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  1. How can one sum up the experience of Observation in a sentence? It’s like The Cloverfield Paradox but good? It has all the tension of Alien without the haunted house vibe? Can leave you scratching your head in a DAFAQ Space Odyssey kinda way? They all work yet can only give off a slight presence as to what you actually get by playing the game. Observation is a Narrative driven Puzzle based game which sees you on the Space Station Observation in the near future. A strange event has caused it to lose all power and have issues with its orbit. It is here we are introduced to the games main character Dr. Emma Fisher as she begins to address the player as Sam. Sam or System Administration and Maintenance is the ships A.I. yes you read that right, it is a space horror game where you play as the Stations A.I. overseeing all that you can. After some strange lights and noises everything blacks out as you lose power, find your memory banks damaged and for some reason you have transported the ship to Saturn where it isn’t supposed to be. That is the first 5 minutes of the game, everything the game wants you to know about the story and mystery therein is presented straight up off the bat. The pacing in Observation is for lack of a better word; perfect. The story is constantly moving forward but not in a way that is hard to keep up with, questions arise and get answered only leaving you hanging when it needs to dial up tension or play something into the greater mystery. Plot and story telling are among the highlights of Observation however with this being said the ending may come off unsatisfying to some, I really liked with its less is more approach to telling it’s tale but the build up is better than the pay off which is a shame. Observation is a great game to look at earning some mad props to No Code for creating a game that looks as good as Observation looks for the budget it was made on. The main colour themes through out the games play time change from a white and blue to a black and grey almost sepia colour palette which creates a beautiful safety with a lingering sense that something isn’t right to pop the tension off with that uncanny valley effect sepia can give off with its nostalgic vibes. The games biggest flaw for me was controlling the AI Sam and the learning curve that comes with it. While it is never bad it does become rather sluggish. Throughout the beginning of the game its rather simple Five Nights at Freddy’s camera switching gameplay allows you to explore and get a feel for the Space Station you are stranded in. While in this mode will be zooming in and out to read signs to figure out logic puzzles, scanning objects and opening doors it all works simply enough press R2 to scan followed by X to open, touch pad to quick jump all over the Observation etc. The problems come when you get control of drones to explore everywhere in the ship you couldn’t before and even stroll through space in some very cool set pieces. The drones are sluggish mostly allowing you to move in XYZ Axis’ meaning you need to slowly course correct in what feels like tank controls. This wouldn’t be so bad but you can look around in normal sleek and speedy fashion often leaving you disorientated more over leaving you lost in the vacuum of space. Ultimately Observation is a game that is best going in as blind as you can as it is one of the ones where talking too much will ruin the experience. The bottom line is play it, aside from some clunky controls it is one of the best games you probably missed so far this year. Observation is all about narrative fire and foremost it is driven by the mystery surrounding it and its quick pace keeps up with all the thrilling events yet allows the player to explore while leaving its secrets behind a curtain until they need to be revealed. Skips the Let’s Play as Observation is a force that deserves to be experienced first hand. Zombie was provided with an advanced copy of Observation to review on the Playstation 4.
  2. In my down time (at the wee hours in the morning) I have been getting through My Hero season 3 and I gotta say the show just gets better and better. So many best girls.
  3. Spider-Man: Far From Home -8/10- While not as good as Homecoming it is tonnes of fun.
  4. Childs Play -7.5/10- I am a huge fan of the franchise so when this remake was announced I didnt understand as the original series is still going well. However the remake was actually pretty fun, doesnt hold a handle to the original but it doesnt try to match it's dark sense of humor.
  5. Batman Vs Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles -7.5/10- Tonally this movie is a mess, there is a lot to appeal to the younger audience especially with the animation, a lot of it looks like its based on the Batman Unlimited stuff which is aimed at the younger demographic but Shredder is straight up throwing ninja stars in peoples eyes and cutting peoples heads off. The Turtles themselves look weird as they have no face, just eyes and a mouth and this bugged me the entire movie but it is really funny. Killer High -6.5/10- There is a high school reunion and its mascot comes back from hell (I think, im not sure its not really explained which is weird as the movie goes out of its way to explain why people cant just leae the area or call for help) and proceeds to kill everyone. There is some really cool moments and laughs to be had. For a Syfy Original its actually pretty damn good and the monster effects are top notch. Rottentail -7/10- Dude gets bitten by a mutated bunny and becomes a wise cracking mutatant bunny man. Its like a cross between Sin City, The Mask and The Toxic Avenger. If you enjoy this kinda schlock youll probably enjoy this though it is rather long coming in at just under 2 hours. But the last hour is pure gold.
  6. Apparently he yelled out from the road and that was good enough... As for it saying delievered by not being so the chick investigating it is blaming it all on the Warehouse who sent it.
  7. Complained just after that and got another "We will get back to you within 4 hours." they didn't but the tracking information says it has ben delievered to this adress, but its not anywhere around. Tried calling customer support but that was no help. This is ridiculous!
  8. Son of a bitch did it again. House full of people. Just put one of those 'We have something for you' cards in the mailbox.
