Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Relive the Award-Winning Space Opera in Mass Effect Legendary Edition on May 14

Mass Effect Legendary Edition (Graphic: Business Wire)

One person is all that stands between humanity and the greatest threat it’s ever faced. BioWare, a studio of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) today revealed that the Mass Effect™ Legendary Edition will launch May 14 worldwide on PC via Origin and Steam, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One with forward compatibility on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S. The Mass Effect Legendary Edition features the single-player base content and 40+ downloadable content (DLC) story, weapons and armor packs from Mass EffectMass Effect 2, and Mass Effect 3 and will allow players to relive the legend of Commander Shepard in 4K Ultra HD with HDR.

“It’s been an incredible journey revisiting the stories, characters and iconic moments of the Mass Effecttrilogy, enhancing the experience for modern platforms while staying true to the spirit of the original,” said Mac Walters, Project Director on the Mass Effect Legendary Edition and lead writer of the original trilogy at BioWare. “Remastering a game, let alone three, is a huge undertaking as there’s over 100 hours of gameplay included, but we wanted to do this for our fans as well as a new generation of gamers looking to jump into the iconic story of Shepard.”

The Mass Effect Legendary Edition will deliver an enhanced visual experience featuring remastered character models and tens of thousands of up-ressed textures. Improvements to shaders and VFX, updated lighting and improved dynamic shadows, volumetrics and depth-of-field add a new level of immersion across the trilogy. Pre-rendered cinematics have also been enhanced to make every story moment feel even more impactful.

The original Mass Effectgame features comprehensive world-building enhancements with added detail and depth to locations like Eden Prime, Ilos and Feros that players will explore in their journey across the galaxy. Mass Effect also includes updated interfaces and UI as well as a variety of quality of life improvements. In addition, combat and exploration are modernized through improved aiming, squad controls and behavior, Mako handling and cameras.
The Mass Effect Legendary Edition features unified character creation options that persists across all three titles and is complete with an improved and expanded selection of hair, makeup and skin tone options. The iconic Female Shepard default appearance from Mass Effect 3 is now available as the default female Shepard appearance in character creation in all three games, further adding to the unified experience across the trilogy.

Mass Effect Legendary Edition is rated M (Mature) by the ESRB and is available now for pre-order on PC via Origin and Steam, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One with forward compatibility on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S.

Until next time, 

Vikki - Fangirl 

Saturday, February 27, 2021

We don’t need another Superman


This is going to be a different Fangirl Review article. This is an op-ed piece so buckle up and prepare yourself for the ride.

I have been with the CW since its switch over from the WB and I have enjoyed its various programming. Was I a heartbroken blerd when Clark never flew in Smallville; yes I was. I have now started to invest into the Arrowverse but only select shows and the crossovers.

I was excited when I learned of the show Black Lightning. Finally, a superhero show in the CW that is filled with people that look like me! The soundtrack alone was simply amazing and perfectly timed with the episode’s content.

It annoyed me to no end that this show was cancelled. I am sure they can justify it based on budgeting and viewership. But let’s be honest, the show did not receive the support it should have and was constantly kept separate from the other shows. Maybe if they did a better job at actually having the viewers of the other shows invest in Black Lightning it would have performed better. We were introduced to new super heroes of the Arrowverse by having the individuals appear in an already established show. We did not receive that with Black Lightning, frankly it felt like the show was purposely being segregated (yes, I use this term, deal with it) from the rest of Arrowverse.

I apologize for my previous paragraphs, I am going to get to my point now. I watch the CW shows every week and I have seen many advertisements on the new Superman show. I did not think anything of it until I actually clicked on Black Lightning in the CW app and that is when I realized that I have missed three episodes of this show. I was simply flabbergasted. I had to ask myself the question why have I not seen any advertisements especially since in the last few weeks I have watched at least two other CW shows. I have sat through advertisements about yet another Caucasian male superhero but I did not see one single advertisement for Black Lightning.

