Even more Pokémon announced for Sun & Moon following Gamescom

Gamescom is always a special time as it is the place where we learn in more depth about the exciting games that will be coming to us in 2016/17. There’s always a few surprises up company’s sleeves with the odd game announcement, but the main content is experiencing these new games and hearing more about them. The Pokémon Company have released some more Pokémon for their upcoming titles: ‘Sun & Moon‘ which was to be expected.

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First on the list is a new turtle Pokémon and it is a fire/dragon type. Turtonator is a blast turtle Pokémon with a shell covered in a layer of explosive material and causes major destruction with its move-set. The video shows Turtonator (one of the coolest names) facing off against other turtle Pokémon Torkal and Tirtouga and shows there’s a new turtle in town that is not to be messed around with. Its special ability is ‘shell armour’ and is definitely someone to look out for in the game.

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It’s another crab Pokémon…however this time it isn’t a water type. Crabrawler (not the most creative name, Ron seal deal over here) has the special ability hyper cutter/iron fist and will probably be a stand alone fighting type. It has an interesting colour scheme for sure and will definitely be based off of those crabs that pack a punch. Instead of having sharp pincers this Pokémon looks to have boxing gloves and hates to lose.

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One of my favourite designs I’ve seen so far is Sandygast. It is a sandcastle ghost/ground type Pokémon and could create an interesting backstory to do with sucking people in. It has the special ability called ‘water compaction’ which its evolution also has. Grabbing Sandygast’s shovel will cause you to fall under its control and can cause children to gather sand to build it up.

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Palossand is a very pretty looking sandcastle and is also a ghost/ground type. Its special move ‘water compaction’ raises its defence sharply and is another interesting type combination that is going to prove difficult in the game. Also, this Pokémon has a spinning spade on its head and the ability to control humans to build sandcastles. It supposedly drags Pokémon in to steal their life force…spooky.

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Finally we have Stufful which is one of the cutest Pokémon I’ve seen. It is the base evolution of Bewear and is a small Pokémon that packs a punch. It has the special ability of fluffy/klutz and just adds to its adorableness. However, don’t let its cute exterior catch you out.

As always stay tuned for further Pokémon Sun & Moon updates!

New powerful GX cards coming to Pokémon TCG in 2017

During the Pokémon Championships in San Francisco which started today, Pokémon Company President Tsunekazu Ishihara announced that there will be a new card type, the ‘GX‘ coming to Sun & Moon decks next year.

GX is the latest in special Pokémon card types following on from EX, M and Breakpoint cards. All of these cards are the rarest in the packs and display beautiful designs whilst having special features.

The cards revealed in the promo video feature the legendary Pokémon both games Solgaleo (steel) and Lunala (psychic). When playing the game, a player can only use on GX attack and this could give them an early advantage or pick them up from a major losing point. The benefits of this are the destruction that they cause, but the player will have to think about which move to use and when.

In addition to their GX attack, each card will have up to two attacks and due to their high HP, you might not even need to rely on that GX attack. One major downside to playing these cards is that when defeated, the opponent gets to claim two prize cards which means picking the right time to play it is crucial.

Solgaleo’s special trait (Sol Burst) allows the player to add up to five energy cards from their deck and use however they like. This means big attacks are on the way!

Lunala’s special trait (Lunar Fall) is that a player can knock out any of the opposing Pokémon cards.

More updates on future card releases will be written as soon as they are heard!

Pokémon GX will hit shelves in 2017.

 

Konami releases first post-Kojima Metal Gear title ‘Survive’ at Gamescom

A co-op survival game set in an alternate universe is what Konami have in store for the popular Metal Gear game series. This will be the first installment since creator Hideo Kojima was fired by the company. Kojima has his new game ‘Death Stranding‘ in the works, but what does Konami have hidden stealthily up their sleeves?

The Metal Gear: Survive trailer which was released at Gamescom looks to take a different approach and style to traditional Metal Gear Solid games (which isn’t surprising) and states that to progress through this game and get home, then you will have to work in a team.

This could be a separate timeline altogether but is said to follow Metal Gear Solid 5: Grounding Zeros. The sky appears to be full of wormholes that destroy the supposed main character’s Motherbase. You as the player and your soldier counterparts will have to survive in a harsh terrain that happens to be full of deadly creatures. This is sounding very Resident Evil.

