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How to beat General Cross in Rage 2 – Full strategy

I started playing Rage 2 two weeks ago. I wrote my initial thoughts piece about it the same week it came out. I posted my thoughts just as I reached the leveling part of the game for your Dagger faction in order to progress in the story.

My initial opinions of Rage 2 were positive. You can read the entire rundown about the beginning of the campaign in my previous blog – I’m playing Rage 2 and… (review).

Update:

The grind of leveling up the faction allies was fine. It’s what you can expect. The level requirement to continue forward with the main story was level five for Lily, Marshall, Kvasir, and Loosum.

After you reach level five with all of the Dagger allies, you can continue with the main campaign. You end up fighting with General Cross, the leader of the Authority before the final boss encounter.

Boss Fight:

It’s a complete fake out. It seems like you are in the final boss fight, but it’s actually the fight before the final fight.

Cross is a bullet sponge at first, but then a cool mechanic kicks in where you need to destroy his tech to stop his immunity.

Quick Tip:

In between killing the enemy mobs and shooting at Cross, you need to shoot the tech hanging from the machine.

That allows you to go straight for Cross. However, he was baiting us all along. He was only buying time while he prepared his new clone body.

Do you know what this situation reminds me of? The Sixth Day. Not plot-wise, but the way Cross keeps cloning himself to make himself “better” and transferring his memories into a different host in order to take over the world. That reminds me of the ending of The Sixth Day.

Cross ends up getting away in his new clone body, but we acquire his old head as a DNA sample to help Dr. Kvasir. Kvasir makes the Nanotrite serum to stop Cross from being able to clone himself.

The Authority Stronghold and Final Boss:

The final mission of Rage 2 involves infiltrating the Authority stronghold and killing General Cross. That’s the main goal. There are two parts to the break-in. The first part involves driving and the second involves going through mobs of enemies in a mini maze on the way to Cross.

This part felt a little unnecessarily prolonged, but I understand why it was there.

When you finally get to General Cross, he activates his gigantic body ogre beast extension. There are three phases to the fight. The mechanics mirror the same actions that you use to kill the regular ogres throughout the game.

Phases:

  • Shoot the blue pods off the ogre’s arms
  • Kill Mobs
  • Shoot the blue pods off the ogre’s shoulders
  • Kill Mobs
  • Shoot the blue pod in the ogre’s face

Be mindful:

  • Pay attention to your ammo. It will run low or out on you in this fight.
  • Use your overdrive wisely. It will save you when you are in a bind.
  • Watch out for the ogre’s eye-blast. It will kill you.

After you finish the encounter, a cut-scene makes our player character stab Cross in the eye with the Nanotrite Virus and it infects us as well.

Lily comes to save us and it seems like the player character is probably going to die from the virus.

Roll credits

Dr. Kvaris is able to save us somehow. We wake up to all of the Dagger allies telling us there’s still work to be done and then we are inserted back into the open world to finish up side-missions and level up factions.

Final thoughts:

General Cross’ entire plan was to wipe out humans and replace them with clones. Our mission was to stop the creation of said clones and kill Cross because he killed Lily’s mother. In the process, I think we saved the world too.

That’s a pretty straight forward goal.

You have the option of keeping the game going after you finish the main campaign. And if you are like me and only did the minimum leveling for your Dagger allies so that you can move on with the story, you have plenty left to do.

The gun play feels great in Rage 2. It’s fast-paced and the combat is the best part. It’s a pretty solid and entertaining game.

One Punch Man S02, E08 | I need a hero! (review)

The Resistance of the Strong episode was the best of the season. We only saw fierce adversaries and highly motivated heroes. Saitama has just run away because he’s been discovered as an imposter and then everything that should have happened three episodes ago begins.

Spoiler’s ahead.

During the award ceremony, the administrators of the Martial Arts Tournament decide to finally tell the attendees that there are monsters ravaging the city. This news doesn’t cause as much of a panic as you would think. Maybe that’s because moments later a bunch of crow monsters landed in the center of the fighting stage.

Perhaps everyone got away.

A select few of the participants and the tournament were rounded up to face Gouketsu, a Threat Level Dragon monster. He was once a human, but after being defeated by a monster he was taken to their lair. Goukestu consumed the monster cells and realized his ultimate power.

Remember in the last episode, Gouketsu destroyed Genos.

The monsters have formed the Monster’s Association similar to the Hero Association. And their objectives are as follows.

  • Create terror among humans
  • Secure a hostage from the Hero Association
  • Turn significant humans into monsters.

So, Gouketsu’s only goal is to turn every martial arts participant into a monster. A lot of them decide to do it out of fear and instantly get taken down. This goes with my previous opinion that becoming a monster does not mean you are going to be the best. If you are weak-minded before you turn, you’ll still get wrecked.

Choze, who was beaten last week in the semi-finals by Saitama decides to eat the monster cells and puts on a good showing, but Suiryu puts him down with little effort.

Goukestu is intrigued by Suiryu’s strength and tries to convince him that being a monster will be “fun”. However, Suiryu says now and commences a one-sided battle with Goketsu.

Suiryu ends up with a broken arm, a crushed spirit, and most of all a crushed spirit. He’s being surrounded by Gouketsu’s hench monsters when he spots Bakuzan.

Yay!

Turns out Bakuzan wants to be a monster because he’s seeing Suiryu and everyone else for that matter get ruined by them. So he consumes at least three or four monster cells and condemns Suiryu to die.

Aw!

It seems like Bakuzan literally bit off more than he could chew because he croaked in and fell to the floor moments after declaring that he’d be the strongest being alive.

