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Friday, April 3, 2020

Game Hype: FF7 Remake News, Resident Evil 3, The Devils and the Details & Kingdom Two Crowns

Final Fantasy 7 Remake pre-load starting today. Why, because PSN's download time has gone way slower. PlayStation did it itself, so people don't overburden the network with everyone being home right now.The game comes out April 10th and if you pre-order you get some DLC like a dynamic theme.

Here's the problem though.

It's probably gonna be only part 1, but Square Enix has been extra shady on how far you get in the storywhen the others will come out. Some even suggesting only on the next console. If Square just was more open about everything it wouldn't be a problem. You know exactly what you're getting. The demo does look fun though.

-Resident Evil 3, for some reason not with a Remake attached to the title is out today.

-The Devils and the Details, the first game announced for Jackbox Party Pack 7 has you working on being a good family member. Until you're not. Hey, you are a devil.

-Kingdom Two Crowns
April 28
Pre-order for $9.99 on the 
App Store and pre-register via Google Play

We have a new Kingdom game on the way. We've played both the classic and New Lands version via steam. It's quite the easy to pick up and play time waster. Very simple instructions to build a kindom and then defend it from invaders. This time it's changed up a bit.

"Choose a solo experience, or reign together with a friend in local drop-in/drop-out co-op multiplayer. In the mobile edition of Kingdom Two Crowns, you can rule the land sitting next to your fellow monarch in classic split-screen, or across from them on opposite sides of your device in the custom mobile tabletop co-op feature."

Movie Hype: Possessor, Lupin III: The First & Why Don't You Just Die!

-NEON the people who brought us Parasite, got the rights to Cronenberg Jr, Brandon Cronenberg's, Possessor. We've written about it before as it's been in the festival scene. It's a messed up sci-fi thriller about a hitwoman that go into other people's brain's via some form of telempathy or brain-implant technology to assassinate  others. Then leaves the poor shumck's mind.  Except this time, things go bad and the or hitwoman's mind mixes with one of her shumck's. Hopefully, that means in theaters of home video real soon.

-GKids got the rights to Lupin III: The First, the brand new CGI take on Lupin the Third. We haven't looked into it beyond it's amazing trailer which sold us on seeing it whenever it comes stateside. Fans of Lupin are wondering if GKids will hopefully keep the same vocie cast that's been dubbing the cartoon for years now. Let's hope when everything blows over we can see it in theaters and then on VOD. Is the the tile a silly Japanese Engrish title, oh yeah.

We've been waiting for the ultra violence in Why Don't You Just Die! for about a year now. This one will be able to stream online starting April 20th.

Synopsis:Matvey (Aleksandr Kuznetsov) has just one objective: to gain entry to his girlfriend's parents' apartment and kill her father Andrey (Vitaliy Khaev) with a hammer to restore her honour. But all is not as it initially seems, and Matvey's attempts to bludgeon the family patriarch to death don't quite go to plan as Andrey proves a more formidable - not to mention ruthless - opponent than he anticipated... and Matvey, for his part, proves stubbornly unwilling to die.

Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories Review

Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories
PS4 & Switch

This is a strange one that you might want to play alongside the much more boring pandemic we're having indoors. Why not enjoy a disaster outside with the oddly titled Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories that starts at Christmas...for some reason; odd choice. This franchise has been here for a while, the first game being on the PS2. The latest game is an odd mix of survival and listening to people and their problems. You can choose to be a man or a woman, why you're out and about during the diasaster and if you're helpful or a jerk. There's a lot of prompts in this game.

My favorite part at the very start was having multiple prompts on how to react about an earthquake happening. I decided to nervously hum. Which, was funny to see my character do.

A problem arose while playing. After meeting a few interesting people, amd one very sad man in a "park". I didn't know where to go or what to do next. I had some missions like finding some lost high school girls or what not, but I had no idea on how to find them. I'm guessing the game thinks you've played other games in the series before. Because, after a while, I didn't know what I was suppose to do. Apparently, you just talk to more and more people. And then escape from earthquakes and then go rafting.

It's fun to talk to those people, like your in a poorly written Japanese TV show drama. And you can give some pretty rude and idiotic answers to see how things come out. The shaking was a bit unrealistic and silly. Buildings collapsed in front of me and the mood was...meh.

I'm not sure about the price tag, it's a full price game and maybe it should have went for being a bit more of a bargain.

If you want to navigate a real disaster and be an utter jerk to those around you. Meet every stereotypical character seen in the background of a Japanese movie. Why not play this quirky survival sim of a earthquake distraught Japan?

Game provided by publisher for review purposes, played on PS4.

