Quick Review – Rocket League

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Today, lets sit down and talk about Rocket League. I’m going to change the format of my review for this one as, honestly, there’s no story to write about and that’s about half of my review length anyway.

Rocket League is published and developed by “Psyonix“, and I have to say this game is probably the most popular game they’ve released by far (skimming their previous releases, “Unreal Tournament 2004” is the only other game I recognize).

Now, I imagine you already know what this game is since it has become a bit of a cult classic already. If you don’t, it can be described as such – a game where you play soccer (or football for our European friends) with rocket-powered cars.

Now, I don’t generally play sports games, they’re just not my cup of tea. But the description of this game had my 8-year-old self jumping in anticipation. Honestly, who has never wanted to score a goal with a rocket car? People with no imagination, that’s who.

The game has a few ways to play – Exhibition, Season, and Online. Exhibition matches are simply a single match of the game, which are 5 minutes in length. You can play with a computer team with adjustable difficulties, or you can play split-screen with up to 4 players. The Season option is simply a series of ranked games with computer controlled teams (and you can play cooperatively in split screen in this option as well). The top 4 teams at the end of the season are in the play-offs, and you receive a trophy if you win! Online is pretty self-explanatory, you can play casual or ranked matches with other online players. Once again, you can play cooperatively in local split-screen as long as one of you has PS Plus or XBOX Live (or free, on the PC).

There’s a Training option as well, so you don’t have to just dive in and hope for the best. My favorite option, however, has to be the Garage where you can totally customize your vehicle. Body types, decals, colours, tires/rims, exhaust, antennas, and hats. Yes, you can give your cars hats, like crowns or sombreros.

Rocket League is definitely one of those games where you have to keep playing to get any good at it. I still suck, but I can still pull off a cool move every now and then.

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My only complaint so far is with the online servers. There’s a lot of lag right now on that end, but Psyonix seems to be working hard to fix it.

Final Rating

Seriously, you should try it out. Before it sky-rockets in price.

I Wish I Knew How To Quit You

Everyone has parts of their lives they want to keep secret. There are always dark recesses where strange things lie in wait. Maybe you did something embarrassing that would make you a laughing stock, or perhaps you have a bad habit that you can’t leave alone. Or maybe you killed a man. Whatever, I don’t judge.

Me? I have an addiction. I thought I had beat it, I hadn’t thought of it in a long time. And then Blizzard goes ahead and releases this:

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I haven’t given World of Warcraft a second though since the Wrath of the Lich King expansion. But seriously, this is unfair.

Instead of rehashing old content (Cataclysm, WoD), there’s a new continent called the Broken Isles.
A new class, Demon Hunter. You’re telling me I can basically play as Illidan? Do you care about my well-being at all?!
Class-specific Order Halls and a follower system? Fighting an entire army of demons as the leader of my Order?

When this comes out, you may not hear from me for awhile.

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Please send help.

Deadpool Trailer, finally here!

So excited for this movie!

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Deadpool Trailer : Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, DEADPOOL tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.

Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, T.J. Miller, Gina Carano, Brianna Hildebrand

Source: Official YouTube Channel for 20th Century Fox

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Legendary – A Super-Powered Board Game

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Today, we’re going to review Legendary – A Marvel Deck Building Game

  • Publisher – Upper Deck Entertainment
  • Published in 2012
  • Recommended Players – 1 to 5
  • Suggested Age – 10+

This is what the box for the main game contains:

  • Rulebook
  • Game Board
  • 560 cards, of which there are:

14 cards for each of the 15 Heroes

8 cards for each of the 7 Villain Groups

10 cards for each of the 4 Henchmen Villain Groups

40 S.H.I.E.L.D Agent Cards

20 S.H.I.E.L.D Trooper Cards

30 S.H.I.E.L.D Officer Cards

30 Bystanders

30 Wounds

4 cards for each of the 4 Masterminds

8 different Scheme cards

11 Scheme Twist cards

5 Master Strike cards

60 dividers for all your cards.

The Heroes included in the base game are Captain America, Cyclops, Deadpool,Black Widow, Emma Frost, Storm, Thor, Spider-Man, Rogue, Nick Fury, Gambit, Wolverine, Hawkeye, Hulk, and Iron Man.

The Masterminds included in the base game are Red Skull, Loki, Dr. Doom, and Magneto.

The Villain Groups included in the base game are HYDRA, The Brotherhood, Spider-Foes, Enemies of Asgard, Mutations, Masters of Evil, and Skrulls.

