Apex Legends Season 1 is Here!

You read that right ladies and gents, just one week after Respawn took to Reddit to call out dataminers giving out misinformation about their hit battle royale game… they announced everything those dataminers leaked previously. But hey, Season 1 of Apex Legends is almost here! As announced on the games official Twitter account, tomorrow will mark the beginning of Wild Frontier, and the release of the first battle pass for the game.

In their full press release on the games website, they lay out the entire battle pass for fans to drool over until its released. Throughout the 100 levels of the battle pass players will be able to unlock rewards ranging from weapon skins, themed stat trackers for each character, intro quips for each character and more. The announcement of the battle pass also confirmed the release of the next legend in the game Octane. There will be rewards to unlock for the new legend in the battle pass as well and many players are anxiously waiting to see what Octane brings to King’s Canyon.

The battle pass will cost just 950 Apex Coins (roughly 10 USD) similar to the Fortnite battle pass. If you are young, dumb, and broke high school kids (do I get points for a dated pop culture reference?) or just dont feel like the battle pass is for you, there will be Apex Packs and stat trackers for you to earn for free.

Check out the battle pass for yourself at the link above and let us know what you guys are looking forward to most in the comments below or on Twitter. Don’t forget to follow our Twitch channel to keep up with us, and even join us in Kings Canyon.

Let’s Talk Fallout 76

As of recently, Bethesda has been making more of an effort to create more content for their game. The first of these updates has already  partially arrived which is “Wild Appalachia”. The second update to come will be known as “Nuclear Winter”. Throughout this article I’m going to touch on what’s to come of the “Wild Appalachia” update as well as some of my personal opinions about the update as well.

Let’s begin with the first portion of the “Wild Appalachia” update which has recently come out. Though it is a bit odd that the update is coming out in segments, it wasn’t unexpected since Bethesda had announced that the new content will be released over the next several weeks. The first bit of this update brought a new crafting system to the game called “Brewing”, and after looking a little bit into the brewing system, there isn’t much to it. You can craft some wimes, spirits, and beers. The thing that honestly disappoints me is that there doesn’t seem to be much of a reason to do this. In previous fallout games alcohol would affect yours S.P.E.C.I.A.L. stats such as increasing strength and charisma while decreasing your intelligence. By what I have seen so far there is no stat changes from consuming alcohol in the game, but it will provide hydration. In all honesty, the community could have done without this portion of the update.

The next portion of this update will begin March 19th and you will be able to participate in the “Fasnacht” parade. There isn’t too much known about this portion of the update except that it will be a limited time event that will reward players with unique items. Following that will be a “Survival” PvP experience coming out March 26th. Bethesda mentioned this as a new gamemode which leads me to wonder how this will be implemented. There will be fewer restrictions and increased rewards while participating in this PvP gamemode. Further into this update comes player vending, a new series of quests, as well as a new item on April 9th. Player vending will consist of players building a vending machine on their C.A.M.P. and puts their own gear into it to be sold to other players who access it. The new item that will be coming out is a physical camera that you can carry around and take photos with. The quest series just mentions that you will uncover the “encryptid” secrets of Appalachia. The next portion of the update arrives May 7th which seems to be a new faction of sorts. Bethesda states that there will be new stories where you can earn merits, climb ranks, and create a new item, the backpack for increased on-player storage. The final section of this update will be the legendary vendor which will be released on May 23rd. This new vendor will allow you to trade in your legendary gear that you no longer want for new legendary gear.

