So since POKEMON X & Y got announced, fan art has EXPLODED. So I took some really cool ones & compiled them here. The game is seeming to be based around France apparently.
& The starters resemble characters in classic stories. The fire fox Fennekin is the princess, Froakie the toad is the lovable thief & Chespin is the knight. That would be cool.
Anyway color me stoked, this is awesome.
So since POKEMON X & Y got announced, fan art has EXPLODED. So I took some really cool ones & compiled them here. The game is seeming to be based around France apparently.
Pokémon X and Pokémon Y Announcement (by pokemon)
YESSSSSSSSS. New GENERATION VI ( 6 ) of my favorite game series of all time has been announced!
Three starters & 2 legendaries were shown.
Chespin, a little green critter with a shell on his head. Judging from his color combination & attacks he did in the trailer, I’m going with Grass/Fighting or Grass/Rock or Grass/Ground.
Fennekin, my personal fav of the three so far is the Fire-type Firefox. Judging from the trailer I saw an attack that looked Psychic in nature & It looks very elegant so I’m going with Fire/Psychic or Fire/Ghost. Or Fire/Dark.
Last is Froakie, the Water-type toad. I’m guessing it’ll be Water/Poison, Water/Dark or Water/Electric.
The legendaries are a giant vulture looking thing that resembles a Y. & A giant deer looking creature with gem adorned horns, the X.
X & Y….female & male chromosomes. That would make sense since the Y-Pokemon looks much more masculine compared to the X-Pokemon.
Anyway, color me excited. Plus the European architecture is awesome too.
OPINION: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #700 & BEYOND
For those of you who don’t read Spiderman or don’t want things to be ruined for you, stop reading right now. Still here? Alright lemme’ get started…
This Wednesday Marvel released the final issue to THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN. After the bomb shell that Doctor Octopus has swapped bodies with Spiderman via-octo bots & other scientific mumbo jumbo, this issue starts in a very dire situation.
After Peter in a dying Octavius body escapes from prison with the help of The Scorpion, Hydro-Man & others our hero finally comes into contact with Octavius himself in Spiderman’s body. They fight & Peter almost gets the upper hand with transferring his being back into his own body until Octavius reveals that he’s out-thought Peter in every conceivable way.
As Peter’s final act of trying to recovering his body fails, the lingering effect of the octo bots pulses infects Otto’s mind & forces him to live through all of Peter’s life in a matter of seconds. This causes Otto to respect Peter & say he could never do what Peter has been able to. Then like Uncle Ben does to a young Peter Parker, our Peter tells Dr.Octopus that famous saying.
“With great power comes great responsibility.” & Then Peter dies in the mangled body of Dr.Octopus & my childhood hero dies. I can’t say I’m happy about it at all, since Peter Parker is my comic book hero & someone that I look up to regardless of being a fictional character.
What I hate about this turn out is that Peter doesn’t go out valiantly or heroically whatsoever. Instead of sending out everyones most beloved character in a matter that respects the character Stan Lee & Steve Ditko worked so hard to create, his last moments literally fall on deaf ears. I understand that it’s supposed to be an unfair situation that happens to our hero, but this is Spiderman.
He’s everyone’s favorite character. I grew up cherishing this young man who against all odds became a beacon of hope for the suppressed & unjustly treated citizens of society. He was the testament to all outsiders & exemplified what it means to be your own rock in a world that is constantly trying to drown you. But for the character to die the way he does isn’t just insulting to fans across the world, it’s insulting to the very core of the character himself.
The fact that Dr.Octopus at the end of the comic says that he will be a better Spiderman than Peter has ever been is insulting the character on every known plane of his existence. No one can be a better Spiderman than Peter Parker, because he is Spiderman. That’s like saying James Rhodes could be a better Ironman than Tony Stark, which you’d be a fool to think since Ironman exists because of Tony Stark. There’s a reason these iconic characters are brought to life through these individuals lives, they are these characters & that’s it.
So going into January with THE SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #1 is a tough pill to swallow for many fans right now. I was cool with Peter Parker dying in the ULTIMATES version of comics, because that was some bizarro character that I didn’t care for ‘cause it wasn’t main continuity. Hell you could make ULTIMATE Peter Parker into a guy who swings around in a ballerina suit & I wouldn’t care—-as long as they left my Peter Parker alone.
