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  • Going through my Wii U games to make sure that they're up to date, and that the system is up to date. It's tedious (the only way to check for updates is to try launching the game and see if it updates), and it turns out that I haven't really needed to do it so far (there was a system update, and updates for Mario Kart 8, Splatoon, and Wii Sports Club, but that's it), though it has got me wanting to play Yoshi's Woolly World, Pokken Tournament, and DKC: Tropical Freeze.

    It's also got me thinking about missed opportunities for the Wii U. For example, I could see older FPSes like Doom, Doom II, or Star Wars Dark Forces working well on the Wii U, with the Gamepad serving as a way to show the in-game map and a way to switch between weapons using the touch screen.

    In general, I feel like more games could have made use of the second screen, though I suppose the Wii U didn't get many games outside of Nintendo's output. (Out of my physical titles, only about four or five of them are non-Nintendo ones, and two of those had exclusivity deals)
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    I beat Uncharted 1 - hadn't played a game in that series before, and I wanted to beat the first one before the end of the year.

    It was tougher than I expected, even on Easy, and the gameplay was solid third person cover-based shooting, though the characters (or at least Nate, Sully, and Elena - the villains were forgettable) were definitely the highlight.

    I haven't looked into the sequels too heavily, though I know they're an improvement. One thing that I hope they do is include a wider variety of locations - in this game, it felt like a lot of areas blended together.
    I beat Halo Reach through the Master Chief Collection, so I'm 5/6 of the way done. (I just have Halo 4 left)

    Great game, and a lot more impactful since I beat Halo 1 for the first time shortly before playing this, though the ending scene is significantly less dramatic when you can make Noble Six's helmet look like this:

    Just watched Halloween Ends - a definite downgrade from the 2018 movie (almost all of the people of Haddonfield are completely unlikeable, and most of them inexplicably blame Laurie for Michael's rampage - even Allyson, who was sympathetic in the past two movies, is acting odd here, falling madly in love with a budding serial killer and being one of the people who irrationally blames Laurie for Michael's actions), and Michael Myers himself is really underused (he doesn't show up until 40 minutes in, and he barely shows up afterwards, with the majority of his screentime being in the final ten minutes), though I felt like it was a better movie than Halloween Kills.

    The only other horror movie I've watched this October was The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, which was creepy, though the protagonists were unlikeable for the most part. The cinematography was great, though, and I can see why it's stood the test of time.

    I'm not sure what else I'll watch in the next few days. Maybe Scream 2 (I've only ever seen the first one) or Five Nights At Freddy's. (I know very little about the series, so I'd be interested to see what it's like from an outsider perspective)
    Made it to the three-part (edit: my mistake; four part) finale of Gravity Falls!


    This show is up there with Avatar: The Last Airbender/The Legend of Korra, Invader Zim, the DCAU, Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, and the Simpsons for me. It's been a ton of fun, start to finish, and I can't wait to see how it ends.

    EDIT: I just finished it, and I had a great time. Still not sure if Mabel or Stan is my favourite character. So many great moments, but this one in particular had me cracking up laughing.

    I'm hoping to finish up Gravity Falls before November 1st (since that's when Disney Plus is apparently cracking down on password sharing - I don't know if they've decided not to do it given the sheer amount of backlash, but my family's subscription is split between several houses). I'm halfway through season 2, so far, and I'm really enjoying it.

    Plus, I finally have context for this:


    I've just reached what seems like it's going to be a big reveal episode regarding the author of the journals.
    I've been watching more of Doctor Who, going back and forth between the 11th and 4th Doctors, and it definitely feels like Tom Baker is having fun with the role. (mainly because of the big goofy grin)


    I've also started playing Halo 2 for the first time (at the very least, if I have played it before, I didn't get far), and I just made it to the part where the point of view switches to the Arbiter.
    Just beat Halo 1 for the first time! While I wasn't a fan of the driving sections, and there were times where a poorly-timed checkpoint made some sections of the game frustrating since I was stuck with low health or ammo, it felt easier to navigate through the levels than I was expecting. Not sure whether to go for Halo 2 or Halo Reach when I continue with the series, though I'll probably focus on Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom for now.

    Also, Dead By Daylight's DLC based on the movie Alien is coming out tomorrow! I played a bit of the Player Test Build, but I'm looking forward to trying out more of the Xenomorph.
    Just watched my first episode of classic Doctor Who (the parts before the 9th Doctor), Destiny of the Daleks. I had to look up a few things because I was missing context (like who Romana is), but I had a great time watching it. Tom Baker seemed to be having a lot of fun as the Doctor, and I don't know why, but this part got a laugh out of me.


    I've also watched the first five episodes of the 11th Doctor, so I'm enjoying what I've seen of the series.
    With EVO happening this weekend, I'm going to post my attempt at a Marvel vs. Capcom 4 roster, with 18 characters per side. (I doubt we'll get an MvC4 reveal, but I figure we'll get something Marvel vs. Capcom related; I'm hoping for a MvC collection)

    MARVEL

    1. Spider-Man
    2. Ultimate Spider-Man (aside from his Venom Touch and cloaking, Miles can apparently make electricity constructs like lightning swords, so that helps set him apart from Peter)
    3. Wolverine
    4. Storm
    5. Magneto
    6. Iron Man
    7. Captain America
    8. Thor
    9. Hulk
    10. Black Panther
    11. Captain Marvel
    12. Ms. Marvel
    13. The Thing
    14. Doctor Doom
    15. Deadpool
    16. Magik
    17. Rocket Raccoon and Groot
    18. Thanos

    This turned out lighter on newcomers than I expected - just Miles, Ms. Marvel, the Thing, and Magik. Still, going bigger than 40 (20 per side) for the base game seems like a lot.

