Comic Books on Xbox One!?

Microsoft is trying s very interesting approach for the Xbox One. They are bringing a new app to the store that you can download so you can read a bunch of different comic books! The application drops today and is called IDW. It allows you to check out these comics on there app right now:

  • TMNT VOL. 1
  • LOCKE & KEY VOL. 1
  • D4VE
  • STAR TREK VOL. 1
  • GHOSTBUSTERS VOL. 1
  • JEM VOL. 1 
  • FEAR & LOATHING
  • TRANSFORMERS RID VOL. 1
  • TRANSFORMERS MTMTE VOL. 1
  • JUDGE DREDD VOL. 1

As stated by Seth G. Macy on IGN

“The app plans to add “exclusive content and ability to purchase IDW owned TV episodes and movies” in the future.”
It’s great to see a Microsoft brining a way for interested reads an easier way to get comic books. Hopefully IDW will continue what they are doing with Xbox  one, and we will see mlre content by them.What do you think about the new IDW application on Xbox One? Let us know @TheNerdChambers on Twitter!

-ShadowGhoul (Brandon)

Destiny 2 Rally the Troops!!!

The trailer has finally hit the public, and it has made a boom! In less than an hour the trailer had already totaled over 138K views, and is sitting at a solid 16K likes. Not only did the trailer bring some excitement for combat and adventure… It also brought a sense of humor. The trailer has two characters explaining why we need to join together and help the cause for Destiny 2.

One commander takes a very serious approach explaining the sad defeated warriors, and why they need to take back their home. The commander does a very good job at getting the troops excited for the vengeful crusade. So they are ready to take on the Red Legion and take on Ghaul…

On the other hand… We see the same fun loving drunken guardian from the teaser trailer Cayde giving a not as heroic speech. He goes on to explain that we need everyone, but you might die in the adventure. He then can’t remember the name of the evil villain’s name… “Starts with a g? Gary?! No…” No one seems to be buying his speech, and he changes the reasoning to loot. That everyone should get all the loot they possibly can, and this hypes up the guardians!

Bungie did a very good job in the trailer explaining why you’ll be starting over in the sequel. The fact that Ghaul and his legion came through and destroyed the tower with all of your loot inside. You’ll have to begin a new story in a new part of the world. Hopefully Destiny 2 will have more sustained success then it’s first game had. All together the first game did well it just didn’t hold all of its gamers from the start.

Watch the Destiny 2 Trailer here!

What do you think about the trailer for Destiny 2? Will you be jumping on board and rallying with the troops on September 8th? Let us know on Twitter @TheNerdChambers or in the comments below!

-ShadowGhoul (Brandon)

MLB: The Show 17 Review

America’s past time gets its next installment from Sony San Diego with the release of MLB: The Show 17 and the Show just keeps getting better with age. I played last years iteration of the game extensively so I was looking forward to getting my hands on this years installment of the game.

This year’s game had a serious focus on adding more depth the each of the game modes that the Show offers, which are a ton. As always I started my playing experience with Road to the Show. If you guys did not get a chance to check out our previous post about the changes to Road to the Show, there was an awesome addition to the game mode that turns the experience into a documentary style of game with a narrator and all. Players now have interactions with coaches, scouts, and advisors where they will choose dialogue options that branch conversations into different directions. This was a really cool addition to make the experience of Road to the Show feel a bit more meaningful, however the only thing holding it back is it’s repetition in the encounters. For example, in my playthrough as a pitcher the pitching coach approaches me after nearly every game to have the same conversation about how well I have been doing at striking guys out. If it was not as frequent I wouldn’t be a bother but because it has been so frequent, it begins to get old. Other than that the Road to the Show experience is loads of fun as always and I will be grinding to get to the Hall of Fame with a pitcher and center fielder as I normally do.

As for the Franchise Mode, they made some nice additions as well. The coolest addition is the player lock feature, which allows players to choose a player on their team and play the games exclusively as that player. Want Kris Bryant to win back-to-back MVPs? Lock as him then you play every game of Franchise Mode as the Cubs star. Another new way to play franchise mode is through the quick manage mode. This allows players to choose how they want to approach each at bat defensively and offensively. Is it a tie game and your team is about to face Miguel Cabrera in the ninth? Then simply pitch around him and just hope he doesn’t end the game in one swing. What is awesome about the quick manage mode is that if you take that same scenario you can choose to jump into the game and play that scenario like a regular game. Then once you feel you are safe to continue quick managing you can go back to doing so without hassle. What is also really cool about this years Franchise Mode is that you are able to choose which aspects of running the organization you want to do and what you want done by CPU. Say you hate going through the scouting process and dealing with lineup management, with the new feature you can simply switch those to being automatically completely by hovering over that option in the main menu and hitting square. All of these features make Franchise Mode a great customizable experience that can be adjusted to what the player decides to do. The ease of being able to use all of these features is what truly makes it an overall better experience than last year.

