Someone Remade Mortal Kombat Mythologies and We’re Not Sure Why

Out of all the games that we expected to see remade in Unreal Engine 4, we’ll be honest – Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero is around the bottom of the list.

When it initially released for Nintendo 64 and PlayStation in the 90s, the platformer-spun-off-from-a-fighting-game failed to impress us. Still, that didn’t stop AG 3D Art and his brother from attempting to remake the game with Unreal Engine 4, as you can see from the video below.

No, it’s not the whole game, but rather the training area, the Shaolin Temple stage, and the boss fight with Scorpion.

There’s no word yet if the team plans to make any additional levels within the game, as it really depends on how well received this one is. After all, it is Mythologies and not, you know, Shaolin Monks.

Still, judging by the video below, it does look like a pretty impressive feat for a janky game, and players can choose either to play the demo for themselves with a joystick or keyboard, so it’s nice to have the option available. And what’s more, you aren’t just stuck playing as Sub-Zero. If you’re feeling daring enough, you can give Ermac a try as well. (No word on Scorpion, but we’re pretty sure his spear would come in handy.)

Check out the demo for yourself here and then watch the video below to relive one of the 90s’ most curious games.

World of Warcraft News: Patch 9.1, Burning Crusade Classic leaked

Ahead of this weekend’s virtual BlizzCon event, a Blizzard employee mistakenly posted PR information about World of Warcraft that discussed both Patch 9.1 and The Burning Crusade Classic. The leak was immediately posted to the MMOChampion forums. BlizzCon is being held virtually from February 19-20, 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and is free of charge.

Patch 9.1

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While not much about Patch 9.1 has been set in stone yet, there will be a new 10-boss raid, the Sanctum of Domination, as well as a new eight-boss mega-dungeon, Tazavesh, the Veiled Market. In addition, there will also be a new zone, Korthia, the City of Secrets. The new PvP season will be released with 9.1 in addition to the next Mythic+ season.

There will also be additions to the covenants, such as upgrades to soulbinds and (possibly) new conduits. You can also fly in the Shadowlands in 9.1, although it is not clear what achievements will be needed to unlock flying. Flying will be similar to Legion with players only being able to fly in the four original Shadowlands zones of Revendreth, Maldraxxus, Bastion, and Ardenweald.

It is not yet known when 9.1 will release, but several reports have speculated a late May to early June release due to the amount of content involved.

The Burning Crusade Classic

While this was a matter of when and not if, The Burning Crusade Classic was also leaked. While all features of The Burning Crusade return (along with being free to play for World of Warcraft subscribers), there is also an option to advance characters straight to The Burning Crusade or opt to remain in WoW Classic. This is an interesting addition and may spark some debates in the community.

We’re looking forward to more information during BlizzCon Online this weekend. Stay tuned for more news about Blizzard games in the upcoming days!

The Mortal Kombat reboot trailer has arrived

The Mortal Kombat franchise hasn’t graced the big screen in over two decades, with the last entry, Mortal Kombat Annihilation, leaving a rather bad taste in our mouths. But all that will change this April, when Warner Bros. releases the highly awaited reboot from director Simon McQuoid. And this morning, they unleashed a good first look at what’s to come.

Mortal Kombat is going all out this time around, shooting for that R rating with all kinds of carnage. In fact, the trailer provides a whole lot of it, from “Jax” Briggs getting his arms frozen off by a vengeful Sub-Zero to the legendary Hiroyuki Sanada showing his stuff as Scorpion, ripping through enemies like they were paper with his spear. (And yes, he says, “Get over here” in pure Scorpion fashion.)

The trailer also focuses a little bit on the story this time around. A newcomer fighter by the name of Cole Young (Lewis Tan) finds himself embroiled in the Mortal Kombat tournament, after a birthmark is discovered on his chest. He soon discovers just what the deadly Shang Tsung (Chin Han) has in mind for it, as he meets a number of competitors along the way, including Liu Kang (Ludi Lin), Kano (Josh Lawson) and Sonya Blade (Jessica McNamee). There are others as well – including the return of the vicious Kano.

The movie is set to hit both theaters and the HBO Max on-demand service starting on April 16th. It looks to be a bloody good time, while also paying tribute to the original game’s storyline. Sure, it doesn’t have Christopher Lambert along for the ride this time around (“Sorry.”), but it’s got more than enough to make up for it in the meantime. MORTAL KOMBAT!