    CAPCOM

    1. Ryu
    2. Chun-Li
    3. Rashid
    4. Juri
    5. Mega Man
    6. Zero
    7. Dante
    8. Nero
    9. Morrigan
    10. Jedah
    11. Mike Haggar
    12. Tessa (Red Earth)
    13. Amaterasu
    14. Leon S. Kennedy
    15. Jill Valentine
    16. Wesker
    17. Phoenix Wright
    18. Monster Hunter (based on Rise)

    Again, not as many newcomers as I'd like (Rashid, Juri, Nero, Tessa, Leon, though give how heavily Mega Man and Monster Hunter would be revamped, they might as well be new), but it's hard to fit so many fan favourites into here on top of the newcomers. I heavily considered Akuma or Viewtiful Joe, but nowadays, Capcom seems more likely to save Akuma for DLC given that they know he'll sell (see Street Fighter 5 and 6), and I wanted a character from a new franchise. (In this case, Red Earth)

    It turned out lighter than I expected on newcomers and villains, but I more or less just wrote the first idea that I thought of without tinkering with it.

    EDIT: for DLC or some sort of special edition...

    MARVEL

    1. Shuma-Gorath
    2. Venom
    3. Gwenpool
    4. Apocalypse
    5. Squirrel Girl

    CAPCOM

    1. Akuma
    2. Vergil
    3. Lady Dimitrescu (Resident Evil)
    4. Jon Talbain (Darkstalkers)
    5. Asura (Asura's Wrath)

    I figure it's a good mix of veterans and newcomers; I'm not sure if having both Squirrel Girl and Gwenpool in here is a little redundant, but they'd be entertaining picks that I'd like to see.
    I just finished the 10th Doctor's second season in Doctor Who. (Thankfully, "Blink" wasn't as jumpscare-heavy as I was expecting) I'm not much of a binge-watcher, but I watched five episodes back-to-back yesterday. I'm not super familiar with Doctor Who (I only just started watching it recently, beginning with the 9th Doctor), but this season finale brought back a villain who's (by my understanding) one of the Doctor's arch-enemies, and it didn't disappoint. It didn't take long for him to remind me of the Joker.

    I think I've just got one more season to go for 10, but three seasons and some specials feels like a good amount. (by comparison, Christopher Eccleston only had one season as the 9th Doctor, which felt short) I'm not sure how I'm going to continue with the series once I finish this box set - I'm torn between continuing chronologically with the 11th Doctor (Matt Smith), or jumping back to a season from the 4th Doctor (Tom Baker) since at least one of them had Douglas Adams (the author of The Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy) involved in writing it.

    I'm enjoying this series, even if I'm lacking the history to make some of these reveals have the same impact. (whenever an alien threat shows up, or they reference a past adventure that the Doctor's had or some detail about his history, I never know if it's a reference to an earlier episode or if it's just being revealed there) David Tennant brings a lot of energy and joy to the role, along with selling some downright heartbreaking moments - it's VERY different from my first real exposure to him as Killgrave in the show Jessica Jones.
    Megadoomer
    Megadoomer
    Kind of - I got that impression from his manic behaviour, and his obsession with the hero that borders on flirtation at times, and his heavily implied abuse towards the woman who's supposed to be his wife (the woman that he kisses in the first clip has a bruise on her face later, and he's lost interest in her by that point), and the hero's refusal to kill him or let him die. (admittedly, this is my introduction to the Master, so I don't know how true this is of all incarnations) By the end of the three-parter, when he was being held at gunpoint, he looked excited at the concept of being shot. Plus, it seems like simply getting either role is a license for an actor to ham it up.
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    Well this incarnation is meant to be an evil parallel to the tenant doctor so a lot of his behaviour is meant to reflect that
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    The Master in the modern era tends to be portrayed as very much insane. Thus, your Joker analogy isn't too far off. He's an evil genius, but he is completely crazy. The classic era tended to portray him more as a plotting mastermind, often orchestrating traps or trying to defeat the Doctor in games of wits. The closest he got to crazy during that era was when he was literally a rotting corpse during The Deadly Assassin and Keeper of Traken.

    As for returning foes, the only villains in Series 3 he's had a history with in the classic era are the Daleks, Master, and Macra (The Macra Terror was their only appearance prior to Gridlock). Everything else is a modern era introduction. As for prior series, only the Cybermen and Nestenes showed up in the classic era before the modern era (Sarah Jane and K9 did as well, though they aren't antagonists). There may be a few one liners here and there that reference past adventures, but typically a lot of them are just throwaway lines that either are unrelated or don't impact the episode itself, iirc.
    I beat Perfect Dark for the first time! I hadn't played it on the Nintendo 64, but I picked up the Xbox 360 version a while back, and I figured that since the game takes place in the distant future of 2023, now seemed like a good time to play it.

