AzureAzule27

Joined 02/23/2012

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I just found out about Dune: Spice wars and thought I'd share the video. It's in Early Access on Steam and expected to be released this year according to it's store page. It's described as a 4X RTS. It looks to me like a a cross between Civilization and Command & Conquer. The first C&C came out after Dune 2 and I loved both games. Dune 2 also got a remake with Dune 2000, though I haven't really played it much. Spice Wars looks interesting to me. I'm curious about how it all comes together.

Let me know what you think about this. Are you interested? Do you know the history of Dune and C&C games?


There's a hot new trailer for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and it's awesome! The movie comes out on May 6th. There's a lot in it and I don't want to spoil it, but there is a significant cameo. You only get to hear is voice, but I can't wait to see him! It seems a certain Marvel group will be shown. There's another Marvel character, I can point her out later who she might be.

It looks like this movie is going to tie to WandaVision and What If. I'm not looking forward to one part of it (I can explain later again). The overall look seems to be from what I think is one of the most dramatic episodes. This one should be more obvious.

What are your thoughts? Let me know what you think so I can reveal what I think I saw.

News source: https://www.gamespot.com/articles/did-the-doctor-strange-trailer-just-bring-patrick-stewarts-professor-x-to-the-mcu/1100-6500634/


I just wanted to share a bit of news real quick. The sequel to Chrono Trigger, Chrono Cross (from the PS1 days) is getting remastered as Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition. It's coming to consoles (all three current gen) and Steam on April 7th. Steam has it listed for $20, which I think is great.

I'm pretty much looking forward to this. I played Chrono Cross about two decades ago. It's a Square-Enix (or Squaresoft originally) JRPG with a lot of playable characters. I can't think of much else to say about it, but I did enjoy it.

Check out this link for more info: https://www.gamespot.com/articles/chrono-cross-remaster-the-radical-dreamers-edition-revealed-for-nintendo-switch/1100-6500522/


AzureAzule gives this a solid "Rad" on the Ghost Scale
This is fun, with very few issues, and is well worth your time.
AzureAzule gives this a "Rad" on the Ghost Scale
This is fun, with very few issues, and is well worth your time.
I remember seeing the box I had of X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter long ago around ‘95-’96. That’s what I remember most. What I don’t remember is actually playing it. I think I did, but not for long. In those days I was more into Star Trek and Star Wars wasn’t something I had gotten into yet. However, it’s my understanding that the game is very popular, which is great news for those fans who want to play something just like it with modern graphics.

If you’re unfamiliar, both of these games are star ship shooters. Basically, you fly around in a ship and shoot down others. There are missions, of course, in which you take out certain targets, some easier than others.

Squadrons is interesting in that you get to play both sides of the war. Once you start the story, you start out as an Imperial pilot, but after some time, you (not your character) are a pilot for the New Republic. It goes back and forth like this after a few missions, until the end.

The game isn’t very long. I think the embedded YouTube video I watched said that the story missions take about 10 hours to complete. However, that’s there’s more to this game. Multiplayer is another component of the game. I don’t have much to say about this since there are very few games that I play multiplayer. Apparently you can earn in-game currency and get things for your ship such as paint jobs.

The game does feature HDR and turning it off requires an edit in it’s config file. I just got a new monitor and I’ve tested color/gradient banding and it passed. However, this game is slightly disappointing, because parts of it look terrible, particularly the loading screen. I noticed other players found this issue as well, even an EA ticket is unresolved. I noticed this banding and I tried to resolve the issue, but was unable to. I think the issues I saw were in pre-rendered videos and graphics, thus the banding could be due to compression and possibly the resolution I was playing with (2K I think). The rest of the game looked fine, but a 4K video I saw made it look very beautiful.

I don’t have much to say about this game, perhaps because I played through the relatively short story mode. I did enjoy it although even though it was frustrating at times. I did finally complete it, so I’m done with it (I’m planning to move on to another game in the next day or two).

If you like Star Wars, this is definitely something you’ll probably be interested in. Fans get to finally experience what it’s like to fly an X-Wing or TIE Fighter, but there are other ships, too. You can also fly an A-Wing and TIE Bomber among others. Each ship has it’s purpose. For example, U-Wings serve as support ships, which can fire a projectile at a friendly target to give it a temporary shield. There’s more to them than that, though. Personally, I like the X-Wing and TIE Fighter best, probably because they seem to have the best hull and defense is a priority to me.