After all of that information, I want to dive more into how I feel about these upcoming updates. I feel like the “Fasnacht” parade is a good idea since it will provide players with limited time items. I assume that these items will only be cosmetic, but because they will only be able to be acquired during this limited time event, that means they will have some sense of rarity which when player vending comes out it may be a good source of caps for those who were able to take advantage of the event while others could not. The PvP mode holds my interest, but there really isn’t enough information for me to truly care about it. It has potential to be quite fun pending what the rewards are and how it is played. Player vending is an intriguing addition to the game that could be beneficial. I personally can’t think of anything I would truly want to buy from another player besides blueprints because the weapons and armor in the game are all fairly common to find anyways. The new camera item seems even more useless than brewing. There is already a photo system within the game why do we need a physical camera to also take photos. The thing I am most excited for is the new series of quests that will be arriving to the game. The game has been bone dry for so long with nothing to do after the main quest line. This will finally gives players a reason to pick the game back up. My excitement also lies in the new faction portion of the update. Bethesda doesn’t actually claim that it is a faction, but with them claiming that you can earn merits and climb the ranks, the idea of a faction comes to mind. Finally there is the legendary vendor which sounds cool, but what actually matters is how that system will work. Bethesda claims you can trade in your legendary items for other legendary items and that the higher star rating the one you trade in, you will increase the chance of getting the “item of your dreams”. This sounds to me like it will be randomized loot from the vendor. For example, maybe you will trade in a two star pipe pistol and the vendor will possibly give you a two or three star weapon or armor piece. I personally want it to be random loot from trading in your old legendaries so that not every player is running the best legendaries in the game. If that is not how the system works and you get to choose which legendary you receive then I hope that that will be a currency system for it. A form of this could be that if you trade in a one star item then you will receive 10 legendary scrap. The vendor may potentially sell a three star legendary item for 150 scrap. That is how I would like the system to work if the players are going to be allowed to choose their own loot.

No Man’s Sky Beyond: Our Wishlist for the New Update

Hello Games must have been reading our minds because I kid you not I was wondering when they were going to be announcing their next update for No Man’s Sky just yesterday. Now 24 hours (and one Twitter meltdown by yours truly) later, we have an idea of what is next to come for the space exploration game. They made the official announcement of the next update called Beyond, a large three part update that is proclaimed by Hello Games to be even bigger and better than previous updates (you can find the announcement on the game’s official website).

Beyond is being described as a culmination of three updates interwoven into one. The announcement of the update gave us just the first of the three updates to the game, which includes all new multiplayer and social experiences. The game will now be a full online experience where players can interact with one another. Hello Games is refraining from calling it an MMO because their are no subscriptions or microtransactions, but in essence… it’s an MMO now (hence my Twitter meltdown).

The bad news in this announcement is that they only announced that first part of the update and are going to announce the other two over the next two weeks. The good news, though, is that we get to let our imaginations run wild with ideas of what the other two parts to Beyond might be. I have a couple of things that I would personally love to see added into the game that are not completely out of the realm of possibility.

Our buddy Simon, who you guys would recognize from our CoD podcast, joked that he would never play the game unless there was a battle royale mode that spanned multiple planets in a star system. As sarcastic as he was when he said it, my ideas arent terribly far off from what he brought up. They also are two interconnected ideas so I feel like they would fit in with the theme of Beyond as a whole. The first part of it being a true, fleshed out PvP experience.

PvP

The past two and a half years since launch, Hello Games has been committed to bringing narrative, exploration, cooperative play and crafting to the heights they currently, and have done a fantastic job. Now that the PvE experience has reached the potential Hello Games envisioned initially, it feels like the right time to shift focus towards new PvP experiences.

There are a couple ideas I have conjured up on how they could potentially approach PvP. They could do a traditional matchmaking system where you have ground or air combat with whatever multi-tool or ship you have in your playthrough and just do match made games, or another thought I had was implementing PvP star systems. You could have a designated filter on your galaxy map that will show you which star systems are PvP enabled and which are PvE only.

Updated Faction System

The third piece to my dream Beyond update would be to add depth to the faction system. There are currently faction based quests and ways to gain or lose reputation with the different factions in the game, but it still feels a little shallow and you dont entirely feel like apart of a certain faction. I would love to see them have you ally more closely with these factions and build on the bits of lore that you find within the universe.

How They Would Intertwine

These two concepts would work very well together because the updated factions and lore can attribute to why the PvP events are happening. You can even have full faction based PvP if you so choose. Have conflicts between Gek and Vy’Keen players scattered in different star systems. Another idea is have PvP arenas of sorts in certain Vy’Keen systems (I chose them because they are the brutish warrior race). These two concepts play so well off of each other so I feel like these would be such great pieces to the game.

Other Ways it Could Impact the Game

With an improved faction system I feel like it would be a great opportunity to continue world building by adding new, complex building types that are unique to each faction. For example, in a Vy’Keen system, you might see remnants of warrior base camps on planets or intricate well made Gek cities. This would make each planet feel more alive and unique.

With PvP, it gives them an opportunity to add new types of mods for the multi tools to help cater to combat more and even add new vendor types that can help you better equip yourself for battles.

