The 90th Academy Awards Predictions


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.


Black Panther (Review)


Black Panther is directed by Ryan Coogler staring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o and many other great actors and it is the 18th Marvel movie to date, the film was released on February 16th to universal acclaim making it another hit in the line of Marvel’s great movies.

We had our first hint of Wakanda back in Ironman 2 believe it or not but the character of Black Panther didn’t make an appearance until 2016’s Civil War which was a really good one too so for the solo movie Marvel decided to bring in the young and awesome Creed director Ryan Coogler to helm the film and I really think they nailed it with this choice, it is clear that Coogler had a lot of freedom when it comes to his choices as a director and he did an amazing job building Wakanda into a real place, the culture of that country and the reasoning behind their secrets and traditions are done so well you are instantly grabbed by it, it is not an easy job to create a fictional city and make it feel real a lot of directors fail at it but Coogler and his team did a fantastic job, part of that goes back to the top notch CG work that Marvel usually puts into their films.

Chadwick Boseman is fantastic as T’Challa he was amazing in Civil War and he is charasmatic and you believe that he is in fact a king while at the same time he is funny and light hearted when it needs to be it is really a joy to watch him embody that character, the rest of the cast do a really good job Letitia Wright as Shuri who has some really funny banters with T’Challa, but for me the standout performance goes to Micheal B. Jordan and let me finish this paragraph here because I want to dedicate a full paragraph to it.

Michael B. Jordan is a fantastic actor and there is no need to talk about that, what is really amazing is how he did Killmonger, his character is not just I am a bad guy and I am here to kill people no he is a guy with a plan and he actually is right to ask for what he wants so the film puts you in a position of would you agree with him even though he is evil or you would agree with T’Challa even though he is technically wrong? that what makes Killmonger Marvel’s very best villain to date and another amazing addition to his overly growing portfolio of characters the Michel B. Jordan has played to perfection.

Beside all that the film sounds great, the overly amazing Kendrick Lamar produced albume sores through the film and the special effect sounds and music just elevates what is already a great treat to something even better.

Verdict: I want to say something bad about this film but I honestly have nothing, it is really amazing film and this is 3 for 3 for Ryan Coogler that guy is going to have a fantastic future in this industry. (10/10)

Monster Hunter : World (Review)


Note: While I played this game for over 80 hours so far I have yet to finish the main campaign but I played it long enough to give an opinion on it and that also keep in mind I have played Monster Hunter on 3DS extensively so being a veteran also helps.

Monster Hunter World is developed by Capcom for PS4, XBOX ONE and PC and it is the series return to the consoles after years on handheld, the game was announced during E3 2017 and it came out on January 26, 2018.

Monster Hunter is about hunting monsters as the title suggests, the game doesn’t put you in a liner mission and tasks you to beat a bunch of mobs till you get to the boss it is all about the boss, some people even call it “Boss Battles The Game”, and when you finish hunting that big beast you are back to your hub and you get to make awesome gear out of the materials you collect from your hunt, in a way Monster Hunter is just like any other Monster Collection game (Pokemon, Dragon Quest Monsters, Digimon…etc) but the difference is instead of being nice to them and train them you chop them to little pieces and make a hat out of them, but the real hook of a MH game is the gameplay which is fantastic, it is like Dark Souls on steroids a hunt usually last between 10-40 minutes and it lets you pick the way you want to approach this beast, maybe you want to trap it or drag it to another monster’s territory and have them battle it out, you have many options and you don’t always have to go at it heads on, also the game gives you 14 very different weapons from the get go, learning to play each weapon is challenging and fun and mastering a weapon will take hours if not days of practice but the good news is they are all very very fun to use and each weapon will feel like you are playing a different game which is really awesome.

Regarding the story and the campaign it is nothing special, it is serviceable and they have incorporated what is gameplay and the regular MH game into it nicely but I really failed to care, what is impressive here is how the echo-system works, every map has a food chain with small monsters in the bottom and bigger monsters on top and if you don’t meddle with them you can see this right in front of you and I think that is one of the best achievement in gaming this decade.

Verdict: I didn’t want to talk too much about it because there is no need for that, the game is absolutely fantastic and in my opinion just like how Nintendo in the 90s brought their flagship titles (Mario, Zelda) from 2D to 3D while maintaining what made these games so special Capcom did the same thing with Monster Hunter, making sure new players can enjoy this complex game without dumbing it down even slightly.

