Anyone remember the good ol’ days of music? You know, like those hits from the early 1800’s! Today Jamal and Don talk music. There’d be more writing to this description, but some things you just gotta hear.
Ever heard of the movie Your Name? You probably haven’t since it wasn’t even good enough to stand against Disney’s Moana. Clint and Don biasedly talk about the latest movie that has Asia and other anime fans going nuts!
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Fez is a puzzle platformer where the player experiences the adventures of a character named Gomez, a 2-dimensional creature as he embarks on a journey to explore other dimensions. Available on PC on steam, Xbox live and PlayStation, Fez allows you to explore a beautiful world with detailed pixel art and amazing ambient music. It is also filled with challenging but rewarding puzzles that will leave you satisfied. To fully complete the game the player must learn a language specific to the game. Although not as action packed as other games and with its rather short story, it does however stand out above other adventure games.
The Tales of… series is a longstanding franchise since the Super Famicom (Tales of Phantasia first released in 1995 in Japan). Throughout the lifetime of this franchise, many of its game titles have been adapted to other forms of media: audio dramas, TV anime, books or manga. Tales of Zestiria is no exception. And now that the final episode of the anime has released I can finally form a solid opinion on my stances between the two. I can firmly say that the anime provided a better experience than the game.
THERE WILL BE SPOILERS AHEAD!
Time Hallow is an adventure visual novel where the player plays as Ethan Kairos, an average stereotypical teenager who enjoys hanging out with his friends. His life however goes into a drastic change when his parents mysteriously disappear and people around him started to die. Ethan recognizes that these events may have been connected to a girl in his class as well as a pen that could alter the past.
The game provides an interesting and unique storyline and allows the player to have some choices. However, these choices are often insignificant and very linear. The story itself can get very convoluted as the story folds in on itself at the end and creates a clique paradox. As such the game is mediocre at best: 6/10.
I have never seen time traveling done well, and I typically don’t play point-and-click adventure games. So when my friend picked out Life is Strange for me to play, to say the least, I wasn’t too thrilled despite receiving multiple praises from Steam, GameSpot and IGN. I don’t really know what compelled me to pick it up, but am I ever glad that I did.
I had never even heard of DontNod before but they took me on a heart wrenching tale of friendship (or love), betrayal, mystery, bullying and morals. While some criticize the “teen-speak” and the plot holes in the storyline, I find it them to be quite charming. You play as Maxine Caulfield (prefers to be called Max): an art student that goes to Blackwell Academy and is probably one of the most accurate representations of a nerdy girl in a game I have seen to date. After getting humiliated by one of the school’s bully she goes into the washroom and witnesses the murder of her childhood best friend and the other school bully. In response, she gains the experience from the kill unlock a new ability and it revealed she can rewind time back a couple of seconds and, naturally, she saves her childhood friend. All of this is just in the first episode of five. Along the journey your morals, sense of justice and reflexes will be tested.
The new Sword Art Online movie places itself after the events of Gun Gale Online (a.k.a. GGO) and introduces the audience to a Japan holding a heavy stigma against full-dive virtual reality helmets (basically a VR device that is heavily linked to your brain). As a result, Japan is now flooded with augmented reality devices known as Augma where everybody uses it: from viewing food data and simulating digital performance stages to playing games which overlay the physical properties of the world.
My biggest concern about this story, before going into the cinema, was the portrayal of the gravity of the situation. But after watching the movie, I feel this movie fixed the mistake that Sword Art Online‘s Gun Gale Online story arc went through: succeeding two emotionally loaded plots with a story less emotionally weighty. In some ways, I feel like this kind of movie was to make amends to the way Sword Art Online season 2 was produced.
THERE WILL BE SPOILERS AHEAD!