Showing posts with label Florida. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Florida. Show all posts

You might get a real... kick out of Anger Foot!

Devolver Digital has been known as the home of the craziest IP's for decades, and... I know this from first-hand experience. One of the first games I ever purchased myself on PC was 2003's Serious Sam: Gold, and it's a beautiful thing to see Devolver still... kickin'. Speaking of kickin', Anger Foot, is the perfect example of the crazy titles the developer continues to serve up with good times in mind. - Blu

Anger Foot features a character that looks like the reincarnation of Swamp Thing + Toxic Avenger. 

Hold onto your laces, sneakerheads and FPS fanatics, because "Anger Foot" is about to drop-kick its way into your game library with the subtlety of a size 16 boot to the face! This isn't just a game; it's a caffeine-infused, bass-boosted fever dream that'll have you questioning your life choices and your podiatrist's advice.

Picture this: You're in Shit City (yes, that's really the name, and no, it's not a tourist hotspot) armed with nothing but the world's deadliest feet and a burning desire to redecorate every room with broken doors and bruised bad guys. It's like "Doom" met "Foot Locker" in a dark alley, and their love child was raised by John Wick.

The game promises a "colorful cast of anthropomorphic enemies," which I can only assume means you'll be drop-kicking everything from wise-cracking weasels to pumped-up penguins. And let's not forget the "smoldering trail of shattered doors, broken bones, and crumpled energy drinks" you'll leave in your wake. It's like a frat party met a kung-fu movie, and somehow, you're the janitor.

But wait, there's more! You'll unlock new sneakers as you progress. That's right, folks - forget collecting boring old guns or armor. In "Anger Foot," it's all about that sweet, sweet footwear. I can already imagine the tagline: "Air Jordans? More like Scare Jordans!"

The game boasts "vibrant visuals" and a "bass-thumping soundtrack," promising an "assault on all your senses. Including common sense." Well, jokes on them - I lost my common sense years ago when I decided game journalism was a viable career path.

For $24.99, you too can experience the joy of being "one with the toes" and learning "the secret of the Anger Foot." I haven't been this excited about feet since I accidentally walked into that weird part of the internet.

So, if you've ever wanted to combine your love of sneakers, violence, and questionable city names, "Anger Foot" might just be the game for you. Just remember: in Shit City, you don't wear the shoes - the shoes wear you. Now if you'll excuse me, I need to go ice my typing fingers and question my life choices.

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True Detective: Night Country... Reviewed!

Before I get started, shout out to the WB for supplying a copy of this show for our review. My opinions are my own.

 Story: True Detective: Night Country is an interesting blink and you'll miss the action type of show that follows a blunt detective by the name of Liz Danvers (Jodie Foster) and the kinda sorta religious Evangeline Navarro (Kali Reis). Set in Alaska, this psychological horror like show... is set around the disappearance of eight scientists and the investigative process. During the investigation, you will see the various ups and downs that take place in the lives of the detectives, including both of them experiencing other worldly things. When I saw a hand touch Liz, and then it was gone when she looked, I was like... "Oh hell no". The show would've been called 'Goodbye Alaska' if it were me, with a spin off called... 'Hello Florida!'.

Things start to rev up as the detectives uncover more information about the incident at the Arctic Research Station. It has a certain charm that I feel most would appreciate (especially those curious about Alaska), just keep an eye on the action or you'll miss certain key moments for sure. I mention this because when the action isn't high, some viewers may tune out, but the backstory of the characters also plays a part in the story. Speaking of which, one thing I didn't like about Liz is how selfish she can be, literally crapping on Officer Prior's relationship. She tried to be understanding, but no one wants to hear it when they're trying to keep their relationship intact while also following orders of the chief to keep their job. It wasn't the standard shift, it was her calling him and pulling him away from his family. I get it to a small degree, but not when it was completely avoidable because she couldn't put the bottle down (like... WTH?!).

