Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Happy New Year from CeX!

Happy New Year CeX friends!


What a year 2014 was - we hope yours was just as epic!

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Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Belle

Directed by Amma Asante and starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Tom Wilkinson, Belle is a period drama, akin to Girl with a Pearl Earring in the respect that it’s a semi-accurate biopic based on a real life person from a real life painting. Out now on DVD and Blu-Ray is Belle, and it’s pretty much everything you want and expect from a film in this vein. It’s the first British film to be shot in true-4k which makes it fortunate that it’s a damn good film. It's not for everyone I grant you, you will probably hate it if you dislike period dramas and even more so if you are racist.


Belle begins with the admission by a gentleman that he has a daughter that he loves very dearly. Society however deems it negative that he has had this child illegitimately with a black woman and this raises many issues. Unfortunately he has to leave her with her aunt. This raises interesting but heavy subjects early on, and it doesn’t take long before subjects such as racism, gender inequality and slavery are introduced. The film is handled so delicately however that the plot is primarily about the usual Austen-esque sexist dreams of English Literature students. Women jumping with excitement over their possibilities of being married to a man who is essentially buying them as a status symbol, and all the other stuff that a lot of people miss and idolise yet would be shameful to admit out of context. 


While the delicate back and forth arrangements of trying to find a rich husband for the pretty girls is going on, there is also a darker sub plot that is most real and most unpleasant. The Zong case was an ongoing law battle on whether or not a fraud had been committed with someone disposing of cargo while during a voyage. The cargo in this case was a collection of black slaves that had been thrown overboard, either because the ship was running out of drinking water and therefore the slaves had to be disposed of so the white sailors could survive, or they were thrown over because they were no longer considered to be worth any money. 

Attention is drawn to the fact that traditionally black people were always depicted as lower, physically speaking, on portraits often servants and the like. The famous painting of Dido Elizabeth Belle is the first to have a black person seen to be equal to her white counterpart.  The film was described by Amma Asante as being a story about race interwoven through a traditional Jane Austen story, and it’s seamlessly done.  The film is very beautiful and poignant and yet nonetheless mainstream entertainment. 


The struggle of Belle and her friends and families are all very well illustrated, torn between understanding what is right and what is socially acceptable. If only Northern Ireland politicians (not all of them just most of them), would watch this film and realise that trying to enforce a law that allows people to be bigots in the name of their religion so they don’t have to serve gay people is exactly the same thing as the sexual and racial oppression we used to have. Perhaps they would watch this and suggest giving the go ahead to being racist in the name of your personal made up imaginary friend in the sky also. God they really are complete idiots. At best I think this film may iron out a few creases in the mind of an already relatively liberal minded person, but it is a film worth watching and as period dramas go, one of the best. 

Belle is excellent drama and gets 4/5.

★★★★☆

Dave Roberts


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Monday, 29 December 2014

Let's Be Cops

Arresting my attention this month on Blu-Ray and DVD is the new cop-but-not-cop buddy movie Let’s Be Cops. Directed by Luke Greenfield and starring Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. as two friends who, due to a collection of incidents, end up unprofessionally pretending to be cops and fighting a Russian mafia syndicate…or something.


Ryan O’Malley (Johnson) is an ex semi-professional Football star, or American Football star as he’d be known everywhere else, who injured himself and has since spent the following eight years doing very little work and moping like a boss about his injury. Good moping means living life as fast and as ridiculously as possible, going with the flow, grinding other peoples gears and other things like that. 


Justin Miller (Wayans Jr.) is a video game designer with a passion for making good video games, but no motivation to assert himself and get anything he’s designed published. Partly because he’s constantly pressured and actively ignored by his boss played by Jon LaJoie off of ‘Show me your genitals’ and ‘E=MC Vagina’ from Youtube.

