Sunday, 28 August 2016

Sheer Shod....cast

On this weeks Shodcast, myself and Daniel cover a variety of topics. Including Pokemon, Marvel news, some returning features that we haven't talked about for a few episodes. 

We hope you enjoy this weeks Shodcast and continue to tune in ready for the next one! 

Friday, 19 August 2016

Pokemon Sun & Moon new Pokemon

A few weeks ago the magazine CoroCoro revealed a selection of Pokemon. Three of these new Pokemon did not have any information regarding them in English, however they have now been revealed at the Pokemon World Championships along with another new Pokemon.

The first of these new Pokemon is the Sand Heap Pokemon, Sandygast. This is a Ghost/Ground type Pokemon with the new ability Water Compaction. This ability allows its defence to go up by 2 stages if it's hit with a Water type move.

The official site states

'A Sandygast emerges when the grudges of Pokemon and other creatures soak into the sand after they fall in battle. In essence, it's a possessed lump of sand! 

If you heedlessly grab a Sandygast's shove, you'll fall under the Pokemon's control. A Sandygast uses its power to manipulate children into gathering sand to increase the size of its body. If a Sandygst loses its shovel, it may put up a tree branch, a flag, or another item in its place. These Sandygast are wanderers in search of their own shovels. 

The tunnel-like mouth of a Sandygast can suck the vitality from people and Pokemon. Apparently it's a test of courage in the Alola region to put your hand in a Sandygast's mouth.'

Next up is the evolution of Sandygast, the Sand Castle Pokemon Palossand. Like its pre-evolution it has the new ability Water Compaction. This Pokemon drags Pokemon down into the sand where it steals their life force.

The official site states

'Palossand controls human adults, making them build a sand castle that provides camouflage and also raises its defensive abilities. Unlike Sandygast, if Palossand loses some of the sand from its body, it can restore itself on its own. When moving about in search of prey, the shovel on top of Palossand's head revolves. It's said that the shovel could be serving as some kind of radar.

Palossand loves the vitality of Pokemon and drags small Pokemon into its body so it can steal their life force. Its sandy vortex swallows them up in a heartbeat! Pokemon dragged into Palossand leave traces of their ill will behind. It's thought that this negative energy may be the starting point of a new Sandygast...'

Next up is the Flailing Pokemon, Stufful. This is the pre-evolution of Bewear, it is Normal/Fighting type and has the same abilities as its evolution. Fluffy or Klutz.

The official site states

'Stufful's cute appearance and movements - plus the fluffy feel of its fur - all combine to make it super popular!

This Pokemon may have a small body, but its strength is extraordinary. Receiving one of its powerful hits without being prepared for it can bring down even well-trained Pokemon!

The truth is that Stufful doesn't really like being touched. It hates being hugged tightly and will flail its arms in protest.'

The final Pokemon revealed in this trailer has not been seen before. This is the Boxing Pokemon, Crabrawler. It is a pure fighting type with the abilities of either Hyper Cutter or Iron Fist.

The official site states

'Crabrawler has a personality that really hates to loses, and it's driven not only to aim for a higher position than its fellows in terms of social standing, but literally to aim for a higher position in the landscape. Perhaps as a result, it's sometimes found clinging to tall people or to the walls of buildings! If you try to remove one against its will, you'll be met with a sound punch. 

Crabrawler's favourite food is Berries. It punches the trunks of trees to give the branches a good shake and knock any ripe Berries to the ground so it can feast! Many Crabrawler may gather around a tree, but only the one that emerges victorious in battle against all the others receives the privilege of eating the ripe Berries. 

Crabrawler uses its claws to protect its face and belly while getting in close to an opponent to throw punches. Its punches are powerful enough to split tree trunks! Crabrawler's pincers are sometimes torn off during its bouts - and they are said to be delicious.'

Here is the official trailer showing each of these Pokemon in action.

Pokemon Sun & Moon is coming out in November this year, are you looking forward to it? What version will you get if you are? What other new Pokemon would you like to see? 

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Pokemon Sun and Moon Turtonator

A new Pokemon was revealed during the Pokemon show at Gamescom, this Pokemon is the Blast Turtle Pokemon Turtonator.

This Pokemon is Fire/Dragon type with the Shell Armour ability. It has a new move called Shell Trap. This move sets a trap at the beginning of a turn, if Turtonator is then hit by a physical attack in the same turn. It will cause an explosion that deals greater damage to the opponent.

The official site states

'Because Turonator lives on volcanoes, feeding on sulfur and other materials found near volcanic craters, its shell has a layer of explosive material - mostly sulfur. When something strikes this Pokemon, sparks fly from the horns on its shell, igniting an explosion!

