C2E2 Hype!!!

This weekend is one of the most exciting events for all nerds in Illinois! It’s time for C2E2! This will be my fifth year in a row attending the event, and I am even more excited then ever. Marvel will finally be making a return to the event, so it will be great to possibly see any sort of teaers for upcoming projects of Marvel (please give a little preview of Defenders!) A couple years back when Gotham wqs coming out they aited the first episode for all attendees of the event to get an opportunity to watch. After the great success of the preview Supergirl did the same thing!

Other than any movie and TV excitement I am really hoping that their is a booth where I can get my hands on Injustice 2 somewhere at the con. It was really awesome that Mortal Kombat X was playable early at C2E2 they it dropped, so let’s hope that Injustice 2 gets the same love! I am also in a big debate on what to spend my money on this year… Filling in the holes of my amazing Spider-Man collection comics… Or some incredible art pieces in artist alley..??? The dicisions are so difficult! 

Make sure to keep checking in over the weekend for updated on how C2E2 is panning out for the cast at The Nerd Chambers! Also tweet us @TheNerdChambers or comment below , and let us know your best con experience! 

-ShadowGhoul (Brandon)

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Fate of the Furious Review… (Non-Spoiler)

There has been a long string of very successful Fast and Furious movies that have released and hit big. Weirdly enough this is my first one that I have seen. I’m giving this review to have a new look in the film from a prospective not many of you may have you love the franchise. All that being stated… Here we go!

I was definitely suprised about the path these films have taken. Again I haven’t seen any, but I always had friend who told me about the racing parts of these movies. They have taken a very huge shift from what they used to be, but I am very happy about that. It is more of an Expendables feel around these movies with the high speed missions and incredible action sequences that I was able to truly able to enjoy myself. The conflict between Don and the rest of the team felt very real, and for my first movie of the series I felt very attached to the characters when anything did happen. I so understand everyone’s love for these films now and I will need to do some catching up!

This movie all in all was a very interesting and exciting movie. Yes it may have been predictable for many portions of the film, and the dialouge weak at portions, but none the less it was extremely entertaining. I would give Fate of the Furious 7.5/10. The only portions it lacked in was predictably and dialouge. that being said I understand these films are not trying to have too of the ling dialouge credibility, but the film did do very well at hitting the key items for the genre. The action sequences and set pieces were perfect and felt so realistic. Let us know @TheNerdChambers what you thought of the Fate of the Furious!

-ShadowGhoul (Brandon)

Thoughts on the Gwent PS4 Beta

So this past weekend PS4 owners finally got a chance to get their hands on the standalone version of Gwent, the incredibly popular card game that was a mini-game in CD Projekt Red’s The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and boy was I ecstatic. I had about as much fun playing Gwent in the Witcher as I did with the actual story of the game. For those who have yet to play this card game, here is how the game works.

Players choose one of five factions and use a deck comprised of 25 cards. Each of the five factions has a different ability that coincides with it:

Skellige – Spawn 2 Clan an Craite Warrior units

Scoia’tael – Choose up to 3 cards in your hand and replace them with 3 randomly drawn cards from your deck

Monster – Create and play a unit version of Eredin

Northern Realms – Create and play a copy of a bronze unit on your side of the field. That unit keeps nay modifications to it

Nilfgaard – Choose a row on your side of the battlefield and all non-gold units in that row get their value changed to six

Once you choose your deck you can dive into the game. The way the game works is that players will draw 10 card from their deck and are allowed to redraw three of them before the game starts. After the redraw phase ends, there is a randomly generated coin flip to determine who goes first. Once this is all determined it becomes a fairly straightforward game, you play a card, then its the next person turn.

There are five different card types you will play in the game: melee, ranged, siege, special, and weather. The first three card types are combat cards and there is a row on the field of play for each of the three card types. With special cards they can do a variety of things like clear the effects of weather cards, destroy the strongest combat card on the field, or damage an entire row of enemies among other things. These are sort of like your spell cards in other card games. Finally the weather cards are cards that essentially render one of the three rows useless. They make each card in that row have a strength of 1.

