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Movie Review: The Avengers (Adam’s Take)

The Avengers can be seen as the antithesis of Spider-Man 3.  Whereas Sam Raimi’s much-maligned blockbuster suffered from too many villains in one film, The Avengers has to spend much of its two hour and twenty minute running time just introducing its main characters and getting the audience up to speed.  Luckily, writer and director Joss Whedon manages to keep the pace high and even the periods of long exposition don’t wear out their welcome.  Most of the dialogue is exactly what we’ve all come to expect from a Marvel film; witty banter, tons of one-liners and sexual innuendo, etc.  Robert Downey Jr., whose role as Iron Man kicked off this whole event four years ago, gets probably the most screen time of anyone and delivers every line, funny or not, with conviction.

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New Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Screenshots Shed Light on Character Progression

Square Enix has been releasing a steady flow of new information for their biggest summer 3DS releases, the very latest being eleven screenshots from the upcoming music/rhythm game Theatrhythm Final Fantasy.  We’ve seen plenty of gameplay and heard some of the music, but until now not much was known about the game’s RPG elements.  Check out all the new screenshots inside.

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TV Korner: Mad Men 5.7 – “At the Codfish Ball”

This week’s episode of Mad Men was full of disappointments.  No, that doesn’t mean that I was disappointed with the show; it means that almost every character was severely unhappy about something.  The balance that “At the Codfish Ball” struck among the many different storylines was incredible and it ended up being a solid, if somewhat subdued, episode.

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These New Kingdom Hearts 3D Screenshots are the Stuff of Dreams

 

Square Enix has just released a number of new screenshots for Kingdom Hearts 3D and some artwork that shows Spirit and Nightmare Dream Eaters, both of which play important roles in the upcoming game and look pretty interesting.  Check out the just-released images after the break!

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Comics Korner: Avenger vs. X-Man vs… Grammar?

It’s the last week of April, which means summer is drawing nearer and we’re about to get inundated by a wave of oppressive heat and superhero movies.  Until then, let’s shield ourselves from the impenetrable cloud of allergens outside by sitting down indoors and checking out some of the best and worst comic books on shelves this week.

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Check Out the Debut Trailer for The Walking Dead Game Series

A brand-new trailer released today by Telltale Games gives us a much closer look at the first episode of The Walking Dead video game, A New Day.  This five-part series will last through the summer and take players on an intense journey through the world of Robert Kirkman’s comic series, where every decision has tangible consequences.  The game was released on PSN, PC and Mac today, and is coming soon for XBLA.  Until then, take a look at the exciting trailer after the break.

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Gain the Upper Hand in Big Bang Racing with the Latest Trailer

The upcoming top-down racing game from developers Digital Reality and Playbox got a brand new trailer today that teaches you how to beat your opponents — before the game is even out!  Keep reading to check out the trailer and be on the lookout for this promising title when it launches on XBLA, PSN and PC later this summer.

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Comics Korner: AvX Wages On & Vigilantes Abound!

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The Night of the Owls has begun in Gotham City and the battle between the Avengers and the X-Men rages on while Daredevil, Spider-Man and The Punisher are still criss-crossing each other’s books.  It’s a crazy week in comics.
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Comics Korner: Blacksad Review

Of all the thousands of comic book series to discover, a story about an anthropomorphic cat that solves mysteries probably wouldn’t grab the attention of many readers.  But Blacksad, a European comic series about just that, defies all logic and delivers strong storytelling and incredible artwork that any fan of graphic novels would be sorry to miss.

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TV Korner: Mad Men 5.5 – “Signal 30”

After last week’s foray into some seriously dark territory, Matthew Weiner and company wouldn’t have been remiss to tone things down a little bit for this week.  Instead, they took the focus off of Don and put it on Pete, who is slowly becoming the show’s most compelling and tragic character.  All in all, “Signal 30” was one of the best episodes yet.
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PAX East 2012: Assassin’s Creed III

The sight of droves of PAX East attendees carrying around inflatable tomahawks could only mean one thing– Assassin’s Creed III had arrived. Ubisoft had an enormous black booth set up for the game with nothing on the outside but the crest of the Assassin Order and the roman numerals “III”. Inside the booth was a gameplay video that showed off many new aspects of the title that players can look forward to.  Even though it’s still a work in progress, the gameplay looked incredibly polished and it seems like Ubisoft Montreal are making some serious changes for the better.

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PAX East: Black Knight Sword

 

Tucked away in a corner of the PAX East expo floor sat Reverb Communication’s booth, which was filled with playable demos of upcoming Xbox Live Arcade and Playstation Network releases. Black Knight Sword, developed by the eclectic Suda 51’s studio Grasshopper Manufacture and Digital Reality, stood out as one of the craziest. We played through an early level of the bizarre 2D platformer with a Reverb rep by our sides and were left with a very positive impression.

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PAX East 2012: Square Enix 3DS Titles

Square Enix brought some of the most hotly anticipated Nintendo 3DS titles to PAX East. I was able to spend plenty of quality time with Theatrhythm Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, both of which are slated for release later this year. Keep reading for all the details on these extremely promising titles.
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PAX East 2012: Sleeping Dogs

Square Enix had an incredible showing at this year’s PAX East. Attendees and press were offered glimpses and hands-on time with many of the most anticipated titles coming from the ubiquitous publisher this year. One of the most immediately impressive titles on display was Sleeping Dogs, a third-person action game that puts the player in the shoes of an undercover cop traversing the gritty streets of Hong Kong. We were able to sit down with producer Dan Sochan, who led us through a playable demo and offered glimpses of what to look forward to when the game launches later this year. To make a long story short– there’s a lot.
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PAX East 2012: Spec Ops: The Line

Spec Ops: The Line sees the return of the long-running series and its first foray into the modern generation of consoles (the last title was Spec Ops: Airborne Commando back in 2002). Publisher 2K’s impressive military themed booth– complete with a post-apocalyptic bus– contained a lengthy single-player demo of the game that offered players a glimpse of its realistic third-person combat and engaging story. We went hands-on with the game, spoke with the lead writer Walt Williams and Survival Expert Reggie to find out everything we could about this promising new military-themed shooter from Yager Development.
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