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SPIDER-MAN | PlayStation 4 Review

With Batman: Arkham Knight being one of the first games I played on my Xbox, I figured that it would make sense, having now made the jump from Xbox One to PlayStation 4, to make Spider-Man my first new game, and as such, have spent the past week playing through it in all it’s glory. So now it’s time for my review!

There will be some spoilers for this game. I won’t go all out, but I may mention certain characters who don’t appear in the trailers, for instance.

RELEASED: September 7th 2018
DEVELOPED BY: Insomniac Games
PUBLISHED BY: Sony Interactive Games

When I was younger, one of my favourite games was Spider-Man 2. The feeling of being able to swing around New York City as Spider-Man was unmatched. Since then, while I haven’t played all the Spider-Man games that have been released, the one’s I have played haven’t quite come close to matching that euphoric feeling of being Spider-Man. Off the top of my head, the open-world aspects of Ultimate Spider-Man and Web of Shadows had similarities, but felt lacking in other regards. Similarly, games like Shattered Dimensions didn’t reach the heights set by that original game. Now, of course, Spider-Man 2 wouldn’t hold up quite as well, but that’s no longer an issue, because Marvel and Sony’s new game, the simplistically titled Spider-Man, is everything Spider-Manwas and more.

Featuring an original story from veteran Spider-Man comic-book writers Dan Slott and Christos Gage, alongside Insomniac’s in-house team, Spider-Man sees a twenty-three year old Peter Parker, a college-graduate now working as a laboratory assistant for Otto Octavius, helping him perfect his prosthesis work. Meanwhile, in his ‘other life’ as the ‘Amazing Spider-Man’, Peter has finally managed to bring down Wilson Fisk, the Kingpin of Crime, alongside his police chief ally Yuri Watanabe. But with the Kingpin now locked away, other forces, such as the nefarious Mister Negative, have set their sights on New York, and it’s up to Spider-Man to stop the city from falling into chaos.

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Posted by on September 24, 2018 in Video-Game Reviews

 

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CIVIL WAR | ‘New to Comics’ Review

This post was originally published on my now defunct site, New to Comics.

New to Comics is a segment where I look at various comic-books, explaining their background, reviewing them, and breaking them down for readers unfamiliar to the medium. The title is an reference to a former university project that I carried on as its own site for several years before laying it to rest.


Mark Millar was a pretty hot commodity at Marvel during the 2000s, so this week, we’re returning to look at some more of his work. You’ll know the basic story from the hit 2016 film. It’s Avenger vs. Avenger. Friend vs. Friend. Captain America vs. Iron Man. It’s Marvel’s Civil War.

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Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Mark Millar
Art by: Steve McNiven
Year: 2007
Pages: 196

SPOTLIGHT CHARACTER:

Captain AmericaCAPTAIN AMERICA

Real Name: Steven Grant Rogers
Affiliation: The Avengers
First Appearance: Captain America Comics #1 (March 1941)

As it became obvious America was destined to join the war that had consumed the world in the late 1930s, Steve Rogers became determined to do his part for the war effort. Continuously rejected due to his sickly stature, Steve was eventually found by Dr. Abraham Erskine, and enlisted into the army under ‘Project: Rebirth’. Injected with a serum of Erskine’s own design, Steve was transformed into a super-soldier; his body and mind enhanced to the peak of human potential. But tragedy struck, as Erskine was assassinated, leaving Steve the first and only in the proposed wave of super-soldiers. Fighting on the front lines as Captain America alongside his sidekick Bucky Barnes, Steve was eventually lost at sea, and frozen for several decades.
Eventually awakening in the modern era, Captain America returned to the spotlight as a symbol of hope and American power; his new mission – to protect both America, and the world, from any and all threats as the leader of the Mighty Avengers!

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Posted by on September 19, 2018 in Comic Books, What's Going On?

 

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Xbox One vs PlayStation 4: A Layman’s Perspective

I’ve never really considered myself a big gamer. When I was younger, I enjoyed playing Pokémon and Super Mario on the various Nintendo handhelds, and for a time I had a PlayStation 1 and 2, but they didn’t get a whole lot of use outside of games like Spider-Man and Star Wars: Battlefront 2, respectively.

During my teenage years, me and my sister had a Wii – a console generally looked down on at the time by those who did in fact consider themselves to be gamers. At university, I started branching out, playing the various Batman: Arkham and Tomb Raider reboot games on my computer, but by the time Arkham Knight rolled around, my system had become too outdated to play the ‘big’ video-games on.

But after a certain Battlefront (2015) trailer revealed that Lando Calrissian was finally coming to the game, I realised that it was probably worth buying one of the next gen consoles, to finally be able to experience Battlefront, finish the Arkham series and play the follow-up Tomb Raider game, amongst others.

