Hey everyone, this weekend was my first time attending the Sundance Film Festival and it was an interesting experience. That’s putting it bluntly, it was pretty fun. I had never really been to the state of Utah but the sights, the snow, and the mountains were a pleasant sight to take in. Arriving in Utah around 7 A.M. on Saturday, my Sundance adventure would truly begin a few hours later. That’s not to say the adventure hadn’t already started because driving for an hour in Silent Hill like fog that freezes upon contact with your windshield is an adventure in itself.
Saturday morning the first movie my friends and I attended was Whiplash (2014) which starred mostly unknown actors except for J.K. Simmons. The film was a good film to start off Sundance as it was a little all over the place with a really strong finale. J.K. Simmons really does a great job of keeping the audience entertained with his humorous smart-ass comments mixed with a slight crazed demeanor.
Papo & Yo (PS3)
Developed by Minority
Published by Minority
Released August 14, 2012
Review Written January 10, 2014
Papo & Yo is a short title that is intertwined with creativity and imagination. Developed by Minority, Papo & Yo is a refreshing puzzle platformer that derives similar game style and elements from the same vein as Ico and Shadow of the Colossus. Although Papo & Yo isn’t entirely in the same tier as Ico or its counterpart, it still engulfs the player with intrigue through visual narrative, a wonderful soundtrack, and a plot that can be interpreted through many lenses.
Red Steel (Wii)
Developed by Ubisoft Paris
Published by Ubisoft
Released November 19, 2006
Review Written December 29, 2013
Happy New Years everyone! To ring in the New Year I’m finally bringing my Wii out from hiding with Red Steel this week. Developed by Ubisoft Paris as an exclusive Wii launch title, Red Steel aimed to utilize the Wii’s motion controls while giving the player the semblance of being a yakuza who wields a katana and several firearms. My overall experience with Red Steel was a bit rough with a few patches of sunshine, but those few patches were not enough to stifle my growing disinterest in this game.