By Kristine Chester, Guest Contributor to Fanboy Comics
I had never played an Elder Scrolls game before and knew little to nothing about the world outside of people's funny Oblivion glitch and overpowered guard stories. But, as a fan of RPGs and with so much buzz surrounding Skyrim, the latest entry in the series, I had to check it out for myself.
It didn't take me long to realize that I had played an Elder Scrolls game before; it was called Fallout 3. While I knew both games were made by the same development team, I was shocked to find the gameplay was virtually identical. It's a simple formula to get Skyrim from Fallout: replace radiation with magic and guns with swords and you're done. This isn't necessarily a bad thing. Fallout 3 was a great game with a ton of content, and Skyrim delivers the same addictive gameplay in a different and fresh (at least for me) setting.
"The Wise Man Leads, The Strong Man Follows"
** Spoilers Ahead **
The question is who is the wise and who is the strong? I'm sure Krell can be a great general, since he managed to secure the rank, but all I've seen is a jerk who sends out troops into battle, without a care in the world for what the outcome will be. Not very wise in my opinion. Rex, on the other hand, seems like the smartest guy outta the whole lot of 'em.
As I have mentioned before, being a poor video game reviewer this time of year is strangely pressuring. Yes, there are countless great and interesting games being released right now, but I will never be able to review all of them promptly. This problem was even more heightened this past week. On Friday, 11/11/11/11, The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim was released, and the following Tuesday saw the release of Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, the tenth anniversary of Halo, and Saint’s Row the Third.
There is a wonderful thing that happens each year around this time. Thousands of video gamers and nerds gather together and give millions of dollars every year to children’s hospitals. The goal is not to provide money for treatment or cures; those are pretty well covered by other charities. Child’s Play is a charity that gives video games, books, and toys to these hospitals, so that the kids aren’t forced to think about being sick the whole time they are trapped in the hospital.
By Kristine Chester, Guest Contributor to Fanboy Comics
Recently, Jeremy Rogers and David Accampo announced they were creating a comic book miniseries with artist Jared Souza based off of their audio drama, Wormwood. Wormwood was a serialized occult mystery that followed parapsychologist Dr. Xander Crowe, as he investigated the strange goings-on in the small town of Wormwood, California. Many compare it to the television series Twin Peaks or The X-Files for its use of both supernatural and mystery elements. Wormwood lasted for three seasons and has deservedly earned a lot of praise for its storytelling, memorable characters, and snappy dialogue.
Oh boy, where to begin with X-Men Destiny? When I first heard of the game about a year ago, it just didn't seem like something that grabbed my attention. Sure, it's a cool idea to play as an original character, choose your own powers, and fight alongside the X-Men, but something just didn't sit right. You know that feeling when you're reading previews for games and you just KNOW it's going to be terrible? This is that game. And, the fact that I played it coming right off of amazing games like Uncharted 3 and Arkham City made this experience just that much more painful.
At the start of the game we find ourselves at a rally following the death of Charles Xavier. Here we meet our 3 main characters to choose from. But, choose wisely, my friends! For the choice you make probably doesn't make any difference whatsoever, besides each character's own personal "story line." I chose the little Japanese girl, Aimi Yoshida, voiced by Jamie Chung, since I like faster characters, but, again, I don't think it really would have mattered. The mutant power I chose was Shadow Matter, which is a quick teleporting-type ability that's fast and manipulates matter into shadow-like blades. Hence the name. The other 2 powers that I didn't choose were Energy Projection, which I think is pretty self-explanatory, and Density Control. Density Control sounds interesting when you first read the description...
"The Path of Ignorance is Guided by Fear"
And, away we go! This episode picks up right where we left off, with the Clones doing battle with the Umbarans. It was nice to see something different when it came to the Umbarans' ships. We're so used to seeing the same type of vehicles in the Star Wars Universe, and I really dug the design they came up with for the Umbarans.
This is the worst time of the year to be a fan of video games. The conventional wisdom is that there is no time to release a big budget video game like the holiday season. There are three reasons for this that I can see. One is that this is the time of the year when video games are more likely to be given as gifts. Another reason is that, at the end of the year, video game journalists compose their top ten lists. For this reason game companies try to have their best products released around that time, much like a film with Oscar aspirations is more likely to be released a month before the Oscars than a month after. Finally, I think this practice is largely in place, because this is the way it is done. There are some notable exceptions. Mass Effect 2 was released in January of last year, to incredible sales and critical acclaim, and went on to win a number of Game of the Year awards. Red Dead Redemption was released in May of last year, and achieved the same thing. These are the exceptions. This year, six games that all aspire to GOTY status are releasing in five weeks. It should go without saying that these games also aspire to break sales records and make everyone involved into gajillionaires. Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, released last week, was one of these contenders. (Ed. I swear Ben, if you make a Marlon Brando joke, you’ll never write for FBC again.)
For the second year, I was fortunate to attend a world premiere gala at AFI. Last year I saw Black Swan, and this year I saw J. Edgar, a film directed by Clint Eastwood and written by Dustin Lance Black, who won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay in 2009 (Milk). J. Edgar boasts a huge cast, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Naomi Watts, Judi Dench, and Armie Hammer (The Social Network). The film follows the life of J. Edgar Hoover, the first Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Hoover sought a war against gangsters, he influenced the implementation of forensics in criminal cases, his achievements in forensics affected the Lindbergh trial-of-the-century, and his warped views on Communism affected a generation. Also, he very well may have lived his entire life as a closeted gay man. A life this controversial and important to American history begs to be told on the big screen; yet, this is precisely why it is so very disappointing and surprising just how amateur, monotonous, and sluggish this film turned out to be.
"The First Step Towards Loyalty is Trust"
I hope the creative forces behind the show take note of this quote, because, after not airing a new episode last week, they really threw off my trust. Having to go 14 days without a new episode was not good on my psyche, and I was reduced to reenacting The Mortis Trilogy in my room with sock puppets and action figures. It was not a pretty sight, and, lucky for me, they aired a new episode right before I started constructing my very own 2-1B.
And, boy oh boy, was it worth the wait. If there is anything I've learned from Filoni and crew, it is that they will not disappoint. In Season 3, they pounded us over the head with political episodes about diplomacy and corruption, but then totally blew us out of the water with 3 back-to-back "trilogies" filled with awesomeness (Nightsisters, Mortis, and Citadel). So, now, after watching Gungans and 2 back-to-back Droid episodes, we get the first episode in a 4-part arc which looks incredibly promising.