The Bourne Conspiracy

I don’t even know if this can really count as a “game”. It is very repetitive, and quite mindless. You are hand held the entire way, and it’s plot is drawn exactly from the Bourne Identity movie, except Jason Bourne does not look like Matt Damon, but some generic hero dude.

The game involves lots of button mashing for melee combat and heaps of lame “quick time events” where you accomplish a lot of plot specific parts of the game simply by pressing a button when the game tells you to.

A very short game, but that’s probably a good thing because I don’t think I could’ve handled much more. Two stars.

The Darkness

The Darkness is based on a comic book that no one has ever heard of, and drawing from it’s source material has a different gameplay take on the traditional first person shooter. Namely your character has two snake headed creatures that come out of your back and you can control them to do your bidding, such as eat the hearts of your enemy or summoned black holes.

Bizarre? Yep. The unique spin on gameplay however doesn’t elevate the game to something special. It’s different sure, but it’s otherwise a pretty ordinary game, with some strange story elements in it relating to the history behind why your character is possessed by this demonic power.

If you’re a big fan of The Darkness comics it’s a must play, but really, who is? Two stars.

The Top 5 movies I want to see in 2009

Here’s my pick of movies I’m most looking forward to this year. The general theme for me is that they’re films likely to be really bad, but I hope against hope out of fan-boy optimistism that they will be awesomeness.

5. Terminator Salvation

While I’m naturally skeptical of any James Cameron-less Terminator movie, the trailer looks cool and I’d like to see the actual war against the machines.

4. Watchmen

I really liked the graphic novel, so I’m interested to see how it’s converted onto the big screen.

3. X-Men Origins: Wolverine

With superheroes being hot property in Hollywood, this was the inevitable spin-off from the X-Men franchise, especially after Ratner effectively killed X-Men.

2. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

The first movie was rad, so I expect this will be radness x2. Nothing more needs to be said, can’t wait.

1. Star Trek

I acknowledge that my excitement for this is a result of massive optimism. I want so much for Star Trek to no longer suck, and the nostalgia factor for me is strong. I have lots of reservations about it, but I want it to be good, and that’s why I can’t wait to see.