Assassin’s Creed: Rogue Video Game Review

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Sometimes in life, you see something so crazy that no one believes you. How would you go about handling this situation? Would you start to question what you saw, or would you challenge your friends because you know you're right? This is the internal conflict of Assassin's Creed: Rogue's central character, Shay Patrick Cormac. As an Assassin of the Colonial Brotherhood, he gives a mission report that no one believes and the story goes from there. Assassin's Creed: Rogue was the last in the series released on the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3. It released side by side with Assassin's Creed: Unity for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Assassin's Creed: Rogue is set in the North Atlantic region during the Seven Years' War. It allows for more exploration…
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Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag Throwback Video Game Review

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Pirates have always entertained me. Everything from their devil-may-care attitude to their constant search for adventure and treasure interests me. Though, it wasn’t until I grew older that I realized this was a romanticized version of how pirates acted. While Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag isn’t necessarily an exact representation of the life of pirates, the developers did take true stories of pirates into the narrative that they were crafting. Like all Assassin’s Creed games, we start as a person living in the present day. No longer playing as Desmond Miles, we are now an unnamed research analyst working for Absturgo Entertainment. As we play, we shift through the memories of Desmond’s ancestor Edward Kenway, grandfather of Assassin’s Creed 3 historical protagonist Ratonhnhaké:ton Setting Edward is a pirate during the…
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Forgetting Sarah Marshall Throwback Movie Review

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When going through a breakup, one of the worst things is to constantly see that person. Forgetting Sarah Marshall takes this idea and puts a comedic spin on it. After being dumped by Sarah Marshall, Peter Bretter decides to take a vacation to Hawaii. And surprise surprise, he ends up at the same resort as her. Jason Segel was able to craft a story that takes heartbreak and turns it into laughs. Director Nicholas Stoller allowed the cast to improve on set and it shows. The cast look like they're having fun and enjoying each others company. The chemistry the cast has makes the relationships believable, but it also makes them fun. Beautiful Setting With most of the film set at a Hawaiian resort and shot around the same state, Forgetting…
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Assassin’s Creed 3 Throwback Video Game Review

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I can remember a time when it felt like every other year there was a world-ending prophecy. Remember Y2K and the end of the Mayan Calendar? Neither of them would cause the end but, with these events, it's fun to see how some stories can come from what they were expected to be. Assassin's Creed 3 is a video game that uses the Mayan Calendar as a catalyst for our character to continue researching history. In the aftermath of Assassin's Creed: Revelations, Desmond is searching for a way to stop a coronal mass ejection that could fry the earth. Historic Setting After being told where to go and what to look for at the end of Revelations, Desmond would need to find a key.  Using the memories of his ancestors that…
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Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure Throwback Movie Review

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There are some movies from the past that can show you what the culture was of that time. Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure is one of those movies. Set in 1988 and released February 17, 1989, it shows what life in the 80's was like, including the horrible hairstyles and the bad fashion. The movie goes so far as to have a rock band that replaces the I with a Y, which was common in the 80's. Now considered a cult classic, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure grossed $40.4 million domestically on a budget of about $10 million. Receiving poor to mixed reviews at the time, it currently sits at 78% on Rotten Tomatoes. While it was able to get it a sequel in 1991, there is still enough love…
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Assassin’s Creed: Revelations Throwback Game Review

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Some characters just make you excited when you get to revisit them. Characters like Batman, Iron Man, and Spider-Man are a few that have come up in film over the last ten years that get people excited to see what they're up to next. In the world of video games, there are some characters like this as well, such as Mario, Link or Master Chief. If you play Assassin's Creed from the beginning, starting with the first game, you get that feeling of wondering "what's next" for Altair and Ezio. Assassin's Creed: Revelations will give you that answer. In this game we have Ezio searching for what lays within Altair's library, and that search eventually leads him to Constantinople. A city that at this point is not only the capital of a…
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Lincoln Throwback Movie Review

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For as long as I can remember, I've been enthralled by the American Civil War. And Lincoln delivers an inside look into the reasons, the battles, and the people behind it. Fueled by the fight for slavery, the movie portrays just how divided the United States were at the time. The movie begins in January 1865, where we see President Abraham Lincoln speaking to the House of Representatives. Speaking to one of the biggest issues to effect slavery, he urges them to pass the 13th amendment during the final months of the Civil War. From there, the movie chronicles the ongoing debate in the House. And we also see Lincoln's responses to the peace talks with the Confederacy. This film immerses you into what it was like trying to get the…
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Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood Throwback Video Game Review

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When you see a development studio take a series to a yearly release, you almost expect the quality to drop. When Ubisoft Montreal released Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood almost a year to the day after Assassin's Creed 2, this was a worry. Though it turns out as unnecessary, as gamers often consider Brotherhood as one of the best games in the series. Continuing the story of Assassin's Creed 2, Brotherhood makes advancements on just about everything that came before. Side characters that we don't see much of in 2 make bigger splashes within Brotherhood. And the combat allows for quicker and more fluid battles. Characters The story of Assassin's Creed is set within two different time periods, giving us two sets of characters. The modern-day story is anchored by four characters, all…
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Dunkirk Movie Review

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There are countless movies that either take World War 2 as inspiration or as a setting. Movies like Saving Private Ryan, Flags of Our Fathers, Letters from Iwo Jima, and Schindler's List are great at showing the war and what it's like to live through it. Dunkirk is one of the battles of World War 2 that I did not know of. But, when hearing it was being written and directed by Christopher Nolan, it's one that I had to check out. The Battle of Dunkirk would turn into an essential battle in the grand scheme of the war. Taking place from May 26 to June 4, 1940, this battle is part of the more massive Battle of France. In this pivotal fight, Germany would capture not only France but Belgium,…
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Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation Movie Review

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I can remember watching the first two Hotel Transylvania movies with my family and enjoying what I saw. When I saw that Sony Pictures Animation was releasing the third film to round out the trilogy, I was excited to see what these characters would be doing. For those that don't know, the basic idea behind the first Hotel Transylvania is that Dracula spends his time running a hotel for monsters, and his daughter Mavis falls in love with a human. And the second had Dracula realizing that he is not as young as he used to be and how the world has changed. The cast of the previous movies included Adam Sandler as Dracula, Selina Gomez as Mavis and Andy Samberg as Johnny. The previous movies main cast was filled out with Kevin…
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