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These soldiers who are part of the mercenary corporation: Military Sans Frontières will have to work together and there’s no doubt that there will be some form of stealth included…I mean it is a Metal Gear game after-all isn’t it? Stealth will most likely include these creatures and avoiding them. The area is full of structures which are not properly formed and contains many biological threats.

The trailer includes but guns, bows and melee weaponry with one arrow looking to be an explosive propeller. The zombie-like creatures which look like they’re out of other game series’ (Resident Evil, Call Of Duty) appear to have a crystal on their head. Maybe this is something the player will have to harvest.

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It looks to be a fresh start for Konami and Metal Gear Solid and trying new elements such as a co-op focused game could go either way with devoted MGS fans. There’s trying something new, and there’s detaching yourself massively from a series that it is unclear whether it could be part of the same series.

The game will be released in 2017 on Xbox One, Ps4 and PC via Steam.

Adam West, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar return for new Batman animated movie

“I suppose you’re only familiar with the new Batman movies” – Adam West, The Simpsons: Mr. Plow.

Well back in the 1960’s in the first televised iteration of Batman there was Adam West (Family Guy) as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin. They were joined by Catwoman who was played by Julie Newmar, Ertha Kitt and Lee Meriwether. Well Newmar, Ward and West will all reprise their roles 50 years later in a new animated movie.

In a fourth wall breaking trailer provided by entertainment weekly, Batman and Robin find themselves in another predicament, strapped to a lunch tray heading to a fiery doom. Batman informs there will be a new movie which causes Robin to exclaim: “Spoiler alert!” It’s all a big trailer, but is still exciting to see original Batman characters appearing in a different role to what they were previously associated as.

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Batman informs us that The Joker, Penguin, Riddler and Catwoman will all be returning to put the Cape Crusader and the Boy Wonder to the test. All of these villains appeared in the original movie. The new movie titled: ‘Return of the Caped Crusaders‘ will be released on Blu-Ray and HD DVD on October 11th.

The fiery death is a giant oven and our heroes are on an American TV dinner tray. This could insinuate that the film will be a straight-to-DVD release and so viewers can watch it at home. Batman uses the hot liquid food to melt the rope tied on his hands to free himself and Robin after using a Batarang. After announcing the new movie, Batman tells Robin to head to the Batmobile and we eagerly await October to hear these classic voices again!

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The original series had a multitude of villains including our favourite feline but there was also The Joker, The Penguin and The Riddler. The series ran from 1966-68 with a movie in 1966.

See the exciting trailer below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pokémon Uranium first look: The PC title we’ve always hoped for or just average? *Spoiler Warning*

There have been many fan remakes of Pokémon games and many ‘fake’ copies released which try to create some new areas and storylines with all the creatures you are familiar with. There are emulators in which you can start with a Mew in the standard game of Pokémon but, what about if someone made their own region and roster of characters from scratch?

Well that is just what a group of people at RPGmaker XP did and it took them nine years to complete it all. Currently in version 1.0, Pokémon Uranium has 192 individual new creatures which have evolutions and the lot. There are also familiar faces as well including Mankey and Magikarp. I played up until the first badge where after you return to the first town to get a feel of the game.

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At first the game starts off like any other would with the Professor, who in this game is Professor Bamb’o, introducing you to the world of Pokémon and the region of Tandor. After learning your name (which doesn’t have a high character count), the game then takes a sharp turn to the back-story of how you got to the city of Tandor. It is believed that the protagonist this time is also older than the usual 10 years of age. Your mother, Lucille, was a nuclear scientist who disappeared after a nuclear catastrophe ten years ago. Your father, a Pokémon ranger, undergoes a lot of grief and has to give you up. You are then sent to live with your elderly aunt in Moki Town and as she gets older, looking after a child isn’t as easy so you are to become one of Professor Bamb’o’s research aids.

In Pokémon lore this obviously means you will be a trainer helping the professor by using the Pokédex to find all the creatures on the island. You are not alone however, as a young boy named Theo whose father worked with Lucille is also going to become a Pokémon trainer. After a quiz to pick your Pokémon, the two of you face off in traditional fashion and then set out on your journey to collect Pokémon and challenge the eight gyms and enter the Pokémon championships.

