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Late End of Year Review 2016

04 Jan

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Howdy ladies and gents, 2016 is technically over and normally at the end of the December I do my annual END OF YEAR REVIEW, however, because of timing issues, relating to work and New Year’s Eve plans, I never got around to releasing it on time. And so I’ve debated over the last few days whether or not to write it, but after 5 years it felt wrong not to write something, so, even though it’s late, my 2016 review is here now! Now 2016 was one heck of a year and while there were some good times here and there, it was somewhat of a surprising and melancholy year due to a lot of the events that took place. And while I can’t cover everything I’ll do my best to discuss what I remembered. As with previous entries, I’ll talk about the year as a whole from my perspective, break it down into sections and then conclude with a summary. You ready? Cool, let’s go!

Video Games

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I think 2016 was a good year for games, even if I didn’t play too many of the new ones because I didn’t have the consoles to play them on, initially. Most of my gaming was Nintendo-based again with my 3DS and Wii U getting a lot of play time. I spent a fair amount of time trying to perfect my skills in Super Smash Bros. 4, also played a fair amount of Xenoblade Chronicles X and went back to Xenoblade Chronicles prior to that for some level grinding too, Lego Marvel Superheroes got pretty fun and I was even able to fit in some time for Super Metroid, a game I’m not too good at but find a lot of enjoyment in when I’m in the zone. My 3DS got the most play time, I finally finished Fire Emblem: Awakening and was emotionally saddened when I finished it, kept going back to Sonic 2 3D and for a little while Fire Emblem Fates had my attention, but didn’t hook me the same way Awakening did. However, once Pokémon Sun came out I was on lock down, it was easily my most addictive new game of last year, and while the wow factor wasn’t as intense as X & Y, the game was just really fun, accessible and changed so many of the core game mechanics and progression in subtle and great ways. Oh and speaking of Pokémon, Pokémon GO, yeah that was a thing. I was on that hype for around 5 weeks and then fell off, and after the game became incompatible with my phone I was gone for good, but those first 3 weeks was hella fun with full-on walking, catching monsters and chilling in town at PokéStops haha. Oh and last year I got a PS4, finally. Spent a few days playing Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens and then went straight into Final Fantasy XV, the whole reason I got my new console and while there were some issues I had with the combat, button placement and game mechanics, it was hella fun and exciting, and the main four characters are some of my favourites in recent gaming memory. I’m really looking forward to gaming in 2017 especially when the Nintendo Switch drops, I need that thing to be good! 😛

Films

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For me 2016 was a solid year for films, and while there was a fair amount of disappointment with a good deal of the popular films, there were some absolute gems that popped up over the course of last year. I had a fair amount of fun in the cinema and did a bit of catching up at home as well with some of the films I didn’t watch when they were released, I also just got around to checking out some films I hadn’t seen or wanted to rewatch like Enter the Dragon, Attack the Block, Stargate and Get On Up. I luckily didn’t watch too many bad films because I was smart enough or lazy enough to stay away, though Ben-Hur, while bad, it wasn’t the worst thing I’d ever seen and in some ways, I found it quite funny haha. Anyway, I technically did a top 10 film post already, but for those who haven’t seen it I will list it below and as usual, I’m only counting films released in 2016, films originally released in 2015 that got their UK release in 2016 DOESN’T COUNT! Anyway here’s my top 10:

Top 10 Films of 2016

  1. Sing Street
  2. Captain America: Civil War
  3. Kubo and the Two Strings
  4. Rogue One
  5. Midnight Special
  6. Jungle Book
  7. Doctor Strange
  8. Zootopia
  9. Hell or High Water
  10. Green Room

Special Mentions

  • Moana
  • Deepwater Horizon
  • The Accountant
  • The Nice Guys
  • Don’t Breathe
  • The Edge of Seventeen
  • Arrival
  • Hunt For the Wilderpeople
  • Ben-Hur (for being unintentionally hilarious)

Top 5 Worst/Disappointing Films of 2016

  1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2
  2. Suicide Squad
  3. Independence Day Resurgence
  4. Batman V Superman
  5. X-Men: Apocalypse

Television

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TV last year was pretty filthy, I was watching a lot. From the Marvel/Netflix material with the great yet flawed second season of Daredevil and Luke Cage which had a great first half and the questionable yet decent second half, but it was Stranger Things that was my favourite show of 2016. It was a frigging revelation and I’ve not loved an original TV show like that for a long time. I also got around to finishing The Wire which was awesome, also enjoyed out Luther and started Prison Break (better late than never).

