James’ Games #12

Not much has happened since my last post, but I payed a couple games and saw a couple movies. I didn’t see any new movies in theaters, but I watched some Blu-Rays of movies that I’d never seen before. Check out my thoughts below!

What I’ve been up to

Days Gone (Playstation 4)

I’ve finally made a little more progress in Days Gone. I went back north again and I feel like I’m very close to the end of the story. I think I have about 15 more trophies until the platinum. As of right now, I’m still planning to get the Platinum Trophy, but I’m not sure how tough it will be.

Mario Tennis Aces (Switch)

I attempted some of the story in Mario Tennis Aces, and I lost a whole lot of tennis matches. I forgot how tough this game is. It doesn’t help that I don’t remember how to return zone shots without breaking my racket, but I’m hoping that I’ll get the hang of it soon.

New Super Mario/Luigi Bros U Deluxe (Switch)

I finished both New Super Mario Bros U Deluxe and New Super Luigi U Deluxe, both are tons of fun. Mario Bros U Deluxe follows the pattern of Mario 1. It’s not terribly difficult and the levels are longer with some fun secrets hidden throughout. Luigi U is more like the Lost Levels or Mario Maker. The levels are shorter and more direct, but much tougher in design. I think that anyone who enjoys platformers can enjoy one or both of these two games.

The Mummy (1999 Movie)

The Mummy was released in 1999 and it stars Brenden Fraser, Rachel Weisz, and John Hannah as a group of explorers that accidentally awaken the Mummy, Imhotep, when reading from an ancient book. This is one that I’d actually seen before. For the most part, I thought it was enjoyable. It really felt like a knockoff of Indiana Jones. I liked a lot of the movie, and it was still entertaining. I didn’t like that Rachel Weisz’s character was written to be “just a dumb woman”. I understand that in the 1990s that was considered funny, but in 2019, that humor doesn’t hold up.

The Mummy Returns (2001 Movie)

The Mummy Returns is a sequel to The Mummy. I don’t have much to say about The Mummy Returns, other than it felt like a rehash of the first movie, which already felt like a knockoff of Indiana Jones. The gist of this movie is that some guys revive Imhotep, the same mummy from the first movie, so that he can defeat the Scorpion King (The Rock) and use his army to rule the world. Using Imhotep again contributed to the feeling that we were just watching The Mummy all over again. I think that if they had used a different, more powerful, mummy, then it would have been better. In my opinion Rachel Weisz’s character was written a little better, and she seemed a little more intelligent. Lastly, I can’t talk about The Mummy Returns without talking about the terrible, mind-blowingly bad CGI on the Scorpion King. It’s fortunate that he was only in the movie for about 5 minutes. Other than that, the CGI and effects weren’t too bad for 2001.

Fantastic Four (2005 Movie)

Fantastic Four was released in 2005 and it stars Chris Evans, Jessica Alba, Ioan Gruffudd and Michael Chiklis as the title characters. Overall, I didn’t think this movie was that bad, but it wasn’t very good either. None of this so called team has any chemistry with one another. They also behave in ways that are not believable for real people, and I didn’t like the way that Susan Storm was portrayed.

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007 Movie)

Everything that I didn’t like about the first movie is still here, and so much more. There’s so many plotlines, that nothing is ever developed beyond letting you know what’s going on in each scene. The writing of Susan Storm was even worse than the first movie. In the scene where they are attacked by an alien that wants to devour the earth, she’s upset that her wedding is ruined. In another scene Dr Richards and Sue are talking about their future, and she’s basically just saying that she wants to stop being a hero so that they can start a family. Similar to, and more than, the first movie, she’s portrayed as a dumb female character who can’t comprehend the larger conflicts of being a hero. Her character is given no depth, and it’s worse that she has no chemistry with Dr Richards. Also, at one point we see Dr Richards’ bachelor party, hosted by Johnny Storm, the Human Torch. It’s not believable that Johnny and Dr Richards would ever be friends, let alone that he’d plan the bachelor party. Dr Doom is brought back, for very little payoff. Lastly, Galactus, who is supposed to be the villain of the film isn’t even mentioned until the last 20 minutes of the movie.

Upgrade (2018 Movie)

Upgrade follows the story of Grey Trace after an accident leaves him paralyzed. When he agrees to a experimental procedure he is allowed to walk again, and much more. I was delightfully surprised by this movie. I don’t want to give too much away, but I enjoyed how different pieces of the story were slowly revealed to the audience, and I really enjoyed the ending. I definitely enjoy checking it out if you have the opportunity.

What I’m looking forward to

Starting Madden 2020

I’ve never been a huge Madden fan, but I enjoyed the Longshot mode in Madden18. When it was announced that Patrick Mahomes II would be on the cover, I couldn’t pass it up!

Starting Yoshi’s Crafted World

After finishing the difficult platforming in Super Luigi U Deluxe, I’m excited to switch to a simpler more relaxed platformer. Yoshi’s Crafted World is the perfect choice, and I’ll look forward to playing it in short bursts during my lunch breaks.

Recent Pickups

Madden 2020 (XBOX One S)

Iron Man Trilogy (Blu-Ray)

The Great Gatsby (Blu-Ray)

Thanks for Reading!

Don’t forget to check back in next week to hear about more games and movies

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