Metal Gear Timeline part 4 (MGS1: The Twin Snakes, MGS2: Sons Of Liberty)

POST METAL GEAR 2: SOLID SNAKE

  • (JANUARY 1, 2000)- Major Zero will not let The Patriots to be run by the next generation so he sets up four AI’s and one core AI. Those AI’s are GW,TJ,AL,TR, with the core AI, JD. (Think of it as a digital Mount Rushmore). Those AI’s make the decisions of the state of the world including presidents, wars, weapons, medical, and more. During this time, Eva and Ocelot plans to break away from The Patriots and to retrieve Big Boss’ body.
  • (FEBURARY 2000)- George Sears ( Solidus Snake) becomes the president of the United States and Liquid Snake becomes the new leader of FOXHOUND. The Members he recruited for his upcoming rebellion against The Patriots are Ocelot, Physcho Mantis, Sniper Wolf, Decoy Octopus, and Vulcan Raven.
  • (2003)- Para-Medic dies in a lab explosion caused by Gray Fox. This Explosion was planned by Eva.
  • (2004)- Big Boss’ DNA was starting to be used for the Genome Soldiers
  • (FEBURARY 2005)- Kaz “Master” Miller has been killed in his home by an unknown assailant. Also, during the mission briefing between Solid Snake, Roy Campbell and Naomi Hunter, Hunter Injects Snake with nanomachines and the FOXDIE virus

METAL GEAR SOLID 1: THE TWIN SNAKES

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(2005)-SHADOW MOSES INCIDENT: After threatening to launch a nuclear strike with the American-developed Metal Gear REX Liquid Snake, Who is now the leader of FOXHOUND, demanded that the U.S. Government hand over the remains of Big Boss and $1 billion dollars, issuing a deadline of 24 hours. The Genome Soldiers of the NGSF (Next Generation Special Forces) had been subject to advanced gene therapy, involving the use of Big Boss’s “soldier genes” to enhance their combat skills and senses. Big Boss’s DNA was considered to be a highly secretive and sensitive project and the U.S. government could not allow this information to be revealed to the public due to the controversial nature of the genetic enhancement of soldiers. The DNA was also considered a priceless treasure to the U.S. military, and the government could not allow it to fall into the wrong hands. Solid Snake must infiltrate Shadow Moses to rescue the DARPA chief Donald Anderson (The Patriots member Sigint) and Kenneth Baker. Once he finds Donald (who is Disguised by FOXHOUND member Decoy Octopus), he tells Snake about the Metal Gear REX project that is being held in one of the other buildings. moments later, He gets a “heart attack” and dies (the real Donald Anderson died due to Ocelot’s torture). Snake meets Meryl for the first time as they both take down a horde of soldiers until Physco Mantis appears to take control over her as she is escaping. In a few rooms ahead, Snake meets Ocelot for the first time while he saw Kenneth Baker tied up to a wall with C4 explosives around him. Snake and Ocelot have a gun duel until Gray Fox appears and cuts off Ocelot’s right arm. Ocelot then fled as Kenneth baker tells Snake that he has to find Hal “Otacon” Emmerich. When Snake finds him, he encounters Gray Fox ( Snake did not know that he survived the events of the Zanzibar Land Disturbance). Snake defeats Fox as he escape. Otacon tells Snake about Metal Gear REX and he had no idea that it was being used to strike the United States. Snake tracked down Meryl, but she only had one of the three detonation override keys on her. Heading to the REX hanger by way of the Communication Towers, Psycho Mantis took control of Meryl using his psychic powers. Snake had to knock Meryl out in order to save her. Snake proceeded to defeat Mantis who read both their minds, mentioning that he and Snake had a shared suffering, and predicting a great turmoil that awaited he and Meryl. On their way to the towers, Sniper Wolf shot Meryl and used her as bait to lure Snake out. Snake, devastated, headed back to the armory to get a PSG1 Sniper Rifle in order to battle Wolf. Finding one, he immediately headed back and managed to out-snipe Wolf. Snake was then captured and tortured by Ocelot who took the launch data Baker gave to Snake. Snake resisted the torture, knowing that if he gave in, Ocelot would kill Meryl. Solid Snake was then put in a cell as he found the real body of Donald Anderson. He eventually escapes thanks to Otacon and he then battles Liquid snake while he is using the Hind D, Vulcan Raven and Physco Mantis and Sniper Wolf. All of which he killed except liquid. Once Snake finds REX, Liquid took control of it and used it to battle Snake. During the battle, Gray Fox appears again but Liquid killed him while he tried to defend Solid Snake. Snake then destroys REX and him and Liquid have one final battle on top of REX in which Solid Snake won. Him and Meryl escape the facility as the mission is over. Meanwhile, Ocelot has a phone conversation about the entire event to the President of the United States George Sears (Solidus Snake) and that he has a plan with the data retrieved from Metal Gear REX.

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POST METAL GEAR SOLID 1: THE TWIN SNAKES

  • (MARCH 2005)– Naomi Hunter is arrested and sent to prison until Ocelot breaks her out 3 weeks later. Also, Ocelot sells the data of Metal Gear REX on the black market in the entire world. This resulted in every nation making a pirated version of the weapon.
  • (JUNE 2005)– Solidus Snake “resigns” as the President of the United States. In reality, The Patriots fired him due to suspicion of him trying to break away from the group. He then forms Dead Cell with Vamp, Fortune and Fatman.
  • (2006)- Ocelot has Liquid Snake’s arm grafted in place of the one Gray Fox cut off as a plot to rescue Big Boss’ body and free him.
  • (LATE 2006)– Solid Snake and Otacon formed Philanthropy in order to stop the construction of pirated Metal Gears.
  • (JANUARY – MAY 2007)– Raiden goes into VR Training. In April, He met Rosemary. Meanwhile, Olga Gurlukovich gave birth to her daughter but she was kidnapped by agents of The Patriots

METAL GEAR  SOLID 2: SONS OF LIBERTY

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(JULY 2007)- TANKER INCIDENT: Solid Snake heads to the USS Discovery in Manhattan to find out if the rumors of a new type of Metal Gear is being developed. Some time after he went on the ship, he battles Olga. He assumed that she was working for the Patriots. Snake then heads to the bottom of the ship after the battle and he finds out that the United States are using Metal Gear RAY to counter all of the other Metal Gears. After Snake takes photos and send them to Otacon to leak on the internet. Ocelot appears and told the head of the Marine Corp that “he was taking Metal Gear back” to The Patriots (in reality, to Solidus Snake). Ocelot proceeds to kill him and Sergei Gurlukovich. Before he hijacked RAY, Snake encounters him but suddenly, Due to the arm he grafted from Liquid’s body, Ocelot has been possessed by the soul of Liquid snake. Liquid told Solid that he was “drowning in time” (referring to the FOXDIE virus) and that he will sink with the ship. Liquid leaves with RAY as Snake is presumed dead while the tanker sunk.

