Injustice 2 Game Review

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After 4 years, the highly anticipated sequel to Injustice God Among Us is finally here. Set 5 years after the first game in which Superman is defeated and imprisoned, Batman and his gang are trying to clean up the mess that he and his regime have made. With most of his allies who have either been victims or have been a collaborator with the regime,  Batman must recruit some new allies to help combat The Society led by Gorilla Grodd. But after Grodd’s defeat, the true mastermind behind the Society is revealed – it’s Braniac. Now, Batman must recruit Superman and the members of his regime to help take down Brainiac.

Injustice 2 is a fighting game set in the DC Universe. Like most fighting games, Injustice 2 has you chaining together combos and using that mechanism to lower your opponent’s health bar. The game also has interactive environments in which, depending on the character, they can pick up an object and throw it at their opponents. There are also stage transitions that the player can perform which can not only do some damage, but can also send their opponent into a new part of the stage.

Like in the previous game, Injustice 2 has a trait system which can provide a temporary buff to their character. Also, returning from the previous game is the super meter which allows players to pull out special moves and super moves as well.  Players can also spend a portion of their super meter to pull off a more powerful version of their special move. A new thing that Injustice 2 adds is a loot system in which players can earn loot boxes that unlock gear for their characters. The gear not only changes your character’s look, but also gives your character a stat buff as well.

The game also has plenty of single player modes as well. There is your story mode which is about 6 hours long. There is also a multiverse mode which allows players to travel to parallel worlds within the DC Universe and battle against various  opponents with different handicaps, rules, and goals. There is also an arcade mode within the multiverse which you can use to unlock endings for all the various characters in the game. There is also online multiplayer mode where the gear system is disabled  and all the characters are reduced to their default levels. Players can also form and join online guilds with up to 50 players. Guild members can work together to complete daily and weekly objectives  where they can earn gear.

I’ll admit I loved this game. I thought it took everything that made the first game great and made it even better. The graphics and character models look amazing. The facial animations on the characters look jaw-droppingly realistic. The minor tweaks to the fighting system makes the fights even better. The story mode once again is awesome. The game also gives you plenty of characters to play around with which sports a whopping 28 to play with and with more characters on the way via DLC. Plus, the addition of guilds is something that I have been wanting in a fighting game. The online multiplayer is really good too. It has your standard ranked matches like most fighting games these days. It also has king of the hill mode where the winner of the match stays and the next person tries to dethrone the winner. The writing, the voice acting, and the story overall are all really superb in this game as well.

There is only one complaint I have with this game and the big complaint is that the gear system is random. Let me explain, say if you’re using a character like Batman and you just earn some gear –  sometimes you might get gear for a character like The Flash. You don’t have much control over the gear you get. It would have been nice if you could use in-game money to by the gear for the character you use.  Injustice 2 is available for Ps4 and Xbox One. Overall I feel Injustice 2 is a superb sequel over the original. It improves a lot and adds new stuff in as well.

That’s why my final score for injustice 2 is a 4 out of 5. Go out and check the game out, you won’t be disappointed.

 

by Nathan B.

Dunkirk Movie Preview

Dunkirk is an upcoming war film, written and co-produced by director Christopher Nolan. Set during World War II, it focuses on the true story of the 1940 Dunkirk evacuation. Nolan wrote the story with the intention of telling it from 3 perspectives, land, sea, and air. The producers made efforts to create suspense through the details, as the script contains little dialogue. Dunkirk is set for a July 21st 2017 release.

The main premise of this film focuses on Operation Dynamo and the efforts to evacuate the Allied soldiers from Britain, Belgium, Canada and France that were surrounded by the German Army on the beaches of Dunkirk in the early stages of WWII.

The film will star: Fionn Whitehead, Tom Hardy, Harry Styles, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, James D’Arcy, Barry Keoghan, Kenneth Branagh and Mark Rylance.

