Single Player Cinema

It’s been a slow news week so far in terms of entertainment, which means I have reverted to just sitting and waiting patiently for Borderlands 3 to arrive in 10 days’ time. There is a load of films in cinema’s I need to see but have missed the boat on a lot of them. I may have to start going alone which presents its own problems. 

It’s an odd experience, but essentially, you’re in a dark room watching a film, and whether or not someone you know is with you doesn’t change the actual viewing experience. It just changes the before and after. The only film I have ever been to see on my own is Mad Max Fury Road a few years ago and I really enjoyed it.

I am not sure why I feel a little uncomfortable going by myself, maybe if I go more it will normalise it for me and I can then fulfil my stupid dream of seeing every film that comes out. In fact, that is the only way I would ever be able to see every film. In fact, I might even go tonight by myself, just for the hell of it.

The lack of movie going recently has meant my main entertainment has come from streaming services, and re-watching Brooklyn 99 or my other love, gaming. Apex, Rocket League, Siege, FIFA, and to an extent, The Division 2 are all games I have been regularly jumping between. I am screaming out for a story based single player game though, the kind of which are not on the horizon anytime soon. The upcoming releases are Borderlands 3, FIFA 20, Ghost Recon Breakpoint and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare: Not that one this is a new one.

All of those have some single player element to them, but there is no single player game until the 25th October when The Outer Worlds finally drops the same day as the previously mentioned COD:MW:NTO. I will no doubt play all these games but honestly there is a big problem that I think every game is going to have for me in the next 7 months until April 2020. That problem is that none of the games I just mentioned are Cyberpunk 2077.

I have never been this intrigued by a game on so many levels. The world that Witcher Developer CD Project Red is making looks so immersive and diverse I don’t think we have seen anything like it before. The same goes for everything from the graphics, the art style, the customisation options and the gameplay itself. It’s a weird time when this is the biggest game and the news about it dominates the zeitgeist when it hits, but so few people have played the game and know what it feels like. Everyone has just kind of agreed and accepted that this is the best game of the generation and honestly, I don’t know how anyone can argue from what we have seen. Maybe the game will come out and feel terrible, but I just don’t think that will happen.

Until then we must make do with what are hopefully some very good games starting with Borderlands 3 next week. I don’t know why but now my excitement for that has died down. It may be because every time Gearbox are in the news it’s a 50/50 chance it’s because their leader Randy Pitchford has done something moronic again and I am not pleased to be giving that man my money. I know people say vote with your wallets on these things and don’t buy the game he is associated with, but the issue is that Borderlands 3 isn’t made by him, it’s made by a brilliant team of developers who deserve the support.

A slow news day means a shorter blog today, but hopefully something big drops soon or I might revert to ranting about Arsenal and how Harry Kane is an Olympic class diver.

Thanks for reading!




Future stuff.

Another day, another thing for the internet to be a little mad about. In this case it’s about a video game set in the future when humans are transforming their bodies using technology. The game in question, Cyberpunk 2077, has revealed that you will not be able to pick a “Male” or a “Female” character at the start of the game. 

At first, maybe this sounds a little odd. When you think about it a little more and especially in the context of the world that Cyberpunk 2077 is set in, it makes perfect sense. They are making a character creator within their game that allows you to mix and match body type’s and voices to make the character exactly how you want them. So, you can make a 7-foot, huge behemoth of a man, and have him sound like a girl. It will probably lead to some very interesting creations in the game, with so much freedom, but it can also allow for you to just make a woman or man if that’s how you want to play it.

The game is based on an old-style tabletop role playing game, meaning normally you would create a character to represent you in that format of the game. With this game they are clearly trying to allow you to go to that same level of extreme detail and make the exact character you want. If you want to make an exact recreation of yourself in this world, you can now do that whatever gender you identify as. As far as I can tell, it only makes the game more inclusive, and that’s no bad thing.

Cyberpunk 2077 is probably my most anticipated game since Grand Theft Auto 5. The games developer, CD Project Red, have shown in recent years they are excellent at huge open worlds with interesting characters. The Witcher 3 was an incredible feat, widely acknowledged as one of the best games of this generation. I played it for 30-something hours, and I enjoyed it, but it didn’t quite grab me enough to warrant the hundreds of hours required to really get through the bulk of that games content. With Cyberpunk, they have completely got me. I have never seen a game even attempt the things they are doing with their world building, and the futuristic, Blade Runner inspired future they are creating looks like it’s going to be a load of fun to play around in.

From one fictional future to another (sort of), the latest Terminator: Dark Fate trailer dropped over night and I am not sure how to feel about this film. It looks fun, but the Terminator franchise has a mixed history and in recent years it’s been failure after failure for me. The storyline’s have become too convoluted and I am not sure anyone is sure where things were left. This film appears to be ignoring the majority of the films and just going with the comprehensible story from T1 and T2. Terminator 2 stands out to me as the best film in the franchise by so far that it’s makes the later films irrelevant. That film is one of the best movies ever made, and it still holds up today.

The decision for the franchise to return to that storyline and redevelop it from there should make for an interesting movie. Dark Fate looks good, however so did a lot of the other sequels we have had. I remember seeing trailers for T3 and thinking it’s going to be the best movie ever. I was only 9 or 10 at the time, but still. It looked so cool. Of course, what we got was odd at best, and although it has its moments it never for a second felt like it was fit to follow the greatness of Terminator 2.

My hope is that Dark Fate can take us back to that feel. I am not saying it needs to be better than its predecessor’s to be worthwhile, of course not, but it needs to be a fun ride and have some cool action sequences, whilst giving us a healthy dose of nostalgia. It’s not very often a franchise can survive three stumbles, so for me this is the final chance for a Terminator sequel. If this doesn’t work, I can see them scrapping this world, and leaving it 5 years before rebooting the franchise with The Rock.

After writing that thinking it’s ridiculous, maybe I am onto something. It also reminds me I really need to get to a cinema soon and check out Hobbs and Shaw, that movie looks like a ridiculous film, and I am all about it.

Also why has there not been a Back to the Future film in my lifetime. Back to the Future 3 came out in 1990. We are approaching 30 years and there’s not movement on a sequel with Marty McFly’s kids? Or a film where a couple of late teens today find the Delorean in some old shed, and then when they floor it they end up in 1995 and their parents are walking about in shell suits and Friends is a relevant show and not super awkward to watch like it is now.

Hollywood are sleeping on this one.

Anyway, that’s all from me for today, have a great weekend! Unless you’re a spurs fan in which case I hope we (Arsenal) absolutely batter your team.

‘Til Monday!