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SH S5E11: Tomb Raider Review

SH S5E11: Tomb Raider Review
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We’re joined by two special guests this week, KCLane Cosplay and NikkiMouse Cosplay to talk about the new Tomb Raider movie. We also talk news including the new Shazam logo, the latest Avengers: Infinity War trailer, Fox’s wishes for a new Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot, and more!

What did you think of the new Tomb Raider movie? Did it stack up to the newer video games? How about the original two films? Any news you’re excited about? Let us know!

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SH S5E11: Tomb Raider Review

GH50: Ready Nintendo Direct Raider

We begin with a wrap-up of last week’s Overwatch gaming stream and announce what game we’re streaming next week. Then we talk a bit about the three big video game movies hitting theaters in the next couple of months, Tomb Raider, Ready Player One, and Rampage. After that’s we focus on Nintendo news including a new adapter that supports the PS4 Dualshock, the new 5.0.0 Switch update, and last week’s Nintendo Direct.

01:20 – Overwatch and Left 4 Dead 2 Streaming

06:45 – Video Game Movies: Tomb Raider, Ready Player One, Rampage, Warcraft, and Resident Evil

22:25 – 8Bitdo Wireless Adapter & Dualshock Support

28:40 – Nintendo Switch 5.0.0 Update & Nintendo Direct 3DS Details

49:20 – Closing Statements

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Costume Couture: Beauty and the Beast

Costume Couture premieres with an in-depth look at the costumes and styles in Disney’s live action Beauty and the Beast that hit theaters last month.

In addition to talk costumes and designs, we also welcome our first Cosplayer of the Week, Shayna in Neverland! She’s known for her Alice in Wonderland Steampunk cosplay and her Lara Croft from the latest Tomb Raider video games.

Check out our first episode below and comment with your thoughts!

Costume Couture is hosted by Rae of Super Sirens Cosplay and Ian of Haus of Turner Cosplay.

What did you think of our first episode? Subscribe on YouTube and comment on the video with your thoughts about Beauty and the Beast’s costumes and design concepts. We’d love to hear your thoughts.

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Stay tuned for a new episode every week! Costume Couture will be analyzing all kinds of costumes and styles from Princess movies, sci-fi, fantasy, TV, and more! Plus, we’ll have even more cosplayers and prop builders featured!

Costume Couture: Beauty and the Beast

GH12: March Madness Showdown – Part 2

Part 2 of our March Madness continues the first round of our Sweet Sixteen bringing in Nova, Sonic, Sonya Blade, Lara Croft, and more! First, we cover some news including plans for Star Trek Online’s First Contact Day celebrations, the Yooka Laylee Switch situation, thoughts on Splatoon 2 after the global test fire, plus a bit on the Starcraft 4K restoration. Then, we battle out the second four match-ups: Crash Bandicoot vs Sonic, Lara Croft vs Fenix, Spyro vs Sonya Blade, and Nova vs Big Daddy. We talk abilities, weapons, fighting styles, opportunity, and more until we determine a winner for each of the four matches. You’ll have to listen in to see who moved on to the quarter finals.

0:35 – Star Trek Online’s First Contact Day Celebration Details

5:40 – Yooka-Laylee’s Nintendo Switch Delay

7:40 – Splatoon 2 Global Testfire Thoughts

13:35 – Starcraft 4K Remastered Announced

18:20 – March Madness Part 1 Recap and Bracket Updates

21:10 – Crash Bandicoot vs Sonic the Hedgehog

31:10 – Tomb Raider’s Lara Croft vs Gears of War’s Fenix

50:30 – Spryo vs Mortal Kombat’s Sonya Blade

58:10 – Starcraft’s Nova vs BioShock’s Big Daddy

71:15 – Part 2 Recap and Quaterfinal Preview

What do you think of our second four match-ups? Did we get them right? Did we miss the mark? Comment or hit us up on Facebook to let us know! Then stay tuned for our Quarterfinals!

