Nov 302014
 

“There is something old and true in fantasy that speaks to something deep within us, to the child who dreamt that one day he would hunt the forests of the night, and feast beneath the hollow hills, and find a love to last forever, somewhere south of Oz and north of Shangri-La.” – George R. R. Martin

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There may be something incredibly pretentious about beginning a video game review with a quote about fantasy novels, however I lack the words to eloquently describe my Dragon Age: Inquisition experience. Because if there’s one thing that is most striking about Inquisition, it is the fact that it plays at why so many people are enamored with the Fantasy genre: the idea that you could be the hero of your own story.

So far, DA: I has certainly been a hero for Bioware and EA games, and has enjoyed positive reviews across the board. Which is a good thing for Bioware, really: DA: I has some big boots to fill after Dragon Age: Origins—which was received as a fan-favorite game—and Dragon Age 2—which was considered to be a flop. So how does DA: I stand in the face of such high expectations?

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Nov 302014
 

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One thing I’ve never been able to articulate about The Hunger Games franchise is that the actual Hunger Games are the least interesting part about them, at least to me. Fair or not, the Games themselves read a little too close to a less violent, less intense version of Battle Royale, and thus while they can be kind of cool, they’ve never been as interesting to me as some of the other aspects, like the politics, the crowd manipulation stuff, that’s all pretty interesting, but they’ve never been able to give it the breathing room it needs. Which, since the actual Games are dropped for this installment, I was pretty on board.

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Nov 292014
 

Hey y’all! Hope you had a happy holiday. This week, I’ll be looking at an old favorite group of mine who have recently come back with a whole new concept. Out of their main singles for albums and mini-albums, Apink has never really had a break-up song. All their songs have been about love, with lots of bright colors and pastels, but most of all, a lot of pink. Now, they have a slightly more mature concept (while still keeping some of their cutesy aspects), with a bittersweet break-up song. Let’s take a look at Apink’s latest single, Luv!

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Nov 282014
 

It’s been a good few years for animation (unless you work for Pixar), and each new feature brings new styles and looks to the medium. Each studio, besides Disney, struggles to get its foothold in the doors of animation history, not by exploiting pop culture jokes or trying to make it have a wide appeal, but by telling great stories that are timeless. This effort from 20th Century Fox and Reel FX does just that.

Let’s take a look at The Book of Life.

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Nov 282014
 

I’m just branching out all over the place this month it seems. This is the first time have done a review for a comic on an issue basis, so bear with me.

That said, I’m going to make a confession here – I’ve not finished Baldur’s Gate. I know its status as one of the all-time great Dungeons & Dragons games, and I’ve enjoyed what I have played of it, but I will admit, I’m far from an expert on it.

So I went into reading these issues without the complete BG experience on the advice of a fellow MP reviewer that it would still be accessible. He wasn’t kidding.

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A review copy was provided by Jim Zub.
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