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POST TANKER INCIDENT

  • (LATE 2007)– Emma Emmerich leaves the NSA and is recruited by The Patriots to do work on one of the AI’s, GW
  • (2008)- Sundowner retired from the military and began working for Private Military Companies

(APRIL 2009)-BIG SHELL INCIDENT: Raiden and Solid Snake head to the Big Shell separately but they do eventually meet after Raiden meets Vamp for the first time. Raiden is also unknowingly used by The Patriots S3 plan in order to provide data to the Patriots AI, GW. Raiden then encounters Fatman as he planned to blow up the entire Oil Rig until Raiden killed him. Raiden then meets Richard Ames during a hostage Situation that was Being led by Ocelot and Solidus. Richard tells him about the 12 supposed “members” of The Patriots. Also, as he was telling Raiden about why the Big Shell was actually there, Ocelot killed him and Raiden escapes. After the battle with Fortune and Vamp, Raiden and Snake meet up again along with Otacon. Otacon wanted Raiden to Find Emma so she can upload the Virus to try to shut down GW. After she did, Vamp killed her as Raiden battles him again until he got away. Everyone finds out that Big Shell is actually holding Arsenal Gear on the very bottom that was being sanctioned by Solidus Snake. Snake comes up with a plan to get onto Arsenal gear by having Olga knocking Raiden out just for Solidus to find him so Snake can sneak on. After a few run ins and the battle against copies of Metal Gear RAY. Solid Snake, Raiden, Fortune and Solidus Snake have a confrontation until Ocelot appears. Ocelot tells everyone that the entire incident was planned by The Patriots to recreate the Shadow Moses Incident and to see who is the perfect soldier (in this case, Raiden). Ocelot proceeds to kill fortune in self defense and he becomes Liquid Ocelot once again when Liquid possessed him. Liquid plans to take The Patriots down and told them all that he will meet them again before he left with Metal Gear RAY.  Arsenal Gear then crashes into Manhattan moments later and then Raiden and Solidus have a sword battle until Raiden kills him. After that, Snake and Otacon reviews the data from GW and it reveals the 12 “members” of The Patriots. It turns out that all 12 members were dead for at least 100 years and one of them was the biggest contributor. To note this, the 12 members are actually the first group of The Philosophers, The Wisemen’s Committee.

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Metal Gear Timeline part 3 (Events in the 1980’s to the 1990’s, Metal Gear, Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake)

POST METAL GEAR SOLID 5: THE PHANTOM PAIN

  • (1985)- VR Training is researched and developed.
  • (MID 1985)– Big Boss meets Frank Jaeger again and his adopted sister Naomi Hunter and takes them both back to America.
  • (1987)- The lord’s resistance army insurgency begins in Uganda and Drebin is kidnapped by the Guerrilla Forces and is forced to fight as a child soldier.
  • (1988)– During the Iran-Iraq war, Saddam Hussein launched the AL-Anfal campaign. During this campaign, Sniper Wolf’s family was killed due to the airstrikes.
  • (MID 1989)– Sundowner became involved in the Invasion of Panama.
  • (NOVEMBER 1989)- Big Boss establishes the mercenary nation state and fortress of Outer Heaven in South Africa.
  • (DECEMBER 1989)- Jack (Raiden) participates in the Liberian Civil War as a child soldier recruited by Solidus Snake. During this time, Solidus killed his parents and raised Jack. Also, Jack developed his ” Jack The Ripper” persona.
  • (1990)– Big Boss returns to the United States to take control of FOXHOUND once again to start his war against Zero. Also, Frank Jaeger is awarded the title of fox and is renamed Gray Fox. Meanwhile, Zero and The Patriots/Cipher does not know yet that Big Boss returned to America.
  • (1991)-Solid Snake joins the army and is sent on a mission to infiltrate west Iraq during the Gulf War. Liquid Snake joins the SAS and is also send on a mission in the Gulf War to destroy SCUD missile launchers. During the mission, he is captured and became a POW and is declared missing in action. Sundowner also participated in the Gulf War.
  • (1992)- The athlete who would become the mercenary Running Man, completes the 100 meter dash in 9.69 seconds in the Olympics.
  • (1994)– Liquid Snake is rescued by the United States from Iraq.
  • (EARLY 1995)– Solid Snakes Joins FOXHOUND, Unaware that Big Boss is his father while he is also his commander. Meanwhile, Big Boss kidnaps and orders Dr. Madnar to develop Metal Gear TX-55

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(1995)- OUTER HEAVEN UPRISING– The United States learn that Outer Heaven is developing Metal Gear TX-55. They contact FOXHOUND (unbeknownst that Big Boss is still the commander) to send their highest ranking soldier to take it down. Big Boss sends in Gray Fox  but he gives him misinformation and lead him to traps so he can get captured in Outer Heaven. Big Boss then sends in Solid Snake to do the mission. Snake meets  Gray Fox for the first time and after he rescued him, Fox gives Snake the information of  where the Metal Gear is. Soon after, Solid Snake runs into the Outer Heaven Mercenaries. They are, Shotmaker, Machinegun Kid, Fire Trooper, and Dirty Duck. He defeats them all in different locations and then he goes to the lower level in Outer Heaven. As soon as he reached the basement. Big Boss tells him to abort the mission but he refused. The goal for Big Boss is to delay the mission so the Metal Gear can be finished so he can go to war against Zero. Solid snake destroyed TX-55 by using plastic explosives. Then he encounters Big Boss. Big Boss revealed to Snake that he is both the commander of FOXHOUND and Outer Heaven and he led him to traps on purpose. Even for his advanced age, Big Boss battles with Snake But Snake got the victory here. Snake escapes Outer Heaven before NATO bombs the fortress. Meanwhile, Big Boss escaped also along with many of his mercenaries. Snake completes the mission and he is now a full fledged member of FOXHOUND.

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POST METAL GEAR

  • (1996)- Roy Campbell becomes the new commander of FOXHOUND. Kaz Miller is now the sub-commander
  • (LATE 1996)- The Liberian Civil War ends.
  • (JANUARY 1997)- Huey Emmerich commits suicide by drowning himself in the family pool after he found out about his wife’s affair with Hal Emmerich.
  • (JULY 1997)- Big Boss and his soldiers participate in the mercenary war to have central Asia gain their independence from Russia by force. As a result, He becomes the president of Zanzibar and he builds another Fortress over there.

METAL GEAR 2: SOLID SNAKE

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(1999)- ZANZIBAR LAND DISTURBANCE: A major oil crisis affects the global economy as Asia is the only country in the world that has the highest amount of oil. Dr. Marv creates the OILX program that will produce synthetic oil. Big Boss kidnaps Marv and he forces him to not only give up the OILX program, but to help Big Boss develop Metal Gear D. Big Boss plans to hold the entire world hostage with the oil supply and the OILX program unless The Patriots give up the location of Zero. The United States countered this by giving Roy Campbell and Kaz miller (now known as “Master Miller”) the order to send in Solid Snake to stop him. Once Snake defeats running man and Black Ninja, he finds out information about Gray Fox, who is still a soldier for Big Boss. Meanwhile, he also defeats Red Blaster, Four Horsemen and Jungle evil before learning that Dr. Marv attempted to kill him. Solid snake kills him in self defense as he goes to the next room to find out that Gray Fox is controlling Metal Gear D. After it was destroyed, Snake and Gray Fox have one more battle in the minefield in which Snake defeats him. The next battle for Snake is Big Boss. Big Boss dropped a piece of news to him. He told him that he is his father. Snake and Big Boss have a fierce battle until Snake use a combination of a spray can and a lighter to make a flamethrower to defeat him. After Snake escaped and finished the mission, he goes into Alaska for his retirement. Meanwhile, Zero and The Patriots recovered Big Boss’ and Gray Fox’s bodies. Zero put Big Boss’ body in a nano-machine storage facility in order to shut his body down. and Gray Fox was being experimented and reconstructed  by Para-Medic. Soon, he was reborn as a cyborg ninja.

