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Review: Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (PC [Reviewed], Playstation 3, Xbox 360, PS4, XB1, Wii-U) Developer: Ubisoft Montreal Publisher: Ubisoft Genre(s): Third person action adventure Released: PS3/360/Wii U - October 29, 2013; PS4 November 15, 2013; PC: November 19, 2013; Xbox One November 22, 2013 ESRB Rating: M – Mature I am a huge fan of the Assassin's Creed games so admittedly I approach these games with a healthy benefit of the doubt and positive bias in place. I hope I'm not an outright fanboy and I don't think I am since I can harp on some quibbles and nitpicks I had from previous games, whether it be the KBM controls on the first one or the utterly ghastly first person platforming that was in Revelations. In complete defiance of the normal trend of sequelitis, this series … [Read more...]

Review: Battlefield 4

Battlefield 4 [PC (reviewed), PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360) Developer: DICE Publisher: Electronic Arts Genre(s): First Person Shooter Released: PC, Xbox 360, PS3: October 29, 2013; PS4: November 12, 2013; Xbox One: November 19, 2013 ESRB Rating: M – Mature EA DICE returns after two years following the release of the very successful Battlefield 3 with this inevitable sequel. I am happy to report that this game is not a quickie BF3 retread with a slicker coat of varnish on it.  They did listen to the fans feedback over the course of the last two years, as the return of Commander Mode easily indicates along with larger levels and more expansiveness in general. The game is not a revolution by any means, but it certainly is a clear evolution across the boards. I can't say the same … [Read more...]

Gift Idea Review: Breaking Bad – I Am The Danger [Book]

Hard to believe, but tomorrow is Thanksgiving and that means Christmas is a month away. If you're like me, you're almost done with your Christmas shopping already. Most folks haven't even gotten started yet though. If you're one of those people, then keep checking back here as we're going to be reviewing some possible gift ideas over the next few weeks. These aren't long reviews of course, basically just a few quick impressions of a product that isn't expensive. AMC's Breaking Bad is an immensely popular television show and no doubt many people will have the final season DVD/Blu-ray on their wishlists this Christmas. If you're looking to buy a gift for a Breaking Bad fan and don't want to buy them the final season or maybe want something to go with it, then Running Press' official … [Read more...]

How To Become A Game Reviewer & Get Game Review Copies

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So you want to be a video game reviewer, huh? You want to sit back and get free video games in exchange for writing, or speaking if you’re doing a video review, your opinion about the game? Well you’re in the right place; I can tell you how to do that. In my couple of years as a gaming blogger/reviewer, I’ve received quite a few free games for review. These games range from the full-blown $60 so-called “AAA” blockbuster titles for console or PC, to the small and cheap downloadable indie games for PC, PSN, and XBLM. On the occasions where I’ve scored a review copy of a big release title before its release, say Madden or Saints Row IV, I ALWAYS get a ton of new PSN friend requests and messages of “how did you get the game early?” It never fails, and the amount that came after getting the … [Read more...]

Review: WWE 2K14

A.I. One of the biggest complaints of last year was the overall lack of realism and difficulty by the A.I. There was an obsession by the A.I. to want to take you outside and put you through the announce table no mater what, sometimes the obsession with being outside would be so bad that you could actually win by count out. The A.I. also had a strong obsession with wanting to drive you through the barricade in every match. Then there was the whole 2 count debacle that caused the A.I. to kick out of signatures and finishers consistently at a 1 count, eliminating some of the drama from the match all together. Lastly the overall difficulty of the A.I. was fairly low once you got used to the game. The timing was pretty consistent with their strikes and once you got it down you could reverse … [Read more...]

Quick Review: Sleepy Hollow

Sleepy Hollow Starring: Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Miranda Richardson, Michael Gambon, Casper Van Dien, Christopher Walken Director: Tim Burton Writer(s): Andrew Kevin Walker Studio: Paramount Runtime: 1 hr. 45 min. Rated: R Based on Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” with a few poetic liberties, Sleepy Hollow puts a modern spin on the legendary tale of horror. Rather than his original role as a school teacher, Ichabod Crane (Depp) is now an investigator from New York sent to investigate murder in the farming community of Sleepy Hollow. There, he encounters several interesting characters, chief among them Katrina Van Tassel (Ricci), daughter of the wealthy farmer, Baltus Van Tassel. Along the way, Crane uncovers secrets of pregnancy, marriage, and transfers … [Read more...]

Quick Review: Van Helsing

Van Helsing Starring: Hugh Jackman, Kate Beckinsdale Director: Stephen Sommers Writer(s): Stephen Sommers Studio: Universal Runtime: 2 hr. 25. min. Rated: PG-13 For a movie I had no intention of watching in the theater, this was a pretty good movie. The legendary monster hunter Van Helsing (Jackman) must go to Transylvania to fight Dracula and help Anna (Beckinsale), who’s family can not enter heaven until Dracula is dead (I suppose that would be the best word to use). Along with appearances by Mr. Hyde (of Dr. Jackyl and Mr. Hyde fame), the Wolf Man, and Frankenstein’s monster, it’s a virtual who’s who of the monster world, complete with an ugly little bastard named Egor. Even if you don’t like the movie, you’ll at least get to see Kate Beckinsale in tight pants, and that’s … [Read more...]

Quick Review: Resident Evil

Resident Evil Starring: Milla Jovoich, Michelle Rodriguez, Eric Mabius, James Purefoy, Martin Crewes Director: Paul W.S. Anderson Writer(s): Paul W.S. Anderson Studio: Screen Gems Runtime: 1 hour 41 minutes Rated: R Based on the popular video game series by the same name, Resident Evil is about the Umbrella Corporation and their secret biological experiments. Living in the house above “The Hive”, Alice(Jovovich) awakens following an accident down below. Long story short, a specially trained commando team(which includes Rodriguez) is sent in by Umbrella to assess the situation and shut down the supercomputer that runs the underground laboratory before the virus is unleashed on the outside world. As you’d expect, there’s a lot of gun fire and action sequences as they battle … [Read more...]

Subjective Analysis: Plants vs. Zombies 2 – It’s About Time!

The original Plants vs. Zombies was a surprise hit when it first hit PC and Mac way back in 2009. If you were to just glance at the game, you would have seen something that looked very simple and probably wouldn't be that much fun. Turns out, it was super fun and became super popular for developer/publisher PopCap Games. It was so successful and popular that it ended up getting ported to seemingly every platform available. It hit iOS and then Xbox 360 in 2010. In 2011, the game was ported over to PS3, Nintendo DS, Android, and Windows Phone. In 2012, it hit PS Vita. Even this year, back in January, the original Plants vs. Zombies 2 hit Blackberry 10. Odds are you have played Plants vs. Zombies on at least one device/platform. If you haven't played it yourself, you more than likely know … [Read more...]

Review: The Power of Right Believing

The Power of Right Believing: 7 Keys to Freedom from Fear, Guilt, and Addiction Author: Joseph Prince Publisher: FaithWords Genre(s): Faith, Religious Hardcover: 368 pages ISBN: 978-1455553143 Price: $24.00 * A copy of this book was provided by the publisher for review. What you believe is powerful. If you can change what you believe, you can change your life! Many today are struggling to control their behaviors and actions because they don't have control over their emotions and feelings. They don't have control over their emotions and feelings because they don't have control over their thoughts. And they don't have control over their thoughts because they are not controlling what they believe. Put simply, if you believe wrong, you will struggle with wrong thoughts, toxic … [Read more...]

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