'A Way Out' will keep your attention for the entirely of its story. Leo and Vincent are both fascinating characters with relatable motivations, even if the story has some cliche plot points and wooden dialogue. Most of the minigames are somewhat out of place for the game’s story with their weird mechanics, but provide some fun distractions for you and your co-op partner. I would recommend this game to anyone that is looking to have some enjoyment with friends, and if they are looking for some action and a suspenseful story. You will definitely not want to miss this prison-break friendship that creates a stomach-punching finale.
'Tomb Raider' is a somewhat unfocused action-adventure film that still manages to provide some charisma. Director Roar Uthaug gets confused in a visual style that defines our realistic expectations for most of the film, but is able to make up for it with a compelling character in Lara Croft. While it won’t redefine the video game movie subgenre, it still is an entertaining film to watch.
Overall, Black Panther succeeds as an excellent entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It delivers on being an action adventure film, a political statement, and a celebration of African culture. While the film does start off a bit stagnant, the cast’s performances and emotional themes keep the film on the path in becoming an entertaining ride.
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.
'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.