The game throws a lot at you straight away. You get the running shoes immediately and then it’s straight onto Pokèmon catching and battling without visiting the first town. Getting a Pokèmon is part of a test which asks what kind of trainer you are. It’s a bit like determining what Pokèmon you are in Pokèmon Mystery Dungeon. Depending on your answers can really be a disadvantage at first. I was given Raptorch (there are many clever names) who already knows ember. This being the case, your starter won’t learn wnother move until level 12. So as you can see there are many differences straight away which doesn’t make you drag on the first 10-20 minutes like the mainstream games.

It’s not all a nice, new and amazing experience though. The unsastifactory part of the game is the similarities to other titles. To give these guys benefit of the doubt, I’m not expecting this completely unique game as then it would be too far from the series, but the usage of the same sounds is a disappointment. These guys probably had no budget so it’s understandable that not everything could be new. However, having the same town themes as games such as Silver & Gold, similiar sprites to Diamond & Pearl, Similiar menus to Black & White and a communicatiom system like the second gen is a bit disheartening.

The sounds department is a definite reason why I am disappointed. I feel like new music and sound effects could have been used here and all the Pokèmon could have their own sounds and not a Zubat or Totadile one. A lot of Pokèmon were made for this game and I was expecting it to be like Black & White but, seeing original Pokèmon puts me off a bit. At the end of the day it still seems like a Pokèmon game and I’m more excited to use the new ones anyway. There is a wiki but, I went in blind and was constantly wondering what thpe each Pokèmon was. Usually the names will give some indication.

There are still some traditional elements of Pokèmon with the fact you have the same battle techniques, you have to go through two towns to get to your first and the first gym is pretty simple. However, there has been some nice paint over the game as the towns are a lot bigger which gives more space, design and characters. You also get your first HM from the professor after defeating the gym so there is thzt old game spirit of having to return. The point of that is the region layout and how you will now need rock smash to go in a different direction. There is a lot of humour in the game with what characters say and seeing as this is a fan-made game it is understandable. The first gym leader, Maria, has a stslker who gives you a copy of her key as the gym is locked and she is at home. This is definitely a taboo area for the traditional games and adds a nice spin.

I have yet to come across who the enemies are in the game so I’m wondering how similar that will be. The battle backgrounds are really nice and hou meet around 13 Pokèmon upon getting the firdt badge which is like Hoenn. The sprited could be better but they’re a great try. Raptorch does look like a facebook add for fake Pokèmon games though. It’s also basically the Pokèmon version of Augumon from Digimon. Birbie and Barwel are great Pokèmon to have on your team and I recommend them for good offence and defence respectively. I assume this game will have llts to tell in terms of characters and will surely have some crazy Pokèmon and towns. For a first effort it’s a grest effort thzt can be improved, but for a PC Pokèmon game, I can see myself playing this over and over again.

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Pokémon Sun & Moon updates: getting schooled, surfing Raichu and gangstas galore

Once again Pokémon Sun and Moon have been given another update revealing more Pokémon that were shown in the Japanese magazine last week. They were accompanied by more Alola forms, which look even better and we finally know who our enemies will be.

First off we have some new faces with one in particular having a very interesting design. Wishiwashi is a water type Pokémon and when I first saw its image I thought it had an evolution and was a typical fish addition to the series. However, all is not as it seems. Wishiwashi has the ability ‘schooling’…

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What happens is, when Wishiwashi reaches a certain level it forms a school of itself into a stronger larger version. This obviously changes the game and makes a small fish a worthy contender for your water Pokémon.

The next addition is Pyukumuku which has the ability ‘innards out’ which affects the opposing Pokémon and is a water-type. When defeated , Pyukumuku’s special ability will damage the opposing Pokémon as a last resort. It resembles that of a sea slug and shows that there are plenty of designs that have not been done.

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The final new addition is Morelull which is a fairy/grass type. It has the special ability of ‘illuminate and effect spore’. It is a nocturnal Pokémon that will walk around on its leg-like roots. They are a means of communication and with its spore effect, the Pokémon will burst out its bright light when in danger.

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It was shown the other day that Meowth and Marowak would be getting Alola forms which begs the question on whether Persian and Cubone will have these transformations. Raichu was also announced to have an Alola form where its sprite showed it will be surfing on its tail. Raichu will be Electric/psychic type with the special ability ‘surge surfer’. Meowth (who looks to have a ‘deal with it’ attitude) will be a dark type with the special ability ‘pickup/technician’ and finally, Marowak will be a ghost and fire type with a major update to its boomerang. It seems fitting to make Marowak a ghost-type with its connection to Pokémon Tower in Red & Blue.

