Resident Evil 2 (2019) Review

Resident Evil 2 (2019) is the long-awaited remake of the beloved second installment from 1998 in the classic Survival Horror franchise, helping bring a more modern take using elements from more recent installments such as 4 and 7.

 

The game remains set in the fictional Raccoon City, where two people traveling there find themselves caught in the middle of an outbreak that has resulted in creating hordes of zombies and mutated creatures, searching for a way to escape while uncovering the truth of how it all started. While there are a few changes made, the story is largely the same as the original, with nothing really contradicting how everything already happened. This allows for a couple of mysteries and surprises for those who already played the original game.

 

The visuals are obviously improved to meet the standards of current games of this generation, using the game engine from 7 to give much more detail to the environment and enemies, showing the horrific imagery such as the grotesque monsters and/or the brutal killings in all their bloody disgusting glory. A lot of it will still look familiar to older fans, while also altering other parts to help it stay fresh. Either way, it’s quite impressive to look at, even if your heart or stomach can’t take it as well as your eyes.

 

The gameplay returns to its classic roots of giving you the option to either fight or run away from zombies, depending on the weapons or items you have and how much of them you’re allowed to carry. Healing items and ammo are in limited supplies, so you have to be careful of how you use them up, which has always been a source of tension. There’s also a few puzzles you need to solve in order to escape. It of course has all come a long way, and is improved upon for today’s audience.

 

While zombies are slow for the most part, there’s still a chance for them to grab you while you’re busy running and shooting. Aiming for the head isn’t gonna cut it this time, and they can follow you to most of the other rooms. One monster in particular is a near-indestructible brute that will keep looking for you no matter how much you run or hide. There’s a lot of suspense with having to deal with him menacingly coming your way and smashing you to the ground. There’s a lot of strategy involved with having to deal with all these creatures, as you still need to save some stuff for the bosses that you’ll definitely have to fight. So make sure you have enough firepower to take those on.

 

Overall, the game stays true to the original terrifying experience from 20 years ago, while still using the later improvements to the series to truly make it a new take on an old favorite. While some things are still removed or heavily altered, it doesn’t stray too far from what people originally got in the day. Even keeping some extra content for after already finishing the game so that you can keep playing some more afterwards. With all the expectations this remake had to live up to, it manages to do the original game justice.

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Super Smash Bros Ultimate Review

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After 4 years Super Smash Bros Ultimate makes it’s debut on Nintendo Switch and it lives up to the name ultimate. Super Smash Bros Ultimate is a fighting game in which characters from several different Nintendo franchises duke it out in a fighting game battle royale. With this being the fifth entry in the franchise Nintendo pulled out all the stops to make this the best Smash Bros game ever.

This time around the roster is a massive 74 fighters and Nintendo definitely delivered the goods when comes to the characters in the game. The game also boasts a massive 108 stages making it once again the largest stage selection in the series. With the game having 74 fighters in it’s roster Nintendo brought back every character that’s ever been in a Smash game ever, including characters that haven’t been in a Smash game since Melee.

There are also 10 new fighters this time around as well. They include fighters like Simon Belmont, The Inklings, Ridley, King K Rool, Isabelle, and Inciniroar. There are also echo fighters this time around as well. These are variants of previously existing fighters which include Richter Belmont who is an echo fighter of Simon Belmont, Daisy who is an echo fighter of Princess Peach and many more echo fighters as well.

Another new edition to Super Smash Bros ultimate are spirits; these take the place of trophies from the previous smash games. These are spirits of various Nintendo characters that you can equip to the fighter of your choice, these can be various things like an attack boost or having a specific item equipped  There are 4 different kinds of spirits: Attack spirits, Shield spirits, Grab spirits, and Neutral spirits. Super Smash Bros Ultimate uses a rock, paper, scissors type system with its spirits such as attack spirits are good against grab spirits, shield spirits are good against attack spirits, and grab spirits are good against shield spirits. Equipping the right kind of spirits into battle adds a lot of depth and strategy into the game. There are primary spirits and support spirits you equip to the character of your choice. Primary spirits have an amount of power that when leveled up increase your fighters stats. Depending on the type of primary spirit you have equipped it gives 1-3 support spirits slots. Support spirits are spirits that can only be equipped if you have a primary spirit equipped. Depending on the type of primary spirit that you have equipped will give a certain number of support spirits slots. Each support spirit has a cost and each one uses up a support spirit slot. Support spirits not only power up your fighter but also can give a specific bonus when starting the fight, such as zap floor immunity or having a home run bat equipped.

