What is thine excuse? (Plus Dunkirk, Fortnite, and Star Wars Battlefront II!)

It's been a bit since my Last Jedi review.

So what have I been up to? A few things. The main reason I haven't been posting here is because I have been rather busy playing on my new Xbox One S that I purchased with my Christmas/B-day money. I also went to a weekend retreat just this week. So there's another reason.

Even though I usually take a "all or nothing" approach when it comes to reviews (I usually devote an entire post to a single movie review instead of doing roundups) I'm just going to break tradition and do a roundup post. So there you go.

Dunkirk (2017)

This was a amazing movie. When it came out on ClearPlay and became rentable, I quickly made a point to watch it. We watched it on New Years Eve, which worked well with the length of the film. I was already impressed with Christopher Nolan's work in Interstellar (2015) and Dunkirk did not disappoint one bit. Besides have a breath-taking aesthetic and artistically masterful cinematography, it looked really good from the point of historical authenticity and realism as well. How do I sum it up? Go see it.

Star Wars Battlefront II (2017)

For those who have been around my blog for awhile, then you may remember my post about the earlier Battlefront game that came out in 2015. I recently was able to play the earlier Battlefront on my PC (thanks to a Origin free trial) and I was not disappointed. As much as people love to hate them, the new Battlefront games honestly aren't that bad. I don't play that many games compared to most gamers, so that may have something to do with why I'm so easily satisfied, but I think it is reasonable to assume that most people are just being too critical and need to get a life.

Battlefront II is quite different from the first Battlefront, but it is a lot of fun and is very cool. You do lose the ability to customize your character (one of the biggest things that stood out to me) but otherwise, it is "bigger" than the previous battlefront, encompassing more maps and including all of the eras of the Star Wars saga, which was one of the big selling points for me. (Who could play Battlefront without clones?).

The whole star card is system, as well as the crafting parts and all that, is rather unnecessary to me. I would much rather play a game where players compete on an equal footing, using their knowledge of maps and tactics, as well as superior reflexes, to subdue their enemies. Complicated systems where you have different abilites and powers to keep track of are annoying to me, especailly if it is a ability not really in the movies. But I must admit, if you know how and when to use them, you will be a more effective player.

The campaign on the other hand, while even though it is a needed addition, hasn't impressed me much so far. Star Wars is really going overboard with female protagonists, as if they are trying to make up for all the years that they focused on male characters. Iden Versio is a emotionless feminist and her two male sidekicks are fairly unintelligent dudes who don't seem to have any drive or emotion other than their enjoyment derived from gunning down rebels. Really, the campaign just feels like a mindless mission with Iden making dramatic comments and gunning down lots of rebels in a way that feels disturbingly like mass murder.

Why do they serve the Emperor? Why does Iden look like she is going to cry when the Death Star II blows up? What inner calling do they have that drove them to become special operators that undertake high-profile missions for the Empire? There is no emotional component to the story, just a trio of troopers who love blasting holes through rebels.

And who came up with the names Meeko and Haskins? Isn't Meeko the raccoon from Pocahontas?

Alright, enough said.


Why review Minecraft? Minecraft is Minecraft. 

Fortnite Battle Royale (2016? 2017?)

After hearing this game was essentially a free (and bloodless) version of Player Unknown's Battleground, the game that is literally taking the gaming community by storm, I had to give it a try. I have hardly played this game at all, having only payed about three matches and getting killed in all of them without doing anything cool or interesting. Hopefully I will revisit Fortnite with a more thorough post once I get in some more gameplay. As far as I could  tell, Fortnite doesn't have a avatar customization either. I noticed players with customized loadouts, but I wasn't able to figure out how to change my own. I don't mind playing a basic loadout, but it is annoying when I get spawned as a female character with an exaggerated figure.

Mumgoot Gaming and my Original YouTube channel.

What's a mumgoot? Read my new gaming channel description and find out. As some of you may know, I ran a YouTube channel for quite awhile. I have not yet restarted my original channel, but I have started my gaming channel which is going to be running alongside my main channel. I need to film a new video for my main channel, as well as do some redecorating. But for all my true and faithful fans, I will say (to quote General Douglas McArthur) "I have returned".

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See you all later!

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