But hey, Snek and Lightning Max come back from earlier decimation to help Suiryu fight off the henchman. It was a very awesome moment!

Ready to face Gouketsu, Max, Snek, and Suiryu get ready to fight. They even tell Suiryu to run, because their heroes and they are trying to protect him. Unfortunately, Bakuzan woke up from his food coma and rendered all of them helpless.

Here’s where it gets interesting. Everyone is laying on the floor passed out pretty much except for Suiryu. Bakuzan proclaims victory and Gouketsu is pleased to accept him into the Monster’s Association. However, Bakuzan thinks he’s the strongest creature alive.

While all of the monsters are being summoned back to the lair, Bakuzan resists and attacks Gouketsu. Goukestu quickly knocks him and states that Bakuzan may be Threat Level Dragon, but he is still not stronger than him. He’s not even stronger than many other monsters or Class S heroes for that matter.

My theory written above confirmed!

Gouketsu shares the hideout location and tells him to find them when he is ready.

Feeling a bit taken back because he realizes he’s not going to be the strongest, Bakuzan decides to kill Suiryu. He breaks his legs, squashes his body, and tortures him until he screams, “I need a hero!”

This episode is truly about Suiryu, the Resistance of the Strong. After all of his smug talk in the last episode about heroes being worthless and using his strength for his own gain, Suiryu is screaming for a hero. Who comes to the rescue? One Punch Man himself, Saitama!

I can’t wait for this fight next week!

Last episode: One Punch Man S02, E07 | Saitama vs. Suiryu

One Punch Man S02, E07 | Saitama vs. Suiryu (review)

The last two episodes of One Punch Man have been ramping up. I’m having a lot of fun this season even though Saitama has been a non-factor in the Monster Apocalypse that is happening for the entire season. But, things are about to change.

Spoiler’s ahead

The monster’s are overrunning the city, and while the Class S heroes are doing their best to hold on to the city and save its citizens, it is proving to be tough for a lot of them. The only Class S hero that seems to be consistently taking down monsters who are Threat Level Dragon is Tatsumaki aka Terrible Tornado.

Tatsumaki even tells one other Class S hero, Flashy Flash to start acting like his rank because he couldn’t take down a Kraken with ease.

Meanwhile, Saitama, still disguised as Charanko, is prepping for the semi-finals of the Martial Arts Tournament verses Choze, a self-proclaimed perfect specimen. After some boasting, Choze is taken out by Saitama with one punch in the middle of a yawn.

The Holy Order of the Sword is contemplating whether they should involve themselves in the hunt for Garou or let Master Bang and Master Boom take care of it.

During this conversation, Hagiri, a member of the Holy Order, decides to convince his fellow samurai to consume monster cells as he did and surpass their human limitations. However, Atomic Samurai and the others were not easily convinced like Hagiri. This resulted in Atomic Samurai slicing Hagiri’s head off with one swipe.

I noticed that just because you consume the monster cells, does not mean you are guarantee impossible strength. Maybe the person will get a power increase, but that doesn’t stop them from being easily defeated if they were weak before the transformation.

Saitama vs. Suiryu

Finally, Saitama (Charanko) and Suiryu are announced for the finals of the Martial Arts Tournament. Saitama is still being portrayed as the underdog despite convincingly beating all fo his appointment with one punch!

But okay.

Suiryu attacks Saitama with a barrage of kicks that cause his wig to fly in the air. They finally stop for a moment to discuss what they really want out of this tournament.

Suiryu brags about wanting fun and money. Saitama wants to experience Martial Arts and win the cash pot. So Suiryu offers to give Saitama an experience in exchange for a fun fight. It’s a deal until Suiryu starts to criticize Saitama for wanting to be a hero.

Honestly, Suiryu only pointed out what the story has shown thus far. Besides a select few Class S Heroes, a lot of the heroes we come across in One Punch Man are heroes in name only. They haven’t been able to be very effective. But, one could argue that these heroes have heart. For example, Mumen Rider has a lot of heart despite his ineffective fighting skills.

During this fighting match, Suiryu had been faking kicks and blowing Saitama’s wig up. Usually, Saitama could keep the wig on his head. But, he was so annoyed at Suiryu’s remarks that he left the wig come off.

“If all your after is fun, don’t get any stronger” – Saitama

Saitama throws a punch with an intentional miss at Suiryu. The wind from the punch rips Suiryu’s gear to pieces.

As a result of the wig coming off, Saitama is disqualified. The air punch terrified Suiryu and he began to attack Saitama to prove he was better but ended up being knocked out to a hip bump.

Saitama deduced that Martial Arts is, ” just moves that look cool” and ran away so that he wouldn’t be detained by the tournament security.

Though it wasn’t an official lost because of Saitama’s disqualification, Suiryu still acknowledged his own defeat and first loss while sitting in the crater his body created when it hit the wall.

Meanwhile, there’s a new Dragon Level Threat monster in the city. He destroyed Genos and is heading to the Martial Arts Tournament.

Review: One Punch Man S02, E06 | The Monster Uprising

Game of Throne season 8, episode 6: Jon Snow’s fitting end in the war for the Iron Throne

Last week, after Daenerys completed her transition from a doe-eyed chain breaker to a fire-eyed mad queen, I asked a few questions. The most important question regarding Jon Snow and his relationship with Daenerys since the events of “The Bells”.

The Question:
Is Jon now going to be compelled to get closer to Daenerys so that he can calm her down or will he be compelled to overthrow her because he’s seen her destructive capabilities?