This is the show’s final season and I am beyond disappointed in the CW. Either promote all your shows equally or do not promote them at all. This show is too powerful to be pushed aside and forgotten. It depicts an educated Black family that is passionate and determined to love each other and save each other. It goes against so many stereotypes and it’s a beautiful representation. I had to write this article to tell the CW that they have to do better. To tell Hollywood as a whole that Black viewers want to see more of these types of shows. I am tired of the reality shows and the drug kingpin shows. There is so much more depth to Black and Brown viewers. There are more independent production companies coming about and bringing alternatives (KevOnStage Studios is out here doing amazing things) for viewers that it is time that Hollywood wake-up and realize that we do not need another Superman, we need representation if you want to keep us.

Comment below your thoughts. 

Post by VIkki

Friday, February 26, 2021



PlayStation®5 Version of the Critically Acclaimed MMO Also Announced

SQUARE ENIX® today unveiled Endwalker™, the highly anticipated fourth expansion pack for FINAL FANTASY® XIV Online, the award-winning MMO with over 20 million registered players.

Scheduled to release fall 2021 for PC, the PlayStation®5, the PlayStation®4 and Mac, Endwalker features the climax of the Hydaelyn and Zodiark story, in which Warriors of Light will encounter an even greater calamity than ever before as they travel to the far reaches of Hydaelyn and even to the moon. In addition to bringing the long-running story arc that began with A Realm Reborn™ to its conclusion, Endwalker will mark a new beginning for the beloved MMO, setting the stage for new adventures that longtime fans and new players can enjoy together.

Endwalker made its debut during the first-ever “FINAL FANTASY XIV Announcement Showcase” as Producer and Director Naoki Yoshida presented a stunning new trailer which set the stage for this next chapter in the FINAL FANTASY XIV Online epic. The trailer is available here: https://youtu.be/7-bkJ2ZoW6k

A new healer job, Sage, as announced at the showcase

During the showcase, Yoshida also revealed the upcoming PlayStation 5 version of FINAL FANTASY XIV Online, scheduled to launch into open beta on April 13, 2021. The PlayStation 5 version will feature numerous upgrades from the PlayStation 4 version, including significantly improved frame rates, faster load times, 4K resolution support and more. Players whose FINAL FANTASY XIV Online service account has a registered license for the PlayStation 4 version may download and play the PlayStation 5 Upgrade Version at no extra cost at the start of the open beta period, while new players can experience the game on the PlayStation 5 through the Free Trial. The full version of the game will be available on PlayStation 5 following the conclusion of the open beta.

A trailer highlighting the PlayStation 5 version’s features is available here: https://youtu.be/L7ZEkdtTp8o

Players will journey to new areas, including the city of Radz-at-Han

The new expansion will bring an abundance of new features, including multiple new jobs, an increased level cap, vast new areas, updates to the battle system, a variety of new challenges to overcome, as well as crafter and gatherer content. At the showcase, details on much of the new content and features were announced for Endwalker:

  • Journey to Thavnair, the imperial capital of Garlemald, and even the Moon!
  • New Jobs: Sage and more – A first look at the Sage in action can be seen here: https://youtu.be/ASTGVJLBX14
  • Level Cap Increase from 80 to 90
  • Expansive new areas, including Garlemald, Thavnair, and the city of Radz-at-Han.
  • A New Tribe: the Arkasodara
  • New threats, including Anima.
  • New Dungeons
  • New High-Difficulty Raid: Pandæmonium
  • Secrets Revealed in a New Alliance Raid Series
  • New Small-scale PvP Mode
  • An Additional “Trust” System ally: Estinien Wyrmblood
  • A New Residential District: Ishgard
  • Updates to the Gold Saucer
  • Relaxing Fun in Island Sanctuary
  • New Gear and Crafting Recipes
  • Expanded Horizons via the Data Center Travel System

New threats await, including the fearsome Anima

Fans can look forward to more information on Endwalker at the FINAL FANTASY XIV Digital Fan Festival 2021, scheduled for May 14-15, 2021. This fully digital Fan Festival event will be streamed free of charge on the official FINAL FANTASY XIV channels.

