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Pokémon Detective Pikachu Review – Spoiler Free

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Pokémon Detective Pikachu Review - Spoiler Free

Pokémon Detective Pikachu is a film which comes directed by Rob Letterman who some may know as the director of Goosebumps (2015) or Monsters Vs Aliens (2009). The film stars Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton and Bill Nighy. This movie is the latest from the Pokemon franchise which now spans across multiple mediums such as TV, video games, trading cards and films. This is the first live action Pokemon film, with others in the past all being animated.

It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a Pokemon movie at the cinema. When I was much younger, I remember I could not wait to see the Mewtwo Strikes Back and later on Pokemon 2000. Then over the years, slowly I stopped watching Pokemon as new series’ came out and new generations of Pokemon emerged. I recently got back into the franchise after the release of Pokemon Go, which I still play even today almost every day. So when I first saw the trailer for Detective Pikachu, while it looked like something different, I was rather excited about it.

Coming out of the film last week, I must say I was very impressed. I thought this film would be really basic and simple. I wasn’t expecting much from the plot, but I got more than I expected out of this film. Without spoiling the story, the film gives the audience a story with a lot of meaning behind it, filled with strong themes of bravery, family and mortality. Coming out of the film, I felt that in general, the experience was very positive and I am very keen to go and see this a second time at the cinema.

The animation in this is rather good. At first when you first start watching the film, you’ll be looking at the Pokemon and how different they look when they’re animated in the world in 3D. Many of the Pokemon like Pikachu or Psyduck are soft and furry in appearance and are quite cute. But there are others like Bulbasaur which look slimy and slippery. What impressed me the most about the animations in this film, were that the filmmakers seemed to take the lore and the character design of each of the Pokemon seriously and I felt much of the film was rather accurate.

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The design of the sets in which our characters play out their story was also very good. My favourite sections of the film were when we saw what the Pokemon cities looked like. The film takes place in a futuristic Blade Runner like city, filled with neon lights and streets filled with markets and takeaway places. Furthermore, within the city, live a variety of Pokemon with their owners and they’re just walking around. There’s also some odd things as well. like a Psyduck which lives on its own in alleyway at one point. Society and the Pokemon are also skewed, there’s Pokemon which are privileged and Pokemon that aren’t and it’s interesting. I do hope we can see more of this world in another film.

The actors in Detective Pikachu are rather good. Ryan Reynolds does a great job as the voice of Detective Pikachu and his comedic timing and ability to deliver the funnier lines in the film was always spot on. Both Justice Smith and Kathryn Newton, who play the kids we follow in this Pokemon journey do well and I enjoyed watching all the scenes that Bill Nighy was in.

Detective Pikachu

The strength of this film is that although its primary audience is children, as an older person watching this and having grown up watching Pokemon for many years on and off, I have to say that I really enjoyed watching this at the cinema. The film’s strength I believe is that it can actually be enjoyed be many people of all ages and is great for family groups to go and see. The jokes were funny, it was interesting to see all the Pokemon animated in 3D and the story had a great meaning to it with some interesting themes. I’m happy to recommend Pokémon Detective Pikachu to go and see at the cinema this weekend.

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The Sims 4 News July 2019 – Latest Update with Free Content and a New LOOK

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“The Sims 4” is looking funky fresh with new branding and lots of free content in their newest update, coming to PC this week.

Can you believe it? The Sims 4 will celebrate its 5th anniversary this September! The Sims creators are adamant that they won’t be finishing The Sims 4 any time soon, so why not a facelift? After all, change is as good as a holiday. Instead of sticking with the same box art for another few years, the graphic artists have updated The Sims 4 to bring a fresh look to their branding. Keeping the iconic greens and blues, everything has a new look. This includes loading screens, front page, box art and even the famous “plumbob” has had a makeover.

 

Do you start up a game with good intentions, get to the Create-a-Sim screen, then suddenly go cross-eyed and draw a blank? Rejoice! The developers have added a new feature called Story Mode. This funky new feature allows you to “answer questions” about your upcoming “creation” and your responses will determine how they should live through their simulated life. Choices affect traits, aspirations, and even provide your new sims with skills to get ahead of the game.

The Sims Team also have news for the console Simmers out there. “The Sims 4: Island Living” (the latest expansion, released last month) will be available on console this week.

If this isn’t enough to get you excited about pixelated people again, how about 1000 new (sort of) unlocked OBJECTS!? Or… maybe 350 new swatches for doors? Some weird things are happening over at The Sims studios, but hey, I’m happy for free content.

 

Check out The Sims 4 Live Streams here; TheSims – Twitch

 

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Sea Of Solitude Review

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Sea Of Solitude Review

Sea Of Solitude is a game which was developed by Jo-Mei Games and was published by Electronic Arts. It is available on PS4, Xbox One and PC via Origin. It is a single player third person adventure game. The game has the player control a character named Kay who explores an abandoned and flooded city.

