Suicide Squad is the new movie from Warner Bros and DC Entertainment directed by David Ayer. It is the third movie in the DC Cinematic Universe after Man of Steel and Batman V. Superman. It stars Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Viola Davis and Joel Kinnaman; to name a few. It released 5 Aug 16 and it is rated 14A in Ontario, Canada (PG-13 in the US).
Suicide Squad follows the story of a government agency called Task Force X. Headed by Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) and led in the filed by Rick Flagg (Kinnaman), this group is composed of super powered criminals forced to cooperate with threats and promises of a reduced sentence. They are considered expendable and deniable and if they fail, they would be killed and blamed for everything. They are a Suicide Squad.
The squad consists of the following villians: Deadshot (Will Smith), a deadly marksman and assassin for hire; Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) the Joker’s (Jared Leto) psycho girlfriend; Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), half man, half crocodile; El Diablo (Jay Hernandez), a pyrotechnic haunted by his past; Captain Boomerang (Jai Courteny), a Australian criminal who is a crack shot with a boomerang; Slipknot (Adam Beach) an assassin and infiltration expert; Katana (Karen Fukuhara), a master swordswoman and Flagg’s body-guard; and The Enchantress (Carla Delevingne) a spirit of a millennia-old witch trapped in the body of archeologist June Moone When the Enchantress awakens a powerful entity that takes over Midway City, the Squadis sent in to rescue a High Value Target (HVT) or die trying. But as they discover that there is more to the mission, can the Squad hold it together?
The movie, while good, does have some issues with pacing. The first third is set up, with the movie introducing Waller, Flagg and giving us back story on most of the squad, mainly Deadshot, Harley and Captain Boomerang. Deadshot and Harley’s story give us a cameo by the Batman and Boomerang’s gives us the best view so mar of Ezra Miller’s Flash. Once the mission starts, the action picks up and it is an enjoyable ride.
The portrayals of these comic characters are more or less true to the source material. Deadshot’s kid, Harely’s lack of control around the Joker and Boomerang’s abrasiveness to his teammates are close to their comic roots. Rick Flagg’s relationship to June is also from the Suicide Squad’s 1980’s series and Amanda Waller has always been a hard ass. I would have liked to see more of Katana as her back story and I like the costume they made for her. Katana has been getting some more exposure recently, playing a big role in season three of Arrow and featuring in the new DC Superhero Girls property. More of her would be nice.
One minor gripe I have is with the Joker. Leto’s Joker is going to put some people off. Some may have issues with Will Smith’s Deadshot (he’s fine in the role), some with Margot as Harley (she nailed it and fills those shorts SO nicely), but The Joker is off-putting. The new look is different, but mot the strangest incarnation of the Joker (in the comic, he once had his own face removed and then wore it as a mask.) His appearances are chaotic and have a minimal effect on the story. But isn’t that the Joker? Strange and off-putting? Maybe he is not the Joker we want, but the Joker we need? He will need a bigger role for us to really find out.
Over all I did like this movie, I thought is was good. I like it better than Batman v. Superman: it is not too long, there are no parts that made be cringe and all the portrayals of the comic characters were well done, even, when it comes down to it, Leto’s Joker, for the small part he played. Maybe it would be better if some of the characters were set up in a previous movie because their character is tied to the heroes they fight. The movie is dark, but it has the lighter moments that BvS so desperately needed. I do hope this does well enough to warrant a sequel, in addition to a movie starring Harley Quinn. But, I’d watch her reading a phone book if she was in that outfit.
Gal*Gun: Double Peace is a Japanese first-person on-rails shooter developed by Inti Creates and published in the West by PQube. It is a sequel to the original Gal*Gun game published in 2011. The game is available for both the PS Vita and the PS4 video game systems This review is for both versions.
Note: This Review is not a paid review and only is my opinion. All screenshots were taken with either the PS Vita or PS4.
Gal*Gun: Double Peace puts you in the role of Houdai Kudoki, an ordinary, rather unremarkable student at the Academy (which I’m sure is some college or something…). When Ekoro, a student angel assigned to bring love to one of the students, accidentally hits Houdai with 32 love arrows, he finds himself the target of affection of all the girls. Ekoro explains that, because of her mistake, he has until the end of the day to find his one true love or be alone forever.
