Month: March 2014

Apologies for lack of content

I am sorry to say that there will most likely be a lack of content this week and any that is posted might be short. As you may know this time of year is assignment hand in time for a lot of University students and unfortunately we are no exception to the rule and our attention is having to be directed elsewhere. Now before you pick up your pitchforks and torches I will say that this is not a regular thing and we will be back to posting as usual by next week! Whats more we are now ready to get going with our video reviews over on our YouTube channel and you can expect one as early as next week! So fear not fellow pickles we shall be back shortly!

 

-Joe A.K.A The Grand Pickle

Orphan Black – a review

For months now, the internet has been awash with rave reviews and articles about BBC America’s new sci-fi show, Orphan Black. The show premiered in March in 2013, and since its debut it has taken the world by storm. Throughout the show’s growing popularity, I’ve heard many people ask, “But what is it about?” To that, I simply smile and say one word: clones.

Clone shows and movies have been done many times before in the past, from the light-hearted ‘Parent Trap’ to films with a little more intensity like ‘Never Let Me Go’. But Orphan Black goes the extra mile; not only does it encompass the drama of a ‘clone show’, but it manages to encapsulate a myriad of other aspects and genres. For one, it manages to maintain a dramatic edge without being over the top or cliché; from the moment it begins, it hooks the viewer in with exciting incidents and compelling characters that make it almost impossible to tear your eyes away from it. In terms of the characters themselves, while there is an excellent extended cast, the ‘main’ cast, if you will, is simply comprised of the one person who brings such a dynamic quality to the show that makes it as phenomenal as it is; Tatiana Maslany, who won a Critics’ Choice award for the show in June.

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Tatiana Maslany, Comic Con 2013.

Somehow, she has achieved the seemingly impossible task of playing a multitude of characters on one show and making it look easy, which only endears her to her fans even more. Maslany is captivating to watch on screen, and her ability to act so convincingly as different people (including doing a variety of accents, all of which are practically impeccable) is what really draws people in to the show at the start. She is so adept at creating entirely new personas for each of her clones, it just stuns me every time to see one single person with so much talent; and I know it may be difficult to believe if you have not yet seen the show yourself, but Maslany has actually managed to make the clones seem like entirely different people, in altering their movements in subtle but important ways, and changing the way they speak using their lips and their reactions to things (and as you can imagine, this is utterly baffling considering they are all played by the same actress).

3 of the clones: Sarah Manning (left), Alison Hendrix (middle), Cosima Niehaus (right).

3 of the clones: Sarah Manning (left), Alison Hendrix (middle), Cosima Niehaus (right)

However, this isn’t the only reason Orphan Black has become so popular in such a short space of time – the show definitely holds its own in terms of the structure and plot lines, and while it can be quite science-based at times due to the involvement of the DNA replication involved in the process of cloning, the plot remains engaging and easy to follow, with thrilling twists and turns along the way to keep the viewer hooked.

In addition, the humour of the show is not to be ignored – in particular, the character of Felix, played by Jordan Gavaris, who is the stepbrother of the show’s protagonist Sarah, provides the show with a wonderfully tongue-in-cheek commentary, as well as providing representation for the LGBT community with his character being openly gay. The LGBT community also receives more support from the show in terms of Cosima, one of the many clones portrayed by Maslany. Cosima’s character is presented extremely well in that she is not defined by her sexuality; her romantic interest in French student Delphine simply happens along the way, and the fact that they are both women is not ignored nor is it highlighted in any way – it is simply treated as any other romantic plotline.

Also, the fact that the show is female-led is definitely something to be revered; while there are male main characters (Felix, Detective Arthur Bell, Paul Dierden), the spotlight is focused on Sarah (one of the main clones) and her quest to discover more about her past and how she came to be. This is extremely refreshing in a time where so much of the media is overrun with patriarchy and misogyny, and makes Orphan Black even more compelling to watch.

The diversity of the show not only extends to the LGBT community; there is also a range of different backgrounds to be seen in the plethora of characters, with Maslany herself playing clones from England, Canada, America, Ukraine, and France, to name a few.

To sum up, this show is everything you could want a show to be; it has drama, romance, humour, a phenomenal cast and thrilling storylines, all wrapped up in a sci-fi blanket. So if you have some time to spare this weekend, watch Orphan Black; trust me, once you’re a member of the Clone Club, you’ll never look back.

Thanks, Cosima.

Thanks, Cosima.

5/5. Utterly brilliant in every possible way.

~Steph.