Favorite 2017 movies

2017 was not the best year for motion pictures but it was good, some films didn’t hit the right tones while some of them did an incredible job at keeping up with fans expectation and some of them even took it forward, the following are my top favorite films in no particular order except for the number 1.

but first couple of films that might have made the list but I have yet to see them:

  • The Disaster Artist
  • The Press
  • The Greatest Showman
  • The Phantom Thread

Baby Driver
Edgar Wright can do no wrong, the man is in my opinion one of the very best directors working today and Baby Driver is one of his finest work, it is funny and keeps you on your toes the whole time and a very amusing way to approach music in a film, some even call it a musical which is not so far from the truth.

Alien Covenant
A lot of the Alien purists dislike Scott’s new entries to the series mainly because they don’t want to know the origin of the Xenomorphs because they think that will kill the mystery of the first film which I think it is a load of rubbish, the new films are not as legendary as the original but they are really good and I love David and really want to know how far they will take him.

Thor Ragnarok
Thor Ragnarok is for my money the funniest and most action heavy Marvel movie to date, perhaps that is some of its weaknesses but I personally enjoyed it a lot, I particularly liked Hela and I am hoping she will make a come back at some point

War For the Planet of the Apes
The final film in the Ape’s reboot and its main character Cesar hit really hard last summer, while the movie wasn’t a War movie like the title suggests it was more of an emotional war between, Cesar and Woody Harelson’s fantastic villain as The Colonel.

Logan marks Hugh Jackman’s final performance as Wolverine, the film is a dark depressing look at the ending of The Mutants world and it is a testament to Jackman’s gutting performance.

Stephen King’s IT
IT terrified me as a kid when I read it and this film terrified me when I watched it, Bill Skarsgård was terrifying as Pennyworth, I am also very happy about the fact that they cut a few parts from the books which will not be appropriate for the big screen.

Spider-Man Homecoming
Spider-Man’s return to the Marvel fold is a welcome one, the game stretched out Tom Holland as the new Peter Parker and gave us the amazing Vulture which is my favorite MCU villain so far.

Dunkirk is Christopher Nolan showing off his directorial skills, the film is not story or character driven and it doesn’t have twists and turns like his previous films but what it does have is a beautiful cinematography and gorgeously shot scenes that belong in a museum

Star Wars The Last Jedi
Rian Johnson made an emotional and beautiful Star Wars film that developed the main characters of Rey and Kylo Ren and prepared the story to the conclusion in the upcoming Episode IX

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
It is not as engaging as the first one mainly because it is very focused on Quil’s father which ends up being predicatable but everything else aside from that is great, the characters are funny like the first one and it has some fantastic musical moments.


And my favorite film of the years is:

tumblr_static_26osk19e9qck84sgcwogsw88wFor Two years in a row Denis Villeneuve manages to make my favorite film of the year but with Blade Runner 2049 he took what made the original such a sic-fi classic and made it even better, the setting is fantastic and the characters are incridble, I loved every moment of it and I have seen it three times ever since with many many viewings to come.


My Most Anticipated 2018 Games!

2017 has come and gone and left us with a library of amazing games and that seems to kinda pale in comparison to what might come in 2018, one of the things I am very happy about regarding today’s gaming industry climate is companies usually announce a game with six months to its release date so the list below is games that I know they are coming in 2018 but I am guessing many many more will especially with Nintendo first party games which we don’t know much about for 2018, so these are the games that I am very exited for in 2018:

Monster Hunter World (PS4)
Aint no secret but Monster Hunter is in my top 5 series and any new titles in this series will have me very excited, Monster Hunter World seems to be a dream come true for Monster Hunter fan with amazing gameplay, perfect controlls which were always the problem for the series before and an amazing online play, I already bought my copy and I am gonna take January 26th and 27th off and play till I am physically incapable of playing.

Dragon Quest XI (Nintendo Switch)
I came in late to the Dragon Quest series and I only played 4,5,6 and 9 so far. but never the less I really like the series and the XI seems to be amazing, the best part it is coming to Nintendo Switch so I can play it like I usually enjoy JRPGs which is on handhelds.

Red Dead Redemption 2 (PS4)
Do you know who can’t do wrong? Rockstar, they have been the pioneers of open world games since the early 2000s and they keep making better games, RDR2 seems like the evolution of their brand and I am very excited to sink my teeth into it, especially with the Red Dead Online which I think it will have a lot of fun modes in it like a Battle Royale mode.

