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New for the week of Monday, March 2, 2015

Well, kiddies, it’s a new month, and that as usual means new releases to look forward to. Not a lot of major releases this week, but some of note. The amusement park sim Screamride bows on Microsoft’s consoles, while the Sony platforms get the challenging top down shooter Helldivers. The second episode of Resident Evil Revelations 2 also debuts. On the home video front we get the Oscar nominated Foxcatcher as well as the next installment of The Hunger Games with Mockingjay Part 1. On the big screen this week we get what looks to be another intelligent sci-fi from Neill Blomkamp in Chappie, the Vince Vaughn comedy Unfinished Business, and another go round with British seniors in India in the sequel The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel...

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Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 1 “Penal Colony”- A decent start to the franchise’s latest

The Resident Evil franchise has returned, this time with the serialized sequel to Resident Evil Revelations, which first appeared on Nintendo’s 3DS. This time around, however, Nintendo is left out in the cold, as Resident Evil Revelations 2 is only available on the Sony and Microsoft platforms and on PC. Episode 1, titled “Penal Colony”, launched this week. So, how did it fare? Has the franchise found its way back to its survival horror roots, or is it more like the more action oriented entries of 5 and 6?Like its predecessor, it’s a little of both. The atmosphere evokes the horror aspect nicely, even if it takes place in a setting that’s long been familiar to horror fans...

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New releases for the week of Monday, February 23, 2015

Some varied gaming is on the way for the final week of February. Those liking plenty of fighting action can get their fill with Dragon Ball Xenoverse or Dynasty Warriors 8: Empires. Horror game fans get the first installment of Resident Evil Revelations 2, while those who like sports games may enjoy Rugby 15. Indies get represented with Starwhal: Just the Tip and Pneuma: Breath of Life. On the home video front we get Disney’s Big Hero 6, the Oscar nominated Whiplash, and the comedy sequel Horrible Bosses 2. The big screen gets the Will Smith drama Focus along with the horror film The Lazarus Effect. Off we go to this week’s list and remember, as always, release dates are subject to change.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

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Dragon Ball Xenoverse- PS3, PS4, PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One

Under Night...

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The Order: 1886- A cinematic thrill ride that works despite being on the short side

Let’s get the elephant in the room out of the way right at the start. Much has been made of Ready at Dawn’s alternate history action game The Order: 1886 and its length. One YouTube video claimed to get through the game at 5 hours, others have stated it took longer. You’d have to make a speedy run to clock in at around 5 hours, but by no means is The Order: 1886 a long game, as most gamers will fall in the 6-10 hour range depending on their level of skill and how much you explore and spend time seeking out the collectibles. Replayability will also depend on two things- one, if you loved the story and want to experience it again, and two, if you’re a trophy hunter going for an easy platinum (to get all trophies make take two runs through)...

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New releases for the week of February 16, 2015

Not a big week for releases, but there are some notable titles hitting store shelves. The PS4 exclusive The Order: 1886 drops for a rare Friday release for Sony’s platform, and joining it on the shelves is Kirby and the Rainbow Curse for the Wii U. Some Oscar nominated films lead the home video line-up for the week, including Birdman with Michael Keaton and The Theory of Everything featuring an award nominated performance by Eddie Redmayne. Studio Ghibli’s final theatrical release The Tale of Princess Kaguya is available, along with the comedy Dumb and Dumber To. Also available is the movie that caused all kinds of fuss with North Korea...

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Evolve- Survival of the fittest on a hostile world

Shear isn’t the friendliest of places, as colonists begin to find out as they encounter large, dangerous beasties. To aid them a group of Hunters is called in, and four descend at a time to take on a ferocious monster. This sets the stage for Evolve, a new (mostly) online shooter from Turtle Rock Studios (Left 4 Dead) and 2K. It delivers 4v1 play, with four players (or bot in an offline solo mode) take on the role of four Hunters, one each from a different class (Assault, Trapper, Medic, and Support) taking on another player (or bot) in the role of one of three monsters (Goliath Kraken, and Wraith, with a fourth monster, the Behemoth, coming as future DLC)...

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Dying Light- Running scared and having fun in the city

Zombie games have become a dime a dozen in recent years, especially with the success of The Walking Dead television show and comics, though zombies have been a staple in videogames for quite some time, most notably with the Resident Evil series. Techland opened things up a bit in 2011 with Dead Island, giving you the large open world environment of Banoi to explore and battle the undead masses. They followed that up with Dead Island: Riptide in 2013, and now with the newest generation of consoles they’ve up their zombie game a bit further. Dying Light again gives us a large open world to explore with the city of Harran, which is divided into two sections- the Slums and Old Town. Things are varied up a bit throughout Harran, though they may be familiar to survival horror fans...

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New releases for the week of Monday, February 9, 2015

Monster hunting will be the name of the game for this second week of February as it sees the release of Evolve from Turtle Rock Studios and Capcom’s Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate. Big week for fans of Nintendo’s handheld as the New 3DS XL hits North American stores along with a revamping of a Zelda classic and an Ace Combat game. On the home video front, Disney’s family friendly flick Alexander and the Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day releases along with the much darker thriller Nightcrawler. Hitting theaters on Friday is another comic book adaptation, this one the spy action movie Kingsmen: The Secret Service. Still working on the review for Dying Light, and trying to get that complete before Evolve lands Tuesday, so keep an eye out for that...

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New releases for the week of February 2, 2015

The groundhog may not be bringing us much this first week in February, but he has some goodies in his den. Episode Two of Telltale’s Game of Thrones drops this week, and gamers can visit Bikini Bottom in SpongeBob HeroPants on the handhelds and the Xbox 360. The home video front gives us Keanu Reeves as a vengeful hitman in John Wick and a retelling of the most famous vampire in Dracula Untold. On the big screen we get SpongeBob again in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie 2, the Wachowskis (The Matrix trilogy, Cloud Atlas) sci-fi epic Jupiter Ascending, and the fantasy flick Seventh Son. Off we go to this week’s list then and, as always, remember that release dates are subject to change.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

GAMES

Telltale Games Game of Thrones: Episode 2 “The Lost Lords”- PC, PS3, PS4, ...

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Fury- A war film that packs a punch, when it stays on track

War films have long dominated the cinema, and have provided us with plenty of dramatic and thrilling sequences on the big screen. From the storming of Omaha beach in Saving Private Ryan to the helicopters storming a Vietnamese village accompanied by Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries” in Apocalypse Now, war movies have given us some powerful and memorable images. Now Brad Pitt, in the lead role and that of producer, along with director David Ayer (Street Kings, End of Watch), seeks to join that lineage of great war movies with Fury. And, for the most part, they succeed, save for a sequence midway where things go a little off track. Fortunately things get back to business after that to deliver a thrilling finale that proves satisfying, even if it is a bit predictable.

Fury is set in April, 194...

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