The Geek Wish-List: Monster V Geek

Hello again everyone, to another Geek Wish-List. First off I want to thank everyone who still reads these blog posts I appreciate it a lot.

For this week I wanted to talk briefly on a game that , although not exactly new, I have found exceptionally entertaining. That game being Monster Hunter Generations. For me the Monster Hunter series has always been very fun because it’s one of the few games that makes you plan before you go into combat. Everything you choose can effect the ending result for your hunt, especially when you get into the higher tiered quests. Potions, items, weapons, or armor this game gives you so many options its crazy. With Generations bringing in new monsters and the new Hunter Arts and Skills this game just keeps getting better.

From www.nintendo.co.uk

From www.nintendo.co.uk

Another cool feature is how you can join together with your friends to take on creatures of ‘monstrous’ size. These kinds of monsters are usually end game content for the players who earn G rank in the guild. Although the grind for these monsters can get very tedious, depending on the difficulty, the reward is worth it. Some of the best moments in the game was when you finally beat those giant monsters with your friends. I think that this feeling is preserved with Generations and I look forward to being able to reach those G ranked quests with friends, eventually…

From www.tumbnation.com

From www.tumbnation.com

Next, what I want to discuss here is the sheer longevity of the Monster Hunter series. Generations is the most recent version of the series to make its way over to the US. However, it is most certainly not the first to grace the American market. Since the first edition of the game arrived in 2004 on the Playstation 2, the series has slowly been upgraded and perfected with each rendition. Generations is the eighth Monster Hunter game that has been made by Capcon. The fact that this game has been successful for eight different renditions is a feat in and of itself. What really fascinates me though is how this game with your typical 3DS level graphics has developed such an extensive fan base.

From www.gamefaqs.com

From www.gamefaqs.com

The best lesson that I learned from playing Monster Hunter is that graphics don’t necessarily mean a great game, look at Pokemon Snapshot. Sometimes even low graphic games can contend with the best of them when they have a good design to support them. I hope you guys enjoyed my rant, so until next time Geek-Out!

 

 

 

Geek Wish-List: Summer Anime Season

Welcome back everyone! this week I wanted to give my top three recommendations for the new wave of anime coming out. There are tons of anime coming out every season, but the ones that I’ve seen this season that are catching my attention are actually the continuations. The second season for quite a few anime that did well in the past are finally coming out this season. I also noticed a lot of anime porn being released, yes that’s right I said anime porn, if you don’t believe me have a look here www.tubev.sex/categories/1829/cartoon.

The anime that I want to cover in this weeks rant include the second season of Shokugeki no Soma, D-Grey Man Hallow, and the newcomer Amaama to Inazuma. The reason for my recommendations are that these anime are both very well done and are very entertaining no matter what kind of anime you favor. As a footnote I recommend watching the first seasons of the second season anime before getting into the first two listed naturally.

From shumijin.deviantart.com by shumijin

From shumijin.deviantart.com by shumijin

First up is the food war anime Shokugeki no Soma. When the first season of this anime was released it became extremely popular. Not only for its quality use of etchi scenes, by quality I mean that they don’t interrupt or take away from the anime for no reason. As well as its ability to make you extremely hungry and want to start cooking right after an episode. The character development is masterfully done and the overarching plot is quite riveting. However, the part that makes this anime in my opinion, is how seriously the anime takes its cooking matches. This anime shines in its ability to get you super hyped for every Shokugeki that graces the screen. The way that the chefs become warriors and how the show makes eating the food so dramatic is so unique and entertaining. I would highly recommend this anime to fans of any genre looking for an anime to add to the list.

From www.zerochan.net by Zerochan

From www.zerochan.net by Zerochan

My second recommendation is the continuation of the D-Grey Man series D-Grey Man Hallow. This season picks up a couple of months after the ending of the first. In my personal opinion this anime is a must watch if you enjoyed the quality of drama and action that the first season had. It’s my prediction that this season will be answering many of the questions that fans were left with when the first season ended. I’m going to make this review slightly shorter than the last because although this anime doesn’t showcase any huge following like Shokugeki no Soma, what it does showcase is a very well crafted sequel to the first season. If you enjoyed the first season then this anime should already be in your line up of anime to watch this summer, period.

