Monday, June 24, 2013

The Last of Us, Quick Movie Reviews

The Last of Us

I finished the game on Thursday night after 14 hours of game play. The ending was good, but I thought could have been handled differently. I got frustrated during some of the combat sequences and had to try some situations multiple times. I thought the shooting was the weakest part of the game and maybe I could have done better at sneaking around to avoid those instances so that wouldn't have been an issue. They should have had an option to mute or turn off cursing as it was overused. Overall the game was amazing and does show how much other games are lacking.

The pacing of story versus action was excellent. They varied up the action by using different enemies and some cool environments. The puzzles were weak and had the same solution so they could have used some variety, there sure are a lot of ladders in a post apocalyptic world. The story does leave something with you after you have finished the game. The world is a brutal place and you see how a person would have to act to be able to survive and you find out that many people couldn't. The melee was especially brutal and did make me squirm just a bit. The sound design was excellent, especially the support for full 7.1 surround sound. The music was awesome and really enhanced the game, the soundtrack fit the events in the game perfectly.

I went back and played some Uncharted 3 and you could see how much advancement ND had made and really makes me excited for what they can accomplish on the new hardware.

Quick Movie Reviews

Hansel and Gretel - Awful movie with bad acting. The CGI was cool at times but they relied too much on gore.

Switch - Decent movie starring The Rock, based on a true story. Could be considered boring by some.

Broken City - Ok movie but has some glaring plot holes.

Parker - Decent movie with some good realistic action scenes.

This is 40 - Vulgar for no reason.

New Releases - A ton of new releases on PC this week, probably pick up about 4 games this week.

  • Company of Heroes 2 - Really interested but not sure I have the patience to learn.
  • Dark (download - $40) - Looks interesting wait on reviews.
  • Deadpool (download) - Tempted to pick this up the trailers have been awesome, but comedy in games rarely works.
  • Gun Monkeys (download) - No Idea. Maybe got mad about always rolling on balls?
  • Jack Keane 2: The Fire Within (download)
  • Joe Danger (download) - Great PS3 game.
  • Joe Danger 2: The Movie (download) - Great 360 game.
  • Magic 2014 - Duels of the Planeswalkers (download - $10) - Def picking this up. They have sealed decks now so you can actually build your own decks which is a first for this game.
  • Ride to Hell: Retribution (download) - Another game I'm temped to buy this week.
  • Rogue Legacy (download - $15) - Picking this up. A Rogue like platformer where when you die your heir takes on the challenge.
  • Super Splatters (download - $10) - Paintball shooter?
  • The Sims 3: Island Paradise - Really?
Xbox 360

  • Deadpool
  • Doodle Jump for Kinect (XBLA - $5) - Jump, jump, jump.......
  • Magic 2014 - Duels of the Planeswalkers (XBLA - $10)
  • One Finger Death Punch (XBLIG - $1) - Five finger name already taken. or Sequel to Akara's Wrath?
  • Ride to Hell: Retribution
  • Spartacus Legends (XBLA - free-to-play) - Saw a quick trailer looks primitive and gimmicky.
PlayStation 3

  • The Best of PlayStation Network, Vol.1 - Expect more of these.
  • Deadpool
  • Hotline Miami (PSN - $10)
  • Magic 2014 - Duels of the Planeswalkers (PSN - $10)
  • Pool Nation (PSN) - Wonder which type of pool?
  • Ride to Hell: Retribution
  • Riding Star (PS2 Classics)
  • Spartacus Legends (PSN - free-to-play)
  • Warship Gunner 2 (PS2 Classics)
  • Hotline Miami (PSN - $10) - May double dip, a really cool game.
  • LEGO Legends of Chima: Laval's Journey
  • Muramasa Rebirth - Had this listed last week but it really coming out this week.

Nintendo 3DS
  • LEGO Legends of Chima: Laval's Journey
  • Project X Zone
  • Urban Trial Freestyle (eShop)

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