Month: April 2016

Star Fox Zero first impressions

star fox zeroI picked up Star Fox Zero on Wii U Friday.  While I haven’t had a chance to just sit down and play all of it, I have played it enough to play all of the different vehicles and modes.  So, that’s why I’m calling this a first impressions, and not a review.  You’ll likely never see a full video game review, just because I never play through games that quickly.

Anyways, if you’ve read anything about Star Fox Zero, odds are it was about the controls.  Depending on the source, they either worked well with the game, or made the game unplayable.  After spending some time with the game, I lean towards the former.  Basically, the gamepad is showing you a cockpit view, and moving the game pad adjusts where exactly you’re aiming.  During this time, the TV will show you where you’re flying.  Your aiming boxes (whatever they’re actually called) do appear on the TV as well, so you can get a sense of where you are actually aiming.  (more…)

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The Magnificent Seven teaser

Up until last night, I didn’t even know this existed, but after this trailer, I am greatly looking forward to it.  For those not familiar with the original, it was essentially a Western retelling of Seven Samurai.  In the same way that A Fistful of Dollars and For a Few Dollars More are adaptations of Yojimbo and Sanjuro, respectively.  I will admit that I have not seen the original.  It’s been on a list of movies I want to see for a while.  Guess I should take care of that.

C-3PO #1

STWC3PO2015001_DC11Did you watch The Force Awakens and exit the theater with the nagging question, “why was C-3PO’s arm red?”  Did not knowing the answer to this question cause you to lose sleep?  Was it driving a wedge between you and your family?  Was it impacting your job performance?  If your answer to any of these was yes, then I have good news for you.  This question, the most important question anyone could possibly have after seeing The Force Awakens, has finally been answered.

You may have detected a tiny bit of snark in the previous paragraph.  That’s because I don’t really care about why C-3PO’s arm was red.  I’m certain there could have been a story behind it, but I was alright letting it remain a mystery.  Not all questions need to be answered.  But I still bought this issue because I’m a sad completionist in some areas. (more…)

Doctor Strange trailer; More Batfleck

The Doctor Strange trailer premiered last night.  In short, there’s nothing that really got me, not a reader of Doctor Strange, excited for the film.  It’s a lot of Benedict Cumberbatch being serious, alternating between clean shaven and scruffy, scruffy him being trained by a bald Tilda Swinton playing the Ancient One (because apparently no Asian men were available), and a scene that really reminds me of a scene from Inception.

I’m not going to pretend to know much of anything about Doctor Strange.  Maybe there’s some reasonable explanation for Swinton being the Ancient One.  I don’t know.  And I’ll still see the movie.  I’m sure it’ll be fine.  Cumberbatch is a good actor.  And yes, it’s easy to tell that Stephen Strange was living a fine life being a doctor, until something happened to him, and then his life went off the rails, then of course he was chosen for a special power, as one tends to be.

Also, Warner Bros. confirmed at CinemaCon that there would be a stand alone Batman film starring in and directed by Ben Affleck.  I like this news.  He was good as Batman, and is an accomplished director.  Really interested to see who’s writing and when this movie is set.  And before you look for what I said on Batman v Superman, don’t.  I haven’t written anything on it.  I’ve seen it, and liked it.  But some life things happened and never got around to writing a review.  At this point, I’m going to wait for the Director’s Cut, and review that.