From animeholik.rssing.com

From animeholik.rssing.com

At last we get to the newly released anime that I’ll be watching this summer. Amaama to Inazuma is the story of a school teacher raising his daughter when he meets up with a student of his named Kotori that helps feed them due to his lack of cooking skills. Although the initial prediction of a school teacher getting into a romantic relationship with his student may seem odd I think that this anime will be a well needed change of pace among the recently popular anime. During my time watching anime I rarely watch shows that fall into the slice of life genre, mostly it’s because I don’t like the lack of action that keeps me entertained with anime. Yet, occasionally the rare anime will come out that just captures my attention. My first glance opinion about this anime is that it will provide a unique perspective for fans that are usually given a clear cut, almost cookie cutter, romance that could be predicted by any level of anime fan. I feel that this anime will instead include not so much as a romance between teacher and student, but rather show a fathers love for his daughter from Kotori’s point of view. With Kotori’s parents being absent in this anime I figure that she will fall in love not so much with the father as she will fall for the quality of parental affection that he gives his daughter. Affection that she is lacking in her life due to unfortunate circumstance. I would say that this anime has the potential to become a real heart warming, yet funny anime that fans will highly enjoy.

Well I know that this post was ridiculously long this time around, but I felt that I really needed to give a quality review for my top three picks for this season of anime. I really hope that I’ve peaked your interest in at least one of these anime. With that Geek-Out and I’ll hope to see you all next week!

Geek Wish-List: Game Con 2016

Welcome back Geeks for another week of the Geek Wish-List. Today I wanted to tease you guys about our upcoming trip to Game Con 2016. The con itself will be going on from June 2nd through the 4th at the South Town Expo Center.

The Con will be hosting tons of tournaments on the floor as well as a gamer related cosplay event. During these festivities The Geekwave will be there to provide you with all the content we can muster. Some of the events that I’m really excited for are the cosplay event, as well as, the Halo 5, League of Legends, and Rocket League tournaments. However, what I’m really wishing for is to have enough free time to really enjoy the festivities as a fellow Geek and gamer.

From u92slc.com

From u92slc.com

Speaking of being a gamer I’m excited to see how many people show up for the tournaments at the Con this year. Last year, a lot of people were unfortunately not able to play many of the popular games, due to the fact that there was a software issue. As promoters and event organisers didn’t want to lose out on profit and dealing with unhappy customers, they found out that all they had to do in order to resolve this was to look into nvidia driver issues, as this was the reason for performance issues during the tournaments. Hopefully, the tournaments there will have a better showing than at Comic Con. This year there will be a total of seven different games being played. Out of those seven the ones I want to see the most are the LoL and Halo 5 tournaments. Partially because those are the only games that I’m somewhat good at, but also because those two are the only ones I don’t mind watching instead of playing.

From www.overwatchfrance.com

From www.overwatchfrance.com

Personally when it comes to Cons in general my favorite part is the cosplays. I love it when you walk onto the floor and you start to see your favorite characters walking through the halls. To be completely honest there is no other feeling like it. I’m really looking forward to the different kinds of cosplay that I’ll see there vs. what I’ve seen at other cons. However, my biggest hope is that people will be walking around in their new Overwatch cosplay. I’m looking forward to seeing how many of the characters have been brought to life since its release on the 24th.

I hope you guys enjoyed the tease. I apologize for it being shorter this week. However, with The Geekwave planning out our schedule I have been a little busier than usual. With that, plan on seeing more about Game Con in the coming week and Geek-out.

 

 

Geek Wish-List: Hyper Detailed Games

Welcome back beautiful readers for another Geek Wish-List. I wanted to take this week to discuss how video games are becoming extremely detailed and complex, more importantly I also want to discuss how I would like this trend of detail and complexity to continue.

With the increase in graphics and memory space, games with  extreme graphical detail have become very common. However, I don’t have the space here to reference every detailed game out there. So I’m going focus on the ones I’ve been looking at recently, Total War Warhammer, Battlefleet Gothic Armada, and Battlefield 1.

