In the first dedicated video for the Ghoulish Entertainment Youtube Channel, Jimmy jumps into Fortnite on Xbox One with a positive can do attitude to try and get a thick and juicy Victory Royale with cheese. How did it go? Well you'll just have to have a look and find out for yourself won't you?
VR is the pinnacle of what gaming and virtual experiences can offer when done right and companies around the world are pouring millions into the industry to try and get it right. Although VR at home has become fragmented with the likes of Playstation VR, HTC Vive and Oculus all competing for supremacy just to name a few, the future of this may be in destination based experiences. Enter The Void.
Anime is amazing. There I said it. The story telling and themes tackled in a lot of the popular series are great and definitely worthy of recognition but for a particular novice and an uniformed one at that, there can be a big barrier to entry. Where does one start? Isn't it just like cartoons? Isn't Anime just animated Japanese porn? (I hate this last one by the way). Well let me give you a helping hand with five of my favourite series so far, a small collection of titles you really shouldn't miss as long as you can overlook the rare moment of overacting and ever so slightly clunky dialogue. I have only recently, within the last year, gotten into Anime myself.
As the music industry, with the likes of Spotify, and the film and TV industry, with Netflix and Amazon video, can testify, streaming is a big ticket business. It couples the convenience of ease and the benefit of choice; it really was only a matter of time until video games joined in. Xbox Game Pass and Sony's alternative, Playstation Now, have been a thing for a while but Microsoft just last week have announced a big move for their service and it has retailers up in arms as it might have given a fatal blow to the second hand game sale market as well as a dint in the future of physical retail games.
I grew up enveloped in the loving and colourful arms of Nintendo. My first ever games console was my Dad's SNES and I was instantly hooked. Star Fox and Super Mario World are still favourites to this day and it was the main reason I needed (yes, needed) an SNES Classic. From the Super Nintendo I moved on to the GameCube where Metroid Prime, Super Mario Sunshine, Sonic Adventures 2 and Super Smash Bros were my regular haunts. There's just something about Nintendo that makes me happy. Growing up I moved away to Playstation and then in 2006 the Wii happened.
The Falcon Heavy by Space X is the most powerful rocket every constructed for space travel and boasts 27 engines in total. The promise of the FH is that the three boosters are reusable which completely reinvents the affordability of the space race. Before now boosters found a home at the bottom of the ocean after burning up for the most part in the atmosphere, never to be seen again, but the Falcon Heavy allows it's boosters to return to Earth and land safely. During a press conference about the FH test launch on Monday, company founder Elon Musk stated “If we are successful in this, it is game over for all the other heavy lift rockets" and he's right.
Star Wars has been one of my favourite franchises since I was a child and I think it's because it fuses Science Fiction and Fantasy so expertly whilst at its core being a simple tale of good vs evil. I even enjoyed the Prequels at the time just because they were more content to consume from a galaxy far far away. When Disney took the helm I wasn't concerned, I was excited. Without them we probably wouldn't have got more instalments as George Lucas was quite vocally done and after the heat he got for the remastered versions and for Episodes I-III who can blame him (that singing alien scene from Return of the Jedi though).
When Disney announced that they were going to be doing a young Han Solo film my jaw hit the flaw. Never in the history of a galaxy far far away did such a film not need to be made more; especially without the presence of Harrison Ford, the man who made the role so iconic. Recasting such a beloved character was unthinkable to me and was and still is dangerous business, especially with a fan base so defensive of its heritage and collective memory. There was quite a short list of potential actors, I personally and begrudgingly liked the look of Scott Eastwood, he was rugged enough and just needed to grow out his hair. Disney themselves opted instead for Alden Ehrenreich and I quietly died inside.
*Contains low level spoilers for Altered Carbon Season 1*
I love most stories based in the future. Sci-Fi is my bread and butter and dystopian cyber punk is my jam. I also like food metaphors apparently...and food if I'm being honest. I missed all the hype for Altered Carbon, including the promotional materials, and only knew it was on its way a few days before its launch on February 2nd when my Uncle mentioned a new Netflix show that looked like it had the vibe of Blade Runner. Solid suggestion Uncle Paul!
Now I'm under no illusion that a review of The Division, a game that came out in March of 2016, is necessary at this point. If it interested you you've probably played it. For those with a passing interest who maybe tried the game a little or missed it completely I guess this is for you (and people who want to tell me why my opinions on this particular game are wrong). I have had a long history with loving Tom Clancy branded titles, two worthy of a particular mention here are Splinter Cell Convictionand Rainbow Six Vegas 2. I kind of fell off of the bandwagon though and after trying and failing to get into Rainbow Six Siege I wasn't sure going back to this game that I'd missed would be worth it. How wrong was I?
As the title may suggest this post is about Sword Art Online and how good a week it has been for UK based fans of the series...like me! If you read my article about my favourite animes you'll know SAO is way up there, and was actually the first one I ever watched. If you're unfamiliar, the story follows Kirito, a young Japanese gamer who enters an online VR MMO on launch day only to find, with 10,000 other players, that he can't log out. Death in the game means real death and the only way to escape is by beating the game. It's Ready Player One meets the Hunger Games and is fantastic. I'd personally be screwed. I think I died at least fifty thousand times playing The Division on Normal difficulty.
Forget 2012 Marvel NOW!, forget the confusing and similarly named 2016 Marvel NOW!and especially forget the 2017 Marvel Legacy. Comics live and die on their jumping on points and both DC and Marvel have been very pro-active in recent years in trying to grab new readerships. Trying to catch up on over fifty years of storylines can turn a lot of people off and Marvel want to make it easy for new comers to pick up one of their titles. In swoops Marvel's 'A Fresh Start', “Not since Marvel NOW! have we had such an over-arching, line-wide change of talent on the Marvel comics line,” announces Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski in the promotional short for the initiative.