A slight misunderstanding leads them both to appearing at a party dressed up as cops, and as they are leaving they realise that all the girls in the world suddenly want to get their juices flowing all over their cop uniforms and this leaves the guys hungry for more similarly positive attention. Unfortunately a bit of pissing about leads to the bad kind of attention from some dodgy Russian blokes who want to plonk a few bullets into their bodies. So this mixed in with hilarious situations caused by their illegal behaviour leads to what is essentially quite a good film.

I started watching this film expecting it be no better than Observe and Protect, featuring the useless and unfunny Seth Rogen, but instead it ended up being much more akin to Pineapple Express featuring the fabulously talented and hilarious Seth Rogen. When I first watched it in the cinema I had never seen New Girl, now that I have it’s clear that these two were gonna play the parts perfectly. Johnson and Wayans Jr. have really good on screen chemistry ,I felt they were very convincing and really fun. Something about Jake’s constant smiling in the face of danger was endlessly charming and funny in contrast to the more realistic but put upon grimace of Wayans Jr. The characters were very believable but the script was over the top and ridiculous which I think worked very well, especially since Johnson had taken a small step away from his usual ‘nice charming rom-com guy’ role, into this slightly more mentally unstable version of that.


The only negative things I would say about the film is that the jokes were quite far apart, and I felt the film was more amusing than funny most of the time. I can safely say that nothing annoyed me more than Wayans Jr.’s character seemingly not understanding any video game terminology whatsoever. While describing a game he was demonstrating he said something along the lines of ‘this bit would be good if this cop and the other cop had to work together to clear the level’ could’ve been summed up as ‘Co-op…like Kane and Lynch’ or something to that effect. That’s mainly pedantry though.

Buy Let's Be Cops for the people who like New Girl, and a She and Him album and all be well 3/5.

★★★☆☆

Dave Roberts


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Sunday, 28 December 2014

Top 10 Games of 2014 (10-8)

Every year countless games are released for the many different platforms that are out there. PS4, PS3, Xbox 360, Xbox One, 3DS, 2DS, PS Vita, Wii U, PC.... well, you get the idea- the list goes on and on. Due to the fact that my job depends on it, I keep up on game releases and what's going on in the gaming world. But not everyone's job relies of slaving over a keyboard and seeing 1 hour of daylight a week. I've played and reviewed many games in 2014, so in the hope of helping some of you out there cut through the bull, here are the top 10 games of 2014. First up, games 10 to 8.



10- Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance


OK, technically this was originally released in 2013 for Xbox 360 and PS3, but seeing as it hit the PC this year, I think it belongs on the list. At the very least see this entry as a reminder of an epic game you probably haven't played! If you haven't, what are you waiting for? Get your ass to CeX!

When I first heard about Revengence I was a little sceptical. Originally announced in 2009, the game, simply known as Metal Gear Solid: Rising at that point, was to take place between the events of Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty and Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. Between those games Raiden was somehow injured and fitted with an exoskeleton. Rising was to tell that story, and bridge a very important gap in the series' time-line. But this game wasn't being helmed by series creator Hideo Kojima, and after a troubled start to production at Konami, he decided to pull the plug. However, the game didn't vanish into a obscurity as he turned to Platinum Games to try their hand at resurrecting it. Known for titles such as Mad World and Bayonetta, Platinum Games brought the game back to life.

Set after the events of Guns of the Patriots, Revengeance pulls Raiden back into the world of war, fighting and death. However, this isn't your typical game in the Metal Gear universe, as instead of stealth it relies on ultra fast combat, button bashing and taking your foes head on. The game puts all of its focus on combat, which by the way is insanely slick and varied. Whether you're kicking a foe up into the air and then proceeding to carefully slice all their limbs off during Revengeance's bullet-time moments, or taking on of the many bosses in fights that are genuinely batshit insane in their levels of awesomeness, Revengeance is completely bad-ass to the bone. Backed up by a rock soundtrack that will get your heart pounding and blood pumping, this is one of two games on our list that were previously released last year, but still wipe the floor with many recent releases.

