The Most Disappointing Movie Sequels Of All Time

Going hand in hand with my last post about why sequels don’t have to be better, and how expectations ruin any chance of enjoying sequels, I am going to keep a running list of sequels as I can think of them that were disappointing to me, whether I had expectations or not.

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2007

 

 

 

I absolutely loved the first two in this trilogy, and when I heard Venom, one of my favorite villains of all time was at last going to be in a movie, I couldn’t rest easy until I saw it. This is probably the most excited I had ever been to see a movie in my life. In other words, my expectations were through the roof, and they weren’t even close to met.

Too many villains, Venom being terrible, and a heavier focus on MJ’s and Peter’s relationship were not up to my standards, and I hated the movie, all my hopes and dreams shattered.

After the third or fourth time I saw it, it grew on me though, and now I actually like it quite a bit.

 

amazing spider man 2 The Amazing Spider-Man 2

2014

 

 

 

Sticking with Spider-Man, here’s one that I didn’t have any expectations for. And it was still disappointing. Again, too many villains, and all of them pointless. This was almost entirely about Peter and Gwen, Spider-Man being in like four scenes the whole movie.

The first one in the series, I wasn’t crazy about, but it was still enjoyable, but not as much as the original trilogy. I guess I was a little bit hoping this one would be better since all the origin stuff was out of the way, but no, not even close.

But again, after three viewings, I can now say I really like this movie.

star wars last jediStar Wars: The Last Jedi

2017

 

 

 

This is the only movie in recent years that I actually did go into with some expectations, for it was finally going to give me something I have been wanting to see for literally my entire life… what Luke Skywalker was doing after episode 6.

And it was beyond disappointing. I can’t even describe how much so. Especially since the entire plot to 7 & 8 was to find and enlist Luke to help save the galaxy like he did before. The furthest possible thing from this happens, and it is a huge kick in the nads to every person wanting to see what Luke was all about.

The second he tosses his old lightsaber off the cliff, my hopes and dreams and childhood fell with it.

Oddly enough, after the third time seeing it, I like it now. Third time seems to be the charm for all these movies!

nullAvengers: Endgame

 

2019

 

 

 

I call this the best disappointment of all time, for it is a good movie, but nothing worthy of the Avengers name. They spend most of the movie focusing on the past, and paying tribute to the whole 11-year story line. None of the intense action was there, and the climatic fight at the end is a ridiculous mess of cameos.

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2010

 

 

 

I don’t really like the Iron Man trilogy at all, but this movie is straight up bad. I didn’t have any expectations for this, but again, now that the origin stuff was out of the way, you’d think they’d have a good action movie with Iron Man in more than three scenes, and a final fight that didn’t put you to sleep.

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The Dark Knight Rises

 

2012

 

 

 

After the masterpiece that was The Dark Knight, this one had a lot to live up to, especially since the ending left it open for some awesome possibilities. Instead, it’s way in the future and Bat Man’s crippled and I don’t know what the heck was going on. It was filled with bad choices and ultimately a bit on the boring side.

That’s all I can think of off the top of my head. I’m sure I will add more later. But it sure seems like Marvel is really good at making disappointing movies.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Reaction (No Spoilers)

It’s pretty good.

The only Star Wars movie I never really liked was Last Jedi, but I even grew to like that one, as described here. I say this to let people know I’m a huge fan, and don’t get bothered at all by some of the things pretty much everyone else in the world does, mind you.

The Rise of Skywalker is by far the best film in the sequel trilogy, but I wouldn’t go as far to say it’s better than the other six movies of the same saga. Given the circumstances (Carrie Fischer dying and Last Jedi derailing everything in a way), the movie does a nice job, and completes the nine-movie saga in a mostly satisfying way.

There is just the right amount of nostalgia mixed in with new and exciting ideas, where as Episode 7 slammed nostalgia down your throat until you vomited, and Episode 8 gave the other 7 films the finger.

The first 5-10 minutes are possibly the best moments in Star Wars history. The last 20-30 minutes are pretty incredible, and the middle is a bit on the boring side, but still easily watchable.

I can’t honestly say there’s really anything bad about the movie at all. For the first time, the sequel trilogy has a film that feels like it fits within the Star Wars legacy.

Rambo Series Ranked/Rambo: Last Blood Review

I never thought in my life that a new Rambo movie would come out. The third one released about a year before I was born, so for a very long time, I thought that was it. I remember always thinking, ‘I wish they would make five, so that they could be even with the Rocky series.’

In 2008, the impossible happened. A fourth one came out, along with it, the possibility of another sequel, but eventually it tapered off, Stallone basically saying he was too old for a fifth. And then one day, nearly 11 years after the fourth one came out, my brother informed me that he was indeed making the film, and showed me some set photos.

