What Kind of Life Will YOU Live?!?!

EA Sports NHL 2014 has been dropping videos and information like nobody’s business about this year’s offering.  An AI Improvements statement here, a goalkeeping improvement video there.  EA seems to be really getting us ready for the last major NHL game before the jump to next gen consoles and are just tossing out everything they can think of, Today there’s a brand new video highlighting the Be a Pro mode which made its debut in NHL 09.  More than just being a player in NHL 14, you also have this life outside of hockey.  Your personality will shine through and your formative trials n’ tribulations as a young lad growing up in the mean streets of Manitoba will show itself once you step on the rink.

Now its not just what you do on the ice that determines your progression to worlds greatest toothless guy who can probably squat around 690 pounds, its how you handle yourself off the ice which determines your career progression.  Thinking about carrying an unlicensed gun in a nightclub wearing sweaties? I wouldn’t do that.  Wanna go home with that stripper from the club while you’re wife is at home with two kids? Probably not a good idea (ed.note: Says you).

During your life as a professional you’ll have to learn how to handle the media.  You can be of the Tom Brady/Peyton Manning breed and constantly just say the right things and always do whats best for the team.  Or…..you can take the Sean Avery route. You decide.

You’ll be interviewed before you enter the draft. You’ll be interviewed about pre-game jitters and post-game regrets.  You also better watch out for those off the field instances that fell many a career.  Do you really NEED to have a dog fighting ring in your backyard?  Do you really NEED to bring weed on an airplane on the way to a music festival?  You love wearing Unforgiveable cologne by Sean John?  Play well enough and Diddy will be begging you to be the face of his product along with all other sorts of endorsement deals.  Finally, Likeability meters detect (ed.note: WHAT DO THEY DETECT??) how well you are like by your teammates, management, and most importantly, the fans.  You can be like Mariano Rivera/Derek Jeter and have people begging you to be their teammates.  Or you can completely isolate yourself like A-Rod and management will want nothing more then to get you out of the clubhouse.

Enough with the real life comparisons, I know.  On a serious not there are actually some pretty interesting concepts and ideas that are integrated in this completely overhauled mode.  My personal favorite is that if you’re a bad teammate, your teammates won’t pass you the puck as much.  A hockey regular season is 82 games plus the playoffs.  I believe it would be very hard to find time to enjoy 10-15 seasons of this.  My approach to these types of modes is simply just to not play every game, Play the important games and the playoff games.  Tight race for first with the three games to go…  Hop on in.  Middle of the season and playing a last place team… I’ll pass.  My one question, and this will determine if I do this…. Do I have to control just my player or can I play as the whole team like you can in the FIFA franchise?

For die hard hockey fans this really is an awesome and time consuming mode which gets you really involved. This, coupled with the plethora of new improvements to gameplay, shows that the NHL franchise on current gen systems is leaving it all out on the ice.

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X-Men: Days of Future Posters

Here are newly released photos for the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past film set to be released next July. The mashup of the new/old characters is pretty stylish.  Even blended in with an old man, Fassbender still looks badass.

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via IMP Awards & IGN

Friday Night Flix: Trollhunter

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Welcome to Friday Night Flix, where there’s never a need to leave the couch or put on pants. Each week I’ll recommend an under-the-radar movie currently available on one or more of the major streaming platforms. They won’t all be classics, but every selection is guaranteed to be 100% watchable or your money back.

I was one of the few people who after they saw The Blair Witch Project actually believed it was real. It wasn’t until a few hours after the movie that my buddy who I went to see it with told me it was fake.  He didn’t make fun of me or laugh at me, he just thought that I didn’t know much about all the hype surrounding the movie.  It makes me think that possibly somewhere in Norway there is a similar young child out there who shares those same feelings for the movie Trollhunter.  Granted, Trollhunter is a bit more sci-fi but some mockumentaries do a good job of camouflaging there real art.  It’s for this reason why I can’t just dismiss Trollhunter as a silly, run of the mill, goof type of movie.  Maybe for some 15 or 16 year olds, watching this movie will make them want to become explorers or mountain dwellers or even spelunkers.

