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Tuesday, 31 December 2013

The Best of a Generation

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As we reach the end of 2013, we enter not only a new year, but a new generation of gaming, with the XBOX One and the PS4 marching onto the field. In light of these new arrivals, we here at Vuepoint have created a list of our favourite games to grace the PS3 console.

Monday, 30 December 2013

Frozen to the Edge of my Seat

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After loving Wreck-it-Ralph I had great hopes that Frozen would match its standard. To my great disappointment...nah I’m kidding. Frozen is a magical adventure with some great songs and beautiful animation that ranks it up there with the Disney greats.

Friday, 27 December 2013

More Super-average than Super-hero

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To a die hard comic book fan, DC Universe Online may seem like the Holy Grail of video-games. The ability to create a character, choose their powers, weapons, fighting style, and even customize your own superhero costume, before going out into thebig bad world and fighting alongside and against a host of your favourite superheroes and villains, could seem like the pinnacle of enjoyment. However to the casual gamer DCUO is button-mashing MMORPG that is mediocre at best.

Thursday, 26 December 2013

The Clock is Striking 12

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“And now it’s time to take your bow, like all your other selves. Eleventh hour is over now, the clock is striking Twelve’s”

For almost four years Matt Smith has created a legacy as the Doctor, but now it’s time for him to pass on the torch, allowing a new Time Lord to take his place. But one final battle awaits before he hands over the reigns. The siege of Trenzalor.

Sunday, 25 August 2013

The Next Step

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You can also check out the Video Review here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYO7OkFh4rM

Dark. Brutal. Compelling. These are just three of the words I would use to describe The Last of Us. But no matter how you look at Naughty Dog’s latest release, there’s one thing that cannot be disputed. This game is an absolute triumph.

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

The Ranger's Return

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After the success of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, it’s hardly surprising that  there was a buzz around “The Lone Ranger”. Jerry Bruckheimer promises something great, but due to bad press I didn’t go into the theatre with high hopes in mind. Well I wasn’t disappointed, so that’s something.


A Kick-Ass Sequel

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Walking in to see Kick-Ass 2, I didn’t know what to expect. The original is one of my favourite films, so the sequel had big shoes to fill. Take it from me though, it doesn’t just fill those shoes, it splits the seams and bursts through them.  Kick-Ass 2 is a superhero sequel, by which all other superhero sequels should be measured.


Wednesday, 17 July 2013

This is the Monster Mash!

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Pacific Rim and Monsters University. A double movie feature. This can only mean one thing – a double review. First up is Monsters University!

It’s been 12 years since we saw Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan storm onto the screen scaring kids and collecting their screams. Now we get to see how they got there. Before they were incorporated, they had to be educated. Cue feel good movie about the geek vs the jock, who eventually team up to overcome the problems of college. That’s pretty much the story and it’s massively generic, yet still charming.

Saturday, 6 July 2013

Not-So-Despicable Me 2

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I hate the phrase “family film”. Whenever a film is described as a “family film”, it means that the film is SUITABLE for the whole family, i.e, the kids. Very rarely does a family film actually ENTERTAIN the whole family. Despicable Me 2 is one of these rarities.


Friday, 14 June 2013

Superman Returns with a vengeance!

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After Earth. World War Z. Fast and Furious 6. I’ve been somewhat disappointed by films lately. I’ve either been warded off by bad trailers, or enticed by a good trailer, and left the cinema massively underwhelmed. Enter Man of Steel. Intense music. A power team combining Zack Snyder’s style, Christopher Nolan’s direction and Hans Zimmer’s music promised something big, but I was worried that I would once again be disappointed by what I saw.

I had absolutely nothing to worry about whatsoever.



Tuesday, 11 June 2013

After Earth or After Thought?

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Hey, remember that one great film that M. Night Shyamalan made? Nope, me neither. However, when I saw the trailer for After Earth, I thought that maybe this sci-fi action thriller may finally put a good film to his name.

Unfortunately, I was wrong.


Sunday, 19 May 2013

DEATHLY Hallows...it's a pun, see?

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So I’m finally nearing the end of the line. With only two more Potter games left, the finish is in sight.  I just wish that they could be two good ones. Unfortunately, wishes don’t come true, and it would seem that the developers saved the worst for last.

Doctor...who?

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Anyone else wondering just what the f&$k is going on? Me and my friend Adam just watched the series finale, and our heads are still spinning a little. Well, more me than Adam, because he took a peek online and now knows what will happen in the 50th. Being a lovely guy though, he's not gonna spoil anything for me. So here's what's gonna happen: me and Adam are gonna review the episode, and maybe suggest a few theories on what's coming...although that bit will mainly be me. We'll try to keep it spoiler free, but read at your own peril, 'cos a lot happened tonight folks!



