Remember Me

Box Art

Nilin, the game’s protagonist.

I finished Remember Me a couple of weeks ago, but I started it in May. Part of the reason it took me so long is that the game didn’t pull me back in the early stages when I had Rocket League or Street Fighter available. It becomes more compulsive towards the end and ultimately I’m glad I finished it, but the game doesn’t make itself easy to like. It’s on the edge of excellence. Remember Me is a game that needs to be better at almost everything, few aspects worthy of praise without caveat. It’s an ambitious game full of great ideas and I admire much of what it accomplishes, but its execution is so lacking that it undermines itself constantly. Continue reading

Backlog 2015 #2: Batman: Arkham Origins: Blackgate: Deluxe Edition

Blackgate cover

I like to imagine that’s Batman looking at the people responsible for this nonsense.

I want to make this brief so I don’t waste too much more of my time on this game, but if you’re reading this I’m wasting your time with a messy article. Blame Batman. The most enjoyable moment I had was it enabling me to sincerely type B:AO:B:DE in a text to a friend. I was excited about this Metroidvania game due to a long time love of the Metroid series. Metroid + Batman; sign me up. But it’s a bad cover band. Continue reading

Anarchy Reigns (The Achievements note that the title makes no sense)

Manarchy-reigns-15437-1920x1200y friends and I bought Anarchy Reigns cheap recently for something different to play multiplayer. It’s certainly different. We haven’t really played much of it yet and all I do is complain about how much damage I’m taking when I play it (#maturity). It’s enjoyably baffling, obviously bonkers but pretty frustrating. In an attempt to get to grips with the controls and systems better I played through the campaign. Here’s what I thought.

Anarchy Reigns is a sequel/prequel/interquel to MadWorld on the Wii (I have it waiting to play so I haven’t looked up the connection) so for a lot of the story I couldn’t tell if I was missing information because I hadn’t played MadWorld or because it wasn’t given to me. But it’s a Platinum Games game (<3) so honestly it could be either. The storyline is some balls about two different characters that are trying to catch up to a third character for reasons that are never fully explained and with fantastically unearned high-emotion scenes. The whole tone of the campaign is like a 12yo who’s still young enough to play with action figures but whose older brother has shown him Robocop and Die Hard. And, as with so many Platinum Games, I can’t tell if they realise this or not. Continue reading

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past Review

This is a review that I wrote as an audition for a place at a larger University-wide newspaper.  There was a strict word limit, which is why it is terser than my other posts.  I tried to present an even-handed critique of a bad romantic comedy I’d been brought to by my then-girlfriend.  The response from the committee was that I should have savaged it.  Damn you, Matthew McConaughey!  This is the last time you receive mercy from me.

Director: Mark Waters ; Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Michael Douglas, Robert Forster ; Running Time: 100 mins ; Certificate: 12A

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past is a reworking of the classic “A Christmas Carol” formula in which self-centred  womaniser Connor Mead (McConaughey) is visited by three spectres who lead him through his past, present and future relationships in a bid to show him the error of his ways and win the heart of true love Jenny Perotti (Garner). Continue reading

Wanted Review

Director: Timur Bekmambetov ; Starring: James MacAvoy, Angelina Jolie, Morgan Freeman ; Running Time: 110mins

Wanted, based on the Mark Millar comic series of the same name, tells the story of Wesley Gibson, a nobody in a dead-end job, and how his life changes forever when a fraternity of assassins makes contact with him and unlocks his hidden talents.  With his new abilities Wesley then sets out to avenge the death of his father, a fellow assassin, who left him as a newborn.

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Clerks 2 Review

I am a huge Kevin Smith fan, but that doesn’t stop me from detesting Chasing Amy,
one of his films, so treat this review like you would a biased historical source. The
sequel to cult classic “Clerks”, “Clerks II” rejoins Dante and Randall from the first film
over a decade after we first saw a snapshot of their lives. Little has changed and
the film plots how their now lack of youth affects them in what is essentially the
same situation and how the characters grow or refuse to. Continue reading

Resident Evil 5: Lost in Nightmares Review

We’ll just assume that Jill is having to contort herself in that way because of the space-time anomaly in the background.

This is the latest bit of DLC for Resident Evil 5.  It’s 400 MS points and contains what Capcom have said is about an hour of gameplay, so weigh up for yourself whether you think that’s value for money on the face of it.  The game is set just before a flashback when Chris and Jill confront Wesker at Spencer’s mansion and basically plots how they got from the front door to the room where the battle takes place.  It also contains Excella and Barry (Motherfucking) Burton as playable characters in Mercenary Mode.  I played through this last night with Pod, my cohort from On Deadly Blog, and we had a fucking great time. Continue reading