Masuhiro REFUSES to be assassinated! It’s excellent foreign and domestic policy, really, so it’s understandable why he’s such an effective leader. Also, it helps that his brother-in-law is packin’ all the effective strategies within the many folds of his chins.
Hyrule Warriors is a dangerous game, it’s the time sinkiest of time sinks. I suppose I now understand why Warriors games get such a bad wrap for being ‘too repetitive’ or claimed to function on the strategy of ‘repeatedly press X to win’. That hasn’t really been my experience with it, since the combat is pretty well varied between characters, and you’re often unlocking new moves and power ups, although on the surface level I understand the criticisms. BUT THE DANGEROUS PART is that every character has, like, 100 levels to level up, and each new ability requires a plethora of collectible items of various rarity salvaged from battlefields. Since each mission takes, like, ten minutes to half an hour, and you can’t upgrade your myriad of characters (which must be done one at a time) until you finish a battle… well, I was going to go out on Saturday, but I thought “I’m really jonesing for some army murdering, so I’ll just do one mission in HW and then head out!” Five hours later and the day was shot, but, HEY Impa was a level 30 murder machine, so s’all good!
And how ’bout that Star Wars movie title? ‘The Force Awakens‘. Sure, okay, why not. If it’s good (it’d better be good!) I can see myself calling it “Awakens” in short form like I refer to Empire, Jedi, and New Hope. I’m more concerned about how well it’ll emotionally resonate with me as a story than I am about the title. But, still, if The Force Awakens pertains to events in the film, I hope it’s not going to drudge up more nonsense about vague prophecies written by someone about something that has no real meaning that everyone just believes for no good reason. The ‘balance of the force’ prophecy was Lucas at his dumbest, though, so I don’t honestly expect the new films to perpetuate it in any form.
And lastly, I saw Big Hero 6 and I think it’s my new favorite superhero movie! So cool, so rad, so wow. I do appreciate a well paced film that makes me both cry and laugh. I guess that’s just the definition of good storytelling! Although I’m highly entertained by awkward romance scenes, I really appreciated that BH6 didn’t feel any need to shoehorn in a romantic subplot. This also allowed all the female characters to just be characters and not ‘the romantic interest’. That’s nice, too, if one cares about such things. I also love silly fist bumps (I swear we’ll have Ken and Yori fist bump at some point in nn4b!!) of which there were several in BH6. Go see it, people! It’s probably better than Interstellar, which I have not yet seen but with which I have every intention!Published on by Alex Kolesar