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Almost Human [2013-2014]

I had two reasons to start watching this show. One, it stars Karl Urban. Two, there are a lot of fanfictions and when I browse AO3 based on tags, I have to sift through a lot of them and since I wasn’t in the fandom yet, it was annoying. Now, I’m probably gonna start reading these. Especially if there’s slash. Hopefully, there will be the good pairings.

At the moment, I’ve been through a little more than 10 episodes. Very good! So good that I am actually really paying attention to it. Instead of my usual way of watching stuff that has English audio – basically just listening while doing something else on another tab. Or listening while playing Dungeon Hunter 4.

Well, something about the show, it takes place in the future, but not too distant. Cops are paired with androids. And since so far, all the cop androids are male, I’m gonna call them mandroid. Yes, it’s probably a horrible word to use, but hey, I’ve always wanted to use it in some context. So, the main character, played by Karl Urban, is, after some botched operation that left him with synthetic leg, paired with the usual droid model. The MX. But they are too emotionless, too robotic. And he kicks it out of his car while driving. Then he gets paired with the DRN model. At least I think that’s how you spell it. He calls this one Dorian. And then they go and solve a multitude of cases. All the while the MC – his name is John – is trying to find information on this syndicate that is somehow connected to his ex-girlfriend. The syndicate is responsible for John losing his leg and having to have a synthetic.

I couldn’t spoil the ending even if I wanted to, seeing as I haven’t finished watching it. But it’s really good so far and if you’re into futuristic cop dramas or like Karl Urban, I do recommend it. And even if you’re not, maybe you’ll like it if you give it a try.

But I’m not forcing anybody. So make your own mind.

Bye!

Logan [2017]

There will be spoilers!

So, about a week back, I saw the movie Logan. Online of course. And I was disappointed. The girl playing Logan’s daughter was good. Really good. At least in my opinion. But the story itself, not so much. The integration of Professor X in it didn’t make much sense. I did know a bit of the backstory about Laura, weapon X and all that rot. But not really from comic books, I don’t read those. But there is the X-men Evolution and then wikis and also, if something appears in more than three fanfics, I start looking at it as possible canonical information.

Also, I have absolutely no idea as to where this movie fits with all the other live action ones. I mean, I have a bit of an idea where it fits in comics and other source material, but hey, the movies are somewhat crazy in this.

Oh well, the movie was chaotic and didn’t live up to my expectations. If you’re a die hard marvel fan, sure, go ahead and try it, it might be necessary for some weird continuity in regards to future movies, but other than that, real disappointment.

The “avengers” side of the marvel verse is done much better. Can’t wait for Ragnarok and Infinity wars.

Skyrim

Several years ago I bought a game called Elder Scroll Series IV – Oblivion. You’re probably wondering what that has to do with Skyrim. Well, everything. As it was shortly after that that I got me Skyrim. Simply because I really enjoyed Oblivion and Skyrim was a sort of sequel to it. To be honest, when I first installed Skyrim, I decided that I absolutely hate it. And so it was left in a drawer for years. Then, I gave the original copy to my cousin’s son for when he got a good enough pc to play it on. But then I got into nightcore, which has, at first glance, even less to do with Skyrim than Oblivion. But, there was this nightcored song… The Dragonborn Comes. And I figured that it was from Skyrim. Which got me thinking…. That maybe it was time to give Skyrim another go. So I installed it through steam and started playing.