  9. Monster Island - Oh boy. Asylum's take on Godzilla: King of the Monsters. I know most of you wont watch crap like this but if you care there will be spoilers here. It starts with some deep sea drilling via remote and the people controlling it who literally have a stick at their side to increase the speed of the sub/drone/mining thing. It gets destroyed so they leave the house they are in to go see whats happening to it in a 5 minute boat ride to a deep trench, cause ya know we all have a local. Some shit happens and they end up stuck on a floating Monster and someone is just like "Ah, the mythical Kaiju." and every else is just like "Sounds legit." We have no charismatic Japanese Ken Watanabe cause he has better shit to be doing so instead we have a French sea captain who is like "Yeah no shit it is a Kaiju. We know all about them." He literally states James Camerons The Abyss is based on a true story and this is a big conversation in the movie. So a fleet of Navy show up with all their boats and F-16 Fighter jets to blow it up but it has magma for blood yet those stuck on the floating Kaiju are just like, magma dont mean shit to me and it doesn't burn them. They talk to the Navy who are just like "Yeah its a Kaiju, I can fucking see that." Back before the 5 minute boat ride they introduced a new character who was all "This is my backstory so pay attention as it will be relevant later." So they have escaped and she is like "Holy shit my professor was right. Kaiju are real." So they are like "Lets go talk to her." But they cant cause she is a hermit now after being discredited for believing in Kaiju and here is the fucking twist she lives in a shack in the fucking SOUTH ISLAND, this whole movie has been talking place in New Zealand yet anytime they show the flag its Australias. They figure out the Kaiju is heading to Taupo cause it is the worlds most deadly volcano and if it gets there it will set of a Nuclear Winter. So they get to the shack of the Professor who is called Dr. Toshida, very Japanesey sounding name I thought, the actoress answers the door and shes fucking white and the only one with a Kiwi accent the entire movie. So she gives the big speel about Kaiju, but she calls them Kai-oh or Kai-ew and the big floating one is called Tengu because in Japanese it means destroyer (it doesn't) then after that intial naming it gets called "Tengo", with the info that it can only be defeated by another Kai-ew which can be found on Monster Island. They then show Monster Island on the map and it is fucking Stewart Island, I mean calling them monsters is a bit harsh isnt it? Anyway they try kill the first floating Kaiju with some chemicals but instead it starts giving birth by shooting eggs all across New Zealand who hatch and swarm the Taupo Volcano, this is when we see Taupo for the first time and it isn't the nice picturesque Lake Taupo where the volcano actually is but it looks like fucking Mordor being swarmed by dragons! So they believe once giving birth it died; we then cut to a news reporter on the coast who is like "People have swarmed the coastline to view the Kaiju.." and I'm thinking bitch there is only 4 people there and she continues "...Here in Bay of Plenty" so I retract my statement and let her carry on as it was a fair assesment. Then it comes back to life but grows wings so they go to Monster Island to wake up the Living Mountain and here she kinda makes the dinstinction that good ones are called Taniwha which I thought was kinda clever for it being set in New Zealand but everyone in the movie calls it Taniwa. Anyway it wakes up on its own but gets hefted as soon as it wakes (cause CG Kaiju battles cost money) and they recall some poem about how it wakes that it needs the blood of its enemy in its eye to become the Kai-oh Killer. They get a stick and put some lava on it (cause science) and build a big fuck off bow to shoot it into the eye of the Taniwa which it then explodes. Dr Whitey is then all "There are many more, some friends, some not." Roll credits. As far as I can tell none of it was filmed here so I have no idea why it had to be set in New Zealand, why it was never actually mentioned and why they cant even use our flag. It didn't dawn on me till the movie was almost over that I was like "How the fuck did they assume our Navy is more than a dude in a canoe with a shotgun. Like WTF, multiple Battleships, submarines, fighter jets an attack helicopters?"
  10. I let the modem one go, thought maybe he was having a bad day or something so I cut him some slack. Plus the modem was an easy replacement. The TV thing though I wasn't gonna let it go, I live near a bunch of main roads, a mall and pretty much directly across from an alley way to those main roads and mall. People often park in the street then go over to the mall so it sitting there in the driveway wasn't good enough especially since I was home and he didn't even knock on the door or anything. So that ended up with him getting a talking to and a permanant mark goin on his record with Courier Post. The dude that was dealing with it was really helpful and got on to it quickly. Couple of weeks later some chick rung me up and was like "I've talked to him, he said you are lying and I believe him so as a comprmise you can now just pick up all your packages from the depot." to which I shut her down cause she can get fucked if I'm going all the way out to the airport whenever I get a package. So complained again today and waiting to hear back, other than the "We will get back to you in 4 working hours" e-mail. He also writes the numbers on them in vivid and there have been times he has written the wrong number on it and delievered it to the wrong house. Luckily the neighbor was like "This aint right" and brought them over though he was pissed after it happened the third time.
  11. Seriously I think I have the laziest courier post driver in Christchurch! Got a modem, he just threw it over the fence. Broke the modem. Got a TV, just left it in the middle of the driveway for all to see. My PS4 controller up and died so I grabbed a couple of new ones in Days of Play along with some other things. Apparently no one was home despite there being people here at the time.
  12. After hearing people who worked on it say they were embarrassed I lost all hype. So far I would rank it as the second worse in the series, nothing really happens and it's kinda boring and way too serious. X-Men needs to have some fun to temper the seriousness. Last Stand may be a mess but at least it's a fun(ner) mess. Atleast Disney have started changing Scarlet Witch to introduce mutants into the MCU.
  13. X-Men: Dark Phoenix -6/10- meh. X-Men go out with a whimper.
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