Though I don't think it should be considered canon within the Metal Gear Solid universe, Revengeance is fast, fun and kicks ass.


9- Child of Light


In 2010 Ubisoft created the game engine known as UbiArt Framework, a powerful engine that would essentially bring back the 2D platformer games of yesteryear in stunning fashion. This engine heralded the return of Rayman, the classic Ubisoft creation that was first introduced to us back in 1995. It also brought us Valiant Hearts: The Great War, a moving game based upon real letters sent to loved one during World War 1. However, the engines biggest accomplishment came about with Child of Light, our number 9 on the top 10 games of 2014.

Child of Light places you in the role of Aurora, a young girl in 1895 who, at the start of the game, dies after succumbing to a disease. However, after her mother casts a powerful protection spell on her, Aurora wakes up in the magical land of Lemuria. The land of Lemuria is in turmoil, as a dark queen has stolen it's sun, stars and moon. As Aurora you must venture across the land to retrieve what the queen has stolen, ultimately bringing peace back to the land. The story is hauntingly beautiful and often moving, but the true wonder of Child of Light comes from its visuals and gameplay.

Gameplay is a wonderful blend of exploration, puzzle solving and combat, and the combat used here is a little reminiscent of Final Fantasy. It's simple yet effective, and can easily be enjoyed by both the hardcore and casual gamer out there. Child of Light looks like a moving painting too, and thanks to the multiple layers of graphics used, it's an incredibly stunning game to behold. From dark forests in the background, a woodland path before you, dimly lit silhouettes in the foreground that often obscure your view, to layers of smoke and mist moving through the level, the attention to detail throughout Lemuria is genuinely beautiful.

Child of Light easily takes the place of all other Ubisoft games you might be expecting in our top 10.


 8- Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

 

The year was 1999, I was 14 and my biggest (and only) obsession in life was Pokémon. Though I know that's the case with any kid nowadays, keep in mind that this was back when Pokémon was completely new. It's still a worldwide sensation today, but back in those days it was monumental. From trying to find Mew under that truck, coming across Missingno and freaking the f**k out in Lavender Town, I loved it all. Whether it was watching the anime, collecting the cards or playing the game, I was hooked. Well, I was hooked until my mother sold my Pokémon Blue cartridge that had my level 100 Gengar on it, but that's a story for another day...

But while I adored Pokémon way back then, I haven't play any of them in over a decade. That said, I was always eager to jump back into the world of Pokémon, and that came in the form of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. A remake of Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire (which I haven't played myself), it brought me straight back to my days of being hunched over my original Gameboy, slaving away to explore, discover and train new and interesting Pokémon. While I can't speak for how much of an improvement these games are on their original incarnations, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire offers up exceptional gameplay that is both challenging and incredibly relaxing.

Packed brim full of awesome Pokémon to pal up with and go on adventures, loads of bosses to fight, varied and exciting places to visit and friends to meet, Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire easily pulled me back into the world of Pokémon that I haven't experienced in over a decade. It's fantastic.

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire offers true harmless adventure, and despite being a remake finds a way into our top 10.


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Saturday, 27 December 2014

Into The Storm

Every winter the news accidentally forgets that it’s the news and not the weather and posts countless photos of weather onto our screens, usually snow.  Men in snow. Snow in men. Snowmen in women. Goats eating the carrots from a snowman’s face. It’s stupid, but when there’s a lot of weather it’s very interesting to some people. A lot of snow in London, isn’t the same as a lot of snow to an Eskimo.  A lot of wind to Winnie The Pooh isn’t the same as a lot of wind in Silverton.  Out now on BluRay and DVD is Into the storm, the Silverton story and it is a film about wind. (A Very Blustery Day is the Winnie The Pooh one, if you’re interested. It is also a film about wind but with heffalumps and woozles).


