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The Backlog Volume # 27 – Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor


Platform: PC, Playstation 3, Playstation 4[Reviewed], Xbox 360, Xbox One Publisher: Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment Developer: Monolith Productions, Behaviour Interactive(PS3, Xbox 360) Genre(s): RPG Released: September 30, 2014[PS4/Xbox One/PC], November 18, 2014[PS3/Xbox 360] ESRB Rating: M – Mature Hello all, and welcome back to The Backlog. It has been a while since last we got together for one of these, sadly the real world doesn't seem to care that I'd rather play video games and talk to you fine readers every so often. Damn the real world. As I recall, the last time we did this, I told you all about my test run with Murdered: Soul Suspect. Fun game, but flawed. Today we shall look at another fun, but slightly flawed game, Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor. Middle-Earth … [Read more...]

Friday Fast Five Film Reviews: The Purge Anarchy, Frozen, Anchorman 2, The Boondock Saints, North Dallas Forty


It's been over a month since we last did this, but we're aiming to get it back on track and hopefully make it the weekly feature it was intended to be. This week we're sprucing it up a bit with some somewhat recent films as well as some older ones. Jules looks at The Purge: Anarchy, Snowman handles The Boondock Saints, Brian tackles North Dallas Forty, and Gary quickly reviews both Frozen and Anchorman 2. The score spectrum runs from the great all the way down to the awful. The Purge: Anarchy (2014) Official Score: 2 stars The Purge (2013) starring Ethan Hawke was one of my big disappointments from last year. I thought the premise (all crime being legal for one night) was bloody brilliant, and had mucho potential for social commentary, plus a ton of groovy action in the vein of Escape … [Read more...]

Book Review: 30 Years of WrestleMania


The WWE partnership with DK Publishing has resulted in some really great historical WWE books. There's the two encyclopedia's and the WWE 50 book. Now, there's 30 Years of WrestleMania, which released on September 15th. Like its predecessors, 30 Years of WrestleMania is a beautiful and wonderfully put together hardcover book. If you have the WWE 50 book, it's about the same size as that (smaller than the two encyclopedias). Nice glossy pages with gold foil trim makes it look really slick. The book is authored by Brian Shields and Dean Miller, both veteran authors and editor's of New York Times bestselling wrestling books. "Mr. WrestleMania" himself, Shawn Michaels, wrote the brief forward for the book. The hardcover edition (there's also an ebook version) comes with one of five … [Read more...]

Review: Destiny


Destiny (PS4 [Reviewed], Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360) Developer: Bungie Publisher: Activision Genre(s): First Person Shooter, RPG, Shared World Shooter Release Date: September 9, 2014 ESRB Rating: T - Teen It’s been three weeks since Destiny released, and after over 85 hours of gameplay, I’m finally ready to deliver my verdict on the game as it stands now. This review is based on a purchased digital copy for PS4 with over 85 hours logged in my main character (I also have two other low level characters going). As of this writing, I’m level 28 with a maxed out Gunslinger well on my way to finally maxing out Bladedancer while grinding to level 29. I’ve done everything the game has to offer at the moment except the raid, and that’s a continuous playing time issue for me as of now. I will get to … [Read more...]

Retro Review: Cool Spot


Cool Spot (SNES [Reviewed], Genesis) Developer: Virgin Interactive Publisher: Virgin Interactive Platform: SNES Released: September 1993 It’s been a while since I last featured a video game in the QDR, so I’m going to remedy that by going retro with an SNES title that I used to play a TON of back when I was a kid… Cool Spot. Yes, a video game starring the red circle from the 7-Up logo. In fact, the game is one giant advertisement for 7-Up, but despite that it actually was/is a fun game. That seems weird to say when you consider most games based on a movie or something today usually suck, and yet here’s a 7-Up platforming game that is satisfying. We can’t get a decent Aliens game, but Virgin Gaming was able to make a fun game starring a soft drink mascot that’s just a red dot. … [Read more...]


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