Power Rangers Megaforce – A Mega Show for Mega Fans!

Power Rangers Mega Pose

Saban returns this year with the adaptation of TOEI‘s Tensou Sentai Goseiger, in the form of Power Rangers: MegaForce. After officially rebooting the franchise with Power Rangers: Samurai and Super Samurai in 2011 and 2012, respectively, Saban is gearing up for a similar status with Megaforce and thus far it is delivering full on.

Power Rangers Megaforce Power Clip

I may have over done that title. Either way, I’d say it fits. So I recently got time to get caught up in Saban’s latest iteration of Power Rangers and honestly I’m quite pleased. After Power Rangers Samurai and Super Samurai, both of which I enjoyed quite a great deal, I was unsure how the new Megaforce would play out, seeing as Megaforce is also where the Great Legend War arc happens. However in this universe (the Saban Universe) it is called the Mega War.

Every time we get a new Power Rangers, we get a whole new cast filled with antics, this time around we get some pretty interesting characters. In Megaforce we have Andrew Gray as Troy Burrows, the Megaforce Red Ranger, John Mark Loudermilk as Noah Carver, the Megaforce Blue Ranger, Christina Masterson as Emma Goodall, the Megaforce Pink Ranger, Ciara Hanna as Gia Moran, the Megaforce Yellow Ranger, Azim Rizk as Jake Holling, the Megaforce Black Ranger.

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Honestly while I cannot comment on their overall character arcs and development as only eleven episodes have aired while I am writing this article, I can say the show, while feels more kid-friendly than Samurai, has quite and interesting approach to character development and building. The actors do quite an impressive job with their respective characters and their characters in-show attributes. A notable event I’d like to mention is the fact that, the rangers out of battle and out of ranger form abilities come into play, while I know there is probably evidence of this outside of Megaforce, I missed a couple seasons here and there but regardless its quite a nice addition to characters as a whole.

I’d also like to point out that Megaforce Black Ranger (Jake) has a crush on the Megaforce Yellow Ranger (Gia) (which I may or may not be shipping hard).

Power Rangers MegaForce Cast

The production value of Megaforce is higher than I expected. Usually Saban (and previously Disney) would use alot of footage from the original Super Sentai, this time around I’ve noticed a lot more original footage is being shot for Power Rangers. The even more interesting thing I found was the fact that, this original footage is in places where you’d expect to have Super Sentai  footage. There are instances where you can plainly tell that its two different footage sets, but its much better than previous incarnations.

Aside from the actual Power Rangers, the show’s allies and antagonists are quite something. I personally do not like Tensou, honestly nobody can replace Alpha, so don’t even try, but Tensou’s pretty cool. Also Gosei who is basically Zordon, although Zordon trained him. So Points to Zordon. I like Gosei though, something about him. I supposed its the way he kinda echo’s Zordon.

Power Ranger MegaForce Villains

Power Rangers Villains: Creepox The show’s antagonists are pretty freaking cool. I mean come on, Admiral Malkor, Creepox and Vrak. Just listen to those names, they should insight fear into you! Apart from that though, I like the villans, they have an impressive production value (like all Toei’s Villans)  and they all are pretty bad-ass when you think about it. I personally like Vrak, he just seems so laid back and chill you know. Their weapons are very impressive (blades, scythes etc.) and this time around they attempt to use more than brute force to destroy the Power Rangers. (I know its been done before, I just like it.)

The Zords used in this version is almost just like the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers version. The dragon is even the same and all the particular colours all line up just like they did before, for the most part. However, I like the fact that the Zords can also be used as part of the Rangers weapon, I thought I didn’t like it, but as it turns out, I do in fact like it. The show also uses similar 3D CG versions of combining and calling for the Zords.

Despite what you may think of Power Rangers: Megaforce, its quite a good show, even though its made for children, I can guarantee any fan can enjoy the show. With the rest of season currently on its way, it looks promising, both on the action side, the character development arcs and much more. I can’t wait for it to reach the Mega War.

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Blackberry 10 – Z10 and Q10 – It’s Either Make it, Or Break it!

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Its been a while since anybody ever heard about this ancient mobile. The company behind it, formerly known as Research In Motion, has now adopted its child product as its face. RIM has now become BlackBerry. From the looks of it, it is looking to be a promising venture.

BlackBerry Q10

BlackBerry Q10

I, myself have been a BlackBerry user for many years. So if you feel as though this article is biased, then you need to tell me. But enough of that for now. On January 30th, 2013, BlackBerry unveiled its new flagship phones, The BB Z10 and the BB Q10. These phones were well received by most, with minor, though pressing, issues. Not everyone is as excited as England and Canada, but this phone is well worth a look.

