Read Dead Redemption 2 – The Review

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Saddle up guys and gals, we got ourselves a game review. Yeehawww.

Ok, enough of the cowboy talk, I can’t keep it up for the whole thing.

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Today I’d like to talk about Red Dead Redemption 2. One of the most anticipated games of the decade. A prequel to the 2010 classic. We were told we can expect a bigger world, more dynamic game play and stunning graphics that will make RDR2 a flagship for gamers everywhere. Well let’s be honest – it was all that and more.


The game is set at the turn of the century in 1899 – some 12 years before the first game, taking on the character of Arthur Morgan, an old dog in a newly emerging world – the age of the Gunslinger is ending and the modern world is taking over. The game is set across several vast fictional states in the old west, from dusty old town’s to a more modern up and coming cities. RDR2 takes you from the snowy mountains, across lush green countryside, through the swamps of the south and into the sand soaked deserts of Cowboys. You play along the story, focusing on protecting your camp, avoiding the law and ultimately striving to surviving the harsh world of the wild west.

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Introducing several new dynamics to the game, as well as some refined old ones. You have to treat playing this game, as if you were in Arthur’s boots. You need to eat, either by preparing your own, buying from shops or stopping at saloons for a bite to eat. The same thing applies with grooming, your hair naturally grows as time passes. Which gives you options to rock the scruffy look as you try to grow an impressive beard or take a moment to have a shave and brush up on your appearance. Little things like this really add up to the whole experience. There is something satisfying about heading into town, buying a new suit, maybe a new hat. Having a trim, buying some stock from the shop, a new pistol and then heading off to the saloon for a drink and some food. I guess some could argue it’s such a real set of activities that it could replace real life which I would say helps make the game more relatable and playable. If it was the same single combination of tasks you’d get bored. Because it’s so vast the options are somewhat endless.

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Graphically the game is beautiful, like I am talking HD photo style, I could be there it’s that immersive kind of beautiful – it’s stunning. The way the weather rolls in over the mountains, or the sun burns down over the lakes it makes so much of the game. Which also adds another layer in which clothing is important. Like in reality wearing a heavy fur coat is great in the snow, but in the blistering heat it’s not a good idea and these scenarios effect Arthur, challenging his health cores if it gets too hot, wet or cold. You have to dress appropriately.

Gameplay has upped the controls and introduced some really smart features, one that took twitter by storm is fishing. Now I have never cared for fishing at all. But something about adding it as a feature in this game made me want to try it (in the game that is) and truth be told it’s kind of relaxing, but I think partly that is because of the graphics again. Dead Eye is back and is improved by having your character smoke to replenish the ability. Some people might think this is a bad touch. But I am one of those that even against my better judgement thinks smoking is cool. Especially as a Cowboy ready to duel in the middle of town.

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Overall I am in love with this game. I can get lost in it, spending hours and hours doing so much, but then not moving the story on at all. I played for like 7 hours the other day and did two-story missions, the rest I was caught up in hunting, challenges and just loving life. Can I recommend this game? Yes! Hands down, 10/10, can’t get enough. Like honestly such a good game. My friend at work has finished it and has said I am so far from the end I don’t have to worry about the end just yet. Which shows how much time you can get out of this one game.

Let me know what you think to it if you have played it, or let me know if this has helped convinced you to buy it. Good luck out there guys, it’s a rough old world.

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Finding your Mojo.

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Like many other bloggers that I know, the New year, New me piece is good – everyone likes a fresh start but Christmas seems to have wiped the Mojo from us. We are lost in a world of writer’s block and no rhythm.

It’s only day 10 of the brand new year and I have put a few posts out but I feel they are lacking in hype, in true content, engagement and fun. I am not sure why – they were posts that I enjoyed writing and covered topics that I love. But still I feel they lacked something.

