New Fighter Revaled for Super Smash Bros. 5

The arch nemesis of Samus, Ridley from the popular Metroid franchise is coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

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Fans have been begging for Ridley to join the fight for years, so there will no doubt be plenty of celebrating for all Smash fans alike. 

Ridley left, Samus Right

Ridley left, Samus Right

Also, Daisy from the Super Mario franchise is making her way into Ultimate. She will be brought in as an “echo fighter” which is a brand new element that has been added to the franchise. 

-Paul

Super Smash Bros. 5 Title and Release Date Annouced

Super Smash Bros. 5 is officially titled Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Ultimate will include  every single character in Smash history under its belt. Yes, that even means Solid Snake. 

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Image

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Image

Furthermore, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will be releasing on December 7th, 2018. Pre-orders for Ultimate are currently up as well. 

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Official Art

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Official Art

Ultimate will also include past stages as well as new ones including brand new assist trophies. Ultimate seems to be a celebration of all of Smash’s history and is looking to be absolutely PACKED with content. 

-Paul

Dragonball FighterZ is Coming to the Nintendo Switch

Dragonball FighterZ is coming to the Nintendo Switch in 2018 with no hard release date. This was revealed today in a sizzle reel of upcoming games coming to the Nintendo Switch at today’s Nintendo E3 direct. 

Dragonball FighterZ Cover Art

Dragonball FighterZ Cover Art

FighterZ was released earlier this year to high critical acclaim, but was only released for PC, Xbox One and PS4. Whether or not this will come packed in with all the recent DLC characters added to FighterZ is still unclear. Make sure to stay tuned for any/ if there will be any updates. 

-Paul

Fortnite is Coming to the Nintendo Switch

Fortnite has been revealed for the Nintendo Switch at today’s Nintendo E3 direct. This comes as no surprise to anyone as the immensely popular title has been invading everyone’s homes in the past few months and it was only a matter of time until it arrived on the Switch.

Fortnite Cover Art

Fortnite Cover Art

Of course, it will only be the free Battle Royale mode and it is already available to download on the Nintendo eShop. 

-Paul

Super Mario Party Revealed for Nintendo Switch

A brand new title in the Mario Party franchise has been revealed for Nintendo Switch. The game seems to go back to its roots with a an extremely heavy focus on multiplayer. The game will release on October 5th of this year. 

Super Mario Party Cover Art

Super Mario Party Cover Art

Super Mario Party will also have all of the characters separated on the board instead of being  all in a cart together like in recent iterations. Super Mario Party will also have unique mini games which will heavily utilize the tablet. Super Mario Party will release on October 5th, 2018 only on Nintendo Switch. 

-Paul

E3 2018: Microsoft and Bethesda Conference Roundup

With E3 2018 officially kicked off that means we finally will get all the game developer conferences that come along with it. This E3 is no different with the same exact developers all taking stage, but of course, on different days. Yesterday, we had two developers take stage with Microsoft having their presser in the afternoon and Bethesda tackling the prime time spot. So, in this article we will take a quick rundown of everything you may have missed and go over all the exciting announcements of E3 2018 so far!

BETHESDA

Bethesda showed no mercy last night as they announced numerous titles, sequels and even a brand new IP. Every single year I always ask myself as to why Bethesda even bothers having a presser every year at E3. Of course, they have huge properties under the belt and even some very talented developers to boot. But it just always felt like Bethesda could just go to Microsoft’s, Sony’s or even Nintendo’s presser to announce all the titles that they usually would. But last night really proved me wrong, as I feel the extended looks on some titles really packed the extra punch.

Fallout 76

Fallout 76

To start off, Rage 2 looks extremely impressive with its stunning and vibrant visuals, extremely fast gameplay and intense vehicular combat. I was a pretty big fan of the first Rage back in 2010, but never did I find myself begging for a sequel. But of course, we can expect Rage 2 to be of the usual great quality from Avalanche Studios and iD software. 

Rage 2

Rage 2

While I am not one to speak of Elder Scrolls Online, it is awesome to see Bethesda continue to support this title. I was a HUGE fan of DOOM (2016) so seeing the announcement of Doom: Eternal has me absolutely juiced for what is to come. Also, the DLC for Prey also looked extremely impressive and the fact of it being available right as they announced it was the perfect way to deliver the announcement. Finally, the Wolfenstein co-op game titled Wolfenstein Youngblood, seems very intriguing and will no doubt be one of the most anticipated titles for next year. 

Then of course, we get to Fallout 76. Is it a single player game? Is it an online survival MMO? Well, turns out it is sort of a mixture of both. Fallout 76 will be very similar to past Fallouts in a gameplay sense. It will take place in West Virginia and will be the earliest Fallout game in the timeline. But, this time, you will not be surviving the post-apocalyptic wasteland by yourself as this will be the first “online only” Fallout title. You will be able to gather up to four friends and roam all of West Virginia as you your team will fight mutated beasts, raid bases and play the main story. But do not worry, as Bethesda did make it clear that Fallout 76 can be totally played by yourself. While this might be striking for a diehard Fallout fan, I truly believe this is a breath of fresh air for the franchise after the mixed reception from 2016’s Fallout 4. Fallout 76 will be relasing on Xbox One, PC, and PS4 on November 14th, so we do not have to wait much longer to see what Bethesda will truly have in store for this Fallout spinoff.  

Fallout 76

Fallout 76

Finally Bethesda, left with a mic drop with confirming that Elder Scrolls IV is indeed in development. While they did assure the game is still ways out, it is great for us fans to rest easy that our next adventure in the Elder Scrolls universe will be soon awaiting us. This was not the only big reveal that Bethesda had at the tail end of the conference as they went on to announce their brand new IP, Starfield. While we do not do much about it, we were told that it is a “next-gen” title. So, this probably means this is a 2020 title and will be a launch title for the next gen systems, but of course, only time will tell. 

Elder Scrolls IV Logo

Elder Scrolls IV Logo

MICROSOFT

Microsoft had its best E3 showing in years yesterday with the showing of some cool upcoming exclusives, the announcement of multiple acquisitions and the hinting of their next brand new Xbox system. 

There is so much to unfold from Microsoft’s presser, but I will start off with what honestly impressed me the most, Halo: Infinite. While we did not get any gameplay, we did see an absolutely stunningly rendered trailer which gave us a sense that Halo will be going back to its roots. There was not a lot of alien life shown, there were human soldiers and we saw a more classic look on Master Chief. It was also unveiled that Infinite is indeed Halo 6, but to what the game will entail is still a mystery. Early rumors point to Infinite being similar in vein to the likes of Far Cry. But, unfortunately this will be a game that we will most likely not hear much about until next years E3.

Halo: Infinite

Halo: Infinite

On the topic of exclusives, Microsoft once again relied heavily on past brands such as the announcement of this years Forza Horizon 4, Crackdown 3 and next years Gears 5Horizon 4 looks visually stunning as all the Forza games have never failed to do and will no doubt be a delight as it comes out this Fall. Crackdown 3 also finally looks like a finished game, albeit a lot of fun as it will be dropping in February of 2019. But the true eye popper was the reveal of Gears 5. Gears 5 will change up the main protagonist this time around and seems to be more of a lone survivor type of deal. With the mixed to good reception of Gears of War 4 it is nice to see a bit of a shakeup for the franchise on the single player front. But where everyone’s eyes are at is at Gears’ popular multiplayer and while none was shown there will no doubt be more info down the line. While Gears 5 is not due till 2019, the game looked mightily impressive from what we have seen and I am very excited for what is to come next.