I was floored. It seems in less than a week, I will get my wish at long last. Five movies to match Rocky, even though thankfully that series has increased in number as well. But I am not  going to wait for a sixth one, for that just isn’t ever going to happen. I am satisfied completely with the fifth one. The trailer alone makes me confident this movie is going to be intense and incredible. I just watched it again, and it gave me chills

So to celebrate this monumental occasion, I will be ranking all the movies from my least favorite to my most favorite.

So away we go!!

 

#4 Rambo

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This movie is incredibly moving and emotional, due to the fact that it very accurately portrays war in third world countries and the cruelty of humanity. Each weapons effects on human bodies is realistic and brutal, which really brings into light how horrible war is and why Rambo tries his best to get away from it.

While I find the movie to be utterly fantastic, it also has a bit of disappointing parts in it. I wasn’t thrilled that Rambo wasn’t doing pretty much everything on his own, despite the fact that I really like all the mercenaries he works with.

I also don’t like that there isn’t any cool stealth kill parts like they have in the first three. That is definitely missed.

The final thing that bugs me is that during the finale scene, Rambo just sits behind a machine gun mounted on a truck the whole time, which is cool, because he shreds up all kinds of stuff, but it is also boring in a way.

 

#3 Rambo III

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This movie is a masterpiece. It’s got intense action throughout most of the movie, and even has Colonel Trautman doing a bit of fighting, which is something many people have wanted to see I’m sure. While Rambo does receive a bit of help in this one, it really just focuses on him, and actually the help hinders him at times.

Rambo faces his most vicious and largest enemies yet, fearlessly taking on an entire army that culminates into the best finale in the series. He drives a tank into a helicopter for God’s sake. This move is the epitome of 80’s action.

#2 Rambo: First Blood Part II

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If the third one is a masterpiece, this  is just a little bit more so. The action, the hate, the betrayal, the message… Everything about it is amazing. And when Rambo starts to fall for someone, she dies immediately, as if the movie is punishing itself for daring to be anything other than awesome. The “Murdock, I’m coming to get you,” scene is one of the most badass scenes in history.

#1 First Blood

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This one is just slightly more of a masterpiece than 2 & 3. The whole calm, sad Rambo being pushed to take on a whole town theme is amazing. How he takes down every cop in the woods, incredible. Showing off his survival skills in said woods and in the mine is fun to watch.

I really like that a lot of the movie is just music and not a whole lot of talking goes on. Trautman’s ridiculous warnings to Teasle really hype up Rambo’s deadly skills. Just every second of this film is either tense, action packed, or awesome in some shape or form.

 

As a whole, this series is one of the best out there, despite it’s ridiculously inconsistent titling. I could watch these every day, they simply blow me away like all the stuff Rambo blows up in his life. I am completely confident that the fifth will be able to stand among these four incredible films. I already like it better than the fourth one just from watching the trailers!

Last Blood Review

The movie is pretty darn incredible. I’m just going to go right out and say it. It shows Rambo in a new light, a brighter one, if you will. One where he is actually content with life, which is something we have never seen before. And then by the end of the movie, we have never seen him so angry. For now, he’s not fighting in someone else’s war. This time, it’s just personal…and it’s awesome.

The first 2/3 of the movie is more like a super violent Taken, and then the last third is just everything you love about Rambo to the extreme. The ending is mind blowing. If you like hardcore action, then this will float your boat, I’m sure. If you are someone who doesn’t like unnecessary violence, well then don’t watch this.

The music is great as well. They take all the themes from the other movies and adjust them to the mood of the scenes going on, so that it actually reminded me a lot of the Rocky series, and actually succeeds in enhancing the emotions being felt or the themes being represented in each scene.

Interestingly enough, being as Rambo is a quiet, hardly talking maniac of death and destruction, this is probably one of Stallone’s best performances. The emotion he gives off, the hate, the rage, the hurt…all excellent. You can practically see an aura of rage floating around him like he is a Super Saiyan by the end. Again, this really enhances the viewing.

Some parts of it are a little slow, but that’s because they are plot building, and I was itching to see Rambo go nuts. And he does. Believe me. It’s worth the wait.

They never describe how Rambo is actually related to the girl who refers to him as “Uncle John,” nor how she is related to the other woman who lives with them. This isn’t really a big deal, but the viewer is pretty much left to assume a whole lot about them, but overall, it’s not really important. The movie makes this clear. All you need to know is the young girl, Gabriella, is like a daughter to Rambo. And this Gabriella has the most beautiful, big brown eyes that kind of make your heart melt. This is fortunate, because she does a lot of crying, and those eyes just make it so much sadder, on top of her being adorable and crying is something you never want to see her do.

