• MTV
  • Episode 1 – June 20th, 2015
  • Episode 2 – July 7th, 2015
  • TV Show / Horror

 

Quite some time ago it was revealed that MTV would be making a show based off the famous horror franchise “Scream”. Now one would question how not only do you make the Scream films into a weekly TV installment but how do you successfully make a slasher film into a basic cable show. Shockingly the product is a lot better then expected.

It isn’t a surprise that MTV has gave this a modern take with social media playing a large factor in this starting off with recording and sharing intimate moments from other students in a high school. When one girl is found dead though the story starts to unfold revealing that everyone has a hand in something they shouldn’t and there is more to found then others know. Meanwhile they are started to discover that an old tale from the town might be coming back and killing off people one by one.

The story not only works but is actually pretty engrossing. The characters and the actors who play them are good in their role and each have a respective personality and role that makes you want to know more of the story. Just like the films as well so far each episode features one kill. The show itself is quite aware of itself as well constantly making references to how a slasher film would work as a show and such.

My biggest downfall is the new Scream mask. It would of made sense to just use the old one if the show wasn’t so self aware but instead we get a mask which somewhat looks like they stuck a old Scream mask in a microwave and waited for it to melt. It looks generic is all.

Overall so far the show was made a good impression. Now if they can make a good story out of it while keeping the Scream name good with making it a horror slasher show then MTV might have hit an unexpected one. Only time will tell though.

 

Score :

 

8/10

  • WWE Network
  • July 4th, 2015
  • Wrestling

WWE “Beast In The East” was a live event broadcast only on the WWE Network from iconic yogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan. It wasn’t a PPV more of a special live house show. It was nice to se WWE trying to do something new and hopefully we see more things like this in future.

First match to kick off the show was Chris Jericho vs Neville. Jericho coming back for a random match between everything else he is doing to take on “the man that gravity forgot”. It was a good match and the commentators did make mention to Jerichos early career. Something you wouldn’t hear on a normal WWE broadcast. The match moved along at a steady pace as both men play baby faces there wasn’t much outside of the actual wrestler. Jericho showcased the veteran side with a counter to most things while Neville showed he’d give all his had. Overall a good match but nothing too special honestly, could of been on any normal Raw or Smackdown.

Next up was a match for WWE Divas Championship featuring Nikki Bella¬† vs. Paige vs. Tamina. Tamina is the odd diva using mostly brute force during the beginning of the match causing the other two to team up against her. Paige shows some actual wrestling skill throughout while Nikki Bella still disappoints and makes me question the fact that shes had the Divas title for almost 300 days at this point. The match ended quickly and wasn’t as botch heavy as one would expect. Still nothing good though.

The man the show was named after came next with Brock Lesner vs Kofi Kingston. To call this a squash match is a understatement. This really just show cased the power of Lesner. Kofi did try landing blows and high flying moves while Lesner would just catch him mid air. Seeing Lesner just grab Kofi off the mat and flip him in his arms before suplexing him shows how strong Lesner is. At the end seeing Big E and Xaiver Woods run in the rescue only to be taken out was good too. Lesner just proves he is one bad guy.

What was hyped though as the match of the night was Kevin Owens vs Finn Balor for the NXT Championship. I can happily say that not only this is the best match of the show but easily the best match I’ve seen WWE put out in years. The action goes nonstop and both competitors play their character great. KO is one heel you still like who at the beginning of the match has to make sure the crowd hates him by disrespecting the traditions they do before a match in Tokyo. KO shows that for being a larger guy he can still pull off some high risk moves and is agile while Balor shows that he has the charisma and energy to continue going on. The fight spans into some great spots outside the ring before finally ending with one of the best moments you will see in wrestling this year. This is one of the few A+ matches you will see WWE do, this a match for the history books.

The “Main Event” (yeah they really had a match follow KO vs Balor) was next. Now first off this match made no sense. We had John Cena & Dolph Ziggler vs King Barrett and Kane in a tag team match. What kills me though is that this truly was just a random match, none of these guys are even on the same level in normal programming and they are all feuding with other people in different storylines. Usually at house shows or such they will have matches with guys that at least on the same level (world champ, IC level, jobber, etc) but this one is just thrown in there. This is by far the worst match of the night and brings the show down. Before this WWE shows they can have a good match followed by a divas match where they put the effort in but this is your generic Monday Night Raw main event featuring guys doing the same thing they did the previous night. As expected America’s hero Cena makes it to where he cleans house for the end of a long (yes this match goes for almost 25 minutes) and lackluster match.

Overall the majority of the enjoyment had with this show comes from the NXT match and the domination Lesner shows. The Divas and Y2J vs Neville match do enough to be enjoyable if nothing new while the sad main event brings the buzz down that the previous match had gained and ends the show on a low note.

