Anybody else playing State of Decay 2? It came out this week for X-Box and PC and I’m enjoying myself so far — though I’m not sure yet if it’s as good as the first game. Honest Trailers takes a stab at the first one, and honestly, I didn’t think it was as bad as they claim it to be.
I loved the first State of Decay. It is my favorite zombie video game, and I’ve played a ton of them. It’s Grand Theft Auto-style gameplay, where you third-person control a character and run them around a big open world map, get into fights and steal cars. But it’s the zombie apocalypse and you’ve got to worry about the undead. And not in a Dead Rising way, where you can just cut your way through endless hordes. Instead, State of Decay gives you a merciless stamina bar, and you can’t just go in fighting a horde. You’ve got to run, you’ve got to be stealthy and you’ve got to play appropriately.
The coolest aspect of the State of Decay games is community building. Just like The Walking Dead and other zombie media, you’re not just a lone wolf, you’ve got a whole community and an HQ to worry about. I love that aspect of the games. I love having to maintain a base and loot for supplies, using my entire community to make it happen.
I only wish State of Decay 2 was…better. More polished. More forgiving. And if only my stupid computer wouldn’t be missing the key components that make co-op possible! I wanted to play with my friends, gorramit!
I went and saw Solo: A Star Wars Story last night and it was pretty fun. The world didn’t need a Han Solo origin story, but it’s here anyway, and it’s entertaining. It’s basically your standard heist flick, complete with close calls, double crosses and clever twists. Then it’s flavored with all the fun Star Wars stuff, like spaceships, blasters, droids and Chewbacca. Honestly, Chewbacca should be all you need.
Internet favorite Only Leigh also has some thoughts on watching a Star Wars movie!
Like all of us, she is trapped in the endless deluge of new Star Wars movies. Just yesterday they finally announced the Boba Fett movie (which I actually want to see). None of us will live to see the final Star Wars movie.
Think about that. If there is ever a true final Star Wars movie, the planet Earth will be populated by an entirely new population of people than what exists right now.
Solo: A Star Wars Story has gotten some positive reviews heading into the weekend, and I’m looking forward to seeing the flick. Personally, I think Star Wars is stretching itself a bit too thin. Nobody was asking for a movie about a young Han Solo. That they’ve made a perfectly entertaining movie about it is fine, but just because you can make such a movie doesn’t mean you should.
That aside, if Disney and Lucasfilm are looking into some side stories from Star Wars to turn into movies, I have one really awesome suggestion: young Mace Windu.
I’ve mentioned this idea on my blog before, but I want to expand on how awesome that whole era could be. The general idea is to take everything we learned about the Jedi Order and the Jedi Temple in the prequels and apply it to characters we already know. Who cares about the younglings and Padawans from the Temple in the prequels? They all die!
But how about following the temple/school lives of characters like Mace Windu, Qui-Gon Jinn, Ki-Adi-Mundi, Count Dooku and more! Basically, what were our favorite Jedi characters like in high school?
Think about it: pretty much all of the adult characters we met in the prequels had to have known each other and been around each other almost their entire lives. We only saw them in adulthood or old age. What were they like, what was life for them like, only 20 or 30 years prior?
Surely the likes of Mace and Qui-Gon came up through the Temple together, possibly alongside other contemporaries like Plo Koon, Adi Gallia or Shaak Ti. Who was on the Jedi Council when they were teenagers? Did anybody see greatness in store for these young Jedi? What was it like when they were chosen as Padawans?
What was Yoda like when interacting with these kids? Did he foresee that young Mace Windu was such an awesome Jedi that he would pretty much equal Yoda in importance one day? What is life like for that kid?
Where does he get that purple lightsaber? Surely there’s a story to be told! If we need a movie that explains how Han Solo got his blaster, we also need a movie about how Mace Windu got his purple lightsaber.
And you can expand beyond that core group as well. Obi-Wan Kenobi was likely in youngling classes during this period. Why not a cameo?
Sheev Palpatine was probably already involved in politics at that point, a young senator or maybe clerical aide from Naboo. What was he like as a young man? And you can introduce his mentor, Darth Plagueis, and whatever shenanigans Plagueis was getting up to as a Sith who accomplished nothing. Maybe they’ve even recruited a young Darth Maul by that point. Do we know when that happened?
I think this would be a really fascinating and entertaining time period to explore. Obviously there wouldn’t be any Skywalkers to focus on, and the galaxy was pretty stable, but they could still have all manner of awesome Jedi adventures. There could be plenty of stories of how the Jedi grew more and more stagnant, how the dark forces worked on them from the outside, and even more personal stories about differing philosophies between young men and women who would soon grow to become the most powerful and influential Jedi in the galaxy.
Why was Qui-Gon Jinn some kind of wandering zen rebel, while Mace Windu was a by-the-books council member with the only purple lightsaber in the galaxy?
There’s an interesting story there, I just know it!
Now, some of you might say that we don’t need to bother ourselves with that era. Those characters are done, leave them be. But to that I’d say that Disney is clearly looking for anything Star Wars to put out. We’re getting a young Han Solo movie. We’ve had two multi-season cartoons that took a hard look at some time periods, with a third on the way. We’ve got a live action TV show coming, along with a new trilogy separate from the main trilogy. Clearly we’re eager for anything Star Wars we can get.
And I think this era could be a lot of fun!
Honestly, I don’t care if X-Men: Dark Phoenix ever comes out. The main X-Men franchise is dead to me, and there’s no point in beating that horse corpse. The new Deadpool franchise is where it’s at! Humor, action and a far more fun and energetic use of classic comic book characters, Deadpool should be the future of this franchise — at least until Marvel does a full reboot to bring the X-Men into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Movie Rating: 9/10 – Great.
Until that happens, I would rather FOX keep producing entertaining off-shoot movies like Deadpool 2! I found this movie to be just as funny, wacky and raunchy as the first, with plenty of heart and soul added to make it an even better film. The last thing I want to do is slog through another movie of James McAvoy and Jennifer Lawrence phoning it in. Ryan Reynolds is the hilarity we need!
Join me after the jump for my thoughts and review on Deadpool 2! Expect FULL SPOILERS for the movie and its aftermath!