But they didn’t. I don’t understand why both Spiderman titles feel the need to erase Peter Parker from the equation. Apparently they wanted a darker & edgier Spiderman comic, but isn’t that what the symbiote is for? I love Spiderman BECAUSE he’s happy, light-hearted & hilarious. If I wanted brooding I’d go read Batman or Spawn. Lemme put it into a different way for you to understand how I feel about this.
Imagine if MARVEL comics was a restaurant & Spiderman was a very well made dish that everyone loved to order because it tasted great & never let them down. Now imagine you went to go eat at your favorite restaurant & order the Spiderman spaghetti ‘cause you know it’s really good. Suddenly upon being given your food you’re handed a hamburger with roasted calamari in it. You’re confused by why they’d change such a delicious meal & you ask the waiter why they would do such a thing.
The waiter might say, “Oh y’know to shake things up a bit.” Or “We were getting tired of making the same thing.” Either way you’re confused, annoyed & disappointed that they’d change something that didn’t need changing at all. You still paid for it but it doesn’t help with leaving a bad taste in your mouth. Now you’re questioning if it’s even worth going back to the restaurant if you can’t even get what you always came in for.
But you know that in about 6 months to 1 years time everything should return to status quo, at least you hope so. This is how I view this decision really.
I’m starting to think that the overwhelming influences of darkness from other comics & movies are what somewhat influenced this decision. The Dark Knight trilogy is infamously known for being gritty & realistic which inevitably spawned every Hollywood agency into making more realistic comic films. This is great to an extent but it almost tarnishes the properties in a sense as well with this constant need for realism.
Look at the new Spiderman movie that just came out, it’s a re-telling of something that didn’t need to be retold whatsoever. It’s not a bad movie, not by a longshot, but the film relies a little too much on trying to be gritty & dark like the Nolan Batman films when it doesn’t have to be. The Avengers is the only comic book movie this year I can completely say I actually loved because it celebrated that quirkiness of comic books without losing what it is.
A comic book.
What I’m getting at is that Spiderman doesn’t need to be a dark & brooding character. The point to Spiderman is that he’s the kind of character that holds so much regret & sadness within him but ascends above it all with his heroic perseverance. After the death of Uncle Ben, Gwen & Captain Stacy among others he’s lived through it all & refused to back down from being the hero that society needs. It’s that beautiful balance that makes the character so legendary & immortal in his 50 years of existence.
I’m not trying to bash Dan Slott or anyone else involved with this book, I’m still excited about it. But it doesn’t mean I can’t be a little cautious or god forbid pissed that they killed my favorite character in literary existence. What annoys me more is the after effects of what this entire decision to make Octavius into Spiderman could spawn from.
Let’s theoretically say that Peter Parker eventually becomes Spiderman again & Octavius becomes, well Octavius again. If after this point Octavius goes back to his “status quo” of being a bad guy after spending so much time as Spiderman, I’ll face palm in total frustration. Because then I’ll know that this is just a stunt for money & if the character of Octavius doesn’t learn anything from being his greatest foe & just eventually becomes evil again, this is pardon my language absolutely retarded.
I can’t see Octavius just returning to being himself after this whole shebang is over & done with. First off, his body is dead & shrivelled up like a prune. So if Dan Slott somehow bait & switches this with somewhat bringing back Octavius, I can’t respect that sort of artistic integrity. I mean this also isn’t the first time a villain of Spiderman has become him.
It was called Kraven’s Last Hunt & it made total sense since Kraven was dying.
But it’s just annoying knowing that this will all return to status quo & it’ll mean nothing. The only way I’m okay with this “Freaky Friday” idea here is if Peter is still alive & is Spiderman but Octavius’s personality is infused with his own. So technically Spiderman is still alive but his greatest villain sometimes gets the best of him & takes over his mind or something. That could be cool, or totally idiotic ‘n’ eye roll worthy.
Nevertheless I’m not happy with the decision thus far & I find it ridiculous that Marvel feels the need to kill their best characters only to revive them months later. I mean Captain America got shot in the head, he’s totally good now. Remember Human Torch sacrificing himself to save the rest of The Fantastic Four? Well he’s currently in a spaceship full of kids in a Nation Lampoons family vacation scenario right now.
