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Batman Begins 15th Anniversary

Batman Begins 15th Anniversary
Screen Heroes

 
 
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It’s another anniversary review with a look back at the start of the Nolan trilogy, Batman Begins, on its 15th anniversary! Plus, we discuss the latest news including 30 Rock removing episodes, Cobra Kai moving to Netflix, the passing of Ian Holm and Joel Schumacher, and the report surrounding Michael Keaton’s return to the cowl for Flashpoint!

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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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iTunes: Screen-Heroes.com

Social Media: @ScreenHeroesPod

Batman Begins 15th Anniversary

Squadron! Take a Snap of the PS5 Mixer!

It’s a special bonus news update episode! This week, Derreck talks about the PS5 Reveal and the “Future of Gaming” Sony event as well as EA’s new Star Wars game, the return of Pokemon Snap, Microsoft killing Mixer, and more! We’ll be back next week for an in-depth discussion on the Halo franchise with a guest!

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

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Not looking for a long-term commitment? No problem. Every dollar truly helps, so buy us a coffee over at ko-fi.com/heroespodcasts! Articles Covered:

  • PS5 “Future of Gaming” Event: https://www.ign.com/articles/ps5-reveal-everything-announced-all-games
  • Pokemon Snap: https://www.ign.com/articles/new-pokemon-snap-announced
  • Nintendo nixes Mobile Gaming: https://www.ign.com/articles/nintendo-mobile-no-games-in-development
  • Microsoft Killing Mixer: https://www.ign.com/articles/microsoft-is-shutting-down-mixer-will-now-partner-with-facebook-gaming
  • Vault Boy in Smash Bros: https://kotaku.com/smash-bros-ultimate-is-getting-a-small-crossover-with-1844117737
  • EA’s Star Wars Squadrons: https://kotaku.com/eas-star-wars-squadrons-will-finally-give-us-a-new-star-1844037961
  • EA’s Star Wars Squadrons More: https://www.pcgamer.com/star-wars-squadrons-will-be-an-exclusively-first-person-game/

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

Squadron! Take a Snap of the PS5 Mixer!

There’s Plenty of Letters Left in the Alphabet

Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of your two podcast hosts. This episode’s message, to explain to you the state of the Redshirts & Runabouts podcast and our plans moving forward, including some ideas we have for future Star Trek TV series!

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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

There’s Plenty of Letters Left in the Alphabet

Small Soldiers (1998) Retrospective

This week, we travel back to 1998 for this children’s flick… er…. adult flick… um… MOVIE with a stacked cast and toys that go to war! It’s time for Small Soldiers! Here’s the synopsis:

When missile technology is used to enhance toy action figures, the toys soon begin to take their battle programming too seriously.

Plus, we discuss the latest news including movie theaters reopening, SDCC’s move to Comic-Con@Home, The Batman Rumors, and Stephen Amell’s interesting neighbor.

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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

Small Soldiers (1998) Retrospective

The VelociPastor!

We take a look at the 2018… er 2019…. recent film available on Amazon Prime Video, The VelociPastor! Here’s the synopsis:

After losing his parents, a priest travels to China, where he inherits a mysterious ability that allows him to turn into a dinosaur. At first horrified by this new power, a hooker convinces him to use it to fight crime. And ninjas.

We also talk a LOT of news including how The CW is planning on replacing Ruby Rose & Batwoman, the Flash firing Elongated Man (Hartley Sawyer), HBO Max’s disappearing DC films, Paramount cancelling Cops after 31 years, and Bill & Ted Face The Music’s first trailer!

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Help support our podcast and the Heroes Podcast Network by becoming a Patron today at Patreon.com/HeroesPodcasts or if you’d like some less long-term, shoot us a coupe bucks at Ko-Fi.com/HeroesPodcasts. Every dollar truly helps and means a lot!

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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

Country Road, Take Me Home

Country road, take me home to the burning ring of fire way down in Appalachia! It’s time for our Fallout 76 discussion! This week, two guests join me (Derreck) for an in-depth talk on the latest Bethesda Fallout game. We discuss the launch, bugs, new game modes, Wastelanders DLC, the 2020 Roadmap, and why we keep on playing. Plus, I talk a little news including the Sega Game Gear Micro and the latest game I’ve played, Star Wars: Battlefront II. 

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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Not looking for a long-term commitment? No problem. Every dollar truly helps, so buy us a coffee over at ko-fi.com/heroespodcasts!

Articles Covered:

  • Sega Game Gear Micro: http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2020/06/segas_game_gear_micro_was_originally_going_to_be_even_more_stingy
  • Sony PS5 Event Delay (yes we know it’s now scheduled for June 11th, we had already recorded): https://www.gamespot.com/articles/sony-delays-ps5-reveal-for-undetermined-future-dat/1100-6477780/
  • PS Plus Games for June 2020: https://www.playstation.com/en-us/explore/playstation-plus/
  • Xbox Live Games with Gold June 2020: https://news.xbox.com/en-us/2020/05/26/new-games-with-gold-june-2020/

Fallout 76 Discussion Details:

  • Wastelanders: https://fallout.bethesda.net/en/wastelanders
  • 2020 Roadmap: https://fallout.bethesda.net/en/article/fPSas0ftnlgD0FcZNnMoL/fallout-76-inside-the-vault-introducing-the-2020-roadmap-and-76-seasons

Podcast Credits

A Heroes Podcast Network Production

Host | Derreck Mayer (@TheStarTrekdude) Special Guests | Jordan Seper (KC Deadman) & Ryan Couture (@BusterProps)

Music | David Renda at Fesliyan Studios

Links | https://linktr.ee/gamerheroes

Social Media | @GamerHeroesPod

Country Road, Take Me Home

Black Lives Matter: A Message from the HPN

This short statement is being released on all active Heroes Podcast Network podcast feeds. This week, there will be no Screen Heroes podcast. Echo Station will also released delayed, on Friday, instead of Wednesday. We do this in hopes of supporting and honoring the Black Lives Matter movement and those protesting police brutality throughout the world.

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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

Black Lives Matter: A Message from the HPN

Bad Movie Reviews: Mortal Kombat (1995)

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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Help support our podcast and the Heroes Podcast Network by becoming a Patron today at Patreon.com/HeroesPodcasts or if you’d like some less long-term, shoot us a coupe bucks at Ko-Fi.com/HeroesPodcasts. Every dollar truly helps and means a lot!

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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: 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!

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!

Help support the show by becoming a Patreon! – patreon.com/HeroesPodcasts.

Not looking for a long-term commitment? No problem. Every dollar truly helps, so buy us a coffee over at ko-fi.com/heroespodcasts! Games & Articles Covered:

  • 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

Linktree: https://linktr.ee/redshirtspod

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