For more information on FINAL FANTASY XIV: Endwalker, including press assets, please visit: https://press.na.square-enix.com
Having recently announced 20 million total registered players, there has never been a better time for newcomers to begin their adventures in the critically acclaimed FINAL FANTASY XIV Online saga. The recently expanded Free Trial now includes all content from A Realm Reborn and the Heavensward™ expansion (and updates through Patch 3.56), as well as an additional playable race (Au Ra), and three additional playable jobs (Dark Knight, Astrologian, and Machinist). Free Trial players can enjoy hundreds of hours of award-winning gameplay and story experiences equivalent to two full FINAL FANTASY titles, without limit on playtime.
Related Links
Endwalker Teaser Site: https://na.finalfantasyxiv.com/endwalker/
The Lodestone®: https://na.finalfantasyxiv.com/lodestone/
Official Facebook®: https://www.facebook.com/FinalFantasyXIV
Official Twitter®: @FF_XIV_EN
Official Instagram®: @ffxiv

Until next time, 

Vikki - Fangirl 

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Vin Diesel's Bloodshot is nominated for Academy Awards


February 11th, 2021 – Valiant Entertainment’s first feature film BLOODSHOT is nominated on the 93rd Academy Awards shortlist!

BLOODSHOT earned a spot on the Academy Awards’ shortlist of nominees for best visual effects. Starring Vin Diesel and released by Sony Pictures, BLOODSHOT is the first feature film based on a Valiant Entertainment character. Bloodshot follows the story of a nanite-infused super soldier whose memory has been altered.
The action-packed movie was number one worldwide in both theaters as well as in digital release. In addition, the film received praise from fans, earning a 4.3 out of 5 stars rating on Amazon Prime and a 78% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, and now is in the running for an Academy Award nomination.
Valiant is poised to become the next major universe of characters to take over Hollywood, with Valiant Entertainment’s second feature film, HARBINGER, partnering with Original Films and Paramount Pictures, with Justin Tipping set to direct. Harbinger portrays a group of outcast teens who discover they have latent superpowered abilities.
BLOODSHOT is now available on 4K/Blu-ray/DVD and digital wherever movies are sold. The next issue of the BLOODSHOT comic goes on sale February 24th.  

Until next time, 

Vikki - Fangirl 

Friday, February 19, 2021

Kingdom Hearts Series makes its way to PC



Eleven magical experiences come to the Epic Games Store March 30, 2021

SQUARE ENIX®, Disney and Epic Games today announced that for the first time ever, the KINGDOM HEARTS series is coming to PC via the Epic Games Store on March 30, 2021. Announced as part of the Epic Games Store Spring Showcase 2021, PC gamers can join Sora, Donald and Goofy to play through two classic KINGDOM HEARTS collections along with the critically-acclaimed KINGDOM HEARTS III + Re Mind (DLC) and recently released rhythm-action title KINGDOM HEARTS Melody of Memory, altogether delivering hundreds of hours of content across 11 magical experiences that make up “the Dark Seeker Saga.”
To watch the KINGDOM HEARTS series Epic Games Store Announcement Trailer, visit: https://youtu.be/BtSPwSvzVN8.
“It is truly a great pleasure to bring so many KINGDOM HEARTS adventures to PC gamers around the world,” said Producer Ichiro Hazama. “Our collaboration with Epic Games is one that stretches back to the development of KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, and as part of this ongoing relationship, the team at Epic Games have been incredibly supportive in helping us make this a reality. I’m incredibly excited for so many new players to discover and enjoy the action, magic and friendship of KINGDOM HEARTS on PC.”
A full list of KINGDOM HEARTS titles coming to the Epic Games Store is as follows:

