Assassin’s Creed 2 Throwback Video Game Review

Non Spoiler Talk, Throwback Review, Video Games
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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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Guest Post, Movie Review, Spoiler Talk
This week, I'm proud to introduce you to my wife, Amy, who has written a review of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. She loves the Jurassic Park and Jurassic World series, and here are her thoughts on the newest installment, Fallen Kingdom. WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Review Though the critics aren't raving about Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, I loved it. I was on the edge of my seat throughout the entire film. In all fairness, I must admit I'm a huge fan of the Jurassic Park movies in general. Plus, I think Chris Pratt, one of the leading actors, is the most amazing actor that ever lived. (Seriously! Have you seen him in Guardians of the Galaxy (Vol. 1 and Vol. 2), Passengers, or Parks and Recreation??? He's…
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Ant-Man and The Wasp Movie Review

Movie Review, Non Spoiler Talk
There are times when the end of a movie is like a gut punch. Movies like Avengers: Infinity War give you that feeling, but how best can you recover from something like that? You go from that galaxy-spanning adventure to one that brings it back home as a light-hearted family affair. Ant-Man and The Wasp does this in many aspects. From the relationship between Hank and Hope or Scott and Cassie, or the fun reactions of someone like fan-favorite Louis, there's something for everyone to love. Ant-Man and The Wasp brings back almost everyone from the cast of Ant-Man and includes veteran actors like Michelle Pfeiffer and Laurence Fishburne. This film has a cast full of talented actors that can hit the action, drama, and comedy. Expanding on the Tech One of…
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Tag Movie Review

Movie Review, Non Spoiler Talk
I once heard it said that no one will ever know you as well as the friends you have while you are young. When you think about it, there is truth to that statement. This is a point in your life when you are most honest with everyone that you know because you are without fear of what they think of you. I had some friends from this era in my life that I consider friends still, though as an adult I'm often busy with life and don't see them much let alone talk to them. But what would have happened if we continued to play a game of tag for the last 30 years? This is what forms the core of Tag. Five friends play the same game of…
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Assassin’s Creed Throwback Video Game Review

Non Spoiler Talk, Throwback Review, Video Games
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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Middle-Earth: Shadow of War Game Review

Non Spoiler Talk, Video Games
After spending so much time on Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, I was excited to hear that a sequel was in development. As we got closer and closer to the release of Middle-Earth: Shadow of War, there were multiple stories about the loot box system that was integrated within the game. Long story short Shadow of War's loot box system would allow you to purchase orcs for your army and skip the main selling point of the game, the upgraded nemesis system. This option and the problems I had about the loot box system in Star Wars: Battlefront 2 lead me to stay away from Middle-Earth: Shadow of War. It wasn't until the announcement of the removal of this system and the free play weekend that I even considered playing it.…
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Incredibles 2 Movie Review

Movie Review, Non Spoiler Talk
Sometimes there are good movies that make a lot of money that ends up getting a sequel pushed out quickly that fails. And then some movies take a long time to get a sequel and it can be argued that the sequel is better than the original. Incredibles 2 is one of those films that is arguably better than the first. If we look at the critics' score over at Rotten Tomatoes, The Incredibles has a score of 97% and Incredibles 2 has a 94%. This makes the argument because they are so close to each other based on critic reviews, and either one could be the better of the two. Incredibles 2 released 14 years after the first, and the creators of the film were aware how much the general public…
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The Covenant Throwback Movie Review

Movie Review, Non Spoiler Talk, Throwback Review
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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Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor Game Review

Non Spoiler Talk, Video Games
I first read The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien about 20 years ago, and ever since I've enjoyed the stories in the world it created. Middle-Earth has known a lot of stories, be it the novels that were written by Tolkien or the six films that were directed by Peter Jackson, but it has also been the setting for numerous video games over the years. Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor is one of those games. Originally released on September 30th, 2014, it was made for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. It tells the story of a Ranger from Gondor who seeks revenge for the end of his family after being banished from death. Developed by Monolith Productions, who were known for games like F.E.A.R. and Condemned: Criminal Origins, and published by Warner Brothers Interactive…
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The Incredibles Throwback Movie Review

Movie Review, Non Spoiler Talk, Throwback Review
I have noticed over the years that when I go back to watch a movie that I used to enjoy, I don't always see it in the same way or, often, I'll connect with different characters. Take Swimfan for example. I can remember watching it almost ten years ago and being entertained by it, but watching it recently I started to see the downsides to it more than I used to. This is something I noticed again during this week's family movie night when we watched Pixar's 2004 classic, The Incredibles.   The first time I remember watching The Incredibles, I connected with the children more than anyone else in the film. When it was released, I was barely 20 myself and connected with the interactions the kids had with their parents and understood…
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