In my observation this movie appears to draw certain parallels to an older film called The Battle Of Britain. Not only in the fact that the events of the Dunkirk evacuation almost immediately precede the Battle Of Britain, but also that the two films seem to share a similar vibe as well. Perhaps Director Christopher Nolan drew inspiration from The Battle Of Britain, and used it as a point of reference for Dunkirk. 

By Daniel H.

Jonatan you tube star

Hello friend can you hear me now? 1. Excuse me can you give me a minute, I am on my phone. 2. Hola mi amigo puedo decirme donde esta la librioteca? 3. I am very busy can you call me back later, okay? 4. Hi DJ you want to go the movie with us?5. Hey police, a crazy guy stole my bag can you go get it? 6. Why you call my phone? Who is this? Oops, sorry wrong number.

Hi this is Jonatan. I make cups and plates in the wood turning department. I made a pen for my best friend DJ to draw super Mario brothers and sonic running faster than a car.

  After Jonatan and DJ typed on a lap top getting busy,  Michele recorded a you tube video of Jonatan and DJ rapping DJ’s name and Seeds for Autism. Seeds Seeds there’s Michele ha ha Jonatan and DJ are having fun at Seeds for autism.

Jonatan he is rapping for DJ and he scratches records.

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age

Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to preview the upcoming game Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age.

 

Originally Released for the PS2 on March 16, 2006, Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age has been officially remastered for the PS4.

 

The main protagonists of this game are Vaan (Rebel Orphan)(Swords/Greatswords), Ashe (Dalmascan princess) (Katanas), Basch (Knight) (Swords/Spears), Balthier (Sky Pirate) (Guns), Fran(Viera) (Bows), Penelo (Vaan’s Childhood Friend) (Staffs).

 

The main antagonists of this game are Vayne (Archadian prince) and Gabranth  (Basch twin brother/Archadian judge)(Twin Swords).

 

An example of this game’s story is that the Archadian empire is waging war in an ongoing attempt towards world domination, thus resulting in the deaths of Reks (Dalmascan soldier/Vaan’s older brother), Rasler (Nabudisian prince/Ashe’s husband) and Raminas  (Dalmascan king/Ashe’s father).

 

In conclusion, I believe this game will be a bigger hit than its PS2 counterpart and is scheduled for release on July 11, 2017.

 

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Spider-Man

Spider-man has been my favorite superhero since I was 11 years old.

He appeared as a comic book character in 1962 created by Stan Lee, the creator of the Avengers like Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, the Mighty Thor, and Captain America. Even the X-Men.

 Spider-man started out as a normal nerdy high school teenager named Peter Parker. He lived with his Aunt May and Uncle Ben growing up in Queens, after his parents died in a plane crash.

He had a difficult life fitting into high school, dealing with bullies like Flash Thompson and Peter’s family never had much money.

One day his life changes forever, he and the other students are on a field trip to a science lab for tech research. Once there, a spider that got exposed to gamma radiation came down and bites Peter.

At first he thought he was dying, but instead it gives him spider powers that make him a different person.

When he starts using his powers, he couldn’t handle it at all, he was selfish with it. He was reckless at the time.

Peter realizes that the spider that bit him was radioactive.

He developed web shooters that shoot out of his wrist to catch objects.

His Uncle Ben then teaches him lessons about responsibilities and tough choices by figuring things out and getting advice from a person or suggestions. Even inspiration. Uncle Ben told his nephew he was different from the world.

While he was looking through his magazine, Peter thought he could get money by using his powers. He read that anyone who stays and beats the wrestler in 3 minutes wins. He made a homemade costume and a mask to hide his face to go into the ring.

He won against the brute wrestler, but he got just a bit of the money. He was upset about it, he just wanted to have fame. He didn’t even bother stopping a burglar that robbed the fight promoter’s office. The police officers didn’t catch him on time.

They asked Peter why they let him go, he said “It’s not my problem. It’s yours.”

When he got back home and saw police cars surrounding his house. He learned that his uncle was shot and killed by a burglar who broke into his house.

Driven by vengeance, Peter decides take down the burglar by switching his old homemade costume to a new fancy costume. He traps him in the warehouse and beats him.