  • KINGDOM HEARTS Re:Chain of Memories
  • KINGDOM HEARTS 358/2 Days (HD Remastered cinematics)
  • KINGDOM HEARTS Re:coded (HD Remastered cinematics)
KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue
  • KINGDOM HEARTS Dream Drop Distance HD
  • KINGDOM HEARTS 0.2 Birth by Sleep –A fragmentary passage–
  • KINGDOM HEARTS χ Back Cover (movie)
KINGDOM HEARTS Melody of Memory
All four KINGDOM HEARTS titles are now available to pre-order digitally on the Epic Games Store. These titles have been rated E10+ by the ESRB. Those who purchase KINGDOM HEARTS III + Re Mind (DLC) will receive an exclusive Epic Games Store “Elemental Encoder” Keyblade to use in-game. For more information, visit: www.kingdomhearts.com
For the latest assets, visit: https://press.square-enix.com/
Related Links:
Official KINGDOM HEARTS Website: www.kingdomhearts.com
Official KINGDOM HEARTS Twitter: @KingdomHearts
Official KINGDOM HEARTS Facebook: @KingdomHearts
Official KINGDOM HEARTS YouTube: www.youtube.com/KingdomHearts
Official KINGDOM HEARTS Instagram: @KingdomHearts
About the KINGDOM HEARTS Series
KINGDOM HEARTS is a series of role-playing games created through the collaboration of Disney and Square Enix. Since the first KINGDOM HEARTS was released in March 2002 for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the series has expanded with several additional entries. The series celebrated its 15th anniversary in 2017 and has shipped over 33 million units worldwide. Most-recently, KINGDOM HEARTS III, in 2019, allowed players to join forces with Donald Duck and Goofy for the adventure of a lifetime traveling across worlds based on beloved films like Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story, and Monsters, Inc., and Walt Disney Studios’ Pirates of the CaribbeanBig Hero 6TangledFrozen and more. Since launch, the critically-acclaimed RPG has shipped more than five million units globally, both physically and digitally, making it the fastest selling game in the history of the series.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Fate: The Winx Saga Review


IMDB Synopsis: A live-action adaptation of Nickelodeon's Winx Club (2004). It follows Bloom as she adjusts to life in the Otherworld, where she must learn to control her dangerous magical powers.

Fangirl Thoughts:  I was introduced to this show by two different people and I figured I would sit down and watch it. When I first heard about it, I wondered if it had any connection to the Nickelodeon cartoon and I was surprised that I was correct. 

The show is a darker, edgier version of the cartoon and it immediately sucked me in. Sadly the main character Bloom follows the old trope of the choosen one that makes ridiculous selfish mistakes but continues to land on her feet. Why can't we have a character that is strong and makes good decisions? I do not think that is too hard of a concept. 

The graphics do not look like they were high budget but I can understand that as it was only green lit for six episodes to see if they would be fans for the show. Let me tell you! This show sucks you in quick and I highly recommend it. I enjoyed the relationships between the characters as well as the different types of magic used in the show. 

There are whispers of the show getting a second season but nothing has been officially announced by Netflix so I guess we just have to wait and see. 

Until next time, 

Vikki - Fangirl 

Monday, February 15, 2021

New D23 News: Raya and the Last Dragon, Marvel News, plus more





Disney fans are invited to explore the making of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ lush fantasy-adventure Raya and the Last Dragon in the new issue of Disney twenty-three, which features a stunning wrap-around cover created exclusively for the publication. The epic film follows the young warrior Raya on her quest to find the titular last dragon in an effort to save her land from encroaching darkness. Kelly Marie Tran (who plays Rose Tico in the Star Wars galaxy) gives voice to the warrior with Awkwafina (Marvel Studios’ upcoming Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings) as the fabled dragon. The two stars, along with directors Don Hall and Carlos López Estrada, sit down to discuss creating this beautiful film that debuts in theaters and with Disney+ Premier Access on March 5.

In addition, a stunning fine art print of Raya concept artwork created by Disney animator and artist Paul Felix will be available exclusively to D23 Gold Members on shopDisney starting March 8 in a limited edition of 500.

Also in the new issue of Disney twenty-three, which is available exclusively to Gold Members of D23: The Official Disney Fan ClubThe Falcon and The Winter Soldier stars Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan and director Kari Skogland detail making the second Marvel Studios series for Disney+, and how these two characters deal with their return from “the blip.”