The Bumper B3ta Book of Sick Jokes QUICKPICKLE

The Bumper B3ta Book of Sick Jokes

Compiled by Rob Manuel

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“There are jokes, there are rude jokes and then there’s this…Sick Jokes.”

 

Have you ever wondered what’s black and blue and afraid of sex? Or perhaps you’ve wanted to know what’s got one ball and f***ks prostitutes? If so, then “Sick Jokes” is for you. Compiled by Rob Manuel, this nifty book I’m all but certain is perfect literature to share with the grandkids by the fire.

 

The book is simple enough to navigate and find the perfect joke to share with the family around the dinner table. It is divided into sections titled “Celebrity and news events, Sex and shit, Religion and Racism, Illness and Mortality.” There is a final section dubbed “Jokes with no home” containing various miscellaneous subjects from one liners to hippies, with some animal cruelty thrown in.

 

There are jokes, there are rude jokes and then there’s this…Sick Jokes. This is quite possibly one of the most morally bereft books on the market; with many of the gags leaving you laugh with great guilt or wince in disgust.  It really does say the unsayable. Topics vary greatly meaning that there is something for everyone and every inappropriate occasion. Stevie Wonder, menstruation, misogyny, Paedophiles, chavs, ginger people, Buddists, the Welsh, Muslims, old people, AIDS, Disability, dead babies and of course Hitler, are all mentioned in this book. The joke book also includes obscene drawings and downright disgusting poetry, some of which involves Jack and Jill, oral sex and vaginas falling off elderly woman.

 

Verdict

 

There is no denying that this book is requires a rather “particular” sense of humour and is not recommended for the faint-hearted. Some of the jokes within are stomach churning and really not pleasant to read let alone tell! However, if you want a joke book telling of the difference between an onion and a dead hooker, then this is the book for you

Available at all good online retailers.

3.5/5

Luke H.

Only Lovers Left Alive, REVIEW

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Aw man, where do I start?

I’ve been looking forward to this film since last year and finally got to sit down and watch it, and I was so not disappointed. It’s more than I ever hoped for.only-lovers-left-alive02

Two centuries-old vampiric lovers, Adam (Tom Hiddleston) and Eve (Tilda Swinton) (har-de-har) are the main characters of the film, married but living separately for a reason never quite stated. Eve is living it up in Tangier, sampling the music, books – so very, very many books, oh lord – and, of course, the ‘good stuff’ blood, all while maintaining a thriving, beautiful friendship with fellow vampire and lover of literature, Christopher ‘Kit’ Marlowe (John Hurt). This was one of the first moments I squealed out loud, Marlowe being something of a hero of mine. And he is an absolute darling in Only Lovers Left Alive, frozen in perpetual old age thanks to his vampirism.

And also a hero of our other eponymous lover, Adam, who is hidden away in his fittingly old, almost rotting house in Detroit, as far from other people as he can be without actually leaving the city. He is a musician, only ever playing live, rarely (if ever) putting his music ‘out there’, and collecting vinyl and instruments – so very, very many instruments, oh lord – while suffering through a consuming existential crisis. Let me tell you, vampires with existential crises are one of my favourite things, bless their crazy immortal hearts. More often than not, though, it turns into self-pitying drivel with no way to even remotely sympathise or empathise with the character. Adam is not so. A little pretentious, even stuffy, he may be, and certainly self-pitying. But you understand him, even as you rail against his suicidal efforts with a .38 wooden bullet. Eve quickly puts a stop to that, though, when she leaves Tangier to visit her husband and wastes no time in reigniting their love affair. Or maybe it never faltered? Even Marlowe states they can’t live without one another. We see their great, troubled rock-star and artsy sophisticate lifestyle for a short while in all of its ageless, lofty perfection, until Eve’s troubled but more troublesome younger (or younger looking!) sister, Ava (Mia Wasikowska) shows up on their doorstep. Existential crisis aside, here’s where we start to see the problems that come alongside immortality.

 

There’s a lot that’s hinted at throughout the film but never fully explored, which is equally fascinating and frustrating. Eve asks tomhiddlestonAdam at one point if he was ‘having trouble with one of the others’, obviously meaning another vampire. How many vampires are there? Is trouble between them common? You’d think so with how much Adam utterly loathes Ava, but then, look at their relationship with Marlowe. There’s  a problem with blood, too. Something has contaminated it, rendering it undrinkable in many cases due to a risk of actual death, and making it sickening to vampires at other times (“What do you expect? He’s from the fucking music industry!”). They therefore drink altered blood, likely purified in lab conditions from what we see i.e. The Good Stuff. Trouble is, it’s limited and not particularly quick to make, I assume. Though Adam still regularly collects his from a well-paid doctor at a local hospital, dressed as a doctor himself by the name of Dr. Faust, which gave me a good laugh. Talk about a deal with the devil.

