Tag: 2016 in Video Gaming

The Best and Worst Video Games of 2016

For the listening pleasure, here is Tanner’s best and worst video games of 2016. Should be a few surprises as well as some well known favorites. Please like and subscribe for more and I hope you enjoy.

Tanner Reviews Final Fantasy XV

ff_xv_cover_artWell this is it. The last video game post of 2016. This year I suprisingly had a higher number of video game reviews then I had last year. So this should definitely be a more well rounded list. As always, the Best and worst of 2016 will come near the beginning of January after one last hurrah at the movie theater to pick up a few stragglers at the end. The video game best and worst list will be recorded and both lists will be published to Tanner Reviews as well as Project Derailed. So look forward to that coming up soon. But for now, let’s talk about one of my favorite games of 2016, Final Fantasy XV. After the abysmal showing of Final Fantasy XIII I had little faith in the franchises ability to keep modernizing as time goes on. The irritating main cast combined with the never ending corridor displayed a crisis, in my eyes, with the Final Fantasy franchise. After Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn was a success, I thought they would just take the Ultima route and just focus 100% of their energy on the MMORPG scene. But boy was I wrong! Final Fantasy XV came back with a bang with a combination of classic RPG feels, modern setting, as well as a 1950’s/modern day motif, this has proven to truly be the sleeper hit of 2016 just as the year is coming to a close. Continue reading “Tanner Reviews Final Fantasy XV”

2016 Mini Reviews: Angry Birds, Yoga Hosers, 2016 Doom, and True Memoirs of an International Assassin

It is that time of the year again! The end of 2016 is coming and I need to play catch up on my 2016 movies and video games. So this post is going to catch up on the ones that I have missed or don’t want to write a full review for. So with that said, here is a quick review of The Angry Birds Movie, Yoga Hosers, Doom (2016), and True Memoirs of an International Assassin.

the_angry_birds_movie_posterThe Angry Birds Movie

This movie is terrible. Yes, it is a kids movie and it is meant to just be good natured fun. But I know a good kids movie from a bad kids movie and this movie is terrible. It is just a cash in on the Angry Birds franchise which is growing more and more outdated by the day. The plot is just kind of… there. The characters aren’t interesting or relatable. It is nothing more than a fowl cash in.

Final Score: 1.5/5

yoga_hosers_posterYoga Hosers

I honestly do not have the hate for this movie that a lot of people apparently have. It is fine and it isn’t that offensive. This is certainly one of Kevin Smith’s worst films which says something about the director. It is an ode to the current disenfranchised youth similar to that of A Scout’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse. If you are from the millenial generation, you will thoroughly enjoy it. If you were a fan of Tusk, you will enjoy it. But beyond that, it is a decent movie that will hopefully lead into Kevin Smith’s next movie, Moose Jaws.

Final Score: 2.5/5

doom_coverDoom (2016)

You know, I’m sure that there were plenty of people who loved this game and I am also sure that they will play it for several years to come… But honestly, who the hell gives a shit about this game? I forgot it existed until just now which is how much of an impact it had on my memory. It is an okay remake that doesn’t have near enough of the impact as the original. It is just there and it will soon only be remembered by the die hard Doom fans among us.

Final Score: 2.5/5

true_memoirs_of_an_international_assassinTrue Memoirs of an International Assassin

I might be grading this movie on a curve… But honestly it isn’t the worst thing in the world. Sure, Kevin James will always be attached to the Adam Sandler School of Comedy and even if this wasn’t a Happy Madison production, it definitely had the stink of Sandler on it. But, honestly it isn’t that offensive and Kevin James is kind of charming in the movie. The movie isn’t good, but if you are an Adam Sandler-esque fan or just want to kill some time, check out the CIA version of Paul Blart: Mall Cop.

Final Score: 2/5

Thank you for reading and please come back for the grand conclusion of 2016.

Tanner Reviews Firewatch

downloadWell 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 “Tanner Reviews Firewatch”

Ten Movies and Video Games to Keep an Eye on in 2016

This time last year, I created a list of the video games and movies to keep an eye on in 2015. It was an interesting experiment that kept me looking back to the list, examining my early assessments, and looking at how I felt post fact. It was a fun way to give a precursor to some of the more talked about video games and movies of 2015 and then seeing how the hype was met, the hype was not met, and how certain games and movies broke through 2015 completely under the radar. So let’s give it a go again. This is the ten movies and video games to keep an eye on in 2016.

I will say before we move forward that on both video game and movie lists, I had to cut down from a list of AT LEAST 15 on each side. So even with the extended honorable mentions… There are going to be a few left off. With that being said, let’s get started. Continue reading “Ten Movies and Video Games to Keep an Eye on in 2016”