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Civilization V: Brave New World Reviewed

17 Aug
It's a... well you get the idea.

It’s a… well you get the idea.

Hello. My name is Tom, and I’m a Civ addict.

*Hello, Tom*

I’ve been a civiliation addict since the first game came out some 20 years ago (God, I feel old). Those early, epic sessions where I’d start with the idea of only playing for an hour, only to realize too late that the sun had gone down – and then come back up. It’s the game series that taught me “one more turn” is the most evil phrase in existence.

So when a new Civilization game comes out, I pounce on it. When an expansion comes out, I’ll be there. It was only natural I’d grab the latest DLC for Civ V – Brave New World. I’ve actualy had this since it was released, but alas I don’t have the free time I used to (did I mention how old I feel?), and as you can probably tell I don’t do these reviews for a living. Hence the delayed review. How does this DLC fare? Continue reading


Save vs Sequel – The Gamers: Hands of Fate Reviewed

15 Aug
Jazz Hands!

Jazz Hands!

This isn’t technically the type of movie we normally review, but I haven’t posted a review in a while and just finished watching this. Besides, I still have to wait a bit for Sharknado to become irrelevant enough to put a review out – wouldn’t want to buck the timeliness trend that I’ve been nurturing throughout most of my other reviews.

I’ll try as hard as I can to avoid spoilers, but some small ones may slip through. You have been warned…

I found The Gamers: Dorkness Rising years ago on Netflix and instantly loved it – saw it over and over as I played it for different sets of unenlightened friends. I enjoyed the quirky gaming humor and the brilliant inter-cutting between the game within the movie and the “real life” world of the players. So when I heard about the KickStarter campaign to fund a sequel, I jumped at the chance to contribute (I’m actually in the credits in this one, if you wait long enough) and eagerly awaited its release. Did this new movie live up to my expectations?

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Tucker and Dale vs Evil – review

14 Apr

Movie posterI recently watched The Cabin in the Woods, and found it woefully disappointing after hearing everyone rave about it.  I wasn’t sure what to expect from it, but I had high expectations – Joss Whedon is normally completely on the ball with my sense of humour and I like most of the actors in it.  Now, don’t get me wrong, there were some really good parts but I came away thinking “Well, that was a load of nonsense”.  I think it was just too much of a deviation from the typical ‘cabin in the woods’ horror film for my liking – it just went too far into silly territory.

That said, I partly hold Tucker and Dale vs Evil for my disappointment.  I know these two films are entirely different but I was expecting Cabin in the Woods to be a bit more like Tucker and Dale.  I’ve seen it a couple of times – I’d never heard of it before, but it came up on Netflix and the lead actor is Alan Tudyk (Firefly, Dollhouse).  Watching ensued, of course, and I discovered that this is an absolute gem of a film.  It’s written and directed by Eli Craig (who’s also directed the upcoming Zombieland TV series).

Tucker and Dale are two mild-mannered hillbillies on their way to their newly acquired holiday cabin (which just happens to have been owned by some crazy killers 20 years previously).  On the way up the road they encounter the local sheriff (who tells them “Ain’t nothing up there but pain and suffering on a scale you can’t even imagine” – nice) and some college kids travelling to the same woods for some camping capers. The kids think Tucker and Dale are terrifying – which isn’t helped much by Dale’s failed attempt to chat-up the girls while holding a scythe and laughing hysterically.

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Relapsing – Birdemic 2: The Resurrection Reviewed

7 Apr
This can't end well...

Zombies. This can’t end well…

The hovering, dive bombing eagles are back – as are the exceptional acting and dialog you’ve come to expect from this franchise. Does it improve upon the original, or suffer from the sophomore slump?

I was recently able to catch the San Francisco premiere of Birdemic 2: The Resurrection, and it made me think about my review of the first movie. At the time, I said I liked the movie in many spots, but was ultimately disappointed with the inconsistency. I knew a sequel was coming, and hoped that an increased budget would help. I’m not sure the budget helped, but I definitely enjoyed the hell out of it this time around.

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Yo Ho, Oh No, A Pirate’s Knife for Me – Far Cry 3 Reviewed

6 Apr
Trouble in paradise...

Trouble in paradise…

It’s been a while since I’ve played a shooter with a mouse and keyboard – at this point an Xbox controller just feels more comfortable for that type of game (at least to me).

But, sometimes you’ve got to leave your comfort zone – especially when you’ve just built a new gaming PC and want to see a game in all its ultra-settings glory. The sale on Steam didn’t hurt either, though after playing this I would have gladly paid full price. Continue reading

Death Swarmed Over – Starcraft 2:Heart of the Swarm Reviewed

30 Mar
Blizzard's really running out of expansion ideas...

Blizzard’s really running out of expansion ideas…

I admit it – I sometimes watch those Major League Gaming tournaments (yes, that’s a thing). There’s something about the manic enthusiasm of the announcers and the cheers of the crowd while two people in sound-isolating booths throw pixelated armies at each other that I find utterly mesmerizing.

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Running in Circles – Sim City Video Review

18 Mar