Video game movies are generally not very good. Which is sad because I love video games so much, and games try so hard to be movies more often than not as well. With cutscenes that attempt a more cinematic quality of deep field of view, sweeping camera movement and acting to convey the emotion of the characters… it seems like a movie would probably be easier than programing all these things. We have now entered the more meta version of gaming movies, where the development of games, and not games themselves are what the movies are about. Starting off with Grandma’s Boy in 2006, these movies focus on the crafting of a game and less with the game itself.
Swallow The Sea is a short, and by short I mean around 15 minutes long game by an indie developer. Consisting of two friends, the dev team created more of a short story game than anything else, and even the concept of a story is barely there, but for whatever reason I was compelled to play it.
I have a special place in my heart for the WarioWare series, and I’m not sure of exactly why. I don’t like Wario as a character, and each game is extremely short. But there is something about them that keeps me coming back with each new announcement.The concept of playing hundreds of microgames one after the other, all with different objectives seems like a great deal. WarioWare: Get It Together is the newest game in the ongoing series, and out for the Switch, and sadly the game just isn’t worth what they are asking for.
For my birthday, all I want to do is talk about video games, so sit back, relax and enjoy my thoughts on some of the games I played recently.
Sixteen years is a long time to wait for a sequel, and most are usually just not very good. The people who originally made the thing you fell in love with in the beginning have all moved on. And while not the same staff who worked on the original Psychonauts that came out in 2005 are still with Double Fine, enough of the staff has remained faithful to the company and have come together to continue the storyline of Raz and the Psychonauts to rescue the Grand Head and save the world from paranormal psychic activity.
The less said about this game, the better, but since I did in fact roll credits on it, I might as well review it so others don’t make the same mistake.
With the last month, when I wasn’t helping my wife with our new farm (We have ducks and chickens now), I was playing Yakuza… A lot of Yakuza. Finishing Yakuza Kiwami, Kiwami 2, Yakuza 3, Yakuza 4, and now on to Yakuza 5. This series have it’s claws into me deep, and I couldn’t be happier. Why hasn’t someone made this series into a movie franchise yet?!
I finally beat Yakuza 0, and immediately started on to Yakuza Kiwami. I think I found my new gaming series obsession! Also I spent a bit of time soloing the new Pirates Expansion for Sea of Thieves.
It’s E3 time again, and just like last year, it’s kind of all over the place, so I explain what E3 means to me, my memories of the event and I cover a game that I judged too early, and missed out on a experience that was more than “just another zombie game” until it came to the PC a few weeks ago.
Days Gone, originally shown off in 2016 went through so many delays, that when it finally released on the PS4 in 2019, it got passed over by a lot of gaming media. They mocked it, said “no one needs more zombie games” and said the Biker main character was a meathead only made because of the popularity of Walking Dead’s Daryl Dixon. And while the zombie genre has worn thin, and the similarities to Walking Dead’s Daryl being a biker is there too… Days Gone really goes out of it’s way to tell a great story with a ton of fun and enjoyable gameplay.
While the wife was away for a week, taking care of our new puppy Banjo was my primary responsibility, but I also got a lot of gaming time in as well, playing through Subnautica’s sequel Below Zero in VR and got spent some time killing zombies in Days Gone and threw some balls in Puzzle Bobble VR.
Rare was at one point, possibly the biggest, or at least well known developers in the world. Churning out basically hit after hit for Nintendo for both the Super Nintendo and Nintendo 64. Platforming was their specialty, and when Mario 64 changed the world and gave us 3D platformers, it was only a matter of time before Rare got their crack at it. Banjo-Kazooie sounds like a ridiculous title, but it is not just a spectacular platformer, but also an excellent example of gaming comedy
I played way more Satisfactory, finally finished a game I tried to play back in 2005, and I go on quite a bit about the ending of GiantBomb.com, a website that used to be about Video Games.
Traveling a bunch this last month allowed me to get in a lot more comic and actually book reading, but I did play a few games as well. Some classic emulated games on VR and a new Gamepass game that I’d highly recommend.
Back in 1995, for whatever reason, I never saw the Mortal Kombat movie. I loved the video game, had the GI Joe licensed action figures, and would play Mortal Kombat with my friend in the pool, jumping off diving boards pretending to be Scorpion and Sub Zero doing their famous moves. But I never saw the live action movie that spawned one of the greatest film soundtracks and rave songs of all time.
Ready Player One will always hold a special place in my heart. Not only was it because it was a great novel based on the idea of video games and VR, but because it’s something on my online dating profile that caught the attention of a girl, who eventually ended up being my wife.
It seems more and more these days that every big Batman comic revolves around The Joker is some way. He’s obviously the most infamous in Batman’s Rogues Gallery, and the one most people would list as their favorite villain. But over the last handful of years, The Joker has become so intertwined with Batman, that he is always the root of the story. And it’s getting really boring and predictable.
I talk about a few games I’ve been playing like the PC version of Crash Bandicoot 4, and Panzer Dragoon Remake. As well as some movies and comic books. Some highlights include the movie Cyrano De Bergerac from 1950, and the new Wolverine comic called “Black, White & Blood”. Reviews are on the website as well.
While I did read a fair amount of comic books as a kid, I never got into them as much as I feel I should have. Partially because there really just weren’t many comic stores where I lived, they were farther away, and I also would have rather bought the action figures with my allowance money instead of comics. Luckily over the last 15 years, I’ve become much more enthralled with comics and graphic novels and have amassed a very large and diverse collection. While I have spent much more time with comics, my knowledge of super heroes came mostly from the cartoons and movies based on them. So I was initially shocked when I started reading Wolverine to see how watered down his screen versions were. That has all changed with Black, White & Blood.
With the wife out of town for a week, I spent most of that time working building a new studio, but I did manage to get in some quality VR time and also got down and dirty learning the quirks of Valheim.