Babbling about Battle of the Bastards (Game of Thrones)

Posted in Action Adventure, My Stuff, TV on June 18th, 2016 by thelonegamer


Bastardbowl is coming.

I don’t think I’ve ever posted about HBO’s Game of Thrones, but frankly- it’s pretty much the only show on cable/TV that I watch these days, so why not talk about the upcoming “Battle of the Bastards” AKA Episode 9 of Season 6.

The entire season has been building to this- heck, most of the past seasons have. The North has been suffering under the sadistic rule of the Boltons- now solely Ramsay Bolton thanks to some handy knifework. But now, a rebellion has mobilized under the banner of the mostly-devastated Starks, led by Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and his sister Sansa (Sophie Turner).

So how is this set up? The Bolton Army is on one side, occupying the Starks’ ancestral home of Winterfell and led by one psychotic, sadistic and brutal bastard who has seemingly been on a roll of winning since his first appearance. Ramsay has been built up all this time as being cunning like a fox, keeping one step ahead of his enemies or just having all the cards in his favor. Stannis Baratheon AKA the biggest badass of Westeros up until he murdered his own daughter for a bit of sunshine- was defeated by him. Sure, Stannis’ army was outnumbered due to desertions (who knew sellswords had a soft heart for little girls?), had no cavalry, was half-frozen, half-staved and demoralized… but credit where its due, it was Ramsay and his ‘twenty good men’ burning up Stannis’ supplies that was instrumental to the Baratheon’s demise.
The Bolton Army has been seen to be large- with a sizable cavalry, archers and lots of footmen. Ramsay hasn’t shown himself to be a keen tactician (he IS daring, given his night raid idea) but so far he hasn’t had any need to given that he’s always had the odds in his favor. At this point, he can even be more confident given that aside from his army, he may also have on the field the troops of House Karstark and House Umber- the two largest houses in the North. While theories are out that question the loyalty of the Umbers, I think the show has made it out that the Karstarks are pretty loyal (really… Robb SCREWED UP). Would the Umbers try a sudden face turn in the middle of this battle?

Now, about the good guys. Jon was able to convince the Wildlings to fight, thanks to some help from Tormund and Wun-Wun. That’s about 2000 fighters, all fierce and hardened (by Hardhome- HAH) but probably pretty disorganized. Forget tactics- just point them at the enemy and let ‘em rip. Maybe some of these are archers, so if Jon is smart he’ll put those guys (and maybe gals) in a group.

But that’s not all! Jon, Sansa and Ser Davos were able to gather a ragtag bunch of men from the smaller Norther Houses- the most distinct probably being the 62 fighters from Bear Island, led by the 10-year old spitfire, Lyanna Mormont (the writers had better not harm a hair on this darlings head, or we riot). I wonder if Lyanna’s boast of each Bear Islander being worth ten mainland warriors will be proven right? That would be awesome.
Aside from the Bears, according to Davos the rest of the Stark army consists of 200 Hornwoods and 143 Mazens/Masons(?). Conceivably some of these may be cavalry, giving Jon’s forces soemthing that Stannis lacked last season.

So the good guys are quite obviously outnumbered. What can be done? From the trailers, we are seeing the Wildlings charging straight on at the enemy (or are they?), which seems a pretty bad thing to do given that the more organized Boltons are looking calm, collected and waiting, with archers that will no doubt thin the ranks of any oncoming horde and soften them up for the main force. I do hope that Jon and Davos are smart and do something… well, awesome. I think after being resurrected, Jon has done fairly nothing much for someone built up to be the show’s hero (at this point), so he needs to prove himself as a leader and someone who can think clearly. So far, rushing in like he is doesn’t look like it. But we’ll see.

But then, all may not be lost. What about reinforcements? Sansa sent a letter to someone, asking obviously for help. Some clever fans online have already deduced the letter is to Littlefinger, asking for the Knights of the Vale to come and win the war for Jon. It seems that all this has been done by Sansa behind Jon’s back- why? It seems that Sansa wants to have HER say in the battle with HER army- which is clearly not Jon’s assorted menagerie. Sansa clearly doesn’t believe they can win, and she is doing all she can to win it herself- which may end up winning the battle- or causing a big backfire.

