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The hugely popular Batman: Arkham franchise is one of my favorite video game franchises (alongside Uncharted and The Last of Us). I’ve been a fan of Rocksteady and Warner Bros. Games Montreal’s titles since I was 13, as they provided the ultimate experiences imaginable for me to become Batman. Now, while all of the Arkham series games are good at the very least, some are better than others. (Note: I will only be ranking the console releases. Therefore, I will not talk about the handheld entry Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate, which came out on the Nintendo 3DS and PS Vita.)
On Nov. 17, 2017, Warner Bros. released Justice League, the first live-action film to star the titular DC Comics superhero team. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the same film that director Zack Snyder was originally making. Earlier that year, he stepped down from the project after his daughter, Autumn, passed away. In his place, the studio hired Avengers director Joss Whedon to finish it. What resulted was a heavily reshot and rewritten mess of a film, not exactly the winner Warner Bros. was hoping for. Even now, it’s been implied that the studio knew what a disaster the theatrical cut really was.
Disclaimer: This article contains spoilers for the storyline of ‘The Last of Us Part II’
The ‘Uncharted’ series is without a doubt one of the most popular PlayStation franchises. Created by the now-former creative director at Naughty Dog, Amy Hennig, the series began in 2007 with ‘Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune’ on the PlayStation 3. Unlike the developers’ previous efforts, ‘Drake’s Fortune’ sought to replicate the experience of watching an action film: it was plentiful with charismatic characters, brisk pacing, and wildly bombastic set pieces. Naughty Dog was hugely successful in their endeavor, as ‘Drake’s Fortune’ was positively received by both critics and players alike. The game’s success spawned three sequels, a prequel, and a spin-off: ‘Among Thieves’ (2009), ‘Drake’s Deception,’ (2011), ‘A Thief’s End’ (2016), ‘Golden Abyss’ (2012), and ‘The Lost Legacy’ (2017).
For decades, superheroes (and by extension, their superpowers) have been all the rage. Characters such as Superman, Spider-Man, Wonder Woman, and many more possess abilities that regular people like you and me can only dream of having. Who wouldn’t want to leap tall buildings in a single bound, create and generate their own electrical fields, move objects with only their mind, or shoot laser beams out of their eyes? The possibilities are seemingly endless.
The original game The Last of Us, developed by Naughty Dog and released on June 14, 2013, is nothing short of a masterpiece. The post-apocalyptic story follows two protagonists, Joel and Ellie, who must travel across the United States in the hopes that the latter can provide the cure to a fungal disease that has all but decimated humanity. Thanks to its complex and flawed characters, relentlessly bleak tone, and powerful themes, The Last of Us was critically acclaimed, with many (including yours truly) considering it to be one of the greatest video games ever made.
Disclaimer: This review contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 7 and previous seasons.
Over the past 15 years or so, you might have heard of a writer/director named Rian Johnson. His first film, 2005’s Brick, was a small, independent venture that soon became a cult classic, and helped to establish Johnson as a unique up-and-comer. His subsequent directorial efforts, such as three episodes of the critically acclaimed show Breaking Bad and the breakout film Looper, practically made Johnson into a name that people were familiar with, but wasn’t quite a household one yet.
The ‘Fast and the Furious’ franchise has had fuel in its tank since 2001, having seen the release of eight feature films. The series began rather simply, with the first film depicting Vin Diesel and Paul Walker at odds with one another over illegal drag races. This tradition continued for the next three films, before switching gears into a more action-heavy series with ‘Fast Five’ in 2011. This change has proven to be a beneficial one, as audiences had grown attracted to the ludicrous fare that this series has given them. Recent installments such as ‘Furious 7’ and ‘The Fate of the Furious’ have also grossed over a billion dollars worldwide.
Everyone knows the story of Superman: Kryptonian infant Kal-El was sent to Earth by his parents when his home planet was destroyed. Landing in the town of Smallville, Kansas, he was found by Jonathan and Martha Kent, who named him Clark and raised him as their own son. As Clark grew older, he discovered that he had powers and abilities beyond those of mortal men. He decided to use said powers for good and became the world’s greatest superhero.
The wacky, time-traveling antics of ‘DC’s Legends of Tomorrow’–which happens to be the lightest aspect of the CW’s ‘Arrowverse’–returns Monday, April first. So, now would be a very good time to do a recap of the first half of the show’s fourth season. Let’s go, Legends! The season began with the Legends–Sara Lance, Ray Palmer, Nate Heywood, Zari Tomaz, Mick Rory and Wally West–vacationing in Aruba, having just defeated the powerful demon Mallus (the main antagonist of the previous season). However, their vacation was interrupted by John Constantine, who revealed that by stopping Mallus, the Legends accidentally opened a doorway that allowed other supernatural forces to wreak havoc on the timeline.
Disclaimer: This review contains spoilers for Captain Marvel.