Now for Diamond Dynasty. The competitive team-building game mode is back and better than ever this year. This year they added a couple new ways to play and earn cards for those who want to play against CPU and make their team better before diving into the online scene. Extra Innings is a game mode that allows you to pick another users team and play against it while AI is controlling the team you choose. You then adjust the difficulty and dive into the game. If you win, you will get rewarded with a random card that can be any rarity; however, if you up the difficulty of the AI, you get a high percentage of getting better cards. Another new way to play Diamond Dynasty is with events. Now, the first event does not begin until April 4th, but the way they work is that players will be given parameters as to how their team is to be structured and they then compete to be at the top of the leaderboard. They have yet to release the reward structure for competing in these events but they are sure to really help you build your team. Battle Royale, Conquest, and traditional online head-to-head matchups are all back this year and will give people another way to scratch that competitive itch.

These three game modes along with the addition of Retro Mode, where you play a nine inning game with simplified controls, MLB: The Show really does give you so many ways to play and have fun. Challenge of the Week gives players a fun way to earn some awesome physical prizes (the first week prize is a signed Louisville Slugger bat by none other than Ken Griffey Jr. himself), and modes like Postseason and Home Run Derby offer quick, simple game modes for those that like the exciting parts of the game.

Technically is where The Show has gone the extra mile this year. First off, the game plays at 60fps with little to no framerate drop that I have noticed and it makes the experience feel so much smoother. The amount of animations they have added to the game vastly improves the variation in the way people field as well which keeps the gameplay feeling fresh. Also with the smart AI added to the defensive players, people will no longer have to be worried about their shortstops taking too long to throw the ball as players adapt to the situations. If Billy Hamilton hits a ball to the shorstop, the shortstop will throw quickly because of the speed of the hitter, whereas, if a pitcher is running, the shortstop will take his time. The final piece to the gameplay was that there are now millions of possibilities of hit patterns now. Before you would see similar hit patterns within the same game, but now you will find new hit animations weeks after the games release.

SUMMARY

Sony San Diego, continues to show why MLB: The Show is the best sports game out there by continuing to grow the game technically and with more game modes. The gameplay is the smoothest it has ever been, and has more variation to make the game feel as realistic as it has ever been. The new ways to play in franchise mode and Diamond Dynasty enrich the game with seemingly endless ways to play. The only thing that I can say that is negative about the game is that the repetition in the narration in Road to the Show interactions gets a bit tiresome. Other than that, this game is a masterpiece and has set the bar incredibly high for other sports franchises to try and reach.

9.5/10

What do you guys think of this years iteration of America’s past time? Let us know in the comments below, or tweet us @TheNerdChambers!

Destiny 2 Teaser!!!

One of the most anticipated games in the last decade was Bungie’s newest creation Destiny. After a plethora of Halo games that the company gifted to us over the years. The games did very well, and it was very sad to see Bungie depart from their extremely acclaimed franchise that is Halo… After a few years we were delighted to find out about Destiny! The hype for this game was absolutely surreal. We were graced with a beta that had an undying amount of fun, and when the game launched the world exploded. All around the first few months of the game did very well, and honestly to this day the game still is doing very well with a die hard fan base.

There has been some rumors surrounding the upcoming sequel such as release date, upcoming events, and what will be new to the game… Well today we finally got to have a small glimpse into the world of Destiny 2. The trailer showed us some very incredible action sequence with our narrator bringing us deep into flashbacks of war. The trailer did not give us a look into the upcoming game other than the fact we will be getting a full trailer on March 30th. The trailer does give us some hype for the upcoming game.

What do you think of the Destiny franchise? Are you excited for the upcoming game this year? Let us know @TheNerdChambers what you think about Destiny and Destiny 2! Come back Friday to check out our thoughts on the full trailer!

