Diving into For Honor, the new strategic fighter from Ubisoft

              Well this game has been a breath of fresh air for some and a massive annoyance for those not able to pick up and understand the mechanics. It’s been out for a couple weeks now so I decided to give my thoughts and opinion of Ubisoft’s latest game For Honor. For those of you wondering why a science fiction author would blog about a video game featuring medieval warriors fighting each other there are a couple reasons. One, we have in this game three factions of warriors who did in fact exist in overlapping time frames but one faction in particular is using wooden armor which technically should be out of use by the 11th century so it qualifies, but it is a game after all. I am only citing it because it’s an interesting observation, and two, I happen to play games as well as write and would like to have more than just movie reviews on my web site. Diversity of content is a good thing. First lets talk about the premise of the campaign. There’s a natural disaster that influences a massive depletion of resources forcing infighting among three factions of warriors. The knights, vikings, and samurai. There’s a character named Apollyon who takes an army to defeat the Vikings destroying enough of their resources to force them to fight each other over the scraps until they turn their eyes to the samurai as a possible source to pillage. You don’t get to play all the heroes for each faction during the campaign but it’s broken up into three...

John Wick Chapter 2 another awesome ride!

                          Keanu is back for the second installment of John Wick and does not disappoint. I have seen some other reviews of this film which opine that it’s better than the first. I don’t agree. It’s John Wick doing John Wick stuff in his usual no holds barred visceral way, and quite enjoyable if you liked the first one but not better. In this movie the main character is drawn back into the world of ultra chic secret guild of assassins we were introduced to in the first film, and we get to meet the one responsible for Wick being able to retire. After the events of the first film Wick dipped his pinky back in and his former benefactor decides to call in a blood marker for having done him a favor before.                         John Wick tries to respectfully decline stating he aint about that life anymore, and chaos ensues similarly to what happened in the first film. Not trying to give too much away in case anyone reading this has not had a chance to see the film. It is late in the month though and I highly recommend going to see this film if you have not already. Wick has another dog in this one and I was hoping they would not mess with it this time. The action was great and properly paced as they move from one set piece to the next. If you’re a fan of the first film or...

Assassin’s Creed, great action, character development…not so much.

                                                          When it was announced that there would be an upcoming Assassin’s Creed movie coming out I was really excited to see what they would do with it. After all I had played a few of the games and was familiar with some of the lore. I also know that a lot of viewers who never played any of the games would not be so familiar and therefore 20th Century Fox would have to make an effort to bring folks up to speed which unfortunately was not done. Movie goers in this case are treated as if they are already in the know which hurts this film. For those of you who aren’t familiar the basic premise is that there is an ancient brotherhood of assassins who have been at war with the Templars over various relics that if found could lead to taking away free will from society. The Templars try to get these relics and through assassination the brotherhood tries to safeguard them. Sounds simple right?             Here’s where things may get a little confusing if you haven’t went through the adventures with Ezio or Captain Kenway from the game series. Time periods are kind of fluid in the game as well as the movie in that the protagonists for both are descendants of people from the past who were a part of the brotherhood of assassins with a strict code they believed in...

Is less more when it comes to certain characters?

                    Everyone was in an uproar when Vader wrecked shop at the end of Rogue One myself included! I reviewed the film and left thinking what an awesome movie featuring just Darth Vader after order 66 would make. Two hours of Jedi hunting mayhem sounds like a good thing to me. After posting my review  I looked at other reviews online and most people were excited about the small doses of Vader we’ve been given but ultimately felt a feature film would be a disservice to both fans and the character. That surprised me. Then I thought of one of my own characters Malice who is used sparingly throughout my book, and it is meant to add some punch to the story but he’s definitely not featured. When he enters a scene it adds more weight to it which would not have the same effect if readers are used to seeing him all the time. Another character similarly used in the Star Wars universe is Darth Maul. Side note there is a novel featuring him which is no longer canon called Darth Maul Shadowhunter which I loved, but for the most part I am talking about the use of that character in Phantom Menace which I know many fans hated because of Jar Jar. Boba Fett would be another great example and he is rumored to be getting feature film as well.             Fett has I believe one speaking line in the original trilogy and those who unashamedly read most of the EU before it was relegated...

This Test Run Passed with Flying Colors.

Just like many other Star Wars fans out there I approached this latest installment with equal parts trepidation and feverish anticipation. After all I grew up with the original trilogy and it was rumored that Rogue One would be a throwback to those films. There were also whispers that this was an experiment where Disney would find out if a stand alone film not featuring main characters from the previous works would be well received. In my humble opinion the motley crew introduced to us were obviously expendable (we know they’re not in episode IV) was very well done. The ride for once was real. Knowing it wasn’t Luke, Leia, or any of the other main characters we have come to know and love that it was quite possible they could be taken out at any time. That element alone along with all the familiarity we were given is well worth the price of admission. The stakes seemed more real here than in most films but again it was tempered with the knowledge that somehow we all know the rebels get the plans to the Death Star. K-2SO and Jyn Erso This movie is darker and feels more like Empire Strikes Back than any of the other films but does still give us some deadpan humor from an unlikely source. K-2SO is a reprogrammed Imperial droid and a gem in this film. Another point is they put the WAR back in Star Wars. Large scale space battles, a new antagonist along with some old ones that are also surprisingly well done. The death troopers here are not the inept...