Lucius PC Video Game Review

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Warning some spoilers.

Lucius is about the son of Satan. He’s come back to take over the world. In order to go concur the world he, for some reason, has to kill off his family. While he’s killing off whoever the family slowly starts getting paranoid as to whos killing everyone. Some have emotional breakdowns and then the police get involved. The lead detective bumbles about and tries to piece it all together. Every once in a while Satan will drop by and give Lucius power ups.

This is one the few games I really really wanted to like. For once you play the ultimate bad guy and there are weird justifications for doing tons of gory bad things. Then you get to read his journal entries and shows the mindset of a terrible person for once. However it doesn’t do much else. The story is so frail that it doesn’t really explain why its a good idea to kill off your family, nor how he was going to go about ruling the world. Think about it. If he kills off his family he’ll be a penniless orphan and will only go on to kill other families. On top of that there is zero time for character development to make the player care about the people who are being killed and much less why they are killed.

Now murdering them all is a mixture of grotesque and unique. This portion of the game is pretty much a stealth puzzle mixture and all the combinations are interesting to figure out. Although some do die in cliché ways, although the setup is always different. This gameplay as a whole isn’t too difficult. It’s a lot like some of the older point and click games where you take everything that isn’t nailed to the floor. After that you explore the house to find the special spot to use it.

Also some of the best power ups that Satan gives you come really late in the game and you won’t be able to use them except maybe once. Like it you eventually get to wipe peoples memory after they catch you doing something bad, which would be hella useful in earlier parts of the game. But it’s only introduced after 3/ 4 ths of the game is complete and since you’ve already killed some 10+ people there are less people in the house to catch you. So it doesn’t really serve a purpose unless you really suck at stealth. Or better yet, you don’t get the ability to conjure fireballs till the second to last level. How awesome would it have been to just go around smokin mofos left and right with this ability? Well guess what? It isn’t happening.

This wasn’t a great game and it wasn’t what I hoped it would be. The graphics are OK, but not great for this generation. The voice acting is sometimes just terrible, or feels like a bad B movie. The characters are sometimes completely cliché, like the only butler in the game is British. On top of all that a lot of the story is just stupid. It basically amount to “go out and kill everyone just because!” and then it doesn’t give you a option not to kill them or give you a better explanation.

So if you do pick it up try to find it cheap. It’s a short experience and there is little replay value. Sure there are two bonus levels, but they’re hard, boring and serve no purpose. Also the story is going to be too bland for some people. Hopefully they’ll make a sequel seeing as they could easily fix things and adjust the story and game mechanics.

4.5/10

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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Movie Review

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Walter Mitty is a ‘average guy’ who feels like he isn’t living the life he wants. So he daydreams frequently. These daydreams are elaborately hilarious and endearing. Many end during a interruption by someone or whenever whatever fantasy is fulfilled. While struggling to stay in reality he works at a soon defunct newspaper that is being transitioned by a obnoxious and mildly abusive boss. Meanwhile he struggles to talk to a new found office love and move his Mom into a new apartment.

This is a great self discovery movie. To a certain extent this is like the midlife crisis that doesn’t end horribly. It captures what most people wonder: does my existence matter? Through his journey he rediscovers himself, his accomplishments, and realizes he does matter to others. His life isn’t anything over the top, but he learns to enjoy it and what he has accomplished. The most heart warming part is the people who recognize his accomplishments, like the elusive photographer he worked with. He even learns to deal with his panicked imagination due it hampering his love life a few times and it makes him realize things aren’t always so complex.

What’s really cute in how the story pushes itself along. It doesn’t drown you in facts about many characters in a matter of minutes, unlike LA Confidential. Where ever Mitty is a little clue or something will pop up and it will bring back a memory, or his imagination, will remind him of something or encourage him to move forward. After that other characters will comment on his work and what he’s done. It’s like a long autobiography with other peoples commentary. It’s really different method of story telling compared to most self involved movies.

The story’s direction is rather linear and slow paced sometimes. It comes to a point where Mitty has to go globetrotting in order to continue the story. It was rather predictable considering if he didn’t then I would have only sat in the movie theater for about 30 minutes. Then there are many scenes that are nothing but 3 minute + montages of beautiful scenery. These two factors will probably lose the movie points with some, but as stated before: the story and warm characters keep it watchable.

While Ben Stiller usually plays the offbeat male roles really well, this one seems to stick out amongst the rest. It seems to be more of a earnest then most of his characters with less erratic qualities. He did a great job showing sincerity for other people while in stressful situations. Kristen Wiig, while always funny, doesn’t show much of a stretch for this role. It almost felt standard from seeing some of her other characters, but it was like a toned down version of all of them. Adrian Martinez did a great job capturing the awkward assistant that is always willing to help. Although I felt it was cut short, because he didn’t have that many scenes and probably could have been in a few more to show his importance in Mittys life. Adam Scott was great as a passive aggressive turd, but it seemed too similar to his comedic style. So it wasn’t really anything new. Sean Penn was a great addition to the mystery character that helps pull the movie forward.

I really like this film. Everything is great about this movie, except the long montages. It isn’t the Forest Gump of this generation, but it’s really damn close. What’s beautiful about this movie is that it takes a slow and silly approach to showing how everyone has a purpose and how there is always someone who needs them. It’s really heartwarming, and although not a traditional holiday film it still captures the wonderfully soft and warm compassionate side of the human spirit.

Please see this in theaters.

8.5/10