Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles…?

Can it be? Are we going to see a successful Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles story line!? The fan base seems to be slowly crawling back into the sewers for the disappointing attempt of live action films from Paramount Pictures.  Yes, all in all the movies may have made some money from the first TMNT having a budget of 125 million dollars, and grossed 493.3 million dollars. While  the second TMNT: Out from the Shadows budget was 135 million dollars, and grossed 245.6 million a serious decrease.

For the fans sake… I would love to see a fun loving, true to the story, and successful Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles creation. Thankfully Nickelodeon announced Rise of the Teenage Mutant Turtles 2D animated series. The series is set to premiere in fall of 2018 and the show will have 26 episodes total. The two Gentelman taking on this series will be Andy Suriano(Samurai Jack Character Designer), and Any Ward (Supervising Producer on the current Teenage Mutant Turtles series). 

IGN writer Alex Gilyadov reported “Rise of the Teenage Mutant Turtles will expand the mythology of the Ninja Turtles by featuring new villains and a “more mystical New York City,” as the four protagonists discover a magical world beneath the city’s streets while also gaining strange new mystical ninja powers.” The description for the series definitely brings some new light to the franchise, and it will be a very exciting wait to see a new crew begin the story of the Teenage Mutant Turtles.

Go and tweet us @TheNerdChambers and give us your thoughts on a new TMNT franchise. Will it be a success or a bomb? Are you excited? If you’re interested in reading more from Alex Gilyadov, here is the link to his IGN article of the new TMNT series! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Article Alex Gilyadov

-ShadowGhoul (Brandon)

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Meet Orisa, the New Overwatch Hero

It was just announced earlier today that Orisa will be your next Overwatch Hero and is now available on PC in the PTR. This is a surprise as Blizzard had cautioned, as the character is loosely connected to Doomfist and Efi, the two characters that were apart of teases for Orisa.

Orisa is going to be the newest tank to join the Overwatch lineup. Her weapon of choice is called the fusion driver. It is described in the Developer Update as a “projectile-based machine gun.” They also explained that her weapon will have the best range of any primary weapon for a tank (they stated that Zarya’s alternate fire can go equally as far) and that it has good rate of fire as well. Her alternate fire seems even scarier than the basic fire. It is described as a mini graviton surge (Zarya’s ultimate), where Orisa shoots out a pulse, and then upon clicking the alternate fire button again, she pulls any targets in range of it into the center for a short period of time.

Her first ability is called Fortify, which essentially counters any crowd control affects when active. The example given in the video is Pharah’s concussive blast. Normally, it would push people away but Orisa would be able to keep on trucking through without a care in the world. It was also stated that the damage she takes gets reduced but no specific percentage was given. Her next ability is called Protective Barrier. This puts a rounded barrier, about half the size of Winstons bubble, anywhere Orisa chooses. It can be used to shield allies or herself based on where the user places it. It still operates like other shields in the game, meaning certain things can still penetrate the shield, and it will break if dealt too much damage. Finally we have her ultimate which is called Supercharger. Orisa carries the Supercharger on her back and when her she uses her ultimate, she drops the Supercharger onto the ground and any ally within the line of sight of it gets a damage boost. The developers do warn that the enemy team can destroy the Supercharger and encourage the use of the protective barrier on the Supercharger.

From the sound of all of this, Orisa is going to be an outstanding addition to the Overwatch lineup. She can effectively control the enemy team’s positioning with her alternate fire, while also cancelling out any crowd control on herself with Fortify. Her abilities make it seem like she would be perfectly partnered with a Winston as a part of a dive composition in certain scenarios, or paired with a good Reinhardt on payload maps.

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How The Witcher 3 Started a Revolution… Sort of

For as long as we can remember, the gaming industry was on par with the movie industry. You had a couple entertaining games here and there throughout the first nine months of the year, but when October hit, consumers would be bombarded with great game after great game. Just looking at the past winners of game of the year fromt he VGA’s/The Game Awards, Only three games from 2003 to 2014 were fully released before August the years they were released which were Resident Evil 4 in 2005, Elder Scrolls: Oblivion the following year, and Red Dead Redemption in 2010. Those three are all incredible games, there is not doubt about that, but although they were successful, developers continued to keep it play it safe and release there games during the holidays. It makes perfect sense, Christmas is the season of giving, and what do so many kids love? Video games.

But why should the dedicated gamers that are always looking for fun experiences year round be left in the cold during the first half of the year? For years, people would have to sit the the first 4-5 months of the year continuing to play the most recent Call of Duty, or playing through Fallout 3 or Skyrim for the 18th time because there was barely anything being released in those early months. Then all of a sudden, something changed.

