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More on Inside Out Plus Some E3 Stuff and Things

I recently saw Inside Out a second time, and I have to say I honestly think it might oust The Incredibles as my favorite Pixar film. I previously wrote a review of it giving it a score of a 9.0 (what an idiot I was). But I have since done something I'm normally against doing and altered that review and upped it to a perfect 10.

Simply put, Inside Out is a beautiful film, and arguably the most profound one that Pixar has made. It's deep understanding of children's emotions coupled with its wild imagination (which is often pretty surreal) make it the closest thing Pixar has made to a Miyazaki film. I simply don't have enough good things to say about Inside Out. Pixar has truly outdone themselves.

Now about E3.

I've currently written two blogs on my site (yeah, more links) about E3. One is about why Nintendo's E3 presentation, while uneventful, wasn't anywhere near as bad as Nintendo fans are making it out to be. The other is a list of my top 5 favorite games from E3 2015.

Personally, I found this year's E3 to be an okay show. Weaker than the last few years for sure, but far from the disaster everyone acts like it was. I'd give both Sony and Nintendo's conferences a B+ for showing quality games but lacking any meaningful surprises, and Microsoft a solid B for similar reasons, but the majority of games didn't excite me as much as the other two (this was your chance for Banjo-Kazooie 3!).

I unfortunately was only able to watch Square-Enix's press conference between all the third-parties, and I'd grade them a C+. Maybe a B-. Kingdom Hearts 3 could be fun, but I've honestly lost a great deal of interest once I found out all those handheld spinoffs are necessary to the story. Kingdom Hearts 2 was already kind of convoluted on its own accord, but I haven't even played any of the handheld titles, so I shudder to think how lost I would be playing Kingdom Hearts 3 (why can't developers just make the main numbered entries integral parts to their stories?). Still, if it has a Frozen level I could be swayed.

I was flabbergasted to find so many people were unenthusiastic about The Last Guardian's return. They claim "nothing has changed" since its PS3 version was shown in 2009 to now. After so many years of demanding where the game went, people do nothing but complain as soon as it returns. I swear, gamers just thrive of negativity and pessimism. It's like their source of power or something. I do have a little bit of concern about how much control the player has in the game, as I don't want to merely press a button or two to activate predetermined events. But I'm not about to pass all kinds of judgement at this point. Team Ico has made two wonderful games, with Shadow of the Colossus in particular being an all-time great in my book. The Last Guardian could end up in the same boat.

Anyway, I'm looking forward to the rest of the 2015 gaming year, and 2016 looks promising already. I do hope that next year, should I be able to make a triumphant return to E3 (I was unable to attend this year), that everyone will pull out all the stops for a great show.

In closing, has everyone seen Jurassic World yet? I don't know about you, but it kind of restored my faith in the blockbuster. It really has the heart of Spielberg's best blockbuster films (even if he himself didn't direct it). Aside from the masterpiece that is Inside Out (seriously people, see it!), I'll still say Jurassic World is my favorite film of the year.

Random Musings (AKA Too Much Fire Emblem. 7.8/10)

Some thoughts on things and stuff.

Super Smash Bros:Okay, so Roy's return is official. Because apparently there aren't enough Fire Emblem characters already. I know some people will use the tired "Mario and Pokemon have more characters" argument, but those series actually deserve to have that many characters. Mario IS Nintendo, and Pokemon is iconic, not to mention both of those series have more to work with than any other. It makes sense for them to have that many characters. Does Fire Emblem really need more than two? Not to mention that now, three of them are practically the same. What's the point? It's just lazy character selection at this point. The otaku will no doubt eat it up, because it doesn't matter how generic the character may be, so long as it looks like an anime pretty boy they'll be all over it. I suppose I should be happy that it's not another Kid Icarus character at least.

Ryu's inclusion actually looks really cool though. He's far from my favorite Street Fighter character, but at least he makes sense. In fact, it now actually seems weird that he's DLC, since he probably fits in the game more than a number of characters who made it at launch. Hopefully we can get more unique characters like this in the future and less Marth clones.

