Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Review


THIS IS SPARTA! That’s right, the newest edition of Assassin’s Creed has been out for a while and people have been kick-flailing all about it and for good reason (you know… besides working out those thy muscles). I couldn’t help but find myself contractually obligated to produce a magnificent review of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, or what I like to call, the “Revenge of Leonidas’ Kick.”


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Now some of you may be asking, “what’s with all of the 300 movie references Adonis?… You beautiful man you…” To that I say: First, the commonalities are many, and second… it’s nice to be called beautiful every once in a while (men need to feel pretty too).

Both 300 and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey take place in Ancient Greece. You play as a Spartan who loses their way after tragedy strikes early on in their life that leads you on an epic journey to find your mother. It’s basically the movies Home Alone meets 300. Speaking of mothers…


Battle of the Sexes
For the first time in Assassin’s Creed history, you are able to select what gender you will be (there’s another AC game where you got to play as both genders, but didn’t get to chose which for an entirety of the game.)

For the first time in a long while, I contemplated what gender to play as since I always play as male. I ended up choosing male anyway, but the fact that it arose in me that much deep/intellectual thought, still intrigues me.


So Many Cliffs… Too Little Time…
Now ask yourself, how does it feel to be on the wrong side of a flat-heeled sandal (being kicked off of a cliff)? If you are the remorse-kind, you just might save your arch supports for another day. One of the many new aspects introduced into the AC mix is the option of choice.

Though the easiest option might be to kick a higher-leveled foe off of the nearest cliff, AC Odyssey introduces dialog options where diplomacy and choice comes into play. Some of these options can get pretty complex and effect future game results.

For instance, one of the hardest choices I had was to either catch a baby murder who was going to escape or save a baby from a burning building… (Look below to see the end result).


Ladies, I’m Single…


Would you look who it is… My Old Nemesis…
AC Odyssey introduces the Nemesis system. Originally created by the developers of the “Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor” the nemesis system creates enemies at random who each have their own personalities, weapon types, strengths, and weaknesses. It

humanizes and brings importance to, what could’ve been, mundane enemies. It’s nice to know that the people you are kicking off cliffs will have a digital family that will never skip leg day again.


Kicking Solves Most of Your Problems… Almost…
Though my favorite move in the game might not work on everyone, it certainly is useful so when in doubt… kick it out! I give Assassin’s Creed Odyssey 8/10 Spartan Kicks. What did you think of the game?

Did you find yourself Spartan-Kicking your way out of a tough situation? Let us know below, and for all of your future reviews, keep it locked to KSSU.

Is Venom as bad as Critics Say?



Venom (2018) (Sony Pictures)
Black Panther Spider-Man.. I mean.. Venom, released October 5th, 2018 to a slaughter of critic scores in the cine-plex. At the time of this writing, Venom sits at a 32% on Rotten Tomatoes which makes it officially a certified load of crap, but does that translate across all boards? Could viewers disagree with critics? Rhetorical; the fact of the matter is that fans and the average viewer alike agree that Venom is a smash hit and here are my reasons for the divide:

A Story Lost to Madness (And Funniness?)
Venom is absurd (the character and the film) but that’s not a bad thing! Quite frankly, the film starts at a bad pace and really doesn’t pick up until the 2nd act with the introduction of Venom himself. The majority of major blockbuster films are now suffering from an interesting concept of “Marvel-it-up,” which translates to “make all movies funny.” What happens when you try to make more things funny? Critics get tired of the same-old, but the average movie goer who takes a trip to the movies once a month doesn’t experience the same fatigue of “Marvel-itis” (yes I made my own word, sue-itis me).

What Makes this Redeemable?
Tom Hardy, despite some of his questionable roles (I’m looking at you Bane in Batman: The Dark Knight Rises), is quite the extraordinary actor and certainly gets to flex his acting chops in Venom as both his roles as Eddie Brock and the Venom symbiote, which he provides voice over work for. The bread and butter of this film is churned through the character interactions between Brock and Venom

Where did Sony Stumble?
Sony (the movie studio) has a bad habit of showing too much in their movie
trailers and some could make an interesting case for this film’s trailers ruining all of the best action sequences in the film itself. The surprise is that, although it is an interested marketing strategy, it shouldn’t be a pejorative to movie goers. It isn’t and shouldn’t be the “end-all, be-all” for a film to have a questionable trailer production team, but yet here we sit talking about it’s importance (so… hint-hint Sony…).

