Captain America: Civil War Teams Confirmed

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The wait is finally over! Leaked promotional art has confirmed what fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have been dying to know: in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War film, which superheroes will be on which team? Though we only have a vague plot summary, everyone has been hyped to find out who the teams consist of.

For those who don’t know a bit about the upcoming film, here’s a short summary: after an Avengers mission results in collateral damage, politicians try to set up a system of accountability and council that will determine when to call them. This causes the team to split in half, with one side opposed to working for the government. Iron Man’s side isn’t opposed to the system, while Captain America’s is.

Iron Man’s team includes: War Machine, Black Widow, Black Panther, and Vision. Cap’s team consists of Hawkeye, Sharon Carter, Ant-man, Falcon, and Bucky. No word on where the Scarlet Witch, who is confirmed to be in the film, will place her loyalties. She may end up being a neutral party, but I’m speculating she’ll be on Cap’s side in the end.

I’m also very curious as to how the conflict will play out in the film as opposed to the comics. In the comics, the government was trying to pass legislation requiring all superheroes to give up their secret identities and register with the government. That’s not really as much of a conflict in the movies because secret identities are basically non-existent. I’m not a fan of the comic story-line because I felt like the pro-registration side ended up being jerks and unsympathetic-a classic example was when Captain Marvel went to Emma Frost to ask about the X-Men’s loyalties (they had tried to stay out of the conflict). It was the dumbest thing ever because a good chunk of X-Men stories have them fighting off the government trying to register mutants-why would they be interested in any form of registration that asks them to compromise their identity since it would easily lead to every other mutant having to do the same thing?

The conflict this time around centers more on when and if the Avengers should be sent out at all. It’s true that alien invasions are only something they could have handled, but the incident with Ultron is literally Tony’s fault and would never have happened if not for him-he indirectly killed many people and caused an astonishing amount of property damage. He should be held accountable, as should everyone to some kind of authority. On the other hand, the government in the Marvel universe has been shown to be corrupt many times and would probably only use the team as a weapon of war instead of protectors. It’s an interesting ethical dilemma that could potentially play out with a lot more nuance and thoughtfulness than the original story did. We’ll have to wait until next May to see how it all plays out.

-Bri Nicks-

Haven Review: Celestian Tales: Old North

First up is our disclaimer.  We received this game for review purposes only, and as such all views in this article our are own. No money have been exchanged for this review.    

CTON Win64 2015-08-16 12-29-43-00At long last there is a game that captures my deep loathing for the “Elite” class you read so much in old folk tales and lore. Now I should note that this game has a variety of characters you can pick from and I just happened to pick the racist little rich girl who believes she is doing the right thing.CTON Win64 2015-08-16 12-21-45-22

Playing as Aria you get a sense of just how prideful her family and herself can be especially when you meet her brother Abel who instructs you to kill a child thief who tries attacking you with a group of thugs. At first she is reluctant to kill the child for the reasons he is begging for his life but Abel tells his sister that if she refuses to kill him. That he will fillet him alive drag him into town and drown him in the harbor and goes on about how long and painful it will be for the poor child.CTON Win64 2015-08-16 12-27-46-75

Again I am talking about a literal child here although no age is given I am guessing he is around twelve. Aria is deeply troubled by this and prays for forgiveness but has no problem talking about her place in the since she was born with blonde hair and white skin she is the one meant to guide the world because providence. (Cough Hitler, Cough Cough.)

The story continues on and takes you to a place where you get trained as a Knight and not a Paladin like Aria wanted and you meet the wise ruler of the land Alain. CTON Win64 2015-08-16 12-34-23-67Who knows that there are differences in class but overall we are all people and we all should be treated as such.
He then takes the youths who came to train like Aria and begins to teach them these lessons by first starting them out shoveling shit from the horses stables so even the Noble ones learn that. They should have a degree of respect for the people who actually do this job.

