Well...since I have played a few games and watched some things lately, I figured I would do a write-up on some of them to let you all know what I thought of them. First, let me discuss Pirates of Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
Something I have to say before I get into this, I really enjoyed the first movie and my enjoyment has just been steadily going downhill since. I did not think this one would disappoint me as much as At World's End would. After all, this one seemed to focus more on Jack Sparrow. How could it be bad? It is also the shortest of the bunch. Sounds good right? It would if that is actually what it was. Despite this being the shortest of the bunch, the movie still felt like it was 4 hours long. I found the movie to be very dull and unexciting. The opening escape scene of this movie in London seems promising enough, but that is the biggest action sequence you get the entire movie. The rest of the scenes pale in comparison to that. Another thing that bugged me about this movie is that Jack Sparrow felt awfully sidelined in what should have been his own film. This, I do not understand. Even during the final climax, he does more hiding than he does fighting. You would think that the movie would have the protagonist fighting the antagonist, Blackbeard, right? Not at all, Barbossa ends up being the one that fights him. I found it to be highly disappointing. When I found out that Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightly were not going to be in this one, I jumped out of my seat in joy. Anytime these two were the focus in the other films, they seemed to drag. Unfortunately, this movie replaced them with a cleric and mermaid romance plot and you guessed it, it is just as boring as the other romance was. All in all, I cannot recommend this movie. It is nowhere near as fun as the others and it just drags on and on and you will find yourself wanting to do something else.
Next up is Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica. This was an anime that I do not remember exactly how I found, but after I checked it out on MyAnimeList, I got curious. It was ranked within the top 20 animes and had an R-17 rating. From what I knew, magical girl animes are typically not all that violent and tend to have the friendship thing going a lot so I decided to start watching it. The anime is not perfect(I felt it could have been a little longer and an awful lot of time is spent on Sayaka), but honestly I was pleasantly surprised. The anime twisted what its genre usually encompasses and made it really dark at times. If you are looking for a new anime to look into, check this one out, it is pretty enjoyable.
Now we are going to move on to gaming. The two games I played the most since my last update are Ghost Trick and Pangya: Fantasy Golf. Ghost Trick was simply amazing. It is not very often that I finish a game in 2-3 days anymore, but I just could not put this game down at all. The story was fantastic, the character were all interesting and very fun. The game looked superb and sounded great. The game play is also just as good. Basically, your character dies in the beginning of the game and using your powers as a ghost, you have to solve the mystery of who killed you and why. Along the way, you will be saving others from getting killed by using your powers to go back to 4 minutes before their deaths. This is where the game play is focused as you have to use your powers or "ghost tricks" to figure out how to save that person. So in a sense, it is a puzzle adventure game which I seem to be loving more and more as of late as the two I have played so far have excellent stories. I honestly cannot recommend this game enough. Get it now!
Finally, Pangya: Fantasy Golf. I personally do not golf myself and do not care for it, but I really enjoy the games, especially ones like this that offer so many customization options. There are so many clubs, balls, and clothing to collect that the game can keep you busy for over 100 hours! The game even has a story mode! That really surprised me since I was not expecting a golf game to have any semblance of a story. Most of the time, it is just go have a match with this person, have fun. That is mostly what this story mode is, but it is really neat getting a sense of who all these characters are and it is great that they all have personalities instead of feeling completely one dimensional. When it comes to the game itself, it is a blast and really plays well. However, playing against the computer can get frustrating whether in matches or in tournaments. I have had occasions where I was doing well in a tournament and one of the other golfers will get a hole in one and an eagle on a par 4. I shake my head and wonder how I am supposed to compete with that. The inconsistent AI gets me sometimes, but other than that, the game is really fun and is a great portable game to have on hand if you are going on a trip. It will keep you busy.
This is mostly what I have been up to as of late...oh, I almost forget, I turned 23 Saturday. Go me! I am like Dr. Pepper now, I have 23 flavors.
Anyway, thanks for reading and hope you have a great day!