiced by Sam Worthington, as you play through flashbacks through various conflicts from the siege of Fidel Castro’s villa to the battlefields of Vietnam as you try to piece together a storyline that is interesting and compelling enough to drive the narrative towards a satisfying conclusion once everything is revealed.
Yes, it sort of pulls a Fight Club but hey what can you do.
Black Ops features a virtual behemoth of a multiplayer mode where players are pitted against eachother in mortal combat as the seemingly endless supply of players murder, maim and devastate eachother through the use of gunfire, tomahawks and napalm strikes from fighter jets.
The multiplayer is leaps and bounds better than the Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer and features something that puts all mutliplayer to shame, balance. Nothing feels over powered in the multiplayer, apart from some quirks that some guns are superior in certain areas but overall the game establishes the new rules that killstreaks no longer count towards the use of higher killstreaks and levelling is changed through the use of a positive step forward known as COD POINTS.
COD POINTS is basically currency you spend to unlock new guns, perks, attachments, emblems, camo, reticle sights and face paint to customize and prepare yourself for the battles ahead against the legion of fans that await your sights.
The only gripe I had with the multiplayer is the difficulty to sometimes connect to hosts and the respawns sometimes completely changing the flow of battle as enemy combatments suddenly would spawn beside me, behind me or I would spawn into enemy fire resulting in an instant death not even a few seconds after entering the match. Hopefully there will be a patch.
The other popular mode is back and this time feels harder and stronger then ever, Zombie Mode.
This, to me anyways, feels like the weakest component of the game simply because I never cared about cooperative killing of this nature due to the sheer amount of excitement and reward the online multiplayer brings me. I did laugh that you get to play as famous leaders such as JF Kennedy, which is not weak against headshots to other tyrants such as Fidel Castro or President Nixon. In my opinion SPEC OPS in Modern Warfare 2 was a much better addition to this and felt like a missed opportunity that this was included instead, but to each their own.
Overall in the end Black Ops is great value for your money in a market full of games demanding full price for only a few hours of entertainment. The multiplayer alone is a full game and the campaign is longer then entire full retail games that offer only single player gameplay for the same price as Black Ops.
This is a great package for what it’s worth. Just don’t pay attention to the floating apple.
OVERALL SCORE: 9.5 out of 10
- Great value
- Great campaign
- Amazing multiplayer
- Seemingly unlimited content
- Feels balanced
- Great to look at
- Wonderful sound design
- Woods is awesome
- Sam Worthington
- Massive fanbase leading to dedicated online
- Overall it’s just really fun
- Respawns need work
- Hosting sometimes makes games slow
- Hard to connect to other players sometimes
- SPEC OPS is better than Zombie Mode anyday of the week
- Although a gorgeous game it is showing it’s age
Black Ops is a must for those who are interested in multiplayer and FPS’s in general. It’s a wonderful package for the price and should be played by everyone which it really already is anyway.
Go and get it. You’ll have no life for a few days, I guarantee it.