The way the game is structured is fairly simple as well, first one to win two rounds is the winner. All you have to do to win the round is have more combat strength than your opponent. Now, here is where the strategy comes into the game. You do not get to draw every time its your turn, in fact, you barely get to draw any cards at all. After the first round you draw 2 cards and after the second round you draw one card.

So the strategy of the game becomes key as you do not want to over play one round because it can hurt you in others. Many of the combat cards in the game have effects that take place in the game. They range from adding strength to an ally, damaging enemies, to even resurrecting allies. This is also where having strong deck synergy comes into play because you want cards with similar effects or complimentary effects.

The Gwent Beta was a lot of fun and feels very rewarding when you play. You gain experience for winning games and can receive daily rewards based on the amount of rounds you win and what’s nice is that even if you lose the game but win one of the three rounds, it will still count toward your daily rewards. You will also earn in game currencies that will allow you to craft new cards and buy new cards as well, although in the beta for PS4 these features were disabled.

I cannot wait to dive deeper into Gwent as more technical tests come available, and we will be sure to keep you guys in the loop about upcoming tests.

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MLB: The Show 17 Review

America’s past time gets its next installment from Sony San Diego with the release of MLB: The Show 17 and the Show just keeps getting better with age. I played last years iteration of the game extensively so I was looking forward to getting my hands on this years installment of the game.

This year’s game had a serious focus on adding more depth the each of the game modes that the Show offers, which are a ton. As always I started my playing experience with Road to the Show. If you guys did not get a chance to check out our previous post about the changes to Road to the Show, there was an awesome addition to the game mode that turns the experience into a documentary style of game with a narrator and all. Players now have interactions with coaches, scouts, and advisors where they will choose dialogue options that branch conversations into different directions. This was a really cool addition to make the experience of Road to the Show feel a bit more meaningful, however the only thing holding it back is it’s repetition in the encounters. For example, in my playthrough as a pitcher the pitching coach approaches me after nearly every game to have the same conversation about how well I have been doing at striking guys out. If it was not as frequent I wouldn’t be a bother but because it has been so frequent, it begins to get old. Other than that the Road to the Show experience is loads of fun as always and I will be grinding to get to the Hall of Fame with a pitcher and center fielder as I normally do.

As for the Franchise Mode, they made some nice additions as well. The coolest addition is the player lock feature, which allows players to choose a player on their team and play the games exclusively as that player. Want Kris Bryant to win back-to-back MVPs? Lock as him then you play every game of Franchise Mode as the Cubs star. Another new way to play franchise mode is through the quick manage mode. This allows players to choose how they want to approach each at bat defensively and offensively. Is it a tie game and your team is about to face Miguel Cabrera in the ninth? Then simply pitch around him and just hope he doesn’t end the game in one swing. What is awesome about the quick manage mode is that if you take that same scenario you can choose to jump into the game and play that scenario like a regular game. Then once you feel you are safe to continue quick managing you can go back to doing so without hassle. What is also really cool about this years Franchise Mode is that you are able to choose which aspects of running the organization you want to do and what you want done by CPU. Say you hate going through the scouting process and dealing with lineup management, with the new feature you can simply switch those to being automatically completely by hovering over that option in the main menu and hitting square. All of these features make Franchise Mode a great customizable experience that can be adjusted to what the player decides to do. The ease of being able to use all of these features is what truly makes it an overall better experience than last year.

Now for Diamond Dynasty. The competitive team-building game mode is back and better than ever this year. This year they added a couple new ways to play and earn cards for those who want to play against CPU and make their team better before diving into the online scene. Extra Innings is a game mode that allows you to pick another users team and play against it while AI is controlling the team you choose. You then adjust the difficulty and dive into the game. If you win, you will get rewarded with a random card that can be any rarity; however, if you up the difficulty of the AI, you get a high percentage of getting better cards. Another new way to play Diamond Dynasty is with events. Now, the first event does not begin until April 4th, but the way they work is that players will be given parameters as to how their team is to be structured and they then compete to be at the top of the leaderboard. They have yet to release the reward structure for competing in these events but they are sure to really help you build your team. Battle Royale, Conquest, and traditional online head-to-head matchups are all back this year and will give people another way to scratch that competitive itch.

