*REVIEW* ThreeZero – Titanfall Atlus

INTRO:

Titanfall, arguably one of the best games available for the Xbox One, also has some of the most interesting and fresh character and bot designs (from the amazingly talented Joel Emslie)  I’ve seen in a game in a long while. The incredible art direction, along with the high pedigree of the game’s developers forced me, a non-XboxOne-owning-PS4-guy, to scoop up the game for my PC the second it was available. I played it almost religiously for months, squeezing in a round or three whenever I could, to step up my game, marvel at the graphical spit-shine and beautiful giant robots adorning my screen. While I’m certainly not the best player in the game, because of it’s exciting character/bot designs and new twist on the ol’ FPS formula, it has a special place in my video game addled heart. I often find myself thinking, “I should try to play Titanfall today when I get home from the office”. Unfortunately, as is so often the case, life gets in the way and my time to spend playing video games isn’t frequent. But when I read Threezero’s announcement that they were working on toys for Respawn’s massive hit, my ears perked up and my pulse quickened. Unexpectedly, my mouse/trigger finger started twitching. I hit save on the Zbrush sculpt I’d been working on and found myself swept back into to the world of Titanfall. Stomped, punched and shot by these lovely Titan’s all over again. And I loved it.

I seriously haven’t been so excited to see a toy manifest since ThreeZero started trickling out production shots of Atlas and his pilot, months ago. But I had to question, given the insanely complex robot designs and details layered upon details.. how any toy company could pull it off properly?

Well, sometimes it pays to have faith and when it’s coming from ThreeZero, I have a LOT of faith. Continue reading

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SDCC 2012 Cosplay

I’ve received more emails asking me when I was going to post my SDCC 2012 Cosplay article than any other singular topic in the past six months. I answered with the claim that it’d be posted over the weekend. This past weekend. Obviously, despite my best efforts, I was unable to get it posted in the time frame I’d planned.

Well here we are, and here it is. Thank for sticking around!

The cosplay at SDCC this year blew me away. Despite seeing pics of it from past years, I wasn’t prepared for how amazing, and occasionally, how purposefully bad you guys are at doing this stuff. I’ve always somewhat admired the talent and downright guts of the individuals who throw themselves into creating and wearing these outfits year after year. Each day at SDCC I was blindsided by the crazy amount of dedication cosplayers have to their craft. Sure, some simply wore their costumes and walked around, occasionally posing for pics. But others would actually take on their role with true purpose, adding voice, poses and actions to their arsenal. I watched a rather impressive ad lib performance by a fantastic looking Joker and Harley Quinn duo. A guy in believable Batman suit was harmlessly walking by them while they were posing for some shots. Without warning they jumped into action, swirling around him and pulling out all the cackling “Joker-ish” mannerisms you could think of. The Batman, sorta went along with it, but obviously wasn’t all about throwing himself into his character as they were. A good sport all the same, and made for a few good photos.

One person who I’d say was the MOST dedicated to wearing a inconvenient costume all day long is actually someone I wasn’t able to get a shot of due to my camera’s battery being dead. She was this thin, 5 ft 6 girl, dressed as some obscure anime character. Her outfit wasn’t all that impressive from what I remember, but she carried with her a giant mace/axe/bullet/weapon that had to be at least 20 feet tall. How much would that suck to lug around all day? Golf clap, young lady, golf clap.

On to the pictures, as I know that’s all you really care about despite my tinkering with this quick prose. Due to the exorbitant amount of photos I’ve at my disposal, I’m not going to try and post them all here. I’m posting several of my favorites (though not all of them) and the rest you can check out over on our Facebook page.

Enjoy!

A big thanks to everyone who took the trouble to dress up and stop every five seconds for photos! If you see yourself here, post a comment or drop me an email!

See you next year!