    I played through it on the Agent/easy difficulty, and even though the objectives were vague at times, it never felt unfair.

    There were a lot of things that I wasn't aware of going into this game, but it definitely wore its movie influences on its sleeve.

    Joanna was a fun protagonist, and it's a shame that more hasn't been done with the series because it seems like there's many more stories that could be told with her. (Hopefully something comes of the new game that was announced a while back - I know that Perfect Dark Zero exists, but what I've heard hasn't been positive; maybe I should give the game a chance to see what it's like, but I feel like it would be a step down from the original)

    It has a good variety of weapons (with secondary modes for each), including unlockable Goldeneye weapons and plenty of cheats. The level design usually has enough landmarks to keep you from getting lost, though as I said earlier, it's sometimes unclear where you're supposed to go or what you're supposed to do at times, especially early on. (The last seven or so levels felt more straightforward to me)

    Unlike the Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie Xbox ports, I don't think I'll aim for 100% completion; I'm missing seven achievements, and I feel like I'll only get a few of them. (I only got three of the 26 leaderboard crowns in my entire playthrough, and some of them seem to require absurdly well-coordinated co-op play)

    Still, I enjoyed the game; I don't play many first person shooters, especially single player ones, but despite my initial hesitation to get into the game, I had a blast with it.
    I'm making good progress through Perfect Dark, I think. I'm on the mission where you have to sneak onto Air Force One.

    It has its flaws (the objectives can be vague at times, and there are no mid-mission checkpoints, so one of your AI allies dying at the very end of a mission means that you need to start from the beginning), but I'm having a good time with it, though admittedly, I'm playing on Agent mode (the game's easy difficulty).

    I don't play many first person shooters (I tried Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, and an early mission in Brazil turned me off of the game; I felt like I couldn't even tell where enemies were supposed to be coming from), but I feel like the game has a good amount of weapon variety, especially with the secondary fire options. Joanna seems like a fun character so far, though it's kind of funny that the Rare voice actors made no attempt to change their accents - I get that Carrington could be from Scotland, or Joanna could be from England, but seemingly everyone in Chicago and Area 51 speaks with British accents, which is getting increasingly silly.

    Unlike the other Rare ports on the Xbox 360 arcade (Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie), I'm not going to aim for all of the achievements on this one; completing all of the missions on Perfect Agent difficulty might not be as difficult as I think, but completing every challenge (by my understanding, the enemy AI in the last few challenges outright cheats) and getting every Leaderboard Crown (which are mini-achievements like "complete Chicago: Stealth in 35 seconds", killing 8 enemies with a hidden crossbow, or beating the game under a certain total time) doesn't seem like something that I'll be able to do. I'll get a few of those, but getting all of them seems extremely frustrating and time-consuming.
    I beat Super Mario Bros. for the first time, though admittedly, it was the Switch Online version, so it was more like Super Mario Bros. mixed with the Tom Cruise movie Edge Of Tomorrow since I abused the rewind system. (The game doesn't seem to give you many lives - I only earned three throughout my playthrough - and I'm not great at old school platformers - I died about 35 times in the last two worlds, which were the only times where I kept track)

    I had a lot of fun with the game, even if I had trouble with getting the timing down for the springs in the rare cases where they popped up. There were times towards the end where it really felt like Bowser was throwing his entire army at Mario, which is impressive given that this was one of the first NES games. (Plus, I liked how the castles got more and more complicated as time went on, and I had to figure out how to navigate through them)
    I'm hoping to see the new Mission Impossible movie on my birthday; it's weird to see a new movie come out on a Wednesday, but I'm not complaining.

    So far, this year's been pretty good for movies; here are my thoughts on the new releases that I've seen so far, roughly in order of how much I liked them:

    1. Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 3 - an amazing movie, and the best MCU movie in a while. I got a little choked up at the end, when "The Dog Days Are Over" started playing; James Gunn did an excellent job with making me feel connected to these misfits who started off as D-list Marvel characters, and I can't wait to see what he does with Superman

    2. John Wick Chapter 4 - outstanding, non-stop action with insane choreography, and a great way to end this series. It made me want to look up more movies featuring Donnie Yen, because his action scenes were great in this.

    3. Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse - it felt very much like a "part 1", without a real conclusion (it just kind of stopped), but it was great while it lasted. Gwen got a lot more screentime/development than I was expecting, which was nice, though Peter got less than what I was expecting, which is a shame. (also, Mayday is great - if the comics are going to blatantly change characters/storylines for shameless movie synergy, I wish they'd incorporate her) A solid continuation from the original.

    4. Creed 3 - well-directed by Michael B. Jordan; I was glad to see the Creed series step out from the shadow of Rocky as a franchise and give us a story that wasn't strictly tied to older Rocky movies.

    5. Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny - a solid action movie that gave us a good ending for Indiana Jones as a character.

    6. The Flash - it was a good movie, and I got choked up at points, but it wasn't as definitive of an ending for this era of DC's movies as it had been built up to be, and the inclusion of some post-mortem CGI cameos seemed to be in questionable taste.