Isn’t Venom a Bad Guy?
The Anti-Hero isn’t that much of a new frontier. It was done recently by DC and the like (à la Suicide Squad, Spawn, DeadPool, Wolverine, Ghost-Rider…), but where does Venom sit on the hero-scale spectrum? Without getting too much into spoiler territory, Venom becomes a person (symbiote) whom the audience can get behind. In their own individual spin-off movies, of course they’ll be the hero to their story!

Should you See it or Not? Who Do I Believe?
No one! Believe no one! I typically love to get my media reviews from famous YouTubers such as “Beyond the Trailer,” and “Angry Joe,” (all of whom I highly recommend, both for entertainment and astute critical analysis values, which are credited to different demographics) but I’ve even disagreed with their views on different products of media. The best way to form your own opinion is to form it yourself (and listen to me of course).

What are your thoughts on the Venom (2018) movie? Did it surpass your expectations?

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The worst & best Halloween costumes I’ve seen


The worst Halloween costume I have ever seen is a banana costume.

When I was in high school I saw both a student dressed up as a banana and one dressed up as a banana with the peels split down. It was not funny to me until I sat down to hang out with my friend at a table.

When I looked up from my food, I saw the student dressed up like a banana with the peels split down running across the school yard getting chased by a student dressed as a gorilla. Not only that, the gorilla was roaring as it was chasing down the banana.

I realized that the other banana was hiding on the side of a building to avoid being chased by the gorilla and I just couldn’t stop laughing. Even though this was years ago, I could never forget the costumes of the three students because of that movie-style chase scene. Even without the hilarious chase between the bananas and the gorilla, I could not accept the idea of me wearing a banana as a costume for Halloween. Everything is not meant for everyone, and a banana costume is not something meant for me to wear.

The best Halloween costume I have ever seen was when rapper “The Game” dressed up as vocalist Jidenna for Halloween.

For those of you who do not know who Jidenna is, he made the hit song ‘Classic Man’ in 2015. The same year, The Game dyed his hair, wore a suit, and looked similar to Jidenna. The following year, Jidenna dressed up as The Game for Halloween by putting a fake tattoo on his face, wearing a baseball hat with comfortable clothing and jewelry. There was a similar resemblance to The Game as well.

These were such great Halloween costume choices for both celebrities because it has been over two years and it is still shared all over the internet. If any of you have not seen The Game and Jidenna dress up as each other for Halloween, I would recommend you take a look, it is bohumorous and mind blowing how similar they look.

If anyone has a great or horrible costume experience in mind please share your stories. I love Halloween and enjoy the stories that come along with it. If you do not have any humorous stories to tell, meet up with friends or family this year and make some amazing memories.

Have a great October!

Lil Wayne adds to his legacy with Tha Carter V


 One of the greatest rappers of our generation, Dwayne Carter, has given us plenty of classic songs, albums and mixtapes. His new album “The Carter V” adds to his legacy. 

The Grammy Award rapper who has been called, “The Greatest Rapper Alive”, now has another number one album on the charts. This isn’t anything new for the legendary spitter who gave us hit like “No Ceilings”, “Carter II”, “Carter III” and “Da Drought 3” to name a few, but some thought the rapper wasn’t capable of delivering good music anymore. 

As a long time Lil Wayne fan, I thought that his good music was behind him. In my opinion, it has been a bad year for older rappers like Nas, Eminem, Kanye and Jay-Z who all gave us mediocre albums.

Carter V isn’t a classic album in my eyes but it is still pretty good and the best rap album of the year in my opinion. I think this album was just as good as J. Cole’s KOD, Nipsey Hustle’s Victory Lap and better than Drake’s Scorpion. 

Lil Wayne doesn’t even write his music, he is basically memorizing his freestyles which is even more impressive when you listen to this album.  This album was packed with 23 songs and features from Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott, Nicki Minaj and Snoop Dogg to name a few. 