Classic mode once again returns and in my opinion it is the best it’s been in the series. It’s short and sweet, there’s unique boss battles and each fighter’s path is different and unique for each fighter in all classic mode and it is great in this game. All star mode also returns in this game but it’s not as good as it was in previous smash games, it’s basically a mob smash from the previous smash games. The fighting once again is fast paced and a chaotic like it’s been in previous Smash games. This time around you can not only air dodge but there is a critical smash if you land a critical hit on your opponent there will be a flash to indicate it. Once again 8 player smash returns.

There are 103 stages in the game but sadly there are only 4 new stages in this game. Just about all the previous stages get a big graphical upgrade being presented in HD. The only exception being the stages form the Super Smash Bros 64, those stages retain their original looks. New to Smash Ultimate this time around are  stamina battles. These play like a traditional fighting game where you deplete your opponent’s health bar or in this case percentage meter to 0. Vs mode now has a lot more options than before when creating your own custom Vs match. You can now modify rules set in the game for Smash/Custom Smash, Squad Strike and Smash Tourney. Custom Balance allows you to modify a fighter’s power so that way they’re not too overpowered. You can choose whether or not to seperate echo fighters or mii fighters.

Graphics are in full HD and to the date the best this series has ever looked being bright and colorful and cartoony at the same time. Assist trophies once again return and they’re better than ever. Not only is there more than there has been in the past, but now you can Ko assist trophies as well. Final Smashes once again make a return and they’re once again better than ever. They’re not only more flashier than before, but they also get right to the point this time around. No more having the final smashes be some powerup, now they feel like a finishing move in a fighting game.

Online play also returns this time with more options than ever. Up to 4 players can battle it out against each other online, players can also set up a private room together where you can voice chat with your friends via Nintendo Voice Chat app. For ranking system this time around we have the global smash power. This online ranking system ranks all players scores on a numerical scale with the number based on how many players that person outranks. There’s also a special mode in the game just for the top players called Elite Smash mode. You now have a preferred rules option for how you want to play multiplayers whether it’s locally or online. You can set the rules for how you want to play and who you want to play with as well.

There’s also a spectator mode where you can watch other players battle it out online. It’s a great way to pick up gameplay tips. All in all Super Smash Bros Ultimate is great and it improves over everything the previous games did and adds a lot of new stuff as well. It also adds a lot of new stuff into the game to make it feel unique and brand new at the same time. While there are a few game modes that I feel are missing, all in all I feel Super Smash Bros Ultimate is the best Super Smash Bros game to date. My final score for Super Smash Bros Ultimate is a 5 out of 5. Super Smash Bros Ultimate is exclusive to Nintendo Switch.

 

Nathan B

 

Struggling With Something New: What did you do to improve?

A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.
-Franklin D. Roosevelt

When met with new experiences, it is often a struggle to overcome obstacles and improve – but this is how we GROW! At SEEDs for Autism we encourage and empower our participants to face challenges and develop the inner strength to persist and keep trying. We asked some of our participants to write about a time when they struggled with something new – and what they did to improve. 

DANIEL N.
There was a time when I struggled with weight training so I worked hard to gain physical strength. I trained with lighter weights then as I got stronger I dialed up the resistance to build muscle in the back which are the most critical muscles for bench press. I won my weight division in both bench and dead lift.

NATHAN B
There was a time where I struggled at Fry’s which is where I work. When I first got hired at Fry’s I was very nervous and I had no I idea what to do really. I struggled in the beginning. I would bag the wrong things together, I would not do a very good job on carts by only doing a few at a time, and one time I accidentally hit a customers a car with one of the shopping carts. Let’s just say my early times at Fry’s were a struggle. But I didn’t give up and over time I got better and better at Fry’s to eventually thriving at Fry’s. That is how I struggled with something new and overcame that obstacle.

MICHAEL S
I struggled with math in High School. To improve I slowed down my answers. I worked out the problem first. Then I got better at math.

ISAIAH
I struggle sometimes when I work on something hard like moving heavy objects. Now when I lift heavy boxes or heavy packages I prove to be mature because I don’t use bad language and yelling and screaming.

