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The Last of Us – Plot, Characters and Moral Dilemmas

Though it didn’t make number one on my top ten list yesterday, I decided to start with The Last of Us, irony, because number one and two on the list have already had so much coverage and didn’t really show anything new at E3.

The Last of Us is set in a post-apocalyptic urban world were the survivors of an outbreak must struggle to stay alive fighting both each other and the infected.  The story follows Joel and Ellie, who aren’t related but share a father daughter type relationship.

In this game survival is the key and can be achieved through a number of ways.  Players must scavenge to find supplies to keep them alive and defend in case of attack.  When other survivors are in the same area you may simply choose to sneak past them and never engage with them, but this luxury comes at a cost.  If you avoid conflict then you miss out on the supplies that you would have found on the body after you kill them.  People you encounter in the game will also be scavenging and every item they find means that there’s one less for you to get.

Characters are designed to feel like real people, which is intended to make it hard to kill them.  Not all of the characters you encounter will be bad, but that’s a risk the player will have to take as some will simply try trick you into thinking you can trust them.  What Naughty Dog are trying to do, and seem to be succeeding in doing, is to simulate a real life post-apocalyptic world were the player will have to decide if they can kill people or not.  It’s a big moral dilemma that is added to by the realistic character ability, meaning that the player will only have the strength and speed of an average human, making each kill a struggle.

Infected people are similar to what you’ve seen in various zombie games.  In recent years we’ve essentially said goodbye to slow moving zombies and I have a feeling this game will make you miss them even more as the fast moving, somewhat intelligent infected hunt you down.  The cause of the infection is a fungus, called cordyceps, that really does exist.  In reality the fungus has the ability to affect the behaviour of the insects that host it.  In the game this fungus had mutated and now controls human behaviour, after they are dead, creating zombie like creatures.

The demo shown at E3, showed an encounter with a group of hostile survivors.  This time the player chose to engage with the group and kill them, but the situation could have been avoided entirely had the player wanted.  The demo gives a really good feel for the game, which looks amazing.  The AI of both Ellie and the hostiles seem extremely realistic.  AI sidekicks have a pretty bad relationship, but Ellie seems to be a massive step forward.  The idea behind her was to make her an asset to the player so they will actually like having her around.  At one point Ellie picks up a brick, holds on to it for a while and then uses it to help when the player ran out of bullets.  As well as helping in combat situations, Ellie will also scavenge and bring you things that you might need, like bullets for your gun.

The full demo can be seen below, check it out and let me know what you think by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also, don’t forget to subscribe and click the like button.

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Dumb and Dumber 2

The Farrelly brothers have announced that a sequel to the 1994 comedy film Dumb and Dumber will start filming in September and will feature the original stars Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels.  This news comes just in time to knock Anchorman 2 off its pedestal, if it’s true that is.

While it is entirely possible that a sequel is indeed in the works, I am concerned about what date the announcement was made on.  Peter Farrelly told ComingSoon.net, about the sequel, yesterday, April Fool’s Day, at a press event for his film The Three Stooges.  Still, it does seem as though the information is indeed real, which means we can expect to see Harry and Lloyd back doing stupid things very soon.

However, it has been eighteen years since the last film, not counting the prequel, Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry met Lloyd, which didn’t involve the Farrelly brothers or the original cast.  Once again I’m left wondering whether or not a sequel would ruin the original, but for some reason, with this one, I don’t really think it matters.  Let’s face it, the film isn’t exactly remembered for its riveting story and complex sub-plots, it’s slapstick.  Plus, considering how surprising the announcement is, I don’t think expectations are going to be unreasonably high, so bring it on.

What do you think?  Are you happy about this announcement?  What do you think the plot will be?  Do you think it’s just an April Fool’s Day joke?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also, don’t forget to follow and like the like button.


The Resistance is Over (at least for Insomniac)


Spartacus: Vengence Premiere

Are you sick of waiting for the premiere of the new season of Spartacus?  Well wait no longer.

Rather than keep fans in suspense, for less than a week in some cases, Starz have put the entire first episode of Spartacus: Vengence online.  So check out the trailer below and then, if you like it, head over to the Starz website and take a look at the episode.  Unless, you live outside of America, like me.  Unfortunately, the video is not available everywhere, but that doesn’t mean Starz loves it’s non-America fans any less.  Though they are fine with making us wait.

What do you think?  Are you lucky enough to be able to watch the episode?  Do you even want to see it?  Have you seen the other seasons?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to follow/subscribe and click the like button, if you liked this post.  You can also follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/#!/AdamODwyer1.


The PlayStation 4 at E3… 2015

Recently games sites have been debating whether or not the PlayStation 4 would be revealed at this year’s E3, but now Sony has officially put the rumours to rest.

It all started when, video game site, MCV wrote an article about a new Xbox and PlayStation being shown at E3 2012.  This information spread around the web and it wasn’t long before people start coming up with arguments against it, the strongest of which was from Michael Pachter, an industry analyst, who said that since ‘neither console is launching in 2013… there’s no reason to tease them in 2012’.