It’s just all bananas & I really think comic books are better than this. Why not make some new villains & new stories without removing the most integral part of the equation? Why do we need to rely on these scenarios? Superman died & then returned because human death doesn’t apply to him. Batman died for a little bit too & he’s totally fine.
I mean at least with Batman if Bruce can’t be The Dark Knight for a bit he has a extended family of characters that can make up for his absence in a heartbeat. Nightwing can look after Gotham if Bruce really needs to catch up on his reading or whatever else he wants to do. I can understand it in Batman’s situation, he has extras.
Spiderman doesn’t have anyone. He’s his own character & that’s it. Sure he has Scarlet Spider or Daredevil to look after the streets for him, but they’re their own characters that don’t fit into the mantle of Spiderman as easily as Nightwing would to Batman. I don’t want anyone else as Spiderman but Peter Parker, that’s the bottom line.
But that’s my opinion on this whole ridiculous situation that Marvel has created right now. Probably the one thing that makes me the most angry is knowing that the guy kissing Mary Jane in the photo above….is Dr.Octopus. So if they have sex & Mary Jane doesn’t know it’s Peter, is it technically rape?
My head is full of Jackie Chan’s looking confused right now, I need a drink. Thanks for reading guys, I’m going to go read some older issues of Spiderman to help soften the blow. Until next time, have a glorious day.
By: MILAN JEGENJAN
MOVIE REVIEW: DJANGO UNCHAINED
“Tarantino at his finest.”
DJANGO UNCHAINED is the next film from the acclaimed writer & director, Quentin Tarantino & stars an all-star cast in this fantastic western flick. The film stars Jamie Foxx as Django, a slave to the white men who when being transported is saved by a dentist turn bounty hunter, Dr.King Schultz. After some fantastic dialogue & hilarious gore, Django is literally unchained from his shackles & giving the ultimatum by Schultz to help him track The Brittle Brothers for a bounty.
In return, Schultz will help Django find his wife so they can escape the suppression & travesties of the world. Like any great Tarantino flick, his movies always feature quirky & instantly classic characters that make their stories seem simplistic & straight forward enough. Then shit always hits the fan & shenanigans always ensues.
Among the pantheon of extremely talented actors this film has in it, the best is without question Christoph Waltz as Dr.King Schultz. From the moment you meet him Waltz instantly captured my interest & immediately began to deliver classic moment after another of wonderful acting. What I love about his character is how cool & sarcastic he is while under the insane situations he gets himself into. I also love how he reacts after killing someone & the various ways he uses his intellect & social standings to ensure he survives the next fight.
There’s a host of other actors that prove their worth as well with Jonah Hill making a hilarious cameo as a white supremacist leader dealing with the issue of having to wear awfully designed bags for masks. It’s one of the best scenes in the entire movie but thankfully the film never sizzles out for a second & is constantly rewarding the viewer with loads of great classic cinema to digest in the boat loads.
Another great performance is from Leonardo DiCaprio who plays Calvin Candie the renowned owner of Candyland. His character is repulsive, scheming & endearing to watch as you never know exactly how he will react to something. One moment he might be a complete gentleman only to suddenly release dogs on innocent people. DiCaprio brings his A-Game & it shows, there’s also a scene where he slams his hand on a table & suddenly there’s blood gushing out if it. Cool fact, that’s his real blood. He was so into that particular scene that he refused to break character & got a standing ovation after that scene was shot.
He’s great in the flick, but he’s also not the only one. Samuel L. Jackson is also in this film & plays one of the most douchebag characters I’ve had the pleasure of witnessing all year. Then of course there’s Jamie Foxx as Django & this is probably one of my favorite roles he’s ever played due to how resentful & tamed Foxx handles it. But when shit hits the fan, oh believe me it does, Foxx masterfully swaps from silent warrior to gunslinging badass in a matter of seconds.
The gore is classic Tarantino with simple gunshots resulting in complete chest cavity explosions of awesome. There’s also hilarious amounts of blood oozing out of people as if they were laced in Kool-Aid packets or something. I also enjoyed the use of sudden Rap music in a spaghetti western where the music should technically have no right to be used in.
But then you remember it’s a Tarantino movie & then you accept that he’s the kind of director that doesn’t give a damn about being historically correct all the time. I mean look at Inglorious Basterds, right?
