“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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“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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“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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“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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“Nestled between dollops of blood and hilly piles of expended ammunition is RoboCop’s scathing blitzkrieg of societal satire. Built on a title meant to be tucked away for crude direct-to-video slop, Paul Verhoeven’s fearless jabs at capitalism, marketing, corporate in-squabbles, and imbecilic television elevate a revenge narrative of half man, half cop into stardom.”
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“Stepping up to Powerstar Golf means inhaling digitally fresh air – it’s clean and pure even amongst dank basement game rooms. There is a purity which flushes some the eccentricity of Japanese developed golf in an exchange for vividly calming, picturesque sport. Despite only a drizzle of stimulating energy and almost becoming unseated by its money exchange rate, Powerstar is a swanky gig.”
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“You can say many things about Iota, the adventurous envelope with a healthy strut and determined focus, but most importantly, Iota is open to change. He doesn’t care if he is given googly eyes to wear and never judges as you peer into his world from the torn sun. Iota’s story is shared across Valleyfold, a storybook in motion with a strict adherence to creating its elements from paper.
Tearaway is representative of old Hollywood, where ingenuity superseded the readiness of green screen. Monsters were created from imaginative rubber or snazzy fish bowls, and whether they were effective or not was irrelevant. Someone had the ingenuity to create them in the first place. Thus, Tearaway, where flowers are tattered, animals are misshapen, and water is a series of torn tubes. Homely, but perfect.”
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