Posted on

NEED for SPEED PS4

Need For Speed

image.img

 

I remember what seems a life time ago, putting in that CD into the ROM and installing the original Need for Speed via DOS and no matter how frustrating it was the joy of playing such a detailed game was well worth it. I still can vividly remember the hot real car videos. And then came the sequels which seem to improve every time… until Underground which took the arcade racer and changed the rules. Gone where the exotic supercars and instead we got everyday tuner cars which could be tricked out in every way imaginable, from engine mods to stylized body kits and crazy body paint. This game was crazy nuts like nothing before and spawned a sequel that amped up the antics in all the right ways. Then came Most Wanted which kept a few key elements but changed up the core factor and that too was fantastic… after that it all went wrong, every instalment since then has felt like a cash grab and put together all the wrong elements. So when it was announced that a reboot was in the works with focus on Underground’s game DNA I was excited. And here we are a week or two after the games release…

need_for_speed_e3_2015-6

Let’s start with the pros, the game has a lot going for it. Beautiful next gen graphics where you get to see the city come alive. The cars a spectacular, nowhere near GT levels but that’s not what they were aiming for anyway.

They gameplay focuses over 5 different styles or modes all of which can be obtained via just cruising around or any race. They are Speed, Style, Build, Crew and Outlaw. The first 3 are pretty self-explanatory while Outlaw is all about out running the five-0 (so some most wanted thrown into the mix  Nice ) and crew is well you and your mates.

need-for-speed-2015-update-trailer-reveals-speed-style-build-crew-outlaw-game-modes (1)

The game is an online game, which mean you have to be online to play, and a cool feature is you have real players dropping into your city which you can race.

The customizing is back with real body kits, rims and parts and with the vinyl editor the results are endless… ( or is it? more on that later)

The cut scenes are cheesier than ever with first person fist bumps, like I mean it’s so bad daytime soapies be like huh?

Need-for-Speed-7

And the bad?

Well I have been at the game for 2 weeks and not in the hardcore, come home from work and burn till 1am but more a relaxed play a few races, mod a little  and explore the city but I have picked up a lot of issues.

The snap shot doesn’t work, and I mean like never ever. Which is a shame as I had some cool photos I would have loved to upload.

But the biggest problem I had was the mods, yes those cool mods are cool but not when you save up enough to buy that second car and it’s a classic mark 1 Golf (what can I say the Indian in me… ) and you go to mod it and you can’t slap some big ass bumpers on it. Then there’s the vinyl editor which is super cool but doesn’t have a mirror feature which means what you do on one side you have to do manually on the other side which means it doesn’t come out just quite right. I am sorry but the perfectionist in me just can’t handle that especially as a mirror option would have made it so simple.

The car selection isn’t that great either, now unless they planning to have DLC’s for car packs then this is very weak selection as any tuner head knows the fun is in the classics and yes it’s great to have the exotics but if you can’t trick them out with mad kits and insane rims then what’s the point? And how about an option for deep dish rims?

maxresdefault

Verdict?

Well as it stands the game is not a good as I expected, it has a lot of shortcomings but as I pen this very article news has crossed my way of fixes to the current faults and flaws. All errors will be addressed with the next update and there will be DLC’s for more cars and kits and vinyls, all of which will be cost free. Yep, EA vows no micro transactions… ever. In this light I give the game a 3.5 (for now ) for the listening to the fans and trying to put out a game we want. Yes it still needs work but it’s on the right road and if they can pull of the next few updates and DLC’s as perfect shifts then we are going to be playing this well into 2016.

Posted on

Ant-Man The (micro) Review

Ant-Man…

ant man movie 2015
ant man movie 2015

In the spirit of Ant Man I will keep this review as small as possible :-)

What on odd choice for a big screen adaptation, why choose ants when you can have the X-Men or Fantastic 4… oh right….

But honestly this is a fun movie, and very refreshing.

The choice was originally a coin toss between mission impossible and this and I am glad it won the toss.

Paul Rudd is loveable as the protagonist, as his charm shines through a pretty standard script. Don’t get me wrong the premise is original, a heist superhero movie (Guardians of the Galaxy doesn’t count as it set in outer space <thinly veiled sarcasm>).

 

 

 

 

download

 

The movie moves at a healthy pace with decent character development, and laced with plenty of humour similar to GOTG and just like the space adventure has that unique obscurity that helps it feel different from previous Marvel films.

There is the long haul to the end of the film to see any real action but the journey there is filled with some interesting shots of the microverse.

Rudd’s charm is perfectly suited for this picture and Eff (from the Strain) shows us his other half as the bad guy.

In short this is a good but not great film, nothing really light you on fire and the Avengers tie in feels a bit forced. I doubt this will light the box office on fire but its Marvel so…

3.5/5

Ant-Man-7

 

 

 

Posted on

F1 2015 – PS4

maxresdefault (1)

 

F1 2015 PS4 -REVIEW

With the current well under way it was inevitable that Codemasters drop a new title….

While I am a confessd F1 nut, I have’nt always picked up the games and often opted for the GT road instead. But with the later lacking in the next gen format I had a need for speed that had to be quelled.

maxresdefault

The game is instantly playable as it has modes from Beginner (or as i like to call it the Maldonado Mode) where all the assists are on and you basically a navigator, to the highly advanced Elite which has all assists off. Needless to say Elite is insanely difficult. I went for the medium Amateur Mode which has some assists off but is a decent challenge, at least while finding your feet.

F1_2015_May_05F1_2015_May_04

The Graphics are superb and takes you into the weekend, with amazing attention to detail, but in retrospect any half decent PS4 game out now can safely say claim that. What helps F1 stand out a little more is the drivers faces and the crew, the crew as any F1 junkie knows is a fundamental force in the sport. I am glad this games shows that. The tracks are nothing short of spectacular, I swear I could smell the ocean at Monaco. The cars are beautiful as they are in real life.

