Wii + Netflix = Win

This isn’t exactly a video game, so I didn’t mean to mislead, but just the same, it needs addressed. I got a Nintendo Wii about two years, and I really had no use for it. All of that changed when I discovered the wonderful world of wireless internet. I signed up for Netflix, and my life changed slightly. I now had access to many television programs where ever there was an internet browser to be found, and where better to watch television than my television?  Netflix is definitely the best service for movie and television rental right now, and their streaming video has definitely got the upper hand over Blockbuster and Redbox.  The most fun I’ve ever had re-arranging things has got to be on their website, where the instant cue has become for me a semi-endless list of future entertainment.  If you haven’t checked it out, there are entire seasons of titles like Dexter, Weeds, Law and Order, Lie To Me, Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Office, Lost, and many more, including countless movies that I never would have watched without the ease of access offered by Netflix.  Seriously, it’s way better than Comcast OnDemand.  And it’s more fun to do with a WiiMote.  It’s only like 8 bucks a month, so go do it.  It’s worth it.  I wouldn’t lie to you.

Finally, the Wii is fun

Dante vs. Kratos

I recently got to play a bit of the game Dante’s Inferno and a few things came to mind.

First of all, if you have any knowledge of literature, you will recognize the story ‘Inferno’, from Dante Alighieri’s epic poem Divine Comedy, which has painted the picture most of us see now when we think of hell.  Inevitably more action takes place in the game, but for the most part it sticks to a similar goal as the original work, in that he descends literally and metaphorically into hell to literally and metaphorically see and understand the consequences of his sins in order to repent. The art design corresponding to some of Dante’s descriptions of hell are a tad stylized and embellished, but that’s not such a bad thing.

Second, however, it’s the exact same thing as God of War, except not as good.  The 3rd person view, the control set-up, the one-speed walking that kind of feels like driving a car rather than controlling a person, the double-jump for no reason, pretty much the same game.  I noticed this with the game Darksiders as well, but I didn’t care as much because it wasn’t that fun and I kind of gave up.  Dante’s Inferno is fun, but mostly because of the story and the fun fight scenes.  The graphics aren’t amazing, but it’s alright, they’re acceptable.

All this said, God of Waris still better.  Fighting demons with a giant scythe  in hell is fun and all, but fighting your way out of hell, twice, to go on to climb Mount Olympus and kill the gods, that’s pretty much the most fun you can have with Greek Mythology.  I still recommend both games, but for different reasons.  However, it seems like a genre is forming from this, so perhaps we can expect more fun mythos-based hack-and-slash epics in the future.

O, and Dantes apparently a Templar Knight in the game. And hes a bad-ass.

O, and if you thought this was going to be a real fight scenario I thought up, or something being made, I’m sorry for misleading you.  Kratos wins though.  Just saying.

Assassin’s Creed

Right now, I have to talk about the best new video game series in a while.  Assassin’s Creed, or more so Assassin’s Creed II and Brotherhood, is basically amazing because I can’t find anything wrong with it.  From the awesome combat to the awesome story, it’s awesome, to say the least.  If you don’t know the story, here it is in the smallest possible nutshell.  It’s 2012, and scientists can somehow replay the memories of people in the apparently pretty distant past by hacking in to the genes of their descendants.  The subject Desmond Miles is the descendant of Altaïr Ibn la-Ahad, who was an assassin during the Crusades, and of Ezio Auditore da Firenze, an Italian assassin that lived in the 1600’s, near the ‘end’ of the Renaissance.  In the game, you play as the assassins in the story, or actually sort of as Desmond playing as the assassins.  Anyway, you can climb on walls, fight guards, ride horses, solve puzzles and mysteries, discover secret passages, basically everything you always wanted to grow up and do when you were little.  The first game is fun, but holds nothing in comparison to the sequel.  In Assassin’s Creed II, you can go virtually anywhere in five or six entire cities.  If that’s not fun enough, in Brotherhood, you can go almost anywhere in 15th century Rome.  You might never have another opportunity to do that.  I’d say if you’re going to play Assassin’s Creed, don’t waste too much time with the first one, because the next two big-console titles are the best.  The graphics are amazing, from the detail of the architecture to the stitching on Ezio’s Renaissance Superhero costume.  The music, done by Jesper Kyd, is some of the best music I’ve heard in a while, and I don’t mean only in video games.  The back-story is vivid and deep, provocative, historical, and all the more reason to allow yourself to get sucked into these games.  Seriously, go get it.  It’s probably dirt-cheap at your local going out of business Blockbuster location.  Thanks, Comcast, for eliminating the need for some persons’ only form of exercise:  walking into the video store to look around.  I digress.  Play for short periods of time.  Go outside and shower and stuff.  But still, play, they’re really fun.

Ezio, fighting a huge Italian guard with a huge Italian weapon