Posts Tagged ‘reviews’
  • Review of NBA Live 16
    Posted September 28th, 2015 at 9:30 am 39 Comments »
    NBA Live 16 is a fun game to play, but is that enough to catapult the series to a place where it has become actual competition - and is potentially worth a purchase decision - after five years of misery? Check out the complete review of the game over at Sporting News today. For those on the fence, the demo is a great opportunity to get a feel for the game as it contains pretty much everything that's new to Live for this year. EA Sports is even keeping the online Pro-Am portion of it run...
  • Review of FIFA 16
    Posted September 21st, 2015 at 9:30 am 26 Comments »
    The latest edition of the biggest selling video game franchise in the world releases this week. FIFA 16 is facing a strong challenge from Pro Evolution Soccer 2016, making it the only sport that features true competition in the genre. FIFA has been on top for nearly a decade but EA Sports is starting to struggle in holding onto that position. This is the least I've enjoyed a FIFA game in a long, long time. It's still a good game, but new frustrations related to gameplay, and a sleazy impl...
  • Review: Madden NFL 16
    Posted August 24th, 2015 at 8:30 am 66 Comments »
    Madden NFL 16 offers up some intriguing additions and improvements on the field, with new receiver-defender interactions and controls, inaccuracy from quarterbacks, and more realistic penalties - plus the introduction of the brand new Draft Champions Mode. How are those things reconciled with what appears to be an especially buggy release for the series and disappointment with general presentation and Connected Franchise? All of that is examined and more in my reviews of the game which ha...
  • Review: Olympus Has Fallen
    Posted March 23rd, 2013 at 2:15 pm No Comments »
    Olympus Has Fallen is the first of two films this year that has a plot centered on the White House being assaulted. Purely set up as an all-out action film it succeeds by setting a chaotic and dire stage and never letting off the gas. It's more Die Hard than A Good Day to Die Hard was. Gerard Butler stars as a former Secret Service agent who finds himself in the midst of the takeover and as the only person in a position to put an end to it. A rogue North Korean faction takes control of th...
  • Review: Flight
    Posted November 3rd, 2012 at 6:15 pm No Comments »
    In his first return to live-action since Cast Away in 2000 director Robert Zemeckis tackles a dramatic circumstance of a pilot (played by Denzel Washington) who crash lands a plane and then is put under the spotlight for his state of mind during the incident in Flight. It's a film that has some great performances, an incredibly vivid and tense crash sequence, but is plagued by some heavy-handedness when it comes to the faults of the pilot in question. There is an interesting dilemma as a ...
  • Review: The Bourne Legacy
    Posted August 10th, 2012 at 5:45 pm No Comments »
    The Bourne series continues even without Jason Bourne and for the most part delivers enough to justify its existence - just at a level below those that came before it. The Bourne Legacy focuses on Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner), a part of the "Outcome" program, as he tries to survive as those in charge look to shut it down and protect their interests by killing all those involved. Cross, along with a genetic researcher played by Rachel Weisz, essentially become the loose strings in the mess ...
  • Review: Total Recall
    Posted August 3rd, 2012 at 3:45 pm No Comments »
    Total Recall acts more as a re-imagination of the original story "We Can Remember it for you Wholesale" by Philip K Dick than a complete remake of the 1990 film. There are some nods to that one, and certainly it shares the basis and themes, but the latest version stands on its own fairly well. Despite a number of issues Total Recall is an enjoyable ride that takes advantage of improved special effects and the presentation of an intriguing high-tech future despite the crumbling of the world a...
  • Review: The Avengers
    Posted May 7th, 2012 at 9:00 pm 5 Comments »
    Years of build-up in creating the "Marvel Universe" through five individual films finally culminates with The Avengers which brings together a number of popular superheroes to battle Loki and an army under his command. At times Marvel received criticism for shoehorning in elements of S.H.I.E.L.D - the organization defending the planet - or other story threads in those earlier movies that wouldn't get their payoff until later. I always enjoyed those moments however and it was definitely wort...
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