The movie starts out with a bunch of college students researching a person who is going around and poaching bears. Things become interesting when the students begin to think that possible poacher is not so much after bears but after something else. They decide to follow this man, named Hans, in the woods to find out what his real MO is.  Not so much bear poaching, but troll hunting, in order to shield the people of Norway that trolls exist.  The students witness this and now Hans has no choice but to take them along for the ride.

It’s easy to say that a movie of this type would not take itself too seriously. But somehow, Trollhunter doesn’t go into the realm of the complete ridiculous.  Ridiculous. Maybe, but COMPLETE ridiculous. Not so much.  Trolls can’t eat humans with too much vitamin D or else they will turn to stone.  Better not be a christian, cause that’ll be the death of you.  See, ridiculous, but not too ridiculous.  Trolls passing gas while they sleep. Ridiculous….I better stop here or else I’ll have to change my stance.  America has been in a vampire funk for the last few years now and hopefully that phase will pass.  Are the trolls of Norway the vampires of America? Is this such a fascination to them as we are obsessed with Bella and freakishly pale Robert Pattinson?

As mentioned earlier, Hans is trying to keep the existence of trolls a secret from the people of Norway by the order of the government.  But what if we do encounter a troll?

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What’s the penalty for diving in Tekken?

Busquests.  Ronaldo.  Robben.  Yeah, Neymar is going to fit in (if he doesn’t already) really well with this group.  These are some of the best divers on the planet on the pitch.  During this weeks Confederations Cup match between Brazil and Uruguay, Neymar gave us a dive for the ages. Not only was it blatant, it was quite comical.  Walter Gargano was shielding the ball from Neymar when Gargano seems to elbow him in the face and Neymar acts like he got shot.  But his punishment was not met with a yellow or red card. It was met  with Street Fighter style ass whooping!

Sony @ E3 Rapid Reaction

(ed.note: Here are viciouspjurahead’s unfiltered thoughts from watching last night’s Sony E3 keynote)

 Will Sony unveil the box? Will Uncharted 4 be announced? Will the new PS4 be able to a full kidney transplant.  All of these questions are now answered now that the Sony presentation is finished. here’s the good, the bad, and the super badass!!

-Gaming platform first. Good job.

-System wide sharing is positive. Being able to help a brother out in a jam.  Anyone wanna beat Final Fantasy 13-2 for me?

-Bit of a long delay here. Oh god. I missed it. Sad face. Oh ok, i didnt miss it. I was welcomed with the sounds of Ni No Kuni.

-During the opening video I thought I saw the actual console.

-Started off with the Vita. Seems like Sony is really pushing for the Vita to be a success.  I didnt know the amount of apps it has on it.  Makes it almost a mini iPad mini.

-Walking Dead: 400 Days announcement. Followed by a video of The Last of Us and Beyond: Two Souls.

-GT6 looks just beautiful? Nothing else needed to say about it.

– Sleek design.  And looks relatively lightweight.

-Now we are getting a look at the games.  The Order seems like a game I can do without but the Killzone game looks absolutely amazing. And it’s a launch title so double bonus.

– I think it’s safe to say that the look of games will no longer be in questions. It will most certainly come down to gameplay and what you’re exactly looking for in a game.

-Did Xbox even show us any independent games?

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Final Fight

EA Sports today..er yesterday..( a bit late sorry) released their 3rd and final video highlighting the improvements made to the latest installment of the NHL Franchise.  This one highlights the newly implemented Enforcer Engine, created for use in the Fight Night franchise.  These fights now have a 3rd person perspective and it will use a physics-based punch targeting.  Player size differentiation, user-controlled celebrations afterwards, and damage that remains through the entirety of the game round out the litany of changes.  EA announced that NHL won’t be coming to any next-gen consoles.  Is this a bad thing? Maybe not.  I don’t know how many next-gen titles people are going to buy right off the bat. You can only play one game at a time right?  EA is doing the smart thing here.  Put all your energy into this generation and make it an awesome experience.

Now that all three videos are available, here is a classic fight starring the great Patrick Roy facing off against Chris Osgood.