Top 5 Most Anticipated Games Of 2015

I know we’re already almost 5 months in, but I feel I can knock this out now, and still be classified as a most anticipated list.

Phantom Pain

Number 5 – Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

This would be higher on the list, but due to Guns Of The Patriots being such a chore with its odd install choices and days worth of exposition told only in cinematic, I don’t have as high of hopes as many do. Not to mention Ground Zeroes being a glorified demo being sold at near triple A game prices, is sickening. So what if you sit there and go after collectibles for hours on end, if the main story is barely 2 hours long, it’s not worth the price tag. If I wanted something that short, I’d go for an indie title, with stories being shorter, graphics being good and more substance to them overall. Even though Kojima and Konami have promised it will be more open world and less movie, I still don’t believe it will be as good as everyone is hoping.

The Division

Number 4 – Tom Clancy’s The Division

Even though the post-apocalyptic world has been done to death, this game looks very interesting, combining squad based tactics of Tom Clancy games, in a new setting for the franchise, dealing with survival being the primary key. Sure the trailers have pre-loaded actors talking, it still a great atmosphere to get immersed in. Not to mention I tend to enjoy most of the Tom Clancy games out there, so it has that going for it.

No Mans Sky

Number 3 – No Man’s Sky

This game I’m really interested in, even though we only know that it may come out this year. With the game’s procedurally generated worlds and seamless transitions between the surface of one world, into the atmosphere, and into space, before finding another world and setting down. Whether or not it proves to be a huge seller, remains to be seen, but I for one am still willing to see what its like when it launches.

Mortal Kombat X

Number 2 – Mortal Kombat X

I know what you’re thinking, “Why is MKX on here, it’s already out!?” Well yes, it is out, but I have not yet picked it up for monetary reasons. That and I’m waiting for Goro to be released as DLC and the first Kombat Pack to arrive with Predator and the Dillon/Carl Weathers Skin for Jax. I’m getting it on PS4, as I’ve seen the game played on it and really want the game. For me, when it comes to fighting games, I prefer a controller, and the ability to have local multiplayer. As PC versions tends to strip that out. Not to mention PC MKX is totally broken right now, even though it is being fixed.

Batman Arkham Knight - Batmobile

Number 1 – Batman: Arkham Knight

Being a huge Batman and Arkham game fan, how am I not going to get excited for this game? It’s going to be one hell of a ride, being Rocksteady’s final game for Batman in their Trilogy. Keywords there “Their Trilogy.” Some may get confused and think “Wait, there’s 3 other Arkham games out, so this is 4…” Well yes, Origins is in the series, however it has nothing to do with the Rocksteady games, other than the map is being re-used from Arkham City. Arkham Origins was developed internally at Warner Brothers, and not by Rocksteady. Hence why it was underwhelming for some, including me. Sure there are some stand out performances from Deathstroke and The Joker, the game feels incomplete in areas and the early launch glitches broke the game for some.

I ended up picking it up on sale on steam and found it riddled with glitches, from Batman’s cape wrapping itself around his head, to enemies falling through the map. Something that Rocksteady did their utmost to keep out of Arkham Asylum and City. Sure some people did find the odd bug, but Origins has a lot more. However it only gives me hope after seeing the Officer Down trailer for Arkham Knight, that the new one will not only push the graphics to an almost PC level, but give us the Batmobile, as promised by Rocksteady. Also I’m eagerly awaiting a new trailer that’s been listed as being put up this week.

Honorable Mentions: 

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Grand Theft Auto V PC 

Being that I’ve been advocating a PC version for sometime, I pre-ordered the game, something that is considered a Taboo in 2015. I did not regret it, after getting the Day 1 patch, I was able to get the game up and running smoothly, and enjoying all the new goodies in the game. As I also have the PS3 version, which feels stripped out compared to the PC version. Not to mention 1.5 million of in-game currency helps. I’m able to heist now, and have gotten a supercar in the game. As such, I may post a few videos on it over the coming weeks/month.