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Metal Gear Timeline Part 2 (MGS: Peace Walker, MGS5: Ground Zeroes, MGS5: The Phantom Pain)

Please note that the information from Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes and The Phantom Pain is based off the trailers, the website and information that I already know. The games are currently unreleased as they will come out in 2014.

METAL GEAR SOLID: PEACE WALKER

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(1974)-PEACE WALKER INCIDENT: Big Boss and Kaz are given an old offshore oil rig to act as the base of MSF (Militaires Sans Frontieres). After Big Boss went through a training routine with his soldiers, they are contacted by Vladimir Zadornov and Paz to find out what the CIA is doing in Costa Rica. During this time, Big Boss saves Chico and Amanda from the AI sentinels. Later, they discover an AI weapons project that was being sanctioned by Hot Coldman. Then Big Boss headed to Huey Emmerich and he explained to Big Boss about the four AI Weapons and the Peace Walker Machine. The four AI weapons are Pupa, Chrysalis, Cocoon and the Peace Walker itself. Big Boss destroys the first 3 weapons, but he is then captured by a woman who idolized The Boss, Dr. Strangelove. She interrogated Big Boss about the reason for his involvement resulting in The Boss’ death 10 years ago. Eventually, Big Boss escapes from the prison and go to battle Peace Walker. Peace Walker was completely incapable of launching a nuclear weapon by itself, only launching out of self-defense, as part of the theory of deterrence. However, it could be tricked into launching a nuclear weapon into a country if supplied with false data, which could depict an imaginary Soviet nuclear attack on the U.S. It could also transmit this false data to third parties, such as NORAD. This was the result of it possessing covert channels to NORAD’s early warning system made of DSP satellite-mounted infrared sensors and an array of surveillance radar stations across America, meant for human decision making, due to Peace Walker being required to act autonomously. After the battle was finished, Big Boss, Kaz and Emmerich come up with an idea to build their own Metal Gear for MSF. They did this by using parts of the AI weapons that was destroyed. Strangely, Zadornov leaves MSF 7 times and when Big Boss found him the 7th time, he killed Zadornov in self-defense. This was an diversion for Paz to hijack Metal Gear ZEKE and to launch a missile to the United States for only MSF to get blamed for the attack. Also, Paz revealed to Big Boss that she was a double agent for Cipher (codename for Zero and The Patriots). She orders Big Boss to rejoin or else not only she will launch the attack for MSF to get blamed, but to reveal to the world that Big Boss is holding weapons of mass destruction. Big Boss defeats her but she fell out of Metal Gear into the ocean, to which Big Boss assumes that she is alive. In the end, MSF and Cipher are now searching for her.

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METAL GEAR SOLID 5: GROUND ZEROES

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(1975)- OPERATION TROJAN HORSE: XOF commander and Cipher agent, Skull Face, captures Paz after she was found by a fisherman, who saw her drifting in the Caribbean. Skull Face also captured Chico after he went looking for her and they are both being held in Camp Omega. Paz is being interrogated about the location of MSF. Meanwhile, the UN has picked up on the rumor that MSF is holding weapons of mass destruction so there is going to be an inspection that will take place over there to see if the rumors are true. The mission for Big Boss is for him to rescue Paz and Chico in Camp Omega before she tells Skull Face about MSF. When Big Boss arrived, he saved Chico and Paz but had to preform emergency surgery to remove a bomb that has been placed inside her stomach. When Big Boss returns to MSF, their base was attacked and destroyed by the XOF unit. Some time later, Big Boss falls into a coma.

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POST METAL GEAR SOLID 5: GROUND ZEROES

  • (1976)- The Les Effants Terribles’ project is aborted
  • (1977)- Kaz Miller and MSF discovered an abandoned underground nuclear facility owned by the South African government, This Facility later becomes the fortress of Outer Heaven
  • (1979)- Ocelot participates in the invasion of Afghanistan while working as a GRU Spetsnaz Operative. During this war, he learned interrogation and torture techniques. Rebels who feared him gave him the name “Shalashaska”
  • (1980)- Hal Emmerich is born
  • (1983)- Jack (Raiden) is born

METAL GEAR SOLID 5: THE PHANTOM PAIN

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(1984)- THE HOSPITAL ESCAPE: Big Boss awakens from the hospital with his left arm missing and replaced with a hook and some debris on his head. The doctor informed him that he has been in a coma for 9 years. Some time later, the hospital is attacked by either the XOF unit or a new group called ” Those Who Don’t Exist.” Ishmael, who claimed that he has watched over Big Boss for 9 years, aided Big Boss for the escape. During the escape, many hospital patients were killed. Big Boss also sees hallucinations of Volgin and a flaming whale. Also to note out, a young Psycho Mantis appears as well.

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RESCUE MISSON: Moments after the escape, Big Boss meets up with Ocelot so they can leave the area. Some time later, Big Boss’ hook on his left arm was replaced with a prosthetic arm that was similar to Zadornov’s. The next mission for him is to go to Afghanistan to rescue Kaz Miller, who has been captured. After the rescue, a new unit called Diamond Dogs has been created. Kaz Miller and Ocelot proceeded to torture a female sniper named Quiet, and Huey Emmerich. Ocelot and Big Boss found out about a plan from Cipher. Their plan is to build a weapon system that has the power to surpass Metal Gear.

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Metal Gear Timeline Part 1 (MGS3:Snake Eater, MGS: Portable Ops, Les Enfants Terribles’ Project)

Julian Cannon is back again for a new blog. This time it is a 5 part post about the Metal Gear video game series timeline. To clarify, the games have been released but, just like the Star Wars movies, it has been released out of order. I am here to put the video games in order along with major events that happened in the Metal Gear universe. So sit back and get ready because this will be a long one. And finally, all the information I gathered are from the video games, comics and other media. Time to start.  

PRE METAL GEAR SOLID 3: SNAKE EATER

  • (1918)- The United States, Russia and China form The Philosophers. The first group under The Philosophers are called The Wisemen’s Committee.
  • (1935)- John (Naked Snake/Big Boss) is born.
  • (1942)- The Manhattan Project begins.
  • (1944)- The Joy and her Cobra Unit led the United States to victory in World War II. After that war, she gets the title of The Boss and her son Ocelot is born.
  • (1945)- The Philosopher’s Legacy (a massive amount of money collected from World War II) goes missing and laundered through banks in countries around the world.
  • (1962)- President John F. Kennedy disobeys The Philosophers for the cover up of the Cuban Missile Crisis.
  • (1963)- The Philosophers assassinated President John F. Kennedy.

METAL GEAR SOLID 3: SNAKE EATER

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(1964)- VIRTUOUS MISSION: A young Naked Snake is hired to work for FOX, which is lead by Major Zero. The Boss, his former mentor, is also in command for this mission. Snake’s mission is to rescue the scientist, Dr. Sokolov, and to escape the lab with the nuclear weapons. Snake then meets Ocelot for the first time and they had a small battle until Snake knocked him out. As they cross the bridge, The Boss stops Snake and announced to him that she has defected to the Soviet Union. Here is also the first time that we see Volgin and The Cobra Unit. The Boss takes Snake down with CQC (close quarters combat) and toss him off the bridge. Volgin then launches the bombs to set off the explosion at the lab.

