Sunday, 31 January 2016

TV Review No. 6 Gotham: The Last Laugh (S2, Ep3)

Strong Points:
Great acting especially from Jerome, Barbara and Bullock
Evenly spaced out between all characters (no one seemed to just be in there to be there)
Great character development...

Weak Points:
...which may have been cut short
No Nygma
Cringe worthy scene with Alfred
Actors acting as their character acting never turns out good
Disguises were like Jessie and James from Team Rocket
The writers seem to still have no definite goal in sight

Spoilers ahead:

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

TV Review No. 5 Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: A Wanted (Inhu)man (S3, Ep3)

Strong Points:
Emotion - real deaths 
Twisted character development
Strong action sequences 
Great opening effects with Lincoln 
Darker than usual

Weak Points:
Darker than usual
Almost too fast paced at some points
ATCU leader has lost some of her confidence and power 
Setting up episode

Spoilers ahead:

Sunday, 24 January 2016

App Review No. 98 Lifeline

Strong Points:
Great story
Likeable character
Ingenious control system
Nice HUD
Good audio
Taylor becoming 'busy' is a good way to extend the game

Weak Points:
Sometimes the gap between parts of the story is too long
No voice-overs
Some paths become obvious/no way to avoid
Too short
Some parts are never explained

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Rant No. 8 PS+/Xbox Live Gold and Autosave

Now, I was going to do this a while ago when I realised how limited some games became *cough Star Wars Battlefront cough* when you didn't have PS+ or how unplayable some other games such as Titanfall became when you didn't have Xbox Live Gold. I believe that for the prices of games nowadays and their DLC, you shouldn't have to pay another subscription just for online, especially if the game is online only. Now, I was okay to let this slide as I personally play more single player than multiplayer games. However, things were about to go from bad to worse.

Friday, 22 January 2016

TV Review No. 4 Gotham: Knock Knock (S2, Ep2)

Strong Points:
Development of 'Joker' and 'The Riddler'
Didn't put characters in for the sake of it
Quality acting

Weak Points:
Some scenes with Bruce and Alfred were a bit childish
Odd pacing
Some characters I would have loved to see developed are no longer with us
English slang was cringeworthy

Spoilers ahead:

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

TV Review No. 3 Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Purpose in the Machine (S3, Ep2)

Strong Points:
More use of the Inhuman powers
Another stellar performance from Iain De Caestecker
Didn't jump around as much as the first episode
More characters returned
Digs at the greater MCU

Weak Points:

Coulson is still going on about his hand
Less action
Still don't know what [redacted] is doing
Main plot point may have been completed too quickly?

Spoilers ahead:

Saturday, 16 January 2016

TV Review No. 2 Gotham: Damned If You Do (S2, Ep 1)

Strong Points:
Interesting character development
Superb acting
Great action
Sets up the rest of the season well
The villains are a lot more interesting than the heroes

Weak Points:
Some of the gore was over the top and unnecessary (got rid of the tension)
Some of the cameos were not needed
Run cam was gimmicky
Doesn't seem to be any particular objective yet
The villains are a lot more interesting than the heroes

Spoilers ahead:

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

TV Review No. 1 Marvel Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Laws of Nature (S3, Ep1)

Strong Points:
Stronger effects
Many character's storylines are expanded
Good acting
Fitz's story arc is great
Plenty of references to other Marvel ventures
Great costumes
New tech
More superhero than secret agent series now

Weak Points:
Set-up episode
Some story arcs were weaker than others
Some actors were better than others
Too interconnected for Marvel newbies
Missing some characters...
Plot holes are sometimes abruptly and badly filled
More superhero than secret agent series now

Due to the nature of reviews, expect some spoilers, so if you haven't watched the episode, watch that first!

Monday, 11 January 2016

First Impressions: Dragster

I think that it's time to go 'old school' and this game has its starting (and finish) line firmly in the past.

Sunday, 10 January 2016

First Impressions: Mario Kart 8 Chin Control (Special Effect)

This is a really interesting piece of tech and, as I said in the EGX 2015 Live Blog, one that I think will help a lot of people with disabilities enjoy gaming!

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

App Review No. 97 Monument Valley

Strong Points:
Beautifully made
Calming to play (most of the time)
Great style
Great graphics
Good music

Weak Points:
Not very long
Can be frustrating
Due to the movement/optical illusions involved in the game, it can be hard to play in a moving vehicle

Monday, 4 January 2016

App Review No. 96 Sling Kong

Strong Points:
Addictive gameplay
Lots of characters
Cute art style
Lots of obstacles
Generous rewards
Regular updates

Weak Points:
Questionable violence
Have to pay for backgrounds
No random button for characters
Difficult to get items for events
Random difficulty spikes depending on obstacle sections

Friday, 1 January 2016

Video Game Character of the Month - January 2016 - Yangus - Dragon Quest VIII

Video Game Character of the Month
January 2016
Dragon Quest VIII
'Cor Blimey!!!' I've got an award 'ave I?! Just wait 'till I tell Guv about this! He's the one that helped me go straight, you know. Anyway, 'it's gonna get dark if we 'ang about 'ere much longer.' Let's 'ead into the info an' then onto the rest of the award!

New Year's Resolutions Version 3.0

The year is done, so now onto the yearly resolutions about things that were promised in 2013, started in 2014, had a break in 2015 and now should be nearly finished, maybe, in 2016! In all seriousness, the blog and YouTube have had great years and it is all thanks to you guys! With (at the time of writing) an amazing 61,894 views, 427 posts, 119 game reviews, 95 app reviews, 82 first impressions, 2 film reviews for the blog and 76 subscribers, 17,142 views, 139 videos, 7 videos with over 100 views, 1 video with over 10,000 views and 17 playlists for the YouTube channel. Also some 'even more tired than last year' writers!