Casabloga: The LEGO Movie

I just finished watching this movie. Literally the credits are rolling right now as I type this. I’m a little late watching this one. Not because I didn’t want to. I’ve been wanting to since it was announced. I love the LEGO video games, so I could only imagine how much I’d love a movie. The movie and I just never crossed paths until tonight.

I’ll say right now that this has to have been the funniest movie I’ve seen in a long time. I don’t remember the last time I’ve laughed so much. From the beginning to the end, I think the longest I went without laughing was thirty seconds, and only because it was a serious moment. Which, as you can see, doesn’t last long.

And that’s why I loved this movie so much. It never takes itself too seriously, often making fun of itself for our entertainment. This easily could have been a “quick buck” movie to keep LEGO relevant, but I was pleasantly surprised to find the it featured a full cast of characters, not just random, genetic LEGOmen.

The characters, both animated and live-action, are so interesting that I’d actually want to see a sequel. Or even a series of short films. Especially the live-action. Will Ferrell and son. What’s their story? It’s kind of implied, but you know audiences these days have to have every detail. Pretty much the only thing I don’t like about it is that it just ends. No epilogue or anything. Which adds to me wanting a sequel. What happens next? Well, the movie did very well, so hopefully someday soon we’ll find out.

The Elder Blog: Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag

I didn’t get into the Assassin’s Creed series until last year. A friend suggested Brotherhood, so I tried it and loved it. I watched a video of the Gaming Lemon playing Black Flag and wanted to try it. So I added it to my Q on Gamefly.

I’ll say now, it was the first game rented from Gamefly I actually paid to keep. I absolutely love it! Even more than Brotherhood. I’ve always liked pirates, so maybe I was bound to like this title, but I think it also has something to do with the fact that Ubisoft took the gameplay of Assassin’s Creed and added sailing to other cities instead of just focusing on one.

I remember when The Legend of Zelda: The Windwaker first came out, everyone hated it because there was so much sailing. Ironically, that’s the biggest praise I hear for Black Flag. Perhaps it’s because you can realistically sail in a wooden ship instead of a talking dragon boat.

Seriously, it made me think of things I’d never even considered about sailing. To be honest, I’ve never been on a boat, but I feel like I have now. I’ve always wondered why people get seasick, here I sit watching my ship rolling over wave after wave, watching crew being thrown every which way, and it suddenly makes sense. I also never really considered that the sails were really effected by, you know, THE WIND. If the wind is blowing too hard, it’s very difficult to turn your ship.

So in a way, this isn’t just a game, it’s also an educational tool. Now I not only know how to sail a wooden ship, but I also know how to air assassinate someone from a watchtower. Sure, I’ll probably get injured in the process for both of those, but still…

Some of the objectives are very challenging, but it’s just the right level of difficulty. I’ve only thrown my controller in fury fifteen times, so it’s a really good game.

My rating: 9/10

The Elder Blog: Watch Dogs

This is technically the first Elder Blog post. I’ve done a few posts about video games, but I decided to do this series last night and I retroactively changed the titles of those post to “The Elder Blog: [game title]”. This is the first post to originally have that title to begin with.

Anyway, I have a Gamefly account. Three days ago I got Watch Dogs in the mail. I’ve been waiting forever to play it, ever since I first saw the gameplay trailer at the PS4 announcement press conference. So I was extremely excited to play this game. Not so much now that I’ve played it. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoy it. Well, I enjoy parts of it. I enjoy the stealth parts. I use stealth, at least. I’ve read posts by people who say they just run in guns blasting. Because why not. I love using stealth when I can in games.

So I quickly noticed that this has probably the best cover system I’ve ever used in a game. You press X (I use PS3) and Aiden goes exactly where you want him to. You look at the crate twenty feet away and the option to cover there appears, you press X and he runs over there, staying crouched the whole time. I’ve covered my way through large groups of guards. It’s wonderful!

The targeting is also a major thing that they got right. You pretty much don’t have to do anything, it automatically targets their head if it’s visible.

I also love the hacking. It’s a unique feature in this game that truly makes it stand out. At least for me. You can scope out the mission area by hacking into security cameras while you yourself are out of danger, so you already know where everyone and everything is, and plan your move, instead of just going in blind and getting killed as a result. You can also cause explosions with hacking, which I love to do to get the guards all freaked out before I actually set foot into the area.

The graphics are another aspect I couldn’t believe. It looks lifelike and Aiden even walks like a human when you walk slowly. I like to slow walk just to watch how incredible the graphics look.

The thing that ruins this game for me, and for most people, is the driving parts. Specifically the car chases. The vehicle controls are terrible, and it’s pretty much impossible to escape the police. I made this video last night showing me trying to escape from the police. Not only are the controls lousy, you can’t shoot from cars. This makes taking down targets in cars next to impossible. You have to ram him until his car is destroyed. The problem with that is by then, assuming you made it that far, your car is damaged worse than his.

Luckily, the game isn’t filled with driving missions, but there’s enough that I already know after three days I will not be paying to keep this game. I might not even have the patience to finish it. If they made more stealth missions, I’d definitely pay for those.

My rating: 7/10