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OPERATION SNAKE EATER: Two weeks later, The United States ordered Major Zero and Naked Snake to eliminate The Boss and her Cobra Unit or else FOX will be disbanded and Snake and Zero will be arrested for the attack since the weapons were made in the US and someone needed to get blamed for the bombing of the lab in Russia. Snake returns to the Jungle in Russia and to then to the lab to meet Eva for the first time. Eventually, he battles with Ocelot again until he escaped. Next up, it was time for Snake to take down the Cobra Unit. They consisted of The Fear, The Fury, The End, The Sorrow and The Pain. He killed every member and he goes to the facility that is not only the location of Sokolov, but is also the location of the Shagahod that he was forced to develop. Snake is then captured By Volgin and Volgin proceeds to torture Naked Snake for his reason being there. During the interrogation, Snake looses his right eye due to an accidental shot by Ocelot. Snake then escaped, battles Volgin and destroyed the Shagahod, and find his way to The Boss. She Explained to him the reason why she turned on the US, which was to collect the Philosophers legacy. Snake wins the battle and then he killed her. Over in the united states, Snake is very upset about what he did and has a lot of remorse for killing her. He is then given the title of Big Boss as The Boss is forever branded as a traitor. On the post credits scene, Ocelot has a phone conversation with Zero and revealed that he was a triple agent for Zero, the KGB, and the United States. He also revealed that the Legacy Eva took from the Boss before the final battle was a fake and Ocelot has only one half of the legacy. the conversation ends with Ocelot Thanking Zero for not giving up his cover.

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POST METAL GEAR SOLID 3: SNAKE EATER

  • (1966)- Big Boss encounters, defeats and rescues Frank Jaegar (Gray fox) during the Mozambican War Of Independence. Frank is later sent to a care facility. From there, he is kidnapped by the philosophers.
  • (1968)– Eva went missing during the Vietnam War.
  • (EARLY 1970) – Major Zero disbanded FOX.

METAL GEAR SOLID : PORTABLE OPS

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(1970)- SAN HIERONYMO TAKEOVER: 6 Years after Operation Snake Eater, Big Boss’ former unit FOX, broke their allegiance with the CIA and went renegade. Big Boss himself was targeted by the FOX unit, which send armed soldiers to attack and capture him. 12 hours later, Big Boss awoke in a prison cell in Colombia, where he was interrogated by LS, Cunningham. Cunningham was attempting to find and locate the other half of The Philosophers Legacy to which Big Boss kept responding that he had no idea where it was.Once the torture is finished, snake meets a young Roy Campbell for the first time and plans an escape. When they do escape, snake gets in contact with Para-Medic and she tells him that he and major zero have been arrested for treason against the government. Snake then vows to end the former FOX unit by forming FOXHOUND with Roy Campbell.  With this new unit, they have recruited soldiers from south America as well as encountering the old ones from FOX. Some time later, Big Boss finds Frank Jaeger (Gray Fox) and the two of them battle in a fist vs sword match. After the fight, Frank joins Big Boss’ rebellion and a character named Gene was revealed to be the new leader of FOX. To complicate matters, Gene has also convinced most of the Russian soldiers stationed at the base to join their side by simply taking over the chain of command belonging to a former Red Army unit, which was secretly stationed inside the Colombian territory. In order to complete his mission, Big Boss must persuade enemy soldiers to join his ranks due to the scale of his mission. Snake and his squad defeat the top members of the FOX unit and eventually they make their way into Gene’s guesthouse. Snake learns many things on his way. Cunningham was working for the Pentagon and wanted Snake to push Gene into launching a nuke at Russia to tarnish the CIA’s reputation and to prolong the Cold War. Gene was actually aware of this plan from the beginning due to information from Ocelot. Gene really wanted to launch a nuke at America to destroy the Philosophers and to make his nation of soldiers, “Army’s Heaven”. Snake destroys an experimental model of the ICBMG (the Metal Gear model) codenamed RAXA and eventually defeats Gene, destroying the finished ICBMG model afterward. After Gene is defeated he gives Snake the funds, equipment, personnel, and all other information regarding “Army’s Heaven”. On his return home, Snake is awarded for his actions, he then establishes FOXHOUND worldwide  afterwards. Elsewhere, Ocelot kills the DCI (Director of Central Intelligence) and takes documents containing the identities of the Philosophers in an effort to “end them” and the other half of the legacy. In the post-credits epilogue, Ocelot speaks with Major Zero  on the phone, they are plotting to use the Legacy to fulfill their own agenda. Ocelot actually wanted the trajectory data of the nuke to point to the DCI, in order to black mail the DCI into giving Ocelot the documents containing the true identities of the Philosophers. Ocelot agrees to join his new employer’s project under the condition that Snake/Big Boss participates as well .this leads to the creation of The Patriots.

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POST METAL GEAR SOLID: PORTABLE OPS

  • (MID 1970)- The Patriots go into effect. The first members are Zero, Big Boss, Sigint, Para Medic, and Ocelot.
  • (1971)– Big Boss finds Eva in Hanoi after she went missing. She becomes a member of The Patriots.

LES EFANTS TERRIBLES’ PROJECT (1972)- Due to his much lauded military career, Big Boss was made an icon and figurehead for the newly formed Patriots organization, a secret cabal that strove to increase its influence and power over the United States in the early 1970s. Fearing Big Boss’s departure due to ideological differences, Zero required insurance that the group’s icon remain, and that the genetic legacy of the so-called “Legendary Soldier” be safeguarded. Zero used Big Boss’ DNA to clone him and Eva served as the surrogate mother. 9 months later, Solid and Liquid Snake were born. Solidus Snake was born some time in that year. Once Big Boss found out about the project, him and Zero had a falling out. Big Boss then left the United States and The Patriots to drift around the entire world.

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(LATE 1972)- Big boss and FOXHOUND participate in the Colombian civil war where he meets Kaz Miller. They both later form a new unit called Militaries San Frontieres (translated to “soldiers without borders”).

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Movie Review: The Hunger Games:Catching Fire

Julian Cannon is back with another movie review. And sorry I was late with this one, I was really busy the whole week. Also follow me on twitter @julianexcalibur and check out my show on dailymotion.com/thedarkfoxshow Where I talk about wwe topics, top 10’s, video game reviews and movie reviews. I have done over 20 episodes on Facebook and I got very positive feedback so now I have 6 episodes on that channel so expect more on the way every week. Now let’s get to the review of The Hunger Games : Catching Fire

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RELEASED: November 21, 2013

DIRECTOR:Francis Lawrence
WRITER:Simon Beaufoy, Michael Arndt
CAST: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks
DISTRIBUTOR:Lionsgate
RUNNING TIME: 129 minutes

Gore is upped a notch – or 12 – but the message is as dark and dystopian as The Hunger Games.

After The Hunger Games burned a Mockingjay-shaped mark on filmgoers, the pressure was on for I Am Legend director, Francis Lawrence, who took over from Gary Ross.

Fortunately, Catching Fire is bigger and grittier, slaying us in all manner of malicious ways – poisonous fog and man-eating monkeys included.

