Achievement Unlocked: 6180 The Moon

Platform: Xbox One
Time to Complete: 2 – 5 Hours
Gamerscore Available: 1000G
Gamerscore Achievable: 1000G

If you’re any good at platforming games, this will be no trouble for you. However I’m really terrible at them, so it took me five hours of on and off play before I finally sat down, thought “sod it” and went off to finish it. After weeks and weeks, I finally managed to complete it, and what a pain in the arse it was. I’m not a fan of platformers, unless it’s Super Mario, Crash Bandicoot or Spyro.

It starts off fairly easy and if I can 100% it then so can you, best of luck! I’ll link a video in case you need it but the majority of it is fairly straight forward.

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Is It Worth Watching: Futurama

I just started binge watching a load of shows all at once, so why not make some use out of all my watching of three seasons a day and make a blog post about it. I’ve got a load of TV Shows and movies to watch through, so why not. We’ll kick things off with Futurama. Now I must admit, I’m a lot better at game reviews than I am with TV show and movie reviews, however as time goes on it’ll get better and we’ll enjoy it all the more. This is a TV show with 7 seasons, so instead of analysing the show as a whole, I thought I’d analyse each season individually.

Season 1 – 13 Episodes

Season 1 gave us such classic episodes such as I, Roomate, Space Pilot 3000 and My Three Suns. This season does a great job of introducing us to our main characters which consists of Phillip J. Fry, Turanga Leela, Bender, Professor Farnsworth, Amy Wong, Hermes Conrad and everyone’s favourite Dr. Zoidberg. The first season definitely has a strong lineup of episodes with no horrendously awful episodes to be seen.

Best Episode: Fry and the Slurm Factory

Basically mocking “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” this episode is full of laughs, music and introduced the fan favourite “Slurms McKenzie”.

Worst Episode: A Fishful of Dollars

The whole episode consists of Fry looking for Anchovies, then sticking them on a pizza because anchovies died out, definitely not the strongest episode in the series, but still has it’s fair few laughs even if the plot is a little fishy.

Season 2 – 19 Episodes

Season 2 was 6 episodes longer than the first season, which is always nice. The more Futurama the better, this season did a fantastic job of making us love our main characters even more than we already did. It even introduced some new, recurring characters that have been our favourites ever since, most notably President Nixon and Robot Santa.

Best Episode: How Herme’s Requisitioned his Groove Back/The Cryonic Woman

I didn’t honestly know which episode to pick for this one, I like “How Herme’s Requisitioned his Groove Back” because it showed us some depth to one of the other Planet Express members, who at this point hadn’t had a large story arch like this one. I also picked “The Cryonic Woman” because it show’s what happens when Fry’s ex-girlfriend comes to the future and how their relationship has an affect on the rest of the Planet Express crew.

Worst Episode: The Honking

Honestly, the reason for me not liking this episode is because it’s that overdone. We’ve seen the original piece of work being Werewolf transformations and car related shenanigans in all manner of shows, movies, books and such. Futurama really didn’t hit the nail on the head with this one either, which is a shame because it could’ve been done fairly well.

Season 3 – 21 Episodes

Season 3, it made us laugh, cry and get emotionally attached to a plant that Fry was trying to find. It gave us a lot more information about Fry’s past, Bender gets a boost in plot points and it also gave us plot points to revolve around Farnsworth’s and Herme’s kids…

Best Episode: Roswell That Ends Well

This episode was great because it was one of the episodes to show how the Planet Express crew have had accidental impacts on history, being sent back to Roswell, Zoidberg is captured and is deemed an alien while everyone else has to fix the ship, also some very interesting things happen to Fry…

Worst Episode: Amazon Women in the Mood

Bleh, this episode is strange. In it, Zapp, Kiff, Amy and Leela all end up on some island where there are women who only want “snu-snu”, Bender and Fry are there, then there’s a giant computer? I don’t know, this episode was really messy in turn.

Season 4 – 18 Episodes

The one with the dead dog. This series is probably the most critically acclaimed amongst fans and for good reason, a plethora of good episodes to choose from. The characters are given some great backstory’s and episodes as well which is always good.