At first, I got frustrated because it didn’t support my gamepad. But then I decided that screw it, if I could successfully play Oblivion with mouse and keyboard as well as most of Assassin’s Creed games, then I will be just fine playing Skyrim with mouse and keyboard. Though the first thing I did was to play with the keyboard mapping. Made it a bit closer to Oblivion – aka jump with E and action with spacebar. Admittedly, it is still slightly confusing, as the game shows me the original key mapping when it gives hints, but hey, I can manage! I did with Resident Evil 4 and there the key mapping is really ridiculous…

So far, I’m not that far into the game, only just past High Hrotgar, but I’m enjoying it immensely. Though, there is one thing I really don’t like! And that is that you can’t equip spell alongside your bow! At least, I haven’t figured that out yet! In Oblivion, you could equip whatever weapon you wanted to and still cast! That is something I miss here in Skyrim. But I guess we can’t have it all…

Also, someone tell me how to disable the cinematic finishing blows in fight… Those are really annoying and interrupt the gameplay as well as disorient you as to where the next enemy is coming from…

Oh, and the NPC names are crazy! I know it is trying to imitate the nordic tribes and so on and so forth, but come on! I’ve met a lot of characters a lot of times by now and the only names I remember are Ilireth (or something like that) and Alvar. At least Oblivion had normal names… Or maybe it is because I’ve simply been playing Oblivion longer. That’s probably it.

A question for those who also play Skyrim. Do you play with subs on? I mean, I can understand the characters just fine, but usually, I finish reading what they have to say before they finish saying it. Do any of you have the same problem? And is it even a problem? Well, it is in the situation where you can not just skip the speech.

Anyway! I enjoy Skyrim and I hope that by the time I finish the quests I will be able to remember at least some of the names.

And my favorite NPC’s are from Oblivion. Too bad two out of three bit the dust…

Before I finish this post, one more thing. DLC for Skyrim. Is it worth it? I would like this answered by someone who actually played the DLC. Not by someone who just read about it or something. Thanks!

~AnnElfwind

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Well, I got my hands on the book just a short few days ago. I started reading it and managed to get through two or three acts before just stopping. To be honest, I just couldn’t bring myself to continue reading. Normally, I always get into the books (HP books) within the first one or two pages, but this time, I was just bored. It just didn’t feel like Harry Potter anymore. And it had nothing to do with the play script format it is written in. I guess it’s just the fact that I never acknowledged the epilogue.

I consider Ginny to be a whore and I don’t like her. I can’t say I like Harry himself that much either, at least in canon. I rather like him in all those fanfics I’ve read. But that is mainly because those fics have slash pairings.

I don’t hate the books because they have heterosexual pairings, I don’t hate the books at all, well, no, I don’t hate them, but I don’t really like book number 6. My favorite has always been book three and now we’re getting off topic.

So, back to the Cursed child. I’d rather not spoil much of the book, but there are two points that just make me hate the book even more and make me glad that I did not finish reading it. How do I know these two things? Well, for those of you who don’t feel like reading the book, there is a condensed version on wikipedia. Well, I say condensed version, but it’s really just a lengthy summary. But it has all the main points and after reading that I really don’t have any need to read the actual book.

Spoiler alert now. I mean it, I will be now mentioning things that happen in the book.

The first thing about the book that really didn’t sit well with me is the fact that Voldemort had a daughter. With Bellatrix. Come on! Can it get any crazier than that? Add in the fact that I just can’t imagine Voldemort having sex with a woman? And Dark lord or no dark lord, do you really think Rodolphus would have had given Bella such a long leash? I don’t.

Another point is time travel. During most of the book, the new generation, mainly Albus Severus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy travel back and forth in time to change things only to have it backfire on them over and over again. The whole thing about the ministry of magic squirreling away a time turner and having it hidden somewhere all this time is one thing. But the fact that the Malfoys had another one is really bogus. I don’t buy it. It’s the Malfoys we’re talking about. Do you really thing they wouldn’t use it for their gain? And if they had it all this time, I just can’t imagine Voldemort not finding about it…

Don’t get me wrong, I like stories that have multiple timelines and interlock past present and future, but they have to be done right! One fine example would be Circle of Magic: Danger in the Palace from Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald. Another fine example would be in movies. Look at X-men: Days of future past or the Alice through the looking glass movie. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’s time travel pales when compared with the before mentioned examples. Yes, the book I mentioned might not be really well known, but the time travel is done RIGHT in there!

