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“Gears of War 4” Review

Here’s my full review of Gears of War 4! This game was exceptionally fun. I knew a lot about it before it came out, so I expected to enjoy it — but it honestly surpassed a lot of my expectations, based on the story, the combat, and just retaining that overall Gears spirit.

This review covers quite a bit, including my thoughts on the gameplay, the new weapon the Buzzkill, and the co-op experience. =)

Thanks for watching!

— Ashley

“ReCore” Review

Here is my review of the video game ReCore! Earlier this week I wrote up my early pro/con list about it, and for the most part, my loves and not-so-loves about this game have just intensified the more I’ve played. In this review I talk about what I liked about ReCore, what I thought of the story, and who I’d recommend it for. =)

Thanks for watching!

— Ashley

 

The Future of Chemistry in “Altered Carbon”

A couple of years ago, my blogger friend Sam Leung recommended a science fiction novel to me called Altered Carbon, by Richard K. Morgan. (This author  also wrote the video game Crysis 2 and some comics, including Black Widow stories!) You can read Sam’s review of the book here on Robo♥beat. =)

Anyway, I read Altered Carbon, liked it, and put it away. I never went on to read the rest of the series.

But lately I’ve been looking for a new sci-fi series to read, and I heard Netflix is making an Altered Carbon show. It’s still very early to know what the Netflix version will be like, but it piqued my interest enough for me to pick up the novel and re-read it.

I’m liking it even more this time around. It’s one of the best sci-fi novels I’ve ever read. But at the same time, there are a lot of things about the book that rub me the wrong way, and they’re more noticeable as I get older and my opinions become stronger. All this has inspired me to write a review!

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A Little Like Fanfiction: “Batman v Superman” Review (*Spoilers!)

Ignoring all negative reviews of Batman v Superman, this weekend I raced to the movies to see the new superhero movie from Zack Snyder. I wanted to form an opinion of my own, and to do that, I had to see this film for myself.

First off, my history with Zack Snyder movies is kind of love-hate. Up to seeing Batman v Superman, I’d seen Watchmen, 300Sucker Punch, and Man of Steel. I’d probably rate my opinion of them in that order. (In fact, I rewatched Watchmen the other night and liked it even more than I remember. Man of Steel, on the other hand, somehow makes a superhero action movie one of the most boring experiences of my life.) Sometimes his movies are a little dark for me — both the settings and the themes. I also have a hard time with Sucker Punch for how the women find “empowerment” in their world. But on the plus side, I love that Snyder’s films are daring and action-heavy, letting you really zoom in on every slice of the blade or punch of the fist. There’s nothing like his movie’s fight scenes.

Going into Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, I hoped the movie would at least be entertaining, and I was right. The whole thing felt like fanfiction to me — and I say that as someone who really enjoys fanfiction. It’s a little cliche and melodramatic, just like the best fanfiction is. There are cheesy one-liners about making Superman bleed and over-the-top flashbacks that make Batman see the light. There’s a scene of Lois Lane in the bathtub and Clark diving in with her, fully clothed, as the type of romance scene I would love to read about my favorite BioWare characters or something. Even Jesse Eisenberg playing Lex Luthor is just such a weird casting choice, and he’s so fast-talking and awkward the whole time, it’s like fanfiction casting. It’s all so fun — it’s just not that good, whether it were fanfiction or the blockbuster movie it’s supposed to be.

Here’s what I loved and hated about the movie. Spoilers all over the place, proceed with caution!

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