Even this post might fizzle out and be some lackluster ball on waffle, I mean who knows anymore. It’s not as if I can offer some groundbreaking words of wisdom to help people get out of the similar rut I am in. This is more of just a cry for help. What can I do to shake this feeling? To engage more? And continue this journey to become the very best . . that no one ever was . . . wait that’s the Pokémon theme song. Sorry.

I’m sure I will find my feet again and get back into the swing of things, I am going to focus on a lot of film stuff, reviews and such this year. With a couple of Life posts coming up, updates on the house and what I am up too. Maybe they will churn me back into the Blogging blender and help me out. Help me find that Mojo that have vanished. If anyone can offer some solid advice to help me get my mojo back I would be forever appreciative of you and your words.

 


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Also for your entertainment I took part in the Puberty Challenge. You might have seen this on my Instagram. Let’s be honest I’ve glowed up haven’t I.

Though I do miss a time when I had hair. Look at that mullet mop top thing. Just wow.

 

 

Take it easy you beautiful people, if anyone can help me with my rut please leave a comment below. Mwah.

Golden Globes – The Review.

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Award season has truly got under way and last night Beverly Hills hosted the Golden Globes, an award set to praise and recognise talent in both Film & Television. With this in mind it means the Oscars are about 6 weeks away. The only difference really is who decides the winners. The Globes are chosen by the Press office and the Oscars picked by the Academy of Motion Picture, Art and Science.

The Golden Globes don’t have as many categories compared to the Oscars but it hosts the major ones such as; Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, Best Actor & Actress in both Drama and Musical / Comedy, Best Screenplay, Original Song, Director and many more.


I am going to breakdown a handful of categories and give some feedback on what I think about the selection and the outcome. Please note as much as I am a film buff / geek. There are films mentioned that I have not seen. Which I will try not to let affect my feedback.


Best Motion Picture – Drama. 

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Great start to this, having only seen 3 of the 5 nominated films. I have not seen BlacKKKlansman or If Beale Street Could Talk. Which is a shame. I really wanted to catch BlacKKKlansman and felt it might have been a hidden gem. Which I guess it was. Beale Street I have never heard of so best go find a copy of that. Now the ones I know, As much as I am a BIG MCU fan (What me? Who knew?), I didn’t rate Black Panther as highly as the critics or other fans. It’s a good film but in the running with these I feel like it’s out of its depth.

Now to the big two; A Star is Born and Bohemian Rhapsody. I loved them both. Even reviewing BoRap which can be found HERE – shamefully I never reviewed A Star is Born which I regret now. Both of these were amazing films and I am happy to see either or win. Though I think deep down A Star is Born deserved the win a tiny bit more, I am not mad at the choice.

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Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama. 

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Across the board I rate all of these Actresses bar Melissa McCarthy. Her brand of comedy and style really annoys me. But that aside the film she is Nominated for “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” looks good. Being a true story drama piece it might change my mind of her.

In honesty I have only seen Lady Gaga’s performance, which was breathtaking, so I am slightly disheartened that she did not win. But knowing how talented the competition was I can imagine Close’s performance must have been off the chain and I bet this award is well deserved.

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Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. 

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I wanted to controversially mention this category as an excuse to air some feelings I have. Which I KNOW will be met with some heat, anger and disapproval. But here we go.

Lin-Manuel Miranda. I don’t know what it is but I don’t like how hyped he is, how you are expected to like and appreciate this man out of nowhere. Don’t get me wrong the Moana music was good and I really want to watch Hamilton, but I just feel like he is overrated and I am almost forced to like him for some unknown reason. It might be me subconsciously wanting to not like him because he is the next big thing all of a sudden. Who knows I can’t put my finger one it – Sorry. Rant over.

The category – I am very excited to see both Stan & Ollie and Vice. But all four of the remaining men are brilliant performers in their own right. So I can imagine this one was a tough call. Also I thought Redford was retiring? Maybe I missed something.


  Other Awards.