Score :

7/10

 

  • PC
  • Dec. 8th, 2014
  • Awesome Games Studios

 

I, Zombie is a quick small puzzle game on the PC where you take control of a zombie on a small map and are given the task to infect every human around.

It’s a easy concept and something that is clearly decided to just be picked up and learned without thought. They do add harder elements in later levels though. Though there aren’t many good things other then the concept and easy controls here. The game is short and can be beaten rather quickly. It isn’t really even made for long plays as after maybe 15 minutes you’ll find you don’t have the urge to continue. When controlling your character around corners and walls I often found that you were slowed down rather dramatically for no reason. Worse of all though is the unfair AI who can go from simple to overly difficult if even enemies with guns and a big field of vision. One you are being shot you slow down and your health quickly goes making a lot of deaths happen in a frustrating manner.

Overall even for $2 I,Zombie will be worth it for some that plan on playing this a lot but with little content and enough problems to weigh it down I just can’t recommend this one when there are better others like it.

 

Score :

 

2/10

 

  • PC
  • March 14th, 2013
  • Firehose Games

 

Go Home Dinosaurs a tower defense game where you play a gopher having a barbeque where Dinos then invade in an attempt to take your food.

Visually the game is bright and has a cartoonish childish look to it that soon grows tiresome to look at. The gameplay here is what kills it. It is incredibly slow to play. Unlike most tower defense games now there is no speed up button to advance gameplay forward at a faster pace. So because of this you are forced to trudge through slow moving enemies advancing forward. You also can not upgrade the towers you do build and are forced to find places to put them since they all take up different amounts of spaces and angles.

You also control the main character himself who can go around throwing coconuts at the enemy. The main problem with this game though is just the lack of fun I found myself not having while playing it. Between the slow gameplay and the fact that the game provided little challenge I just found myself growing bored too quickly with not much in game to keep me wanting to advance into the further stages.

Overall there are hundreds and thousands of better tower defense games out there one could play. This one is lacking gameplay features and fun factor while being made for a younger crowd. Even on a Steam sale I just can’t recommend this.

 

Score :

 

2/10

 

  • Action
  • 9 Minutes

 

Marvel Zombies Vs Army Of Darkness is a short fan film made off the idea of the comic run which has a zombified Marvel universe going against Ash from the Evil Dead series.

The story is one huge plot hole ridden mess. We open with Spider Man and Gwen Stacy walking to their car in a parking garage while bringing a bag before being stopped by a zombie Wolverine who then kills Spidey. Thankfully Ash shows up to save Gwen and attempt to take down zombie Wolverine before using Iron Mans hand cannon that’s in the bag to attempt to kill him. It ends with zombie Spidey and zombie Iron Man (which makes no sense in itself) showing up.

It is one giant mess that makes zero sense or ties together at all. It seems to just be a quick solution to bring these characters together. Thankfully the lines delivered (mainly by Ash) are comedic enough to be enjoyable.

Overall for it’s length its enjoyable enough to watch and not think about. Start thinking about it though and it’ll become a lot worse and less enjoyable though.

 

Score :

 

5/10

  • Horror
  • April 3rd, 2013
  • 14 Minutes

 

The Root Of The Problem is a great small horror short film that does enough to make you enjoy it and end up wanting more.

We follow a women in a dentists office in the 1950’s. Weary of her visit she soon starts seeing odd things while in the office and suspecting that her ever so friendly dentist might have more sinister objectives then one would assume. Is there actually something evil happening though or she just having a bad trippy reaction from the anesthesia.

The film follows a nice pace with some suspense to keep you intrigued while at the end leaving you to question what actually happened. For being a small short film as well the little special effects and makeup they have looks great. Thankfully as well the three actors in the film do a good enough job as well to not drag it down.

Overall The Root Of The Problem is a great short horror film and running at 14 minutes well worth your time.

You can watch the film for free from their website :

 

The Root Of The Problem

Score :

 

8/10

 

  • Xbox 360
  • Sept. 9th, 2014
  • Bungie / Activision

 

Destiny was a big title for Bungie games who had became infamous for the Halo franchise to try and push out as a new IP especially one that is a online online MMO. Does it fair well for consoles or come up as a flop for a big name company?

Bungie who are known for making steady fun game made sure to bring this to Destiny. As a smooth running FPS with RPG elements you can consistently upgrade and level up your character with a wide range of weapons, armor pieces and skills many of which in themselves can be upgraded. By collecting materials which are found around the areas you explore and collect you can upgrade your weapons which come in tiers ranging from common to legendary and exotic.

For being a online only game that is made to look like an MMO you will find yourself running into other people in the worlds but not as much as one would expect. Every now and then in the worlds as well a random objective will come along which tasks if you accept it for random players to come along. I never once felt like this was a MMO though with other people in the world, I felt it was a single player game in which other people were playing by themselves as well in the world. If you truly want the MMO experience that I feel Bungie had hoped for you better have a solid team made of friends, otherwise expect to see people dropping in and out.