-ShadowGhoul (Brandon)

Spider-Man Homecoming Trailer 2 Thoughts…

The second official trailer for the upcoming Sony/Marvel film Spider-Man Homecoming dropped earlier today. The trailer was absolutely astonishing. The excitement was incredible and the pace was fantastic. The only thing that worries me… It may have given a way too much. Here is the trailer!

Spider-Man Homecoming Trailer 

POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD!!!

The trailer starts off with Tom Holland as Peter Parker changing into Spider-Man in an alley way. The interesting part here isz the suit seems to be loose fitting. He then presses a button on the chest and it contracts to his body for a better fit. The trailer proceeds to have narration of Tony and Peter talking about what Spider-Man should focus on. To start small and not jump into battles he isn’t ready for. After Peter and his friend are shown hanging out for bits of the trailer, and Peter is telling him about being Spider-Man. The scene from the first trailer where Spider-Man is trying to hold the boat together is pretty much played through completely very quickly. Then the montage begins of Spider-Man versus Vulture.

Summary:

All around the trailer was extremely fun. I personally have been more excited for this movie then any other movie this year Spider-Man being my favorite super hero! The humor was there at all moments who has is great for a Spider-Man movie. There is something that does terrify me… The trailer may have showed too much. It showed Tony taking the suit away from Peter. It showed Peter telling his friend about being Spider-Man. It showed Peter and Liz getting together at the dance and about to kiss. It also shows 2/3 different battles between Vulture and Spider-Man. I am scared that those might be all of the fight scenes…

We can all hope for the best that there is even more to come from the actual movie. Maybe this will be the first time Spider-Man truly makes everyone happy on the big screen. Go let us know @TheNerdChambers what you thought of the trailer!

-ShadowGhoul (Brandon)

The San Juan Sharks (Pre-Pack Opening)

Hey guys MLB: The Show is finally here! I am so excited to dive into the game and I will be sure to have a review out in the near future as I get my hands on all the different game modes and additions to the game. What I thought I would also do is sort of chronicle my Diamond Dynasty experience. This is a way for me to think through roster decisions and in-game decisions as well, so my hope is that you all benefit from seeing how my thought process works. To start we are going to work through our first five picks and overview the rest of the team as it gets auto-picked for us.

So with that it’s time to pick our first five players. My options for middle infield or catcher are Alex Avila (75), Tony Kemp (71), Jordy Mercer (71) and Nick Ahmed (72). The 2015 me would have instantly locked Avila because he has the best overall of the bunch, but I know better than to just judge off of overall now. Out of these four I actually end up going with Tony Kemp because he has the best contact rate against right-handers and is the only speed threat.

Next up is the corner infielders, my options are: Marwin Gonzalez (71), Adam Rosales (73), Joe Mauer (73), and Sean Rodriguez (73). So again I would be making the old me crazy, but I go with Marwin Gonzalez who has the worst overall again, however, he also has the best contact rate, solid homerun rate, and best speed of the bunch. Plus sacrificing a little bit of defense is worth the superior hitting.

Next up we have outfielders: Hyun Soo Kim (75), Danny Santana (70), Jorge Soler (75), and Byron Buxton (75). Who did I pick? You guessed it, Danny Santana. It was tough between him and Soler but Santana has better contact rate, vision, and speed. Soler only has better better power and a better arm defensively. Santana can also play five different positions so that kind of versatility is great for a guy that can get good contact and steal. The other two are specialists and that is not the sort of thing I care for in my fielders/hitters.

Now for the starting pitchers: Chris Capuano (72), Adam Conley (75), Christian Friedrich (72), and Aaron Blair (70). So this time I do go with the highest overall in Adam Conley. He is a lefty pitcher with the best combination of velocity, control, and break. He also had the best H/9 and K/9 so despite losing out on a few points in BB/9, I feel it will definitely be worth it. I was also considering Aaron Blair because he had the best velocity and break, but I would have been sacrificing too much control.

Then we have the relievers: Keone Kela (79), Cam Bedrosian (79), Joe Smith (79), and Jake Diekman (78). All pretty solid choices for a start up reliever. For my relievers, I love fireballers that can just get people out by blowing a fastball by them, so I decide to go with Jake Diekman here. Maxed out velocity, 93 break, and 92 K/9 pretty much tell the story with this pick.

