Venom Trailer #2…

After having a few hours to collect myself and watch the trailer numerous times… It’s time to give my thoughts on the upcoming horror/anti-hero movie trailer that dropped this morning… It was absolutely exhilarating. I feel as if I was one of the few who thoroughly enjoyed the first trailer, with basically no complaints. This trailer though… blew my frickin’ mind. I have always been one to get pretty hyped for anything Marvel or DC, but this is such a new taste for the superhero genere.

The trailer starts out with Eddie Brock giving a little idea of who he is. He is a reporter who believes the goverment is missing some very important/dangerous events in the world, and that he has found “something really bad.” Following that introduces the beginning of the tear between Eddie and Venom. The trailer then cuts to the main antagonist of the film Dr. Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed) stating why he is trying to learn more about the symbiotes which is for finding a way to combine man and symbiote to start a new evolution of man-kind. This trailer does an extremely good job of giving a glance into the intentions of the two main characters of the film.

Then… we get some action of Venom…
Eddie and Venom have some back and forth showing the difficult time Eddie is having controlling the symbiote to use it for only good. I’m sure this will be a struggle we will see at the beginning of the film when they are converged into one-being: the malicious intent of venom and the good guy of Eddie Brock. This will give us a fun roller coaster to keep our eyes on throughout the film. We get some more direct dialogue from Venom when he has captured the enemy from the first trailer, where he begins to describe the human body, “Eyes, lungs, pancreas so many snacks so little time.” This line gave me a rush of chills down my spine. This is where the R rating is going to come from. They seem to be wanting to portray the very maniacle/cannibal side of Venom which is going to give an extremely interesting characteristic for a character we are rooting for.

To touch on the special effects of the trailer we got an amazing look at the full standing Venom! This was something I was petrified about because in the first trailer Venom didnt seem to be THAT big… Well Sony has eased our hearts revealing a monstrosity that is Venom, a solid 7/8 foot or so standing creature that will terrify all oncoming foes. Speaking of foes of within the film, we got a more improved look at the enemy symbiotes in the film mainly Scream/Donna Diego (Michelle Lee) and what looked like Toxin/Patrick Mulligan (Reid Scott). It is really exciting to see what Venom will be potentially up against in the upcoming film!

All in all the trailer was super satisfying to have a peak at the story, giving some light to the villains of the film, and the amazing special effects. What did you think about the trailer? Please let us know in the comments below! Are you excited to see Venom? What do you think about a horror/super hero film? If you enjoyed the article hit the little star to let us know you enjoy our work!

-Brandon Maj

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Black Ops 4 Beta Dates

The dates have finally been announced when the beta will drop for Black Ops 4, the upcoming installment for the Call of Duty franchise. It has been a sigh of relief the last few years when the developers have allowed us to indulge on early gameplay for multiple reasons. The biggest of course is for the not so hardcore fans to know if they will be interested in the newest Call of Duty. Then another benefit for the hardcore fans is they will be able to express their opinions of different gun balances pre launch. Even though some people may view the Call of Duty as a second evil to EA with their microtransactions, it really has been much appreciated that we have been getting betas for the past few games. Yes, for most part the franchise has become stale, but I will argue that the recent Call of Duty installment betas have lead to a much more polished game release.

Multiplayer Beta Dates:

Playstation 4 (First Weekend):

Start: August 3rd 10am PT / 1pm ET

End: August 6th 10am PT / 1pm ET

Playstation 4 and Xbox One (Second Weekend):

Start: August 10th 10am PT / 1pm ET

End: August 13th 10am PT / 1pm ET

PC:

Start: August 10th 10am PT / 1pm ET

End: August 13th 10am PT / 1pm ET

Black Ops 4 Blackout Beta: Classified

There are a plethora of different elements the community is eager to get their hands on in the beta. Black Ops 4 is trying it’s best to make Call of Duty feel innovated again, but this could be its ultimate downfall. As much as the community complains about Call of Duty being stale by not taking risks, these same people lash out when the game does change (jet packs). There is potential for a pivotal year for Call of Duty with the addition of new combat changes such as self healing, medics, five man matches, and BATTLE ROYALE… this could be a huge turning point for the franchise. If pulled off correctly, fans will find their love for the game again. But if the additions lack, it could be the final dagger to the heart for the franchise. As a long time Call of Duty lover… I really hope this could be the change we are needing.

Let us know what you think about the upcoming Call of Duty game, Black Ops 4. Are you interested with the changes? Are you buying in on a AAA title making a battle royale game mode? Are you excited for a possibly new tactical game play with self healing? Or do you just want Call of Duty to die already?

