Avengers: Endgame (No Spoilers Review)

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Avengers Endgame was directed by the Russo brothers, it is the 22nd movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and stars a lot of people, the movie is the conclusion for what is called The Infinity Saga and it is a direct sequel to 2018’s Avengers Infinity War.

Before I say anything please know that I have reread the review many times and I am certain there are no spoilers in it not even a hint so you don’t need to worry if you haven’t seen the movie yet.

Endgame is not a standalone movie you must have seen Infinity War to understand what is going on in Endgame since the events take place right after it, the movie is split into three acts and each is very different than the other, in a way it could have been three different movies and Russos found a way to make it feel cohesive and work perfectly regardless of how they were paced, if you are going to watch it in a theater expect cheers, claps, whistles and at one point someone even screamed and they are all very justifiable because Endgame is the pinnacle of fanservice for the MCU, some people have criticized that aspect of the film but I feel like they didn’t understand the most basic idea of a film like Endgame, this is a movie to make your fans clap while watching it, it is a movie to get their blood pumping and it is a movie to make them want to come back again for those moments, and in that aspect the movie knocks it out of the park.

As the narrative comes to a close the narrative juggles a massive number of characters on the screen and it is surprising how almost every character got a little piece of screen time while the focus remained on the original Avengers and their journey to that moment, it makes you think really we first heard of this ending back in 2012’s first Avengers movie and here we are today actually watching it and it was worth the wait and the build up.

The film does one more thing right and that is paving the way for the future MCU while having a satisfying ending, at no point during the final scenes I felt like this is just there to build a franchise and that is an amazing achievement, and of course if you are not as invested in the MCU as someone like me is or not as emotionally attached you might not enjoy it and you might find issues with it but for the super fans like me tonight was glorious and I enjoyed every second of it, by the end of the movie I was sitting in between two girls who were both sobbing and I couldn’t show emotions because I am a man and I need to be strong.

Verdict: Endgame is a marvelous achievement for cinema, the Russos has put their mark down the new milestone in the modern blockbuster movies will try to top for the decades to come (10/10)

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The 91st Academy Awards Predictions

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So no host this year huh? well, it is certainly weird right? this year I am confident that most of my predictions will be wrong mainly because I barely watched any movies in 2019, so I am using educated guesses based on other awards that have already been handed out.

  • Best Picture: (Went to Green Book)
    Who will win: Roma
    Who I want to win: Black Panther
  • Best Director (Called it)
    Who will win: Alfonzo Cuaron
    Who I want to win: Adam McKay
  • Actor in leading role (Went to Rami Malek)
    Who Will Win: Christian Bale
    Who I want to win: Christian Bale
  • Actress in leading role: (Went to Olivia Coleman)
    Who will win: Glenn Close
    Who I want to win: Melissa McCarthy
  • Actor in a supporting role (Called it)
    Who will win: Mahershala Ali
    Who I want to win: Mahershala Ali
  • Actress in supporting role (Called it)
    Who will win: Regina King
    Who I want to win: Amy Adams
  • Best Score (Called it)
    Who will win: Black Panther
    Who I want to win: Black Panther
  • Best Original Song (Called it)
    Who Will Win: Shallow
    Who I want to win: All the Stars

So, that is what my predictions are for this year and I will come back here tomorrow and edit this post to see how many I got right.

My most anticipated 2019 games

RE2_HERO-heroAhhh a new year and a new batch of games to be excited about, to show my level of excitement for these games I will classify them into three tiers (Day 1, Waiting on Reviews and Backlog)

  • Day 1 Games are games that I either already preordered or I will buy on day one regardless of whatever the review score is usually they are games that I am very fond of the developer or they are sequels of games that I already adore.
  • Waiting on Reviews is self-explanatory, the reason why these games are not Day 1 is either because the developer is a hit or miss kind of studio or I just don’t know how to feel about their game at the moment from trailers
  • Backlog is a place reserved for games that I will play if I find a cheap copy and had enough free time on my hand, sometimes a game from the Backlog will end up being one of my favorite games and sometimes I won’t ever play them, life is strange that way.

