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Founder and Executive Producer of the Heroes Podcast Network. Host of Screen Heroes and Redshirts & Runabouts podcast series. Known Trekkie, gamer, and all around nerd.

Bad Movie Reviews: Mortal Kombat (1995)

Bad Movie Reviews: Mortal Kombat (1995)
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MORTAL KOMBAT! FLAWLESS VICTORY. FINISH HIM. COME OVER HERE! It’s time for more Bad Movie Reviews with the 1995 video game adaption, Mortal Kombat! Plus, we talk about the official news surrounding Zack Snyder’s Justice League, HBO Max, and what we hope and expect for the Snyder Cut. Plus, more details surrounding existing DC shows and their HBO Max status.

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Screen Heroes Podcast Credits

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Hosts: Rae Stewart | Derreck Mayer | Ryan Couture

Executive Producer & Editor: Derreck Mayer

Music by Flying Killer Robots

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Bad Movie Reviews: Mortal Kombat (1995)

Bells, Miles, Turnips, and Crafting!

We take a trip to an island paradise with an in-depth discussion on the latest in the Animal Crossing franchise, New Horizons for the Nintendo Switch! Before I bring on this week’s guest, I talk about the return of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater! Plus, two games I’ve been playing recently, Lonely Mountains: Downhill for the Nintendo Switch and Wingspan’s Steam beta.

Hit us up on twitter (@GamerHeroesPod) and we could talk about it on the show!

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  • https://comicbook.com/gear/news/tony-hawks-pro-skater-1-and-2-collectors-edition-order/
  • http://heroespodcasts.com/lonely-mountains-downhill-review
  • https://store.steampowered.com/app/1054490/Wingspan/
  • https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/266192/wingspan

Podcast Credits

A Heroes Podcast Network Production

Host | Derreck Mayer (@TheStarTrekdude) Special Guest | Lisa Linh (https://www.instagram.com/linhiful/)

Music | David Renda at Fesliyan Studios

Links | https://linktr.ee/gamerheroes

Social Media | @GamerHeroesPod

Bells, Miles, Turnips, and Crafting!

Starfleet Starship Design: Part 3

We conclude our Starfleet Starship discussion by using a wormhole to travel to an alternate reality, the Kelvin Timeline! First, we kick things off with our thoughts on the newly announced Star Trek: Strange New Worlds CBS All Access series starring Anson Mount (Captain Pike), Rebecca Romijn (Number One, AKA Una), and Ethan Peck (Spock)! Then, we talk about the major Starfleet vessels that we get in the three Kelvin timeline films: Star Trek (2009), Star Trek Into Darkness, and Star Trek Beyond!

Also, please note that we have moved to a bi-weekly format. So we’ll have a new episode for you on June 2nd!

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Redshirts & Runabouts Podcast Credits

A Heroes Podcast Network Production

Hosts: Greg Bosko (The_Bittersteel) & Derreck Mayer (@TheStarTrekDude)

Executive Producer & Editor: Derreck Mayer

Music by Flying Killer Robots

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Social Media: @RedshirtsPod

Starfleet Starship Design: Part 3

Justice League Dark: Apokolips War

The DC Animated Movie Universe, or DCAMU for short, comes to a close with Justice League Dark: Apokolips! It all started with Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox and comes down to this! John Constantine takes center stage as the Justice League take on their biggest and most lethal enemy, Darkseid and his army!

Plus, we talk the latest news in entertainment including MORE Mandalorian casting rumors and the Snyder Cut lives!

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Screen Heroes Podcast Credits

A Heroes Podcast Network Production

Hosts: Rae Stewart | Derreck Mayer | Ryan Couture

Executive Producer & Editor: Derreck Mayer

Music by Flying Killer Robots

Links: http://linktr.ee/screenheroes

iTunes: Screen-Heroes.com

Social Media: @ScreenHeroesPod

Justice League Dark: Apokolips War

Lonely Mountains: Downhill Switch Review

It’s a warm, sunny day. The breeze whooshes past as you speed quickly down the trail. As you continue, your speed increases; there’s a turn! You apply the brakes and drift right, avoiding a painful collision with a rock. On the other hand, maybe you’re me and you slam right into it, ending your run. Thunderful’s latest game from developer Megagon Industries, Lonely Mountains: Downhill, takes you through some treacherous mountain bike trails filled with twists, turns, jumps, ramps, trees, rocks, and broken pieces from all the times I’ve crashed…. okay, that last part is a joke.

Official Description from Thunderful

The Lonely Mountains are waiting for you! Explore rocky mountain slopes with your bike, jump over sandy gorges or find your way through the foggy forests. Each Lonely Mountain awaits you with new challenges! Sprint, jump and slide to find your own way to the finish line. Explore the detailed mountain worlds or face the ticking clock – with every success you unlock new bikes, paintwork and outfits piece by piece. Train your skills day and night, improve your place on the leaderboards and ultimately compete with the best riders in the world in the risky Free Ride mode.

