Far Cry 4 (PS4) Review

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“Far Cry 4 never stops. That’s part of its problem. Surrounded by potential to break free from familiar genre tropes and explore rarely seen religious ethnicity, it reaches for guns. Quickly. Articulated ideas are almost extinct in this market sector. Instead of delivering perspective, Far Cry 4 pushes icons. Go here, do this, buy things, level up, go here again. Those endless parading icons and arrows and map objectives never cease, caught in a constant brawl to sell available content whether there is need for it or not.

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UHF Blu-ray Review

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“Through a glaze of weirdness, UHF becomes a cult hit in the sense that is applies to a definitive cult audience – too messy for mainstream, too soft for the hardcore, and utterly baffling to most everyone else. But, as the film focuses on the weirdly lucid microcosm of now extinct television production, it speaks to those who most need it.”

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection (Xbox One) Review

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“And now Master Chief Collection. Spaceballs was right – it is the search for more money. While film audiences groan and even chuckle internet-wide at errant remake announcements, video game players accept them, willingly, excitedly. That’s what bankable numbers do. X number of maps and Y guns and Z levels; merchandising campaigns write themselves.

Such a release claims Halo was initially crippled. Without the assistance of original developer Bungie, 343 debilitates it further. George Lucas revisits Star Wars and fans revolt, spending hours re-cutting and remastering on their own time to recreate what they knew. Gaming fans spend another $60.”

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Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric (Wii U) Review

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“Characters need their vocal fortitude to bust through Lyric, an overtly obvious villain. He’s a sniveling space snake in a space suit. Lyric worships life saving technology, not organic medicine (he took some and now needs the suit, you see), turning Rise of Lyric into a loose parable against the overuse of automatic blood pressure machines, inorganic meat, and high-fructose corn syrup. Clearly, that is what can save Sonic, turning him into a defender of nutrition for the generation of children turning against the overlords of McDonalds. Sonic is fighting against an indirect representative of the Happy Meal; how the once mighty have fallen.”

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Maleficent Blu-ray Review

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“In this way, Maleficent brings together the storytelling artistry of old Disney and the contemporary humor of a more cutthroat, broadly entertaining Disney fairy tale update. None of the action reeks of the tightly clenched seriousness of Snow White and the Huntsman or the unchecked absurdity of Tim Burton’s Alice. Often, Maleficent is raw beauty, celebrating the silhouetted form as a sign of unnerving danger and the splendor of daydreaming colors in fields teeming with life to celebrate good.”

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Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2 (Xbox 360) Review

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“It’s cheesy and campy because it should be. That’s the tone. Ghostly Adventures is splendidly colorful and soft, a Saturday morning adventure that is as eclectic as it is smooth in motion. Like the iconic brethren which spawned the ghost-chomping maw of Pac-Man, Ghostly Adventures is best played beside a soggy bowl of marshmallow cereal while wearing pajamas in preparation for an all-weekend bender of childhood proportions.”

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Hercules (2014) Blu-ray Review

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“In the same way audiences have appreciated “realistic” super heroes, Hercules gives us a realistic demi-god, who may or may not be a god but he totally punched a hyrda in the face once. Dwayne Johnson swells to super beefcake size for this starring role, a dead serious spin on legend with a wealth of side characters allowed to pierce the veil of sincerity for one-off gags. Hercules is high fantasy without any actual fantasy. Creatures and monsters are explained away because imagination is stupid nowadays.”

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