My Battlefront 2 Wishlist

E3 happened last week, or to be more specific, EA play and E3, and with it came a whole boat load of information about Battlefront 2. Now, as of right now, I haven’t yet pre-ordered Battlefront 2, but I know I will sometime in the future (digital or physical disc, what do you think?). I don’t really have much of a problem paying $60 for a game, I just want to know that it has all- ok, most of the stuff I want in a game. As a result, I’ve decided to make a list of all the things I want in Battlefront 2 with some vain glimmer of hope that it won’t be a miserable wreck (just kidding EA, you guys got this!). Some of these things have already been confirmed or denied last week during press conferences, demos and interviews.

(More) Better Split Screen Modes

My friends and I have had fun with pretty much all of Battlefront’s split screen modes. Whether we’re fighting for survival in Survival mode, or kicking each other’s butts in Skirmishes and Battles, the couch co-op and offline modes that the current Battlefront already offers have been really fun. Yes, the AI in the skirmishes don’t do a good job at all of replacing actual players, but it has been confirmed that Battlefront 2 won’t make the same mistake of biting off more than it can chew and give a half-baked imitation of the online experience. Good. I’m good with Battlefront adding whatever couch co-op modes they want so long as they are good. However, there are a couple of specifics I’m hoping for.

First of all, split screen online multiplayer. Does this mean that I might have to make another Playstation account and EA account, and then connect the two? Sure. To me, it would be worth it because I have friends who’ve enjoyed playing split screen survival, battles, skirmishes, etc., and would love to play online in the same way, but Battlefront doesn’t have that feature. I know that somewhere along the line it’s probably more difficult than I make it sound, but it would make things much more entertaining than taking turns with one controller.

Second, keep survival. It was one of the biggest reasons for me to get the original, and I would love to still have it in Battlefront 2. Also, I’d like to see how Ea changes things up now that they’re ditching the pickup-token system from Battlefront. Are loudouts and hands going to carry over from multiplayer? Will it feature a COD zombies-like weapon purchase and upgrade system?

Third, if it’s not too much to ask (even though it almost certainly is) is four player split screen. Most of the time I have friends over, they all want to play Battlefront. If EA added this to Battlefront 2, this would motivate me to buy two more controllers (I already have Rocket League and Towerfall: Ascension through PlayStation Plus, both of which support four players). This probably won’t be added because it’d probably only work on the Xbox One X, but then again system-exclusive features hasn’t stopped EA in the past with things like the X Wing VR mission for PSVR.

Add Voice Chat

Hopefully EA is wise enough to not let 40 people talk at each other. I’d like to see something like chat with only your squad. It could really enhance the strategy of the squad system, and it wouldn’t be as chaotic as 20 voices telling each other to flank, play the objective, or stop stealing their kills.

Modes and Maps from Battlefront

Now I get why EA wouldn’t want to do something crazy like have all of their Battlefront maps and modes stand in as their original trilogy content, but I would still like to be able do something like play Walker Assault on Twilight on Hoth or Pod Drop on Sullust. With any luck, these’ll be added farther along the way.

Give First Person a Better Advantage.

I know I heard someone say that there would be more of an advantage to playing first person in Battlefront 2, but if it was there I didn’t really see it. I get that it can be more accurate, but to me it doesn’t beat third person’s improved field of view. Especially in vehicles, the first person perspective seemed kind of inferior, even though it was kind of cool to see the cockpits. One idea that I think would be great is having better visibility with first person view.

Not Too Many Lightsabers, Please!

I get the idea behind having more than two characters have lightsabers in Battlefront 2. I’m just worried about having everyone running around as a Jedi or Sith and having the poor grunts running around getting cut up 10 seconds after respawn every time. There will probably be 6 hero characters with lightsabers, a jedi and sith from each trilogy. I’m fine with this, I just hope that they’re not going to be near carbon-copies of each other.

That’s all, Folks!

That’s all I can think of for now. Let me know in the comments below if there’s anything that you think would be a neat feature for Battlefront 2, be it a cool what-if or a big deciding factor on whether or not you’re going to purchase the game at all.

