Prototype 2 Review

A review By TheAcidSkull

Despite the fact that most people kind bashed on prototype due to it's competitor Infamous( You should see what happens on youtube), I always enjoyed Prototype more due to the sheer destruction and fun, plus The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction is one of my favorite games so it's not really surprising that I'd be drawn by a game with similar mechanics. (They were created by the same developers after all). So the announcement of prototype 2 had me really excited, but the shift in character really set me off considering that I really liked Alex Mercer. Still, I assumed that since they did switch the main character maybe they had other plans for Mercer, and they did, however it's not the decision I would have gone with, I also didn't like their portrayal of Heller. Long story short, I was both displeased and pleased with Prototype 2, and here is why:

Visuals and etc.

looks good don't you think?

While I did enjoy the first game, it severely lacked in terms of visuals, especially when it came to the environment itself. Now whilst this did not hinder my enjoyment of the overall experience, I still felt that it was too lackluster and could have been done better. The second one however, not only gives us detailed environments and buildings, but also creates suitable atmospheres in each ZONE created within the game. The red zone has a setting of utter destruction and blood and it really gives you the feeling that the that part of the city has truly gone to sh*t, it even exceeds the first one in terms of creating a suitable outlook for the infection. The Yellow Zone, is vastly different, multiple areas can be found where people are wondering around to find protection because of the already spreading sickness, which gives you a feeling of friction and the death of hope. And last but not least, the green Zone maintains the presence of the virus but yet at the same time still continuous on with life as well as every day activities. I think the developers really did a good job on capturing the setting of the game.

The designs don't fall back either, helicopters and tanks, as well as other forms of weaponry look absolutely spectacular and amazing. The characters looks great as well, especially Mercer and heller, i like the addition of the more tentacle fractured version of the virus's design, it makes it look more like a radioactive infection to be quite honest. Speaking of character looks and design, the game really exceeds the first installment in terms of variety, because while the first one had some engaging fights and boss battles, there were only a few types of mutant breeds: The Hydra, the hunters, and the normal infected people, where as the Prototype 2 had multiple versions of the monster, ranging from the Behemoth to he brawlers and Juggernauts. However at times the game can be all over the place , especially when you're using the claws or any other mutation ability, the structures/frames seem to go through each other and it's really frustrating after some time.

Gameplay

Grotesque isn't it?

Gameplay as you expected is probably the strongest aspect of the entire game, in fact I'd go far as to say that it makes the GAME itself. Now if you've played the first game you'll probably see a lot of similarities between the two installments, however, I have to remark that the second one really improves the structure and the flow of combat with certain much needed tweaks. In the first one, there were cases where you'd find yourself in the midst of a huge battle and the Game was so chaotic that you wouldn't be able to understand where your enemies were attacking from, they just kept knocking you off your feet and it was very, very frustrating. Here though, while the same situation can still come up, you at least have a defense mechanism which allows you to evade or escape from such circumstances.

The game also gives you a verity of enemies, as mentioned before, along with new as well as old abilities which broadens your arsenal, thereby improving your gaming experience. There isn's more to say in all honesty, the gameplay is a lot like that if it's predecessor, only it's more polished and less annoying, that's the shortest way I could sum it up.

Story

If only it could live up to our expectations....

Now here is the real led down of the game, up until this point i've been bashing on the first prototype despite the fact that I like it in order to praise the second one, but now this is where we switch the tables. While prototype DID have graphic and gameplay problems, it was still fun and it had an interesting story of a man seeking his identity as well as trying to due the right thing through harsh means. As I said in the beginning of my review, I immensely disliked the idea of them switching the main character, because I believe that when something like that happens, there should be a logical reason to it, like in Darksiders II. But, seeing as how the decision was made, I still jumped on board because despite it's flaws I believed that prototype was vastly underrated. Prototype 2 kept advertising heller as a sympathetic character, yet for some odd reason any sympathy you might have for the character fades away in about 30 minutes into the game, because Heller becomes a bland, angry asshat who is f*ck sh*t up. I understand why he's angry, but justified anger and just utter destruction and cruelty kind of diminishes my respect of the character. That's not to say that we haven't had any characters who are angry, but guys like Kratos for example are put in different settings and are not advertised as someone who they are not.

Also, why did Mercer suddenly become evil? He was a maniac who wanted to destroy the world and spread the infection even though he put a lot of effort into stopping it? Huh? Wouldn't it make much more sense to try to redeem his actions by trying to chase his PREVIOUS goal of stopping the infection? Should't the fact that he caused it in the first place put some guilt over him? Honestly, some of the decisions the developers take are very lack luster and illogical to me. Also the ending to the game sucked and was not at all satisfying. Suddenly Hellers Daughter becomes the key to everything at the last very moment which JUST HAD TO HAPPEN because heller needed to be even more pissed than he already was in order to fight Mercer?! How F*cking convenient. By the way,how the hell did Heller manage to beat Mercer? He didn't have enough time to become as skilled as him in terms of using the virus. Sure his military training should have come in handy, but mercer absorbed more power right before he fought Heller and he still lost. what the hell?

