Written by Matthew Feldman
Welcome to another Monthly update of the MFG Mouth Off! We have A LOT to Mouth Off About this month, so to put it in perspective; here’s the order of things we’ll be announcing and mouthing off about: The Destiny Beta, Dark Fury and it’s release, A Tribute to Robin Williams, a review of both the first episode of the new season of Dr. Who and lastly, a review of the series Finale of True Blood. So let’s get right down into it.
Destiny: Like Riding a Bike-Review of Destiny Beta
Many people who are fans of the Halo Games that were based off of the popular game by Developer Bungie won’t be disappointed to find that playing Destiny is just like riding a bike when it comes to Bungie, and their game mechanics; it’s like picking up the controls for Halo 2 and Halo 3 all over again. Playing Destiny, you start off as any other, and can proceed as high as level 8 when the Beta was going. In that amount of time, Bungie Demonstrated how large they planned on making the world around the gamer. With its RPG like aspects, there are points in the game where you will see others running around the world, however, once you enter the main mission that is part of the storyline that is entirely your section of the world. What adds to this game’s level of depth is the fact that like Mass Effect, you take on the role of a class of Guardian, be it Warlock (the Mage like class), the Scout Class (like your ranger class), and the Sentinel (the Tank), and level up accordingly, tailoring the abilities at your disposal to fit your needs. Adding to this element is Bungie’s all too familiar gameplay engine and mechanics. There are subtle hints of Halo’s development in the game, such as the A.I. “Ghost” (to which I privately named mine Phil, to spite the fact that he does not have a name) that aids you and stays with you, in much the same way that Cortana aided our beloved Master Chief.
To many players who are expecting a direct Halo Remake in a different world, you’ll be somewhat pleased and somewhat disappointed, objectively speaking. The Main Theme of the game, that is to say, the instrumentals, are very reminiscent of Halo, and the Matchmaking (the limited portion of it that they allowed) added some new improvements. Regardless of your rank and level in Destiny, when it comes to the Multi-Player, Bungie’s set a precedent in the fact that your RPG Elements mean absolutely nothing aside from how they contribute to your particular play-style. While you still have access to your powers, your weapons, despite being insanely powerful in the main campaign or co-op campaigns of the game, when it comes to the Multi-Player they are as strong as any other high powered assault rifle, shotgun, pistol, or rocket launcher. Added features of course are the vehicles, and the fact that the player can instantly spawn their own vehicle (however many players will be disappointed to know that while they may spawn their own vehicles, they cannot go GTA style like you could with a Mongoose or a Warthog with this particular vehicle). The vehicle that the player can spawn is designed to help them breeze from one large portion of the map to the next without having to worry about fighting enemies that are too low level, or not too accessible in the area, and when it comes to the Multiplayer, they are really just designed to get you into the thick of the action. That isn’t to say that Destiny doesn’t offer Vehicles or turrets; in fact, quite the opposite; they do. Be warned however, for the Vehicles you enter are just as easily destroyed as your own character and can be taken out by a player with a sniper rifle or their own unique class power.
Through my beta testing I was able to reach Level 8 with the Warlock class, and level 5 with the Sentinel (Tank) Class, and despite the differences in their power, the gameplay itself was virtually the same; fluid, with the familiar feels of Borderlands/Mass Effect and Halo, all combining beautifully to make a wonderfully entertaining game, filled with a rich and beautifully designed background. The visuals and the sounds for the XBOX 360 are top notch (as Top notch as previous generation systems can get anyway). What many players may find disappointing is the fact that unless they have a next-gen console such as the PS4 or the XBOX ONE, they will NOT be able to cross-platform play with other individuals. Translation for people like me who aren’t willing to spend 400 bucks on a system that isn’t backwards compatible? Don’t go looking for your friends on a PS3 or XBOX360 if you’re trying to play with them and they have Destiny for the PS4 or XBOX ONE; the compatibility will not work. However, Bungie has not spoken, or least I haven’t heard anything, regarding previous generation consoles connecting together. However, despite these small drawbacks, Destiny does seem to be one of the most highly anticipated and one of the best storytelling and FPS game Bungie will be releasing; added on top of that will undoubtedly be the multitude of content they will be releasing. All in all, I would recommend Destiny to any and all fans of Bungie, and FPS shooters across the gaming community.
Make Your Life Extraordinary: A Tribute to Robin Williams
As many have already heard, and for those that didn’t, beloved Comedian, Actor, and Performer, Robin Williams, recently passed away. While the news and the rest of the internet has been reeling from the loss of such a talented individual, this tribute goes out to Robin Williams.
