Granted, to anybody who has wanted to play a modern-day Godfather, you could just pick up any of the GTA games or their various impersonators. But a true GTA-style game set in the same era as the seminal Godfather films has been surprisingly rare. But with Mafia II, the sequel to the classic PC title (and very terrible PS2 port), wannabe Italian mobsters finally get their chance. I did play the demo released a couple of weeks ago, and it seems to support most of the reviews, that the presentation and story is great, but the gameplay could use a little work. Still probably a worthwhile purchase if you enjoy that style of game or just really great story-telling though.
PS3 & 360 gamers get another high-profile downloadable title out this week in Shank, which essentially looks like a 2D God of War with its over-the-top ultra-stylized violence. I plan to download the demo at some point today or tomorrow and hopefully give impressions in my next post.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has had many variations over the years, and they all came together in a glorious mash-up titled Turtles Forever. And now it's been put out on DVD, which you think would be a glorious occasion, but it's a release with a good 9 minutes trimmed out and completely devoid of extras. This seems like a movie tailor-made for Turtles fans of all ages which makes it seem incredibly stupid to release this in such a form. Hopefully some kind of super ultimate edition will come out and rectify this horrible mistake.
Finally, I happened to catch the pilot episode of No Ordinary Family. Best described as a live-action Incredibles, I was really hoping Michael Chiklis and Julie Benz would make this worthwhile, but judging strictly on the pilot, it's pretty terrible writing. Like truly awful. I was cringing most of the way through, hoping it would pick up. It did have some slightly interesting foreshadowing, but if it doesn't improve quick don't expect it to become a regular sci-fi viewing.
That's all for now, hopefully should be back Thursday or Friday with Shank impressions and some other things. Until the, here's your TRAILER OF THE WEEK: Let Me In