CeX Blog Archive

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Wednesday, 16 April 2014
Peter Jackson has done it again. Not only has he brought a decades old novel to the silver screen but he’s given it such life, such character and such vision that you can really believe in it. The Lord of the Rings trilogy was arguably some of the finest film-making in modern history and at the same time remain faithful to its source material. Such was the effect of the trilogy, that it was only a matter of time before Jackson turned his attentions to the more light-hearted novel that J.R.R. ... Read More

inAPPropriate Comedy

Tuesday, 15 April 2014
You know those films that are “so bad they're good”? Troll 2, Samurai Cop, Battlefield Earth, Plan 9 From Outer Space, Star Crash and many more fall into this category. And I love them! Sometimes there's nothing better than sitting back with some friends and watching a film so bad, so utterly dreadful, that it's just completely hilarious. You know, like the equivalent of watching a train crash... that's full of clowns. I came to inAppropriate Comedy assuming that it would be one of those ... Read More

Yoshi's New Island

Monday, 14 April 2014
I Feel bad for Nintendo. I mean, the Wii U as of right now is selling worse than the Dreamcast did. That's not good at all. Don't get me wrong, the Dreamcast deserved far more attention than it ultimately got, and the Wii U is nowhere near as glorious as Sega's final console, but Nintendo's latest effort is a great little machine. But Nintendo, unlike many other companies, can afford to screw up here. Why? Because the Nintendo 3DS is selling so damn well, only being outsold worldwide by the ... Read More

John Dies at the End

Sunday, 13 April 2014
John Dies at the End is the brainchild of Cracked.com executive editor Jason Pargin, whose comedy-horror novel and its sequel This Book Is Full of Spiders – both published under the pseudonym David Wong – have amassed an impressive cult following. Pargin’s stories started life on his old website, as a relatively unheard-of web-serial with new chapters released every Halloween. Using online feedback to tweak his writing, Pargin was able to secure a book deal and, shortly afterwards, ... Read More

G.B.F

Saturday, 12 April 2014
Do you know what a GBF is? I initially assumed it was going to be a film about a group of violent ex cons, who had found a peaceful existence in raising oxen, and chickens. Grievous Bodily Farm would be like a mixture between The Boondock Saints and Chicken Run and something I would definitely watch. But apparently it means gay best friend, which as the film illustrates is the platonic equivalent of a trophy wife for young female socialites.In a nutshell the film takes place in a school that ... Read More

Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney

Friday, 11 April 2014
The Nintendo DS was an unusual console. Often overlooked by the hardcore crowd, the DS still managed to become the bestselling handheld console of all time thanks to an abundance of puzzle games and slower-paced adventures that introduced a whole new audience to gaming. Perhaps the most influential of this new wave of casual games were Capcom’s Ace Attorney series and Level-5’s Professor Layton franchise, which combined puzzle solving and 90s-style point-and-click adventuring. Their ... Read More

Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z

Thursday, 10 April 2014
In 1988 Tecmo unleashed Ninja Gaiden upon the world, a side-scrolling action game that placed the player into the shoes of Ryu Hayabusa. As Ryu it was the players mission to exact revenge for his fathers death, though ultimately the story was revealed to be far more complicated, complete with demons and sorcery. Two sequels followed and thus Ninja Gaiden's place in gaming history was cemented. However, after the third entry into the series it took Tecmo 13 years to bring gamers another one, ... Read More

Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends Complete Edition

Wednesday, 09 April 2014
Back in 1997 I took a day off from school because I was ill. Well, between you and me I was faking it, but that's beside the point. My point is this is where I first came across the Dynasty Warriors series. You see, the first title in the epic franchise was released that year, and despite being a completely different beast than it is now, it was awesome! The first game, simply called Dynasty Warriors, was a one-on-one beat-em up, while the following titles veered off in a significantly ... Read More

The Elder Scrolls Online

Tuesday, 08 April 2014
My introduction to The Elder Scrolls series was the 2002 title Morrowind, the third main game in the fantasy series. After racking up 250 hours on it and playing its expansions (Tribunal and Bloodmoon), it became one of my favourite games of all time. Starting back in 1994 with Arena, the series has been a staple of the RPG genre, and in recent years its popularity has risen greatly. However, after a great entry in the series with 2006's Oblivion, I felt that the most recent game, Skyrim, ... Read More

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes

Monday, 07 April 2014
With the release of Metal Gear Solid in 1998, a game that effectively revived the celebrated Metal Gear series, there has been a flurry of sequels, prequels and spin-offs. From Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater; a game set in the 60s that had nods to the 007 movies, to Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance; a spin-off starring the katana wielding cyborg/human hybrid Raiden, the series has done almost everything. But despite the many entries in the franchise, the quality of the games generally ranges ... Read More
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