#6 Movie: Sherlock Holmes
A radical change to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle prim and proper detective series. The Sherlock Holmes in this movie isn’t afraid to ‘eliminate’ the followers of Lord Blackwood, the villain in this iteration. The story is fantastic, and they finally got around to making Watson more than just ‘Sherlock’s sidekick.’ In an interesting twist, the movie is not comprised of several small mysteries like I thought it would, but instead revolves around how Lord Blackwood ‘returned from the grave.’ The one issue I have with this movie is that Sherlock and Watson are the only characters who are fleshed out, with every other character having rather minor roles. Admittedly, I like the British television series Sherlock better, but since that is a television show it is not qualified.
#6 Game: Final Fantasy Tactics
Arguably the best SRPG ever, Final Fantasy Tactics was one of the PS1’s ‘killer apps.’ Final Fantasy Tactics was a SRPG enthusiast’s dream come true. Tons of strategic options, plenty of room for customization, a fantastic difficulty curve, and an engaging story. To this day, Final Fantasy Tactics is the title that all other SRPGs are compared to. The thing I love the most about this game is that there are 20 classes that you can turn a character into, and (almost) all of them are deadly. They all have their ups and downs, and everyone’s going to have a few favorites. I, for example, fell in love with the Lancer, Ninja, and Chemist classes. The enemy variety is truly astounding, and the graphics and animation is beautiful. One thing that I will always love about this game though, is the difficulty. If you don’t have a strategy at turn 1, you will fail. That means that you must plan out everything if you want to win. The game’s difficulty curve was great, especially the random monster battles. In the beginning of the game, you only fight things like Goblins and Chocobos (which I always thought were mega-annoying), but once you start getting better at the game, the monsters get tougher. Another great thing about this game is the battle system. Unlike most games that get boring after playing them for 50+ hours, Final Fantasy Tactics gets better. As you keep playing, you get more XP to spend on new attacks, so your always getting something new to adapt into your strategy. Final Fantasy Tactics is only $10 on the PSN, so go buy if you have a PS3, trust me, It’s worth it.