It’s been fairly quiet over here on the Nerdgazzum blog. I broke the silence over on my personal one where I have come to accept that I am suffering from depression and that’s put a bit of a stop on most things Nerdgazzum. All of THAT noise will be over on my blog as this isn’t the place and I wanted to break the silence on this blog by discussing what’s happening on TV at the moment.
First up, the return of The Flash. Great mid-season premiere. Kinda tugs at the heartstrings what with Patty and Barry and Joe and Wally but still a gripping watch. The best bit by far had to be the credits scene with [su_spoiler title=”Spoiler!” style=”fancy”]Eobard Thawne as the Reverse Flash who has somehow returned and is rather confused…[/su_spoiler]
Next, we have Arrow and things are getting very interesting. We have Damien Darhk and [su_spoiler title=”Spoiler!” style=”fancy”]his family who we assumed knew nothing of his activities and it turns out his wife is fully in the know and, possibly, in ordering him…[/su_spoiler] Then there’s the question of who is in the grave? Seeing as [su_spoiler title=”Spoiler!” style=”fancy”]it’s not Felicity who I think will go on to become Oracle as she’s lost the use of her legs. I reckon it’s either Oliver’s son or the boy’s mother. Felicity wasn’t wearing the engagement ring when Oliver got back into the car and see seemed mighty pissed but Oliver wasn’t THAT broken up for it to be any of the team. Perhaps, because Eobard Thawne has returned at the end of Flash, Thawne causes havoc in Star City to weaken the fledgling “Justice League”…[/su_spoiler]
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow premiered and all I can say is “WOW”. Another great ensemble made up of familiar faces with our new acquaintance, Rip Hunter. Action packed and gripping throughout, the episode also tugged at heart strings at a couple of different points. I can’t wait to see where they go with this and how the other shows tie in going forward because they will, especially after [su_spoiler title=”Spoiler!” style=”fancy”]recognising Gideon’s voice who is then named later on as the AI onboard the Waverider which, as we should all know by now, was created by Barry Allen.[/su_spoiler]
It took me a while to warm to Supergirl. I felt it was the weakest in the CW lineup but she seems to be coming into her own. The incessant references and name-dropping alluding to her cousin, Clark, got rather boring and annoying. But towards the mid-season break it really picked up. Maxwell Lord and his dark plan drawing us in with great interest and, of course the reveal as to who Hank actually is. The latest episode, “Strange Visitor From Another Planet” was incredibly strong and CW seem intent at tugging at our heart strings across all of their shows at the moment This episode was a reminder of some of the fantastic storylines in Justice League Unlimited where [su_spoiler title=”Spoiler!” style=”fancy”]we see the fate of the Martians and J’onn J’onzz (Hank) becoming the last son of Mars. The White Martians were really well done and a far better depiction compared to the animated iteration.[/su_spoiler] and then the show closes with Supergirl saving a bus [su_spoiler title=”Spoiler!” style=”fancy”]but as we know, it can’t be her as she’s sat eating ice cream watching the news as it’s happening. Looks like Maxwell Lord has created a Bizarro Supergirl which we kinda guessed when Hank infiltrated room 52…[/su_spoiler]
As stressful as having such a full TV calendar due to these fantastic shows starting back up, new shows announced and others returning soon (The Walking Dead) is, I am still in awe that we are now in a world that accepts these bizarre storylines and characters as mainstream content and no longer a discussion kept at the back of class or away from the popular folk’s ears. To see stuff from the comics and animated series make it to live-action and not on the “big screen” is truly amazing. It’s an awesome time to be a geek.
So, anyone that knows me knows I LOVE Batman and the DC Universe and very rarely do I have a negative thing to say about anything Batman related. Aside from my major disappointment with Arkham Knight and the abominations that were the Schumacher flicks I have nothing but love for the variety of story arcs and depictions of my beloved childhood hero. Yet I find myself struggling with Gotham. I tried so hard to like it. I WANTED to like it but the spoon-feeding of references and cheesiness is reminiscent of the classic TV show and that ship sailed decades ago.
