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Review: Grand Theft Auto IV

August 6, 2012

Hoo boy, Grand Theft Auto IV.

Well, I suppose I should start out with the good things. The city is heartbreakingly beautiful, in particular Algonquin/Manhattan. The Broker/Brooklyn Bridge is a fair match for its real-life counterpart, the famous landmarks of New York are all present (with the exception of Ground Zero/The 9/11 Memorial/Three World Trade Center), and the civilian A.I. makes Liberty City feel alive.

I really dug the story and thought that Niko was a good choice as the first immigrant protagonist in the 3D-eras of Grand Theft Auto. Some of the missions were a little…predictable, given the history of stories in the series (for instance, the inevitable betrayal to end the first act), but I’d describe them to be, collectively, too easy, and I am not widely known for enjoying a stiff challenge. Although, my favorite mission of all would probably be the bank robbery, mainly for how the running firefight reminded me of Heat.

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Review: Minority Report and Grand Theft Auto San Andreas

March 11, 2011

First things first, if it seemed like that last review was rushed, well, that’s because it was. I was working on it down to the last minute, and I had to go back and re-write the Back to the Future game review because I, in an astounding fit of obliviousness, closed the browser without saving the draft.

So, anyway. Minority Report. Taking place in the mid-21st century, it defines itself early as a neo-noir film, with the overarching themes of predestination versus free will fleshed out from the start. Tom Cruise plays John Anderton, chief of the Pre-Crime division of the Washington D.C. Police Department, and a drug addict whose son was kidnapped and presumably killed fifteen years ago. Now that I see it written out, this role just absolutely reeks of Oscar bait.

After being preemptively accused of premeditated murder, he must flee his former co-workers, and Director Burgess, played by notable Swedish actor Max von Sydow. Along the way he uncovers a plot implicating Burgess in an attempt to set up Anderton, as well as the murders of Anne Livey and Department of Justice agent Danny Whitwer (Colin Farrell). Read the rest of this entry ?