Heroes of the Storm 2.0

Heroes of the Storm 2.0

Heroes of the Storm 2.0

Heroes of the Storm 2.0 was released yesterday, introducing a new progression system and method of unlocking cosmetic items without spending real money (you can read more about it on my other post here).

With the release of Heroes 2.0, a new hero and battleground were release: Genji and Hanamura respectively. 

Genji

Genji is the newest Ranged Assassin in Heroes of the Storm. He’s a Cybernetic Ninja from the Overwatch universe who’s very quick and mobile, with the ability to jump over obstacles and Swift Strike a moderate distance. Check out the Hero Spotlight:

I’ve played a little Genji now, and I find that he is a really fun hero to play, he reminds me a lot of Illidan.  He jumps in and is very mobile and can chase down enemies very effectively but he also needs a team to back him up. If Genji jumps in by himself his health can just melt, but with a team to back him up, he can just keep going with resets. I definitely recommend giving him a try.

Hanamura

Hanamura is the battleground  released with Heroes of the Storm 2.0. It is a two-lane map that is focused on split attack and defense, and requires a team to be able to hold and push different objectives at the same time.

This map requires a lot of coordination to simultaneously push lanes, push payloads and hold enemy payloads. It makes for a rather chaotic and fun Battleground.

New Cinematic

A new cinematic was also released with Heroes of the Storm 2.0, featuring the new battleground, Genji and a new hero.

Besides just being an awesome Cinematic featuring Genji and Diablo, it also introduced the next hero to be released: D. Va.

D. Va is going to be the next hero release in Heroes of the Storm. She is a tank class character from the Overwatch universe. In the Overwatch universe, D. Va is a world Starcraft 2 champion, so she should have some very interesting interactions with Starcraft Heroes.

Heroes of the Storm 2.0 Announced

Heroes of the Storm 2.0

Heroes of the Storm 2.0

Last week, Blizzard announced Heroes of the Storm 2.0! Don’t let the name fool you, it is still the same game… Kind of. Heroes of the Storm now is very different from Heroes of the Storm back in 2015, and Heroes of the Storm is just another step in the ladder of progression for Heroes of the Storm.

Heroes of the Storm 2.0 is changing the Player and Hero progress.  The level 20 cap for heroes is being removed, and will now be uncapped. The Player level is almost completely being removed and is now going to be based on the total level of all the Heroes the Player has. There are also some changes to cosmetic items, that will now be unlockable without “real money” with Loot Chests. 

Check out Blizzards Video about Heroes of the Storm 2.0

Heroes of the Storm 2.0

Announcers, loadouts, gems and coins, and other cosmetic items are being introduced as well. All-in-all it is a major change to progression and cosmetic, with little to no change to actual gameplay.

I am excited for this change, especially for the ability to get skins using in-game currency.

Find more information, including all of the changes at the official Heroes of the Storm 2.0 website.

 

 

New Justice League Trailer

Justice League Trailer

Warner Bros. released a new Justice League Trailer last week. Check it out…

Justice League

In order to save their world from some sort of an invasion, Batman and Wonder Woman track down and recruit The Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg to fight alongside them as members of the Justice League.

Batman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, The Flash, and Aquaman. Those are the members of this Justice League (The original Justice League consisted of: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Green Lantern, The Flash, and Martian Manhunter). Superman is “dead”, so he can’t be a member… yet. Cyborg is filling part of Martian Manhunter’s role in the Justice League, that of communication, and organization. I’m not sure what’s up with Green Lantern.

I think this trailer is awesome! It makes me excited to see this movie, and, honestly, that’s the point of a movie trailer, so this trailer does it’s job well. There are a few things I am hoping for in this Justice League movie.

My Hopes For the Justice League

  1. It will have enough action. Although I enjoyed Batman vs. Superman, I felt like I would have liked it more if there was more action in it. For example, when Batman breaks into Lexcorp, all the audience sees is the aftermath, why not show us the actual break-in? I just felt that the only real fight scenes were Batman vs. Superman, and then the Three against Doomsday. But that’s really it, in a two-and-a-half hour long superhero movie, there are only two real fight scenes. Sure there are a few smaller ones between Batman, and random thugs, but it’s not very memorable. Also, did we really need to see Batman’s backstory again? Maybe its’ just me, but I feel like pretty much everyone who would go and see Batman vs. Superman would already know that story…. 