Houdai’s best chance for love resides in two sister he had known since childhood, Shinobu and Maya. But they are both demon hunters, unaffected by the effects of the love arrows and are both emotionally aloof when around Houdai. They are also busy trying to hunt down a novice demon, Kurona, who is causing more mischief. Houdai has until dusk to get through to one of the sisters to show their true feelings and find true love. He only have to avoid love-mad students and teachers, and any other trouble Kurona unleashes.
In order to fend off the love-sick mobs of girls, you have to shoot the girls with pheromone shots from your… well, I don’t know where they come from. Do you use a finger gun? Shoot them with a sexy look (Blue Steel!) or do you point at them with an…appendage or some sort? Well, anyways, you shoot them with your love gun (heh) until they collapse in euphoria. That’s what the game tells you but it just another way of saying that it’s an orgasm gun.
One you have satiated enough ladies with your pheromone shots, you build up enough energy to go into Doki Doki Mode. This stuns all the girls on-screen and you can select up to three girls for a mini-game in which you can shoot pheromones at specific parts of their body until the org-… achieve euphoric bliss. If you do this in time to at least one girl, when the time ends, her euphoria will explode knocking out all of the girls on-screen.
Additionally some of the girls are under the demon’s influence and want to abuse poor Koudai. These girls are stronger and more resistance to the pheromone shot. You have to zoom in and find the mini-demon that is controlling the girl. Take out the demon and then you can euphoria the hell out of her.
Of course, throughout the game you have to win over one of the sisters. Both love you, but each has a reason to deny that love and not get involved with anyone. You have to say the right things to her to raise her affection rate. Say or do the wrong thing and it could lower it. You can also improve it by helping them out in a mini game. These mini-games usually involve you shooting demon bugs off their bodies and help them out in some way. You could be helping Maya get herself unstuck from a demon trap or bide your time looking for a way to free Shinobu from the demon’s control while she…steps on your junk while in her underwear. Oh Japan…
The game adds replay value by having multiple paths and multiple girls to woo. At first only Maya and Shinobu are available, but as you beat the game multiple times, options to woo them both at the same time opens up. You can aso take a path to win over the angel, Ekoro, the demon, Kurona, or have them both. You can also chose another path to find a random girl, if you unlock it. There are multiple ending for each choice, too.
Other modes are a time attack mode for all the levels you played and a speed one for each of the different paths that you beat. There is alos a dressing room, where you can change the attire of any of the girls in the game with outfits you have unlocked or purchased through the DLC. There is also a collection mode where you can see so stats in the game, what endings you have unlocked and view art from the game.
Another option in Collection mode is the Student Roster. Here you can see the names of all the students and teachers that you encounter. As you play the game, you unlock more girls and you can find student hand books to tell you more about them. You can also zoom in on them in the game to unlock information like their height, measurements (B-W-H) and weak spots which is handy in Doki Doki mode. Unlock enough and you can even get an option to ‘fantasize’ about them, in which you view their 3d model, pose them and change the background. You can even poke them on the Vita’s touch screen, if that is your thing.
The versions of this game for the PS Vita and the PS4 are exactly the same, but each has their drawbacks. The Vita version is slow to load, taking over a minute until the game actually starts up. The PS4 version loads much quicker, but there are parts in the game in which the screenshot and video recording is disabled, such as when Shinobu is humiliating you while in her underwear or during the end scenes. You can still screenshot in the PS Vita during those spots. While both games have a good translation overall, there are no subtitles during the mini-games and, unless you speak Japanese, you don’t know what they are saying, though the games does tell you what to do.
The graphic are good, if not spectacular. It has a solid anime feel to the art design and you could be excused for not knowing it was make with the Unreal Engine middleware. The graphics are bight and crisp and I did not see any glitches or slowdowns in either version. The graphics are a bit better on the PS4, however, but that is how is should be.
This game features a cross save functionality. You can upload your PS4 save and download it to you Vita and vice versa. All of the DLC are cross buy as well, meaning you get it for both versions. Currently the DLC is mostly costume for the girls. You can buy them individually or in sets of four. There are two sets available for purchase with one costume, the ripped uniform being only one not included. There are also DLC for reducing the girls’ breast size (Angel’s Cutting Board) or increase it (Demon’s Meat Buns.) Then there is the Pheromone Z DLC, which allows you to see through clothing (which you can already do, if you keep your reticule on the girl long enough.) This one cost $90!