I think the best song on the album is “Mona Lisa” and features the great Kendrick Lamar. The two Hip-Hop icons do notdisappoint on that track. Kendrick might have stole the show with his verse on that song but Wayne was impressive as well. 

There are plenty of other good songs on this album like “Uproar”, “Dark Side of the Moon”, ‘Let it Fly”, “Hittas” and “Let it all Work Out.” There are gems throughout the album, so if you haven’t listened to it yet, I suggest you do. 

Old Sac’s Costume Shop: Evangeline’s Costume Mansion


It’s OCTOBER!!!! Finally we can start talking about what’s important: Halloween! When the pumpkin spiced everything starts hitting the shelves and the temperature starts dropping (hopefully), that’s when you know it’s time to get that Halloween costume ready to go. Whether you are going to a party, just handing out candy at your own front door, or have to go into a shift at work, there is always room for spoopy festivities.

This is where Evangeline’s Costume Mansion comes to the rescue. Nestled in the middle of Old Sac, Evangeline’s is a three-story Victorian mansion that has been retro fitted to house the largest collection of costumes, wigs, masks, weapons, party gear, and novelty items you will ever lay eyes on. Literally, it has everything!

On the first floor, there are mostly just novelty items. Things like themed kitchenware, bachelorette party items, bacon paraphernalia, party games, EDM/rave must-haves, fandom merchandise, Wicca supplies, children’s costumes, and even a small armory complete with sets of full samurai armor. Everything on the first floor ranges from the everyday like fairy figurines to the oddly specific like ice-cube trays to make gun shaped ice. One could get lost for hours on the first floor alone.

The second floor is where the serious costumes start. To make this level easy to navigate, it has been divided into themed rooms. There is the western/steam punk room, Medieval/renaissance royalty room, the BDSM/horror room, the tribal/military room, the first responder room, and the large main area that is devoted to ghosts, witches, and your classic Halloween villains. Between the rooms themselves, every wall is covered floor to ceiling with even more costumes and costume pieces. In addition to a masquerade and a Gatsby wall, the second floor boasts an entire wall dedicated to horrifying Halloween masks stationed behind an old-fashioned bar at the top of the stairs.

Speaking of stairs, if you take the spiral staircase up you’ll find yourself on the Technicolor third floor. Here, the over arching theme is FUN! Rooms and areas on this floor include but are far from limited to Disney/Fantasy, superheroes, decades, Star Wars, circus, and even a section for the adult novelty costumes. This is the floor were you can be a greaser, a gangster, a wizard, a mermaid, or just your favorite comic book character. Instead of a wall of masks, the third floor has two and a half walls of wigs in every length, cut, and shade you can think of. If you’ve got a dollar, you can try any of them on.

Maybe you already have a costume and just need a few accessories. No problem. Evangeline’s may have all the costumes you need, but they also have filled every nook and cranny with decorations, jewelry, hats, bags, gloves, makeup, tights, glasses, crowns and just about anything else.

Need satin gloves? Go to the second floor’s western room to the saloon girl section.

Need Fairy Wings? Go to the third floor’s fantasy room next to the old brick fireplace.

Want to throw together the ultimate rave outfit? The top of the stairs on the third floor has all the odds and ends you’ll need. After that, hit up the glow-in-the-dark EDM room on the first floor on your way out for all the coolest light up accessories.

As if the insane amount of costumes isn’t enough to keep you entertained, the mansion also has a built-in scavenger hunt. As you wander around the second and third floors, you should be on the look out for the 13 plaques that tell the legend of a different killer from history. You can grab a map from any of the wonderfully helpful associates working there.

This is seriously my favorite place to go to in Old Sac. I’ll drive all the way out there even if I think I might need a costume piece at some point in the near future. The downside is that street parking is metered but there is a parking garage well within walking distance that is usually open and relatively cheap.

Keep in mind that this time of year is the busiest for Evangeline’s, so maybe Google the hours that the shop is least busy. Peak hours can get a bit claustrophobic due to the number of people and the fact that they have shoved literally every bit of Halloween goodness they can into that place.