2. Each hero has their time to shine. Cyborg, Aquaman and Flash are all really cool heroes, and I hope that they each have the time in the movie they deserve. Now, I wouldn’t really mind if the whole thing focused on Batman…. But since it’s not, I’d like to see Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg in action. I don’t want a focus on origin stories. I can learn about them in the Comics or Wikipedia. I want action. I want to see Flash using his super speed to take out mobs of enemies, I want to see Aquaman using his super strength and control over the ocean to beat his adversaries, and I want to see Cyborg’s adaptability and technologically advanced weaponry to overpower those he faces. That’s what I want to see, I don’t really want to see a fast man still mourning the loss of his mother, a cyborg with daddy issues, or a King of the ocean.  There good stories, I just want to see them at their height, not at their lowest.

3. I don’t want Batman to be the “bad-guy”. I am pretty sure this is going to happen, since he’s on a team of superheroes, but it is definitely something I hope happens. In Batman vs. Superman, Batman is kind of set up as the bad guy. You know Superman is good, you had Man of Steel to see that, and most of Batman vs. Superman as well, so now this dark, brooding vigilante is out to kill Superman… Kind of makes Batman seem like a bad-guy, and he almost certainly would be if Doomsday didn’t appear at the end.  And this leads into my next and greatest hope…

Batman vs. Superman

4. Batman won’t kill. In Batman vs. Superman, Batman kills… A lot. Every enemy who gets in his way is in danger of death. He kills with his hands, his gadgets, and his vehicles. And I HATE that! It is honestly the WORST part about Batman vs. Superman! That Batman wantonly kills his enemies willy-nilly. That’s not how it is. Sure you can find lists of “Fifteen times Batman has killed” and stuff like that, but a lot of that isn’t cannon, like the 80’s Batman films, or before Batman was REALLY Batman, like his first comic book. But Batman doesn’t kill. Sure you can argue that this is a darker Batman, one who’s been fighting darkness for 20 years already (I think that’s what it says in Batman vs. Superman… Maybe 10… I can’t remember…) But I’ve read comics when Batman is at his darkest. Like right after Jason Todd is murdered! Yeah, Batman is pretty angry then, but does he kill? NOPE. I’ve also read The Dark Knight Returns, when a retired Batman returns in one of the darkest comic books I’ve read, but does he kill? NOPE. He uses rubber bullets for Pete’s sake! Batman doesn’t kill, and I hope, I really, REALLY hope he doesn’t kill in this new Justice League Movie.

Those are my hopes for this upcoming movie.  I hope you are as excited for it as I am. 

World of Warcraft: Legion Patch 7.2!!

World of Warcract: Legion – Patch 7.2

        –The Tomb of Sargeras

With the completion of the Nighthold Raid, and with the Fall of Guldan, comes the newest Patch and, with it Raid, in World of Warcraft: The Tomb of Sargeras.  Check out the trailer below…

Patch 7.2 – The Tomb of Sargeras Trailer

Kil’Jaeden, Sargeras’s right hand lieutenant, (Archimonde was the left hand), seems to be fed up with the failure of the Legion and not seeing the fruition of the “destiny” he was not only promised, but gave his planet for (Argus, the  Legions home world). So now, he is coming to Azeroth to bring about that “destiny” personally, as the final boss in the Tomb of Sargeras Raid.  

The Champions of Azeroth, will once again have to venture to the Broken Isle, where they were defeated last time, in order to repel this latest invasion, and stop Kil’jaeden.

New Hero–Probius

Probius – The Newest Hero in Heroes of the Storm

Probius is the newest hero coming to Heroes of the Storm. He is a ranged specialist who uses his Pylons and other abilities to control areas of the map and defeat his opponents. Although he is quite weak to an attack, he can be devastating if given the time to set up, and when used with a good team composition.

Check out his Hero’s Spotlight

Probius’s Abilities

Basic Abilities 
Heroic Abilities

 

So that’s Probius for you, coming out this Tuesday along with the new UI update as well. Head on into the Nexus this Tuesday to check them both out!

Check out Probius’s Trailer!

 

The Lego Batman Movie

The Lego Batman Movie

The Lego Batman Movie

On Wednesday I saw The Lego Batman Movie… For the second time…. Yes, I’ve already seen it twice…. But it is awesome. I loved it! I loved it so much I paid to see it twice in theaters, and honestly, I’m willing to watch it again. It was so good!! 

Check out this Trailer…

This is The Lego Batman Movie! and as such, it is both a Batman movie, and a Lego movie (if you haven’t seen The Lego Movie you should). That means you have the awesomeness of Batman, mixed with the playfulness of Legos.  