As for ranking this…I don’t know…I really don’t. It’s definitely better than 4, but I can’t really say where it falls among the first 3. Sometimes it’s my favorite, sometimes I like it less than 3 or equally as 3. I would just consider it a masterpiece like the first 3.

Watching this made me realize how different all 5 films are. Each brings your attention to a different real world problem, and never really holds your hand doing it. They never hold back from the violence that exists in this world, showing you the cruelty of humanity, something Rambo tries to separate from himself and protect others from. This is a constant theme in the entire series, Last Blood being no exception. And with the advancements in technology, the fourth and fifth film are especially effective in showing how destructive people and weapons can be.

So what I have learned is that the Rambo series doesn’t need to be ranked. They are all so entertaining, educate you in a brutal way, and have an interesting, tortured soul he turns into a volcano of fury and then murders everyone in his way as the lead role. And a credit to this film, there is a slight 80’s action movie feel to this film at times, which is a nice throw back to Rambo’s roots.

Bottom line, if you love Rambo, you are going to love this. If you like action movies, you will like this. If you are expecting a movie with a deep twisting plot, involved, fleshed out characters, and a deep sense of meaning that will leave you feeling like a better person…then you clearly have never seen a Rambo movie before. These films have always been about awareness of global issues and intense action entertainment. And this one delivers on that.

 

P.S.

It’s better the second viewing.

 

 

 

Kingdom Hearts III- The End of Something I Have Cherished Most of my Life

Don’t worry, this post contains no spoilers.

I fell in love with Kingdom Hearts the second I played it. It came to me at the right time in my life. I had always wanted to like RPG’s but for the most part found them far too unnecessarily complicated with all the materials, controls, traveling, stats, and spells. I wanted to love them, for I like big stories with a bunch of characters and all that, but it was never worth the time getting to learn the complicated systems of the games.

Then Kingdom Hearts found me when I was around 12 or 13 years old, and I had been delivered what I had always hoped for. An RPG that takes all the best elements and dumbs them down significantly, while combining it with action adventure, my favorite genre.

On top of the ridiculously clever gameplay and opportunity to visit places from the movies I watched so often growing up, I found there was an incredible story being told throughout, making the series original characters some of the best fictional characters I have ever seen, somehow completely overshadowing the beloved Disney characters.

I beat the game and loved it. When KH2 came out, I had missed Chain of Memories and found the story all quite confusing and overwhelming at first, but despite having no idea what was going on, by the end of the game, I gathered the gist of it and realized I had just finished one of the best games I have ever played, with THE best story line, told in a positively convoluted, confusing, and delightful way that I adored.

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I remember beating it, watching the secret movie for BBS and wondering what the heck it could all possibly mean. The moment I beat the game, I immediately took to the internet to research Kingdom Hearts 3 and when it would be coming out. Little did I know that I would be waiting for over a decade.

But that’s not to say we weren’t treated to nothing in all that time. Firstly, I immediately got hold of Chain of Memories, which helped ease some of my confusion, but then I still waited for several years to get a new game…a DS game by the name 358/2 Days. Immediately I loved it just by reading the title, it was so ridiculously cryptic and weird, the things I love about KH. This game finally told us what all that Roxas business in the beginning of the second game was about, and gave us a deeper look into all the black coated fiends you slaughtered in the two previous games.

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Then to my delight we were treated to another game, Birth By Sleep, less than a year later. But I soon found myself despairing, for it was a PSP exclusive, something I didn’t own. But forget that, I needed to play it. At last I would learn what that secret video from KH2 was all about, so I bought the KH special edition PSP solely for that game and still have no regrets in doing so. I played this game for hours upon hours. I don’t even want to know how many.

And then again in a year, we got another game that finally told us what the message in a bottle said at the end of KH2 and at long last advancing the story beyond 2, not a prequel to it.

3 games in the span of a year. We were finally being rewarded for all our patience.

Then we had to wait nearly another 2 years for the game that set us up for 3, the big one, the conclusion.

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After completing Dream Drop Distance, I had that same feeling I did when I first beat KH2. But the PS3 came and went with no KH3 to be seen.

Finally, after a 7 year wait, the game is released and I couldn’t believe it when I started to play it. And then I found I couldn’t stop. Finally, after a week, I beat it and the conflict that started back when I was 12 years old has finally been concluded now, when I am 29, nearly 17 years after the first game.

I loved the game, and I loved the ending, but now I feel so empty. What do you do when something you have looked forward to for more than half your life ends?

Yes, there is more to look forward to, but it’s like I have finally grown up. The 12 year old kid in me has finally moved on, vanished like a heart disappearing up into Kingdom Hearts. I am ecstatic that I beat the game, yet at the same time, was so terrified of beating it the closer I got to the end.