And then lastly, are the Knights of the Vale coming? Will they arrive in time? Will they swing the battle in the favor of the Starks?

Or will a Tully Army- released by a repentant Jamie to Brienne- arrive as well? Perhaps this will be a step in the redemption we’ve been looking for in the Kingslayer all this time, as he did promise doing this to Brienne…?

Now, onto another, even darker aspect of the battle. Who may die?

Obviously hundreds will die. This is going to be bloody. I do hope though that somehow, the wildlings don’t suffer a catastrophic loss of life. The Free Folk need to survive this, somehow. That said, I don’t think Tormund will die- as the only remaining person of importance among the Wildlings, him dying basically kills them as a faction or as something to care about. He dies only if every other Wildling dies, which I refuse to believe Jon would allow. As for Wun Wun… the lovable giant unfortunately doesn’t have a good chance of surviving. Given that he’s so dangerous, enemy forces would surely focus on him. Not sure if arrows can bring him down, but cavalry might. I do hope he somehow makes it out. Hell, he survived zombie hordes!

Davos is another character feared to bite it in this battle. I say, nope. I believe he’s too important, too awesome. He’s on of the few truly good men in all of Westeros. If there is any justice, he survives this show to retire at the end as maester to Lady Lyanna Mormont on idyllic Bear Island. Sigh. I still think he has lots of parts to play still. Davos, don’t die!

As for Jon and Sansa- not a chance. Jon is effectively unkillable now, after being already killed and resurrected. Sansa is the last real Stark (despite being married to Ramsay and Joffrey), so she is also too important. Rickon? What about the most useless Stark in the show? Eeh… kill him. Cut his throat. Whatever. Hahaha.

Will Ramsay actually meet his end here? I really have no idea. I guess this episode- the biggest battle on the show so far- would be an awesome time to take out the evil Bastard of Bolton. Because yeah, we really need everyone to focus on the real baddie- the Night King. It’s the battle between the Living and the Dead, after all. And the Dead are coming.

Goddamn I can’t wait till Monday.

Tekken 7 Markman Interview with Playstation

Posted in Fan Service, Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, PC Gaming, PS4, Tekken, Tekken 7, Xbox One on June 16th, 2016 by thelonegamer


Markman brings the goods over to the Sony gang.

Last time we saw Mark Julio AKA Markman, he was with MadCatz gaming peripherals, but he had always been one of the pillars of the Tekken online community. Recently he truly embraced his partnership with the Tekken team, becoming part of Namco-Bandai and now working closely with Katsuhiro Harada himself. Now he’s spreading the Tekken 7 word and hopefully rebuilding the hype and excitement lost on fans and gamers in the long months of inaction from the Iron Fist fighter. Starting at E3, Tekken 7 is looking pretty promising, and hopefully will have the content fans have come to expect from the Triple-A fighter. More fighters, modes, customizations, the story mode- all the trimmings look to make Tekken 7 a return to form for the series. Check out the interview above and stay tuned for more details sure to come in the weeks and months ahead.

Tekken 7 is set for release on PS4, XBox One and PC in early 2017.

Tekken 7 @ E32016!!! WE’RE ALIVE AGAIN!!!

Posted in Fan Service, Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, PC Gaming, PS4, Tekken, Tekken 7, Tekken 7 Fated Retribution, Xbox One on June 15th, 2016 by thelonegamer


Tekken 7: Confirmed coming home!

And with this, the webpage is ALIVE again! Tekken 7 has FINALLY been confirmed for a home release… ETA: Early 2017!

This long-awaited (and still being waited on) fighting sequel is coming to the major platforms- PS4, XB1 and Windows/Steam. This is unprecedented… can we expect user-made mods in the near future? MAYBE. POSSIBLY. HOPEFULLY!

The game will be sporting an all-new, just-introduced Cinematic Story Mode, where gameplay segues seamlessly into cutscenes. The E32016 trailer shows off the initial meeting between Streetfighter guest character Akuma and Heihachi Mishima, leading to a mammoth battle which is easily one of the most visually impressive yet seen for this series.

Glimpses and looks at the game show a main menu that with items marked as yet with a cryptic ‘???’. The roster from the arcade version, which saw the addition of classic female fighter Nina Williams, is expected to be enlarged further with many more new fighters going into next year’s release.

