‘Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon’ is a perfectly portioned appetizer to the upcoming main course of ‘Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night.’ The game looks great, sounds great, and plays exactly like it should. The 'Castlevania' influence flows through all parts of this product, and despite my personal distaste for the original 'Castlevania' games, this game makes the right improvements on the gameplay to keep it fresh, fair, and fun. It even delivers a shocking amount of length for a game of this style. ‘Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon’ reaches ‘Shovel Knight’ levels of perfectly nailing the feel of an NES classic.
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Show Dogs is one of the worst examples of condescending family entertainment this reviewer has seen in a long time. With extremely low production values and extremely shoddy writing, it is extremely hard to recommend to anyone who doesn’t feel nostalgic for an age of film making where movies like this were seen as tent pole films for studios across the board. However, if you have a sweet tooth for schlock like this and/or have younger family members who have an affinity for dogs… you’re still better off watching Air Bud and its cosmic smorgasbord of sequels.
'Solo: A Star Wars Story' has a lot of problems. Its writing is inconsistent, it’s too visually muddy, it needed to be about 20 minutes shorter, and it needed to have its own legs to stand on. Despite all of that, there are enough great action sequences and good character moments that the film can’t be written off as completely terrible. It can, however, be written off as bland and forgettable. Much like Han Solo himself, the film is enjoyable, but flawed and ultimately unimportant.
This episode wrapped up an arc and began the next one. It dealt a lot with the aftermath of the attack, and highlighted what UA is going to do next. The animation is beautiful and shows some interesting scenes. It deals with the loss of a friend and how people feel about that. Overall, the episode helps excite the viewer for what is coming up next.
'Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux' is a tough game to really judge. All the parts I love about the game are present in the original, and the things added by the port ranged from neutral additions to actively ruining the experience. However, the original isn’t exactly easy to find for a low cost, despite its age. For those who are just now getting into actual 'Shin Megami Tensei' titles, 'Strange Journey Redux' will offer a great introduction with just enough anime to keep 'Persona' fans enticed. For longtime 'Shin Megami Tensei' fans who still own a copy of the original, wait for a sale before buying the port. There wasn’t enough effort put into the port to make it worth the full cost.
The humor in 'Deadpool 2' makes the movie worth watching and makes it an enjoyable experience. It’s fun to try and catch all of the references. The characters were enjoyable and grew throughout the movie. The action looked awesome, and the humor even showed up in serious moments.
So it's no secret that gaming online can be a really toxic, and playing online as a woman or a person of color comes with the hazard of ten year olds targeting you for that. There's plenty of evidence of this kind of griefing online, but what can be done? Systemic overhaul of the problematic culture around gaming? Turning off voicechat? No... clearly the only effective solution is hunting the bullies down.
This episode was a different take on the attack on the training camp with some of Class 1-A being attacked by a classmate who cannot control their quirk. All of the villains of the Vanguard Action Squad are shown, and the viewer is able to see each creepy persona of the team. The fighting once again looks beautiful, and the stakes appear to be at the highest yet.
'Infectonator 3: Apocalypse' is certainly a Flash game brought to Steam. It keeps the simple fun gameplay of the original, but doesn’t have the meat expected of a Steam release. The game costs $13, and adds nothing to the experience to make it worth that price tag. The only thing that might be considered an “addition” from the Flash originals is added length, which serves to highlight how repetitive and shallow the gameplay actually is. Add on barely passable presentation and embarrassing jokes, and the game lacks the life of the original games. If you want to experience the Flash originals again, just go and play the originals.
Charlie Puth has really upped his game this go around. His music feels slightly different, although not entirely. Love and relationship issues plague this album and hurt his originality. He never falters from his familiar content and this is what makes his music unique and his own. The album is a good listen and is worth the money overall.
Tropical Freeze for the Nintendo Switch is a hard game to recommend. As far as platformers go, it’s very challenging and often frustrating. Tropical Freeze was released at a full $60, and that’s enough to not recommend this game, considering it’s a port with only one new mode. Tropical Freeze has its moments, but in the end those moments aren’t enough to justify the countless lives you’ll lose while playing through this game. If you’re a hardcore platformer or Donkey Kong fan, you’ll love this game. Otherwise, you can pass on Tropical Freeze for the Nintendo Switch.
This episode mainly focused on the action of a few fights with the classmates given permission to go against the law and fight for their lives, adding emotion to the suspense. The few highlighted fights showed some interesting villains and their quirks, while showing how some students struggle to fight against a real-threat. It’s not easy, and this episode is sure to remind the viewer of that with each second. The plot of the story arc progresses a lot in this episode, but the overall storyline of the show is not impacted that much.
The episode fulfills so many needs the season has been leading up to. Overall, the episode was carefully crafted with beautiful animation and a great use of a soft piano to really pull on the heartstrings. This is definitely the episode to not miss.
Overall, the Nintendo Labo is definitely a weird piece of technology that has yet to find its exact place in the gaming audience. The game shines brightest when people work together to create each toy. Otherwise, it can feel pretty disappointing and lonely. Despite the exhausting moments of the setup, there are unique and interesting ways to create and play.
This is movie is for everyone who has followed the MCU. However, it’s possible to enjoy the film without seeing every single Marvel film. The important movies to see are Thor: Ragnarok, Doctor Strange, Captain America: Civil War, and Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2. While this may seem like a massive cliffhanger, the story is actually complete from Thanos’ perspective. Despite all of its flaws, the movie ultimately succeeds and does the unthinkable; killing Spider-Man.
This episode is what makes My Hero Academia great. The minimal flashbacks add to the drama, making the viewer feel for each and every character. There are also some great scenes showcasing how powerful quirks are getting while being pushed to the limit in the training camp. This episode sets up for the drama and fight yet to come, and leaves the viewer on the edge of their seat. It is a beautiful episode.
You have to step out there and proclaim loudly to the whole world the change it needs. And only then, can you make a difference.
Growth. If I had to describe my freshman year in one word, it’d be that one.