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Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 10:00

Story driven games (ie. Telltale games) have a habit of falling into two categories with me. Either WOW that’s amazing and it’s needs another play-through or alternatively, well; that was unplayable.

The Detail (Season One) by independent game developer Rival games manages to buck the trend and end up with, well, an OK game, not bad, not great, just…… OK. Now don’t get me wrong, this review is not going to end up with me saying its not worth buying but don’t expect it to be something you go back to (The Walking Dead being a good example).

The Detail takes you to the streets of a crime-ridden city. In a Noir setting you play as a number of characters investigating criminal activity and murder scenes. You make arrests and interrogate them for information, you deal with the scum of the earth from both sides of the law, and sometimes you get to ‘bend’ said law as well. All three characters that you play are fairly well rounded with good backstory.  

The story...

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Monday, May 9, 2016 - 18:29

“Who bought our last album?” asks Less Than Jake guitarist and frontman Chris Demakes, two songs into their set at the O2 Academy.  The audience response is mixed, but good humoured.  “Who downloaded it for free?” he follows up, this time the audience response is slightly louder. 

“Who doesn’t give a shit about anything after Hello Rockview?” The audience response is overwhelming, laughter filling a packed out venue as the banter continues back and forth between the band and their fans.  Despite the audience’s apparent preference for their earlier material, Less Than Jake continue on regardless with the first track off their latest album See The Light, as the horns kick in for the opening of “Good Enough”, and with that the tone for the evening is set. 

Whilst ten of the eighteen songs that make up the evenings set list will come from Hello...

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Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 00:26

Ok, here we go...

Captain America: Civil War is a clever, tense and often emotional, rollercoaster ride of a film; charting the struggle within the Avengers as Rogers & Co. have the fallout from their actions laid out before them. Consequence is the over-riding theme of the film.

The chain of events from the previous films, added to the MCU's own version of the "Stamford Incident", leads to the Sokovia Accords, a piece of legislation that leads to a schism within the group. Stark is pro-registration and the belief that the Avengers need to be accountable to a higher power, whilst Cap is still very much for personal freedom and accountability, and fears that a higher power may send the team on missions that serve the ulterior motives of their new handlers.

The film is a slow build of simmering tension over the first hour, as these ideological clashes eventually lead to fisticuffs with the reappearance of Bucky. But, like with any good spy drama -which both...

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Friday, February 5, 2016 - 10:00

Ah, the sad life of the Hollywood scientist.

They tend to fall into two camps…

The first is the Evil scientist, hyper-efficient, thoroughly immoral, clutching for power and mastery over the elements, man, and God. He will eventually fall victim to a horrendously gruesome death at the hands of his own creations.

Then there is the Good scientist. The flawed genius, performing calculus before they were potty trained, the ugly social outcast, sporadically inspirational, unflappably moral, and prone to using the phrase…

‘There are just some things that man is not meant to meddle with’

The Good scientist will either triumph over Evil but lose his entire life's work, or make the noble sacrifice to make up for angering the fates.

For either case, the reality of the common man is a mystery, a thing to despise with contempt or marvel at these quirky non-brainy types. 

Hollywood does not like sciency people, they are to be feared or...

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - 10:00

Hey ! 

I think that Marvel must have read my reviews of the last season!

We start by addressing one of my comments about the last episode of season one, namely the short fight between Peggy and Dottie. This is rectified almost straight away with a satisfyingly brutal set to in a bank vault which, to coin a phrase, is right on the money! 

Before Peggy gets a chance to conduct a proper interrogation, Chief Thompson packs her off to Los Angeles to investigate a different case. Thompson hasn’t mellowed much, and this posting appears to be to sideline our heroine and embarrass both her and newly appointed 'Chief' Dan Sousa. There appears to have been some attempt at a liaison or two Peggy and Dan in between the seasons that hasn't really gone anywhere, so relations are a little awkward.

Thomson also wants to take control of the Dottie case, he can sense a commendation coming his way for a successful capture and wants all the glory. Oh, and because...