I initially envisioned a Gotham that was dark, gritty and needed cleaning up. Season 1 had me thinking that was the case and I defended the show as I so desperately wanted it to be what I thought it would become. But then the villains started happening. A new villain every episode with every single hint of who they are spelt out in blazing neon. Unlike DC’s other efforts over on CW where Flash and Arrow intelligently give newcomers a treat yet don’t alienate the diehard fans with boring references and big arrows pointing at who this newcomer on screen is.
I thought this show would centre on Jim Gordon and his battle to clean up Gotham without getting too dirty himself. I pictured a young, grieving Bruce Wayne trying to find his way in life and finding a means to overcome the loss and emptiness the demise of his parents brings him. I pictured a gritty CSI Gotham with subtle references and indications of villains’ origins through well written stories and cameos. I pictured a tightly woven pre-Batman world that would hold gems for fans and newcomers alike.
I was wrong. I still watch it. I don’t know why. Perhaps I cling to the hope a new writing team and/or show runner comes in as the offscreen Jim Gordon to clean this mess up. Every time a new villain casting is announce I die a little inside and the calamity grows. I really enjoyed the Court of Owls run in the comics and, season 2 brought us a link to that arc and I am displeased with how it has played thus far. The Order of St Dumas came into play, Edward Nygma’s license plate is “RIDDLR”, Penguin’s bizarre and annoying mother…so many let downs that I lose respect for villains I respected and loved in the comics and other media.
Season 1 was the closest we got to what I expected; the (short-lived) turf wars between Falcone and Maroni (and the wretched Fish Mooney that was not required at all). It was all down hill from there. Just look at little Bruce, not at all consumed by his parents’ death as he should be. This is the defining moment in this child’s life and he’s acting more like what a young Alan Sugar would as opposed to the heir to millions who was face to face with his parents’ killer and, who was technically responsible for their death.
The freaks in masks shouldn’t appear until Batman does – the age old argument, is Batman friend or foe and do we need him? If Batman wasn’t around, would the lunatics have come out of the woodwork?
I watch Flash and Arrow and every time Cisco drops a name reference or every time you see the likes of a pilot’s jacket with the name ‘JORDAN’ with no major focus or reference to it I get giddy and the fanboy gets excited. I watch Gotham where everything is spoon-fed to the viewer and I yawn and feel no excitement for the next episode. Perhaps we did need a Gotham TV series. Just not right now.
It’s been a whole 24 hours since Fallout 4 arrived. I got up the same time yesterday as I did today yet this morning has flown by whilst it dragged like Hell yesterday as I tracked Gareth (Mr DPD Delivery Dude) until my Pipboy Edition came a-knockin’.
According to my latest game save, I have spent around 10 hours playing. In truth, it’s more like 12-14 hours when you take into account back tracking due to deaths.
So far, I have completed 4 quests (3 story related and 1 side quest). What have I done with the rest of my time? After returning to Sanctuary (your hometown) I spent hours cleaning up debris and other clutter and building houses, wind turbines for power, planting crops, placing beds and sourcing water to keep my folks content. On top of that, I have been exploring the Wasteland and finding locations for fast travel, scavenging for items I can breakdown for materials for crafting and picking up magazines and, of course, on the prowl for the elusive Vaultboy Bobbleheads. So far I’ve found 1.
In terms of glitches, I’ve only encountered two:
- I was at a robot dumping ground and was trying to jump over a wrecked car and got stuck the chassis. I could run, jump, crouch but only on the spot. Thankfully, I just fast travelled back to the dump and steered clear of the ‘dead spot’.
- During a conversation with Preston Garvey in Concord, the subtitles for his speech stuck on him asking Sturges a question. When Sturges was talking, the dialogue was perfect but the subtitles remained stuck. Exiting the conversation then cleared it from the screen.
All in all, by this time in most other Bethesda games, I would have bumped into a lot more so this is better than expected (especially after seeing a lot of others complaining about certain glitches) – day one patch to thank, perhaps? Yup, most likely.