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GH12: March Madness Showdown – Part 2

GH11: March Madness Showdown – Part 1

Part 1 of our March Madness announces our 16 competitors and first 8 matches. Then, we battle out the first four: Mario vs Rayman, D.Va vs Link, Master Chief vs Samus, and Gordon Freeman vs Star Fox. We talk abilities, weapons, fighting styles, opportunity, and more until we determine a winner for each of the four matches. You’ll have to listen in to see who moved on to the quarter finals. Check out the full bracket below and then let us know who you think should win each match!

Gamer Heroes March Madness Bracket Starting

 

0:45 – News: Orisa Goes Live; Super Mario Run hits Android; Joy-Con Grip Kit from SurgeSuper Bomberman R Gets Patched; Horizon: Zero Dawn’s first two weeks sales

11:40 – March Madness Showdown Begins

13:55 – Mario vs Rayman

20:20 – D.Va (Overwatch) vs Link (The Legend of Zelda)

33:00 – Master Chief (Halo) vs Samus (Metroid)

48:30 – Gordon Freeman (Halflife) vs Star Fox

55:15 – Part 1 Recap and Part 2 Preview

57:00 – Closing & Contest Info

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GH11: March Madness Showdown – Part 1

SH S3E05: Video Game Movie Adaptations

Sure, there’s been plenty of bad video games based on movies but we’ve also had our fair share of terrible movies based on video games. Jon of the Gamer Heroes podcast joins Ryan and myself to talk about some of the best and worst video game movie adaptations. We go back to the days of Super Mario Bros and Street Fighter all the way up to 2016’s Warcraft and Assassin’s Creed. See which ones we thought pulled it off and which ones we think were better left in the cartridge.

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Grid Talk: 08 – Power Puff Girls Return

Grid Talk is back in an all new format! Each week, I’ll be your host, bringing you some of the larger entertainment stories from the week plus what’s been going on around The Grid Daily including the latest I Ship It and Screen Heroes. This week? I talk about the return of the Power Puff Girls to Cartoon Network, Amazon possibly bringing back The Tick, which Star Wars: The Force Awakens actor is the front-runner for the new Tomb Raider reboot, and the casting of Commissioner Gordon in Justice League: Part 1.

Listen on to learn the details plus see what’s new on The Grid Daily.

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Top 5 Boss Themes

The door thunders and opens. Inside, the villain awaits you. He or she says something clever, gets angry, and then you fight. In that moment, as the villain lunges toward you, the music picks up and fuels your adrenaline as you draw your weapon and battle your enemy. For this article, here is my top 5 favorite boss music themes. I will go from my least favorite to my most favorite. Just know that I absolutely love them all. . .

5. Tomb Raider Anniversary

The Tomb Raider Anniversary boss was a difficult one for me in part because I had not fully mastered some of the special moves. There was much dying on my part and beating on pillows or whatever else was next to me. However, one thing that kept me going was the music. The music was a choir that illustrated Natla’s ultimate desire for world domination.

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4. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Modern Warfare 2 has you chasing the final boss, who happens to be voiced by Lance Henriksen, in a boat down a river filled with all of his cronies. The desperate theme pumps your adrenaline as you chase down this general with an “ends justify the means” attitude. No enemies or obstacles will keep you from taking this guy down!

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3. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Knights of the Old Republic’s music does a perfect job at illustrating your completion of this enormous game. Not only does it reflect the epic nature of the battle taking place between you and Malak, it also shows that your fate is not the only one hanging in the balance. There is a massive battle for the Republic happening right outside the space station as you fight. The fate of your battle with Malak could ultimately decide the fate of the battle beyond.

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2. Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Ganondorf’s boss theme reflected the happenings of the environment around you. It also painted Ganondorf’s use of the power of the Triforce. It makes you feel like the battle is impossible as he throws his magic at you. Yet, there is a small glimmer of hope.