Conclusion

Now that that's out of the way, I can say that despite the problems this game has with it's story, it improves the prototype franchise in terms of gameplay and design. The game is genuinely really, really fun because it gives you the chance to be absolutely indestructible as you progress though the story, which kind of makes me sad because, overall, this could have been a really great game if the plot and characterization had been any good, sadly however, they just about make every wrong choice I can think of, and they don't even stick with what they tell us, which again is a damn shame. I would still recommend this, because overall, if you just let the story be, it's an absolute blast.

Score: 6/10

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Castlevania Lord Of Shadows 2 review

Castlevania Lord Of Shadows 2

I'm a very specific kind of player when it comes to video games, I don't usually follow a lot of different types of video games nor do I have the desire to stick my hand in a lot of different pies, I most likely stick to what I like, and hack-and-slash is one the genre or style that would win my appeal any day of the week. Now I don't usually Review a lot of video games considering that fact that I don't feel that I could offer a lot due to the fact that I don't play a lot of games and I can't be considered a Gamer;Nevertheless, upon finishing this game I really do want to give it a shot so bare with me, because I really enjoyed my experience with this franchise hence why I want to get my thoughts across.

Visuals

Satan

Even if we set everything aside, the game is, as the previous one, visually stunning, though making this actually work was way harder than it was in the previous game, and here is why: In the first game the environments were mostly based on and centered at a Gothic atmosphere, ranging from dark and creepy castles to moss invested ruins, and while I am in no way saying that the first was less stunning that the second in terms of the graphics, making the environments coincide was a bit more difficult here considering that the developers had to merge a modern day/21st century environment with the Gothic-esque past setting. Which in all honesty is a hell of a accomplishment considering that not once through the game did I feel as if the current day version of the city had deviated from the castlevania atmosphere. The city is still very similar in the typical aspects to it's past version, which in case you didn't know, is a quality worth admiring.

Speaking of quality, the character designs are superb, Gabriel Belmont, or better yet Dracula, has never looked better. In my personal opinion the costume or outfit he was given is a good way of re-inventing his previous look and making it seem or appear more sinister so that it can coincide with the character change/evolution. Moving on, every single monster/boss looks absolutely amazing and threatening, there is tremendous amount of detail given to them and it makes the experience way more enjoyable. However, I did feel that the minions were payed less attention too, especially the possessed citizens/mutants, because their design, while good, did fail to compare or live up to the other characters. Still, it's a minor gripe when one looks at the whole picture.

Gameplay

Prepare yourself...

The gameplay was one of the strongest aspects to this game, it combines and gives you a taste of various different abilities which you have to utilize in a very interesting manner. The greatest gift a game can possibly give you is a chance to improvise, and this is exactly where LoS 2 really shines. You have to consider the environments you are in an utilize them to your advantage, I have found specific places where I have been able to get away from a swarm of enemies while still maintaing my reach to distribute my attacks. You have numerous skills which you can combine with arial as well as grounded attacks. But the best part in my opinion is that you have to use these skills and find a specific pattern that works around specific enemies, which in my opinion recaptures that same feeling you had during the very first castlevania game, and I'm not talking about lords of shadow. Remember how during the Gameboy-esque games we had to use specific skills and create a specific rhythmic flow of movement in order to both avoid and dish out attacks? Yeah lords of shadow 2 provides us with just that.

On the other hand, despite the fact that the game has some very unique approaches to boss battles and gives us a great flow of combat/quick time event interaction, it does fall flat in some areas. I feel that the introduction of the stealth system was concept that had potential, but it was executed in the wrong way. For starters, the game has a huge gap of logic in it. Throughout the game you face one of, if not the most powerful forces of evil on earth, and you best every single one of them with our intelligence, improvisation, skill and power, yet for some odd reason, when a huge brute with a big gun comes up, you instantly forget that you slaughtered a 10 feet tall demon and decide that you are no match for this acolyte because Zobek(A character in the game) told you so. And the game doesn't allow you to fight them either, you basically die with two blows when these creatures spot you, which to me is illogical. It would have been much better if we were given another reason, like a huge door locking upon me being spotted or someone dying because of me. Also, it feels repetitive, you don't get a sense that you have much freedom when it comes to these sequences, you just have to throw bats at these monsters or turn into a rat to escape, which is a shame because it could have been a great addition to the games arsenal. However, that being said there is one more quality I forgot to mention when playing this game. It manages to utilizes it's setting and give us plenty of action packed sequences that will engage you deeply.

