Destiny (PS4) Review

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“Extracting Destiny “the product” (which it represents better than any artistic flair) leaves a video game which is consistently frail and voided of deeper investment. With links set in place server-side, whether playing solo or not, Destiny ignores one’s possible desire to pause during hourlong-plus quests. Real-world distractions and server hiccups, in conjunction with few checkpoints, are gameplay dangers outside of the flanking AI routines with the behavioral instinct of Halo’s Covenant. It’s unacceptable, but allowing such expected features would impinge on the bogus selling point that Destiny is somehow a “service.” Should we tip server maintenance crews on weekends then?”

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Sacred 3 (Xbox 360) Review

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“There’s no luxury in the progression. Typically, buffing up an already steroidal hero or furthering sorcery skills are the tightened hinge which holds this realm of action RPGs together. Not anymore, or at least not anymore as far as this sequel goes. New developer Deep Silver disintegrates the idea of loot and subscribes to arcade-style rhythms – no shops bog down pace, and weapons are mere post-level handouts upon goal completions. It’s awfully socialist in execution: everyone gets the trophy.”

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Godzilla vs Megalon Blu-ray Review

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“Megalon bides its time. It has to: Godzilla doesn’t show up for an hour, meaning this paper thin script has to drum up some enthusiasm with Robert Dunham attempting to salvage this thing as the king of Seatopia, a tortured underground civilization. For reasons unknown, Japan has begun frequently testing nukes below the surface, igniting this barren war where villains spill entire plots to the heroes and continually find themselves knocked out by punches, model airplanes, or the ludicrous production design. And consider this: Godzilla is actually defending Japan’s rights to use nuclear weapons in this movie. Two decades prior, he was the bomb’s physical embodiment.”

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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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