Although this movie isn’t a sequel or anything to The Lego Movie (although there are some connections, such as “masterbuilding”) they have very similar humor. The kind of humor that anyone will love. Whether you are are six, forty-six or a hundred and six, you could love this movie. It is just good clean humor, and I laughed the whole time, and I mean the whole time… Like from the opening scene I was laughing my head off!

Also, like the Lego movie, there is more than just humor in this movie, there are serious moments, and lessons taught as well. These lessons and serious moments are then usually accented with humor as well. 

Batman

Batman is voiced by Will Arnett, who also voiced Batman in The Lego Movie.

At the beginning of the movie, Batman is at his height, both of his skill and his arrogance. This is emphasized in the first scene with an awesome fight scene and song sung by Batman. Unlike in The Lego Movie, Batman is actually skilled in this movie (“First try!!”   [if you don’t get that, go see The Lego Movie), and he knows it, and everyone else also knows it. 

Along with all those skills, and killer abs, however, he is also alone. He has Alfred and the Batcomputer (call ‘Puter) but that is it, and this movie does a really good job of showing that. 

So, batman is at the top of his game, and also at the height of his loneliness, when two people come into his life… Dick Grayson (Robin) and Barbara Gordon (Batgirl).

Batman and Robin

The Batman and Robin relationship is fantastic! You have Batman, with all of his self-centeredness, seriousness, and blackness. Then you have Robin with his carefree and silly attitude and his bright clothes. Put them both together, and you have an awesomely hilarious movie. 

“Now I’m free, now I’m moving, come on Batman let’s get grooving”

“I can only look you in the eyes right now”

At first Batman only uses Robin for his own selfish ends, but then Robin begins to grow on Batman. Through some challenges, trials, and a lot of silly humor, Batman and Robin become a family. 

Conclusion

The Lego Batman Movie is a silly, humorous, life-lesson-teaching movie. It is a movie for all ages, that anyone could love. It is full of good, clean humor with absolutely no swearing (Oh my gosh!!) and nothing crude. Do yourself a favor, get all your friends and family together and go and see this family-and-kid-friendly movie that adults will love as well. 

“DC. The house Batman built…

What about it Superman?

Come at me bro…

I’m your Kryptonite” 

Here is another trailer…

New Kingdom Hearts 3 Screen Shot

Kingdom Hearts 3 Screenshot

Square Enix released this new Screenshot at MAGIC 2017

New Kingdom Hearts 3 Screenshot
Sora fighting a Heartless on Thebes

Director Tetsuya Nomura said the following regarding this image:

“This is the first time we show this screenshot of Kingdom Hearts III.  It’s happening in Thebes and they are fighting a new model of the Heartless. The Keyblade turns into a lot of things. Here it is a shield, but it can also be transformed into a chariot. This is called Power Form.” (Gematsu)

Interpretation

This new Kingdom Hearts 3 screenshot reveals a few things. First of all, it reveals a new Heartless model that looks awesome. Also because the enemy Health bar in the top right corner is so small for such a large opponent, it looks like it might be a Heartless with multiple body parts that need to be defeated, or one part that needs to be defeated multiple times.

The Keyblade is also shown as a shield. This has been shown before, so this is just more of a confirmation, and not really a revelation. However before it then turned into the chariot pulled by Pegasus. 

The command menu looks more like the command menu in Kingdom Hearts 0.2: Fragmentary Passage, than previously released screenshots. I think this is because of the “Power Form” that Sora is currently in. His clothes are also Orange-brown instead of the usual red, matching the Command Menu. 

Nomura also said the screenshot is “happening in Thebes”, not “Olympic Coliseum” but “Thebes”. This could mean that the world of Olympic Coliseum could be expanded into a world similar to the one in Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep. 

Screenshots

Here are some of the previously released Screenshots and pictures of gameplay:

Kingdom Hearts 0.2

So, this week I finished Kingdom Hearts 3D, so now I want to talk a little about…

Kingdom Hearts 0.2

A Fragmentary Passage

Here is the AWESOME opening scene, I definitely recommend watching it, plus it also has some good music too.

Awesome!! I love it!! Plus I love that music. “Simple and Clean” was featured in Kingdom Hearts 1, and I still love it.

