Tales from the Borderlands Episode 1 Review

Tales from the Borderlands is a game from Telltale that is based on the games by 2k called Borderlands obviously but, to be honest, I don’t know much about the series but as many of you know if you follow the blog I am a huge fan of the Telltale series really enjoying The Walking Dead and Wolf Among Us.

Hyped by the fact that this is another Telltale game I had to pick it up even with my lack of knowledge of the universe and do a lets play.  The biggest problem I seem to have with the series I don’t feel quite as close to the characters as I have with other series.  Whether this will change as times goes on I really can’t tell you however because it’s not so much a survival or investigation story it doesn’t seem to instantly pull you in like the others did.  I think that it has more to do with the emotional connection and empathy with the characters more than anything and in this episode the main characters do seem to be on the side of evil.

That said though I did feel the story was quite well told as you come to expect from Telltale and that unlike other Telltale games you were thrown straight into the action to more extent.  The combat seems to be higher on the agenda in this game which is true to the original game and I think that is what Telltale does so well adjusting even the most action pack game or story into a story driven game.

Overall I really enjoyed the episode and I will be carrying on with series but I do have to say that it wasn’t the strongest opening episode that they have put together.  I would give this episode a 6/10 just because it has intrigued me to want to follow on the story, but it has completely hooked me in.

Ballers Initial Impressions

Ballers is the new series from Sky Atlantic and HBO starring The Rock Dwayne Johnson.  It centres itself around American’s main sport, American Football and the NFL.  Where The Rock plays some sort of agent that handles finances or tries to and from what I can gather is an ex-player himself.

The shows format is quite refreshing only being half an hour.  I don’t know why though at the moment the series just isn’t holding my intention which is really annoying because I do think that the show has potential and I do want it to be one of those shows that I watch, if not because it has The Rock in but because I think it has huge comedy potential.

The acting and characters are well put together I think and the characters specifically I have potential as they have explored some of the ins and outs of being a player in the NFL.  The main area that they have covered so far in the first two episodes that it is difficult to keep hold of your money as a player.  How true this is I don’t know and although I believe this show is built on comedy it will be quite interesting to see how many issues that it brings up about being in the sport.

Ballers for me is a show that I am going to watch with intrigue and probably see it all the way through.  However after the first two episodes I couldn’t say that there is anything that stands out for me really to recommend it as a must watch.  This series though might be a semi-regular appearance on the blog as it develops.  It in a nutshell, good acting, potential in the storyline just hasn’t shined yet and gets a 5/10

Have you enjoyed it so far?  Or have you seen it all being from the US and does it get better?

Legend Movie Review

Legend the latest movie that tries to document the activities of Britains most notorious gangster The Krays and if I am honest this was a movie that I was really looking forward to.  There are multiple reasons for this one is I have some sort of fascination with the story itself and two because Tom Hardy was going to play both Ronnie and Reggie Kray and I wanted to see how they would manage the scenes where they were stood next to each other.

The story was going to be intriguing for me because everything that I have seen or read was about them when they were still alive and anyone would some common sense would accept that people like that even though behind bars could influence what was said about them.  Not only that the movies and documentaries would have had to go to them for the rights to the story and there in lies the problem.  What I found quite interesting though the story was told by the view of Frances Shea (Reggie’s wife that committed suicide) and with the new evidence to how the relationship might have been it added more intrigue.  The story although centered around Reggie specifically and the relationship between him and Frances with the way in Ron would cause problems for them, I thought the facts of the story as far as I knew it was pretty well done.  The were a few things that were left out, but it was interesting because of the fresh view on them.

As a non-Kray fan though it would seem the story was lacking in some respects because the guys that I go to the cinema with commented on how the interesting parts of the story for them was the feud with the Richardsons but it seemed over before it began and they didn’t go into enough detail about it.  However this for me was easily understandable because it was close to real life in the fact the gang got caught by the police before anything really happened.

Now onto the movie itself, I did enjoy it but couldn’t help but feel that it was a bit of mix of trying to be true to real life and making it a comedy where they made Ronnie out to be a real dumbass.  Which did annoy me a little because although he had his mental health issues and some of the attitudes were right from what I’ve read and seen so far but couldn’t help but feel they went over the top with how dull they made him out to be.  The performances, however, was really well done especially Tom Hardy, he did a really good job in this movie to play both characters.

Overall I would give Legend myself 7/8 because really enjoyed it and although the way Ronnie was portrayed was a little annoying, it wasn’t too far from what I was expecting and I would recommend it to any Kray Fan. As a non-Kray Fan, my friend gave the movie a 5/10 mainly because it didn’t have the gang warfare he was hoping I don’t think.

The Transporter Refueled Movie Review

I have to admit to something that most movie fans will not like that much and that is that I haven’t actually seen any of The Transporter movies all the way through, however knowing the previous star and the few snippets I have seen I knew what to expect from the franchise going into the movie, and that was mindless action.