E3:E3 is upon us! Sadly, this will be the first year I won't be able to attend since I first started going in 2009, which is a huge downer (hopefully I can return next year), but I'm looking forward to it nonetheless. I'll be gearing up and watching the presentations with great anticipation (provided leaks don't spoil everything. Damn those leaks!). My body is ready.

Jurassic World:I know I brought it up already, but Jurassic World is simply awesome. Best non-animated blockbuster since Guardians of the Galaxy for sure. I had so much fun.

Inside Out:Pixar's Inside Out is officially released next weekend, and I am dead serious in saying my anticipation for seeing it again rivals some of my most hyped movies when I was seeing them for the first time. It's just so good (I should have given it a better rating in my review). I know the year's only halfway through, but I'm honest in saying I'll be surprised if 2015 comes to a close and Inside Out isn't still my favorite movie of the year.

The Angry Video Game Nerd:I've been watching a lot of The Angry Video Game Nerd lately, and although I've watched it every here and there for years now, I feel like I've been missing out on this show. Now, I admit, the relentless bathroom humor is not to my liking, but the reviews themselves can actually be insightful. I like that James Rolfe turns video game reviews into entertainment by becoming a character and often telling a story through and around the review. Again, not all of the humor is pleasant, but the reviews themselves are surprisingly good. A lot of people compare the Angry Video Game Nerd to the Nostalgia Critic, but I feel that's unfair, since the AVGN is actually funny and does more than just shout at everything (though there is that too). The Nostalgia Critic just comes off as irritating and obnoxiously opinionated, whereas the AVGN seems more constructive underneath the character.

That's all for now, only a few more blogs left to go here on GS. I'll try to make the most of them. But remember, you can always find me on my own site. Wizarddojo.com Take care!

I Really Hope That Smash Leak Isn't True + Jurassic World

So it looks like there's been a possible leak for new characters in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS. The two characters are Street Fighter's Ryu and a returning Roy. I couldn't be more disappointed if this ends up being true.

Look, I love Street Fighter, but hasn't Ryu stolen Mega Man's thunder enough the past few years? The Blue Bomber used to be Capcom's mascot, until they decided the far more generic Ryu should take that role. Now he could show up in Smash as the fresh new character, while there aren't enough people who play as Mega Man as it is. Not to mention adding a fighting game character into a fighting game just seems redundant. While It's interesting to see a third-party represented with two characters in Smash, I wish it could have been someone else. I wouldn't have minded Chun-Li if it needed to be a Street Fighter character.

However, if Roy's returning, that's just a load of bull. What, there aren't enough Fire Emblem characters in Smash 4? Scratch that, there aren't enough generic anime pretty boys with swords in Smash 4? And if he's just a Marth clone again I'll be POed. Seriously, can't we just get one more Donkey Kong character? I don't think that's asking for too much. Dixie deserved to be there a lot more than any Lucina, Palutena or Dark Pit ever did.

Also, am I the only one a little disheartened that Nintendo games seem to be getting leaked more often these days? They were the one company, the one, that seemed like they could keep a secret until an official announcement. I'd hate to see them lose that.

Anyway, let's move on to something less disappointing. JURASSIC WORLD!

Where to begin... Jurassic World was probably the best non-animated blockbuster since Guardians of the Galaxy (strangely, that also starred Chris Pratt). It had plenty of nostalgia for the first movie without relying on it (it also wisely never mentioned Jurassic Parks 2 and 3), it had great action scenes, as well as suspense and horror, and it somehow made the ridiculous idea of the bioengineered dinosaur work. Best of all, it actually had characters you could care about, as it gave you time to know who they are as people.

With the exception of Inside Out (which I now feel I UNDERRATED in my review), Jurassic World might actually be my favorite film of 2015 so far. No joke.

I'll be Leaving GameSpot Soon (For Reals This Time!)

