Sonic R

Developer: Traveller’s Tales
Platform: Sega Saturn
Also on: PC, Gamecube, PS2
Release Date: Nov 1997

*Before reading any further, check out the incredibly aggressive Japanese advertisement for Sonic R. Gotta love those Japanese!*

Well, this is pleasantly retro eh? It may come as a shock to some, but Sonic didn’t actually have that many racing titles back in the 90s. It’s pretty strange that a character whose principal selling point is speed didn’t really cash in on this sooner. There were one or two titles called the Sonic Drift series, although these had Sonic and his friends in cars rather than on foot, and they felt only vaguely associated with the character. (more…)

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The Cabin in the Woods

Director: Drew Goddard
Starring: Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz and Jesse Williams
Released: April 13, 2012

Remember how clever Scream was when it was first released? All the horror movie conventions were finally acknowledged and poked fun at, but in a suitably fun and…kinda scary way. Well, The Cabin in the Woods kind of goes down that same route. And while the delivery is considerably messier than Wes Craven’s attempt, it has a far more heightened sense of fun. (more…)

Akira: 7 reasons why you should watch this film

Director: Katsuhiro Ohtomo
Starring: Mitsuo Iwata, Nozomu Sasaki and Mami Koyama
Released: 1988

For anyone who has heard of Akira at all, it is highly likely that they have heard the common declaration of the film. That it is the greatest anime film of all time, that it is one of the greatest sci-fi films of all time, that without it, we wouldn’t have films like The Matrix. (more…)

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Vanquish

Developer(s): Platinum Games, Straight Story
Platform(s): PS3, Xbox 360
Release Date: Oct 2010

 How many people, when they see this game, get really excited and say ‘GIMME GIMME GIMME!’? How many people who own this game were either given it as a Christmas present or just picked it up because it was cheap and they were bored? (more…)

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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Director: George Roy Hill
Starring: Paul Newman, Robert Redford and Katherine Ross
Released: Oct 24th, 1969 

The Western can be a very alienating genre. For one thing, it markets itself as being very gender specific. A lot of guys shooting other guys on horses, it is clearly aimed at a sex infused with testosterone, who like drinking beer, eating steaks and scratching crotches. (more…)

The Simpsons Arcade Game

Developer(s): Konami, Backbone Entertainment

Platform(s): Arcade, PSN, XLA

Release Date(s): Mar 1991, Feb 2012

Everybody loves The Simpsons.
(WARNING! This assumption is taken from the 90s!)
And everybody loves beat ’em up games.
(Timeless assumption)
So why not combine the two? That’s exactly what Konami did all the way back in 1991, and now they have re-released their creation on the Playstation Network and Xbox Arcade. For such a low price, is it worth your money? If you have friends, yes. If not, we’re very sorry for your trouble and hope you find some soon. (more…)

Published in: on April 11, 2012 at 8:41 pm  Comments (1)  
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Crush

Developer: Zoe Mode

Platform: PSP

Release Date: May 2007

Crush is a game that centres entirely on a gimmick, but a very good gimmick nonetheless. This kind of thing has been seen before in games such as Super Paper Mario, in that you can switch between 2D and 3D perspectives in order to achieve goals in one dimension that could not have been achieved in the other. And while the gameplay is fairly solid, the interface, story and characters could do with a bit of polish to make it more enjoyable. (more…)

Published in: on April 8, 2012 at 7:31 pm  Leave a Comment  
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The Hunger Games

Director: Gary Ross
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Stanley Tucci, Wes Bentley and Woody Harrelson
Released: Mar 23rd, 2012

Well, this is a situation we’ve all seen before right?
Now that the Harry Potter saga has concluded, all the teens and tweens need a new book-to-film adaptation to look forward to. Attempts to launch a successful franchise on the scale of  J.K. Rowling’s work have, more often than not, met with embarrassing failure. Eragon, The Lightning Thief, and The Dark is Rising, all of these films were mediocre as a ham sandwich on brown bread, and failed to spark much interest. So, it comes as some surprise that The Hunger Games has managed to buck the trend, establishing itself as a strong standalone film, rather than a cheap copycat. (more…)