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19 March 2010 @ 04:16 pm
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Heh, i'm playing FF13 while listening to the KSPC video game music show, which is playing... FF13 music :)

In other news, i meant to post this earlier today but forgot =P

Wow, i think the last two movies we've seen in theatres have been Avatar and Zombieland. Compared to last year we're really falling down at the going out to see movies thing. I guess perhaps now is a good time to do my yearly what i'm looking forward to list? Perhaps that will get us motivated to actually watch something. Or perhaps i ought to look at our failure to go out to movies as a good thing :)

Thought might be good but haven't seen (yet): The Princess and the Frog, Legion (though going by the reviews missing it probably was/is a good thing,) and Alice in Wonderland.

Upcoming movies that sound at least potentially interesting:

How to Train Your Dragon: Mar 26. Shelleycat thinks the dragon looks a little too newt-like, but i still think it looks interesting.

Clash of the Titans: Apr 2. Woot for the retro SF/Fantasy/whatever remakes! :) (As long as it turns out good anyways =)

Iron Man 2: May 7. Origin stories are relatively easy to do. Let's see if the series manages to fall down or not once they no longer have that crutch.

Robin Hood: May 14. Not too thrilled about the cast choice, but Robin Hood movies always have the potential of being good. (Although i expect none will ever live up to the standard set by Disney ;)

Shrek Forever After: May 21. Srsly? And it's subtitled "the Final Chapter"? The second one was kind of already heading downhill (but it did have the cat! =) and i barely remember anything about the third one. We'll see.

Prince of Persia: May 28. I forget if this is one of the adventure games that shelleycat really likes. I've never played any of the new ones, just the old PC 2D one. I think i actually managed to finish it once. (Get off my lawn!) Of course since it's a video game movie my hopes are not high.

June 11: The A-Team remake and the Karate Kid remake go head to head. This ought to be interesting. I expect the commentary surrounding that ought to be more amusing than the movies themselves :) Expect a lot of Mr. T and Crane Kick references. If Karate Kid does/reviews poorly i expect at least one bad punny article title/reference to "the wax has come off this franchise."

Toy Story 3: June 18. Normally i'd start to get a little worried at this point in the sequel process, but Toy Story 2 was great. And Pixar has never let me down. Well, except for Cars. (No, i haven't watched it, but i think i already know as much about it as i need to from the way too many Cars shorts that i had to sit through during the Pixar shorts marathon.) Speaking of which, this is going to be the last good Pixar movie for a year and a half. The good news? The next possibly good Pixar movie will have a female protagonist!

Twilight 2: June 30. We better not be going to see this in theatres, though i expect shelleycat may make me watch the DVD later ;) This is on the list mainly because the theatrics surrounding the release ought to be entertaining.

The Last Airbender: July 2. Based on a good anime. Awesome looking effects. Somewhat racist casting. What to do? =/

The Sorcerer's Apprentice: July 16. Bizarre conceptual twist. Bizarre casting choices. Looks kind of cool despite that.

Resident Evil Afterlife: Sept 10. Not expecting great things, but i'm curious.

MegaMind: Nov 5, animated superhero/villain comedy. Could be good :)

Tangled: Nov 12. I guess this is Disney's next big animated flick? A retelling of Rapunzel it seems?

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 1: Nov 19. They split it up into two parts? I must have heard something about it at some point, but it seems new to me now.

Red Dawn: Nov 24. Ahhh, i'd heard they were remaking this, wasn't aware it was going to be out so soon. At first i thought they were crazy, since the original Red Dawn spoke to a time that doesn't exist anymore. "Recasting" the Soviets as Chinese is potentially brilliant though. The armchair analysts i know are in violent disagreement on whether China will be the US's next big military rival, or if their current massive economic development is going to end up being a wet firecracker because of population/age demographics.

Narnia - Voyage of the Dawn Treader: Dec 10. Prince Caspian had some issues. The logistics/demographics issues in particular bugged the heck out of me for no especially good reason. On the plus side i expect they can manage to not leave a single ship woefully underpopulated.

Tron Legacy: Dev 17. Is this that Tron sequel they've been talking about on and off for forever now? Rarely do such things turn out well, but i can always hope.

Gulliver's Travels: Dec 22. The premise sounds interesting. Not sure what to think about the casting of Jack Black. I am not one of those people who is especially impressed by him.

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And while i'm at it, video games!

Unfortunately people on wikipedia aren't as obsessed about keeping the 2010 in video games page up to date. Of course i think video games are somewhat more prone to delay committing to a specific day than movies are. (Or maybe i just think that because i hear more about video game delays.)

Already out: Mega Man 10, though i really ought to finish (or at least play a significant amount of) Mega Man 9 before i worry about the new one. Likewise Tropico 3 might be interesting after i try out Tropico 1 and 2 from GOG. If i ever get back to and get bored with Soul Calibur 4 and Mortal Kombat vs DC i should check out Tatsunoko vs. Capcom. I'm still tempted by Bayonetta. I keep thinking the Mysterious Dungeon series sounds interesting, perhaps Shiren the Wanderer is the right place to jump in. And of course i may want to check out BioShock 2 after i've gotten the chance to play the first one, but that may not happen until i get a better computer.

Infinite Space: March 16. Okay, technically that was a couple days ago :) It sounds kind of like StarCon 2 on rails, but even a dumbed down StarCon 2 might be worth checking out. (After all, i did enjoy the dumbed down Final Fantasy game *ducks* ;)

Red Steel 2: March 23. I'm curious to see if Wii Motion Plus will let them get the sword fighting right this time. If they do it could be a very interesting game.

Shin Megami Tensei - Strange Journey: March 23. I keep telling myself i need to check out this series. Maybe this will be the one. Most likely not.

Monster Hunter Tri: April 20. This is the series/game everyone is going crazy for in Japan right now. I'm kinda curious about it, don't know if i'll bother checking it out.

Nier: April 27. On the plus side, it's a Squenix game. On the minus side, i haven't heard anything about it yet that hasn't been totally generic.

Red Dead Redemption: May 18. Sounds like a cool variant on GTA. Unfortunately Red Faction Guerrilla is an even cooler variation, and i doubt i'll be done with it by the point this comes out.

Super Mario Galaxy 2: May 20. I actually finished the first one, though in theory i want to go back and get the rest of the stars at some point.

Metroid Other M: June 27. I was kind of meh about the 3D Metroids (just like i was kind of meh about the 3D Zeldas) so perhaps i can get back into the series with this one.

Epic Mickey: Sept 16. The concept art looked amazing. The actual screenshots looked okay. We'll see how it ends up.

And that's all they wrote :)
 
 
Current Music: FF13 (in more ways than one =)
 
 
 
Pava: Osaka Sez!jmpava on March 20th, 2010 12:37 am (UTC)
What, not Sakura Wars? I'm shocked!

I did Bioshock on PS3, and I would do the same if I got Bioshock2. It's a good PS3-type game. Also, it has trophies ;->

I've heard a few things about Infinite Space, enough that I'm interested in finding more out about it... but I didn't really get the impression it was StarCon, even dumbed down. But I also wasn't reading too closely.

I've gotten more and more interested in Yakuza 3, which already came out (same week as ff13 or something stupid like that). I haven't played the first two, and I'm not sure if that's really relevant. Need to look more closely at this one too, of course.

I'm pretty sure the first things I'm playing when I'm done with FF13 is Mass Effect 1 and 2. Too bad it's not on PS3, since it's one Cora would enjoy too. But after hearing about how so much of the sequel really changes based on what you did in the first one, I've been really interested in it now. I only didn't start it before ff13 becuase I figured there's no way I would get through and then I'd be stopping in the middle.

I admit I haven't bothered finding out ANYTHING about red faction, but I had been under the impression it was pretty much just another shooter.
DonAithnendonaithnen on March 20th, 2010 09:58 pm (UTC)
Doh! I forgot about Sakura Wars!

Actually, i know nothing about the game, but i thought the anime was okay and i thought the intro song for it was awesome, which is enough to get me at least curious about the game :)

And i'm pretty sure we've done something like this before. You sent me the 1UP Grind post about all the games coming out in March. The segment on Infinite Space had a link to a more detailed look at it.

I followed the link, perhaps you should follow it too :)

http://www.1up.com/do/blogEntry?bId=9003921

(And no, i haven't had the chance to read the _other_ article you sent me about it yet =)

As for Red Faction, Red Faction and Red Faction 2 were FPS games. The two highlights of them in my opinion was the destructible terrain (it was awesome digging giant holes with the rocket launcher and watching people who are hopefully not you get stuck in them =) and the Rail Gun with attached X-Ray sight. (The idea of nailing someone from the other side of the map through multiple walls and floors was awesome. The limited scope view plus the fast-but-not-light-speed speed of the projectile made it really hard to hit moving targets though, so it wasn't too overpowered. But when you did manage to catch someone standing still too long and get a good shot off.... =)

For Red Faction Guerilla they decided to switch to, well, a GTA format really. (Or a Saints Row format, but i assume they came out with that game after GTA as well.)

You're on Mars, you're trying to overthrow the corrupt and yadda-yadda government. Instead of destructible terrain they now have destructible buildings. You can smash holes in just about any structure in a fairly realistic manner. If you remove enough key supports the whole thing comes down.

I expect they probably still have the free demo up on PSN, so i'd say that perhaps you should try it out. Be aware that you ought to play it on easy. If the demo doesn't have a difficulty selection don't worry about the fact that the missions are way too hard. All the discussion i've heard over podcasts has been that the game is a lot more fun on easy, the joy comes from the exploration and the smashing of whatever you find, not the challenge.
Laura Parkinson: Vincentstormfeather on March 20th, 2010 01:32 am (UTC)
Ooo, the Shin Megami Tensei series is awesome in general, although individual games vary. My favorites are Nocturne, which is probably hard to find by now, and the Persona sub-series/spinoff in general, although the first two are dated by now, and the third and fourth are even better, at least to me. They add a sort of school-sim and social-sim type thing into it that sounds odd, but works.

Games-wise, that SMT game and Sakura Wars are the ones I'm mostly thinking of that are coming out soon that I want. Now that FFXIII and DA:OA have both hit. Somewhat waiting for Atelier Rorona which hits in Q2 supposedly. Can't think of any others offhand!
Kirin: link-confidentkirinn on March 20th, 2010 05:01 am (UTC)
Pfft, I think the last film I saw in a theater was Sherlock Holmes. (Unless the Battlestar Galactica / Last Unicorn at the festival was after that, but I don't think so.) Anyway, my own comments on things you mentioned:

Clash of the Titans - fun monsters, Liam Neeson is always good, but otherwise looks ridiculously dumb. I am just not buying the standard crew-cut twenty-something white dude action heroes as ancient greeks, sorry.

Iron Man 2 - will go see. Apparently I only watch RDJ movies now?

Prince of Persia - sadly not based on the new-new PoP, which I liked, but the middle-new ones, which I never played. Bitter because this means the new-new one isn't getting a sequel, since they want a movie tie-in instead. Also, in a sadly common refrain, the Prince was cast as some white dude (Jake Gyllenhal, I think).

Karate Kid - has Jackie Chan and the trailer looks surprisingly not terrible, which *might* be enough to tempt me into seeing it. Maybe.

Airbender - pretty much given up all hope. :/

Sorcerer's Apprentice - Nick Cage being crazy is sometimes entertaining, but I can't get any bead on this beyond "what the hell?".

HPDH - yeah, this has always been slated for two parts
Narnia - oh, they're still doing these? Hmm.

Tron Legacy - hells yes. Seen the new trailer? I'm sure it'll be dumb, but it's punching my nostalgia + awesome shit buttons hard. Plus, has Jeff bridges and Bruce Boxleitner returning.

Also still kind of tempted by Bayonetta, but it hasn't broken through to my actual buy list. Have been playing Shiren DS, which is good but doesn't pull any punches (no 'easy' mode to soften the rougelike sensibilities, unlike the Wii sequel).

Infinite Space - I hear this is more classic J-Space-Opera (think Yamato, Galactic Heroes, Captain Tylor, etc) than StarCon. Extremely tempted. Hope it doesn't disappear before my plate gets un-full.

Strange Journey - is a straight-up dungeon crawl with demon recruiting. Supposed to be good if you're into that sort of thing.

I would be totally into your last 3 things if I had a Wii.

Also on my radar:
3D Dot Game Heroes (PS3, May 11): straight up old-school zelda rip-off with 3D dragon quest-ish customizable graphics.
CV:Lords of Shadow (PS3, supposedly this year): Despite previous 3D Castlevania disasters, this one looks like it has potential. Here's hoping.
Last Guardian (Trico): no brainer, but dunno if it's this year
Steambot Chronicles 2: apparently this still exists, and may emerge from development hell.
Picross 3D (NDS, May 3): definite buy for me, Picross 2D was awesome.
7th Dragon (NDS, never): dammit, why won't someone localize this already?
Other DS things with no release dates yet: Okamiden, Dragon Quest IX, Ni no Kuni
Sister Atom Bomb of Courteous Debateakiko on March 20th, 2010 06:22 pm (UTC)
J-Space-Opera sounds like a win to me.
(Anonymous) on March 20th, 2010 09:11 pm (UTC)
I reviewed Strange Journey, which is quite good. And also entirely edited by our boy Nich. It's the dungeon-crawling of Etrian Odyssey mashed up with the demon-summoning system from Megami Tensei and served on a platter of really whacked-out art direction. Not quite as unforgiving as the Etrian games, but still pretty challenging.

DFS.