Saturday, August 23, 2008

Hodge Podge

There are a bunch of topics I wanted to chime in on and I only have a little time, so here's a hodge podge of updates:

- Even non-Star Wars fans are going to love "Star Wars: The Force Unleashed." Do yourself a favor and download the 1-level demo. I played through it a couple of times on Thursday night and between the lightsaber melee attacks and the different uses of the force (you can lift and throw things and people, as well as just shoot a blast of force), it's going to be one of the most satisfying action RPGs in a long long while.

Although, all of the uses of the force in action simply remind me of using characters like Jean Grey or Sue Storm-Richards (that's right, I'm such a geek I remembered to hyphenate her name) in games like "X-Men Legends" and "Marvel Ultimate Alliance."

- The little sister and I went to see "The Dark Knight" in IMAX last night, and the experience was amazing. We did the same thing for "Spider-man 2" back in the day, and that movie was better on the big screen just because of all the web-slinging, but the wide overhead shots of Gotham and the scenes in which Batman is gliding are pretty awesome. If you were already planning to shell out another $9 to see the movie again, do yourself a favor and go the extra mile by watching it on IMAX.

On top of that, the theater yesterday was giving out Batman mini baseball bats, which are just always fun.

On top of that, it turns out my impression of Heath Ledger's Joker is good enough to creep out the little sister. Who knew? Would you like to know how I got these scars?

- Remember that 24-hour boss in "Final Fantasy XI?" Well, it seems Squarenix decided it was too much of a challenge and are going to make it easier in an upcoming update. Now, I'm not an MMO guy, but if I was, the prospect of fighting a 24-hour villain would be just about the coolest idea this side of ice cream. It's something to aspire to. Heck, for some of you it's something to call in sick for.

Isn't the point of these MMOs to prove that your little character is the best little character in all the land? For the wimpy characters, they can fight easier villains. For the true heroes of the land, they deserve a 24-hour villain! Superman doesn't just get to make Lex Luthor dumber. Batman doesn't get to make the Joker less insane. And the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles don't get to fix Shredder's face, thus quelling his anger. So why now, Squarenix?

- The idea that Warner Bros. is going to give all of their superhero films a darker tone just because of "The Dark Knight's" success is one of the dumbest notions I've heard since Fox killed Cyclops in X-Men 3. But that's a post for another time... in the near future.

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