Image from www.gamewatcher.com

Image from www.gamewatcher.com

What I find really interesting about these games is the sheer level of detail and how all these elements don’t degrade their performance. If we look at the Total War series as a whole it has always been known for having great detail. Yet the games detail isn’t limited to looking good. but also a high level of detail in how units interact in different in-game situations. One example of this interaction is how Total War allows you to charge into the flanks of the enemy to break formation. Similarly how of Battlefield series allows massive battles with up to 60 players, seamlessly. This concept of having games that are both highly detailed as well as complex in their mechanics is what I find so interesting.

Image from www.battlefleetgothic-armada.com

Image from www.battlefleetgothic-armada.com

Having learned how much work goes into creating simple games with minimal graphics and complexity I’m awestruck on the technological feats of today’s video games. My wish is for features from games such as Battlefleet Ghost Armada, where each unit can be upgraded individually, are introduced into large scale battles with Total War level of complexity.

Image from www.psx-sense.nl

Image from www.psx-sense.nl

I know that the concept might be hard to visualize so let me help break it down a bit more. What I’m wishing for is for games to include the following features. First off, I want video games to have models that are not only graphically detailed, but also interact with their surroundings. The next feature I want implemented is for these units to have detailed customization and upgrade options. Last of all I want all these game models to be included in large scale maps. The ending result would be games that include amazing graphical detail and enough complex interactions to make the game feel as if it’s a functioning world in and of itself.

Image from starcitizen.wikia.com

Image from starcitizen.wikia.com

In my personal opinion what I would love to see is a game where large scale conflict can be flawlessly affected by small scale conflict. To help visualize this feature I came up with a game scenario of my own design. As a player you are flying a massive battle cruiser against an enemy space station. They are firing dozens of cannons at you and vice versa. After getting within range you send in troops via boarding pods and they proceed to fight in first person combat. After your troops destroy the shield generator they Evac from the station before your cruiser unleashes its finishing salvo.  The glory of this being that your fight, which is able to stand as a match by itself, is only part of an even larger scale battle ranging across the battlefield.

With that my wish-list for the week is done and I will hopefully see you all again next week.

Geek Wish-List: Summer of Geek

Hello fellow geeks! As I’m sure you’re all aware, summer is now upon us and you know what that means! Spending time on the lake having crazy beach parties, taking road trips to nowhere, or we can just skip that stuff and play the Overwatch Open Beta that’s coming out this Thursday(Hype). This summer has the potential to be a great season for gamers. First, have the Overwatch Open Beta that starts up on the 5th and goes on till the 9th of May. Also the new Doom comes out on the 13th. Needless to say our summer will be full of crazy geeky fun, so for this week all I want to do is share some ideas of what to do to beat the summer heat, geek style.

From www.youtube.com

From www.youtube.com

To start us off I think we can all agree that we will be playing some games this summer, because any weather is good weather for games. A couple of games that I’m looking forward to this summer are Overwatch, Doom, Monster Hunter, and possibly the new One Piece game that I didn’t even know about until recently. The games that are on the top of this to-play list however are easily Doom on the 13th, Overwatch on the 24th, and finally Monster Hunter Generations on the 31st of June if the rumor about the American release of the game turns out to be true.

From www.gameswelt.at

From www.gameswelt.at

Other than gaming this summer we are also being gifted with the release of Captain America Civil war this Friday, May 6th and let’s not forget that after TEN YEARS of production the Warcraft movie comes out June 10th. Both of these films promise to be a huge hits in the geek community and you better believe that I’ll be looking for midnight release tickets for both of them.

From blizzardwatch.com

From blizzardwatch.com

From www.idigitaltimes.com

From www.idigitaltimes.com

Finally on a side note, The Geekwave is planning on having much more fun over the summer semester. Some of which include doing more lets play streams and among other things perhaps an event or two. I can’t give away everything that’s in the works, but look forward to hearing more from us over the next couple months.

With that tease I hope that you all have a geeky summer and I will see you guys next time for another Geek Wish-List.

