Games Movies

The Round Up – April 3rd, 2018

Another week, another Round Up.

How was everyone’s Easter weekend?  Mine was good.  It was spent with the family.  Had a nice ham dinner, played a butt load of Kirby on Switch and watched Three Billboards (which was fantastic) when the kids went to bed.  My wife and I went to see Ready Player One with our eight year old daughter last Thursday but had to leave early (read my Canadian Film rating post), so that’s why there hasn’t been a review.  I’ve only seen half the movie! Hopefully I’ll be checking it out again this week.  Game wise, I’m still playing Final Fantasy XIV.  Spent most of my time last night in Eureka riding the NM train.  Would love to be able to start running Byakko EX sometime this week to get my RDM weapon, but we’ll see how things go.

Note: this is probably the longest Round Up i’ve done in awhile.  You decide if that’s a good or bad thing.

I’m sorry, but there’s just so many things to be excited about!!………

Dragon Quest XI finally gets Western Release Date

Mark this one on your calendars.  We’ll finally be able to get our hands on Dragon Quest XI (without having to learn Japanese).  While not nearly as popular as Final Fantasy in the West, I’m really hoping Dragon Quest XI will have the same effect as Monster Hunter World did this year.  It’ll be the entry in the series that catapults its popularity (beyond Japan) to infinity and beyond. I’ve been dying to play a new JRPG (Persona 5 was way too long ago, and my current fix is Final Fantasy VI on the SNES Classic), so this is going to be a guaranteed pre-order……… as soon as I can convince my wife that it’s a necessary thing to do.

Dragon Quest XI releases in the West (finally) September 4th, 2018

Chasm coming to PC, PS4 & Vita this Summer

Dubbed by IGN as a “Metroid-style game with infinite replay value”, Bit Kid Games Chasm is finally coming to PC and consoles this Summer.  Its features include:

  • Explore six massive areas procedurally-assembled from hand-crafted rooms
  • Enjoy challenging retro gameplay and authentic pixel art (384×216 native res.)
  • Battle massive bosses and discover new abilities to reach previously inaccessible areas
  • Customize your character by equipping armor, weapons, and spells
  • Coming to PS4/Vita and PC (Win/Mac/Linux via Steam and Humble)

Originally announced five years ago, Chasm quickly reached its Kickstarter goal.  The graphics look charming, and with the possibility of endless gameplay, Chasm looks like it could keep you interested for years to come.  I love any Metroid game and I’m a huge fan of Salt & Sanctuary, so anything related to those two in some way absolutely piques my interest.  Love me some good 2D dungeon crawling.

Chasm releases on PC, PS4 & Vita this Summer

Ready Player One is the #1 Movie in the World.. and I have yet to finish watching it! 

If you haven’t read my post on why it shouldn’t have been rated PG, be sure to check it out.  There was a scene in the film that wasn’t in the books that caused us to leave well before the movie was done.  I’m really itching to see it though.  I was really enjoying myself.  There’s plenty of excellent action and Easter eggs, it’s a gamers dream come true.  Looks like the wife and I will have to go and watch the rest without the kids.

Ready Player One is now playing

Powerful Short Film Cargo is now a Full Length Movie!

I remember watching the short years ago (back in 2013 to be exact) when it first was released on Youtube.  It was the short that was famous for making grown men cry.  It’s set in a post apocalyptic world where zombies rule.  A father has been bit and he only has a limited amount of time to get his daughter somewhere safe before he turns.  You can watch it below…

I’m surprised they did decide to turn it into a full length movie.  The short is pretty much perfect.  What’s great though, is the original directors are back, and the extra screen time will make the ending (hopefully) that much more harrowing due to more character development.  Plus, it doesn’t hurt having a fantastic actor like Martin Freeman in the lead.

Cargo is coming to theaters (not Netflix) May 18th, 2018

Tera is now (officially) available on Consoles

If you’ve been itching for a new free to play MMO, which I’ve been craving since Marvel Heroes Omega left us (no, it wasn’t an MMO, but it was my favorite free to play game last year), Tera launches today on PS4 & Xbox One.  With it’s true, action based combat (you can literally dodge attacks, it’s not based on your evasion % or whatever), Tera brings something new (new to consoles, it’s been out on PC for awhile) to the genre.  While free to play is nice, you can bet your ass you’re going to be dropping all kinds of money on this if you want to experience everything the game has to offer.  The developers promise that the entire game can be played without spending a dime, but we’ll see.  It had an early release last week if you purchased one of the Founder’s Packs.  Did any of you pick one up?  Let me know what you think of it, I’ll be downloading it this week.

Tera is now available on PC, PS4 & Xbox One

A Quiet Place starts this Friday

This looks legit.  I haven’t seen a good scary movie in a long time (IT was ok, The Ritual was better).  John Krasinski (The Office) is sitting in the directors chair for this one, and it looks like he could be the next great horror director.  The story involves creatures that hunt by sound, and a family that has to live in silence to survive.  The only downside I can see to the film being mostly quiet, is that asshole beside you loudly eating his popcorn, or the couple in front of you sucking face.  That might take you out of the movie.

A Quiet Place is in theaters this Friday

That’s it for The Round Up, until next time! – NVJ

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