 

First up Day 1 games:

  • Resident Evil 2 Remake (January 25th)
    RE 2 is my favorite one in the long-running series it gave me nightmares, and when it was first revealed years ago that Capcom is going to remake the game and the whole “WE DO IT” thing I was very excited albeit concerned but after seeing the trailers I am very much sold, the game looks fantastic and I love the fact that they are not high playing the Nostalgia element and letting it stand on its own.
  • Far Cry New Dawn (February 15th)
    Why? it is easy, the moment I finished Far Cry 5 I was like “THERE SHOULD BE A SEQUEL TO THIS” the ending of FC5 basically screams sequel and I want it, not only that the villains on New Dawn look really really good and I cannot wait to see what kind of mischief I can get within the new Post Post Apocalypse Montana
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (March 22)
    From Software hasn’t failed me yet and they are most likely won’t with Sekiro, this time they take their very hard gameplay and they are adding verticality, stealth and so many other interesting combat and top that with a Japanese setting, my body is probably not ready for it but who cares.
  • Rage 2 (May 14)
    Rage 2 is like Far Cry New Dawn but with more Neon Color and weird powers and lots of car combat, the developer Avalanche studios is well known for creating massive open worlds with chaotic gameplay and I am all for that, as a matter of fact, I can say I absolutely love that.
  • Fire Emblem: Three Houses (TBA)
    I love Fire Emblem and I have played every single one that came out since Awakening, Three Houses looks great and if it is anything like the other games then I am in for a treat.
  • Metroid Prime 4 (TBA)
    I don’t even know if it is coming in 2019 but it should, and while they are at it please release that Metroid Prime Remaster 6 months before MP4 because I really want all that stuff, thank you.
  • Animal Crossing for Nintendo Switch (TBA)
    I am a massive Animal Crossing fan and the thought of a new Animal Crossing game for Nintendo Switch just makes me giddy, I will preorder it the second it goes on the eShop and I really really hope it happens sooner than later.
  • Dauntless (Summer)
    Dauntless is the Monster Hunter westernized Free to Play thing and I was already excited for this when it was announced for PS4 but then they were like Let me get you more excited and announced it for Nintendo Switch and I am like where do I give you my money oh wait I don’t because it is Free to Play.
  • Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age on Nintendo Switch (TBA)
    I eat up JRPGs on Nintendo Switch like a hippo on a Hungry Hungry Hippo game, and DQ is a staple of the genre being one the first ones and one of the most popular games in Japan, DQ11 is the first to find mainstream success and I am very much looking forward to it to come next year.
  • Pokémon Gen 8 (TBA)
    the 8th Generation of the Mega-Popular monster collection game is coming and Game Freak is looking into upgrading the franchise and doing what Nintendo did with their other franchises like Zelda, Mario and Smash, very excited to see what that will look like.

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Now that is done with let’s see what I am lukewarm about, some of these games are probably going to end up on the Day 1 list if they are well received

  • Anthem (February 22)
    BioWare’s Destiny killer looks incredible and it seems like it plays great too, but is it going to be great? see that is the issue with these kinds of games, I want to like Anthem I want to play Anthem but I won’t unless it is great, life is too short to wait for the devs to figure their shit out.
  • Devil May Cry 5 (March 5th)
    another one of those looks amazing games, DMC 5 looks like a game to hold but for some reason, I am a little bit worried and I don’t know why hence why I will wait to see what does the reception says about it.
  • Days Gone (April 26th)
    Days Gone went from a must to a Maybe after many delays and a lack of confidence in the game from Sony especially after the incredible year that they have it looks like they don’t want to push this game out for some reason so we will see.
  • Daemon X Machina (TBA)
    Anime Mecha looking game on Switch seems fun, but honestly, I don’t know what I think of it, it could be great?
  • Wolfenstein: Youngblood (TBA)
    The new rebooted series is killing it, the 2nd one was an amazing game but can they keep the momentum with the 3rd one now going for a Co-Op experience? I hope so.

