What We’re Playing at BAMFAS (February Closeout)

What are we doing when we’re not posting news, reviews or grappling with the untamed beast that is our newswire? Watching things, playing things and since sharing what we watch didn’t come to mind as I wrote this introduction we’re just going to stick to what we’re doing in gaming right now. With that said let’s get started.

(Veeex2 / Gabriel Vega)

My time varies so I tend to invest myself in games I know or can sit down for quick doses of. Currently my time falls in the world of driving sims on the PC with GRID 2, American Truck Simulator and Dirt 3 leading the pack as classics that just feel really easy to get into and bail out of while enjoying myself in the process.

Highlights from GRID 2 mostly center around my obsession with the Touge battles in the game and my R32 GT-R, I usually end up playing Hard and Very Hard for my races to keep it interesting as I also use a Logitech G27 when I play.

GT-R vs Jaguar XKR-S

GT-R vs Viper GTS

American Truck Simulator is an exercise in patience, control, sanity and so much more. Given playing by the rules can often result in some rough spells for concentration (driving 55mph for 120 mile trips with nothing else) there comes a time when you need a side account to just bring a little bit of release from it all.

When your brain slips and you get a random speed trap ticket, there’s little else to care about during your run.

Deadbolt makes a trucker go wild, and not in a remotely safe way, swing trailer swing!

Dirt 3 wasn’t a favorite of mine at launch, the amount of DLC and add-ons just made it feel different. Given it’s been out ages, it goes on sale all the time and there’s the Steam Edition with basically everything included though that has changed as you get all the goodies with it and given the eras of cars included that’s important. Check out some fast travels through the forests.

February Conclusion? I play way too many racing titles right now, it’s probably time to dig back into something with at least some basic substance or add some variety in but that four wheel drift is so fun and I have yet to hit massive semi truck drifting.

(Teck2k / Anthony Davis)

Since getting a PS4 I’ve been pretty much gaming hardcore on and off with a 3-game rotation, but as of late my time has been spend playing Sword of Online Hollow Realization. Being a fan of the anime I figure I’ll give the game a try, and for the most part I’m glad I did. While the game is enjoyable it does have a big negative for me, and that’s is dialogue heavy.

Seriously there’s scenes of dialogue that last for like 10 mins over nothing, if I was reviewing this game it would be a pain dealing with that but since I’m not I can skip over some the scenes and get to the meat of the game and that’s the game play. Sword Art Online Hollow Realization reminds me a lot of PSO, a game I still play too this day, while the controls aren’t as smooth as pso the class customization is what really most the two so similar, down below I put to vids, one of PSO and the other SAO, and you tell if you see the any similarities between the two.

PS4: SAO

PC PSO2 : Warning quality is not good, was my first time streaming

That’s it for now, not sure if we’re doing these weekly yet or if we’re just doing them as we actually dive into new titles. We’ll get back to you on that, in the meantime enjoy our footage and we’ll catch up soon!

ComiXology Spider-Man Marvel Monday + Wednesday releases

ComiXology is back with another Marvel Monday blitz and a sneak peek at the Wednesday releases coming to your Computer,iPhone,Android or anything else you can access their catalog with. This time it’s 99 cent issues for Spider-Man in all his glory, check out our link to the sale and get in while you can on his universe.

There’s a new blitz coming just for this leap year from the ComiXology folks, we have the current list so give it a look and apologize to your wallet and bank account in advance before the arrivals hit.

Same day print releases:

  • BOOM! Studios
    • Hellrasier #11
    • Steed and Mrs. Peel #2
  • DC Comics
    • Batman: Odyssey Vol. 2 #25
    • DC Universe Online Legends #24
    • Gears of War #22
    • Justice League #6
    • Legion: Secret Origin #5
    • Spaceman #4
    • The Shade #5
    • The Unwritten  #34.5
    • Thunder Agents Vol. 2 #4
  • Dynamite Entertainment
    • Green Hornet #22
    • Kevin Smith’s Bionic Man #7
    • Kirby Genesis Dragonsbane #2
    • Lord of The Jungle #2
    • Robocop Roadtrip #3
    • The Last Phantom #12
    • Voltron #3
  • IDW
    • G.I. Joe 2: Movie Prequel #2
    • G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero Annual #1
    • Infestation II: Team Up One Shot
    • Joe Hill’s The Cape #4
    • Magic The Gathering #2
    • Star Trek: Ongoing #6
    • Transformers: Autocracy #4
  • Image
    • Green Wake #10
    • Hack/Slash #13
    • Invincible #89
    • Netherworld #4 (OF 5)
    • Orc Stain #7
    • PIGS #6
    • Samurais Blood TP Vol. 1
    • The Darkness #100
    • Vescell #6
    • Walking Dead #94
    • Xenoholics #5
  • Marvel
    • Amazing Spider-Man #680
    • Astonishing X-Men #47
    • FF #15
    • Marvel’s The Avengers Prelude: Fury’s Big Week #4
    • Secret Avengers #21.1
    • Twelve #10
    • Ultimate Comics Ultimates #7
    • Ultimate Comics X-Men #8
    • Twelve #10
    • Venom  #13.4
  • Vertigo
    • The Unwritten #34.5
Back Catalog releases
  • Antarctic
    • Ninja High School #75-79
  • Arcana
    • Lucas GN
    • My Best Friend\’s A Booger GN
    • Nieves GN
    • Old School GN
    • Ralph Filmore GN
  • Archie 
    • Archie & Friends #148-150
    • Betty #179-181
  • Aspen 
    • Soulfire Vol. 2 #6-7
  • Bluewater Productions
    • Vincent Price Presents #21 – 23
  • BOOM! Studios
    • Too Much Coffee Man Facsimile Edition #2
  • Cryptozoic
    • Warcraft: Legends Vol. 5 GN
    • World of Warcraft Death Knight GN
    • World of Warcraft Mage GN
    • World of Warcraft Shaman GN
  • com.x
    • Bluespear GN
  • DC Comics 
    • Batgirl (2000-2006)  #7-14
    • Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #85-94
    • Batman: Shadow of the Bat #75-82
    • Countdown Presents: Lord Havok & the Extremists (2007-2008) #1-6
    • Countdown: Arena   #1-4
    • Crime Bible: Five Lessons of Blood (2007-2008) #1-5
    • Final Crisis  #1-7
    • Hellblazer (1988- )   #147-149
    • Justice League of America (1960-1987)   #186 – 199
    • Nightwing (1996-2009)  #93 – 100
    • Teen Titans (2003-2011)  #63 – 70
  • Dynamite Entertainment
    • Sherlock Holmes Year One #1-3
  • IDW
    • G.I Joe: Cobra Civil War – G.I Joe Vol. 1 GN
    • G.I Joe: Cobra Civil War – Snake Eyes Vol. 1 GN
  • Image
    • Savage Dragon #132-134
    • Witchblade    #32- 34
  • Markosia
    • The Superfun Adventures of Jax #1-3
  • Marvel
    • Moon Knight  #7-10
    • X-Factor #33- 38
    • Daredevil  #66 -75
    • Wolverine #6-9
    • X-23  #1-6
    • Deadpool Corps #7 -12
    • Punisher  #7 – 8
  • MTV Comics
    • Divination #2
  • Oni Press
    • Wasteland #27-28
    • Super Pro K.O. Vol. 2 GN
  • Red 5
    • Dead or Alive #2
  • SLG
    • Amity Blamity #4-5
  • The 99
    • The 99 #18
    • The 99 Arabic #6
  • Top Shelf
    • Lower Regions
    • Monkey Vs Robot Vol 2 GN
  • Vertigo
    • 100 Bullets #76
    • Fables #100
    • Hellblazer #147-149
    • Jack of Fables #50
  • Zenescope
    • Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Neverland Hook #3
    • Grimm Fairy Tales- Return To Wonderland 2010 Annual
    • Grimm Fairy Tales Vol 3 GN