Gears 5

Gears 5

One of the pluses of Microsoft’s outing was the vast presence of third parties. Titles like The Division 2, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, Devil May Cry 5, Kingdom Hearts 3 and Cyberpunk 2077 were the absolute standouts. With how Xbox has fared this generation, it is good news that they are still managing to get third parties on their side. This probably indicates a new sense of leadership over at Xbox and these developers might believe Xbox has the best footing moving forward. Or, of course, Microsoft chugged out a lot of change to get these games on their stage first, but still it was impressive nonetheless. 

Kingdom Hearts III

Kingdom Hearts III

But the biggest news to drop out of the conference was Microsoft Studios’ announcement of acquiring not one, not two but FIVE gaming studios, with one of them being a newly brought together team, called The Initiative. The other studios to be grabbed up were Undead Labs (State of Decay Franchise), Playground Games (Forza Horizon), Compulsion Games (We Happy Few) and Ninja Theory (Hellblade). With many critics always calling out Microsoft for their lack of first party support, it seems Microsoft has been listening and is acting fast. But this definitely seems like a long term announcement and this will no doubt be something that will help them in the beginning of next gen.

This leads into the final point that Microsoft made and that is that the next Xbox is in fact in the works. This has to mean that at E3 2019 we will be getting our first look at the next Xbox. Maybe with a 2020 release to follow. I believe this is a great strategy for Microsoft to tackle. It is beyond clear they have lost the fight this generation and they are aware of it as well. But they believe in the future and they believe with the right games and developers behind it, they can relive their glory days.  

- Paul

 

 

Ranking All Of The 3D Mario Games

Since its debut in 1985, the Super Mario Bros. franchise has not only become a staple in the world of gaming but it has cemented itself in pop culture. With games like Super Mario World, Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Odyssey, there is no way anyone can question the success of this beloved franchise. But if there are a particular set of Mario games that gamers have come to know and love very fondly, the 3D titles. These titles are drastically different than the 2D titles such as Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario World. The 3D titles are a way more open-world Mario experience and are truly in a league of its own. The 3D Mario genre started back in 1996 with the release of Super Mario 64 and continued its legacy with Super Mario Sunshine, Super Mario Galaxy, Super Mario Galaxy 2 and most recently, Super Mario Odyssey. 

Super Mario 64 Promotional Art

Super Mario 64 Promotional Art

But now that the dust has settled on what was without a doubt, my favorite game of 2017, Super Mario Odyssey. I think we can now fully look back at all of the five 3D Mario games we have been given over the past 22 years and see how each one of them stack up against one another. Now just a disclaimer, this list is based solely on my opinion and not on any sort of sales or critical acclaim. So with that out of the way, lets get to number five! 


5.) Super Mario Galaxy 2

The main appeal to 3D Mario games is the sheer openness of every world you are put into. You are able to explore every corner and it is what makes every 3D title so special. Super Mario Galaxy 2 takes away the exploratory formula for a linear experience. While it does not bog down the title entirely, it is what makes it the weakest on the list.

Super Mario Galaxy 2 Cover Art

Super Mario Galaxy 2 Cover Art

Do not get me wrong, Super Mario Galaxy 2's level design, color scheme and gameplay are all still top tier in this outing. Galaxy 2 even has one of my favorite final boss battles in any Mario game ever. It is just really frustrating that each world you get thrown into just gives you one objective and gives you no reason to explore the area. While everything else does work in SMG 2, the linearity just really felt like a step back for the franchise. 


4.) Super Mario Galaxy

A 3D Mario title in space. It was absolutely everything that we never knew we wanted. Nintendo's goal with Galaxy was to reinvent the Mario franchise and they absolutely succeeded. Before Galaxy's release, it was no surprise that everyone was a bit hesitant with the over-reliance of zero gravity mechanics as it would take away from the true core meaning of Mario.

Super Mario Galaxy Cover Art

Super Mario Galaxy Cover Art

But in the final product, the zero gravity actually made up for some unique game design that has never been seen in a 3D platformer before at the time. It provided for epic boss battles and helped make the open worlds feel even more open. What took the game even further, was its bombastic score, which can easily go down as one of the best themes ever heard in gaming. The Galaxy series has always been held to a high standard and it deserves every ounce of respect that is given to it. 


3.) Super Mario 64

The top three on this list were an extremely hard decision and in a way it pains me to put 64 in the middle of the pack. From what it seems with most Mario titles, it really rely's on nostalgia. Which Mario game did you grow up playing the most? Whichever one it was, is going to be the one that is going to stick with you forever and unfortunately 64 was not that Mario title for me. But I can never deny the greatness that this game beholds.

Super Mario 64 Image

Super Mario 64 Image

Super Mario 64 packs some of the most unique and lovable worlds ever created in a Mario game. Bomb-Omb Battlefield, Jolly Roger Bay and Cool, Cool Mountain are just a few of the standout worlds, all with them having phenomenal scores to boot. Plus, roaming through Peaches Castle to travel from world to world is still one of the greatest landmarks in gaming. Super Mario 64 is one of the most important Video Games of all time, if not the most and there should always be a line of respect for it no matter what type of gamer you are. 


2.) Super Mario Odyssey

Super Mario Odyssey is every Nintendo fanboys dream. Not only was it the first true 3D Mario in 15 years, but it provided us with the most glorious and lovable Mario worlds to date. Kingdoms such as Cascade Kingdom, Luncheon Kingdom and Metro Kingdom truly make up Odysseys phenomenal theme of world travel.

Super Mario Odyssey Cover Art

Super Mario Odyssey Cover Art

What also puts Odyssey in a league of its own is with its abundance of objectives. Odyssey has over 999 Power Moons to collect, which honestly might seem like a bit of a grind at first. But with Odysseys fluid controls, beautiful graphics and spectacular level design it becomes more way more of a joyous play through than an ongoing grind. 


1.) Super Mario Sunshine

Like I said with Super Mario 64, your preferred Mario game all depends on what you were most connected to growing up. Super Mario Sunshine was that game for me. It all started in the Christmas of 2002 when I was gifted a Gamecube along with Super Mario Sunshine. That whole winter break I was engulfed in every ounce of that game. It was the first video game that I truly fell in love with. I was immediately taken away by the bright and colorful hub world of Delfino Plaza and every world that inhabited it. Every world that lived in Sunshine felt like it belonged in that game and only that game. With 64, while the worlds are great on its own, I feel like you could take some of those lands into Odyssey and it would not make that much of a difference. With Sunshine, the worlds feel like they only belong in Sunshine. There are numerous breath-taking levels like Hotel Delfino that has one of the most beautiful sunsets in gaming. Or, Ricco Harbor which has platforming around it that has never been seen before in a Mario game. Sunshine also packs in some truly epic boss battles, with the the first fight against Petey Piranha being my favorite.  

Super Mario Sunshine Promotional Art

Super Mario Sunshine Promotional Art

Of course, Sunshine gets a lot of criticism for not being a true Mario game, due to the help of your companion F.L.O.O.D. This mechanic allowed you to navigate through certain platforming objectives easier. And while that is a valid point, that is what makes Sunshine so much more original and different from the others. Sunshine was the first Mario game to actually have an interesting plot. Mario getting framed for a crime while on vacation and having to prove to everyone that he is innocent? It might sound a bit wacky, but sign me up! It is the little things about Sunshine that truly make it stand out from the rest. Super Mario Sunshine will always have a special place in my heart and it is by far my favorite 3D Mario game of all time. 


I hope you guys enjoyed my list! Make sure to let us know where how you would rank the 3D Mario titles down below!

-Paul

 

Who Will Disney Buy Next?