I realize this is just a video game, but the story and it’s characters have always meant so much to me, beyond any book, game, movie or any other form of media has ever reached me.

I feel similar every time I beat a Kingdom Hearts game.  It’s like spending time with those characters was something truly great to me and the time I spend playing these games will always be cherished. But like how Sora has to say goodbye to his friends every time he leaves a world, I too must close this chapter on my life, and make room for a new adventure.

So I guess I am trying to say, thank you Tetsuya Nomura for bringing to life such a fantastic story, Square-Enix for making such a fun game, and Disney, for allowing them to use your characters to kill a bunch of monsters.

If you make one person feel the way I do about KH, on any form of media, for any product, then the creators of that media have done their job and should be proud.

Thanks again, I can’t wait to see what else you bring us!

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Dragon Ball Super: Broly Quick Review (No Spoilers)

Amazing. Incredible. Jaw dropping. Any word that means it is really really good can come into play here.

I am an enormous fan of the franchise and this is by far the best thing they have ever done with it.

Not oversell it and raise your expectations, but this is the single greatest animated action film ever created. They do so many cool things with the visuals and the fights, that it makes you realize this is how Dragon Ball should have always been.

I am overly not a fan of the DB movies, only really enjoying the original three Broly films and my exceedingly favorite Resurrection F. But Broly makes Resurrection F look like complete dull garbage.

If I had to describe the movie in one word…Intense.

It is the most intense movie of all time.

If you are looking for a deep story, you will be disappointed. This one is all about the action. There aren’t even many jokes in it. The last two movies were hilarious, but this one gives us a real show, and some cool nostalgic moments and insight into the Saiyans lives before they were destroyed by Frieza.

 

I would give this movie an 11/10.

But seriously. I went in with no expectations. You do the same!

Kingdom Hearts Series Ranked

In celebration of the extremely long awaited Kingdom Hearts III (it’s hard to believe it’s nearly here) I am going to rank all the games from worst to best in my opinion. I will just be listing the base games, not all the Re:this or that or Final Mix versions and compilation games.

So without further ado, here we go!

 

*UPDATE 2/8/19* Added Kingdom Hearts III to list.

#10

Kingdom Hearts Unchained X

2016, Mobile

Times Beaten- N/A

This is a mobile phone game where you collect and upgrade medals of characters from Kingdom Hearts, Disney, and Final Fantasy. You use these medals to perform special attacks. The more powerful you become, the more quests you can take on and the more rewards you will reap. It is a never ending soul sucking game, but I continue to play it everyday…such is my devotion to Kingdom Hearts. For a free to play game, the devs are extremely generous in giving you a lot of stuff, and overall, it’s probably the best mobile game out there.

#9

Kingdom Hearts .2 Birth By Sleep

– A fragmentary passage-

2017, PlayStation 4

Times Beaten- 1

This is a brand new entry included in Kingdom Hearts 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue (rolls right off the tongue) that takes place right after Birth By Sleep and uncovers a lot of mysteries leading up to Kingdom Hearts 1. Well some mysteries anyway.

This is actually a fantastic game, which really gives us a taste of what to expect from Kingdom Hearts III. The only reason it is so low on the list is because of how short it is (less than 3 hours).

#8

Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories

GameBoy Advanced, 2004- PlayStation 2, 2008

Times Beaten- GBA 2, PS2, 2

This, gameplay wise, is not very fun. The game itself is very long, especially with the Riku story. It wouldn’t be so bad if the card system was better, but it is so annoying to have your cards broken all the time, making the game very grindy and monotonous. The story is very interesting however, which makes it all worth it, taking place immediately after the first game.

#7

Kingdom Hearts Re: Coded

DS, 2011

Times Beaten- 1

Taking place right after KH2, this takes us on a very unusual journey with some rather differentish gameplay. I wasn’t all that crazy about this one, and the story did little for the overall arc.

#6

Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days

DS, 2009

Times Beaten- 2

This is where the games really start to get incredible. This varies the gameplay up a bit, having you run missions for Organization XIII. There’s an awesome multiplayer where you can play as all the members, and the story, which takes place during the later end of 1, all of CoM and leads directly into 2, fills in a whole lot of confusing things that occur during CoM and especially 2. And the game is incredibly fun to boot!

#5

Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance

3DS, 2012

Times Beaten- 2

Taking place after Re:Coded, this one takes us right up into KH3. The gameplay is quite good, the story rather mindblowing, and the dream eaters…meh…Fortunately the game is so stinking fun it’s easy to forget about the constant care of those needy creatures. And for the first time, you switch off between playing as Sora and Riku, which is most welcome.

