NFL 2014 – Week 16 Preview

Power Ranking (It’s back!)

  1. Denver Broncos
  2. New England Patriots
  3. Seattle Seahawks
  4. Indianapolis Colts
  5. Arizona Cardinals
  6. Green Bay Packers
  7. Dallas Cowboys
  8. Miami Dolphins
  9. Baltimore Ravens
  10. Pittsburgh Steelers
  11. Cincinnati Bengals
  12. Buffalo Bills
  13. Philadelphia Eagles
  14. Detroit Lions
  15. Kansas City Chiefs
  16. San Diego Chargers
  17. New Orleans Saints
  18. St. Louis Rams
  19. Atlanta Falcons
  20. Houston Texans
  21. Minnesota Vikings
  22. San Francisco 49ers
  23. Cleveland Browns
  24. Carolina Panthers
  25. Chicago Bears
  26. New York Giants
  27. New York Jets
  28. Washington Redskins
  29. Tennessee Titans
  30. Jacksonville Jaguars
  31. Oakland Raiders
  32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Predictions (61% accuracy so far)

  • Jaguars over Titans
  • Eagles over Redskins
  • Chargers over 49ers
  • Dolphins over Vikings
  • Texans over Ravens
  • Lions over Bears
  • Panthers over Browns
  • Saints over Falcons
  • Packers over Buccaneers
  • Steelers over Chiefs
  • Patriots over Jets
  • Rams over Giants
  • Bills over Raiders
  • Cowboys over Colts
  • Seahawks over Cardinals
  • Broncos over Bengals

Game of the Year Watch 2014: Final Update

This will be one last final update of the games I’ve looked at this year. Seeing as I have these I’m Jeffrey Rex ‘Awards’ at the end of the year, I’ve decided to leave out my final two review scores of the season – this way it won’t be as easy to predict. The games you won’t receive review scores of (until after the award-announcement) are Far Cry 4 and Shovel Knight.

I’ll tell you this about these two games: I love them. One of them is a clear contender for Game of the Year, and the other is probably my favorite game of the year – meaning, the game I’ve had the most fun with. You can make your own guesses as to which I consider ‘a clear contender’.

Happy Holidays.

NFL 2014 – Week 14/15 Preview

Next week I’ll probably update the power ranking.

Predictions (14):

  • Cowboys over the Bears
  • Bengals over the Steelers
  • Rams over the Redskins
  • Titans over the Giants
  • Saints over the Panthers
  • Vikings over the Jets
  • Dolphins over the Ravens
  • Colts over the Browns
  • Lions over the Buccaneers
  • Texans over the Jaguars
  • Broncos over the Bills
  • Cardinals over the Chiefs
  • Seahawks over the Eagles
  • 49ers over the Raiders
  • Patriots over the Chargers
  • Packers over the Falcons

Predictions (15):

  • Cardinals over Rams
  • Falcons over Steelers
  • Redskins over Giants
  • Dolphins over Patriots
  • Chiefs over Raiders
  • Texans over Colts
  • Bengals over Browns
  • Ravens over Jaguars
  • Packers over Bills
  • Panthers over Bucs
  • Titans over Jets
  • Broncos over Chargers
  • Vikings over Lions
  • Seahawks over 49ers
  • Cowboys over Eagles
  • Saints over Bears

Review: Dumb and Dumber ‘To’ (2014)


Sometimes sequels just aren’t called for. In the sequel to the 1994 comedy classic, Dumb and Dumber, we follow Lloyd and Harry once again go on a trip across America – this time in search for the daughter of Harry, who has been adopted. There’s some added emotional weight added to the film, seeing as Harry desperately needs to find a kidney-donor.

That’s the overall frame for this feature length journey, and it’s complete with fun nods to the original film like specific dream sequences ending in a certain way, and the vehicle on the film’s poster. Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels are, of course, back – but while they both act out the comedy extremely well, they aren’t given a lot to deal with. I just don’t feel that a huge chunk of this movie is funny at all – primarily around the time of the point of no return in the third act. That’s not to say that it’s not funny at all, because of course Daniels and Carrey are funny – but most of the jokes are not really that memorable – and the film isn’t instantly quotable.

