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Unexpected Post!

It’s been quite some time since I last wrote about anything! I was going to wait until next week, when school is officially over, but right now seems good. What shall I write about? Let’s catch up on some recent stuff just for this blog. Something more meaningful next time.

Movies:

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1:
This movie is absolutely amazing. Just amazing! I’ve seen it three times and I could probably watch it a dozen more times and still not tire of it. Sure sure, some things were changed, as expected, but it’s really nothing major and it really does a great job of following the book and I cannot wait for part 2. The ending with Dobby… I just love Dobby’s final lines.

Ron
: Oh my God. What am I gonna do? My wife’s downstairs all alone!
Harry: Ron… you don’t have a wife.
Ron: Oh… right.

^I love it.

Games:

Donkey Kong Country Returns:
Retro studios have revived the Donkey Kong Country series after a long absence. Sure there were things like Donkey Konga, and Jungle Beat and stuff but did anyone really care for them? Not to my knowledge. DKCR is probably one of the best games of the year. While it’s a great game, with tons of replay-ability if you’re into time attacks. Keep in mind the game has an insane difficulty even for veteran gamers. You will die. And you will die a lot.

Golden Sun: Dark Dawn:
After 8 years, Camelot finally gives us a third Golden Sun game. I have not finished it but so far it’s a pretty great game. Djinni summons have some of the best graphics on DS I’ve ever seen and are just amazing to watch. Not much else can be said at this time. I would so far recommend it. Only downside is everyone talks WAAAAAAAAY too much. Even for an RPG, sometimes you just wanna be all, “Shut the fish muffin up!”

TV Shows:

Psych:
Not much to say. Psych has been pretty solid this season. Still funny as ever and I love it. What was the line from the last episode?

Shawn (to lassie)
: Sir, I’m going to ask you to calm down or I’ll be forced to taser you in the face.

Great stuff if I do say so.

Bones:
Booths new girlfriend, Hannah, is so annoying. I really just wish she would die. Considering Brennan essentially confessed her feelings for Booth tonight and he was all, “eye luv hannah (montana) sew eye canknot luv u even tho eye ‘ave always luv’d u”. HOW ANNOYING!
Other than that Bones is still a rockin’ show and awesome as always.

I’ve also been watching Boardwalk Empire on HBO which is pretty great, but does have it’s boring parts and The Walking Dead on AMC. The Walking Dead is one of the best new shows to come out in probably the last 2 years or so. It’s a shame that this first test season only had 6 Episodes and I even missed the last one. I gotta try to find it. What sucks more is season 2, which thankfully is signed for 13 Episodes, isn’t until next Fall. Boo waiting.
If you like Zombies, you should definitely watch The Walking Dead. I’m sure all six episodes of season 1 are online in some way now. Go watch them.

Thankfully this post is not as long as it could be. As I said, next post will have something better. This was just something to get back into the swing of things. Now bed for me.

‘Til next time.

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December 10, 2010 Posted by | Games, Movies, TV Shows | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

HBP Game Impressions

Yesterday I awoke to two packages from UPS sitting on my doorstep. First package said “EA Store” on it so I ripped the box open without a knife and pulled out my shiny new copy of Half-Blood Prince for Wii. The second package was from Microsofts repair center. They sent me a shiny new Xbox 360 finally. I messed with some of the 360 and then jumped into the World of Harry Potter for Harry’s sixth year at Hogwarts.

First off I will say, the game looks fantastic, minus characters hair. Ginny’s hair is so flat and stiff you’d think someone glued cardboard to her head. But who really pays attention to that kind of detail? Me apparently. Character models are fantastic and the environments are visually pleasing too.

After watching some cutscenes the game drops you into The Burrow where Ron announces you’re Quidditch Captain this year and then Ron and Ginny force you to practice to make sure you haven’t lost your skills. To control the broom in HBP for the Wii you do not use a joystick, no, you use the Wiimote pointer. I think this works fantastically and aside from the semi set path you’re on, allows for the most accurate flying yet in a Harry Potter game. After flying Hermione and Ron show you how to use Wingardium Leviosa, yay your first spell.

So after that you see some more cutscenes, and then you’re off to Hogwarts, and this is where the real game begins. Wander on up to Hogarts with Luna, more cutscenes, you’re told to go to potions class and then they tell you if you’re lost or need help to contact Nearly Headless Nick. The footprints that helped you in OotP are gone and you’re now given… a Ghost. One thing I noticed is now all the floors and rooms and secret passages are labeled. Yes, labeled. And in one part they told me to go to Dumbledore’s office and I’m most positive Dumbledore was on floor 2, yet there is no official floor 2, floor 4 or floor 6 it seems. Were the developers hating on even numbers? So after wandering the stair cases for 10 minutes yelling “WHERE IS FLOOR 2!!??!” I called Nick, and he brought me to Dumbledore. Not on floor 2.

