I haven’t posted on here for a while. Well, apart from going away on holiday for a long weekend last week, I haven’t been watching any movies and have more been concentrating on a combination of work and in my leisure time, playing some games. Currently I’m playing Destiny 2 on Xbox One which I had pre-ordered a while back. Short impressions? I’m really digging it. It’s not exactly far removed from Destiny 1, bar some improvements and polish to the formula, such as now being able to travel to different locations without returning to orbit. I put many hours into Destiny 1 and can see me putting just as much time into this sequel. The advent of clans and easier to be a part of fire teams seems an added incentive also. Graphically it’s no slouch either, with varied planets to explore and great effects and atmosphere. The core combat is also as satisfying as it ever was. The game could greatly do with some new enemy types however but apart from that I’m having a great time.
Another game I’m enjoying is Steam World Dig 2 on the Nintendo Switch. I liked the look of this game from footage I’d seen a while back and it’s as fun and interesting an experience as I’d hoped. What can I say – platform exploration mixed with mining / digging is like gaming crack, and I find it very appealing that I want to rush back to the game time and time again. It may be a 2D platformer but it has colourful, vibrant graphics with a charming art-style and plenty of detail. I don’t have much else to say other than give it a try if curious.
I also got my hands on the highly anticipated Sonic Mania. I have the Switch version and boy, I’d forgot how difficult Sonic used to be. It’s sort of a celebration / re-imagining of the first 3 Sonic The Hedgehog games from waaaay back on the Sega Megadrive, with a few new stages added in for good measure. Although I’m enjoying it and it’s still a great deal of addictive fun, it’s reliance on old-school pixel graphics is a little disappointing – a bit of refinement here and there would’ve been nice – and a few new animations only adds so much. Overall for a Switch game it’s at times a bit ugly. Yet as a celebration of a famed videogame character, I guess it does it’s job well enough.
I finished watching Twin Peaks Season 3 also, and have come away somewhat disheartened. The ending, without spoiling just left me thinking ‘wtf?’ and many plot threads (if they can be called that – this was not your usual show) failed to go anywhere. I’m leaving my final verdict until after I’ve re-watched the whole season on Blu-ray where I can really study it … not that I’m really expecting to come away all that wiser. We’ll see. Yet I will say this: as a purely artistic, utterly surreal ‘vision’ and as a return to film-making by acclaimed director David Lynch it was still effective, and at times amazing – but satisfying? The jury’s still out on that one.
I have some movie reviews in the pipe line and a few other ideas for this blog, so keep an eye out for further updates soon.