One more thing to point out is energy allocation. You can specifically choose to prioritize energy to engine, weapons, and shields. The engine helps improve maneuverability, which is important in not only getting through tight spaces, but also helps give a speed boost. Focusing energy on one of these parts also allows it to recharge faster. However, you can also select a balance, which is the default setting. You can also direct shields to cover a certain side of the ship. So, if you’re running straight into enemy fire, you can focus shields on the front where you need them most.

There are a variety of weapons and weapon types and each ship has two or three components. Lasers are the main one and there are variations to choose from. This also applies to auxiliary weapons like a lock-on missile and also defense against missiles locked on to your ship. However, sharp turns are also effective at dodging missiles.

I'd also like to note there are a couple cameos and a name drop, so I hope you notice them. They aren't main Star Wars characters though.

I managed to get the game for free, I think it was a freebie for Origin at one time. Normally, the game costs $40, which is a bit of a relief since these days games normally cost $60. I’m glad I got it for free, but it might be worth the $40 price tag.

Well, let me know if you’ve played this or if it’s something you’re interested in. Feel free to add me as a friend on Origin. My user name is GregoPeck (big surprise, right? LOL). I’m embedding a good “Before You Buy” video, which gives it a good review. You can play this game in VR as well. The game is available on Origin, Steam, and consoles.


There's an official trailer for Moon Knight. It premiers on 3/30 on Disney+.

I really don't know anything about Moon Knight that I haven't learned from watching New Rockstars on YouTube. Erik Voss has a good video reacting to this trailer and he gives us an introduction to the Moon Knight vigilante. You can watch that video here: https://youtu.be/6XvTE2PYsaI

Marc Spector aka "Moon Knight" suffers from dissociative identity disorder. He has multiple personalities and he doesn't know what he's done once the switch occurs.

I did some quick Google searches to learn more about him and share it with you.

Supernatural abilities: "Over his years as Moon Knight, Spector has also exhibited periodic demonstrations of supernatural powers such as enhanced strength during nights with full moons, prophetic visions and dreams, and the ability to drain another person’s life energies through physical contact." (See https://www.marvel.com/characters/moon-knight-marc-spector/in-comics)

A more detailed look at his abilities can be found here: https://marvel.fandom.com/wiki/Marc_Spector_(Earth-616)#Powers_and_Abilities

He was a mercenary on a mission and nearly died. He made it all the way to an idol of the moon god named Khonshu, who gave him his newfound abilities. You can learn more about him here: https://marvel.fandom.com/wiki/Marc_Spector_(Earth-616)

I'm looking forward to this as I've become obsessed w/ the MCU. I'm only disappointed and surprised that it seems we have to wait almost two whole months for MCU Disney+ content.

What do you think about this show? Are you familiar with Moon Knight? Let me know!


If you haven't seen Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse, this trailer won't make sense to you, so go watch it, it's good. It's sequel now has a trailer, although the release date is October 7, 2022. It's a long way out, so this trailer comes as a surprise, but I thought I'd share it anyway.

I think it's interesting that Sony is exploring the Spider-Verse, which they introduced in Into the Spider-Verse. I didn't think much of it then, because the MCU had barely mentioned the multi-verse, but it's more interesting now that the MCU has gone full blown into the multi-verse. I think it leaves open a great opportunity for the Sony/MCU Spider-Man universe to collide with this Spider-Verse. I think many people are hoping to see a live-action Miles Morales and Gwen Stacy. Sony producer Amy Pascal recently broke the news that Tom Holland is returning as Spider-Man (after No Way Home) for what they're thinking is going to be another three movies. So, maybe the chance for these two universes to meet is possible. There's a deleted scene in Homecoming where Spider-Man interrogates Donald Glover, the Prowler, who mentions his nephew. His nephew is Miles Morales. If you want to see the scene, you'll likely find it easily on YouTube.

I think the "(Part One)" part of this title is interesting, because it clearly means there is going to be a least another part after it. I also found out in the source that Oscar Isaac is going to be playing Spider-Man 2099.

Let me know what you think. Have you seen Into the Spider-Verse? What did you think about it? Is this something you're interested in?

Source: https://www.gamespot.com/articles/spider-man-across-the-spider-verse-part-one-trailer-revealed/1100-6498609/


I've known about this for a while. I've seen other trailers or teasers, but haven't posted anything yet. I'm not sure why, but now's a good time since there's a new trailer with an official release date. Peacemaker streams on HBOMax on 1/13. Peacemaker, played by John Cena, was a character in this year's Suicide Squad movie, which I enjoyed. He's an interesting character and I think this show is going to be interesting. There was a post-credits scene in SS that pointed to this, so this isn't much of a surprise. Well, apparently I don't have much to say about this. I'm interesting in watching it, what about you?