From the developer inside me:

BlackBerry Z10 - Features - Screenshot

BlackBerry Z10 – Features – Screenshot

Its honestly about time that BlackBerry moved away from its Java-based OS. Java is notorious for being less than speedy. Its new OS is based on the QNX system (a UNIX-like OS). It supports App development in the languages C/C++, HTML5, AIR and Flash as well as Java.  The BlackBerry 10 OS, is based off of their BlackBerry PlayBook OS. While it is based on it, it contains alot of differences, both visual and technical.

BlackBerry Z10 Specifications

  • Display: 4.2-inch (diagonal) with a resolution of 1280 by 768 pixels (356 pixels per inch)
  • Keyboard: Touch screen only
  • Memory capacity: 16 gigabytes, expandable with microSD card of up to 32 gigabytes.
  • Price: Varies by carrier, some of which have yet to announce details. Verizon Wireless says it will sell it for $200 with a two-year service agreement.
  • Size: height: 5.12 inches; width: 2.58 inches; depth: 0.35 inch (130 x 65.6 x 9 mm)
  • Weight: 4.78 ounces (135.4 grams)
  • Cameras: 8-megapixel camera on back, 2-megapixel on front.
  • Video recording: high-definition for rear camera (1080p — comparable to the resolution of a 40-inch flat panel TV); lower resolution for front (720p)
  • Battery life: talk time is up to 10 hours on 3G. Up to 60 hours of audio playback and 11 hours of video playback. Battery can be replaced by user with a spare.
  • U.S. wireless carriers: Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint Nextel, T-Mobile and others.
  • Operating system: BlackBerry 10
  • Near-field communications: A chip lets the phone act as a credit card at some payment terminals and share data wirelessly when tapped against some other phones.
  • Availability: In U.S. in mid-March. Varies elsewhere, including U.K. last Thursday, Canada on Tuesday and Latin America by end of March.
Blackberry Q10

Blackberry Q10

BlackBerry Q10 Specifications:

  • Display: 3.1-inch (diagonal) with a resolution of 720 by 720 pixels (330 pixels per inch)
  • Keyboard: Touch-screen and 35-key physical keyboards. Physical keyboard will have back light, with language-specific keyboards such as QWERTY and AZERTY depending on market.
  • Memory capacity: 16 gigabytes, expandable with microSD card of up to 64 gigabytes.
  • Size: height: 4.71 inches; width: 2.63 inches; depth: 0.41 inch (119.6 x 66.8 x 10.35 mm)
  • Weight: 4.90 ounces (139 grams)
  • Cameras: 8-megapixel camera on back, 2-megapixel on front.
  • Video recording: high-definition for rear camera (1080p — comparable to the resolution of a 40-inch flat panel TV); lower resolution for front (720p)
  • Battery life: Not yet announced.
  • U.S. wireless carriers: AT&T, Sprint and others.
  • Operating system: BlackBerry 10
  • Near-field communications: A chip lets the phone act as a credit card at some payment terminals and share data wirelessly when tapped against some other phones.
  • Availability: In some markets in April. RIM’s CEO suggests U.S. release won’t be until May or June.

As it stands, from the Specifications listed. It seems to be powerful. However, recent demos of App running inside of the BB10 showed some what sluggish response. This could be due to the fact that most of these were running in an Emulator on the mobile or the ported code wasn’t optimized.

BlackBerry Q10 Features

BlackBerry Q10 Features

Currently the BlackBerry App World, which is getting an over-haul for the new BlackBerry, also boasts a surprising 70,000+ Apps. However, most of these apps may or may not be optimized for the new BB10OS. So as time progresses we will find out more and more the power of the apps.

From the End-User in me:

This phone is looking spectacular, from its sleek design, to its new User Interface which allows for touch gestures to control many aspects of the phone’s working. The phone also comes with a newer predictive text. Which allows for quicker typing, as over time, BlackBerry promises that the phone will grow accustom to your typing and be able to generate predictive text to match your typing style.

White BlackBerry Z10 - Screenshot

White BlackBerry Z10 – Screenshot

The new BlackBerry 10, also promises to deliver on photos. You would be able to rewind time in pictures to the degree of a few frames forward and backwards, to ensure you get the optimal photos. This is activated by the use of hovering over somebody’s face.

The BlackBerry, like almost all BlackBerrys before it, also contain a speech assistant. From the information gathered the Assistant isn’t as powerful as Siri, but in some cases can perform as desired.

For the business users, BlackBerry also has a switch between Personal BlackBerry and work BlackBerry, in order to keep your digital lives separate.  However, your company must also have the BlackBerry Enterprise Server.