Nintendo Direct 2021

They got us in the first half. 

Nintendo had players eagerly awaiting the Nintendo Direct announcement today on February 17, all to hear what Nintendo has in stock for us in the first half of 2021. With recent announcements like Sephiroth added to the Super Smash Bros. roster, the upcoming 35th anniversary for Legend of Zelda, and a few choice older games being mentioned for a reboot, we can look forward to an interesting Direct.  

Nintendo Direct starts out with the new adventure where Pyra had gone missing… Rex searched all over for her only to find her on a lone floating rock. Pyra brings the power of the Aegis to Smash! We can look forward to some of her best and beautiful moves used in-game, but don’t let Pyra get caught in a pinch, as Mythra will awaken and take over the battle for Pyra! Not one, but two! We can look forward to seeing moves like Chroma Sight on unsuspecting Smash players. Not only is this a two-for-one character, but you can change freely between them both! As well as the two characters, you get the whole team for support as well as a new map on the back of the dragon.  

Super Smash Bros. brings Xenoblade Chronicles 2 into the game, with a SMASH! 

Fall Guys appears next in the Nintendo Direct, now coming to Nintendo Switch! Get all that glorious fun silliness on a whole new system this Summer 2021! 

You have 22 minutes before the solar system is destroyed. In this new game, it will reset every time your 22 minutes is up. You can try to stop the sun from exploding, or cruise and enjoy the solar system of Outer Wilds this summer! 

Famicom Detective Club is next to make an appearance on the Nintendo Switch. A Classic JRPG game is brought to North Americas and the rest of the world. Both games will be brought to the Nintendo Switch. In the first game, you’ll look for your memories and try to figure out who did this to you before it’s too late. In the next game, you’ll be looking for a girl whose story is tragic, but can you save her from it?  

A new age of battles begins on our next slide in Nintendo Direct. In this beautifully drawn game, Samurai Warriors 5, you’ll continue the history of your Samurai character, all new designs, and visuals this summer.  

Legend of Mana is coming to the Nintendo Switch! For those of you who remember this piece of work from back in the day, you’ll see the upgraded visuals and sounds. You can join forces with additional characters, where each has their own adventures. You can choose between new music or the original soundtrack. They also brought a new mini-game to the game to help keep you busy when you’re deciding what to do! 

Monster Hunter makes its debut today in the Nintendo Direct. Monster Hunter: Rise brings us back to the original storyline of Monster Hunter, where 50 years later they start to take their home back.  Enjoy updated graphics and familiar faces from Monster Hunter

Mario Golf makes its way back to the Nintendo Switch with new features to enable your golf game. Beautifully redone courses and new music lends to a whole new way of playing Mario Golf. You can now play Mario Golf with buttons or using the motion controls to get a real feel for the club. Plenty of new ways to play Mario Golf, including SPEED GOLF where you and your friends will tee-off at the same time and race to the end of the course. Nintendo Miis are available to customize for your Mario Golf adventure where you will have the main campaign to go from Rookie to Pro in no time! 

Nintendo went on to announce some old games that will be coming to Nintendo Switch in a download called Nintendo Arcade available later today for download.  

Play as Travis Touchdown as you fight all kinds of different enemies, but that’s not the weirdest part. You’ll have to go around town and do some chores and odd jobs, in order to unlock to next boss. The fate of the world is at stake, so get ready to kick some alien booty. No More Heroes 3, available August.  

Exterminate demons in heaven. Play as an assassin in heaven, because someone’s gotta do the dirty world. Use cards to attack and move your character through the world, if you can’t keep moving, you’ll start from the beginning. Neon White, be the last sinner, winter 2021. 

DC Super Girls, play as the girls of DC. Batgirl, Supergirl, and Wonder Woman are joined by Harley Quinn. Teen Power is available June 4, and perfect for that little superhero in your life.  

Remember Plants Vs Zombies? Well, now they have the complete edition available on the Switch in March! You can tackle all the missions, bosses and just enjoy the original puzzle game! With new graphics and updated controls for the Switch, this is a must-have for that Zombie Killer in your life.  

Save faces!!! Miitopia!  Miitopia is making its way to the Nintendo Switch! Join ANYONE on adventures and save or defeat your friends. You can customize your miis even more now as they added new hairstyles, clothing, and sound options.  

