Gears of War 4 Review

Gears of War 4 is a 2016 military science fiction third-person shooter video game developed by The Coalition, published by Microsoft Studios, and released for Microsoft Windows and Xbox One.  Serving as the fourth main installment in the Gears of War series, it is set 25 years after Gears of War 3, and focuses on the son of Marcus Fenix and Anya Stroud, J.D. Fenix, who, alongside his friends Delmon “Del” Walker and Kait Diaz deal with a new threat to humanity’s survival. Positives: Extensive campaign Awesome soundtrack Great characters…

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Gears of War 3 Review

Gears of War 3 is a 2011 military science fiction third-person shooter video game developed by Epic Games, published by Microsoft Studios, and released for the Xbox 360.  Serving as the third installment of the Gears of War series, the game is set two years after the events of GOW2, Marcus Fenix and the members of Delta Squad lead the final assault against the Locust as well as a new foe, the Lambent. Positives: Challenging gameplay Graphics are pretty good Awesome story Solid voice performances Tons of replayability Good soundtrack…

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Underworld (Resident Evil #4) Review

Underworld (Resident Evil #4) is a 1999 science fiction horror novel written by S. D. Perry and published by Pocket Books.  Serving as the fourth installment in the Resident Evil book series, the story follows Leon Kennedy, Claire Redfield, Rebecca chambers and their comrades who set out to the American Southwest to take down one of the Umbrella Corporation’s most elaborate facilities and its genetically engineered horrors. Positives: Good characters Good action Interesting story Good writing Negatives: Reston is a forgettable antagonist The Planet is a lackluster setting Plot:  The…

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Alien 3 Review

Alien 3 is a 1992 science fiction thriller horror film directed by David Fincher, starring Sigourney Weaver, Charles Dance, Charles S. Dutton, and Brian Glover.  Serving as the third installment in the Alien series, the film follows Ripley (Weaver) who crash-lands on Fiorina Fury 161, a maximum security prison. When a series of grisly deaths occur shortly after her arrival, Ripley realizes that she brought along a xenomorph. Positives: Good performances Great practical of xenomorph creature Great use of gore Great suspense Negatives: Poor CGI Tons of plot holes Poor characters…

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Tank Girl Review

Tank Girl is a 1995 science fiction action comedy film directed by Rachel Talalay, starring Lori Petty, Ice-T, Naomi Watts, and Malcolm McDowell.  Based on the comic series Tank Girl by Alan Martin and Jamie Hewlett, the film is set in drought-ravaged Autralia and follows Tank Girl (Petty) as she, Jet Girl (Watts), and genetically modified supersolders called the Rippers fight “Water & Power”, an oppressive corporation led by Kessless (McDowell). Positives: Good amount of humor Great soundtrack Pretty awesome characters Good performance by Petty Good performance by Watts Good…

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Doctor Who Review

Doctor Who is a  science fiction drama television program created by Sydney Newman, C. E. Webber, and Donald Wilson. The series follows the adventures of a Time Lord called “the Doctor”, an extraterrestrial being, who explores the universe in a time-travelling space ship called the TARDIS, accompanied by a number of companions and helping people in need while combating a variety of foes. Positives: Great stories Good score Great performances Good writing Tons of great characters Fantastic cast Special effects are awesome Negatives: Special effects can be cheesy at times…

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Caliban Cove (Resident Evil #2) Review

Caliban Cove (Resident Evil #2) is a 1998 science fiction horror novel written by S. D. Perry and published with Pocket Books.  Set in between the events of Resident Evil and Resident Evil 2, the story follows Rebecca Chambers and former members of S.T.A.R.S. who travel to Caliban Cove to stop a madman from unleashing a new virus upon the world. Positives: Interesting story Awesome protagonist Good writing Likable characters Negatives: Story isn’t compelling Flat antagonist Plot: The story follows combat medic and biochemist Rebecca Chambers, the sole survivor of…

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Divergent Review

Divergent is a 2014 science fiction action film directed Neil Burger, starring Shailene Woodley, Kate Winslet, Theo James, Ansel Elgort, Zoe Kravitz, Maggie Q, Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson, Mekhi Phifer, and Miles Teller.  Set as the first installment in the The Divergent Series and based off the novel of the same name by Veronica Roth, the film is set in a dystopian and post-apocalyptic Chicago where people are divided into distinct factions based on human virtues. Beatrice Prior is warned that she is Divergent and thus will never fit into any one of the factions. She…

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Alien: Out of the Shadows Review

Alien: Out of the Shadows is a 2014 science fiction horror novel written by Tim Lebbon and published by Titan Books.  Set between Alien and Aliens, the book follows a Xenomorph outbreak on the planet LV-178 and the mining vessel in orbit above it. Positives: Good suspense Engaging story Good writing Good action Negatives: Ripley and Ash are unnecessary Lackluster characters Synopsis: The story follows the crew of a deep space mining ship, the Marion, who are led by the ship’s engineer, Chris Hooper, who is forced to take command…

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The Female War (Aliens #3) Review

The Female War (Aliens #3) is a 1993 science fiction horror novel written by Steve and Stephani Perry, and published by Bantam Books.  Set as a sequel to Nightmare Asylum (Aliens #2) the story follows Wilks and Billy who band up with Ellen Ripley to capture the Xenomorph Queen of all aliens on the aliens’ homeworld. Positives: Great main protagonist Good writing Great character development Good action Negatives: Plot feels messy Weak antagonist Lackluster characters Synopsis:  The story follows Billie and Wilks who join Ellen Ripley who is the leader of…

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