When he looked at his face, he realizes that the burglar was the same man who robbed the fight promoter’s office and killed his Uncle Ben. Peter restrains him in webs and the police took him away after.

Feeling guilty and responsible for letting a burglar loose and having his uncle dead, he finally learned what it means to be a man and decided to use those powers for good after hearing his uncle’s powerful words “With great power, comes great responsibility”.

And now the legend was born, Peter Parker took the name SPIDER-MAN.

Spider Man became a crime fighting super-hero by wearing a red and blue spandex suit with a spider symbol on his chest and back, web lines all around him and spider lenses so he can see better and wider. He can get to destinations really fast by web swinging and roaming around New York City.

He was best known for his classic appearance, spider logo and web lines.

He is known to New Yorkers and others  as the “Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man.”

He has super strength, super agility, endurance, superhuman speed, spider sense to detect when danger is coming or nearby, the ability to stick to almost any surface called wall crawling, and can use web shifting abilities like web swinging, web zip, web balls and any kind of web types to catch criminals and defeat enemies and everything else. He wields hand to hand combat skills and made his own moves called “The ways of the Spider” to fight and defeat bad guys. Kinda like acrobatic skill. He wears a buckle belt that flashes a Spider Signal.

He had a few friends (sometimes a lot of friends who are depending on him).

Gwen Stacy: A blonde girl who is the daughter of Captain George Stacy who assists Spider-Man. She was killed by the Green Goblin in Earth 616 version (in some versions she’s still alive).

Mary Jane Watson: A red headed girl whom he befriends. She’s called MJ for short. She was Pete/Spidey’s love interest and sometimes wife. As Spider-Man, he always saves her whenever she’s in mortal danger. She’s a big fan of Spider-Man. MJ said the famous line “Face it Tiger, you just hit the jackpot!”

Harry Osborn: His best friend. Son of Norman Osborn, the CEO founder of Oscorp. In some versions he falsely held a grudge against Spider-Man whom he blamed for his father’s death.

Luke Cage, Johnny Storm of The Fantastic 4, Wolverine (a few called him Logan), and others.

He got a job at the Daily Bugle where he works and the newspaper is run by his hot-headed loud-mouthed boss J. Jonah Jameson who saw Spider Man as a menace while Peter takes photos of himself as Spider Man.

He fights super villains such as Doctor Octopus aka Doc Ock, The Lizard, Electro, Green Goblin, Vulture, Sandman, and even Venom.

He hangs out with a lot of girls who like him because of his sense of humor and talents.

Gwen Stacy: Peter’s girlfriend (who was killed by the Green Goblin in Earth 616 version and still alive in the Ultimate Universe) who was friends with him for a long time.

Liz Allan: His first crush on and off and she always helped him out but they didn’t date more often. In some versions like the Spectacular cartoon version, they do.

Betty Brant: Jameson’s assistant at the Daily Bugle who used to date Peter but they broke up because her brother was killed in battle with his enemy whom she blamed on Spider-Man.

Debra Whitman: They used to date once when they’re at Empire State University.

Felicia Hardy/Black Cat: A cat burglar who is Spidey’s ally and has a crush on Spidey.

Carlie Cooper: Daughter of the police chief who used to date Peter during the Spider Island events but she dumped him due to Peter being Spider-Man which upsets her.

He sometimes works alone, but he joins forces with the Fantastic Four, The Avengers, S.H.I.E.L.D and the X-Men. He gets really annoyed by his enemies like Deadpool who is a fourth wall breaker.

He felt like he was hated by other superheroes, but they didn’t because they haven’t let him down. Sometimes he can be really annoying with his spazz tongue. Spidey is still growing and learning.

He was featured in a lot of cartoon series like an old 1967 famous cartoon “Spider-Man” with a classic theme song.

He appeared in various cartoons with people who did voice acting of him:

Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends (1981)-Dan Gilvezan, Spider-Man The Animated Series (1994-1998)-Christopher Daniel Barnes, Spider-Man MTV series (2003)-Neil Patrick Harris and The Spectacular Spider-Man (2008-2009)-Josh Keaton.