 

A Quick Thought on the Ending of Arrival.

WARNING!!! FULL SPOILERS FOR ARRIVAL!!!! CONSIDER YOURSELF WARNED!!!

I just got home today after seeing Arrival. It was a good movie, with a great cast, great acting, great plot and pretty original ideas… until the end. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate that it took some time for thought after the movie had finished for a friend to figure out and tell me that the “flashbacks” were really flash-forwards (glimpses of the future). However, even though it was a clever plot twist that brought things full-circle (no pun intended), the ending seemed just a tad unoriginal and didn’t resolve everything as I would have liked. For instance, the aliens said that humanity would help them 3,000-some years into the future, but we don’t know how any of that’s going to happen.

Of course, one could argue that since this is a story that centers around Louise’s (Amy Adams’) life, and that she would be long gone before the aliens would need any help. On top of that, the aliens were also trying to bring the world closer together, which we saw happening in the movie. So it might seem like the ending was a good idea, for the sake of the immediate plot, and so as not to stretch the movie out too long, but while the ends justify the means, I still feel a bit cheated. It almost feels like having your cake but not being able to eat it. I just think it would have been better to see a bit of the legacy of the plot, an epilogue, maybe.

As always, please let me know what you think in the comments below. Thanks!

A (Hopefully Eloquent Yet Concise) Thought on Hunt For the Wilderpeople

Note:I thought I’d publish this first paragraph of my review of Hunt For the Wilderpeople. Please tell me what you think, if I should elaborate on some points (because I know I should, I just don’t know what yet). Your feedback is important. Let me know in the comments below!

First off, I can say that I really enjoyed Hunt for the Wilderpeople. It managed to be funny, heartfelt and dramatic at the same time (leaning more towards funny, of course.) The only real thing I have against it is that the skeleton of the plot seems almost a bit too much like Pixar’s Up, but two say that the two are the same would be like saying that apples and pears are the same. Really, Wilderpeople is too original and unique to be put into an Up-for-older-people box. Yes, this is a PG-13 rated comedy, but I would say that, save for a few violent parts and some mature themes, it could pass almost pass as family-friendly. No, I don’t mean that your 9-year-old should watch it or will enjoy it, but your fifteen-year-old might.

 

A Quick Thought on Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

I just recently watched Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, and in short, I like it. There was great acting all around, a generally light tone, and fast pacing still came together with (what I would think is) an setting that’s authentic to the story and believable character development.

However, one thing I don’t like about it (which accounts for a number of problems) is that even though the aforementioned fast pacing helps trim the narrative “fat”, it also manages to cut off some of the “meat” as well. **SPOILERS** When Martin Freeman’s character Iain gets kidnapped, for some reason I knew that he would be alright, mostly because the movie’s tone is surprisingly light as some times. On top of that, the fast pacig of the movie meant that Kim Baker (Tina Fey) was zipping between the east and west within seconds.

However, whenever Whiskey Tango Foxtrot’s quick pacing wasn’t making me think “WTF?” it all came together as concise. And the light heartedness also made things easier to handle, even if it sometimes did compromise tone.

So that’s all I have to say. I’m sorry this isn’t a fully fleshed-out review, maybe once I start taking notes when I watch movies I’ll get around to it.If you have anything else to say, your own opinions, questions, comments, please leave them in the comment section below.

A Quick Thought on Galavant

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Source: play.google.com

Well, yesterday I finished watching ABC’s musical TV show Galavant, and I’d have to say I’m impressed with the series as a whole. They’ve kept it fresh and managed to come up with new (though sometimes inspired) numbers for each episode. They’ve managed to also put in legitimate character development along with tongue-in-cheek humor. In short, I really, really liked it.