In conclusion:

This phone may not be a must have for everyone, but I am sure it will be able to keep the hardcore BlackBerry users. For BlackBerry users, they should give this phone a hard look, it could be what you want. For the non-BlackBerry users, it wouldn’t hurt to try it out.

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Heart Of The Swarm Characters: Sarah Kerrigan

Top Games For 2013 – The Haphazard’s List For 2013 Games

Well for those of you all who have been following me on Twitter, you all would notice I started a Video game channel a little while back, called ShalWeGame. The channel will also feature an Original Web Series currently in pre-production as well as news and upcoming releases done on a weekly basis.

Please note, since this video is the first of many, it is still rather rough around the edges, please leave comments both here and on the video so I can improve.

Without further a due, here is the video.

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And for those of you all too lazy to watch, please go over the list that follows.

  1. DMC – Devil May Cry – PS3, X360 – 15th Jan
  2. DMC – Devil May Cry – Win – 25th Jan
  3. Fire Emblem: Awakening – 3DS – 4th Feb
  4. Fist Of The North Star: Ken’s Rage 2 – PS3, X360 – 5th Feb
  5. Aliens: Colonial Marines – Win, PS3, X360, WiiU – 12th Feb
  6. Crysis 3 – Win, X360, PS3 – 19th Feb
  7. Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus – PSVita – 26th Feb
  8. Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate – 3DS – 5th March
  9. Simcity – Win, Mac – 5th March
  10. Tomb Raider – Win, Ps3, X360 – 5th March
  11. God Of War Ascension – Ps3 – 12th March
  12. StarCraft II: Heart Of The Swarm – Win, Mach – 12th March
  13. Dead or Alive 5 Plus – PsVita – 19th March
  14. Gears of War: Judgment – X360 – 19th March
  15. Resident Evil 6 – Win – 22nd March
  16. Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity – 3DS – 24th March
  17. BioShock Infinite – PS3, X360, Win – 26th March
  18. Final Fantasy XI: Seekers of Adoulin – Win, X360
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Preview: Pokemon X and Y: Generation 6 Has Revamped And Shall Reign Once Again!

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Pokemon has always been a game that millions flock to at any time of the year, whether you are a hardcore fan or a newbie who just discovered the world of Pokemon, its always a big deal when the new game arrives. A new region, new features, new Pokemon, new evolution, new items and basically new everything. Well usually.

Nintendo has always made it clear, that they won’t be changing the winning formula of Pokemon. However when the trailer for X and Y was made public, the world of Pokemon went bat-shit crazy. Myself Included.

Pokemon X and Y promises much, it promises a world completely bathe in 3D visuals, making the game feel like a 3D RPG adventure game. The battle scenes have also been redone in complete 3D complete with 3D backgrounds for the backdrop. As noted before the game brings the camera down, so you can leave the top-down type adventure out the window!

The game makes alot of bold promises. Only time will tell, time being October 2013, if this game will live up to the Fans expectation.

The Starters

Chespin is the grass type version for this generation.  Fennekin is the fire type and Froakie is the water type. The trailer also hints that it would be dual types.

Pokemon X and Y Starter - Froakie

Pokemon X and Y Starter – Froakie

Pokemon X and Y Starter - Fennekin

Pokemon X and Y Starter – Fennekin

Pokemon X and Y Starter - Chespin

Pokemon X and Y Starter – Chespin

 

 

Preview Conclusion

Pokemon X and Y, is looking like it will be a hit! You should look out for it late 2013.

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StarCraft II – Heart Of The Swarm – Heart Of Mine!

Heart Of The Swarm Characters: Sarah Kerrigan

For those of you who have been following me on my Twitter, you all would know that I am a big StarCraft fan. So much, that I have been playing trying to get on the Pro Circuit. However, that is besides the point right now. A couple days ago Blizzard Entertainment anncounced the release date of Heart Of The Swarm.

Now I cannot do a review of this game, because not only have I not pre-ordered it, but I have not been invited into the Beta. So That’s a fail on my part. So what would this article be about? You mean apart from my necessary Fanboying?

This article will be going and looking at all of the features of the new Heart Of The Swarm expansion pack.  Well at least those that I have manged to keep up with. Prior to Blizzard announcement, they were patching the game insanely every week. So now that has settled down a bit, I will attempt to do a nice little preview for Hazard Readers. (Yes That Is What I am Calling You All Now, welcome :D)

So For those of you all who have been following the StarCraft II scene, you all would know a great deal of this, so you all can just skip to my opinion.

Let’s start with the interface. The new Heart Of The Swarm interface is much different from the current Wings Of Liberty. It looks alot cooler. The whole aesthetic of the intro screen has changed. And to me it looks pretty good. I can’t say i hate it, cause I love it.