F1_2015_May_05

So how does the gameplay go, well menu wise everything is compact and not in a good way, its very stripped down. The is very few modes available, the is a choice between two seasons, namely 2015 and 2014 which is stupid to say the least. I get that this is called F1 2015 and that is the primary focus but I remember older instalments having the function to drive older circuits and cars which was super cool. Not only are we restricted to 2 seasons but we stuck with a crap progression system. Any gamer will tell you progression and unlocks is where its at. Here all you can do is win a championship. What about testing, new parts. Where’s the interview’s? (that was in previous versions)

I think Codemasters missed a gear here, there was much more this game could have been. Dont get me wrong its a great game, but if you not a F1 fan then you going to be bored very quick. There is the Pro Season which works like a proper weekend including actual times which means no 20 minute races, tyre degradation and fuel issues and thats something to aspire to.

However when it comes down to the way the cars drives and feels, the game is on point ans it feels precise and fast (God its Fast), the corners rush you like a good racing game should and over taking is far from easy. The various views add the extra dimension. The ability to fine tune you car in setup up mode is very detailed and does make a difference when you start taking of the assists and helps give you the edge.

The multiplayer seems fun… pity i could test it out as it takes for ever and I am led to believe its 1 on 1. I mean really? Another missed opportunity, what could have been better that having a live track of 18 real drivers representing the teams and duelling for the crown? And not even split screen option, so fun with friends in lounge is a no no.

2878679-f1

All in all its a great game, but could have been much better. Would I recommend buying the game?

I suggest waiting for a price drop, its a great game but I just feel short changed (but I just came of playing Arkham so my expectations are quite high). This game is for the purists.

Score 3.5/5

large

Posted on

Figure Review: CABLE

Well he finally arrived…

marvel-select-action-figure-cable-pre-order-ships-february-14

 

Cable is one of my favourite X Men characters. He is so badass. He is also one of the most powerful mutants in the world and one of Marvels powerhouse players.

MarvelSelectCable1

 

Born of the legendary Cyclops and Jean Grey (clone) he is the ultimate strategist and with his mothers telekinesis abilities he has made even Apocalypse quiver in his boots.

The new Marvel Select Honours him with this highly detailed action figure. It really does capture his rawness. Packaged with some rather large arsenal that well only Cable can pull off. His traditional armour is well positioned to emphasize his demeanour. And even that trade mark square line jaw is moulded to perfection.

Marvel Select proves to us that you can still get a great figure with plenty articulation and not have to break the bank. This one is a sure winner and is already positioned to be a highly valued collectors item. If you lucky to get your hands on a 1st edition grab it. There is a genuine short supply.

Mine is already aptly placed to Deadpool.

Posted on

AVENGERS: Age of Ultron Review


age-of-ultron-10-things-that-will-make-you-cry-in-avengers-age-of-ultron

Well I was lucky enough to attend Durban’s Avenger Premier, so my mind was pre-blown even before the movie itself.

But how was the movie you ask?

Well from the moment it start it pulls you deep into the action; taking periodic breaths for character development. Unlike the previous instalment the characters are really fleshed out by now. So rather than look into their pasts so much we get to learn more about the present off screen adventures much more.

The CGI is insane as ever and if you think the trailer gave away too much then think again. This movie is bigger in every way possible. But even on such a large scale it feels closer to home.  The threat feels much more real than the alien invasion, even the villains attack is more cerebral than burliness but that doesn’t mean it lacks action, believe me it has action by the spades.

The movie does have a few drawbacks, some action sequences felt rushed and a bit in your face, and I suppose that was meant to be that way to give a feeling of urgency however after the long wait I personally wanted to savour each moment.

In the end it’s a fantastic movie that is going to shatter box office records and have fans salivating for more (yes even those hard-core DC fan boys) well if its sister competition doesn’t scoop those records for itself.

Fame

 

Posted on

Daredevil: Series

Netflix-Marvel_Daredevil

So I am almost done with watching the Daredevil series, and man what a trip.

I have never been a Daredevil fan, while I never had anything against old horn head, he never seemed to have that oomph that I prefer for my reads. The movie all but sealed his fate in my books. But then along came this series all dark and gritty, no holds barred and I found myself enjoying this character very much.

Daredevil_Final_Poster

Marvel pretty much show DC ,  they can do dark too.

As a show it delivers on all accounts, but there are parts that could have been polished a bit more. The fact that one can watch the show in one sitting doesn’t hurt either.

I really would love Matt to guest spot Marvel: Agents of SHIELD, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

So what you waiting for go get watching….

4/5

Posted on

Kotobukiya: Deadpool

 

Well first statue review to be exact, with Deadpool popularity higher than ever it was only time before we got a Koto.

The figure is a great depiction of our loveable merc, it really does capture his essence. I know some may argue that it a lot smaller than the recent Avenger line up that just completed its stellar run, but keep in mind that he is crouched. While heroes like Iron-man and Thor look great upright the skinnier more agile characters like Spidey look more spectacular (pun intended) when crouched or arched.  A upright standing Deadpool would just be boring and far from character. But if that’s your thing go for the Hulk and you won’t be disappointed.

Moving forward I really do dig the sign board where we can write out silly quips and have some fun with our Koto. The straight line mould along the sides of the face help add definition to his head.

A little deeper shade of red could have been considered and maybe some alternate heads or maybe thought bubbles. But considering this is the entry level then we are already getting more than the norm.

All in all a good buy…. Now.. where that buudy of his OH Cable Where Are You? (yes Kotobukiya we looking at you)


image4

image1