Ok. So I watched this. Within 5 seconds I was waiting to see “FROM THE X OF INDEPENDENCE DAY”. And sure enough, there came Dean Devlin, Roland Emmerich’s partner in using huge things to blow up huge things over over 20 years. This is a tentpole fall release for WB, not an August dump. This releases in October, and basically the plot is we’re controlling the weather now with satellites and the satellites get angry and start throwing weather at the Earth. And ONLY GERARD BUTLER can stop it. Nothing can stop me seeing this lol.
Despite the controversial end to the trilogy, Mass Effect remains one of the greatest RPG achievements of the past two console generations, so a new entry to the series is one of the three biggest games of 2017 (the others being the new Zelda and Red Dead Redemption 2 this fall). Those with EA Access have already been exploring the Andromeda galaxy since yesterday, and so far, the game (aside from the slightly creepy face texture they’ll eventually get around to patching) takes the best gameplay from the trilogy and adds a heightened focus on discovery and exploration. My first time playing the game, I didn’t move for six hours and I started at 1:30 a.m. (I’m not advising that). If an RPG (and there are sadly fewer and fewer) is made by Bethesda or Bioware, it’s worth the dozens if not hundreds of hours you devote to it. In a game like this, achievements are almost beside the point (did I say that?), but as always the complete list is below courtesy of the Internet’s Mass Effect Relay for Cheevo Hunters: xboxachievements.com. Mass Effect: Andromeda will be available to all gamers on Playstation, PC, and Xbox One this Tuesday. Continue reading Mass Effect: Andromeda Complete Achievement/Trophy List (Xbox, PS – 2017)
I try to make it a policy not to pre-hate movies (I reserve the right to occasionally diverge), with the exception of the Transformers series as directed by Michael Bay. The Transformers were, and are to many people in my generation, an integral part of our childhood memories and Bay has despoiled them. If they’d ALL been awful from the start I’d understand it more, but the first film was not bad. It was flawed, but I got my chills moment of Peter Cullen’s voice emerging from a live-action Optimus Prime. Since then, they’ve been crude, noisy, unbearably long, stupid, occasionally racist, degredations of everything that made the Transformers cool. Also there’s been a weird move to make Optimus Prime act less and less like Optimus Prime until apparently he’s just the villain in this film. I say apparently, because this trailer is weird. It’s shot like a documentary of the life of a little girl who likes bots until things get splodey at the end. Oh and in case you thought anything has changed, Grimlock barfs up a hatchback. It’ll make a billion dollars. Whenever they pry Bay from this franchise, if they even manage to get a genuine fan in the director’s chair, I don’t think you could undo the damage. But since there will be one a year now, we’ll probably find out. Transformers: The Last Knight will open June 23, 2017. Continue reading Trailer Time: Transformers: The Last Knight Trailer #2 (2017) *Pretty Much What Meets The Eye*
I really liked the first Despicable Me a whole lot more than I thought I would. Despicable Me 2 was just a blast and boosted me into Minion Mania! Then Minions came out, and I was over the whole thing and was hoping it would all just…..aaaaand Gru has a twin brother. His name is Dru. They look like pudgier versions of the Woody Harrelson twins introduced in Now You See Me 2. That was a franchise killer. Just saying. Despicable Me 3 releases June 30, 2017.
After last August’s Suicide Squad, the next installment on DC’s road to Justice League is the Wonder Woman solo film. The third trailer for the film is the best yet, focusing on Diana’s origin and her her first journey to the world of men during World War I. I have had issues with some of the dialogue in past scripts, but this seemed much better, focuses, and this film has looked gorgeous since it was unveiled at Comic Con. It’s got a tough spot on the summer schedule surrounded by Pirates 5 and Transformers 5, but if things keep looking this good and franchise fatigue finally sets in on either the bots or Jack Sparrow, WW could carve out the beginnings of a franchise of its own. Starring Gal Gadot, Robin Wright, Chris Pine, and David Thewlis as Ares, Wonder Woman is scheduled to open June 2, 2017.