Mitch and Rich talk about what it means to pull focus on a movie set, the new God Of War video game, and three movies that came out in August that Mitch did not enjoy; Mile 22, Happy Time Murders, and Crazy Rich Asians.
Late Gamer Plays “Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon” by Hidai Moya
Whereas “FARCRY3” was a nod to the bombastic style of 80’s action films it’s spin off, “Blood Dragon”, is a full blown balls to the wall 80’s throwback. It’s full of delightfully cheesy retro kitsch. Right away the amusing 16-bit cut scenes will win you over. Once you begin taking out cyborgs & fighting off Blood Dragons the psychedelic neon color scheme accentuated by its spectacular synth soundtrack will transport you to the ultimate retro future of the 80’s. The writing is impressive too as the main character, Rex Power Colt, voiced by 80’s action star Michael Biehn, is such a one liner gold mine that I was literally laughing every 5 minutes. The AI on “Hard’ didn’t present much of a challenge but out of all the 80’s nostalgic things to come out lately this is the best. It’s awesome to the max. Grade A-
Lego’s “CLONE WARS” game is even better than the original SW Lego game. It perfectly captures the impromptu style of adventure the animated series is known for. Among the things that are noticeably improved over the original SW game is the music & visually impressive & creative boss fights. They involve multiple duels in different settings each with a unique twist. Surprisingly however one of the best things about this game is the inclusion of a Galactic Assault mode. It’s a seemingly simple yet challenging RTS battlefield where you have to take out enemy artillery with all sorts of weapons & vehicles at your disposable but in LEGO form which makes its twice as fun. This game is in many ways the runt of SW games. It may not be Battlefront or KOTR but as far as a Lego game is concerned this is among their very best. Grade A-
Call of Duty 2″ is unequivocally one of the franchise’s greatest titles that consistently hits peak FPS glory multiple times over & still boasts many of the series’s top moments. We leave the European Theatre to join the British Army & battle the Nazi Afrika Korps in the Sahara. The battles in the desert are astonishing especially with how well the Germans defend their positions & form fierce counter attacks. Meanwhile the austere landscape & moonlit sands offer a stunningly elemental backdrop to the Africa campaign. Not to be outdone are the US Army Rangers who culminate this game in extraordinary fashion. First by climbing Point Du Hoc on D-Day & fighting in the trenches & bunkers of Normandy, then in the most extraordinary moment yet, capturing a Nazi stronghold by charging up heavily defended Hill 400. It’s spellbinding. Grade A
Late gamer Plays “Call of Duty United Offensive”
By: Hidai Moya
The followup to the original CoD game offers a more fluent story & campaign. Instead of having an assortment of different missions, this follows the singular battles of the Eastern & Western fronts of WWII. The Battle of the Bulge is really good, even if it takes much of its direct visual style from HBO’s “Band of Brothers”, its a lot of fun ambushing a Nazi convoy in the snow & fighting in the farms. However its the Soviet Offensive in the East that I really took after, partly because it’s not something Americans are taught about & I liked playing as a Russian Soldier. The Battle of Kursk was excellent with its gloomy overcast skies, rich dark atmosphere, & brutal fighting. This is followed by an excellent finale in the Battle of Kharkov that is one of the most challenging final levels of any CoD game. Grade A-