Tag: 2016

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”

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Tanner Reviews Overwatch

overwatch_cover_art_pcSo it is finals week and as such, I am fucking busy most of the hours of my life. As such keeping up with the post was incredibly difficult. But I think I am finally back on some kind of decent track and as such, I am going to talk about what might easily be one of the best games I have played in recent years. When Overwatch first came out, I didn’t initially get into the hype as I don’t tend to with most things. Pragmatism has its pros and cons just as everything. But after my girlfriend Kitty, being the awesome person that she is, got me the game, I have been hooked for the past couple of weeks. This thing is fucking awesome and easily a true ray of sunlight in an otherwise bleak year of 2016 in video gaming and otherwise.

Overwatch’s story is less told in the game and more told in short videos as well as comics posted about the game. The game itself is just an arena based first person shooter. The story of Overwatch is a story that is set in the near future. After the creation of sentient AI Omnics, robots do what robots inevitably do and turn on humanity creating the Omnic crisis. A group of soldiers from around the world were put together to form the Overwatch Organization meant to fight the Omnic threat. Soon Omnics and humans began to coexist but Overwatch was disbanded and made illegal for a number of different reasons. The game itself takes place after the assassination of a prolific Omnic who was promoting peace among people. That is how our story begins. Continue reading “Tanner Reviews Overwatch”

Mini Review: Free State of Jones

free_state_of_jones_posterI was going to make this a full review… Then I realized that there was almost nothing to talk about with this movie and thought, “Why should I bother?” The Free State of Jones is a movie that was released early in the summer and was meant to be a more conservative summer blockbuster. Sure Independence Day: Resurgence and Suicide Squad are out there, but also here is a unique story about the Civil War based on a fascinating book written by Sally Jenkins. While the movie itself isn’t the worst thing that I have ever seen, the source material did not fit a summer blockbuster movie and as a result gets labeled with two words that kill a movie: boring and forgettable.

After the Battle of Corinth, Confederate soldier Newton Knight (Matthew McConaughey) deserts the army and makes his way back home to Jones County Mississippi. Becoming increasingly disenfranchised with the confederate army after the death of thousands mixed with the fact that the Confederacy is now taking food and land away from the people for the war effort, Knight begins to rally people to his side as more and more soldiers begin to leave the army and head home. Knight and Jones County then secede from the Confederacy and become the Free State of Jones.  Continue reading “Mini Review: Free State of Jones”

Tanner Reviews Deepwater Horizon

deepwater_horizon_filmThis one was certainly a surprise! When I saw that there was going to be a movie about the Deepwater Horizon disaster, I initially groaned. Maybe the world has made me jaded but the first thing that I thought of was that BP paid the right people to make a pro oil message to soften the fact that they annihilated the ecosystem in the Gulf of Mexico, a disaster that is still seeing its effects to this day.

But man was I wrong. Well, okay, the first moment that I saw John Malkovich show up as one of the people representing BP, I had a huge sigh of relief. Thank god they casted the best villain they possibly could for this role. At least I know that BP are the bad guys hear. But all joking aside, going into this thinking that this is going to be a pro oil movie and walking out feeling better about life knowing that I saw an amazing disaster movie about the people who worked on board the boat during the day the leak occurred. This movie certainly was a surprising gem and one that may very walk away with a few Oscar nominations for sound editing and effects. Continue reading “Tanner Reviews Deepwater Horizon”

Tanner Reviews X-Men: Apocalypse

X-Men_-_ApocalypseI have been seeing an unreasonable amount of superhero movies this year. I should go watch something else, anything else just to break the pattern… But at either rate, I still saw it so now it is time to talk about it. This is going to be a rather long review after I went through the preliminaries of all the things that I wanted to discuss. But what all of this ultimately boils down to is the fact that this movie is probably one of the most painfully average movies that I have seen in a long time. Continue reading “Tanner Reviews X-Men: Apocalypse”

Tanner Reviews Ratchet and Clank (2016 Video Game)

Ratchet_and_Clank_coverThis has not been a good year for the Ratchet & Clank franchise. First, they watch as their movie bombs at the box office and with critics as well. To add insult to injury, their video game that was meant to reboot the franchise is nothing to write home to mother about as well. Of course, the thing is getting at least 8/10 for every video game outlet because most video game criticism sucks the dicks of producers and developers alike, but I cannot simply walk away saying anything positive about one of the most forgettable gaming experiences in recent history.

In this reboot of the classic series, Ratchet and his robot buddy Clank have to free the universe from a nefarious space captain. They travel from planet to planet, fighting baddies with a multitude of different goofy guns and collecting obscene amounts of omnipresent coins that fly at you at every second of the damn game. Continue reading “Tanner Reviews Ratchet and Clank (2016 Video Game)”

Tanner Reviews Gods of Egypt

Gods_of_Egypt_posterThis movie is a piece of shit! I already have a strong contender for worst movie of 2016. The movie gods have smiled upon me once again. My god… You know, this really is the worst kind of movie. It is the kind of movie that you can see where the idea was going and in the hands of more capable people, could have been something good. But instead the money is absolutely wasted on a terribly written story, a mix of what could have been good graphics, and just all around shitty camera work makes this film an absolute pile of garbage of awfulness.
The plot of this movie, I think, it was painfully difficult to follow it… BUT the plot that I can glean is that the Gods of Egypt live with the mortals. They are very tall (when the camera work let’s them be), they bleed gold to get that PG-13 rating, they have terrible CGI morphing powers, and are nothing more than condescending dicks to them. Osiris (Bryan Brown) is kind of cool with mortals, but everyone else belittles them and expects there worship… Which the mortals are more than happy to do! Except for our plucky protagonist Bek (Benton Thwaites) who is an atheist, much to the chagrin of the love of his life, Zaya (Courtney Eaton). One day, when Osiris is crowning a new king in Horus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldu). All is going well until Set (Gerard Butler) gets a wild hair up his ass that he wants to rule Egypt. So he kills Osiris and rips out Horus’s eyes. He then dictates that in order to get into the afterlife, you need to pay your way in… Why? Who the fuck knows? Who the fuck cares, this movie sure as shit doesn’t.

A year passes Horus is a sham of his former self. After Bek robs one of his eyes from Set’s vault, Zaya is killed by the master builder. So Bek and Horus make a pact that if Bek helps Horus get his other eye back and he will bring Zaya back to life. The rest of the movie is a pile of who the fuck knows including battles that would be cool if we paid any amount of attention to it, Horus’s shotty relationship Hathor (Elodie Young), and Ra (Geoffrey Rush) battling a gigantic cloud worm. Continue reading “Tanner Reviews Gods of Egypt”