ZBOX June 2017 Unboxing and Review

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The June Zbox has finally arrived, due too one item not arriving to Zavvi’s warehouse on time, June’s box was delayed and as a result it shipped quite late and only recently arrived on July 1st.

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Each box comes with a small magazine which discusses the boxes theme for the month, Junes ZBOX is all about villains, I really like the design of cover here, it blatantly takes inspiration from the Joker who is one of my favourite comic book villains.

IMG_20170701_130335Every box comes with an exclusive T-shirt, the design for June is this really inspired artwork based on Batman villain Oswald Cobblepot aka the Penguin.

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The smallest item this month was an air freshener designed around Mad Max, to be honest I have never seen Mad Max so this item doesn’t mean much to me

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Another item I was disappointed with this month was this Storm Trooper print, I love Star Wars but I really don’t the Art Style that was used here, I cant help but feel that this was only  thrown into the box for filler I cant imagine this piece of cardboard does much to help make up the 40 pounds value which Zavvi promises to provide.

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I’m not one to often my toys keep my toys in the box but this Lex Luthor figure I just cant bring myself to open, its awesome and due to the small parts I don’t want to open it just in case I end up losing them,  it was also possible to receive a figure of Deadman a DC character I don’t recognise but after doing some research he is definitely a character I am interested in checking out.

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This Joker apron is pretty cool, I already have a full Batman apron and oven glove set so I was really pleased with this item, unfortunately I am dieting at the moment so I wont be baking cakes for a few months however I am looking forward to wearing this when the time comes.

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Every box comes with a small badge which commemorates that you received that months box , the design this month is again based on the Joker, the way that the artist has made the laughter his teeth is very clever and its a small detail that makes this badge a lot more interesting than it needed to be.

July’s ZBOX is all about Teams, I imagine you might find an item to help bring hype for the upcoming Justice League film along side a few more items from different franchises, I personally would like to see the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles get some love this month but we will have to wait and see.

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Animated Review – Batman Beyond (Batman of the Future): Return of the Joker

 

The caped crusader is back, all be it someone different. But hey Bruce Wayne may be old but Batman doesn’t age or die. Even in the future Gotham deserves it’s dark knight.

Story

Set in the futuristic city of Neo-Gotham in 2039 (40 years after the events of the animated series) Bruce Wayne is an old man who has retired from being Batman, but the mantle would later be passed onto High school trouble maker Terry McGinnis who now dons a high tech version of the bat suit. The new Batman went on to fight crime against villains old and new, frequently crossing paths with a gang known as ‘the Jokerz’.

In this movie the Jokerz attempt to steal some communication technology for satellites, only to be stopped by Batman. It turns out that this was an order by none other than the Joker himself who was believed to have been dead for 40 years, he then decides to try again through Wayne enterprises where he announces his return. Now the new Batman must find out what happened to the Joker 40 years ago and defeat him in the future once and for all.

Verdict

As well as keeping to the Batman of the Future theme the movie brings back the nostalgia of the original series, there is actually a part of the movie that takes place during the time Bruce Wayne was Batman and the Joker was with Harley Quinn which was good to see. There is definitely something for all Batman fans.

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Marvel VS Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes (Arcade, Dreamcast, PS1, PS3, XBOX 360)

Everyone loves crossovers, the games where all the toughest and most famous characters from within one or more universes come together to see who is the best in a fight. One of the most famous video game of this type is the crossover of Marvel comic heroes vs Capcom game characters.

FUN FACT: This is actually the 3rd time that characters from both Marvel and Capcom have appeared in the same game. The first time was in X-Men vs Street Fighter and the second time was in Marvel Super Heroes vs Street Fighter.

Story

Set in the Marvel Universe it turns out that Professor X has merged with Magneto to become the super powered monster named Onslaught, before this happened X called out for heroes to stop him which in turn brought heroes from the Capcom universe into the fray.

Gameplay

If you’ve played Street Fighter or any other fighting game then you shouldn’t find this game a problem at all. Of course all the characters control differently due to their abilities and fighting styles, so it is important to do some training runs as well as look up their move list before fighting people online. In this game you choose two characters to play with as well as a random assist character who will attack the opponent a certain amount of times, when choosing your two characters take into consideration their styles of fighting so that when you switch characters you can catch your opponent off guard. 

One of the new features in this game is the Duo team attack which allows you to control both the characters on your team to bring the hurt, during this phase you have unlimited uses of their super moves. There is also a lot of room for aerial combat which if done correctly can juggle your opponent for devastating combos.

Verdict

Must have for both Marvel and Capcom fans. With it being available on the PSN and Xbox live anyone can fight as their favourite heroes, plus an online match making service to put your skills against fighters across the world (mainly Asia). When you buy this game under Marvel Vs Capcom origins you get Marvel Superheroes the game for free, all for under £10. 

