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Super Metroid for 2D and Metroid Prime for 3D. I love SOTN and several other of the Castlevania games that took this route, but it always felt to me like those games were more Metroid than Castlevania, so I got to give Metroid the edge here.

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I think this looks like pure garbage. Everything since T2 has just been a mess. They're really stretching anymore to come up with different ways to try to make the timeline and lore of the franchise feel fresh, and none of it's worked. It's all felt very tacked on. And with this one, it looks like they just whacked a pinata full of crazy ideas and picked them all up. The whole thing felt like it was over at the end of the second one.

It may not be Alien Resurrection bad, but I'm still going with bad.

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The worst one I had was about 15 hours into Resident Evil 4. My nephew was watching me play it and wanted to pick it up when I went to work. I very explicitly walked him through the process of using a save slot and how not to save over my game. I don't know where he went wrong, but when I got home, sure enough, he'd written right over my game save with his own. I was pretty irritated, but it wasn't really a big deal. I loved the game so much, it wasn't really a hassle to play it from the start again, but it was definitely deflating to lose the momentum for a while.

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Original Prime is in my top five all time. I thought 2 was better than 3. I hate camera control with the wiimote. Barf. Seems like 2 isn't well liked in these parts

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#5  Edited By frankfartmouth

1. Boyhood

2. Nightcrawler

3. Birdman

4. Whiplash

5. The Grand Budapest Hotel

6. Citizenfour

7. Interstellar

8. Gone Girl

9. The Babadook

10. Selma

Some random thoughts:

I never got around to seeing Foxcatcher, but I have a feeling it would make this list. I've never been a big fan of Wes Anderson, but Grand Budapest got it right for me. The Theory of Everything and The Imitation Game were both well made and well acted but just beaten to death. A lot of people say they're both just like A Beautiful Mind. They're right. They're also like My Left Foot, but not as good. Total oscar bait. I rarely agree with the oscar's best picture pick, but I probably will this year, as Boyhood will likely win. But given their tendency to automatically coronate whatever reasonably well-made British period drama is up at the time, I wouldn't write off The Imitation Game or The Theory of Everything (I'm thinking of you, The King's Speech, and Out of Africa, and Chariots of Fire, and on and on). I came away from Boyhood feeling something I'd never really gotten from a movie before, and it wasn't just because of the gimmick of filming it over 12 years. Linklater really accomplished something there, and it should get the win. Oh and The Babadook was a really well-paced, well-acted horror film. And it wasn't another goddamn found footage one. Got to give that some love.

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God Hand would get a vote from me. I remember reading lukewarm reviews for it when it came out, then thought it was addictive as hell when I played it. It's flawed, I guess, but most of the flaws, like a nonexistent story, nonsensical characters, and repetitive, spring-loaded enemies and environments don't seem to play into it much anyway. It's all about the combat. I loved it.

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Many times. I did go to school for film, but I only saw it once there, in an intro class. I'd already seen it on my own a dozen or so times before that. It's certainly not an overhyped movie, but you have to be into the whole process of film production and analysis to really get into it because most of the techniques it introduced are commonplace now and so won't seem so incredible.

There are many things about it that don't date, though, especially Welles' performance, which is towering and Tolland's cinematography, which stands among the best ever. Also incredible that Welles was only 25 when he made it.

Great film, utterly important historically, but I'd still rather watch Taxi Driver or The Godfather any day. Just because people say it's the best film ever made--which it kind of is--doesn't mean it has to be your favorite movie or anything.

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Life itself. Documentary about the life of Roger Ebert, made by Steve James. I've always been a follower of Ebert's work, so it was mostly covered ground for me, but still pretty good. Not as good as other James docs though, like Stevie or Hoop Dreams.

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We'll see. Nintendo's pretty skittish about this kind of thing after the Super Mario movie and other embarrassing fare. I wouldn't be surprised if they back out of it. But this sounds pretty credible so let's hope it happens. And doesn't suck.

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#10  Edited By frankfartmouth

I like giant boobs in games in the same way I like them in a Troma or Russ Meyer film (or Game of Thrones, to not limit this to just badly made schlock), so I certainly don't agree with the hardliners who want that kind of thing gone. I remember this all blowing up over the booth babe shit a few years back. A lot of people say the industry's focus on tits makes it hard to take it seriously, but I don't see how it's different than any other media product. They all do it. Female roles in the film industry are way more limited then men's roles and far more sexualized, despite the fact that there are more women than men in our population, and that's a media product that isn't nearly as one-sided in its audience target. So it's obviously pretty systemic. I would like to see more rounded roles for female game protagonists as well, but I think we'd have to dig a lot deeper than anyone thinks for it to be commonplace at all