Spoilers ahead

Jon Snow, Daenerys, Game of Thrones season 8

It turns out, my theory of Jon having the power to change Daenerys was not completely incorrect. I stated that due to his inability to provide a physical representation of his love to her, she decided to choose fear instead of opting to use love to gain power.

Daenerys burned down King’s Landing and destroyed Cersei and Jamie Lannister in the process and also murdering women and children. But, that wasn’t enough for her.

In the opening moments of the episode, “The Iron Throne”, Daenerys promises both the Dothraki and Unsullied that the war is not over and that they will break the wheel of the world.

This prompted Tyrion denounced his hand of the throne title and having already betrayed Daenerys by freeing Jamie, he was taken prisoner. During his imprisonment, he told Jon that Daenerys had to be killed because she turned into a tyrant.

It was Tyrion’s words that compelled Jon to approach Daenerys and ask her to change her approach to world domination. Unfortunately, Daenerys’ words made it all too apparent that she would continue to kill innocent people on her climb to victory.

Jon once again professed that she was his queen and with a passionate kiss, he stabbed her in the heart.

Shame.

While Jon’s hesitation to be with Daenerys may have contributed to her going mad, he used that “power of love” to comfort her to her death. She was literally begging him AGAIN to be with her and he believed that things would only get worse so he ended her life.

Drogan, Daenerys’ remaining dragon, senses her death and flies to her aide. Instead of attacking Jon who is holding her dead body, he burns down the Iron Throne symbolizing how futile the fight over the throne really was.

I did not see this coming. It came so early in the episode and it was so unexpected. Plus you find out later in the episode that Jon doesn’t flee the country. He’s imprisoned by Grey Worm and the Unsullied for killing their queen.

I usually try not to criticize creative decisions. However, I’m surprised Grey Worm didn’t kill Jon on the spot. Jon killed Daenerys and Grey Worm has been mourning the loss of Missandei. I would think that alone would be enough to take Jon out on site. They didn’t even fight. But he stayed a prisoner until the ladies and lords of the seven kingdoms were called to a meeting.

Grey Worm actually played a huge role at the end of the story. He brought Tyrion to the meeting where Tyrion was able to suggest a form of democracy to determine a new king or queen for the seven kingdoms.

The group ended up choosing Bran the Broken as the new king because he holds the stories of their history. And judging by Brans comments that he only came to King’s Landing to be king, I’m thinking he saw this coming.

Even Sansa reluctantly gave her approval, though she and the North will stay an independent nation because we all know Sansa was not about to let the story end without being some sort of queen.

Another thing I did not see coming was Tyrion making it through Daenerys’ rather and becoming the hand to Bran the Broken. So Tyrion Lannister is now going to be an aide to the king once again. He’s the only Lannister that made it through the Game of Thrones.

The real victors of the Game of Thrones turned out to be the Starks. Sansa ends the series as Queen of the North because she won’t bend the knee even to her brother. Arya opts to head west of Westeros and discover the world. Bran is the king and he rules that Jon will go back to the Knights Watch as punishment for his crimes.

I guess it was fitting that Jon ends up where he’s most comfortable, back in the North. He’s reunited with Tormund and Ghost. To be honest, sending him to the Night’s Watch does not seem like much of a punishment because technically if the whole Night King situation hadn’t happened he would still be there anyway.

Honorable mention to Brienne of Tarth. She went out of her way to finish documenting Jamie Lannisters life in the White book of Names. The final words she wrote about him were that he died fighting for his queen. Grey Worm also took the Unsullied to Naath like he promised Missandei. I thought that was sweet.

And that’s it. Game of Thrones is over.

Catch up with all the previous recaps using this link.

One Punch Man S02, E06 | The Monster Uprising (review)

Spoilers ahead

Not a lot happened in this weeks episode of One Punch Man season 2, episode 6: The Monster Uprising. We didn’t see Garou in the main story though he did make a quick appearance after the end credits.

As someone who is enjoying the anime and not relying on the manga content to compare events, I am still waiting for Garou to actually be an ally to the heroes. I’m only convinced because of the way Saitama is.

So far all season, every time someone meets Saitama and witnesses his massive strength, it makes them turn over a new leaf. I’m seeing a recurring theme (King, Blizzard even Sonic if you think about). It could be possible that Garou won’t end up being Saitama’s nemesis, but a great ally.

Back to the main story of this episode.

The Martial Arts Tournament is still going and Saitama’s opponent is Bakuzan. At this point, Bakuzan is painted as a super strong and intimidated character. He convinced the tournament holders to keep the matches going after they found out about the monster uprising outside the walls.

Mind you, the entire reason for Saitama joining the tournament was to experience Martial Arts and earn the money pot at the end. So Saitama tells Bakuzan to show him Martial Arts. But after Bakuzan almost takes off Saitama’s wig, he gets an uppercut to the face and ends up in the ground outside the ring.

Meanwhile, Genos is outside the walls of the tournament being the awesome character he’s turned out to be. He’s once again answered the call of the Heroe’s Association and is saving civilans while destroying monsters.

Fubuki aka Blizzard’s fight continues with Do-s. At this point in the fight, all of Blizzard’s team is under Do-s’ mind control and Blizzard is trying to fend off her attacks. Do-s wants Hurricane aka Tatsumaki (Fubuki’s sister) to come and fight her. But, Do-s wasn’t strong enough and Hurricane’s attacks forced her and the other monsters to fall back.

