Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Top 10 Least Favorite Marvel Super Villains

Hi everyone I'm Jack Red, this could be one of my most hated blogs yet. Yes I am naming a lot of popular characters many people like but I simply don't like at all. This is actually going to be more upsetting than it's hero counterpart.

10. Norman Osborn

Here is the thing I do like Green Goblin. I simply can't stand Norman Osborn himself. This guy really goes out of his way to do horrible things to Spider-Man. At one point he commanded the Dark Avengers team. Norman also inspired some similar villains like Hobgoblin & Demogoblin. Although Hobgoblin is easily the best out of the three in my opinion.

9. Sentinels

Don't get me wrong in X-Men stories, it is a must to have Sentinels. In most of the Marvel universe however not so much. Sentinels are designed to capture or kill mutants. Unfortunately they quickly turn on humans no matter how things play out. Of course I should mention a unique leader model called Master Mold. A giant mobile Sentinel factor that's one of the tallest machines in all of Marvel universe. Sentinels are easily a pest themselves that constantly hunt mutants not caring at all. Who gets harm or how they capture their targets.

8. Blackheart

Blackheart does have some similarities to his father Mephisto. Both enjoy attempting to corrupt heroes. Both have a realm where they're at their most powerful. Blackheart is one of Ghost Rider's most dangerous enemies. A being made purely out of darkness within an alley in New York City. Blackheart did over throw his father to get the biggest slap to the face imaginable. After losing to Ghost Rider, he joined a villain team with not much activity since. Also it doesn't help he loves going all out against any enemies.

7. Red Skull

Yes I know a lot of people may respect how he is Captain America's greatest enemy. I didn't put him on this list simply because he is a Nazi. Look at how many people would do that to simply get a reaction out of people. Red Skull is constantly trying to beat his nemesis even in Hell. This guy's way of thinking really makes you question his motivates & methods.

6. Juggernaut

WOW you must be kidding me right Jack? Let's be honest just like Sentinels, Juggernaut is also a must have villain in X-Men stories. Now with that out of the way, Juggernaut does the same exact things. He goes around destroying builds, challenging a super hero team or a powerful hero to a fight. His only real weakness involves removing the helmet. Which is easier said than done scenario. So many people who don't know the character label him as a mutant. Yet he was actually given powers by someone to be an avatar of a god true story. This gave him limitless stats along with immortality. This guy has all the makings of being unstoppable but his state of mind greatly holds him back.

5. The Leader

Speaking of minds, we should talk about Hulk's nemesis. The Leader is basically the ultimate brain to Hulk's ultimate body. This guy actually a coward that makes people do his own dirty work. Unlike Hulk, his mutation is flawed that's kinda confusing to explain. Sometimes he becomes smarter at random while other times he starts changing back before he got his powers. The Leader tries to out wit Hulk to best him. To this very day, he still haven't gotten a single win over Hulk. I mean come on The Abomination is more of a challenge.

4. Absorbing Man

One of several villains Thor's brother Loki gave powers. Absorbing Man was a criminal that was going to be sentenced to death. Loki found a way to trick him into drinking a potion to transform him into Absorbing Man. As his name strongly suggests he has the power to take traits of whatever he is touching. Depending on what it is, his durable could be slightly over a normal person or many times over. Of course he prefers using his ball & chain against all kind of enemies. This guy is sorta a test for super hero to prove they could handle god like beings that aren't powerful.

3. Mysterio

So many people compare Mysterio to DC's Scarecrow. Very soon I will be doing that once again. For right now Mysterio used to work on movies with special effects. He decided as a surprise to quickly become a criminal. Sadly this ended badly with his life falling apart from this mistake. Every since then, Mysterio always comes after Spider-Man from time to time. Just like DC's Scarecrow, Mysterio isn't a good fighter. Also his appearance is in between what I consider interesting & an absolute joke. I mean come on look his helmet oh scary a shining bowl helmet.

2. Scarecrow

Not a lot of people actually know Marvel has it's own Scarecrow character. Scarecrow not to be confuse with DC's Scarecrow used to work in the circus. He too was all about scaring people but palm sucks at it. Sometime after he died, he got revived with some powers. One of which includes manipulating people's fears. If it isn't obvious by now then let me explain why this Scarecrow sucks. Yes he does have some character traits over his DC counterpart. However everything else about his character is incredibly not hilariously boring. This guy isn't around as close as much as his DC counterpart. True story in a crossover story arc, both Scarecrows actually met each other. In a follow up story arc where many characters got combined into each other. Scarecrow was the only exception to maintain his original name following the merge. You see in DC, Scarecrow has plenty of ways on scaring people. Some of his appearances especially a select few in other forms of media are terrifying. Also he perfectly finds in many Batman story arcs. Sadly the same really can't be said for his Marvel counterpart. This is one of the very rare cases I strongly prefer the DC counterpart of it's Marvel counterpart.

