What's up everybody! There's a lot to cover so let's just go ahead and jump right in.
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
Yo, this game is incredible. Unquestionably the strongest and best Call of Duty game I've played in years, a high honor considering I love the series. Infinite Warfare is such a wonderfully welcome and joyous breath of fresh air for the series. Staking out new ground for COD and changing the face of what a game in the series can be, it is as fluid, well-paced, and importantly fun as any game in the series.
The big surprise though is the games stand-out story, which is far from a simple dumb action movie. Sad, tinged with an air of melancholy, and delivering an astounding sense of the epic nature of the campaign, Infinite Warfare's tale is one that constantly left me floored and caught off guard in ways I haven't been since the first Black Ops came out. I am not quite finished up with it yet, but damn this is an impressive game.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
I am in the immediate few hours of just seeing this movie, expect my review of it tomorrow. I have a lot of thoughts, but by far the strongest is how shockingly different this film is from Harry Potter. I am quite honestly floored at how it feels so little like anything else in the HP universe, in ways both good and bad. There is just a feeling of something being gone, that spark in the soul of Harry Potter that helped to make the series so magical.
Beasts is by no means bad, indeed in many ways I like it's new more adult direction and ideas, particular praise has to be heaped on Newt and Jacob, new characters who each shine in this film, they along with Colin Farrell's mysterious auror lift the film. It's just that there's this feeling of something being off throughout the whole thing. I like the comedy, I like the more serious dramatic approach, but this simply isn't Harry Potter, hopefully the series can reach that quality someday.
This all brings me to the big question of where the hell is the great Harry Potter game we have all been waiting for. I've said it many, many times before but a game set at Hogwarts that lets you grow and progress throughout a year at the school would be amazing. Attending classes, making friendships with others students, taking part in Quiddtich, meetings, etc. Going to the surrounding towns, and just doing all kinds of magical goodness. Basically give me Bully set in the Harry Potter universe. It'd be incredible.
Other then that it's going to be Thanksgiving here in the States, or as I like to call it National Mashed Potatoes Day. That along with finishing up COD, and writing up the Fantastic Beasts review, alongside some other projects in the works make this a very exciting week. Until next time eat lots of Turkey and Mashed Potatoes and have a great week y'all.
P.S. I just want to reiterate how spectacular mashed potatoes are, they are basically perfect, like taking a bite out of one of heavens clouds. Except for Culver's fast food ones, they can burn in hell.