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Backlog Review – Rayman Legends

Delightful, energetic, and a little long in the tooth. Those were my reactions to 2011’s Rayman Origins, a well-crafted platformer from Michel Ancel that was an absolute pleasure to play. Beautifully rendered, tight controls, and some sharp level design. The kind of things you want in a 2D platformer, and it was a breath of fresh air to boot. Because the reality is you get these types of games from Nintendo or the indie scene, and rarely with the same caliber of production. Rayman Legends is a whole lot more of that same game.

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Review – Gran Turismo 6

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Gran Turismo 6 arrived on the 15th anniversary of the Gran Turismo series, ending its run on the previous generation of hardware in much the same way as Gran Turismo 4 did on the Playstation 2. With the next generation upon us, this may well be the Playstation 3′s swan song, one last hurrah from what is arguably Sony’s most successful franchise, with the series’ biggest, most content-packed entry yet. But one must ask: is that enough?

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Review – Gravity (2013)

Life in space is impossible. Alfonso Cuaròn’s latest film “Gravity” begins with this warning, reinforced by the foreboding soundtrack building up behind it. It’s an obvious line, one a cynical person may think is insultingly reminding the audience that space is a hostile place for life. However the truth is much more beautiful and rewarding. That simple fact is the heart of the movie.

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Review – 12 Years a Slave (2013)

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To put it bluntly: Steve McQueen is the most exciting up-and-coming director in the film industry today. After giving us Hunger in 2008 and Shame in 2011, he is back for round three with 12 Years a Slave, a biopic about Solomon Northup, a freeman who was tricked, drugged, kidnapped, and forced into slavery. It’s a true story, and the screenplay is based on Northup’s memoir, Twelve Years a Slave.

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On Grand Theft Auto V Reviews

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Grand Theft Auto V, arguably the biggest title of the current console cycle, is releasing to a lot of controversy. Some of it big and some of it small. Not being particularly interested in it I decided to check some reviews, particularly ones from Gamespot and The Escapist.

The Gamespot review is by Carolyn Petit and she has had a history of her reviews incorporating different social agendas. Most of the time it is done decently enough but her review of Grand Theft Auto V left a lot to be desired.

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Review – The Swapper (PC)

The indie game scene has had no shortage of puzzle games over the years. In a post-Braid world, it has become rather common for the most noteworthy indie games to have puzzle elements, and luckily we’ve gotten plenty of entertaining ones over the years. In 2013 the puzzle game you definitely need to play is The Swapper, a moody atmospheric puzzle game built on using clones to solving its puzzles.

The game what initially comes off as a simple set up. The basic premise ultimately falls right in line with an Event Horizon or a Dead Space. Group of scientists bring something on board, it makes everyone go crazy and before long the entire station is abandoned. What makes The Swapper so engaging, however, on its narrative level is what it focuses on with this premise.

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