Best Episode: Jurassic Bark/Three Hundred Big Boys

Well, that was expected really wasn’t it? Seymour and all that, it made me cry and was certainly one of the best episodes just for the ending scene alone. Three Hundred Big Boys is an interesting one, everyone get’s $300. Fry buys 100 coffee’s, it is amazingly funny seeing how Fry slowly turns into a maniacal freak solely devoted to coffee.

Worst Episode: Bend Her

Bender becomes a woman. I, I don’t think I need to say anything else.

This is the first time the show got cancelled, but don’t worry, we still have 3 more seasons to go through.

Season 5 – 4 Movies

When Futurama was initially cancelled, Cartoon Network bought the rights to it and put the episodes on their Adult Swim channel, which boosted sails by, a lot. When the contract ran out, FOX bought back Futurama and they started to make new episodes of the show, to boot up the series again, they made 4 movies, split into 4 episodes each time. I watched all four of these in a day. So, unlike the previous four, I don’t want to spilt these into Best Episode/Worst Episode, or even best movie for that matter.

Why? Because they were all equally as boring, I’m not saying they were bad, but I think this is when I realised that Futurama was not gonna be the same as the previous four seasons. Don’t get me wrong, the movies were funny, but they just weren’t as good as what had previously been delivered. I think the one I liked the most was Bender’s Big Score, it was funny, made the whole storyline confusingly awkward, yet believable.

The worst one, Into The Wild Green Yonder was just boring. That’s really all I have to say on the matter, it was boring. However if you like cool music, then watch Bender’s Game, the credit sequence has some great music. That leaves the other one, the Beast with a Billion Backs, that was OK, I’ve seen it before quite a lot so it was boring to watch it again, however funny it was.

Season 6 – 26 Episodes

So this is the series reboot after the four movies, that’s all I’ve really got to say about that. This series is OK, not the best start up to the reboot of a show that got cancelled but it’ll do.

Best Episode: Attack of the Killer App

I’m not sure why I liked this episode so much, maybe it’s because of the mad craze that we call Twitter, this episode took the mick and turned everyone into mindless zombies that bought new phones, just like Apple have done. It also features the infamous “Shut up and take my money” gif.

Worst Episode: The Duh-Vinci Code

So Leonardo da Vinci’s secret invention was found in his old beard. We’re off to a great start aren’t we? Then all of Leonardo’s inventions fit together to make a spaceship and they fly off to his home planet…I’m pretty sure somebody got fired over this episode, I’m hoping so…

Season 7 – 26 Episodes

The last season of Futurama was extremely disappointing, there was a plethora of poor quality episodes that just had a stupid idea to revolve around or they just weren’t funny.

Best Episode: Murder on the Planet Express/Stench and Stenchibility/Meanwhile

Murder on the Planet Express was actually really cool, left Bender and Fry cold blooded killers when an evil space alien that can shapeshift comes aboard the ship and starts eating everyone when they’re on a team building exercise. I definitely enjoyed Stench and Stenchibility as well, it gave Zoidberg a nice plot point that, actually was pretty well delivered. Meanwhile was the final episode in the series, so it had to be good, which it was, so I’m not going to even thing about spoiling that one.

Worst Episode: The Rest of Season 7

Yeah, I didn’t have any strong feelings for the rest of the episodes, they’re not worth talking about to be honest, the Zoidberg eating money at the casino episode was pretty good but other than that, nothing worth it.

But it all comes down to one question doesn’t it?

Is it worth watching?

Yep.

Ewan Rants: Xbox One Backwards Compatibility

Microsoft has announced a bunch of things nobody cares about, but they also announced something quite interesting indeed. Backwards compatibility with Xbox 360 games. What this means is that you can play Xbox 360 games on your Xbox One. In essence, this is awesome, I’ll be able to play Xbox 360 games without ever having to go downstairs to where my 360 is. It’ll also allow me to stop using “My brother is on the Xbox” as an excuse to not play really terrible games for achievements. However that statement is now redundant as I’ve moved it upstairs, right next to the pile of awful games. Continue reading “Ewan Rants: Xbox One Backwards Compatibility”

An Hour With: Mirror’s Edge

I quite recently purchased this game and planned to play it over the weekend. I played Wolfenstein: The Old Blood over the weekend instead. No matter, I’ll play it now and be back in an hour.