Fans around the world continue to enjoy the enduring legacy of Disney Legend Jim Henson. From Muppet Treasure Island (celebrating its 25th anniversary this year) and Dinosaurs (celebrating its 30th)—both available on Disney+—to Muppet*Vision 3D at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, which opened 30 years ago, Henson’s genius lives on in such diverse entertainment as The Muppets Present… Great Moments in American History at Walt Disney World Resort, as well as Muppets Now and Earth to Ned on Disney+. His son, director and producer Brian Henson, and puppeteers Dave Goelz and Bill Barretta discuss the longstanding relationship between Jim Henson’s creations and Disney.

Plus, Disney twenty-three sits down with superstar and Disney fan John Stamos to talk about his enduring love of the magic—from acquiring a certain theme park sign and DisneyBounding to his new Disney+ series Big Shot. Emmy®, and Tony Award®-winning actor Cynthia Erivo and the team behind Genius: Aretha reveal how they brought the legend to life.

Also included in the Spring issue of Disney twenty-three:

·  Director and producer Ron Howard reflects on his longstanding relationship with Disney

·  The stars and creative team behind Flora & Ulysses reveal high-flying details of the new Disney+ movie about a girl and her super-hero squirrel

·  Behind the blasters of the new Disney+ series Star Wars: The Bad Batch with Dee Bradley Baker

·  Captain America marks 80 super years in Marvel Comics

·  A look at Disney Legends Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston’s The Illusion of Life, a book that is as relevant today as it was 40 years ago

·  Recently retired Imagineering legend Joe Rohde toasts 15 thrilling years of Expedition Everest

·  Stunning images and amazing stores from National Geographic’s upcoming docuseries Secrets of the Whales

·  From the Desk of… Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Academy Award®-winning director Byron Howard (this fall’s Encanto)

·  Regular features including By the Numbers, Character Analysis, and Ask the Walt Disney Archives

Additional details will be available at D23.com. Disney twenty-three, which is delivered directly to fans’ doorsteps, is offered exclusively to D23 Gold Members as a benefit of their membership. The latest issue will begin arriving before the end of February.

About D23 The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his first studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney’s nearly 100-year history. It gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic year-round through its quarterly publication, Disney twenty-three; a rich website at D23.com with members-only content; member-exclusive offers and discounts; and special experiences for D23 Members throughout the year.

Fans can join D23 at Gold Membership ($99.99), Gold Duo Membership ($129.99), and General Membership (complimentary) levels at D23.com. To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow DisneyD23 on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

Until next time, 

Vikki - Fangirl 

Monday, January 18, 2021

Ghosts and Goblins Resurrection


As per Capcom PR Team: At The Game Awards 2020, Capcom announced Ghosts ‘n Goblins Resurrection and Capcom Arcade Stadium, two new titles for the Nintendo Switch™ system that pay homage to some of Capcom’s most revered arcade classics. Providing a modern take on a beloved franchise, Ghosts ‘n Goblins Resurrection will bring a haunting new adventure to life starting February 25, 2021, when it releases digitally across North America and Europe on Nintendo Switch for MSRP $29.99. For old-school fans and arcade novices alike, Capcom Arcade Stadium will usher 32 classic Capcom titles out of arcade machines and onto Nintendo Switch™ when it releases digitally in February 2021. More information on Capcom Arcade Stadium will be announced at a later date.

About Ghosts ‘n Goblins Resurrection:
The legendary platforming series rises again, as Ghosts ‘n Goblins Resurrection marks the heroic return of the series, which debuted over 35 years ago. Paying homage to Ghosts ‘n Goblins and Ghouls ‘n Ghosts, the latest entry combines the franchise’s action platforming gameplay with storybook-like graphics and challenging new obstacles. The new entry will once again follow the valiant knight Arthur as he runs, jumps and battles his way through eerie stages set in the Demon Realm, a demonic fantasy world. Arthur must overcome countless ghoulish foes on his quest to rescue the princess from the treacherous grasp of the Demon Lord. Brave knights will need to proceed with extreme caution as terrifying dangers await, including familiar enemies like Zombie, Skeleton Murderer, Pigman and Red Arremer.

