Game Reviews

If you like Red Dead Redemption 2, then watch these films – Special Features #33

I, like many other gamers, have now spent weeks playing Red Dead Redemption 2 — Rockstar Games’ latest video game masterpiece that you can lose yourself in. While I was playing the game, I thought of many different films, some of which the game includes visual homages to. So, today I want to highlight some films that you should check out if you loved, liked, or even just had fun with Red Dead Redemption 2. (more…)

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REVIEW: Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (2016)

A Thief's End Cover

The following is a game review of Naughty Dog’s ‘Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End’, a PlayStation Exclusive.

One last time. One final adventure. Uncharted is one of the great video game console series, and with A Thief’s End we are seeing the conclusion to Nathan Drake’s story. Naughty Dog, the developer of the game, holds a special place in my heart for having made Crash Bandicoot, Jak and Daxter, and The Last of Us (my favorite game of all-time). But Uncharted might be the most popular franchise they’ve ever done.  (more…)

3rd I’m Jeffrey Rex Awards – 2015

Third Annual…

This year we have a total number of 18 categories, all with their own nominees which can be found here. These are the categories for the third annual I’m Jeffrey Rex Awards:

  1. Song of the Year
  2. Best Performance by a Voice Actor in a Gaming Experience
  3. Game of the Year
  4. Superhero of the Year
  5. Superheroine of the Year
  6. Best Performance by an Actor in a Superhero Film
  7. Best Performance by an Actress in a Superhero Film
  8. Superhero Film of the Year
  9. Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Show
  10. Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Show
  11. Television Episode of the Year
  12. Television Show of the Year
  13. Rising Star in Film
  14. Best Performance by an Actor in a Cinematic Experience
  15. Best Performance by an Actress in a Cinematic Experience
  16. Best Performance in Directing a Cinematic Experience
  17. Best Performance in Writing a Cinematic Experience
  18. Movie of the Year

Please be aware that cinematic release dates are based on the Danish theaters. Therefore, films from 2015 that premiere in 2016 in Denmark won’t be considered for the I’m Jeffrey Rex Awards, and after some reconsidering only 2015 films released in Denmark in 2015 are eligible for my top ten films of 2015. (more…)

REVIEW: The Order 1886

I'm Jeffrey Rex Game Review - The Order 1886
The Order 1886 is a PlayStation 4 Exclusive Game, which was released on the 20th of February 2015.

So that’s it. Having now finished and platinumed the game, I finally have some thoughts to share on the first PS-studio exclusive for Sony‘s premier console in 2015. One of the big discussion points leading up to its release was the length of the game – the story. People mentioned that you could beat it in 5 hours, and while that may be true if you rush yourself – it took me about 7 hours to finish.

First things first. This game is absolutely stunning. For a little while The Last of Us was the prettiest PlayStation game. Then, in 2014, InFAMOUS: Second Son surpassed it. Now, about one year after InFAMOUS, a Sony studio has gone one step further. There are, in my opinion, two current-gen PlayStation games, excluding remastered editions, that look ‘next-gen’ – Second Son and The Order. (more…)

REVIEW: Life Is Strange – Episode 1

Logo owned by Square Enix for Life is Strange.

There will be no review grade/score for single episodes.

On the 30th of January Square Enix released the very first episode of Dontnod Entertainment‘s Life is Strange. Very much like the classic Telltale-style of game, this is an interactive, episodic, story-heavy game. The game is about Max Caulfield a female student at Blackwell Academy – whereat she studies photography. Max is a very shy girl, and as the game progresses you are thrown into very clear-cut choices – be heroic, friendly – or be a bully, be nosy. In that respect, the choices seem like those in the inFAMOUS games by Sucker Punch, and thus I don’t think it has that punch that Telltale has – at least not yet.

Again, unlike Telltale-games, the dialogue isn’t very strong – and at times it didn’t feel very natural. Also, I would’ve liked a more experienced Voice Actor as the main character – but then again, everyone starts somewhere. The first episode introduces you to the rewind-mechanic – meaning that you can reverse time. When handled well, this can be fun to do – and I thought it was in the opening episode.

The story is cute – with many inside references – and there are a lot of plotpoints to work out in the episodes to come. The game has a lot of stock characters – the shy girl, the mean girls, the spoiled brat, the jocks, the (to us) not-so-secret admirer, and hipster characters.

The story is really entertaining when you interact with Chloe, an old friend that’s changed a lot since you last saw her. Her family is troubled, and she’s gotten herself into a lot of trouble. An interesting subplot in this game is the disapperance of Rachel Amber – I have some ideas – but we’ll have to see about that. One thing’s for certain, Chloe is in need of help.