The possibilities for Beyond are endless at this point and this is all just wild daydreaming but I would love to see those changes implemented into the game. The evolution of No Man’s Sky has been amazing and I hope they continue to bring new exciting things to the game (like my ideas listed above) so that the game can continue to captivate the fans that stuck with them through this development cycle.

What big changes do you want to see hit No Man’s Sky in the Beyond update when it drops this Summer? Sound off below or let us know on Twitter!

Captain Marvel Full Spoiler Review…

There have been many concerns revoling around this film for the last couple months now with different statements that have been floating around the internet on what this movie’s real goal was. Some people felt this movie was for political propaganda, and other felt it was purely for a the love of film. As someone who was worried about this bringing in too much politics into a genere of film that we use to escape the tropes of real life I felt the movie did a very good job veering away from politics and kept this to a very modest enjoyable super hero film.

To jump into the problems with the film so we can focus on what was enjoyable with Captain Marvel there werent many issues I had just a couple minor ones. The pacing felt very odd. Not that it was poorly paced, but being very used to slow starts to marvel films with a large lead up and a great pay off. This movie kept a very moderate pace all film that made the pay off not feel as big which was good and bad because I never felt bored, but again the payoff didnt feel as rewarding as other Marvel films. The only other real problem I had with the movie was the action scenes all used a lot of shaky cam, and that didnt allow you to appreciate how beautiful the CGI was for Captain Marvel’s powers. It would have been nice to see a little bit of slow mo ot just clean no cut sction scenes like from Civil War.

This movie did a very good job at suprising me with many different aspects of the film. First off as I mentioned before the pacing of the film was very fresh and different and I never got bored with the slow introduction story of most other super hero movies. I also really enjoyed what they did with piecing together her back story throughout the movie with snippets of her memories since she had amnesia.

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

It was a very interesting way they melded her back story into the films plot without making it seem like a big deal untill the end. The entire movie we are told that the Skrulls are an evil race who just want to wipe out all life on earth and are pretty much a terrorist organization of space, and Vers(Captain Marvel) and the Kree are here to keep peace in the galaxy by taking out the Skrulls There is a part in the movie where Captain Marvel is taken in by the Skrulls after a mission went side ways and they were attempting the extract information from her memories, and this gave us a look into who Carol Danvers was before becoming Vers. She thought this was the Skrulls putting false memories into her mind, but we find out later in the film that the Kree wiped her memory when they found her on Earth 6 years ago. Marvel did a fantastic job throwing us for a loopz something I feel we havent really seen throughout the decade of the Marvel Universe. This really though the audience for a drastic change when we find out that the Skrulls are the good guys trying to just find a place to find a home planet. While the Kree are just looking to wipe out the Skrulls. The pay off od the film as I mentioned before didnt feel as rewarding because of the constant steady pace of the film, however it was still exciting. Captain Marvel unlocked her full potential, and we got to see the absolute bad assery that her and her side kick Goose (the cat) did a great job to wrap up the film. The last thing I want to touch on that was really an over arching plot point was the good cop/bad cop theme we had with Captain Marvel and Nick Fury worked extremely well, and it’s something we might see more of kn upcoming Marvel movies since we had it in Thor Ragnarok (Thor/Hulk) Ant Man and Wasp (AntMan/Wasp), and not Captain Marvel (Captain Marvel/Nick Fury).

If you stated for the end credit scenes you might have some questions as well. The first end credit scene brings up to present day with Captain America, Black Widow, Bruce Banner, and War Machine in a lab talking about the pager they found on Nick Fury’s ashes and how the pager just went off. Then the last frame we see Captain Marvel appear and say “Where is Fury?”. I’m sure this will be right where Avengers End Game begins, and now we will see Captain Marvel join what is left of the Avengers to team up to beat Thanos. Then there is one last end credit scene where we see Goose puke up the Teseract, so it was great to have Marvel Studios give us both sides of the story where it all began with the Tesseract, and where we will pick up from with Captain Marvel and the Avengers.

All in all it was an enjoyable movie with not many issues, so I would give Captain Marvel an 7.8 out of 10. Enjoyable film all together. Other then the twist at the end there isnt anything else that I’ll be really thinking about weeks from now. The buddy cop theme really kept me going throughout the movie. It is definatly worth a match. Average introduction movie to the franchise for a character, and I’m sure there will be much more to come of Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel.

Let us know what you thought of our review, or your own thoughts on Captain Marvel in the comments. Make sure go leave a like, and feel free to give us ideas on what our next article should be!

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-Brandon Maj