Whether a longtime Ghosts ‘n Goblins fan or a newcomer, Ghosts ‘n Goblins Resurrection players can decide how perilous Arthur’s journey will be by selecting one of three different difficulties: Squire, Knight and Legend. New to Ghosts ‘n Goblins Resurrection is the Page mode, which allows untested apprentices to respawn on the spot with unlimited lives. To progress through the Demon Realm, Arthur must utilize everything at his disposal, from tried-and-true weapons like the Lance and Dagger to all-new additions like the Hammer and Spiked Ball. Arthur’s updated arsenal also includes various types of skills and magic, allowing players to bring game-changing spells like Firewall and Thunderstorm into combat. Arthur will need to master each of the weapon types and magic abilities to overcome his battle against evil and restore peace to the land.

About Capcom Arcade Stadium:
Capcom Arcade Stadium will allow players to bring home the electrifying thrill of an arcade with 32 action-packed classics, which includes a free download of 1943 - The Battle of Midway - and the original Ghosts ‘n Goblins as a stand-alone add-on. Retro fans can then choose to purchase up to three different arcade packs that highlight a different era of Capcom arcade goodness, from ‘80s classics like BIONIC COMMANDO and STRIDER to ‘90s favorites like SUPER STREET FIGHTER II TURBO. Players can also purchase the all-in pack containing all three packs of 10 games in addition to the Ghosts ‘n Goblins stand-alone add-on for maximum retro nostalgia. This must-have collection will include (up to four-player) local multiplayer for the games that support it. Additionally, each title comes with a variety of options that can be adjusted such as Game Speed, Difficulty Level, Display Settings, Display Filters and various frames including a variety of 3D-rendered arcade cabinets. Each game also comes with a Rewind feature, allowing players to jump back in time to save themselves (or a friend) from any unforeseen dangers.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Oculus Quest 2 Review

I received an Oculus Quest 2 for Christmas and conducted a review. 

I must be honest it is not as easy as you think to stream with and you will have to spend money to get set it up but it can be done. 

Will you be picking up an Oculus?

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

The Wilds Review


IMDB Summary: A group of teens must survive after a crash leaves them stranded. There's just one twist to this thrilling drama - these girls did not end up on this island by accident.

Spoiler Alert - My Thoughts: Okay so think Castaway meets The Maze Runner. This is basically a psychological experiment being run on a group of girls and we see the foolishness that happens. Like in Maze Runner there is an undercover agent and within this group there are actually two. 

The girls bond through various trials and we get to actually watch the puppet masters attempt to control everything. Obviously to make the show interesting, the puppet masters fail spectacularly throughout which is fun to watch. 

I started watching the show because I saw a friend post that the show was great and that there was a big twist. I sat and watched the show and to me there were no surprises or twists but it was an enjoyable show. When we see the girls after being rescued from the island, I immediately thought of the underground tunnels of Ancora Psychiatric Hospital. It was obvious to me that the girls were not actually rescued at this point and were still being experimented on so it came as no surprise to me as it was revealed.

 Another twist was the reveal of the second agent as the first was outted immediately. I picked that one out pretty easily. It is like when you read any mystery novel, any person that they point a finger at you must immediately rule out. The pulled a Usual Suspects moment and choose the person that appeared the weakest but in reality was watching and taking notes. I picked Nora as the other agent because one I was rooting for her just because she was Black and two because she made the most sense out of the ones left. 

The last big twist I believe is at the end when it is revealed that there is another island filled with just boys. I think this is no surprise because c'mon if you have any scientific background you know that you cannot just run one experiment with only 9 girls that is just a case study and cannot be extrapolated to the population. The goal of this study is to make a change and in order to make sure your data is not being influenced by unknown variables you have to run multiples just like in The Maze Runner. 

The show was overall fun and I look forward to seeing how it all plays out as the girls are aware that they are an experiment and to to see the aftermath of the shark attack. 

What did you think of the show?

Written by Vikki