#4

Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep

PlayStation Portable, 2010

Times Beaten- 4

I have easily put the most time into this game. Taking place like 10 years before the first game, you play as 3 wannabe keyblade masters and experience how each of them is set on a different path that leads to nowhere good. The story, gameplay, and skill customization is wonderful. This is the reason I bought a PSP and have no regrets.

#3

Kingdom Hearts

PlayStation 2, 2002

Times Beaten- Around 5

I can still remember playing this for the first time after refusing to have any interest in it for over a year. When my brother convinced me to play it, I fell in love immediately. The story gripped me so, the Disney characters were awesome, seeing them kill stuff was even more awesome.

As far as gameplay goes, this has some of the worst in the series, but it still holds up enough. It was the first in the series so it gets a break. It’s still a great game and one I still get excited about playing.

#2

Kingdom Hearts II

PlayStation 2, 2005

Times Beaten- Around 4

This is by far and away the best game in the series. The gameplay is absolutely perfect. There are so many abilities to use that keep it fresh, but even just mashing the X button is highly satisfying. The story is as wonderful as ever, leaving us all dying to see what happens next, until Re: Coded came out that is. This is definitely a masterpiece to go down in history.

#1

Kingdom Hearts III

PlayStation 4, 2019

Times Beaten- 1

The conclusion to the Xehanort saga, this game focuses on Sora and company looking for all the other characters that have had relevance in the series. It’s a fun ride, with interesting connections and reasoning for going to each world, whether it be a clever connection to the world itself or the characters themselves. There are less worlds, but they are much, much bigger.

The best part of this game is that it takes the gameplay of KH2, and just makes it better, with all sorts of wild attacks and transformations that are awesome looking, on top of being powerful. I couldn’t stop playing the game. It is so much fun and so diverse. Well worth the wait!

And that’s it!

If you have never played these games, I highly recommend getting the story so far compilation and prepare to have your mind blown with exceptional gameplay and a crazy, amazing story.

Resident Evil Series Ranked

With all the buzz going around for the awesome looking Resident Evil 2 remake, I thought it’d be appropriate to rank all the games in the series thus far (the ones I have played anyway). I was going to do this when RE7 came out, but never got around to it.

I’m pretty excited for this game, so it will definitely be fun to take a look back at the long, varied legacy of Resident Evil… so here we go!

 

#15

Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D

3DS, 2011

Times Beaten- N/A

This is a pretty fun game, with lots of cool characters and several costumes for each. It gets boring after a while though.

#14

Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles

Wii, 2007

Times Beaten- 1

This was an interesting game, making fun use of the Wii motion controls. In the sprit of House of the Dead, you replay through the games in an arcade on rails shooter, and even experience some new story elements that they skip over in the main games. It’s not all that great however and is a bit on the annoyingly difficult side at times.

#13

Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City

PlayStation 3, 2012

Times Beaten- 1

This spin off is more like Left 4 Dead. You choose a class and go on a killing rampage. It is intended for online play, but I just played the single player campaign. It’s decent.

#12

Resident Evil Revelations

3DS, 2012

Times Beaten- 1

I wasn’t crazy about this game. It combined the more modern feel of 4 and 5 with the old school way to play and was okay, but left me preferring the full old or modern gameplay. You fought pretty much the same enemy the whole game, and the title confused me. There were no revelations at all, everything just made you have more questions which I assume get answered in the second one. Decent game, but forgettable.

#11

Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles

Wii, 2009

Times Beaten- 1

A much better sequel to Umbrella Chronicles. This just refined everything and the result is that it’s a whole lot more fun. There is more new story elements added as well.

#10

Resident Evil 3: Nemesis

GameCube, 2003

Times Beaten- 2

A port of the original PS game, this follows Jill during concurrent events with RE2. I didn’t love this game at first, but the second time I played though it, I loved it. Guess it’s an acquired taste or something?

#9

Resident Evil

PC, 1997

Times Beaten- 0

For the time, this game was outstanding…still is I suppose. I loved it. I played the heck out of it. Trouble is, the save feature didn’t work for whatever reason on my computer so I really kept playing the same parts over and over in maybe an hour, getting a little further in that hour each time. Was awesome, but it got to annoying to even try to complete in one sitting.

#8

Resident Evil 2

Nintendo 64, 1999/ GameCube, 2003

Times Beaten- 2 on N64, 2 or 3 on GC

This took everything amazing about the first game and just improved on it. Nuff said.

#7

Resident Evil: Code Veronica X

GameCube, 2003

Times Beaten- 2

This game is just kooky and awesome. The characters and story are set apart from the main series, but it is highly interesting.

