Avengers: Infinity War is almost ready for your home

Avengers Infinity War

Are you ready to take home The Snap?

Love it or hate it, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has defined how comic book franchises should be shown on screen for the last decade and shows no signs of slowing down.

With the conclusion of Phase 3 not for almost a year, right now the best we have to help pass the time is the home release of Avengers: Infinity War.

While it’s great to see the movie, I am eyeing off the Blu Ray release.  Just like Thor Ragnarok, those special features look like they will be as entertaining as the film itself.

There is about a half hour of featurettes that will explore many behind the scenes topics.  There are approximately 10 minutes of deleted scenes as well which will be interesting to compare with the final cut.  I am interested in the commentary track, watching the scenes play out with the Russo Brothers along with writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.

And the most fun (and probably on YouTube in a couple of weeks) will be the Gag Reel.  Each movie has their own designated jokers, but now they are all together.  This will be hilarious to watch!

What about you?  Are you eagerly awaiting the conclusion of the current storyline next year?   Are will you be watching Infinity War for the first time?  Or are you eagerly waiting to see what Jason Momoa will be allowed to do in Aquaman come December?  Possibly all of the above?

All I know for sure is I am looking forward to stretching out on the couch and enjoying Avengers: Infinity War in all it’s glory come the 15th of August!

Until next time,

JohnHQLD

Kratos Nendoroid, Luke Cage Season 2, and the best film review ever

Nendoroid Kratos

I am not cute, Boy

God of War came out a few days ago, and I think it’s fair to say has been regarded as an amazing experience.

With any successful franchise, there is the marketing.  Always the marketing.  I am guilty of having a few Pop Vinyl Overwatch figures guarding my fridge from on high.

The folks over at Good Smile have had a fairly niche but successful series called Nendoroids.  Basically, think posable Funko/Pop figures for an idea.  And their latest is Kratos himself.

Check out the site here for more images and nab one for yourself – preorders open tomorrow!  Without shipping, they will cost about AUD$50.

Nendoroid Kratos
I'm not cute! I'm fierce and ferocious! And posable!

Luke Cage Season 2 Trailer

I enjoyed Luke Cage last year.  In some ways, not as much as I could have, but it was overall fun to watch and I loved the musical numbers.

Season 2 seems to be taking a more comical approach if the new teaser ‘The Show Off’ is anything to go by.  I am guessing this is showing Luke enjoying both his celebrity and freedom while becoming comfortable with who he is.

While this is fun to see, I can’t see this being a season of television though.  What is coming to turn Luke’s world upside down again?

We will have to wait until June 22 to know for sure.

All reviews should be like this

So I REALLY want to talk Infinity War with people, but a lot of my group hasn’t seen it yet.  But I have got the ‘No spoilers but what did you think?’ question a lot.

For those people, this is the review you should watch before going in. Nothing is spoiled, no vague hints of impending awesome or doom, just a solid piece of journalism.

Honestly, if all film reviews were like this, I would give them a lot more credibility.

I am a huge fan of The Know.  They are passionate about their gaming, and it really shows.  Check out their much more in-depth take on the world here.

God of War, Reiner Knizia, and Avengers excitement grows

Miskatonic University The Restricted Collection Box

The new God of War is out now, and you can listen to the soundtrack for free!

So God of War comes out today.  I will admit, I have been interested in the new setting and story, but not enough to preorder the game.  The last God of War Game, Ascension, I looked at and literally shrugged.  Definitely a case of franchise burnout.

If you don’t know about the God of War series, you play a Spartan warrior named Kratos with a dark history.  He has two basics modes – killing everything on the screen, and not killing everything on the screen.  There are usually some light puzzle aspects to the game, but overall the series has been an excuse for serious levels of violence to be displayed in as much detail as possible.  God of War has serious roots in Greek mythology, and ultimately sees you taking on all of the Greek Gods.

If you don’t know about the God of War series, you play a Spartan warrior named Kratos with a dark history.  He has two basics modes – killing everything on the screen, and not killing everything on the screen.  There are usually some light puzzle aspects to the game, but overall the series has been an excuse for serious levels of violence to be displayed in as much detail as possible.  God of War has serious roots in Greek mythology, and ultimately sees you taking on all of the Greek Gods.

The new game sees Kratos years later a lot calmer and with family no less.  The trailer gives you a good idea of the story, but essentially you travel with your son and try to teach him not to make all the mistakes Kratos did with his life.

The more I see of the new game, the more I am coming around, so maybe I will give the new God of War a go in the near future.

But visuals aren’t the only positive of the God of War series.  The musical score has been amazing through the series, matching some truly epic battles on the screen.  And now, you can listen to the entire God of War soundtrack thanks to Spotify!

The playlist SHOULD work, but the Spotify web app seems to be having some problems at the moment.  If you can’t play anything, you can open the album directly on the link here.

So looking at ‘another’ Cthulhu based game – Miskatonic University: The Restricted Collection.  It comes in a book, which I thought I was cute.  A push your luck card game?  So it should be quick.  Then I was floored to see who had designed it.  A certain Dr Reiner Knizia.

Dr Reiner Knizia is a legendary board game designer.  Even people that don’t enjoy his games generally acknowledge the contributions he has made to the hobby.  The first game that comes to mind is Tigris & Euphrates – a 20+ year old board game that has withstood the test of time to date.

To be honest I started looking for the rules after pledging.  It’s AUD$50ish with shipping and a Lovecraft Reiner Knizia Game.  Sold.

Now, this does seem to go against a lot of advice I have given about looking at what you are buying, ensuring it’s what you expect and so on.  Rest assured, I have had a good look and I am happy I have pledged.

And it really is a pretty simple game.  Miskatonic University: The Restricted Collection has players trying to collect a set of sigils to banish an accidentally summoned monster back to where it came.

The rules are simple, and the campaign is presented in a very dry manner, but it’s worth checking out the Kickstarter campaign page and deciding for yourself.

Miskatonic University The Restricted Collection Box
Not only does this book contain unspeakable secrets, but a game as well
Miskatonic University The Restricted Collection Components
Can you find all the pieces in the library?

Avengers: Infinity War is less than a week away!

Yeah, this is just pure excitement on my part.  If you aren’t already excited, there is nothing I can say here to sway you.  I have my tickets already, but they aren’t exciting to watch.  So I am just going to watch the trailer.  Again.

Only five more sleeps before I see it!