I Die A Lot 2-26-2014

The second installment of un-awesomeness.

Even in a beta I can find my demise. This selection of death was particularly satisfying though. These clips are taken from my first few games of the Titanfall Beta. Leave it to the Infinity Ward outcasts over at Respawn to get me excited about a multiplayer game again. Playing this game shows the Modern Warfare 2 roots the developers have and it brings me back to wanting to play multiplayer matches again.

Watch me die ungloriously, over and over again!

Man of Stool

Man of SteelI really thought Superman Returns was going to be the low watermark for Superman movies…I was wrong.

If you don’t know the story of Superman, let’s do a quick recap. Superman’s home world, Krypton, is destroyed by its people over mining it(at least in this movie). Before its destruction, however, Superman’s father places his infant son in a spaceship that eventually lands on Earth. Here Superman grows up, learns of humanity, and how to use his powers for the betterment of mankind. In this flavor of Superman, his nemesis is a group of criminal Kryptonians that have been endlessly searching for him. Now he must battle them and save Earth.

The movie wasn’t completely bad so let’s cover the good parts first. The special effects were amazing. Nothing looked cheap or drawn in. Kudos to Russel Crowe being able to pull of another great supporting actor role. Amy Adams was quite fetching. That little wiggle in her walk was great. That’s if for the good things.

Now the rest of the movie and I don’t even know where to start. Why do they have to go over the back story of Superman every time? Superman is a pretty well established character in pop-culture and this movie further aggravates the tale by dragging it out through almost the entire movie by using flashbacks. Not only does it make the movie unnecessarily long but it makes it choppy and difficult to get into. Plot holes are staggering in this one. I can only hope my disinterest in the story as a whole was the reason I didn’t understand why certain things were happening. It just seemed like too many story elements were unnaturally grafted in. I’m fairly certain that whomever wrote this particular scrip doesn’t know too much about Superman or I hope somebody forced in a hole slew of changes against better judgment. Whether it was the story or the actor I’m not sure but Henry Cavill is not a convincing Superman.

I was excited about this movie, that was until I actually saw it. Rebooting a franchise sometime works out for the best but I feel like this reboot landed straight in the toilet. I can’t wait to see the Superman vs. Batman flick. Ah-man, I hope they cancel that thing.

A friend of mine had purchased this movie on iTunes so at least I didn’t pay to watch this disaster. It’s not on Netflix or Amazon Instant yet. The going price at Amazon is $18.50. Mama said let’s just move on from this one.

The End of Egon

Harold-Ramis

Today Harold Ramis passed away. Most only knew him from his role as Egon in the two Ghostbusters films but his career was so much more than that. Look to the work that he and Bill Murray did together and that alone should show you how talented he was. He may have played second fiddle on-screen to Murray but may have been the better off-screen.

My memories of him began with Egon but included his role in Stripes opposite of Murray. Later I realized that he wrote and directed one of my favorite movies ever, Caddyshack.

Take a moment and remember this talented man. If you need help realizing just what he contributed to comedy and entertainment read over his filmography.

Goodbye Mr. Moviefone

Today is marked by the sad announcement that Moviefone will be shutting off it’s phone soon, forever. If you never used the service – don’t be surprised. It thrived back in the days before the Internet was a big thing and well before almost everyone had smartphones.

Superseded by services like Fandango and others, you no longer have to call in and work your way through an awkward voice guided, numbered menu to get movies and their showtimes. Now it is a matter of opening an app or a website, browsing to what you want and you can even buy your tickets for most theaters nowadays. Moviefone will limp on in it’s life as a similar app but I doubt it will ever have the same appeal.

It will be hard to forget Moviefone completely. At least it cemented itself in pop-culture by being punned by one of the greatest television shows of all time. If you’ve never seen the scene, take the time right now.

Titanfallen Beta

Titanfall Beta

I had some reservations about this game, but after playing the beta I feel a lot better about it.

Even for a beta version, the combat is very smooth and tight. There is a good sense of balance between the titans and pilots with neither being able to completely dominate the other. Both are built to counter-act the proficiencies and take advantage of the weaknesses of the other. Weapons seemed somewhat limited but I think that will open up in the full version of the game. I expect there to be more attachments/options for items when the game releases. It is a challenge based system to open up the attachments but they are relatively easy for the most part and rewarding for using a certain weapon over time so that if you find one you really like it will become more and more customizable.

Not all my concerns are quelled, however. I worry when I see a multi-player or on-line only game. To me there always have to be some type of back story to hold at least some reason for the combat scenarios and scenes. This game is really still a cloud of dust on that end and will have no campaign, as far as I know, upon its release. This may be mitigated some if there is a large amounts of maps for free when the game is released and afterwards. Most likely, maps will come in the form of paid for DLC but I think it may be in there best interest to also drop a couple new free maps every now and then just to keep players interested.

Overall, I’m excited about the game being release but question its longevity. We’ll just have to wait until 3/11 to see what the final product looks like and wait for the long-term results to come in. Respawn is to be releasing more information after the beta is over. Maybe that will address some of the questions or issues we all still have.

Things are getting a bit choppy here at the end of the beta time. Completely lost all in-game audio earlier, now lag and server drops are an issue. Getting those last few games in though.

Update: not a hard lockout, still playing at 9:26 Eastern Time.