Back at the tournament, we find out that Suiryu is actually kind of a jerk. During his fight with Sneck he taunts him and pretty much tells him that despite his efforts, he sucks. He also admits that he doesn’t practice and he’s only interested in money. This is the complete opposite of Sneck who works really hard at being a hero and is still subpar. Sneck still tries his hardest and gets knocked down with one shot from Suiryu.

Shame.

However, because of his cockiness this episode, I am really looking forward to his match up with Saitaima!

Last weeks episode: Review: One Punch Man season 2 | Zakkos is some weak sauce

Review: John Wick Chapter 3 – Parabellum

Watching John Wick Chapter 3 – Parabellum was such a treat. It has to be one best action/ martial arts films that I’ve seen for a while. In my opinion, John Wick 3 has outdone its predecessors and set up a need for the continuation of John’s story. I won’t spoil the entire story. But, minor plot points will be discussed below.

Minor spoils below

I will say that the adjudicator was the most annoying character in the movie. She represented the High Table for the duration of the film. I was waiting for her to get her comeuppance, but it never came. I’m sure she’ll pay a price in the next film.

Laurence Fishburn returned in this film as Bowery King and his charisma was cool and cocky as always. The adjudicator paid him a visit to judge him for helping John in the previous movie. He had a few parts, but his place in the film was definitely key and foreshadowed another sequel in the John Wick series as well.

Ian McShane also returned as Winston the manager of the New York Continental with Lance Riddick as Charon. I honestly did not see their heel turn coming. But after the adjudicator committed to taking the Continental away from Winston, a power play had to be made.

The best part of the film to me was the first act. We meet up with John 20 minutes before he is going to be excommunicated from the assassin community. He’s running around trying to tie up loose ends. It’s the audience and John until we’re interrupted by an assassin trying to jump the gun and claim the bounty early.

It’s non-stop fighting, non-stop action, and full of gasping moments that make you feel the pain John is inflicting on his enemies.

Eventually, John makes his way to his destination and meets up with a few old comrades. A few help him out of obligation and a few help him by force. But despite the High Table sending every assassin in New York City after him, John Wick makes it to Casablanca and pleads with the head above the High Table to spare his life. John ends up trusting someone he shouldn’t and it costs him big time.

I really enjoyed this film. Keanu Reeves and the rest of the cast must have been really committed during filming because I was able to suspend disbelief with no issues. A lot of times action films have something jarring happen that removes you from immersion. But, I was invested in the entire film.

Halle Barry and her puppies fit so well. It reminded me of a video game, John Wick being your player character and Sofia (Halle Barry) being the NPC that comes in super overpowered and with help from assassin dogs.

All of the fight scenes were so good and brutal. Marc Dacascos, known as Zero in the film, swapped between comedic, traditional, and serious attitudes seamlessly. He added a new dimension to the film that I was not expecting.

I was expecting to enjoy John Wick Chapter 3 – Parabellum and it fully exceeded my expectations. This film set up the continuation of the series without making it obvious from the beginning.

The Flash S05, E22: Is the legacy of Team Flash disappearing? (review)

There were some tearful moments in The Flash season finale, ‘Legacy’. I was hoping for a future Trunks moment like in Dragonball Z. I expected Nora West-Allen to help her dad defeat Cicada II and stop the Reverse Flash from getting out of his time period. After all of that was done I thought she’d go back to the future and after a teary-eyed goodbye, Iris would reveal that she is pregnant.

However, that’s not what happened. It was actually a pretty gloomy episode and barely anything went right for Team Flash. Feel free to go watch the episode before you read any further because I am going to mention spoilers.

Spoilers ahead

In the season finale of The Flash, my entire theory was blown to shreds except for one thing… Eobard Thawne also known as the Reverse Flash became the main villain for Team Flash once again.

What I didn’t expect was for him to get away. We find out in the story that Eobard used Nora to alter the timeline and cause destruction of Cicada’s dagger to the sole key to his freedom. The destruction of the dagger is also the only thing that will save all of the meta-humans on earth from being destroyed.

The dagger ends up being destroyed and Cicada II disappears leaving little Gracie awake from her coma and headed for a new life.

But at the end of the day, Nora was being played from the beginning and it ended up costing her, her very existence. After some villainy exposition from Eobard Thawne, Nora starts to crackle and disappear. Thawne tells Barry she can survive if she goes into the Negative Speedforce like before. However, Nora doesn’t want to live like Thawne and decides to disappear instead.

This entire ending was a shock. Sherlock went back to his earth and Joe West became the captain of Central City Police (apparently the old captain already knew Barry was the Flash but never said anything until he promoted Joe).

But most importantly, Cisco made a very rash decision. After almost getting killed by Cicada earlier in the season and going through an identity crisis about who he is and how he can find love with meta-human powers, he told his girlfriend about Vibe.

She was so understandable. I thought the crisis was averted. But no, after he has a clear huge part to do with almost taking down the Reverse Flash, he decides to take the cure with the help of Caitlin.

Vibe was such an intricate part of Team Flash and he may still want to be helpful from the lab like Iris, but what happens if Cisco wants to quit the team altogether?

Lastly, the biggest change came at the very end of the episode.

The whole purpose for Nora coming to this time was to help fight Cicada and stop her dad from disappearing. Well, it turns out that Nora’s interference has actually changed up the timeline.

In season 6, the Flash will supposedly disappear. A newspaper article popped up on Gideon’s diaplay wall showing 2019 is when the Flash disappears during the crisis. So, Nora’s interfernce effectively sped up Barry’s disappearance.

Bummer.

