Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Could a Witcher TV Series Work?

Hey Guys, it's been officially announced that Netflix will be producing a TV series based on The Witcher novels with Andrzej Sapkowski serving as a creative consultant. While I am a fan of the Witcher series, I am a bit skeptical about this idea. Let me explain.

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Netflix has produced some pretty decent shows. However, there are a good chunk of shows and movies that they have produced that are complete and utter horseshit to say the least. I haven't seen a Netlfix original show in a long time. Whether it's due to my lack of interest in most of their shows or just plain disliking them, I just don't watch them.

Keep in mind that a TV series and movie based on the Witcher novels have already been well over 10 years ago. Both were just terrible.

However, this project is involving the author of the original novels, so there is hope that the show will stick true to its root with the help of a bigger budget with Netflix producing it. The length of the series is also questionable because seeing how The Witcher is this show could go on for a while.

There is an audience for this show. The Witcher has a pretty big fanbase thanks to The Witcher 3, so a lot of people who have either read the book or played the game will be more than willing to watch this series. Hell, people who are into fantasy in general are going to watch this.

If the casting is right and the writers are staying true to the source material, I have no doubt that this series will be successful.

Going back to the length, I do hope that this show does not have to go on longer than it has to. Even though no other detail were revealed, there is going to be at least one season if things go well. I feel like there should just be one major problem that should keep the show going for a limited amount of time. There is no need to put this show in a Dexter situation.

To make a long story short, a Witcher TV series can work if put in the right hands. Seriously, if they fuck up the plot and most importantly cast the wrong actor to portray Geralt then there is no way in hell this series is going to last more than a season.
Till Next Time!!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Assassin's Creed 2017 Leak: My Thoughts

Hey Guys, if you didn't already know we didn't get a new Assassin's Creed game in 2016. Instead, we got the movie, which turned out to be pretty bad. Ubisoft already stated they were going to skip a year in order to have time to make the next game in the series better. Well, apparently a screenshot from the new Assassin's Creed game has been leaked on Reddit. Get this, the image is legitimate. Have a look at it yourself.
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I guess the question we all have what is the setting this game will take place in? It's kind of difficult to say based on this screenshot alone. It could be Egypt based on all the speculation that has been made for a while now, but that doesn't look like a desert to me.

My main concern is the fact that you're back on a boat. Don't get me wrong, I loved Assassin's Creed IV, but I think Naval combat should just not return to future games. If people really wanted it to come back, then just go back to Assassin's Creed IV. I don't mind there being a traveling system done by boat, but I don't want this to be a huge open world to the point where you're going to be spending most of your time on a boat.

Knowing how Ubisoft is like, I don't know how they are going to handle the open world elements in this new game. Please, just add side quests that aren't repetitive nor involve tailing people! I don't care if it's a carbon copy of Witcher 3, try doing something to justify the open-world gameplay.

Even though this is just a screenshot, I'm already thinking about the story. If you haven't noticed, the recent entries haven't been doing so hot in the story department especially the future storyline. What the hell happened?

After scrolling through comment sections of websites where the leak was shared, it's a mixed reaction. For the most part, I can sum it up as "wait and see". I can agree that maybe there should have been a much longer break for the series. Since the series became annual, it's clear the quality of the games had deteriorated. The original story line with Desmond was actually interesting. Imagine how great the series would be if it just ended at III?

I guess we'll have to wait until E3 to hear more about this, but I already feel like this game is going to be a rehash of Assassin's Creed IV.
Till Next Time!!

Monday, May 8, 2017

In Retrospect: Resident Evil 4

Hey Guys, it's been a long time since I did one of these. However, what better time to write a post like this while I wait for something else to talk about? In all seriousness, Resident Evil is one of favorite video game franchises of all time. Resident Evil 4 is one of the best games of all time and arguably one of the most innovative.
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If you didn't know this, Resident Evil 4 was one of the first games to popularize the "over the shoulder" mechanic that we see in a majority of third person shooters. Mix that with tank controls and you have the foundation of what made Resident Evil 4 so great.

When I first played the game, I was terrified of it. I was young when I first played the game, so re-playing it as an adult was so nostalgic. However, I also noticed that this game isn't as much of a masterpiece as many fans like to claim. Before I get any kind of judgement, let me say that anyone who says this is a bad game is clearly an idiot

I first played the game on PS2 and re-played it on my Xbox One. The first thing you will notice is the visuals. For a game that was made in 2005, the game still holds up. Sure the textures may not be great and the draw distance is god-awful, but the character models and the environment don't look bad in 1080p. There are a couple of cutscenes I assume were forgotten to be remastered, but for the most part the cutscenes are improved visually as well.

For the remastered version of the game, there are a couple of framerate issues, but they are pretty rare. I only ever encountered them twice in my playthrough.

One thing I haven't noticed about the original release was how long the loading was. In the remastered versions, the loading is a lot faster. Imagine dying a consecutively and having to wait for the game to load back up to start again. Those were the days.

My major issue with this game is the camera. How the remastered versions of the games couldn't offer options to adjust the cameras is beyond me, but I see why the camera was done the way it was. Having limited control of the camera adds to the tension of being surrounded by enemies especially if you can't see them coming at you from any direction. It can lead to some frustrating deaths, but if you know how to counter enemy attacks then you should be fine.

Aiming is probably the most frustrating mechanic in the game. Out of all the platforms that this game was released on, the Wii version has to be the most superior due to aiming being a lot easier. I can't tell you how terrible it feels to use a sniper in this game with a joystick. It feels stiff and uncomfortable.

The voice acting is mediocre at best. It's a Resident Evil game. Voice acting in the series isn't known to be anything extraordinary. However, it doesn't kill the likeability of the characters in the game. Leon has always been a badass and fan favorite character.

If you didn't already know, but the story is essentially an escort mission. I'm sorry, but I had to say it. The story isn't anything special, but that's okay because the gameplay more than makes up for it. Seriously, the events in this game really have no impact on the main storyline other than the introduction to parasites. We see these fuckers again in Resident Evil 5.

Nonetheless, Resident Evil 4 is still a damn good game. If you haven't played the game before, then what are you waiting for? It's literally on almost every platform available. Want it on PS3? It's there. Xbox 360? Yep. Wii? Hell yes! PS2 or Gamecube? Don't know why, but sure! PS4 or Xbox One? Yes, mate. You get the idea.

Sure, Resident Evil 4 may have been the first game in the series to implement action in it. However, it still at a core a survival horror game. Please, go back and play this game if you can.
Till Next Time!!