Update: I didn't know at the time of writing this. There actually was two Scarecrows in Marvel universe. The other Scarecrow now goes by the name Straw Man. Based on what I know from a few websites. I do prefer Straw Man a lot more over this Scarecrow. Although both of them are still not much better than DC's Scarecrow. Straw Man is actually a super hero to my surprise.

1. Shuma-Gorath

Shuma-Gorath flat out just isn't fair to go up against. Not only physical attacks are completely useless. Being the God of Chaos, Shuma-Gorath constantly attacks your mind at a rate many magic users can't handle. Even some of the most powerful magic users like Dr. Strange has difficulty handling him. Just like Dormammu, Shuma-Gorath can survive even with his entire body being completely destroyed. One interesting fact is unlike most gods in Marvel universe. Shuma-Gorath has no true form but does prefer the form in the picture above since it does bring out fear in people. This being will even kill his own worshipers. Parts of him does fit Dr. Strange to a degree. At the same time being what many magic user's greatest challenge. It is difficult to imagine a mortal taking down a god like this.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Jack Red reviews Spider-Man & Venom series

Hi everyone I'm Jack Red, today I wanted to review a complete game series I got as a kid. True story my parents took me to a game store. I ended up leaving with both Spider-Man & Venom games on Genesis. Yes the same day with Maximum Carnage being the rare red cartridge version. I want to review these games for old time's sake.

Even more recently I haven't done anything like that. More recently I got Saints Row 2, The Third, IV & Gat out of Hell for free on GOG. I also got Saints Row 2 for free on Steam the same week. A while back I gotten the entire Sonic collection on Steam in one go. If you are a big enough fan for what you love, go for it.

1. Spider-Man & Venom: Maximum Carnage

Very recently I talked about all the Marvel games I owned on Genesis. I will try not to repeat too much what I said. I absolutely love the soundtrack to this game. You get a great variety of bosses through out the game. You do have the play the first few levels as Spider-Man before you can play as Venom. Honestly I prefer Venom more as a character & I usually play as him in both these games. There are clear differences in how both characters fights. Venom is strong, tougher & has more protection. Spider-Man is faster, more combo based & easier to use webbing. This is directly based on Maximum Carnage comic story arc. This was the origin & debut of the Spider-Man villain Carnage whose my favorite Spider-Man villain. Yes this game does get repetitive with SNES version having tough to enter codes. You are strictly forced to play this without cheating. Another cool feature is you can switch several times between characters. Actually doing that does changes the story as well as the levels. This is like two different versions of the same game are available to play. Honestly more recently I don't mind that. This is hands down one of the best comic book games ever made.

2. Venom/Spider-Man: Separation Anxiety

I already stated in a very recently blog how disappointing this sequel is. It's time to explain even further why that is. This is loosely based on Separation Anxiety comic story arc. Most symbiotes introduced in that story does appear in this game. You will fight the same designed enemies so often you quickly lose interest. Sometimes the enemies gets too many on screen & cheap attack you. Mostly leading to many unnecessary deaths. The bosses do repeat so often you quickly realized how to take them out faster. At the same time you kinda hope there was more bosses. Late in the game you have to take on most bosses again. Thankfully you can use the password system to skip to levels & cheat. This game is simply boring, repetitive & lacks anything surprising as it's precursor. For starters unlike Maximum Carnage, although their stories are told differently. You have to play the same exact levels as both characters. Unfortunately there isn't any climbing leveling that could've helped here. The background does often get in your way a lot more often than it does in Maximum Carnage. So many changes could've made this a slightly better game. It still wouldn't be as close as good as Maximum Carnage.

Although it is both obvious & pointless I want some people want to know what's the official rankings.
2. Venom/Spider-Man: Separation Anxiety
1. Spider-Man & Venom: Maximum Carnage

Why I Prefer Marvel Games Back in My Child Hood?

Hi everyone I'm Jack Red, this following topic is one of the major reasons I got more into Marvel. Just going by the games I had from both comic book companies on my Genesis growing up. You will understand why I ended up becoming a bigger Marvel fan. Although DC is better in several ways making it virtually an endless debate.

This is strictly based on not only my opinion but also personal experiences with each game. I spent many hours on all of these as a kid. I was heavily into this console to constantly want more games from it. I don't want anyone to take this personally even at the slightest. Also there are overviews not real reviews of each game presented in this blog. If I ever own all five Batman Genesis games or both X-Men games for that matter. I promise to do a true review of those games.

First up I will list all the games I had from both sides before kicking things off with a boom no pun intended.