This game called The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt came out in May of 2015 and it was one of the most impressive feats in video games. The world design and scale were incredible, voice acting and scriptwriting was well done, the story was engaging and left you wanting more, and there was this little game called Gwent that won the hearts of millions. The Witcher raised the bar for what an open world RPG, a true masterpiece, and pretty much the unanimous game of the year of 2015. Not only that, the game sold four million copies in its first two weeks, in the middle of May. This seemed to spark a change in some developers thinking.

Batman: Arkham Knight was released a few weeks after The Witcher and sold even faster than the Witcher did and was also an outstanding game that was game of the year quality. The following year, 2016, Street Fighter V, XCOM 2, Firewatch, and Far Cry Primal, all came out in February alone and were outstanding games that sold well (Firewatch being nominated for multiple Game Awards). In March of that year, The Division became the fastest selling new franchise in the history of games. Granted, a lot of people were not impressed with The Division after a couple weeks, but the point being here is that games were selling well in the first half of the year.

Then along came the beautiful game known as Overwatch. Released in May of last year, Overwatch is being played by over 25 million people, and is, in my opinion, the most polished first person shooter to ever hit the market. Not only that, it won The Game Awards game of the year honors. So in back to back years now, we have had a game of the year winner released in May and not during the holiday season.

Moving to this year, 2017, we have been spoiled by a plethora of outstanding games in just the first two months of the year with more to come here in March. Resident Evil VII has received high praise from many as a return to form for the franchise and shipped 3 million units in just its first two weeks. Nioh has been the biggest suprise thus far in 2017 with an aggregate score of 87/100 on Metacritic and over 1 million units shipped in its first two weeks. Then finally we have recently released Horizon Zero Dawn. The game, like The Witcher, is a true masterpiece of a game all around. From visuals to gameplay and everything in between, Horizon Zero Dawn is safely a contender for game of the year this year (currently an 88/100 on Metacritic) and it is only March.

Then looking toward the rest of this month we have Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild which is already the best reviewed game of the year with 98/100 out of over 50 reviews. Not to mention Ghost Recon: Wildlands and Mass Effect: Andromeda which are still to come later this month.

To sum this whole thing up, The Witcher’s success in 2015 helped to give developers confidence in releasing games in the earlier parts of the year. Now, gamers are being rewarded with a slew of incredible, game of the year caliber games early in the year instead of waiting ten months to see the next big thing in games.

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GDC Award Round-Up

The Game Developers Conference held their 17th annual award show yesterday and here some of the big winners from the show:

Inside – Best Audio and Best Visual Art

Firewatch – Best Debut and Best Narrative

Overwatch – Best Design and Game of the Year

No Man’s Sky – Innovation Award

Jordan Mechner (Creator of Prince of Persia) – Pioneer Award

Tim Sweeney (Epic Games founder) – Lifetime Achievement Award

It is no surprise that Overwatch took home game of the year honors, as it has been cleaning house in awards shows over the past three months. The game was so incredibly polished from day one, and in an era of the update, that is rare and impressive feat. Not only that but the game is a ton of fun whether you’re alone or with friends, you can find a lot of fun to be had in this game. Also their support for the game is outstanding with all new characters added to the game being free updates. Blizzard set a very high standard for shooters with Overwatch and we at The Nerd Chambers cannot get enough of it.

Inside winning both the audio and visual awards is not surprising. Many pegged this one as a game of the year candidate with its engaging composition and solid narrative. The other indie on this list, Campo Santo’s Firewatch, was a personal favorite. If you have not gotten a chance to play through Firewatch, please do yourself a favor and play it. The story is so well thought out that it keeps you guessing at every turn. Campo Santo also did a great job of creating dialogue that sounded like genuine, adult conversation making it a joy to listen to the witty banter between Henry and Delilah throughout the experience.

I also threw the No Man’s Sky win in there because it is also a personal favorite. I understand that the game took a load of heat for the whole multiplayer controversy but if you take the game for what it is, the game is a fun, memorable experience. I could go on forever about No Man’s Sky, but I won’t, for your sake.

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This Week’s Movie Releases 3/1/17…

Before I Fall (Mystery/Drama).                    Run Time: 1 hour and  39 minutes.                   Synopsis: Samantha Kingston is a young woman who has it all: the crush-worthy boyfriend, amazing best friend’s, and drop dead gorgeous looks. February 12 is just another charmed day in Sam’s life untill it turns out to be her last. Stuck reliving her last day during one inexplicable week, Sam untangles the mystery surrounding her death and discovers the true value of everything she in in danger of losing.

Logan: Super Hero Film.                                       Run Time: 2 hours and 21 minutes.                   Synopsis: in the near future a weary Logancsres for an ailing Professor X I’m a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up – ended when a found mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.

Table 19: Drama/Comedy.                                     Run Time: 1 hour and 27 minutes.                     Synopsis: Ex-maid of honor Eloise having been relived of her duties after being unceremoniously dumped by the best man via text, decides to hold her head up high and attend her oldest friend’s wedding anyway. 

