Another year of Byte reviews allowed us to shine a light once again on a wealth of games worth playing. Sure, there were some duds, but the masterpieces far outweighed them. The year 2017 featured improvements on recent installments of the Destiny and Sonic franchises, plus a spectacular first-year showing for the Nintendo Switch including obligatory new beauties in the Mario and Zelda departments. And with Cuphead bringing some mainstream attention to a brand-new indie studio, the future of independent gaming has never looked brighter.
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Every year produces a relentless heaping of blockbuster films that sell fantastically, but how many of them are actually good is another question entirely. Though the major circuit may have been a little bit short on masterpieces this year, it was by no means empty. We got another great Pixar movie, a beautiful shoutout to The Room, and the best M. Night Shyamalan film in a long time. We also caught a whole host of independent films at Heartland Film Festival this year, some of which were made in our own backyard. So as it turns out, the year of The Disaster Artist wasn’t such a disaster after all.
Music reviews were a new endeavor for Byte this year, but it was a great first year to cover. We saw some disappointments from previously loved artists like Arcade Fire and Blondie, to be sure, but we also saw some pleasant comebacks and changeups from the likes of Lorde, Aimee Mann and Paramore. Some of these albums made us smile and others made us cry, but they all left some sort of indelible mark on us, and that’s why they’re the best albums of 2017.
The horror and uncanniness of the series is still alive and well in ‘Freddy Fazbear’s Pizzeria Simulator’. Included with the horror are many humorous elements that serve to break the monotony of the game’s tone. This entry in the series does nothing to reinvent the wheel, but there is still pleasure to be had with the tried and true gameplay formula. It’s a competent entry that is sure to please fans and even entice some newcomers with its generous price.
I, being an expert in bad fanfiction, know exactly what Star Wars movies Disney can make that the people will definitely love and are not jokes.
Jedi represent all that is good and Sith represent all that is evil. However, in between those two ideologies is a grey area that takes the best of both worlds and creates the ideology of the Grey Jedi.
“Super Hard PCness” is one of season 21’s best episodes yet. It has a lot to offer people watching their first season of "South Park" but even more for those who have been with the show since the beginning. With plenty of allusions to the past and great commentary on what’s going on in the present, this episode is one that surely should not be missed.
Even if the movie or special isn’t great, in the end it feels good to be acknowledged in a media landscape that largely ignores the Jewish faith. To help you deal with that suppressed Chanukah fever, we’ve compiled a nifty little list of some Chanukah goodness…or badness…to watch this year while eating latkes and playing dreidel.
I sincerely hope that a free internet where you can watch what you want, read what you want, and buy what you want without the influence of Comcast or Verizon won’t become just one of those things '90s kids will love to remember.
Suicide Squad was DC’s attempt at making a Guardians of the Galaxy for their cinematic universe and Justice League tried to have an Avengers vibe. Try something new and different with these characters and you’ll have fans swarm the theaters to witness that movie.
'Marvel’s The Punisher' on Netflix is a smart addition to all of the other Marvel shows on the streaming service. The show is elevated by strong performances from both Bernthal and the supporting cast. While its approach to tackling political issues might get heavy-handed at times, it deserves a pat on the back for trying. Also, while some of the supporting characters don’t get as much development as they needed like some of the other characters, the show never completely goes off the road into absurdity. It succeeds with a stellar first season that manages to feel standalone from the other Marvel shows on Netflix.
Christmas — the celebration of the birth of Christianity’s savior, Jesus Christ. Celebrated every Dec. 25 and preceded by a whole season of bright colored lights, upbeat music and time off of school and work.
“The King, The Widow, and Rick” has a lot of different subplots, but none of them really make much progress. Many ideas and future plot points are thrown out there, but we’ll have to wait for the result of those. While not the worst episode by any means, it could have benefitted a little more by having less perspectives than it does. Overall a solid episode that lays down a lot of groundwork.
I was walking back from the library late; it was well past midnight. I was listening to some unconventional Christmas music titled “O Magnum Mysterium.” It was a song I played in high school band. A rendition by the Nordic Chamber Choir echoed through my earbuds in the dead of night.
All things considered, the pool of nominations for this year’s awards are the best they’ve been in a long time. Even though the Grammys are trying really hard to make Record of the Year their top prize, most people still have their eyes on Album of the Year, and this year’s choices for the gold are stacked.
Now as long as the gaming industry exists many more weird games will and the only thing that we the people can do is play them, question reality, and then go seek some form of mental help.
“Moss Piglets” is a relatively inoffensive entry to the series, but it will not be remembered except as a set up for future episodes if those are any good. There are some good foundations for jokes, but none of the set-ups are executed on.
‘Coco’ looks fantastic and can be extremely heartfelt at times. The colors are bright and welcoming and the plot is easy to follow. However, there is not too much newness in regards to the plot and the “twist” is easy to spot from a mile away. Because of the beautiful animation and charming characters, these narrative faults are easy to ignore. Overall, the film is a must-see for Pixar fans or anyone who appreciates animated films.
Overall, 'Justice League' fixes the many countless issues that fans had with 'Batman vs. Superman'. Despite the lacking plot and some CGI errors, the film excels in developing characters while staying true to the old comic format of the DC universe.
‘Star Wars: Battlefront II’ is a fun experience bogged down in an undesirable progression system with pay-to-win aspects. The campaign struggles from a disjointed narrative that plays it safe, but has epic gameplay that immerses you in the Star Wars universe. Starfighter Assault in particular is a hidden gem among the other traditional, but still entertaining, game modes.