Story/Plot

Scary!

Before talking and discussing the contents of the games plot there is something I really want to talk about. After opening sequence the game gives us a basic run down of what had happened during the Castlevania lords of Shadow Mirror of Fate game, which is crucial to the games history, and because of this, the player, who has played the first game, might still feel lost. There are specific events which were released either as DLC or as a separate game entirely which sucks because for someone who has only a Xbox or PS3 it could really take away a lot of the key/crucial points of the story. I was hoping they'd pick up where the old game left off, because that way we would have seen Gabriel becoming the Prince of Darkness an defeating the forgotten one as well as witnessing the tale of Simon Belmont and Alucrad firsthand, which as a whole would have made the game a huge epic conclusion. Also, despite all that, it's still crucial to play the first game at least, otherwise Draculas character would not make any sense because his devolution is centered mainly at Gabriels loss of fate and suffering.

Now that that's out of the way, we can move on to more interesting matters. The story does really take time to pick up, because after the opening, just as we are about to get to the good part, the story goes back to the recap of previous events and then Dracula awakes in the present day. It's pretty disheartening and for the most part, the first act is a full of confusion because there are forces that make you ask the question of what the hell is going on. That being said, when it picks up, it becomes and absolute blast. The story explores draculas past as well has his present and interconnects the events in such a way that everything makes sense in the end. There are some pretty interesting quotes and the character development is pretty great, though as mentioned before, you have to at least play the first game in order to understand why these events and developments matter, but that aside props to the game for actually giving us a reason to care about Dracula even if you haven't played the first installment.

Anyways, I found the final twist to be excellent and the game essentially really pays off in terms of story, I just wish that we could have gotten more time with Alucard because he seemed pretty cool.

Conclusion

I'm sure I can safely say that this has been a worthwhile experience because I genuinely had a lot of fun playing this game, it of course isn't perfect and has it's flaws as any other game but overall it's worth it. It breaks my heart a bit because by combining Mirror Of fate and Lords of Shadow 2, we would have gotten a long and epic game with a lot of twists and developments, and the reason i say this is because the first game was so long and adventurous that essentially the second installment just couldn't live up to it's predecessor. The scale of the first one was just to great and by the time you reached the end you had this feeling of relief as if you had been there fighting monsters instead of Gabriel. Now don't take this the wrong way, the game is of course pretty great and awesome, but if we were to compare the first would take the cake despite the fact that LoS 2 improves on a lot of things. Nevertheless, I wholeheartedly recommend this game because it's still amazing and will most definitely give you a cool gaming experience.

Score: 7.8-8/10

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Grand Hotel Budapest - A Short Review By TheAcidSkull

Grand Hotel Budapest

A couple of days ago, when I went to see 300: Rise of An empire, I saw a trailer with a lot of famous actors, and the tone,style and atmosphere the trailer showed me was far different than anything I had seen before. I'm not really a movie buff, I go only to see what I like or am Interested in, but that doesn't mean that I'm not open to new things, So this week, whilst with my friends, i decided to give this movie a shot because it honestly seemed interesting and unique.

I am really glad I decided to give this a shot, because quite frankly I thought it was absolutely brilliant. I think it's better if I talk about the things we are all familiar with in terms of movies, such as acting. As you can see from the picture above this movie has it's fare share of brilliant actors, and they do not disappoint, sure not all of them go though characters arcs and such but the fun fact is that their performance is set in a specific stereotype. What I mean is that for most of their time on the screen they are basically the same guy, but the script really does a swell job of integrating them into the story.

Speaking of which, the story itself it pretty simple but the turns it takes is really fun and engaging. With out spoiling it, it's basically about the murder of a woman and her wealth, but that's all I'll really say. To be honest tho, It can be a bit boring at times and some parts were slightly slow but overall the movie is a lot of fun and it's a good source of entertainment. But that's not it's true appeal, the movie has very distinctive style of presenting the audience with the visuals. Aside from the fact that is has this cartoony style of showing us what's going us from a side angle, which individually is brilliant on it's own, the movements of the characters, the sounds in the background, the scene progression and the comedy is arranged in perfect harmony, which I personally find very hard to execute. It has this rhythmic appeal to it which demonstrates a unique charm that enhances basically everything about this movie.

In conclusion, I will recommend this movie to everyone, because while it's not revolutionary and jaw dropping, it's a hell of a blast. I went into this movie without knowing what it was going to be about or what it was going to be like and found that I loved almost every second of it. I'd even go as far and say that it's worth watching only for the intriguing style and charm.