    7. The Super Mario Bros. Movie - it was basically what I expected; nothing too surprising beyond Chris Pratt's Mario voice being better than the trailers suggested and Peach being handled really well (I was worried she'd turn into a damsel in distress in the third act, to keep with Mario tradition). Jack Black as Bowser was a highlight.

    8. Transformers: Rise of the Beasts - it was one of the better Transformers movies that I've seen, but that's not a high bar to clear. It was a solid action movie, and the human characters were likeable (which can be tough to do in a Transformers movie), but I'd put it below Bumblebee and the first live action Transformers movie. The big reveal at the end fell kind of flat, and the main highlight for me would be the final battle - I watched Beast Wars as a kid, so seeing the Maximals and Autobots team up was great, even if this movie didn't have the Predacons.

    9. Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania - I get that the people behind this movie didn't want the series to be a palate cleanser any more, and they wanted to be the big dramatic event movie, but I honestly would have been fine with it staying a lower-stakes palate cleanser. With Scott's convict friends, Cassie's mom, and Cassie's step-dad gone, a lot of the movie's heart felt like it was missing, and the movie constantly told us how much of a threat Kang was instead of showing us. (also, the second post-credits scene was a complete waste of time, simply telling us what had already been established a dozen times throughout the movie) The end of the movie felt like it was determined by focus groups, because it happened so abruptly, though it did give Paul Rudd a good closing monologue that book-ended the movie.

    10. Shazam: Fury of the Gods - it was okay. The lack of focus on the kid actors caused it to lose a lot of the charm and heart of the original Shazam movie (Asher Angel did a great job with his limited screentime in this one), and the villains were forgettable, but it still had some funny parts, it was charming, and I'm glad I saw it in theaters.

    As for upcoming movies, the Mission Impossible movies have held up really well, so I figure Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part 1 will follow suit. (though I'm guessing it will end on a cliffhanger) I'm not sure how Oppenheimer will go, but seeing Cillian Murphy in a lead role should be interesting.

    I feel like I'm going to like Blue Beetle more than I liked The Flash (it probably helps that it's smaller in scale), though I feel like Aquaman And The Lost Kingdom is being sent out to die. (it has no advertising, and I'm not sure what they're going to do in terms of the story)

    The Expendables 4 is coming out in September, and while I've generally enjoyed the Expendables series for what it is, I'm tempted to skip this one; it feels like a low budget direct-to-DVD sequel, between half of the cast missing (Bruce Willis is understandable, but it also doesn't have Arnold Schwarzenegger, Terry Crews, Jet Li, Wesley Snipes, or Antonio Banderas, and Sylvester Stallone seemingly has a very reduced role) and the focus on actors who have nothing to do with the premise of the franchise. (the third movie had that misplaced focus to a greater extent, and a PG-13 rating on top of that, but for the fourth movie, the only major cast members who are left are Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, and Randy Couture, and Randy Couture is easily one of the least-interesting people involved in these movies)

    The Marvels should be good; I don't get the hate for Captain Marvel (the movie or the character), and Iman Vellani was amazing as Ms. Marvel. (she really embodies the character)
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    I feel like I'm going to like Blue Beetle more than I liked The Flash (it probably helps that it's smaller in scale), though I feel like Aquaman And The Lost Kingdom is being sent out to die. (it has no advertising, and I'm not sure what they're going to do in terms of the story)
    Personally, I'm going to wait and see how Blue Beetle will be received by critics and audiences and I believe that Aquaman & the Lost Kingdom is currently undergoing reshoots despite having gained a negative test screening which doesn't give me much optimism if it doesn't do well.

    The Marvels should be good; I don't get the hate for Captain Marvel (the movie or the character), and Iman Vellani was amazing as Ms. Marvel. (she really embodies the character)
    I really hope The Marvels will be good too and having watched the Ms. Marvel series on Disney+, I reckon Iman Vellani will once again do well.

    I just think the hate for Captain Marvel is beyond ridiculous even though the first film made over a billion dollars in the box office, those individuals still continue to spin the narrative around on reasons why the numbers don't add up in their view (which I feel they are in complete denial on the film's success.)

    Speaking of the MCU, I really hope to see more of Simu Liu's Shang Chi within other future projects before the character's sequel.

    I will probably give my own thoughts of the films that I have seen so far in for my next post.
    Not sure if I should play Perfect Dark or Super Mario 64, though I'll likely give both a shot in the next day or two.

    Also, I completed Lego Batman 2 100% - I was worried that finding all of the Gold Bricks would get repetitive, but it went much smoother than I expected. (funnily enough, the last achievement that I got was one for beating a mission in co-op mode - due to a lack of normal controllers, I wound up using a Guitar Hero controller for player 2)
    I beat Streets of Rage 4 yesterday; it was a fun beat-em-up, and it seems like there's a LOT of content/replayability, at least when it comes to unlockable characters. (it looks like you can unlock all of the playable characters throughout the series using their original sprites)

    I think I'll try Lego Batman 2 next; not sure how long it'll be if I'm aiming for 100% completion, but I'm about 1/3 of the way through the story going by the chapters. After that, I'll try getting back into Tears of the Kingdom.
    My Xbox 360 can't play original Xbox discs, but there are downloadable versions of original Xbox games, so I figured those would work. As it turns out, the downloadable ones don't work either. (Something to do with the system's hard drive)

    Still, I also picked up Lego Batman 2 and Strider, and I'm enjoying those so far. (Lego Batman 2 has the Danny Elfman Batman theme on its title screen and Clancy Brown as the voice of Lex Luthor, so I'm immediately interested)

    I beat Persona 4 Golden! I liked all of the additions from Persona 4, like costumes, or your inactive teammates helping out once you unlock their scooters, and I had such a great time that I completed the Persona compendium 99%, which I haven't done in the other Persona games that I've played.