I know, we've been through this before. I was originally "leaving" GS back in 2012. And then again in like 2013 I think. Both times I ended up staying here for one reason or another. But GameSpot simply isn't the same site it was a few years ago. All the fun features the user profiles used to have are gone, and despite GS claiming they'll bring back/fix some of it, it all remains barren over a year later. The official GS reviews just aren't interesting anymore either (yes, I miss Tom McShae. Anyone who loves Mario Galaxy 2 and hates Bioshock Infinite as much as that dude is okay in my book). Many of the people I'd regularly talk to/comment with are long gone (we all all miss you, ShadowOfSonic), and even the great Pierst seems to have left GS behind (but you can still read his stuff on his fantastic blog, NintendoBound). Simply put, the GS today isn't the GS it was when I first made my profile over five years ago.

Now, I'm close to reaching the 400 blog milestone here on GameSpot, so I will stick around and reach that number. I know, most of my "blogs" here have more or less been links to my sites, but this profile was only ever meant to be an extension of my blogs anyway. I'll try to make my last few here meaningful though.

Of course, I will still drop by from time to time, so feel free to send me private messages or the like. I might even comment on something here and there (eh, maybe). I just won't be blogging here anymore or doing any noteworthy contributions. If you want, you can even send me suggestions for a game or movie to review or something. Or just suggest something for me to talk about regarding those subjects. I'll happily write about that kind of stuff on my website if I can.

So, as I get to my last few blogs here on GS, remember that you can still read my musings, articles, opinions, and other crap on my new(ish) website.

Wizarddojo.com

My door is always open to you, my GS friends. So feel free to leave comments and stuff on my site as well (I also greatly appreciate follows and likes!). Also, my old website, sloganyams.com, is still active. And I promise I'll still update it from time to time as well...

So yes, my friends. We are approaching the last days of SloganYams here on GS. Thanks for all the comments, complaints, support and backlash you've given me these last five years. I hope you continue to do so on my website. But if not, it's been a fun ride. Thanks!

Avengers 2 and Yooka-Laylee

Some quick opinions.

Avengers: Age of Ultron:I saw The Avengers: Age of Ultron, and although it was overall enjoyable, I found it to be weaker than the first one. I know I'll be hated by nerds everywhere for this, but I was never sold on Ultron as the villain. James Spader's performance was great, but the character had a very underwhelming buildup, and he kind of fell too far into the "machines > humans" cliche. One thing I loved about the first Avengers was that it reused a villain, meaning that it could just get to the Avengers without needing to introduce a new bad guy. I can't help but feel Avengers 2 would have benefitted if Ultron was at least mentioned in a past film. It also didn't flow as well as the first one. The original Avengers was two and a half hours, but it was enough fun throughout that you either didn't notice or didn't care. But Age of Ultron can feel slow at times. There's also just way too many characters, and some previously established character relationships feel randomly retconned.

Of course, this is only going by one viewing, and comparing it to a movie I've seen multiple times over the last three years. Maybe if I watch it again my opinion will grow, but for now I feel that it was a fun, action packed movie that falls flat when compared to its predecessor.

Yooka-Laylee:Although the announcement that the "spiritual successors" to Banjo and Kazooie would be the less inviting pairing of a chameleon and a bat, once I saw more of it I was sold. I'm a little embarrassed to admit this, but Yooka-Laylee is actually the first Kickstarter project I've backed (if the Toejam and Earl Kickstarter is still up I'll totally donate to that!). It looks like everything that Nuts & Bolts should have been. I was willing to pay as soon as I saw the footage, but once I learned that the score will be composed by both Grant Kirkhope and none other than David Wise (my favorite gaming composer) my money magically disappeared from my wallet and went straight to Kickstarter!

Super Smash Bros. Character Suggestions

With Mewtwo soon to be released as a DLC character in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS, and Lucas now being confirmed to return in June, Nintendo has now given players the option to vote for other potential DLC characters on the Smash Bros. website. I've already voted a number of times, and it's a very simple process. Just name the character, the game or series they're from, and provide a short explanation why that character should be in the game. Hopefully this will actually put in a great DLC character or two in the future.

So far I've voted for Geno, Fawful, and of course, Dixie Kong, who should have already been in the series in Brawl.

I strongly suggest we all band together and continue voting for beloved, obscure characters. But if anyone votes for any more of those freaking Kid Icarus characters, I'll have you committed to an asylum.