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Thursday, April 2, 2020

Hype: What We Found On The Net Today

Our favorite April Fool's Day parnk on the internet is probably this one, so close to home. Who doesn't want to go to LICKMA, a joint operation from LACMA and The Museum of Ice Cream.

 -The Scoop on LICKMA, a New LACMA and Museum of Ice Cream Collaboration

If you can somehow get it from Walmart, as it's an exclusive there, try the new Mountain Dew Frost Bite. It should have come out in the Summer, but who doesn't want a shark on the label of a drink? It's suppose to have "cool melon" flavor. Whatever that means.

The NerdMelt's legacy game of a theater The Dynasty Typewriter has become an online store called Souvenir Emporium. We dig some of their shirts and gear in the theme of the current goings-on.

SXSW Film Festival 2020 Online sounds like a cool idea. We just don't know the films that'll be
doing it. Amazon Prime is gonna showcase films that didn't get to play at the festival this year for free on their service for ten days some time in the future. That's about all the info as there aren't any other details while writing this. Let's hope for some good movies to get us through this.

All Upcoming Animated Series We Care About: Part 2

Let's finish this. But first, that age old wisdom of turning more profit by merchandising. That means turning a video game into a cartoon. And the reaping the rewards on toys and t-shirts. Oh, look it's...

The Cuphead Show
Unknown air date

Based on the video game shooter that itself is based on classic 1930's cartoons comes an animated series on an anthropomorphic cup and Mugman. The original creators are on as producers, and we think some of the folks who worked on the recent Mickey Mouse cartoons for Disney got jobs on it. It looks like Netflix Animation is still hiring a bit of people online, so, who knows when the show is actually coming out. There isn't any footage for it so far, not even a pencil test.

*Some funny facts. If you get hired on the show you usually post a contract of selling your soul to The Devil on social media via what happens in the game. And you create a cupsona, a cup version of yourself to share with the rest of the staff.

Adventure Time: Distant Lands
Two episodes in 2020

Apparently, Adventure Time can never die. This four part, one-our each episode, mini-series takes place after all ten seasons of AT. Each episode revolves around different characters and looks like the boys (Finn & Jake) aren't in it until the last one. We get Beemo, the girls (Marcy and PB) in their own contained episodes.

We're mixed on this, because a lot of the original staff moved on and their names aren't attached to it. Other than returning showrunner Adam Muto, the names we found online don't ring many bells.

We'll give it a shot, but it doesn't look like Pen Ward wasn't even involved. He was doing other stuff it seems.

The Midnight Gospel
April 20

Pen Ward, creator of Adventure Time helped co-create this bizarre looking show that takes it's audio from comedian Duncan Trussell's podcast. It's about a wizard that they call a spacecaster who visit dying worlds and interviews people/things on them.

It looks really dumb and lacking a plot, but we'll roll the dice and give it a shot with Pen involved. But let's just say are hopes aren't that high.

City of Ghosts
Unknown air date

This comes from AT alum Elizabeth Ito. It's a kid show about children learning about their city by talking to ghosts. Apparently, it was also explore Ito's childhood about being a Japanese kid growing up in LA. Really, that's all the details.

We'll have to wait for a trailer, but we're on board to see what might be another charming kids cartoon.

Kid Cosmic
Unknown air date

There's pretty much nada on this one other than Craig McCracken, creator of The Powerpuff Girls is behind it. And we give him a lot of leeway. All we know is that it's about a boy with an an imagination who gets superpowers after somehow getting his hands on five cosmic rings. That's it.

There's a lot of other stuff that we didn't mention coming out to streaming. A lot of DC super hero shows are coming to HBO MAX, but WB Animation has done nothing recently to have us care or watch anything they make involving those heroes.

Let's see what these new cartoons can do and hope they keep us happy.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

LAMA's New Look

Update: April Fools! This was just a joke LACMA & MOCA did not come together to form LAMA. And if you look at the photo above, we don't think that let Dunkin Donuts be a sponsor.

As we all know LAMA, formerly LACMA & MOCA, have started construction on their new main museum on Wilshire. Above you can see a rendering of the just unveiled easy to access three-story stairs on a side of the building.

But don't forget that LAMA has taken over a big chunk of former MOCA real estate on Grand and taken over the former Colburn School as it went bankrupt. When things are better you should pay a visit to the transformed former music school. Oh jeez, we hope they catch that Dean who was embezzling all that money. Remember she's still at large and was last seen in Micronesia, KTLA reported.

I can't wait to get one of those LAMA Llama plushies. Remember there's gonna be different types based on different artists. What will the Andy Warhol or Picasso Llama's look like?

more info on LAMA when it's different facilities open up

Standard LAMA Llama