I thought this season was going to end with some happiness, but it was a lot of gloom. Will next season start off the same way? Will Team Flash be trying to pick up the pieces or creating new ones?

Game of Thrones season 8, episode 5: The real reason Daenerys goes mad

Last night I watched my suspicions about Danerys come true. Usually, when she does something so destructive there is a clear reason. It just seemed so out of character. In fact, everyone seemed out of character during ‘The Bells’ episode and it left me, Jon Snow, and a lot of other viewers confused.

As always, I suggest you watch the episode in full because spoilers are below.

Spoilers ahead

Let’s start at the beginning of the episode. Lord Varys made it known last week that he planned to put Jon in position to be king of the Seven Kingdoms. He has a rightful claim to the throne, but more specifically because he has the better temperament to lead and people like him so they will follow.

Okay, that makes sense. Daenerys’ actions have been questionable lately and based on the trauma she’s dealt with (losing her dragon, Jorah, and Missandre and Jon not returning her affections), she is a bit unstable. She hasn’t given herself time to mourn and she isn’t making decisions with a sound mind.

But here is where I get lost.

Tyrion sees Varys confront Jon about being king and instead of going to Daenerys and saying some people know and advising to take actions that give confidence that she is better for the throne, he goes to her and says Varys betrayed you.

Tyrion at this point knew Daenerys was on her breaking point. Yet he actually gave her a reason to kill Varys. He’s been handling his duties all wrong causing her not to trust his judgment, which she tells him in episode 2 of this season. Tyrion made another bad call which acted as her stepping stool to burn Kings Landing to the ground later in the episode.

That being said, I really think Jon could have stopped all of this from happening. How? We all know how. Daenerys has been trying to be intimate with Jon for the last two weeks since she found out they were relatives.

Incest clearly makes Jon uncomfortable which is why he’s backed off of her that way. But, a man knows when his woman is about to go off the deep end.

Jon clearly knew or had assumptions that she was unstable and instead of trying to talk her off the ledge, he reaffirmed his loyalty to her. He also told her he loved her. But, once she tries to get close he shoves her away.

Which made it worse because in Daenerys’ mind if you love me then you should be intimate with me.

Jon’s inability to show her affection based on reasons (she’s his aunt) is the real reason why she burned Kingslanding to the ground.

Jon, it’s all your fault. Your inability to return her love is the reason she’s gone mad.

In Daenerys mind, she knows the people will follow Jon because they love him and she thinks that she is only feared. She tells Jon this and even though he doesn’t want the throne, it’s inevitable.

What if Daenerys decided, once she heard the bells of surrender ring from the castle, to burn it all down so that there is nothing left to rule.

It’s clear that at this point she’s lost the ability to reason, she doesn’t trust her advisors, and without Jon’s affections, she doesn’t feel loved. So now, burn the kingdom down, let the pieces fall where they may, and start fresh.

Other notes:

I can’t believe Arya is not dead! She literally was trampled by horses, smashed by a falling building, and engulfed in Daenerys’ fire while trying to escape Kings Landing. But, she is still alive.

I was not expecting Cersi and Jamie to go out like that. I thought Cersei had more of a plan, but I guess not. She went out like a mouse. It was a little sad though once the end came for her and Jamie.

Also, Sandor ‘the Hound’ Clegane and Gregor ‘the Mountain’ Clegane finally settled their odds going out in dragon fire. They had a cool exchange before it was all over with during Clegane Bowl.

My questions:

Is Jon now going to be compelled to get closer to Daenerys so that he can calm her down or will he be compelled to overthrow her because he’s seen her destructive capabilities?

What happens now that Kings Landing is destroyed?

What role will Sansa and Bran play in the story now that Kings Landing is destroyed?

Is Arya going to kill Daenerys for her actions?

Arya claimed that she was going to kill the queen. Maybe now her attention is drawn to Daenerys. Also, apparently in the television series Daenerys has green eyes, but George R.R Martin’s books explain that she has purple eyes. Hopefully, that’s not used as a workaround to let Arya kill her.

I guess we’ll see in the final episode next week.

Game of Thrones season 8, episode 4: Is Sansa right about Daenerys? (last weeks episode)

One Punch Man season 2 | Zakkos is some weak sauce (review)

Spoilers ahead!

One Punch Man season 2 episode 5, The Martial Arts Tournament”, continues with the fight between Metal Bat and Garou (The Hero Hunter). They actually have a really good exchange and Garou expresses that Metal Bat stronger but he’s beaten down. Garou takes advantage of Metal Bats exhausted state and knocks him out.

Metal Bat does get one last shot at Garou but his little sister stops the fight. If she hadn’t Garou’s head would have been bashed in. But in order to save her brother, she tells Garou that his family has a rule about violence in front of her. Garou backs off.

I’m beginning to think he has a moral code after all. The only time we’ve seen him pull back during this series is when there is a child present.

Meanwhile, the cities monster threat level has raised from Dragon to Demon. All classes of monsters and heroes are fighting in the street. The Blizzard group does show up but we don’t see Blizzard or her group fight anyone yet.

The Monster Association wants to recruit Garou but he says no. This is weird because his main focus is to be classified as a monster and when he gets the invite, he rips it up and says, “No Thanks”.

He could have been because the monsters inviting him looked terrible and he could clearly beat them. Plus his goal to beat the Class S heroes seems more important to solidify his status versus just getting invited to a group.

My only question is about the Martial Arts Tournament. I’m sure the news of a level Demon threat in the city would travel fast. But, no one in the stadium seems worried about the chaos in the streets.