The rest of the team was then auto-picked for me and I have to say I like the team. My rotation is Trevor Bauer (high stamina, velocity and break), Robbie Ray (lefty with high K/9), Conley, Kyle Gibson (high stamina, velocity, break, and 62 BB/9 is best in the rotation), and Colin Rea (one of the best H/9 rates in rotation and a 5 pitch mix).

My bullpen is definitely where I will need the most help going into my pack openings as the next best reliever I have after Diekman is Bobby Parnell (73) and my last reliever is a 58.

My starting lineup looks pretty solid so far:

1. Danny Santana (SS) (good contact rate, baserunning, and little cold zones)
2. Marwin Gonzalez (1B) (good contact rate, decent power, and good speed for 1B)
3. Lorenzo Cain (CF) (great contact, clutch, fielding, and speed) (got him from a loyalty pack once I got the servers to work for me)
4. Joc Pederson (RF) (great power, maxed discipline, solid fielding and good speed, but bad contact and stealing)
5. Mike Napoli (LF) (good power and contact vs lefties, near maxed discipline)
6. Asdrubal Cabrera (2B) (Good contact and power vs righties, good bunting)
7. Geovany Soto (C) (good power and discipline)
8. Kike Hernandez (3B) (does everything except bunt solid and steal (everything else is 50+) and is very versatile (6 positions))

My team right as it stands right now is a 74 overall with my best squad attribute being pitching then defense.

Let me know what you guys think of all this. Am I just wasting everyones time with this or is this something that interests you? Comment below or tweet us @TheNerdChambers. Don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram as well!

Sega Announces Valkyria Revolution

In a Playstation Blog post earlier today, Will Chan of Sega took to announcing that a “spinoff” of Valkyria Chronicles is going to be coming to the Americas. Valkyria Revolution is going to be the next chapter of the Valkyria games but it is not going to be taking place in a World War II setting. “Instead of a World War II influence, the game is inspired by the European industrial revolution and focuses on a war of liberation between two vastly different nations,” Chan explains. It looks like this will not be a sequel or even the same universe as he adds “It takes place in a whole different timeline, continent, and universe than its predecessors, but familiar elements — such as the precious mineral ragnite and the legendary beings known as the Valkyria — make a return.”

For those who have never played Valkryia Chronicles (which is a mistake and you should play it) the game has a great blend of storytelling, role-playing, and strategy all in one. The game is a unique experience and blends genres together very well. Unfortunately it looks like the hand-drawn art style will not be making a return in this iteration of the series as they replace it for a more traditional JRPG graphic style. It also looks like turn based combat will not be making a return to the series, “The turn-based action has been replaced with faster-paced (but no less strategic) combat. This hybrid battle system combines the tactics of customizing squad behavior and loadouts with real-time action for some pretty intense moments on the field,” Chan states.

Valkyria Revolution is set to hit stores physically for PS4 and digitally for PS4 and PS Vita on June 27th.

What do you guys think of the changes Sega is making to the Valkyria series? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us @TheNerdChambers. Don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram as well!

Call of Duty WWII???

Every year a new game to the Call of Duty franchises drops. Some years it’s a hit and others it’s a very sad miss. Over the last few years the Call of Duty games have seen some struggle in pre sales, overall purchases, and players sticking with their product. Ever since Call of Duty has made the shift to next-gen, the franchise has began to take a dive. Some people were recently happy with the 2015 Call of Duty Black Ops 3 that was released. Due to the games much slower game page then Advanced Warfare and great Call of Duty Zombies story arcs, the game showed some promise. 

This last year the companies tried something new by releasing a new title (Infinite Warfare) and a remake of a fan favorite (Modern Warfare). This did show to help the company with the remake, but at this point most users are only on the remake. With all of the jet packs in the currents CODs the popularity of the games has shifted. So it is sad to know the games the company works to put out people don’t care for anymore. 

There is a saving grace… Possibly. It has been announced that we may be getting a World War 2 based Call of Duty. Which we would guess this means boots on the ground. No jump packs or anything in that mobility. This most likely will help the franchise quite a bit. We will have to see when the game drops later this year.

What do you think about Call of Duty 2017? Does this mean anything to you, or is Call of Duty dead? Let us know @TheNerdChambers on Twitter!

-ShadowGhoul (Brandon)

Power Rangers Review

WARNING SOME MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD, IF YOU DON’T WANT ANY PIECES OF THE FILM SPOILED FEEL FREE TO READ THE SUMMARY AT THE BOTTOM.