-Brandon Maj

Two Cups of Expectations, a Dash of Nerves, a Sprinkle of Faith, and a Bucket of Excitement…

There are many of you out there who rememeber one of the most impactful days in our gaming lives… April 27th 2004. The day City of Heroes was released. This game has a very large cult following even after its death on November 30th 2012. I’m sure many of you have a very close connection with this game whether it was endless nights of grinding, new friendships, and maybe even relationships that sparked over this game… City of Heroes was so special to me because it created a very close bond between my dad and I. We would stay up late on school nights (maybe even be “sick” for a double exp weekend that started on a Friday)… After playing this game for years with my dad, and then dragging friends into it, it was absolutely heartbreaking when we found out the game would close at the end of the year in 2012. Maybe the Mayans were right about the world ending in 2012 because all of our favorite game was put to rest…

– City of Heroes (Digital Trends)

Many of us have tried to fill the void that was City of Heroes with other games such as Champions Online, DC Universe, or other similar game styles, but truly nothing has fulfilled this hole. Luckily there is a light at the end of the tunnel, a very faint light at the moment, but nonetheless a light. For the past five years or so there has been talks about spiritual successors of City of Heroes that have been in the works even since the announcement of NCSoft pulling the plug on City of Heroes. Since about 2014 there have been two heavy hitters in the spiritual successor creation, Valiance Online and City of Titans. An additional two successors that may be a little less known are Ship of Heroes and Heroes and Villains.

Out of all super hero based MMOs the one that seems to be the furthest along is Valliance Online. They are already at the stage of an investor alpha test (which I have gotten my hands on). I have only played it for a few hours, and I will say it felt great to put the spandex on, but it definitely felt like an alpha, No Duh. Obviously the basis of the game is there, but some combat mechanics are a little wonky. A few issues I was running into were: My Commander character’s pets will stop attacking a target after X amount of time, my brawler was having issues hitting targets when I entered combat even though the enemies could attack me. All in all it felt amazing to get back on the streets running some missions and fight some perps. Valiance Online has been taking strides to improve the alpha with constant updates through hearing back from the community feedback. The community is just like us, people who love City of Heroes. Therefore Valiance Online is trying to give us the game we deserve. The game will eventually get to the point of a full release we of course hope sooner then later!

-Valiance Online Steam Community

Out of the spiritual successors, City of Titans is the first one that I heard of and grasped onto very tightly at its announcement. That being said sadly City of Titans has been the one with the most setbacks (it seems). It may have been all speculation, it may have been things said from the company, or a mix of both, but the community has been expecting the game to be further along then it currently is. As of right now we are getting some very beautiful in game videos of combat techniques, movement, character design, and a view of the city we will get to play in. Out of all the projects City of Titans seems to be the most beautiful of the upcoming games, but at the same time this is the one people are starting to fear may end up in development hell forever. They have been making some progress after switching their engine over, which may have been the most brilliant move on the company. (Switching to a new engine gives them the possibility of making the game look like an upgrade from City of Heroes graphics to potentially being the most beautiful MMO to ever release). Which is very exciting, but fans speculate that this may have set them back further then we hoped. There is supposedly going to be some sort of content for us super hero fans to get our hands on by the end of 2018. We will just have to wait, wait, wait, and see if this will be worth it in the end.

-Missing Worlds Media Youtube

Of the four that I previously mentioned Heroes and Villains may be the one that has the least amount of exposure. Their first teaser was released over FIVE years ago which looked very pretty, but in the last year there hasn’t been a whole lot shown of the game other then some absolutely stunning concept art. They do keep up with a weekly update every Friday which does show some promise that the studio is still posting information towards their project while remaining very consistent. This game could have some serious potential with dedicated Plan Z developing the game, but as of right now they might be at the bottom of the totem pole with the spiritual successors .

-Heroes and Villains concept

Now it’s time for the true dark horse of the competition, Ship of Heroes. The unique aspect on this game is it’s going in a slightly different direction then all of the other super hero based MMOs. It’s going to be more of a cosmic based super hero game. By that I mean very heavily space oriented. You will get to have your own ship and travel the galaxy. This game is taking more of a Guardians of the Galaxy approach rather than an Avengers approach which could work out in their favor if City of Titans, Valiance Online, and Heroes and Villains come out around the same time Ship of Heroes will be the one outlier that will be different giving you a reason to play even if you fall in love with one of the other successors. This game only dropped its first video on YouTube ONE YEAR AGO. This game may be further along than a lot of these games that have been open for a few years now. Ship of Heroes has been keeping up with a pretty solid amount of video content on Youtube.