Rami Malek took the Best Actor (Drama) from Bradley Cooper with his Freddie Mercury portrayal. Which well done – but Cooper was phenomenal. Though the Oscars are on their way Bradders. The same goes for Best Director – as a debut film Cooper nailed it in my eyes but lost it to Alfonso Cuaron who I had to google to see what else he had done . . . not sure I can agree after looking at this IMDB page but what do I know compared to the LA Press.

Olivia Colman took Best Actresses in Musical or Comedy (not sure about this title) for The Favourite which must be well deserved, I have always rated for as an actress.

Richard Madden won for the Bodyguard in Best TV Drama Actor and Sandra Oh won the Actress version for Killing Eve (which I keep meaning to start). Rachel Brosnahan grabbed Best Comedy Actress for The Marvelous Mrs Maisel – which if you have not seen I beg you to go home tonight and start. I love it.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse swung into the top spot for Best Animated Motion Picture (seeing it tomorrow night). Everyone I know that has seen it has urged me to go – saying it’s the best thing ever. The Americans picked up Best TV Drama and The Kominsky Method took Best TV Comedy.

Lastly I want to mention Best Original Song – Shallow from A Star is Born, which won this hands down. And too bloody right. It was the 22nd most downloaded single of 2018 – which to say it only came out in October shows how much it took the world by storm. I can’t not listen to it when it’s on. It’s beautiful.

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Next stop BAFTA’s and then the big boys, the Oscars! The nominations are released at the end of the month where I will do a post placing my bets . . . while maybe placing a bet or two.

What do you think to the Golden Globe results? Do you think someone missed out or was robbed? Like I said I am in mixed emotions, feeling bad for A Star is Born but happy for Bohemian Rhapsody. But let’s see what happens next.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Would You Rather Tag.

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The ever so delightful Nicole from “Just a Belfast Girl” tagged me in this “Would You Rather” tag – which for me seems odd to be playing without a beer in my hand. It’s that ever popular drinking game that just turns into a showcase of sex exploits . . . maybe we will keep this one a bit more PG though shall we.

If you do not follow the wee bonnie Belfast gal then this is the perfect chance to do so. You will be regret it. Promise.


Right, now to the tag and the rules.

Below are a set of questions and answers that I have been set. Then below will be another set of questions for you to do. Shall we begin?

 

  1. Would you rather lose all of your money and valuables or all of the pictures you have ever taken? 
    Being a photographer I shouldn’t say all the photos I’ve taken, but the amount of items I class as valuables that hold so many memories to me that outweighs the choice. While also being picky, am I able to say I would still have photos taken by other people.
  2. Would you rather be able to see 10 minutes into your own future or 10 minutes into the future of anyone but yourself?10 Minutes of my own future. I feel that the short period of time probably wont be beneficial to help others. But it would help me in making some choices.
  3. Would you rather be famous when you are alive and forgotten when you die or unknown when you are alive but famous after you die?I would rather be unknown while alive and the be famous when I die. I want them to tell tales of me in hundreds of years.
  4. Would you rather go to jail for 4 years for something you didn’t do or get away with something horrible you did but always live in fear of being caught?I would rather live in fear of being caught then spending my life having people think I have done something horrendous.
  5. Would you rather your shirts be always two sizes too big or one size too smallI’d have to opt for the two sizes to big then small. Think of the comfort.
  6. Would you rather live in the wilderness far from civilization or live on the streets of a city as a homeless person?The Wilderness gets my vote, but I’d opt to move to Cornwall or somewhere by the sea – Beautiful part of the country. Sadly I have seen how people treat the homeless in the city and I would not want to face that.
  7. Would you rather the general public think you are a horrible person but your family be very proud of you or your family think you are a horrible person but the general public be very proud of you?As long as my family are proud of me, I couldn’t give two hoots what the public think. I am always the bad guy. Let is be.
  8. Would you rather live your entire life in a virtual reality where all your wishes are granted or in the real world?I love the idea of Virtual Reality and knowing how the real world is today and what could be. I think Virtual Reality would be the option I’d pick. Imagine a world like “Ready Player One”.
  9. Would you rather be alone for the rest of your life or always be surrounded by annoying people?As much as I am a very social person, I can not stand annoying or ignorant people and for that I would much rather live alone then have to suffer the annoyance.
  10. Would you rather never use social media sites/apps again or never watch another movie or TV show?
    Social Media Apps – I am sorry guys, but as much as I love the technology, the people and the modern social media world. I would give it up for the movies. Plus those ignorant people I mentioned above rule some social media platforms and they ruin it for everyone.