But first we begin in a near-identical setup to the first, with Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) back in District 12 and President Snow (Donald Sutherland) plotting something sinister.

He isn’t happy with the District 12 lovebirds and the currant coloured mess they left following the last games. Leaving the Capitol comforts to pay ‘The Girl on Fire’ a visit, Snow informs Katniss that their rule-bending win caused a stir in some of the districts. Rebellion is in the air, and he leaves her with a sinister threat of the district’s destruction that weighs heavy on her shoulders as she leaves for the Victory Tour in an attempt to convince Panem of her ‘love’ for Peeta.

The performances from the main three have stepped up a gear in the interim, with Lawrence and Hutcherson convincingly portraying the struggles of returning to life after participating in a public bloodbath, as well as the mental and physical preparation needed to gear up for round two.

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Liam Hemsworth as Gale is granted a touch more screen time in the build up to what should be a lead role in the next instalment, and newbie tributes, particularly Johanna (Jena Malone), Finnick (Sam Claflin) and Beetee (Jeffrey Wright), manage to make a deep impression in spite of the non-stop action. Another noteworthy addition is Philip Seymour Hoffman as new Head Gamemaker, Plutarch Heavensbee. The Oscar-winner brings gravitas to the role and steals scenes from Sutherland’s increasingly one-note Snow.

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Bigger, better and more garish than ever, the Capitol scenes are breathtaking, its grandeur made obvious due to sweeping exposition shots, brilliantly juxtaposed against shaky and guerrilla techniques used within district-based scenes. But where Capitol colours have brightened, the overall tone has darkened, sticking firmly to the page when it comes to blunt hierarchical messaging.

Public lashings provoke a very real reaction, and when the Quarter Quell commences, the knife-throwing and axe-wielding is more brutal than first time round, though it’s still hampered by it 12A classification.

Inevitably, Catching Fire feels rushed in parts (the book is 400 pages-long), but choices regarding what to ditch, including the novel’s heavy wedding focus, were probably the right ones. A little more time could have been dedicated to the tributes, but with so many strong leads already fighting for screen time, it’s probably best audiences aren’t persuaded to bond too much; we know what happens to those entering the arena.

Author Suzanne Collins’ vision for the clock-shaped battleground, with its 12 sinister segments, has been brought to the big screen brilliantly by Lawrence; the game itself keeping you gripped right up until the moment Katniss fires that fateful arrow. This new tropical setting and its dangers are much more arresting than the forest, and the tension is so palpable that you’ll need a shoulder rub after to relieve it.

The cliffhanger conclusion will undoubtedly split opinion, leaving novel novices dangling in frustration, while fans of the book will appreciate the almost identical finale, right down to Gale’s final revelation, which we’ll keep quiet for the sake of those now running off to power through the trilogy’s pages.

I give this movie a 9/10

My Thoughts on Triple H’s World Title run from 2002-2003

There are a couple of “internet wrestling community myths” that have been passed on from generation to generation.

Ultimate Warrior died years ago

Macho Man and Stephanie McMahon – enough said

The ECW/WCW Invasion in 2001 bombed

Vince McMahon hates certain wrestlers

The list goes on and on. All of them are just pure fiction that people make up,believe, and then pass on as fact. They are just ridiculous and laughable claims. The worst part is that fans actually believe them. To a certain extent, you see it EVERY SINGLE DAY with all of the news reports that come out. Most are flat out false, yet certain fans continue to buy into ANYTHING that is posted online. Today’s topic is just like the previous mentioned myths.

Did Triple H “bury” the roster in 2003?

For those who read my work, they know that the term “buried” means nothing. Nobody is ever truly buried in WWE. The term is baseless, and I do not use it whatsoever. However, the topic has come up time and time again. As most remember, Triple H won the World Title in late 2002 and held it until September 2003. Throughout the year, he dominated the Red Brand and kept the gold through thick or thin. Let me just go through the year as it went…

Just to stall time before WrestleMania XIX, we saw the rematch at No Way Out in February between the two men( Triple H and Scott Steiner). At this point, the steam from their feud was all but over with. Evolution was formed, and Triple H was not going to drop the title a month before the biggest show of the year. On top of ALL that, Steiner was hurt. Again, nobody can convince me Steiner should have won here.

Okay, this is the biggest controversy.

I have said it before, and I will say it again.

My entire “WrestleMania party” had picked Booker T to win the World Title. Seeing as I thought that wasn’t happening, I bet with each and every friend/family member a couple of dollars each. Needless to say, I collected after the match.

The argument is that Triple H winning proved that “racism is right.”

As usual, that is not true.

Booker dominated their feud. He owns a few victories over The Game, and the record books show that. When it came time to decide who should win, the decision came down to two things:

A) Have Booker win the title

B) Build up Triple H even more

The answer was simple.

Bill Goldberg had just signed on with WWE. In order for his run to be worthwhile, he needed to become World Champion. He was bigger and more well known than Steiner. Thus, WWE had to have a big, bad heel for him to crush down the line. Instead of going right to the big Triple H vs. Goldberg showdown, they waited a few months. Booker getting the title would have only thrown a wrench in the long-term payoff.

Sorry folks, King Booker won the World Title a few years later, and the moment was well worth the wait.

fter that, Triple H was in a huge six man tag team match at Backlash. Obviously, the gold was not on the line. The Game, Ric Flair, and Chris Jericho ended up getting the win over Kevin Nash, Booker T, and Shawn Michaels. It was a great match that many fans forget.

For May, Triple H took on Nash for the World Title. The big man had recently returned from injury and was looking to take out HHH. It was the classic “best friends, better enemies” story line. At Judgment Day, they ran a DQ finish with Nash just destroying Triple H. As in most cases, this was done to set up a FINAL grudge match.

We saw that at Badd Blood in June.

Mick Foley was the special guest referee. With Nash ready to take some time off and go film a movie, the decision was another easy one. Triple H had to retain. I am sure he would have been more than happy to give his friend a nice title reign, but it just wasn’t going to happen. Fans were NOT behind Nash as the top face on Raw. He was “over” but not nearly enough. Thus, the feud came to a close, Nash teased a heel turn shortly thereafter and left with his new hair cut a few months later.

Summerslam was set to be the HUGE battle beween Triple H and Goldberg for the World Title!

Dream match.

One on one.

World Title.

HHH vs. Goldberg.

Then Triple H got injured. As World Champion, he decided to work through the pain and try to continue on. That is very admirable, but his big showdown with Goldberg was now in doubt. You can’t push your limits too much. That would just cause even WORSE pain. Thus, WWE had to switch things up a little bit in August.

The main event was Triple H vs. Goldberg vs. Nash vs. Jericho vs. HBK vs. Randy Orton in an Elimination Chamber match for the World Title. it would give a few guys some shine in the main event, as well as let HHH heal up. Also, it brought back the big steel structure in grand fashion for WWE.

I understand some folks did not like the ending of the match.

Triple H wrestled about a minute long and pinned Goldberg, after he had ran through just about everybody else before that.

That is fine. I am not going to argue that point. Goldberg was on FIRE and ready to become World Champion. That was (probably) his best night in a WWE ring. However, there is one reason that WWE didn’t do the title switch at Summerslam:

Tradition.

Call in old school. Call it predictable. Call it whatever you want. The fact of the matter is that a lot of people believe that a title switch should ONLY happen in one on one matches.

Not wild tag matches with stipulations.

