So I've been thinking about how to handle this column, and I'm starting to seriously think that after I get back from SXSW, you're going to see this evolve into my first-ever weekly podcast. It's one of those things that can take a lot of time on a busy week, and I think I could actually do a better job in a more conversational way with an audio version of this column. So stay tuned... big changes are coming...
For now, it feels like all of Hollywood has a hangover in the wake of the Oscars. Everything's quiet, and that includes this week's fairly modest release schedule. There's a huge title for gamers, a few of this year's Oscar contenders, and a couple of the worst films in recent memory. All in all, an interesting week, so let's get right to it.
THIS WEEK'S FEATURED TITLES:
I've never been a big fan of this particular type of game, but there's no denying that "Final Fantasy" is one of the biggest franchise titles in the world, and the release of this particular chapter in that franchise comes with enormous expectations both from the audience and from the developers. New approaches to combat, more overt SF influences than ever before, and the first time one of these has been released multi-platform in the US means we're looking at one of the biggest launch days of the year. I hope this one lives up to all the hopes that fans have for it, because it's been a long time trying to get this on shelves.