Kaz Hirai from Sony has now stated, in an interview, that they will not be showing the PS4 at E3 as they are sticking to their initial 10 year plan, which means that the new console won’t hit shelves until 2016.  We can look forward to seeing it at E3 2015, at least.  Personally I think this is a good thing, as there is still a lot of potential for the PS3 and, with so many people getting invested in the online features of games, it’s going to take a lot to get people to move over to another console.  Sony’s announced doesn’t necessarily prove that MCV are wrong about the Xbox 720, but they did get the information from the same source so I’m fairly confident that too is false.

What do you think?  Would you like a new PlayStation or Xbox to be made?  Do you think the Xbox 720 is still on the way?  Did you ever believe the rumours?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below, also don’t forget to click the like button and then, if you have enough time, head over to Twitter and follow me there.


Batman: The Dark Knight Rises Trailer Review

So the rumours were true.
The trailer for Batman: The Dark Knight Rises did play before screenings of the last Harry Potter film and all of the recent rumours, about what would be in that trailer, were true.  Almost half of the trailer was made up of clips from the first two movies and the rest was pretty tame.  Not much was revealed, at least not visually.  However, if you listen to the voiceover and the conversation between Bruce Wayne and Commissioner Gordon, you can get a pretty good idea of what’s happened since The Dark Knight.

At the end of the last Batman film, The Dark Knight, Batman becomes a fugitive, having taken the blame for the death of Harvey Dent.  At some point since then, Wayne has hung up his costume and resigned as Batman, possibly due to being unable to do any good while still branded a villain.  This is an interesting plot twist as in the second movie Rachel wrote that, though Gotham may one day not have to rely on Batman, she was unsure a time would come when Bruce no longer needed him.  This movie flips that around, were Gotham is still in danger, possibly worse than it was before, but Bruce no longer feels he can be a hero.

Compelling plot points aside, the trailer was pretty bare.  Fans did get a small glimpse of Batman fighting Bane.  It isn’t shown for long, but it does look like it’s going to be a fairly hands on fight, by which I mean no gadgets just plain old beating the crap out of each other.  When his happened in the comics it resulted in Batman ending up in a wheelchair, though I doubt that’s how Christopher Nolan will end his Batman series.

The trailer begins with a voiceover from Liam Neeson, who plays Ra’s al Ghul.  Neeson will be returning for a brief cameo in The Dark Knight Rises, having previously appeared in Batman Begins.  Josh Pence will also take on the role, playing Ra’s al Ghul in a scene that takes place thirty years before the events of Batman Begins.  Neeson may not be the only one making a cameo as rumour has it, and remember I said it’s just rumour, that Adam West, star of the hit Batman TV series, will make some kind of appearance, obviously not as Batman.

Despite the short length of the trailer, it seems to have gotten many fans excited.  Personally, I would have liked a little more.  What do you think?  Are you happy with the trailer?  Did it get you excited about the film?  Let me know my voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe and hit the like button.


Bridesmaids review

For centuries we men have lived in fear of the chick flick.  There predictable storylines and flat humour have been the subject of many nightmares.  Then came a movie, one that claimed to reinvent the chick flick, but did it succeed?

Bridesmaids has been compared to the hit film The Hangover, some even going as far as saying that it was a superior film and they aren’t entirely wrong.  Despite early doubts, Bridesmaids is a completely guy friendly movie, that men will actually enjoy being dragged to.  The story is well written and will have even the manliest man laughing from start to finish.

One of the biggest flaws in modern chick flicks is that they don’t realise that woman are not delicate little flowers, or at least most aren’t.  Women will laugh at sex jokes just as hard as any man.  Bridesmaids uses this to its advantage and has plenty of crude humour throughout.  The characters feel real and breakaway from the norm; you don’t usually see female characters behave like this.  The rivalry between the characters is often shown subtly rather than just blatantly saying it or using wacky stunts to compete with each other, which is normally what happens in movies like this.

The plot follows a single woman named Annie, played by Kristen Wiig (who actually co-wrote the film with Annie Mumolo).  Annie’s going through a rough patch; her business failed, her boyfriend broke up with her, she has really annoying roommates, etc.  She’s then asked to be the maid of honour at her best friends wedding.  Putting her jealousy aside she agrees and is then tasked with many different jobs including planning a bridal shower and bachelorette party.  To make matters worse, most of the other bridesmaids are married and one is trying to come between her and her, soon to be married, friend.

Now if you’re a guy this may sound just like any other girly movie, but I promise it’s not.  The film is filled with energy and has a really great script, with tons of hilarious comedic moments.  One of the best things about the film, in my opinion, is what it overcame to become as successful as it has.  It’s a female driven comedy, which, no offence, usually means it isn’t going to be good, at least not for men and it has no big stars in it.  It truly deserves this success and there are talks of a sequel, but nothing’s set in stone.

