Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Elder Scrolls MMO info.

Yes, its coming, and with elements of GW2 .. it might be worth looking into.  

Arrow Ep. 106 - Royal Flush goes Aces High

The newest Arrow ep. delivers in many ways and improves on its past 'awkwardness'.
In this ep. we follow Ollie as he thwarts a family of bank robbers, who wear playing card masks ... Hello the Royal Flush Gang from DC Comics.    In this ep. we also see more from Merlyn, which is great, we also see some sparring right off the bat between Ollie and Digg, and some great scenes, and some decent fight scenes.   Here are some highlights:

- No more background Narration from Ollie .. Excellent.   In retrospect I'm thinking that now with Digg being with Ollie, he in a way replaces the Narration .. and that's good.  
- The sparring between Ollie and Digg... awesome.
- The Royal Flush gang was the most 'fleshed' out baddies that we've seen in Arrow.  I love the connection to the actions of Ollie's dad.    Also, the gang is not all gone.   There is always a chance we could see a future storyline with them (some of them) in the future.    Love the 'card masks'.  Also, the use of a shield vs. Ollie's arrow .. nice.  
- Acting is getting better.
- Love, just love the interaction between Laurel Lance (Dinah) and Merlyn .. Merlyn is a great guy, you can't help but like him.   Colin Donnell who plays him is really great in the role and if your a comic geek (even a little), you know that your going to enjoy (with a shed of a tear) the path that this character is going to go down in the future.
- Thea Queen's interaction with Merlyn is great.
- Speaking of interaction, now we finally have a good tender moment (over a tender burger) between mother and son.    This was good for the series.
- music was toned down from last ep., and the general direction was pretty tight.

Not so Good
- There was no cliffhanger at the end to make us watch another ep.   This was a 'one-shot' ep.   Now that Arrow has been picked up for an entire season (probably more) I hope future eps. will include something that will make us NEED to see what happens next.  

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Arrow ep. 105 Review

Just watched the newest Arrow episode titled 'Damaged'.   I'm thinking that its probably the best  of the Arrow series, with some nice moments splattered throughout it.   The whole cast has their part, and it was great seeing Deathstroke -- in all geeky wonderment.   Best yet, unlike the Smallville series, this LOOKED like Deathstroke, and he has some great fighting chops.   There are a couple great little fight scenes, nothing major, but they were done very well.    Ollie at the end taking some gunsmugglers down ... it was butt kickly good.  

Best Parts:
- All the fight scenes pretty decent.
- Ollie talking to Dinah .. some pretty good acting
- Mention of Dinah wearing Fishnet stockings one Halloween -- Geeky good
- Diggle is awesome, but I'm also enjoying Salmon's acting as Walter Steele -- I don't think he's showing up again for a bit, but I really like his character
- At the end of the show Ollie's costume, leggings and such look less black, and more green.   Nice.

Worst Parts:
- Ollie torture scene -- though it is a cool idea, I just didn't think it was played to the best by Amell.  The Director should of made Ollie look more .. tortured, exhausted.    Ok, and the wig on Ollie, not cool .. someone call make-up.    This brings up another thing, that sadly can't be fixed easily ... Ollie is FREAKING  buff, and to play the role he needs to be, but when Ollie is trying to convince his sister that he's not the Arrow in a tight sweater well it takes a better talking too than that to covince anyone (and it does look like his sister doesn't believe him at the end montage).  Its just one of those weird funny moments.  
- The music was too forced, and you see this at the end montage were I swear the music made it seem like we were watching a soap opera.    Another soap opera thing ...Walter saying good by to Moira, who is at the top of the staircase.   ugg Cheesiness

Really looking forward to next episode were Ollie doesn't just follow his 'list', but goes after criminals.  Woot.

4 Arrows out of 5

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Paper due, I'm not

Ok, I have a paper due tomorrow night, and I have NO desire whatsoever of doing it, no inclination.   Lots of procrastination though.   Instead I've tweeted, and printed up pdf rules for 2 boardgames: Conquest of Planet Earth, and The Age of Conan.   The latter I haven't tried yet, but after watching a video on Board game Geek, I think I'm set for it *chortle*.    CoPE I played for the first time on Thursday and had a great time.   Anytime you and a friend can NUKE each other, I think its a good thing.    One of the greatest things about CoPE is that you don't die, but its a continual race to get 8 'terror' points from the humans (in the 1950's btw).

I have a new roomate .. his name is TAZZ .. short for Tassimo.  Yup, did the big plunge and went into Canadian Tire, and spent my $70 in CDN TIRE money (coupons) toward it.   So, for the last two days I've been drinking coffee and lots of Hot Chocolate.   Now that I've worn in the machine, I will resume a more responsible amount of coffee and HC consumption.   I love me gadgets.

Ok, I will attempt to once more work on my paper.   Though I'm wondering if the whole thing matters, since I still haven't got the marks from my previous paper .. that was finished at the end of September.   Heck, I haven't even gotten my final marks from my course which I finished in April!!   Ah, enough ranting, time to get cracking.  

Thursday, November 1, 2012

December 4th .. Mass Effect time!!

Play the Orginal Mass Effect on December 4th on the PS3 -- I finished Mass Effect on Xbox 360 five times .. it is that good.    I have not played Mass Effect 3 yet, in anticipation of getting the collectors edition, but if you haven't yet, play Mass Effect.   It has one of the best stories of any video game.  

Halo 4 -- It does look good.

IGN posted a video review of Halo 4.    The first Halo was the reason I bought an Xbox (well that and Morrowind) and I have alot of great memories of playing that game.    I thought that by now the Halo storyline/legacy would of run dry, but I guess not.   Though I don't have a Xbox 360 (BOO you red light on death!!) this is the first game that makes me wish I had one again.    Good stuff.