You'll see how her blunt ways affect her relationships in general, and Jodie Foster did a great job. Seeing how rugged she would act at times in this role would make me chuckle... because I've seen people just annoyed with everything at times and so they want to make every word sting (but the way she would do it was funny at times). One situation I understood completely was a certain relationship she opposed, but she needs to work on those soft skills in general (even though I understand to an extent why she doesn't care about much anymore, but... it's the wrong job to be in on that note). Eventually Liz and Evangeline hit a certain point where their beliefs bump heads too and another dot will be connected before the trail gets hot again.

This gives me 'The Outsider' vibes to an extent, but... its different. I think they try to mix one too many things in for the sake of making it well rounded, but it runs the risk of losing some viewers in the sauce. Overall it's showcasing the hectic and complicated lives of two detectives taking on one of the craziest cases they've ever experienced, and it ends on a note that a number of people will appreciate. I won't get into the details of why some may have wanted an entirely different ending, but... you'll see what I mean when you grab your copy of True Detective: Night Country on Blu-Ray.

Before I wrap this section up, I will say that i'm glad they left a certain situation regarding a particular woman... unfinished because it leaves the door open for more.

 Visuals: Visually, the show serves up a cold and unforgiving atmosphere to represent the Alaskan setting. I thought "Night Country" meant that Alaska had multiple days of darkness, but you'll see what it means when you watch the show. It's fitting though, because most of the scenes were at night, and the overall show is on the dark & spooky side. You get some laughs here and there, but that cold rigid and dark theme are maintained. You get plenty of mids, some dolly shots tucked in, over-the-shoulder shots, POV, close-up's and more.

This is an undeniably nice angle.

 Audio: When it comes to the audio, it's served up in DTS-HD MA & Dolby Digital 5.1. I wrestled with this one. Good audio elements were there (i.e. most of the chilling screams), but... audio didn't draw me in as much as it could have. One thing I noticed with the scenes is they were a bit hard to hear, where as others were loud or had certain elements that sounded as if they peaked out. Luckily the peak didn't occur alot, but... they could've tightened things up a bit more. I found myself increasing and decreasing the volume, especially during the intro... which was a bit annoying.

 Price: True Detective: Night Country... is $29.98 on Blu-Ray and $24.98 on DVD. If you can get the Blu-Ray... the extra $5 for the visual boost is worth it. I think the sweet spot for the SRP would've been $5 less for both options, but... no worries, we have the hook up!

In addition to the standard show, you also get extras:

  • Meet the True Detectives - Cast Q&A
  • New Chapter
  • Exploring Indigenous Themes
  • Max Inkblots
  • Setting Featurette
  • Atmospheric Teases

Story 5

Visuals 5

Audio 3

Price 5

4.5 out of 5 Cool Points

Xbox and Amazon Collaboration: Xbox Gaming Without a Console on the... Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K?!

Another addition to Gaming Convenience... is here!

In a sweet collaboration, Xbox and Amazon have joined forces to deliver Xbox games through Amazon hardware. The announcement brings the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate library to your TV screen, and the best part? You don’t need a console or a PC!

"Microsoft is doing a Microsoft again, because... why in the heck would I buy an Xbox console when I can get the benefits elsewhere? I'm not complaining... I'm just saying. I mentioned an Xbox streaming console years back, but... I never thought they'd go in this direction. Works for me!" Blu 

Let’s dive into the details:

Starting this July, you can install the Xbox app on two of Amazon’s latest Fire TV devices: the Fire TV Stick 4K Max (2023 or later) and the Fire TV Stick 4K (2023 or later). These affordable streaming sticks now double as gaming portals, allowing you to access hundreds of incredible games directly from the Xbox app.

How It Works

  1. Grab Your Gear: All you need is a compatible Fire TV Stick, a Bluetooth-enabled wireless controller (like the Xbox Wireless Controller or even a PlayStation DualSense), and an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate membership.
  2. Launch the Xbox App: Install and fire up the Xbox app on your Fire TV device.
  3. Sign In: Use your Microsoft account to log in.
  4. Game On!: As an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate member, you’ll gain instant access to a treasure trove of cloud-enabled games. From epic RPGs like Starfield to high-octane racers like Forza Horizon 5, the gaming world is your oyster.

