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: Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes
Mar22

Review: Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes

The run up to the release of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes has been exciting with high promise delivered by Hideo Kojima and his team at Konami and even higher hopes from stalwart fans of the 16 year old series. But will this short installment give the people what they crave? Join us as we shine a light on all its stealthy nuances. Story Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes acts as the bridging point between Metal Gear Solid: Peace...

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Review: Dead Rising 3: The Last Agent DLC
Mar21

Review: Dead Rising 3: The Last Agent DLC

So here we are. The fourth and final piece of DLC for the Xbox One zombie slaying launch title, Dead Rising 3. The DLC offering didn’t start off very well but has slowly improved over the course of the past few months. Let’s hope the final piece, The Last Agent, continues the upward trend and ends the Season Pass on a relative high. Story The last pair of shoes you’re stepping into this Season Pass is ZDC Agent Brad...

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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: Titanfall
Mar14

Review: Titanfall

From the makers of Call of Duty comes Titanfall. Activision’s series revolutionised the FPS genre but after legal issues with their bosses, Jason West and Vince Zampella left for sanctuary with EA to develop a new generation of shooter for a new console generation. That’s no small ask so lets see if Titanfall stands head and shoulders above the competition. Story Titanfall is set in the middle of a war between the...

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Review: Dark Souls II
Mar14

Review: Dark Souls II

As I look into the haunting black void that forms the gaping head of The Last Giant, the first boss encounter proper of Dark Souls II, the sweat-riddled pressure starts to kick in. Its tree-like colossal body is supported by monstrously long limbs that stride around the small arena I’m using for combat as one of Tolkien’s great Ents might. If the Ents were born in the dreams of a long afflicted opium addict, that is. It strikes slowly...

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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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Retrospective Review: Alice (1990)
Mar08

Retrospective Review: Alice (1990)

Alice starring Mia Farrow and Joe Mantegna (who as Simpson’s fans will know does the voice of Fat Tony) has been heralded as a one of Woody Allen’s best films of the early 90s. Join me as I take a look back at this loose reworking of Federico Fellini’s film, Juliet of the Spirits. I must admit, that having started off watching films in which Allen starred or appeared himself, I do find it a little odd when I watch...

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Review: South Park: The Stick of Truth
Mar04

Review: South Park: The Stick of Truth

After some delays, most notably the transition to Ubisoft following THQ’s (the original publisher) sad demise, Obsidian Entertainment’s South Park: The Stick of Truth has finally arrived. Previous South Park games haven’t been great and although I enjoyed the FPS N64 version, I was too young to to know that it was in fact utter pants. Those were the days where the ability to wee on a snowball and throw it at someone...

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