Empress is six issues of a comic series I got to review. It has a very strong flavor, great noir visuals, and a strong story. Please check out my review at http://moviepilot.com/posts/3764841. Thank you.
The Nintendo Wii U does not need saving. I know many people believe this is false, and it is an accurately far-gone conclusion. However, like the Nintendo Wii before, it is possible to finish the console’s life cycle with hits that send the Nintendo Wii U off with a bang, and ignite the success to come with the secret Nintendo NX. The key is a strong story and including the details necessary to insure Nintendo users of a bright future.
1 Afterburner – The Nintendo Wii only had games like World War 2 Aces, Disney Planes, and Tom Clancy’s Hawx. However, if you outfit Nintendo’s system with a game the straddles between arcade serious, and fun simulation, Nintendo can give the Nintendo Wii U the flight game it deserves. The important thing is to establish a heavy, online combat with cooperative play and competitive.
2 Disney’s The BFG – You only need to play games like Hook, for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System to expect such a title. Disney’s The BFG, with a strong soundtrack in place, graphics in tow, and a great story, can give the Nintendo Wii U the game it needs. If Steven Spielberg can develop a story, for Nintendo’s console only, and use all aspects of the Nintendo Wii U can give the Nintendo Wii U console the heart-filled game it has desires.
3 Street Fighter 5– It does not have to be specific or different. If Nintendo can bring Street Fighter 5, as is, and maximize Nintendo’s console power it sends a message. It is currently exclusive to the Sony Playstation 4, and the personal computer. Nintendo talk to Capcom. Get Sony to bend a little. Bring Street Fighter 5 home where it belongs.
4 A Multiplayer Local/Online Action Adventure Title– Think X-men, a title like Halo online multiplayer, or Spyborgs. Spyborgs, on the Nintendo Wii, did not have enough action. X-men and Halo have just the right amount. If Nintendo can make a deal with some company and effectively create a 16-player action adventure title for on, or offline play. The Nintendo Wii U will have fulfilled some wishes. I am thinking reintroduce a title like the Grinder, by High Voltage Software, with multiple players, a solid story, great visuals, and lots of action.
5 Turok Dinosaur Hunter – I understand this game is being remade. Bring the Nintendo Wii U, this title. Add 8-player local support, or online and add a grappling aspect to the title. Nintendo can create a game that has solid first person strengths and add a grappling feature to battle the dinosaurs face-to-face.
6 Red Dead Revolver 2- Rockstar’s title never graced a Nintendo system. In fact, none of the heavier Rockstar games made it to a Nintendo system. If Nintendo could find a way to bring this game, in all its glory, with every detail in place, the Nintendo WIi U’s sunset would be much brighter.
7 Halo/Killzone game– Nintendo needs their own flagship, first person, action game. Nintendo can give it the story and the Nintendo Wii U can provide the jumping point. It must have the details, carry the guns, and detail a tale that immerses gamers. Nintendo can also create downloadable content that can give players levels and excessive game play beyond just the first play through.
I’d seen Star Wars, The Force Awakens, two different times. It took me a long time to consider how I felt about it. The film was not by George Lucas. No matter how much I tried to see it, it was a very different movie. It had some great shots, nice computer graphic work, strong alien concepts, diverse worlds, and a solid story. The characters in this movie, whether it was Rey, Daisy Ridley, Finn, John Boyega, or Kylo Ren, Adam Driver, were strong. You immediately understood the balance of Rey in the film. John Boyega’s character, for me, was someone to watch for in the films going forward. I loved the split within Adam Driver’s character. How could I forget Poe Dameron’s, Oscar Isaac’s, purpose in the story?
In the end, I hope these writers create arcs for all of these characters that are uplifting, but can and will pull the rug from under everyone’s feet. I enjoyed how the film felt very much like after the war. It was very much like after a World War, if it were in space. Though many compared the film to Star Wars, Episode 4, this film used the similar backdrop very well and established a different way in this universe. The surprise in the film seemed obvious when it arrived. When” it” happened, it was sad. The characters’ reactions were even better. There could be some solid foreshadowing because of it.
I loved the light saber fight scene, at the end, but wondered about one element in part of that scene. One character was not what they seemed. However, it begged a question. The definition of light saber, highlighted in Wikipedia, defined it as a weapon used by Jedi and Sith, who are skilled, and use it for combat and defense. A major character handled one, but I wondered what their part was going to be in this film series. It might not be anything. Different rules are could be applied in this universe. However, it would be cool if something more could be made of the character. Star Wars, The Force Awakens, is solid. It just needed to be solid.
Thank you, Mister Itakagi Tomonobu. Thank you, again, Mister Itakagi Tomonobu!!! Thank you, Nintendo. Thank you Mister Satoru Iwata. Thank you, Nintendo!!! Thank you, Valhalla Game Studios. Thank you, Valhalla Game Studios!!!