Friday, 17 May 2013

Corporate Madness

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Okay, so I’m gonna diverge from the norm a little here, and rather than review something, I’m gonna make a statement on something I feel particularly strongly about – commercialization. People who become famous via the internet are usually the more talented people in the world, as they have been signed down to pure talent, rather than high up connections. I will hold up my hands and say that even Justin Bieber had some credibility behind him when he first got started, but in my opinion, signing a record contract has been the downfall of him, and many others.I mean, seriously...just look at Nicki Minaj before and after she got signed!

Sunday, 12 May 2013

The Cybermen get an upgrade!

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I nearly cried last week at the end of Doctor Who, when I saw that they were doing another Cyberman episode. Sure it’s been a while, and some of their fans might welcome their return, but I was hoping that this newfound originality of the last few weeks might hold. I went into this episode expecting to see more of the same, but I was actually pleasantly surprised!

Thursday, 9 May 2013

The Final Frontier - Star Trek: Into Darkness Review

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The posters for Star Trek: Into Darkness promise something big, featuring big statements such as “Choose a side”, or “Earth will fall”. From the trailers alone we can see that visually we’re looking at something pretty damn spectacular, but past experience has shown that pretty colours don’t make a film. Fortunately, Into Darkness has plenty of just about everything else that makes a film good, so we aren’t just looking at some nifty explosions. What we have here is an intricate plot, some intense action scenes, and an all around brilliant watch.


Wednesday, 8 May 2013

One Step Backwards = Another Two Forward

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After the terrible ordeal that was “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”, I searched deep within my soul, and after a lot of digging, heavy breathing and a little crying, I found the will to go on. I took Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix from its place on my shelf and watched my hungry PS3 (another console upgrade? Hell yeah) greedily take the disc from my hand.


Saturday, 20 April 2013

Who you gonna call?

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There’s something strange in the neighbourhood this week as the Doctor and Clara travel to a haunted house in 1974 looking for a ghost. It seems that writer Neil Cross has ditched the sci-fi theme in favour of a chilling ghost story, and aside from some blatant stealing from other films and a ridiculous number of cringe-inducing clich├ęs, this episode is actually pretty enjoyable, and sometimes downright scary.

Thursday, 18 April 2013

No. Just...no.

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There are many things in the world that cause depression, such as a bad break-up, the thought of attending a Twi-athalon, and Gordon Brown. Something else that’s rather depressing is knowing that something bad is inevitable, and this is exactly what I was thinking as I sat down for game 4 of the Harry Potter series.

And I wasn’t wrong.

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Games 2 and 3 of Harry P. What went wrong? (Part 2)

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So, after my thoroughly enjoyable ride through the first Harry Potter game, we get an upgrade to PS2! Unfortunately, a better system doesn’t mean better game. The Chamber of Secrets game wasn’t bad, it just seemed to lack the charm that the first game had. Gone were the happy little minigames, puzzles and collectables, in favour of a darker, more action-oriented game.

Thursday, 28 March 2013

Where did the Potter games go wrong? - Part 1

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So it’s the Easter Holidays. I’ve finished my Uni stuff. I’ve finished the work I need to do, and now I’m bored, with nothing else to do but count down the hours until Saturday night. Then it struck me! “Hey Jack!” said my mind, “Why don’t you get a series of games that you haven’t touched in a while, and play through them?” This wasn’t a bad idea, so I pulled out my drawers and dug right to the very back, my fingers brushing against something dusty. This seems promising. I grasped and pulled, and withdrew the gem that is “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”. We have a series. We have consoles. Let’s grab some snacks, some drinks, and lock myself away for the next few days.

Monday, 11 February 2013

Wreck-it-Ralph: Film Review

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Straight from the word go, Wreck-it-Ralph has received some high praise indeed, such as being compared to Toy Story, but is this praise misguided? Does this new, video-game themed adventure warrant comparisons to such a beloved classic, or does it wreck the studio’s reputation? Fear not, the movie is much more entertaining than that terrible pun, even if there is a pun or two thrown in.

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Contagion: Film Review

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Remember back in 2008 when M. Night Shyamalan released his epidemic disaster movie “The Happening”? Remember how the only disastrous thing was the movie itself? Well now, 3 years later, we have another title in the same vein. Not Shyamalan, but Steven Soderbergh. Does this give you hope that it may follow a different route? That the idea of viral outbreak can be saved? Don’t hold your breath. Brace yourself everybody, history is about to repeat itself.

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Les Miserable: Film Review

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LOOK DOWN! LOOK DOWN! No. We aren’t playing Bingo. This is Les Miserable - the screen adaptation of the long running and incredibly successful stage show. Let me just start by saying that if you like the stage show, you will undoubtedly love this film. If you haven’t seen the stage show, you will probably like this film. If you DON’T like the stage show, then why are you reading this review? Personally, I haven’t seen the stage show, and so was unsure when entering the cinema. However, since watching it for the first time, I proceeded to watch it twice more that very same week. Les Miserable isn’t a good film. Les Miserable, is an absolute masterpiece.