Quake Champions – Early Access Review

There were a few attempts to bring back Arena Shooters into the foreground of the competitive gaming. Toxikk, Xonotic, Diabotical, Warsow and Reflex Arena were more or less decent games but have made little or no impact whatsoever. Hell, even Quake Live that is reworked Quake III Arena has gone seriously downhill in the modern competitive gaming scene. This could indicate one thing: That old arena style is gone. Simple arena combat isn’t that interesting to people anymore, it needs to evolve.  Continue reading

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On Star Wars books – Part IV: When Force Awakened

In this special article I’ m taking the opportunity to review 9 books surrounding the events around Rogue One and The Force Awakens era. It is my assessment as a fan for those interested to tell which ones are more or less vital for reading regarding the Star Wars canon and what kind of secrets do they hold. From Ahsoka novel set after the Clone Wars to Catalyst leading into Rogue One novel to numerous pieces set between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens.
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Rogue One review – A brand new world for Star Wars

While The Force Awakens gave us a new hope for the Star Wars episodes and sequels, Rogue One represented a new hope (pun intended) for the prequels as well as standalone movie stories alike. Can we have separate stories that whether tie some of the episodes or stand on their own, shown on the big screen? Rogue One says yes!  The barrier is pushed and the doors to the expanded Star Wars universe are officially opened for the cinematic experience. As stories are told, the questions will be answered. The first one being: How did the rebels get the plans for the Death Star? Well now you have it. Enter Rogue One: A Star Wars story.
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Star Trek Beyond: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

I honestly can’t remember, have I became a Star Wars fan, or a Star Trek fan first. Ultimately, it doesn’t matter. I’ve seen it all. The good, the bad and the ugly. Now it’s time to explore the Star Trek Beyond and some of it’s aspects. What makes it special, what makes it to stand out or what makes it a downer. The design, the themes, story directions, canon changes & parallels etc. Spoilers incoming. Continue reading

Captain America: Civil War – A development in the right direction

After so many title announcements of Marvel movies throughout the following years one would think that sooner or later some are sure to fail. That still might happen but thankfully, it is still not the case. The new Captain America sequel, Civil War represents a bold new direction made in a right way. A development done right in various different forms… Continue reading

My HearthStone Tavern Brawl TOP 2 adventure

I’ve been playing HearthStone ever since the game released and I enjoy it on primarily on casual level (despite having some of pretty competitive decks). In my eyes it is a game that simply contains way too much luck involved to ever be able to considered as properly competitive. Taking it seriously would be silly if you ask me. It is just for fun, and speaking of fun – the latest Tavern Brawl challenge was pretty crazy. Two cards limit resulted in some of the most overpowered combos this game has ever seen.
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Rogue One – Teaser Trailer impressions and analysis

Finally after so many days and months of being in the dark while others got their glimpses at Comic-Con and other exclusive selected showings, the official Rogue One Teaser Trailer has finally been made available to the rest of us mortals. Here are some of my impressions and thoughts on what I’ve seen in it and how it looks in the eyes of a fan that’s been with this universe ever since the originals. Rogue One reporting in! Continue reading

StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void – Game Review

One of the most complex, dynamic and fun strategy games is finally complete. For all the Protoss fans, this was the one long anticipated. As the shadow of the fallen god Amon falls over the galaxy no one is safe. While the Terrans fight among themselves and the others, while the Zerg is swarming across the galaxy obeying their Queen (still in identity crisis) it falls to the Firstborn to set the fate of the galaxy. Little they know of the future that awaits them as they still struggle to survive and reclaim their lost homeworld of Aiur. Continue reading

On The Force Awakens reactions and what it means for Star Wars fans

The first reactions of The Force Awakens were mostly positive and some even pretty overwhelming. That being said, the backlash and the reactions to reactions further on, were inevitable. A week after the movie hit the cinemas the first analysis and other various media has hit the web. There is plenty of story analysis and interesting fan theories, but there are also some ultimately pointless and attention grabbing videos that are only focused on the negative aspects of the movie which acts like hellbent to ruin it for those who liked it. You can find that same kind of people that comment around the internet and it’s pretty ironic when you think about it, because most of them think they’re smarter for being aware of the flaws in the movie and they’ll gladly let you know that, when in reality, the sole focus on certain aspects of the movie limits them from the bigger picture which makes them ignorant and plain stupid.