Into the storm concerns a small group of people trying to film their last days at school before going off to college. There are lots of emotions running high because the father of the central family is a bit of a bell-end and doesn’t enjoy having children anymore now that he has to do all the work since his wife died.  There are also a group of over zealous wind chasers who want nothing more than to make a documentary about wind. They act like they're making a documentary about partying with Mötley Crüe or something, because they seem to think that wind is intrinsically both very interesting and their path to riches. So long tedious story short, the wind gets really windy and starts destroying bits and pieces of everywhere in Silverton. There's a guy called Jacob, who is nervous about filming wind and he has a pretty girlfriend, and they have a life together and you know from the second that he is reminded of these things that he is definitely going to die. Now if I were to see a pillar of fire tearing a city in half I would run away as fast as I could, but Jacob decided to run at the pillar of fire faster than an Israelite escaping Egypt. (Exodus 13:21-22). He’s really annoying though. And you may say to yourself “Jacob the pleasure in watching you die is what I will get.” (Exodus - Lesson in Violence - From the album Bonded by Blood.) Pretty proud of that joke yes siree bob.


The people in the film are simply a conduit giving the ‘found footage’ element a reason to progress past or towards more wind.  While I’m on that note though, is the found footage thing not supposed to imply that this has actually occurred somewhere?  I mean we definitely would’ve heard about this if it had, I don’t think they would spend so much time dedicated to the mistakes famous teenagers do with their lives if there had been some actual tragedy going in the world do you?

Is there such a thing as wind porn? If there is, this is it.  A massive amount of tornadoes join together like some windy power rangers creating a massive wind tube. It destroys everything in the way but surprisingly kills very few people considering it rips through a school aggressively, at one point it dresses up as an man from the electric board, and robs a pensioner’s house because she didn’t ask for his ID, but really the only thing destroyed by the wind was stupid material possessions like food and shelter.


I don’t think there has ever before been a film about a Twister or a Tornado! Or a Category 7: The End of the world. I’m not sure what the correct term for a lot of wind is now. I enjoyed it for what it was, which was a film about wind, and lots of it was quite unbelievable but at least it was original. I wouldn’t watch it again and I would be embarrassed if anyone told me it was their favourite film. Unless I had asked them ‘What is your favourite film about wind that came out in 2014’.

Into the Storm gets a breezy 3/5.

★★★☆☆

Dave Roberts


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Friday, 26 December 2014

Far Cry 4

Back in 2004 I loved Far Cry. From hunting boar, shooting birds out of the sky, taking out bad guys with my machete or simply just going for a dip in the shark infested waters of the mysterious unnamed island, I played the hell out of it. After releasing Far Cry developer Crytek left the series in the hands of Ubisoft, who, after ruining the series with the truly awful Instincts and Vengeance, saved the series with 2008's Far Cry 2. I believe Far Cry 2 was, and still is, the best of the series. Taking place in Africa and featuring some pretty realistic survival gameplay in terms of guns jamming and having to take Malaria medicine, it was a thrilling and dangerous experience. Far Cry 3 didn't do much for me though, and now we have yet another entry in the Far Cry series. However, does it make its own mark on the franchise like Far Cry 2 did, or is it simply more of the same as what we saw in Far Cry 3. Sadly, the latter may be true.


Developed by Ubisoft Montreal and out now for Playstation 4, Playstation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC comes Far Cry 4, a game that, while better than Far Cry 3, is essentially just more of the same. This time the action takes place in Kyrat, a fictional area of Nepal. The region is ruled by the brutal iron fist of Pagan Min, a ruler on one side of an ongoing civil war. You play the role of Ajay Ghale, a guy born in Kyrat that has returned to spread the ashes of his deceased mother. However, he's got some pretty rotten luck as in doing so he's pulled into the civil war that is tearing Kyrat in two. With Pagan Min gunning for him and an entire region of mountains and jungles to explore and discover, it's up to you to decide which side you'll fight for- Pagan Min or the freedom fighters. Sadly though the story in Far Cry 4 is one of its worst elements, as it often comes across as edgy for the sake of being edgy, as if the writer based most of his research for Pagan Min on Tyler Durden and The Joker. This failure in story extends to the characters that populate Kyrat too, as I found myself completely uninterested in them, their struggle and why I should care about them. 