Nevertheless, this is a wonderful film.
DJANGO UNCHAINED is a return to form for one of the most renowned directors of today & features one of the best ensemble casts of the entire year to boot. The story is great, the acting is terrific & the entire film oozes with that classic insanity you’ve come to expect from a Tarantino movie.
This is one of the best movies of the year & deserves to be experienced by anyone who calls themselves a fan of cinema. It’s bloody, hilarious & crowd pleasing from beginning to end. It’s a film I’d watch multiple times happily, this is what a drama should be.
- Fantastic cast ( Foxx, Waltz, DiCaprio, Jackson, Hill—come on! )
- Amazing attention to detail
- Hilarious & beautifully scripted ( Many instantly quotable scenes )
- Classic moments & awesome action sequences
- Fitting ending
- Christoph Waltz delivers one of the best performances of the year
- Contender for Movie of the Year
- Middle drags on just a tad bit
By: MILAN JEGENJAN
BEST OF 2012: COMICS
I’m doing a “BEST OF 2012” starting off with one of my favorite things to do, read comic books. This one post will include all my favorites & I’ll do them in order, so let’s get started.
This year was amazing for comic readers to say the least. Amazing new stories, great revamps & creative takes on old formulas led to some of the best stuff in years & I’m so happy to say I got to experience these things first hand.
So enough introduction, let’s get to it!
First up is BEST HERO & this goes to none other than Clint Barton AKA HAWKEYE. I’ll be honest this wasn’t my first choice & when I heard that there was going to be a new series centered around everyone’s favorite archer, I was skeptical.
But writer Matt Fraction gives Clint all the hilarious & heart warming components that not only makes HAWKEYE awesome to read but shows everyone just how badass this character really is. From saving Christmas, fighting billionaire drug lords & dealing with psychotic women Mr.Barton has had quite a year.
Just make sure he doesn’t miss an episode of his favorite television show, DOG COPS. I’m extremely proud to know one of my favorite Avengers is finally getting the attention he deserves, bravo!
You can’t have a great hero without a fantastic villain to give him hell, so who better than everyone’s favorite clown? This year THE JOKER returned in full force hell bent on killing everyone in Batman’s crime fighting family in one of the best pursuits of madness yet.
The villain has been re-invented from the ground up due to Snyder’s intricate writing & Capullo’s amazing gruesome artwork. Maybe it’s the fact that JOKER lost his face & stitched it back on or the fact that deep down Batman agrees with what JOKER wants for him.
Either way, THE JOKER has returned & with where Batman #15 ended recently with Batman entering Arkham Asylum to see what his court jester has done to his kingdom…yeah. JOKER has shined this year, it’s really great.
Every year there’s new comics that come out & that’s all fine ‘n’ dandy sure. But sometimes something truly unique & special comes out, this year it was SAGA. It’s a story about rivalling planets locked in war as two unlikely lovers attempt to escape their problems with a baby that is being hunted by intergalactic bounty hunters.
Marko & Alana are my favourite comic book couple & they literally ooze with personality it’s unreal. From tv-head people having sex, spider-women hunters & even a cat that detects if you’re lying—SAGA has it all.
It’s a masterpiece in the making, I cannot praise it enough.
Next up is the single best issue of a comic book I’ve read all year & that easily goes to HAWKEYE #3. What makes this single issue amazing is how well told & created the entire package feels from beginning to end. You have Clint having sex with a mysterious redheaded woman that leads to an entire gang shooting up the room as Clint hurls himself naked in the worlds most awful wake up call ever.
Then you have sexual tensions, amazingly choreographed car sequences & excellent uses of HAWKEYE’S trick arrows. If Marvel ever decided to make HAWKEYE into a movie, this comic is all the inspiration that they’d need.
It’s amazing, hilarious & most of all it’s memorable. That’s why HAWKEYE #3 is the best single issue of the year.
This was one of the craziest things I wanted to write about without somehow spoiling it at all for you guys, MOST SHOCKING ISSUE. This is the single issue that had a moment where my mouth gaped open & I screamed towards the heavens in sadness.
That issue is THE WALKING DEAD #100. Without spoiling anything, there’s a major character death that has made many fans very, very sad. It’s such a brutal & painful moment to endure as you witness a character you’ve grown to love be violently murdered but Kirkman & friends make it grisly & awesome.