Damn it! I’ve seen fanfictions written better than the Cursed Child book! It might be because Rowling co-wrote it with two more people or simply because she lost her edge, but I would definitely not recommend reading this eighth book. But if you absolutely have to know what happens in it, I suggest the summary on wiki. It tells you everything you need to know and saves you time and money.

There. Now you can bite my head of. But even if you do, it won’t change my opinion on the matter, which to sum it up in just a few words is this: Ginny is a whore and Voldemort should have won.

Bye!

~AnnElfwind

Pixels [2015]

“When aliens misinterpret video feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war, they attack the Earth in the form of the video games.” [1]

At first I didn’t want to watch this movie, because I’m not really a fan of comedies, but this was also sci-fi and contained arcade games. And I thought that I might like it, considering I loved Wreck-It-Ralph.

And I was right. Yes, there were some stupid moments, but all in all, I enjoyed the movie immensly. The basic plot is that the 1982 arcade game championship is filmed and then the footage is send to the space where it is found by aliens that consider it a declaration of war.

They come to attack earth some 20 or so years later. I’m not entirely sure what ‘present’ year it takes place in, but I’m guesssing that around 20-30 years passed from the championship.

A group of people, that are good at arcade games, or were, band together under the president, who used to be an arcade gamer too, though not that good, and they fight the aliens who re-create the arcade games in real life.

The movie is full of fun as well as intense moments and while I’m not a big fan of comedies, I am all for some fun and I think that this ‘comedy’ didn’t overdo it with the fun and that’s good.

The main characters are played by Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Peter Dinklage and Josh Gad.

The guy who played Boromir, Sean Bean, also makes an appearance. Not a big one, but one non the less and that was actually the main reason I watched the movie. Though in the end I enjoyed it regardless of Sean Bean.

The one actor that I didn’t like was Peter Dinklage, but not because of his acting skills, I think he’s a good actor, but I just don’t like the characters he playes. First it’s Trask in X-men, now this little cheating twit. Sure, his acting is good, but the characters he playes make me not like him.

I would definitely recommend the movie, but I would also say that it is not a movie for everyone. If you like crack-ish sci-fy, you will definitely like this. If you don’t, you might still like it, but it is not guaranteed.

The one thing I do when picking what movie to watch, I go by the people who play in them. If a favourite actor plays in it, I usually watch it without checking either the summary or anything else.

Most of the times it works. Unless we go by My Bloody Valentine, where I started watching and then I got curiious and went and googled who the murderer was before the movie ended and got angry that it was the actor because of whom I was watching the movie, who was the bad guy that I turned the movie off without finishing it. From that moment on, I decided that I would never look things up before actually finishing whatever it is I’m watching.

Not that that did me any good considering I did the same bloody thing with Prison Break, only there, I went and googled who of my favourite characters will survive. Again, stopped watching because of the answer I got.

[1] IMDB.com – Pixels

Resident Evil 6

Resident Evil 6 is, so far, the newest Resident Evil game. A lot of charcters are back and some new ones come into play. The one main character return is Leon Kennedy who wasn’t part of the fifth gmae. Only mentioned there.

The sixth game is vastly different from RE4 and the ones before that. It is a lot like RE5 from what little I’ve played of that. The big difference is that RE 5 and 6 are controled not only by keyboard but also by mouse. Or you can just use the controler like I’m doing. For RE4 it is not necessary as it is playable with keyboard only, but RE 6 is best played with controler. Well, apart from certain parts that take too long to react to the controler.

But enough of my comparsions.

RE6 has four campaigns and three of them can be played with one out of two characters. First is Leon and Helena, second Chris Redfield and Pires Nivans, third Jake Muller and Sherry Birkin and the last one is a solo campaign where you play as Ada. She’s one of the few female characters that I actually like. All four of the campaigns take part during the same timeframe and the characters meet each other. Each of the campaigns meet at one point or another with all the others. And that is something that I really like about this game.

