2016 has been a weird year when it comes to video games and certainly not in a good way. While the holiday season is quickly approaching, the majority of this year can be summed up as a bunch of Triple A let downs and a slew of decent indie games. Sure XCOM 2 and Dark Souls III came out. But even those were considered to be decent, but mainly forgettable at best. 2013, this year is not. While I hope to get a good review of XCOM 2 before the year is out, now I am stuck to reviewing indie games on Steam that my friends and I stumble upon to create a semi decent best and worst of 2016. With that being said, let’s talk about Layers of Fear. Ever since Amnesia: The Dark Descent came out, there seems to be a steady stream of copy cats and re-creators out there who are looking to capture the terror and lightning-in-a-bottle fear that that game managed to create. The exploring a random spoopy house when shit starts to go horrifically wrong whether it be by stalking evil creature or by hallucinogenic paintings, these things seem to be all over the damn place. While Layers of Fear is certainly not the worst offender of this list, the game presents a decent showing that comes part and parcel with tropes that have already been done to great extent in the past. Continue reading
Well I finally finished it! After months of playing and delaying I finally completed Firewatch. It has been a long time coming, but I am quite happy to have finished the game and boy am I certainly happy with my experience. While this year has not been a stellar year of video gaming, it is still quite an honor to be counted as one of the best games of 2016 which is exactly where Firewatch finds themselves today.
Firewatch is the story of a man named Henry. After his wife, Julia, is unfortunately diagnosed with early onset dementia, Henry takes up a job in a firewatch tower in Wyoming. While there, he meets Delilah, his boss, over a radio chat. The two begin to hit it off, isolated in the woods. However, it is soon discovered that they are not alone. It turns out that there is someone following Henry as he goes out on his excursions and is listening to their radio conversations. The two then have to discover who it is that is stalking them and why. Continue reading
It has been a while since I have opened up the vaults and taken a look at something in the past that needs a new eye to its legacy, so why not spin the giant steel wheel and see what we have today. Well if it isn’t one of John Hughes most popular movies of all time. I will state this right away, I think that John Hughes is one of the best filmmakers of all time. He truly revolutionized the 80’s and became a true coming of age icon. However, I do feel that a lot of his movies are looked at through a certain “rose tinted glasses” and some of his bad movies tend to get looked at with the same wave of nostalgia and love. While Sixteen Candles has had a few problems as it has aged over the years, it can still be looked at as a product of its time. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, on the other hand, is a movie that I feel does not hold up in the time that it was created and the time that we find ourselves in today. It is because of this that this movie finds itself being pulled out of the vault and evaluated for the failings that need to be addressed. Continue reading
The list continues! We started with the honorable mentions, then moved on from 100-91, 90-81, and now we hit 80-71. If you would like to check out the other parts of this list, please check the links below.
The year is creeping towards the end and with that comes the best and worst of 2016. As always, there are a few movies and video games that I catch late or just lose track of time and forget to review. While a review of Firewatch will be coming up soon, there is a multitude of stuff that I just decide to cover in little mini reviews. Typically I do this in December, but since I have nothing better to write about today, I decided to just go ahread and throw three up to give a quick and dirty review on.
10 Cloverfield Lane
I’m going to be a curmudgeon again. This movie has received generally good reviews and held a percentage on Rotten Tomatoes that was well into the 90’s. I can see the appeal of it, but the whole clausterphobic bunker thing just wasn’t really what I was looking for as a sequel to the original Cloverfield which was, at the time, unique and grandiose. It feels as if a reverse The Purge and went from this insular premise to a cool grandiose one, this series has gone from cool grandiose intrigue to a low budget tight bunker film.
Final Score: 2.5/5
London Has Fallen
Olympus Has Fallen was not a well reviewed movie by me. It was a poor man’s Die Hard, with a less talented Gerard Butler on the main cast, and came across as more of a jingoist terrorsploitation film that told little to no story. London Has Fallen is the sequel… I don’t know what else to really say. It is the same damn thing just in London this time. It is a lazy movie that hopes that the power of Morgan Freeman will be enough to shield the fact that it is an absolutely terrible movie.
Final Score: 1/5
Dark Souls III
What is there to say about Dark Souls that hasn’t already been said? The original game in the franchise is going to be known as an iconic game of its time. It was the game made for hardcore gamers in a day and age when video games have become much less challenging and much more easily digestible by the masses. The second installment of the game started to give a little more hand holding and the increased hand holding continues in Dark Souls III. Now don’t get me wrong, from what I have seen the game is still a challenge. But as time and popularity continues to grow, captialism dictates that you need to widen your clientele. With that, the fangs of Dark Souls will continue to be filed down. It is certainly the weakest of the three, but still an absolutely solid play through.
Final Score: 3.5/5
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It is a sad fact of life, but where there is a fandom of fervent fans who absolutely love a TV show, movie series, or video game… There is going to be deaths so tragic that it just brings a tear to your eye at the mere sound or sight of their name. Those characters that will always be remembered tragically and with contempt for the creators for taking our beloved treasures away from us. This list is to commemorate 5 of those characters who left us with a void in our heart that simply could not be replaced.
So here are the Rules
One character per franchise. Harry Potter has a plethora of tragic deaths… But only one can be chosen.
The character has to stay dead or have a complete character redesign.
There is no rhyme or reason to this list. It is just ten characters whose deaths hurt the most.
If I missed someone from your favorite fandom, I’ll be honest it might just be because I missed it… Or I just don’t care about that particular fandom.
There are spoilers from this point on. So if you get upset… Oh well, not my problem. Continue reading