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Now to the Backlog, now the games here are not bad games they are just not as exciting to me right now, maybe things will change once they get close to release date for example last year I wasn’t at all feeling Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and it end up blowing my mind? hence why this list exists 

  • Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition (January 11th)
    could be my entry to the Tales games, it is very well recommended by a good friend of mine who is really pissed right now as he reads this, don’t worry I will get it man chill.
  • Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes (January 19th)
    This game looks weird but not the regular weird that I like, it just seems like a game with no clear direction and I don’t know what to make of it
  • Code Vein (TBA)
    Anime Dark Souls made the right call when they delayed it during the crowded Q4 last year, I like the DS formula so I might pick it up.
  • Skull and Bones (TBA)
    I was very excited for this game but it just kept getting delayed and now I am a bit cold about it, also if this game is not great then it will go into the bin really quickly because of its niche genre, I really don’t know what to think of it or how to feel about it.

Many games are also on my watch list but I don’t know if they are coming in 2019 or not so that is why they didn’t make it to the list like

  • Death Stranding
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • The Last of Us Part II
  • Ghost of Tsushima
  • Beyond Good and Evil 2
  • Diablo 4

And there you have it, a look at what is to come in the coming years and what I am looking most forward to.

My Favorite games of 2018

it is that time of the year again where I will list out my favorite games of the year, keep in mind this list is in no particular order except for the number one

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UbiSoft’s long-running flagship series had their best entry this year, by completely becoming an Action RPG game set in a vast open world, it had a fun story and a few very interesting mechanics that is a first for the series also the revamped combat which focuses more on aggressive style over Origin’s shield-based combat is very welcome.

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Dead Cells is a must play for anyone who ever played a classic 2D hack and Slash game and liked it, the game is a rogue-like and it has a killer progression system with challenging and engaging gameplay.

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Frostpunk is my favorite surprise of the year, I haven’t played a game like Frostpunk in a long long time mainly because I didn’t have a PC for a while, but I love it it has one of the most fun strategy gameplays with an interesting setting and very smart choice system that makes you think twice before you make a decision.

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God of War really shocked me, I never liked the previous GoW games I found them to be one of the least interesting action games in the market, and they were very forced on the industry, The new God of War game, however redefines this series in a fantastic way makes it not only one of the best games of the year but one of the best 3rd person hack and slash games ever made.
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Rockstar shows up once or twice in a decade to not just make a great game but to raise the standard for what everyone will compare themselves with until they show up again and with RDR2 they just made the game really harder on everyone else, RDR2 tackles the Western genre and almost all of its subgenre’s in one massive and epic game.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the Ultimate Super Smash Bros. game and that is everything a Smash fan wants, not only the game has the biggest roaster, the biggest stage collection and almost 27 hours of music and so many modes it also has one of the best gameplay and fighting mechanics in fighting games history, it is really fun and if you haven’t played a Smash bros. game before this is also the best place to start because the single player content really elevates your skill through it.
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Far Cry 5 is a fantastic open world FPS game set in an interesting location with a very weird story, the game lets you approach it however you want to take on challenges the way you like it and either guns blazing or a stealth approach or use the environment to your advantage, I loved it and I can’t wait to play its sequel.

MHWI am very thankful for Monster Hunter World, because Capcom successfully expanded the Monster Hunter fanbase with it and introduced it to the rest of the world who were put off by the previous games in the series because of the platforms they were on, and not only that Monster Hunter World is a sort of reboot to the series and it is really a treat when you realize that Capcom removed every annoying part of the previous games and replaced it and made it better and for that Monster Hunter World is my 2018 game of the year.

My five E3 2018 hopes and dreams

It is that time of the year again, E3 is upon us and I am anxious and excited and weirded out to be honest because this year we had so many leaks so far, never the less the following are my most wanted E3 2018 hopes and dreams:

