Infamous: Second Son (PlayStation 4) Review

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“Still, Second Son’s plight is that of a lead character who thrives on blockbuster, one liner attitude. Sucker Punch’s work to override the cackling electricity of McGrath’s firepower is busted by Delsin’s equalized super power utilization. Paired with Abigail as she fires rock shattering beams (or another underground loner who can summon towering gods), it’s a wonder why Delsin’s powers never march onward away from third-person shooting in McGrath’s frame. Opportunity is seemingly squashed for the safety of conventional chain swinging melee and zoom-to-shoot possibilities, this on top of his disposition which buckles under scrutiny.”

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Philomena Blu-ray Review

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“Scripting boxes in Coogan and Dench to a degree of screen isolation, bouncing between the mismatched duo without succumbing to obvious comedic bits. Philomena’s sly humor is as original as it is uniquely placed within a surefire dramatic spectacle were Coogan (and co-writer Jeff Pope) so inclined. Instead, the laugh buffer’s subtlety acts a catch all, carrying the weight of this tormenting psychological burden”

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Frozen Blu-ray Review

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“Despite some flubs with regards to set-up and delivery, Frozen is studio magic, raw stage showmanship blessed with Disney’s penchant for animated charm. Decade’s after Walt’s death, audiences receive an animated spectacle without the unnecessary spark of named actors, choosing instead a squad of pros who invigorate a torrent of lively songs built on plot driving whimsey.”

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Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition (Xbox One) Review

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Tomb Raider is a seamless world, the island pieced together by cavernous World War II ruins and fettered gunplay. Solarii feel less like captive victims of this isolated ocean encampment and more like wildlife, spread wide across Yamatai landmarks in impossible numbers. Crystal Dynamics hoists firearm battles on the smooth back of capable aiming mechanics and satisfying bursts of bullet impacts. There is a rawness and rush of survival within each skirmish. Polish is impeccable.”

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The Lego Movie Videogame (PS4) Review

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“Comparatively, Lego Movie is strapped down on tighter development strands, ditching a more freeing or open exploratory adventure. Traveller’s Tales have reignited their now retro Lego juices, punching out a multi-licensed brick builder from scraps left behind by first edition Lego Star Wars entries. Brickowski inhabits a stricter realm than his Lego City Undercover comrades. Combative stubbornness returns after Undercover broke ground, while slim penalties for a shattering death negates these stunted punches.”

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Gravity Blu-ray Review

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“Disaster movie maven Irwin Allen would be astonished by this exhilarating display of cinematic wrath, tantamount to marketable “edge of your seat” jargon. Generic and overused, but few films envelope themselves to such a level as to pull an audience forward. Gravity does. There is a balance of near silent composure, aggressively dislodged into masterfully employed tension as physical and mental breakdowns occur.”

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Deadfall Adventures (Xbox 360) Review

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“Fictional adventurer James Lee Quartermain’s starring role occurs in a helpless rut of arduous puzzle execution and derivative mummy slaughter. Made without financial confidence and stitched together with gunky coding, Deadfall Adventure’s ideas are wedged somewhere between Indiana Jones’ mythology and classless Syfy Channel drudgery. Deadfall creates a concept of ice mummies, never once smiling at its conceptual inanity.

That is Quartermain’s problem as well, readily accepting mythological Mayan freak shows and remarking on them with the stunted effect of bad line reading. His disinterested, scruffy facade is an amalgamation of what dapper, ’40s era heroes often were – sans soul or measurable spunk. Joined by a female archaeologist, Quartermain’s scornful sexism is billed as sarcasm; it’s the center of Deadfall’s insufferable fizzled humor.”

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