Not an Elimination Chamber match.

Not a ladder match, where nobody is pinned.

None of that!

Simply a one on one match with two men wrestling where the better man wins.

That time was Unforgiven 2003.

Triple H vs. Goldberg for the World Title with EVERYTHING on the line: If HHH wins, Goldberg had to retire. If Goldberg wins, the long, long, long title reign of HHH was over.

Those were huge stakes!

Something had to give. Either fans were guaranteed a new champion (finally!) or Goldberg was going to retire.

I don’t know about you, but that sounds like a great selling point for a pay-per-view.

They did the match. Triple H lost the gold (and multiple rematches), and Goldberg was “the man” on Raw. The Game took some time off and even returned to lose again at Survivor Series 2003. Fans got their “moment” with Goldberg on top. He had his World Title, and all of the sides had won.

Without that lengthy title reign, Goldberg winning wouldn’t have meant much. There was no reason for Kane to win the title in 2002.  There was no reason for anybody to defeat HHH in 2003, except Goldberg.

Look at Honky Tonk Man’s IC title reign.

Look at HHH in 2000.

Look at JBL in 2004.

Look at CM Punk now.

The longer these reigns go, the more fans want a new champion. The more they groan every time the heel wins. The more fans cheer for the next challenger. The more intensity it adds to the match. The more and more and more and more it adds to the eventual World Title switch.

When HHH finally lost, it was HUGE!

When JBL finally lost, it was HUGE!

When Punk lost, it was HUGE!

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Triple H: THY KINGDOM COME REVIEW

Julian Cannon here to give everyone a new movie review. This time, it is something I picked up not too long ago: the recently released “Triple H: THY KINGDOM COME.”


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The DVD starts on how Triple H (Paul Levesque) broke into the business after winning bodybuilding competitions. He then talks about his training with Killer Kowalski and Terry Taylor. There were clips of a younger Triple H when he was cutting promos and doing matches. For a guy that young, he knew what he was doing and he learned pretty fast. Killer Kowalski gave him the name “The Terrorizer,” although Triple H hated the name because it was too “generic.” He, however, just wanted to wrestle so he took the name no matter what. After a few months, Triple H found a local wrestler in the gym who worked for WCW, who then sent in a word to Eric Bischoff for him to join WCW for a two year contract. Triple H said that he only wanted one year just because he did not want Bischoff to spend a lot of money on him until he sees what he can do in the ring. When he went to WCW, he tweaked his ring name to “Terror Rising.” He was a major player in the mid card division for a while until he met Ric Flair. The two have been friends ever since. At the end of 1994, Triple H was repackaged and brought back with a French gimmick and teamed with William Regal for a short time until in 1995, when he was called up to WWE (then WWF.)

When he arrived in WWE, he used the name “Hunter Hearst Hemsley” with a similar gimmick he had before he left WCW. Then we get interviews from Kevin Nash, Shawn Michaels and Sean “X-Pac” Waltman. They all remarked that they all took him under their wing (including Scott Hall and Justin Credible) as the backstage group was formed as the Kliq. Triple H and Kevin Nash mentioned that Lex Luger was the one to come up with the Kliq name and hand gestures. Things would go great for them until the Madison Square Garden incident in May of 1996. It was Hall and Nash’s last night before heading to WCW.  This was also the night when they, along with Triple H and Shawn Michaels, all came out and embraced in the ring out of character (breaking “kayfabe”). In the wrestling world back then, this was an extremely taboo move because behind the scenes alliances were never to be shown, especially between a heel and a face, since this would render the gimmicks as fake. Since Hall and Nash left and Shawn was the champion, Triple H was the one who had to take the fall for it. When the interview went to Vince McMahon, he said that Triple H would have gotten fired but he put him on the bottom of the ladder instead. McMahon also said that “you are going to eat plates of sh**, and you are going to like it”. That meant that Triple H would just job out in the mid card for a year, including taking the 1996 King of the Ring winner spot away from him and booking Steve Austin to win it. Triple H did not see any light until he won the Intercontinental Championship in 1997 and, later that year, going on to win the King of the Ring.

Now the attention goes to the feud with Mick Foley. Foley said that he always thought he saw something in him in WCW. Triple H said that Foley brought out the brawling style of him in every way possible. From the steel cage match to the Falls Count Anywhere match, Foley and Triple H considered those matches as their classics.

The next portion is the formation of D-Generation X. Both Hunter and Shawn needed a bodyguard when they just happen to meet Chyna (Joanie Laurer) at a gym around this very time. Vince McMahon was originally against the idea but Shawn and Hunter fought for her. Another thing I did not know was that WCW was about to sign her, which led to Shawn to contact Shane McMahon to convince his dad to give Chyna a chance. That is interesting news but, however, nobody ever mentioned that Chyna and Triple H were dating, too. None of them talked bad about Chyna at all. The next person to talk was The Undertaker. This was the first time in a very long time that Undertaker has been interviewed in a WWE documentary so seeing him in it was worth every word he said. He talks about WCW kicking their ass every week and DX being part of the reason why WWE shifted from the New Generation Era to the Attitude Era. Eventually, Road Dogg, Billy Gunn and X-Pac comes into the interviews and talked about DX’s success with the fans, merchandise, the feud with the Nation of Domination and their attempt to raid WCW Nitro. By 1999, Triple H wanted to break away from the group. Billy Gunn was the only one to not agree with that direction because he felt that DX was not ready to break up.

When DX inevitably did meet its demise, Triple H changed his entire look and attitude for his journey to become the next WWE Champion. His first title shot occurred on Summerslam 1999 in a Triple Threat Match involving the current Champion, Stone Cold Steve Austin, and Mick Foley. It was wildly rumored that Austin did not want to drop the belt to Triple H on PPV but all 3 of them on the DVD discussed their own version of that rumor. Mick Foley won the belt but, however, Triple H won the belt for the first time the next night on Raw.

A few months later, the storyline of Triple H and Stephanie McMahon started and the next portion of interviews are from Stephanie, Vince and Linda McMahon along with DX, The Big Show and The Undertaker. The McMahon family talked about Triple H and Stephanie dating and that Vince did not allow Stephanie to date the wrestlers at all. However, Linda McMahon knew and let them two secretly date. Once Vince found out, he told them the risks of what could happen and he eventually gave Triple H his blessing. This may have been good but they were now the target of the entire locker room. Both Hunter and Stephanie were aware that all the wrestlers were talking about them but they did not care at all. Footage of their wedding shows from 2003 to end the segment.

The year 2000 also was a great feud between Triple H and The Rock. The Rock talks about the matches they had, including the second ever 60 minute Ironman match at Judgment Day 2000. The Rock then says that Triple H is the best in-ring worker he has ever worked with.

Going into 2001, Hunter talks about him teaming with Steve Austin and capturing the Tag Team, Intercontinental and WWE Championship. Next, we get footage from his first knee injury as Jim Ross and Paul Heyman mentioned that they were really scared for Triple H and that they were both surprised that he actually finished the match. The next footage is from the knee surgery that many WWE fans remember when it first aired on television along with the recovery and rehabilitation period. Now we get to the night Triple H returned from his injury on the first WWE Raw of 2002. Hunter said that he had no idea to how the crowd would react and that he thought the crowd would be silent.

