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Review: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (PC)

October 13, 2015 // 0 Comments

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (PC [Reviewed], Xbox One, PS4, Ps3, 360) Developer(s): Kojima Productions Publisher: Konami Genre(s): Open world, Action Stealth shooter Released: September 1, 2015 ESRB Rating: M – Mature TEASER: Metal Gear Phantom Pain sets new standards for stealth and action gameplay in an open world. What do you get when you cross the best elements out of a Grand Theft Auto game, the Metal Gear series, stealth games like Splinter Cell,  and for grins an almost MMO lite online mode for a bonus? You get Metal Gear V: The Phantom Pain which is easily in contention for [...]

Quick Daily Review #230: The Fisher King (1991)

September 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Fisher King (1991) What a strange and wonderful movie! And also, a movie that is sadly quite overlooked in the careers of both lead actors. Jack Lucas (Jeff Bridges), is a self-centered, Manhattan shock jock in the vein of Howard Stern mixed in with a little bit of Rush Limbaugh. At least that’s the persona he puts on when on the air; at home in his luxurious high rise apartment, he’s just a regular guy.All that changes one night when an off handed insensitive remark triggers an unstable caller to commit a mass murder suicide. After this, Lucas, out of a job, and overcome with guilt, [...]

Review: The Witcher III – Wild Hunt (PC)

July 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Witcher 3:Wild Hunt (PC [Reviewed], Xbox One, PS4) Developer(s): CD Projekt RED Publisher: CD Projekt RED Genre(s): Open world, Action RPG Released: May 19, 2015 ESRB Rating: M – Mature This gaming series has been a frustration for me. Frustrating because I have played and tried each game in this series and did my darnedest to fall in love with the games and just couldn’t because some of the gameplay and combat mechanics were not to my liking. I just couldn’t get on board and get excited. Until now. The third time really is the charm for me and likely a lot of other [...]

Review: WWE Ultimate Superstar Guide

April 20, 2015 // 2 Comments

A couple of years ago I received the Best Buy exclusive “Avengers Illuminated 3D Lenticular Gift Set” as a birthday present, and one of the things it included was a really great 200+ hardcover book called “The Avengers: The Ultimate Character Guide.” I enjoy the Marvel movies, but I’m not a comic book guy, so this book was quite valuable to me because it informed me of more than 200 of the Marvel heroes and villains. It was also just a really well done book, and in fact when I was first looking through it back then I couldn’t help but think that they should [...]

Review: R.B.I. Baseball ’15

April 20, 2015 // 2 Comments

R.B.I. Baseball ’15 (PS4 [Reviewed], Xbox One, PC, Mac, iOS, Android) Developer(s): MLB Advanced Media Publisher: MLB Advanced Media Genre(s): Sports, Baseball Released: March 31, 2015 ESRB Rating: E – Everyone It’s been just about a year since the classic R.B.I. Baseball franchise was resurrected by MLB Advanced Media. I gave last year’s title two and a half stars, which is decent/average on our scale. My main complaints with the game from a year ago were the lack of stat tracking and the camera when fielding. In my conclusion from that review I stated, “Hopefully the [...]

Review: WWE The Ultimate Poster Collection

April 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

WWE: The Ultimate Poster Collection Publisher: Insight Editions Category: Sports & Recreation / Wrestling Paperback: 40 pages ISBN-13: 978-1608875481 Insight Editions released their latest poster book last month, and this time it was a collection of WWE pay-per-view posters in a book dubbed “The Ultimate WWE Poster Collection.” Back in November, I reviewed my first Insight Editions poster book (Destiny) and came away impressed with it. This WWE one is really no exception. If you’ve seen one of Insight’s poster books before, then you know the kind of quality you can [...]

A ReView From the Rafters: NXT Takeover – Rival (2/11/15)

February 11, 2015 // 3 Comments

Hideo Itami vs. Tyler Breeze – This match was just added to the card during the pre-show, but I think most of us expected it to be added because there was no way Itami was going to be left off the show. This made sense for the opener and both guys worked hard to deliver a good match. It wasn’t a show stealing performance by any means, but still a good solid opener that made both guys look good. Itami especially shined though. I’m with TVE co-hort Jules in that I’m going to mark out hard when Itami finally hits the Go To Sleep instead of simply teasing it. Great things [...]

Book Review: The Art of Destiny

December 31, 2014 // 0 Comments

Insight Editions and Bungie released The Art of Destiny earlier this month for a suggested retail price of $45, but you can get it on Amazon for under $30. It’s a 216 page hard cover measuring 1 x 11.5 x 10.2 inches, with good quality paper. As you would expect from Insight, it is a beautifully put together product. There’s a foreword written by Bungie’s Lorraine McLees. If you enjoy Destiny, then this a book you’ll like. If you just like collecting art books, then this likewise is a book that you’ll like. I write about Destiny every day here on the site, so I [...]

Friday Fast Five Film Reviews (12/5): 22 Jump Street, Lucy, The Family, The Judge, 3 Days to Kill

December 5, 2014 // 0 Comments

It’s Friday, so that means its time for Fast Five Film Reviews. Have the whole spectrum today; comedy, science fiction, drama, and action… something for everyone in theory. Let’s get to it. 22 Jump Street (2014) 22 Jump Street is about as perfect a sequel as one could wish for the screwball farce comedy that its predecessor was. Not a single scene in this movie is played straight. Every single second someone is doing something to remind us that this movie is pointless and does not deserve to be taken seriously, and therein lies its greatness. There’s all sorts of great in [...]

Review: Grand Theft Auto V (PS4)

November 24, 2014 // 0 Comments

Grand Theft Auto V (PS4 [Reviewed], Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, PC) Developer: Rockstar North Publisher: Rockstar Games Genre(s): Open World, Third Person Shooter, First Person Shooter Released: September 17, 2013 (PS3, X360), November 18, 2014 (PS4, XONE), January 27, 2015 (PC) Price: $59.99 ESRB Rating: M – Mature Rockstar wowed the majority of us a year ago when they released Grand Theft Auto V on PS3 and Xbox 360. Even on old hardware, it was an excellent looking game that still looks better than some games released on the new systems. Now that Rockstar has released the game for PS4 and [...]

Friday Fast Five Film Reviews (11/21): The Equalizer, Transcendence, Amistad, Girl Most Likely, & Rush Hour 3

November 21, 2014 // 1 Comment

It’s Friday, and that means that it is time once again for another Fast Five Film Reviews. This time there is four of us (myself, Jules, Brian, and Snowman) and no set genre, so there’ll be a range here from action to thriller and drama to comedy. Jules is up first with two films from this year starring some big name actors. The Equalizer (2014) Official Score: 2 ½ stars Denzel Washington has two different kinds of characters that he is known for (although he does stretch outside the box occasionally) that being sweet, caring, mentors or complete hardasses. This movie supplies [...]

Christmas 2014 Gift Ideas Review: Destiny The Poster Collection & Journal

November 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

Christmas is right around the corner, so you may have already been purchasing some gifts or at least thinking about what you’ll get someone. If you know someone who is a fan of the video game Destiny, you may want to consider these two Destiny themed items from Insight Editions. The Destiny: The Poster Collection paperback book retails for just $14.99 at Amazon ($24.99 MRSP) and it features 20 removable, high quality posters. The posters are big; they measure 12 x 0.4 x 16.1 inches. They’re also great pieces of art for fans of the game (some of the posters may even appeal to folks [...]
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