Sunday, December 31, 2023

The Bad Things About Spider-Man 2


I don’t need to tell you the good things bout Marve’s Spider-Man 2 on the PS5. It’s Nw Year’s Eve 2023, the game’s been out for over two months, and plenty of people have talked about all the good things in it. I mean, the game is like 98% good things! So, after 100%ing it (not Platniuming, I don’t have that kind of free time), here’s where I think it missed.

1: The Triangle Activate Button.

One of the things I like about Insomniac games is that they’re always easy to play. Insomniac is great at interpreting player intent for the most part and doing what you want to do in most situations where you indicate you want to do them. Which is why the activate button behavior os so weird.

Why, oh why does it need you to be a certain distance and pointed a certain way to work? I’m standing near the thing. There’s NOTHING ELSE I could possibly want to doing except opening this box, accessing this panel, placing this sonic charge, whatever. NOTHING. But I gotta be lined up just so before the dot saying “yeah you can press triangle here” turns into a triangle so I can press triangle there. Maddening.

2. The multi-stage boss fights.

I don’t necessarily mind a multi-stage boss fight as such. What I don’t like is first, a multi-stage boss fight where the strategy doesn’t materially change between stages (Spider-Man 2) and also multi-stage boss fights where there’s no indication how many stages there are because each stage has its own health bar for the boss (also Spider-Man 2). The only reason to make these boss fights this long are to make room for all the EMOTIONAL STORY BEATS they want to have during the boss fight, which, OK, but then give me one health bar so I can see how close I’m actually getting to winning, and also make the stages shorter so, when I emerge from a cutscene to learn the boss fight is still going on, I don’t groan at the thought of five more minutes of dodge dodge dodge parry attack special special.

3. It’s too long.

The ending is a slog, again, because they have a set quantity of story beats they want to hit, and it’s too many, and also the story beats are drawn out by long boss fight stages and intermediate goon fights. The finale could have lost 30-60 minutes, easy, and I’d have been happier.

4. A little too much game for the mechanics.

After two full long games of this, there’s only so many things you can accomplish with the game’s standard mechanics. That means you end up with a LOT of situations where swinging, gliding, and punching goons are a METAPHOR for internal struggle or used as a way to solve problems that aren’t really solved naturally by swinging, gliding, and punching goons. The only way I can come to terms, emotionally, with my reviled nemesis and my lust for revenge? Play through a series of goon fights! I get it, but you do it too much and it really starts to become noticeable and distracting.

Still tons of fun and still my absolute favorite open-world game because it’s the most linear open-world game ever made (that may be another post) but a few flaws.

Friday, December 29, 2023

GAP FILLED: Henry Jones, Sr.

I think barring some serious clearance prices, I’m done with A/dventure Series now., unless Hasbro decides to revive it after putting out three waves and pausing.

Saturday, December 23, 2023

The Semi-Regular Kids Warehouse Haul


This pic goes up top because it’s the one I put the most effort into.

For the second time now, researching a toy has led me to a toy I didn’t know esited. or had dismissed, only to find it dirt cheap at Kids Warehouse, reminding me that Kids Warehouse exists, reminding me that they sell a lot of Hasbro on the dirt cheap, causing me to make a… hefty purchase.

For the record, the toys listed here averaged out to about $8.50 each with shipping.

Wednesday, December 20, 2023

ANOTHER EARLY PREORDER: Affordable Chainsaw Man!

I mean, I -assume- they’d be mortal enemies?

I really enjoyed Chainsaw Man So it was a goddamned shame when all the action figures from the show were in lines with $70+ price points.

Tuesday, December 19, 2023



Hasbro keeps sending me stuff early. Well, as long as it’s Marvel stuff,. Star Wars stuff can apparently take its sweet fucking time.

Thursday, December 14, 2023

FIGURE PHOTO: The Team Gets Beheld

 I have a Beholder. I have the full D&D movie team. I have some effects packages. 

These Beholder powers are not remotely accurate, based on my limited research, except for Xenk getting petrified. But “being charmed by a charm ray” isn’t as visually interesting as “Chris Pine getting the ever-loving bejesus lightninged out of him.  And so I did that.

Sunday, December 10, 2023

FIGURE PHOTOS: Fun With Skellingtons


This is just an idea I had to use the Golden Axe skeletons, which are very versatile, The image of one crawling out a desert well stuck in my head. Been playing around with new ways to do glowing effects, outlines, and shadows with the tools at my disposal - you can see a result on the side of the well here.

They’re attacking the Indy guys because, well, they’re animated skeletons. Seems right.

Monday, December 4, 2023

HOLDAY SALE CRAP PART 3: Two Random, Cheap Hasbros


I’ve learned it’s a good idea to just stack my Entertainment Earth cart with preorders until I hit the free shipping point, and then sit for a bit, because sometimes, they have a couple of dirt cheap figures on a bonus sale where they end up being like eight bucks each, so you just add them to your preorder cart, and boom, free shipping. Hence, Dark Trooper.

Sunday, December 3, 2023


Hasbro Pulse also had a sale. Hasbro Pulse’s sale was 25% off. Hasbro Pulse still had beholders. Fuck yeah I got a beholder.

Saturday, December 2, 2023

HOLIDAY SALE CRAP PART 1: Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3


I really, really liked Guardians of the Galaxy V3. I’ve seen it three times now. But the figure situation was… weird.