Animal Crossing announces that Mario’s 35th Anniversary items will be available to order in March! As usual, you’ll order these through the Nook Shopping, so enjoy them as you can use them as they were intended! Wanna use a pipe to travel? Make sure you put two down!  These items will become available on March 1st! 

Your morals and your strength will be tested in this next game from Nintendo. Fight with Fredrica, Benedict, and others as you follow your chosen path. Project Triangle Strategy, the Saltiron War broke out against the land of Azerala. In a tactical RPG, you’ll need to be aware of how close you are to your enemies. Link attacks together to make stronger spells, team up with your allies to survey the battlefield and prepare for war. Coming 2022, the demo will be available after the Nintendo Direct.  

Star Wars makes its appearance on the Nintendo Switch, with STAR WARS Hunters, coming 2021. Set between Episode 6 and 7, it’s an all-out PVP game. Play as your favorite heroes, and save, or defeat the universe.  

Kung Fu City, play with a team as you run around town playing a ‘dodgeball’ type of game. Run, hide, and hunt down your enemies. Customize your characters with anything you can think of, want to be the dude from Call of Duty? Want to look like Samus? You can do it. Coming Summer 2021.  

The next game based in Japan. Side-scrolling fun for the whole family, making your way home to Tokyo you’ll come across many enemies and new friends. World’s End Club, coming May 28th

Hades is getting a Physical Release that comes with the original soundtrack and a thirty-two-page graphic artwork for you to admire for days on end. Coming March 19th.  

Ninja Gaiden Sigma, Sigma 2, and Ninja Gaiden 3 are all coming out on the Nintendo Switch. Play the original storylines that brought us knuckle-deep in super ninjas fulfilling their destinies. Ninja Gaiden Master Collection, coming June 10th

Hyrule Warriors Age of Calamity is getting an expansion pass that will cover the next six months with updates directly to the game.  

February 26th Bravely Default 2 will be available! 

Side-scrolling medieval fun, now supporting local co-op. Ghost and Goblins resurrections is available for pre-order! 

Apex Legends comes to Nintendo Switch! Double XP for two weeks after launch on Nintendo Switch, on March 9th.  

Fall Nintendo Direct for more Legend of Zelda news, including updates about Breath of The Wild 2. For now, they are releasing Skyward Sword HD on the Switch coming out July 16th. Specialized Legend of Zelda Joy-Con controllers are also coming out to add to your Legend of Zelda collection! 

Splatoon makes its appearance next, with a full-on customizable character and pet a new world… Splatoon 3 makes its way onto the scene! Enjoy updated graphics, moves, and smooth handling. New character looks will add to your total custom look! Coming to the Switch 2022. 

So much in the first half from Nintendo, we can look forward to a busy year for all kinds of fans!

Check in, in the fall for the second half!

Why Is Godzilla Worth So Much On PlayStation 4?

In 2014, Bandai Namco decided to give Godzilla another try on the console front, after years had gone by since the glory days of Godzilla Destroy All Monsters Melee and Godzilla Save the Earth. So, on PlayStation 4, it released a contemporary fighting game featuring the giant monster and his buddies, trashing everything as best as they could.

The game didn’t quite fare as well as the company was hoping, as it got poor scores from critics and didn’t sell as well as it would hope. And when the license faded, it decided to quietly end its production and move onto other projects.

But then something happened. If you do a quick search for the game on eBay, you’ll find that it’s become an impressive collector’s item, with complete copies selling for anywhere between $160 to $250 – and maybe even higher if the game is brand new and sealed. That makes it the rarest PlayStation 4 game out there, aside from the physical version of Gravity Rush Remastered, which also didn’t get that big a production run.

So what happened? Did the game strike a chord alongside the same levels as the previous PlayStation 2/Xbox/GameCube Godzilla games? Or did fans just want something featuring the big lug, since there are really no other games featuring him?

Even though most critics found the gameplay lacking in the new Godzilla game, there’s no question that its essence is true to the original films of lore. IGN actually noted in its review (with a score of 4.5, by the way) that “the spirit of the old-school monster movie is where Bandai Namco absolutely nails it.”