Kingdom Hearts III(Preview)

Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to preview the upcoming game Kingdom Hearts III for the PlayStation 4.

 

In this game, Sora, Donald Duck and Goofy prepare for their final showdown with Master Xehanort (The Seeker of Darkness), Maleficent (The Mistress of all Evil)(Sleeping Beauty) and Pete (Maleficent’s ally)(Disney).

 

The worlds Sora and his friends travel to in this game are the Kingdom of Corona (Tangled),

San Fransokyo (Big Hero 6),

Toy Box (Toy Story),

Monstropolis (Monsters, Inc.),

Arendelle (Frozen),

Olympus (Hercules),

The Caribbean (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End),

100 Acre Wood (Winnie the Pooh),

The Mysterious Tower (Fantasia), Destiny Islands,

Twilight Town, Radiant Garden (The City of Light),

the Realm of Darkness, the Keyblade Graveyard and Scala ad Caelum “Ladder to Heaven/Stairway to Heaven”.

 

The protagonists in this game are Sora (main hero)(Weapon: Light-Realms KeyBlade)(Destiny Islands),

Riku (best friend/rival)(Weapons: Soul-Eater Sword/Way to Dawn KeyBlade)(Destiny Islands),

Kairi (best friend/girlfriend/Princess of Heart)(Weapon: Destiny’s Embrace KeyBlade)(Destiny Island),

Axel (real name: Lea)(Organization XIII’s #8)(Weapons: Twin Chakrams/KeyBlade)(Radiant Garden),

Mickey Mouse (best friend/King)(Weapons: Star-Seeker KeyBlade/Dark-Realms KeyBlade)(Disney Town/Castle),

Donald Duck (best friend/Court Magician)(Weapon: Staffs)(Disney Town/Castle),

Goofy (best friend/Captain of the Royal Knights)(Weapon: Shields)(Disney Town/Castle),

The antagonists in this game are Master Xehanort (Main Villain)(Weapon: KeyBlade)(KeyBlade Graveyard),

Ansem (Xehanort‘s Heartless)(Seeker of Darkness)(Twilight Town),

Xemnas (Xehanort‘s NoBody)(Organization XIII’s #1)(Weapon: Ethereal Blades)(Twilight Town),

Xigbar (real name: Braig)(Organization XIII’s #2)(Weapons: Twin ArrowGuns)(Olympus),

Vexen (real name: Even)(Organization XIII’s #4)(Weapon: Shield)

Saix (real name: Isa)(Organization XIII’s #7)(Weapon: Claymore),

Demyx (Organization XIII’s #9)(Weapon: Sitar),

Luxord (Organization XIII’s #10)(Weapon: Playing Cards)(The Caribbean),

Marluxia (Organization XIII’s #11)(Weapon: Scythe)(Kingdom of Corona),

Larxene (Organization XIII’s #12)(Weapon: Knives)(Arendelle),

Vanitas (Xehanort‘s Apprentice/Creator of the Unversed)(Weapon: Voidless Gear KeyBlade)(Monstropolis),

Young Xehanort (Xehanort‘s younger self from the past)(Weapon: KeyBlade)(Toy Box)

Maleficent (The Mistress of all Evil)(Sleeping Beauty),

Pete (Maleficent‘s ally)(Disney),

Hades (God of the Underworld/Lord of the Dead/Maleficent‘s ally), the Rock Titan, the Ice Titan, the Lava Titan and the Tornado Titan (Hercules),

Randall (Sulley‘s rival)(Monsters, Inc.),

Davy Jones (Captain of the Flying Dutchman) and the Kraken (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End).

 

Sora‘s allies/friends in this game are Rapunzel and Flynn Rider (Tangled),

Baymax, Hiro Hamada and GoGo Tomago (Big Hero 6),

James P. SullivanSulley” and Mike Wazowski (Monsters, Inc.),

Hercules, Megara, Pegasus, Phil and Zeus (Hercules),

Jack Sparrow, Will Turner, Elizabeth Swann, Joshamee Gibbs, Tia Dalma “Calypso” and Hector Barbossa (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End),

Anna, Elsa , Kristoff , Olaf and Sven (Frozen),

Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Rabbit, Tigger, Roo and Gopher (Winnie the Pooh),

Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Hamm, Rex, the Little Green MenLGMs”, Sarge and the Toy Soldiers (Toy Story),

Hayner, Pence, Olette, Scrooge McDuck (Disney) and Ratatouille (Ratatouille)(Twilight Town),

Zexion (real name: Ienzo)(Organization XIII’s #6)(Weapon: Lexicon)(Radiant Garden),

Yen Sid (Sorcerer)(Fantasia), Merlin (Wizard)(The Sword in the Stone),

Ralph (Wreck-It Ralph),

StitchExperiment 626” (Lilo & Stitch),

Princess Ariel (The Little Mermaid) and Simba (The Lion King).