Guess what it didn’t disappoint on the first thing that came to mind the action and violence in this movie were great, some of the scenes you were left there thinking did he really need to do that.  However, the majority of the scenes made sense.  The mindless action does sell this movie a little short however because it does have a bit of a story to it, but I wouldn’t say it has as many twist and turns than Hitman Agent 47.  The story itself was basic, but you never knew quite where it was going to end, and whether the lead characters were going to get together or not.

The acting for me was well done and if I am honest they did such a good job, I don’t think the franchise was really hurt by not having Jason Statham in it.  Although there were stars in the movie that I had seen before I can’t say they were big blockbuster actors and for that reason I thought they did a really good job.

The story was well put together in my mind but can’t help feel that it could have had more in it because although holding out on a few relationships it didn’t really have much else.  The problem with this is that it didn’t leave you asking any questions after the movie.  Which I like not only from a movie imagination point of view but it also gives you something to talk about on reviews and with others.

Overall I would give this movie 7/10 because I really enjoyed it and it was an easy going movie where you didn’t have to read the lines.  If you’re at a loose end and want a movie full of action and not much thinking this is definitely the movie for you.  How did you find the movie? Let me know in a comment below

Hitman: Agent 47 Movie Review

Hitam: Agent 47 was one of the movies that just crept up on me and if I’m honest I would have been looking forward to it but not expecting too much.  I had always been interested in the game as a kid, but they were always the type of game I would start and then get so far and give up because I got stuck.  Back stories aside this movie didn’t surprise me in the slightest, it was mindless action.

The guys that I go to the cinema with was in a surprisingly good mood so we spent the entire of the first 5 minutes just making the joke that the movie wasn’t very original because it really wasn’t.  Obviously it was based around the games but you just didn’t get the feeling that it was any different from any other assassin based movies.  The positives for the movie, however was its action scenes.

I thought that action scenes were really well done and if I am honest I was a little let down because if they had taken the action and given it more suspense and more depth in the story it could have been a really good movie.  All the actors fitted their role and even the story wasn’t that bad as a premise.

The story of Hitman was a women where she doesn’t really know her past and is in search of her father and then there are two different groups of people after her father to get the secret to a science experiment.  Now the question is who does the she trust?  For me, this is a great story for a movie, but they just didn’t hold onto the cards long enough for me and seemed to rush into the action.  Not that, that is a bad thing, but I was just left wishing they had built on story and made the action scenes mean more.

Overall I think I would give Hitman: Agent 47 a 6/10 and I wouldn’t say it’s a must watch but if you want some easy watching with action this is the movie for you.

Shark Week Collection Thoughts

Shark Week

Last Weeks collection on Now TV was shark week and if I’m honest I always find these sort of things interesting and started to make my way through some of the documentaries and it was amazing how little we seem to know about probably one of the most well-known predator in the world.  The view that we have of them being solitary animals when in actual fact that it seems certain sharks actually work together in small groups.  Due to this being a new behaviour that we haven’t seen a lot they don’t know whether the sharks just hunt in these packs or whether they actually live together.

The one bug bare that I had with a few of the documentaries is the fact they are looking for a specific shark they haven’t seen for two years, although I understand why they were looking for that specific shark but at the same time how did they know it was still alive?  The team in the one documentary ended up going to three different countries in order to track down this one Shark.  Which is great but to me that does feel like it could be a waste of time and money, but was really pleased when they did find that particular Shark.  Although the collection is now gone the documentaries are still there if you want to watch them.  I would highly recommend you go and check them out if you access to the Discovery Channel whether it’s through Sky or NOW TV.

One thing though I will say all the documentaries have in common is the fact they say the shark has no other animal in the world that can beat them as a predators and we know that, that just isn’t true because there is a pod of Orcas that pry on Great White Sharks.

Man From U.N.C.L.E. Review

It’s been a while that I’ve gone into a movie not knowing what to expect however this was a bit weird for me.  The hype around it was it was a James Bond type movie, and to be honest I can see the connection but I wouldn’t describe it as such because there is something that I can’t quite put my finger on that makes it completely difference, but don’t panic because it is a still a spy movie.

One of the major things that stood out for me in this movie which was surprising was the comedy.  Having seen Henry Cavill in Superman I wouldn’t have put him down as a comedy actor but he really did pull this role off albeit a really bad American accent he made the role his.  That would probably be my only complaint I had with his performance or casting in the role, was his accent, it just didn’t sound right to me.  He would have been better being on the British side if you was going by accent.

The storyline/plot was really well done as well because you thought you knew what was happening and then all of a sudden there was a twist and the story would go off in another direction.  You never quite knew who was going to live or die. The action scenes were also done really well because in combat, they shot it in such away in a few scenes you never knew who was actually getting hit and who was going to save the encounter.

Overall this was a fun and fully enjoyable movie the acting was well done albeit accents being struggled with, along with well shot action scenes and some well placed comedy scenes I would have to say this movie has something for everyone and give it a very solid 8/10.  Enjoyable but not blockbuster for me.

If you anything to add to this review or disagree with anything said then feel free to comment below.