These three game modes along with the addition of Retro Mode, where you play a nine inning game with simplified controls, MLB: The Show really does give you so many ways to play and have fun. Challenge of the Week gives players a fun way to earn some awesome physical prizes (the first week prize is a signed Louisville Slugger bat by none other than Ken Griffey Jr. himself), and modes like Postseason and Home Run Derby offer quick, simple game modes for those that like the exciting parts of the game.

Technically is where The Show has gone the extra mile this year. First off, the game plays at 60fps with little to no framerate drop that I have noticed and it makes the experience feel so much smoother. The amount of animations they have added to the game vastly improves the variation in the way people field as well which keeps the gameplay feeling fresh. Also with the smart AI added to the defensive players, people will no longer have to be worried about their shortstops taking too long to throw the ball as players adapt to the situations. If Billy Hamilton hits a ball to the shorstop, the shortstop will throw quickly because of the speed of the hitter, whereas, if a pitcher is running, the shortstop will take his time. The final piece to the gameplay was that there are now millions of possibilities of hit patterns now. Before you would see similar hit patterns within the same game, but now you will find new hit animations weeks after the games release.

SUMMARY

Sony San Diego, continues to show why MLB: The Show is the best sports game out there by continuing to grow the game technically and with more game modes. The gameplay is the smoothest it has ever been, and has more variation to make the game feel as realistic as it has ever been. The new ways to play in franchise mode and Diamond Dynasty enrich the game with seemingly endless ways to play. The only thing that I can say that is negative about the game is that the repetition in the narration in Road to the Show interactions gets a bit tiresome. Other than that, this game is a masterpiece and has set the bar incredibly high for other sports franchises to try and reach.

9.5/10

What do you guys think of this years iteration of America’s past time? Let us know in the comments below, or tweet us @TheNerdChambers!

Spider-Man Homecoming Trailer 2 Thoughts…

The second official trailer for the upcoming Sony/Marvel film Spider-Man Homecoming dropped earlier today. The trailer was absolutely astonishing. The excitement was incredible and the pace was fantastic. The only thing that worries me… It may have given a way too much. Here is the trailer!

Spider-Man Homecoming Trailer 

POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD!!!

The trailer starts off with Tom Holland as Peter Parker changing into Spider-Man in an alley way. The interesting part here isz the suit seems to be loose fitting. He then presses a button on the chest and it contracts to his body for a better fit. The trailer proceeds to have narration of Tony and Peter talking about what Spider-Man should focus on. To start small and not jump into battles he isn’t ready for. After Peter and his friend are shown hanging out for bits of the trailer, and Peter is telling him about being Spider-Man. The scene from the first trailer where Spider-Man is trying to hold the boat together is pretty much played through completely very quickly. Then the montage begins of Spider-Man versus Vulture.

Summary:

All around the trailer was extremely fun. I personally have been more excited for this movie then any other movie this year Spider-Man being my favorite super hero! The humor was there at all moments who has is great for a Spider-Man movie. There is something that does terrify me… The trailer may have showed too much. It showed Tony taking the suit away from Peter. It showed Peter telling his friend about being Spider-Man. It showed Peter and Liz getting together at the dance and about to kiss. It also shows 2/3 different battles between Vulture and Spider-Man. I am scared that those might be all of the fight scenes…

We can all hope for the best that there is even more to come from the actual movie. Maybe this will be the first time Spider-Man truly makes everyone happy on the big screen. Go let us know @TheNerdChambers what you thought of the trailer!

-ShadowGhoul (Brandon)

Power Rangers Review

WARNING SOME MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD, IF YOU DON’T WANT ANY PIECES OF THE FILM SPOILED FEEL FREE TO READ THE SUMMARY AT THE BOTTOM.

They are finally back! Jason and the team from the original Power Rangers TV series are back to take on Rita Repulsa, this time on the big screen. As a lifelong Power Ranger fan I must say I could not wait to get a chance to watch this movie. Here are my thoughts without spoiling major plot points of the story.