With the recent purchase of 20th Century Fox, Disney is now even more on top of the world than they already were. Not only do they have the rights to classic films like The Lion King and Snow White, but they now have control of your entire childhood with Star Wars and Marvel under their belt. Disney has fully revived the Star Wars franchise and has now put Marvel in their best position in years, all while still being able to make original animated films and running a multitude of theme parks. You simply cannot stop Disney. 

Walt Disney Logo

Walt Disney Logo

But what could make them even stronger? What brands or companies would make perfect sense for Disney to get their hands on? What gaps are there still to fill in their ever growing company? While there may not be much, there are still some spots that Disney would no doubt love to fill to make their ever growing empire even larger. 


Hasbro

This purchase would make perfect sense and back around 2012 it was rumored that it would actually happen. But since then, things have been very quiet on that front and that deal might never see the light of day. But that has not stopped Disney and Hasbro from being in deep connection. Go to Target or Walmart and pick up ANY Star Wars or Marvel related toy. Odds are it was built and distributed by Hasbro. 

Star Wars Black Series Line

Star Wars Black Series Line

The more you think about it, it is a huge missed opportunity for Disney. While it is obvious that toys are not at the height of popularity that they once were due to the advancement of technology. It is still a huge market with children and collectors. Especially brands like Star Wars and Marvel which rack in billions of dollars from merchandise sales a year. Now just imagine Disney being able to have full ownership over their toy revenue. It would be a huge financial boost to the company that would be greatly appreciated and it would no doubt make Disney the ultimate king of the toy market. 


Viacom/ Nickelodeon

Disney's 2D animation department has been slacking as of late. The days of Phineas and Ferb, The Proud Family and Kim Possible are way behind us. And while the general audience does love the over abundance of 3D animation, there is no doubt that there is a hunger for more 2D animated films and cartoons.

Nickelodeon Logo

Nickelodeon Logo

Here is where Nickelodeon can come in the mix. While they have built an empire over the last 20 years, it is clearly obvious that they are no where near the height that they once were in the late 90's to early 2000's. Yes, Spongebob Squarepants continues to be an unstoppable ratings force, but Nickelodeon has not manged to grasp on to another hit, whether it is in their animated or live-action department. They are clearly struggling to find some new footing and it is obvious that they have pushed the panic button, as we can see with their recent push for  90's nostalgia in their recent Hey Arnold! movie and their upcoming Rocko's Modern Life TV film. 

Spongebob Squarepants

Spongebob Squarepants

So what could save Nickelodeon from their slow downwards spiral? Disney buying them out of course! Disney actually already has a spot saved for all their shows in their Disney XD department, which specializes in 2D and 3D animated cartoons. Disney XD which started back in 2009, has also struggled to find its footing in the cartoon space. So not only would this help revive Nickelodeon being under the Disney brand, but this would of course help Disney rejuvenate their cartoon brand with household names like Spongebob Squarepants, The Fairly Odd Parents, Hey Arnold! and so much more. This is just a match made in heaven and do not be surprised if this were to ever unfold. 


Square-Enix

Now this might seem like the most out of left field pick, but it honestly makes perfect sense. If you're a gamer you might be familiar with a little franchise called Kingdom Hearts. Without getting too much into the plot of it, the basic concept of Kingdom Hearts is that it is a fusion of Disney properties and the world of Square-Enix's most popular brand, Final Fantasy. It is a weird concept, but it works. Since 2002, the series as a whole has sold nearly 25 million units, with a hotly anticipated squeal on the horizon.  

Kingdom Hearts

Kingdom Hearts

Disney has had to work with Square for some time now on the Kingdom Hearts series and it is obvious that the two have taken a liking to each other. Their good partnership was shown once again in January 2017, when it was announced that Square and Disney/Marvel reached a multi-year game partnership and the first title that was announced was a secret project Avengers game. 

But why should Disney buyout Square-Enix? Square is no financial trouble whatsoever and they have a good amount of franchises to keep them afloat for a good amount of time. But this is the one situation where Disney actually needs help. With the video game market growing faster than ever, Disney is on the lacking side. Their recent video game project, Disney Infinity fell through and with that Disney closed down all of their gaming studios, leaving them with nothing in the gaming space. But Disney buying out Square-Enix could put them right back in the gaming market stronger than ever.

Square-Enix logo

Square-Enix logo

They would have full control of franchises such as Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts, Tomb Raider, their upcoming Avengers title and much more. Sure it would be a little strange to see Disney in control of these franchises, but imagine the places they could take them with the increased budget that Disney could provide? Imagine the franchises that could make a huge comeback like Legacy of Kain and Theif? This would be all but good news for the gaming landscape and it would sure bring Disney back into the gaming world stronger than ever. 


So who else do you think Disney should buyout to help their ever growing empire? Let us know down below!

-Paul

Ranking the Marvel Cinematic Universe Films

Avengers: Infinity War is finally here and once again the Marvel Madness is upon us! So to help keep the up the hype I have decided to make a list of my personal least favorite to favorite Marvel Cinematic Universe films.

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This list will soon include my placement of Avengers: Infinity War and I do plan to update this list every time a Marvel movie is released, so be sure to bookmark this page to come back this July when Ant-man and the Wasp is released! But anyway, I surely have some choices that will cause for some debate that I cannot wait to share. So lets get right into it!


18.) The Incredible Hulk

To be fair, I do not believe I have seen this film fully more than once. It was an absolutely bore and really felt like everything that I have seen before. Edward Norton is an alright Bruce Banner, but there is an obvious reason that he was replaced by Mark Ruffalo. Abomination is a forgettable villain and so is the rest of the film

The Incredible Hulk

The Incredible Hulk

The only thing that I could say was more than alright was Bruce and Bettys relationship. It was portrayed pretty well and those scenes definitely did not have me snoozing. The Incredible Hulk is a tough one to get through and that is why it deserves the last spot on my list. 


17.) Iron Man 2

While this film does have some spectacular moments in the action department. Everything else just completely falls apart and turns into more of a cringe fest than an actual sequel to an Iron Man movie. To me, the biggest fault of this movie is with the villain, Whiplash. His motives are generic, his accent is beyond awful and his role is not significant and he is just a plain out boring character.

Iron Man 2

Iron Man 2

On top of this, there is the boring sub-plot of Tony's arc reactor issues. There is even a terribly done portrayal of the "Demon in a Bottle" story line. Iron Man 2 just try's to be so much at once and in the end it just all comes together as one jumbled mess.


16.) Thor: The Dark World

Thor: The Dark World is very similar to Iron Man 2 as it is just plain out pointless. The Dark World's problems are faced by pointless plot lines, another boring villain and just feeling like a waste of your time.

A huge problem with the first two Thor films are the huge focus on Thor and Jane's "relationship". Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Natalie Portman (Jane) have absolutely no chemistry at all. The love between them does not feel there, Jane's character is just plain annoying (And so are her friends) and it always feels like Thor and Jane are always in some dispute. They just do not work.

Thor: The Dark World

Thor: The Dark World

To make matters worse, we have the villain, Malekith. This is no doubt, one of the worst developed and most boring villains I have ever seen on film. I am going to be honest, I do not remember one thing about him and I am a huge fan of the Marvel films. All I remember is his name and how he looked. Oh, and that one kind of cool action sequence in D.C at the end of the film. That is all I remember. I think he tried to take over the world or something? Tried to kill Thor? Something cliche like that.

Thankfully the saving grace of this film is Tom Hiddleston's performance as Loki, which is still an absolute joy to watch. Thor and Loki really click throughout the film and part of me just wishes Loki would have been in the entire time. It really would have made it a way more enjoyable experience.