Everyone involved in bringing this masterpiece, to a Nintendo system, should be apologized to a million times, and thanked a million times more.
Each of these participants in this great work got something out of it. First, Devil’s Third on the Nintendo Wii U is spectacular. Let’s try it again. DEVIL’S THIRD ON THE NINTENDO WII U IS SPECTACULAR!!!
I cannot explain, nor, truly, write a real review for the game, Devil’s Third, by Valhalla Game Studios, and brought to the United States by Nintendo. This is only my first time through. I do not really want to write a review.
If you have ever played Ninja Gaiden, the game is about the experience.
Itakagi Tomonobu creates experiences that are precisely complete, challenge the player, and ask that you raise your skills beyond what the game requires.
I actually have built up frustration over the expectation of this kind of game. It comes from past game play expectations from other video games.
I used to play games like Contra, Sector Z, Halo, and the many G.I Joe-type games in order to get the feel of playing a game that puts you in the combat. At times, you get a title that is a shooter, or it has some form of melee combat, but not a strong balance of both. Years later, Itakagi Tomonobu, the legend behind Ninja Gaiden’s legacy, brings a game that gives you all that you want, if you want hybrid action. Hybrid means, in this case, a tight balance between gun, intelligent, and hand-to-hand combat.
There is a catch. You have to play smart in every aspect of this experience, from start to finish. For example, in Ninja Gaiden, every player has a plethora of weapons to use at a time. The katana blade has a balance that allows you to take down enemies, but suffers, as it is steady. A staff adds distance to your attacks, but leaves players vulnerable to quicker, multiple, and more accurate enemies. Ninja Gaiden was always a battle of man versus computer intelligence, along gorgeous, smartly developed, levels. The games pushed you to the peak of your patience, and smarts. Ninja Gaiden dealt specifically with hand-to-hand combat.
Devil’s Third continues this epic tradition and switches the balance from the melee aspect and ask that you operate with more intelligence, not only in close quarters, but mainly, with cover, gun play, and strategy.
Strategy. Strategy. Once more, Strategy. This level of strategy starts with the controller you plan to use with the game. The Nintendo Pro Controller is the best weapon in this case. You start the game, recognize your environment, and simply play. You must know your cover. The controls are tight. Your melee is cold and precise. The guns are awesome. The enemies plot and plan against your attacks. Players beware.
The key to all of this is how you plan to attack your enemy. It always has been, and always will. For example, you have two rifles, a shotgun, and an AK-47. An enemy fires a rocket launcher at a distance toward you.
You have many ways to take down the enemy. You can trust your character’s body, rush the rocket launcher, and simply hack him to pieces. The player could use the shotgun, and move to a point, where you can simply take down the assailant. It is also possible to simply fire from distance and take your enemy down. There are no control issues, no level glitches; Devil’s Third unfolds, as it should. It is hard, but with patience and strategy, the game is fun, rewarding and a worthy purchase at $60, thus far. It has an online component, but I have yet to test it.
I bet it not only pushes Valhalla Game Studios, but also makes great use of Nintendo’s hardware. It makes me upset seeing some reviews for this game. This is the only game of its kind on a Nintendo system. It is rewarding. However, negative exposure pushes real players from a truly epic experience.
There is a level, I will not disclose, but it reminds me of actually working in a scene from the film, the Matrix.
The use of terrain and clan aspects of the title allows players to consider either an army of one scenario, or to really look at the weapons at your disposal and consider the different options available. Devil’s Third is good, if not great, and it is a shame more people do not know. I hope this helps to draw more people to its challenging nature.
Thank you, again, Mister Itakagi Tomonobu. Thank you, again, Nintendo. Thank you, Valhalla Game Studios.
The article about the image above is at The Gulf Live, at http://blog.gulflive.com/mississippi-press-news/2011/09/european_art_sculptures_coming.html .
You can more information about the image at Wikipedia Commons, at https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Circle_of_Life_from_Ivana_Houserova.jpg.
You dream of something. You consider your options. You see eternity. Dark hair. Creamy skin. Luscious, vibrant red lips. A smile that you cannot resist. Great down to earth personality. Real work ethic. A drive. You work harder. You want to get closer. You feel like you’re there. Work gets challenging. It just has different modes. You don’t want to burden her. Anyone. You look forward to “her” through all of it. She doesn’t know. A man, him and me, has to get closer. You see how. You take it. You make mistakes.
Your world changes. You want to stay, but the game changes. You find a place near her. Don’t lose it. You must wait. You look to see what went wrong while you wait. You remember, years ago. Another woman. Dark hair. Vibrant red lips. Creamy skin. Work ethic. A smile? She fought for you. You wanted her. The fear of that finale. You walked away.