There’s also the Ultimate Spider-Man TV series (2012-2017)-Starring Drake Bell as his voice actor which is underrated by most fans and was mixed with both positive and negative reviews because of too much child friendly and fourth wall breaking by Spidey.

Like any fictional characters, Spider-Man is re-imagined a lot.

Ultimate Spider-Man was based on the comics (2000-2009). The origin of Spider-Man was taken to the next level. Peter was bitten by a genetically altered spider during his field trip at Oscorp. He was 15 years old throughout the entire series until he turns 16 at the end.

There’s also Spider-Man Unlimited show (1999-2001) which was short lived like the MTV show.

He has been playable in video games like the old famous PS1 game, the sequel Enter Electro, Ultimate Spider-Man the game which features Spider-Man and Venom as playable characters. There’s even Spider-Man Shattered Dimensions and Edge of Time with follows the adventures of Spidey and his counterparts.

Also Spider-Man Friend or Foe which features the resemblance of the Sam Raimi films.

Spider Man is featured in live action movies like Spider-Man by Sam Raimi trilogy which features Tobey Maguire (Peter Parker-Spider Man), Kristen Dunst (Mary Jane Watson), and James Franco (Harry Osborn). His archenemies are featured in the trilogy are Green Goblin (Norman Osborn), Doc Ock (Otto Octavius), and Venom (Eddie Brock). And even his enemy Sandman (William O Baker, people called him Flint Marko).

The reboot was featured in 2012-2014 by Marc Webb which features Andrew Garfield (Peter Parker Spider-Man), Emma Stone (Gwen Stacy), Rhys Ifans (Dr. Curt Connors-The Lizard), and Jamie Foxx (Max Dillon-Electro).

In 2016 Spider-Man was featured in the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) along with another Marvel superhero Black Panther for the first time. Peter Parker/Spider-Man was played by Tom Holland. I became very fond of the Civil War suit. He will be featured in the new Spider-Man film: Spider-Man Homecoming starring Tom Holland and Robert Downey Jr. who played Tony Stark-Iron Man.

He has different kinds of costumes:

The old homemade costume- a jacket with jeans and a mask with goggles.

The classic red and blue suit.

The black suit which was an alien symbiote.

Spider-Armor- makes it too bulky for him due to heavy armor.

Bulletproof Spider suit-protects him from bullets.

Iron Spider suit made by Tony Stark-Iron Man during the Civil War events.

Future Foundation, Negative Zone, Stealth Suit (which I recall in the Spider-Man 3 film), Secret War, the Last Stand suit and the All New and All Different suit.

There are different versions of Spider-Man who appeared from other worlds.

Noir series-Features with Spider-Man if he was born in the 1930s. He wears a leather jacket and a mask with glowing goggles.

2099 series-Features Miguel O’Hara, the Spider-Man from the future. He was co-worker at Alchemax. He created genetically modified spiders in the genetics lab. Miguel was tricked into an experiment by his jealous partner and becomes the Spider-Man of 2099.

Half of spider DNA gave him claws, webs and wall crawling. He seeks out to find a cure but discovers being the new person suits him well and becomes Peter’s successor. He can be impatient and hot tempered sometimes but always a breather.

Ultimate series-Features Miles Morales, a 13 year old African-American teenager who becomes Spider-Man after Peter Parker dies in his final battle against the fire manipulating green skinned monstrosity version of the Green Goblin. He gets bitten by a spider just like Peter Parker. He struggles to balance his life as Spider-Man just like Peter Parker who was 15 years old. He has a new ability called Venom pounce which electrifies enemies.

Superior series-Features in the Earth 616 universe where his archenemy Doc Ock taking over the body of Peter Parker making himself as the Superior Spider-Man. Reformed as always he swore to become a far more greater Spider-Man than Peter.

Ben Reilly-A blonde clone of Peter Parker. Called himself the Scarlet Spider. He continues Peter’s legacy as the Sensational Spider-Man.