Right, well then. That was something else. You can take that as good or bad, if you want to find out what my opinion is (which you probably don’t) then click the “Read More” thing, if I remember to put the bloody thing in.

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Achievement Unlocked – Truth or Lies

Platform: Xbox 360
Time to Complete: 1 – 2 Hours
Gamerscore Available: 1000G
Gamerscore Achievable: 1000G

This game is good. Lie. 1000G please. Unfortunately it isn’t as easy as that, I wish it was, but no, we’re going to need one or two things. Firstly, you need the microphone that comes with the Lips games. Luckily I had two for whatever reason, but it’s the only way the game will work I believe.

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2016 needs to slow down

It’s halfway through March already? Jesus, seems like only yesterday we were complaining about the hangover that was 2015. But I’m not talking about in a sense of “We’re three months in and I haven’t done anything notable” sort of sense, I’m talking about “Jesus, how many people have died in such a short time?”.

Yes, another bleak topic I suppose but it’s one I want to talk about, which is really all I ever do, talk about things I want to talk about.

So yes, in the first paragraph I mentioned that I wanted to talk about how many people have died in such a short span of time. Obviously I can’t talk about every single person that’s died, I’ll be talking about a few who’ve made an impact on me.

We’ll kick things off with someone who didn’t even die this year but I thought I’d twist the rules for him, Rik Mayall.

For those of you who don’t know who Rik Mayall is, leave. Alright, he was one of the biggest faces in comedy, with roles in the amazing Bottom, The Young Ones, The New Statesman and of course starred in Blackadder, Drop Dead Fred, Kevin Turvey, The Dangerous Brothers, Guest House Paradiso and Man Down before his death. I’m probably forgetting a few of his shows but if I listed all the shows he’s starred in we’d be here all day.

Why did this have such a big impact on me personally though? Well, Rik Mayall is definitely a big influence on me and my writing. His role in Bottom was my favourite, the live shows were even better and the movie was even better better. It’s a shame he died, there was a lot more he could’ve done, he might’ve made season 2 of Man Down bearable.

But how do I find him an impact on my writing? Well, I think the whole me going off on one is partly thanks to him. When I get sidetracked in my writing and don’t seem to be able to make a point and I end the sentence with a bizzare remark, it’s definitely something Rik did often, especially in Bottom. Completely random comedy. Absolutely fantastic actor and such a loss.

Now so far this year we’ve lost such greats as David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Frank Kelly and Paul Daniels. Christ it’s only March and we’ve lost so many. It really puts it into perspective I suppose. I’m sat here on a Friday night writing about how so many have died and that you shouldn’t waste your life away, I’m sat watching Blackadder, swigging Coca Cola from a bottle and halfway in between sleep and being wide awake.

Didn’t think this article would become a life lesson but here it is. Don’t waste your life away. If you want to do something then do it, just go for it. What’s the worst that could happen other than crippling self doubt, eternal guilt and excruciating embarrassment. That’s not really the best advice but it’s the best you’re gonna get from a guy that’s partially addicted to Coca Cola.

As much as I don’t want to get all emotional, I have to say. If you’re reading this now at half twelve at night with a laptop open, browsing Imgur for hours on end, go do something! It’s good to procrastinate, but sooner or later you’ll realise you’ll have been wanting to do something in that time. Do something creative, writing, reading, drawing, gaming, whatever it is. Fill in the empty space of procrastination with something productive. Learn a new language, do something.

I think I’m saying this because I’ve failed to do anything of value. Yeah, I’ve got this blog and my writing over at Updownright, but other than that what have I really got going for me?

Well, I’m pretty good at Guitar Hero.