Thursday, 11 February 2010 21:04

Dante's Inferno (xBox 360, 2010)

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Damn, looks like he's in the hell of heartburn... While he didn't participate in the Crusades himself, Dante Alighieri the poet was a member of the Guelph cavalry, in the years before he penned the three parts of one of the greatest pieces of literature in the history of the world, the Divine Comedy. This epic consisted of three parts, the Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso. They described a journey taken by Dante, guided by the Roman poet Virgil, and later his unrequited love Beatrice, as he became lost and misled at the midpoint of his life. He descended through hell, Virgil teaching him about each of the nine rings and some of the inhabitants within, then ascended through purgatory's nine levels and eventually into paradise's nine levels. The poems were unusual in that while they did tell a story, story telling was not their primary purpose. Instead, they served much more as a sort of roadmap to the journey, crafting through word and prose a vision that to this day defines hell, and to a lesser extent purgatory and heaven. That roadmap is the one that Visceral Games decided to illuminate with their own interpretation of Dante's Inferno.

Monday, 01 February 2010 23:12

Batman: Arkham Asylum (PC, 2009)

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Never bring a gun to a bat-fight. Batman has been a fixture in the world of DC Comics since he was created in the late 1940's, rising to become one of the trinity pillars of DC's many, MANY superheroes. Dark and brooding, though he has allies in his personal war, Batman has most often stood alone against the criminals that overrun Gotham. His personal rogues gallery includes some of the most colorful figures of villainy ever devised, from the sexy and seductive dryad-like Poison Ivy to Gotham's Crown Prince of Comedy himself, the Joker. Gotham city itself, the protectorate of the dark knight, has grown to become a living, breathing entity over the years, a creature fighting to overcome the sickness trying to devour it. And in all of Gotham, if there's one place that could be called the source of the infection, it would have to be a small island in the middle of Gotham Bay named Arkham Island… the home of Arkham Asylum.

Tuesday, 26 January 2010 23:14

Darksiders (Video Game, 2010)

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Armageddon, the final battle between Heaven, Hell, and Earth in which the fate of creation shall be decided, has come. Streaking to the ground in balls of living fire, the armies of Heaven and Hell lay waste to the Earth and its people, who are not yet strong enough to withstand such an onslaught. Enter into this conflict the awesome visage of War, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, there to bring order to the conflict; only to find out that the Earth was not ready, his fellow Horsemen not present, and the final seventh seal was not broken. Recalled by the Charred Council and accused of starting the final conflict prematurely, War is stripped of most of his power, and given the chance to clear his name after being sent back to Earth. There he finds nearly a century has passed and the humans all dead leaving the demonic hordes to run rampant over the ruins of a shattered world. It's going to be a Helluva trip; time to saddle up, lock and load, and show everyone the why for and the whatnot, because they just pissed off the wrong mother fucker.

Wednesday, 25 November 2009 19:21

Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu Seasons 1-2 (TV, 2008-2009)

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Oneday at the Hakujo Academy private school, a second year student, Yuto Ayase, is asked by his otaku friend to return a book for him to the school library. While there he runs into the beautiful, intelligent, popular, and insanely rich Haruka Nogizaka who seems to be acting a little oddly. Quite by accident he finds out that she herself is a die hard fan of anime and manga. Initially dismayed by the discovery of her secret, she is elated to find out that he's more than willing to help her keep it. The two quickly strike up a fast friendship and even more as time goes on.

Tuesday, 24 November 2009 03:46

CoD: Modern Warfare 2 (PC, 2009)

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One down, only a few million to go... As I believe I've mentioned before, I personally rather enjoy World War II era games, despite the general consensus that they've been played out these days. The Call of Duty series was always a spectacular example of what could be done with good writing, solid setting, and well thought out controls in the WWII FPS genre. More recently though, CoD launched into a new era – that of Modern Warfare. The first game in the MW series took gamers by storm, completely smashing through fears that moving Call of Duty to a modern setting would destroy the series. Now, two years later, it's time for Modern Warfare 2, the follow up installment that more or less picks up right where Modern Warfare left off.


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