    (I'd gladly complete it 100%, but the final Persona seems needlessly time-consuming to unlock - it requires that you get the True Ending and play the game on New Game Plus, which is understandable, but it also requires you to be at level 91 to summon it and your level doesn't carry over into New Game Plus, meaning that I'd basically have to play a 70 hour RPG all over again just to unlock a single Persona. Since I'm playing on the Switch, it would just be for bragging rights)

    Great game, but I think I'll take a break from RPGs - I have plenty in my backlog on the Switch alone (Xenoblade 2 and 3, Dragon Quest 3, an absurd amount of Final Fantasies...), but I'd rather play something like Streets of Rage 4, River City Girls 2, or Blaster Master Zero 3, where it's relatively shorter. Maybe I'll give Sonic Frontiers a shot; I know very little about that one, so it'll be interesting to go in blind.
    I've got an idea for the roster of a Netherrealm-made Marvel game, but I'm not sure which thread would work for posting it in, so I'll just post it here. (under spoiler tags, to keep this page from getting excessively long) I originally planned to have 32 characters, but looking into it, Netherrealm's starting rosters seem to hover between 24 and 28 characters, so I had to get rid of a few.

    Netherrealm games often base their roster around the game's plot. (though not always, as seen with the Joker's inclusion in Injustice 2 - he only appears in the story mode once as a hallucination, and he's long dead by the events of the game, but you've gotta have the Joker) I'd rather avoid the "superhero civil war" trope, as Injustice already covered that pretty thoroughly, but there'd need to be a reason for the heroes to fight each other.

    What I came up with is that Doctor Doom and Kang the Conqueror are having a war through time travel, which is shattering the space-time continuum. This leads to versions of heroes from different points in time (times that they'd rather forget) or alternate universes showing up in the main universe. (it also serves as a justification for mirror matches) Obviously, this would mean that Doctor Doom (1) and Kang the Conqueror (2) would be playable.

    With Doom and Kang in here, we'd need to have the teams that are most famous for opposing them.

    The Fantastic Four

    -Mr. Fantastic (3) - he's Doom's arch-enemy, and he's distantly related to Kang; he kind of has to be in here. (plus, the Council of Reeds would provide a ton of different options for alternate costumes)
    -The Thing (4) - the ever-lovin' blue-eyed Thing ain't about to miss a chance to smack Doom around!

    While I could have included Sue and Johnny, I feel like it's going to be tough enough to fit everyone in here as it is. (maybe they'd be free DLC, or the first characters revealed for a season pass)

    The Avengers

    -Iron Man (5)
    -Captain America (6)
    -Thor (7) - all three of these are mainstays of the Avengers since the silver age, and they feel like they have to be in here
    -Black Panther (8) - he makes for a nice contrast with Doom, and he has history with the Fantastic Four
    -Captain Marvel (9)
    -The Vision (10)
    -Scarlet Witch (11) - all three are regular members of the Avengers, popular characters in their own right, and have plenty of opportunities for evil alternate versions of themselves
    -Ant-Man (12) - specifically the Hank Pym version, though Scott Lang could be a premiere costume like Bizarro in Injustice. Hank's own worst enemy is himself, in more ways than one, and having him beat up his Ultimate version or a version who stayed as Yellowjacket in story mode could be cathartic
    -The Wasp (13) - I feel like Ant-Man and the Wasp are severely under-used compared to the other founding Avengers. To differentiate her from Hank, she could focus on shrinking and flying, while Hank could have a moveset inspired by his Dr. Pym: Scientific Adventurer phase where he grows or shrinks various objects to use as weapons, in addition to his growth powers

    I originally had She-Hulk and Hawkeye in here, mostly for the interactions (and in Hawkeye's case, having a version of him mention the Justice League in a mirror match - Netherrealm is owned by WB, to my knowledge, so I think they could get away with that), but I felt like I was overdoing it with Avengers members, so I cut them.

    There are heroes who feel like they have to be in here, like the Hulk (14) or Spider-Man (15). I don't think I need to explain why they're being included - even if they don't have much in the way of ties to either villain, you'd have to be crazy to make a Marvel crossover without these two.

    However, every single character that I've mentioned so far was made in the 60's; I figure it's time to get some newer characters in this. Ultimate Spider-Man (16) (Miles Morales) and Ms. Marvel (17) (Kamala Khan) are easily Marvel's biggest success stories of the 2000s; I'm sure some people might find issues with there being two Spider-Men, but they've been differentiated enough in other games, with Peter being more tech-focused and Miles having his stealth and venom blast.

