Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Review No. 146 Bioshock 2 Remastered - PC (18+)

Strong Points:
Great expansion of the world
Awesome voice acting
Interesting story concept - communism instead of capitalism
Sense of time running out
Gunplay was mostly great...
Plasmids were also fun...
Choices
Hacking was sped up a lot
Reduced sense of dread made sense in terms of story...

Weak Points:
Crashes
Slow start
Hard mode goes against the game design
...Felt the Rivet Gun wasn't different enough to justify
...Although not very different from the first game
...But removed some of the atmosphere
Removal of choice at one point felt odd

Note: this is a review of The Bioshock Collection rerelease version and won't include multiplayer or Minerva's Den (might come separately)




Also, some spoilers ahead:

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Video Game Character of the Month - January 2019 - Master Hand - Super Smash Bros.

Video Game Character of the Month
January 2019
Master Hand
Super Smash Bros.
Overview:
Ah yes, the personification of the creative spirit itself, Master Hand. The greatest being in all of the Super Smash Bros. Universe, nay, the entire universe. Beautiful, all-powerful and... *help*... the greatest *puppet-master* ever. No fighter will ever defeat Master Hand and he will grant himself all the Video Game Character of the Month Awards that he wants... *HE'S WRITING THIS, RU...!*
And now for a little bit of information on Master Hand:
Spoilers for Subspace Emissary and World of Light ahead:

New Years Resolutions Version 6.0

Ah, the end of the year, who would have thought you'd appear so soon? With life ramping up and changing its workload, I'd like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you who have read one of our posts this year. Hopefully, each one has been informative and entertaining - the old adage of quality over quantity should ring true this year. I honestly don't know what the future holds, but this blog should be there, in some capacity, for years to come.

Monday, 24 December 2018

First Impressions Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

A new challenger approaches! And it's... all of them? That's the first thing you'll notice about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - just how much content there is.

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Review No. 145 Mr Shifty - PC (12+)

Strong Points:
Great art style
Tongue-in-cheek humour without resorting to vulgarity
Teleport (Shifting) technique
One hit deaths add suspense...
Can pull off great moves
A large array of items at your disposal
Slow-Mo
Shift Meter adds risk and reward
A short, easily digestible game...
Satisfying combat

Weak Points:
...But can also lead to frustration
A few oddly placed checkpoints
Removing the ability to teleport to make the game artificially harder
...Which still suffers pacing problems
A tower block doesn't make for the most interesting environments



Saturday, 1 December 2018

Video Game Character of the Month - December 2018 - Clem - Warframe

Video Game Character of the Month
December 2018
Clem
Warframe
Overview:
So, Clem what do you think about earning this prestigious reward?
Clem.
Ah, yes, it really is a high honour, and most deserving to
Clem.
Oh, you want to thank some people?
Clem. 
Your Grakatas. You want to thank your Grakatas?
Clem.
Okay then.
...Clem
...
...
...
Clem
And now, some more information on the enigma that is Clem.


Monday, 12 November 2018

Film Review No. 46 A Star Is Born (15+)

Strong Points:
Great acting from all
Brilliant songs with variety
Confident direction
Character's backstories slowly being unveiled
Funny
The 'inevitability but surprise' of the ending
Great concert feels
The dog/cloud/ball of fluff

Weak Points:
The Southern drawl was sometimes impossible to decode
Using real-life award shows for fictional people feels odd
They sort of throw you into the beginning

Some spoilers ahead:

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Video Game Character of the Month - November 2018 - The Lemmings - Lemmings

Video Game Character of the Month
November 2018
The Lemmings
Lemmings
Overview:
Ah, the Lemmings, you've made it! Now you just need to head over to this sheer cliff and collect your award. Ah, there you go, aren't they just the cutest? I really feel proud at this moment that they've finally achieved the prestigious Video Game Character of the Month award. It really is the greatest day... wait. No. Don't just keep walking! That's the cliff edge! Why are you following each other to your deaths?! What are you, lemmi... ahem, right. Oh, Arceus, why?! So much death... so much... *shivers*
And now a little bit of information on the Lemmings:

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Film Review No. 45 Bohemian Rhapsody (12+)

Strong Points:
Outstanding performance by Rami Malek
Great selection of hits - more than you can count
Performance feel for the concerts
Great costumes
Good supporting cast
Very strong second half
Some outstanding scenes...
Some dramatic irony helped to make comedy...
Wayne's World joke and cameo

Weak Points:
Odd pacing
...and some mediocre ones
Some of the hair and makeup seemed cheap
Little development for characters besides Freddie
...but could also come across as patronising
Emotional pacing
The backing score was poor in comparison to the songs

Some spoilers ahead:

Note: I haven't judged the film on any historical accuracy as I, myself, don't know enough about Queen and Freddie Mercury to pass judgement on this. However, if you were expecting a documentary, perhaps look elsewhere.

Sunday, 21 October 2018

Film Review No. 44 Christopher Robin (PG)

Strong Points:
Amazing CGI
A great message
Funny
Some great bits of cinematography
Ewan McGregor plays Christopher Robin excellently
Inspired plenty of more games to play
Pooh's way of speaking
Christopher Robin's neighbour
Great chunks of nostalgia
Little bits of traditional animation
Classic songs make a reappearance

Weak Points:
Some of the animals are left out of most of the film
Christopher Robin's neighbour
The film sometimes relies on nostalgia too much, including with the time period - the entire film feels like a memory
Some of the darker elements

Warning: spoilers ahead