In areas around volcanic craters, this Pokemon camouflages itself as a rock and waits for prey. At the moment when its prey steps onto the back of its shell, Turtonator strikes its shell with its own tail, triggering an explosion!

The explosive blasts triggered from Turtonator's back are released through an orifice located on the middle front of the Pokemon's body. This is Turonator's weak point. Attacks landing on its stomach will cause it a great deal of damage. 

Injustice 2 Character Roster so far

Before E3 back in June, NetherRealm Studios dropped an announcement trailer for the sequel to their DC fighter 'Injustice Gods Among Us'. Revealing a select few characters in CG free for all, they then went on to show gameplay at E3 showing those characters in action along with some more new characters.

Not only that but at Comic Con and Gamescom 4 more characters have been revealed. Here is a look at the currently revealed roster and some trailers from the latest reveals.

Starting off with one of the returning characters from the first game. The King of Atlantis is back with his trusty trident, a wide variety of new tricks and his signature Great White Shark from his finisher back in Injustice.

In the first game, Aquaman was one of the heroes who was sent to the alternate Earth that was being ruled by Superman. He fought his corrupt self who worked for Superman and managed to win with his allies before being sent home. It is unknown if this game is set on Earth 1 or Earth 2 after Superman sets out to get his revenge. If this is Earth 1 Aquaman, he may be doing all he can to defend his Kingdom from the corrupted Superman of Earth 2. If it is Earth 2 Aquman, he may be trying to regain his honour after submitting to Superman.

The Dark Knight himself who had a major role in the first games story. Batman is back with a new arsenal of attacks and gadgets.

In the original story, Batman from Earth 1 was brought to Earth 2 by there Batman along with some of his allies. In order to stop the corrupted Superman. The two Bruce Wayne's along with Earth 1's Superman managed to succeed, and Earth 1's Batman was sent home. However after Superman escapes, Earth 2 Batman would be the first person Superman would go for before breaking through to Earth 1. Batman appears ready to do battle with the fallen Kryptonian once again.

After the death of Lois Lane by his own hands caused by the Joker. Clark Kent killed the psychopathic Clown in cold blood and started his own Regime. Trying to protect the world, he in fact enslaved it because he thought it was the right thing. However he was stopped by Earth 1's Superman and locked away in a Kryptonite prison. His eyes began to glow before the credits rolled, indicating his escape.

Out for revenge on not only Batman from his world, he has a bone to pick with the heroes of Earth 1. Will they be able to stop him this time? Will he beat Earth 1's Superman after his humiliating defeat?

The Flash
Having risen to TV fame in recent years and getting his role in the Justice League movie. It is no wonder Barry Allen is back as a returning character for Injustice 2. Bringing his Speedster skills to battle. 

His role in the first game primarily followed the events of Earth 2 Flash. Who had joined up with Superman's regime, however after witnessing the death of Shazam at the hands of Superman he switched allegiance. Finding his old friend the Green Arrow who was from Earth 1 alive and well, he promised to hand himself in after the end of the battle with Superman. This could be Earth 2's Flash atoning for his past mistakes or Earth 1's Flash attempting to stop Superman. 

With the recent popularity of the Flash TV show, could we see Reverse Flash or Zoom as rival characters for Barry?

Wonder Woman
Another returning character who was revealed back at Comic Con. It is no surprise she is back in this title, with her role being quite major in the first game as well as her recent success in Batman vs Superman. She brings her lasso, sword and shield back into battle with her.

The first game followed the events of Earth 1's Wonder Woman, who along with Batman and others was brought to Earth 2 to overthrow Superman. Her Earth 2 counterpart was Superman's second in command and stepped in to stop the heroes on numerous occasions. Earth 1 Wonder Woman managed to stop her and reclaim the Amazonian honour before she returned back to her own world.

Harley Quinn
The final revealed returning character, Haryley Quinn was revealed this week at Gamescom. Once again due to her recent role in the Suicide Squad movie and her general popularity, it is no wonder she is back. She appears to be bringing a lot of her old moves back but also bringing some new ones, most notably her two guard dogs.

In the first title, Harley was on Batman's side after the death of the Joker. She only did this as she needed somebody to follow, however Earth 1's Joker turned up and began to mess with her head and call her weak for siding with the heroes. Now it appears with the Joker no longer around, Harley has become stronger and in turn more unstable.