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1. Prince of Persia: Sands of Time

The Sands of Time still remains as my all-time favorite boss battle music. The music reveals to you that, sorcery or not, you know you can beat this old man. You can also hear the deception of the vizier through small sections in the music. He is the one who influenced the Prince to cause all this trouble in the first place. Along with the amazing percussion and Middle Eastern flavor, this music has got to be one of the best boss battle themes of all time.

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Do you have any boss themes you think should have been added? Feel free to post them in the comments.

Top 5 Boss Themes

The Strangest E3 Conference This Week

At their core, E3 conferences are meant to be press conferences. They are meant to tell video game magazines, sites, etc. about what is coming. However, the bar has been set higher in the past few years. Now, in addition to being press conferences, they also tend to be quite entertaining shows. There is a reason why Ubisoft brings in comedian and actress Aisha Tyler to host their conference. There is also a reason why Nintendo borrows Robot Chicken clips or actually uses puppets to supplement their conference. Both Nintendo, Ubisoft, and others know that they are not just broadcasting to the press anymore. They are also broadcasting to the general public. With all of this in mind, I would like to briefly discuss the strangest E3 conference this week, Square Enix.

What Was Strange?

I admit to being surprised at seeing Square Enix in the lineup. They are a large company that also encompasses the properties of Eidos. However, Square Enix does not usually have a conference. They tend to rely on EA, Microsoft, or another publisher to show off their games. With this in mind, I started to watch…

1. The very first title they showed did not have a title.

Square Enix showed off a number of upcoming games. However, the first one they showed did not even have a title. We were given a very brief clip that told us next to nothing about it. The clip gave no semblance of what sort of gameplay would be featured or even what the story was going to be about. After the clip, some of the development team popped up on stage but didn’t even bother to give us a name. A working title would have sufficed.

2. The head of development for the aforementioned game was wearing an odd maskThe guy in the mask

Ordinarily, in a conference like Ubisoft, this would not be an issue. It would just be part of the show. However, the fellow in the mask only introduced himself, said they were working on the game, and did nothing else. This lead me to believe that perhaps this guy did not want to be seen. If that is correct, though, then why did he come in the first place? Did Square Enix make him come? The mask distracted me from a presentation that was already weak with no title.

3. Everything was so formal…

hitman-io-interactiveFormality in a typical press conference is not a problem. But this is E3! Microsoft, EA, Sony, Ubisoft, and Nintendo all know that they need to do more than just talk about their products. They need to give us a show. With the exception of very brief previews (I’ll get to that in a minute) and the mask, there was no entertainment or very much to hold the audience’s attention. The developers got up before the crowds and spoke very seriously about their games. Some of them did not even seem very excited about the games that they were making.

4. What we saw was brief and not enough to garner attention.

With any sort of preview or presentation, especially with something that has not even been released, it is important to not tell too much. The Force Unleashed II had a good ten-minute making-of video that was released just before the game released. However, most of that video revealed too much of the plot, spoiling the surprise for the players. This is not the case for the Square Enix conference. They actually had the opposite problem. They showed and talked about too little.

Rise of the Tomb RaiderI have already mentioned the game with no name. However, this idea of showing very little was prevalent throughout the conference. The Rise of the Tomb Raider was also presented. Granted, other conferences had already showed the gameplay demo and the preview, but I expected perhaps a behind-the-scenes video. True to my expectations, they did show a video about how much detail was put into the creation of Lara Croft… But that was all they showed off before moving on to their next project. Although finding about all of the detail was interesting, I expected a video about why they chose the myth and setting for Lara’s new adventure or perhaps what they have changed in gameplay. This clip was too brief and did not talk about the components of the game that I wanted to hear about, albeit story and gameplay.

On A Positive Note…deusex

Although Square Enix’s presentation was strange and oftentimes very brief, they had plenty of things to be excited about. Kingdom Hearts III looked to be fairly far along in production, the new Hitman game looked very ambitious and exciting, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided seems to greatly improve on Human Revolution, and then there is that Final Fantasy game, the most renowned in Square Enix’s franchises. Their presentation was not terrible, but it was odd. One would be curious to see if they present again next year.

 

The Strangest E3 Conference This Week