The Henchmen included in the base game are Hand Ninjas, Savage Land Mutates, Doombots, and Sentinels.


First, lets explain the broad category of “deck-builders”. Veteran board-game players know what that type of game is, but for the newly recruited, rules for these type of games follow a loose set of rules like the following:

  1. First, you start with a deck of very basic, and most likely very weak cards.
  2. On your turn, you use these cards to gain better cards from the pool which are put into your discard pile for the time being, or use them to attack another player or enemy.
  3. At the end of your turn, all cards in your hand are discarded (used or not), and you draw another hand of a set size.
  4. If you can’t draw that set size (for example, 6 cards), you shuffle your discard pile and it becomes your new deck. Doing this, your deck slowly becomes stronger as the game goes on and you are able to accomplish more.

Ok, now that we’ve got that handled, lets take a look at the board you’ll be playing on:

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Looks a bit daunting, just a tad overwhelming, right? Don’t worry, it’s a lot easier then it looks.

First, on the Mastermind space you place your chosen Mastermind Villain for this game (all 5 of their cards). Each has a specific Villain group that they always lead (Red Skull always leads HYDRA, so you need to include them with your Villains if you use him), and they each have a Master Strike ability. They also have health (usually 6-7, could be up to 10-12).The goal of the game is to defeat the Mastermind FOUR times. Each time you deal that much damage to them, you defeat them once. This damage has to be done all on one person’s turn, it’s not cumulative.

The space below the Mastermind is simply where you put the S.H.I.E.L.D Officers. They are a basic card you can recruit if you can’t afford, or don’t want, any of the other heroes you can recruit on your turn.

Above the Mastermind is the Scheme slot. Every Mastermind has a master Scheme they want to pull off, and there are 8 Schemes in the base game (for example, Incite a Superhero Civil War, or Unlock The Power of the Cosmic Cube). 

The K.O slot is simple. If a card tells you to K.O a hero, it goes in here. Scheme Twists, Master Strikes, etc all go in here once they are used.

The Villain Deck slot holds, you guessed it, the Villain Deck. This is comprised of a certain number of Villain Groups, Henchmen groups, Bystanders, Master Strikes, and Scheme Twists and all shuffled together. For instance, a game with 2 players would include 2 Villain Groups, 1 Henchmen group, 2 Bystanders, 5 Master Strike Cards, and about 8 Scheme Twist cards.

The Hero Deck slot is similar. In this deck, you place the 5 random Heroes you want to play with this game, and shuffle them up.

The HQ holds the heroes you can recruit. It holds 5 cards from the Hero deck, and you simply reveal the top card of the Hero deck and place them until there are 5 in the HQ. If someone recruits one, the hole immediately gets filled with another Hero.

The City above the HQ is where Villains are kept. Just like the HQ, there are 5 slots. At the start of every player’s turn, one card from the Villain Deck is drawn. If it’s a Villain (as opposed to a Scheme Twist, Bystander, or Master Strike), it gets placed in the Sewers slot closest to the deck. If there’s a villain already in that spot, that villain gets moved up a slot, into the Bank. You can attack Villains just like you can the Mastermind, and they give you Victory Points at the end of the game.

The Escaped Villain slot comes into play if you have villains on all 5 of the City slots, and you draw another villain. You have nowhere to put it, so the villain that has been out the longest “escapes”, and as a penalty makes you K.O one of your heroes.

The Wound and Bystander slots are just where the extra Bystander and Wound cards go. Bystanders are worth Victory Points, Wounds take up slots in your deck and make you less powerful as a result.

Again, that is a lot of knowledge to deal with, but turns are fairly simple in Legendary.

  1. Play the top card of the Villain Deck (Villains go into the City; Master Strike is different depending on the Mastermind, it will say on the Mastermind card; Scheme Twist cards are placed next to the Scheme and may have an effect depending on the amount of them drawn; Bystanders are kidnapped by a random Villain and are rescued if you defeat that villain for extra Victory Points).
  2. You play cards from your hand to either recruit stronger heroes or attack Villains/Masterminds
  3. Discard all cards from your hand, used or not, and draw 6 new cards. If unable to draw 6 cards, shuffle your discard pile and draw up to 6.

If you get rid of all the jargon, it’s pretty easy.