Valkyria Chronicles 4 (Nintendo Switch)
I played VC2 and 3 for over a hundred hours and I loved it so much, after the disappointing spinoff Revolution I am so glad Sega decided to go back to what makes the series great, I will pick up the Switch version so I might have to wait a few more months but as soon as I get it I will be leading my army to total domination!

Kingdom Come: Deliverance (PS4)
A Realistic RPG that looks like Elder Scrolls, one thing I am worried about is the game might not run that well due to the small team behind it but if it does I will be very happy with a deep exploration game and having big battles, I am not 100% sure about this game’s quality but I am excited and I look forward to it.

Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology (3DS)
Late during Nintendo DS’s life cycle Atlus released Radiant Historia on the console and it was a very very unique and interesting RPG with a very good story and mechanics, it was sad that this game didn’t read a large audience so they decided to do it again by re-releasing it late on Nintendo 3DS, either way, I am excited to play it again.

Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux (3DS)
There is no reason that I love Shin Megami Tensei series and it all begun with Strange Journey on DS, I played this game for nearly a 100 hours and I really loved it, after this I begun playing Persona series and other SMT games so when Atlus announced remaking it for 3DS I was instantly on board, very excited to good Deep again!

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night (Nintendo Switch)
Castlevania might have died with Iga’s departure from Konami but the fact that he wants to return to the genre is very exciting, this game was a huge success on Kickstarter and it had a lot of good impressions from the media very much looking forward to it.

Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom (PS4)
I didn’t play the first Ni No Kuni so I am looking forward to jump into the series with the sequel, the game looks beautiful and fun, I might wait till the summer to play it but when I do I will sink my teeth into it.

Far Cry 5 (PS4)
Far Cry games are one of the best Stealth shooters available, they always put you in a strange and weird land going against a scary villain and Far Cry 5 is Ubisoft capitalizing on that concept again, set in USA Montana the game have you going against a religious cult with lots of guns and explosions, Day 1.

Days Gone (PS4)
I can’t stress this enough but I love Sony first party games, well most of them anyway, Days Gone looks like an open world game with actual ideas that could push the genre forward like the herds of the zombies having their own AI and acting on their own which leaves you to think on your feet about how to approach them, excited for this title but I don’t know if it is coming in 2018 or not.

Bayonetta 1+2 (Nintendo Switch)
Bayonetta 1 and its highly acclaimed sequel are considered one of the best hack and slash games ever created and I never got a chance to play either of them sadly, I already preordered my copy and February can’t be here sooner!

Dauntless (PC/PS4)

Dauntless is a game that I expected to show up sooner, it is a Monster Hunter clone with its own interesting mechanics but what makes it really different is the game is free to play from a western developer, which makes it the first major Monster Hunter clone from the west and I am all for that.

Shin Megami Tensei V
The fifth entry to the Shin Megami Tensei is coming from Atlus to Nintendo Switch hopefully this year, the game seems like a massive title like Persona 5 and Atlus is probably pulling a lot of weight behind it, personally I can’t wait to play this game and god I hope it is coming to the west this year!

So there you have it my most anticipated games of 2018, having said that sometimes there are rumors about games coming in 2018 which they remain rumors for now but I do want to give them a shoutout:

  • Metroid Prime Trilogy (Nintendo Switch)
  • Burnout Paradise Remake (Nintendo Switch)
  • Divinity Original Sin 1+2 (Nintendo Switch)
  • Monster Hunter Ultimate Generations (Nintendo Switch)

Well I guess they are just releases and remakes of games I really want on Nintendo Switch.





My favorite games of 2017!

Ah 2017, what a great year for gaming it was, since 2011 this year is literally my favorite gaming year for gaming and the following titles are the best ones, in my opinion, keep in mind they are all in no particular order except for the number one.

We begin with a round of mentions of games that I haven’t got the chance to play but if I did they will most likely be on the list :

  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2
  • Mario + Rabbits Kingdom battle
  • Dishonored Death of the Outsider
  • Assassin’s Creed Origins
  • Nier Automata
  • Divinity Orignal Sin 2

I will play all of those titles at some point but I didn’t have time for them yet, secondly I want to mention couple of games that I did play but didn’t make the cut, either because I didn’t enjoy them as much as I thought I did, I am not saying those games are bad I just didn’t enjoy them

  • Super Mario Odyssey
  • Destiny 2

Next up games that I continued playing throughout 2017

  • Animal Crossing New Leaf
  • Overwatch
  • Diablo 3
  • Monster Hunter Generations
  • Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS

Now for the main event, my favorite 2017 Games are:

Resident Evil 7 Biohazard
Resident Evil 7 brought the amazing title back from the dead and it delivered a scary and chilling game that I enjoyed a lot and makes me look forward to the coming games from this series which is something I haven’t felt toward Resident Evil since RE4.

