This will be one last final update of the games I’ve looked at this year. Seeing as I have these I’m Jeffrey Rex ‘Awards’ at the end of the year, I’ve decided to leave out my final two review scores of the season – this way it won’t be as easy to predict. The games you won’t receive review scores of (until after the award-announcement) are Far Cry 4 and Shovel Knight.
I’ll tell you this about these two games: I love them. One of them is a clear contender for Game of the Year, and the other is probably my favorite game of the year – meaning, the game I’ve had the most fun with. You can make your own guesses as to which I consider ‘a clear contender’.
Sometimes sequels just aren’t called for. In the sequel to the 1994 comedy classic, Dumb and Dumber, we follow Lloyd and Harry once again go on a trip across America – this time in search for the daughter of Harry, who has been adopted. There’s some added emotional weight added to the film, seeing as Harry desperately needs to find a kidney-donor.
That’s the overall frame for this feature length journey, and it’s complete with fun nods to the original film like specific dream sequences ending in a certain way, and the vehicle on the film’s poster. Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels are, of course, back – but while they both act out the comedy extremely well, they aren’t given a lot to deal with. I just don’t feel that a huge chunk of this movie is funny at all – primarily around the time of the point of no return in the third act. That’s not to say that it’s not funny at all, because of course Daniels and Carrey are funny – but most of the jokes are not really that memorable – and the film isn’t instantly quotable.
The thing is that the film borrows a lot of the plotpoints and quotes from the original film – and thus takes some fanservice and turns them into wasted moments of material that feels copypasted. Sadly, I also felt that the parts of the plot that weren’t ‘copypasted’ were predictable. Daniels and Carrey are the real highlights of the film, for there’s nothing else to be excited about. The plot feels similar to the original, the jokes feel similar to the ones in the original and the sidecharacters aren’t that exciting.
While I didn’t hate this movie, I feel that I have to add that the people next to me were so disappointed that they left the film after 30 minutes – and I’m sure they weren’t the only ones wishing they were somewhere else… And that’s sad, ’cause it’ll never get old seeing Jeff Daniels and Jim Carrey having fun together.
Overall Score:6.4 out of 10. Though not completely without laughs or fanservice, this film remains nothing more than yet another comedy classic sequel – and not a single one of them are very good. I loved the original, but this one lost its magic – perhaps this was a missed opportunity.
In today’s update I’ll be focusing on two titles that have actually sort of disappointed me this year. One of these aforementioned games comes every year, and the other had its debut. Let’s start with the latter. Shadow of Mordor.
So, I was really looking forward to return to Middle-Earth. I’m a big fan of the Tolkien-universe, a big fan of Troy Baker and I generally like Arkham-style releases. However. It really surprised me how little I cared. The story really tries to grab you, and it sort of does – but with little plot guidance early on, I felt that I had no reason to continue the story. Only battling orcs, goblins and whatnots felt good. Its nemesis system is great, for sure – and the combat is great as this hybrid of Assassin’s Creed and the Arkham-series. So, yeah, the game is great – but I just didn’t care about it. And that really shocked me.
Now, I am European – I truly enjoy soccer, football – whatever you call it. I’ve played FIFA for years, and though I liked the Next-Gen FIFA 14 version, I was very aware of the fact that it was lacking a lot of features (on purpose). Needless to say, with these features back it’s much better in FIFA 15. Another thing I really like is the goalkeeping, and the small touches on the game, like goal-line technology. The game is great for what it is, but it disappoints me somewhat – seeing as it’s the first FIFA game that I don’t want to play by myself.
In the next update, I’ll be tackling Far Cry 4 and LEGO Batman 3 – as well as addressing the two Assassin’s Creed-games. Do remember that remastered games cannot be considered in the hunt – so Grand Theft Auto V won’t be mentioned going forward.