I picked up an Xbox One for a decent price (this link isn’t necessarily about the Xbox, so much as a lovely homeless man I met when going to get it), and have enjoyed the console for just under three years. However, with the release of games like God of War and Marvel’s Spider-Man on the PlayStation this year, I realised it might be time to switch console, which is exactly what I did this past weekend.

Having now experienced both consoles, I decided to look at which one I truly prefer, as someone who enjoys video-games, but doesn’t know all the technical mumbo-jumbo or gamerspeak.

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Posted by on September 18, 2018 in What's Going On?

 

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JUSTICE LEAGUE: ORIGIN | ‘New to Comics’ Review

This post was originally published on my now defunct site, New to Comics.

New to Comics is a segment where I look at various comic-books, explaining their background, reviewing them, and breaking them down for readers unfamiliar to the medium. The title is an reference to a former university project that I carried on as its own site for several years before laying it to rest.


This week it’s time to head back to 2011 and check out the birth of the current DC universe. Featuring writing and artwork from one of DC’s most prolific writers and one of their co-publishers to boot, it’s Justice League: Origin.

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Published by: DC Comics
Written by: Geoff Johns
Art by: Jim Lee
Year: 2011
Pages: 192

SPOTLIGHT CHARACTER:

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CYBORG

Real Name: Victor Stone
Affiliation: The Justice League
First Appearance: DC Comics Presents #26 (October 1980)

Victor Stone was a High School football star who grew to resent his scientist father Silas Stone‘s prioritising work over his son’s future sports career. However, when Victor was caught in a terrible accident, he became Silas’ new obsession, as Silas used experimental technology to save his dying sons life. Now part-man, part-machine, the young Cyborg tried to push past his pain, standing alongside his fellow super-humans to use his new powers for good. Now amongst others who could truly understand him, Victor rose up the ranks of the superhero community, becoming a respected figure and an important member of the Justice League. As their technology specialist, Vic can summon portals using Apokoliptian technology to transport the League wherever they are needed.

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Posted by on September 14, 2018 in Comic Books, What's Going On?

 

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THE PREDATOR | Film Review

RELEASED: September 12th 2018
DIRECTED BY: Shane Black
WRITTEN BY: Fred Dekker & Shane Black
PRODUCED BY: John Davis
MUSIC BY: Henry Jackman
STARRING:
 Boyd Holbrook, Olivia Munn, Trevante Rhodes, Jacob Tremblay, Keegan-Michael Key, Thomas Jane, Alfie Allen, Sterling K. Brown & Yvonne Strahovski

There are few films that I actively look forward to when it comes to our staff showings at work. Between all your Star Wars and Marvel movies, you have your Nuns – things I frankly couldn’t care less about.

Fortunately, this drought of sorts was broken up with the release of The Predator, which I was lucky enough to see yesterday morning before work. Initially, the first trailer didn’t do a whole lot for me, but the following trailers got me well and truly hyped up.

And now, having seen it, I can tell you that it’s… alright.

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Posted by on September 12, 2018 in Movie & TV Reviews

 

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THE ULTIMATES, Vol. 1 | ‘New to Comics’ Review

This post was originally published on my now defunct site, New to Comics.

New to Comics is a segment where I look at various comic-books, explaining their background, reviewing them, and breaking them down for readers unfamiliar to the medium. The title is an reference to a former university project that I carried on as its own site for several years before laying it to rest.

This week, we’re looking at the modern retelling of the Avengers’ origin, and the first appearance of ‘Samuel L. Jackson’ Nick Fury.

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Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Mark Millar
Art by: Bryan Hitch
Year: 2002
Pages: 160

SPOTLIGHT CHARACTER:

HulkTHE HULK

Real Name: Robert Bruce Banner
Affiliation: The Avengers
First Appearance: Incredible Hulk #1 (May 1962)

Dr. Robert Bruce Banner was one of the world’s foremost experts on nuclear physics, with his vast knowledge and prowess in his field taking him into the employ of the United States military, in the hopes he would gain funding for his other, more humanitarian projects, in turn. There, Banner was stationed under Airforce General Thaddeus ‘Thunderbolt’ Ross, who had him work on an experimental Gamma Bomb. During this time, Bruce met and fell in love with Ross’ daughter, Betty Ross, starting a relationship that would endure despite Bruce’s dark future.
When the day came about to test his new bomb, Banner was horrified to see a young man, Rick Jones, had broken onto the testing grounds. Sacrificing himself to save Rick, Banner rushed onto the grounds and pushed Rick into cover, but was caught in the explosion. His cells irradiated by the Gamma radiation, Bruce was cursed with a monstrous, dim-witted alter-ego with God-like strength; becoming an anti-hero of sorts, ‘the strongest one there is’… the ‘Incredible’ Hulk!

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Posted by on September 5, 2018 in Comic Books, What's Going On?

 

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