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In my continuing attempt to play through the stack of old games I have collected over the years, I cracked open Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction for the PS2. It follows a similar open world style as the Spider-Man 2 movie game. Where swinging around the city was entertaining, rampaging around town as the Hulk is amazing fun. Sandbox games are only as good as the tools you are given to create chaos and the Hulk has that in spades. The creators captured the essence of the Hulk character perfectly. You are an unstoppable wrecking machine, tearing through tanks and buses, running up the sides of buildings, leaping from rooftop to rooftop, or jumping in the air to toss the truck you picked up at the helicopter that is shooting at you, and in general leaving carnage in your wake. You can also weaponize things in the environment meaning the lamppost you rip up becomes a bat to smack smack the cops down the block with, or you can tear a car in half and turn it into metal gloves to increase the damages your punches make, or tear a missile battery off a tank, put it on your shoulder and then throw rockets at your enemies. The move list is equally as impressive, allowing you to chain things together into some crazy combos. I'm only 10 missions into the story, but there are a bunch of challenge missions to soak up your time too. My favorite so far is the "golf" mission where the Hulk is standing on top of a building holding a pipe as unfortunate soldiers fall out a helicopter above him. You have to time your swing to launch these guys as far into the ocean as possible. These missions are quick bites of fun and help break things up. If you have the chance, there is a lot of fun to be had with the Hulk.
Here is a video of some gameplay
I also downloaded the Metal Gear Solid level pack for LittleBigPlanet and played through it with a friend last night. Media Molecule has produced another group of fun, creative levels that require multiple runthroughs to see all the secrets and to collect all the hidden items. The new paint gun is a great new addition to the LBP arsenal. I look forward to seeing how people incorporate it into their levels. There have been a bunch of clever levels and thankfully the new search system allows people a better chance to find them. The enemies they created for the Metal Gear levels are imaginative and fun to fight, especially the multi-stage Metal Gear Rex boss. If the level packs continue to be of this quality, LBP's future is bright.
Here is a video of the Metal Gear Rex fight if you don't mind being spoiled.
After finishing with LittleBigPlanet, I had to wrap some presents. So to get into the spirit I popped in the holiday classic From Hell starring Johnny Depp & Heather Graham. Nothing like a movie about Jack the Ripper slaughtering prostitutes in late 19th Century London to get your Ho Ho Ho going......don't blame me, blame NetFlix. Depp's portrayal of an Inspector that solves cases in part due to visions he has during opium induced drug hallucenations is his usual high quality. Its not his best role as a cop, but it's hard to top Detective Thomas Hanson. From Hell is a decent flick with a nice conspiracy to unravel, but something bugged me throughout the film. Where has Heather Graham gone? She was the hottest thing going 10 years ago. Swingers, Boogie Nights, the second Austin Powers movie, Bowfinger, From Hell, but I can't think of anything she's been in recently. Her IMDB page doesn't help much since I haven't heard of most of her credits from the last 8 years. Another mystery of Hollywood I guess.
Here is the trailer for From Hell
Anyway, I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas out there. Enjoy the new games if you get them!