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Review: Tomb Raider

Tomb Raider with Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft is a fascinating reflection of a twenty year old franchise, being rocked back and forth between fame, brilliance, failure, controversy and reinvention. Everyone who has been part of that long running journey, no matter if you’re a fan or creator, might find something in this film that connects with their involvement. (this review will contain spoilers) The 2018 movie feels like a…

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Review: Thor Ragnarok

Sometimes the best acting is done when an actor doesn’t have to act but just be himself. The second last time I thought of this was during Star Wars The Force Awakens and the performance of Harrison Ford as an older, wearier Han Solo. Anyone who has seen Ford in interviews knew he was pretty much being himself. A goodhearted but slightly sulky old man who enjoys making people feel…


Winter Wonder Game

Last week, Skyrim was free to play for the weekend. Despite previous reservations I decided to give it a go, using the opportunity to do so without buyer’s regret. I’ve been, in the past, disappointed by the bland emptiness of Oblivion and maintained the conviction that Elder Scrolls games were just not for me. Although I like open world games, I felt that the minimal narrative and complete lack of…


Gamescom turned out to be a History Game Bonanza and I couldn’t be Happier

Gamescom turned out to be a history game bonanza and I couldn’t be happier. The European version of E3 in Cologne kicked it off with a trailer of the upcoming Assassin’s Creed Origins, revealing to take place against the background of Julius Caesar’s invasion and the game of thrones (pun very much intended) he played with Cleopatra. Then there was the announcement of Age of Empires IV being in production,…


In Defence of CAH

With a recent release of a new set, the party game Cards Against Humanity is trending on social media again. The new set, by the way, is exactly the same as the existing main game, only it’s pink coloured and 5 dollars more expensive. It’s branded “For Her” and released as a spoof on gendered products. The profits go to Emily’s List, a charitable organisation that helps pro-choice women of…


The Gut-Wrenching, Bleak Misery of Kane & Lynch 2 is Now Free. Go Play it!

Kane & Lynch 2 Dog Days is free for Xbox Live Gold members next month. If you own an Xbox and you didn’t play it yet, I highly recommend this game. Not because it’s that good, but because it’s an experience. And you might end up hating it, or loving it, or both. But that’s why it’s great that it is free. Kane & Lynch 2 is a bit like…


More Genuine Fun and Love at E3 2017

What shall we talk about from E3 2017? It’s almost a tradition to decide who had the best show, which game stood out most and what was the ‘surprise hit’. That, and of course all the quirky, weird and embarrassing moments (from Ridge Racers and My Body is Ready to Giant Enemy Crab). Things Are Changing But the E3 is changing and we all noticed that in the last few…


Amazing Licensed Music in Videogames

As dozens of “Games in Concert” across the globe can testify, video game music is popular and a genre of music to take seriously. But another thing games are very good at; are licensed songs. Just like Tarantino, Kubrick and Snyder, video game makers are often brilliant at picking appropriate pop songs, oldies or classical pieces to turn their productions into instant cult hits. Either used ironically, dramatically or just…


The Comfort Zone of World War II

Call of Duty is going back to familiar grounds. This year’s game is made by Sledgehammer and will take us to the famous campaigns of the Second World War. Once I tried to impress my crush by telling about my fascination with the Second World War. It did not have the desired effect. “Ugh, what is it with all the men being obsessed with that war? There are so many other…


Rogue One: We May Fear Darth Vader Once More

Rogue One is a great movie. A magnificent ensemble of actors bring this gritty, grounded universe far, far away. It has fantastic acting, stunning visual design and a story so heartfelt and heart wrenchingly beautiful, I dare you not to cry at the end. But what surprised me a lot, was the feeling when I left the cinema: I truly feared Darth Vader again. From the moment I became familiair…