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Review: Alien Isolation

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Alien: Isolation (PC [Reviewed], Playstation 4, Playstation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360,) Developer: Creative Assembly Publisher: Sega Genre(s): First person, Survival Horror, Stealth Released: October 7, 2014 ESRB Rating: M – Mature When Alien: Isolation was first announced the reaction of the gaming community was muted with cautious optimism at best coming off of a needless disaster like Colonial Marines that really should have been a fantastic game but unforgivably wasn't. As more footage and information leaked out the sense of optimism grew in spite of itself including from yours truly. The logic was: It can't be any worse than Colonial Marines and it has to be a bounce up. I'm happy to report that broadly speaking this game most certainly is despite my own quibbles and subjective … [Read more...]

Friday (The 13th) Fast Five Film Reviews

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Hello everyone. Jules here, and since there are two more Fridays left in October, I figured I would take our weekly film review feature here and give it a bit of seasonal tweaking. So for the next two weeks, I will be doing short and sweet reviews of the Friday the 13th slasher series. Look for them here once more next Friday, same time, same station. Friday the 13th (1980) Official Score: 4 Stars I recently bought the entire F13 series on the cheap in several 5 dollar DVD double features, and the wife and I have been watching a couple every week. It is interesting now watching these movies that I used to stay up late watching as a kid. These movies were designed to be seen on dates, or in big group settings, and so I found it useful to have experienced these movies with an extra … [Read more...]

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

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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

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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

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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...]

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