    Marvel's got at least one other major earthbound super-team that should be included in here - the Great Lakes Avengers the X-Men!

    -Wolverine (18) - it would be more shocking if he wasn't in here.
    -Storm (19) - aside from being one of the more popular X-Men, I could see there being fun with alternate timelines where she never met Professor X or she let the fact that she was worshipped as a goddess go to her head
    -Rogue (20) - she's connected to Captain Marvel and a character that I'll mention later, and she was previously evil, so an easy alternate timeline is one where she stayed that way. Plus, I could see her having a unique action (like what Injustice characters have) where she pulls off her glove, grabs someone, and if it connects, her unique action is replaced with one of the opponent's powers/skills
    -Magik (21) - I think her powers (summoning demons, the Soulsword, the Stepping Discs) would work well for a fighting game, and it would be pretty easy to make an evil alternate version of her
    -Cable (22) - the heroes need a time traveler of their own to take the fight to Kang and/or Doom; I debated between him and Dr. Strange, but I figured I'd keep the focus on the Fantastic Four, Avengers, and X-Men.
    -Deadpool (23) - he seems like some much-needed comedic relief, especially with She-Hulk and Hawkeye cut
    -Magneto (24) - he'd be firmly on the side of the X-Men, though some of his time-displaced versions could be from the points in time where he was villainous. (if possible, I'd love for there to be a "Welcome to die!" reference in a mirror match)

    While he doesn't seem to be affiliated with any of the other characters (though he was on the West Coast Avengers once), I'd like to include Moon Knight (25) in here - with this game involving time travel, it could be neat to have various versions of Moon Knight in different time periods, since the role is inherited. (there was an issue where Kang fought different incarnations of Moon Knight throughout history, and both Kang and Moon Knight are tied to ancient Egypt)

    The roster needs more villains than just Doom and Kang. We've got a Fantastic Four villain and an Avengers villain, so I feel like it's time to include some X-Men villains.

    Apocalypse (26) has a versatile power-set, and he could serve as a rival for Kang in ancient Egypt, along with a threat in his own right. (and he's got a long, confusing history with Cable) Plus, he'd have some great dialogue.

    I think that Mystique (27) would work well as a villainous wildcard, with it never being clear who's side she's on. Plus, she's a shapeshifter, so there could be some fun with that, and she's got ties to Captain Marvel (seeing as she's Carol's former arch-enemy) and Rogue (since she's Rogue's adoptive mother).

    I'd like to include a Spider-Man villain, since outside of Venom, Marvel vs. Capcom doesn't really use them. Doctor Octopus seems like a natural inclusion, though the concept of someone who can grapple you from across the screen seems like a balancing nightmare. I'll go with Green Goblin (28), who seems like he'd have a lot to work with between his pumpkin bombs, glider, and the fact that he's basically a super soldier.

    While I could stop things here, there's one more character that I'd want to include, since most of his "family" is in the roster - Ultron (29). Aside from being one of the main Avengers villains, and having ties to Ant-Man, the Wasp, Scarlet Witch, and the Vision, a version of him could be reprogrammed by Kang or Doom to serve as a recurring villain along with Doombots and Kang's similar robotic duplicates.

    There are SO many other characters that I wanted to include - aside from She-Hulk and Hawkeye, there's Taskmaster, Namor, Cyclops, Phoenix, Doctor Strange, Squirrel Girl, America Chavez, Shuma-Gorath... I could be here all day, but thirty already felt like it was too much for a base roster for the first game in a series.
    PinkFlare
    PinkFlare
    Honestly, I would cut Wasp (or Ant-Man) and include one of those cut characters. I feel like having 2 shrinkers on the roster, both already affiliated with each other, is taking up room.
    Megadoomer
    Megadoomer
    That would likely make more sense, but ever since watching Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, I've got a soft spot for Hank and Janet, and I feel like they're the forgotten founding Avengers.

    Janet's been neglected in the comics (she got a four issue mini-series by Al Ewing recently, but otherwise, she's been a supporting character at best), while Hank's been dead/fused with Ultron for the past 7-8 years, and they're barely in the MCU or any other media. (Video games, shows, etc.)

    Realistically, I could probably cut one of them or replace them with someone like Hawkeye, but I like them and I feel like they could play quite differently given how they've used their powers.
    I'm nearing the end of the original Justice League series - I'm on Comfort And Joy (a Christmas episode and the only one-parter of the original series), so I've got that, Wild Cards (a 2-parter) and Starcrossed (a 3-parter) to watch before I can begin Justice League Unlimited!

    Admittedly, I was spoiled on the twist of Starcrossed (the Bluray's special features gave it away, and even if they hadn't, it's not exactly a secret at this point), but beyond that and the Joker's involvement in Wild Cards (his last appearance in the DCAU outside of the Batman Beyond movie - lousy Bat-Embargo...), I'm not sure what else is involved in this season.

