Community is on UK Netflix: Why that’s the best thing to happen in 2015.

If you have even a faint interest in laughing, then you’ll be ecstatic to know that Community is now streaming on UK Netflix. What does this mean for you, dear reader? Well it means you should probably buckle up for the comedy that demands to be binged…

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Lord of the Pictures: Why Shadows of Mordor’s Picture Mode Is Genius.

Shadows of Mordor is the latest — and surprisingly decent — attempt to keep milking Tolkien’s estate for all it’s worth. Fortunately, there’s nary a Hobbit in sight as the action is firmly focused on invented character Talion and he’s journey to personally examine the inside of every orc — sorry WB legal department, Uruk — by introducing them to his excessive amount of weaponry. More specifically, the pointy ends of said weaponry.

The game’s main talking point is the nemesis system, which you’ve probably heard far too much about, so I won’t add to the hand-clapping for it. If you haven’t heard of it — how?– well here’s a lovely link for you to find out more. Instead, today I’m giving the games actual best feature some overdue praise. The photo mode. Yes, I’m aware that this Shadow of Mordor and not DriveClub I’m talking about. Death has rarely looked this good and I’ve gathered a few photos that I think get across some of the awesome shots you can get in the game. I suggest you get up the Lord of the Rings theme as mood appropriate music.

 

This orc is clearly very excited to see some pictures.

The dangers of excessive weed consumption.

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What Should Be On The Latest Tony Hawk’s Soundtrack?

The news of a new Tony Hawk’s game in 2015 is cause for celebration for the nature averse thirteen year old inside of me. My formative years and beginnings of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome shaped by spending hours of popping ollies I couldn’t replicate in real life and somehow finding Bam Magera funny. Soundtracked by music that I listened to obsessively when failing at nailing high score challenges, it left an imprint on my musical education and was what I turned to when I was shoving headphones in my ear holes to ignore people on the bus to school.

Here’s a quick memory prod for ya.

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Splicing games together to make super games!

How many times have you been playing a game and found yourself quietly wishing you could swap certain aspects? The gameplay may be fantastic, but it’s attached to a story you couldn’t give a flying hoot about. Or perhaps it possess an amazing sandbox world, but you just wish the driving was a tonne smoother (get it together, GTA IV). I’ve got far too much time on my hands and thought what games would go together like milk with cereal or Everton and boss footballers.

Recently I’ve been sketching out some ideas that takes two games and crossbreeds. I’m basically an evil scientist, just without the white coat and questionable lack of ethics. Here’s the result of mad tinkering/bored daydreams.

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Wolfenstein, Valiant Hearts and the promise of better narratives in war games.

Wolfenstein: The New Order and Valiant Hearts share a (tenuous) connection which is they are both about historical wars. Wolfenstein’s might be about a fictitious WW2 where the Nazi’s won and Valiant Heart focuses on a WW1 that has one foot in reality and another in story, but this link is hopefully the start of war games looking towards narrative as a way of engaging gamers outside of the usual online battlefields.

Pictured: Some sweet, sweet character drama... With robo-Nazis

Pictured: Some sweet, sweet character drama… With robo-Nazis

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What if the World Cup was controlled by FIFA players?

Evening TV is unrecognizable, Twitter is pouring scorn over anyone who talks over games and the correct pronunciation of the country has become In-gerrr-lund. The World Cup is in full swing and during the games where it can get a little dull – USA vs Ghana could as well have been twelve minutes and it would have been just as a fun – I’ve been daydreaming how the tournament would shake out if the great band of FIFA players were given the reins as managers. I reckon it would shake out something like this…

Just to get in you in the mood of course.

Group Stage 1: Brazil vs Croatia

After the customary ‘bantz’ while waiting for the teams to come out, both sides look ready to kick off the tournament, only for Croatia to spend the majority of the game moaning about Neymar being a “cheat” player and blaming every goal they concede on him. It doesn’t help when Brazil wind them up by the doing the “Sssh” celebration.

Brazil win 3-0. 

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Assassins Creed IV: Edward Kenway Can’t Shoot

Black Flag might be one of the better entries in the Assassin’s Creed series, but that doesn’t stop protagonist Edward Kenway being a bit rubbish at aiming his gun.

In the latest of my awe-inspiring* YouTube videos, I take a closer look at the problems surrounding Mr. Kenway’s aim and find time to jam an improbable Space Jam reference in.

*Inspired awe not guaranteed 

Enjoy it? Let me know in the comments! Didn’t enjoy it? Please don’t hurt my fragile ego…

 

Catching Up On… Rayman Legends

I’ve been pretty slack on here recently thanks to a combination of freelancing, work and, finally, dipping my feet into YouTube obscurity.

So, to kick off with, I’ve gone and made a video about my love of Rayman Legends! And it’s just below this here sentence.

 

It would be great to hear what you think about, so let me know what you like or disliked in the comments section below!

 

Tomb Raider: The (Non) Definitive Review

I discuss major/massive/huge spoilers for Tomb Raider. And by discuss, I mean I will tell you what happens at the very end of the game.

Consider yourself forewarned and forearmed. Oh and I played it on PS3.

Tomb Raider is an iconic series in plenty of senses of the word. If by some miracle you’ve landed here and aren’t a gamer, there’s still a very healthy chance that you know who Lara Croft is. Then there’s the fact that Crofty’s original 3D adventure is considered required reading for gamers in the 90’s. Alas, my youth meant the majority of my experiences with Lara was a) Croft Manor, b) frozen butlers and c) getting really close to the end of Tomb Raider: Legend.

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Wolf Of Wall Street Review: Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Still Hate Bankers

Some events for the film are discussed in here. They might spoil the film for you. Look away if that sort of thing gets you lairy. 

Let’s not bury the lead here, The Wolf Of Wall Street is a great film. It’s frequently funny – hilariously so during the first two hours – has some classic Scorsese set-pieces and the acting across the film is uniformly brilliant, with DiCaprio flicking between manic intensity and smarm with ease. But as a piece of entertainment, Wolf feels more like a Rorschach test on your tolerance of greed.

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