The New Units:

There is a lot of new units for each of the new races. For the Terrans, you have the Widow mines, Hellbat and upgrades to the Reaper. Now this I like. I like that they brought back a homage to the FireBat from StarCraft. The widow mines, I don’t really like it. I really hate them. I can tell its going to be really tough to play against it. So while its a good unit, its going to take some pretty sick micro to not die to those things. I also like the upgrades to the Reaper. The ability to to regenerate health and see above clips is pretty interesting.

For the Protoss, they got some pretty sick stuff. From the versatile Mothership Core to the new Capital ship, the Tempest which is a long range siege unit which can attack both air and ground. The Oracle is another flyer with different spells to use. The Oracle from what I have seen is really annoying. But you gotta make use of it. The Tempest is a very powerful unit, and it is a key component of the Protoss late game. The Mothership game serves as a early game harass and defense unit.

For the Zerg, they got a couple of hardcore units. That’s the only way I could describe it, and yes I play Zerg so my opions here are a bit biased. You Have been forewarned.

So For zerg, they got the Viper, a spell-caster, the SwarmHost, a short ranged-infinite spawn siege unit and the various upgrades to the Ultralisk with Burrow Charge.

The Viper and the Swarmhost are mid-early-late game units, whilst the Swarmhost can be used throughout. The end result of the Infestor-Broodlord pretty much still holds here.

I think the Viper is a nice addition, it fills the battlefield as Spell-caster role, and before you think that the Infestor will be replaced, probably not, because come on the Infestor is damn awesome.

The Swarmhost is a short ranged siege unit that in large numbers can do a massive amount of damage for nothing. Literally nothing. So there would be that. The Swarmhost operates on the concept of energy units. So its a good unit to play around with.

The Hydralisk also makes a comeback in Heart Of The Swarm, Blizzard has added an upgrade to the Hydralisk that makes them extremely fast off of creep. So expect to see alot of them now.

So there you have it. That’s a little run down of the Heart Of The Swarm expansion, that I have gathered watching all of the matches online. I look forward to the expansion when it comes out March 13th, 2012.

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Preview – StarCraft II: Heart Of The Swarm

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I recently bought myself Starcraft II, yes I bought it very late, now don’t judge. I have been playing quite alot, and I have noticed, it is worth the money I paid for it, unlike most PC games. I have been a big StarCraft for quite sometime, not a hardcore fan mind you. So this is a much-needed boost to my fanboy-ism. And since Kerrigan is my favorite character from the first one as well as this one, the fact that she is the main focus of the next expansion of StarCraft II is very appealing to me. Already much hype has been made about the new expansion, and from what I gathered, its only the start.

Heart Of The Swarm is currently in development and is set for sometime in April Of 2012. The new expansion promises additional units as well as multiplayer changes from Wings Of Liberty. The game takes place 2 years after Wings Of Liberty, while the player assumes the role of the Queen Of Blade Herself, Kerrigan., as she regains control over the Zerg Empire.

The Game begins as Sarah Kerrigan in her human form, in this form she attempts to regain her Zerg Swarm while taking down  Arcturus Mengsk, Emperor of the Terran Dominion. Without Kerrigan the Zerg Have split into several fractions headed by various queens.

As it stands the plot is sounding just like Kerrigan. Wicked awesome. The overall plot of the game is shaping up quite nice, and I look forward to seeing how it ends.

New Units For Heart Of The SwarmAs for the games units, Blizzard will be removing 3 of the units from the Wings Of Liberty, and be including 8 new units.  The Shredder, the Battle Hellion, and the Warhound for the Terrans, and for the Protoss: the Replicant, the Oracle, and the Tempest. The Zerg only got 2 new units this time around: The Viper and the Swarm Host.

All Of The New Units For StarCraft II: Heart Of The SwarmHaving seen the new units, not in action clearly, I can safely give it a huge ass thumbs up 😀 All the units are defintly bring new hell to game. While the Terrans will no longer be able to mass Thors (haha :P), the Thor is now an Ultimate Unit, like the Mothership, they will be changing the Thor’s Function and only One will be avaible in  game at a time, and it will be unable to attack air units. The Helion will now have a battle mode, making much more powerful, like the Vikings. The Zerg Ultralisk will now have a charge ability like the Zealot, where it burrows underground and bursts forward. The Baneling will also be able to move while burrowed. The Protoss Mothership and Carrier have been removed. AS well as the Zerg Overseer.

Overall the game is looking awesome, the plot is awesome and the new units are looking amazing. I could handle the fact that Zerg only got two new units, because come on have you seen those things? Overall I will be putting my money out for this game when it comes out, and you should too.

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