The game was actually developed by the team at Natsume, a bit of a stretch from the previous developers of Godzilla games. However, the team did its homework, going for that old-school mantra and even going as far as leveling up the destruction so that it took advantage of the PS4 hardware. For good measure, players could also unlock special modes related to Godzilla, such as Evolution Mode, the Kaiji Field Guide, and even the peculiar Diorama mode, featuring a number of memorable monster models. This would allow players to recreate infamous battles from the films.

More than likely, the sheer essence of classic cinematic Godzilla is what makes the game such a huge draw. For good measure, it’s also got a who’s who of monsters from the films, as follows:

  • Godzilla, four versions (including the 1995 version and the more current 2014 one from the box office hit)
  • Anguirus (Showa)
  • Rodan (Showa)
  • Mothra (Showa)
  • Mothra (Heisei)
  • King Ghidorah (Heisei)
  • Hedorah (Showa)
  • Mechagodzilla (both the 1974 and 1975 versions)
  • Biollante
  • Battra (Larva and Imago)
  • Space Godzilla
  • Destroroyah
  • Gigan (the upgraded 2004 version)
  • Super Mechagodzilla
  • Mecha-King Ghidorah
  • Type-3 Kiryu
  • Jet Jaguar (YES!)

There’s just a ton of content here for old-school fans, as well as those thirsting for a big monster fight. Again, the controls may not have been as smooth as Melee, but regardless, it set the stage for some big monster encounters – and still kind of does today.

As for why fans may have passed upon it at release, it didn’t get as much hype as many were expecting. That may have been due to the lacking reviews at the time, or the fact that the license just wasn’t as big of a draw as, say, Tekken or Soul Calibur. That’s a bit mind-boggling, considering Godzilla’s universal appeal. And let’s not forget the movie that came out at the same time, too.

But now fans are discovering it and even asking for a reprinting, though the license is likely out of Bandai Namco’s hands at this point. There’s always the possibility of a sequel, especially with Godzilla vs. Kong creeping up on us next month. But, for now, if you want to track down the original, it’ll cost you a pretty penny. But, hey, to some of us die-hard kaiju fans, it’ll certainly be worth it.

Long live Godzilla!

Five Wii games that still need to come to Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo Switch has become so popular that even ports of earlier games are selling incredibly well for it. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Bayonetta 2 and the just-released Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury are proof of that.

Thus far, we’ve gotten most of the Wii U games on the Switch, save for certain releases like StarFox Zero. But what about the Wii? Wouldn’t some of their games be an ideal fit on the Switch? Heck yeah, they would.

With that, we’ve got a few suggestions of Wii games that we think would be right at home on the platform. Hurry, Nintendo, they’re not going to release themselves!

Wii Sports

Don’t laugh at this suggestion. Wii Sports has become one of the most popular games of all time on the Wii, and continues to sell surprisingly well on the used game market today. So a re-release for the Switch just makes sense, with players using their JoyCons to try and outscore their opposition. For good measure, Nintendo could add Club features to the game, along with online play, so fans won’t feel so isolated as they stay stuck inside from COVID-19.

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

We mentioned earlier how we want The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time on the Switch. And we’re likely to get that. But you know what game doesn’t seem as likely? The Wii release Skyward Sword. This is a thrilling adventure in its own right, and Nintendo could easily bring it to the platform with enhanced visuals, various gameplay options and maybe even some new content for fans to relish. Well, either this or The Wind Waker. Or hey, how about both?!

Sin and Punishment: Star Successor

Easily one of the best shooters released for the Wii, Sin and Punishment: Star Successor is still an excellent game by today’s standards – and a perfect candidate for release on the Nintendo Switch. With different control schemes, fantastic visuals and maybe even the original Sin and Punishment as an unlockable bonus, Star Successor could easily be a hot-seller for the platform. And, hey, Treasure isn’t doing anything at the moment, sooooo…

Kirby’s Epic Yarn

While it is great to have contemporary Kirby adventures on the Switch, it wouldn’t hurt to give his Epic Yarn adventure a try on the platform. It did really well releasing the game on the 3DS a little while back, so obviously HAL Entertainment can bring it to another platform – and with Switch-exclusive features and game control schemes to boot. Oh, and we’ll totally take online co-op as well, if only because we don’t want to leave players…strung along? Heh.