I’ve been waiting for this literally for years, and it seems that the wait- while still ongoing- will be worth every moment. More on this as we get it… Tekken is back, people!

Hell. It’s about time.


11 Minutes of Footage with the E32016 Build.

WHAT THE HELL IS THAT?! Dark Souls III Cinematic Opening Trailer

Posted in Action Adventure, Dark Souls, Dark Souls III, Fantasy, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, PC Gaming, PS4, RPGs, Xbox One on February 8th, 2016 by thelonegamer


Yet another game I’m dying to play.

Dark Souls III. I have no idea what the story is this time, but it looks amazing. With elements and flavor no doubt gleaned from the previous From Soft epic, Bloodborne, this may be a more fast-paced Dark Souls than veterans and fans have seen before- and perhaps the most accesible. Honestly, I have played a LOT of the original Dark Souls, although I never finished it (I tapred off after acquiring the Lordvessel), and haven’t played Dark Sous II. I did play tons of Bloodborne, reaching up to just before the final boss fight. In any case, I am really stoked for DSIII. I’ve always loved this dark, depressing yet ever-hopeful world, and this new game looks to be the most epic yet. This April, we’re all going to be fools for this game.

Streetfighter V: Full CG Cinematic Trailer

Posted in Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, PC Gaming, PS4, Streetfighter, Streetfighter V on February 8th, 2016 by thelonegamer


Are you ready for Streetfighter V?

With just a little more than a week to release, Streetfighter V gets the full CG treatment with its full-length launch trailer/CG Intro. Expanding on a shorter version released some time ago, this new trailer features the entire cast (minus DLC fighters, sadly) and shows them in various situations leading up to the Big Brawl. We see Chun-Li, Cammy and Ken getting ready, as well as Ryu preparing himself yet again. Charlie Nash seemingly rises from a grave, even as a more badass but older M.Bison steps onto the world stage once again for another bid at conquest. Returning characters, new characters- blink and you may miss one or two. I find myself thinking, will Evil Ryu surface at one point, given how Ryu ‘hulks out’ in the trailer near the end? Anyway, I haven’t been able to play the Beta so I am really looking forward to playing this game, preferably on PC (though I will most probably be getting it for PS4 as well). This is the SF game we’ll be playing for the foreseeable future, so let’s get comfy with it. Just a little more waiting…

Tekken 7 Fated Retribution: Nina Williams Reveal Trailer!

Posted in Arcade, Fan Service, Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, Tekken, Tekken 7 Fated Retribution on January 27th, 2016 by thelonegamer


The first LADY of Tekken returns.

Just shown off today at EVO2016 was the reveal trailer for Nina Williams in Tekken 7 Fated Retribution. The original blonde bombshell of Tekken returns wearing a tattered wedding dress, which offers obvious references to Kill Bill or perhaps even Parasite Eve: 3rd Birthday. Who knows? WHO CARES? She’s HAWT! Heheh. Anyways, Nina still has a lot of her old moves and grapples, plus her Rage Art has her doing a quite sexy finisher on the opponent which will surely have guys, um, feeling a bit… tight.

Nina is probably just the first of many additional fighters that will hopefully be debuted surely and steadily to the Tekken 7FR roster as we slowly inch to the February arcade location test dates, release and hoping against hope- a console release date? Stay tuned… more as we get it.

BEST TRAILER EVER? Suicide Squad Official Trailer Hits!

Posted in Comics, Movies, My Stuff on January 21st, 2016 by thelonegamer


Trailer Perfection.

Yesterday, the first (the SDCC video was a teaser) full trailer for DC Comics’ Suicide Squad hit, and it certainly has become a HIT. Not since the amazing trailer for Sylvester Stallone’s Cliffhanger have I seen a trailer so perfect.
This early, on the strength of this magnificently-edited spot, people are already speculating this flick to be the blockbuster comic book flick of the year. Set to the gloriously upbeat rock classic Bohemian Rhapsody, the trailer features a wealth of screentime for more members of the titular Squad (whereas the SDCC teaser focused more on Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, Will Smith’s Deadshot and Jared Leto’s Joker), showing characters Captain Boomerang, Killer Croc, The Enchantress, El Diablo, Katana, Slipknot and Rick Flag.