DC
1. Batman Forever

One of two beat em up games based on the same Batman movie. OMG the controls are some of the controls I ever experienced. Thankfully I didn't get it's SNES counterpart that's widely known for having even worse controls. There really isn't much to say about it. Except only cheating & training mode are worth playing. Otherwise go play another game.

2. Batman Returns

This is a very mixed received Batman game for many reasons. Yes it doesn't do a great job following the movie it's based on. At the same time I do prefer this being more true to that movie's dark nature than it's SNES counterpart. I do agree based on what I seen that SNES version is the best version. I still have a lot of feelings for Genesis version. This is still one of the better Batman Returns games as well as those on Sega Genesis itself. Yes this game is known for it's difficulty. At least you get infinite continues to help out a little bit. Also there does exist a level select code.

The Adventures of Batman & Robin

Hands down the best Batman game on the console. Second best among it's series of games around that time. This is easily one of the most impressive games for a licensed title I ever played. A strong presentation with an amazing soundtrack despite lacking the theme song. Of course I shouldn't even need to say this game's biggest problem. For those that never heard of or played this version buyers be aware. Why because this game is insanely difficult even on level 1 with two players. It does a great job being what it is but once again based on what I seen. I do agree it's SNES counterpart is the better game for many great reasons. Some of the sprite works alone made this a must buy for Genesis fans. This was one of the most ambitious games on the console. Sadly the team behind this & it's Sega CD counterpart closed down.

Marvel
1. The Punisher

I didn't know during my child hood that this was a port of an arcade game. I will say I have a lot of fun memories playing it. A solid beat em up with you with a friend can be The Punisher & Nick Fury respectively. This port does an amazing job recreating many things from the arcade version. Easily one of the best arcade beat em ports I ever played. This is a tough game but well worth playing for hours.

2. The Incredible Hulk

Oddly Probe didn't make many Marvel games. In fact they did more DC licensed games including a rare horrible SMS Flash game. In comparison to Batman Forever, this is a much better game. Not only it looks, sounds & plays better. You can use weapons a lot more easier than attempting to use a gadget in Batman Forever. Depending on your difficulty gives you a different ending. There is a learning curve with this being a tough game. I do say if you are a Hulk fan you should check this out. This still stands as one of the better Hulk games that's kinda under the radar recently.

3. X-Men

Hell yeah X-Men maybe one of the toughest games on the console. OMG everything in many areas is so damn good. You get to play as several X-Men members that you can switch out at any given time. You also get some supporting X-Men members that will take some time learning how to use properly. Honestly even if I didn't get very far as a kid. I do love this game a lot even right now as a adult. This game was amazing for it's time. One day I hope I get to play X-Men 2: Clone Wars. I swear among most Genesis fans considers it one of the absolute best Marvel games on the console. X-Men is difficult in many ways making the learning curve a little strict. If you are lucky, maybe you can pull off a level select code. Also not playing this on the actual console or emulators. Beating a particular level is made impossible since you must press the reset button on your console to complete it. This issue alone made this difficult to port off the Genesis.

4. Spider-Man & The X-Men in Arcade's Revenge

I really don't like this game at all especially now as a adult. Yes I do agree the music is great. I am glad the Spidey sense noise got removed from SNES version. Also if you get a game over but beaten the beginning Spider-Man level. You can skip that level as long your game is on. Sadly a game with a lot of potential ends up being close to not being playable. This is way too hard for all the wrong reasons. Yes this game did nail Spider-Man's controls but everybody else was forgotten about. This game is a painful suffering to the mind awaiting to happen. I dare you to play it without game genie to see how far you can push on through. This game was rushed by Acclaim according to reports since they clearly wanted money. They never realized giving more time & adding another team could've made a huge difference.

5. Spider-Man & Venom: Maximum Carnage

Everybody loves this game with an passion including myself. OMG I can't believe this is one of the absolute best Spider-Man games. You can play as Spider-Man & Venom taking on Carnage's group often. I usually get pretty far as a kid at least up to the park level. Everything about this game works incredibly well especially it's soundtrack. You get many support characters that like X-Men game does require time & experience in knowing how to use them. This is a tough game but plenty of fun especially with two players.

6. Venom/Spider-Man: Separation Anxiety

Finally we get to the disappointing sequel to Maximum Carnage. Yes you do get passwords to levels & codes. But after playing the first few levels you quickly realized that's all you do. You have to survive the trap room several times that isn't fun. Thankfully you can start with either character instead of just Spider-Man for a few levels like in Maximum Carnage. The soundtrack isn't too bad but maybe it's me I kinda prefer Genesis version of it over SNES version's. There is just something off about how some songs & sounds in SNES version based on what I seen. This game ends up being too repetitive for the wrong reasons. At the same time in some ways is actually easier than it's precursor. Mostly in memorizing boss patterns making them much easier later on. Also get use to being surrounded by enemies. You have to endure this problem so often. This game is okay nothing special but far from the worst Marvel games on the console.