Of course, the fact that Ada has her own full length campaign, is a bonus, as well as Leon being back. Before fully trying RE6, I was always saying that RE4 was the best. But I take that back. RE6 is the best, so far.

Admitedly, I don’t relaly like Chris’s campaign, but that’s because Piers dies at the end. Or, well, it sure looks that way. Though fanfic authors decided that he lives and comes back. Bless them!

So far, I’m still deciding if my favourite is Leon’s or Ada’s campaign.

Leon’s campaign starts with the death of a president of USA and continues with a run through a city and trying to reach a chaple. There, they fight a boss with the help of some survivors that were there. Follows a trip to the underground to find Helena’s sister and another boss fight, thsi time, against said sister herself.

Then fleeing the crumbling dungeon and faking their deaths and going to China or wherever it is. It sounds chinese.

There, they meet Alpha team and then Sherry and Jake.

After that, they have to fight the final boss with the help of Ada. And then, the end.

Now, for the second campaign. Chris and Piers. They start on an earlier mission in Edonia. Fight some virus infected mutated things, two gigantic things, meet Sherry and Jake, then there is a time skip and we go to China. They fight their way through the infected city chasing Ada’s doppleganger and end up on a ship and then in an underground facility. But before that they meet with Leon and Helena while confronting said fake Ada.

In the underwater facility they meet Sherry and Jake and fight a gigantic thing called Haos. At the end, Piers is infected with enhanced C-virus and dies while protecting his captain. But like I said, I’m part of the group of people that believe that Piers is alive!

The third campaign starts in Edonia too. This is Jake and Sherry. Jake is immune to the C-virus and Sherry is tasked with protecting him. Well, it turns more like him protecting her, but I’ll let this slide.

They meet with Chris nad Piers and fight the two gigantic mutated things, then split up with them and go in a chopper. Well, throughout the whole campaign they are chased by this ‘thing’. It makes their chopper crash and they end up somwhere in a foggy place. And let’s just say that that is my least favourite part of their campaign. They end up in a cave and have to sneak past the ‘thing’ in order to escape. It can’t see them, but it has really good hearing and can her them if they mess up.

Not an easy part to play through.

After that, they are captured and have to escape an Umbrella facility in China. They meet up with Leon and Helena and have a quick go at the ‘thing’ before spliting up again.

They end up at the underwater facility where they meet Chris and Piers fot the second time and have to escape Haos, but at least they don’t have to fight it. On the other hand, they have to fight the ‘thing’ in a lava cave. My suggestion is to save your magnum shots for this fight. Or it will take ages.

The last campaign is Ada. She starts on a submarine and tehre learns of the C-virus and when she escapes, she makes her way to the chapple, well, the underground part of it. There, she meets Leon and Helena and helps with the fight agains Helena’s sister that mutated. Then, she goes on her own way and to China. Yes, everyone is going to China. There, she vitnesses Leon and Helena crashing a plane and has to fight a chainsaw boss. She saves Sherry from being shredded by a chopper rotor and continues on in pursuit of her own doppleganger. She end up fighting it (Carla) in it’s mutated state and manages to win. After that, she goes on to help Leon and Helena with their final boss – Simons.

The last thing Ada does is to wreck Carla’s lab in the Quad tower.

I think that Ada has the least of boss fights. But the encounter with Carla in her mutated form is probably the hardest. Well, hardest for Ada. Teh ahrdest alltogether is Haos! And I’m saing that mainly because Piers dies. I liked him! I didn’t want him to die!

Oh well.

I managed to win all four campaigns and to be honest, I’m never playing Chris’s again. I’m definitely replaying Ada and Leon. as for Jake, it is a maybe. I’ll probably replay it at some point, but Ada and Leon have the best campaigns. That’s for sure.