Metroid Prime Trilogy

Finally, since it’s going to be a while until we see Metroid Prime 4 surface on the system, Nintendo should fill the void by giving us one of the greatest trilogies in recent memory on the Switch – and that’s the Metroid Prime Trilogy. The release did extremely well on the Wii, even becoming hard to come by at one point. So a re-release – complete with its Steelbook case and collectibles – would be just the thing to get us by in 2021. Please?

Getting a PlayStation Vita? Don’t Miss These Five Games

It may be 2021, and its support may be nowhere to be found save for a few indie developers. But, to be honest, the PlayStation Vita is a great little system.

Sure, Sony dropped it like a bad habit and it didn’t get nearly as many games as it deserved. But when it comes to handheld gaming, it has exquisite quality between its OLED screen, its fine control scheme, and its array of both AAA and indie titles. Sony should’ve given this a second chance, especially against the Nintendo Switch.

Nevertheless, we’re starting to see more collectors go after the hardware and some of its games, just for the sake of collective argument. That said, some newcomers may be a little overwhelmed as to where to start with picking games up for it.

Well, not to worry, because we’re here with five great suggestions that’ll start you on the right foot, no matter which Vita you’re picking up. Hunt down these titles and indulge!

Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3

The Vita has its fair share of outstanding fighting games, including a number of BlazBlue titles and Street Fighter X Tekken. But the true winner of the bunch is clearly Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. This port is a highly effective one, with great gameplay features that take advantage of the system, along with awesome visuals and sound. Plus it’s so easy to get into, with supers to unleash and a number of outstanding characters. It’s not every day you see someone like Phoenix Wright taking on Magneto, after all.

Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath

Initially released for the first Xbox console, Oddworld Inhabitants’ sprawling Western shooter eventually made its debut on the Vita – and has become one of the most admired games for the system. It handles controls reasonably well, allowing you to work between first and third person perspectives almost effortlessly. It also packs a punch with its graphics, as well as its storyline, which takes a major turn close to the end that really brings the adventure to a monumental close. Don’t let this Wrath pass you by.

Rayman Legends

Oh, the PlayStation Vita has some great platformers, including Shantae: Half-Genie Hero and Shovel Knight, among many others. It also has lots of Rayman to go around, thanks to the launch title Rayman Origins. But Legends eclipses it in so many ways, with an abundance of great in-game content, as well as entertaining gameplay, challenges galore, and some of the best graphics we’ve seen on this side of the Vita. It’s still a legendary title that’s worth hunting down to this very day.

Muramasa Rebirth

Hack and slashers don’t get much better than Muramasa, which initially made its debut on Wii to thunderous applause. But on the Vita, it expanded to another audience, thanks to the sheer beauty of Rebirth. With spellbinding visuals, exciting gameplay (taking advantage of more traditional controls), and two different quests to take on, it’s easily one of Vanillaware’s finest. And you can’t play it on Switch – at least, not yet – so Vita’s the best way to enjoy it on the go at the moment.

Persona 4 Golden

If you think that we’re not going to recommend Persona 4’s arrival on the PlayStation Vita, you’re crazy. This easily stands as one of the best experiences on Sony’s handheld, if not the best, bringing all its goodness to the platform with other great goodies. Its gameplay will compel you for hours on end; its characters bring an abundant amount of content to the table; and it takes storytelling to a whole new level. Plus it just plain looks fantastic. Hunt this baby down and add it to your collection forever.

What Vita games would you pick up alongside the system?

Valheim: PC Vikings!

The Viking Survival Game

Valheim is a newly released survival RPG for PC available on Steam for $20. More recently moved from closed beta to early release, I was quite surprised to find that the game was more finished than anticipated. As is with most of these early-release RPG games, there’s always something to go wrong. So, let’s start with what was done right.  

Valheim starts with a quick written story, which is appreciated. As someone who hates sitting through 15-30-minute-long intros (I’m looking at you Elusive Age), it was fantastic to get a quick cover story. The game visually is like any other PC RPG style early-release. The graphics are blocky and a little hard on the eyes, less detail more overall experience. The game itself runs beautifully on most PCs as the requirements are amazingly low.  

This aids in the overall experience of the game, allowing for a fast render as you sprint through the woods chasing after your first hunt. Valheim is pretty much Vikings in a PC game. The story isn’t about the life of the Viking, but the death and worthiness to enter Valhalla. Create longships in honor of Odin, delve into the dark arts of the gods the choices are seemingly endless. As I just started my adventure in Valheim, I cannot spoil the story too much for everyone, but there are Gods you can summon to fight and prove your worth.  