Here’s an example of one of the cards you always start with, a S.H.I.E.L.D agent:

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The circle in the bottom right is the cost of the card to recruit. Obviously, as you start with this card, the cost is 0. The star means this card gives recruit points and does not attack. You get 1 recruit point by playing this card. Obviously, if you have 6 of these cards in your hand, you will have 6 recruit points to recruit that turn. The recruited heroes go directly to your discard pile, and when you shuffle it into your new deck, you’ll have access to them.

Here’s an example of a recruited hero:

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This Deadpool card cost 3 Recruit points. The claw marks means he does 2 damage, and he has an ability that lets me re-draw my hand up to 4 cards if he’s the first Hero I play that turn.

As you build and build, suddenly you may have a turn where you can do 12 damage and have 8 recruit points. Not only can you recruit that powerful Hero, but you can damage the Mastermind himself, or maybe 1 or more Villains.

If your team successfully defeats the Mastermind 4 times, your entire team wins. There is also an individual winner, which is calculated by Victory Points. They are received for every Villain you subdue, every time you defeat the Mastermind, and every Bystander you rescue.


This is honestly one of those games that you need to play yourself in order to fully understand. I can attempt to explain it over the Internet until my fingers are bleeding, or you could play a round and you’d get it. It’s just one of those games.

Suffice it to say, this is a fun game. One of the draws to me personally is that it’s flexible enough to be played by 1 single person, or up to 5 players at once.

It helps to have an imagination, and love super heroes. You can start to get lost in the attack/recruit point stats, but it’s fun to imagine what your Heroes are doing.

“Gambit and the Hulk just took down Juggernaut in the Sewers!”

“Rogue and Deadpool just took down Magneto for the fourth time, his scheme to unlock the cosmic cube was foiled!!”

Trust me, it makes the game more fun. Seriously, trust me.

I only had a few gripes with it, all in all. The first is that when you originally buy the game, the cards are all plastic wrapped and you have to sort them into their groups. All 560 cards. That wouldn’t be so bad if they were grouped correctly, but they’re not. Instead, you have to go through and sort them yourself (took me at least 20 minutes). The game comes with dividers, but the case itself does not have the best design. The cards are constantly falling over, and the dividers are kind of useless unless you write on the top of them for reference. The last issue is simply that if you play with 4 or 5 people, this game gets easy fast. I’ve been told that the Dark City expansion adds more difficult villains such as Apocalypse, but the base game is approximately $70.00 and Dark City is another $50.00 or so. I would recommend playing the base game first before deciding to buy that expansion. There are also 4 other smaller expansions that are about $20.00, that include Guardians of the Galaxy, more Spider-Man foes/allies, Secret Wars, and Fantastic Four.

The board itself is sturdy, the cards are high quality, and the rule book is clear and concise.

If you like games with a ton of cards, and you like Marvel superheroes, I’d call it a buy.

Final Rating

To Play, or Not To Play

I’m currently in the process of playing Dragon Quest VIII again, one of my personal favorites (and one that will most likely receive a favourable review once I complete it).

I’ll also be reviewing the board game Legendary, a Marvel deck-building game, in the coming days.

My question to you is – are there any specific games or movies that you want reviewed? I’d love to hear from anyone and everyone, can never have too many things on the to-do (to-watch) list.

Don’t forget to Hit The Couch this week and enjoy yourselves, life is too short to take it too seriously.

-Alan

Loot Crate – Fallout 4

If you’ve never heard of Loot Crate, do yourself a favour and check out their website.

Basically, once a month you get a mystery box that follows a theme. The retail value of the items in the box is always more then you paid. You could get a limited or exclusive edition t-shirt, action figure, comic book, puzzles, shoe laces, stickers, etc.

Loot Crate has joined forces with Bethesda, and later in the year will be offering a limited edition “Fallout 4” crate. This box will contain exclusive Fallout 4 collectibles that you won’t be able to get anywhere else, and there will only be so many boxes shipped. For Fallout-crazy people like me, this is a must. Keep your ears and eyes peeled and keep your bottle caps ready, folks.

Fallout 4 Limited Edition Crate

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Crack open a Nuka Cola and start saving your bottle caps because Loot Crate and Bethesda are teaming up to bring you an EPIC Fallout 4 Limited Edition Crate, packed with rare and EXCLUSIVE gear and collectibles from your favorite post-nuclear video game franchise! The launch of this new, specialty crate will coincide with the release of Fallout 4, but in the meantime you can enter your email address at the link below to make sure you’re one of the first to be notified when orders go live!