RIP to the person we lost, I’m still sad about this. Damn you Kirkman!
This one is weird, BEST WTF MOMENT. This is the single moment in comics where I stared dumbfounded at a comic trying to process what had just happened. Easily, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #698 takes the cake. The issue starts with a happy & optimistic Peter Parker loving his life & vowing to do all the things he’s wanted to do for so long.
Making things work with Mary Jane, being a better nephew to Aunt May & excelling his work to new found heights. Spider-Man also has a moment where he violently defeats a low level criminal & shows no remorse as he leaves the scene to the cops.
But it’s when Peter visits his greatest foe, Dr.Octopus to pay his respects as it turns out Doc Ock is only hours away from dying in his stasis tank that the bomb shell hits. Peter removes his mask & reveals that the Doctor Octopus laying before him is actually Peter Parker. Dr.Octopus has somehow swapped bodies with Peter & is now living his life.
The issue ends with a defeated Peter Parker trapped in the dying body of his nemesis & Doc Ock walking out with the last laugh. How did he do it? What does this mean? It was freaking awesome.
Next up is BEST COMIC COVER, this goes to the excellent artwork of DAREDEVIL in DAREDEVIL #17. It’s such a simple yet effective cover displaying the blind hero battle ready with his entire circulatory system visible.
What I love about it is the fact that his costume is red & the insides are kept in the same color making it almost seem natural & beautiful. I also love that DAREDEVIL is the kind of character that excels through the uses of our often rejected senses such as hearing & smell.
This cover completely showcases just how wonderful & cool a comic book cover can be. It’s 10/10 stuff for me, it’s absolutely breathtaking to look at. I want to frame this, I seriously do it’s that amazing.
Sometimes there’s a comic that immediately hooks you in such a sweet way, you can’t help but love it. THE STRANGE TALENT OF LUTHER STRODE was one of my favorite mini series of comics ever, so when the sequel was announced I was excited.
THE LEGEND OF LUTHER STRODE effectively hooks you in & never lets go the entire time. It’s a much darker & serious take on the character while offering some of the best graphic violence comic books can offer today.
If you love superheroes, violence & snarky writing look no further than this—LUTHER STRODE is back.
New characters are usually either extremely welcomed or banished to die alone in comic books, especially if they have stuff to do with Batman. TALON is Calvin Rose, a renegade ex-assassin for The Court Of Owls, a secret organization that feeds on the crime in Gotham.
What I love about TALON is that he’s sleek, energetic & seems to fit in well with the Batman mythos while not losing that originality. He’s Nightwing meets Gambit with a sprinkle of other Robins but the difference is that he’s not Batman’s friend.
In fact, he’s pretty much his enemy. TALON has all the right mixtures to make the next great DC COMICS hero, it’s exciting to see where it’ll go from here. Plus his costume reminds me of Nite Owl from Watchmen, so that’s a big plus as well. TALON is badass.
Speaking of The Court Of Owls, let’s talk about DC COMICS best series right now which is with no surprise the amazingly well done, BATMAN. What’s there to say about BATMAN that’s bad? He fights The Court Of Owls in a single night while being hunted by immortal assassin’s & when he’s not tackling criminal organizations there’s that other guy.
THE JOKER, I think? Yeah that’s it. BATMAN has had one hell of a year & the classic yet amazing adventures The Dark Knight goes on in this series is nothing short of classic. If you love BATMAN, this book is for you. Hell it’s for everyone, it’s that good.
& With a RIDDLER story arc happening after JOKER, how can I not be excited for this? It’s the goddamn BATMAN!
Yep. It’s seriously that good, it was a toss up between this & DAREDEVIL ( which is also excellent by the way ) but ultimately I had to give it to Clint Barton. It’s a book that chronicles HAWKEYE’s life when he’s not an Avenger, how could that work out so well?
I mean if someone told me they were making a Clark Kent book when he’s not SUPERMAN, I’d shiver in disgust at the idea. But this somehow works, I’m extremely interested & I love the character anyways so this is really a near-perfect series.
Being in the biggest movie of the year & being the best MARVEL comic right now? I guess you could say HAWKEYE hits the mark. Get it? Yeah it was lame. Shut up, this book is the shit.
