I hope you’re all enjoying January, everybody! A winter wonderland of rejected movies that studios are scared to release any other time of the year. In most cases, it seems like a justifiable move, as most January releases are terrible. I actually like that they do this. It’s a heads-up that what you are about to see will be awful. A full month of lowered expectations. Now, I see movies pretty much every weekend, so I’m quite aware that I won’t like what I see this time of the year, but I watch them anyway. Probably out of boredom. In Movie 43′s case, I saw it out of morbid curiosity.
Despite having pre-ordered IMAX tickets for this Saturday a long time ago, on a whim I decided to attend a midnight screening last night. Luckily for me, the theater by my place was using all 16 screens and the IMAX at the same time for midnight Batman viewing. So it was easy to get a last-minute ticket. Based on Fandango, I think 12 of the screens and the IMAX completely sold out (including a 3:30 AM IMAX screening [yeesh]). And most people were shoveling overpriced popcorn down their gullets, drinking overpriced sodas by the gallon, and I even saw some people eating overpriced movie theater hot dogs (why?). So in other words, Batman is going to make a lot of theater owners very happy this weekend.
I thought of doing this pretty much as a pointless exercise to see what I would actually do in a completely hypothetical situation (also because I was bored and felt like it), but I wondered this scenario:
It seems like any game from any genre that comes out currently, must have a fucking fetch quest. I am referring to a mission where there is absolutely no challenge, other than finding an absurd amount of whatever, be it statues, shards, cars, film reels, musical notes, coins, etc. I am totally sick of these missions. There is absolutely no fun in finishing them. They are basically just a chore for us achievement grinders out there. The achievement isn’t a test of skill, but of patience. Honestly, some of these fetch missions are getting ridiculous.
So, even though this game came out several weeks ago, I just finished all the missions and Riddler trophies this week so I figure I’ll rate it now. This game is great but it isn’t perfect. My goodness people, we throw out perfect game ratings as if they are easy to achieve. I think think a perfect game rating should not be given out unless a game is ACTUALLY perfect. AKA, story, gameplay, graphics, music, replay value etc, are all flawless. This game, for its genre, is very very good. I mean, its close to perfect. But I still have a couple of complaints. That means in my eyes, it isn’t perfect. We have to be a little more stingy with our perfect game ratings people. THAT BEING SAID, lets look at this game
For the the better part of 4 years I have gotten back into comic books. And as stated earlier in this blog there have been some great books as well as some bloated event-style comics (even though I really enjoyed Civil War based solely on how awesome Captain America is). And with all the different publishers out there, there is a a ton of stuff to wade through (even though there is a simple equation I’ve used lately Jeph Loeb + Ultimate Universe = Horseshit. Actually, Jeph Loeb books not counting The Long Halloween = Horseshit.) So I’ve decided to compile a little list, in no particular order, of some great comics that are out there. Continue reading