New Additions: Week of February 10th 2014

Hey everyone, I’ve been trying to catch up on some reviews and get through some recent games lately. I’ll have a review for Proteus shortly published and then a review for the Last of Us: Left Behind DLC. I’m also fixing some of the time heist’s blog layout as well as trying to get a better background and header set up. This week I have a big bundle of games that I picked up. At the beginning of the week I found Tales of Symphonia (GC) and Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles (GC) at my local Dimple Records. Then throughout the week I picked up Super Smash Bros. Melee (GC), inFamous (PS3), inFamous 2 (PS3), System Shock (PC), System Shock 2 (PC), Black Mesa (PC), Dungeon Keeper (PC), and the Last of Us: Left Behind DLC (PS3). Finally beefing up my Gamecube collection as it is still fairly small. Though there are more games added to the backlog, I’ll still attempt to get through each of them. Hope everyone is having a great three day weekend!!!

Grand Theft Auto V Review

Grand Theft Auto V (PS3)
Developed by Rockstar North
Published by Take-Two Interactive
Released September 17, 2013
Review Written February 3, 2014

When Grand Theft Auto V was revealed a few years ago I had been anticipating the day when I’d finally get my hands on it. As a longtime fan of the series, I was eager to see what Rockstar studios would be delivering as it was previously stated that GTAV would build off of the heist mission from GTAIV and focus on heists as the game’s central theme. GTAV does deliver on its promise of pursuing in-game heists while bringing some new features to the table, but this came at the price of leaving some traditional features from the series in the dust.

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First Weekend At Sundance Film Festival

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.

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Papo & Yo Review

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.

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Red Steel Review

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.

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Review

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (PS3)
Developed by Infinity Ward & Sledgehammer Games
Published by Activision
Released November 8, 2011
Review Written December 23, 2013

Merry Christmas everyone! After picking up my emotions from the last game I reviewed, I decided to play something less emotional and why not Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. Another addition to the very popular fps series, Modern Warfare 3 stays under its safety net as a AAA sequel by being fairly similar with the previous installments. This isn’t to say this is a bad game, but it does have the feel of Modern Warfare 2 but in a different outfit. This is not anything new though, as Modern Warfare 2 felt like an expansion pack to the first Modern Warfare, only shinier.

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The Last of Us Review

The Last of Us (PS3)
Developed by Naughty Dog
Published by Sony Computer Entertainment
Released June 14, 2013
Review Written December 20, 2013

After being out on shelves for the past few months and voted as many gamers’ 2013 game of the year, The Last of Us proved to be astounding. It felt like a headlong dive into a twisted dream amidst the aura of heartbreak and anxiety within every step. After finally cracking open the hoard of deals acquired from Black Friday I finally found myself introduced to the new world that Naughty Dog had created. Blind to any gameplay footage and any possible spoilers over the past few years, I went into the Last of Us with only the few details during the game’s reveal from Naughty Dog and praise from others over the past few months. All I had in my mind was that I would be playing as a man named Joel who had to take a young girl named Ellie safely across North America.

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