Friday! Video games! Let’s talk!
It’s week three of the fall semester and I’m finally starting to get into the swing of things, which means better time management for video games and stuff. Kooloo-Limpah, my dudes!
Since last week’s post, I’ve finally managed to complete Horizon: Zero Dawn on PS4. I’ve been chipping away at the game since the day it launched at the end of February, getting sidetracked the first time with NieR: Automata, then again with Persona 5, again with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and my Nintendo Switch purchase, then again with Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age, and finally again with Final Fantasy XIII. It’s… been a long ride.
It was mainly a victim of poor timing since there were plenty of other games I was more interested in playing. I’d get really into Horizon for a day or two, get sidetracked, forget it existed, and jump back in weeks later. I absolutely loved what Guerrilla Games pulled off after breaking away from the Killzone series and I know Horizon: Zero Dawn will end up as that one game I wished I could have given my full attention in 2017. There’s always New Game+ during a dry spell next year, I suppose.
In any normal year, Horizon would be an easy Game of the Year contender. With a year as stacked as this one, in which I’ve already been blown away by NieR: Automata, Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Thumper, and Resident Evil VII; have Persona 5, Yakuza 0, Yakuza Kiwami, Nioh, Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, and Disgaea 5 Complete sitting on my shelf; and still have Super Mario Odyssey, Metroid: Samus Returns, Fire Emblem Warriors, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, The Evil Within 2, and Xenoblade Chronicles 2 to look forward to, it’ll be lucky to land in my top 5.
Since I’ve been focused on tying up loose ends, I reinstalled Final Fantasy XV and finished up the DLC episodes for Gladiolus and Prompto. I’m actually working on short reviews for both, so I’ll spare you the details (I enjoyed them both, though for different reasons).
I also played through the new Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack on Nintendo Switch, which I reviewed earlier this morning. It’s a great compilation of games for fans of the Mega Man series and worth every bit of its $40 asking price.
I haven’t gotten back into Final Fantasy XIII just yet, but that’s next on the agenda (along with Final Fantasy XV’s new Assassin’s Festival event). I pooled together my birthday funds and picked up Yakuza 0, Yakuza Kiwami, Nioh, Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, and Disgaea 5 Complete at respectable prices, but I don’t want to move on to another game until I finish the ones I’ve started. I also have the horror title White Day: A Labyrinth Named School to review on PS4 and just received a review key for the Vita horror/dungeon crawler hybrid Mary Skelter: Nightmares. I’m not big into dungeon crawlers, though, so I’m not sure if I’ll actually accept that one.
Outside of gaming, I talked myself into watching Netflix’s new Death Note film. I’m a big fan of the anime (though I never read the manga), so I went in with low expectations that were already lowered after the film was torn apart on social media. It’s definitely poor use of the source material, having taken liberties with character motivations, speeding up story arcs, and losing focus at times, but as a whole, I didn’t entirely hate it.
It wasn’t great by any means, or even good, but this is what I’d imagine happens when you take 37 episodes of TV and crunch them down into a 100-minute movie. I liked Willem Dafoe as Ryuk and Lakeith Stanfield as L, and even thought Margaret Qualley was a fine Mia (that wasn’t much the Mia from the anime), but it certainly had some glaring issues. I don’t regret watching it and thought the soundtrack was excellent.
I also tried to watch the latest Resident Evil film, The Final Chapter, but it was just an incredibly shitty combination of Mad Max and the worst season of The Walking Dead I’ve ever seen. If you thought Death Note took a dump on the source material, I implore you to watch just about any of the Resident Evil movies. I only made it 45 minutes before throwing in the towel.
Time permitting, I’d like to check out Alien: Covenant and Ghost in the Shell this weekend. I also started watching Rick & Morty with my girlfriend (she’s obsessed with it, but I’ve never watched a single episode until now) and we’ve been wanting to jump into the 2nd season of Scream on Netflix.
Glow is still on my radar as well, and I haven’t started The Defenders yet. Now that I think about it, I left off somewhere in the middle of Flash’s 3rd season too.
What about you, folks? Have any plans this weekend?