The first portion of the film is very awkwardly paced. The first couple of scenes are done pretty well in all honesty, but after that it almost feels like the movie gets sped up to the point where they find the ship and become Power Rangers. What did not help this is that they did all of this without building their main characters. We learn bits and pieces about Jason early on because it is seen through mostly his perspective but not enough to really make audiences connect with him. Although he and Kimberly get the most screen time, or at least it feels like they do, they actually do a better job of building the other three characters and making them feel relatable.

There is a moment in the film that you actually get to see the Rangers all together and talking about their problems in life and when it came to Jason and Kimberly they both avoided talking all together. At least with Kimberly they do eventually have her talk about her past with Jason but Jason never has his moment of releasing all his demons which made him feel a little empty as a character. For much of the film it almost seems like it was leading to some sort of romantic moment between Jason and Kimberly but we never get to see that happen despite the first trailer of the film showing them kissing. This almost makes it feel pointless having so many moments just with Jason and Kimberly together and basically keeping their secrets between the two of them.

The best performances that came out of this movie were from R.J. Cyler who plays Billy/Blue Ranger, and Becky G who plays Trini/Yellow Ranger. They do a great job of making their characters who have real life issues feel genuine and relatable. The performances by these two however get drowned out by Ludi Lin’s Zack who just feels like too much of a wild card character and was not very believable, and the lackluster Jason and Kimberly. That may be my biggest quarrel with the movie is that Dacre Montgomery does not command the screen and feel like much of a leader even though he is the Red Ranger.

The last thing I will bring up is that the film was having trouble distinguishing itself. For parts of the movie it was very serious and had mature, realistic problems and I really enjoyed the fact that they were making the Power Rangers into more than just a kid’s action movie; however, the movie gets dragged down by some juvenile, cliche writing during action sequences.

SUMMARY

It may have not sounded like it with some of the negatives I have throughout this review, but I thoroughly enjoyed Power Rangers. It is a fun movie and has flashes of being a more young adult version of the famed franchise, but it occasionally gets brought back to its cheesy roots. All in all this is a movie that struggles from having an identity crisis. As a fan of the franchise I am hoping an extended version of the film comes out when it gets released for home formats because I would like to see if the film had a stronger identity before the editing process. With that said though, this is a review of the theatrical cut. I give the film a 6.5/10 because it is an fun movie that suffers from a lackluster lead character and struggles between young adult adventure movie and the kids show of it’s origin.

 

(Non Spoiler) Review of Netflix’s Iron Fist…

After a weekend of binge watching Iron Fist it is finally time to break down the show… Iron Fist has had a very hard time when it came to the critics. The show was bashed pretty hard about being boring, the lead being uninteresting, and the lack of action sequences. I will be tackling my thoughts without giving any spoilers, but I will be giving a full spoiler review later next week. 

As I mentioned in my first half review, the show had a fairly slow start compared to the other Netflix Marvel shows. Daredevil and Luke Cage. both had a very action filled series from start to finish. Wether the action came from the lead characters or if the action came from the criminals in the shows. Iron Fist on the other hand had a very low amount of action. The show was more based around Danny (Iron Fist) finding out what happened to his family and company. 

If you’re going to watch Iron fist… You need to go into this show to learn more about Iron Fist/Danny as a character. Do not go into the series looking for crazy action sequences. I’m sure that will come later on in later seasons, but for now it’s to purely learn why Danny is the Iron Fist. I still am surprised on the very low rating that season 1 received being 18%. The show has a good way to make you feel for the characters, and you really do understand their relationships with one another. Overall I did enjoy the show. I would give it a 6/10. Good enough to watch if you’re interested in the marvel universe. Unlike Daredevil and Luke Cage… I probably wouldn’t rewatch the show, like I have already for Daredevil, but it was a good watch!

I will be giving a spoiler review coming up next week. I will cover everything possible about the show. Hopefully the non Spoiler review will help you decide wether or not to view the first season of Iron Fist! If you have seen the show let us know what you thought @TheNerdChambers on Twitter! 

Iron Fist Season 1 Rating: 6/10

-ShadowGhoul (Brandon)