Tales Of Xillia

Posted on 19, Aug

Ah Japanese RPG’s, a staple of my gaming life. In Japan, the market is rife with such games (obviously that’s why they’re called JRPG’s), but there’s always been two major series among the countless titles in the genre: Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest. There’s also always been one series following right behind those two, and that would be the Tales series.

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The Raveonettes – Pe’ahi

Posted on 19, Aug

The Raveonettes’ new album Pe’ahi takes its name from a notorious beach on the Hawaiian island of Maui. Though it is frequently acknowledged as a prime surfing beach, the area transforms into a dangerous part of the island during the off-season. The beach and surrounding area is often overrun by violent drug addicts and there have been several murders in the area over the past few years. The name fits this album to a tee. The music can sound beautiful and inviting, but looking closer, you can see the remnants of danger and risk bubbling beneath the surface of a seemingly idyllic paradise.

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Earlier this year, Microsoft announced the “Games with Gold” feature would be making its debut on XBOX One in June. Like many other gamers, I was excited to see what would be free, especially with such a limited game library available. To my surprise (and delight), they did not disappoint. The first two games to be made free with a gold Xbox Live membership were Max: The Curse of Brotherhood and Halo: Spartan Assault.

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Killzone: Shadow Fall

Posted on 6, Aug

Halo, for many Playstation gamers, seems to be an unobtainable franchise. Of course Microsoft would never port their precious baby to Sony consoles, but that doesn’t mean that Sony can’t make their own first person IP. In 2004, Sony did just that with Killzone. With three PS3 releases, and the obligatory PSP and Vita tie-ins, the franchise has still never surpassed mediocrity. The mundane shooting mechanics and sloppy controls made many games of the series a pass for most gamers. With the new Playstation 4 console, can the newest iteration of Sony’s FPS franchise stand compete with Master Chief?

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The Monuments Men

Posted on 6, Aug

The Monuments Men is an unusual war movie, at best. I say unusual because compared to most other war films this movie unfolds at a relatively slow pace, which I think both adds to, and takes away from, this film. Set during the end of WWII, Monuments Men is about a platoon constructed of various soldiers with ties to the art world: art scholars, architects, historians, curators etc. It was their mission to save as many artifacts and other works of art from being looted or destroyed during the conflict.

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Nas – Illmatic XX

Posted on 15, Jul

When it was released in 1994, Nas’ Illmatic was hailed by critics as a revolutionary album. Nas’ genius wordplay and sublime backing beats gave the album the power to not only be viewed as a masterpiece in its own time, but to be revered as an iconic piece of hip-hop mastery long after its release.

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