I am an adventurer.
I shall be the most incompetent and inconsistent mayor this town has ever seen.
Day 2 of filming Captain Ballantine!
The dastardly Deputy Minister of Justice, Mr. Darrow, prepares to battle our protagonist.
Film I was the Camera Operator on. This still is of the talented and amazing Jackson Berlin. It was a great experience to be a part of.
A swashbuckling tale of high adventure! Captain Ballantine and the Painted Lady is our short film final project for the Vancouver Film School. Visit frequently (and follow!) to keep up to date on our progress and for all sorts behind the scenes extras.
Check out a project I’m proud to be a part of.
I’d say spoilers follow, but that insinuates there is something good that could be spoiled. I’m also assuming you’ve played through the game if you’re reading this.
SO, Tomb Raider eh. Looked like a good game right? Looked like Uncharted with a lady, right? That’d be cool right? RIGHT! NOPE NOPE NOPE.
The gameplay is totally competent but unoriginal. It feels like Uncharted, but that’s because it’s a very obvious “Hey guys that game is cool and fun and hip and all the kids love it! Lets COPY it!” game. See one of the awesome parts of Uncharted is that during most of it’s huge set pieces it still lets you have some control of Drake. This gives you all of those “OH SWEET JESUS” moments of feeling like you’re a real part of what’s happening. You know, it’s this idea of interactivity. It’s kinda what Video Games are based on. Now when Tomb Raider throws these ‘set pieces’ at you, it’s all scripted and you have no control of it besides go forwards in this specific way. That is boring and lame and no fun for nobody, no how, no way. Ok, enough of the gameplay. Story time.
Oh boy, this is a doozy. First off, Lara is an idiot. All the side characters are over the top stereotypes. And all this ‘survivor’ bullshit the marketing for the game has been hyping up, only last the first 40 minutes. Then Lara becomes the aggressor and just starts straight up attacking the islands inhabitants. The first 40 minutes and the rest of the game feel completely separate, like the ‘survivor’ aspect was supposed to continue but someone higher up was like “MORE EXPLOSIONS YOU COCK SUCKERS” because in my head they all talk like that.
MOVING ON or moving down? Because it just gets worse. I’m going to jump around chronologically for a moment. First the Scottish captain, Grim, dies and a couple people are like oh that kinda sucks. Then stereotypical mentor figure, Roth, dies and everyone gets really butt hurt. Then the computer hacker, Alex, dies and everyone is still really butt hurt over Roth’s death. No one cares about Grim and Alex. Later in the game they even make a remark about remembering how great Roth was and no one says anything about Grim or Alex. Not a god damn peep. Ok back to the chronological order.
After Roth dies the most frustrating and infuriating scene of the whole game occurs. Following Roth’s small funeral the remaining crew decides to go to the beach to fix up a boat to leave and Lara decides to stay to pay her respects some more. She then has the revelation of a life time. The islands magical storms are connected to the Sun Queen. WAIT NOW, HOLD UP A SECOND. WHAT!?! Over the past 4/5 hours it has been practically shoved in her face every 20 minutes and she is just now figuring it out. Fucking Lara, you idiot. This is where the game completely lost me. I went from hell no to fuck this. Absolutely nothing makes sense after this.
The group sends the computer hacker off to gather some tools instead of the the extremely muscular warrior guy. They then think he is taking too long and must be in trouble so Lara goes after him. Literally as soon as Lara heads in his direction he just casually radios in and is like “hey guys I’m almost there.” No one tried to radio him. Fuck this.
Lara can only traverse the environment on the way to the ship with all of her advanced equipment, but somehow Alex makes it there fine with just his two legs. Fuck this.
An out of no where romantic subplot is brought up between Alex and Lara 10 minutes before he dies. Fuck this.
The ‘tools’ Alex was sent to recover and lost his life over were just a screw driver and a wrench.
Reyes gets decently grazed on her upper arm and for some reason they make a makeshift arm sling implying her arm is broken, but then do nothing for the gaping bleeding wound. Fuck this.
The Sun Queen makes a bubble around the platform she’s on as she takes forever to possess Sam. Arrows can’t penetrate the bubble, but Lara just walks through it like nothing. Fuck this
In the final area you move in a circle but the wind is always against you. Fuck this.
Tomb Raider would you please
A soldiers moving memoir.—
My mum says I’m a good actor.—
1. Mass Effect 3
With the addition of The Extended Cut Ending this game was damn near perfect to me. It’s everything I always wished it would be, and more. I’ve already played through it twice and every time I think about it I want to play it all the way through again. That’s something magical, and so is Mass Effect 3.
In the final moments of this game, I shared a deeply emotional experience with a person. Someone I didn’t know, or would ever know. Communicating with only rudimentary gestures. It was amazing.
3. Halo 4
I loved the previous Halo Trilogy, but this much more personal story of Chief and Cortana captivated me more than anything in the previous games. I’m very excited to see where this new Halo Trilogy will go.
4. Pokemon Black 2
Still the worst new ‘actual’ pokemon in the series but by far the greatest game with story, gameplay and post game content.
5. The Walking Dead
Telltale perfectly captures the essence of The Walking Dead, while also making the adventure game genre fun again.
This game is balls to the walls insane arcade style fun.
Max Payne 3
The overall story is a bit convoluted and kinda dull, but that’s not why you play Max Payne 3. You play Max Payne 3 for Max’s amazingly written internal commentary on the world around him and the fun as hell gameplay.
Rock Band Blitz
Play all of your Rock Band songs with a regular controller, super cool.