Amazing Spider-Man 2 Blu-ray Review

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“It is as tragic as Spider-Man himself. Both sides become genuinely effective if still committing the sins of movie’s past. Amazing Spider-Man 2 douses the screen in villains, roping them in with multiple origin stories when this sub-piece of Marvel cinematic literature isn’t even done building Parker’s own. Aside from the strain of Sony’s infecting product placement, this reboot follow-up (that’s a thing now) bides its time. Despite shifting toward the morose, never does this piece feel a need to rush into another segue action scene. Considering the way films are currently structured – even Disney’s own Marvel escapades at times – Spider-Man is unusually story friendly.”

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Madden NFL 15 (Xbox One) Review

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“The developer follows a scripted pathway as enforced by the NFL in co-beneficial nepotism, which tends to sidestep reality for the betterment of their own PR campaigns. Scandals, off-field idiocy, abuse; you won’t find these seemingly weekly examples of spoiled millionaires cruising from their course of luxury. Madden is just the football for the sake of its simulation as much as it is a promotional tool meant to convey an image of glossy perfection. By default, Madden rarely exhibits penalty calls lest these players be seen negatively.”

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300: Rise of an Empire Blu-ray Review

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“Visually is where new director Noam Murro and otherwise strong cinematographer Simon Duggan splinter, lost in-between measures to clone yet differentiate their cinematic palette. Empire washes out with a weaker grain and same post-production, green screen infatuation, but none of the graphic novel induced density. While battalions of ships on eerily calm, CG waters are intense, memorability is reduced to zero. Cliff falling, bodies warped into a tree, and Meme generating kicks are lost. Where Snyder’s work induced praise like “visionary,” this is raw 3D bloodshed without uniqueness.”

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Theatrical) Review

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Ninja Turtles is abrasively scattered, jumping between once impossible rounds of in-movie marketing and then moving into flustering hyper activity. Johanthan Liebsman may direct, but the nauseous slaughter of natural cinematography is wholly formed in the mind of producer Michael Bay. In fact, all of this is, from an ungainly villain who is villainous because he has pointy things to unnecessary explosions. Ninja Turtles abruptly closes on a rocket launch to pierce the otherwise quaint dialog scene, as if the feature failed to reach its quota prior.”

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Enemy Front (Xbox 360) Review

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“Market viability must find the concept of a Pole in the lead role destined for financial ruin, and thus this uncommon perspective is battered by developmental restrictions. National inclusion thus feels sparse, brought about because of City Interactive’s locale and then trashed because of retail dynamics. Hawkins is a misplaced face who may speak and fight stoutly, but fades into the formalities of an American freedom fighter rather than one of CI’s homeland. Whatever intimate attention was paid to regional detail is lost, squelched under the weight of boring and safe industry politics. Any identifying factors of Poland’s people are lost for another routine shooter.”

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Another World: 20th Anniversary Edition (Wii U) Review

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“This is stop-and-go material, broken up by death or patches of logic tests. Another World’s unique animation slate forces a thick bond to the controller or Haykin perishes with alarming frequency. There are no apologies. Another World is not harnessing invincible space marines for surface level spectacle, and instead embraces a methodology of luck. Historians will clash as to whether misfires are laid at a central fault of the design or as an example of widely stretched brilliance, yet this is the reality: Haykin should be cautious and he should be careful of his motions. He is as much an alien as the unknown inhabitants are to him. If trepidation is not forced, the blood soaked massacre would lose all of its lush, crafted definition.”

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Last of Us Remastered (PS4) Review

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“But, for 12 or so hours, Last of Us needs its rules. For its measured tension as Joel crouches between blind, hearing enhanced ‘Clickers,’ too often the work marginalizes itself with familiarity, reducing thematic coverage. Incapable of swimming, Ellie requires assistance on improvised palette rafts. Of course there’s one at each water-focused juncture. Ladders conveniently poke from unreachable highs. Empty bottles lie strewn for distraction against Clicker encounters.

It’s less survival than it is a windowed peering into functional game design. However, Last of Us is also false. Ammunition for Joel’s increasingly implausible backpack arsenal cannot often be harvested from the dead. The use of a fabrication to harness player stress is damaging rather than effective.”

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