But what does this mean for the future of gaming? Here are some exciting possibilities:

  1. Console-Free Gaming for PlayStation & Nintendo: For those new to console gaming or looking for an alternative, this collaboration offers a budget-friendly, convenient, and portable way to enjoy top-tier Xbox games. No bulky hardware required! Will this open a door that PlayStation and Nintendo may walk through? Its a possibility, but I believe Nintendo would hold out the longest.
  2. Xbox-Branded Fire Stick?: Could Amazon create an Xbox-branded Fire Stick? Imagine a sleek Xbox branded device with Amazon’s Fire Stick engine under the hood. If they go that far, they might as well make an Xbox branded remote and create a bundled Xbox controller option too.
  3. Affordable gift for the gamers in your life: This is a win for parents who are in the market for purchasing their gamer an Xbox. If you buy an Xbox, you're going to need games, and if they want to play the latest games without buying each of the games individually, Xbox Game Pass is required. If they're going to play online, you might as well go with the Game Pass (in this case the Ultimate). The Xbox X|S consoles are hundreds of dollars compared to the one time purchase of a $50 to $60 Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K (Max), and $17/month or less for Game Pass Ultimate.
  4. Easy transport: Rather than lugging around an Xbox console and games in your bookbag, all you require are your controller, the Fire TV stick, and the remote. These essentials can easily fit into a universal controller case that slots neatly into your backpack. This doesn’t eliminate handheld gaming; it’s simply an added benefit for Xbox enthusiasts!

Whether or not we witness an Xbox-branded stick, this partnership remains intriguing. Amazon gains from hardware sales, while Xbox flourishes with its cloud gaming service. The Fire TV Stick 4K isn’t solely for binge-watching; it serves as your portal to console-quality gaming on multiple fronts. Keep in mind that we already have Luna, and if you own Ubisoft games, you can stream them for free via the Luna app. Now, with Xbox joining the fray, the excitement grows—especially if your internet supports seamless streaming.

So, what do you think? Is this something you'd consider? Either way, game on!


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The First Descendant: Is it worth a try? Absolutely!

Hold onto your loot bags, folks! Nexon Games has unleashed "The First Descendant" upon the gaming world, and it's time to dive into this free-to-play, third-person looter shooter that's causing quite a stir. Powered by the eye-candy machine known as Unreal Engine 5, this game is serving up some serious visual feast. But is it all sizzle and no steak? Let's find out!

 What's The First Descendant All About? 

Picture this: You're a Descendant and humanity's fate rests on your trigger-happy fingers. No pressure! Here's the lowdown:

  • Third-person looter shooter
  • Solo play or co-op with up to 4 players (introvert or extrovert, take your pick!)
  • Unique abilities for each Descendant (superhero vibes, anyone?)
  • Giant bosses to tackle (I hope you're in the mood to dismantle.)
  • Crossplay action between PC, Xbox, and PlayStation
By the way, not for nothing... but I appreciate the fact that they don't require us to sign-in to a separate platform/launcher to play this game. We can literally jump in on our platform of choice.

 First Impressions: More Than Just a Pretty Face? 

Now, I've been around the Nexon block a few times, and let's just say we've had our ups and downs. Remember 'Combat Arms'? I enjoyed it to an extent, until the hackers flooded the zone and made that game worthless to support. If cheating is needed, it made the matches DOA. People were getting kills through walls, knifing from a distance, and people we going nuts as a result. 

Now I must admit, some of the reactions were funny, but... at the end of the day if you can't even enjoy the DLC you invested in because the cheating was just that blatant, what's the point? So, I went into The First Descendant with expectations lower than my K/D ratio in most shooters, but at the same time the door wasn't completely shut because I've enjoyed some of their other titles.

Surprise, surprise! The game actually left a good first impression. Is it perfect? Nah. Will it keep me hooked for the long haul? The jury's still out. But for a fresh release, it's showing promise.

 Trailers vs. Reality: A Pleasant Plot Twist 

We've all been catfished by game trailers to some degree, right? Those beautiful scenes that bear no resemblance to actual gameplay? Well, hold onto your skepticism, because The First Descendant's trailer seems to be... actually representative of what you can expect to strong degree.