There are several heroes in or around the tournament that could be useful in the fight against the monsters (including Suiryu, Genos, Snakebite Snek, Bakuzan, and Saitama disguised as Charanko) but they are fighting for honor or watching the fight.

Why aren’t there any rumblings in the stadium that suggest the participants will fight out about the carnage in the city? Shouldn’t the Hero Association be pulling all resources?

Centichrono is still suffocating the city and neurotoxins are spreading. It seems like something they would do.

We do find out the Master Boom and Bang are still hunting Garou and helping out in the field. As a result, they pulled out of the tournament as judges.

But we still find Saitama ready to fight against Zakkos. Both Charanko and Zakkos are classified as weak so they will fight against each other. But because Saitama is actually disguised as Charanko, he beats Zakkos with less than a chop.

The best part of this episode was the tournament announcers excitement when Zakkos went down. They tried to explain it away and then the announcer basically said, “Zakkos is some weak sauce!”

Best moment of the show.

Next week I assume that the crowd favorite Suiryu will meet up with Saitama. After seeing his chop to Zakkos he identified that Saitama as the strongest competitor. However, he is overlooking Bakuzan who is specifically gunning for him.

Review: One Punch Man season 2 | Metal Bat (episode 4)

Zero Hour Mission: My loadout and strategy to beat boss room- Outbreak Perfected(Destiny 2)

Ask me how many times I ran ‘Zero Hour’ before I finally found the perfect loadout combination, with the perfect amount of luck in the jumping puzzle, and the greatest optimism from my teammate.

Between May 8th and May 9th, it took 10 times to finish the Zero Hour and finally receive the Outbreak Perfected!

Loadout
I ran a Warlock because I knew I was going to be a mess if I tried to use my hunter. My loadout included top tree Nova Bomb, axion dart grenades (I contemplated switching to scattered but I didn’t), Skull of the Dire Ahamkara and strafe jump (the best decision I ever made for the jumping portion. It’s more controlled than any other Warlock jump).

I used Go figure (with Armor piercing rounds, hip-fire grip, and high-impact reserves), Arc Ikelos_SMG_v1.0.1, and One Thousand Voices (very helpful at the boss if you are lucky enough to have ammo).

My clan mates were both Titans. The only thing I know for certain one ran solar hammers with melting point and Whisper of the Worm (he did have the catalyst) and the other ran void shield with Arbalast.

Strategy
Initially, I used Riskrunner because of the Arc Shanks shields and a void Edgetransit, and sniper as a primary but I found myself running out of heavy ammo fast and that’s not good for the boss room. After I switched it up, I was still able to get rid of the arc shanks using Ikelos and I had to rely on my teammates or my grenade to break the void and solar shields.

My Nova Bomb focused on the servitors. If timed right, you can blow up the servitor and the shanks around it, get your super back because of Skull of the Dire Ahamkara, turn around and kill the next servitor and his shanks as well.

My teammate used Whisper of the Worm to post up and snipe the Walker Tanks that spawn after the servitors. In our case, after the Walkers neck opened he was able to get critical shots off while we used our sub-machine guns to shoot into the neck or clear ad mobs.

We did shoot the boss periodically throughout the encounter leaving him at half health by the time the final Walker was almost down. I used my Nova bomb and emptied One Thousand Voices into ton the boss, while the solar Titan used his hammers to clear ads/minions, and then the void Titan used shields to finish off the Walker tank.

We finished the encounter with seven seconds left.

It was satisfying.

Tr3-Vr tips:

In the Tr3-VR room, never leave a man behind. If one person gets left behind in the room, and the other two teammates go to the next elevator room, Tr3-VR will box the room off and will instant death the player left behind every time. In my experience, there is no way to get out of that room alone.

The best thing to do is split off going left and right to spread out the room and make Tr3-Vr chose which way to go.

Whoever is fastest could run alone. If two are running together and Tr3-Vr is coming, find a cubby hole in the wall. One person should stay out of the cubby, one person should stay in the cubby. Let Tr3-Vr satisfy its blood lust, DO NOT respawn, just wait for the revive.

If two people try to sit in a cubby, one will die and have to respawn because their ghost will get stuck up in the wall.

Worst case scenario, you need two people in the room to make it out alive.

Overall thoughts:

This mission was fun. My clan mates and I had a great time playing through it. After we beat it, we went in to figure out the Heroic mission course. We figured that out so we plan to finish that soon as well.

Game of Thrones season 8, episode 4: Is Sansa right about Daenerys?

On this weeks episode of Game of Thrones, The Last of the Starks, we finally confirm that Daenerys has lost her mind. I’ll be focusing on her mostly in this review. Make sure you watch the episode before you read this because of spoilers.

Spoilers ahead

Two weeks ago I suspected Daenerys was losing her mind. This weeks episode confirmed it. Daenerys has undergone a transformation that makes it hard to recognize her as the person we met years ago.

Throughout the episode, several things happened to Daenerys that have contributed to her becoming more like the ‘Mad King’, and because of that Sansa is right not to trust her.

First, when Daenerys sat at the head table during the funeral and life celebration with the Starks and Tyrion everyone was having a good time. She named Gendry Lord of Storms End.

Nice right? Not exactly.

Tyrion points out that Daenerys is only doing this to gain a forever grateful Lord who will serve her. She’s not celebrating with everyone who just went into battle with her, she’s playing politics.

Sansa overhears them and I think ultimately this is why she doesn’t trust Daenerys. Sansa doesn’t think she’s as pure of heart as she tries to come across as.