-Ship of Heroes Developer Stream

It will be a very exciting journey till the successors release. Which one are you most excited for? City of Titans? Valiance Online? Ship of Heroes? Or Heroes and Villains? Let us know in the comments! Thank you for your support and hopefully this pulled your hearts strings a little reminiscing about City of Heroes with us!

-Brandon Maj

Here are the links to check out these upcoming projects! Make sure to check them out and like their facebook pages!

https://cityoftitans.com/

https://valiance.shogn.net/home

http://www.heroes-and-villains.com/phpb/home.php

https://www.shipofheroes.com/

Fate of the Furious Review… (Non-Spoiler)

There has been a long string of very successful Fast and Furious movies that have released and hit big. Weirdly enough this is my first one that I have seen. I’m giving this review to have a new look in the film from a prospective not many of you may have you love the franchise. All that being stated… Here we go!

I was definitely suprised about the path these films have taken. Again I haven’t seen any, but I always had friend who told me about the racing parts of these movies. They have taken a very huge shift from what they used to be, but I am very happy about that. It is more of an Expendables feel around these movies with the high speed missions and incredible action sequences that I was able to truly able to enjoy myself. The conflict between Don and the rest of the team felt very real, and for my first movie of the series I felt very attached to the characters when anything did happen. I so understand everyone’s love for these films now and I will need to do some catching up!

This movie all in all was a very interesting and exciting movie. Yes it may have been predictable for many portions of the film, and the dialouge weak at portions, but none the less it was extremely entertaining. I would give Fate of the Furious 7.5/10. The only portions it lacked in was predictably and dialouge. that being said I understand these films are not trying to have too of the ling dialouge credibility, but the film did do very well at hitting the key items for the genre. The action sequences and set pieces were perfect and felt so realistic. Let us know @TheNerdChambers what you thought of the Fate of the Furious!

-ShadowGhoul (Brandon)

(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)

“Get Out” hits a home run on Rotten Tomatoes…

There have been countless numbers of movies that have been released, and for how many have been released a very small group have earned a 100 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. Movies like “Toy Story 1 and 2”, “Singin’ in the Rain”, and “All Quiet on the Western Front” have had their success to a 100 percent, but I am sure everyone is shocked what the newest movie to reach that goal is… Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” is the newest movie to hit the 100 mark on Rotten Tomatoes for it’s  impeccable script writing. 

Peele has written a script that is extremely well-paced and executed as it cleverly plays with allusions to slavery and racial stereotypes, as well as audience expectations. -Brian Truitt (USA Today)

On top of his incredible script development many of the critics are praising Peele’s ability to tie horror with pleasently placed hummor elements…

The shocks and the laughs are thoroughly entertaining, but it’s the truth of “Get Out” that’s so real. – Ann Hornaday (Washington Post)

“Get Out” hits theatres Friday February 24th for all of you movie lovers. So make sure to go check it out, and tweet us @TheNerdChambers to tell us what your thoughts are!

-ShadowGhoul (Brandon)

Reviews of Halo Wars 2…

February 27th 2009 was the release of the first halo wars. This was the first time that the halo franchise branched off into the real time strategy game style. It was a great way for the first person shooter crowd to get into the real time strategy with all of their favorite characters. Metacritic gave the new release an 81%. All around the critics are enjoying the game. The real snags are some early game glitches here and there. Also just not enough cinematic emersion that the first game gave us. That being said, critics are loving the cinematics for how intense and beautiful they look.

I wholeheartedly urge you to check out Halo Wars 2, whether it’s with the release of the Ultimate Edition this week or the standard release next Tuesday. It’s packed with content on both the multiplayer and single-player side, all of which is fun to play. It also has a pretty fantastic story attached to it, incredible cutscenes, and an amazing soundtrack to boot. Ideally we won’t have to wait another 9 years for a Halo Wars 3. -Gaming Age

One thing is for certain, though. Between Multiplayer, Blitz Mode, and Halo Wars 2’s stellar 2-player co-op campaign, there’s truly something for everyone in this wonderfully polished package. This is the best RTS on Xbox One today, by far. And it’s a stunning entry in the Halo pantheon. -Windows Central

Make sure to follow TheNerdChambers to see our review for Halo Wars 2 later this week!

-ShadowGhoul (Brandon)