Kara Zor-El makes her first appearance into the series as the first revealed new addition. With her gaining her own TV show as Supergirl, her popularity has increased and as such she made it into the roster. Kara is Clarks cousin, however based on the trailer it doesn't appear she is happy to see Superman.

Supergirl brings a lot of the moves Superman is known for, however due to her smaller and less bulky size she moves much faster.

A being of hatred and rage that leads the Red Lantern Corps. Atrocitus makes his first appearance into the series accompanied by Dex-Star, after the Green Lantern and Sinestro appeared in the first game, could this mean that neither of these character will appear because of Atrocitus addition? Or that his addition confirms that the Green Lantern will be in it? Focusing his hate on the Green Ringed hero. 

Gorilla Grodd
Due to the recent success of the Flash TV show, Gorilla Grodd as appeared in a few episodes. With his latest one appearing at a Primate Sanctuary on Earth 2 where he will no doubt lead a rebellion. This talking and highly intelligent Gorilla was a surprise addition for many, however his success in the show may have had a result in his addition. Fighting both the Flash in the show and the Justice League in the comics, he is a great fit for the game. 

Blue Beetle
Revealed alongside Wonder Woman at Comic Con, the Blue Beetle was a shock announcement. Taking the form of Jamie Reyes, who took on the mantle of the Blue Beetle after a magic scarab attached itself to his back. This allows him to produce different weapons and body armour for his protection, making him an interesting choice to the roster. It is great to see the lesser known or less popular heroes being added into the series, to give them a chance to shine. 

The final revealed character so far. Like others Deadshot has risen in popularity in recent years, with his inclusion in the TV show Arrow, along with his appearance in the Suicide Squad movie. It is no wonder he has made it into the roster for Injustice 2. Using a wide variety of guns, he blasts his way through his opponents. However his appearance here may mean the absence of Deathstroke who has in the first game.  

To go with these roster run down, here are the reveal trailers for Harley Quinn + Deadshot and Wonder Woman + Blue Beetle.

Injustice 2 will be coming to Playstation 4 and Xbox One in 2017, who would you like to see in this roster?

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Pokemon Sun & Moon more info!

The magazine CoroCoro has started to leak, and as such a plethora of new information has begun to emerge regarding Sun & Moon.

Starting with the new Pokemon, CoroCoro has revealed four Pokemon. Bare in mind that these are the Japanese names and no information regarding their western names has been revealed

First up is the pre-evolution of Bewear, this is the Pokemon 'Nuikoguma' and it is also Normal/Fighting type like its evolution. Nothing has been stated about its abilities but it will likely have Klutz or Fluffy like Bewear.

Next up is the fish Pokemon 'Yowashi', this is a pure Water type and it has an ability to change its appearance into a larger fish. How it does this is unknown but it could work similar to other abilities where its HP goes below a certain point. 

The next Pokemon are the Sandcastle Pokemon, the little one is 'Sunabaa' and the evolution is called 'Shirodesuna'. These Pokemon are both Ghost/Ground type. Looking at the image it appears they might have arena trap, to keep grounded Pokemon from escaping from battle. 

A confirmation was given regarding next months issue, it states that there will be a poster featuring Rockruff's 'Secret Evoltuion' 

Continuing on, two new Alola forms were revealed. Having missed the last update, Alolan forms are redesigns and retypes of previous generation Pokemon, however so far it has only been Gen 1 Pokemon. So it is unknown if Gen's 2-6 will get any Alolan form changes. 

The ones revealed in the last update were

Exeggutor - Grass/Dragon with the ability Frisk
Vulpix - Ice with the ability Snow Cloak
Ninetales - Ice/Fairy with the ability Snow Cloak
Sandshrew - Ice/Steel with the ability Snow Cloak
Slandslash - Ice/Steel with the ability Snow Cloak

Now to go with these, CoroCoro has revealed

Alolan Meowth which is a Dark type. Meowth developed this after being bred by the royal family of Alola.

Alolan Marowak which Fire/Ghost type. Maraowak developed this in response to its natural predators in order to resist them.

Nothing has been stated about their abilities so far, but keep checking back for more information.

CoroCoro also revealed information regarding the evil team of this generation. This team is called 'Team Skull' however it is unknown if this will be their english name. They appear to be punks and renegades, so they might not have a world ending plot like many of the previous evil teams. They may just want to cause chaos. The leader of the team is called 'Guzma' and the girl is called 'Plumeri', these are not their official English names.

That is all the information that was shown in CoroCoro, there will be another Pokemon Sun & Moon based update on the 12th August. What that entails is still unknown, could it be an official reveal of Team Skull? Could their be new Pokemon shown? Keep checking back to find out!