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015 - 13:00

To say I was excited about seeing these films is perhaps somewhat of an understatement. I love the series and was more than intrigued to see how well it would translate on to the big screen.

To set the stage for the uninitiated: Attack on Titan is set 100 years after the remnants of humanity seal themselves behind a series of concentric walls to protect themselves from giant, man eating monsters called Titans. The denizens of the walled area have grown complacent and many question whether the Titans are actually real or merely a tale told to keep people in check. 

We are introduced to our main characters Eren, Mikasa and Armin three kids who were born and have grown up behind the wall. Eren questions the existence of the Titans and they set off to the wall to prove that it's all a great big fib. Perhaps unsurprisingly it is at exactly this point that a Colossal Titan appears and kicks a giant hole in the wall, unleashing an army of Titans onto the unsuspecting...

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 12:00

You know that sound?

That ‘gnnnhhh’ sound?

The one that you do in earshot of young children when you have just stepped on a piece of Lego and don't want to use profanity?

Well imagine the sound of dozens of adults having to crawl on hands and knees in a 20 foot square pit of Lego bricks some 6 inches deep. 

Many a profanity was uttered, which must help the makers of Denmark’s finest toy fulfill their remit of educating children through play. I would suggest they didn't really mean like that though.

This is Brick 2015 at the Birmingham NEC, a celebration of the world’s most prevalent toy.

Lego holds a special place in many a heart. As a child, a method of endless expression, building amazing creations that rival the greatest imaginings of the world's most famous engineers, mechanics, builders and minds.

As an adult, a way to connect to your children and/or your own youth. Although through the prism of age those amazing devices...

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Monday, November 9, 2015 - 12:00

Twenty-four films in do we need an introduction?

No of course not.

So let's get the less successful stuff out of the way first.

It's too long by probably about 30 mins. In fact the whole final act of the film is superfluous.

The plot is convoluted and requires at least a cursory knowledge of ALL of the immediately preceding three films (yes even the really bad one that no-one can remember - oh you know, ‘Quarrel Of Something…’).

There is a relationship that is central to the plot and is absolutely key, but feels very forced and unnecessary (more on this later).

The quality of the effects work from the inside of the helicopter during the fight scene are a bit ropey.

The theme song is terrible (but you have probably already heard it and made up your own mind on that). It is even worse than the Madonna one and the Alicia Keys/Jack White one from ‘Quibble Of Scrotum’ or whatever it was called.

The overall threat makes sense, but...

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Sunday, September 27, 2015 - 15:52

Given that this season seems to be comprised mostly of two-parters, we'll be releasing our reviews after both episodes have aired.

So, we're back again with a new series. We've done a fair bit of dissection and discussion around the trailers for this season on NerdVsWorld and I'm happy to say that it seems a lot of them haven't taken too long to be either proven correct or otherwise.

We're thrown straight in at the deep end with this episode and into the middle of a war. I absolutely love the concept of the Hand Mines and I really want to know more about the war. For now, however we're immediately presented with a dilemma for The Doctor. Does he leave the child that will grow up to become the inventor of the Daleks to die, or save him? I'll skirt over the possibility that it may have been a completely unrelated child who just so happens to have the same name and assume that The Doctor knows that it is, in fact, the Davros. To cut a long story short, he leaves...

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Sunday, September 27, 2015 - 13:24

The premise for NBC's new drama, Blindspot, seems on the surface to be a hybrid of ideas that falls somewhere between Memento and Prison Break. The series opens on a busy Times Square as a police man discovers an abandoned bag. Suspecting it may be an explosive, the bomb squad are called in and are shocked to discover that the contents are actually the very naked and very tattooed Jamie Alexander.

In a slightly similar fashion to NBC's other hit show, The Blacklist, FBI Agent Kurt Weller is called in to assist with the investigation into the woman's identity as he is named in one of Jane Doe's tattoos although he has never seen her before. The science blag around the reason for her amnesia consists of an experimental drug called ZIP that can be used to erase selective memories, although she has had a massive dose and has forgotten everything.

The show is wonderfully shot, with scenes that could well have just been gratuitous instead being artfully lit and beautifully...

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