Jurassic World: Dominion was announced some time ago. Since Jurassic World is thus far a trilogy, it helps to have watched Jurassic World and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Of course the Jurassic Park trilogy is likewise relevant. This new trailer footage appeared at the IMAX opening of F9.

They released a short film titled Battle at Big Rock, which is worth watching. It follows shortly after the events of Fallen Kingdom. https://youtu.be/C7kbVvpOGdQ

This trailer looks amazing and I'm looking forward to seeing it this coming summer. Let me know what you think about it. Are you interested? How much do you love these Jurassic Park/World movies?


Check out the new trailer for Spider-Man: No Way Home! It looks amazing! It gives us a clearer picture about what's going on. Peter has asked Dr. Strange if he could cast a spell to make the world forget that he is Spider-Man. Unfortunately, the spell goes awry and it seems it's cause villains from other Spider-Man movies to appear such as Doc Oc, Electro, Green Goblin, Sand Man, and the Lizard. This trailer is action-packed and it seems he even has to fight Dr. Strange. Strange told him that these villains died in their universe fighting Spider-Man and he has to send them back. He doesn't want to doom them again, but he "can't save them all." It's rumored that the other Spider-Man actors are going to appear. It seems the very fabric of the multi-verse is breaking apart. This isn't a big surprise as this is what's currently going on in the MCU, if you've been paying attention to WandaVision and Loki.

The movie comes out next month. I'm very much looking forward to seeing it, probably on opening night. What do you think about it? Are you going to go see it?

I read that Tom Holland is feeling about done w/ Spider-Man and wants to do other things. This is disappointing as I think he's the best Spider-Man ever. I really like Tom Holland. He's said that they should start making the Miles Morales, which I think would be awesome!


Warning! The embedded video contains spoilers for WandaVision, What If, Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki, Black Widow and possibly others. If you're not up to date on the MCU, you might want to avoid it.

Disney+ Day revealed some awesome new shows. There's a lot involved. I've tried to hunt down trailers and such, with little luck, so I've decided to share with you a video (embedded) New Rockstars (my current favorite YouTube channel) posted. Erik covers the announcements and gives some background on the stories and characters involved.

Warning! I'm including things regarding Shang-Chi in the next paragraph. The spoilers are very minor, but I thought I'd give you this warning, in case you haven't seen the movie (go see it!). If you just want to watch the spoiler-free trailer, click the next link.

The She-Hulk trailer looks really cool and she looks sexy! I don't really know anything about her. Mark Ruffalo returns as Hulk in both smart Hulk and Bruce forms. I'm confused because it seems his arm isn't damaged like it was in End Game and Shang-Chi's post-credits scene. Tim Roth returns as Abomination, though we don't see him in the trailer. He appeared in Shang-Chi though with a new look. You can check out that trailer here: https://youtu.be/PFpT5ZkuLlo

There's also a trailer for Moon Knight, which stars Oscar Isaac. I am looking forward to seeing him again. I first saw him in the latest Star Wars trilogy and then again in Dune. I really don't know anything about this character either. Apparently, Moon Knight suffers from Dissociative Identity Disorder. Ethan Hawke is in the show, too, though not shown in the trailer. (As an aside, if you haven't seen him in the movie titled "Tesla," go see it!!) Check out the trailer here: https://youtu.be/iFUZ1wN1ugM

There are new shows titled Secret Invasion, Armor Wars, Iron Heart, Ms. Marvel, Agatha House of Harkness, Groot, Echo, and maybe more I've missed in this list. There's an animated Spider-Man show, too. There's also going to be a Guardians of the Galaxy holiday special.

One thing I'm really excited for is X-Men '97, which is a continuation of the beloved X-Men cartoon we got in the 90's with returning cast members. I really loved that cartoon! Most of what I know about Marvel (before the movies) is from that cartoon. That's probably why the X-Men are my all time favorite super hero group and Wolverine is my favorite comic book character.

Marvel Zombies is another show coming, which is probably related to the What If episode regarding the same topic. This is one I think I'll watch, but definitely not looking forward to. In fact, I wish it'd get canceled as I *hate* zombies! They're over done and in pretty much everything. Sure, they're good fodder for things to kill, but they're disgusting. Can we please get something without zombies?!

Let me know what you think about this treasure trove Marvel is giving us a taste of. I'm absolutely obsessed with the MCU these days and everything Marvel has been giving us has been fantastic! Are you planning on watching any of these shows? What are you most looking forward to?


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