On top of that in the Fall/Autumn, there was a lot of good TV. Season 5 of Arrow was the most fun I’d had since season 2, the first half season 4 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was pretty awesome thanks to Ghost Rider and The Flash’s third season was good but wasn’t as compelling as the previous seasons. Star Wars Rebels was a little up and down but had great moments in season 3, Game of Thrones definitely delivered with season 6 when compared to season 5, Atlanta was a surprisingly fun and engaging show, Preacher while a little patchy at first got better towards the latter half and The Walking Dead’s latest season wasn’t been as terrible as I thought it’d be. But Blindspot and Lucifer were the real surprises of last year, both of those second seasons were much better than expected and featured some really solid character and story material.

Top 10 TV Shows

  1. Stranger Things (season 1)
  2. Daredevil (season 2)
  3. Game of Thrones (season 6)
  4. Mr. Robot (season 2)
  5. Arrow (season 5)
  6. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (season 4)
  7. Lucifer (season 2)
  8. Luke Cage (season 1)
  9. Blindspot (season 2)
  10. Atlanta

2017 promises a lot for the world of TV but I’m mainly hyped for Iron Fist, The Defenders, and the return of Preacher, Master of None and Stranger Things.

Music

Music this year has been surprisingly decent, I mean overall there’s been a great deal of crap that I’ve been subjected to at certain parties, gatherings and just at work on the radio and stuff, but it is surprising how many songs that have been either genuinely good or absurdly addictive.

Top 6 Songs

  1. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Dark Necessities
  2. SG Lewis – All Night
  3. A Tribe Called Quest – We The People…
  4. Kungs vs Cookin’ on 3 Burners – This Girl
  5. Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop The Feeling!
  6. Bruno Mars – 24k Magic

My Experience

2016, to be honest, hasn’t been too bad of a year for me, I’ve dealt with a lot of shit, but my troubles haven’t been as severe as previous years. I had a lot of fun with friends and family, Firstly I got to attend a high school reunion 10 years after I left school in May of 2006, its something I’ve always wanted to do (due to films and TV shows making it look like fun) and it was awesome. Also like previous years I returned to the Children’s Media Conference and make new acquaintances, went back MCM London Expo October 2016 Review, attended two wonderful weddings too, and also got finally see Alien Ant Farm live for the first time and I also got to see the Red Hot Chili Peppers live again which was delightful. Another random fact, last year I worked in a total of 4 different places and hopped across 3 jobs before I landed the job that I have now, and 5 months on I’m in a much better place than I was before.

Blogging-wise things were fair messy/lazy and I feel like 2016 was the worst year I’ve had on WordPress so far, but hell I pushed on and I hope to rectify the lack of content in 2017. Plus my podcast, while it started out well and I got better at it, there was a lack consistency for sure, so again hopefully I’ll get things sorted this year.

But does need to be noted about all the crazy stuff that went down last year like: 1) America allowed Donald Trump to become president, I knew it would happen, I just hoped that it wouldn’t. 2) The UK voted to leave the EU, I also had a feeling this would be the case but again hoped it wouldn’t happen. And 3) Celebrity deaths, holy crap last year was just pure pain for all of the notable celebrities especially with musicians, film and TV stars etc. And while there are too many to mention, for me I’ll miss Muhammad Ali, Ron Glass, Prince, Anton Yelchin and Alan Rickman… But the ones that hit me hardest were Phife Dawg (because of his contributions to A Tribe Called Quest which affected my life in my late teens/early twenties), David Bowie (who after college I couldn’t imagine life without his music), George Michael (who had music which was part of my childhood), and Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds (the timing was awful and Carrie’s passing made my heart sink). And while these wonderful people are no longer with us, we gotta show love and continue to celebrate their achievements, RIP peeps of 2016.