When I was a kid, the first time I ever saw Robin Williams in anything was old episodes of Mork and Mindy; his first true televised role. From there, it was Disney Magic, and then Comedic stand up as I grew up; from his Comedic Tours to films such as Dead Poet’s Society and Mrs. Doubtfire, and Patch Adams and Jack, Robin Williams acting and improvisation proved to us all that you’re never too old to be a kid at heart. While Robin Williams passing has deeply saddened everyone across the country, it’s only fair that we honor his and his family’s wishes: We shouldn’t be mourning the loss of a life, but celebrating a life that was filled with friends, family, and a man that left a mark that no one in the world will be able to replace. From the various charities he donated to; to the things he would do for his fans, such as sending a video message to a young woman on the other side of the world diagnosed with Cancer (you can google the video message), Robin Williams was above all things this: One of the World’s Best. Fewer people in the world can make anyone laugh, and Robin Williams did so with the gusto that set the industry on fire. His quick and sharp wit, his intelligence, it’s all been mentioned before, and how do you tribute a man whose accomplished so much?
It’s simple. We thank him, and we let his family have the peace they deserve. It was revealed in a news article that the Westboro Baptist Church is planning on protesting his funeral? Why? Because most of them are likely secretly homosexual like their founder was? Either way, this Blog doesn’t bash religion or their beliefs, the point is this: Robin Williams, thank you for the joy you’ve brought us over the years, from your days as Mork, to Mr. Keating and telling us to Seize the Day. Thank for making sure that we never had a friend like you before, and thank you for showing us all that no matter what, you’re never too old to put your heart into what you believe in.
Thank you, My Captain O’ Captain.
You will always be remembered.
The Fury is Finally Here….
With much anticipation here at MFG, we are proud to announce that author Mariah Lynde’s novel, “Dark Fury” Book I of the Vengeance of Avalon series is officially on sale. If you’re interesting in paranormal romance mixed with action and adventure, than this is the book for you! You can find the book available at the following places:
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Lastly, we reach the climax of this Mouth Off, and it’s about the current submissions we have of course! With that said, the following submissions are open:
End of Us: When the dead rise from their graves due to an unknown virus that turns most of the world’s population into the walking dead, there are few survivors left. This zombie survival anthology is a collection of short stories where each author collaborates with the other. All profits made from the sales of the Short Story Anthology are divided up among the writers in equal portions. There are currently four writers working on this project, MFG is seeking 2 more to complete the anthology. Understand the guidelines: You must have your story in some way relate to the others, and incorporate things that occurred in the stories in the anthology into your own story. This will be a heavily collaborated based project and we’re looking for dedicated authors who are willing to go the distance, put aside their differences of opinion and work together for a great story of how we all End.
The Forgotten: This anthology is a collection of 10 stories we’re looking from Authors that retell one story from the Brothers Grimm in a Sci-Fi setting. We’re offering $25.00 per accepted submission, and the length of the short story must not exceed 3000 words.
Blood Money: This anthology features a vignette of short stories that we are looking to collect. We are only looking for about five stories, and we will be paying 10 dollars per submission. The rules of this submission are simple: You must create a character, fantasy or regular old crime drama, however the gangster must be the winner or the loser in their story and it must be focused around them and their activities. The only restrictions are no smut. Anything with more smut in it than story will be automatically rejected. The maximum word limit for this submission should be 5000 words at maximum.
Peter Capaldi: Fuckity Hello, Dr. Who
Now, those that personally know me know that I have never watched an episode of Dr. Who until this past Saturday’s season premiere in which Peter Capaldi, a Scotsman apparently, takes on the role of the Doctor. For a British Television show (not to insult England or their programming, it’s just not generally my taste) this was actually a rather engaging episode for anyone who is brand new to the series. They start out very simply, and I’m afraid their won’t be any spoilers other than the fact that there are many throwback references, and one direct reference, to the previous Doctors. However, beyond that, this character seems to finally begin accepting who he is, and who he previously was, and is finally willing to accept those consequences. Overall, for someone who is not that into the show, I am willing to wait until the second episode before I can determine whether or not I would personally get involved with the show, however, I do recommend that people who are not familiar with the show, do actually give it a fair objective chance.
The Last Drop: The True Blood Series Finale
With 7 years going, the long awaited Series Finale has arrived. Be warned Trubies, the show itself goes out with a bang and comes full circle. Our episode starts right off from last week, and Bill shockingly asks Sookie to use her Light to give him the True Death. Does she do it? Well, watching the show will reveal it. And Sarah Newman and Mr. Gus? Well, let’s just say they got way more than they bargained for when they became characters. Without revealing too much, the show ends with one final gathering, showing a pregnant Anna Paquin, presumably with another man’s baby as she has moved on (however we all know that this is due to fact that Anna Paquin was pregnant with Stephen Moyer’s child, as they are married and engaged). With the weeks leading up to it, the cast was sad to say goodbye, but said they wouldn’t have ended it any other way. I advise anyone that’s a Trubie Fan, if you missed the Series Finale, to do your best, and see the end, was definitely worth the 7 year ride. As an added bonus, Charlaine Harris herself is present as the fat woman behind the camera (spoiler), acting as a producer during the episode, so it leaves us all wondering if this is what she had in mind when True Blood Ended?
See you all next month!
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