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Mad Max: Fury Road- A lovely spectacle of carnage

It’s been 30 years since we last saw the character of Max Rockatansky on the big screen in 1985’s Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. Then Mel Gibson brought the character to life in director George Miller’s vision of post apocalyptic life, where tribes drove crazily designed vehicles across the Outback in search of supplies and gasoline. The 80s Max movies made Gibson an international film star and delivered some of the wildest vehicles stunts committed to celluloid, hitting their pinnacle with the second film in the trilogy The Road Warrior (1981). Gasoline tended to be the driving force in those films, as it was the source of power for both towns and vehicles. It gave us a glimpse of a savage society, one that would do whatever was necessary to survive...

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Wolfenstein: The Old Blood- Fun B-movie inspired shooter

2014’s Wolfenstein: The New Order proved to be one of that year’s best shooters, as Bethesda and Machine Games gave us a terrific alternate history tale featuring the heroics of soldier B.J. Blazkowicz. Focusing on a single player campaign, The New Order allowed for multiple ways to play through a level, letting players go loud and shoot everything in sight or take a quieter approach and stealthily eliminate your Nazi foes. Solid voice acting bolstered the story, and brought the Wolfenstein franchise to a new generation of consoles while reinvigorating the series. Now in 2015 Bethesda and Machine Games visit Blazkowicz once again, this time in the prequel Wolfenstein: The Old Blood. And once again, we were provided with a fun, though slightly uneven, outing.

Wolfenstein is split into two r...

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Maggie- A quiet, introspective zombie film that’s both heartfelt and chilling

Zombie movies carry with them an certain level of expectation, and most check off the tropes one by one, starting with an unexpected breakout followed by plenty of gore. The best of them give us characters that we care about, and put us on edge to see if they’ll survive the undead hordes. The worst deliver simply mindless bloody mayhem, usually accompanied by very bad quips. Every once in a while, though, a filmmaker delivers something a bit different to the genre. George Romero altered our perceptions of the zombie film with Night of the Living Dead in 1968. Danny Boyle did it again in 2003 with 28 Days Later, giving the zombies deadly speed to match their ravenous hunger.

Robert Kirkman revitalized the genre yet again with his comic and later hit TV show The Walking Dead, giving us human...

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Marvel Avengers: Age of Ultron- Fun with plenty of action, but falls a little short of the first film

Marvel’s The Avengers was everything a comic book movie should be- exciting, have likeable characters, witty banter, and most of all it was fun. The film felt like a breath of fresh air after the darker comic book movies from rival DC. Now we’ve arrived at the main sequel after the follow-up solo pictures (Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier). Could Joss Whedon and his capable cast pull off another billion dollar winner at the box office? Or would the film collapse under its own weight, suffering the fate of so many sequels? Would it best its predecessor or fall short? The answer is a mixed bag. In many ways Age of Ultron takes what the first Avengers movie did and upped the ante...

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Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China- Fun and frustration in a tale of vengeance

With the Assassin’s Creed franchise turning out yearly titles it may be time for Ubisoft to shake up the formula a little bit. Going from a full 3D experience to a 2.5 one may not be the full answer, but it does give fans a different way to play an Assassin’s Creed title. In some ways the transition helps some elements, making them a bit more satisfying. Others, however, suffer a bit, mainly due to controls that are at times less than precise. But the overall package does provide some entertainment as well as some satisfaction. Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China will most likely please fans of the franchise, but it probably won’t convert any of its detractors. And in pleasing this fan it worked for the most part, so in that Ubisoft and developer Climax Studios succeeded...

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Mortal Kombat X- Blood, guts, and lots of fun

I’ll admit this right off the bat: I love fighting games. I’m just not very good at them. Because of this, it’s always nice to have games in the genre that come along that even someone of my skill level can truly enjoy. The Mortal Kombat franchise for the most part did this for me, really striking home with 2011’s Mortal Kombat, the ninth entry into the series. WB and NetherRealm did even better with Injustice: Gods Among Us (2013), featuring a great story mode with characters from the DC universe and smooth gameplay, with plenty to do for a solo player. Now WB and NetherRealm have upped their game once again with Mortal Kombat X. Once more, the solo player has plenty of game here, and then there’s the online modes to stretch things even farther...

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Daredevil: Hell’s Kitchen gets its hero in a worthy series

NOTE: While I’m going to try and keep this review as spoiler free as possible for those who haven’t seen all 13 episodes for the Netflix series, some minor ones may creep in here and there. For the most part, this will be a general, overall review of the entire series, without taking each plot point in turn for the individual episodes.

Daredevil leapt off the comic book pages to the big screen in 2003 and wasn’t overly received well by either fans or critics. Some complained that Ben Affleck just wasn’t right for the role of Matt Murdock, that Michael Clarke Duncan brought nothing to the role of Wilson Fisk (aka The Kingpin) other than his size, that Colin Farrell was a bit over the top as Bullseye, and that Jennifer Garner’s Elektra missed the mark...

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Life is Strange Episode 2 “Out of Time”- Predictable events and an untimely loss of power

Episode 2 of Square Enix’s and Dontnod Entertainment’s tale of teenage angst and time manipulation Life is Strange picks up the day after Max’s horrifying vision of a massive tornado that sweeps in to destroy Arcadia Bay. “Out of Time” continues the mystery revealed in “Chrysalis”, but doesn’t offer any more clues or even any answers. Contrived situations raise their head for Max to use her time manipulation cheat, though her power does fail her towards the end at an inopportune (though predictable) time. The characters still don’t truly stand out from their standard cliches, and those that seemed to undergo a brief change in the previous episode, like Victoria, revert to form here...

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Furious 7- Everything you’d expect from the franchise, plus a touching tribute to Paul Walker

Family. That’s the big theme running through Furious 7, the latest in the Fast & Furious franchise. Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel), his sister Mia (Jordana Brewster), her now husband and former FBI agent Brian O’Connor (the late Paul Walker), Dom’s love Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), and the comedy relief team of Roman (Tyrese Gibson) and Tej (Ludacris) are all back, trying to carry on from their London adventures covered in the previous film. Things seem to be getting back to normal, but it all doesn’t last, as the brother of their last adversary Owen Shaw (Luke Evans) also takes the notion of family to heart, and comes seeking revenge on the group along with DSS agent Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson)...

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Bloodborne: Bloody adventures in the town of Yharnam

I’ll get this out of the way right up front: This is not the full review for Bloodborne, so there won’t be a score yet at the end. I’ve been playing it a fair amount since its release on Tuesday, March 24, and have close to 20 hours into the game. Bloodborne is huge, with a lot of areas to explore along with the Chalice dungeons, dungeons you unlock and are randomly generated, thus delivering a fresh experience every time. The stamp of From Software’s Souls series on the game is quite evident, from the similarity in the controls, to using a hub world to level up, and in the oppressive (in a good way) atmosphere that surrounds the mysterious and afflicted town of Yharnam...

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