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Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy

Friday, 03 July 2015
Dungeon crawlers, though not as widespread as they were when Vanilla Ice was topping the charts, have started to make a bit of a comeback as of late. From Demon Gaze to Legend of Grimrock, there are a few games out there that are seen as the last bastion for the classic genre. I've never really seen myself as a fan of dungeon crawlers personally, but after reviewing Demon Gaze last year (I gave it a respectful 3/5) I started to rethink my stance on the genre. What I always perceived as a ... Read More

Love is Strange

Friday, 03 July 2015
As a film reviewer, I’ve always told myself to give any film a chance. Writing more-or-less full time has given me the opportunity to watch more films, including many that I might not usually have had the time for. Films like Still Life, The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman and Stretch are just a few of the slightly under-the-radar films that I discovered and loved, thanks to this position. Here’s another. Directed by Ira Sachs and out now only on DVD; Love is Strange tells the ... Read More

Inherent Vice

Wednesday, 01 July 2015
Ever wanted to go back in time to the early 1970s and sample the drugs in the hippie scene of Los Angeles? Of course not, because drugs are bad! But if you did want to, watching this film might give you a pretty good idea of what it was like. Out now on DVD & Blu-Ray comes comedy/crime/thriller/mystery/drama/mindf*ck Inherent Vice, directed and adapted for the screen by Paul Thomas Anderson from Thomas Pynchon’s novel of the same name. Paul Thomas Anderson and Joaquin Phoenix reunite ... Read More

The Trials of Muhammad Ali

Tuesday, 30 June 2015
I love a good documentary - what can I say, I like to learn. But when choosing one to watch, ordinarily I’d look right past something like this. Anyone who knows me will tell you I don’t follow any sports, nor do I have any interest in them. But this one grabbed me. Why? Because despite the subject, this is not a sports film. Out now only on DVD, as a single release or in a boxset with I Am Ali and When We Were Kings, comes The Trials of Muhammad Ali.Directed by Bill Siegel, The Trials of ... Read More

PayDay 2: Crimewave Edition

Monday, 29 June 2015
PayDay 2 was a game that I didn’t get round to playing when it first came out, so to hear that it was receiving what is now the common “remastered” treatment pleased me. I liked the look of it back in 2013; the concept seemed interesting as its rare in games to be controlling the bad guys. However, after a few hours of playing it, I was already starting to notice a few problems with the game, and it definitely isn’t the best remastered version of a game we’ve seen. Developed by ... Read More

Stretch

Sunday, 28 June 2015
I didn’t have any idea what to expect going into Stretch. I didn’t watch any trailers or read the plot synopsis. I didn’t read any reviews. I saw the cover of the Blu-ray and was sold. It looked interesting and a little bizarre – the best kind of film! I bought it, put it in my player and watched it. I’m glad I did. And I’m also very glad that I didn’t know what to expect.  Out now on Blu-Ray and DVD comes Stretch, a rather unusual film, but a very original and entertaining ... Read More

Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited

Saturday, 27 June 2015
After a very lengthy delay, Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited has finally arrived! Being a huge fan girl of the Elder Scrolls series, I couldn’t be happier, and that itch to dive back into Tamriel on my PS4 could now be scratched. Fresh off the bat from playing The Witcher 3 for two weeks straight, jumping back into another RPG has taken over my life again. Unlike The Witcher 3, you need to put many, many hours into Elder Scrolls Online before the best content is accessible. Is it worth ... Read More

The Gambler

Friday, 26 June 2015
Remakes. Who needs them? Why take a perfectly good film that still holds up today, and make it again? Although I do not agree with it, I can partly understand the advantage of updating films with dated special effects. But a dialogue-driven drama about the timeless subject of gambling addiction? If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. But that’s exactly what has been done here, with this downright unnecessary remake: The Gambler. In 1974, James Toback wrote the original story, heavily inspired ... Read More

Farming Simulator 15

Thursday, 25 June 2015
The current market for games seems to have settled into a bit a of a pattern. Call of Duty, Bloodborne, The Witcher; all action packed titles, each of them flaunting the top end graphics and vast, expansive and highly detailed worlds, showing off the newest generation of consoles. Enter, then, the newest release from Giants Software and Focus Interactive: Farming Simulator 15. Despite having been out on PC for some time now, Farming Simulator 15 - a glaring oddity amidst the current gaming ... Read More

Selma

Wednesday, 24 June 2015
From director Ava DuVernay comes Selma, out now on DVD & Blu-Ray. The film recounts the tumultuous period in 1965 in which Martin Luther King campaigned to secure equal voting rights by way of an epic march in Alabama, changing history forever - we all know the story; it is history, and an important part of it too. And I know what you’re thinking – “oh great, another film about racial inequality”. I know, it’s something of an annual fixture, after films like The Help and 12 Years ... Read More
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