& finally, the best series of the year is…
Nothing has sparked my interest, imagination & love of the comic book medium this year more than SAGA. It’s whimsical, beautifully drawn & tells such a simple story with such complex characters I’m absolutely invested in everything this book stands for.
It’s true science fiction to it’s core & relies on wonderfully written dialogue & original artistic liberties instead of superheroes & mass market icons. It’s a celebration of comic books as a medium & I stand by this series 100% when I say that it’s masterful.
SAGA is comic book porn, it’s as simple as that. & That’s it for my BEST OF 2012: COMICS section! Sometime soon I’ll do videogames, movies & tv as well. Maybe even music.
Until then, have a glorious day. =]
By MILAN JEGENJAN
OPINION: THE INJUSTICE OF SOCIETY
Earlier today an elementary school in Connecticut was turned into a war zone by a lone man who opened fire & killed multiple victims in cold blood. Among these victims were children & even the mother of the killer as well.
As like any other citizen of society I sat there witnessing this event on television listening intently as the news outlets flowed out the horrific information. To say the least it definitely darkened my day. But like usual after these events the media goes into self-righteous mode & becomes hell bent on rectifying the problems so these current damages will never happen again.
But the cold reality is that these horrible things happen to innocent people, not just in America but all over the world constantly & yet as much as people protest ‘n’ praise things will change, it never really does. It’s all the same through time with indecent people doing bad things to others & every single time these stories stay in the spotlight until their eventually swallowed by the void of our inconsistent attention spans & other pressing matters.
It’s not the first time either that a similar event has happened this year. With THE DARK KNIGHT RISES being a catalyst to an event where another individual shot up a movie theatre ending the lives of many in what should have been an exciting night for comic book fans. This event did end in tragedy & it did end in awareness of gun control but like always we as society shake our heads, fold our arms & mutter sweet nothings as we move on with our days.
Nothing really got done over that other than people recognizing how awful it was, at least Christian Bale went to the hospital where the victims were to personally visit them. That was nice of him at least. But what I’m getting at here is that we live in a world where bad shit happens all the time to us & although we acknowledge the imperfection of our lives were so caught up in our own problems that it’s almost impossible to sway the public into taking any sort of action.
So when today America witnessed the death of roughly 30 people at the hands of a psychopath, it was painful to watch. I’ll admit that. But just hours earlier as I passed by my television I hear that 40,000 people have been killed in the civil war brewing in Syria right now. Although this major event has also garnered a ton of media attention it still somehow doesn’t hit as close to home as the massacre of school children in a suburban neighbourhood.
Is it cause it’s near where you live? A random act of violence? How many children have died in Syria since the beginning of this war? It’s what I’m trying to say with that these examples of human destruction are so commonplace in our world that as bad as this will sound, I’m not surprised by this latest shooting. That doesn’t make me a bad person, but I’m being honest & I hope you’ll respect that.
It’s awful but like all the past tragedies in the world it won’t stop & it’s a sad reality to take in. So now Obama speaks about issuing the control of guns regardless of politics & as much as I praise the man for his sympathies, the country he represents literally runs on the business of warfare.
I look at it like pest control, you can technically stop an invasion of ants right outside of your house & it could technically stop the problem for a little while but eventually there will just be more ants to take their place. Maybe spiders too, hopefully not spiders. But you get what I mean right? There will always be evil in this world & there is no way to stop the existence of human indecency as long as we exist as the prominent race on this planet.
So when I see a country of people afflicted by the outcomes of today, I can’t help but shake my head, fold my arms & mutter sweet nothings because I know that deep down it won’t stop people from being able to carry guns. We live in a world where we know that human trafficking, sexually transmitted diseases & wars revolving around the color of our skins are some of the most ridiculous & self-afflicted problems we’ve created for ourselves.
The media will blame anything they can in order to make sense of their problems. It might be violent videogames, domestic abuse or the convenient fall back on mental health issues that resulted in acts of madness. We as mankind need to exercise our problems into tangible things in order to make sense of how truly messed up we are as a species. But then again, we did kill a guy for saying the world was round didn’t we?
So this random individual kills innocent children that haven’t even begun to see the world & won’t experience anything that I or you have already. They’ve been robbed of the most amazing things in life, it’s an awful tragedy that has repeated before you’ve even existed & will sadly persevere well past when you’re gone. But what makes this, human trafficking, STD’s, war & pretty much anything else is that it all exists because we allowed it to.
