Robby Reviews the Year 2015

Robby Reviews 2015
It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these Robby Reviews posts. Aside from what I did post, by the time I had a couple more done, the things I was reviewing weren’t very new, so it seemed weird to review them.

Anyway, I don’t think I’ve ever done this, but this will be a post dedicated to my favorite things that came out in 2015: movies, music, video games, etc. For the sake of spoilers (and time), I ironically won’t include much review for any of these. Keep in mind that all of my favorite media and such may or may not mimic what most people like. Each movie/game/album title is a purchase link, to make it easier for you to buy them just because I want you to. Without further ado…

MOVIES
Right off the bat, I didn’t think I saw that many new movies this year, but then when I thought about it, I actually did see quite a few. I probably watched more movies this year that were released between 2010 and 2014 than movies that were released in 2015, but I saw enough new movies to come up with a list of my top 3.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens My goal isn’t to really formally review any of these movies or anything, and I’m certainly not going to spoil this one. I don’t have anything particularly interesting to say about it, because my opinion seems to mirror most others’. It’s a Star Wars movie. And we haven’t got (a real) one since 1983. It wasn’t boring, but I wasn’t really surprised by much of anything either. Episode VIII should rock some balls in 2017.

Chappie As a fan of Neill Blomkamp’s previous work (District 9, specifically), the 80s films he has paid homage to (The Fly, Short Circuit, etc.), and Die Antwoord, I was very excited for this movie. It’s kind of like a cross between District 9 and Short Circuit. If you like those movies and aren’t annoyed by Die Antwoord (as some people are), watch this, because it didn’t get much attention.

Goodnight Mommy I love me some horror movies. If you like weird, psychological, horror movies, and can get over having to read subtitles and hearing German speaking, watch this. I don’t even know how to talk about it without potentially giving anything away.

VIDEO GAMES
I played more new video games than watched new movies this year, so narrowing them down to my 3 favorites is going to be tough. But here goes…

Fallout 4 New to the Fallout series, but not-so-new to semi-similar games, this game got me hooked. Since Rock Band 4 continues to be kind of broken, nothing was getting in the way of me playing this game. And so I did, a lot. I still haven’t finished it, but that’s probably only because I’ve been engrossed in all the side quests. The developer, Bethesda, is known for creating huge, open world games that are also a little buggy. In the 40 or so hours I’ve played, I’ve “only” gotten stuck 3 times I think due to a glitch. Longtime Fallout fans might not have been blown away, but since I didn’t have anything to compare it to really, especially not other Fallout games, I didn’t feel like anything was missing. Awesome game.

Life is Strange I remember buying the season pass for Life is Strange shortly after the first episode was released. I don’t even think it was on sale or anything; I think I was just hungry for a new game to play early in the year. The first episode was released in January, and the following 4 episodes were released afterwards, about 3 months in between each of them. Like a lot of these story-heavy games, I got a little uninterested towards the end because it got a little crazy. Well, a lot crazy. I was cool with being able to rewind time with a camera, but yeah, towards the end, it was hard to believe what was going on. Anyway, for the most part, I loved it. The script was a little iffy at times, not to mention some of the voice acting, but I enjoyed my time with it.

Rocket League Before Rocket League, what 2 player cooperative game did I fall into? I don’t know either. This game was released for free on PlayStation 4 as part of the PlayStation Plus program. If it wasn’t for that, I doubt I would have ever bought it, or even considered it. It gave me so much enjoyment that I feel like it’s necessary for me to buy every piece of DLC that it released for it. Soccer with cars, man.

MUSIC
Some new music came out this year. Besides Heat Stroke, this is the new music of 2015 that I enjoyed most.

Marilyn Manson – The Pale Emperor I already posted an actual, full review of this album before. Check it out here. It came out in January, and I don’t think I ever went more than a week without listening to at least one song on the album. “Deep Six,” “The Mephistopheles of Los Angeles,” and “The Devil Beneath My Feet” are probably my top 3 favorite tracks.

Mindless Self Indulgence – Pink 1990-1997 Sometimes I’m embarrassed to admit I listen to Mindless Self Indulgence, but whatever. So in the early 90’s Jimmy Urine recorded a lot of stuff that didn’t make it to any official releases. A few of the tracks on Pink could be found floating around the Internet for a long time. Those, in addition to a bunch of others including awesome covers of Depeche Mode’s “Personal Jesus” and Duran Duran’s “Girls on Film” ended up on the disc. As far as I know, other than a surprise announcement earlier in the year, we didn’t think we’d ever hear any of these old songs, especially not all fixed up and fancified. Listening to it was cool for me because I had kind of recently finished “remastering” Punk Rebel Renegade and about to get into overhauling Boobs, Butts, and Feets.

Primitive Race – Primitive Race This album didn’t quite live up to the hype for me, but that might have been impossible anyway. Primitive Race was supposed to be this supergroup of industrial artists making music together. Personally, I think I would have enjoyed the album better if there weren’t so many people involved, because I think that’s what led to the inconsistent sound across it. If it was down to only Erie Loch, Tommy Victor, Josh Bradford, and Raymond Watts, I would have been happier, I think. But that’s just me. My favorite tracks are “So Strange,” “Taking Things Back,” and “DJFH.” But aside from sound inconsistencies, the album as a whole is good.

Single White Infidel – Fictionpunx Jeff Webster released this album to sort of coincide with the PlayStation 4 released of Amplitude, as there’s a song from Fictionpunx in it, which is cool and good. He wanted to see his new album on some Best of 2015 lists, so here it is. 🙂

OTHER STUFF
In the world of Robby Suavé in 2015, I released two albums, sold 2 styles of shirts, performed live horribly, and made awesome Christmas ornaments. 2015 was the year Robby Suavé went public. Outside of a few songs in Rock Band, I didn’t have much of a presence anywhere.

2016 is going to be even bigger, hopefully. Boobs, Butts, and Feets will finally be officially released, and there will be a couple other projects that will be made available by the end of 2016 as well. And that’s just what has already been gestating. Who knows what else I’ll come up with.

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