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Dragon Ball Xenoverse

This came as a surprise hit for many, and I really want it, but again money isn’t easy to come by in this giant hole everyone is in. I’ve seen bits and pieces of the game played and really want to get it, and it’s definitely worth the wait, as the servers for multiplayer are slowly being patched. Although it’ll be a PC game for me, as the PC version is the most stable, and a lot of my friends already have the PC version.

With that I’ll sign off, look for the Furious Seven review tomorrow, or maybe later tonight. It depends on how much I feel like writing it tonight.

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The Amazing Spider-man

Poster Featuring Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone)

Sorry it took so long for me to get this out, been busy. I went and saw The Amazing Spider-man on opening day, Tuesday, July 3rd.

First off, I’d like to say now, there will be no spoilers to this blog, aside from one. As it is a fantastic re-imagining of the classic story involving Peter, Gwen and her Father. This movie draws its resources and details from both Stan Lee’s original Amazing Fantasy 15, the first appearance of Spider-man and The Death Of Captain Stacy. (<— There’s your spoiler). I may not be the biggest Spider-man fan, as a kid I was, but later on, sure I like the character and his story, but these days my core comic book characters are Iron Man, Captain America and Batman.

While bearing this in mind, I do however know a lot about Spidey’s origins, from research for school, and from watching and reading the material. So while some will have qualms with the film and even I do with a couple of nitpicks, but they’re small, the movie holds its own, in having a ton of the elements that make a good origin story for the movie franchise, not to mention another feather in Marvel’s new studio hat, even though this was still through Sony.

Story

The movie’s story is excellent, some of the best writing and adaptation of Peter’s origins. Everything from his mother and father, to his aunt and uncle, and his beginnings of Spider-man. Not to mention also bringing back his first love, Gwen. She was always the first for him, and when she died in the comics, she NEVER came back until Spider-man 3, then her coming back could be eased into the comics, if it hasn’t already been done since the last of Raimi’s adaptations. The reason why Peter never tells Mary Jane until he finally lets her in, close to marriage, is because of the events that happen with Gwen. Now with Gwen in the comics, she died not too long after her father’s death, and in Spider-man 1, the incident involving Green Goblin holding MJ and the cable car full of kids, was actually Gwen’s death.

Now if this new franchise goes down that road in the future, I could see it happening. I was actually waiting to see if she would die in the movie, and nope, not in this one. With this movie’s story, it is both Peter/Spidey’s origin story, but woven in with Gwen, her father and a nice twist with The Lizard. Now the reason why Green Goblin wasn’t chosen as the villain, is actually due to the set up in the movie for possible sequels. Being an avid writer myself, I am trained to see and hear things in movies and writing as to clues to where the story is going and what kind of hints or omens to other storylines possibly being explored. In this movie, we do see evidence of that with Oscorp and the lack of an Osborne in the movie.

Character Portrayals

With Characters, we see the primaries, Peter, Gwen, Aunt May, Uncle Ben, Flash Thompson, Captain Stacy, and Curt Connors. All of which are portrayed with a stellar cast, Andrew Garfield, while not the best Peter, in my opinion, was a fantastic Spider-man. Peter’s social awkward-ness has always been tied to his genius, let’s face it, he’s a nerd (Like me, haha), and so he was meek, slim, constantly wearing glasses.

With Garfield, his portrayal is modernized, to help with his association with kids of today, which is fine, but he doesn’t look like a nerd, he has a skateboard, he is awkward, especially around girls, and the upper classmen on the basketball team, like Gwen’s boyfriend Flash (One of my nitpicks, as Flash was usually Football, not Basketball, meh). Flash’s portrayal is suited for the story, a pushy, cocky bully, out for attention, and enjoying what he’s getting, while making the meek and weak suffer.