Overall, the Costume Mansion is a definite MUST as far as costume/Halloween ideas are concerned. How spooky can you be?

 

Reason Impresses on Debut Album “There You Have It”


On a September 29, Top Dawg Entertainment’s Reason dropped his debut album “There You Have It” and it did not disappoint.

The Del Amo native showed impressive lyrics on and displayed that he has what it takes to be the next big thing in hip hop. Reason tweeted in regards to the album saying, “This is not a TDE production project, this is a project that Top discovered me off of that he felt was so good, he did not want to rob you guys of this experience of hearing it. Remixed and Remastered, There You Have It.”

Top Dawg Entertainment is the biggest label on the West Coast with Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul and SZA to name a few. In my opinion, adding Reason just makes the roster a bit deeper. 

The album is unique because it gives you a West Coast vibe that you can hear it in the beats and his flow. A lot of rap albums (especially mumble rap) nowadays are starting to sound the same and have little substance. This album talks about all kinds of different topics like relationships, encounters with gang bangers, murder and much more.

This isn’t pop rap or mumble, this is music that will last and that you can connect to. The best songs on “There You Have It” in my opinion are “Kurupt”, “Drive Slow/Taste Like Heaven”, “Situations” and “Summer Up”. 

If you have yet to listen to this lyricist, you need to give him a listen because this is classic rap music flowing over cool beats, storytelling and spitting bars. Jump on the bandwagon now before he blows up. 

The Final G.O.A.T.


There are some people that say Michael Jordan (MJ) is the best player ever to play the game of basketball. There is, however, a player that sport writers have been comparing to Jordan: Kobe Bryant, the shooting guard for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Sports writers have broken down these two players by three things: their ability to make their team better, scoring ability, and ability to make big shots for their team in key situations. Both players have played with their share of all-star teammates like Michael Jordan played with hall of famer Scottie Pippen. and won 4 NBA Championships and six division titles together.

Once these two parted ways, Scottie Pippen never won an NBA championship for the rest of his career whereas Jordan ended up winning two more. Kobe Bryant also played with a future hall of famer and his name is Shaquille “Shaq” O’Neal. Shaq is labelled as one of the best centers to have ever played basketball. Shaq never won a championship with the Orlando Magic but once he signed with the Lakers, they took off.

They won three championships back to back to back and were considered the best pair of teammates in

Image courtesy of NBA

the NBA at that time. With Kobe drawing so much attention in the front court, the other team would leave Shaq in a one on one. Kobe took advantage of that and Shaq was named NBA MVP two years in a row. In 2007 when Shaq left the Lakers, he ended up winning one more NBA title with the Miami Heat. Kobe would then move on and win three more NBA titles and an NBA MVP.

In terms of scoring titles, which go to whoever averages more points in a game, MJ lead Kobe nine to six. This might not be very accurate though, as Kobe is still playing in the NBA. Their ability to score when they have the ball are also almost the same with MJ’s career scoring average being 26.4 while Kobe’s is 25.9.

These two players were go-to players when their team was in dire need of a  core. ESPN Sports writer Stephen A. Smith said “when you break down these two superstars’ game, they are almost the same.” He went on to add that “Kobe and MJ are the best scorers to have ever played in the NBA.”

I believe that careers are made in the playoffs. For example, Robert Horry has won seven NBA titles and in every single playoff games he’s been in, it always seems that he hits a big shot to win a game. While Horry has always been a bench player, he will probably be a hall of famer simply because of his ability to hit big shots in the playoffs. Kobe and MJ never shied away from big moments like that either.

When ESPN interviewed Kobe and MJ’s coach, Phil Jackson, he said he “never coached two players that demanded the ball in the final seconds like Kobe and MJ”. When looking at these two players’ performance under pressure, Kobe has hit ten game winning shots in the playoffs while MJ has only hit eight. He does, however, beat Kobe five to two in terms of championship game-winning shots.

Who is the best NBA player of all time? The debate will go on for as long as time exists. That’s what makes sports so great, everyone can freely give their opinion. There is no doubt that Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan are some of the best scorers to ever play basketball and that they have both changed the game in their own way. ESPN did a poll on who the better player is between Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant: the final result said Kobe Bryant was a better player… by two percent.