  • Animal Crossing for Nintendo Switch coming in 2018
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    it is no secret how much I love Animal Crossing, it is not secret because I talk about it all the time I fucking love Animal Crossing, I would love nothing more to have a new game on my Switch so I can play it before I go to sleep and when I wake up and during my lunch break and well you get the idea.
  • Metroid Prime Trilogy Remastered for Nintendo Switch
    I think for the past 4 years I have had Metroid related hopes and dreams for E3 every year, last year Nintendo rewarded it with Prime 4 announcement and Samus Returns which I loved, now I want the original trilogy remastered on Switch so I can play them again and again until prime 4 comes out.
  • Castlevania Collection
    There is a rumor that Konami is going to announce a Castlevania collection in the veins of Megaman Collection that is already out, if that collection contains the DS games and the GBA games and Symphony of the Night and they are done well with no input lag glitches, I will cry and I will cry hard.
  • Bethesda’s Starfield project
    I believe that Fallout 76 is not Bethesda’s big 2 titles, because they said many times that those titles are not Fallout or Elder Scrolls and with the involvement of the Bethesda Texas which was Battle Cry before and they are working on this game I believe that Fallout 76 is a game primarily made by the Texas studio using Fallout 4 assets and engine, now as of Starfield it just feels like this year we might not get an announcement, because I don’t think Bethesda will announce a game to release next Q4 2019, so I am just going to hope and wait.
  • Cyberpunk 2077
    Now I won’t like Cyberpunk 2077 is my most anticipated game for next year as of now, after Witcher 3 I am just on board for whatever CPR has in the pipeline and next week we will get our first look at the game and I am just happy, fingers crossed for a May 2019 release.

Avengers Infinity War (Review)

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Avengers Infinity War is directed by the Russo brothers and stars everyone in the Marvel universe from Robert Downy Jr. to the latest addition Chadwick Boseman, everything we have seen from the past films has been leading up to this film, Inifity War is the first part of a two-part film and the 2nd one is coming May 3rd, 2019.

I walked into this movie with the “Part One” mentality in mind I knew it is not going to be a self-contained movie and I knew I will be left at the end of it wanting more and that is exactly what happens but at the same time it is amazing how the Russo brothers found a way to make it Self contained-ish if that makes any sense, even if you haven’t seen all of the MCU movies to this point yet you won’t have trouble following what is happening and soon you will start to catch up mainly because the film is very entertaining, Josh Brolin brings a very scary villain to the screen with Thanos and he is to this point the first villain that gave the Avengers and The Guardians a threat that they don’t know how to deal with, this is not a guy you punch to submission and you find that out right at the begining of the film.

I don’t really need to talk about the quality of the CG and the visual work of the film because it is to Marvel standards which is top notch, this time is a bit more bloody and violent which is always a good thing, but the best part about it is the movie actually sounds great and this is like the 2nd time in 2018 that Marvel brought a good score to their movies which were a major issue for the previous Marvel films.

I don’t want to walk into spoiler territory so I will keep this review short, Walk into the film knowing what you are in for a Part one of a Two-part film that will leave you with a bunch of questions, but at the same time it is fantastic action and funny dialogue and really emotional moments is going to leave a lasting impact on you.

Verdict: 10 years ago if you told me that a movie like Infinity War will come out and it will actually work I would have said you are crazy, this particular Marvel story is very massive in scale and it is amazing how it actually worked on screen, kudos to the Russo brothers and Marvel Studios for pulling off the impossible. (9.0/10.0)

The 90th Academy Awards Predictions

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Jimmy Kimmel will host the 90th Academy Awards tonight and like I do every year I will do my predictions for some of the categories, last year I had 7 out of 8 correct predictions but somehow this year I think I will be way off!

  • Best Picture: (Went to The Shape of Water)
    Who Will Win: Lady Bird
    Who I want to win: Dunkirk
  • Best Director: (Went to Guillermo Del Toro)
    Who Will Win: Christopher Nolan
    Who I want to Win: Christopher Nolan
  • Actor in leading role: (Called it)
    Who Will Win: Gary Oldman
    Who I want to win: Danian Day-Lewis
  • Actress in Leading Role: (Called it)
    Who will win: Frances McDormand
    Who I want to win: Frances McDormand
  • Actor in supporting role: (Called it)
    Who will win: Sam Rockwell
    Who I want to win: Woody Harrelson
  • Actress in supporting role: (Went to Allison Jenny)
    Who will win: Octavia Spencer
    Who I want to win: Octavia Spencer
  • Best Score: (Alexandre Desplat)
    Who will win: Hans Zimmer
    Who I want to win: Hans Zimmer
  • Best Cinematography:(Called it)
    Who will win: Roger Deakins
    Who I want to win: Roger Deakins

I will update this post tomorrow after the event and see how well I did this year.