I’ve loved Pokémon since I was a child. It was the first video-game franchise I really bought into, and I have a lot of fond memories playing the game when I was younger.
My first game was Pokémon Yellow on the Game Boy Colour (I had a Game Boy Classic but as far as I recall all I had on that system were Tetris and Gremlins), followed by Pokémon Crystal. I never owned a proper copy of the initial Generation III games, but I did play a bit of Pokémon Ruby, and played a lot of the following games Pokémon LeafGreen and Pokémon Pearl. After that, I grew out of it a bit, but in the past year or so, I’ve jumped back into Pokémon – having played ΩR/αS, X/Y, US/UM and LGP/E.
I’ve even tried to catch up on what I missed by purchasing a second-hand copy of Pokémon White, having heard that Generation V had the best story, but thus far I haven’t been able to penetrate that game, having gotten used to the far superior graphics and interface present on Generations VI and VII. I’ll get round to it eventually though, I’m sure.
In my time playing all of those games, what interested me the most was the exploration aspects of the games – the travelling, uncovering the mythology of the different regions, and encountering new Pokémon for the first time.
However now, having done all of that, I decided topick my Nintendo 3DS back up and try something new – to catch all 807 Pokémon (pre-Meltan and Melmetal – they can wait until the new games come out in November) in anticipation of the Generation VIII games Pokémon Sword & Shield.
My plan took a bit of a hit after the whole ‘Dexit’ scandal, in which the creators of Pokémon revealed that the new game would not feature all the current Pokémon like prior generations, but eventually I decided I would go for it anyway.
I started with ΩR/αS, as I realised there was a lot to do in the post-game that I didn’t really look into when I did my first playthrough. With the use of the Pokémon Bank, I transferred all three starters onto one game, and then caught a Lotad to act as my central ‘starter’ of sorts (I’ve always wanted a Lotad, and seeing a live-action Ludicolo in Detective Pikachu only cemented that fact). As you can probably imagine if you’ve played a Pokémon game, the central campaign was even more of a breeze with all three starters on my team, and so when I got down to it, I was able to smash through the story pretty quickly.
But after that, I got to experience something I hadn’t tried the first time around – utilising Latios and Latias‘ soaring through the sky feature. Through this, you could travel to Islands off the coast of the Hoenn region and find portals that let you encounter Pokémon not native to the region, as well as the bulk of the Legendary Pokémon from across the series’ history. Thus far, I’ve managed to rack up Lugia, Suicune, Entei, Raikou, Regirock, Regice, Registeel, Latias, Kyogre, Rayquaza, Deoxys, Regigas, Cresselia and Verizion. Doing one of these every ten Pokémon makes them feel like an event each time I play, rather than just mindless catching Legendaries, which is fun. Not sure how I’m going to go about capturing all the mythical Pokémon I’ve missed during event giveaways though…
Including those Legendaries, my total count currently sits on about 143, last time I checked, which is just under twenty percent of the way there. After catching a few more Pokémon, Legendary and otherwise, I’ll be going back to play X/Y, before finally returning to US/UM.
I was planning to write a spoiler review for Spider-Man: Far From Home, but I’m not sure I have enough I want to say that’s worth a whole article, so instead, I’ve decided to talk about another passion of mine.
One of the key facets of nerd culture is collecting things. While I have a rather large stack of Spider-Man comics, and I hope to one day ‘Catch ‘Em All’ in the Pokémon games, my main focus of collecting is LEGO. Not anything and everything, so much as just specific sets. At the moment, I’m hoping to collect a series of nine sets that represent each film in the Skywalker Saga, and with the final film hitting cinemas this December, I’ve decided to start talking about them, starting with my newest acquisition and the representative of A New Hope: The X-Wing.
Based on: The T-65B X-Wing Starfighter / Star Wars Pieces: 729 Year: 2018
The LEGO X-Wing Starfighter set hit shelves in 2018 alongside a slew of sets based on Solo: A Star Wars Story. This set, however, is taken directly from the end of the original Star Wars, and features Luke Skywalker, R2-D2, Biggs Darklighter and R2-Q2.
The official RRP of the set is £89.99, which is quite pricey. As a result, it usually has a discount attatched that brings it down to around £67 – £74. Still overpriced, but a lot better than the official £90 price tag.
Fortunately, I managed to bag a deal on eBay for £23.50, with an extra £3.48 for postage.
Marvel’s Infinity Saga comes to a close this week with Spider-Man: Far From Home. That means, once again, it’s time to rank all the movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, from worst to best.
I originally wrote this post last year, however, as I mentioned last time, opinions change, and new films come out, so this time around, some films are in a different spot, and four new films have been added to the list.
That’s right, not three, four – I’m also throwing Venom into the mix, due to the fact Sony clearly want it to be a part of the MCU, and there have been a fair few rumours and speculative articles as of late regarding a potential Spider-Man/Venom crossover. God help us.
If you’re not caught up, there will be the occasional spoiler for these films, however, the one from Spider-Man: Far From Home isn’t major, in my opinion, and is something that people with knowledge of Spider-Man will probably already know.
*After rewatching Spider-Man: Far From Home I’ve altered the list to reflect my feelings on the newest Marvel movie.
RELEASED: July 2nd 2019 DIRECTED BY: Jon Watts WRITTEN BY: Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers PRODUCED BY: Kevin Feige & Amy Pascal MUSIC BY: Michael Giacchino STARRING: Tom Holland, Jake Gyllenhaal, Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Angourie Rice, Tony Revolori, Remy Hii, Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreau, Martin Starr, J. B. Smoove, Cobie Smulders & Samuel L. Jackson
After the universe-shaking events of Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man: Far From Home closes out the Infinity Saga with an epilogue of sorts, and follows Peter Parker recovering from the loss of Tony Stark and hoping to get away from it all by going on vacation with his classmates. However, his holiday is interrupted by the arrival of Nick Fury and Mysterio, who put Spider-Man to work saving Europe from the monstrous Elementals.
Much like Spider-Man: Homecoming, Far From Home presents audiences with a Peter Parker who is much closer to the classic Spider-Man than the depictions seen in the Raimi Trilogy and the Amazing duology. Tom Holland nails the depiction of Peter Parker, reaffirming that he is the greatest Spider-Man commited to film. His stories manage to perfectly juggle the superheroics with the high-school drama, and his chemistry with his fellow cast members is outstanding. The relationship between him and Zendaya’s MJ is particularly adorable and feels very genuine in regards to actual high school romances.