“Ant-Man and the Wasp” has some good aspects to it. Most of the comedy is well done, and Paul Rudd absolutely kills it once again. The action is also good enough to fit in with the blockbuster season. Yet, with underwhelming visuals and a pointless narrative, it can’t help but feel forced. The film really does feel like it was just the next part in a mechanical series of movies, moving forward without judging how the previous films would impact this one. It’s an entertaining popcorn flick for sure, but if there was ever a Marvel movie to skip, it would be this one.
“Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy” is a great fit for any Nintendo Switch library. The port was flawlessly executed, though portable mode can be a bit questionable at times. The game is the same incredible remake of the "Crash" trilogy that it always was, with amazing visuals and music. Sure, the games are inconsistent and sometimes borderline awful, but the overall experience is so great that even levels like “Slippery Climb” can be excused. It’s solid buy for any Switch owner who has never gotten a chance to experience these gloriously retro titles.
'Sushi Striker: The Way of the Sushido' is a super charming game with addictive puzzle gameplay. The story and writing aren’t deep, but in conjunction with the art-style, it all becomes an interactive Saturday morning cartoon. The 2D art especially looks incredibly well-done and oozes with style, though the 3D art looks bland by comparison. The gameplay is what really sells it. There is so much more depth and challenge than expected of a game like this, and hours upon hours can be put in getting perfect clears in every stage. Even if the game sometimes doesn’t make sense, it just flows and makes the player feel smart despite seemingly not doing much. Just leave the Hard Mode Belt on; it’ll make the game more engaging.
Nintendo’s abandonment of the traditional E3 press conference has been a huge boon for the company. No longer tied down by audio issues and strange gameplay demos, the company can focus on neatly produced game showcases, and give proper time and attention to bigger titles. With some showstoppers like a new Smash Bros, Metroid Prime 4, and the next mainline Pokemon games coming soon, Nintendo had a ticket for the best show in town. If only they actually showed those showstopping titles, aside from Super Smash Bros.
Square-Enix, despite being a long time publisher and developer with dozens of franchises under their wing, has spent very little time with E3 press conferences. Their last E3 showing was three years ago, where they showed trailers that were already shown at Sony’s conference that year. With two long-awaited titles in Kingdom Hearts 3 and Final Fantasy VII Remake finally happening (eventually), Square has a lot to show, with room for plenty of surprise announcements. If fans are expecting something on the level of Microsoft yesterday or Sony later tonight, they’re going to be disappointed. After watching the event, even fans with tempered expectations were most definitely disappointed.