Shadow Warrior (PS4) Review

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“In that mix is a criss-crossing of Asian cultures, teetering on the lines of sensible good taste in the way only westerners fail to distinguish between foreign lands. Flashback to Charlie Chan and Fu Manchu; they’re both blanketed over Lo Wang in a disrespectful hodge podge. For most of Shadow Warrior, the joke is meant to cascade over those who are riotously slashing at underworld demons. Then for whatever reason, Shadow Warrior sees itself dipping into loosely religious codes for honor and respect as if a video game playing on the nature of “Wang” should carry those allegiances. Credit is due though for this showcase of stereotyping hutzpah, which is stupid and dangerous in current social climates which seek inclusiveness, but it’s comically daring despite the flip-flopping tonality.”

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Samurai Warriors 4 (PS4) Review

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“Adjectives soar over this triumphantly eccentric edition – spunky, hectic, charismatic, clever, panicked, dizzying – they all fit into place somewhere. Even with lightly refreshed design elements, Samurai Warriors 4 is locked amidst hardened tradition; Tecmo Koei has been in this safe zone since 2001 and back then it was mere Koei. Circa the early ’00s, the industry wasn’t grappling with depressing consolidation or fledgling business models, lending any main entree of the Warriors line a comfortable nostalgia.”

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Snowpiercer Blu-ray Review

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“Snowpiercer is not subtle but it is complex. With origins in the pages of a French graphic novel, the feature swings barbarically as a catch-all for society’s ills. Opening text monologues stagger themselves with global warming parables, setting up the need for this rickety train as a final bastion of humanity’s existence. Snow coated exteriors represent the sole purity left with high-ranking passengers treating it as a fearsome punishment.”

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Evil Within (Xbox One) Review

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“Sebastian Castellanos is leashed to the controller, a figidity detective senselessly holding onto reality amongst a swarm of demons while cloaked in garb best meant for a cop cosplayer on a convention floor. This is absurd. All of if it. It’s less terrifying than it is awkward, if undoubtedly Japanese in its vintage linearity. Evil Within transitions from juxtaposition to juxtaposition without its own notable lexicon. Cities are spectacularly crumbling with the visage of mega-budget software before Sebastian is incoherently dropped into a forest and then thrust into what appears to be a misshapen internal reality. Evil Within is ambiguous because it doesn’t want to give answers – or maybe it doesn’t have them at all.”

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Alien Isolation (PS4) Review

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Alien Isolation is unequivocally a sequel to 1979’s horror icon Alien – you can tell because it lacks the nuance. Sequels always do. Ridley Scott’s Alien was a film about anxiety and a drooling, emotionally empty killing machine. It was about isolation too. Deeper, it was a film about character, femininity’s progress, and on subversive levels, about rebirth in the midst of hyper-sexualization. None of that will sell video games though. Rather, the fear does.”

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Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor (PS4) Review

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“Developer Monolith is provided the freedom of the M-rating, a means for a mix-in of squirting blood letting and physics driven head rolling. And yet, Mordor is artificial. It’s grossly violent only because it can be and the industry allows it. Talion’s less a hero than he is a vengeful spirit who kills without context, mostly because that context was considered unimportant enough to be brushed aside in mere minutes of an elongated story. There’s precedence of war, but no power of emotion. It’s a ridiculous one man slaughter because they’re ugly, he’s not, women are in trouble, and the square button hosts the traditional action function of slashing a sword… and a kiss.”

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Forza Horizon 2 (Xbox One) Review

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Forza Horizon 2 may be the first exclusive to blow up Microsoft’s ideas of Xbox One to magnified size, that living room entertainment center where people gather to watch or play. Through tinkering functions, gameplay, system-level video capturing, and a blitz of in-game photography options, Horizon 2’s depth of sharing potential is monumental without exposing any stifling “games as a service” mantras.”

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