My Thoughts

That description sums it up nicely. It’s a sweet game with a simplistic beauty to its basic polygon graphic approach. It’s clean, tight, and smooth in its performance. The sound effects are surprisingly crisp and realistic, adding a true depth to the game. The graphics are pretty and cute with an odd sense of detailed simplicity. I love the trees. They feel almost as if they are stop-motion animated, which is wonderful. Other natural elements include rocks, rivers, grass, and small plants. Not much else blankets the scene, no bears or deer from what I can tell, for example.

Frankly, I found it quite difficult. In my time with the game, I’ve explored one of the four mountains you can unlock as well as two of its trails. Each trail includes multiple difficulty modes that provide varying challenges. Challenges include limiting the number of crashes or completing in under a certain time. Some, called “Cross the Finish Line”, remove all of the checkpoints, making it even more difficult to get all the way through a run. The initial trail, Graterhorn Trail 1, has 6 checkpoints throughout. My best time is 2:45.77, for example.

Now, let’s talk game play. The controls are simple. You accelerate with ZR, break with ZL, steer with the left Joy-Con joystick, and can sprint with A. There are three steering modes: Left/Right, Left/Right Inverted, and Screen Based. I find the latter to be the most difficult for me to use, personally. Now, as you go, you’ll pick up speed going downhill, especially if you stay on the path. The main issue here is that if you hit something going fast enough, you’ll crash. This will cause you to restart from the previous checkpoint or beginning of the map. Why is this an issue? Well, without an speedometer or gauge, it is difficult to know the line between slow enough to graze the rock or tree and fast enough to crash into said rock or tree. I’m sure it gets easier over time but I found it frustrating, especially during timed trials.

Let’s move on to customization. There are some personal cosmetic options including multiple helmet types, skin tones, hair, and facial hair options. Additionally, there are multiple bikes. You begin with the Grasshopper and work your way toward the Geronimo, which I feel looks the coolest. Each bike has a different set of stats including stability, agility, acceleration, among others.

Summary

Overall, I think it’s a relatively solid game that looks easier than it is. If you’re looking for a challenging cycle game with pretty graphics, you’re in luck. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a quiet, casual ride through the woods, I don’t think this is for you.

Lonely Mountains: Downhill is available digitally for Nintendo Switch now and was previously released on PC, Xbox One, and PS4. It’s standard price is $19.99.

Lonely Mountains: Downhill Switch Review

Demolition Man (1993) Retrospective

It’s time to leave out the salt, keep that vulgar language in check, and remember how to use those seashells. We’re calling in the Demolition Man! That’s right, as Stallone announced a sequel is in the works, we thought it’d be fun to travel back to 1993’s Demolition Man starring Stallone, Snipes, and Bullock!

Plus, we talk the latest news in entertainment including Mandalorian Season 2 casting, WB still not knowing how to handle DC Universe, and the rumors surrounding Amazon purchasing AMC Theaters!

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Screen Heroes Podcast Credits

A Heroes Podcast Network Production

Hosts: Rae Stewart | Derreck Mayer | Ryan Couture

Executive Producer & Editor: Derreck Mayer

Music by Flying Killer Robots

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iTunes: Screen-Heroes.com

Social Media: @ScreenHeroesPod

Demolition Man (1993) Retrospective

There’s Always a Lighthouse

There’s always a lighthouse, so why not start with one for our big revival? That’s exactly what we’re doing in our first full episode back! I (Derreck) bring on two guests, Morgan and Zach, to talk about The BioShock Collection! Before we dive into Rapture, I kick things off with what I’ve been playing recently (Moving Out! and Lonely Mountains: Downhill), plus the latest gaming news including X Series’ Smart Delivery, Cyberpunk 2077’s custom genitals, and a possible return for Diablo II! Game on!

Hit us up on twitter (@GamerHeroesPod) and we could talk about it on the show!

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Games & Articles Covered:

  • https://www.team17.com/games/moving-out/
  • https://lonelymountains.com/
  • https://www.ign.com/articles/long-rumoured-diablo-2-remaster-apparently-coming-this-year
  • https://www.polygon.com/2020/5/7/21250159/xbox-series-x-smart-delivery-titles-assassins-creed-valhalla
  • https://www.pcgamer.com/cyberpunk-2077-features-customizable-genitals/

Podcast Credits

A Heroes Podcast Network Production

Host | Derreck Mayer (@TheStarTrekdude)

Special Guest | Morgan Simone (https://www.instagram.com/morgan_simoneofficial/)

Special Guest | Zach Story (https://twitter.com/AvengerZS)

Music | David Renda at Fesliyan Studios

Links | https://linktr.ee/gamerheroes

Social Media | @GamerHeroesPod

There’s Always a Lighthouse

Bad Movie Reviews: Surf Ninjas

Bad Movie Reviews is totally tubular this week as we hit up the 1993 kids’ flick, Surf Ninjas! The film stars the father and son team Ernie Reyes Sr. and Jr. along with Rob Schneider and Leslie Nielsen! Oh and you can watch it totally free and legit on YouTube!