This was a game which caught my eye only very recently when I first heard about its release. After watching the trailer, I thought the art style, strong colours and animations looked very interesting. Also as a person who went mad one day and subscribed to EA’s Origin Premiere late last year so that I could play some games I had missed out on over the years, I was pleased to see something new added to the store that wasn’t a typical Electronic Arts style major franchise game. Knowing I could get this one for free was enough to give it a go. But if you’re not part of that program to get it for free, I’d say that the $26.95 asking price for this digital title is certainly worth it.

The game isn’t too long, most hardened gamers will probably be able to finish this one in a single session, which I actually managed to do yesterday morning. I didn’t time myself, but I’d say to expect about 3 or so hours out of it, a bit more if you look around for collectables.

Sea Of Solitude Review

Sea Of Solitude Review

On the surface, Sea Of Solitude is about a young girl named Kay, who is searching through a city, which is for some reason flooded. You start the game all alone on a tiny boat, way out at sea on the water. You make your way to the city, where you find a monster clad in darkness is blocking your path. Through exploration and activating certain things, Kay brings light to an otherwise dark city.

Underneath the main plot though, is a game with strong messages and themes related to loneliness and relationships. Kay as a character is someone who has become lonely, isolated and quite depressed after issues with her family and her boyfriend. The game sends the player on a journey to free Kay and other characters from suffering from the effects of loneliness and related themes. What I didn’t expect this weekend, was to play a game which seemed to have the objective of tackling these mental health issues in this way and I never expected to play something this weekend from the gaming genre with such deep meaning to it.

In many ways, Sea Of Solitude reminded me of my experience with Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice which was also a game that focused on mental health issues and is still a game I hold in very high regard. Both of these games were experiences that I could not put down once I started playing as I just had to find out what was going to happen with my character. Games tackling these mental health themes and the issues involved are quite rare in this medium, so when an experience like this does come along, it’s very unique and interesting. The difference between Sea Of Solitude and Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is that Sea of Solitude is a little lighter in tone and not the intense gruelling experience that Senua’s was. This makes a player’s time with Sea Of Solitude one that is peaceful to experience.

Sea Of Solitude Review

Sea Of Solitude Review

The art style in Sea Of Solitude is something I enjoyed looking at. The animations are very rounded, colours stand out on the screen and the use of blacks in contrast with visibly bright blues, whites and orange was what I loved the most. The music and also the voice acting, was soft and did fit in well with the tone of the game’s themes and art style. All together, visuals and audios seemed to be just right.

The gameplay in Sea Of Solitude is something I’d say is probably a little simple. It’s essentially a platforming game where you will jump, swim, drive a boat and shoot flares onto enemies. There aren’t any button combinations to learn or any level up systems. The game is accessible to people of most ages and even to people new to gaming could easily pick this one up and get through it.

Overall coming out of playing Sea Of Solitude, I was filled with positivity and happiness. The story is quite heavy when playing through it, but very warm in the end. The art style and animations are nice to see and the sound and voice acting was just right. I do like to see that the games industry can use the medium to tackle such heavy topics and release games like this which show how well this medium can tell a story and provide its audience with something of great meaning. I’m happy to recommend Sea Of Solitude for your gaming collection.

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Stuber is a film which comes directed by Michael Dowse and stars Dave Bautista, Kumail Nanjiani and Betty Gilpin. The film is an action comedy adventure about an Uber driver and a policeman who go on a wild ride together.

Going in to see Stuber I didn’t really know where to set my expectations. Knowing only that the film was a comedy, meant I went in for the lols and didn’t expect all that much from the story. But coming out of the film, I’m sorry to say, but it’s not really that great.

The film starts off okay and the opening scene features both Vic (Dave Bautista) and Sara (Karen Gillan) engaged in a dangerous shootout with some bad guys. Both are seriously injured and Vic loses his eyesight, which means he gets some urgent surgery. His eyes need time go recover, but as soon he’s able to walk he calls for an Uber and continues on with his police business, which is catching the bad guys who got away in the opening scene. This is where Stu (Kumail Nanjiani) comes in and the journey between this awkward duo begins.

I wish I could say that it was all good once the Uber ride began but it wasn’t. The film is only really mildly funny. Dave Bautista who I do really like in action films really isn’t great at comedy. Kumail Nanjiani basically was just screaming and yelling the whole time and talking about his Uber rating and reviews. I admit I did find some of the bad reviews he got from his previous customers in the film funny when they were shown, but that’s about it. Some of the jokes were also drawn out way too long. Dave Bautista’s character being blind was kind of funny in the first minute when you saw him trying to walk around without being able to see. But it’s only funny once and they did this joke over and over again almost all the way until the end!

In addition to this, for quite a bit of the film, I wondered if this was some sort of product placement or advertisement for Uber. There were so many mentions of Uber, Uber reviews and the difference between Uber products and services. What are we paying to watch here? Who cares about Uber!?

In the end I would suggest avoiding Stuber at the cinema this week and choosing literally any other film currently showing. After leaving this I instantly thought that Stuber needs to be on my list of worst movies of 2019 which I created just after seeing this and that says a lot because I was not compelled to make one after seeing X:Men Dark Phoenix.

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