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This is just one of the tongue-in-cheek little artsy references that really made the film for me, aside from Hiddleston and Swinton’s flawless performances that truly created the grace, mystery and darkness of great vampires. The focus on music, what is creates, what it does to us, is beautiful and heartbreaking and thoughtful, the shots and lighting create the absolute perfect atmosphere, gritty and flowing all at once. And I adored the character interactions. It was natural and represented each relationship uniquely and distinctly, even as it managed to sort of slip up every now and then and remind you that these beings are of an unfathomable age.

 

I can’t say much more without spoiling things, but this is definitely a new favourite film for me, and I see many re-watches in the near future.

4.5/5 stars! So fucking good!

-Meg

Loadout QUICKPICKLE!

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Hey everyone! So this week I’ve been having a little play around with a free to play game that goes by the name of Loadout. Safe to say this game ain’t your normal shooter. It’s a 3rd person over the shoulder run and gun style of game but it’s the added features and art style that really set this game a part.

Hank would of got Walt way sooner with these guns!

Hank would of got Walt way sooner with these guns!

Its cartoony and silly, similar to TF2 in a sense, but with a bit more gore and adult themes which do help separate its style from games of a similar ilk. The character customization is quite extensive too though you will need in game coins to buy the majority of the items available. I would say this is one of the weaker areas of the game though as there are only 3 character bases to choose from which kind of limits your customization but it’s not really noticeable when you’re actually playing so really it’s just more of a shame rather than a bad point.

 

The other amazingly fun and interesting feature they have is that of weapon crafting! You get to pick what type of gun you have then modify it to hell then even chose what kinds of ammo you fire and how the ammo acts, there are thousands of different combinations to choose from meaning that no 2 players are ever the same. You can even name your gun so when you die and you drop your weapon other people can see how funny and clever you are! all jokes aside though it does add a really good dynamic to the game and almost adds a layer of strategy and depth to the game.

Electric laser guided triple rocket launcher? Why not!

Electric laser guided triple rocket launcher? Why not!

The other thing I’ll mention before finishing is the game modes are really fun and players will inevitably find the games that they prefer and are better at, my personal favourite is Blitz where your kills/assists only are registered if you’re able to pick up an in game item from the dead enemy you killed. I just like it because it’s a little different and again it makes you try and add a layer of strategy to how you play it.

The game is still being added to with a custom game option on the way but I thoroughly think that this game is worth your time and did I mention that its free!  and unlike most free to play games where you can pay real-life money to unlock better equipment etc. the only thing real money will buy you is outfits and customization for your character, the only way to unlock new gun parts and equipment is by actually playing the game! Which I think is great and something game companies need to do more of so you don’t keep getting beaten by players that are worse than you but that just have deeper pockets. Anyway that’s my thoughts on Loadout! thanks for reading and make sure to like our facebook, follow our twitter and share the hell out of our blog. Cheers!

 

JJ

The Grand Budapest Hotel Review

The Grand Budapest Hotel

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4.5/5

“A charming, funny, and profoundly eccentric film”

The Grand Budapest Hotel is a comedy drama written and directed by Wes Anderson and inspired by the writings of Stefan Zweig. The film recounts the adventures of an eloquent and charismatic concierge named Gustave H. (Ralph Fiennes) who runs the legendary “Grand Budapest Hotel” amidst two great wars. To accompany Gustave on his adventures is his dutiful lobby boy Zero Mustafa (Tony Revolori), who soon becomes Gustave’s most loyal friend. The story centres on Gustave’s inheritance of a priceless work of art by one of the guests who, shortly after becoming infatuated with him, dies and leaving the painting in his possession. The rest of the family take hum bridge to this decision and try by any means necessary to get the painting back. Aware of this tricky situation, Gustave decides that the best course of action is to steal his own painting and thus set sail a series of events, which sees Gustave end up in prison over the suspected murder of the recently deceased guest.