Conclusion

In conclusion, 2016 wasn’t a complete waste especially on a personal level, but at the same time let’s just all agree that a lot of the bad outweighed the good and I think we’re ready for this year to be over. So goodbye 2016 and let’s hope 2017 is a better year.

Well, thanks for reading. So how was your 2016? Please be sure to comment below and I’ll see ya in the next blog post. Laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on January 4, 2017 in Films, Life, Media, Music, Television, Video Games

 

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5 responses to “Late End of Year Review 2016

  1. Cosmoflips

    January 28, 2017 at 12:51 am

    Mate, you have a PS4 now? Why was I not informed! What’s your PSN? I’ll get you added. I also have Pokemon Sun — we’ll have to battle and trade and whatnot on that at some point, but I need to get my own 3DS. I can’t believe they’re still so much money when the Switch is just around the corner. I’ve put in around 70-ish hours so far and even nabbed a shiny Ditto. I think it’s the first Pokemon game I’ve played through since Fire Red, though I did spend a little time on Platinum.

    Also, I miss that first month when Pokemon GO released. Life was so good then.

     
    • Hypersonic55

      January 29, 2017 at 8:54 pm

      Haha, I’m surprised I forgot to tell ya, yeah I’ve been on that PS4 hype for a little while, don’t have too mnay games, but I have enjoyed Final Fantasy XV and Broforce. And wow I didn’t expect you to be on the Pokemon hype, glad you got Sun, so did I. 🙂 You’ve clocked in more hours than me, madness! But in my defense I’ve been watching so much TV and films so my time has been divided a lot. 3Ds is a little expensive, but that’s more so on the New 3DS, most you can get for less that £100 if you know where to look. If I knew you wanted one I would have given you my old one haha. Oh Pokemon Go, what crazy time to be alive when that beauty madness went down. Oh and yeah I’ll text you my friend deets! 😀

       
      • Cosmoflips

        January 29, 2017 at 9:13 pm

        Nice! I heard good things about Final Fantasy XV but I’ve been bouncing between the same old games as of late. As for the 3DS — I was mainly looking at the XL ’cause it’s hard to pass up a bigger screen, but after a little research I might get a 2DS. The price is very tempting and I’m mainly just going to be playing Pokemon and Majora’s Mask. I also have an R4 that works with 3DS, but I seem to have misplaced it. If I get my own 3DS/2DS I’ll send you my codes and whatnot. And cool man, I’ll add you on PS4 once I get that info! 😀

         
      • Hypersonic55

        January 31, 2017 at 6:46 pm

        Haha, I did wonder if R4 cards would be made for 3DS but never heard of any in the first year or so I had mine (this was post 3DS XL) so I assumed they didn’t exist. 😛 I dunno if I’ll ever get around to Majora’s Mask, everyone says its like the best Zelda game, but I can’t deal with time limits, depressing tones and incomplete side missions which may result in a bad ending, TOO MUCH PRESSURE! And cool I’ll text you asap. 🙂

         
      • Cosmoflips

        January 31, 2017 at 10:58 pm

        Yeah, they have R4 cards for all sorts now. You can even hack your 3DS to emulate SNES games. The one I have is just for playing regular DS games on the 3DS, though. The one for 3DS games is quite expensive and I think it requires you to fiddle around with the firmware.

        I get what you’re saying. Time based stuff can get quite frustrating, but if you fail on Zelda it’s pretty easy to pick up again from where you left off. I’ve always been intrigued to play Majora’s Mask because it’s one of the few Zelda games I never played that much before. On Game Boy I was all about Link’s Awakening, then on N64 I had Ocarina of Time, then on GBA it was The Minish Cap and then The Wind Waker and so on. It’s pretty cool they’re able to redo all these N64 games for the 3DS.

         

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