Kaine-Another clone of Peter Parker (also Scarlet Spider).

Spider-Ham: Another universe of anthropomorphic animals (creatures that talk like us, walk around on two feet, and sometimes wear clothing and use technology) which features Peter Parker AKA Spider-Man as a pig. He’s called Spider-Ham.

There are more than one Spidey in the universe, like the 1602, UK, Spider Knight, and many others.

There are also Spider-Women in the universe:

Another universe where Gwen Stacy is bitten by a spider instead of Peter. Called herself Spider-Gwen. Guilty for not saving Peter, she becomes a super heroine. Jessica Drew (In the Ultimate version she is a clone of Peter Parker/Spider Man), Spider Girl like Mayday “May” Parker the daughter of Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson-Parker, Cindy Moon, Ashley Barton, and other spider ladies.

Some fans included Spider-MJ (which Mary Jane sometimes uses a symbiote or her new spider powers to help her boyfriend and future husband in battle.)

This universe was called the Spider Verse, they are called Web Warriors.

I also forgot to tell you guys that Spider-Man has a lot nicknames, such as Web-Head, Wall crawler, Web Swinger, Spidey, Spider-Menace and Spider Thief (by Jonah Jameson),

Spider-Human(for obvious reasons), Webby (sometimes), Spider-Boy, Spider-Punk, Spider-dude, Spider-Freak (he’s very sensitive) and Spider-Guy.

His titles are the Amazing, Spectacular, Sensational, Ultimate, and Legendary (in my own opinion).

Venom is a formidable foe for Spider-Man. Easily known for his spider symbol like Spidey. His alter ego was Eddie Brock (sometimes called Eddie Brock Jr. like the Ultimate series), a disgraced Photographer at the Daily Bugle who has a hatred of both Peter Parker and Spider-Man along with the alien symbiote which Spidey rejects the Black Suit due to its evil nature. He has the same web abilities as Spider-Man but in color, and he’s invisible to his Spider Sense.

The symbiotes have weakness’- Sonic vibration, fire (which is intense heat), electricity, and sometimes very low temperature.

The symbiote was a made up alien like parasites by fans because symbiotes are colored shape-shifting alien goo like parasites that bond with any life form in order to survive otherwise they die.

They can feel human emotions such as anger and aggression (which are negative).

They can form any weapon types like swords, axes, and maces. They can form tentacles from their bodies and have mouths with tongues filled with drool and saliva and teeth that are very sharp and sometimes yellow or white.

Symbiotes come in all shapes and sizes. And even color.

Black-The symbiote came to earth along with Spider-Man who learns of its true nature. With the help of the Fantastic 4, he was able to get rid of the symbiote by using sonic vibrations from a church bell leaving the alien goo to the creation of Venom.

Red-An unstable serial killer named Cletus Kasady who bonded with it’s spawn of red goo turning into Carnage. Spider-Man and Venom fought against him.

White-Eddie was dying because of cancer. When the symbiote tried to re bond with him, a antidote mixed with it turning him into Anti Venom.

Blue-Mayhem

Green-Lasher

Gold-Phage

Gray-Riot

Purple-Agony

Yellow-Scream

The symbiotes in the Ultimate universe are supposed to be a cure for cancer made by Peter and Eddie’s fathers. The Venom suit was the first to introduced with shape-shifting goo with tentacles and teeth that feeds on humans, and they can get very aggressive. The Carnage suit was a blood sucking monsterized parasite created from Peter Parker’s blood due to the venom suit he wears.

I became a fan of Spider Man because of Venom when I was about 11 years old back at 2007. He taught me about responsibilities, choices, inspiration, and everything else. The differences between right and wrong.

I have a soft spot teens and children because they are still growing and learning.

Spider-Man is my favorite superhero of all time, because he shows us we were all different from the world.

Dan McB.