Fantastic Four – Heroes Unite Together Movie Review

Fantastic Four is always one of those movies that I look forward to not just because it’s a Marvel story but because it is no longer made by Marvel it makes me interested because in the latest offering from Marvel there has been too many links to The Avengers I feel. Not saying that there is anything wrong with that because I really enjoyed both The Avengers movies but some times it nice to have something separate and I do understand that The Avengers is the poster child for Marvel but at the same time take Ant-Man for example after watching a while to reflect it left me wondering did it really need all the references to the The Avengers?

Rant over about Marvel and The Avengers let’s get into the movie, I enjoyed it but I wouldn’t say that it was the must see Blockbuster that I was hoping for, but as an action movie I found that it was more a drama super hero movie but all in all quite well done. The problem I think came from the way that this movie was written, and how it wasn’t quite what people were expecting, the majority of the movie was based on building up the characters and the back story for want of a better word. The heroes spent more time without their powers than they did when they had them. As I non comic book reader though the way in which some characters were bought in was interesting the little that I know about the Fantastic Four was obvious because of the delay in introducing Johnny Storm for some reason I thought Victor was going to be Mr Flame On in this movie not realizing he was actually Dr Doom.

Although the comments about the movie was a bit more drama based I felt that this was good because you brought up some really origin to the characters because previous Fantastic Four movies they already had their powers and they kind of skipped over how it actually happened in my opinion. This was something that I personally liked however the guys that I go to the cinema with wasn’t that happy with the new look and I could see why. It was good going into the back stories and everything and them not having their powers but they didn’t give the final fight enough time in my opinion and they could have extended it a little.

Now I think I am going to stop the review I think because I am getting dangerously close to spoiling it. I would say the acting was good, the story was good but the action lead a lot to be desired. Overall I would give this movie a 6/10 because I enjoyed it but it had some serious pitfalls .

How did you find the movie let me know in a comment below.

Rocket League Review

Rocket League has left me stomped I am really not sure what to say about this game as on paper this game really shouldn’t be my thing.  Anyone that knows me knows I have no special awareness and probably one of the worst reaction speeds ever but I really do enjoy this game.

The major factor to the success of Rocket League between myself and friends that are playing it is that it was free for PS Plus members this month and in meant that although not huge sports fans, and definitely not football fans we picked up this game just to give it ago as it was getting a lot of hype in the gaming world as the streamers we watch and other community were saying how much fun it was and we just had to try it from that point there was no looking back.  I have to admit I was the first to pick it up and was wondering if it was really the type of game for the guys and when they started playing it, it has become our go to game in the evenings for a bit of Co-Op.

The graphics themselves aren’t spectacular but then they aren’t terrible either and the premises is simple you get to do what the Top Gear team did in real life but virtually and that is to run around playing football in cars.  I wouldn’t like to say we are great at the game well I wouldn’t even say we were good, but fun has been had by all even when everything is going wrong and we are bumping into each other, tempers on a high and we are still having fun.   This game does have the potential to ruin friendships but when games only last 5 minutes who really cares if we are 8-0 down hey?  Well if I’m honest we probably would worry a little more if we were playing ranked but we haven’t actually ventured that far.

Multiplayer is the driving factor for this game but don’t be worried if you haven’t got anyone to play with there is a season and offline mode where you can change the skill level of the AI.  Although I haven’t spent a lot of time in this game mode, I have no doubt it’s no different to the Multiplayer online.

I would say that if you want a competitive while fun game to play that you can have a laugh with friends this is the game for you.  It has an arcade feel to the game which is rare these days but I could see this game in an arcade machine if people would do an adaptation for it.  I would give this a 10/10 just because I haven’t had a game where I haven’t laughed or enjoyed the match and if it can get non sports people interested when it’s based on a sport it must be doing something right.

Have you enjoyed Rocket League what’s your thoughts on the game let me know in the comments below.

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation Movie Review

It’s been a while since I have seen a Mission Impossible movie and to be honest they were starting to run a bit dry for me I liked the premise behind them but I don’t know they got over used.  This one though was one I was looking forward to due to the fact it had Simon Pegg in it as I thought he could bring something different into the franchise the question is did he?

Right from the get go though you could see that this was now going to be similar to the other previous movies because the IMF was under attack and they needed to go double agent in order to save the world again.  This was actually really well done though in my opinion because I was sat watching the movie not sure whether the IMF was going survive as an organisation let alone Ethan Hunt.  Unlike similar movies lately I thought the use of gadgets and technology was really well done because they didn’t go over kill and they focused more on the skills of the agent rather than their reliance on tech to get them to their end game.

I thought that the action was really well done with the right amount of drama and suspense building.  Simon Pegg did offer something different to the movie, the comedy was well placed and was all centred around him which was really good because I don’t know I don’t really see Tom Cruise in a more comedic role.  Simon Pegg’s performance wasn’t the only good performance, there was other characters that were stand out and you didn’t quite know which side they were on not wanting to name names because of spoilers.

Overall I would give this movie a 7/10 there wasn’t enough in the movie to give it a lot more than that, along with I wouldn’t say it was a must see but it is one that if you’re at a loose end and enjoyed the previous Mission Impossible movies than this is definitely worth a watch.