15.) Avengers: Age of Ultron

I was honestly having a hard time deciding where to put this movie. It had so much promise and ended up failing in so many areas. Age of Ultron from the trailers was looking like it was about to be the first TRUE dark MCU film after The Winter Soldier. It showed the amazing villain in Ultron played by James Spader and his destructive plan to finally end The Avengers for good. We all knew that we had a bigger baddie in Thanos down the line, but we were beyond excited to see what Ultron could bring in the meantime.

What we got was.... an action-comedy? The movie was full of laughs and at times very light-hearted. Don't get me wrong, a majority of the jokes in this film land very well, but it just did not mesh well with the overall "dark" tone of the movie. Sadly, Ultron never ended up being the villain that we hoped for. He did not have a lot of screen time just to himself and his whole master plan was just really boring. Sure, the action in the movie was stellar, I will never forget the Hulkbuster/Hulk fight. But it just cant make up for all of the setting up and filler that the movie has to offer. 

Age of Ultron Promotional Poster

Age of Ultron Promotional Poster

On top of that, The Avengers never really felt like a "unit" like they did in the first film. They felt very disjointed as if it wasn't even an Avengers film. Cap and Tony were busy arguing to tie into the at the time upcoming Captain America: Civil War. Thor went off to go do his own things to set up Thor: Ragnarok. The Hulk had his own mid-life crisis which would eventually also tie into Thor: Ragnarok. And everyone else was just...there. Sure, the additions of Quick Silver, Scarlett Witch and Vision were actually really great. But besides the final act, it never felt like a team movie. Also, the Bruce and Black Widow romance?... Yeah, that happened. 

In the end, Age of Ultron just feels like an advertisement for the next wave of Marvel films. It does not land those shocking moments like the first film did. It doesn't really pack any surprises. It just feels like 3 different movies with all the different arcs happening at once. I wanted Age of Ultron to be way higher on this list, but it will just have to settle in the lower half where it belongs.  


14.) Thor

Thor continues his streak in the lower half of the list with his first outing. The thing is, I actually do not hate this movie all that much. For what it is, it is just a alright time. Its a bit light on action, but that is okay as it makes it up with some light humor and great performances from Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston and Anthony Hopkins. The reason it ranks so low is the fact that it just plainly is not that special. 

Thor image

Thor image

The "romance" between Jane and Thor is just as cliche and plain and boring as it is in The Dark World. On top of that, there seems to be no true established villain in this movie. It points the finger to the bad guy a few times around in this film and it just becomes a jumbled mess to really find out who Thor should really be fighting against. While I totally understand how this film is about Thor finding his way in the real world without any powers, it just is still a bit unacceptable to not build up a true villain. 


13.) Captain America: The First Avenger

I have never really understood most of everyone's complaints with TFA. I always thought it was a well done and actually a very inspiring origin story. It shows the beginning struggles of Steve Rodgers all the way up until he is kicking the crap out of Red Skull very well. It also packs in a very intriguing love story with the addition of Peggy Carter. On top of all that, it is a war movie and Marvel does not shy way from its historical references throughout the film, which make it all the better.

Captain America: The First Avenger

Captain America: The First Avenger

The best thing that this film has to offer is its plot twist ending of Steve Rodgers being frozen over into present day. The shot of him being absolutely confused and scared in the middle of Times Square is unforgettable and is definitely one of my favorite moments throughout the MCU. 


12.) Iron Man 

Yeah, you read that right and no, I do not hate this movie. I like it a lot actually, I just believe it is a tad overrated. Iron Man is considered one of the greatest super hero movies of all time and I can see where people get that. It is has a phenomenal performance from Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark and it kicks off the MCU in a great way with establishing one of its greatest heroes first.

I am in the group where I believe Marvel movies are actually getting better and since Iron Man was the first movie to come out in the series, a lot more have followed and a lot of them being superior. Of course, I can't deny that Iron Man executes the origin story perfectly. We get a clear understanding of Stark's character, while also understanding what he has been through and the film does a great job of being able to relate to Tony Stark, even though he is a billionaire.  

Tony Stark

Tony Stark

Iron Man also has a great supporting cast with Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts and Jeff Bridges as the villain, Obadiah Stane/Iron Monger. The reason I ranked this movie so low is not cause of my dislike for it, I really like this film. It just simply does not do it for me enough like the other 9 films in this list do. 


11.) Doctor Strange

Doctor Strange was easily one of the biggest gambles Marvel ever took. Adding a brand new hero this late in the Marvel game was a bit nerve-wracking. You also have to add in the fact that Doctor Strange is no where near as well known as other heroes like Iron Man, Spider-Man and The Hulk. But, wow, Marvel really blew it out of the water with this movie.

Doctor Strange is an absolute visual treat. Of course, we are in a day and age where visual effects that are more realistic are not too hard to come by. But, Doctor Strange shows the industry that there can still be revolutionary effects that will make the audiences jaw drop. 

Doctor Strange

Doctor Strange

The effects are not the only positive, Benedict Cummberbatch is a treat as Stephen Strange and even though is role was minimal I thought that Mads Mikkelsen as the villain Kaecilius was not as bad as some people made him to be. Sure, his screen presence wasn't that large, but I thought he showed himself to be enough of an intimidating foe for Doctor Strange

Overall, Doctor Strange is one of the most unique and well-put Marvel films to date. Its got great action, humor, fantastic chemistry between all the cast members and a few suprises along the way to keep every audience member pleased. 


10.) Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Guardians 2 had a lot to live up to. The first Guardians is highly acclaimed in the superhero movie industry, so to even make something close to that would be a challenge within itself. While I do not think Guardians 2 matches the over all quality of the first, I do believe this squeal is a great follow up and is an overall great time.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Concept Art

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Concept Art

Guardians 2 is packed with humor, a great story, fun action and a surprising plot twist. Kurt Russel absolutely steals the show as Ego and there is no doubt that his character will go down as one of the greatest in the MCU. Of course, in Guardians 2 we also see the fantastic addition of Mantis and who could of course forget about Baby Groot. Guardians 2 may not live up to the first film, but it is far from forgettable. 


9.) Thor: Ragnarok

At the writing of this, I have just seen this movie about 12 hours ago, so most of it is fresh in my mind. But I do have to say, this is one of the MCU films that I could see skyrocketing up the list after I watch it a second time.

If you ever were worried that Thor would never have an even slightly above-average film, I have great news for you. Thor: Ragnarok is an absolute blast and easily shows how Thor can be just as cool as all the other Avengers. Ragnarok is full of action and beatiful visuals, it also easily has some of the best laugh-out loud jokes that you will see in any MCU film. 

Thor: Ragnarok 

Thor: Ragnarok 

While Thor is the main star and is absolutely fantastic, the supporting cast is what truly steals the show. Hulk makes a return and he is as ruthless as ever. Ragnarok even seems to set up a Hulk story arc that should hopefully take place over the next few Avengers films, so I am very excited to see that unfold. Along with Hulk the other two standouts in my opinion, were the Grandmaster and Korg. These two light up the house with some of the funniest one-liners and jokes that will make you laugh so hard that you will no doubt miss the next few lines of dialogue.

Ragnarok also does get very serious at some points and the villain of the film, Hela really takes over those brief dark moments. Ragnarok also sets up a lot of future Marvel films without t feeling like the whole entire film is just one huge set up. It really feels complete and it is just an overall fun time. 


8.) Ant-Man

After all the behind-the-scenes drama that this film went through, I would have never thought that Ant-Man would make it this high on my list. But boy, did director Peyton Reed prove us wrong. Pitching a movie simply titled "Ant-Man" is definitely a hard sell. But with its quick humor, fantastic chemistry between all it's cast members and engaging action, you cannot skip over this movie.

