Following promising and exciting trailers, fans have high hopes for the newest X-Men film, which is based on a popular storyline from the comics. X-Men: Days of Future Past seems to have hit the mark big time with critics, garnering mostly positive reviews, even if the movie has a few misgivings. How Did The New Godzilla Fare With The Critics? I've gathered a mix of excerpts below to give a taste of what critics are saying about the new movie, which hits theaters tomorrow. A.V. Club, B: "For better or worse, X-Men: Days Of Future Past is the first Marvel movie to truly embrace comics-style storytelling. Context-less and origin-story-free, it presumes that its audience is familiar with all relevant character traits, continuities, and fantastic elements. It returns the genre to its geek roots; depending on the viewer, it has the potential to be the most narratively satisfying and fluid entry in the X-Men film series, or the most alienating." … [Read more...] about ‘X-Men Days Of Future Past’ Review Roundup: Do Critics Say It’s The Perfect Time-Travelling Summer Action Flick?
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Michael Bay's new movie Transformers: Age of Extinction did not fare so well with critics, but what about the recent multiplatform game from Activision, Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark? The reviews are in, and we've rounded them up here to help you decide if you want to pick up the game--the first in the series available on current-gen consoles. There's always the option of renting, too, if that's what you're into.If you're in the market for a Nintendo version of Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark, be aware that the co-op Escalation mode is not available on Wii U and 3DS. For more on the critical response to the game, be sure to head to GameSpot sister site Metacritic. Game: Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark Developer: Edge of Reality (Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, Wii U, PC); WayForward (3DS) Platforms: Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PC, 3DS, Wii U Release Date: June 24 Price: $59.99 (Xbox One, PS4); $49.99 (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U, PC); $29.99 … [Read more...] about Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark Review Roundup
I’ve mentioned the Symposium I’m involved with before, in the Sunday Papers. It’s a multi-week exercise where a number of experienced writers from multiple fields are debating games journalism. It is about as meta and games-journalism-journalism as it can get. Shawn Elliot has posted the first part and I’m cross-posting it here, partially as an experiment. I stress, the following is about as shop talk as anything you’d have read about games journalism. It’s also very long. I’d only read it if you are deeply interested in the concept of games criticism and reviewing. And with that proviso, I hand over to Shawn…IntroductionThese questions and more were on the mind of N’Gai Croal, John Davison and Shawn Elliott last summer when they decided to expand their conversation to a number of noted reviewers, writers, bloggers and journalists for a published email symposium on game reviews. (See below for the full list of participants.) The … [Read more...] about Symposium Part One: Review Scores
Wrapping up the 'Summer Superhero Blockbuster' movies list is Suicide Squad. A film that has raised some concern from the community - whether it was due to Jared Leto's representation of The Joker, Deadshot's puppy dog eyes, or entirely something else. Suicide Squad officially releases this Friday and early reviews have been released. Currently, the film is sitting at 38% on Rotten Tomatoes. There are a number of mixed reviews for the film, but it appears to have fallen flat. The general consensus, whether the film was well received or not, is that the film starts off on the right foot... then at some point decides to amputate the foot and reattach it in various not-so-good ways. This probably has to do with the reshoots that were ordered for the film prior to release. The main wish that reviewers had, aside from the want for the film to be better, was that the Joker could have had more time in the film. IndieWire Intended as an antidote to the rest of the DC Cinematic … [Read more...] about Review Roundup: Oops, Suicide Squad happened…
To say that the annual release of Call of Duty is a major event would be to put it mildly. Gamers around the globe flock to the series like few others, ready to consume the next iteration’s single player campaign and sink hours into its multiplayer. Or at least they used to.Now, gamers are a little more discerning of the Call of Duty franchise. They aren’t as easily swayed by the game’s big budget theatrics and the lack of multiplayer or graphical innovation has left a lot to be desired. It is for that very reason that Call of Duty reviews become even more important.Unfortunately, since we have yet to get our hands on a copy of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare we can’t say whether or not this year’s game is worth picking up. However, several high profile outlets have played the game (as part of an Activision-run review event) and submitted their reviews for public consumption. And, surprisingly, it sounds like Advanced Warfare is a solid entry in the … [Read more...] about ‘Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’ Review Roundup