I just got done with A Link Between Worlds and I'm currently going through Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction. Big backlog year for me. ALBW was fantastic, and I'm having fun with Tools, too.
Natalie Portman is hell of weird. I really liked her character's romance with Thor in that first movie, but in Thor 2 she was trying to get over him after he... never called her during all the off-screen time, I suppose? I think they reconnected there at the end, but it's been like a dozen Marvel movies since then, including one Thor movie made by this director, and none of them acknowledge her at all. It always just seemed like they were writing around an actress that didn't wanna be involved anymore, and it's pretty weird if they're gonna try to return to her again. After what Ragnarok and the latest Avengers movies did to Thor's cast and setting, I have no idea what another Thor movie would even be like. Or, I mean, I guess I know. It's just Thor and Valkyrie and the Fortnite aliens on another planet again.
It'd be a shame if it happened to anyone, but it happened to one of the most beloved studios out there. Kyoto Animation has been doing amazing looking shows for TV since before I got into the medium. From early nostalgic classics for me like Haruhi Suzumiya, Clannad, Full Metal Panic! or Lucky Star, to later successes like Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid, Free!, Nichijou, Sound! Euphonium or K-On!, they've enriched the medium with their presence. Even when I disliked one of their shows, their craft was always amazing.
They were experts at animation and filmic effects, providing the appropriate approaches to everything they made whether it was comedy, romance, drama or action, and just running circles around most other animation studios. They defined the current modern look of anime, and they did that look the best. And they were both masters of their craft _and_ reportedly had a great studio culture that supported and fostered its employees. Occasionally I loved them, sometimes I was tired of their output, but I always respected them.
It's a terrible thing to happen to a wonderful studio. Just makes me sad, man. Please support the various recovery efforts.
Those Crash and Spyro remakes, Transformers Devastation, Donut County, Rayman Legends, Strider, Sonic Mania, Shovel Knight and One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 are all good to great games that I think are fairly appropriate for his age. The old Ratchet games unfortunately aren't on PS4, but the old Jak games are, and Jak 1 should be both pretty cheap and pretty good as far as 3d platformers go.
Maybe throw some Brawlhalla, Dragonball FighterZ, Street Fighter 4 or 5 or Tekken 7 at him if he might like those kinda fighting games and especially if he has someone to play them with, just make sure he doesn't start bothering other kids outside of the games with his newfound fightin moves lol. Crash Team Racing also looks like a real good game to have for a kid as long as there's someone to play with. "Sibling games", you know. Overwatch or Fortnite are also completely fine shooters for a kid, though maybe keep an eye on the voice chat. Minecraft is on PS4 too.
Keep Phoenix Wright, Tales of Vesperia or Okami in mind if he starts liking to read, 'cause they might be a bit boring for a kid otherwise. But if he is that reading sort, maybe 7 is a bit early for those games (Every Phoenix Wright case being a murder case, the protagonist in Vesperia bloodlessly shanking some bad guys that the Law can't get to in Vesperia), but definitely not by much. They're largely wholesome, positive and colorful games.
Shadow of the colossus is awesome and basically family friendly as far as content goes, but the clunky controls and the minimalistic mood might not gel that well with every kid. Monster Hunter World on the other hand might be overwhelmingly complex, but I think every kid could get into hunting big dinosaurs with big swords. It's not inappropriate for his age group, it just depends on him. Monster Hunter isn't for everyone, you know.
Marvel's Spider-Man is also fun and largely kid-friendly, no swearing or blood or anything of that sort, but there is some death and violence in it that could be scary for a young child. The bad guy can mind control people, and he uses it at various points to make people bomb a public gathering or shoot themselves. It's not graphically portrayed, and usually uses laser guns or magic energy explosions, but it might be a bit much for a seven-year old. If you're okay with him watching the Spider-Man movies, then the game should probably be okay for him too. Just help him through those sneaky sections where you play as Mary Jane.
I think Waititi makes funny stuff and Akira is incredibly self-serious and Japanese-oriented. Doesn't seem like a good fit.
But whatever, it can't be worse than most others. Even if the movie turns out to be not as good as the most visually impressive anime ever, it'll get people talking about the original. A new wave of people will become fans. It's fine.
Decided to jump into Overwatch after three years, on PS4. It's kinda dull at times, but it is very welcoming. The art direction and character designs are what drew me in in the first place, but what kept me from actually playing the game I bought was diving into online multiplayer shooters. However, Overwatch has so many non-precision characters that it's no trouble at all picking a support class and do well with just those. It's a chill time to just hit quick play with some randoms while listening to a podcast.
I don't think it's arrogance that made them go "Taking/killing stuff from the past won't affect anything in the future, also don't think about this too hard". Referencing those other movies that did the "do thing in the past to affect the future" isn't some affront to the other movies meant to say they've got a perfect solution, it's just meant to say that it won't work here to just snuff out baby Thanos, and borrowing these stones for a minute won't retcon every movie in the MCU up to this point.
Really shows the differences in how well they handled the classic three, right? Captain America and Iron Man get sad, heart felt sendoffs. Thor is a comedic relief who gets to be adopted as a Guardian after his own setting is basically all gone and everyone he knows besides the Ragnarok rookies are dead. I think the way Cap and Iron Man ended up makes sense going back to the first Avengers. I think Thor's journey is insane. Nobody knew how to handle his material.