Metroid Samus Returns
While not breaking any new grounds I really enjoyed Samus Returns and it is a game that I have looked forward to for a decade, I hope Nintendo continues with Metroid 2D games.

Mario Kart 8 Delux 
Mario Kart is a landmark title for Nintendo and the 8th offering is absolutely the best one in the series, with a large roster of characters and customizable vehicles and battle mode you have a game that can be enjoyed for years!

Splatoon 2
Nintendo’s online shooter is fun and weird and wacky, it is a game with no Nintendo callbacks but has Nintendo’s DNA in its core, I am so glad this title is very successful and it is a new and exciting entry to Nintendo’s excellent library titles.

Horizon Zero Dawn
Horizon Zero Dawn borrows a lot from open world games like Elder Scrolls and Assassin’s Creed but adds a beautiful and shiny code of pain and an engagingly interesting world, It is beautiful it is fun and after 100 hours I still want to go back to it.

Persona 5
Persona is my favorite JRPG series and I loved the 5th entry, the characters are fun and the story was good for the most part, but what kept me interested in it was the engaging gameplay and beautiful and stylish artistic vision of the game, now please give me Persona 6.

Middle-Earth Shadow of War
I really loved Shadow of War and I am very aware of its problems, the story is very forgettable and the characters are nothing, but it is very fun to play and build your army and dominate your enemies.

And the game of the year is :

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Nintendo’s reinvention of their landmark series is without a doubt amazing, it is very fun to play and leaves at awe most of the time, I really loved and it is the first game that knocked down Skyrim as my all time favorite game since 2011!


Middle-Earth : Shadow of War (Review)


Shadow of War was developed by Monolith Productions it is a follow up to 2014’s Shadow of Mordor which was met with a lot of praise for its interesting take on open-world action game with the Nemesis system and interesting interactions with the enemy Orcs.

Shadow of War is an Action RPG with a loot system and leveling and gear rank and that was one of the things that really excited me about the game but it is ultimately done poorly, you only have Sword, Dagger and ranged weapon for weapon class and the more powerful gear is only more powerful by few points, then there is the Legendary gear which adds interesting perks but still nothing that interesting, the enemy Orcs also have that ranging from Normal to Epic and Legendary orcs with their uniqite and interesting perks which I found to be better than the gears, adding a legendary orc to your ranks was one of the things that I enjoyed about the game.

Mobility is another matter, the game the same feeling I got from playing Saint’s Row 4, a lot of powers to play with and at the same time a little Batman Arkham movement too with the stealth movements, it is all good and gets the job done but I just wish it wasn’t so overpowering, furthermore the locations are varied from region to region from the snowy mountains to swamps and jungles and urban areas which I really liked more than Shadow of Mordor’s locations, the open map is huge and it is well-designed alowing you to move around however you want.

Combat is very fun while feeling a bit worn off, the whole Assassin’s Creed/Batman Arkham combat is not that fun anymore despite the later fight providing a bit of challenge which makes countering and using some of your skills fun and satisfying, but it doesn’t help that the auto-targeting system sometimes targets your allies and you end up beating them up too, I really hope this is the last we see of this combat style and we move toward the Souls like combat which is proving to be much more fun and rewarding with games like Assassin’s Creed Origins embracing it, Stealth is fun and skills like chain takedowns is useful and makes attacking a pack of Orcs rewarding and fun, The Nemisis system has elevated the combat and the gameplay significantly, you actually care about your enemies and the Orcs you are fighting or when they are fighting beside you it is a very smart system and very well designed.

The worst part  in my opinion is the story, I couldn’t care less about any of the characters or what was happening or anything for that matter, Talion is a character that I couldn’t care less about, he might as well be a nameless mute that you make at the beginning of the game seriously it is really terrible and I think that is the worst part of Shadow of War and Shadow of Mordor, the fact that they are set in the Lord of the Rings universe I wish it was based in an original fantasy universe that was made from ground up for these games.

Verdict : I spend over a 100 hours playing Shadow of War and I really enjoyed it, while the uninspired loot and god awful story didn’t make me fall in love with it as much as I thought I would I still had a really good time with it and I always look forward to the next game from Monolith. (8.5/10.0)