There are loads of trees, plants, and distinct biomes within the world itself. As you travel through looking for the best place for your first home be careful of your surroundings. Enemies become more aggressive and dangerous the darker it gets, making a lovely walk in the woods a dangerous escapade. There are a few different kinds of enemies that you’ll face off right away in Valheim, but none that should over level you right off the bat. As long as you follow the hints and guidelines set by the game, you’ll be able to make a home before freezing or beaten to death. There are quite a few things you can do right off the bat as well, like mine for ore and harvest enemy parts like bones.  

FIRE. MAKE FIRE.  

As most of you know playing these RPGPC games, fire is important in keeping animals away at night and cooking food. But what you may not know, is that there are special events that happen depending on how close you are to a boss ritual stone. Fire is more important than you know, as it could save your buildings and chests.  

Now let’s get down the nitty-gritty with this game. There aren’t very many serious issues with this game, as long as you can finesse a few things here and there. The most common issue that is floating around the Valheim Discord, is the listing and finding of dedicated servers. When creating a dedicated server for Valheim, it is recommended to go into the Discord and ask the right questions.  There are a few ways of creating a dedicated server, and if you are familiar with Steam, you know how difficult it can be for these to pop up in the server list search engine. It is recommended to use Valheim‘s Dedicated Server software and not the Steam CMD as it’ll make the process more streamlined.  

I highly recommend doing it this way, as I’ve been able to create multiple servers without using a ton of my PC’s resources. Then comes the next issue, how do we find you in the server listing. Some people have an easy enough time, searching the outbound IP for the specific server and hitting refresh until it populates. Others have an easier time going through the friend invites on the Steam UI. There are a few different ways to find your server, and hopefully, you do. As that is the most frustrating part of this game. As fun as it is, as beautiful it can be. If you can’t play with friends, your overall experience will go down. So, don’t get too frustrated when you can’t find a friend’s server. Take a deep breath and jump into the Valheim Discord, there are so many people there willing to help.  

Honestly, this game works as intended. It has hiccups as all early-release games do and its main hiccup is the server search/multiplayer aspect of it. Personally, I haven’t had many issues with multiplayer, even on multiple LAN connections. This game has been beautiful, time-consuming, and a lot of fun with my friends. For $20 you can’t go wrong.

Grade: 6.5/10

Willy’s Wonderland Review: Five nights at Cage’s

When we first heard about the announcement of Willy’s Wonderland, we already knew what it was going to be. “What would Five Nights At Freddy’s be like if they were going up against a batshit crazy Nicolas Cage?” And, well, now that the movie’s actually here, we can confirm that’s pretty much what you get. But that’s not the worst thing.

Directed by Kevin Lewis, this low-budget horror/comedy has more going for it than you might expect. But the thing that helps here is that you set said expectations low. If you’re wondering if Willy’s Wonderland is on the same level as the insanely nuts Mandy, well, it’s not. Not even close. But if you accept the premise and came to see Cage go nuts on a horde of animatronic terrors, then you’ve come to the right place.

Cage portrays “The Janitor,” a guy who waltzes into town looking all bad ass. He runs into the town of Hayesville just as his black Chevy runs into car trouble. It turns out to be rather costly, and he doesn’t have an overwhelming bank account to take care of the damage.

It’s here that the owner of a local establishment called Willy’s Wonderland strikes a deal with the Janitor. If he can clean up the place, he’ll have his car fixed and ready to roll in the morning. If that sounds too good to be true, that’s because, well, it is.

We soon learn that Willy’s Wonderland was a children’s party establishment with animatronic creatures to entertain them, a la Chuck E. Cheese in a way. But there are some dark secrets that forced its closure, and the Janitor is about to meet them head-on. And he’s not alone, as some typical teen characters pop in, just to give Willy and his buddies some targets in which to pile up the body count.

The owner doesn’t quite fill in all the details to Cage’s character about his true purpose, but he finds out soon enough – and that’s when the carnage kicks in. See, The Janitor is a good clean-up man, but in more ways than you might expect. A sequence where he makes short work of an ostrich that threatens to eat his face gives you an idea of what you’re in for.