If we got along, didn’t bully one another & accepted ourselves for who we are life would be a better place then it is right now. But isn’t it pathetic & downright infuriating to know that even though we all know how awful these things are they will never change? We’ve been taught since day one that we are should aim to achieve to our greatest potentials no matter what.
But in order to do that we compete against one another to see who’s better which leads to jealousy, fighting & rivalry. We live in a society where we display our status through clothing with logos on them that prove to others around us that were doing well in life. It’s sickening that we’ve created such a convoluted spiral of problems for ourselves that to think we can somehow fix it all borders on the near impossible.
Would you give up your standard of living in order to benefit someone else? Would you give your belongings to help those in need? Some of you say yes, but in reality it’s a lot different. Nature is dying ‘cause we pollute the world with the fumes that our vehicles give off so we can reach places where we work in order to gain a form of payment that we created so we feel like we get something in return for helping others.
In conclusion, I guess you could just say that I’m just mad with society. These shootings, these wars & all the other crap that is happening because we’ve either made it or allowed it will continue no matter what we do. Change is difficult & if we can at least start into the right direction I’ll be surprised.
But to abolish years of injustice that are so integral to who we are in order to better our world? That’s the biggest hurdle we’ll ever have to do if we want to legitimately make this world into something we are proud of.
But what’s the saying…society is ugly? Truer words were never spoken it seems.
By: MILAN JEGENJAN
Pacific Rim - Official Trailer (HD) (by joblomovienetwork)
New trailer from director Guillermo Del Toro, about a gigantic portal to another dimension opening deep in the core of the Earth.
It’s location? The Pacific Ocean.
Our solution? Giant fucking robots. You know you wanna watch this.
Man of Steel - Official Trailer #2 [HD] (by WarnerBrosPictures)
The new trailer for MAN OF STEEL. What I love about the trailer is how it evokes a feel similar to SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE in a sense.
I love how he needs to thrust himself into the air with raw power in order to achieve flight as well.
We also get a quick look at General Zod, the villain of the film. He’s literally in there for a second.
Still overall, it’s a great trailer.
VIDEOGAME REVIEW: FAR CRY 3
“Welcome to the jungle.”
FAR CRY 3 is the next instalment in the ongoing open-world series of games from UBISOFT MONTREAL. In FAR CRY 2 the player was situated in Africa & had to survive amongst rivalling warlords while battling Malaria. That game was flawed but extremely fun & I always wished for the next FAR CRY to be in an open lush jungle with no constraints or limit to my possibilities.
Well, welcome to FAR CRY 3. It’s not only exactly what I wanted out of the sequel but pushes the boundaries graphically & gameplay-wise while offering one of the best open world environments to explore at your own leisure.
Just beware of tigers.
This time around you play as Jason Brody, a 20-something year old lost in the world. He has no purpose in life & when him ‘n’ his friends decide to go vacationing near a tropical island, Jason & his friends are captured by pirates. From the get go, the story is engaging & offers beautiful cinematic moments while keeping itself constrained into the confines of it’s own design while never jeopardizing anything in the process.
After escaping certain death Jason is rescued by The Rakyat, a warrior tribe native to the island the game takes place on. One of the characters then tells Jason a single thing & I was completely immersed into my experience from beginning to end.
He said, “Society has taught you how to fail.” This single piece instantly made me so involved it was ridiculous. The game tinkers with the idea of being released from society & all the constraints of law while being allowed to reach our full potential in the wilderness of nature.
It’s seriously really awesome how it plays out & witnessing Jason go from this lost individual into a grown person with the ability to seize his full potential is downright badass. I loved playing as him & I hope future games use this sort of character archetype again.
You start off scared, weak & helpless in this hostile & beautiful world. But as you progress, the game ties a very interesting idea to the upgrade system it has. There’s three skill trees: Heron, Shark & Spider. The Heron tree revolves around weapon mastery, long-range kills & mobility. The Shark is all about being able to physically brutalize your foes & increase your survival & healing capabilities. The Spider is all about stealth & heavy emphasis on profit, crafting & increases to physical speed.
