Max Payne 3 ain’t going to be all sunshine and beautiful weather.
Rockstar today released two new screens from the game that shows off a level that’s set in the dark, dreary New York setting that we know the character so well from. He just looks at home here, doesn’t he?
Dig the lighting effects. I tried to boot up Max Payne 2 for shits and giggles a couple of months ago and though I still like the way the gunplay feels the graphics have not held up. Especially Payne’s “I JUST GOTTA HOLD IT IN TILL THE NEXT LEVEL” scrunchy face.
I borrowed this book from the library (digitally, on my NOOK color!) a couple of weeks ago and really loved it. The first novel from DC Pierson of Derrick Comedy and Mystery Team fame, it’s a really sentimental look at the high school experience.
It’s about a kid named Darren, a loner artist in school who ends up befriending a weird kid named Eric and writing an epic series with him. They spend their nights just dorking out about possible films and comics and all sorts of spinoffs that could come from their creation, really fleshing out this world and getting excited about their project. Eric’s a weird kid but he’s fun and actually seems to appreciate Darren’s art, so he doesn’t mind hanging with him. It’s not till Eric reveals that he’s never slept once in his life that Darren realizes that his buddy has superhero powers… of a sort.
Telltale Games shot off these new screenshots of Jurassic Park The Game, coming straight from Gamescon. These first ones are from the first episode, as are intended to show you how familiar it will be to anyone who’s seen the first film.
Mere days before the game’s planned release date back in April we found out that the company was delaying the game till the fall, and the press release was refreshingly honest. It stated that once they started development on the game they saw an opportunity to push the mechanics beyond what they’ve done before, and rather than put out an inferior product they decided to give it more development time. Those who had preorderd got a full refund and a free game as apology.
There’s that visitor’s center from the outside. There will be some new sections, like a Marine center which will house some Mosasaurs…
Here also are two brand new screens from the second episode in the series, which looks more action-packed already.
Now the question remains- is the action solely QTEs, as one of the early videos demonstrated? Or have they tried something new? You might be able to find out yourself PAX Prime this weekend- Telltale’s showing off the game in a Jurassic Park themed booth (#3403, Level 4).
I love my NOOK Color. Absolutely love it. I got it as a gift from my parents last Christmas and almost asked them to return it- I’d been reading books on the kindle app on my phone (Droid X, with its nice large screen) and didn’t see the need for it.
I WAS WRONG.
The thing doesn’t leave my side lately. The fact that you can borrorow books from libraries, on top of the massive amount of authors that are putting their books out for around 3-5 bucks a pop has meant that I’ve been reading almost nonstop every free minute I get. I can’t even count how many books I’ve read in the last few months. The NOOK Color’s gotten a few firmware upgrades over time and become more of a little tablet, with an upgrade to Android 2.2. The processor still feels slower than my phone, but the internet is a nice touch. Wish there was a better browser for it but now they have an app store so there’s hope in the future. Unless you’ve rooted it, of course, in which case you can pretty much get anything you want.
I’ve done a pretty good job of abusing the membership to the Museum of the Moving Image that my wife got me last year for Christmas, which gives me free access to nearly all of their screenings. Fortunately they’ve really done an amazing job with the programming. One of my favorite programs has to the monthly Fist and Sword series that Warrington Hudlin curates, a series devoted to martial arts flicks of all types. Last month I experienced 13 Assassins for the first time (I know!) there, and had a helluva time seeing it on the big screen. Blu-ray is one thing, but that’s one film that deserves to be seen on the big screen with a crowd stuffed with Miike fans.
Today as part of the series they screened Finishing The Game: The Search for a New Bruce Lee, the mockumentary by Justin Lin (Fast Five). I mostly liked it. The idea is simple enough- it’s based on what could have happened when the producers of The Game of Death were trying to find replacement for Bruce Lee to finish up the flick.
For those unaware- Bruce Lee was in the middle of shooting Game of Death in 1972 when Warner Bros. came by and threw a truckfull of money of him to star in Enter the Dragon, a Chinese-American production that boasted the largest budget ever for the genre. Bruce Lee put his passion project on hold in the hopes that this would elevate his career, but it was not to be. Soon after shooting the film he died of cerebral edema at the age of 32, with most reports pointing to asprin as the culprit (really). To finish the film director Robert Clouse took the 11 minutes of footage that Lee had finished and mashed it up with a mixture of unlicensed footage from his from older films (First of Fury, etc.) along with newly shot footage that utilized stand-ins and stunt doubles, and a horrible story about Lee faking his death and getting facial reconstructive surgery.
Finishing the Game is both a spoof and a satire, a critical look at both how Asian Americans are portrayed on film and how they let themselves be portrayed. There’s a wide array of people competing for the part of Bruce Lee and they all have their own reasons for it. The film is unfortunately played very tongue in cheek- the film could easily have been played straight like a Christopher Guest film and been even funnier. But instead we have silly stuff like a white guy (with a Chinese mother!) complaining how everyone calls him railroad worker. It’s too on the nose and not as clever as it wants to be. The interviews simply don’t feel like intereviews either- they feel like monologues that the actors are delivering, and as such the fake documentary trappings come off as false.
That’s not to say the film isn’t funny- it definitely is. There are some great jokes here, including a hysterical moment as a police officer overshares information about a film star’s death. But by the second act of the film the gimmick starts to get old, the film sags, and never really recovers.
Still, on the whole a fun flick that makes a lot of interesting (although mostly obvious) points about Asians in Hollywood.
Next month as part of the Fist and Sword screening the Museum is screening Woo-ping Yuen’s True Legend. Can’t wait.