Again, there are some extras and there are a lot more things you can do with the game, but you have to have an official version, not just a download from somwhere like I do. But it’s not like I’m planning to play online with someone playing the other member of the pair.

There’s also something like Agent hunt, but again, requires to be able to play online, therefore official version. I’m not missing it though.

And now, that this post is completed, I’ll go and play some RE6.

~AnnElfwind

Resident Evil 4

Hello everybody!

I’m back with another post. This time, I decided to tell you something about one of my favourite games. The game is called Resident Evil 4 and as the title suggests, it is fourth in the series. The most basic description would be a third person shooter, but it could also be called a zombie apocalypse sort of game.

The main idea is that the president’s daughter has been kidnapped and an agent is sent to rescue her. The agent’s name is Leon S. Kennedy. He is one of the few surviviors from Racoon city, which is what happens in one of the previous games.

In the game, you can pick a difficulty from easy, normal and hard. The hard is really hard and I think it should not be attempted unless you already have a good understanding of the game. Including what kind of monsters appear where and all the tricks to defeating them.

For a beginner, I definitely recommend to start on easy. The only bad thing is that you have to start from scratch when you want to change the difficulty.

I myself have been playing the game on and off for several years now. But only a few short months ago did I attempt anything else than the main story on easy.

Yes, there are extra stories to play through. The main one you play as Leon and have to fight your way through hordes of las plagas infected people, but for now, we will simply call them zombies, even though they are not your typical zombies. The game has five chapters seaprated each into four segments plus the grand finale where you defeat the main evil boss.

Apart from the main game there are two extras. One is called Separate ways and here you play as Ada Wong, who can be considered the main female character. In the main story, you can see her helping Leon on occasion and Separate ways is basically everything told from her point of view. All the ‘in-between’s that happen when she’s not meeting with Leon.

Playing as Ada has one big disadvantage. You weapons cannot be upgraded. But even so. Once you played it for the first time and managed to win, which is pretty damn hard! Well. No. It’s not. The boss fight is. Well, was, before I found out how to zoom the rifle. And after that, I’ve been maing a good use for it.

It’s all about configuring the keys to suit your fingers. For me, it meas similar config to Devil May Cry 4.

On the side, do any of you prefer games that can be controled with keyboard only as oposed to games that require both keyboard and mouse? I know I prefer those. But sadly, I don’t think it’s possible to comfortably control Assassin’s creed 2 without the use of either mouse or gamepad. Which I have, but have yet to figure the best config for it.

Okay, side note aside, there is one more story in the game. Again, you play as Ada and I don’t think that this one even has merchant. It’s pretty damn hard and while I managed to play through almost till the end, I didn’t have enough amunition to defeat Krauser at the end.

I was left with mostly grenades and frankly, I don’t think it’s possible to fight him with those only.

Of course, there are also mercenary mini games which I don’t really play. I mean, sometimes, in a fit of boredome, I try, but I always run out of amunition pretty fast. And then get cleaved by the chainsaw! Beware the chainsaw! It’s evil.

There’s a lot of stuff to unlock. Like costums for Leon and Ashley (the president’s daughter. Also, there’s weapons to unlock. My favourite is the infinite rocket launcher, because that means I can kill the bosses pretty easily. And I love that. Of course, I make it a habbit of not using it unless it is a boss. Othervise, I woiuld have the inventory overflowing with amunition.

So. That’s it. Hope I hooked you up. Tell me if you play the game. I’d like to hear what you think of it. Also, if you are considering getting it, tell me what your first impression is if you do end up playing it!

Heh. I remember that the first time I played it, i was so scared! Scared what was waiting behind the corner! And yet, I finished it and then played it again and couldn’t stop. I think that by now, I’m on my seventnh playthrough and with Ada on second. As well as trying to fight my way through normal difficulty. Thankfully, I don’t have to worry about Ashley. Considering that she’s wearing a suit of armor, which is one of the two unlockable costums.

Okay. That’s it.

Bye~