Ant-Man

Ant-Man

Paul Rudd kills it as the troubled Scott Lang and he somehow finds a way to make a man with the ability to shrink to the size of an ant, one of the coolest additions to the MCU. While the film does struggle with its main villain, the Yellowjacket played by Corey Stoll. The film makes up for it with an amazing supporting cast filled with great actors like Micheal Douglas, Evangeline Lilly and Micheal Pena. Ant-Man is an all around good feeling and fun film and is one the best the MCU has to offer. 


7.) Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Coming in at number 7 is one of the darker and more serious films that the MCU has to offer. The Winter Soldier plays a lot on the Political/Thriller genre and it works. With the mystery of The Winter Solider on top of the Hydra plot twist, this film keeps the punches coming and it has you on the edge of your seat at every second.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier 

Captain America: The Winter Soldier 

A problem with some Marvel films is that they only have the "wow" appeal the first time you watch it. Every time after, just feels not as exciting. I have watched TWS at least 5+ times and every time I feel fully engaged as if I am watching it for the first time all over again. The suspense, plot twists and action sequences are the true keys to this films greatness. Who could ever forget the amazing unveiling of The Winter Soldier? It is moments like that, that really solidify TWS as not only one of the best superhero films, but one of the greatest Action movies in recent years. 


6.) Iron Man 3

Yeah, you read that right, I put Iron Man 3 above The Winter Soldier. Let me explain.

I absolutely love Iron Man 3. It kind of borrows from the first Thor movie as most of the time Tony is left without his "powers" throughout the entire film, but this time, it does it right. This then sets up some great development for Tony, which I honestly did not even know that we needed.

Iron Man

Iron Man

After the events of NYC, it was very intriguing to see Tony deal with his PTSD and on top of that, facing off against a villain who wants to destroy and take away everything from him. While I do understand everyone's problem with the plot twist, I believe in the end it made it more of a personal situation for Tony. Something that he did in the past came to haunt him, just like the events of NYC were. It is a great correlation that the film makes and that is why Iron Man 3 ranks at number 6 on my list. 


5.) Black Panther

Black Panther is easily the best debut solo film from Marvel since Guardians of the Galaxy. They hype leading up to Black Panther has been massive to say the least and BP delivered in almost every way. One of the best aspects of BP is its reliance of being a self-contained film. While it might not seem like that with how immersive, huge and wonderful the city of Wakanda is, Black Panther is very much a Black Panther story. While I am a bigger fan of Marvel films where it has more characters involved, it was definitely a fresh of breath air to just get a film based on one characters story.

Black Panther

Black Panther

T'Challa has easily become one of my favorite heroes in the MCU after this. His pride, love for his family and determination make him the standout star in the film. But you also cannot forget about the villain Erik Killmonger.. Killmonger finally gives us the true Marvel villain that we have been waiting for. Killmonger gives us plenty of reason to actually feel for him and his motivation in a way actually makes sense. Marvel went through a string of underwhelming villains, but as of late Ego, Vulture and now Killmonger have really stepped up to the plate.  On top of the great villain, you also get a great supporting cast with the tech-genius Shuri and the spear-fighting Okoye. The action sequences are also a blast, with a car chase sequence throughout South Korea being a standout. 

Black Panther Concept Art

Black Panther Concept Art

Black Panther is no doubt one of my favorite MCU films and it deserves it in almost every aspect. While the film does struggle a bit in its 2nd act due to a spoiler-ish aspect and some mediocre CGI, it makes up for it with it's phenomenal world building, great character development and unique take on the superhero film genre.


4.) Captain America: Civil War

The Captain America trilogy is the only set of films in the MCU, where each film kept topping the other. While, you honestly could make the argument for this movie actually being Avengers 2.5, it is still a Cap story and a great one at that. 

Tony and Steve's tensions meet an all time high after a new law is passed that all of the Avengers can only be called to duty when the government says so. Half of the Avengers including Tony like, Steve and the other half do not as much. This then leads to an all out war and an absolutely phenomenal action set-piece at the airport.

Captain America: Civil War

Captain America: Civil War

With so many characters on one screen at one time, the movie still manages to introduce two new characters, those being Black Panther and Spider-Man. The two actually mesh into the film almost perfectly and nothing feels too crammed in or messy. Also, the villain of the film Baron Zemo is one of the most underrated villains in the MCU. His master plan is genius and while it is a bit of a convenient plan, it is something so clever and so brilliant that it still shocks me how he pulled something like that off. 


3.) The Avengers

The Avengers for the longest time was at my number 1. Without this film, there is no doubt that I would not have fallen so in love with the Marvel films like I have. This is one of the best team-up films in recent memory and will definitely stay that way for generations to come.

With all of the origin stories out of the way, we finally got to see all of our heroes on the screen for the very first time. Watching them all banter with one another and seeing them all fight together on the big screen just an absolute joy for the nerds and general audience alike.

The Avengers

The Avengers

While a bit slow to start, this film goes full speed ahead and keeps giving you new things to make you laugh and just go "wow". To anyone who has not seen The Avengers I do not even want to spoil the slightest thing, so I will not go into too much detail. But to everyone who has seen it, it is obvious that The Avengers deserves a high spot on this list and that is why it deserves the number 3 spot. 


2.) Spider-Man: Homecoming

I have already written a review on this film, which you can find on the blog! As most of you may know, this is my favorite Spider-Man film of all time. It excels on every aspect that it trys to accomplish. With 2 other Spider-Man entries in the back burner, this film does a great job at really making it different from that others. With a great villain, great laughs and a unique story for Peter to go through, this is easily the best solo outing that Marvel has to offer.


1.) Guardians of the Galaxy

Back in 2012 when this movie was first announced, I was baffled. I had no clue who any of the lead characters were, where they existed or why they were making the movie to begin with. It was obvious from the start that THIS was Marvel's biggest gamble. And just like Doctor Strange, it paid off, big time. 

When explaining this film you could say that it is just The Avengers in space. But there really is just so much more to it than that. GotG shows a story of a bunch of troubled people, with a terrible past coming together to save the day. Not only is GotG one of the funniest Marvel movies, it has the most heart of any MCU film. Star-Lord's backstory connection with his mother is truly a tearjerker and is unlike anything we have seen in the MCU.

Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy

There has been great chemistry in the MCU, but nothing works better than the GotG cast. They all work together perfectly. From Star-Lords and Rockets banter, to Drax's one-liners to the motivational scene they all share in the quin-jet. GotG is filled with everything that will please any fan or general audience member, guaranteed. That is why there is no doubt in my mind that Guardians of the Galaxy is the best the MCU has to offer. 

 

The Struggle of the 2017 Summer Box Office

In no way does this satisfy me to make this article. Ever since I was a kid I have been going to the movie theater on a constant basis. It is one of my favorite outlets and I could never see my life without it. But as of late, things have not been looking too good for the movie theater industry and in some ways, Hollywood as a whole has not been looking too hot either. 

Dunkirk

Dunkirk

Box office earnings for this summer are at an all time low and it way too late to turn anything around. With numerous under preforming films over the past few months, it has put Hollywood in a very sticky situation. But what caused this? What struck a chord with the general audience for them to stay home instead of heading to the movie theaters this summer? While these questions seem complicated, the answer is a lot more simple than you think.


What Movies Under Preformed?

The word under preform does not even describe how badly some of these movies straight up fell on their faces at the box office this summer. To start off, we had King Arthur: Legend of the Sword the movie that everyone asked for! King Arthur released in mid-May and in total grossed a measly $145 million worldwide. For some weird reason, Warner Bros. (Who distributed the film ) gave this movie a $175 million dollar production budget. On top of that, you always want to multiply a production budget by 2 as the production budget you see does not include merchandising, advertising and payment of the actors/actresses. So, with a production budget of $350 million and a return of $145 million King Arthur went down as the Summers first bomb, with many more to come.