Cheers.

Score: 8.5/10

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TheAcidSkull Rants-Creating A Decent Villain Hulk

TheAcidSkull Rants- A Decent Hulk Villain Is Required.

For some time now I've noticed that Marvel has had some trouble creating decent villains for the Jade Giant, and due to the fact that most of his villains have been either killed off or destroyed, we do need some fresh blood for the Hulk. It's really disheartening for me because creating a Hulk villain isn't particularly that hard to be quite honest with you, and many other marvel Now titles have tried creating new antagonist for the well-know heroes, some have succeed(Gorr from Thor God Of Thunder) and some have failed ( Thunderbolts, Indestructible Hulk). Now my issues are directed towards the Indestructible Hulk series, especially the newest arc. Whilst I enjoyed the previous issues, i felt that this new story had been underwhelming, particularly because it didn't have a good villain, which again, really irks me because the opportunity had been pretty great, Waid just didn't seem to take it. ( no disrespect towards the writer, I'm a fan but his last arc was very disappointing and bad).

Before moving on, I'll briefly summarize how to create villain for a specific character. Having just a really bad guy never really amounts to much, the Villain should always somehow be tied to the hero himself. For example, The Leader is perfect for the Hulk because he's a polar opposite to the Hulk in many ways. Samuel sterns use to be pretty dumb before getting dosed with Gamma Radiation, where as Banner was incredibly intelligent, but after the exposure he became a childish brute. This dynamic works well because the generally accepted concept is that "Brain beats Brawn," the funny thing is that Hulk always wins, because essentially he's pure of heart. The fact that a brute manages to defeat one of the most intelligent villains In the MU is what motivates the Leader, which makes for a great dynamic. Sadly the leader is "dead" ( by dead I mean that he was destroyed by Marvel). You can take ONE specific concept about the hulk and make a villain out of it, the new AGENT OF TIME arc had such potential, but it wasn't able to expand on it, therefore the results were quite terrible.

The Chronarchists

Despite the fact that Zarrko was the MAIN villain, these time travelers were meant to be pretty serious, so I'm not sure what went wrong here. The Chronarchists generally seemed like a great idea, but it was absolutely wasted. First and foremost, I understand that they were a team, but why not Give different Characteristics? Each Chronarchist felt absolutely the same personality wise, if it wasn't stated that these were not the same people, I honestly would not have guessed. Visually they looked extremely similar, which isn't that big of a deal but it would have been much better to actually have more visual difference other than some minor tweaks. Take a look at yourself.

you see what I mean?

If these Chronarchists were meant to be this similar why not have ONE specific awesome chronarchist who worked with Zarrko and managed to became an important foe for the Hulk? Which brings me to my next point,I don't mind down to earth villains like the leader, but how can a reader be interested in a villain who is considerably weaker than the hero? And it's not even about power any more, the Chronarchists were absolute weaklings, only the second one managed to put up a fight. Tok was taken out by a gang of kids, and Khotto wasn't even able to KO Bruce Banner. How I am i supposed to believe that these guys stand a chance against Hulk?

Only Valdar managed to use his time powers in order to overpower the Hulk in his own unique way, why couldn't we have more of that? why were we teased with a small squabble only to see the other, and "supposedly" more dangerous Chronarchists be taken out so easily? It just seems like a waste. They didn't even have to be powerful, they could have brought reinforcements from other time periods in order to beat Hulk. Valdar tried that but the fight was was barely more than a panel because the enemies he brought in were merely fodder.

Moving on..

Squared Hulk

You know what? When you don't plan on using a character, why create him in the first place? Squared Hulk was my biggest disappointment in the series, because he could have potentially become one of the most awesome Hulk villain ever.

For a second imagine: both Bruce and Hulk have feared that some day they may become the ultimate engine of destruction, hence they could possibly destroy everything. But this fearwas directed towards self transformation, as in Banner feared that he would one day become this Monster. Thing is though, Hulk is a hero, so he'd always find a way to think rationally. But now you have a mindless, separate, amped version of the Hulk, who can easily walk all over the original one. And due to Khottos' additional element to the Gamma bomb, he could have gained the power to shift through time. With such abilities, he'd be Hulks ultimate physical enemy, or he couldhave been hulks ultimate enemy, had waid taken the opportunity. Hulk Squared had everything, the design, power, and a connection with Banner. He could have been Hulks evil twin, everything he did would have reflected on the Original Hulk. It would have been emotional, epic, and a great addition to Hulks rogues.

HULK would Laterally be his OWN worst enemy!

