Us, Jordan Peele’s anticipated follow up to Get Out, conjures every kind of nightmare. From a silhouetted set of invaders inching their way to the front door of a lakehouse, to the deranged notion of a splitting-image doppelganger stabbing away at their double with a pair of shiny, gold scissors, to the existential fear of a socioeconomic plague consuming a first-world nation’s struggling class, Us is relentless in, and Peele tickled by, the use of horror tropes to rattle the cage of expectation. The legacies of Rod Serling and Wes Craven provide the slasher a backbone, but a deep well of mythology, humor, American perspective, and imagination puts the film and Peele himself in a singular category. Nothing in recent memory will make you scream like Us’ razor-sharp, ready-to-shock puzzle. [Ed. note: mild spoilers — but nothing much deeper than what you’ve seen in the trailer — follow.] At the 2019 SXSW premiere of the film, Peele described Us in … [Read more...] about Jordan Peele’s Us is a shocking, wildly entertaining successor to Get Out
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Jump Force is essentially the biggest crossover between anime characters since J-Stars. It features a roster of 40 iconic characters, and for a guy who has watched all the shows, it doesn’t get better than this, or does it? Although the game promised a lot of content, it ultimately turned out to be mediocre at best. On paper, it is everything that you would expect from a crossover game but the core implementation feels lazy. Jump Force sees humanity invaded by “Venoms” – mind-controlled humans that have gained super-human strength. The game starts by showing a fight scene between Frieza and Goku. Frieza uses a Death Beam and it hits you, the main character of this game. Trunks arrive on the scene because Trunks will always be the scapegoat for Fighting games with Dragon Ball characters, miraculously revives you by putting an Umbra Cube inside you. The Umbra Cube gives you the same abilities as what Venoms are getting except the mind-control. Long story short, it … [Read more...] about Jump Force Review – Biggest Anime Crossover, Even Bigger Disappointment
There isn’t much of a DC Cinematic Universe, despite a flurry of films that have done pretty good business while bringing critical scorn on Warner Bros.’ handling of the characters. Ben Affleck seems more than ready to leave the role behind, and the rumors of Jake Gyllenhaal taking on the cowl are ... safe. It’s a good fit that doesn’t yet seem to bring anything interesting to the role. So how does Warner Bros. stay relevant in a world where Marvel and Disney are dominating so handily with both the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Star Wars? We have some thoughts. What is interesting about Batman? Affleck’s Batman was a brute who looked like a stone rectangle that has been carved with bumps where you’d expect muscles to be. He’s scared of Superman, and then he brings Superman back from the dead but he mostly reacts to what’s going on around him, while killing a bunch of people. He’s not the world’s greatest detective as much … [Read more...] about How do you stay relevant in a world where Batman is terrible?
Rockstar Games dropped a new trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2 this morning, and after watching it a few dozen times, we know much more about the game than we did yesterday. Well, OK. Maybe not much more. But some more, at least! The second trailer is about 50 percent longer than the first one, which Rockstar released more than 11 months ago — two days after officially announcing Red Dead Redemption 2. Rockstar also sent out a one-line story synopsis confirming that the game is a prequel to the original Red Dead Redemption, saying that it is “the story of outlaw Arthur Morgan and the Van Der Linde gang as they rob, fight and steal their way across the vast and rugged heart of America in order to survive.” There’s more fodder for discussion in the trailer. Let’s dive in and see what we can glean from the footage! [Ed. note: The following contains spoilers for Red Dead Redemption.] The second trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2. Red Dead Redemption 2 is a … [Read more...] about Red Dead Redemption 2 trailer breakdown: what we learned
Bridge Constructor Portal leans heavily upon its iconic forebears. GlaDOS, an uncaring-though-humorous AI, greets you at the beginning of many levels, setting the stage for the plentiful puzzles that lay before you. It sounds like the setup for another delicious brain-teaser that will tickle your funny bone while pushing your logic muscles. But neither the story nor the puzzles capture your imagination, resulting in a predictable slog that grows more tedious the deeper you get into the adventure. Even worse: I encountered a game-breaking bug that completely halted my progress at the home stretch. The story in Bridge Constructor Portal is little more than a collection of references to the previous Portal games. GlaDOS is back to make light of your shortcomings, but her insults feel like diluted copies of familiar quips, lacking the clever tongue-lashings that she used to so easily dish out. She's there to greet you with an insult at the beginning of some stages, and then you're left on … [Read more...] about Bridge Constructor Portal Review