The Grand Budapest hotel is a film brimming with innovative and clever Ideas, which help this film to stand out from the rest. The plot for example starts in the present, moves into the past, then even further back in history to where it all started. In the opening of the film, a teenage girl approaches a monument to a writer in a cemetery. In her hand she is carrying a memoir written by the author regarding a trip to that he once made to “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” Here the film then cuts to the hotel which has clearly fallen on hard times due to the war, with the place being under furnished and the guests few. From here the film follows the author as he explores the hotel and meets with an elderly man who happens to be the owner. From here the elderly man then begins to recount the story of the Legendary Gustave H. (a former concierge of the Grand Budapest.) From here the film then cut to where a majority of the story takes place, during the life of Gustave. Essentially it’s a story within a story within a story. Storyception.

This unique narrative approach also has a profound effect on the way in which the film is made. Clever work with the cinematography of the film has given the landscape a two-dimensional look about it, to give the impression that the setting is an illustration in a book. This charming feature pays homage to the fact that the entire film is in essence a story coming to life.  It is all done beautifully well.

The acting throughout the film is solid. From Fiennes giving a convincing performance of a concierge serving the upper classes, to Defoes rather creepy portrayal of a “family hitman,” there were no characters within the story I felt were stilted or uninteresting.  Many of the characters within also had strange or otherwise amusing mannerisms that served to further bring alive the story as it transpires.

However, this film isn’t without its pitfalls. At times the rather libertine structure of film caused some parts of the plot to not fit together comfortably, and consequently making it seem as if events and dilemmas are being pulled out of thin air. This is at it’s most notable point towards the end of the film, when the story of Gustave seems to just come to a very abrupt halt as the story claws its way back up to the present. Regardless, it is still a charming, funny, and profoundly eccentric film that has been done so brilliantly, that these pitfalls wont detract from this otherwise terrific film.

Verdict

 

A creative and innovative piece of filmmaking, backed by a solid cast and colourful plot- It is almost reminiscent of a Monty Python film

4.5/5

‘Dirty Magic’, by Jaye Wells, REVIEW

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I’ve been a fan of Jaye Wells’ writing for a while now, from back in the days of her ‘Sabina Kane’ series, so I was super excited to read her newest novel and the beginning of a new series, ‘The Prospero’s War’. Dirty Magic didn’t disappoint. As per many urban fantasies, the world is one in which magic is present and pretty dominant in day-to-day life, but Wells has given it a great twist in that it’s almost completely based in alchemy, and I adore reading about alchemy in fiction. There’s always some new interpretation and application of it that makes me grin like an idiot at its cleverness, or lack thereof. I loved seeing the fictional city of Babylon and its extensive, scary world of covens, criminals and potion junkies, in the seedy Cauldron district especially. The twist on ‘vampires’ and ‘werewolves’ was fresh too, ‘vampires’ being human but vaguely anaemic, mentally unstable addicts to blood potions, and ‘werewolves’ the product of a new, highly dangerous potion called Gray Wolf that twists the mind into animalistic rage and bloodhunger, and happens to be the starting conflict and, arguably, the main villain of the novel as our heroine, Officer Kate Prospero, works with a Federal task force to hunt down the creator and supplier of Gray Wolf before it destroys the Cauldron from the inside.

The plot is wonderfully action-packed, barely slowing down for more than a chapter, and never left me feeling bored or uninterested. I don’t think I caught myself skimming paragraphs even once in my first read-through. Everything about the world created in the novel is endlessly fascinating, especially when we get to see the more delicate process behind cooking potions (yes, like cooking meth, that’s how dangerous the potions and their properties are) and see the actual magic manipulation behind it. It’s all very beautifully described, even the ugliness of potion addiction and the covens, who would be crime families to you and I in the real world.

Kate, the main character, is great as well. She’s tough and stubborn, but also very vulnerable and careful with herself. She comes from the coven that was once the most powerful in Babylon, having left the life as one of the most impressive potion cookers and heiress to the coven’s leadership after she lost her mother, choosing to live a Mundane life with her younger brother Danny. She’s always on edge about magic, seeing its effects in the Cauldron every day as a cop, and trying to suppress her long-clean addiction to cooking potions, rather than taking them. Apparently, it’s as easy to get addicted to the power of magic as it is in taking it like a drug in potion form.

I had a few eye-rolling moments, I’ll admit, in the predictability of much of the novel. The twists barely even deserve to be called so. Plot wobbles, maybe. But that didn’t take away from the enjoyment of the story. Not every book needs to be full of out-loud gasps and mind-boggling twists. Though I also got annoyed that pretty much everyone seemed to be out to screw Kate over at one point or another. Give the girl a break and some respect! And please, gods above and below, let this series stay far away from a love triangle. I’m rather worried I smelled the beginnings of one in Dirty Magic.