In conclusion, This game serves as the final chapter to the Xehanort saga as well as the ultimate climax to the entire Kingdom Hearts franchise. This game is scheduled to be released in US stores on Tuesday, January 29, 2019.

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(Infinity Badge KeyBlade)(Toy Story)

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(Announcement Trailer)

(TGS 2015 Trailer)

(E3 2018 Frozen Trailer)

(E3 ShowCase 2018 Trailer)

(E3 2018 Pirates of the Carribean Trailer)

(Lucca Comics & Games 2018 Tangled Trailer)

(Winnie the Pooh Trailer)

(Together Trailer)

(Final Battle Trailer)

(Opening Movie Trailer)

 

Digimon-Adventure TRI(Review)

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Hello, my name is Charles and I’m here to review the anime series Digimon-Adventure TRI. This series takes place 10 years after the events of Digimon-Adventure/3 years after the events of Digimon-Adventure 02.

 

The human protagonists in this series are Tai Kamiya (Crest: Courage)(Tai’s digimon partner-Koromon)(Koromon’s digivolutions: Agumon-Rookie, Greymon-Champion, MetalGreymon-Ultimate and WarGreymon-Mega), Matt Ishida (Crest: Friendship)(Matt’s digimon partner-Tsunomon)(Tsunomon’s digivolutions: Gabumon-Rookie, Garurumon-Champion, WereGarurumon-Ultimate and MetalGarurumon-Mega), Sora, Takenouchi (Crest: Love)(Sora’s digimon partner-Yokomon)(Yokomon’s digivolutions: Biyomon-Rookie, Birdramon-Champion, Garudamon-Ultimate and Phoenixmon-Mega), Izzy Izumi (Crest: Knowledge)(Izzy’s digimon partner-Motimon)(Motimon’s digivolutions: Tentomon-Rookie, Kabuterimon-Champion, MegaKabuterimon-Ultimate and HerculesKabuterimon-Mega), Mimi Tachikawa (Crest: Sincerity)(Mimi’s digimon partner-Tanemon)(Tanemon’s digivolutions: Palmon-Rookie, Togemon-Champion, Lilymon-Ultimate and Rosemon-Mega), Joe Kido (Crest: Reliability)(Joe’s digimon partner-Bukamon)(Bukamon’s digivolutions: Gomamon-Rookie, Ikkakumon-Champion, Zudomon-Ultimate and Vikemon-Mega), T.K. Takaishi (Matt’s little brother)(Crest: Hope)(T.K.’s digimon partner-Tokomon)(Tokomon’s digivolutions: Patamon-Rookie, Angemon-Champion, MagnaAngemon-Ultimate and Seraphimon-Mega) and Kari Kamiya (Tai’s little sister)(Crest: Light)(Kari’s digimon partner-Nyaromon)(Nyaromon’s digivolutions: Salamon-Rookie, Gatomon-Champion, Angewomon-Ultimate and Ophanimon-Mega).

 

This series is comprised of 6 chapters with each one being 4-5 episodes long. The chapters are as followed: Chapter 1-Reunion, Chapter 2-Determination, Chapter 3-Confession, Chapter 4-Loss, Chapter 5-Coexistence and Chapter 6-Future.

 

In conclusion, I found this series to be one of the extremely few anime series that teaches viewers like us not only the responsibility of growing up but that we must also take responsibility for everything we actually do in life.

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The Edge of the World

I stand at the end of a path that drops off into an endless darkness.  A massive earthquake had caused the path ahead to fall into darkness below. Looking down I see broken pipes pouring water into the pit of endless shadow. A large rock falls away and falls into the dark abyss. I have been tasked with exploring the abyss –  a job that is both exciting and terrifying at the same time. Who knows what I will find… or if there is anything down there at all aside from the shadows.

by J.L.Wolffire