Review: Sacred 3
Aug12

Review: Sacred 3

It’s hard to avoid the shadow of Diablo when approaching a similar game in the same genre. You can either refer to it as a ‘watered down’ version or an admirable alternative. Sadly this game falls under ‘watered down’. But there is something else poisoning the water too; atrocious humour. Sacred 3 is a less tactical affair than Diablo, owing a larger debt to hack and slash titles. The combat is more visceral and less deliberate, but...

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Review: The Hooligan Factory
Jul19

Review: The Hooligan Factory

With the cliché ridden football hooligan genre reaching over-saturation point some time ago, it’s surprising we haven’t really had much in the way of spoofery yet. But The Hooligan Factory aims to put that right. Focusing on budding young lout Danny and his chance meeting with legendary ’80s hard man Dex, the film is a knockabout comedy which plays moments of casual violence for laughs and occasionally references the well...

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Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Home Release)
Apr06

Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Home Release)

Dragons, Dwarves and New Zealand location shoots. These things can mean only one thing; another trip to Middle Earth, courtesy of Peter Jackson. This instalment of Hobbity goodness picks up with a flashback to a meeting between Gandalf and Thorin, their encounter revealing the master wizard to be the instigator of the would be Dwarf King’s quest to reclaim his homeland. After that the narrative remains relatively straightforward; the...

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Review: How to Survive a Plague
Apr01

Review: How to Survive a Plague

How to Survive A Plague (HTSAP) is a documentary fueled by passion and anger. The film opens right in the middle of the AIDS epidemic in the US at the late ’70s/early ’80s period and centres around the efforts of the ACT UP and TAG activist groups At the time, being diagnosed was almost a 100% certainty of death for patients. Those at the centre of this terror express their fears and sense of distraught pain at seeing...

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Review: Luftrausers
Mar19

Review: Luftrausers

Thrown into the air, hung up like a metal- tipped paper dart that’s now falling, falling through a sea of flak towards the unforgiving ocean. Then with improbable grace the ship rights itself to boost onwards in the direction of your choosing.  This is the military-map brown world of Luftrausers, the latest fruit borne from Dennaton Games, those inscrutable purveyors of instant playability. It’s actually something of a shock to the...

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Review: Fire in the Blood
Mar10

Review: Fire in the Blood

Fire in the Blood is a documentary about a real-life scandal. It’s about people conspiring to let millions of their fellow humans die for the sake of profit. It’s also about the fight against this, and the brave individuals who took on the might of the large drug companies. In a series of interviews with calm but intently focused campaigners, the film paints a picture of two worlds. One in the west, where the breakthrough in...

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Review: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2
Mar03

Review: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2

Gloom-tastic gothic-flavoured action time; yup – it’s a new Castlevania. Read on to find out if it’s got any bite. Lords of Shadow 2 (LoS 2) starts with the main vamp himself in siege-defying action. Playing as Dracula (formerly Gabriel Belmont but we’re not going to go into that) you quickly pick up from the combat tutorial the importance of timing your blocks to parry, catching opponents off-guard and leaving them vulnerable...

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Review: Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 Full Burst
Feb03

Review: Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 Full Burst

If you’re committed enough to get through reading a title of the above length, chances are you’re already a fan of the source anime. Therefore none of these words are likely to affect your purchase of the game. Which is fine. You’ll also know that Burst is the enhanced re-release of Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 and comes with an additional chapter, a new playable character and loads of extra costumes and tweaked...

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Opinion: Justice for Dredd – the film you need to watch
Dec07

Opinion: Justice for Dredd – the film you need to watch

There are things in this world that tick me off; war, poverty, greed and injustice. You know, that whole shebang. And then there are the things that seem trivial but somehow become mega important.  Things like Dredd. Dredd was a 2012 release starring Karl Urban as the titular frowny-faced dispenser of justice and Olivia Thirlby as psychic rookie Judge Anderson. It was in 3D, it was raw, it was violent and it was utterly brilliant. And...

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Review: Class of ’92
Nov25

Review: Class of ’92

The Class of  ’92 looks back on the golden generation of David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and all the other names that came off that incredible conveyor belt of talent – the Manchester United youth team system. Setting the team in context amid the wider events of 1992 (Tory government, poll tax, Sinéad O’Connor!) Class of ’92 shows how the spirit and identity of Manchester was preserved in the face of...

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