The web’s littered with reviews of Final Fantasy XV already, Square’s beleaguered fifteenth entry in its flagship franchise. I’ll try and share information and judgements you hopefully haven’t read a dozen times already. I’m coming from the perspective of a longtime fan of Final Fantasy, as a franchise. I’ve played almost all the mainline games, having started with the entirely iconic and brilliant VI back in 1994, and culminating with XIII, which did its best to break me with its amateur, fragmented storytelling and disappointing design decisions.
My playstyle with FF XV was to tackle the main storyline first, with an odd bit of optional content here or there, and see if the game grabbed me enough to keep going after that. As it turned out, this may not be the optimal way to enjoy this title, which just annoyed me a bit further. This game is definitely more of a road trip. You’ll probably walk away from it with better memories if you don’t blitz through the main campaign as I did, taking the time instead to essentially hang out with your boy band and wander.
If you’d rather skip my rambling and get to my list of pros and cons, hit Page Down like…twice or something.
Holy shit, Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2.‘s first trailer is here, and it’s fucking fantastic. Like, not exaggerating, I bust out laughing multiple times. Yes, yes, yes, yes.
Bulletstorm is getting itself an HD makeover! Which is nice, if unexpected. I was one of the few people I know who played (and loved) the game. Who knows, maybe this re-release will drum enough support to give me the sequel I’ve been so patiently waiting for.
Microsoft and Universal are teaming up to bring Gears of War to the big screen. Which makes sense. Since it’s essentially a fucking Fast and Furious franchise with chainsaw guns and monsters. I’m down.
— John Wick: Chapter 2 (@JohnWickMovie) October 6, 2016
John Wick Chapter Two has received its first teaser, ahead of this weekend’s release of its first full trailer at NYCC. The content is minimal, but seems to focus on what made the original so fun for me. Schlocky, B-Movie dialogue, and lots of guns. I, I don’t know what that says about me.
Kate Bishop is getting her own Hawkeye title, courtesy of Kelly Thompson, Leonardo Romero and Jordie Bellaire. Fuck to the yes. I’ve been reneging on reading Marvel lately, or if I’m being honest, keeping up with the comic book grind at all. However! However. This might just be enough to get me back into the House of Ideas.
Iko Uwais, total ass-whupping extraordinaire of The Raid is back with his next movie. Headshot. I’m down.
One of the best parts of the surprisingly dope post-Edgar Wright Ant-Man was Michael Peña’s performance as Scott Lang’s friend, Luis. Due to this, it seemed like a no-brainer that the actor would reprise his role. Still though, nice to have some confirmation. Nice, indeed!