Promo Poster for King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

Promo Poster for King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

Later that month was Alien: Covenant which had a $97 million budget and went on to only gross $74 million in the US and $232 million worldwide. While it looks like 20th Century Fox made a small return, it was not the return they were expecting.

Throughout the rest of the summer there would be more disappointments such as Pirates of the Caribbean 5, Baywatch, The Mummy, Cars 3, War for the Planet of the Apes, Valerian and The Dark Tower.

But no movie stung worse than the under performance of Transformers: The Last Knight. The Transformers franchise has always been pandered for the quality of their films. But the reason Paramount continued with the franchise was simply because it made money. The most recent Transformers flick before The Last Knight, Age of Extinction went on to gross over $1 billion dollars worldwide. No matter the quality of the films it seemed the franchise would always be a box office powerhouse. That was until The Last Knight arrived. With a $217 million budget and only grossing $600 million worldwide and only $130 million of that coming from the US, it looks like the general audience has caught on and that now leaves a once box office powerhouse franchise in the dust. This not only hurt companies such as Regal and AMC, but this was a severe sting to Paramount who has struggled to must out a hit for some time now. 


How Badly Does This Hurt Movie Theaters?

It hurts them just as bad as you think. If nobody is seeing movies, they are not making money. 

Lets take Regal Cinemas, one of the largest theater chains in America. Currently as of the writing of this article they are currently at only $15.49 a share on the stock market. That is absolutely abysmal. While that is up from $14.37 a share last week, it is no where near the above $25.00 a share that they should be at around this time of the year.

The same goes for movie theater giant AMC who has been hit just as hard. They are currently at a very low $14.15 a share which is even worse than what Regal was at last week. To make matters worse, at this point last year AMC was at a much better $30.30 a share. With August not able to produce any box office hits, this had made it a very bad month for both AMC and Regal.


What Caused This?

The short and simple answer is RottenTomatoes.com. If you are somehow not familiar with this website, what Rotten Tomatoes does is it puts together every movie critic review for a film and forms a total consensuses of what the critics said about it. The reviews are classified as "fresh" if they liked it and "rotten" if they did not. Then those reviews are combined and the movie is given a score, just like a test grade.

Alien: Covenant

Alien: Covenant

While this website has been around for some time now, it has been in the past year or so that it has exploded in popularity. The general audience will now go on rotten tomatoes to see if the newest movie out is worth the price of admission or not. While this format sounds great for the general consumer, it is now a make or break for a movie studio. 

So lets take all the movies that I claimed under preformed earlier and check their rotten tomatoes score. 

  • War for the Planet of the Apes - 93%
  • Alien: Covenant - 71%
  • Cars 3 - 68%
  • Valerian - 51%
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales - 29%
  • King Arthur: Legend of the Sword - 28%
  • Baywatch - 19%
  • The Mummy - 16%
  • The Dark Tower - 16%
  • Transformers: The Last Knight - 15%

The only movie on that list that remains a mystery as to why it under preformed is Apes, but that is a topic for another day. But as you can see, these movies are not preforming well with the critics, therefore they are not gonna fare well with audiences anymore. The era of a movie studio slapping a random blockbuster with amazing SFX in the middle of summer and having flocks of people run up and pay full price to see it is now over. The general audience is more careful now thanks to Rotten Tomatoes and word of mouth. 

But of course you can not hide the fact that streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu are also another major reason as to why the general audience is holding back on movies. Why go see a movie that you have already seen is disliked by the critics when you can just stay home and have a huge assortment of choices from TV and film without even leaving your house?


What Can Turn This Around?

The answer here is actually quite simple, make your movies good and make them movies that people want to see. Nobody wants to see a King Arthur movie, so do not give it a $175 million budget. Nobody wanted a Mummy reboot, nobody wanted a fifth Transformers, nobody wanted a fifth Pirates film and surely nobody wanted a Cars 3.

Artwork for Transformers: The Last Knight

Artwork for Transformers: The Last Knight

But not all was grim at the box office this summer. We had HUGE successes like Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol.2, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Despicable Me 3, Girls Trip and Dunkirk. 

All of these movies blew the competition out of the water. Wonder Woman grossed $400+ in the United States ALONE. Guardians was not far behind with $389 million, Spider-Man swung in with about $315 million, Despicable Me 3 while not outperforming its predecessors still wound up with a great $250 million, Girls Trip grossed over $100 million and finally Dunkirk with over $160 million and counting.

So what made these movies huge box office successes? Well, they were movies people wanted. They were either from beloved franchises, high-praised directors or they were original ideas that were actually very intriguing.

On top of that, they had great Rotten Tomatoes scores.

  • Dunkirk - 93%
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming - 92%
  • Wonder Woman - 92%
  • Girls Trip - 88%
  • Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol.2 - 82%
  • Despicable Me 3 - 61%

Out of all those movies mentioned, I saw 5 out of the 6 of them, Girls Trip being the one out. I saw them because they were films that I heard lived up to their true quality and they were simply movies that I and many other people would die to see. The first live-action Wonder Woman film? Hell yes. The second Spider-Man reboot that ended up being the best Spider-Man film yet? Of course. Guardians 2, Despicable Me 3 and Dunkirk? Yes, Yes and YES. I can also guarantee that more of the movies that I just listed intrigue you a lot more than any of the films that were listed that under preformed.

So yes, it is that simple Hollywood, make what the audiences want, not what you want.


What Does The Future Hold?

Thankfully, in my opinion, the future does indeed look very bright for the rest of the year. This weekend we are getting the highly anticipated IT, which is tracking to rack in over $50-$70 million this weekend. Looking forward we have highly anticipated films such as Kingsman 2, Jigsaw, Thor: Ragnarok, Daddy's Home 2, Justice League, Coco and a little movie called Star Wars: The Last Jedi. 

Image of Chris Hemsworth in Thor: Ragnarok 

Image of Chris Hemsworth in Thor: Ragnarok 

Looking even further forward to next year we will see huge releases such as Deadpool 2, the Han Solo film, The Incredibles 2, Fantastic Beasts 2, Black Panther, Jurassic World 2, Ant-Man 2, Aquaman, Mission Impossible 6, Pacific Rim 2, and the ever so highly anticipated Avengers: Infinity War.

The only thing that can really hold back any of those films is a lack of quality, but as long as these films stay true to their predecessors and remain just as great, I honestly can really see Hollywood getting back on its feet in 2018. 

-Paul

 

**OUTDATED** The Current and Unfortunate State of Overwatch

Now, this is not another post to jump on the current Overwatch hate bandwagon nor am I going to exclaim about how "Overwatch is dying!". I am just as big of an Overwatch fan as anyone else and I want to see the game strive and grow for years to come. But nobody can hide the fact that as of late there has been certain aspects bringing down the game as a whole and something that is lowering the morale of the community.

Overwatch Art

Overwatch Art

Overwatch is one of my favorite, if not my favorite game currently. So I feel it is important that I make my voice be heard in this weird time that we are in. So right now I am going delve into these "certain aspects" and elaborate on the issues themselves along with giving some constructive criticism as to how I fully believe we can fix the game and bring it back to it's glory days.  


Communication With Developers

 

When it comes to fixing a broken or too weak of a hero, it seems to take ages for Blizzard (The Developers of Overwatch) to finally get on top of it. While it is understandable that the process takes a while, the lack of communication at times from the devs to the players is quite frustrating. A huge example of this is the recent patch to one of the beloved heroes, Roadhog. 

