Uncharted: The Lost Legacy Review

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy Review

No one should play Uncharted: The Lost Legacy without first playing the rest of Naughty Dog’s epic adventure series. A side effect of that, however, is that no one who plays The Lost Legacy will experience much they haven’t seen before. This standalone adventure, set after the events of Uncharted 4, is packed with the beautiful vistas, exciting action, and memorable characters we expect from an Uncharted game, but the familiarity of it all made Lost Legacy feel more like a by-the-numbers summer blockbuster than the milestone events that came before it. I had a distinct sense of deja vu with nearly every action scene of this six-hour adventure. Every shootout with disposable guns against mindless paramilitary dudes, every crumbling wall I had to climb and shimmy across, and every floaty driving sequence across the Indian planes felt directly lifted out of the previous Uncharted games. It feels like replaying a great linear action game game – still good, but without the novelty and suspense. Continue reading…
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The Mighty Thor #22

The Mighty Thor #22

For all the credit Dark Nights: Metal is receiving for injecting a dose of heavy metal-flavored bombast into the DCU, it should be said that Jason Aaron has quietly been doing the same at Marvel for the past five years. The latest chapter of The Mighty Thor is one of Aaron’s most metal comics yet, offering a symphony of carnage and destruction fueled by the compelling new anti-hero that is the War Thor. Having established the War Thor’s tragic origin story and his general status as a one-man Red Lantern Corps, Aaron is now free to unleash him upon the Ten Realms. This issue opens with some fun banter between the Queen of Cinders and Malekith, but for the most part the focus is on Volstagg’s bloody revenge quest. The scale of the ensuing battle is terrific, reflecting the full fury of a thunder god and a fire demon unleashed. Continue reading…
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Madden NFL 18 Review in Progress

Madden NFL 18 Review in Progress

Ask Tom Brady and Matt Ryan what they think about halftime adjustments. Those adjustments, major or minor, are the key to winning any football game – and that’s exactly the kind of change Madden NFL 18 has made to EA’s series. Madden is coming out of the locker room with more than an adjustment to its gameplay and story mode; the development team just stormed back onto the field with a new engine, improved gameplay, and a story mode finally worth giving a damn about. Madden 18’s move to the Frostbite Engine has enhanced the graphics dramatically, and the gameplay to an extent. While playing a rematch of last season’s Patriots vs. Falcons Super Bowl, it was easy to get distracted by the lighting effects and the improved body types, which, to my eye, have both taken the largest leap of any of Madden 18’s graphical upgrades. While watching a replay I noticed details like how the glimmer of the sun flickered off of a receiver’s helmet, and even while referees are announcing penalties you can see that the glare in their faces is real. Continue reading…
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Spider-Men II #2 Review

Spider-Men II #2 Review

Spider-Men II is rapidly turning into a disappointment. The novelty of seeing Peter Parker and Miles Morales share the page is already far less than it was five years ago. And if issue #2 is any indication, there’s little hope of the sequel actually delivering worthy payoff to the original’s cliffhanger mystery. As great as it is seeing Brain Bendis and Sara Pichelli working together on a Miles Morales story, it often feels like their energy would be better spent on Miles’ ongoing series. I won’t get into story spoilers here (click here for more on this issue’s “big” revelation), but suffice it to say that Spider-Men II’s handling of the five-year Miles Morales mystery is frustrating. It’s not that the payoff is disappointing so much as it’s basically nonexistent. But that’s just one of many problems plaguing the book at the moment. It’s tough to care about the “other” Miles introduced in issue #1 because we know so little about the character or his motivations. And when it comes to Taskmaster, it’s not even clear whether we’re reading the classic version of the character or the Ultimate version who somehow made the jump between universes. The fractured narrative only compounds these problems, skipping between the Taskmaster battle and Peter and Miles’ showdown with Other Miles in very jumbled fashion. Continue reading…
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