They are finally back! Jason and the team from the original Power Rangers TV series are back to take on Rita Repulsa, this time on the big screen. As a lifelong Power Ranger fan I must say I could not wait to get a chance to watch this movie. Here are my thoughts without spoiling major plot points of the story.

The first portion of the film is very awkwardly paced. The first couple of scenes are done pretty well in all honesty, but after that it almost feels like the movie gets sped up to the point where they find the ship and become Power Rangers. What did not help this is that they did all of this without building their main characters. We learn bits and pieces about Jason early on because it is seen through mostly his perspective but not enough to really make audiences connect with him. Although he and Kimberly get the most screen time, or at least it feels like they do, they actually do a better job of building the other three characters and making them feel relatable.

There is a moment in the film that you actually get to see the Rangers all together and talking about their problems in life and when it came to Jason and Kimberly they both avoided talking all together. At least with Kimberly they do eventually have her talk about her past with Jason but Jason never has his moment of releasing all his demons which made him feel a little empty as a character. For much of the film it almost seems like it was leading to some sort of romantic moment between Jason and Kimberly but we never get to see that happen despite the first trailer of the film showing them kissing. This almost makes it feel pointless having so many moments just with Jason and Kimberly together and basically keeping their secrets between the two of them.

The best performances that came out of this movie were from R.J. Cyler who plays Billy/Blue Ranger, and Becky G who plays Trini/Yellow Ranger. They do a great job of making their characters who have real life issues feel genuine and relatable. The performances by these two however get drowned out by Ludi Lin’s Zack who just feels like too much of a wild card character and was not very believable, and the lackluster Jason and Kimberly. That may be my biggest quarrel with the movie is that Dacre Montgomery does not command the screen and feel like much of a leader even though he is the Red Ranger.

The last thing I will bring up is that the film was having trouble distinguishing itself. For parts of the movie it was very serious and had mature, realistic problems and I really enjoyed the fact that they were making the Power Rangers into more than just a kid’s action movie; however, the movie gets dragged down by some juvenile, cliche writing during action sequences.

SUMMARY

It may have not sounded like it with some of the negatives I have throughout this review, but I thoroughly enjoyed Power Rangers. It is a fun movie and has flashes of being a more young adult version of the famed franchise, but it occasionally gets brought back to its cheesy roots. All in all this is a movie that struggles from having an identity crisis. As a fan of the franchise I am hoping an extended version of the film comes out when it gets released for home formats because I would like to see if the film had a stronger identity before the editing process. With that said though, this is a review of the theatrical cut. I give the film a 6.5/10 because it is an fun movie that suffers from a lackluster lead character and struggles between young adult adventure movie and the kids show of it’s origin.

 

(Non Spoiler) Review of Netflix’s Iron Fist…

After a weekend of binge watching Iron Fist it is finally time to break down the show… Iron Fist has had a very hard time when it came to the critics. The show was bashed pretty hard about being boring, the lead being uninteresting, and the lack of action sequences. I will be tackling my thoughts without giving any spoilers, but I will be giving a full spoiler review later next week. 

As I mentioned in my first half review, the show had a fairly slow start compared to the other Netflix Marvel shows. Daredevil and Luke Cage. both had a very action filled series from start to finish. Wether the action came from the lead characters or if the action came from the criminals in the shows. Iron Fist on the other hand had a very low amount of action. The show was more based around Danny (Iron Fist) finding out what happened to his family and company. 

If you’re going to watch Iron fist… You need to go into this show to learn more about Iron Fist/Danny as a character. Do not go into the series looking for crazy action sequences. I’m sure that will come later on in later seasons, but for now it’s to purely learn why Danny is the Iron Fist. I still am surprised on the very low rating that season 1 received being 18%. The show has a good way to make you feel for the characters, and you really do understand their relationships with one another. Overall I did enjoy the show. I would give it a 6/10. Good enough to watch if you’re interested in the marvel universe. Unlike Daredevil and Luke Cage… I probably wouldn’t rewatch the show, like I have already for Daredevil, but it was a good watch!

I will be giving a spoiler review coming up next week. I will cover everything possible about the show. Hopefully the non Spoiler review will help you decide wether or not to view the first season of Iron Fist! If you have seen the show let us know what you thought @TheNerdChambers on Twitter! 

Iron Fist Season 1 Rating: 6/10

-ShadowGhoul (Brandon)