Plot-wise, Willy’s Wonderland isn’t the strongest. The teenagers are typically written and literally asking for death at one point; and there are some holes in the tale when it comes to why the place ended up the way it did. And there are some gaps of logic, especially closer to the end.

But there’s also a whole lot of merit here. The carnage, as we mentioned, is a thing of beauty, as Cage and company get covered in all sorts of oil and other fluids trying to take apart these interesting terrors. And the animatronic creatures themselves are a hoot, from the trash-talking ostrich to a knight with a Muppet-like face to Willy himself, who could honestly give Freddy a run for his money.

There’s also an interesting kinship between Cage and Liv (Emily Tosta), a teenager that really gets to see how he works. It’s fun to see them both work together to survive the night – if they can – while the others, well, lack heavily in character.

Willy’s Wonderland isn’t the smoothest filmmaking experience, between its jagged story and occasional pulpy filmmaking style. But it’s good fun – and a majority of that lies with Cage. He’s eating this role up like it’s a New York pizza covered in pepperoni and sausage, even jiving out with something as simple as a break with a pinball machine or guzzling down a drink. And, yeah, it’s cool to see him take down most of the animatronic threats like a crazy bad-ass would.

Again, it really comes down to expectations. If you walk into this expecting the legendary work of Nicolas Cage, well, this isn’t it. But if you’re looking for a fun horror fest where he goes nuts a majority of the time – even without muttering much in terms of dialogue – then you’ll have a field day in this Wonderland.

RATING: 7.5 (out of 10)

Not the greatest of Cage’s work, but Willy’s Wonderland is a sight to behold for fans of schlocky horror comedy.

Pokémon Snap: AHH SNAP!

Let’s go back to the year 1999 when I was just a youngling learning the ways of the Nintendo 64 and all of its glory. There came out a wonderful game of such impact that I didn’t even know that to this day, I still would be gushing in awe that I still remember and love it soo much!

Time for a trip to the beach

Here you are looking at this game and not knowing what is about to do down. Insert the cartridge to get that satisfying feel, see the beautiful N64 logo floating and cutting to “POKEMON ISLAND” without foreknowledge your about to go down to witness Pokémon like we have never before. Skipping ahead past the start screen, just to get to the best part of getting ported down a track and your ZERO-ONE pod that goes to the “GOAL-GATE” to exit the current level, here we will sit back and whip out the “Poke-Cam” out and begin our great journey of capturing great almost amazing picture’s. The first Pokémon we encounter on the beach is a “Pidgey” and not just one but almost a whole flock. Equipped only with just a roll of 60 pictures before our “FILM” ( I have put the word “FILM” in quotations for the reason that whoever reads this knows that we used to have a physical form of photography and not just digital media and yes even in a video game where they could’ve just given us all the space.) would run out so making sure to take only the best and identifying pics to add to our new and growing collection.

All of the Easter Eggs!

For all those that think that this is just a snap and go….. let me tell you that you will be pleasantly surprised for this ALL MIGHT of a game! Get ready for a Detroit slam to just blindside you. The amount of work you must put in to figure out that every level that you will play has so many different Pokémon interactions. Apples, pester balls, and ZEE Poke-Flute, these items become your best friend to get to all the awesome and special interactions on every level that we travel to. My favorite one has to be the Magikarp to Gyarados evolve. We first start off by trying to knock a Magikarp at a Mankey with a pester ball that will then hit it over to the dancing Gravelers, proceed to throw another pester ball to knock it over to the waterfall, where it jumps in and out pops out a Gyarados!! OOOOO buddy my first time doing this is still one of my top moments in this beautiful game. Take your time to enjoy the fact that you are taking pictures of Pokémon in an almost pure state free and wild!

New Pokémon snap!

OMG!!! 22 long years and here in April. We will be receiving something so grand yet so majestic to tantalize our imagination’s as new and veterans return to take a plethora of such great pictures. The game will take place on three different islands! We shall be also be figuring out a mysterious glow that is on the Pokémon “The Illumina Phenomenon”. Lental region is looking to be the best place for us to pick back up where our “PHOTO POKE- JOURNMILISM” began. My only reservation for this is that I hope they make so many different interactions that every playthrough is fresh not just a copy and paste of the last one. My excitement is through the roof so hold on to your butts for this new endeavor!