The Shack: Drama.                                                  Run Time: 2 hours and 12 minutes.                  Synopsis:The Shack takes us on Fathers uplifting spiritual journey. After suffering a family tragedy. Mack Phillips spirals into a deep depression causing him to question his innermost beliefs. Facing a crisis of faith, he received a mysterious letter urging him to an abandoned shack in the Oregon wilderness. Dispute his doubts. Mack journeys to the shack and encounters an enigmatic trio of strangers led be a woman named Papa. through this meeting Mack finds important truths that will tranaform his understanding of his tragedy and change him forever. 

Go tweet us @TheNerdChambers to let us know which move you’re most excited for this weekend! Hopefully our featured image doesn’t give ours away ;).

-ShadowGhoul (Brandon)

Nintendo looks to take the Indie game market…

The Nintendo Switch release is right around the corner. The popularity of the switch has been spreading like wild fire. Gary Jones from Express even reported that…

“The NINTENDO switch pre order numbers are reportedly taking on PS4 launch day sales with gusto”

Many gamers out there have been keeping their ears searching for more information of the unique console experience that NINTENDO is bringing with the Switch. There was a very large scare for the amount of releases that were to come for the year of 2017 that no one seemed sure how Nintendo was going to combat this. Well it looks like Nintendo has chosen their weapons for battle against Microsoft and Sony, that weapon being Indie games.

Nintendo is taking a very intruiging approach to their new console by making close connections with small indie companies. As reported by Chris Plante on The Verge,

Nintendo has a revised strategy for indie games: look forward rather than backward. That goal is a bit loaded. On one hand, it speaks to a general concept of newness. Its slate of upcoming indie games, which will be charged with filling the Switch’s slim release calendar, are largely new releases, many debuting exclusively on the portable-console hybrid. That is to say, few of them are releases of games that have appeared elsewhere (Stardew Valley being the obvious exception). But “looking forward rather than backward” also speaks to the company’s ongoing relationship with the people who make and publish indie video games — a group it has, to this point, largely neglected.”

It would be nice to see Nintendo make their climb back to the top with the Indie game market by their side. This could be a great way for not only Nintendo to Excell, but possibly see many deserving publishers to gain the success they deserve. So be on the look out for the many fascinating games that NINTENDO will be brining to the Nintendo Switch. Also get excited for March 3rd the release of the Nintendo Switch. 

Go and tweet us @TheNerdChambers to let us know what you think about the switch! Was this a good move for Nintendo to pair with small indie companies?

Also if you’re interested what else Chris Plante and Gary Jones had to say here are their article links!

http://www.theverge.com/2017/3/1/14777672/nintendo-switch-indie-games-releases -Chris Plante (The Verge)

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.express.co.uk/entertainment/gaming/758541/Nintendo-Switch-Pre-Order-PS4/amp – Gary Jones (Express)

-ShadowGhoul (Brandon)

People Need to Slow Their Roll with Bastion

With Season 4 of the Overwatch competitive scene going live, and the update coming out that rebalanced Bastion, people have been instantly locking in Bastion no matter the scenario. I am here on behalf of your teammates to say, STAHP, PLS, NO!

Apologies for the grammar, but look, the new update did not turn Bastion into an all mighty, game-breaking character it simply rebalanced his abilities. Just because he can heal on the move does not make him a viable offensive character; in fact, there are no parts of his rebalancing that make him a more useful offensive character than before. His recon mode is only a bit more viable because of his weapon spread reduction but news flash, his damage did not get buffed plus, he is still on of the slowest characters in the game. His lack of mobility can kill momentum offensively especially on neutral point game modes where mobility is key. The only way he can be a viable option offensively is on payload maps, and that is only if he does what he use to do: sit on the payload, blow up tanks, self heal, repeat. Even then, that scenario can only work if you have a proper team composition to protect a sentry mode Bastion.

Now defensively, it is a different story. He does become a very viable option defensively for multiple reasons. His sentry mode getting 35% damage reduction is incredible (I witnessed a sentry mode Bastion survive a Tracer ultimate after getting stuck), and his ability to heal on the move helps his sustainability. This is a very important thing when defending. Now with his recon mode, this allows him to contest objectives because his gun is more viable at mid-range and his ability to heal on the move lets him contest even longer.

Overall I feel Bastions rebalancing does make him a better hero, BUT we must remember that this was a rebalance of his skills not a buff. He has not become infinitely better by this update at all and he is still a situation hero that should be used primarily on defense. So please before you decide to be a Bastion main, consider what you just read.

What do you guys think about the update on Bastion? Do you think I am spot on, or that I am just a big dummy? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @TheNerdChambers. Also be sure to like us on Facebook and check us out on Instagram!