Review – Transplants Roxy Theater Show 2/10 – Los Angeles, CA

“Take a look around baby, yeah my whole crews ugly!”…well not really but the Transplants did put on a sick and awesome show at The Roxy in Hollywood last night February 10th 2012! Matt Freeman of Operation Ivy and Rancid fame, all around bass playing God, and front-man of Devil’s Brigade opened the show playing a 35 to 40 minute set. It would be an understatement to say they sounded fantastic. Matt was ridiculous on bass, opting for what looked like his signature Squire rather than his upright used on the album. DJ Bonebrake of L.A.’s legendary punk band X backed Matt on drums and whose timing, energy and gum chewing helped keep the crowd screaming for more. Throughout the set, Matt genuinely thanked the audience, his best friend of 39 years Tim Armstrong (Operation Ivy, Rancid, Tim Armstrong’s Rock ‘N Roll theater, numerous collaborative and solo side projects, and all around musical genius) and the Transplants for having his band open the show.

After Devil’s Brigade, the Transplants started their set to a very pumped up, filled to capacity crowd. This was their first show in 7 years, and the testosterone flying out of them could not be mistaken. Their opening song was “Tall Cans In The Air” (my personal favorite) where Skinhead Rob Aston proceeded to shake a beer and spray the crowd with it. Nobody seemed to mind. By the crowds reaction everyone was thirsty for blood boiling, vein shaking musical madness. The Transplants delivered nothing less and played all the songs you would expect, “Diamond and Guns”, “Gangsters and Thugs”, “DJ, DJ” with a few surprises like “Saturday Night” off Travis Barker’s solo album, Give the Drummer Some as well as a couple of covers by iconic punk bands (if you want to know, catch a show and if you’re lucky you might hear some too)!

From Rob and Travis’ tweets to their intensity throughout the show, it was clear that these guys were extremely stoked to be playing together again. There is nothing better than seeing a band whose energy transfers to the audience and that is exactly what was going on here. As the crowd slammed, pogoed and screamed along to every song, an amped up Rob embodied the same energy, spitting and throwing beer on the crowd (it may sound gross but in the moment really added to the show). Travis Barker (Blink-182) on drums was amazing. The guy is a sweaty drumming machine. How someone could keep up such a level of constant intensity is mind-blowing. So many times drummers are stationary and kind of stuck in the back. The fact that Travis was able to have the same presence as Rob and Tim who were jumping around at the front of the stage is a testament to his extraordinary abilities. Finally, in his signature style, Tim Armstrong ripped the guitar while somehow simultaneously spinning and dancing across the stage without missing a beat. Despite having gone to Rancid shows for years, I am continually blown away and amazed at his ability to connect with the crowd. When Tim sat on the edge of the stage playing his guitar and singing with the crowd, he generated a vibe reminiscent of old punk shows where the band and the fans fuel one another.

I can easily say that this was one of the best performances I have ever seen. Throughout the entire show there were multiple times during the night that Tim Armstrong and Matt Freeman were walking around talking to people, taking pictures and honestly, just being rad. I was able to meet both of them and they could not have been cooler. It was a fantastic night, a fantastic show and if you have the chance to catch them, (they are playing Las Vegas Monday, February 13th) go, I promise you won’t be disappointed, unless of course you don’t like good things.

The Transplants are currently working on their 3rd album, which will hopefully be released later this year with a tour to follow!

If you love these guys or have never heard of them before check out their website and follow them on twitter:

@transplantsband
@skinheadrob
@timrancid
@travisbarker
@devilsbrigade66

www.transplants.com