As I mentioned, the dialogue isn’t very good – and I’d add that there are some cringeworthy moments. It has a lot of potential though, and I am excited to see what comes next. The art-style has its ups and downs, and it is extremely annoying to constantly have problems with lips not synced with the voiceacting. It runs much smoother than Telltale games, but with that having been said – background characters aren’t that detailed. I do prefer the art-style of Telltale – but the level of quality is much higher here.

I am excited about the future of this game. As a pilot it works really well, the story is interesting – if you snoop around you’ll get some ideas – and it ends with everyone having an idea of what’s to come.

I’m Jeffrey Rex

 

2nd I’m Jeffrey Rex Awards – 2014

Second Annual…

Last year, I introduced 17 categories – one of which has been discontinued, or at least not considered for the nomination process, this year (PlayStation Vita Game of the Year). This year, I’ll present the following list of categories, which does include new categories:

  1. Biggest Entertainment Disappointment of the Year
  2. PlayStation 3 Game of the Year
  3. PlayStation 4 Game of the Year
  4. PC/Mac Game of the Year
  5. Nintendo Game of the Year
  6. Best Performance by a Voice Actor in a Gaming Experience
  7. Overall Game of the Year
  8. Superhero Film of the Year
  9. Best Performance by an Actor in a Superhero Film
  10. Best Performance by an Actress in a Superhero Film
  11. Superhero of the Year
  12. Superheroine of the Year
  13. Movie of the Year
  14. Best Performance by an Actor in a Cinematic Experience
  15. Best Performance by an Actress in a Cinematic Experience
  16. Best Performance in Directing a Cinematic Experience
  17. Best Performance in Writing a Cinematic Experience
  18. Television Show of the Year
  19. Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Show
  20. Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Show
  21. Song of the Year
  22. Chelsea FC Player of the Year
  23. Chicago Bears Player of the Year
  24. FC Copenhagen Player of the Year
  25. Overall Performance of the Year

A total number of 25 categories. 25 winners to be announced today. Please be aware that cinematic and gaming release dates are based on the Danish theaters, so, films from 2014 that premiere in 2015 (in Denmark), won’t be considered for the I’m Jeffrey Rex Awards-announcement. First, let’s dive into some gaming-related awards…

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REVIEW: The Last of Us: Left Behind (DLC)

Left Behind

Naughty Dog recently released downloadable content for its new potential super-franchise The Last Of Us. Now, I’m not a huge DLC-gamer, I tend to stick to the originally released story. Going into this story DLC I was very much afraid of it becoming too similar to the Tomb Raider feel, and I was really worried that they potentially would ruin parts of the game campaign I absolutely loved.

As you know, The Last of Us was a 10 out of 10 for me, and I was worried about how I would really react if they released something below average. I was really, really worried. It did not help when I was told one would play as Ellie throughout the game. Don’t get me wrong, I love Ellie – but Joel’s feel was special to me, and I would have loved something like a story DLC focusing on the twenty years prior to him meeting Ellie. Hell, maybe they’ll get to that in a later game . Now, as we move on – please be aware – this coming post is SPOILER filled. Also, know that the original game campaign will also be SPOILED somewhat.

If you played through the original campaign, you might remember Ellie talking about an old friend – mentioning how she got bit. That is one half of the DLC, the other focuses on the immediate period following Joel’s big injury. If you’ve played the original campaign, you should know what I mean – his injury right before winter. The DLC does a nice job of switching at important moments in both stories – and makes the total story theme work perfectly – fighting for life, for love, for friendship – being all poetic […]. Hint. Hint.

Don’t expect a lot with Joel, though you do see the ‘hero’ of the original campaign. Ashley Johnson returns to the game, and yet again is amazing as Ellie. Newcomer Yaani King is perfect as Riley, Ellie’s good friend. Their relationship is the heart of this tale, wherein we see the transformation that Ellie has gone through. Perfect moments include the two girls imagining a Tekken-like game, that hints to the original campaign somewhat. My favourite moment, though, was when they tried out masks. It was just a nice experience to have.

I’ve read other reviews of this DLC, and I do feel like most were right. I totally agreed with IGN’s Colin Moriarty, when he expressed that the combat felt forced – especially near the end of the game. Though there was a great use of the ‘distraction’ technique in this game, wherein you can eliminate danger perfectly by leading the infected to the humans chasing you and Joel.

Overall I felt that the DLC was amazing in story, but lacked a great deal when it came to active combat. The story added feel to the original campaign, and I think it left us at the right point. Some might argue that it wasn’t long enough, that you had to overpay for a short DLC – but I believe that the experience of Left Behind could leave no one wanting in story. Naughty Dog continues to shine.

Final Grade: 9.0 out of 10.0. An amazing stoy shines in a great DLC that forced some combat to appease a small part of its audience.

– I’m Jeffrey Rex