#6

Resident Evil 4

GameCube, 2005

Times Beaten- Around 4

I was nervous when they announced this game and said they were changing up the formula I had grown to love so much. But that worry immediately dissolved upon playing it. This was a breath of fresh air for the series. It’s intense action and fast pace coupled with a new and interesting storyline made this something truly great.

#5

Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition

Wii, 2007

Times Beaten- 1

This took an already amazing game and updated it to make it even better.

#4

Resident Evil 5

PlayStation 3, 2009

Times Beaten- 3

This took the gameplay of 4 and made it better. The added real time inventory management is a great addition and the story is one of the best in the whole series. Just don’t give any ammo to your partner.

#3

Resident Evil

GameCube, 2002

Times Beaten- At least 4

This is the game that truly made me fall in love with the series. It’s one of the best remakes ever and with all the updates to it, one can finally experience the game that started it all the way it was meant to be.

#2

Resident Evil 0

GameCube, 2002

Times Beaten- 3ish

This is Resident Evil at it’s finest. Tense gameplay, unique/bizarre story, awesome areas to explore, and the dual character addition I just really enjoyed. Not to mention Billy is one of my favorite characters in the whole series.

And my favorite game in the whole series…..

#1

Resident Evil 6

PlayStation 3, 2012

Times Beaten- 1

I enjoyed almost every second of this game. A bigger story told through a variety of characters was a great idea. As for gameplay, they did a great job combining the feel of the old and modern games, plus adding a fresh feel to it on top of it in a way far more successfully than Revelations did. This is one of the very, very few games I was sad when I beat it.

 

 

Well that’s that. I can’t wait to see where the new one winds up!

 

 

Series Ranked: Eminem Albums/Revival Review

A few weeks ago, Eminem released a brand new album and I’ve got to say, it is sort of shocking. He seemed to mellow out a tad, going with slower, more personal songs, a side we haven’t seen from him in a while.

The style of songs are at first listen, very different and take a bit getting used to, much in the way some of his other albums did, but even more so. It is a little startling, but the more you listen to it, the more you see that Eminem at his core is very much present throughout every song. It turns out to be a very good album once you get used to it.

So how does it stand compared with his other albums? Let’s find out.

I am going to rank all his full length albums from my least favorite to most favorite.

Before I begin, however, I just want to inform you that I think his songs from his Shady XV compilation album and the Southpaw soundtrack are definitely his best ever made, but since they are not full albums with just him, they will not be listed, though I highly recommend checking these two out, for it really shows off his mastery of the English language.

 

UPDATE 9/16/18

Might as well add his new album Kamikaze to the list. In short, it’s incredible. It’s shorter than most of his albums, but it has some of his fastest, most creative and best raps to date. He just explodes through the whole album. He doesn’t use a lot of collaboration for the choruses like he’s been, which I miss, and it lacks a little in his awesomely absurd creativity just a tad, but it’s a crazy good album for sure. There’s only one song on it that I don’t really get what he was thinking cuz it’s awful…the rest are incredible.

Find out where that lands on the list as well!

END UPDATE

And now, here we go!

#10

Infinite (1996)

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Eminem’s first full length album. It is quite good, but the low quality hurts it and actually prevents it from being higher on the list.

 

 

 

#9

Encore (2004)

Encore_(Eminem_album)_coverartHis fifth album is also his most disappointing, and the artist himself agrees, I believe, blaming his drug addiction on the poor result of this album. It features some very good songs on it, but also a handful of, in my opinion, the only bad songs he’s ever made. The rest are catchy and kind of good, but also very weird, making it easy to believe he was struggling with drugs at the time he was writing the album.

 

#8

The Slim Shady LP (1999)

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The first major label release of Eminem and the album that brought him world renown. It is really quite strange, but amazing nonetheless.

 

 

 

#7

The Marshall Mathers LP (2000)

The_Marshall_Mathers_LPHis third album is his best selling and even holds the record for the fast selling album of all time, last I heard anyway. It is a few steps up from his last album, though lyrically it is more like what you would expect to hear from every other rapper in the world, and I like Eminem when he does he own unique style more so than when he raps about drugs and killing people.

 

#6

The Eminem Show (2002)

The_Eminem_ShowHis fourth album is like a hybrid of the two albums preceding this one, making it quite fun to listen to with some of the catchiest songs he’s ever written.

 

 

 

#5

Relapse (2009)

Relapse_(album)His first album to come out after I and many other believed he had retired. It was quite different than his last few albums, sort of reminiscent of the Slim Shady LP, but with better raps. There are a few too many joke songs and not enough of the emotional ones he usually has on each album though.

