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Review: Vikings – Wolves of Midgard

March 24, 2017 // 0 Comments

Vikings: Wolves of Midgard is an action-RPG developed by Games Farm, a studio from Slovak Republic best known for the Air Conflict series as well as the ARPG Shadows: Heretic Kingdoms. Vikings has drawn a lot of early comparisons to Diablo, and for good reason. Of course Diablo isn’t the only game in this particular genre, but it is the biggest name on the block. Here we have that established formula set in some classic Norse mythology. “Diablo with Vikings” is how some have described it. Now while I do feel the comparison is a good one, after all if you’ve played [...]

Review: Stardew Valley

March 7, 2017 // 0 Comments

Stardew Valley hits all the right notes and checks all the right boxes as a feature rich farming based RPG. If it can be done better, I'd certainly like to see it, but no one person could make a better game for this genre than Eric Barone has done. I'd say it's the peak, the Harvest Moon game many of us always wanted. [...]

Review: Yakuza 0

January 24, 2017 // 0 Comments

Yakuza 0 is a niche game designed for a Japanese audience first, it's extremely story heavy, and it does have some outdated design mechanics/elements and even graphics (it kinda feels like a remastered PS2 game). If you can get into it though, you're likely to find a very engrossing experience with a lot to offer. If you're like me though, you're probably going to have a hard time getting into it as a newcomer to the series. [...]

Review: WWE Encyclopedia 3rd Edition

October 13, 2016 // 0 Comments

Wrestling fans rejoice – the 3rd Edition of the WWE Encyclopedia is finally here. Back in 2009, WWE and DK teamed up to bring wrestling fans the first ever WWE Encyclopedia. At the time it was “the definitive guide to World Wrestling Entertainment,” and it was truly a must have for any wrestling fan as it covered everything in WWE history to that point in 364 pages. Three years later, in 2012, the partnership released the 2nd Edition of the WWE Encyclopedia. That was the “updated and expanded definitive guide to WWE,” and it was 410 pages. Like the one that came [...]

Review: Neverwinter (PS4)

August 28, 2016 // 0 Comments

Neverwinter is a free-to-play MMORPG that released on PS4 over a month ago, but has been available on PC for three years and Xbox One for a over a year. This review is based on the PS4 version, and it’s completely free in that you don’t even need PlayStation Plus to play the game. Since its release, I’ve put A LOT of time into the game. I wouldn’t do that if I didn’t enjoy it. And while it is a free-to-play game, it no longer is to me. I’ve put $60 into the game, so it’s basically a brand new release retail game for me. That’s all I’m [...]

Book Review: The 100 Greatest WWE Matches

May 5, 2016 // 2 Comments

The partnership between WWE and DK Publishing has produced some of the highest quality WWE books ever, and that partnership’s latest release certainly lives up to the high standards that they’ve set. In WWE: The 100 Greatest Matches, best-selling author Dean Miller returns to write in-depth about 100 WWE matches. Each match takes up two pages and details the lead up to the match, the match itself, and the aftermath of the match. All the text is broken up with wonderfully placed, high-quality pictures. In total, the 9.2 x 0.8 x 11.1-inch hardcover book contains 208 pages including [...]

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

October 13, 2015 // 0 Comments

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 Game of the Year even up against stiff competition like Witcher 3. GRAPHICS: Stunning. Simply stunning. It’s becoming a cliche which is a good thing that games like this or Witcher 3 come out that push the envelope and game reviewers far and wide like myself are reduced to throwing around adjectives and superlatives all [...]

Review: The Fisher King (1991)

September 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

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, becomes suicidal and [...]

Review: No Country For Old Men (2007)

September 20, 2015 // 3 Comments

I was a little younger when I first saw this movie, and I did not fully appreciate it to the extent I do now. I was watching it expecting a satisfying formulaic action movie, and of course, if you watch No Country For Old Men expecting that, you are going to walk out pissed. In a way though I am glad I had the original experience with the film because now I can look back on how my emotions were so expertly towed with without my being as aware of the manipulation as I would be now. This is far too “deep” a movie to break down in a quick review. There are literally entire blogs devoted to [...]

Review: The Achievers (2008)

September 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

If you have no idea what The Big Lebowski is, I urge you to look up my review here on this site. It should be featured down below. This was an interesting movie to watch for me, but I warn you going in, it may not be for the “uninitiated” any more than your typical screening of the Rocky Horror Picture show would be enjoyable for someone who either hadn’t seen, or worse, didn’t like that particular movie. The Big Lebowski was the first cult film of the “Internet era”, and I recall being right there in the early 2000s as the movement was gathering steam. I was immediately drawn to [...]

Quick Daily Review #227: The Color of Money (1986)

September 18, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Color of Money (1986) The worst thing about The Color of Money is that it is a sequel to The Hustler (for Trivia Buffs, also the first movie I ever reviewed on this site)and of course, it does not live up the heights set by that level of a classic. Almost no film could. That said, if one can view this movie without thinking of the former, which I admit is difficult, there is a very good film here. Martin Scorsese is at the height of his stylistic powers here in this period between Raging Bull and Goodfellas . Paul Newman, who won the Oscar in this movie that he deserved in the original, [...]

Quick Daily Review #226: Barton Fink (1991)

September 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

Barton Fink (1991) Barton Fink is one of my favorite lesser known Coen brothers movie. In it John Turturro plays a brilliant stage writer for Broadway(from whom the movie gets its name) who gets lured to Hollywood in the 1940s to write screenplays for big studios. Turturro is perfectly at home as the naïve, paranoid stereotypical writer caricature who would prefer to write reality based social commentary rather than standard genre movies such as Lassie or whathaveyou. Of course he winds up hating Hollywood and all its shallowness and everything it stands for, and as a result winds up with a [...]