The thing is that the film borrows a lot of the plotpoints and quotes from the original film – and thus takes some fanservice and turns them into wasted moments of material that feels copypasted. Sadly, I also felt that the parts of the plot that weren’t ‘copypasted’ were predictable. Daniels and Carrey are the real highlights of the film, for there’s nothing else to be excited about. The plot feels similar to the original, the jokes feel similar to the ones in the original and the sidecharacters aren’t that exciting.

While I didn’t hate this movie, I feel that I have to add that the people next to me were so disappointed that they left the film after 30 minutes – and I’m sure they weren’t the only ones wishing they were somewhere else… And that’s sad, ’cause it’ll never get old seeing Jeff Daniels and Jim Carrey having fun together.

Overall Score: 6.4 out of 10. Though not completely without laughs or fanservice, this film remains nothing more than yet another comedy classic sequel – and not a single one of them are very good. I loved the original, but this one lost its magic – perhaps this was a missed opportunity.

NFL 2014 – Week 13 Preview

Happy Thanksgiving!

Predictions

  • Bears over Lions
  • Cowboys over Eagles
  • Seahawks over 49ers
  • Colts over Redskins
  • Texans over Titans
  • Bills over Browns
  • Ravens over Chargers
  • Giants over Jaguars
  • Bengals over Buccaneers
  • Rams over Raiders
  • Steelers over Saints
  • Panthers over Vikings
  • Cardinals over Falcons
  • Patriots over Packers
  • Broncos over Chiefs
  • Dolphins over Jets

 

NFL 2014 – Week 12 Preview

Yet another week without a power ranking. Look for it in the coming weeks.

  • Chiefs over the Raiders
  • Browns over the Falcons
  • Eagles over the Titans
  • Patriots over the Lions
  • Packers over the Vikings
  • Colts over the Jaguars
  • Texans over the Bengals
  • Jets over the Bills
  • Bears over the Buccaneers
  • Cardinals over the Seahawks
  • Rams over the Chargers
  • Broncos over the Dolphins
  • 49ers over the Redskins
  • Cowboys over the Giants
  • Ravens over the Saints

Game of The Year Watch 2014: Update 6

In today’s update I’ll be focusing on two titles that have actually sort of disappointed me this year. One of these aforementioned games comes every year, and the other had its debut. Let’s start with the latter. Shadow of Mordor.

So, I was really looking forward to return to Middle-Earth. I’m a big fan of the Tolkien-universe, a big fan of Troy Baker and I generally like Arkham-style releases. However. It really surprised me how little I cared. The story really tries to grab you, and it sort of does – but with little plot guidance early on, I felt that I had no reason to continue the story. Only battling orcs, goblins and whatnots felt good. Its nemesis system is great, for sure – and the combat is great as this hybrid of Assassin’s Creed and the Arkham-series. So, yeah, the game is great – but I just didn’t care about it. And that really shocked me.

Now, I am European – I truly enjoy soccer, football – whatever you call it. I’ve played FIFA for years, and though I liked the Next-Gen FIFA 14 version, I was very aware of the fact that it was lacking a lot of features (on purpose). Needless to say, with these features back it’s much better in FIFA 15. Another thing I really like is the goalkeeping, and the small touches on the game, like goal-line technology. The game is great for what it is, but it disappoints me somewhat – seeing as it’s the first FIFA game that I don’t want to play by myself.

In the next update, I’ll be tackling Far Cry 4 and LEGO Batman 3 – as well as addressing the two Assassin’s Creed-games. Do remember that remastered games cannot be considered in the hunt – so Grand Theft Auto V won’t be mentioned going forward.

Game of The Year Watch:

  1. Mario Kart 8 – 9.7 out of 10.0.
  2. The Walking Dead: Season 2 – 9.5 out of 10.0.
  3. South Park: The Stick of Truth – 9.5 out of 10.0.
  4. The Wolf Among Us: Season 1 – 9.3 out of 10.0.
  5. Child of Light – 9.2 out of 10.0.
  6. Valiant Hearts: The Great War – 9.0 out of 10.0.
  7. InFAMOUS: Second Son – 9.0 out of 10.0.
  8. Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor – 8.7/10.0.
  9. WATCH_DOGS – 8.5 out of 10.0.
  10. FIFA 15 – 8.5 out of 10.0.
  11. Destiny – 8.3 out of 10.0.
  12. Entwined – 8.2 out of 10.0.
  13. EA Sports UFC – 7.0 out of 10.0.