Secondly, Jon and Daenerys have a moment alone when she basically reaffirms her love for him despite reasons. Jon seems uncomfortable at first but then starts confessing his love too.

All good right? Wrong!

The only way Daenerys sees their love continuing on is if he keeps his claim to the Iron Throne a secret. She wants him to keep his truth a secret from his sisters and swear his brother and best friend to secrecy.

Huh?

Does love not prevail over everything? Daenerys is basically insecure about her ability to win the love of the people of Winterfell because of the way they reacted to Jon after the battle. But Jon has always been that person to his people. Especially with what he’s gone through up to this point.

Plus, come on Daenerys get over it! Every girlfriend feels out of place the first time they visit their boyfriend’s parents house and the sisters always make them feel uncomfortable. That’s just my honest opinion.

Jon ends up revealing the truth to his siblings by letting Bran tell them. Here’s the question. What is Daenerys going to do now that the truth is floating around?

What is she going to do when she finds out that Tyrion and Varys know? How will she react to Jon?

Third, Daenerys loses her dragon Rhaegal and best friend Missandei within days of each other. And when Missandei is beheaded by the Mountain her last words are ‘Dracarys’!

I can’t fault Daenerys for going off and wanting to kill Cersei at this point, because that was her best friend and Grey Worms love. Of course, she’s going to be hot blooded.

Even though she definitely brought this on herself because everyone was tired and injured including her dragons after the battle with the Night King and the White Walkers.

Ultimately, though I disagree with telling Tyrion about Jon Snow’s heritage, Sansa is right that Daenerys is not trustworthy. Daenerys’ mental state has changed drastically since the beginning of this season.

No amount of love and devotion from Jon is going to change her direction. And no matter how hard Tyrion tries he won’t be able to steer her away from self-destruction.

We start off seeing everyone in mourning after the great battle between the living and the dead.

Game of Thrones season 8 episode 3: Winterfell for the win


One Punch Man season 2 | Metal Bat (review)

The latest episode of One Punch Man kept the narrative of the hero hunting monster, Garou. Apparently, as a child, he routed for the evil monsters instead of heroes during their battles on television.

In my review for the last episode, I briefly mentioned that Garou could be misunderstood. Perhaps something happened to him and it made him turn to crime. But, I was proven wrong. He legitimately just liked monsters and wanted to be one.

Fast forward to the present day and we find out that he massacred Master Bangs dojo. So I was wrong, Garou is not turning out to be a sympathetic misguided character.

I always look for the light.

Meanwhile, Saitama is all set to enter the martial arts tournament as Charanko. He’s approached by one of Charanko’s former classmates who turns out to be a complete conceded meathead named Sour Face.

We did learn some important information about Garou. We find out that Garou was defeated and expelled by Master Bang after he went rogue. And we also find out that Sour Face quit the dojo after being defeated by Garou.

This season should be called One Punch Man: Saitama drops knowledge because once again he gave some great soul searching advice. Sour Face was in the middle of insulting Charanko because he was beaten up by Garou, but Saitama calls Charanko brave for going one on one with such a strong opponent.

Of course, Sour Face is so arrogant that he vows to defeat Charanko if they face each other in the tournament.

Back to Garou, he meets up with the little boy who owns the almanac and they discuss a few more heroes before the city issues a warning for a monster and hero fighting.

This turns out to be Class S hero, Metal Bat verses Monster Centichrono. Metal bat is giving everything he has because he’s fought Monster Centisenpai already.

Garou has no regard and challenges Metal Bat to a fight before he even finishes with Centichrono.

No regard for the 1v1.

I could be wrong, but I am still waiting on a saving grace for Garou.

As the episode ends, Metal Bat and Garou lock up.

Last weeks episode: Review: One Punch Man season 2 The Human Monster / The Hunt Begins

Game of Thrones season 8 episode 3: Winterfell for the win (spoilers)

I watched 98% of Game of Thrones season 8 episode 3, The Long Night with my mouth slightly ajar because there were so many moments of anticipation, frustration, unbelief, and brilliance.

Last week, I was able to point out specific things that stuck out to me in my blog Game of Thrones season 8 episode 2: Daenerys we have a problem. This week I was pretty much stunned the entire episode. With that being said as always, I advise you watch the episode for yourself before reading. I won’t hit everything, but I will talk about most things.

Spoilers ahead

Initially, when the episode began I was filled with dread. In my head, everyone was going to bite the big one and then as soon as I saw Sam that pretty much confirmed he was going down first.

BUT THEN…

Melisandre showed up with her lord of light chants and lite the Dothraki swords on fire. Honestly, Melisandre played a huge roll in this war. I figured out that with her help it would be Winterfell for the win.

The Red Woman with the assist.

However, the episode actually started to ramp up and of course the Dothraki got run over by the Night King’s army of the undead and that’s all folks.

The Night King made me so mad the entire episode! In theory, Daenerys and Jon’s plan should have worked. Two dragons should be able to overwhelm one dragon dead or alive. But, the Night King decided he was going to bring a huge snow storm with him which made it easier for him to thrive on his dragon in the fight.

Did we know that he could conjure snow storms?

Eventually, the Night King fell off his dragon and hit the ground and Daenerys called out “Dracarys”!

I knew it wasn’t over but she was convincing.

Mind you the war is raging on and Sam, Jorah, Brienne, Jamie, Tormund, the Hound, Gendry, Beric, Grey Worm, and Arya are just stabbing and scratching to stay alive. I started to swell up with tears. But the best part of the fight was when Beric realized Arya was better than all of them.

