Monday, June 24, 2013

World War Z

     Years ago I read the book World War Z by Max Brooks, and to this day it is one of my all time favorite books. When I heard that they were making a movie based on the book I got really excited. When I started hearing that it wasn't going to be exactly like the book, I got less excited. When I heard that it was going to be the story of one guy instead of many, I got even less excited. When I heard that the zombies were going to be completely different from the book's, I still got less excited. When I heard that Max Brooks wasn't allowed to help write the screenplay as part of the deal, I got pissed. The movie is completely different in almost every way except the name. If you have read World War Z, don't expect anything like it. The movie is basically just a zombie movie that took the name of a famous book. You really have to disregard the book when watching the movie. As an adaptation of it's namesake, the movie is terrible. As a zombie movie, it is great.

     The book is written as a series of interviews of people who lived through the zombie war as Max Brooks as the interviewer tries to write a history of the war. The movie follows one man as he tries to find a cure for the zombies. In the book the zombies are your typical slow moving zombies, in the movie they are zombies that run, dive, and climb to get to a meal. The book also had much more about the war against the zombies than the movie.

     Overall the movie was great, but there were a few things I had a problem with. They obviously tried hard to make the movie a PG-13 movie which hurt the movie badly because when you see a zombie movie, you're expecting gore and that's what you want. instead whenever a zombie is killed, it's either too dark to really see whats happening, it happens off screen, or the zombie just drops dead. Whenever there was a big group of zombies, they seemed to be made with bad CG because they seemed really fake. The only realistic looking ones were the ones that used actual actors.

The story was really good, I liked how it was like an actual world war against the zombies like it was in the books, it wasn't a group of people trying to survive like other zombie themed things are. The actors were great and I thought Brad Pitt especially did a great job as usual. I thought the ending was OK but felt like it was too easy of a solution and didn't make much sense to me.

     If you like zombie themed things, I highly recommend seeing it. I say again, if you read the book, don't expect any of that from the movie.

     As of typing this I found out that they are making a sequel which just feels like a terrible idea.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Microsoft actually changes it's mind!

     So the impossible has happened. Microsoft has actually backed down on it's online and used game policies. No longer will the Xbox One have to check in with the servers every 24 hours, and you can do whatever you want with your games whether it be sharing or selling. Unfortunately it will require you to insert your disc to play games and installs will be optional just like the Xbox 360. I'm not surprised that after so much backlash Microsoft changed their mind, but I'm also surprised that Microsoft changed their mind, if that makes any sense...

Saturday, June 15, 2013

E3 2013


 I thought it would be a good idea to wait for E3 to be over before writing my thoughts on it to wait until the developers have said what they want about their games and consoles. Now that it is over and it seems most, if not all, of the news is out, here's my thoughts.

     Microsoft has gotten so much bad press about their Xbox One's online and used game policies and IGN's reader polls alone have shown how gamers are pretty mad about the things they have heard. Many of the rumors that were started, and debunked, I believe were started by Sony fanboys because of how ridiculous they were and how there was nothing backing them up. The Xbox One has to check in with the servers every 24 hours in order for you to be able to play your games online. The reason behind that is they let you install your games onto your hard drive then never have to insert the disc into your system ever again. Because of the not having to check that you still have the disc in your possession by inserting the disc like with the 360, they have to check with the server if someone else has installed that exact disc onto their consoles so it can be uninstalled from yours. A thought that just came to my mind is what if you are someone lucky enough to have traded in your game, and your disc was never re-sold, I guess you could just keep playing the game without it ever being uninstalled. Many people are angry with Microsoft because there are people who's areas don't have very reliable internet, and military personnel who can't get internet where they are stationed. During Sony's press conference they were what I can only describe as being complete trolls by saying the opposite of everything that Microsoft is doing and even made a snarky little video on how easy it is for you to share your games with friends on the PS4. Many people ate that up and laughed at Microsoft's stupidity. There were even rumors about how if you installed a used game on the Xbox you had to pay an extra fee; that was later debunked. As it turns out, it is not up to Microsoft or Sony how easy it is to share your games with friends or anything like that, it is up to the publishers of the games, i.e. EA's online passes that they recently removed.