Because of the impending doom and Death Eaters always trying to get into the school grounds, the school has been sealed off in different parts and you have to unlock them as you go. And as you wander around you’ll find Hogwarts crests. There’s 150 of them. There are also items that “glow” and when you cast a Depulso spell at them they release Mini-Hogwarts Crests. Get enough of them and you’ll earn one full Hogwarts Crest. Obtaining these crests unlocks features in 2 player dueling and such.

Controls for spell casting work just as well in HBP as they did in OotP for Wii. Some spell motions have been changed and it’s probably for the best. Wingardium Leviosa only requires a movement from the Wiimote, not both Wiimote and Nunchuck. The controls for potion making are absolutely fun in a way too, as you have to turn the Wiimote over like you’re actually pouring stuff into the cauldron and then to make the fire raise to boil the potion you have shake the Wiimote and nunchuck. It’s a nice little mini-game that you’ll have to experience to find out how fun it can be.

The only real problem I have so far is the story is not told well in the game at all, so unless you’ve seen the movie already or read the book, you’ll be completely lost as to what the story is. Which is a bit of a disappointment but I guess they expect Potter fans to pick up the game. Which is not a bad assumption at all. That’s the assumption I would make.

I haven’t finished the game but I’m rather enjoying it so far. I think most Potter fans will enjoy it too. EA put the most effort into the Wii version and it seems to show a bit. Oh, one last quick thing that comes to mind, the game ran at a not so solid 30fps in OotP and slowed down horribly when changing to a new room as it had no loading screens. I can’t tell if this game is the same fps, but it seems to run smoother, and changing to different rooms does not slow down like in OotP. Which is awesome.

July 23, 2009 Posted by | Games | , , , | Leave a comment

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Well, first off, I must admit, I completely failed. I meant to bring some paper and writing utensils to take notes of the movie. That did not happen, around 9:30 I get a text from my friend saying they’re letting people into the theatres already. So I rushed out the door and headed to the theatre to make sure I got some seats, even though it didn’t start until midnight. So, this is not going to be a review as much as it is just a rambling of different thoughts.

WARNING: MAY CONTAIN POSSIBLE SPOILERS

What I’ve been going around and telling people is that HBP was “Epic Awesome”. This response from me is purely based on production of the movie. This does not reflect how well the book was adapted. Truthfully, I’ve given up on how well they adapt the book, all the little nuances that fans would expect them to do, for example, in Order of the Phoenix Dobby is suppose to tell Harry about the Room of Requirements. In the movie, Neville Longbottom is the one who tells them about the ROR. Things like that don’t bother me anymore, as much as it’d be nice of them to keep it as faithful as possible, they have to take some liberties. The CGI to have Dobby show up for a few scenes in OotP would be a waste of money on their part. So I understand why they change some things. As long as they get the main points across and it still retains the most useful information, I’m fine. Though I would have loved to see the fight on the Quidditch Pitch in OotP between the Weasley Twins and Harry and Draco. Ah, well.

Half-Blood Prince continues the trend the most recent movies have set, which is using a more darker, mature theme, often times shooting in what feels like a blue filter (and most probably is) to make everything seem darker. (See Tim Burtons Sleepy Hollow for an example of blue filter). With the advancement of the Darker and more mature themes, I’m not sure how HBP scraped by with a PG rating. Especially with some of the more crucial parts towards the end. (Example (bout half-way into the movie): One scene shows a girl, Katie Bell-Gryffindor Chaser-being cursed, raised into the air, screaming, and then violently dropping to the ground.) The Pensieve flashbacks to scenes with Tom Riddle are not exactly cheerful, either. Not to mention the movie is full of subtle, and some not so subtle hints of sexual attraction between characters. This doesn’t even cover half of it; Blood is present multiple times throughout the movie, and Bellatrix has this nasty obsession with setting things one fire and blowing things up.

I really wanna know what the MPAA was thinking rating it PG; it’s most definitely a PG-13 movie. Maybe it’s because of all the humor in the movie. There’s plenty of it, from Slughorn hiding as a chair, to Ron’s Quidditch tryouts, and even the line Ron delivers after Harry saves him from being poisoned. The humor flies around plenty, so maybe that’s what the MPAA gave the PG rating for. Let’s take a look at HBP (PG Rating) and OotP (PG-13).

Half-Blood Prince has a PG rating for “Scary images, some violence, language and mild sensuality.”

Order of the Phoenix has a PG-13 rating for “Sequences of fantasy violence and frightening images.”

Really, which one seems like it should have the PG-13 rating? Both, in a way, but HBP more so than OotP.

Anyways, Half-Blood Prince was a great movie experience and probably the best Potter movie so far. I really enjoyed it start to finish and want to go see it again. I definitely recommend it to anyone who has seen the other Potter films or even read the books.

July 15, 2009 Posted by | Movies | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment