Guacamelee! 2 Review

Standard
Guacamelee! 2 is a beat ‘em up, platformer game released for PS4 & PC on August 21, 2018. It was developed and published by Drinkbox Studios (@DrinkBoxStudios).

There’s a sense of pure joy that kept swelling up inside me during my playthrough of Guacamelee! 2. Continue reading

Advertisements

It’s You: A Breakup Story Review

Standard
@ItsYouBreakup is a narrative-driven game released for PC on August 1, 2018. It was developed and published by Brwarner Studios (@brwarner92). Screenshots taken by myself.

As a straight guy, it’s all too easy to forget how scary dating can be for different people, but It’s You: A Breakup Story puts those other perspectives front and centre for you to experience firsthand. Continue reading

The Last Jedi Review (Spoiler Free!)

Standard
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is an epic space opera released in Canada on December 15th, 2017. The film was written and directed by Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) and stars Carrie Fischer (@carrieffisher), Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself), Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) and Oscar Issac.

I’ve waited almost two years since Rey and Finn reignited my love of Star Wars in 2015’s The Force Awakens to continue their adventure across the galaxy. In those two years, I’ve poured over theories, critiques and speculations about the state of the galaxy to the point where I was so eager to see what’s next that there’s no way anything could’ve met my excitement. The Last Jedi didn’t answer all my questions, it didn’t fill all the Star Wars-sized holes in my heart but it was a satisfying, jaw-dropping and gut-wrenching chapter in the Star Wars Saga that begs another two years of anticipation for the conclusion. Continue reading

Justice League Review

Standard
Justice League is a superhero film released in North America on November 17, 2017. It was directed Zack Snyder (@ZackSnyder), written by Chris Terrio and Joss Whedon (@jossand stars Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck), Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot (@GalGadot), Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa (@PrideofGypsies) and Ray Fisher (@rehsifyar).

There’s a whole lot of conversation online about how the DC Extended Universe is in a state of disrepair. Despite Wonder Woman being the most successful movie of 2017, every other DC film has been quite a disappointment. From 2016’s laughable Batman V Superman to the somehow Oscar award-winning Suicide Squad, the falters and fumbles of DC to present a compelling cast of characters sadly continues with Justice League. Continue reading

Kingsman: The Golden Circle Review

Standard
Kingsman: The Golden Circle is a spy action comedy film released in North America on September 22nd, 2017. It was directed and written by Matthew Vaugh and stars Taron Egerton (@TaronEgerton), Colin Firth and Channing Tatum (@channingtatum).

The first Kingsman movie caught me completely by surprise back in 2015, taking me on an unexpected, delightful romp through the biggest tropes of the spy genre. Matthew Vaughn wrote, directed and produced a tailored experience that startled me in the best ways possible. It wasn’t without its flaws, but with a diverse cast, a fun premise and amazing action sequences I was hooked right up to the unfortunately raunchy final scene. And while Vaughn is back to write, direct and produce the sequel it falls quite short of the lovable ridiculousness of the first.

Continue reading

Little Nightmares Review

Standard
Little Nightmares is a puzzle-platformer horror adventure game  released for PS4, Xbox One & PC on April 28th, 2017. It was developed by Tariser Studios (@TarsierStudios) and it was published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. Screenshots taken by myself.

It was impossible for me to play Little Nightmares without constantly thinking back to my favourite game of 2016: INSIDE. They’re both side scrolling, puzzle-platforming games that rely heavily on environmental storytelling as there’s no dialogue or written word in either. They both have uniquely eerie settings which make them unlike anything else I’ve played, but that’s where the similarities end. A visually compelling, distinct and grossly beautiful world make Little Nightmare a memorable experience, despite its lacklustre gameplay.

Continue reading

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Review

Standard
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is a superhero comedy film released in North America on May 5th, 2017. It was directed and written by James Gunn (@JamesGunn) and stars Chris Pratt (@prattprattpratt), Zoe Saldana (@zoesaldana) and Kurt Russell.

I’m a huge fan of the first Guardians of the Galaxy. It breathed fresh air into the superhero genre and was a great Hollywood debut for the Parks and Rec beloved Chris Pratt. The soundtrack was in my head for months and I adored the intro scene in the cavern set to Redbone’s “Come and Get Your Love,” which set the fun tone that carried all the way throughout the comedy space romp. But the same cannot be said for the sequel. The first film was so special and perfect in its own way, much like how awesome the first Avengers was, that there’s absolutely no way the sequel could live up. And just like how Avengers: Age of Ultron failed to recapture that original magic, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is a lacklustre sequel that feels messy, forced and, like the film’s five post credit scenes, entirely unnecessary. Continue reading