Coil’s Toils – Guide to Mann vs. Machine (pt 1)

Coil’s Toils – Guide to Mann vs. Machine (pt 1)

love Team Fortress 2. The mechanics are fairly balanced, it’s not pay-to-win, and it never asks the question “what makes sense?” when it should ask “what would be fun?”. If you like Team Fortress 2 and reading things, you’re in luck – I’ll probably be writing a lot about it.

A lot of my TF2 hours were spent in the Mann vs. Machine game mode. It puts you and five friends (or random players if all your friends are playing Skyrim) up against hordes of robots. You’re constantly outnumbered.

So how do you survive? You need teamwork and knowledge of what the crap to do. Lots of new players have neither. And that’s why I’ve put together the first Coil’s Toils – a guide teaching people the basics and advanceds of Mann vs. Machine. (However, this post quickly became 4500 words, so this guide will only cover part of what you need to know.)

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Sparking a Discussion – Immersion in Pokémon

Sparking a Discussion – Immersion in Pokémon

Welcome to the first entry in my new Sparking a Discussion series. This is where I’m going to talk about things without reviewing them. I’ll just sort of post my thoughts and ideas about some work of fiction or game and hopefully get the readers thinking. And if you’d like to join in the discussion, leave a comment below!

As anyone who knows me knows, I spend far too much time playing Pokémon. From Red to Alpha Sapphire, I’ve played a game in every generation and loved them all. I’ve seen the battling mechanics go from a broken mess in Gen 1 to a progressively more balanced, sensible system.

But there’s one thing that’s been lacking in Pokémon since day one. No matter how good the graphics get, how fancy the towns and regions get, how many game mechanics let me feed my Dragonite cupcakes, I don’t feel like I’m part of the world. Pokémon has the potential to be a really immersive experience, but how?

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Tesla Reviews – Assassination Classroom

Tesla Reviews – Assassination Classroom

This is a manga where a tentacle monster becomes the teacher of a junior high class. No, it’s not a horrific, barely-legal hentai – it’s an upbeat, action shonen manga!

Assassination Classroom is a manga I first looked at because it had an interesting-sounding title, and I am glad I did.

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Tesla Reviews – JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure (Part 3, S2) Stardust Crusaders

Tesla Reviews – JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure (Part 3, S2) Stardust Crusaders

Welcome to the fourth installment of Tesla Reviews JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. Today I’m still looking at the third and most well-known part of JJBA: Stardust Crusaders. I found the first half disappointing.

Though the visuals and sound kept getting better and better, it lacked the depth of Part 2 (Battle Tendency). It was much more like Part 1 (Phantom Blood). Unfortunately, where Phantom Blood had a lightning-quick pace, Stardust Crusaders had meaningless fights against filler villains taking up the majority of the screentime.

Since I won’t have to go into too much detail on Stardust Crusaders, this article will likely end up much shorter than the last one. Let’s get into it! Does Stardust Crusaders improve with its second season – Battle in Egypt?

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Tesla Reviews – JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure (Part 3, S1) Stardust Crusaders

Tesla Reviews – JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure (Part 3, S1) Stardust Crusaders

Last time, I took a look at the beautifully flamboyant world of Battle Tendency. Before that, I talked about Phantom Blood, the humble beginnings of JJBA.

Now, on to Part 3: Stardust Crusaders. And yes, this is the Part where that one guy throws a steamroller at the other guy. This is also the one where the guy yells ORAORAORA a lot.

It’s the most well-known Part of JJBA. Before any other Part, it received an animated adaptation and well-respected video game, both of which were localized in America. That means it’s bound to be even better than the masterpiece that was Part 2, right? …Right?

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Tesla Reviews – JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure (Part 2) Battle Tendency

Tesla Reviews – JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure (Part 2) Battle Tendency

Last time, I took a look at Part One (Phantom Blood) of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. It was solid, and worth watching, but nothing absolutely incredible.

So what would happen if you slowed down its way-too-fast pacing? And replaced its one-dimensional characters with ones that are deeper, more relatable, and all-around more interesting? And improved the art, which (in the anime, at least) was already really good?

Then, suppose you made everything super gay. That’s what happened to JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure when it went from Part 1 to Part 2. And it is awesome.
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Tesla Reviews – JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure (Part 1) Phantom Blood

Tesla Reviews – JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure (Part 1) Phantom Blood

Hey guys. I’m Tesla. I review things. I’m going to start off with an ancient manga and recent anime that you’ve probably seen someone go nuts over recently: JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. I’m a pretty harsh critic, but JoJo is one of my favourite anime/manga, so hopefully my mean commentary and gushing will cancel each other out and make a balanced review. That’s how it works, right? Continue reading