Gotta Catch ’em All

As I’m in America for the next three weeks, Dota is unfortunately taking a back seat. With the new 7.00 update dropping so recently, this isn’t the best time; but oh well, my trip will be worth it. 

7.00 looks… Interesting. Having playing zero games on the new patch so far, I can’t say for sure how I feel about the changes but things definitely look interesting. The talents trees look good, especially when it comes to support heroes who can benefit hugely from the extra XP available. These could, and very well will, be game changing. 

The backpack is another interesting update, allowing less restriction when it comes to item combinations. Choosing between items is tough, but having three extra slots you can switch between on the move will be invaluable. 

For my trip, I treated myself to Pokemon Moon, the latest version in the Pokemon franchise. Before release, I was skeptical. Things look different. Too different. The island trials seemed strange and unknown. The Alolan variants seemed laughable in some cases. 

However, I’ve been pleasantly surprised. The story is engaging and actually interesting for once. I feel invested in the characters I’m playing with. This is definitely an improvement. The island trials are challenging as well, even with the EXP share being gained towards the beginning of the game. I find myself levelling my Pokemon to a high enough level above those I’m challenging, and still finding things kinda tough in cases. This is definitely a good thing. 

Down sides would be typical Pokemon problems. The story is slow to start, with the tutorial dragging on, teaching you each and every mechanic of the game. For new players, this is obviously of benefit; but for veterans of the franchise, this is somewhat of a bore. The characters help, but can only lessen the pain. 

Don’t let this put you off though, this generation of games are incredible. Pokemon is a franchise that I love, and a franchise that I’ll continue to love if they keep this up. 

Rating: 10/10 – Incredible 

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Sunday Funday 

So this week started stressfully and then ended very chill-ly. 

Three pieces of coursework to be finished by Wednesday was an arduous task to say the least. It meant late nights in uni for Monday and Tuesday. Slither.io and Pottermore (of all things) proved to be distractions that only lengthen the process. At least I was sorted into Ravenclaw, so it wasn’t all bad. 

Wednesday evening saw me rushing from Portstewart to Banbridge. All too stressful a journey for the distance travelled. 

Thursday and Friday were home days, finally getting to see my dog, Molly again. She’s still a bitch but she’s the best dog. 

Saturday began my travels again, heading from Northern Ireland across half the world to Virginia, USA. I enjoy travelling a lot, so this was a pretty enjoyable experience. Upon finally arriving in Washington D.C., Abbey and I hit up McDonald’s, being asked for change with a variety of reasons by the herds of homeless that surround the station. I think I come across as an easy target. 

Sunday was again a good day, with lunch at Nando’s being a highlight. We strolled around the city, taking our time between sights as we really were in no rush to get anywhere. Ending the day with a train journey from D.C. to Petersburg, before a short car journey to South Hill, VA, and Abbey’s house; my home for the next three weeks. 

This next week should be great, with the lead-up to Christmas always proving to be an eventful time. 

Thanks for catching up with me this Sunday evening. Stay classy, San Diego. 

Flight so far…

So my movies of choice were:

  • Ghostbusters (2016) – this is a movie I had yet to see, and felt I had to watch. It was alright. Don’t get me wrong, it held nothing against the original; but there were moments that were funny and moments that were actually good. Kate McKinnon stood out from the cast, as did Chris Hemsworth; however Leslie Mann and Melissa McCarthy seemed exaggerated and a lot of their humour seemed forced. I’d say this is worth a watch if it’s on and you have nothing to do, but I wouldn’t rush out to buy it or go out of my way to watch it. Don’t expect anything incredible either. Rating: 5/10
  • Lethal Weapon ( ) – this movie is great. The acting is great, the action is great. Everything. Mel Gibson and Danny Glover are both really impressive as Riggs and Murtagh. This film is almost as good as the It’s Always Sunny version. Rating: 8/10
  • Morgan (2016) – This movie was also good, I knew next to nothing about it so everything was a surprise. I liked the storyline, and the acting was pretty good. Toby Jones and Paul Giamatti are two of my favourite actors, and both of them perform in this film. The ending is interesting, but also seems rushed, with the build up being my favourite part of the film. Rating: 6/10

Furthermore, I managed to cram in possible the very best Game of Thrones episode to date: Battle of the Bastards. From start to finish, this episode just blows me away no matter how many times I watch it. The initial Battle for Mereen is a CGI masterpiece, with the dragons and Danaerys finally showing how much they kick ass. Then we get to the main event. The showdown between Jon Snow and Ramsay Bolton. This is one of the best battle sequences I’ve seen, definitely the best on TV. The manic nature of battle as well as the claustrophobia of close quarters combat is conveyed in such a great way. This episode cements Game of Thrones status as one of the greatest television shows of all time. 

Lunch was surprisingly good. The options were pasta bolognese or turkey, I went for the former. It tasted good; not amazing, but very good for airplane food. 

One small point. Nut allergies. Before take off, we received an announcement that a lady had asked that all passengers not eat any nuts during the flight, as there was a passenger with a serious nut allergy. I don’t know how I feel about this? I understand the concern, and I understand the reason; but banning nuts on an entire flight for one person? It takes me back to secondary school where similar circumstances occurred. Snickers were outlawed. Kinder Buenos were contraband. Carrying a bag of KP nuts risked the removal of a hand for disobedience. 

But alas, my M&Ms were just chocolate this time, so I didn’t care too much. 

4 hours until my flight from Boston to DC… Let’s find some food.