Author Archive | Oscar Taylor-Kent

Gears of War Ultimate Edition Review – A Bad Remaster

Besides a brief stint playing the opening of Gears of War 2 at a friend’s, and Gears of War 3 multiplayer for a bit at another friend’s (I was terrible at it), Gears of War Ultimate Edition is my first proper attempt at getting into the Gears of War series. After getting an Xbox One, it only seemed to make sense to get some Xbox exclusives under my belt, especially when buying it within the period in which I did […]

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Radio Rebel Review (TV Movie 2012) – Lots of Teens in Hats

Radio Rebel is the kind of film where all the of the many teens wear hats. Different styles of hats, and at different times. Why bother with genuinely building character, when you can use a hat to do it for you? After all, it is a straight to TV Disney Channel movie. We’re immediately introduced to the concept of Radio Rebel, an anonymous radio broadcast by someone from Lincoln Bay High School, who goes by the same name. Among the […]

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Rise of the Tomb Raider Review – More of the Same

I loved the first Tomb Raider. Well, not the first first one, that’s actually aged very poorly, but the reboot. It reviewed well, but picked up quite a lot of criticism for being an “Uncharted” clone, which I always found a bit unfair as Uncharted was very much inspired by Tomb Raider in the first place. It’s actually great there are more third person action games like that around. It adds to the creative conversation, and should force both of […]

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Avoid Drowning Podcast: Doctor Who Series 9 & Christmas Special Spoilercast

I’m joined by Adam! Okay, we don’t get too deep into the spoilers, but they are in here. We chat through each episode, and also the Christmas special. We disagree on a lot of stuff, but work out our opinions through good, honest chatter. Check out Adam here: http://everyauthorwhoeverlived.weebly.com/ We also recorded some of the Doctor Who: Adventure Games Let’s Play before this, so check that out too.

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The “Oscars” – Games of the Year 2015 Awards

Last year when I wrote my games of the year list I threw in some bonus awards besides the month-on-months and overall. Now, there are even more bonus awards, because if you head on over to Rice Digital me and my coworker Peter gave our picks on a variety of categories, from Most Frustrating, to Most Awe-Inspiring Moment. It’s a good read. Without going on too much, here are my normal Games of the Year awards. Just Fuck Off Already […]

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Sorority Wars Review (2009) – If M. Night Shyamalan Made a Teen Chick Flick

Sorority Wars is a made-for-TV film for Lifetime that originally aired in 2009. It bears no relation to either Bride Wars or Star Wars. Or at least, not officially. It stars Lucy Hale as Katie Parker, before her better known role in Pretty Little Liars as the one with the unhealthy relationship with the teacher. The basic premise of Sorority Wars is pretty simple to understand. It’s about two sororities going to war with one another to win the big sorority […]

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Batman: The Court of Owls Review (2011, vol. 1) – Starting the New 52 Without Skipping a Beat

The Court of Owls collects the first seven issues of the Batman (2011) series — the first few issues of Batman after the series-wide New 52 reboot. But, you’d be forgiven about not knowing there was a reboot at all if you just picked this up. In a way I suppose that could be the purpose. It’s not a complete fresh start, everything’s just been moved back to the default. Batman (as with other New 52 leads) has been made […]

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Arrow Season 4 Episode 4 Review – “Beyond Redemption”

This episode continues on from Oliver’s announcement that he plans to run for mayor. But overall this is an episode focused on the Lance family. Sara Lance has been revived by Laurel using the Lazarus Pit, in a state that seems far worse from anything Thea has had to go through. While in Star City Detective Lance is having problems with corrupt police in his department, and his meeting with Damian Dhark are also discovered by the Arrow team. On […]

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The Flash Season 2 Episode 4 Review – “The Fury of Firestorm”

I’m a few episodes ahead of my reviews at the moment, and I was briefly excited to write this one thinking it was the next episode. That’s right, I completely forgot that this episode existed, which may go to show right away what I thought about it. You’d think it would be more memorable, as this episode introduces one of the new halves of Firestorm — Jefferson Jackson, played by Franz Drameh. The story sees the Flash Team trying to track […]

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I’ve been playing a bit of Splatoon and it’s one of my favourite games of this year

Okay, so I’ve played more than “a bit of” Splatoon since getting it. But with a game that’s updated and tweaked so much by Nintendo, it’s hard to feel like it’s ever reached a point where I can look back at as a whole and feel like I can have an opinion about it. In some ways it might be fair to say Splatoon is a platform or service rather than just “a game”. It’s constantly evolving and changing (for […]

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