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6 Thoughts on The Last of Us Part II

I don’t review very many video games on this blog because I don’t consider myself a video game reviewer at all. I’m a pretty bad comic book and movie reviewer, why would I subject anyone to my thoughts on video games? I usually either like them or don’t. I also usually take forever to play a game. I’m not about to cram through an entire video game in a weekend to get my review up on time. That’s not this kind of blog.

But The Last of Us Part 2 is such a self-contained game that I’ve decided to share my thoughts with the world now that I’ve finished — roughly two and a half weeks after it came out.

Video game rating: 10/10 – Fantastic!

The Last of Us Part 2 is the subject of a lot of controversy on the internet, because deep down, the internet sucks and brings out the worst in people. This game also deals with a lot of sensitive topics, and people have thoughts on those. Some people also just don’t like the game and want to talk about that. So it’s really only to benefit me that I feel the need to share my thoughts with the world. What’s one more voice among the masses?

I don’t know. All I know is that I played a video game and loved every second of it. Join me after the jump for my thoughts. Expect FULL SPOILERS for both The Last of Us Part 2 and the first game.

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Happy Fourth of July! (I’ve Got Nothing)

Sorry folks, no comic book reviews this week. Both Marvel and DC essentially took the week off on new releases, and anything that did come out was not on my read list. And as much fun as it probably would have been, I just didn’t feel like scrambling through all six issues of Hawkeye: FreeFall.

I’m also sitting pretty on a 4-day weekend this American holiday and just didn’t feel like tracking down anything else to read and review. So I got nothing on this fine Saturday!

I did discover Girlfriend Reviews on YouTube last night and they’ve been pretty fun to watch. In fact, their latest issue sums up rather nicely everything I loved about The Last of Us Part 2. MAJOR SPOILERS IN THIS VIDEO!

I’m going to have my review/thoughts on The Last of Us Part 2 next Wednesday, so stay tuned for that! And I should have some new Gamer Girl & Vixen content in the week ahead. So next week should be pretty fun for everybody!

It’s just that today isn’t going to be all that great. But hey, Happy Fourth of July!

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There is a Cerberus Ranger and I Am All About That

The other day, I took a deep dive into the Power Rangers wiki while looking up information on Yellow Power Ranger Aisha Campbell, as one does. And I stumbled upon something called Power Rangers HyperForce. It’s apparently some kind of tabletop RPG played over Twitch…or something. I don’t know, none of that is my scene. Heck, I don’t even really care all that much about any power Rangers beyond the Mighty Morphin era.

So it helps that HyperForce is clearly an homage to those great original Ranger years. They’ve even got a HyperForce Green with his own golden shield.

Red Lion, Blue Serpent, Pink Phoenix, Black Cerberus, Yellow Ram and Green Hydra

But don’t worry about that. We’re here to talk about HyperForce Black…the Cerberus Ranger! Also, the first Black Ranger to be a woman, so that’s cool. Her name is Vesper Vasquez and she was played by Cristina Vee.

So cool!

And she’s got a cool three-headed ax! It transforms into a shield!

I found so much legit artwork online!

Like any red-blooded American white kid growing up in the middle class, I was big into Greek mythology when I was in elementary and middle schools. It was my jam. And my favorite Greek monster was Cerberus, the three-headed hellhound that guarded the gates of the Underworld.

You know him, you love him!

Honestly, I’m not trying to make any larger point here. Cerberus was my favorite Greek myth monster. I remain a fan to this day, even going so far as to make a whole List of Six on this blog of various Cerberus incarnations in pop culture. Cerberus is just cool.

And the other day, I discovered a Cerberus-based Power Ranger. Complete with a Cerberus Zord!

The resemblance is perfect!

I’m not made of stone, people. I am still as much of a geek as I’ve always been. And this is exactly the sort of geeky thing I drool over! There’s no point to it. Nothing about this is going to impact my life in any way. It’s just a random, weird combination of some of my favorite geeky things and I am tickled to the highest levels of pink!

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Cyberpunk 2077 Can’t Come Soon Enough!

I say Cyberpunk 2077 can’t come soon enough because it keeps getting pushed back! The new release date is Nov. 19 — my brother’s birthday — and I’m just going to have to keep being patient. I cannot wait to play this game! It’s hopefully going to be the grand, open world RPG of my dreams!

Here’s a new trailer.

The folks at CD PROJEKT RED have started letting some game reviewers play some demos, and it’s sounding good. I’m liking what I’m hearing. I think I have a pretty good handle on what this game is going to be, and I definitely can’t wait!

To tide us over, CD PROJEKT RED has also started something called Night City Wire, which shows off even more game footage.

So at the very least, we’ve gotten some great looks at what Cyberpunk 2077 is going to be in November!

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A Metric Ton of New Information on the Avengers Video Game

Crystal Dynamics held a big event yesterday for their upcoming Avengers video game, and they included a metric ton of videos and new information. We’ve now got our biggest and best looks yet at gameplay and story. It all looks pretty great!

Let’s start with a story trailer.

So it looks like the villain is going to be M.O.D.O.K. and he’s going to create an army of Super Adaptoid robots who will be empowered with Inhuman powers — the better to provide a ton of powerful robots to beat up. The story seems simple enough. It’s the rest of the game that’s apparently going to be really cool.

And here’s some additional pure gameplay footage of Thor.

So let’s see. It looks like there’s going to be a lot of battling super-powered robots, with some classic comic villains thrown in. I’ve seen Abomination in at least one of these trailers. And we know Taskmaster is in the game somewhere.

It looks like base building is going to be a part of the game, as we’ll need to “rebuild the helicarrier”. And we knew outfit and gear management was going to be a thing, allowing us to customize the look and loadout of our superheroes.

Here’s a longer video even. Some stuff might be repeated.

These videos definitely make me more excited about the game than I was before. It definitely does not appear to be as ‘on rails’ as I’ve been fearing. But I’m also not entirely sure this game is going to be much more than going out to a location and beating up a seemingly endless supply of faceless, nameless robots. But hell, maybe that will be awesome. I know I’ll probably really enjoy the costume/loadout aspect of the game, and the base building. The story looks like it’ll be pretty pure Marvel superheroics, so that’s fine.

And there’s plenty of room for expansion. They’ve already said they’re going to bring in new superheroes over time, like Ant-Man. And surely if this is an ongoing game that live updates over time, there will be other stories. Maybe season 2 will be Galactus or Skrulls or something.

Suffice to say, this is our best look yet at the game, and it looks bigger and better than anything we’ve seen about it before. I’m pretty satisfied with all of this.

The game is due out on Sept. 4…just in time for my birthday!

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