Archive for December, 2014

Well as another year ends I can look back on all the movies I saw this year and rank my 10 favourites. Now keep in mind that this year I haven’t been able to go the cinemas as much since I went to Uni, so I may not have seen every movie worthy for this list. Also these are just my opinions, the type of movies that I like. Got a problem with that? Well I suggest going to another list as it will be different. So now let’s get to my top 10 favourite movies of 2014.

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Of all the internet celebrities out there my personal favourite is James Rolfe. Amongst the many other things he’s done like Cinemassacre’s Monster Madness, Board James and You Know What’s Bullshit, the series that made him most famous was undoubtedly The Angry Video Game Nerd, where he relives the frustrating games from his youth. Over the years many people have been making games based off him and his reviews, the most recent of which being Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures developed by FreakZone Games. A game which gives the player a first hand experience of what it’s like to be The Nerd. It’s gonna take you back to the past, but is this a shitty game that sucks ass?

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Greetings mortals, I am DracoJames102 and I am here to give you a review.

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When it comes to the DC Comics universe, I’m pretty much a casual fan. I have watched a bit of the Justice League animated series growing up, but I was more interested in playing video games at the time. It wasn’t until I played the Batman Arkham series that my interest in the DC universe sparked. So I decided to get the game that many DC fans were going gaga over, ‘Injustice Gods Among Us’. The game was released in 2013 and it was made by Netherealm Studios, the same people who made a Mortal Kombat remake in 2010. Is the game as fun to play as it was back when it first came out?

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Story

When it comes to fighting games, there usually isn’t a plot or a narrative. The closest thing we get are biographies of the playable characters within the game itself. However in Injustice’s case, it does have a story mode so I will talk about that.

The story takes place in a parallel universe to the normal universe. It’s one of those ‘what if this happened’ stories, such as ‘what would happen if Superman went rogue and took over the world?’. Why would he do this? Well in a parallel universe, Joker managed to use an altered version of Scarecrow’s toxins to poison Superman’s mind to make him think he was fighting Doomsday when really he was beating the heck out of Lois Lane who was pregnant with Superman’s child. On top of that, Joker hooked up a trigger of a nuclear bomb to Lois’ heartbeat. Once Superman killed Lois, the nuclear bomb went off and destroyed all of Metropolis. While Batman was interrogating Joker about where he got the bomb, Superman comes in to let out his rage on Joker. Batman tries to stop Superman, but Joker manages to push Superman to his final breaking point, resulting in Superman killing the Joker.

Meanwhile in the normal universe, the Justice League are stopping a rampage that the super villains are causing while Batman learns that Joker escaped and plans to use a nuclear bomb that Lex Luthor gave to him. Batman calls for backup while he attempts to stop Joker and before Joker can set the bomb off, Batman, Joker, Wonder Woman, Green Arrow, Green Lantern and Aquaman are instantly teleported to the parallel universe. Now they have to stop parallel Superman’s regime and find a way to get back to their universe.

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Overall I find this story pretty entertaining. It’s not perfect, but the writing and production values make it work rather well. I should mention that you take control of different characters throughout certain parts of the story and there are a few mini-games along the way. These mini-games are rather uninteresting and boring because all they require you to do is push the correct button at the right time. As for Superman killing the Joker, all I’ll say is worked better than it did in ‘Man of Steel’.

Gameplay

Injustice controls like a 2D fighting game. You use the D-Pad to move your character, press up to jump, down to crouch and hold back to block. The X button is used for heavy attacks, the square button is used for light attacks, the triangle button is used for medium attacks and the circle button is used to activate a character’s special power which can range from a temporary power boost to a temporary armour where you hardly ever flinch to attacks. The L1 button lets you grab your opponents, the R1 button lets you interact with certain objects in the stage so you can damage your foes and the R2 button is used for when you want to perform an extra move to certain combinations. The HUD contains your health meter as well as a countdown timer and there is a special gauge that builds up whenever you inflict or take damage. When your meter has one bar of energy, you can press the R2 at the right time to add more power to your combination. However when the meter is completely full and you press the L2 and R2 together, you can perform a super attack that will do massive damage if it makes contact with an opponent. I won’t go any deeper with pulling off combinations because it really all depends on how good you are at mashing the correct button combinations.

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The single player mode not only contains story mode, it also has a battle list where you can play your typical fighter arcade mode with different endings for each character as well as battles where you only fight heroes villains as well as starting you off with a handicap such as having to fight two fighters in a row or having you start on low health. These are most likely created for hardcore fighters. Single player mode also has S.T.A.R Lab missions where you need to perform certain actions or defeat foes. Completing these missions will grant you access cards that you can use to unlock bonus content. There is also a single fight mode where you fight computer AI for practice battles and there’s also your typical training mode.

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Injustice has a 24 playable character roster with 12 heroes and 12 villains. The heroes can range from the Justice League members and even Cyborg and Raven from Teen Titans. The villain roster consists of Joker, Killer Frost, Sinestro, Doomsday and that’s to name a few. Each character manages to have their own unique gimmick and attacks and none of them feel like clones of each other. Unfortunately, every character with exception to Superman only has one intro and ending animation during fights and for characters that are very well known, that’s pretty disappointing.

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The bonus feature section includes an archive where you can use the access cards you got from S.T.A.R Labs and leveling up your fighter status to purchase character costumes, concept art, music and backgrounds. You can also view character biographies of the characters you beat arcade mode with. There is also a trailer for a Superman movie called Superman Unbound and where you can access the online store.

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Downloadable  Content

When Injustice was released, a season pass was released that allowed you to purchase new playable characters. These characters were Lobo, General Zod, Batgirl, Martian Manhunter, Zatana and even Scorpion from Mortal Kombat. You can even download different costumes such as the suits that Superman and Zod wore in ‘Man of Steel’.

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Graphics

The graphics are pretty nice for a late PS3 console. The character models are spot on, the environments are nicely rendered and the scene transitions that played in stages are fun to watch.

Music

The music is ok but not memorable. Honestly I’m too busy fighting to listen to the background music. The only track I remember is the main title theme and the Fortress of Solitude theme. I will say that the sound direction is top-notch when it comes to landing hits and special attacks.

The voice-acting is pretty good too. Most of the original voice cast from the Justice League animated series return to voice their characters such as George Newborn and Kevin Conroy.

Control

The game controls well enough. It feels a little stiff but it isn’t too bad and it isn’t sluggish in anyway. However I feel like the game can be rather picky when it comes to making combos. I can pull off small combos fine, but when I try to pull off certain combos, like in tutorial mode, the combo won’t pull off even though I swore I pressed the button at the correct time. But it depends on whether you like pulling off fancy combos. I personally prefer defeating my foes with  what I know and not bother with long combos.

Final thoughts

As a fighting game, it’s pretty solid overall. Though single player can only offer so much enjoyment, this game is pretty fun to play when you have friends who not only enjoy DC Comics, but fighting games in general. If you are interested, I recommend getting the Ultimate Edition pack which comes with all of the DLC.

Final rating: 7/10