    As for Justice League Unlimited, all I know is that it seems to focus pretty heavily on Green Arrow, Black Canary, the Question, and Huntress, and I'm not even sure how accurate that is. (what little I've seen of the season on Youtube seems to involve at least one of them) Also, I know that Shazam (or as he was known back then, Captain Marvel) appears in one episode, and J.K. Simmons (the actor who is well-known for playing J. Jonah Jameson) makes an appearance.
    I'm going to get some video game artbooks; I ordered an Okami one with a $50 Amazon gift card (though it's shipping from the UK so it will take about a month to get here), and I see that Udon has artbooks for Devil May Cry 5 and Bayonetta 2. (the shipping costs seem insanely expensive (more than the cost of one of the books), but I just did my taxes, so my return should cover it)

    I'm interested to see behind-the-scenes details about these games, since all three of them are amazing. (plus, the artwork for Okami in particular is bound to be gorgeous)
    Just finished season 1 of the Justice League cartoon; Martian Manhunter and Hawkgirl didn't get as much focus as I expected, but I enjoyed it, it went by quickly, and I'm looking forward to the rest. It made me want to see what a Flash series would have been like in this universe.

    I'm working my way through the special features now, and it's interesting to see what could have been:

    It turns out that my Wii U's gamepad has about five minutes of battery life undocked, and it can't connect to the internet for some reason. (The error code says something about needing to set up a proxy server, whatever that means)

    Still, I played a bit of Super Mario 64 (I used the Wii remote and classic controller); I feel like it's going to take a while to get however many stars I need to get to the final Bowser battle. (I only have 36; I could have sworn I had more than that)

    I've finished Batman: the Animated Series and Superman: the Animated Series, so now I'm ready to watch Justice League! Haven't seen it before, so I'm looking forward to it!
    I beat the Elite 4 in Pokemon Violet! Not quite done the game yet (I still have to go to Area Zero), but this is the first time in a while that I've gotten so immersed in a Pokemon game. (I have Pokemon Y, Sun, and Pokemon Legends Arceus, though I haven't sat down to play them yet - I haven't played through a Pokemon game in full since Pokemon Ruby when that first came out)

    This is what my team wound up being:



    (Tyranitar is Scarlet-exclusive, but my brother has Pokemon Scarlet, so playing online with him allowed me to find Larvitars in the wild and catch one)
    I found the PS4 version of J-Stars Victory Versus for $20, so I picked it up. I'd argue that the roster's better than Jump Force (since it kept comedic characters like Arale from Dr. Slump or Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo from Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo, while Jump Force left those out since it wanted to be more serious), and the intro theme is great, though the intro video itself is definitely one of those cases where it's obviously the time capsule of its particular era.


    Remember when Toriko was treated as though it was on par with Dragon Ball, Naruto, and One Piece? Heck, do you remember Toriko at all?

    (even seeing Toriko in here reminds me of how terrible the ending of that series was. Not the worst manga ending that I've seen, but it was rough following it week by week)

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    While I don't need to expand my RPG backlog, I might pick up Persona 3 Portable and Persona 4 Golden since they're on the Switch. I beat the base game of Persona 4, but I have no idea what was added in Golden, and I only played a bit of Persona 3 (up to the point where the AI controlled party members made the game difficult), so being able to actually control the party will be a huge improvement.

    (seriously, why did they think AI controlled party members was a good idea? They realized they should avoid that back in the NES days!)

    The early access for Fraymakers is out, so I'm going to look into how to get that as well.
    If you could pick one Final Fantasy game to get a remake like what 7 is getting (aside from 7, obviously), which one would it be?

    ...I feel like the answer to this is basically going to be the same as if I had asked "which Final Fantasy game was the first one you played?" (as if to prove my own point, my answer for both would be Final Fantasy 6)
    D
    Deleted member
    6 is the easy answer but I'd personally love to see what they do with 9. 8 could also be interesting
    Megadoomer
    Megadoomer
    osby osby - FF12 and 13 are remakes of other games? I didn't know that. (unless I'm misinterpreting what you're saying)
    osby
    osby
    Nope, I was trying to say that I want them to get actual remakes and not what Final Fantasy VII got where there are significant changes to the story.
    Trying Team Fortress 2 again reminded me of why I loved Team Fortress 2 and why I disliked it.

    On one hand, there's all sorts of goofy nonsense like preventing the enemy team from capturing a point by hiding in a box, or having an entire team of Heavies, or having both teams take part in a massive conga line.

    On the other hand, it feels like my attacks do scratch damage while I die to a stiff breeze, no matter which class I pick. As a Demoman, it takes me five or six grenades to kill someone, while enemy Demomen take away what feels like my entire health bar with a single grenade. Same thing goes for Soldier or Heavy. (though replace "a single grenade" with "a single rocket" or "a few bullets", respectively) I'm lucky to get a backstab in, while enemy spies backstab me in the face.

    Maybe I'm just unlucky, but when a server takes itself seriously, the game can be frustrating. (when it doesn't take itself seriously, though, it's great)
    Perfect Dark takes place in the distant future of 2023, and I bought it on Xbox 360 a while back but haven't played much of it. Since I have a good chunk of the week off, I'm tempted to do that.

