Microsoft, E3 2017 Predictions

Conference Time – BST: 10pm | PT: 2pm

As we move onto the second press conference of E3 2017, we find ourselves waiting in anticipation for Microsoft to take to the stage and unveil the next step in the future of Xbox. This is undoubtedly a big year for all of the first parties, what with Nintendo unveiling wave two of games for the Switch and Sony pining to keep their lead on the other competitors; all involved are aiming to put their best foot forward. But perhaps more so than any other, this E3 is the most important for Microsoft, the company who, since the beginning of this generation, have desperately been playing catch up since the unveiling of the console back in 2013.

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EA, E3 2017 Predictions

Conference Time – BST: 8pm | PT: 12pm

So it’s that time once more – the Electronics Entertainment Expo 2017, or rather E3 2017, has graced our lives once more. EA kicks off the show again this year, (well, technically they kick off the show. I suppose it doesn’t officially start until tomorrow -really-, since EA no longer take part in E3 and instead choose to host their own event the day before E3 starts. But despite this, everyone still -technically- considers the EA conference an event on the E3 calendar, and so I think it’s fair that we can count it as the beginning of the week. But I digress…)

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Archer: Dreamland – S8.E4

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Continuing on directly from the last weeks episode, ‘Ladyfingers’ picks up where we left off with the newly captured Cheryl Tunt being held hostage in the Dreamland nightclub. Mother, now armed with the knowledge that her rival Len Drexler had intentions of ransoming Cheryl out to her family in hopes of a big pay out, plans to do the same thing. And so, still in need of her assistance in finding out just who killed his partner, Archer unwillingly agrees to help Mother by being the in between man for the hostage taking. While this structure may seem a little underwhelming at first, it in fact allows for some great character interactions between the pairing of Archer and Pam, as they work not only around, but against the unwitting Cyril, as each party vies for the same goal.

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Archer: Dreamland – S8.E3

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Following on from the end of the previous instalment; episode three, titled ‘Jane Doe’, resumes from where we left off, with Archer’s quest to use a poorly disguised body to fake the death of faux-fatality and accomplice, Cheryl Tunt. Despite their best efforts, however, the plan doesn’t go accordingly thanks to the crooked-cop duo of Cyril Figgis and Pam Poovey (played by Chris Parnell and Amber Nash respectively), showing up unannounced – confirming Cheryl’s suspicions from the last episode that they were, in fact, being followed. Still unknowing of Pam and Archer’s involvement in the matter, but realising that he can make amends for the shipment of Chinese whores he lost in the first episode, Cyril decides to abduct Cheryl with the intention of giving her to the Mafia boss Len Drexler as repayment for his error. Before too long, both Archer and Cheryl are locked up at the police station, with the episode gaining its name from the ‘Jane Doe’ moniker given to Cheryl in order to mask her identity while in custody.

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Archer: Dreamland – S8.E2

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In the second episode of ‘Archer: Dreamland’, titled ‘Bernice’, we were treated to the classic odd couple pairing that showrunners so often implement remarkably well; this time around, the pair in question were the, mostly, straight-edged Archer, and the bizarre, loose-cannon that is Cheryl. The narrative that unfolded over the course of this 22-minute episode can only be described as ‘if Weekend at Burnie’s was combined with the noir styling and mystery of the 1940’s’. Cheryl, wanting to fake her death in order to escape from her “Quasi incestuous family”, murders one of her maids and seeks out Archer for help in staging an elaborate death in order to fool those who would want to find her. Suffice to say that given the incredibly high calibre of the writing on this show, this was a plot device that was implemented incredibly successfully.

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Archer: Dreamland – S8.E1

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Superspies. Drug dealers. CIA operatives. Private investigators, and now ‘Dreamland’. It goes without saying that one of the many reasons that Archer has been so successful over the past eight years is the way that the show continuously reinvents and redefines itself. This trend only seems to endure further as we enter the penultimate season of Archer; this time with the animated comedy adopting a 1940’s noir setting, soaked in an art deco style that only exemplifies the humorous stylings of the H. Jon Benjamin-led show.

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Justice League – Trailer Rewind

After the under rated Batman v Superman, and the… not so great Suicide Squad, the debut trailer for Justice League has finally been shown off for the first time. Wonder Woman may be the next film on DC’s pallet, but Justice League is the event film that will set the bar and tone going forward for Batman & co. Therefore, in this trailer rewind I attempt to break down the first trailer for Justice League, the fifth film in the in the DC cinematic universe.

I hope you enjoy!

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Horizon Zero Dawn Lets Play – Traversing The Map

Are you a fan of giant robot dinosaurs? Or perhaps you’re more interested in some stunning landscapes? Well then, why not join me as I travel from one side of Horizon Zero Dawn’s map to the other. This is a massive game and in total it took me over 15 minutes to travel, that’s why I’ve sped it up for you all (by 350x!), and slowed down at key moments.

I’m currently working on the review for this game but it’s not quite ready yet – so, in the meantime, I hope you enjoy this video showcasing the environment!

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Train To Busan Review

Bringing the Genre Back from the Dead

As of late, the zombie genre has gradually been turning into a husk of its former, glorious self. An oversaturation of bad films have flooded the market; movies tend to focus more on action than the true horror of the situation and the absence of practical effects in lieu of dodgy CGI have all taken a toll on what was a once-loved mainstay in cinema. Train to Busan laughs at these recent tropes and provides a film that can stand with the classics. Filled with the heart found in the likes of ‘Maggie’ and coupled with the tense dread of the massive hordes in ‘World War Z’; this film is a combination of all the best elements of zombie films from over the years.

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