The spot doesn’t give away too much (unlike the now-infamous Superman V Batman X Wonder Woman spot), but gives us just enough action and teasingly mysterious bits to have us all gagging with giddiness. It’s still quite far away (August 2016) but hell, I think I can just keep watching this trailer forever. I just hope that the final movie is just as fun as this spot lets on. But hey, even if it isn’t… it’s already a riot.

Why I Missed Playing The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt

Posted in Action Adventure, Fantasy, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, My Stuff, PC Gaming, PS4, RPGs, The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt, Xbox One on January 4th, 2016 by thelonegamer


Gorgeous Fantasy Gaming that I Missed in 2015.

One of the biggest games of 2015. Critically-acclaimed and a certified blockbuster. Massive, detailed fantasy world. Gorgeous graphics. All these and more one can say for CD Project Red’s The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt. So, why didn’t I play it?

To be honest, I bought a copy of TW3TWH on launch day. I even played the first few minutes (and got to see the glorious sight that was Yennifer’s bare butt). But after that, I set it down and never went back. From there, I spent the rest of the months playing Dragon Age: Inquisition and then later, Fallout 4. Why didn’t I get into The Witcher 3?

I’ve had a bit of a sad history with the Witcher franchise- like many other games, I keep up with the lore, the storyline and characters, but I never really actually PLAY it. I do know that the first Witcher game was very well done, but had clunky combat. Same could be said for the sequel, the much-improved The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings. I actually also have The Witcher 2 in my Steam Library- I purchased it during a sale prior to TW3′s launch- and I tried playing a bit. And it’s there where my misgivings about the game were reinforced. The gameplay and controls are… wonky. Moving Geralt around is annoying- moving about is a chore, as is finding your way around a forest where there is apparently only a single, hard-to-see path. Then there’s the Menu and Inventory screen, which is cluttered, confusing and filled to the brim with radial rings that are too busy and complex for my tastes. For someone used to the more intuitive and easy controls of Skyrim, the Witcher 2 just felt… wrong.

I can’t fault the game’s looks and the brutal world it inhabits, and certainly the story seems interesting. But then, I didn’t find it possible to move forward in The Witcher 2.
Fast-forward to The Witcher 3. Perhaps, some unconscious bit in the back of my head was irked by the surely-similar gameplay and control. The first fight with the Ghouls in the game didn’t bode well- locking on to an enemy, wildly swinging your sword- it just felt off. I didn’t feel good with it, and I just gave up. I went to other games, and that was it.

Now, I have a new PC, and am seriously thinking about giving Geralt’s adventures another go with it. I still have The Witcher 2 in my library- perhaps I should play that first, and if I finish it, then I’ll get The Witcher 3 on my PC. Up to now, I have avoided all spoilers and know nothing about the story, so this is all virgin territory for me. Yeah, I”m a late bloomer, but better late than never. We’ll see.

My Favorite 10 Fallout PC Mods (So Far)

Posted in Action Adventure, DLC, Fallout 4, Fan Service, Game Advertising, Gaming, mods, My Stuff, Open World Games, PC Gaming on January 4th, 2016 by thelonegamer

Hey people! For Christmas, I got myself a pretty nifty gift- a new gaming computer! It’s a nice rig equipped with an i7 Intel Quad Core Processor, Nvidia GTX750Ti Graphics Card, SSD, 15GB or RAM and a Terabyte of HDD Space. The thing boots up in seconds, so you’d understand that I’d expect games to run on it like clockwork. The first big game I installed? FALLOUT 4, of course!

Now, I’ve heard and read a lot of stuff online- how the game isn’t all that, how a lot of gamers are supposedly tired of it- well, I’m not. I still love this game so much. Aside from the amazingly fun combat, the detailed world (which rivals Skyrim) with TONS to explore… After two playthroughs on PS4, I think I’ve surely not seen all there is to see in this vast game. Well, since getting my PC, the PS4 version has been all but forgotten- and I’ve fully committed to the new platform- it’s definitely much better, both in looks and gameplay thanks to the more hi-res and detailed graphics and well…. THE MODS. Oh, the MODS. It’s still early- the Creation Kit isn’t even out yet- but there are already a TON of great mods that make the game even better than it was at launch. So far, here are my favorites.

