Love Story: Letters From The Past tries very hard to emulate a Nicholas Sparks romance novel replete with tons of melodrama and aching sentimentality but the generic and highly repetitious hidden object gameplay torpedoes any hope of the game making an iota of sense.
Have you ever gone to a comedy club only to find a presenter whose jokes keep falling flat? This is Lococycle in a nutshell as the entire product just feels like a next to total train wreck and gamers are going to fear that playing it will result in their spanking new Xbox One consoles bursting into flames.
It has been a very long time since I last played a game that I had to agonizingly force myself to finish but lo and behold here we are with Square Enix/Eido’s reboot of Thief and I can safely say that unfortunately, this is one of those titles that really will tax your patience. That is not to say that Thief is an outright awful experience but it certainly feels rough around the edges with bugs galore and a rather pedestrian plot that rarely, if ever, connects emotionally.
Director Darren Aronofsky scores extra brownie points for concocting a unique and altogether edgy vision of the classical Biblical tale of Noah, albeit one that takes extreme artist license with the original text. It takes much gumption to radically tinker with a tale of this nature especially when one considers how sacrosanct the source material is for a large portion of the global population. However, while Aronofsky deserves credit for being bold the end result is a film that feels inherently discombobulated as if it has been methodically constructed to appeal to both his devoted fanbase which expects a strong psychological component and those viewers who would be more content in watching epic action sequences more in line with Peter Jackson’s The Lord of The Rings series.
No, you are not experiencing déjà vu as some regular readers might have noticed that I have already posted my review of the Playstation 4 version of Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition. “For the first time in forever,” I have actually purchased and played to completion the exact same game on competing platforms thus, this is my review for the Xbox One’s version of Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition. Therefore, portions of this article are lifted directly from my Playstation 4 review.
I guess pigs can fly as Anuman Interactive/Microids has finally made a game that feels contemporary and compares well to its peers. Based on Victor Hugo’s famous novel Les Misérables: Cosette’s Fate adapts his work into, of all things, a hidden object game. Most modern fans will probably remember Claude-Michel Schönberg’s and Alain Boublil’s musical take on the novel or director Tom Hooper’s recent big-budget movie adaptation. However, trying to shoehorn a literary classic into a game is certainly audacious and it has to be stated that developer Anuman Interactive is probably not any casual gamer’s first choice to head such a project based on their past output.
On paper 47 Ronin sounds like a compelling proposal to marry a time-honored Japanese classic tale with a kind of modern The Lord of the Rings style take on the material. While this might initially sound jarring a close look at Japanese entertainment be it feature films, TV series or anime shows a strong supernatural trend where demons either co-exist or openly oppose the human world. This at least lends some credibility to 47 Ronin where the filmmakers have decided to amplify the source material with the addition of ogres, mystical powers and huge rampaging monster boars. The fact that the resulting film is so decidedly bland and unfocused is a real wonder as it feels as if too many competing interests have caused the film to simply go awry at nearly every turn.
Director Ronny Yu’s Saving General Yang attempts to weave a traditional war story that focuses heavily on themes of familial loyalty amidst a roiling time in Ancient Chinese history when the throne was under siege from an invading barbarian horde. All the ingredients seem to be here including massive clashing CG armies, political gamesmanship and of course, emotionally wringing moments set to an appropriately moving soundtrack. Nevertheless, it all never really works as it should as the final product comes off as inherently bland with occasional bouts of extremely manufactured circumstances that really derail the film, especially as it enters its third act.