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Wow I think some of those answers got a little real didn’t they. I am a good person. But yeah this is where we are at, I hope this hasn’t changed your opinion of me – if so, who cares. You ready for some questions of your own.


  1. Would you rather be deaf or blind?
  2. Would you rather have fingers for toes or toes for fingers?
  3. Would you rather be able to hear people’s thoughts but have to speak them out loud. Or have no filter and speak every single word that comes to your mind?
  4. Would you rather have no cheese at Christmas or no chocolate on Easter?
  5. Would you rather lose the ability to lie or believe everything you’re told?
  6. Would you rather Win £50,000 or let your best friend win £1 million?
  7. Would you rather know how you will die or when you will die?
  8. Would you rather Look 10 years older from the neck up, or the neck down?
  9. If you were reborn in a new life, would you rather be alive in the past or future?
  10. Would you rather Be the funniest person in the room or the most intelligent?

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Now how are they for some questions. I would love to know what your answers are:

I tag the following people.

  1. Megs – Blog: Respirare – Twitter: @RespirareXO
  2. Leann – Blog: ArthritisFighter – Twitter: @lifewithcaleb_x
  3. Sarah – Blog: UnexploredBoundaries – Twitter: @SarahDanne
  4. Matt – Blog: MattViews – Twitter: @MattViews1
  5. Laura – Blog: LauraJacquesAINH – Twitter: @Laura_AIMH
  6. Bryony – Blog: BryonyPerfectlyImperfect – Twitter: @BryonyAshaw

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Happy New Year

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Tick Tick Tock. The clock has done another full circle, we have waved goodbye to 2018 and welcomed 2019 in.

This is the time of the year where everyone makes resolutions and promises for a better new year, a better them, a better life, and hellooooo I am always one of those people. Though like everyone else it’s a miracle I see it through. But here we go, time to make some promises and try to better myself. You ready?

  • Learn to be better with money.
  • Be healthier.
  • Be more organised and productive.
  • Tackle the 30 before 30 list.

I need to make some changes in my life, I need to better it – this year is my year. I’ve already told the GF this. It is time to focus on me (she supports this by the way) and so let’s do this, let’s make America 2019 great!

What are your resolutions, plans and goals? I’d love to know, if I can help anyway along the line please let me know. I am always here to support.

Have a good year you beautiful people.

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Blogmas Day 12 – Merry Christmas

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This is it guys – Day 12. Blogmas for me is over. The 12 nights of Christmas have been amazing and fun as always. I firstly want to thank you all for the constant support, the love, the comments and the followings. I’ve loved this and I hope you have too. I hope I haven’t droned on too much. But hey, it is Christmas after all.


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Remember that this time of year is amazing, beautiful and loving. A time to rejoice and celebrate all that is good in the world. Remember even in WW1 the soldiers stopped for a moment to come together as friends, play football and share the festive spirit. This is Christmas, the magic and power it has to bring people together. Enjoy this season, whatever you decide to do.

I ask of one thing though, take as many photos as possible! Create memories and just enjoy yourself.

I love you all! Merry Christmas to all and to all a Good Night!


This Grinch GIF is unrelated – I am not saying be a Grinch. I just liked the GIF and wanted to share it.

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Blogmas Day 9 – Christmas on a Budget

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The Average British Family spends £821.25 on gifts, decorations, food and drink at Christmas. Which is crazy isn’t it. I know people can and do spend more than this and there are cases where people spend less. This post is to help the former become the latter. (myself included, it’s time to follow my own advice)

(Stats from the Centre for Retail Research).