Moving forward to late 2002 to early 2003, we get interviews from Randy Orton and Batista about how they were chosen to be part of Evolution, which consisted of Triple H, Ric Flair, Randy Orton, and Batista. The idea of the group was to have both Orton and Batista to become the future of the WWE. I should mention that the Blu-ray edition has special clips and one of them was from a former WWE Superstar Mark Jindrak. He talks about how he was actually supposed to replace Batista as a member of Evolution but, due to time constraints, it never happened. This portion of the DVD is my favorite but it would have been great if they had talked about their Wrestlemania matches.

Next, we get the feud between Triple H and John Cena. Triple H commented that Cena is one of the most hardest working guys in the locker room and has not wrestled anybody like him before. John Cena says that it was a huge honor wrestling Hunter at Wrestlemania. Cena also feels that Triple H was the hardest opponent he has faced at the time, too.

Right after the Wrestlemania match, the DX reunion begins. The fans loved every single second of it but, however, Shawn Michaels and Triple H kind of disliked it. That goes to show that they’ve matured from those days of pulling pranks, but it was fun times nevertheless.

Triple H now talks about the same knee injury he had in 2001 but, this time, it was on the other knee. It happened in WWE New Year’s Revolution in 2007, which caused him to have to go through another operation.  Triple H was supposed to face John Cena at Wrestlemania 23 for a rematch before he got injured but Shawn Michaels took the spot instead. He returned 7 months later and in 2008, he won the WWE Championship and got drafted to Smackdown. Stephanie McMahon and Vince McMahon felt that Triple H going to Smackdown would help out young talent such as Jeff Hardy, Shelton Benjamin, MVP and more.

Going into 2009 was the feud between Triple H and Randy Orton. During this feud, the entire McMahon family was involved and the real life marriage of Triple H and Stephanie McMahon was put into the feud as well. Triple H said that his match against Randy Orton could have been better, especially since the match between Shawn Michaels and Undertaker overshadowed the main event.

Triple H, Stephanie McMahon, and Vince McMahon now talk about Hunter’s duties as the COO of the WWE. They talk about him bringing talent in, training the students, board meetings, and more stuff about the duties in the corporate offices in the WWE.

Then finally, we get closing interviews from Brock Lesnar, Shawn Michaels, Batista, The McMahon family and Undertaker along with closing details about the Hell in a Cell match at Wrestlemania 28.

MY THOUGHTS OF THE DVD:

If I would have to choose between this DVD and the Mick Foley DVD that came out a few months earlier, I would have to tie them both as the best WWE documentary of the year. Although there were a few things left out, a lot of other features made up for it. The most worthy footage from this DVD is seeing and hearing The Undertaker being interviewed out of character. This was the first time in a long while that The Undertaker has been interviewed for a documentary and it was great to see him being interviewed. The details about Triple H’s relationship with Stephanie McMahon and how he went to the WWE from WCW is very newsworthy for the younger fans that was not aware about any of what is going on behind the scenes along with many of the other interviews as well. I believe that they made Triple H look way too good in those interviews but I do not have a problem with it. For non Triple H fans, it is still worth it to pick it up and watch this. Another fact I want to bring up is that this may be the longest documentary WWE has produced, clocking in at 2 hours and 27 minutes. I give this a thumbs up so go to your video store and add this to your collection.

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NYC COMIC CON 2013: My Press Experience

Julian Cannon here for a new post. This time it is about my experience as a press member for NYC Comic Con 2013.

DAY ONE.

Thursday after I rushed out from work to get to the Javits Center, I went to the place and seen a huge line of people and cosplayers entering inside the building. As soon as I come inside the building, I snapped a few photos of cosplayers. One of them was rogue from the X-Men series. The woman said that she came all the way from England to go to the event. I have spoken to many other cosplayers but her story about going to the event takes the cake for me

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Then I have went to the Press lounge upstairs and went over everything I had to help cover this week and a few things I covered as well. The team consisted of Robert, Chuck, Shalik, Bill, Crystal, Juan and me. I went downstairs to the floor to take some photos and then I went to the lower level and I met up with Chuck and Shalik. The line they were in was for a toy panel showing off new figures coming up for Star Wars, Marvel, DC Comics, Street Fighter, Tekken and a few more. Shalik was recording while I took some photos from the event. I should note that before the event started, There were raffle tickets being handed out for some prizes

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After the press panel, The raffle started and I was the last one to get a prize. I was not expecting this to happened so I won a very huge hulk figure that I had a little trouble of taking it home with me but I made it work.

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I also met Daniel from danielsden247.com. I was also invited to a cosplay party celebrating of the launch of an app game Hello Hero so I went there and met some interesting people. Leslie from downtowntraveler.com, Matt from levelsave.com. They are all great and very nice. Two other people I meet were the creator and developers of the game and they have demo the game in a press room. I think the game is really fun since I am into RPG games so I will download it once it launches. The party was really great and the launch event really gave the word out for the game.

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DAY TWO

Lucky I took off from work to go early on Friday. Chuck was the first person I have saw on Friday and he had a few things to do but I decided to take a walk with him and took pictures at the same time. The new figures of some of the Final Fantasy characters looked very polished and lifesize and the upcoming figure of Big Boss from Metal Gear is not done yet but it was shown on display anyway.

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Juan met with me a little later that day after I tried Dragon Ball Z:battle of Z and Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn and we went to a huge Justice League War panel. I had no idea this movie was coming out and some of the cutscenes that were shown was Batman meeting Green lantern and one funny one with Wonder Woman and a kid talking about and eating ice cream which I thought was hilarious. A few fans asked about Aquaman being in the movie but the panelists said that he will not be in the movie but he will get his own movie soon. After that, Juan had an interview with Vivek Tiwary and I was the one to hold the camera. It was about The Fifth Beatle and Vivek seemed very into the interview and showing off the product. I pre-ordered a copy from Amazon and it will be released in November 2013. The last thing I had to do for the day is that me and Juan went to the Bob’s Burgers round-table interview. We were kind of late but the round-table was just starting. The best information came from the creators of the show was that the season finale will be broken down into 3 episodes so I will tune into that once it comes. One thing I forget to say is that I took a picture of WWE Hall of Famer Sgt. Slaughter

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DAY THREE

Saturday was really packed and the lines were extended to around the corner outside. lucky that I was second on the line though. I did not realize this until I got inside but WWE Superstar Jerry Lawler was right behind me and I snapped a photo of him and we chatted for a bit.The first thing I had to do was to go with Chuck to the Round-table interview with the cast of Da Vinci’s Demons on Starz. I loved the cast as they were very engaging and straight forward with the answers. Tom Riley, one of the cast members noted that he had a few injuries during the taping of the first season. What a warrior he is. Me and Chuck and a few other press members asked great questions and everyone was happy with the round-table. During the day, I met a few more people. Alexander from spiraken.com, Travis from godhatesgeeks.com, and the next two are from websites I go to all the time. the first one is the CEO/Founder of hashtagstudios.tv Drew Crowder and Greg Miller, the host and producer from ign.com. both of them are very cool and I was happy that I finally met them too. A few minutes after that, I Bumped into WWE superstar Sheamus while he was leaving the press room. Me and Chuck went down to the artist alley and it was more crowded than the floors. We met up with Erica and I brought a few issues of her comic M3. She autographed them too and that made me happy. Erica if u are reading this, #3 of you’re comic made me want to get a cheeseburger and watch family guy, I think you know what I am talking about. But I love the comics and I will buy more. Back at the Press room, the entire team was going over what to do for Saturday and Sunday and Me and Juan were supposed to cover the Pokémon panel but it was way over crowded. From a few people that I heard that went to that panel, whoever brought their Nintendo 3DS would get an exclusive Pokemon from one of the starter Pokémon from Pokémon Ruby/Saphire that was released in 2003 in the new Pokémon X/Y game.

