Malcolm Klock brings a brilliant summary of 2013 in gaming. From old consoles to new, graphics improvements as well as unforgettable stories and memories, it's all crammed into just two minutes- go on and press play, it's actually really breathtaking.
Metalcore is a word that, if uttered in close proximity to people who consider themselves ‘true’ metalheads, has much the same effect as tossing a bucket full of garlic source into a room full of vampires.
Ed takes a break from normality and enters the aggressive, angry world of Metalcore. Complete with a collection of tongue-in-cheek profanities, it's Ed's Music Corner! Click read more to see what he has to say about This Means War.
Released in 1997, the Foo’s second album was undoubtedly a great one; fully equipped with an actual band this time, Grohl and the gang (they totally should have actually called themselves that) were trying to find their niche in the world of rock, experimenting with many sounds throughout the album, ranging from catastrophically thrashy – banging heaviness to a lighter, tranquil sound and pretty much everything in between. Sometimes this attempt to constantly mash together light and heavy does feel muddled and leaves you with a fairly bumpy ride, but on the whole these songs are crafted with excellency and precision, occasionally displaying some clear Nirvana influence with their soft-verse-heavy-chorus structure.
Never since the now celebrated ‘Ocarina of Time’ hit shelves in late 1998 has a game in Nintendo’s sacred ‘Legend of Zelda’ franchise been adorned with the same tumultuous applause and praise – achieving ‘perfect’ scores from a number of online publications. After a reported six year development cycle, Skyward Sword finally reached our dusty old Wii consoles in November 2011 amid near-apocalyptic critical acclaim. Ocarina of Time was the game that defined the Zelda formula; sure ‘A Link to the Past’ introduced a number of key elements including the master sword and twin world mechanics, but ‘Ocarina’ refined these greatly and holds up today as a true classic of video gaming and the defining moments of many an N64 owner's childhood nostalgia. The idea of a Zelda game surpassing the sacred binary held within Ocarina of Time and Link to the Past cartridges alike was a truly exciting prospect...
Green Day have certainly come a long way from their punk rock origins back in 1990. While still fairly poppy, they were still recognised (at least in their early days) as a solid punk rock band. Through the years they may have mellowed and gained more pop punk influences but their tripled release of Uno, Dos and Tre marks the full conversion from hard, heavy rock to soft, catchy pop punk songs. However, is this such a bad thing? Yes. Yes, it is quite a bad thing. This album is swamped in an overwhelming "averageness" (sic) which stems from the fact that, for some reason, Green Day started to write songs that didn't draw from their own experience but instead focused on 'angsty' teenage love. Maybe because they’re actually all very successful 40 year olds who haven’t experienced this sort of thing in a while, it comes across as bland and just false, making for an overall disappointing album.
Click read more to see what Ed has to say (in his unique way) about this album!
Here's a truly shocking piece of news that nobody would ever have envisaged- the much-berated Don Mattrick, head of Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Business (i.e, Xbox) has 'resigned', following an ambiguous Microsoft press release and the horrendous handling of it's next-gen games console, the much-loved Xbox One. The former Xbox boss went on to immediately seal a deal with the visionary Zynga, creators of the riveting Farmville series, and is now their CEO.
Zombies, Zombies, Zombies. Ever since George A Romero’s brain-hankering, lobotomized chums first hit the silver screen in 1968, debuting in ‘Night of the Living Dead’, us cinema-goers have become somewhat infatuated with their subtle, yet effective charm and amorphous, slightly unnerving groans. As a result, these films inhabit a blood soaked, macabre hole within the heart of every horror fan – young or old – often reusing familiar clichés to great effect. What made the Zombies of yesteryear so brutally effective was the fact that they themselves did not pose any specific threat; but their presence brought out the evil within humans around them in an almost libertine display of morality.
Fast forward 45 years from their conception and the ultra-high budget, ultra hyped ‘World War Z’ hits cinema’s – leaving behind much of the sacred trends that define ‘Zombies’ in favour of adrenaline-pumped action and mayhem. But the question is: doesn’t that just make it another generic action film stagnating an already bloated market?
Something slightly annoying happens here in the UK. Often, when big American films are released in the US, we have to wait a little while for them to find their way to our own cinemas. Of course this does happen the other way around on occasion, with home-grown films particularly, but this summer has not been a good one for us so far on the film front. Some of the most popular films coming out, we have to wait for. Not all, however. One film aspired to something greater… Man of Steel has been widely anticipated since its original announcement and now it’s finally here! Unfortunately, it’s pretty much the only good film available right now in the UK, and due to poor planning in the post-exam party period, and general cosmic oddities, I have now seen Man of Steel, a film I was only ever mildly interested in, a total of three times. In my book that means I am more than properly qualified- nay, obligated- to review it. So here goes…
At long last, we have got a glimpse of the future of Microsoft consoles. In a feature which will be likely expanded in the upcoming E3, the confusingly named Xbox 'One' is now on display for all to see, but has it won the current battle against Sony, who presented their own PS4 earlier this year?
We’re here to celebrate the original 1996 Resident Evil, and I’m sure you’re asking, is its reputation deserved? Surely such an old game can’t really contend for the best in its field, even if it did popularise the style?