If Cryptids Could Chill: Loch Ness Monster


Good evening and welcome to my very first KSSU blog post!

Before I get into the nitty gritty of today’s topic, here’s a little intro to me. My name is Jasmine. I go by Jas, but you all at KSSU.com will know me as DJ Sundrop. (That’s sundrop as in the flower, not the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group soda.) I like flowers (obviously), funny movies, aliens, conspiracy theories, urban legends, colorful clothing items, fairy lights, cool socks, and pink. I have poor impulse control and my mouth filter doesn’t really work 95% of the time. I’m the oldest of six children, and I live to take care of people. All right, back to the important stuff.

If cryptids could chill with us, what kind of friends would they be? What music would they listen to? What snacks would they eat? What would their favorite shows be? Through this blog series we will be exploring these questions and many more, starting with my personal favorite: the Loch Ness Monster.

The Loch Ness Monster

More commonly known as: Nessie
Potential Twitter handle: @NessToMeetYou
Instagram aesthetic: a combination of soft aquatic posts and memes; private account, very selective with whom she lets follow

I like to imagine that the Loch Ness Monster, hereafter referred to as Nessie, would be one of my close friends. Nessie is the kindest cryptid you will ever meet. She is relatively quiet, and can be pretty timid until she feels comfortable around you. She likes to swim and sightsee alone; don’t try to join in with her, because she will more than likely freak out. There are very few beings she likes to hang out with; most people are too loud for her taste, which stresses her out.

There is a misconception that she is standoffish or rude, but it’s just that—a misconception. She is very thoughtful and sweet once you get to know her, as long as you don’t immediately rub her the wrong way. Some might say she has high standards, which—yeah, true, but it makes it all the more flattering once she finally considers you one of her friends.

Since she is so picky with the company she keeps, she is an incredibly loyal friend. You can always count on her to be there for you when you need her, whether that be in the middle of the night when you’re going through a rough patch or early in the morning when your car has broken down and you need a ride to work. She’s a great listener; she doesn’t always have advice when it comes to her friends’ complicated situations, but when she does, it is life changing.

Nessie likes soft house and dance-pop indie music. She likes calm, collected songs that she can lie in bed listening to really early in the morning before the day begins; she isn’t really into music that hypes you up, except on very specific occasions. Her favorite types of playlists are “Beach day songs,” “Songs you hear in liminal space,” and “Night drive” (all created by yours truly—listen in on KSSU to get a feel for those playlists!). Her favorite artists include Washed Out, Neon Indian (earlier songs), Com Truise, RKCB, and Cults. Her favorite song is “Cherry-coloured Funk” by Cocteau Twins.

Nessie likes to eat clean and healthy. She’s a vegan, but like, in a very subtle way. Her favorite snack is Stacy’s “Simply Naked” Pita Chips with hummus, carrots and celery sticks with hummus, or anything else with hummus, really. On occasion, she likes to bake gluten free crinkle cookies for herself and her close friends.

She has a very dry sense of humor and is a master of deadpan delivery. You can never tell if she’s joking or if she’s serious, which is what makes it fun for her. Her favorite show at the moment is The Good Place, but she is also a fan of The Eric Andre Show and Ozark.

Which cryptid do you want to hear about next? I’m currently stuck between writing about Mothman or the Jersey Devil. Chime off in the comments—or don’t, whatever makes you happy.

Thanks for reading, and remember: you’re incredibly important, one-of-a-kind, and I love you!

What is My Favorite Candy and Why is it Not Skittles?


No Blog Boi, my favorite candy is not Skittles (although they are delicious, especially the sour ones). As of right now, my favorite candy is white chocolate Reese’s. My interest for this candy began last semester during the last week of September when I went to Target with a friend and I saw a white chocolate Reese’s in the Halloween section.

It was shaped as a pumpkin and I was interested in trying this new candy so I bought it. Once I had a taste of it, it was so good that I had a craving for white chocolate Reese’s for the rest of that day. The next morning I went to 7 Eleven searching for the candy and lo-and-behold, it was there.