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With this cheeky five step guide on how to save the pennies over the festive period I hope I can help you all.

Part of the reason I have put this together is because Christmas for us this year is going to be CHEAP as chips due to the old house buying.


Step 1. Set Family Present Budgets.

The GF has a big family, she is one of five sisters and there’s a niece in there too. Plus my sister, then parents, friends, co-workers. The list could go on if we really thought about it. So this year between the adult sisters on her side we have decided not to get anything for anyone and just focus on the babies.

In regards to everyone else (Friends and Parents), we are setting a budget to of £10 / £20. While also being THAT guy when it comes to friends with partners. Getting one present for the both of them rather than a present each.

With little cuts like this you should be able to save some money here and there which can be put to other festive use.

Remember though – just because you save money here, doesn’t mean you have more to spend somewhere else. It’s your mission to save overall.

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Step 2. Food. Taste is about taste, not the packaging. Downsize the shop.

What is the point in spending 100’s of 1000’s on food that is either going to be eaten or thrown away. Just because it has the fancy label and the pricey price tag does it actually mean it is going to taste any better than the cheaper ranges? Remember we eat with our mouth not with our eyes and wallets.

Try a different supermarket, or a locally sourced supplier. Shop about instead of sticking with the high end super markets. I don’t want to bad mouth Waitrose, but if it means saving £20 on a joint of meat – Son I’m going to Aldi.

Also think twice before buying. Yes we love Christmas snacks but do we love them that much to be eating them well into February, or binning them mid January because they have gone off.

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Step 3. Decorations.

Yes who doesn’t love those Christmas shops that pop up early November and sell EVERYTHING Christmas related? Yes who wouldn’t love a new fancy tree with built in lights and spinning function? Yes we are all those people really. But we don’t have to be. Especially for something that is only going to be up for 5/6 weeks (or 10 weeks in some peoples case).

Try looking in charity shops or discount stores for Lights or Decorations. Or those clubcard points you have been saving all year – use them. Aim to purchase sturdy decorations that will last a few years. Then box them all up neatly and store for next year.

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Step 4. Days out and Activities

Fancy taking the kids to Winter Wonderland in London? Why not, I mean it’s a cheap day out; with Train Tickets, Tube Tickets, Food, Drinks, Gifts & Santa’s Grotto. It’s going to slowly mount up in cost, especially with the more people you go with.

Even deciding to go out for a meal, as soon as the Christmas Menu comes in the prices go up for a fancy version of Ham, Egg and Chips. This isn’t cool.

So what I am suggesting is the following; Have a Festive Film Feast. Set up some blankets and pillows in the living room, a big bowl of popcorn and work through a selection of Christmas movies. Or check your local town / cities what’s on guide and talk a walk through the local markets after a hearty breakfast at home. Saving the pennies on buying food when out.

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Step 5. The Kids

This point may fit a few nerves but let’s think logically for a moment. We spend a heck of alot of money on kids, because we want them to have everything and want for nothing. Which is cute, kind and a lovely sentiment. But when you are on a budget this might be a bit difficult and it’s really not worth getting yourself into debt over a toy that might go out of fashion in two months.

Ok so first idea. RECYCLE current toys – if you have kids already then you probably have a toy box stacked full of old toys that never see the light of day. Why not try slowly removing those toys, wrapping them and giving them back to the child. This is an age dependant thing though. Don’t try it was your 15 year old. They might notice a bit more.

Try and draw limits in the sand. One big present and a stocking. Or just a couple of mini gifts. Remember it’s not about the gifts and money, it’s about enjoying the day together. And heck if the children are so young (toddler age), just wrap a cardboard box up. Something to unwrap and then play with. Imagination can be more powerful than reality – remember that.

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I do hope this guide has helped, I have aimed to try and cut costs, in reality you might have just enjoyed the GIFs and moved on, or the advice is shockingly bad but hey it’s the thought that counts right?

Good Luck!