Geek Wish-List: Black Widow Keyboard

Hello, it’s me Lee Neuschwander back for another Geek Wish-List for your viewing pleasure. During the League of Legends viewing party on the 17th, I know long time ago, I won a Razor Black Widow Keyboard from the raffle. You might be wondering why I’m making such a blog after so long a wait, but I had a hard time finding enough time to play with the keyboard between studying for finals to have enough for a review. So without further delay lets begin.

Picture by Lee Neuschwander

Picture by Lee Neuschwander

My first impression about the keyboard was that it looked very nice and I enjoyed how the back lit LED’s made the keyboard glow a pulsating green. The box itself was high quality and opening it felt like I was opening a case for some kind of instrument or power tool. Featuring a hole cut into the top that allows you to play with the directional keys before opening the box, I spent a good ten minutes or so just playing with the directional pad whilst listening to the satisfying clicking sounds that the keys made.

Picture by Lee Neuschwander

Picture by Lee Neuschwander

Clicking sounds aside, I was somewhat suspicious any actual performance differences between the Black Widow and other keyboards. I didn’t understand how a keyboard could change anything concerning my gameplay experience so my expectations were not very high. However from what I was told  as well as what I looked up online, the keyboard is used by gaming professionals often and Faker from SK Telecom T1 uses it when playing in LoL tournaments. So I was really looking forward to playing a round of LoL, so I went home and started up a match.

After about five matches I decided that although my skill didn’t improve based on having the keyboard, no shock there, I did find that the keyboard had a very nice feel to it. It’s hard to explain, but I can see why professionals who spend day after day honing their skills at their game of choice would choose a keyboard of this quality for high stakes tournaments. The touch and sound of hitting the keys made me feel like a could do well in the match. Perhaps it was just a placebo effect that I created for myself, but I found that by playing on such a nice keyboard I was enjoyed the matches whether I won or lost.

From tespa.org

From tespa.org

I give the Razor Black Widow Keyboard two thumbs up. I am definitely looking forward to using this keyboard for all of my League of Legends matches from this point on. Shout out to the “UoU League of Legends” officer team for the awesome prize and I’m looking forward to attending your other events in the future as well. Thank you very much for reading all the way through my blog post and I hope to see your faces again next week, metaphorically of course.

Geek Wish-List: A Wish-List for Dr.Strange Movie.

Hello beautiful reader, if you are seeing this you’re probably a little curious about the new Dr.Strange Movie too. Well fear not I’m here to give you some food for thought about the upcoming Marvel blockbuster. As some of you are already aware in the Marvel Comic’s Doctor Strange is known as Sorcerer Supreme and is recognized as the strongest of the human race by the majority of the Marvel Universe. So here’s to hoping that Marvel delivers on such a powerful character.

From marvel.com

From marvel.com

Some of the things that I’m hoping for out of the new movie is for us to get more information into the supernatural elements of the Marvel Universe. One common concept in all of the Marvel movies up to this point, is a huge push to make all of the hero’s introduced follow some kind of logic as to why they have the powers that they do and how their worlds relate to our own. However, with the Doctor Strange comics this was never the case. Doctor Strange has always been, simply put, strange. This strangeness is what separates the magician from the rest of the Marvel Heroes.

From ohnotheydidnt.livejournal.com

From ohnotheydidnt.livejournal.com

My wish is that we get a movie that makes as much logical sense as the end of Interstellar, spoiler its very confusing.  With Doctor Strange being the character in the Marvel Universe that acts as our guide into the weird and magical elements of the Marvel Universe, I want a movie that capitalizes on that role in particular. What I would love to see is more teasers for the members of the Living Tribunal such as Death and Eternity. Another character that I really want to see is Dormammu. I would be ecstatic if we got to see Dormammu in the Marvel movie series. Seeing how he’s a character so strong that he’s capable of defeating just about any of marvel’s greatest heroes with a gesture; I could just imagine what might happen if Dormammu was ever added to Marvel’s movie universe.