Can’t go wrong with that..

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Megaman 9 (PS3, XBOX 360, WII, Wii U)

Poor Megaman, it seems that Capcom doesn’t care about you anymore. It’s a real shame as Megaman is one of their best IPs since the 80s. To raise some awareness and kill some time I’ve thought about playing Megaman 9, here is the lowdown.

Story

The story to this game follows the same formula every other Megaman game does. The year is 20XX and Megaman once again stops Dr Wily for the umpteenth time, everything is okay but inevitably shit hits the fan… again. In this case the creator of Megaman Dr Light is held responsible for the robots going mad even though he is innocent, now it is up to Megaman and the gang to stop whoever is behind this and clear Dr Light’s name.

Gameplay

Once again this game follows the formula all the other games do, and that’s how we want it. In case you are new to the series this involves taking on the eight robot masters of the game, you can choose who you want to fight first and once you defeat him (or her if it’s Splash Woman) you get a weapon that is strong against another robot master. But you have to figure out who is weak against the new weapon although there are some tell tale signs on who to fight next (i.e fire against insects), the key is finding out the ideal order to tackle the robot masters beginning with whoever is the easiest to take out and using his weapon against the next robot master and so on.

The gameplay on the actual levels is simple enough for anyone to pick up, it’s all about jumping and/or shooting. Egoraptor famously refers to this game as ‘Jump n’ shoot man’ because of this and it is actually a good thing as this takes the series back to the old school, when the series dominated home consoles across the globe. The levels themselves take on a theme relating to the boss and they contain traps and puzzles that you must navigate through whilst fighting enemies that are placed in ways to make it challenging for you. The beauty of the level design is that when they add an obstacle for you it’s easy to get through at first, but it gets difficult later on when it adds another obstacle or an enemy with it to make it harder requiring you to stay on your toes. Some of this is mentioned on Egoraptor’s sequelitis video so I recommend you check that out.

Music

In keeping with the old school vibe this game’s soundtrack is created the same way that is was created for the NES during the 80s. It’s these sort of soundtracks that I love due to the fact that they could make a catchy tune that suits the situation with limited technology.

Verdict

This one of those games that should be in everyone’s collection, you can get it for under £10 on the PSN which will include the game plus more goodies such as endless attack modes and even the chance to play as Protoman. In a sense it’s a fitting tribute to the slowly dying franchise that Capcom refuses to resuscitate.

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Super Street Fighter IV (PS3, XBOX 360, PC)

Street Fighter, the franchise that has given birth to many different fighting games that we know today. As well as the memes and the countless remakes of the same game, cause apparently there is no such thing as too many versions of Street Fighter 2. When Street Fighter IV was first released I was tempted to get it but I noticed that they missed out characters from Street Fighter 2 that I loved, luckily Capcom decided to add those characters to the roster when the game goes super (thanks for asking). 

Story

Once again another fighting tournament attracts fighters from all over the world with different goals in mind, some fight for power, some fight for country and some fight cause it’s all they can do. Pretty much the same in any Street Fighter game.

Gameplay

The gameplay is what you would expect from a Street Fighter game or any fighting game for that matter. Keep hitting your opponent till his/her health bar is empty whilst making sure he/she doesn’t do the same to you, that is the bare concept but achieving it is where the fun lies. The best way to achieve victory in Street Fighter involves employing strategy and performing combos, each character has their own set of special moves and combos so learning about them is key to kicking ass.

Here are some features that are important for you to know about if you want to be winning like Charlie Sheen:-

Focus Attacks – Focus attacks can be used to stun an enemy and giving you some breathing time to execute a special move or regain composure.

Super Combo – Super combos are basically upgraded versions of a character’s special move that pack more of a punch. Using these super moves drains some of your super meter which can be refilled by hitting your enemy.

Ultra Combo – This is your character’s signature move that is so powerful that it produces it’s own cinematic cutscene. Each character has two Ultra Combos to choose from before the match begins. The Ultra Combo meter or ‘Revenge meter’ is filled when you take damage from your enemy.

Outside of fighting there are bonus stages involving breaking barrels or destroying a car which are fan favourites throughout the series. Plus there is a  training mode and trials mode which you can use to get to grips with your character and prepare yourself for matches. Speaking of matches you can also go online and challenge players from across the world, but beware as there are strong fighters out there (most of them Asian).

But I’m Shoryuken handle it…

Verdict

I highly recommend that you get this if you don’t already have any fighting games in your collection, it brings the series to the modern day whilst keeping the traditional aspects that made it a hit during the years that Street Fighter was first conceived.

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Animated Saturday: Star Wars The Clone Wars

Hello folks and welcome to a very special animated review on Star Wars day! So it seems fitting to review a Star Wars animation or in this case The Clone Wars. Get on with it I shall.