Plus, we talk the latest news in entertainment including Sony’s official name for the Spider-Verse, Taika Waititi’s new Star Wars film, Black Adam’s too many friends, Nic cage as Tiger King, and the return of Demolition Man!

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Screen Heroes Podcast Credits

A Heroes Podcast Network Production

Hosts: Rae Stewart | Derreck Mayer | Ryan Couture

Executive Producer & Editor: Derreck Mayer

Music by Flying Killer Robots

Links: http://linktr.ee/screenheroes

iTunes: Screen-Heroes.com

Social Media: @ScreenHeroesPod

Bad Movie Reviews: Surf Ninjas

Starfleet Starship Designs: Part 2

We continue our Starfleet Starship discussion by moving on to 21st century productions including Star Trek: Enterprise, Discovery, and Picard. We discuss the NX-01, Shenzhou, Crossfield Class, La Sirenna, Shenzhou, the Disco Enterprise, and more! Plus, we break down our poll about the best Enterprise bridge!

Also, please note that we have moved to a bi-weekly format. So we’ll have a new episode for you on May 19th!

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Redshirts & Runabouts Podcast Credits

A Heroes Podcast Network Production

Hosts: Greg Bosko (The_Bittersteel) & Derreck Mayer (@TheStarTrekDude)

Executive Producer & Editor: Derreck Mayer

Music by Flying Killer Robots

Linktree: https://linktr.ee/redshirtspod

Social Media: @RedshirtsPod

Starfleet Starship Designs: Part 2

Press Start to Continue

Gamer Heroes returns with the arrival of a familiar host! Derreck, founder of the series, returns to bring Gamer Heroes back from the dead in a brand new bi-weekly format! Catch the details now and the first full episode on Tuesday, May 12th! Got questions to ask the host? 

Hit us up on twitter (@GamerHeroesPod) and we could talk about it on the show!

Don’t forget to subscribe! We’re available on iTunes Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Spreaker, Google Play, or you can use our RSS Feed to plug into any podcast app. Links are below!

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Podcast Credits

A Heroes Podcast Network Production

Host | Derreck Mayer (@TheStarTrekdude)

Music | David Renda at Fesliyan Studios

Links | https://linktr.ee/gamerheroes

Social Media | @GamerHeroesPod

Press Start to Continue

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy 15th Anniversary

This week, we celebrate 15 years of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy film adaptation from 2005 starring Martin Freeman, Yasiin Bey, Zooey Deschanel, Alan Rickman, and Sam Rockwell.

Plus, we talk the latest news in entertainment including AMC’s feud with Universal Pictures, Disney’s Star Wars social media gaff, Geoff Johns joining another Green Lantern project, changes to the 93rd Annual Academy Awards, and the surprising #1 box office bomb of 2019! No, it wasn’t Cats!

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Screen Heroes Podcast Credits

A Heroes Podcast Network Production

Hosts: Rae Stewart | Derreck Mayer | Ryan Couture

Executive Producer & Editor: Derreck Mayer

Music by Flying Killer Robots

Links: http://linktr.ee/screenheroes

iTunes: Screen-Heroes.com

Social Media: @ScreenHeroesPod

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy 15th Anniversary

MCU: The Good with the Bad – The Sequel

It’s our 200th episode celebration! Rae, Ryan, and Derreck return to the topic that started it all, MCU: The Good with the Bad, with a sequel episode discussing what’s working and what isn’t from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In our first episode, we broke down this topic back before Captain America: Civil War, before Agent Cater was canceled, and before Luke Cage or Iron Fist landed on Netflix. Now, over 4 years later, we’ve closed out another phase of the MCU, the Defenders and Marvel TV is all but closed up, and the landscape is more different than we imagined.

We also cover news, something we didn’t do when Screen Heroes launched. We talk Venom 2’s title, HBO Max’s upcoming launch, and more!

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Screen Heroes Podcast Credits

A Heroes Podcast Network Production

Hosts: Rae Stewart | Derreck Mayer | Ryan Couture

Executive Producer & Editor: Derreck Mayer

Music by Flying Killer Robots

Links: http://linktr.ee/screenheroes

iTunes: Screen-Heroes.com

Social Media: @ScreenHeroesPod

MCU: The Good with the Bad – The Sequel