To sum up why I ended up loving my Marvel games more than my DC games should be clear by now. They're more playable, better controls, difficulty was balanced better & more variety. Even Batman Forever couldn't handle Spider-Man & The X-Men in Arcade's Revenge. The best Batman game was simply way too damn hard. Level skip code doesn't help that much. If you were to play it the way you originally want to. Sadly I must point to a game genie for additional help. These Marvel games do hold up better. Yes most of them are beat em up games. The old saying goes if it isn't broken don't fix it. A perfect quote for how replayable most of these games are. They all played to their strengths better in the long run. I will say the two Batman games are worth checking out. I highly recommend Maximum Carnage, The Punisher and X-Men out of all these games. Marvel really tried their best to make everyone happy during my child hood.

Top 5 Secret Reoccurring Messages in The Simpsons

Hi everyone I'm Jack Red, it's been a while since I did a Simpsons blog. So I figured to take on a tricky topic for you today. The five most reoccurring secret messages I noticed while watching The Simpsons. I'm caught up on every single episode to know all of them are still being done today.

5. Treehouse of Horror is a excuse to do risky concepts & get away with it
This shouldn't be a surprise to any Simpsons fan. In these episodes many of your favorite character dies. Some earlier stories actually come off more scary than being funny. The level of creativity alone in these Halloween episodes are mind blowing. Each story within these episodes are stand alone & non canon to majority of episodes. Thus they can pretty much do anything & yes I do mean anything they want.

4. Sometimes having too many characters strangely builds up humor
This is kinda a weird reoccurring message I keep noticing. Regularly having too many characters on screen can easily ruin the jokes. In many occasions however these characters do bring something to the show. In a weird way even in failed attempts there's something about it we fans loved. The Simpsons has a ridiculous amount of characters to begin with. You can't deny how ridiculous a little joke quickly becomes with so many characters. Obviously this is done better in earlier seasons.

3. The Simpsons family isn't that different from your family
Let's be honest The Simpsons family is very similar to many real life families. You will always get into arguments with them. No matter how bad things gets, you will stay together. Who doesn't have a dad somewhat like Homer or a mom like Marge? Most families has pets such as cats & dogs. The kids do go to elementary school. Homer works at a nuclear plant. Not everyone works there or at similar jobs. Homer does have including many non canon jobs. Sometimes you have to work multiple jobs for your family. Of course many of us has a grandpa similar to Abe Simpson including myself. Despite doing things only they can do. A good amount of their concept is exactly what a true family stands for.

2. Everyone is two faced

I'm sure I'm not the only one to notice this secret message. Probably the second most reoccurring secret message I kept noticing is everyone is two faced. That's right it doesn't even matter what the topic is. Even good people on this show has turned away from The Simpsons like Ned Flanders. You got to love having one of the Simpsons talked or believed into doing something. To only found out that's not what their friends wanted. In return quickly having people turned against them. This also occurs to many other reoccurring characters like Principal Skinner & Mayor Quimby. Even over something as little as playing a game or being interested in someone else gets you quickly into trouble. There are plenty of times the entire town of Springfield turned against The Simpsons. In fact one particular episode was tricking them into not coming to the town meeting to have them removed from it. This led to everybody moving not too far away from the old Springfield. The way things play out sometimes is ridiculous. Not Family Guy or South Park ridiculous but you still get the idea. Sometimes even The Simpsons family goes against each other. No body is truly safe in Springfield.

1. Everything actually exists within The Simpsons universe
This is hands down the most notable secret message of The Simpsons. Not including Futurama that's actually canon to some degree to The Simpsons since both shows were created by the same guy. Ever since the very first episode, The Simpsons kept bringing in so many pop culture classics. Even throwing in their games, almost everything you can possibly think of is secretly a part of The Simpsons. There is one of my favorite ending episode jokes. Where many different versions of The Simpsons shows up. This joke by itself proven my theory that everything in some form exists within The Simpsons universe. Although it is technically an episode of Family Guy, The Griffins did cross over with The Simpsons. Other cartoon icons like The Hills from King of the Hill has cameo on the show. More recently they heavily referenced Pokemon. Some of their newer cough gags are direct references to many cartoons like Ren & Stimpy, Robot Chicken, Rick & Morty with several others. In The Simpsons Game, they reference many video game franchises including EA themselves. The actual show kept makes insults towards Fox since they did agree to a crazy contract. Where no matter how insulting the joke is, Fox won't be allowed to cancel the show. This level of control over that channel alone allowed so much to be possible in the first place. No matter how you look at it, everything does in fact exists in The Simpsons universe. There's plenty of movie inspired episodes. The real possibilities of what The Simpsons can do is virtually limitless.