Unfortunately this opportunity wasn't taken, and Hulk squared got lost in time. Now whether or no he'll come back is a question I don't know the answer to.

CONCLUSION

The point of this thread was to elaborate on how we seriously need a new villain, because frankly i'm worried that if they bring in another well-known hulk villain he will be ruined. If writers want to create a good antagonist to the Hulk, they should try and make him relevant, emotional, or really tough in terms of power( He doesn't have to be STRONG himself, he could have powerful henchmen) . Hulk sin't a street leveler, you don't see superman fighting the Penguin do you? Same principle here.

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Hulk, Ego and Super-Ego

The Hulk, Ego and Super-ego?

Superego, Ego and ID

For some time Now, I've noticed that every time mark Millar Writes the Hulk, it not only differs from the original version, but it is also completely primal and demented. I'm curious if mark Millar has taken inspiration from Sigmund Frued's Id, Ego And Super-Ego concept, because from what i've seen, Hulks mannerisms under Millars Pen seems very similar to the Id psychic apparatus.

The reason I decided to write this blog is because of my conversation with one of the Users here. I was complaining how Millar doesn't have any idea how to write the Hulk because most of the time hulk is really monstrous and savage, which, funnily enough deviates from his character because hulk is in fact a hero. Fade(the User) Suggested that while it may not be the best way to portray the hulk, it was interesting for a Alternative universe story because it was closely tied to Frauds Theoretical constructs, specifically the Id part. I asked him to explain to me what he meant, and so he did. I was intrigued because I never looked at it from this perspective, so i decided to research a bit more on the topic, and I now see what Millar was trying to do, or at least, what he did, intentionally or not.

Now before going into details on why i think Millar associates hulk with The ID concept, I'll explain what these theoretical constructs mean.

ID- The Id is most closely associated with our desires and Needs. It's main driving force is Impulse and immediate gratification of out desires, especially Sexual ones. Thing is, if the Id wasn't held in check, most humans wouldn't be able to wait for anything nor be able to control themselves because they would act based on the "Pleasure Principle", meaning that if one is Hungry, they would have to immediately seek out nourishment. Long story Short, it's when humans turn their morals off.

Ego

- The Ego exists to separate reality from the ID, it works to please or primal urges in a way that would benefit us and not bring us grief. If I had to think of a word for it I'd say that the Ego is the regulator of the ID, because the EGO keeps us from, for instance, grabbing the belongings of others when we get the urge to do so, or maybe resisting the urge to steal food from our neighbors when we are hungry.

Super-Ego- The super-ego can be viewed as our Conscious or Gilt, because it's mostly tied to self-punishment of misbehavior. The Super-ego is what forms our morals, and it's closely tied to our parents because the helped shape these personal rules. It mostly aims for perfection, and it is the exact opposite the Id, because while the Id works for the fulfillment of our desires, the Super-ego makes us do things that are socially acceptable.

(Note: I'm still a bit unfamiliar with these concepts because i had to look at numerous sources, so if you found any mistakes, please, don't hesitate to correct me)

Moving on to the Hulk.

Is Hulk the Id?

Yeah...his smile scares me..

In Mark Millars "Old Man Logan" story, Hulk is the main bad guy, or to be more specific, he is Wolverines final battle. Now there are many ways you can make hulk a Villain, but this...is not one of them. Or so i thought when I initially read the story, because by then i didn't realize why hulk was characterized this way. I'll just say that if something like this happened in the mainstream Universe, i'd be pretty mad, however, since this is an alternative story, it works. Miller likes to show hulk off as the actual evil monster who is locked away deep within our subconscious, and Hulks mannerisms would be described as being perverted and twisted.

If we list down hulks characteristics, you'd see that it basically fits all of the criteria presented in the Id concept. Hulk does basically what he wants with no restriction, if he's hungry, he eats, if his angry, he smashes, if he is horny, he has sex. Hulk even goes so far and sacrifices his own children, lover, and Logans family just because he was bored and wanted to fight a worthy opponent. So i think it's safe to say that Hulk acts on impulse, because he doesn't wait no restricts himself. Although i have to say that THIS particular ID concept is taken to an extreme measure.

Put some Pants on dammit..

The same Thing can be said for Millars Ultimate version of the Hulk. If I remember this correctly, as soon as Banner transforms into the Hulk the first thing is wants to do is "Bang" Betty, because Bruce, the Ego(or Super-Ego) likes her, but due to his personal restrictions he couldn't do such a terrible thing, so when hulk emerged he acted on impulse and wanted to do the first thing that came to mind, which was killing Betty's boyfriend and then having his way with her. Furthermore, Ultimate Hulk is know for being a cannibal, which kinda suggest that Banner always wanted to eat people deep down, but that's clearly an attempt to over hype the " Inner Good Vs Evil" concept, because Banner stats himself that he is a vegetarian. However, it's clear that Mark Millar feels that Hulk is a incarnation of banners repressed urges, which is why in all of his takes on the character, Hulk is shown to be an actual monster rather than a hero. It deviates from the character a lot, but is it actually bad?

