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Ranking the Star Wars films
December 23, 2015

1 - The Empire Strikes Back
2 - The Force Awakens
3 - A New Hope
4 - Return of the Jedi
5 - Revenge of the Sith
6 - The Phantom Menace
7 - Attack of the Clones

Attack of the Clones is my least favourite - for numerous reasons, but mainly due to the abuse of CGI, the horrific "romance" scenes and the casting of Christopher Lee. It's ridiculous that he's older than his master and it's just too distracting having a guy who's been Saruman, a Bond villain and Count Dracula playing a major Star Wars villain as well. Star Wars works best when nobodies are cast in main roles (apart from Alec Guiness because it made sense that he was a wise old forgotten Jedi).

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Upcoming PS4 Games
August 18, 2015

My 'PS4 games of 2015' list doesn't look so great right now (1: Bloodborne, 2: Everybody's Gone to the Rapture, 3: Geometry Wars, 4: Resident Evil), but I'm optimistic that the situation will change before the end of the year.

I am interested in these games:

UNTIL DAWN: Horror adventure inspired by teen slasher films. I like the idea that the game is only nine hours long, but that it changes every time you replay it. There doesn't seem to be an awful lot of optimism on gaming sites for this one though. I wasn't convinced by the 'let's play' I watched where the developer mainly just showed how bad he was at his own game.

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E3 2015
June 16, 2015

- Halo 5 Guardians: looks nice, as you would expect; I'm sure I would buy it if I had an Xbox One.
- Recore: Robots in the desert? Could be good, could be so-so. Hard to tell.
- Xbox One backwards compatible with 360 games: a sensible move given Sony's ridiculous PS Now service.
- Elite Wireless controller: I thought this looked very impressive, especially the idea of swappable components and the ability to lock the triggers.
- Fallout 4: If the copy of Fallout 3 and access to PC mods is exclusive to Xbox One then that will make this version the one to go for.
- Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2.
- Forza Motorsport 6
- Dark Souls III: I'm assuming this isn't exclusive to Xbox One?
- The Division
- Rainbow Six Siege with Vegas 1 and 2 for free.

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Recent Films
May 27, 2015

Mad Max
A great action movie. The plot is very very simple, it never slows down for more than five minutes and the whole thing looks and sounds stunning. What more do you want from Mad Max? I love the fact that the War Boys take a metal band across the wasteland with them. It makes zero sense but it is damn cool. I was slightly worried beforehand that the screen would be jerking all over the place like in every mediocre modern action film but Miller and his team know when to leave the camera in one position and let you see exactly what's going on. FIVE STARS.

Montage of Heck
Doesn't really have anything to say about Kurt Cobain that you can't read on Wikipedia, but it's put together in a nice way with all the songs and clips and some trendy animated bits. THREE STARS

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May 02, 2015

Sony recently announced the UK launch of their streaming service, PlayStation Now. I'm not sure how successful this service has been in the US, but I can't see it getting much support over here.

$20 a month to play a limited list of PS3 games (and not even at the highest quality - 1080p is not supported). You can rent them for a smaller price, but this is clearly ridiculous. Rent a PS3 game for 9 days for $15 and then you're unable to play it after the rental period is up?! These prices will probably be converted straight into for the UK too, so we'll be no doubt be paying 20 a month.

I could perhaps understand paying for a streaming service that included new PS4 games as well, but this type of payment model for PS3, PS2 or PS1 games just screams rip-off.

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March 29, 2015

I'm currently in Old Yharnam. Thoughts so far:

- I've not played the Souls games but combat reminds me a little of Otogi, another old From Software game. I like how Bloodborne encourages speed and aggression. Dodging and parrying to outwit enemies is fun.
- I'm still using the saw cleaver because I like both weapon forms and it's easy to use.
- The game looks incredible. The only slight problem is that there are fairly noticeable frame rate issues.
- Yharnam is an excellent setting and I like how everything is connected. I wish there was a map though.
- I have no idea what the story is about really but the whole sense of mystery is very compelling

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