The movie is a little over too hours long.  A lot of people complain that movies shouldn’t be this long, but with the increase in ticket prices over the last year consider it a bargain.  When a film’s as enjoyable as this it’s hard to complain about it being long.  If you’re a fan of comedies, whether you’re male or female, I highly recommend seeing this movie as it really does have something for everyone; in fact it has lots of stuff for everyone.

What do you think?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe and click the like button.


College Results

I woke up at eight in the morning, immediately demonstrating my graceful moving skills by hitting my side off the corner of a shelf.  An accidental, but handy, way to ensure I didn’t use the snooze button, though I don’t recommend it.  I hurried unnecessarily fast with a mix of nerves and excitement acting as a caffeine substitute.  Today I got my results from college.

When I arrived there were only two of my classmates there.  I waited as they went in one at a time and I listened as they told me how they did and then it was my turn.  I sat down in a chair, facing two of my lecturers (ex-lecturers).  After some small talk I was given a big brown envelope.  Inside the envelope were my results and several other pages I didn’t care about at the time, recommendations for colleges and stuff, I quickly found my results and the first thing I said was,

‘I only got a pass in quiz radio?’

They were shocked and it turns out it was a mistake, it was meant to be a merit.  They took the sheet and tore it up.  One of them left the room to print out a fixed version and the other stayed and had a chat.  It wasn’t too long before I was handed the correct version of my results.  I finished with an overall distinction (which is the best you can get) and now have a HND in journalism.  I’m really going to miss my class.  I had a really great experience and I hope to keep in touch with them in the future.

What do you think?  Have you kept in touch with many of your college or school friends?  Did you have a good or bad experience in college or school?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.


Unusual behaviour on the set of Criminal Minds (more firing and rehiring)

Normally, when you fire two of your lead actresses and bring in a replacement, two actresses leave the show and a new one comes on.  However, things work a little differently over on the set of Criminal Minds.

After firing AJ Cook and Paget Brewster, the producers hired Rachel Nichols as a replacement.  Recently, news that Cook would be returning surfaced and it was said that the same would be true for Brewster if the pilot she was working on was not picked up.  The pilot wasn’t bought and now it has been confirmed that Brewster will also be coming back, so where does this leave, their replacement, Rachel Nichols.  Unfortunately, the actress has been let go, which basically means that they’ve come completely full circle.

Nichols character was introduced shortly after AJ Cook departed, at this time Paget Brewster’s character, Emily Prentiss, was still on the show.  Prentiss was given a much bigger send off, her story arc spanning the majority of the season.  Fans showed how much they cared for both Cook and Brewster by making a petition that got over 60,000 signatures.  It’s doubtful, but perhaps Nichols will also be rehired in the future.  For now the new mystery is whether or not Thomas Gibson, Hotch, will be returning next season.

What do you think?  Are you sick of not knowing who will be in the next season of Criminal Minds?  Are you happy Paget Brewster is returning?  Do you feel sad that Rachel Nichols is leaving the show?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe.


Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

In 2009 Sherlock Holmes proved that he could still draw in a crowd, but will the sequel be able to live up to the first?

Sherlock Holmes is a familiar name to most people, but how many really know him?  Do people still read the books that made him famous or watch the films that bring him to life?  Judging by the praise that Guy Richie’s 2009 adaptation got, it’s safe to say that Holmes’s fan base is as vast as ever.  The movie used elements from various Sherlock Holmes stories, even going as far as bringing in Irene Adler, who is a massive fan favourite despite only appearing in one story (A Scandal in Bohemia).  Adler will return in the sequel, but just to tie up some loose ends.

The sequel takes inspiration from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s story The Final Problem.  It is this tale that introduces the evil Professor Moriarty.  Originally intended to be the final Sherlock Holmes story, Doyle ends it by killing off both Holmes and Moriarty.  Complaints by fans led Doyle to bring Holmes back by revealing that Holmes had defeated Moriarty and faked his own death to prevent Moriarty’s henchmen coming after him.  The plot of the movie will take elements from the story; it will not be an exact translation.  However, which parts they are keeping is still unclear.  They wouldn’t kill Holmes would they?

Mycroft Holmes, brother of the infamous Sherlock, will be played by Stephen Fry.  Mycroft was briefly mentioned in the 2009 film and has been in many of the books.  Mycroft has even better deducing skills than Sherlock, but he lacks the drive and energy to physically go out and solve a case.  His role in the movie will be to assist Sherlock and Watson in outsmarting Moriarty.  Also aiding Sherlock and Watson is a gypsy called Sim, who is played by Noomi Rapace.

This film will show off Holmes ability as a master of disguise.  Sherlock will even go as far as dressing like a woman, which was, Sherlock Holmes star, Robert Downey Jr.’s idea.  This should add to the comic relief that made the first one so entertaining.  The movie is set to hit cinemas, in America, on the 16th of December and on the 25th of December, in Europe.

What do you think?  Are you excited about the sequel?  Should they kill of Holmes?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe.