May ’17 in Review

Eh, I’m not going to go with the pre-amble this month. I can’t think of much worth mentioning regarding the site or much regarding what I’ve been up to.

Oh, I suppose it may be worth mentioning that I finally made a Kickstarter account. I’ve already backed three projects, including the Deadly Premonition board game and Monarchies of Mau, a cat themed tabletop RPG. And I’m sure there are others I’ll want to back too… Have mercy on my finances! It’s weird, there are games I’d want but be so hesitant to buy them but the time limit on Kickstarter seems to compel me to back to get the extras.

 

New Release Films

Alien: Covenant

Right so I love xenomorphs, and I know this film is a bit derisive. I enjoyed it. I would hardly call it a scary film though. It has some rather funny moments with Michael Fassbender. Also, baby xeno is adorable. I also like the look of some of the industrial, colony vehicles/equipment. Of course, if you have a problem with characters that make stupid decisions then well… consider yourself warned. It also goes into the specifics of xenomorph origins which is a contentious thing among the fans, I preferred them as just a random mysterious threats, but that being gone doesn’t completely ruin it for me personally.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

I enjoyed this one quite a bit, as you could probably expect. A lot more development for other characters as opposed to just Peter Quill which was appreciated. The soundtrack was good, though not as catchy as the first in my opinion.

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

Eh, I’m not too fond of this one. I liked the intro sequence which was just a prologue, with plenty of gigantic elephants. It’s not terrible, just has a few annoying things in it. Like several times it does the thing of “Let me tell you what will happen” while showing it happen, one time including one of the people saying it’s a bad idea and shouldn’t happen as we see it happening. That and the magic sword CGI looks a bit silly.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge

Fifth film in the series, renamed very close to release from Dead Men Tell No Tales. It was alright. I found it more enjoyable than the last one anyway, there was some naval warfare in it at least. Plenty of big set-pieces too, as you’d expect. At the same time, they don’t really compare to the first three.

Other Films

Automata

I finally watched Automata, the post apocalyptic film about sentient machines starring Antonio Banderas. It was good. It’s been n my list for quite a while, finally got to it.

Shows

Grimm

I mentioned it in the last piece. I’ve not caught up yet, season five only went up on Netflix recently. I’m not sure if I’ll write about it a third time, I’m not going to be doing a full review or play by play or the like, might look into something like that for future things, who knows? I’m liking the show though, I mean, I’m five seasons in at this point so you could probably guess that. Also, I have it on in a window next to the one I’m writing this in. Probably why it’s taking me so long. Oh, just a follow up to what I said last time, the effects get better (or did I just get used to them?)

Games

I just realized that I forgot to cover games last month. The only one I can remember to mention is Horizon: Zero Dawn which is a fantastic game. I think it’s my favourite depiction of a robot apocalypse in media. But onto the games of May.

Prey

I liked the game, though there were some moments where it was frustrating. The story elements were engaging but the combat was often annoying. I wrote a review of it for The Arcade, you can find it here.

SpacePlan

A clicker game, but with a narrative and definitive ending, something appreciable. Unlike most other clickers so, also in that it’s a premium game, buy to play, but no microtransactions. It’s potato themed as well as space themed.

The Surge

A new ‘soulslike’ game from the developers of Lords of the Fallen, Deck13. It’s a sci-fi theme, based around a company working to save the planet. Unfortunately on the first day of the job, you find people gone mad with no idea why. You awake after getting your exosuit installed without any anesthetic to find everything in shambles. I’ve not yet finished it, I’m not sure if I’ll talk about it in June’s piece but I’ll link to my review if I get to one. Also, exosuits are awesome.

What Remains of Edith Finch

This game is brilliant. I can’t think of much to say outside of it’s great and what’s in my review here.

 

And what of June? There’s a few good movies out right? I can only think of Wonder Woman off the top of my head and that’s because I’m planning on seeing it this Friday. Maybe I’d remember if I wasn’t writing at ridiculous o’ clock. I should really try to fix my sleep schedule…

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