My Thoughts

(I’m going to preface this part with the fact that my version stuttered a lot during cutscenes so there isn’t going to be many videos)

I really, REALLY enjoyed this short game. It wasn’t very long, maybe the length of a normal KH world or two, but there was so much content in such a short time, that I was okay with the length, but I wanted more. It also made me even MORE excited for Kingdom Hearts 3

After playing KH 3D, I was used to those graphics (which are similar to previous KH games) and also the gameplay, so playing KH 0.2 was very refreshing going back to, what is to me, the more traditional Kingdom Hearts gameplay style, with MP instead of cooldowns, and the L1 shortcut instead of menus. It was like “Yes, this game is a Kingdom Hearts game.”

And the graphics! I loved the graphics! I hope that Kingdom Hearts 3 has graphics similar to this game. It wasn’t super “cartoony” but Mickey didn’t look out of place within the landscape either. I really like the interaction with the landscape, how the boxes and barrels weren’t the usual obvious “I’m here come hit me”, but looked like they really belonged within the terrain. I like how Aqua could automatically jump short gaps, slide down slopes, and affect the environment. 

The Heartless were great, the boss fights were amazing, and they all fit into the environment, and I was actually terrified at a couple points in the game. It was awesome!

Kingdom Hearts 3

This game made me SO excited for Kingdom Hearts 3! If Kingdom Hearts 3 looks and plays like KH 0.2 I would not complain at all. I loved it. I enjoyed the darker color palette, which made sense for KH 0.2, but I think that KH 3, will be a brighter game. In KH 3, I hope they keep the environmental interactions, the sliding, scaling, and hoping, it made moving around the environment easier and more realistic.

The return of MP and the L1 shortcut to use magic and items, made me very happy. I enjoyed KH 3D, and the remake of Birth By Sleep, but when I think of Kingdom Hearts gameplay, I think of the L1 shortcut, and I’m glad that it returned, and hope it is in KH 3 as well. I’d prefer that over the triangle menu of the more recent games. In the Screenshot above, the “Shortcut” menu is shown, along with the Health and MP bar in the lower right corner. This screenshot looks like a Kingdom Hearts game to me, and now I am super excited!

More Kingdom Hearts 3D Moments

More of My Favorite Kingdom Hearts Moments from this Week

This first moment isn’t particularly a Dream Drop Distance moment, it is just a Disney moment that I love, remade in 3D.

Sorcerer Mickey

It’s Sorcerer Mickey!! I love Sorcerer Mickey! It is my favorite music video in Fantasia, and I just loved when he was in Kingdom Hearts. Although I didn’t particularly like the level that was played afterwards, this part made me smile.

Mickey Saves Riku

I love this moment because you get to see King Mickey use some of his power. King Mickey really is quite strong, and their of glimpses of this throughout Kingdom Hearts, but this moment shows how strong he is in magic, being able to summon such a large Stop zone for so long, is quite impressive. 

Axel Saves Sora

Like I said last week, I love Axel, and this is one of those “redemption” moments for Axel. It shows that he really is a good guy, willing to risk himself to save Sora. Plus it’s just a very important story moment as well. 

Kingdom Hearts 2.8 moments

Kingdom Hearts 2.8

I’ve been playing Kingdom Hearts 2.8 lately, specifically Dream Drop Distance HD. I am really enjoying this game so far. It is definitely different from other Kingdom Hearts games I have played, but that isn’t necessarily bad. The gameplay reminds me a lot of Birth By Sleep, with the triangle menus, but then there is also sort of a party as well. I am also really enjoying being able to play both Sora and Riku. It is great to see more of Riku, in different situations than before. 

Here are some of my favorite moments from the last few days.

Riku’s Warning

I really like this quote. It is a warning, and also a realization from Riku. Riku is telling everyone not to focus to much on one thing, or those around you could get hurt, and there could also be catastrophic consequences that can’t be foreseen. 

Sora’s Heart

I like this moment, because Sora is confronted by Xehanort, about his heart. This moment confuses Sora, but those familiar with the entire story of Kingdom Hearts so far, will know that Ventus’ heart actually resides, and there is imprisoned, inside Sora’s heart. So, Sora’s heart is in fact a prison. 

Axel’s Return

I love Axel! I love his character development from being Roxas’s friend, to fighting Roxas and against Sora, and finally betraying Organization XIII to help Sora in the end, and how much I feel for him throughout the story, especially Kingdom Hearts 2, and 385/2 Days. And now he’s back!! When Axel dies is one of the saddest moments in Kingdom Hearts, but now he’s back, and I hope his character is as great as it was before. 

I will keep posting other moments I really enjoy, and maybe I’ll even post some game play, but no promises. I’m loving this game, and I’m excited to keep playing, and to move onto 0.2 as well.

Thanks! Have a great day!

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