You want her now. They’re not the same, but the feeling of finding that connection. The essence of life. That circle. It makes you want to work even harder. You search. You carry a vive essence, though you lost some pieces within, to get what you want. Her. Her. Her.
She doesn’t know what it means to hold hands, be close to her, or embrace her.
She means creation. Aphrodite’s ballad means happy times. This woman will kick your ass. She will love you just the same overall. You can build so much together. Her. Her. Her. It will not be complete until she finds you. You her. Know to commit. Want to commit. Her. Her. Her.
Could Matt Rhule and Chip Kelly have dinners and meet as coaches in the city Philadelphia? I only hope. I actually hope all of the coaches of every team, professional, or collegiate, meet in some way or form to build on one another. The loss Temple University took against Notre Dame’s Fighting Irish says something. First, they set a template for what to establish and what to beware of against the Fighting Irish for other teams in the National Collegiate Athletic Association. They also showed the city what true spirit in a team means and what a real squad does. Thomas Jahad looked like he left it all on the field. P.J. Walker put it all on the line. Matakevich, Chandler, Avery Williams, every Owl put it out there and accepted the results. This next week you know this team will give Southern Methodists University all they can take and more.
The only question is, and not to overshadow Temple’s role in this city, can the Philadelphia Eagles learn from Temple University’s example? You take what you do well. Know your talent. Use it. Build on it. Continue to build on it and let it all hang out for a whole season as an unmitigated unit. I feel like the Philadelphia Eagles are better than fans and even media can project. The problem seems to be the identity the team presents. It needs this kind of character, well at least the Eagle’s offense does.
You watch Temple University and their stout defense cause any team problems. Their offense has a place to excel. Walker scrambles and passes well. Thomas runs hard and punishes opposing defenses. A certain blend between Thomas and Armstead might cause teams more problems. I definitely would love to see a double reverse play action pass or flea flicker from this team against teams that put too much pressure on the offensive line. Temple University is solid and is on their way to a bowl game. This team just has to continue to build on this effort and win out.
I just wish the Philadelphia Eagles would take this use of heart, soul, and effort by Temple University and make their team work, every week, the way your talent and scheme, best used, permit. Thank you Temple Owls for bringing back a consistency and fight that this city needs to witness.
Learn more about Temple University’s Owls at http://www.owlsports.com/.
Can a Transformers’ film based on just the machines exist? I believe it is possible. The origin of the robots in disguise must adjust for the film world but, a very different film can happen.
I see these Michael Bay films and commend what they represent. The films are brave, creative, and breakdown the walls, with every technology opportunity.These movies are also one man’s vision of what a Transformers’ movies can achieve.
If you visit a site like Rotten Tomatoes, at http://www.rottentomatoes.com/, look up the first Transformer’s film, and at the ratings’ differences between the audience and the most popular critics. Their views are very different. When you see the disparity between audience members’ reviews, there is even more diversity. Moviegoers will have different opinions. It does continue a tradition.
This show thrives today as it did many years ago. This program continues to change and adapt for children and adults. The Transformers had a strong animated television program, in the past, and now presents a lighter show to entertain today’s generations.
In my personal belief, a different kind of cinematic experience can make the Transformers’ movies closer to their past-animated counterparts. It would be a different kind of movie, but a blockbuster.
The key is the direction to take with the new film, or films. In the end, like a Johnny Five, from the movie Short Circuit, or Chappie, from the movie Chappie, we all have to believe a robot exist that has emotion, personality, and purpose. They can advance into the future and a new existence.
Before I continue, what brought this on? Literally, the other day, I watched a show from 1985. It was an episode from Season 2 of the Transformers animated show. In the episode Sea Change, Sea Spray and the Autobots visit an alien world and prevent the Decepticons from taking over the planet. In the episode, Sea Spray falls for an alien, but human-like woman. It is so clear that a mutual love develops and an opportunity arises for the Transformer to enter a special lagoon and transform into a combination of an organic creature and robot. It comes down to a way he and this alien female can be together. The episode was insane. The idea that you can build a film with just the machines taking the lead seems very possible if their intent is to grow and change in the audiences’ eyes.
Where do you start? The Transformers are alien. The story can start in California. Why not follow a Bumblebee, or Optimus Prime as they lead the Autobots after they have crashed to Earth? They explore the planet, and run into humans that they keep at a distance. The Transformers can be clumsy and not so careful. A small group of people realizes Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, and so many other hidden Autobots, that cannot transform yet, exist.
This becomes an issue and local risk, at first, and these people see the robots as aliens invading, and on, Earth. Their voices can go unheard.