I’m aware that The Force Awakens has it’s flaws but guess what – No movie is perfect and certainly no Star Wars movie is perfect. We’re not the fans because we think those movies are perfect, we’re the fans because we like them despite their flaws, because there are always plenty of things that makes that Galaxy Far Far Away for what it is, and we are wise enough to acknowledge that. The Force Awakens is certainly no exception. Continue reading

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Movie Review

There’s been an awakening, and I left the theater dizzy. The impact of this movie is one to be remembered. On the one hand it’s everything the fans were hoped it would be, but on the other hand there’s alot of it to take in, for a single movie. However, the danger is gone. There were so many ways it all could have gone wrong but rest easy because ever since the 80’s the Star Wars is finally a STAR WARS again!

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My thoughts on the 2nd Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer

If the first teaser trailer was missing something rest assured, this one delivered at most. The very first shot is literally like taken from one of my fan fictions. The mighty Star Destroyer crashed, rusted and embraced in the warmth of the dry sand, weathered but not forgotten. Just like some old relic. Better yet, we discover that the desert planet in fact is not Tatooine. Thank the force! Continue reading

Back to the old-school: Quake III Arena

Unskippable cinematic galore, “immersive experiences”, painly uninteresting Quick Time Events, action sequences (called “gameplay”) where half of the work isn’t even made by the actual player. If those new trends in gaming actually succeeded in something that is making me to go back in time when the games were actually the games. For this opportunity, I jumped back into crazy, colorful and frantic Quake III Arena. Continue reading

Enter the Dark Souls

You’re thrown into the merciless world where everything has pretty much gone to hell. The lights have gone out, surroundings are so convincingly dirty and detailed that very realizations of it’s sinister past (as well as the present) sends the shivers down the spine. It’s the place where  you don’t belong and everyone see you as an intruder, something to be removed or used for their deceptive plans. It is the game that, just like it’s setting; punishes the mistakes, actions are permanent and fall is common. It is a strange, challenging and unforgiving game. So what does it makes so appealing? Well… On the one hand it’s just that. Gamers have been waited for ages to finally play something truly challenging for a change, but on the other hand it is also very rich (both in mechanics and content), detailed, mystical and rewarding game in the end that you will remember long after playing it. Continue reading

My thoughts on Star Wars: Rebels

I wasn’t quite the fan of Clone Wars series either, so imagine my surprise when I saw Rebels, which visual style I liked even less. But as a Star Wars fan, I don’t have much of a choice, because there are really few Star Wars things that are now considered a canon, and if anything will influence and tie to the new Star Wars movies and games, it is those things. However, I’m not usually the one to rant, so bare with me as I’m trying to give it a chance and explore the series further.  Continue reading

Getting on Star Wars books & SWTOR

Even before the new expansion and game changes for Star Wars: The Old Republic were announced I started a practice that made playing the game much more enjoyable and informative, useful at the same time. In the times where I’m simply leveling via planetary side quests which can be boresome and monotone sometimes I lower the sounds of the game and play a Star Wars audio book, and as we know, there are quite plenty of them available. Continue reading

About Naughty Dog mentioning Irrational Games in their Anniversary video

During the 30th anniversary of famous game studio which could be pretty much held responsible for PlayStation consoles to be famous – Naughty Dog, the team has released a 50 minute video that is basically a documentary in which they are talking about everything, their team, history, games etc. As a gamer I really appreciate the team that brought us Crash, Jak & Daxter, Uncharted, The Last of Us… However, when they mentioned Irrational Games, the studio that brought us BioShock series, System Shock 2, Thief (by Ken Levine), Freedom Force, SWAT 4, Tribes: Vengeance etc. about shutting down, they’ve crossed the parallels with them later on by basically mentioning how they are more competent, quality studio just because they’ll endure while those did not. It could be unintentional, but definitely seemed that way and was definitely a wrong point to make on a multiple levels because we’re talking about two completely different studios. Continue reading

Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Review

Finally, the Battle of the Five Armies has hit the theaters. Two movies so far were setting the ground for this grand finale. We have yet to see how Smaug’s fiery rampage envelops outside the Lonely Mountain, what will White Council do with Sauron and his dark legions now that they’ve captured Gandalf and the threat is more real than ever, how the big battle of five armies takes the place and what is the fate of our characters. Sounds great, what could possibly go wrong? Continue reading

Completed my work on SF Week 2014

I just finished my visual designs for SF Week 2014 that takes place in Zadar, Croatia. It is a series of lectures and discussions about various fiction related topics and their influence on popular culture. I must admit, this is one of the few opportunities where I really enjoy working and most of the time it feels more like fun than an actual work – that is possible when you work with people who really believe in your abilities. Who give you the only basic information and guidelines that needs to be on it but leaving the rest to you. Basically a freedom to create of it what you want, and how you want to the best of your abilities, and that is really a rare thing.  Continue reading