But hey, it was still a funny and refreshing new book, engaging and an awesome start to a new series from Jaye Wells. Really looking forward to book 2 in ‘The Prospero’s War’!

3.5/5 Stars!

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– Meg

South Park: The Stick Of Truth: A big fat ass review!

Sorry for the late upload of the full review I’m not going to make excuses all I can say is that I was just having way too much fun playing the game to actually think about reviewing it yet but the show must go on!

First off I just have to say that this game is brilliant! If you’re a fan of the show then you will be amazed at how many references they have been able to fit into this game and if you’re a new comer and this is your first experience of the franchise then you’ll be pleased at how accessible it is. You can really ell that this game was made by Matt Stone and Trey Parker as it has their touch of perfection to it from the big things like story and dialogue to even the smaller things such as menus and inventory selection, everything just feels right.

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A small barbarian wielding a smelly dildo – Just another day in South Park.

Visually It emulates the show to a tee! The seamlessness between game and cut scenes are only noticeable when they use it to make a joke (Such as any cut scene involving Jimmy you actually have to skip otherwise he just stutters forever) and it gets to the point where it doesn’t actually feel like you’re playing a game but more like an interactive episode. Actually an episode wouldn’t be doing it justice this is more like an interactive season! The story line feels like a true South Park story line where there are twists and turns that take you all over the place but then at the end it all reels back to the original thing you set out for. Not to give away any spoilers but the story line itself is bloody hilarious!

The controls for this game are solid and the navigation of menus and inventory are also very well done. It seems like an old school RPG game where you can really micromanage your character from appearance to gear which you can even customize further with dyes and boost patches(Known locally as strap-ons). It makes for a much more interesting game and gives you a greater feeling of control over your character.

Combat is really fun and progresses with your player so it always keeps you guessing. Even though you can press buttons to block you only receive some reduced damage instead of no damage which as it was one of the things that worried me when I saw the combat system in a game demo as it made it look like as long as you knew the times to block you would be invincible but this isn’t the case. At the beginning of the game you choose which class you are which doesn’t really impact the game all that much just on what abilities you can use in battle, Each of the classes are balanced as well so you can choose which class you prefer rather than the one that will make the game easier or harder. The four classes are Warrior, Mage, Thief or Jew which could only happen in a South Park game.

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Who ever said South Park was a quite mountain town?

Right now I’ve had a chance to profess my love for this game there are a few things that bug me. The biggest thing is the play-time. I completed the game doing every side-mission bar one (which I missed) and the game clocked in at 12 hours. And this isn’t like I’m a super fast gamer this tends to be the norm for most players. Now there is some replay value by playing as a different class and choosing a different side of the “War” to fight in but even that doesn’t impact you game that much. The main reason to play again for most people will be so that they can re-do their favourite levels or hear their favourite jokes. DLC has been announced to be released for the game which hopefully will extend the game by a few hours though. The other thing is that once you have completed the story-line you can explore the town and finish any side-quests (apart from event enabled quests) but if you’re like me and completed them all before the actual story then all you can really do is wander around as there are no new missions or enemies to fight, I would of like even some new-side quests that were only accessible once the main game was done just so you had something to do at least other than making yourself look like David Hasslehoff (I’m not kidding, Its hilarious!).

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Hasselhoff in a crab suit holding a flaming katana. Your argument just became invalid.

With a £39.99 price tag though we do expect a little more content from our games and granted at some points it does seem a little unjustified but on the whole I would say that for a Fan like I am Its well worth it but non-fans who are looking at this to be their way into the show then maybe wait off till prices go down.

The other thing that’s rather annoying is how easy the game is. Other than the odd boss fight (Mainly Al Gore) no enemies pose much of a threat so you’re going to want to turn the difficulty up to hard as soon as you boot up the game pretty much. Especially when you add in the fact that there are location/area based things you can do to take out certain enemies before actually fighting them which isn’t dependant on level or skill or anything and it gives you the same experience as if you had fought.

My final annoyance is that you get capped at level 15 which I think is a little bit too low but I can see why they did as it makes you choose which abilities to upgrade but even then it still seems quite low. Again maybe this is something they will change when DLC is released like we see in so many games but until then this is what were stuck with.

Final thoughts: This game is everything you could possibly want from a South Park RPG, It blends the humour of the show with the game style many of us probably grew up with and honestly I think I will be playing this game again and again just like I re-watch my favourite episodes. However I’ve not mentioned something that I feel I should. If you are easily offended then do not buy this game as you will hate it. For everyone else though, Get this game now!