Unfortunately, it sounds like we’re not going to get a season 3, but I think that’s fine. Season 2 ended with a nice bow for Galavant, and even though there seemed to be a possible story for Madalena, Gareth and Syd, I’m thinking it would be hard for those three characters to carry a whole season themselves (unless they did an Uncharted 4 and pulled Galavant out of retirement, which could open up opportunity for some tongue-in-cheek nods to A Thief’s End, which I would love). So in my opinion, we should just leave Galavant as it is instead of potentially ruining it with a crappy third season.

A Thief’s End, or is it?- Pitching Uncharted 4’s Single Player DLC.

This coming December, Sony will hold its Playstation Experience. Many excited people like me are waiting for Naughty Dog to hopefully unveil Uncharted 4’s single player DLC. However, as of right now, we have no idea what this is going to be. Will it take place before or after A Thief’s End? Who will be the focus of the story (because it’s story DLC after all). I think I have a couple of ideas. They might not be realistic, but here are a few pitches.

Sully in the Navy (Flashback)

If Naughty Dog was going to go here, I would imagine they’d do a story of Sully’s transition from the navy (possibly during Vietnam seeing as Sully seems to be in his 60s and 70s through most of Uncharted) to treasure hunting. I like this idea because I think that even though Sully’s character definitely a fleshed out one (especially during Uncharted 3), I feel like something like a flashback into his early days would do him well. Really, the only thing I can imagine going wrong with this is that it would turn into a 3rd person Call of Duty.

The Brazil Job

At the end of A Thief’s End, it’s implied that Sully and Sam head off to Brazil to continue the life of treasure hunting (and eventually quit smoking). Even though UC4’s ending ended with a pretty nice bow on top at the end, I think it would be interesting to see what Sam and Sully are up to. Besides, with most of the high-stakes character drama out of the way, it would be nice to see a campier Uncharted adventure after all the emotion A Thief’s End brought us. Maybe something kind of like Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune.

One Last Time

It’s implied that after Sam dies and Nathan and Rafe escape, they part ways. However, it’s never explicitly said that they part ways immediately after escaping the prison. What if Rafe and Nathan track down one last lead, even though Nathan’s kind of feeling out of it. I like the idea of a story focusing on Rafe, especially in a story that compares his personality with someone more mild mannered like Nathan Drake.

So there are some of my ideas. I’m sure there are plenty more out there, and that Naughty Dog is going to surprise us all with something amazing. If you have any other ideas, please let me know in the comments below!

Review: Is Sully Worth Watching in Theaters, or Should I Wait For Home Video?

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Source: Sully Official Trailer (YouTube)

About a week or two ago, I went to see Sully in Theaters. Pretty much the only reason I did so was because my Dad and I were bored, we wanted to watch a movie, and Sully was pretty much the only good thing there that we wanted to watch.

Going in, I was cynically expecting Sully to be pretty much just like Bridge of Spies, Steven Spielberg’s 2015 Cold War thriller that, despite having a great premise, a well known director, and Tom Hanks, didn’t live up to critics’ (and my own) expectations of a movie of those characteristics would normally yield. So not only was I surprised when Sully was being well-received by most critics, but I was also surprised  when I actually liked it myself. Tom Hanks makes Sully a believable character who isn’t just a one-dimensional moralistic person who’s out to do the right thing, but someone who’s human. On top of that, the supporting cast, namely Aaron Eckhart (who also played Harvey Dent/ Two Face in The Dark Knight) does an equally good job and gets a generous amount of screen time. In short, it’s far better than Bridge.

So, should you see it now, on the big screen, or wait later and watch it at home (or on a train, on a plain, in a box or with a fox). I’d say that if you have time in your schedule, you should see it in theaters. Really, all you’re missing out on is a couple of extra dollars for a movie ticket. It’s not that there’s that much action (except for the plane scene[s], which were great in theaters), but for some reason I didn’t feel like it was a waste watching in theaters. That being said, you aren’t missing that much either for watching it on your phone or television when it comes to home video. I’ll just leave this at your discretion; if you want to watch Sully now, go ahead, you most likely won’t be disappointed by it’s moderately fast pace and great acting. However, if you want to save five dollars by renting it three or four months from now, like I said before, you won’t be missing much.

I hope this helps you make a decision.