My Thoughts

While I initially hated this version,It grew on me as i started looking at it from a different point of view, I would hate if hulk became a monster in the Mainstream universe, but In an alternative world it works really well, and actually has a lot of potential for many interesting stories. Ultimately i really like the idea of hulk being Banners Id, It completely changes what hulk represents while keeping the basics, which essentially is exactly what the alt universe should be about.

The End and Please, Share Your Thoughts.

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The Horsemen(By Joygirl) -TheAcidSkull's Review.

The Horsemen

If This was a Comic Book, this should have been the Art! :D

I'm a Huge Fan of the Horsemen in general, and This was something i wanted(and Promised) to read for a long time now. Honestly, it was not what i was expecting , in fact it turned out to be something completely different from what i expected to be. Is This bad? Nope, absolutely not, in fact it's great fun despite having a huge meaning and point to it.

Let me explain what i mean.

The first thing that i Noticed while reading this are the characters. We all have our views on the horsemen of Apocalypse, but trust me, what you are going to read hear will give them a whole new meaning. This is the first great strength of the story. It successfully Modernizes characters like death, war, etc without changing what their core personalities are about. Won't Spoil anything but the characteristics these Protagonists show would easily be integrated our current society. In fact i can see myself having this type of conversation with someone right now. This would imply that Despite the fact that society and out culture changes, there are some things, that never truly change. (death, War, etc). This is Brilliantly executed here.

Moreover, The descriptions are very vivid too. If you didn't already know the personality of each character, you could easily figure out how they would act and how they look based on how the are described. The Descriptive nature of the writing also gives you a damn good image of how the characters look when they get into their Armors. which in case you didn't know, is pretty great!

You know now that i think about it, if this isn't read with attention someone might confuse this as being offensive. which IMO is totally untrue. yes, it's a deconstruction of some of the concepts in the Bible, but really if you pay attention it actually makes a lot of sense. Many People say that they are die hard Christians, but when the time comes it turns out that they aren't really who they say they were. Here, with a Mix of Dark Humor, it's clearly shown that the people who'd everyone expect to be the most faithful are the one's who are the greatest sinners. It's Dark yes, But it gets the Point across, which is all you really need.

This was a very fun read, it actively discusses very interesting and well known concepts along with providing fun characters and narrative. What i especially enjoyed is that The Main character, the least known horsemen actually personifies the fact that some people forget and escape problems that exist but are periodically dormant in the world. The writing Might surprise you at first since the The Horsemen here are slightly different from what'd you expect( that's a Good Thing Mind You), but it effectively utilizes humor and dark themes to express something meaningful, a lot of writers try and fail to do this, though Joygirl seemed to Do it just fine. ;)

The Horsemen is Can be Purchased on amazon!

Recommendation: Duh. Buy it and Read it!

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Warrior- TheAcidSkull's Review

Warrior- TheAcidSkull's Review

I'm a Huge fighting movie fan, i love when to guys go into a ring and beat the living hell out of each other. An example of this would Be undisputed, i Think they are great because the have a cool formula they apply to the characters, and it works too. they Take the previous movie villains and make them redeem themselves, it's really cool, so when i heard about this movie i though that i would really enjoy it, and not only did i love this movie , but it also surprised me, mainly because i wasn't expecting to get so emotionally invested in the movie. No seriously.

BRO's. Yeap.

the first thing that has to be mentioned in the movie is of course the characters. the story could have been complete dog excrement and i still would have liked this movie, that's how good the characters are. Tom Hardy kills it with his role, i'm not sure whether he is a bad guy or not, but he is definitely the antagonist. He has some complications with his past and he kinda ends up being a jerk, but that's the thing, you don't hate him, in fact when he does something bad you say " dude, wow, why'd you do that?" and then a couple of scenes later you're like " Oh come one man, why did they do that? now i can't be mad at him anymore". seriously, the characters are superb here, Joel does a terrific job, but i won't talk to much about him since it's your basic underdog character, a good one but you just have to watch the movie for that.

Nick Noltes was amazing, it makes it clear that he was a bad father back in the day but you just can't hate the guy, or even dislike him for that matter, in fact the whole movie he was my favorite part, i just felt really sorry for him because despite his previous shortcomings he really did try to redeem himself, and in a way i think he does.