 

 

#4

Revival (2017)

Revival_by_Eminem_coverAnd here is where his brand new album stands! That’s right, as of right now I find it to be his third best! Some truly unique songs with plenty of accompaniment from other artists make this truly a one of a kind album for him. A downside to the album is there is a bit too much on his political views in his lyrics, and we all know politics need to stay out of music.

 

#3

Recovery (2010)

Recovery_Album_CoverThis album really shows off what the rapper is capable of, propelling him into a completely different league from all of his previous albums. Every song is unique and full of energy. It’s just awesome.

 

 

 

#2

Kamikaze

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And here’s where his latest effort lands. It’s just so stinking enjoyable. His raps are the best he’s ever done, but it’s short length hurts it a bit.

#1

The Marshall Mathers LP 2 (2013)

mmlp2This leaves us with his only “sequel” album and by far his best one. This took all the momentum of Recovery and tripled it. Every song was full of twists and turns, leaving you unable to predict what would happen next. The album has a ton of other artists to add their talents to the songs, the beats are awesome, not those typical rap beats, thus making the album hard to believe it is even rap. And every single song is jaw dropping. You can tell he put a ton of effort into this one.

Revival had the unfortunate timing to follow up his number 1 album, which makes me wonder if it hadn’t, would I like it more?

Who knows? But that is all his albums, from worst to best, though I can’t say any of them are anything but good.

I Never Thought It Was Possible For Me To Dislike a Star Wars Movie (No Spoilers)

I have been proven wrong. What I watched did not feel like a Star Wars movie. Everything felt off and some of the scenes were so far displaced that had it not been for the fact that I spent money to see it, I would have walked out.

It’s like the whole plot just did whatever it wanted, making sure it did the most contradicting and pointless maneuvers it possibly could, making it barely connected with Episode 7, not to mention the other 6.

I have never felt so dissatisfied with something and this is the only movie I can recall actually getting angry watching.

The whole movie isn’t a sham though. It’s got some pretty awesome parts in it, and they are scattered throughout the movie enough to make it tolerable.

But dear God, there was so much pointless garbage going on, and none of it too interesting.

And suddenly Star Wars has become full of humor. Like that humor you’ve been seeing in Marvel movies. It’s funny…sometimes, but it just doesn’t fit.

I actually regret seeing it. I love the Star Wars franchise so very, very much, but this just puts a huge empty hole in my soul.

I knew Star Wars would be terrible without George Lucas, and they are certainly proving so.

I don’t really want to see Episode 9 anymore, but I am going to force myself to just because hopefully it will give all 3 movies a sense of completion, much like the other final movies did in their own trilogies.

 

Series Ranked: Super Mario Bros

This past Friday marked the release of the amazing looking Super Mario Odyssey for the Nintendo Switch, which is now one of the highest rated games of all time, joining The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

To celebrate this exciting occasion, I am going to rank all of the mainline Super Mario games. There are far too many spin offs to include all of them. Unfortunately, this means RPG, the original Mario Bros, Mario Maker and Yoshi’s Island will not be included in this list, but oh well.

I will rank them from worst to best.

#17

Super Mario Land

Game Boy, 1989

Times Beaten-1

The very first handheld Mario game turned out to be a very short adventure, taking no longer than 20 minutes to beat. It is still a fun little game however.

 

#16

Super Mario Bros: The Lost Levels

Famicom, 1986 / SNES 1993

Times Beaten-0

Originally called Super Mario Bros 2, it was somehow never released outside of Japan. Most people didn’t play it until it was called the “Lost Levels” which was added in Super Mario All-Stars several years later. It is very similar to it’s prequel and takes off right where it left off, making this game very infamous for it’s difficulty. I never put too much time into it to really say much about it, for it was so similar to the first game.

#15

Super Mario Bros

NES, 1985

Times Beaten-2 or 3

This is probably the most famous game of all time, and forever will be so. To this day, it is a fun enough game, but I was never that huge a fan of it due to it’s stiff jumping mechanic and constantly having to replay through the same levels to get to the warp pipes so you can continue where you left off.

 

#14

Super Mario Land 2

Game Boy, 1992

Times Beaten-2 or 3

 

This game is quite unique and still a lot of fun to play. The level designs and nifty power ups, not to mention the introduction of Wario, make this a game to be remembered.

 

#13

Super Mario Bros 2

NES, 1988

Times Beaten-2

This game really took the series in a whole new direction. Suddenly instead of jumping oneverything, you were throwing radishes at them. It’s a really bizarre game, but a lot of fun. The fact that there is 4 playable characters, all with unique traits, make this a very ambitious game for the time.

#12

Super Mario 3D Land

3DS, 2011

Times Beaten-1

This was another twist for the beloved series, taking advantage of the 3D graphics to create a different adventure for Mario, combining elements from the side scrolling games with the 3D ones. While it is a fun game, I wished I was playing a regular 2D or 3D Mario most of the time.