It did not have the Halloween pumpkin on the wrapper similar to the one at Target, but it was on sale at 7 Eleven so that made up for the lack of a fun wrapper. The sale was “buy two King Size Reese’s (milk chocolate, white chocolate, or Reese’s sticks) and get one King Size Reese’s for free”. I assumed it was my lucky day because the sale was a perfect chance for me to get enough Reese’s to take care of my craving so I grabbed it without thinking twice.

I bought the candy and once I returned home I ate the entire pack of King Size Reese’s. I was tempted to open another pack, but then realized I could enjoy the candy for two more days so I saved my two packs of King Size Reese’s and ate one pack for the next two days with pleasure.

I used to enjoy milk chocolate Reese’s, but I have to say that I enjoy white chocolate Reese’s more. I have always had an interest for the taste of white chocolate and so I HAVE to say: whoever thought of combining white chocolate and peanut butter was a creative genius. There are some people that I know who are not interested in white chocolate Reese’s due to personal reasons and I am okay with that, especially if a person is lactose intolerant or they have a peanut allergy.

Not figuring out a favorite candy is okay because there is such a wide variety of candy to choose from, it almost seems crazy to pick just one! I would recommend eating whatever candy makes the body feel satisfied and relaxed after a long day. When doing this, a realization may come to mind that Skittles do fall into the category of being a top favorite candy. However, do not eat too many Skittles as I hear they are addicting. You do not want to get Skittles Pox from eating too many! “Are these contagious? I don’t think so.”

Safety in Zombies: Tricks to Protect Yourself in a Pre-Apocalypse World


Navigating the world around you on a daily basis can be tough. There are bills to pay, food to eat, chores to do, pets to care for…blogs to write. On top of all that, everyday you need to keep yourself safe from any number of dangers like muggers, murderers, and rapists to name a few.

It’s not like we don’t know how to prevent a surprise attack from catching us off guard, but all of the little things you have to do can be a bit much to remember.

Park close to the building, underneath a light, and within sight of the windows of the building.

Always have your pepper spray.

Keep your head on a swivel.

Keep track of everyone you see.

Have your keys ready before you leave the building.

The list goes on. It’s is so much to keep track of that it would be easy to forget a step and end up a victim. Luckily, there is an easy, fool proof way to remember all of these safety precautions and more.

Pretend you are in a Zombie Apocalypse.

No, you didn’t read that wrong. Zombie Apocalypse. Think about it.

If there were zombies out and about, would you casually saunter to your car while digging your keys out of your purse? No. Your keys would be in your hand as you power walked to your car, all the while checking the shadows and jumping at every sound.

Would you sit in your car while scrolling through Spotify, trying to find the perfect playlist to drive home to? No. You’d check your backseat, get in, lock the doors, cut the car on, and go!

Would anyone ever be able to sneak up on you because you had your headphones in and were dancing to another bop by Todrick Hall? No! You would know where everyone around you is, was, and is going to be because any one of them could be after you and your brains.

On top of your new constant vigilance, you would never leave home without your pepper spray, knife, brass knuckles, or whatever is your preferred self-defense weapon. Walking around unarmed in a zombie apocalypse is a death sentence for sure.

Not only are you now hyper aware and armed but in a Zombie Apocalypse you would also be knowledgeable of the many weak points on the human body in the event you do ever come in contact with a zombie or maybe a looter taking advantage of the fall of humanity. Go for the foot, the diaphragm, the nose, the eyes, the throat, the…under carriage. Whatever you can get to, strike it hard and fast because everyone knows that it takes a lot to bring down a Zombie and we don’t know what kind of Zombies these are. Are we talking Walkers or White Walkers? Thriller or Zombieland? It would be best just to cover your bases and kick it until it stops coming for your precious brains.

Make it fun too. That is, you have to do all of this anyway. Why not turn it into a child like game of make believe so you don’t have to face the cold hard truth that you are literally trying to keep yourself alive.

Therefore, if you ever find yourself out in the world and all alone just remember:

Zombie Apocalypse.

Turns out that all those sci fi and horror shows you watched just may have been good for more than just a scare.