Story

Set along time ago in a galaxy far, far away (like everything in Star Wars), the story of The Clone Wars takes place during ‘The Clone Wars’. The Clone Wars themselves began during the events of Episode 2: Attack of the Clones when the Galactic Republic created an army of clones to combat the droids controlled by the Separatists and assist the Jedi in their fight against the Sith, this results in dozens of conflicts across the galaxy all leading up to the events of Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith. Along the way we are introduced to new characters such as Ahsoka Tano who is a young Padawan assigned to be taught by Anakin Skywalker in order for him to be more responsible. Plus there are other characters from the Star Wars films including General Grievous, Jar Jar Binks (sadly) and even the return of Darth Maul.

Why I don’t like it that much

As I watch the series I try to get myself immersed into the story, but it doesn’t go so well. I always get the voice in the back of my head reminding me that the series itself is just some way that George can squeeze some form of a story for money. But then again if he didn’t I would be complaining about how there is not enough of the ‘Clone Wars’ within the Star Wars universe. I also noticed that the voice cast doesn’t include the same actors that they used for the films, but that is understandable as most of these actors are busy with Hollywood. But they managed to compromise by using famous voice actors to fill in the roles, for example the role of Mace Windu originally done by Samuel L (Motherf***ing) Jackson is done by Terrence C Carson who provided the voice for the sword master in Afro Samurai and Kratos in God Of War. Plus they have guest celebrities for voices such as George Takei, David Tennant, Simon Pegg and Seth Green.

Verdict

I can think of a lot worse things to come out of Lucasfilm (holiday special cough cough), but once again I think the originals are better. But I suppose it’s good to watch some clone wars action after school, or anytime because of the internet.

So long and May the 4th be with you

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DC’s Top 5 Obscure Animals in gaming

Hello again and welcome to my top 5 countdown of obscure animals that feature in video games, cause even the animal kingdom isn’t safe from hipsters.

5. Hoatzin 

I know what you’re thinking, what game is this animal from? Now here’s the beauty of it, the game itself is quite obscure. For you see the game itself is obscure for it is from a game called Megaman X: Corrupted. Corrupted is a game made by some fans in the style of the SNES games, a time when the X series was at it’s best.

The hoatzin itself is a tropical bird found in the amazon regions of South America. They are easily recognisable by their spiky head and their brown coat. They are about the size of a pheasant and their chicks are said to have claws on two parts of their wings, interesting.

 

4. Electric Catfish

Most people have heard of catfishes, but what about electric ones? Like electric eels these catfish use electricity to stun or kill their pray. Apparently ancient Egyptians used these fish to help treat disease in the nervous system.

The gaming animal that follows this pedigree is of course Volt Catfish from Megaman X3. Even though this boss was mainly based on the common catfish I feel that the electric catfish should be given credit for it, I mean they are basically the same (minus the arms & legs, not to mention one is a robot).

3. Axolotl

We both knew that this would make it on the list somehow, it’s Pokemon dammit. When I first played Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire I was wondering what the hell my Mudkip was based on, turns out it was based off this.

Before I give you some facts on the real animal here is the Pokedex entry from Pokemon Ruby regarding Mudkip.

The fin on MUDKIP’s head acts as highly sensitive radar. Using this fin to sense movements of water and air, this POKéMON can determine what is taking place around it without using its eyes.

Similar to it’s real life counterpart, however it fails to mention that this creature can actually regenerate limbs like a starfish or a Time lord. Unfortunately they are currently categorised as critically endangered on the conservation chart, guess most animals just don’t liek them.

2. Ocelot

A shiny penny to anyone who can guess why this one is on the list……

No? Well allow me to inform you.

The name ‘Ocelot’ is actually the code name for the most mysterious antagonist in the Metal Gear franchise Revolver Ocelot. Revolver Ocelot was previously known as Major Ocelot during the events of MGS3, it’s at this point you learn more about him and the creature that inspired his code name.

Ocelots are proud creatures, they prefer to hunt alone

– Major Ocelot from Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater

Despite the quote making the Ocelot a proud image they tend to hunt for animals smaller than themselves, which means that this animal just misses out on the top spot that goes to…

1. Tanuki

The Tanuki is a raccoon like dog that is native in Japan. Even though it’s obscure to us Westerners, in Japan it is popular among video games and other pop culture including Pocky & Rocky and Animal Crossing. Although this animal has become quite famous when Super Mario Bros 3 first debuted the ‘Tanooki suit’ back in the 90s.

Those of you who are too young to remember or exist back then will surely recall it’s appearance in the more recent Super Mario 3D Land, this appearance also attracted attention from animal activists PETA who made wild allegations that the game promotes the skinning of Tanukis. What they forget is that Mario receives the power up through a leaf, but there is already an entry covering this topic. For being part of our childhoods and pissing off a bunch of clueless activists I award this animal the number one spot.

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