From comicvine.gamespot.com

From comicvine.gamespot.com

However, despite hoping that this movie will introduce more exotic characters to the mix so far, I’m really hoping that this movie does at least one of two things. I’m wishing for the Doctor Strange movie to give more information into the lore driven side of the Marvel Universe. Explaining things like The Ancient One and Thanos in more detail than what we’ve been given. My second wish for the Doctor Strange movie is for it to be fun,strange, and entertaining. I want the movie to have enough plot and explanation that it can stand on it’s own, but at the same time have enough weirdness that it feels like something that Doctor Strange belongs in. But, either way I’m sure that Marvel will do a good job and make a movie worthy of the Marvel label. As well as reaffirming why we’re so willing to give our money to go see Marvel Movies.

From www.fsgamer.com

From www.fsgamer.com

Hopefully I gave some of you the food for thought that you might have come here for and I look forward to sharing my future Wish-List with you guys next week.

Geek Wish-List: Final Fantasy XV Update

Hello everyone its me again with your weekly Wish-List update. For those of you who don’t know already the UNCOVERED: FINAL FANTASY XV event took place on March 30th and man did they deliver. As we were told the event would be giving us an official release date for the game as well as more information about the game and other related projects. There was a boat load of info given to us, but I really just want to focus on three things in particular. The first being the game itself and the info that we’ve gathered about it so far, next is the Anime prequel that has been started up, and finally I’ll talk about the movie that was announced.

From www.technobuffalo.com

From www.technobuffalo.com

So like I was saying UNCOVERED: FINAL FANTASY XV gave us a whole lot of information to shift through. The first and probably the most relevant of which was that the game will be officially released to consoles on September 30th, 2016. Beyond this point I will not be holding back with spoilers, as I’ll assume you’ve already played the demo or have some prior knowledge, so here’s your warning SPOILERS! We were also given a free demo for download called Platinum Demo, where we get to play around in Noctis’s dreamscape as kid Noctis. At first you just walk around while following your dream spirit guide Carbuncle, yes that is its name, and the first thing that catches your attention is that the giant from the Reclaim your Throne trailer comes to see you. If you didn’t get excited about seeing that guy stare at you through the rock arch don’t worry. The reason why is because the next surprise they give you is after stepping on one of the gold plates you see the Leviathan fly out of the ocean and into the lake behind you. The first time I saw this little scene I nearly fell out of my chair I was so happy. To wrap things up about the demo the last scene we get is when Noctis is faced with a real enemy and turns into the adult Noctis after remembering his father say that ” In the world of your dreams you are king”.  You then proceed to beat the crap out of the enemy with real weapons and spells.

From www.eurogamer.net

From www.eurogamer.net

Getting closer to the wish part of this blog I’m really looking forward to the Animated prequel series that will be leading into the point in the story where the game will start off. I watched the first episode that was released, look it up on YouTube if you get the chance, and from what I’ve seen I have high hopes for the series. I’m really  hoping that we get to see some of the characters other than the three musketeers that travel around with Noctis. I’m also really hoping that we get some extensive background story development out of this series and from what they’ve shown us in the first episode alone I have high hopes. In my opinion the funniest plot development in the series was finding that originally Noctis was going on a road trip before his wedding with Luna, but after Niflheim decided to invade Lucis the bachelors party was extended indefinably. I just have that feeling that this game will basically be one big four way bromance and I couldn’t be happier about it.

From www.theverge.com

From www.theverge.com

Now we get to the good stuff, If information serves us correctly Square Enix plans on releasing a movie of FF XV  called Kingsglaive sometime before FF 15 comes out. We also learned that some of the voice actors include Lena Headey and Sean Bean from Game of Thrones and Aaron Paul of Breaking Bad. I was personally a little surprised that such big names were going to star in a movie about a video game, but then realized that video games are totally Epic and then all of my shock was gone. The movie will not be in theaters sadly, however it will be available for streaming and or download when it’s released.

From www.ign.com

From www.ign.com

My rant has finally come to an end, so I hope you all enjoyed the Final Fantasy XV update and are already planing out how you’re going to get the month of October off to play the game. With that I’ll see you guys next week.