Companion Infinite Ammo. This is a simple mod that basically makes companions more helpful and formidable. In the vanilla game, companions come with their own personal (and crappy) weapon with its own unique ammo. If you try to ‘upgrade’ them, you will have to supply their new gun with ammunition- which I tell you they will waste straightaway. Just like Settlers, with this mod you can give a companion a weapon and ONE bullet/ammo for it, and they’ll never run out. It’s not particularly realistic, but it makes your companions far more helpful and lets you take advantage of your powerful weapon mods. Does it make the companions overpowered? Not really- I had Strong packing a minigun, and he still went down when faced with several enemy Supermutants. It makes them better but not unstoppable- or even that much smarter. Oh well…

More Armor Slots. This lets you wear armor pieces over pretty much any other piece of clothing- making for some pretty cool looks. Now you don’t have to look for Road Leathers or Fatigues to armor your settlers. Or you can wear that cool trenchoat with some snazzy leather pauldrons. Awesome.

Full Dialogue Interface. This changes the Dialogue Interface to a numbered format, plus shows off the exact words your character will say- no more vagueness!

Improved Maps with Visible Roads. Now it’s easier to navigate the damn wasteland with this nice little visual upgrade.

WET (Water Enhancement Textures). As you’d expect, this makes the water in the game gorgeous… almost good enough to drink or swim in… but DON’T.

True Storms. This makes the weather in the Commonwealth a tad more intense… and in the case of the deadly Radstorms, TERRIFYINGLY GORGEOUS.

Wearable Postal Bag or Backpack. Adds a nice accessory you can wear which also adds to your carry weight. Now you can go POSTAL on your enemies! Still doesn’t make the game any more realistic but it still looks pretty cool.

Quieter Settlements. This simple mod lessens the noise from stuff like generators, turrets and settler work SFX in your busy neighborhoods. Because you already have a big enough headache as it is with enemy raids, supply acquisition and bed shortages.

Realistic Ragdoll Force. Similar to the same mod in Skyrim, this reduces the force applied by attacks on enemies- so shooting someone with a pistol won’t send them flying off into space. Not for everyone, but I like relative realism.

CBBE (Caliente’s Beautiful Bodies Enhancer). Just because.

I’ll be using these, and hopefully a lot more mods when I do my Fallout 4 Let’s Roleplay. We’ll see how soon that happens. For now, check out Fallout 4 Nexus for the latest and best Fallout 4 mods.

Tekken Designer Teases Tekken 7 VR

Posted in Fan Service, Fighting Games, Game Advertising, Game-related Events, Gaming, PC Gaming, PS4, Tekken 7, Tekken 7 Fated Retribution on December 22nd, 2015 by thelonegamer

In an interview with UK’s WIRED, Tekken Team Member, Designer and resident interpreter for Katsuhuro Harada, Michael Murray, gave some bits about the upcoming VR mode for Tekken 7‘s console version.

First off, he reveals what it WON’T be. We WON’T be seeing a first-person fighting mode for the game, which was first seen back in Tekken 2 (and also seen in Square’s Bushido Blade and a bit in DOA5 for PSVita). I’m not sad about this in any way, since first-person combat really doesn’t work well. So what will be Tekken 7′s Virtual Reality gimmick?

Unfortunately we don’t actually get a straight answer, but Murray does give a bit of a hint- it will be about appreciating the characters themselves- the customizations and animations that the team has put into them. He goes on to mention Lucky Chloe as well, which leads me to this- will Tekken 7′s VR be its version of DOA5′s ‘Gravure’ modes, where you admire or ogle the characters? Now, I don’t see any of the fighters- be they female or not, lolling around a pool or playing on a swing for players to watch, but perhaps instead performing their motion-captured katas or demoing combos. Perhaps matches can be recorded and then watched with a free-flying camera?

Now, I hope that like Tekken 6 Bloodline Rebellion before it, Fated Retribution (or whatever it gets called in the home release) gets a LOT more customizations- possibly as more as there were in Tekken 6. Really, the customization system took a dumbed-down dive since Tekken Tag 2. I’m sure people have let the Tekken Team know about this, but here’s to them actually acting on it. There’s still time and as Harada has mentioned, adding things and content to the game is always possible.

Tekken 7 will most likely see a console release next year on PS4, and perhaps even on PC. We’ll just have to wait and see.