What I found as such a problem is between the main missions and the open world ones which are just small missions that you can do that often take only a few minutes was that the game got repetitive fast and became boring. Main missions were just run from point A to B to collect / kill something and the small missions were the same thing. Each world looks different but the open worlds are spread out but look the same throughout. After several hours and running through it all I felt as if I had seen and done all there was and that anything forward was of the same nature.

They do however have a match matching Player vs Player system named “The Crucible”. It is the normal online game modes done in an online setting using your character and gear from before. What I don’t understand however is the balancing system they have in place as my games were played when I was a very low rank facing guys who were triple my rank with better armor and gear yet I was killing them with no issue.

Overall Destiny is a great looking and playing game. It may how been overshot just some and doesn’t really feel like an MMO but it does enough right to be fun. For getting repetitive there is still enough there to enjoy it before it all wears off and for that I recommend it.

 

Score :

 

7/10

 

  • Xbox 360
  • March 3rd, 2015
  • Frontier Developments / Microsoft Studios

 

Screamride is a small retail game consisting of 3 mini games. There is no story other then working for an amusement park and using these rides to entertain and thrill the customers. The game is set around 6 locations with each mini game having 4 levels to complete in each locations.

The first mode is named Screamrider, in which you are tasked with using these unlucky attendees to test your coaster and seeing how thrilling it is. You take control of the coaster helping coast it along the rail and boosting at ample times to help maximize the thrill. You can make the coaster ride along the rails on only two wheels and such but also then risk the chance of derailing and watching it plummet to the ground.

Next mode is named Demolition Expert, the objective is to launch a ball which has riders inside it into buildings trying to cause the most damage possible. You can control the speed and direction of the throw but its a simple premise.

The final mode is called Engineer in which you are tasked with finishing a ride that has only been half way completed. This is the hardest mini game of them all however based on having limited resources to use and having a hard time finding out how to finish the track and where to go with it instead of the contained area.

They have challenges for each stage too that tend to ramp the difficulty up if you attempt them. Graphically the game does look nice though for the style they were going for.

Overall however Screamride just really isn’t too fun. None of the mini games are fun for more then one or two rounds and this is something that should of never hit a retail release.

 

Score :

2/10

 

  • PC
  • Oct. 30th, 2014
  • Krealit Games

 

Guns ‘ N ‘ Zombies has a simple straight to the point title just as the game itself does. Sadly it seems though even something simple has too many errors in this game to be enjoyable.

As a top down shooter this game has to try and set itself apart from the thousands others like it but for the most part it tries to remain as generic as possible. Each mission has different objectives such as killing enemies, collecting something and protecting something. The levels do change each time to something different but its nothing you haven’t seen before in a similar game.

One would hope however that the game play would fix this. I did notice some lag when shooting to start problems off. On top of that the game itself is just boring. After the first two levels the difficulty takes a huge spike upwards. You quickly get over run and your turrets go down quickly while you do little damage it seems. If you are protecting something they quickly swarm it ruining your mission.

Your character can level up and gain access to new guns and such that can be leveled up. For the most part however I noticed that a fully leveled up gun doesn’t change as much as it should.

Overall there isn’t many positives here that I can say to recommend this game. It’s generic and has enough negatives to not be worth your time.

 

Score :

2/10

  • PC
  • Oct. 17th, 2014
  • Mutant Games / KISS LTD

 

Fist Of Jesus will be filed under that list of badly ported iOS games that got released on Steam.

You play as Jesus or Judas in a side scroller beat em up where you kill zombies. Romans, cowboys and other random enemies. The game originally made for hand helds) plays in short stages where you usually have a objective to complete. Those usually range from kill enemies, survive, don’t get hit, or achieving a certain score amount. It’s just too bad the game play is incredible boring and broken. Your character can take a hit from close, far, from enemies not even facing him, and worst of all from enemies not even standing on the same level as him (this game has the bad 3D fighter mechanic of walking close and far from the screen). You can also perform a divine punishment which a finisher on stunned enemies but this seems to happen almost at random and there doesn’t seem to be a sure fire way to stun a enemy. Also after you see it happen the first time it turns into something you wish that you could skip.

As per usual for these games, you are expected to do a lot of grinding to level your character up. I never did notice a difference in it though as even after fully upgrading your damage the AI still seemed to take the same amount of hits. If anything it just makes it easier for them to kill you. Graphically it looks like something you’d see in an iOS game, it has bright cartoon looking graphics. It is horrible to control however, feeling stiff and sometimes unresponsive.

Overall even on sale I can’t recommend this. It really doesn’t have anything going for it and you’ll hate it more then you’ll ever enjoy it.

 

Score :

1/10