Thoughts for Thursday (Plus One): Loot and Movies

If you guessed that I missed yesterday’s “Thoughts for Thursday” because I was playing video games, you would be partially correct.  You see, Wednesday was my birthday, and, aside from getting two new video games, I had company over on Thursday.  Hence, I didn’t write my blog post.  However!  I am attempting to make up for that by giving you (drum roll please) “Thoughts for Thursday (Plus One)” …because it’s Friday.  Get it?  Get it?  OK, I know, it’s lame.  Still friends?

1.) LittleBigPlanet.  One of the videogames I got was “LittleBigPlanet” for PS3.  I haven’t played much of it yet, but I can give my initial impressions.  This is one creative game!  True, it’s a sidescrolling game, so the concept is nothing new, but the execution is unlike any video game I’ve played before.  The art direction is downright superb.  At times, the words “adorable” and “cute” apply to some of the visuals; other times, “creepy” or “sadistic” apply.  At all times, though, the game is creative.  Oh, and it’s addictingly fun to play.

2.) Metroid: Other M.  The other videogame I received was Metroid: Other M.  Again, I’ve only played it for a little bit, but here’s some initial impressions.  The controls are not nearly as confusing as I expected them to be.  I read some game reviews before getting the game, and quite a few of them spoke of a very high learning curve with regards to the controls.  When I picked it up, however, I was surprised at how quickly I grasped them.  True, the swap from third person to first person doesn’t always go as smoothly as I’m sure the creators envisioned it, but it’s not nearly as jarring as I expected.  The objective, third-person gameplay reminds me very much of Metroid Fusion for the GameBoy Advance.  Fusion was very linear (for a Metroid game) and actually had some dialogue in it, but there was no mistaking that it was a Metroid game.  Other M behaves the same way – your commander (Adam) sends you to certain areas within a giant space station (just like Fusion), there is backtracking involved, but it’s also pretty linear (especially as far as getting power-ups goes).  It’s still weird to hear Samus talk, and at times she can get a little melodramatic, but so far, the story has not inhibited the gameplay at all.  In fact, my only complaint is the method in which you receive power-ups.  You start the game with very little and gradually gain more abilities, just like all Metroid games.  The difference, however, is that about half the power-ups are “authorized” by your commander instead of you finding them.  The effect is standard Metroid fare – there’s areas you can’t get to until you get the power later – so that’s nothing to complain about.  It just feels cheapened, knowing that Samus already has the abilities, but instead blindly follows her commander.  Last I checked, Samus doesn’t really take orders (she even states in Fusion that she despises taking orders).  Other than that, the game is quality so far.  Oh, and it’s definitely one of the most visually appealing games on the Wii.

3. Harry Potter.  This past summer, I finally went ahead and read all seven Harry Potter books.  They were pretty good, though the first three or four could’ve used some work.  I purposely haven’t seen any of the movies because I wanted to read the books with my own imagination providing the images.  Now that I’ve read all the books, however, I’m going to watch the movies and see how they fare.  My friends let me borrow the first three, so I’ll probably be watching them in the next week or so (when I took the DVDs, my friend told me that he “looked forward to hearing me tear them apart.”  I guess I do watch movies pretty critically.  I don’t think that’s a bad thing).

4.)  Fringe.  Fringe is back, baby!  My favorite show that’s still airing had its season premiere last week, and it was a good one!  It had intense moments, some good character moments, and a great plot (even though the ending can only mean hard times for the characters).  It was also a really good “catch up” episode, as the first few scenes succinctly summarized where the show has been and where it is now.  Of course, once those formalities were out of the way, it got going pretty fast.  It was a strong set up for where this season is going.  The second episode aired last night, and it was just as enjoyable.  In the past, Fringe episodes have been rather hit-or-miss, but when the show hits, it’s some darn good TV.  I’m already looking forward to the next episode.

Well, that’ll do it for this week’s “Thoughts.”  I apologize for the lateness (and any rambling that may have snuck in there).  Until next time, my friends.

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~ by digitallysmitten on October 1, 2010.

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