The really cool thing is as you upgrade your skills, your arms will slowly start becoming adorned with tribal tattoos. In the beginning I was naked, but by the end my arms were giant sleeves of badass. It’s sweet. You can gain all the abilities, but it’s better to focus on what you want first then get the rest later, it’s simple & works effectively like an upgrade system should.
You only start off with a pistol but as you explore the island & learn your ways, the game opens up to a ridiculous amount of things to choose from. Flamethrowers, sniper rifles, assault rifles, shotguns, flare guns & my personal favorite: The Recurve Bow.
The bow is not only one of the best weapons in the game but offers the most versatility & enjoyment in the game by far. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I have crept through the jungle firing silently into enemies from afar. Then I’d slowly creep over to their body & take back my arrow & continue my stealth approach, it’s absolutely wicked how involved & varied the gameplay can be at times.
There’s something truly satisfying about taking out an entire camp of enemies with a weapon as primitive as a bow. But when things go south & the enemy is alerted to my postion, it’s also insanely fun to just go live with a fully automatic assault rifle. This is why I love FAR CRY, you’re never pushed into a corner to use only one weapon or tactic. The game lives off it’s ability to offer multiple ways to tackle your objectives while never sacrificing an ounce of enjoyment.
Putting C4 on a oil tank then tossing a rock at it as you watch a lone soldier walk over to check the disturbance only to have you blow him to kingdom come is nothing sort of hilarious fun. It’s your playground & the amount of various tactics I was using to kill things sometimes made me laugh out loud at what I just accomplished.
The voice acting is also extremely well done too. In most first person games the main character never speaks but in FAR CRY 3, Jason is fully voiced & actually has a pretty good personality to him. The most interesting character by far is Vaas Montenegro, one of the games primary antagonists. He’s vile, dark & thought-provoking, it’s a pleasure to experience all the scenes he’s in due to the ferocity that is brought to the role.
It’s one solid cast of characters, which I was decently surprised by. Another great thing about the game is it’s crafting system. Here the player can hunt & kill wild animals for their skins ‘n’ hides in order to make bigger bow quivers, larger loot sacks & ammo capacities. The hunting never gets boring either due to how well integrated the wild life is into the game.
As for side content the game offers outposts to liberate, lost treasure to be found & the sport of hunting rare animals. I usually get extremely bored of this kind of stuff in games due to how repetitive it all gets. Thankfully though FAR CRY 3 does a good job at keeping it varied even if it eventually does feel a little like you’ve “been there, done that” in the end.
The game also has Co-Op & Multiplayer but none of it holds a candle to just letting yourself go nuts into the wild. That’s not to say it’s bad, it’s fun & Co-Op even has it’s own characters, campaign, level ups & customization too. I’m just more of the kind of player that enjoys games at their own leisure, but for those of you wondering yes it has those things too.
One of the huge problems with FAR CRY 2 was it’s minimalist approach to interface & flexibility of knowledge. I can’t count how many times in FAR CRY 2 I was suddenly rolling in a ditch as I’d be reading my map & driving at the same time. Prayers have been answered though with FAR CRY 3 having a mini map, tracking system & easy to use menu systems. I know it doesn’t sound revolutionary but for those who’ve played previous games, they’ll be so happy to see the improvements to this for sure.
The ending is also satisfying & the story for the most part stays extremely engaging ‘n’ personal the whole way through. It does lose a little of its focus about 80-85% into the game but thankfully reels itself back in for a fitting conclusion. It’s a great game.
FAR CRY 3 is the best open world adventure game of the year. Offering a huge island full of exciting things to do & explore, the game breathes on it’s own as a enthralling playground for players to inhabit.
The story is engaging, the characters memorable & the set pieces are beautiful dazzling displays of pure adrenaline rushed enjoyment. There’s nothing this year that even comes close to the level of freedom that this game offers you. If you’re looking for a satisfying experience set in the rural wilderness of nature while offering beautiful graphics, music & gameplay look no further than FAR CRY 3.
Simply put, it’s digital nirvana.
- Beautiful lush environment full of interesting things to do
- Great cast of characters
- Gameplay is wicked fun
- Attention to detail is amazing
- Loads of great content ( It’s worth your money )
- Game of the Year Contender
- Some side content can get repetitive
- Story loses a bit of it’s focus ( It fixes itself later on )
By: MILAN JEGENJAN