The audience sees these hidden robots, Autobots, adapt, and take the form of vehicles and devices that hide within human society. Optimus Prime or Bumblebee can be individuals in search of finding security for their family, or the close-knit group, of Autobots. They can search for a way to construct a shuttle to get back to their planet, or consider simply finding their new lives on Earth. However, these Autobots forget why they crashed. They are just happy in their new existence, find solace in secrecy, and the possibility of getting home.
One day, on a road, an Optimus Prime or Bumblebee, embraces the beauty of Earth. They realize this planet could be a good place for them to live and a place where they can coexist with humanity. No Autobot understands how they crashed on Earth.
Suddenly, a flying vehicle takes an interest in them, in their automotive form. This other vehicle can get to close to, and eventually assault them. This starts a small altercation, the introduction of the Decepticons, and the reality of their crash to this planet. The Autobots meet the Decepticons and only transform into robots in a secret place away from human eyes. Optimus Prime, or Bumblebee, understands a battle in space, between the Autobots and Decepticons, led them all to crash to Earth together. This is an extension of a civil war on their common planet of Cybertron.
At this point, Autobots and Decepticons engage in small battles in the public eye and get the reaction of more people. Hearsay and the media expose the Transformers. A few people, a small group, that remembered the Transformers before, follow these battles and must decide between two sides.
Some see Megatron, and his Decepticons pillage human society of their natural energy. They can realize Transformers, overall, are not good. Others may not see all of these machines as threats. These people find the side they can best relate. The public as a whole warns the United States military. The humans, willing to listen, with the Autobots can discover the Decepticons are robbing the planet of its resources.
These people can use their knowledge of the planet and natural energy to help the Autobots battle the Decepticons, and prevent their thievery.
A terrified public can lead the United States military into a direct confrontation with all the Transformers. The Autobots and Decepticons engage in a massive battle in the eye of the public. There can be plenty of human casualties. The Autobots become aware of this and disengage from battle before it becomes too big, and ruthless. At this point, the United States military attacks everyone and drives all of these robots to retreat. The Autobots go into hiding in their discovered, damaged, ship. The Decepticons hide for the moment, but Megatron, leader of the Decepticons, devises a plan for the Decepticons to get what they want from humanity.
These Decepticons take the form of machines with war bound intentions. Megatron introduces himself to the United States military. Megatron paints a picture for them of the Autobots as nuisances from another planet. He determines the Decepticons are a group that advances societies wherever they travel. Megatron knows not to allow humans to get a hold of Transformer technology.
He does offer to help advance their weapons, in his way, come to the aid of only the United States military in any battle they need against other countries, and promises to advance the popular technology in the country.
In return, Megatron wants to be able to have access to various natural resource sites all over the planet. He wants to establish factories; poison to humans and that only Decepticons can use, to develop advances in human technology.
In reality, the factories are a front to steal resources from the planet. The Decepticons plan to work in the shadows and establish silent, backdoor treaties with other countries and societies in order to put humans against other humans with this new weapons’ technology.They want to take energy from planet Earth so they can return to Cybertron, and leave the planet Earth in ruins. The military, the government, and so many other countries strike a deal with the Decepticons and start this path to destruction. A Bumblebee, or Optimus Prime can see all these things happening, in the background, but realize that if the Autobots engage the Decepticons this can only lead to more human lives ending. Unaware of the Decpeticons final purpose, they take a passive stance and decide to wait to see if the Decepticons’ plans will cause real harm. They will only use brute force if it is necessary. The Autobots have a last-ditch plan to end the Decpticons before they can cause real harm.
This is how the film would end. Is it good? Eh.
There is one critical question though.
Would these Decepticons be evil?
Early on in this film, a narration explains different Transformer creators developed the Autobots and Decepticons as balance keepers of the universe. One unknown creator made a group of transforming robots with the purpose of bringing peace and balance wherever they travel. Another creator developed Decepticons to use force, by any means necessary, to establish a peaceful universe. This can have implications. The Decepticons creator developed machines that were too intelligent and powerful. These Decepticons try to kill their creator. This Decpeticon creator left his machines to survive on their own. He escaped, and looked for a way to destroy the Decepticons, Autobots, and possibly more. These same free Decepticons traveled and encountered other alien races in the universe. While friendly, at first, these other races turned against the Decepticons because of their power and intelligence.
These Decepticons, without any creator’s guidance, and only Megatron’s experience, grew cold. They came to believe that in the end life destroys itself. They believe all creations that come to life will destroy one another, based on their encounters with their creator and other species. Therefore, all life must die. They play the role of destroying life before it has a chance to go bad. This establishes peace. In the end, they know to destroy themselves, but not before they take out everything else.
I do not know if any of the above is good. I know I wanted something very different from a Transformers’ film. These robots in disguise can lead; truly have humanity, and true purpose.