It’s been 6 months already so that means I’ll be doing a quick rundown of this year so far in terms of movies, anime and games.
The Mule: This was a pretty funny but also emotionally fulfilling film. Well worth watching.
Cold Pursuit: This one had potential however it tried too hard to be a comedy when the opening sets up a rather different tone. Not to say it didn’t have funny moments but there were bits that felt rather groan inducing.
King of Thieves: A mostly funny movie that was a little slow at times and ended a bit anti-climatically. Might have to give it another watch some day though.
Shazam!: An excellent movie that feels like it could become a classic within time. It was just a lot of fun and relatively well performed with some hard hitting scenes. It might get a little ridiculous at the end but considering previous DC efforts this is a diamond in the rough.
Detective Pikachu: This was actually better than the game it was based off in many aspects however it has pacing issues and ultimately some of the spectacle was unnecessary when it could’ve gone into developing the villain and other side characters. If the original game had a story more in line with the movie while maintaining it’s original pacing and game-play it could’ve been something amazing.
Avengers: Endgame: A somewhat solid ending that could have been an amazing ending with some better editing cutting out some of the meh parts and that one time paradox they throw in at the end.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters: I’m not very knowledgeable or experienced with this series but out of all the ones I’ve seen (which only includes western ones at this point) this has to be best one so far. It was a very entertaining watch and the human characters weren’t as bad as I had been lead to believe.
Beatless: Wasted potential and completely forgettable even after all the recap episodes.
Overlord III: The story is still solid but the animation seemed to take a downgrade from what I could tell (mainly dealing with jank 3d models) which is unfortunate.
Hataraku Saibou: Excellent show that could even be considered educational. It’s a fun comedy at heart although you could argue it’s kind of action show. Worth watching either way.
Fate/Stay Night Heavens Feel – II: Lost Butterfly: Mostly well done with excellent action and I’m honestly impressed with just how much they committed to the more adult themes in the VN considering how previous anime skirted around certain scenes in the past. The pacing is a bit all over the place and I’ll be reserving my final judgement for when the final film is released.
Release the Spyce: The best part of this series was the soundtrack, or at least that was the most consistently good part. Otherwise this one was just decent, not a waste of time but not a must watch series by any means.
Mob Psycho 100 Season 2: Probably the best series I’ve seen this year so far. Everything ramps up to an exciting climax and it has quite a nice amount of depth. Both seasons are probably a must watch in my book.
Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: A cute comedy anime about romance except each interaction is treated as some sort of battle. It strays a bit from its premise towards the end of the season but either way the characters are quite charming and it’s got a good amount of laughs.
Earthbound (Wii U VC): An incredibly charming rpg that didn’t have the same impact as Earthbound Beginnings for me but improved upon that games ideas in terms of gameplay and visuals.
Marvel’s Spiderman: Probably the best spiderman game since the Gamecube era ended. I have some issues with the story towards the end and peter didn’t have the most compelling character (I enjoyed how they handled most of the doc oc stuff). Qualms with the story aside the gameplay is a lot of fun and it looks pretty neat. I’m going through the DLC now but don’t expect to include that in the next post.
Kero Blaster (Switch): A fun platform shooter game that takes some of the visual style and gameplay from Cave Story and gives it a more linear set of levels and a lot more difficulty. Worth looking into.
Octodad: Dadliest Catch (Switch): It was nice to finally play this one but it’s quite short and not the most polished experience. A decent novelty but wait for a sale.
Mega Man 7 (Switch): Played this as part of the Mega Man legacy collection 2. It was mostly a good time although the final boss was a bit of a pain. Don’t have much else to say it was just a solid experience somewhat typical of the series.
Inside (PC): Very interesting game that while not as stylistic as Limbo it was certainly more fun to play. Especially the ending sequence which is a mixture of horrifying and funny.
Kirby: Triple Deluxe: A pretty good kirby game that aside from the use of 3D doesn’t exactly do much to stand out from the others. This does have some good tunes and is pretty fun to play though.
Valkyria Chronicles Remastered (PS4): An excellent strategy game with a pretty good story that has plenty of emotion in it. It’s got guns and third person gameplay that lets you aim at the enemies yourself however you can’t play thoughtlessly each move needs some sort of planning and it ends up being a satisfying experience to get through just one battle without losing any units (yep there’s perma-death as well). I really enjoyed my time with this one even if it gave some beatings along the way.
Yoshi’s Crafted World: A beautiful and fun game hampered by too much tedium and a sudden and stupid rise in challenge on the final extra boss level. I recommend just casually playing this one and not bothering with 100%.
Bayonneta (Wii U): Finally got around to this one in my backlog. It was a wild ride and very fun but I can’t see myself constantly replaying it although that seems to be the appeal of this genre of game. Maybe I’ll revisit it at some point since it certainly has style.
The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince (Switch): A fairly simple puzzle platformer that’s ultimate appeal is the cute (and slightly unique) visual design and it’s heartfelt story. Well worth trying out if you see it on sale.
Dark Souls Remastered (Switch): I finally got around to trying the infamous Dark Souls and it was honestly one of the most addictive game-play experiences I’ve had in a while. There’s a reason it’s often critically acclaimed and it’s probably due to all the depth in the gameplay itself to the point where I can’t even say I felt like I had learnt most of it. It helps that there’s a metroidvania element to some of the design and while the start was rough, after a certain peak in difficulty the games difficulty plateaued and it was nowhere near the torturous path as expected. I now join the long list of people who recommend this game.
And that’s it for now, I’ll be posting again once the year is over. Hope you all got some enjoyment from this post.