Now my final verdict on this game comes in 3 parts this week, Normally I say how good the game is then value for money but I didn’t think this was fair as the rating of this game I think will be quite different for fans of the show over people who aren’t.

Fans: 9.5/10                        Non-Fans:8/10                                                  Value: 7/10

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I MAED A GAM3 W1TH ZOMBIES 1N IT!!!1 QUICKPICKLE

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“Play this game sober you’ll have fun, play this game drunk or high and you’ll be mesmerised.”

 

Keeping up the trend of QUICKPICKLE week I’ve decided to make my own focusing on the amazingly funky zombie horde Indie game fest “I MAED A GAM3 W1TH ZOMBIES 1N IT!!!1. “ It can be yours for only the price of one shiny pound coin, and at such a reasonable price this small simple game delivers.

 

Essentially, it is a platform game played using only the joysticks of your controller and nothing more- one to move the character, the other to fire weapons. New weapons are easily acquired throughout the game, by simply walking over them as they appear on the battlefield; these include such things as laser guns, flamethrowers (my favourite), rocket launchers and Gatling guns.

 

The real strength in this game becomes apparent as you continue to survive against your brain-eating counterparts. As you play, the whole setting of the game rapidly begins to change. At first your fighting in a simple green field but the next moment you find yourself doing battle on a psychedelic disco floor, then in space, then on a chessboard, the list goes on and on. Play this game sober you’ll have fun, play this game drunk or high and you’ll be mesmerised. Not only does the world change, but the enemies change also, from zombies to spaceships to blobs ect. The game also pays clever homage to classic games such as “Snake” and “Space Invaders” by making them iconic characters within the game that try their very best to kill you.

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This game also has a great original soundtrack that fits appropriately into the game’s colourful personality.  Featuring a heavy metal number with vocals, it’s sure to keep edging you on as you try to kill exploding diamonds.

 

The only real pitfall of this game is the fact that it has an ending; it is possible to survive against the increasingly tougher waves of enemies only to be sent packing back to the main menu. This does somewhat undermine the replay ability of a game that would’ve been almost perfect, had it been a never ending endurance run in the same way the “Nazi Zombies” series from Call of Duty had. However, at the low price of just a pound it most certainly isn’t penny pinching.

 

Verdict

 

Cheap. Great fun. Simple Xbox 360 Indie game

 

4/5

Thief, Not a Review, and Some Other Stuff QUICKPICKLE

Freaking Mondays, man…

I was going to review Thief today in all of it’s stealthy, steal-y glory, but due to circumstances (me getting sick and even lazier than usual) I haven’t finished it yet. So I’m totally not mimicking Joe here and doing a quickie.

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First of all, what I’ve played of Thief so far has left me in awe. Don’t get me wrong, it has its faults, like some awkward control/gameplay moments, but maybe that’s just because I’m grossly unwell and also playing it on Xbox 360 – if you’re a PC purist turning your nose up at this, kindly bite me. I’m a massive fan of stealth in games, though not so much of first-person games. I tend to equate ‘first-person’ with ‘shooters’, roll my eyes and move on to something else. Well, let me smack my own face with a rusty shovel and apologise for that. I can’t imagine Thief being better than in any form other than its intended first-person POV and it is fabulous. I especially love how much you can customise the in-game settings; can this be a regular thing in all games now please, yes, thank you? The graphics are beautiful, the gameplay is mostly smooth and manoeuvrable and the world is sweet as hell. I think I’ve spent more time just pissing around the City than doing the actual campaign, so far, but I’m just as invested in the plot as I am in picking the pockets of every guard in the City. And Garrett? I don’t know if I want to be him or be on him. Goddamn.

Another thing I want to mention while I’ve got the chance is a favourite webcomic of mine, Ava’s Demon by Michelle Czajkowski, about a young girl trapped with a demon-esque entity her entire life and is led into a pact with it. Oh yeah, and it’s in space. It’s updated several pages at a time, twice a week, as every page is in single-panel format and is a friggin’ work of art all on its own. It is amazing. The art is just gorgeous, the story is enthralling and funny and sad, and it is well worth the time it takes to get up to date, which shouldn’t actually be too long. Go check it out!

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Finally, something sappy and nice and for a really good cause. If you go to THIS SITE you can help towards feeding and caring for animals and shelters with just a click every day. It is completely free and safe, and again, a great cause. Help out when you can!

– Meg