Tuesday, June 28, 2011
stripperiffic in their wardrobe choice, and the story, while relatively straightforward, wasn't all that compelling. I have seen recursive storytelling pulled off much, MUCH better in The Matrix and Inception. If you're looking for a satisfying, new-ish action movie, my advice would be to skip over this one and go for something like Battle: Los Angeles.
Monday, June 27, 2011
I got Atom Zombie Smasher as part of the same bundle deal that netted me A.R.E.S. and Capsized. It's an indie strategy game that's a sort of modified tower defense kind of thing. Like a lot of tower defense games and tower defense derivatives, the antagonist is a horde of zombies. This game is nice illustration of what's good with indie games: it has solid gameplay and a quirky sense of humor, but the game is tiny and it doesn't lean on other things like graphics or marketing hype to draw people in. It's not a huge, awe-inspiring thing, but there's a decent amount of depth and complexity. In fact, like Hinterland, which I reviewed a while back, it's almost a skirmish game. You can play through a campaign in just a few hours. This is why I try everything I get in bundle packs. Sometimes there's something that wasn't immediately apparent in there that turns out to be really good.
Saturday, June 25, 2011
King's Bounty: The Legend is a fantastic not-so little fantasy turn-based strategy game in the same vein as the Disciples or Heroes of Might & Magic series. Unlike those series, however, your army is going to be in a constant state of flux as you refill your ranks from whatever sorts of troops are available locally. (The next time I play through, I'm going to see if I can confront the end boss with Royal Snakes, Orc Shamans, Red Dragons, Cyclopses, and Dryads) It's ridiculously fun, fairly deep, and full of all sorts of agreeable complexity, just like a turn-based game should be. If you're a fan of the other games I mentioned above and you've not tried this, you owe it to yourself to fix that! I would recommend this game to any fan, even casual ones, of the genre. I will be digging into the sequel, King's Bounty: Armored Princess, pretty much immediately.
Monday, June 20, 2011
Last night I had the opportunity to hang out with a friend and former coworker that I haven't seen for a while, so we decided to go catch a movie. (He and I have a long-running tradition of catching "guy movies" together so we don't have to put up with an unhappy SO that doesn't like them.) The movie we wound up picking was Super 8.
I'm going to add an additional type of entry: off the list items. These are things that I wind up consuming somewhat spontaneously, but still feel like commenting on. The first one of these follows. I'll still count them as cleared and add them to the tally, however.