Combat-wise, I only started using VATS within my last hour or two of playing and I like the fact it no longer freezes your enemies so it ups the ante and makes you have to consider your shots wisely. Aiming is not perfect but much better than previous iterations so the dependency on VATS is saved for the trickier opponents.
In Concord, I took on a Deathclaw (and died half a dozen times) but managed to strike out (this was way before I remembered about VATS) eventually after dumping a load of inventory back at Sanctuary (I was over encumbered by about 100) so the freedom of movement meant I could dodge and weave around buildings and wrecked cars to take him down. With VATS I probably would have done it first time but (in all honesty) I didn’t know what the control was to activate it as I couldn’t remember. My power armour only had one leg and chest piece left. The rest had been obliterated.
Speaking of power armour, even though it has a ton of perks to wearing it, the fact that you have to consider your usage carefully as the power cores run out and you have to scavenge for more makes it even more enjoyable. Resources and the lackthereof makes you put thought into your crafting. Coffee cups and so on are in abundance but when you’re literally scraping places bare to find copper so you can put power lines in your settlement you begin to feel more like a runner in the likes of The Walking Dead. So far, I have found nothing to use on my power armour so it’s dull and dreary skeletal frame stands opposite my house waiting for the day it can kick some ass in style.
I know there are a shed load of things I still haven’t done/found/witnessed and the fact that the open world environment allows everyone to create their own journey and go off in whatever direction they want so my experiences will vary drastically compared to everyone just captivates me and I’m keen to see what you lot have gotten up to.
Share your experiences (try to keep the spoilers out) below in the comments! Here’s a vid of some of my gameplay as I was exploring – I die…a lot.
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I recently signed up for the Playstation Now 7 day free trial. The range of titles is pretty impressive and our buddies across the pond have had another load drop in this week – when the EU gets a hefty update is unclear – I haven’t found anything online as yet.
The service itself is pretty straight forward – you select the game you want to stream, it saves to the cloud and allows you to gain trophies…ideal for folks who either don’t or no longer have a PS3 and still want to play older titles – a nice way to get past the lack of backwards compatibility.
My main concern is the pricing. £12.99 a month for unlimited access is pretty good but there are no deals for PS+ users. A perk would be, for an extra few quid more, PS Now is an added feature to all PS+ users. Most of us nowadays also have Netflix, Amazon Prime, Spotify and a variety of other streaming subscription services so the price is a bit off-putting.
If a monthly subscription isn’t your bag, then a 48 hour rental period for £2.99 or a 30 day rental period for £7.99 may be better BUT this is per each title meaning that the £12.99 option is more worthwhile unless you simply MUST play the odd title here and there.
To give the actual gameplay a review is difficult as my internet has been terrible over the past week meaning that even browsing the web has been a chore. Sky, yet again, are having issues in my area – no doubt all that tinkering with the cabinets with fibre now being available here. Sadly I haven’t played it much due to my connection issues hence this isn’t a review.
So far I have tried Twisted Metal, Everybody’s Golf, Crazy Taxi and Ratchet & Clank A Crack In Time. Due to my connection I cannot fairly comment on the quality of streaming as I suffered a lot of input lag. The games themselves loaded pretty smoothly and the only time the stream struggled was during the CG sequences on Ratchet & Clank. Gameplay was fine aside from the input lag meaning that, as you can imagine in a platform game, timing of jumps and attacks were off resulting in a severe beating and level restarts. At times, movement would get stuck so when you’re running, despite letting go of the stick, you keep going. Again, that resulted in many deaths and me giving up to play a PS4/PSN game.
One thing I was quite surprised about was that Remote Play functions on PS Now. I usually use the PS TV in my living room as my PS4 stopped working on my main TV (HDMI handshake issue, I think) so the PS TV gets me by until I’m in bed. Obviously, due to my connection issues it struggled over Remote Play but the sheer fact it lets you do it is pretty awesome as a lot of features don’t work over Remote Play.