Finally, we have found out who our enemies will be in the game. It turns out they will be called ‘Team Skull’. They give a thug/gangsta approach and is an interesting turn around from ‘Plasma’ or ‘Galactic’ and gives the impression these guys might not try to destroy the earth. Team Skull however, has a bone to pick with you.

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Along with this announcement it appears the two main leaders of Team Skull have been announced which includes ‘big sister’ Plumeria and the ‘big bad boss’ Guzma. More will be revealed in the months leading up to the games!

You can tell that that Guzma is going to be trouble, I mean just look at those goggles and that neck chain!

 

Pokémon Sun & Moon: Riding Charizards, Alola forms and Exeggutor fandom

Here we are again with another Pokémon Sun & Moon update with some striking additions to the game and the series in general. Sun & Moon are looking to be some of the most diversifying games yet given certain aspects a completely new make over. So what is coming your way in November?

First off Exeggutor, Vulpix, Ninetails, Sandshrew and Sandslash have all been given ‘Alola Forms’. This means that they look different with all except Exeggutor becoming ice types. Exeggutor becomes a striking palm tree which is part dragon and is quite the monstrosity I must say. Ninetails is Ice/Fairy and Sandshrew & Sandslash are Ice/Steel.I can feel a fandom growing for our grass type friend already.

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Pokémon types stand out a lot in this game as we have seen so far and aforementioned. They haven’t stopped yet because once again there are some interesting dual-types. This reminds me of the Pokémon cards around gen four and five where a Pokémon like Typhlosion and Ampharos were designed as psychic and steel types.

First off we have Minior which is a rock/flying type and has the special ability ‘shields down’. Once shields down is used, the brown look will break off as you can see with the cracks in the image. This will then reveal one of four sprites who could be relevant to seasons.

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Another Pokémon with different looks (which is like what they did with Deerling), Oricorio has four different looks. This time they are based on different types and also have different dances. My personal favourite is the Pom-Pom style which is like a cheerleader. Obviously these Pokémon reflect different dances but adds interesting variety. They will copy other Pokémon’s dance moves as well as their special ability.

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Yoongus has an evolution and that is Gumshoos who is a normal type Pokémon. Already the internet are saying this looks like Donald Trump but personally, it looks like an old man who is annoyed at the younger generation. Gumshoos’ special abilities are Stakeout and Strong Jaw.

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One of the cutest looking Pokémon this list, Mudbray which looks like a donkey, is the base evolution form of Mudslade. It is a ground-type with the special ability Own Tempo and Stamina.

Finally, we have the grass-type praying mantas Pokémon Fomantis and its evolution form Lurantis. Their special ability is Leaf Guard and have a new move called Solar Blade. This looks like a combination of Leaf Blade and Solarbeam.

New additions to the game include riding on Pokémon. This is like Riding a Gogoat or Rhyhorn in X & Y but, apparently this time is a Pokémon service. The Pokémon you can use include Mudslade on the ground, Sharpedo in the water and Charizard in the air. That’s right, you can ride on a Charizard! Character appear to be wearing unique clothing when riding the Pokémon as well. This references early shots of a Blastoise on a vehicle where Pokémon look to be used as services to help people.

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There is a new battle mode as well in the game which is the ‘island challenge’. Here trainers appear to fight off against four different types: grass, water, fire and electric which all have different landscapes and trainers to match. One of those includes the Lush Jungle. After defeating these trainers you will face four ‘totem Pokémon’ which includes Yoongus. These Pokémon will have a high defence and call upon another Pokémon to face you…so it’s two on one. After clearing the trails you are left to face the ‘Kahunas’ which includes Hala who has been seen earlier on in the game.

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Finally, the new addition to the game is a new way to attack. These are called ‘Z moves’ and a Pokémon reacts to this Z-power which is similar to Mega Evolution in X & Y. Pikachu, Rowlet, Popplio and Litten all have these moves and they appear pretty destructive. This includes: ‘Gigavolt Havoc’, ‘Bloom Doom’ (that one is quite cute), ‘Inferno Override’ and finally ‘Hydro Vortex’. I wonder if this will have anything to do with legendary Pokémon Zygarde.

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Pokémon toy maker Tomy announced they will be making a ‘Z-ring‘ toy in relation to the device in the game and will have little pieces for the different Pokémon move types. Like The Pokémon GO Plus, this may interact with the game.

Stay tuned for any further Sun & Moon updates right here!