  

 

JEFF’S ECCENTRIC PEOPLE, PLACES & THINGS: EMPEROR NORTON

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Think that politicians are off their rocker? I don’t blame you. No Matter what political party you belong to, there is no argument that most have more than one screw loose. And if there is any city in USA that has plenty of loose screws that is none other than San Francisco. But probably never in the city’s history (or the American government’s) has there been a more eccentric or bizarre character than Joshua Norton, the first and still only Emperor of the United States of America

The Emperor was born in England somewhere between 1814 and 1819, but grew up in South Africa. Joshua Abraham Norton moved to the US in 1849 with about $40,000.00, a little over one million in today’s money, to his name to seek his fortune. After some successes in real estate, he tried to make a monopoly in the rice industry with unsuccessful results that ruined him. Probably embarrassed, he left San Francisco for a short time.

Then, on September 17 1859, he entered a number of articles to various city newspapers declaring himself the “Emperor of these United States,” and later “Protector of Mexico.” For the next 20 years he paraded around the city inspecting his “realm” and delivering his own brand of philosophy and wisdom to all who would listen in an old navy uniform with golden epaulettes, a worn out old saber, gifts from the local military fort, and often with a beaver hat with a peacock feather and a brass rosette. (see picture). The people however decided to play along with him, giving him real royal treatment and the imaginary monarch was genuinely loved and respected by his “subjects”.

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He was given free meals at restaurants, rides on the trolley, a reserved seat at theaters and city council, and had a yearly inspection of the Army post at the Presidio of San Francisco. He only accepted handouts if the giver gave them as taxes and had his own money printed that was jokingly used by local business and were great souvenirs for visitors. His Imperial residence was just a room in a boarding house that he lived in for free. He even stopped an anti-Chinese riot by standing between the groups and recited the Lord’s Prayer. Another interesting event of his “reign” was when a police officer actually attempted to arrest him and send him to an asylum. The people were outraged and demanded that their Emperor Norton be released. The chief of police complied, issued a formal apology and had the police force salute the Emperor whenever he was present. His Highness saved the embarrassed policeman’s job by issuing an Imperial Pardon for the man who arrested him. He also printed a number of decrees, often printed in the city’s newspapers, demanding things like disbanding the Republican and Democrat parties, creating a League of Nations and even was a leading supporter of building the San Francisco-Oakland Bridge, a command finally obeyed long after the Emperor’s death, starting in 1933 and completed in 1936.

Some fascinating rumors spread around Emperor Norton during his “rule.” There was some talk that he sent a letter to Queen Victoria of the British Empire, asking for her hand in marriage. Some also said that he was the son of Napoleon III although Norton never claimed that, (and Louis Napoleon would still be a kid when Joshua Norton was born). Other people said that he was secretly still rich and only faked insanity. He is reported to have met a real emperor, Pedro II of Brazil when the South American monarch made a visit to the US and really did write to Queen Victoria, though I doubt she wrote back. On his way to a lecture at the California Academy of Science, His Majesty fell from a stroke and died on January 8 1880. His funeral had about 30,000 mourners and even a three gun salute. In 1934 a new tombstone was placed on his grave that said: Norton I, Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico.

The Emperor Norton remains a figure admired, laughed at and laughed with in American lore and San Francisco culture. He has inspired characters or appeared as a character himself in books, comics, role-play games and musicals by various authors including Mark Twain, Christopher Moore, Neil Gaiman and Robert Anton Wilson. Several western and anthology television shows have done an episode on the American Emperor including “Bonanza.” There is a walking tour in the city called “Emperor Norton’s Fantastic San Francisco Time Machine” with a guide dressed and acting as Joshua A Norton. There is even a parody religion, Discordianism, that has him as a second class saint (first class is for fictional characters) and one of the oldest LGBT organizations, the International Imperial Court System, uses the Emperor as an inspiration. (Well it is San Francisco!) The founder, Josè Sarria, gave himself the title “the Widow Norton,” and is buried at foot of his hero’s grave.

Every January 8 in the city he once ruled celebrates Emperor Norton Day. In America’s capital of Eccentricity, he still reigns  as the King of Eccentrics and is still the only monarch of the United States of America.

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