    (I'm expecting the depiction of the then-future will be about as accurate as Escape From New York's depiction of the far-flung year of 1997)
    I've been watching Batman: The Animated Series on and off for the past few weeks, and I'm roughly 3/4 of the way through it now. (I'm just before they changed up the character designs to streamline them and make them fit with Superman: The Animated Series) I watched the show when I was a kid, but I only remembered a handful of episodes, and there are a ton of great ones that I didn't get to see. (also, I watched Mask of the Phantasm, which is absolutely phenomenal)

    So far, any episode that heavily features the Joker, Harley, Two-Face, or Mister Freeze has been amazing. Ra's al Ghul's introduction was outstanding, though his later episodes didn't quite live up to that. Kevin Conroy's Batman portrayal is pretty much the definitive version of the character, though that goes without saying.

    It's not perfect - it honestly feels like they didn't know what to do with the Penguin (outside of the episode Birds Of A Feather, where he tries to fit into high society and it quickly becomes clear that he has no idea what he's doing), and Catwoman doesn't get the sort of focus that I'd expect. (her episodes feel few and far between)

    Still, I'm glad that I got the series on DVD and sat down to watch it. I'd be hard-pressed to pick my absolute favourite episode - Almost Got 'Im was a highlight (Batman's villains play poker and talk about times where they almost got/killed Batman), but Heart Of Ice, the Two-Face two-parter, the Demon's Quest two-parter, Beware The Gray Ghost (featuring the late, great Adam West), Perchance to Dream, Harlequinade... I could go on and on and on.

    By contrast, I don't remember much about Superman: The Animated Series (just a few episodes/moments), and I didn't watch Justice League or Justice League Unlimited when I was growing up, so I'm looking forward to watching those.
    DC vs. Marvel: Infinity Crisis is effectively done!



    The larger panels are full playable characters, while the smaller panels are premiere costumes like what's in Injustice 2. While I usually name everyone in images like this, I feel like I'd be here all day if I tried to do that for this one - it took me a few hours just to make this image, and even then, I screwed up when it came to putting the premiere costumes near their character of origin.

    The thread's still open in case anyone wants to post optional details (character interactions, arcade mode endings, etc.), but all of the characters, movesets, and costumes have been decided on, and I won't be posting daily jobs. (though I'll likely still post in there for arcade mode endings, any trading cards that I think we might have missed, etc.)
    We've finished the roster of DC vs. Marvel: Infinity Crisis (for real this time) with two characters who got a second chance after narrowly missing out before: Red Hood (a.k.a. Jason Todd) for DC and She-Hulk for Marvel!



    This brings the final roster up to 80 characters - I'd like to thank everyone who participated in this thread for nominating, voting, and creating movesets for our colourful cast!



    -Superman
    -Batman
    -Wonder Woman
    -The Flash (Barry Allen)
    -Aquaman
    -Green Lantern (Hal Jordan)
    -Martian Manhunter
    -Cyborg
    -Iron Man
    -Thor
    -The Hulk
    -The Wasp (Janet van Dyne)
    -Captain America
    -Scarlet Witch
    -Black Panther
    -Captain Marvel
    ---
    -Green Arrow
    -Black Canary
    -Zatanna
    -Plastic Man
    -Shazam
    -Doctor Fate
    -John Constantine
    -Blue Beetle (Jaime Reyes)
    -Spider-Man
    -Ultimate Spider-Man
    -Venom
    -Doctor Octopus
    -The Thing
    -Doctor Doom
    -Daredevil
    -Ms. Marvel
    ---
    -Raven
    -Nightwing
    -Catwoman
    -Harley Quinn
    -The Joker
    -Lex Luthor
    -Ra's al Ghul
    -Deathstroke
    -Deadpool
    -Wolverine
    -Cyclops
    -Storm
    -Magneto
    -Rocket Raccoon and Groot
    -Ghost Rider (Johnny Blaze)
    -Doctor Strange
    ---
    -Lois Lane
    -Gorilla Grodd
    -Poison Ivy
    -Power Girl
    -Mister Miracle
    -Black Adam
    -Starro the Conqueror
    -Darkseid
    -Thanos
    -Loki
    -Gambit
    -Squirrel Girl
    -Hawkeye (Kate Bishop)
    -The Sentry
    -Ultron
    -Star-Lord
    ---
    -Static
    -Lobo
    -Peacemaker
    -Booster Gold
    -Red Hood
    -Son Goku (guest)
    -The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (guest)
    -Scott Pilgrim (guest)
    -Invincible (guest)
    -Spawn (guest)
    -Monkey D. Luffy (guest)
    -She-Hulk
    -Gwenpool
    -Moon Knight
    -Blade
    -Magik

    All that's left to be done is wrapping up movesets and costumes for a few of those characters, which we'll do over the next couple of days!
    As a result of yesterday's poll, Gwenpool has joined the DC vs. Marvel: Infinity Crisis roster!



    Now, remember when I said that Booster Gold and Gwenpool would be the last characters?


    In a surprise move that I totally spoiled in the thread yesterday, we'll be adding one more character per side to reach a total of 80 characters! We're picking out of a pool of characters who came in second (or if two characters were added, third) in previous rounds but hadn't made it in since, out of the following:



    (top to bottom, left to right: Bane, Etrigan, Red Hood, Killer Frost, Hawkgirl, V, Clayface, Scarecrow, Captain Cold)



    (top to bottom, left to right: Namor, Nightcrawler, the Vision, Adam Warlock, Nico Minoru, Ant-Man, She-Hulk)
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