So, all in all, it’s a good service with a good selection of titles that looks to be getting expanded upon soon but for folks with poor upload speeds it’s not worthwhile unless you want to suffer from input lag to the point you Hulk out. Plus, the price seems too steep for my liking especially as I already pay for PS+. Seeing as PS+ gives us access to PS3 titles monthly, for those that can’t redeem them it would be awesome to allow unlimited access to that game on PS Now.
If you’ve tried it out, share your thoughts below!
I had my review copy from Ubisoft in a few days ago, came home from work to find it so I decided to have a quick go on it that night. I was lying in bed. And after 3 songs had earned 4 trophies without even busting a move.
I don’t own a Playstation Camera, I have the Playstation Eye and Move controller but the Move is only compatible with the new camera as the Eye doesn’t work on the PS4 which we all (should) know. So after popping in the disc to install it and then running through the quick profile set up the typical getting started cards appeared and, to my surprise, one mentioned playing via your mobile phone.
Singstar and Just Dance have a number of similarities, the 2 main ones being the fact you can play with your mobile if you don’t have or can’t be bothered to haul the bits ‘n’ bobs out. Secondly, as I found whilst lying in my bed and waving my arm around like an over-caffeinated flight controller it’s quite easy to “cheat”. Singstar allowed you to mumble or say other words but as long as the pitch was similar you’d score points. Here, you can dance the night away by just waving your arm around like a loon. But where’s the fun in that?
Naturally, like Singstar and other games of their ilk, these are party games with much fun to be had with family and friends. At the time of writing this little preview, I haven’t had a chance to do that yet but my first impressions are that this game seems like the perfect means of entertainment if you have a few friends round or a family night. Whether I will be saying this after the kids try their hand at it and end up dropping my Galaxy S6 or getting too hyperactive due to the lucid colours and dancing pandas is yet to be determined.
Pick up your copy now!
This month sees the return of the Hallowe’en treats only there’s a difference this time around.
Every order that is placed and dispatched this month will include some sugary treats as well as a raffle ticket which gives you a chance to win a mystery prize (horror/Hallowe’en themed).
On top of that, I am having a sale and will be adding more to the list on the run up to Christmas so why not bag yourself a bargain, get some sweets and a ticket and await the prize draw (it takes place in early November)?
Let’s start this week’s Nerdful Things with the news of the Mystery Funko POP! The option to buy a random Funko POP! from my in stock items (unless they sell out in which case I will order more random POP!s in) has been added to the store. I’m still looking at other mystery box options (other manufacturers as well as bigger boxes packed with goodies). As a bonus, the mystery box is being offered at a discounted price (cheaper than the cost of a regular POP!) for the first month.
Now, at this point I had intended on adding the other store additions here. I had left it for today to update but yesterday a bombshell hit my e-mail. A short and sweet e-mail with details of the SDCC Funko POP! pre-orders so I dropped everything. After a rush to break the news I managed to get the store updated and also hit up eBay. It’s taken a while in between my internet completely screwing up (I’ve rebooted my router countless times over the last 24 hours) as well as handling all the e-mails, messages and looking after 3 kids. Considering my current state of health I haven’t done too bad!
Anyhoo, enough about my woes! This week’s Nerdful things has now been hijacked by SDCC and I will to a bumper edition next week to cover what I was going to do originally!
You can view/pre-order the SDCC POP!s here.
I’ve submitted my figures to the distributor and hope to fulfill each and every order. In the event I can’t, full/partial refunds (where applicable) will be issued. Last year was less of a rush, considering I’d only been in operation for about 3 months. More warning was given regarding the available items but it came with the drawback that items were staggered from August to November and saw some MAJOR delays and turned into some cancellations. This year has seen a whirlwind tear through but the plus side is that the items are scheduled to drop much, much sooner. Most are scheduled for later this month with a couple in August and one in September/October. Details of estimated dates are on each product page.
In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the various announcements and news coming from San Diego and if you’re actually there or have been…well. I’m sure you’re feeling victorious after some epic hauls and signings etc!