Let’s stay with Arya for a moment. She shined like the beautiful butterfly assassin that she is. There’s a moment when the Hound is frozen and hopeless and Arya is tearing through the zombies. Eventually that does catch up with her though.

Okay, back to the Night King.

Jon Snow’s only mission is to kill the Night King. When he finally gets a chance the Night King initiates the biggest cheat code ever! He just raises a whole new dead army.

A WHOLE NEW ARMY!

He raised so many dead people that they started falling out of the sky. But he was too smug and that was his down fall. He finally got to Bran in the garden.

Bigger spoilers ahead

Sadly Theon Greyjoy didn’t make it. He fought brave though and I think he really redeemed himself. Jorah Mormont and Lyanna Mormont both went out in a blaze of glory. Edd died being a protector. Beric and Melisandre both played a crucial part in setting up the final act before they died.

Here’s where the Night King messed up. He was so blood thirsty to kill Bran that he missed an important another Stark.

ARYA! Arya for the win!

Arya legit blind sided the Night King and stabbed him in the heart! He broke into a million snow flakes and his army just dropped dead again! It was amazing!

I did not see that coming.

This episode was so good. I didn’t even talk about everything. I’m still trying to wrap my head around half of what I saw. I am surprised the Bran didn’t keel over after Arya stabbed the Night King. I guess that theory about them being connected is on the shelf for now.

Is the Night King really dead?

Probably.

Serious Questions:

Bran is still alive, so Cersei is next at least in Daenerys’ eyes. So will Bran be this huge cheat code to help them take Kings Landing?

Jamie is still alive, so will he flip back to Cersei’s side now that the Night King is dead? Or will he bend the knee to Daenerys?

What other threats can Bran see coming?

What about Jon and Daenerys? Does that even matter at this point

What happens next?

One Punch Man season 2 episode 1 | The Hero’s Return (review)

Oh Saitama, how I’ve missed you and your nonchalant attitude.

I finally watched season 2 episode 1 and I was not disappointed. The show started off a bit slow, but it’s the season opener so that makes since. Then again, we left off in season 1 will a lot of excitement.

At the end of last season, Saitama put almost every hero to shame when he climbed aboard a spaceship and punched through the entire invading crew only to meet a final boss, Boros. He had to dial down his power so that he could have a half decent fight. He had one more fight with Pluton, but finishes him off with one punch.

Back in season 2, we find Saitama and Genos grocery shopping when a huge robot villain shows up. He’s not worried about them though. He wants to test his might against Class S hero, King.

King is a fraud and a clueless Genos begins to fight in his place!

Here’s the thing, Saitama figures this out on his own and follows King home. Apparently, he attracts danger and has never fought in his lift. In fact, Saitama has saved him in the past and that’s how he recognizes him. King has been running from villain fights his entire life. He ends up admitting that he takes credit for other peoples victories because he can’t stand up and face his lies.

This is why Saitama is so cool. Instead of making King (or any of us watching) feel bad about not standing up and taking responsibility for our actions or inaction, he tells him to step up or step off.

In a nice way.

Saitama pretty much says, do you want to be a hero? Because if you do, now is the time to start training and get strong to be the hero everyone praises you as. But, if you are to afraid, just face that and admit it to those who believe in you.

Pretty deep stuff.

Oh yeah! Genos triumphs over the evil robot man and visits his doctor to scavenge the parts for his own upgrades. Plus, there’s a meeting a hero HQ asking villains to help fight the inevitable attack on the earth. Sonic says no off course because he wants to fight Saitama. In the same instance we fight out Fubuki is looking for Saitama as well.

I’m looking forward to next week!

If you are interested in catching up, Hulu has all of season 1 available dubbed and simulcasts every week.


Opinion: XS has the best story on The Flash season 5

Every week I tune in to the CW Network to check in on Barry Allen and friends to keep up with the episodic events going on in the DC CW Universe.

And you know what? Season five has been a little lack luster with sparkles of magic.

Spoilers ahead.

I know you’ve heard that before, at lease the lack luster part. But, it didn’t start that way. We met Cicada in a big way. Watching him kill countless meta-humans for what seemed to be sport. Then we found out it was because he and his niece were negatively affected by the Enlightenment brought on by DeVoe. Plus, he almost killed Cisco!

Cool right? Not the killing of Cisco part, just the premise.

Somewhere in the middle of the season things became a bit confusing. Team Flash started going on a big goose chase for Cicada and honestly it felt like they were chopping wood on a never-ending tree.

Even with the help of Dr. Wells number 10. They didn’t have any real leads or ways to find him. And if I’m honest, Cicada wasn’t even the real story this whole time.

It’s been Nora Allen all along! But we knew that ever since we found out she was working with Eobard Thawne.

My question is, why was that a back story? That is the story I want to see. I don’t even care about Cicada’s niece becoming new Cicada from the future.

Dr. Wells has tried to find out what Nora’s been hiding all season and he finally put all the pieces together during the most recent episode titled “Time Bomb”.

Barry, Iris and the rest of the team stood there as Wells explained all the dirt. It was so sad to watch Barry tear up.

A father’s love … am I right?

Now episode 18 of season five will air on April 16, 2019. I really, really want to see more about Nora and why she hooked up with Thawne to begin with. It’s honestly the most compelling story all season.

Sure they have to catch Cicada, but what about Nora’s redemption? How will her parents, Barry and Iris, forgive her!

I need to know!

How about you? Are you looking forward to flushing out more of Nora’s shady story? Would you be more interested in Cicada’s niece being the main focus?

Feel free to comment in the space below.


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