 

DAY FOUR

The Only thing I had to cover was the cast of See No Evil 2, which features WWE Superstars Kane and Hornswoggle. But earlier that day, I had a conversation with Sara from theweekener.com. we talked about the crazy crowd from Saturday and joked around for a bit. When it was time for me and Shalik to go to the round-table interview, it was really packed but we did get our seats. Cara McMahon, one of the PR reps from WWE even said that she has not seen that much people at a round-table interview before. That shows you that wrestling fans are very dedicated (like me). I spoke to the directors and two twin actors and it was all great, Hornswoggle I have never ever seen him talk out of character before so that was a first for me. he seemed very nice and laid back. I gave the first question of how many rings he hid under and we all laughed for a bit. Then 10 minutes later, we get Kane. Now I have seen kane live many times on TV and in person but I have never talked to him. in fact, I was sitting right next to him and I was not nervous at all. Kane is a mean character on screen that a lot of WWE fans love but he is such normal once I met him. Everyone thanked us for the time and the interview was well worth it. The crowd for sunday, was however two times larger than Saturday due to kids getting free admission. Overall, I loved the press experience and I would love to do this again. Not only for comic con, but for other press events too. The four days were worth it

 

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NYC COMIC CON: DragonBall Z: Battle of Z hands on

There has been many Dragon Ball Z video games but this one is a twist from the past games. I would say that the last great Dragon Ball Z video game was DBZ: Budokai Tenkaichi 3 (also this game holds the world record for the most playable characters in a fighting video game) that has changed the series, but the upcoming Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z turned out to be full of surprises.

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This game is the first in the series to introduce multiple characters fighting in one screen.

There are four different battle types for playable characters:

  • Fighting Type: skilled at close combat, can combo with melee attacks. Attack Type moves are Kaio-ken Attack, Dance of the Sword, Recoome Kick.
  • Ki Blast Type: skilled at long range battle, can make consecutive attacks using the GENKI Gauge. Ki Blast Type moves are Consecutive Energy Blast, Death Beam, Spirit Ball.
  • Support Type: powers such as health regeneration and support abilities. Support Type moves are Health Regain Blast, Fighting Pose.
  • Interference Type: adept at abilities that interfere with the enemy’s movements. Interference Type moves are Solar Flare, Chocolate Beam, Drain Energy.

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There is a system that allows players to modify characters using ability cards. By collecting and equipping cards, characters that might not be suited to battle can be boosted to make them more capable. Alternatively, they can be given abilities that make their natural strengths more pronounced.

I was using team Goku to go against team Cell. The controls were kind of stiff but I guess the developers will fix it around in the coming months. The animations and attention to detail is great, too, along with the tricky AI, which is very responsive to the commands and power up attacks. The playable characters can be victorious at high-speed battles on the ground and in the air. The game’s key feature is team battle action of four versus four. Teammates share a special energy meter called GENKI Gauge: this meter increases when attacking opponents and, when filled, an ultimate attack can be performed. As I said about the battle types before, it works for situations where you would like to get the upper hand on you’re opponent. When you’re allies perform the different actions, it gave me a split second to think of what to do next and how to attack the opponents by surprise. Any of the allies can decide to give or use energy from the gauge in order to perform an attack.  Playable characters can team up to perform techniques such as Synchro Rush, Meteor Chain, and Revive Soul.

Overall, this game looks great and it plays very well. I will get a copy once it releases on March 31, 2014 for PS3, Xbox 360 and PS Vita.

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31 days of Halloween: Movie Review. Sleepaway Camp 2: Unhappy Campers

Julian Cannon is back again for another movie review. Since October is Halloween, I have a movie review right here, a comedy horror movie that came out in 1988. Here’s one of my favorites, Sleepaway Camp 2: Unhappy Campers.

The first ‘Sleepaway Camp’ is a little bit notorious. It’s not a classic, but the twist ending had people talking and does set it apart. Rather than do the tasteful thing and just leave that story be, there had to be a sequel, set years later. This is known as ‘Sleepaway Camp 2: Unhappy Campers.’ If you didn’t see the first movie and don’t know the twist in it, please stop reading.


Male campers are sitting around a fire telling ghost stories with one female camper who snuck away from her cabin. Head counselor Angela (Pamela Springsteen) scolds the girl and walks her back toward camp, though she is given attitude. Angela then beats the girl over the head with a log, killing her. The next day, the girl’s disappearance is explained by Angela saying that she “sent her home.” This is a recurring theme as the campers begin to disappear one by one when they break camp rules and misbehave.

Will anyone be around by the end of summer? Will Angela continue to impose her morality-driven wrath upon these dumb teens? Will someone show me how to set up a tent?

There is absolutely little suspense to this film but a lot of the death scenes, made me laugh my ass off. You know right before the opening credits that Angela has returned from the first story, that she is in a position of power and that she is back to killing people. It’s hard to say how else this could have been handled, if you wanted to retain the character. Perhaps the best way to look at this is to think of it as a case of the audience knowing more than the characters.

This seems to be as much a comedy as a slasher horror movie, but I will let that slide since the humor is right up to today’s standard even though the movie came out in 1988. There are some goofy pranks and winks to the audience along with some strong references to other popular horror movies of the time. The tone is way sillier and easygoing than the original. Some real thrills and surprises would have been nice, but that would have been too ambitious.

Some of the lines are horrible and some of the acting is good in my point of view. Most of the campers represent different forms of bad behavior: drugs, sex, mean pranks, being disrespectful, etc. While killing them is completely uncalled for and crossing the line, there is a sick justification for Angela’s actions. Angela’s one-liners are a tad unwelcome, though in many people’s eyes but for me, I thought it was hilarious.

The violence is reasonably high though some of it is off-camera. We do get a lot of aftermath and a decent volume, especially by the end. There are some fairly original killings, as improbable as many of them seem to be.

Speaking of the ending, it just sort of happens. We get some big developments and confrontations, but a lot is sped through and after the climax, it all seems rushed. When the movie is barely 80 minutes, isn’t there a few extra minutes to show us one or two things and to have a less random ending? It’s not ironic or clever.

Sleepaway Camp 2: Unhappy Campers has a lot of below-average acting, even for the era and the genre. There is nothing shocking here like there was (relatively) in the original. If you want a straightforward slasher-comedy set at a summer camp and if you don’t mind a plot that doesn’t make a lot, this is a bad movie that fans of the series could find some mild enjoyment from. I was never a fan of the series but something about the this movie made me decide to watch the prequel and sequel. For some reason, all 3 of the movies had a cult following and I can see why. From the cheesy acting to the humor and the questionable one liners, that was basic for most comedy horror flicks in the 1980’s. I went to summer camp every year until I was 13 back in Texas and I never had a horror story when it was the end of the 3 week visit. Then again, I do not want her as my camp counselor ever.  My final rating for this movie is a 6.5/10 since I enjoyed it.

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