Normally I don't do these kind of review journals, but since I enjoyed these two recent things and feel I haven't really been using my journal space for anything other than saying "nothing really catastrophic happened", I might as well share my opinions on them.
A Link Between Worlds
In this game, there is a man dressed like a bee in Kakariko Village that makes bee puns like "bee still my heart", "wasp's that?", and "bee-witching" and asks for you to catch and bring him bees and thanks you from the bottom of his buzz.
I just wanted to inform everyone about this and I think that says all that needs to be said about this game.
...okay, I'll say a few more things.
It's really interesting how different this game is from the previous handheld game, Spirit Tracks, and I kept comparing Link Between Worlds with Spirit Tracks as I played it. A Link Between Worlds plays in a more old-school fashion in that the focus is more on exploration in a giant overworld and no one's really pointing you in any direction besides "hey, you collect these things that are in these dungeons". After the first three dungeons, you can complete the dungeons in any order you want. And, best of all, they didn't do what they did in Skyward Sword in that there's no helper character giving you hints. There is a hint system, but just like in Ocarina of Time 3D you can totally skip it and I found it way more rewarding to go through the game purely by intuition and exploration.
On the other hand, Spirit Tracks had a lot of story build-up and world building it did and, in the end, I feel like I ended up getting to know the characters of Spirit Tracks way more than I did the characters of A Link Between Worlds. There isn't a lot of exploration available in Spirit Tracks when you start out at all, you have to complete all the dungeons in order, the train can only go on rails you completed, and the game has a very clear story progression. Exploration is sacrificed for character and story.
Best of all, neither of these is the better approach. In the end, A Link Between Worlds has the better gameplay (and I had a total blast playing it) and, while A Link Between Worlds did have some great story twists in the very end of the game, I feel like Spirit Tracks ended up having the stronger story overall.
And, just gonna say it now, but I think Yuga paled in comparison to Chancellor Cole. Yuga just kind of drops off from the storyline about midway through the game (although there is a reason behind it) while Chancellor Cole continually appears throughout Spirit Tracks' story to remind everyone how much of an arrogant little snot he is.
Gotta love the designs on the non-Ganon villains in the Zelda universe.
I ended up liking this more than Tangled and The Princess and the Frog.
I like Wreck-it Ralph more, but that's gonna be a hard movie for Disney to beat in my eyes. Definitely a blu-ray purchase in the future for sure.
I'm so glad I entered this film without spoiling any of the songs, because the songs ended up being my favorite part of the movie. After some kind of weak musicals this era (I'm one of those people who did not like Princess and the Frog's soundtrack too much), I was so glad to hear a soundtrack that I immediately decided needed to be on my iPod. There's more of a Broadway musical kind of feel to this movie than the other Disney movies, but since I adore how Broadway musicals, I don't see it as a bad thing.
I also really like that, unlike Tangled (and don't get me wrong, Tangled's soundtrack is......okay), the music completely compliments the actions in the film instead of stopping the film.
Also, oddly, I ended up really liking Olaf even though I don't really like the kind of character Olaf is. I think the backstory and his one really cheerful but vaguely depressing song really helped. "Somebody's gotta tell him..."
...all of my comments seem to be about the music, but that's because I really have nothing to say about everything else. The characters were great, the cast is very likeable (save for one person, but let's not get into spoilers), the backgrounds are amazing, and the snow animation is incredible. Highly recommend it.
-------------To Do List
Collab Submission (a secret one) - DUE January 5th.
-Fake comic panels for my characters (currently working on one with Ben in it)
-Redesigns for some of my characters (working on Randell, whose body design is currently far too human for my liking)
-90's cartoons fanart (including some really obscure characters I've been meaning to draw)
-Crash Bandicoot fanart
-Darkwing Duck fanart