‘Plants vs. Zombies’ PC Review

May 31, 2009 § Leave a comment

Score: 5 out of 5

I started this review at around half-eight in the evening, yet I haven’t written a single word.  It’s now exactly seven minutes past ten, at night, and a dialogue box pops-up, asking me, “Are you sure you wish to quit the game?”

“Yes, goddamn you, I want to quit. I want to quit so bad. Why won’t you let me quit you, Plants vs. Zombies?”

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‘Blood Diamond’ (2006) 550-ish Word DVD Review

May 31, 2009 § Leave a comment

Score: 4 out of 5

Sandwiched between director Edward Zwick’s The Last Samurai in 2003 and last year’s Defiance, Blood Diamond is a combination between a lightweight, political, “issues” film and fast-paced action-thriller.

Today’s issue of the day is (you guessed it) “Blood Diamonds” – diamonds which have been mined in a war-zone and are smuggled out of the country to eventually be sold off as “clean” diamonds in the Western world. Set in Sierra Leone, Africa, during the 1997–1998 civil war, the story focuses on Danny Archer (Leonardo DiCaprio), a smuggler with some very large debts to pay, and Solomon Vandy (Djimon Hounsou), a man who has lost his family during a recent Revolutionary United Front (RUF) raid on his village. During his time in a mining camp, Vandy buried a very large diamond, one which could clear Archer’s debts and get him out of “this God forsaken continent” once and for all. Archer persuades Vandy to show him where the diamond is hidden with the promise that, in return, he will help him find his family. Along the way they also meet up with a photo journalist named Maddy Bowen (Jennifer Connelly), who uses her press credentials to help them both get to where they’re going.

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Bonus Film Review!

May 31, 2009 § Leave a comment

I also had the time to watch and review Blood Diamond (2006) over the weekend. Enjoy!

Electronic Entertainment Expo '09

May 31, 2009 § Leave a comment

Next week, something fairly significant is happening in the world of video games. And that something is called E3 – when all the console manufacturers and third party publishers come together, make announcements and tell the press what they’ve got lined up between now and next year.

So, for the whole of next week, every day, I will be giving some of my thoughts and opinions on what I consider the most interesting announcements.

There will still be a film and video games review at the end of the week, though. I’m not slacking off ;).

(Honest.)

‘Star Trek’ (2009) 1000 Word Cinema Review

May 28, 2009 § Leave a comment

Score: 4 out of 5

J. J. Abrams has done an incredible balancing act: he has revitalised a dying franchise, and all without putting too many fans’ noses out of joint. There have been several “re-imaginings” these last few years – Batman Begins and Superman Returns being two obvious examples –  but no franchise is so fraught with danger than Star Trek. If you alienate the fans you miss out on the word-of-mouth hype and ticket sales which can help propel a movie into box office success (and expose yourself to a decade’s worth of hate mail); if you don’t also market it towards the Star Trek layperson, well, the film just doesn’t make enough money – it bombs. Abrams has managed to bridge this gap, giving die-hard fans just enough of the old to keep them happy, as well as providing an exciting, funny and accessible movie to Joe Public.

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This Week’s Film/Games Reviews — 25/05/09

May 26, 2009 § Leave a comment

This week there will be a review of the new Star Trek film, directed by J.J. “Midas touch” Abrams. Following that, I will also be reviewing Plants vs. Zombies, PopCap’s recent gem of a title. To get a sense of the game’s humour check out the trailer below:

‘Bionic Commando Rearmed’ Xbox 360 LIVE Arcade Review

May 26, 2009 § Leave a comment

Score: 5 out of 5

As Nathan “Rad” Spencer parachutes onto the ground below, he soft lands, performs a forward roll, and gives a cheeky nod to the player holding the controller on the other side of the screen. He’s winking at you.

Bionic Commando Rearmed is, itself, a remake of the classic NES game, a 2D-scrolling platformer/shooter, in which you control Nathan Spencer, a soldier working for the FSA (the Americans, broadly speaking) against a fascist separatist group called the Imperial Army (the Nazis, really).

As suggested in the title, the central premise of the game is that you play as Spencer, a man who has been fitted with a bionic arm, which you can use to get about places by swinging from ledges, onto platforms, from objects, etc. You cannot “jump”, per se, in this game; you can run, but eventually you will end up using the arm as the fastest – and most fun – mode of transportation.

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