Roadhog, about a month ago simply had the ability to kill other heroes with one shot . While this does sound ridiculous, it was not an easy task to pull off and if you got one shot killed by Roadhog, you deserved it. But the Director of OW, Jeff Kaplan came out and said that he does not believe in one shot abilities. So, they simply fixed Roadhog to make him weaker so it is now near impossible to pull off his one shot trick anymore. Players were infuriated. 

Now, when they announced the Roadhog fix they made him playable on the test servers otherwise known as the PTR, so people could go try out the new Roadhog before he got put into the real game itself. After messing around with the new updated version players were still unhappy and made their voice loud and clear. But what did Jeff and the devs do about it? Absolutely nothing, they did not even respond to one bit of critisism. 

Roadhog

Roadhog

So after a few days with the new Hog on the test servers, they put the updated version of him onto the real servers and ever since then he has been nearly unplayable and he is now one less hero the community can pick. This in a way makes the game a little less enjoyable and this is just one of the many examples of this happening within OW in the past.

It can be a bit frustrating. It seems they are always focused on what they believe is right and now what the community wants.
— Murphy Caraballo

So how could this be fixed? I believe a little bit more feedback from Jeff and his team when there is a community complaint would be vital. If a hero is put on the TEST serves, wouldn't it make sense to respond to the critical feedback so it does not make it's way onto the actual game itself? I am not trying to sound too whiny, but it is just such a simple fix that could seriously help out in the long run.


Competitive Play

 

The main problem with Competitive is that the ranking system at times can be a little bit ridiculous. Everyone's main gripe with Competitive as of late is how your rank is solely based on how YOU play and not your teams overall performance. 

Lets say that you are playing Soldier: 76 in a Competitve game. Your team can utterly destroy and claim victory, but if you do not preform up to par compared to other Solider: 76 players, your rank will barley even climb up. It does not make much sense in a game like Overwatch where teamwork is the main aspect of the game. This ranking system is just a bit flawed and honestly causes some frustration from the community who believe the game should simply be based on your teams performance rather than yours.

I do believe it is flawed. On top of that, your placement matches are a complete waste of time as it just ranks you lower than where you ended last season no matter how good you do. It makes it even more frustrating that there are plenty of throwers and trolls in CP to make the experience even less enjoyable.
— Overwatch fan Trevor Davenport

Now you might be not be able to tell, but I am not a game developer and I am never going to be. So, making a solution to this is something that is more on the difficult side to think of. But the one solution that goes around the community a lot could be plausible. Simply, if you win you gain 25 SR and if you lose you get detracted 25 SR. That simple. But of course it seems too easy and would definitely need more to it than just that. 

So here is to hoping Jeff and the Team are listening to us on this one cause this is a problem that can not be fixed without them.


Toxicity

 

Finally, the biggest issue with Overwatch, toxicity. To get real for a bit, toxicity is something that is absolutely unavoidable throughout life. Whether it is a toxic friend, a toxic relative, a toxic loved one or simply a toxic player on Overwatch. Toxicity runs throughout a lot of people in the world and they can be the worst.

So what defines the "toxic" people of Overwatch? They simply join Competitive matches to make you and your teams entire Overwatch match a living hell. They will sit in a corner on the map and absolutely contribute nothing to the team just so they can see your team fail. They will put on their mics just to bully or harass you and your teammates. Or even worse, they will join a CP game and right as the match starts, they will leave the game. Leaving you and your team to a 6v5 disadvantage resulting in you guys losing and your SR dropping to bottomless pits of hell.

What’s Overwatch?
— Lee Angerstein

Like I said, toxicity in anything in life is unavoidable. But with Overwatch, it is super common. In this current Competitve season, toxicity has reached a new high and it is almost making CP completely unplayable. 

Our lord and savior Torbjörn

Our lord and savior Torbjörn

The toxicity has gotten worse this season and it has honestly lost me a couple of games recently.
— Karl Protil

The Toxic/throwers will never be able to all leave at once nor is there a complete solution to it all. The best you can do, is to simply ignore them. Trolls feed off of reactions and ruining your experience. If you simply do not do anything, they will get bored and move on to soething else.

On the other hand, Jeff Kaplan has come out recently and has discussed that a new punishing system for leavers and throwers is in the works over at Blizzard. What this could be is absolutely beyond me. Maybe they will add a new system where in CP you must be on or near the objective for a certain amount of time and if you are not, you will be kicked. This would then solve the issue of trolls joining in games and not even touching the objective once. But like all my ideas, it is a bit too complicated. 

But we will have to see what they have in store and of course I complained about them in the first section, but I do have to give them props for finally tackling this situation. Even if it took way longer than it should have.


Closing Thoughts

 

No matter the issues, Overwatch has grown such a large fan base that its life is guaranteed to last at least through the next few years. But for the true veterans of the franchise, these past few months have not been the easiest. 

But the best that we can do as a community is speak out and let our voices be heard. If our frustrations with the devs can be made clear, they will most definitely change their attitude.

Overwatch Art

Overwatch Art

I have been gaming since the age of 3 and never has a game gotten me hooked like Overwatch. It is a game I can sit down and play with my friends every night and as frustrating as it can be, it never gets old. So to see this game go down a bad route, is something I can never let happen. But with as large and loud as the Overwatch community is, I honestly have no worries that these problems will never be solved. 

But in the meantime, you can catch me on competitive racking up wins like there is no tomorrow all due to one simple trick. What is that trick you ask?

Attack Torbjörn.

Attack Torbjörn ALWAYS wins.

-Paul  

UPDATED: Ranking The Spider-Man Films

Spider-Man: Homecoming has finally been released to the public and Lee and I are still feeling the Spidey fever! Last week I ranked my least to favorite Spider-Man films, but today I applied my ranking for Homecoming. This article is an updated version of last week's article with some very few changes. Hopefully we can all get along with where I have placed these films (especially #4) and without further ado, here is number 6!

Credits: Lee Angerstein 

Credits: Lee Angerstein 

6.) The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

Oh, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, what an out of place film you are. While I personally do not believe the entire film is a mess, the majority of it is all buildup for a franchise that never came to be. Which is what makes it so weird, cause now we have this film that laid all this groundwork for all these films that never happened. I have many complaints about this movie but the main thing that really bothers me with this film is the Harry Osborn and Peter Parker relationship. Their relationship is meant to be a slow buildup, starting off as best friends, into rivals, than enemies. This film pretty much skips the whole friends and rivals aspect and goes right into Harry hating Spider-Man and going after him. It just does not mesh well.

With that stuff, on top of the horribly played out Electro, the introduction of a bunch of characters, scattered plot lines it just makes this film an absolute mess. While you'll see later that I believe Spider-Man 3 is an enjoyable mess, this is not an enjoyable one in the slightest. But thankfully for this movie there are some silver linings, Andrew Garfield is no where near a disaster and I believe his portrayal of Spider-Man outshines Maguire by a long shot and the suit in this movie is easily my favorite live-action Spider-Man suit. Another plus is the Gwen Stacy and Peter Parker relationship. Especially, with THAT scene in the end of the film (The film is still relatively 'new' so i'll keep away from spoilers.) it makes this relationship very unique from the original trilogy, even if it is not as strong as the first.

 There is so much more I can go on about this movie, but, that is for another day. But overall, this film ranks at the bottom of my list and will most likely forever remain there.

5.) The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

This film to me is the hardest one to discuss about. This movie just makes me feel very weird. As someone who grew up watching and adoring the original trilogy, this was a little difficult to accept at first. But after seeing it a handful of times, I finally came to my conclusion. It is a Spider-Man movie that is just kind of...there. 