Now skipping right ahead avoiding more story spoilers for everyone there are a variety of characters to choose from one of which is Isaac a person who came from the slums basically who aims to work his way up to help the lower class. Lucienne who was trained by one of the nations greatest warriors and is taking up knights training as well. All of which these characters have unique and interesting backstories that you can play and experience and it doesn’t stop with just them.           CTON Win64 2015-08-16 14-43-01-59

Now overall the game itself is pretty basic in terms of graphics I found it slightly disappointing because a lot of the backgrounds they drew and made are lacking shadowing and from a game that is in fourth person.

That is a essential must and it can make it hard at times to navigate the area’s because you cannot tell certain areas from another.

The soundtrack is overall very pleasant and very nice to listen to and is very fitting for a lot of the game. CTON Win64 2015-08-16 12-24-07-07So enough about that combat for the game is just like any other role-playing game in which its turn based however unlike some role-playing games this game restores your health after battle which eliminates a lot of the challenge I quite enjoy in role-playing games.

In conclusion it is a pretty great game with a lot of contrasts, that focuses on its story more over than anything else and its simple and easy to follow that even a younger gamer could follow along. Is it worth checking out? I think so and if your a fan of role-playing games I would recommend it even more.

-Daniel Clatworthy-
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Haven Review: Senran Kagura 2

First up is our disclaimer.  We received this game for review purposes only, and as such all views in this article our are own. No money has been exchanged for this review.

Senran Kagura 2 is the sequel to the first game, and has a anime series by the same name. Being completely honest here, it screams “Otaku!” This is actually my first Otaku-based game, and to give you an idea of what I mean, “Boobs” is the best overall summary. As you play through this visual novel and action-based adventure, your clothes will rip off while fighting the enemy; not to mention you can rip their clothes off as well!url

As they fall in defeat to your amazing ninja skills, they will speak either of how sad and pathetic they are or how much they’re in love with you. After all, you were able to get them into nothing but their bikinis!

Now let’s discuss a little about the overall story. The game has you following two ninjas: Asuka and Homura, as well as their friends. The story starts out with Asuka and her team fighting Homura and hers, while at the same time trying to get back a ninja scroll. However as they do, the villain ends up summoning a giant evil creature that aims to destroy everything. But it’s soon destroyed when Asuka beats it using the powers of friendship and everyone is happy to accept; except team Homura…they become renegades.Senran-Kagura-2-Crimson-Burst-7

This leads to the second bit of the story. “They” are trying to find their way in the world…but lets stop there. Don’t want to spoil the plot too much for everyone now, do we?

The game has a variety of features, such as ninja sexy poses. You can change their expressions and have them model for you, either like a stripper or like they’re taking it from behind. Add a little porn track here with the classic “Bow chica wow wow!”

Now besides all this, the game does try to focus on actual game-play. But I feel the developers only took into consideration the physics for the boobs and not the actual combat system. As I progressed through the story, even at Level One, I had huge difficulties because the bosses were overpowered and there is no guard in the game at all.jBHoEXPBrQaxl
You can dodge, but even doing that is really hard; as is parrying other enemies’ attacks. However in my reluctance to give up on the game, I wondered if there was an alternate strategy…and I did indeed find it.

So if you end up buying this game, here is the best way to beat every single enemy with no problems, take no damage all and achieve the best ranks: “B + X” is the solution. Simply jump up into the air and slam back down.
This aerial attack creates a mini-stun on all enemies and then allows you to jump back up and repeat this combo until they’re defeated. It even works well on bosses.skburst2-1280x720

I have cleared every single challenge room using this technique, I have beaten every boss and I have pretty much beaten the game at this point using nothing but that simple two-hit combo. Honestly, without this knowledge the combat would be impossibly difficult. Keep in mind that your special attacks don’t connect with enemies moving in the direction you’re facing.

In conclusion, do you like boobs, women in awkward sexual poses and young girls who just happen to be teenagers? Then this is the ideal game for you!

-Daniel Clatworthy-

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