 The Power of Open-Mindedness 

Here's a quick anecdote: A guy I met from Manchester (cheers Matt) almost wrote off the game based on his friend's experience. Plot twist: His friend doesn't even like looter shooters (so... wtf?)! After showing Matthew the trailer and some gameplay, he's now itching to try it.

Moral of the story? Don't let others' biases cloud your judgment. Just because someone's lactose intolerant doesn't mean milkshakes suck for everyone, right? The judgement has to make sense, if there's a fatal flaw or the game is broken in a way that deserves no justification, that's different than simply not liking a game based on preference. The trailer showed the right stuff and served up elements of the story in a nicely packaged glimpse.

 The Verdict: Give It a Shot! 

Look, The First Descendant is free to play on PC, PlayStation, and Xbox ($0.00). You've got nothing to lose except some hard drive space. If you end up loving it, maybe toss some financial support their way if you see something you like. If not, well, at least you gave it a fair shake. By the way, 

Remember, gamers: Keep an open mind, form your own opinions, and as always... game on!

 + Sophima 

Survive the End of the World with the First Story Trailer for A Quiet Place: The Road Ahead

To dial up the anticipation for this game... we highly recommend checking out the films. I never saw them before... and funny thing is, growing up, watching all the latest horror movies was one of my things. I would rate them based on originality, substance, whether I'd watch them again... and if a sequel was justifiable. It shifted, but... suspense is another one of the reasons I had to check out the movies, and I actually owe it to this game because they would've gone unwatched. You aren't reliving the films storyline in A Quiet Place: The Road Ahead... it features a all-new story. -  Blu 


Survive the End of the World with the First Story Trailer for A Quiet Place: The Road Ahead

Watch, listen…but don’t make a sound!

Fans of the hit movie franchise "A Quiet Place" are in for a treat as Saber Interactive and Stormind Games unveil the first story trailer for their upcoming game, "A Quiet Place: The Road Ahead." This single-player horror game, set to launch later this year on PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X|S, promises to deliver a spine-tingling experience that captures the essence of the critically-acclaimed films.

A New Nightmare Begins

The game follows Alex, a young college student with asthma, as she fights to survive the apocalypse alongside her boyfriend, Martin. Players will guide Alex through the ruins of civilization, facing not only the terrifying creatures that stalk the land but also the challenges of finding a safe haven for herself and her family.

Immersive Gameplay and Atmosphere

"A Quiet Place: The Road Ahead" aims to recreate the intense atmosphere and gripping human drama that made the movies so popular. With minimal resources at your disposal, you'll need to rely on your wits and scavenged tools to overcome obstacles and survive the constant threat of detection by the sound-sensitive monsters.

Key Features

  • A New Story in the A Quiet Place Universe: Embark on a dramatic new adventure in the world of the blockbuster A Quiet Place saga. Discover an untold tale of fear and courage as a young survivor trying to endure the eerie new nightmare of the apocalypse.
  • Feel the Unnerving Terror of Silence: Experience absolute horror as you hide, distract, and sneak past the ultimate predatory creatures. But beware: even a single noise can give you away.
  • Survive the End of the World: Forge your own path through the disquieting remains of human civilization, using your wits and ingenuity to observe your environment, leverage whatever tools you can find, and overcome the dangers all around you.

We recommend using surround sound headphones or speakers to fully immerse yourself in the game's audio-centric horror experience. Blu, feels like they're essential for everything audio related.

To be honest, while the trailer looks promising, it's hard to say if this game will live up to the hype of the movies. Horror game adaptations of films can be hit or miss, but the unique premise of "A Quiet Place" could translate well to an interactive format. My fingers are crossed.

As a fan of both horror games and the "A Quiet Place" franchise, I'm cautiously optimistic about this title. The focus on sound-based stealth and survival could make for some genuinely tense gameplay moments. However, the real test will be how well the game captures the emotional depth of the family.

We'll have to wait until the game's release later this year to see if it can deliver the same level of terror and storytelling as its cinematic counterparts. Until then, keep your ears open and your footsteps light – the monsters are always listening. Game on!

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