The Biggest strength of the movie is the Raw emotions it generates, i'm a guy and even i can admit that i almost started sweating out of my eyes( not saying the "C" word). You know how you're Watching a Football Game and you really want your team to win? and at the last second they score and you're loosing your mind at how awesome it feels? yeah, this is how i felt in the movie. and At other times felt really sad. the Movie really involves you which is how it should actually be.

Spoilers: I don't have any Gripes here but there is one thing that bothered me. Both Main characters had legitimate reasons for winning this tournament, and when the main character wins i can't help the feeling that tom hardy's character was screwed over. i don't know whether that's a bad or a good thing, I mean is liking the antagonist so much that you felt sad for him loosing bad? or is it good? :Spoilers

In the end, i'll say that this is a really good movie, it has a good plot, characters, and fight scenes. Oh right, i forgot to mention thous, the fight scenes are really well executed, in fact every punch they throw is tied directly to their emotions, you feel the hate, the energy, and the sadness of the whole moment. So if you kept reading this far you probably know that you should watch it.

Recommendation: 9/10

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Memento- TheAcidSkull's Review

Memento - TheAcidSkull's Review

My friend has been bugging me to watch this movie for some time now, he kept calling it awesome and amazing, we don't always see eye to eye even though he has really good taste, but overall i was sold on the idea of watching it when i heard it was a Nolan movie, and not only that but it was also considered as one of his best movies, so after some time i decided to watch it. Now since this is a Nolan movie it of course requires undivided attention, otherwise by missing some of the events the ending doesn't have any meaning to you.

Memento

This is a movie about Lenny, a guy who had a terrible tragedy and accident which causes him to have a short term memory, he remembers who he is, but he can't seem to get new memories and keep them.

This.Movie.Was.Awesome.

I absolutely mean that. First thing's First, the acting was amazing is this movie, i enjoyed every second of it, Guy was great as Lenny, when he actually forgot something he would actually believe him because he MADE it believable, it's not an easy thing to do. Carrie was also great as Natalie, in fact during the course of the movie you'll see almost every character from a different point, it's like one minute you're thinking " wow, this guy is great", but then some unraveled events make you reconsider that and go "No wait, this guy is a Jerk".

This Brings me to my next point , the Movie is like a magic trick( Which is a compliment mind you), it's all about misdirection. The unique formula about the Movie is that it Moves Backwards, it starts in away that most movies would end with, and the surprises you in the actual end. Thing is, this is extremely hard to execute, of course it's a good idea, but one little fluke and the movie could fall flat on it's face , and i am very happy that this is not the case here. What i was worried about during the course of the movie was that i thought the element of surprise was taken out of it, i mean, i already know how it all ends, He gets to accomplish his goal , but thats not the case, the ending feels like an actual ending, even though it's the start of the whole mess that happens throughout the movie.

The Transitions were amazing too , each segment is answered in the next scene leaving you without any questions, in fact there are some interesting twists that make you question characters and events.One Minor Gripe though( not a spoiler because this is a Movie Synopsis), if Lenny had a tragedy, how does he remember the FACT that he has short term memory loss? didn't make any sense to me, i mean, he got the condition AFTER the accident so why doesn't he forget that he has the memory loss condition in the first place? it just slightly bothered me.

Spoiler Section: The movie also has a huge point to it, and while the Circumstance is not the same, in the end we sometimes lie to ourselfs in order to achive some meaning in life. this is exactly what happens here, Lennys life was basically over, and there was nothing he could do about it, therefore, he decided to give himself a meaning, and went on a wild Goose chaise so he could be trapped in a Limbo like state where the the race Never ends, and he did it willingly, because he knew he'd forget, and the chase would continue, and he wouldn't feel helpless and lost anymore :Spoiler Section

This was terrific on so many levels, it made you think , it gets you interested, and it does something unique and surprises you at the end. the only reason why you wouldn't watch this movie is because you just want a popcorn flick with action and such, but if you want an intriguing movie that will get you invested and make you ask questions then by all means watch this movie.

Score: 10/10 for what it set out to do.

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The Conjuring - TheAcidSkull's Review

The Conjuring - A Review By TheAcidSkull

Before I get to Reviewing This i'd like to say a few things about Horror Films. For one Thing, i am Not easily scared, it takes a bit more to scare the hell out of me anymore , the movie has to be seriously physiological to really make me think and analyze what i had just seen, or to have me say "what the Hell did i just F*cking watch?" ( in the good way). Slasher films are only funny to me nowadays, and i rarely consider them horror flicks anymore, and most horror movies don't really SCARE you , it's just, well...Mindless core? yeah i guess that be an accurate description, throw in some nudity in their, a Huge guy with an axe and you have a horror film, or just get a haunted house and have some shitty unexplained ending. The conjuring Surprised me i have to say.