As said previously, Andrew Garfield is a true treat and he brings the true wit, humor and charm that we all love about Spider-Man. His Peter Parker on the other hand, is very meh. Garfield does not look like a geek and honestly does not truly act like one. It just feels out of place. Speaking of out place, there is the main villain in the film, The Lizard. From his portrayal to his god awful sinister plan it just does not fit this type of movie. I personally feel like The Vulture could have been a great starting off point, but thankfully we will be getting that with Homecoming.

One last thing, this movie just honestly seems like a straight up remake of Spider-Man (2001). The main tagline to this film was "The Untold Story" and besides the bigger emphasis on Peter's parents, there really was not anything that was brand new and that was a bit of a shame. But, that is also what makes this movie just okay. It really does not do anything wrong, cause it just goes off the same beats as the first movie. I just criticize it because it brings nothing new overall, this film is just, okay. It is in no way a disaster. If it was not for this movie being a reboot, I feel I would have appreciated this way more. 

4.) Spider-Man 3 (2007)

This is where I seem to disagree with a lot of people. First of all, in no way is this a perfect film, or even is it a well put together one. To me, it is just a fun time. Watching this film the first few times, I just left with a very "meh" feeling. The over abundance of villains, emo Peter Parker, too many plot lines being meshed into one movie, I totally get it. But as I got older I started to appreciate it a bit more. But still, this is one of those superhero films where you just have to turn your brain off and you will find yourself enjoying it a lot more. Of course, you could do the same for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but however the more I watch that film, I still find myself with a bad taste in my mouth. But back to my point, Spider-Man 3 still involves Toby Maguire and it is still a Sam Raimi film. It still has that charm that the first two movies had, even though it was overshadowed by many plot lines. The action is fun, McGuire is still an amazing Peter Parker and it left the trilogy at a good enough spot in my opinion. So, that is why I put Spider-Man 3 in the middle of my list. 

3.) Spider-Man (2002)

Describing the importance of this film could take pages to write. The success of this movie set up the whole landscape for superhero films. While Spider-Man (2002) might not hold up fully, it is still a great time and one of the most important movies in modern day cinema.

 In my opinion, I see it as the first true superhero origin story and it is still one of the best ones ever created. One thing that I adore about this film, is Peter Parkers development as a character throughout the movie. He starts off as an awkward high school nerd who can barley even mutter out a word to a girl, but by the end of the film, he transforms into the man he never thought he could be. A man who is fearless, strong and is able to take care of the people he loves. While of course, there is many more qualities to Parker, that is something I always thought was taken care of very well. Also on the positive side, the love relationship between Mary Jane and Peter is done very well. My favorite scene between them takes place early in the film while Peter is taking out is garbage and Mary Jane walks out of her house after she got in a fight with her father. They both walk up to each other and you finally start to see Peter open up as well as Mary Jane. It is a very sweet scene and it is one of my favorites throughout the trilogy.

Finally, the villain in this film is an absolute classic. Norman Osborne/ Green Goblin who is played by William Dafoe absolutely steals the show. While his suit is a bit...dumb. His alter ego after taking the "goblin serum" stays true to the Norman Osborne character that we have all come to love. He is full of hatred, he wants full power and most importantly he wants Spider-Man dead. Also, the final action sequence between the two is a fight you wont forget.

2.) Spider-Man 2 (2004)

Here we are at number two, Spider-Man 2. This film has received nothing but praise from fans and critics alike. It is looked back on as the pinnacle of the Spider-Man films and is still talked today as one of, if not the best superhero film ever created. Now, I did not put it at number one simply because everyone else loves it, I absolutely adore this film as much as everyone else and that is why is deserves such a high spot. 

Everything in this film works almost flawlessly. The continuing relationship between Mary Jane and Peter is still just as great as the first film. While there is not really a "relationship" between them in this film, it is a huge buildup with a great payoff at the end.

So, you thought Willaim Dafoe killed it as Green Goblin? Well, Alfred Molina takes it a step further as Doctor Octopus/ Otto Octavious. His character is slightly different from the source material as Otto is truly not a bad guy at all. He is a school professor who is passionate about what he does, he loves his wife and is very willing to teach Peter Parker the ways of Science. But the aftermath of his experiment in the film is what changes him into a true monster. Molina destroys the role as he able to balance both personalities so flawlessly. He is such a joy to have in the film and will forever be the definitive live-action Doctor Octopus.

But to me, what makes this film one of kind is Peter's story throughout the film. Balancing your life between being a normal person and being a superhero does not seem easy and Peter surely does not make it look any better. Spider-Man 2 replicates a very realistic and emotional approach to the superhero genre. It really exemplifies the true moral of the whole Raimi trilogy  "With great power comes great responsibility". It shows that just because Peter has all these cool abilities does not change the real life that he still lives. He still has to care for his aunt, he still has to go to school, he is still in love with the girl of his dreams and most importantly, he has to care for himself. Never have I seen a superhero film really focus on this subject and nail it as well as Spider-Man 2. 

(Also, that Train action sequence is one of the best choreographed scenes in modern film making. Like wow.)

1.) Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

No other Spidey film on this list has been able to check off all the boxes that a Spider-Man movie needs until Homecoming. It does almost everything right in every aspect that we have come to love with our favorite web-head. We finally get the true Peter Parker.  We finally see the awkwardness, the wittiness and the true heart of Peter that we have all come to love in the comics. He is also accompanied by the best supporting characters in any Spidey film yet.

His buddy Ned is a hoot, as he delivers some of funniest lines. There is Aunt May who is younger this time around, but she has not changed. She is still the Mom in Peters life and is there to support and care for him in every aspect. Also, there is Liz Allen who plays Peter's love interest who is a fine addition, that eventually develops a very interesting arc towards the 3rd act. Finally, there is Michelle and Tony Stark. Michelle is the weaker of the bunch as her character unfortunately falls on the irrelevant side even though it seems the film tries to push her as something much more. But, Tony Stark was a treat. He did not overstay his welcome as some of the trailer intended, but instead, he added a lot of depth to the film with his very few scenes and the movie could not have gone full circle without him. 

 On top of the great supporting cast, we get an amazing villain out of Michael Keaton's Vulture. While he is not fully true to his character, he is a relateable and scary villain and is easily one of the best throughout the MCU (Which in reality is not saying too much). He is a villain full of surprises and seeing him gives me hope that Marvel will be able to nail down the rest of Spidey's villains throughout the future.

Finally, Spider-Man himself is as true to his character as possible. Everything from the way he moves, to his hilarious comebacks and personality. It is done perfectly. While I could have done without all the Tech of the new suit, it was still a fine addition. But the one aspect with Spidey that is done masterfully, is how they portray him of being a kid. People have to remember, Spider-Man might be strong  and can swing through cites and do all this cool stuff. But he is only 15 years old. He is still a kid who is learning is way, is developing as a human and is learning new morals with every day of his life. Homecoming nails this to a T, especially with one scene in the 3rd act, it truly shows that Spider-Man is still a newcomer and he will have to find the true strength within himself to prevail through it all. 

I have gone on the longest about Spider-Man: Homecoming because I personally do believe that it is the pinnacle of all the Spider-Man films to date. With the true adaption of Peter Parker/Spider-Man, it's great supporting cast and a spectacular villain, this is the true Spider-Man film that we have always been wanting and that is why I am ranking Spider-Man: Homecoming as my #1 Spider-Man film.

(Also, if you have not seen Captain America: Civil War make sure you do, or else you might find yourself very confused as to what is happening throughout the beginning of the film)


So, there you have it, my least to favorite Spider-Man films. This was a lot of fun to create and I plan on doing a lot more rankings such as these in the near future. Anyway, thanks for reading and let us know what your favorite Spider-Man films are!

-Paul

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