I guess it's time for a review of this point and click adventure. I'll preface the review by saying, "this is as close to an artist's game as I have ever seen." No real critic has liked this game, but from what I can understand, none of them appreciate what this really is. An interactive drama/ mystery is no new thing, but this one has such an odd personality that I can't help but really like it. To explain my quote from earlier, everything from the hand-painted visuals, to the games indie-folk soundtrack, comes from people who care about what is put into the game. Developer Dontnod uses music excellently to accentuate the mood, while the subtly detailed graphics give a personal feeling to every environment. I couldn't tell you how great it felt to watch an epilogue (the one in episode 2) while listening to "Mt. Washington" by Local Natives, or look from the school bus at the town of Arcadia Bay while hearing Jose Gonzalez' "Crosses". The story, most say, is poorly written, but I say it has a very minimalist-hipster vibe that fits so well to the independent game's setting. Full of twists each two-and-a-half hour episode will be enjoyable, and for a lot of players, memerable. Boasting powerful choices and a cast of developing characters, albeit one REALLY annoying one, you've got yourself a good game. Just keep in mind that if your not into the music, art, or minimalist nature of the game, it may not be for you. 8.5/10
Here's the reason I will never call GTA V a great game: it's empty. For a game that provides so much for you to do during the single player, it's oddly not compelling. I never found myself doing anything other than the actual missions and that's this games ultimate failing. Without the Online mode, this game would be pretty dang bad and I'm saying this because the story isn't even great. The online mode makes up for most of its shortcomings by being fun, addictive, and NOT EMPTY. The world has personality, but there's no reason to pursue it unless you are your own character.
I have never been a fan of horror games. My friend nearly gave me a heart attack while I played Amnesia, and my other friend hooked me up with Outlast, an indie horror game in the same vein as Amnesia: there is no way to protect yourself, you must run OR ELSE. It truly is scary and it went down as the first horror game I ever finished because the story made me want to see what happened to Miles Upshur, the character I controlled. While eventually, the scares wore off, the enemies becoming boring after the sadistic Dr. Trager, the game then throws a wrench in that by Introducing The Wallrider, a nearly invisible nanite-being that tears both you and your other enemies apart. Good job keeping me scared, Red Barrels.
Haha, I saw Inside Out early and now time for a review. It's good, great, the best Pixar has been since Up! Come on, it's Pixar. Even their lackluster films are good! Go see it on Friday
This is the future of gaming. And thats not an exaggeration. I say this because it has been such a long time that I have been so impressed with technology that I freaked out while playing a video game. After a bit of research and deliberation, I downloaded the free open beta for Sony's new service on my Vita and used the last 4 dollars on my account for 4 hours; what I received was this:
Bioshock Infinite, the PS3 version, running 25-30 frames per second. Needless to say I was astonished. Sorry for the low quality recording, did it in just a few seconds. Anyway, I STREAMED a PS3 game, something previously seen as implausible, to my Vita, and with very little problems (occasionally there was screen tearing or slight dips in frame rate) but most problems I can say were probably more related to the wireless connection I was using. The only thing I could ask for in the future, Sony, is the ability to buy games permanently via your streaming service.
George Miller has returned the famed Aussie ex-cop Max Rockatansky, now played by Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rise's Bane). The film marks another return of the "manly" action movie genre but also deviates by making the real main character Furiosa (as portrayed by Charlize Theron). She provides Max's motivation and plot drive throughout the movie and it works excellently. The action hearkens back to The Road Warrior, with its slick camera work and quick cuts of the high speed chases. Excellently filmed, acted, edited, and overall, a great return of both the series, and the adrenaline-fueled genre, Mad Max will knock your socks off, or leave you on your knees, begging for mercy. 9.5/10
The sequel to Irrational Games' BioShock that the fans were looking for. In Columbia, a floating, zealous city in the sky above New England, only God Forgives. Immerse yourself as Booker DeWitt, a private contracter who ran into a wall of debt and is sent by his creditors to collect Elizabeth, the supposed daughter of Zachary Hale Comstock, the religious nutbag leader of Columbia. A colorfully violent and intelligent plot soon follows, as you discover Elizabeth's ability to open tears in the universe, allowing access to alternate universes. Get confused as the well-written plot makes you venture deeper into the layered multiverse. Fight foes with traditional weaponry, or fight with Vigors, powers that are strickingly similar to BioShock's Plasmids. Be sucked in for the 10 hour journey that with screw with your head. 9.5/10
A standard looking first-person shooter on the surface, BioShock soon opens itself to the possibilities. The plot is decidly linear, but incredibly more intellectual than those of its genre-brethren. The references to literature from authors like Ayn Rand are immediate and crucial to the development of Rapture, the underwater 'paradise' city in which the game is set. Enjoy blasting your foes with a veriety of guns, or smack 'em with a wrench. Standard weapons not your style? Zap the enemy with Electro Bolt, freeze them with Old Man Winter, or use the many other plasmids available to you. A fairly linear experience, but one that is incredibly smart and addictive. 9.5/10
An old 3rd person shooter game developed to emulate the film*. Now we know that filmic video games are terrible but this one isn't awful by any stretch. Featuring fun fighting segments, an okay shooting engine, and decent graphics, the game ends up being a good addition to a Ludlum fans collection 6.5/10
*The Bourne Identity
#5: Timmy 2000--Spawning hardcore metal bands and kids pretending to need Ritalin both, this episode accurately and hilariously makes fun of "pretending to need a perscription drug". Timmy and the Lords Of the Underworld is also really hilarious.
#4: TMI--Another hilarious take on male self conciousness. The school posts a list of numbers that Eric Cartman takes out of context and leads to him being put into an anger management class.
#3: Christian Rock Hard--Making fun of christian rock and jujst about any other artist at the same time, this episode sees Cartman fronting a Christian rock band while Kyle, Stan, and Kenny protest illegal music downloading with Mettalica, Britney Spears, and Blink-182.
#2: Make Love, Not Warcraft--Making fun of nerds and Blizzard especially in this episode, we see the gand try to fight off a super-nerd in World of Warcraft, while Randy fights off addiction to the same game.
#1: More Crap--Probably the funniest episode ever, South Park successfully mocks Bono, Katie Couric, the Swiss, and the Emmy Awards all by combining a scatalogical record, an award, and Bono.