She's Watching You, That is, When you sleep

The Plot is really Simple. an Family Moves into a new House , and due to the fact that the house had some seriously bad events take place in it, it's haunted. Cliche i know, but i'll get to that.

Before i get to the Horror aspects i'd like to mention some interesting things about what the movie brings to the viewers. First of, The acting was good, and i mean seriously good, which in horror movies, is really rare , most of the time they stick in really attractive people who just can't seem to act. a good example would be Texas Chainsaw 3D, it only had hot people in it, but the acting itself was really, really bad. Here on the other hand , it's actually pretty good, Even the Kid actors, which as you may know isn't really common. When they get scared you actually buy it and go" Wow, poor kid" , because it is believable. But my favorite Part was the Couple who investigated in the Abnormal activities. Partick Wilson( Owlman from The Watchmen) does a great job with his character, in fact he was the best part about the movie, but what i really liked about him and his wife was the simple fact that they weren't one of thous Crazy people who go around and say " did you say you heard some noise in the Attic? Mhh yup definitely haunted. could have Been a rat you say? Nope, Haunted. Shut up, were're the experts!", in fact, they go to these events trying to find logical explanations for what had taken place. So When they DO say that " You guys have some serious Problems", it actually comes across as something we could believe in.

Moreover, this Movie plays with you. What i mean is that there are a lot of moments when the Viewer expects something to happen. You know that moment when you're like " Oh nononononononononono, STOP RIGHT THERE, something is going to happen, OH Sh*T here it comes!......huh...nothing". there are a lot of these moments, so when the jump scare does Come up you seriously jump out of your seat. The people at the Cinema were terrified. The movie needs some time to kick in, but that's actually a good thing, the build up is good and the suspense keeps you interested. I Am Glad that this movie takes itself seriously.

i can't say more without spoiling to much but i will say this. was This an original fresh Movie? no it was not, in fact it's really predictable at times, is it good though? yes it is a very good movie. Because i know that some people will be jumpy after it, and while i personally wasn't really scared rather than just surprised at how well it was made ( which to Be fair was because i just don't see anything scary in something i've been told or seen on the news before, and i was with my friends and spent most of my time laughing at their reactions). this Movie manages to do one thing, it gets you interested with it's plot and character, and it has many scenes where you go " OH SH*t". You know how you hear many sounds at your house? maybe it was a pipe or something else, and you don't pay attention to it, but when you watch this you'll definitely say" THAT WASN'T THERE BEFORE!"( yeah it was).

Over all 8/10 because it was well made and directed. The score might seem to high but when was the last GOOD horror movie was directed? Can't Name it can you? ( I haven't watched Sinister Yet so i might be wrong)

So if you want to scare a Girl into your arms (or for all you girls out there, if you have a boyfriend who gets scared easily) take them to this movie , they will be at your Mercy haha.

so what you'd Think of This Movie? was it Good? Bad? or was It To Cliche for your Taste?

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TheAcidSkull Rants: Red Hulk

I dropped Thunderbolts as soon as it started, because somewhere at issue 3 i realized that some of my favorite characters were getting butchered. and knowing Daniel way, it would not have stopped any time soon, so in order to not fall behind on whats going on, i have read thunderbolts online because i cannot be bothered with paying for something i hate . Daniel way destroyed one of the single best villains in the marvel universe, the leader was an arrogant, intelligent foe who has been one of hulks greatest enemies, and an occasional villain for the avengers. But since it was too late for him, i was hoping red hulk would at least have some time to go back to his roots, and no i don't mean Jeph loebs PIS/CIS machine, i mean Jeff parkers complex and interesting character.

This is the Red Hulk, not Ways Pathetic Impostor!

But no, of course not, because some writers would prefer butchering characters to do what they want instead of evolving from the roots. Red hulk is acting nothing like what he use to be, he is mindlessly leading his team and acting like an idiotic child who gives into his emotions. You might be surprised by me even complaining about this since The Hulk is characterized by his emotions, but this isn't THE hulk, it's A hulk, and the best thing about him was that he had a strategical devious soldier's mind, he use to be a general after all, but all of that is abandoned here. In issue 11 red hulk gives into his anger and instead of acting like the solder/general/leader he is supposed to be , he acts like a child and mindlessly slaughters his enemies. While This is an impressive feat, it's way against his character, red hulk doesn't kill unless he needs to, he understands how war works, and that there are casualties but jeff parker made it clear that ross was on his way to redeem himself, but with this Daniel way betrayed all of that hard work with his mindless stories.

good job marvel, you are destroying a character that was salvaged from it's already bad reputation. typical.

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