Gwen- (Oh be still my heart, haha) Emma Stone knocks Gwen out of the park with her portrayal. Gwen was a straight A, upper classman that was from a cop family, so of course her father wanted her to do well in school, and instead of an Angsty, against-the-grain teen, she adored her father and worried like her mother about whether or not he may come home from work. So as the story develops, we see her move further from Flash more towards Peter.

Aunt May and Uncle Ben- First off, (Holy Hell its Martin Sheen), been a long time since Sheen has been in a big budget movie. With his portrayal as the lovable Uncle Ben, we see his talents and experience show for the soft-hearted and sincere Uncle. Sally Field, another big time actress from another time (I still remember her in Mrs. Doubtfire along side Robin Williams, haha). Unlike the previous portrayal of May Parker, whom seemed more of a damsel in distress, than a deep character, Field puts emotion and heart into Aunt May, by showing how the person would react in these circumstances.

Captain Stacy- (IIIIIIIII’MMM AN AAAAA—–E, haha) Denis Leary as Captain Stacy fits, he knows how to be an authority figure and father, as we’ve seen him play various different roles before. Including his short-lived music career that kind of came from his stand up comedy. Gone is his loud, in your face comedy, and here is his talents as an actor, making us believe he is Captain Stacy.

Curt Connors- Rhys Ifans while not my first choice as Curt Connors, did a great job, he made me believe he was a scientist, building a rapport with Peter, and Gwen, and when pushed to the brink, becoming the Lizard.

Special Effects

This is where the movie has a few issues, most of the effects are fine, they’re cool with some of the 3D and the Spidey perspective moments, however, the CGI moments with the Lizard were a bit cheesy, and while over all it was ok, there were times where I kinda miss the Lizard from the 90’s spider-man cartoon. I had qualms about this from the beginning, and I was hoping to see a more alligator type of face than just humanoid. The special effects with Spider-man are fantastic, most of the effects teams did a great job with him, it’s just the CGI moments with The Lizard, were a bit lacking, which is where a lot of previous movies that tend to do a full CGI monster, start to show signs of issues.

I like CGI, don’t get me wrong, I’m a fan of ReBoot, Beast Wars, Beast Machines, and Shadow Raiders from Mainframe. However, some of the companies using CGI, should consider a less animated approach and try some facial mapping and use more video game techniques. In terms of games, while still a little bit off, they look closer than a lot of movie CGI. Like Max Payne 3, as an example, they used the voice actor’s likeness for Max, and damn were they spot on.

Pacing

The movie is excellently paced, you don’t get bored in certain segments, it keeps you interested in what’s going on, and doesn’t disappoint with story, character and Spidey’s webshooters. Yep, this time around he’s got webshooters, much like my favourite TV series, the 90’s animated.

Score

Music definitely suited the film, it wasn’t a crutch as some films use, but it wasn’t interfering. Some sequences just were the sounds of the movie, very little went on. Sparse segments, but when the music was playing, it fit the scene and what it was assisting.

Final Thoughts

This is an excellent re-imagining of the classic stories of Amazing Fantasy 15 and The Death Of Captain Stacy. This is a must see movie, whether you’re going to the theatre or seeing it on DVD or Blu-Ray. For Trailers, we got another for The Dark Knight Rises, I guess because Marvel and DC are not feuding, so they’re helping each other out. We also got a couple of comedies, one of which was “The Watch” which I’m not interested in, very few segments seemed funny, even in the trailer.

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Ghost Rider 2, more delays, I don’t think I’ll be writing a review for it, especially with summer blockbusters piling up. I’m definitely seeing The Dark Knight Rises, I may not see it opening night or a midnight screening, even though I’d like to, I’m waiting for a Tuesday showing so my friend and I can go, as he’s away for the weekend before hand. Not to mention movie ticket prices are a bit of a gouge on pockets, so Tuesdays give me a discount. Watch for my review of Ted, which will be up shortly. I’m getting my creative juices flowing again, so I’ll be writing more of my own personal stuff, so I might paste a few notes and tidbits of stories on here, also watch for my Facebook Author’s page and Twitter for more details.