#11

New Super Mario Bros

DS, 2006

Times Beaten-1

A return to the side scrolling age after a decade of being in 3D was a most exciting concept. The only bad thing was that this meant it would be facing up against the last 2D Mario, Super Mario World. And it didn’t even come close, having focused more on keeping faithful to the original NES game, but with a ton of new features added to it.

#10

Super Mario 64

N64, 1996

Times Beaten-2

This is also one of the most famous games ever made, responsible for ushering 3D games into the limelight in a good way. Though the game had a few flaws, it was still pretty amazing for the time. I never was too into it, however, for I felt it was far worse than some of the 2D games.

#9

New Super Mario Bros Wii

Wii, 2009

Times Beaten-4

While this game was a huge improvement over the DS game, it still sorely fell behind some other 2D Marios, making me realize they weren’t even trying to create these side-scrollers like they used to. The “New” series seemed to be something completely different, and while not as good as some of the classics, they are still solid games.

#8

New Super Mario Bros 2

3DS, 2012

Times Beaten-1

This game is a lot of fun, especially compared to the previous two on this list. It was so satisfying to just run like crazy, collecting absurd amounts of coins, through some of the best platforming seen in years.

#7

Super Mario Sunshine

GameCube, 2002

Times Beaten-3

This is probably the most unique Mario game around. Cleaning graffiti with a water pack that has all sorts of different settings, while traversing through beautiful landscapes…just awesome. There was plenty of platforming challenges scattered throughout the game as well, making this a fantastic game all around.

#6

New Super Mario Bros U

Wii U, 2012

Times Beaten-1

Now this is what I’ve been waiting for. Amazing platforming chock full of secrets and challenge, new power ups and other ideas, all scattered throughout a massive world. This was the game I have been waiting for ever since they announced the “new” line of platformers back on DS.

#5

Super Mario Bros 3

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NES, 1988

Times Beaten-2

This game was more than anyone could ever have expected at the time of its release. It completely blew every other platformer out of the water, and still does to most even today. It was such a vast improvement over it’s prequels, it’s amazing to think they are in the same series. A huge world, tons of new content, and unique items will keep this one in the record books forever. It is funny I have only ever beat the game twice, for as a small child, I played this game constantly, just goofing around on the many great stages.

#4

Super Mario Galaxy 2

Wii, 2010

Times Beaten-1

The only reason this places lower than the first game is because this was not really the true game. The only reason this game exists is because there was so much that couldn’t fit into the first game, that Nintendo decided to just make another game to put it all in, which is great news for fans! It’s almost like the best DLC ever. So the whole central idea was not fresh at this point, but there were a ton of new ideas and planets to explore and items to grab that made this game stand out by itself.

#3

Super Mario Galaxy

Wii, 2007

Times Beaten-2

This game is a masterpiece. It is probably one of the very few games I can say I could literally not put down. I was so amazed by how good it was, that in only 3 days I got every star and unlocked Luigi, only to immediately beat the game with every star with him too. No other game has had me play so much at one time, and do it over again with no time in between. The game is so unique and incredible, that I long to play it again…(Curse you backlog!)

#2

Super Mario World

SNES, 1990

Times Beaten-At Least 20

This is probably the best platformer ever made, in my opinion. I spent my childhood uncovering every tiny little secret in this diverse, huge world. The game is so vast and just perfect. I absolutely love it and I can pick it up anytime and play through it, taking all the shortcuts to beat the game quickly, or slowly beat every level, and uncover all the secret paths and not stop until I beat Special Land and turn the world into that awesome weirdo place where the Koopas are Marios.

#1

Super Mario 3D World

Wii U, 2013

Times Beaten-1

Here it is, the best Mario game ever made. I was rather disappointed when they announced the next 3D Mario would be in the same 2D/3D combined style like Super Mario 3D Land, seeing that I wasn’t all that impressed with that game.

But the second I played it, I was proven wrong. The new items, particularly the cat, is amazing, the fact that you can play as a variety of characters, each with unique traits, is even more amazing, the humongous world to explore is creative and diverse, and the gameplay is just simply solid. This game delivered everything I could have wanted for this style of game, and I love it to death.

There is plenty to do in the game, giving it some nice replay value too. I had long given up hope that they would ever top Super Mario World, but it seems any game with “world” in the title is destined for greatness.

And there you have it. That is all the mainline games, ranked from worst to best. They are all very good, memorable games, and there are tons of spin off or other series with Mario that are just as good, if not better. It is safe to say that the gaming industry would not be the same without this little fella, so my hat’s off to him. I can’t wait to see where Odyssey fits in this list!

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