Let me rant here. This is the worst case of nickel and diming people ever and that’s including horse armour and anything EA has ever done. Now, there is no nudity in this game. You can already see through their clothing if you zoom in and look at them long enough and you see their underwear. If they are in swimwear or the ribbon DLC, there are hearts covering where the nipples would be and they still have panties on. This DLC just makes it that the clothes disappear when you look at the girls through the site. The developer, PQube, said that it was meant to be a joke and nobody should buy it. So, why bother selling it? Seems like a bad joke for a slightly lewd game. You can get more value in a Season Pass for another game like Fallout 4 or Dead or Alive 5 Last Round.
Overall, this is a okay game. Gal*Gun: Double Peace is bit of an ecchi (sexy or dirty) game with the ability to see through clothing, some of the dialogue choices if you want to play it at a creep and the questionable age of some of the girls, offset by the fact they are only anime characters and hey, Japan. But, at it’s core, it is about childhood friends admitting their feeling have grown into love, if you play it that way. The fact it is a on-rails shooter where you are pretty much along for the ride with the occasional choice turn giving you the illusion of choice takes away from it a bit. But it is a fun ride and the multiple paths and collectables add replay value.
Gal*Gun: Double Peace is only available in physical release through online shops or as a download on the PlayStation Network. Check online for pricing.
Since I am thoroughly enjoying Funko’s Star Wars-themed Smuggler’s Bounty Box, I have decided to try another one. This time it is DC Comics-themed Legion of Collectors subscription box. I had heard good things about this subscription box and I was curious what different Funko items would be offered for this box Let’s take a look at July’s box, Suicide Squad.
Like the other subscription boxes from Funko,. the box reflect the month’s theme. This month features a silhouette of Harley Quinn, who is featured prominently in both the current Suicide Squad comics and in the upcoming movie. My box obviously experience some wear and tear as it make its way to the Great White North.
The inside of the bot features pictures off the cast of the Suicide Squad movie.
Here we see the patch and pin, which are standard in the Funko boxes. Keeping with this month’s theme, the pin features long-time Squad member, Deadshot and the patch is of Katana, who wasn’t involved with the Squad until recently.
Going under the flap, the first thing I pulled out was this comic. It is a reprint of Suicide Squad #1 (from 1987) featuring a Popified Harley Quinn. If you open and read it, however, you would see that Harley Quinn is nowhere in the story (in fact, she wasn’t created until 1992 on Batman: The Animated Series) The only character from the movie in it are Deadshot (decidedly not the Will Smith version), Rick Flagg, Captain Boomerang and the Enchantress. It would have made more sense to reprint the 2011 series, since it had Harley in it, but, what the hell. You’d just be as confused.
Here we see the shirt for the box. It features a popified version of the characters from the Suicide Squad movie (L to R Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Joker, Katana, and Rick Flagg.) There was no variant for the shirt this month. I think it looks cool and is made from a soft, light material.
These next two items really sold me on this box. We get two 3.75 inch Suicide Squad figures of Harley and the Jared Leto-fied Joker from the film. These figures are more detailed than the Re:Action retro Kenner-style figures Funko had made with Super 7. They boast 9 points of articulation (Re:Action has 5, like the old Star Wars toys they mimic.)
And finally, we come to the driving force behind the subscription; The Pop vinyl figure. We get a Po of the movie version of Enchantress. According to the info sheet in the box, Funko got the reference images for this character last. So they decided to have her as an exclusive to this box. She looks creepy, as I assume she does in the movie, though different from her comic incarnation. But, I think she nails the woman-possessed-by-the-spirit-of-an-evil-sorceress look.
Being a comic book fan in general and a DC fan in particular, I wish I had gotten into this subscription much sooner. Like the Star Wars box, you get a lot of Funko products for a great price. Sometimes it is hit or miss, but this box was all hit for me. I hope the action figures will be a part of these boxes going forward as they are well done.
The next Legion of Collectors box will be shipping in early September. From the image above, it will be a Women of DC theme. You can subscribe at https://legionofcollectors.com/ in order to get your box. The deadline is 1 Sept 16. Subscribers can order any of the previous boxes, but supplies are limited. I hope you enjoyed this review. Keep fighting the good fight!