     I enjoyed what Microsoft had to present in their conference more, but I think Sony's conference was better put together and didn't seem as fake, though very boring. The EA conference however I thought was perfect except for how they didn't say anything in detail about their Star Wars game development. Some things I don't think people really have been talking about is the new 360 that was for sale the moment they revealed it, and how it seems that the PS4 cannot play either AC: Black Flag or Destiny without lagging. I'm sure it won't be that way at release but it's just something I thought was funny. I didn't watch either the Nintendo nor Ubisoft conferences but did hear about what they revealed. One of the thing's I'm most excited about from Microsoft's conferences is how they are adding more and better servers worldwide for better online connectivity and their new cloud computing. The thing I'm most excited about from Sony's conferences is their huge streaming game library. I didn't really care about Nintendo's conference or the Wii U so there's nothing I'm really excited about. From EA I loved their gameplay reveal for Battlefield 4 that made me more excited for it's release. The Best reveal from Ubisoft was their game The Division which looks absolutely amazing and is overall my favorite reveal from E3 by far.

     I am looking forward to the Xbox One and it will be the first, maybe only, next gen system that I get. Now before you call me an Xbox fanboy, I'd like to say that I used to be, but no longer am I a stupid little 14 year old that for whatever reason thinks its so important whether other people think the Xbox is better than Playstation, and really if you do care about that stuff, it's time to grow up. I will be getting the Xbox One because I have had the Xbox 360 since launch and the PS3 since a year after it's launch and for the most part the PS3 has just sat there untouched other than playing Blu Rays, one or two PS3 exclusives, or if my PS3 playing friends came over with a PS3 game for us to play. I have also met a great group of guys on Xbox Live that I have been friends with for years now and we all get the same games so I'll always have someone to play with. The Xbox exclusives are also more of a draw for me than the Playstation's. Lastly I haven't really had any good experiences with PS3 online and I really don't expect any better with PS4. It just always seems that I have much better connectivity with Xbox Live than PS3's online. When it come's to Microsoft's new policies, I really don't care because they don't affect me so why should that stop me from getting an Xbox One. I really don't care that they're neglecting some customers with bad internet, but neglecting our armed forces abroad pisses me off. Some people have said they refuse to buy an Xbox One because of their policies, but do you really think that's going to stop Microsoft? Cliff Bleszinski came out in support of Microsoft's policies and I agree with everything he said.

     In recent years I have become more of a PC gamer than I ever have been and I do believe that PC gaming is superior to console gaming, so unless it's an Xbox or PS4 exclusive, something I can play with friends, or something I can't buy on the Steam Store, I'll be getting my games for the PC.

     Buy an Xbox One, buy a PS4, I don't care, just enjoy the next generation of gaming. I know I will.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Star Trek: Into Darkness

     First I'm going to mention how I have never watched anything relating to Star Trek apart from bits and pieces of episodes, but I do know the basic premise of Star Trek and many things that have happened in the shows and movies. I am not a fan of Star Trek at all and really could not care about it at all. I did not want to see this movie, and only saw it because my friends were all going. I don't know if that all had an impact on this review, but I would not be surprised if it is.

     Overall I thought this movie was OK. I thought the story was boring, obvious, and predictable. There was absolutely no suspense and unless you have never heard of Star Trek before seeing the movie, there are absolutely no surprises. The only thing I thought was good about the movie was the acting, special effects, and Simon Pegg. Every scene involving Simon Pegg, I loved, everything else, was boring. The one thing I absolutely hated was the terrible shooting of the movie. The constant movement of the camera, switching back and forth from things for no reason, and the lens flares were beyond annoying. I much rather would have not seen the movie at all.

     Unless you are a fan of Star Trek I would not suggest seeing this movie.