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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Assassin’s Creed 2 Throwback Video Game Review

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There's only been a handful of video games that have touched me to the point that I have replayed them almost every year. Usually, those games come from my youth; games like Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and Rock 'n Roll Racing. Assassin's Creed 2 started to creep into that playlist when it released in November of 2009. While part of that replay comes from being an installment in a yearly series, the most significant part of my replays came from the mixture of my love of history and science fiction. Assassin's Creed 2 has two main settings. One, which we do not spend a lot of time in, is 2012 with Desmond from Assassin's Creed. This time, instead of revisiting the Third Crusade, he visits the Italian Renaissance and his…
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Assassin’s Creed Throwback Video Game Review

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What would you do if you could relive the memories of your ancestors? What if you could see what other periods of history were like without having the point of view of the person who wrote the record? What if things were not the way you remember from the books? It is this idea that is one of the core story aspects of the Assassin's Creed series as a whole. In each game, we play a person in a modern setting that has a special connection to the past. Using a machine designed to relive significant world events, a connection is made to someone who lived them. The game that introduced this thought was the first in the series titled Assassin's Creed.   Historic Locations The story of Assassin's Creed revolves…
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The Covenant Throwback Movie Review

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When I was in college, I would watch just about any movie that had a hard rock soundtrack. With White Zombie and Rob Zombie, 2006's The Covenant had one of those soundtracks. Much like SwimFan, The Covenant hit me at one of those times in my life that I look back on fondly. When I saw that it was on Netflix, I had to take the time to watch it. The story revolves around a group of friends who descend from four families that fled from Salem to Ipswitch during the Salem Witch Trials. Calling themselves the "Sons of Ipswitch," they each possess a power to do some fantastical things. After getting to know everyone within the town things start to happen. And that's where the film hits a multitude of film…
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