Right from the opening scene the visuals jump out at you. The game can be faulted as being too similar to Far Cry 3 in many areas, but not in the graphics department. Not only are they highly detailed and incredible looking on PS4, Xbox One and PC, but the world of Kyrat is also incredibly varied and different. There are lush jungles, high mountain regions that give stunning views of the Himalayas, small sleepy towns and houses made of wood and stone, and deep rivers and lakes that glisten in the blazing sun. This level of detail of course extends to the wildlife of the region too, which includes Elephants, Snow Leopards, Rhinos, Wolves and, naturally, Honey Badgers. Though not everything is out to get you, the wildlife is that extra piece in the puzzle that leads to Far Cry 4's world feeling incredible alive and vibrant. Though the map is the same size as Far Cry 3's, Ubisoft Montreal have squeezed in far more interesting areas and sights here. Very little space here is wasted, though that's pretty much the best improvement on what Far Cry 3 did previously.

At its heart gameplay is, well, the same as Far Cry 3. With the open-world ahead of you and a huge array of weaponry at your disposal, as Ajay you'll need to complete missions across Kyrat. They come in many different forms. From simple assassination missions in which you can pick off your target from the mountains using a sniper rifle, to more visceral hostage rescue missions that will have you reaching for your machine gun. There's a bevy of mission types to undertake, but if you've played Far Cry 3 you've done it all before. Completing missions will allow you to upgrade your weapons and even Ajay himself. From giving Ajay a better resistance to enemy fire, to allowing him to hold more grenades in his belt, there is something to strive towards in Far Cry 4, even if it all feels painfully similar. Gunplay remains pretty standard for the series too. It's incredibly fun at times, but I must say, I miss the realism of Far Cry 2. Granted having your gun jam every few minutes got a little annoying, but it added an extra layer of danger to an already perilous situation. Sadly, even beyond the lack of gun jamming, Far Cry 4 never really quite feels that dangerous. That in itself kind of destroys a feeling of true adventure.


But Far Cry 4 does have some pretty great moments, some of which come about when Ajay goes on various mystical quests into the legends of Kyrat. It sounds pretty trippy, but in Far Cry 4 you'll also explore the fabled place of Shangri-La. Alongside your magical pet tiger, these missions are a breath of fresh air in the game. But aside from those missions, my best moments with Far Cry 4 were unscripted and outside of the main story quest. It's true, I got the most out of Far Cry 4 when I discovered my own story, journey and path through the game. I congratulate Ubisoft Montreal on creating a game that lets the player carve out their very own adventure, but next time lets hope the main quest is a little more up to snuff.

Far Cry 4 is a little too Far Cry 3 for my liking and gets a 3/5.

★★★☆☆

Denis Murphy 


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Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Pressie Guide: Great Games

Having trouble trying to decide what games you'll buy this Christmas? Have a loved one who is a huge gamer and needs something extra in their stocking this year? Don't worry, CeX has you covered. Here's a run-down of what should be on your shopping list this year.


Grand Theft Auto V (PS4/XB1)


Why should I buy it?: Released originally for the previous generation of consoles this time last year, this current generation update of Grand Theft Auto V is by no means a cash grab. Featuring slick new graphics and a truly incredible first-person mode, this purchase is a must even if you've previously played the game before. It feels like a fresh experience, and despite technically being an old game at this point, it easily puts most new releases to shame.

Who should I buy it for?: Grand Theft Auto V is an open-world game that covers just about everything from shooting, driving, hiking and exploration. Almost any gamer will easily sink 100+ hours into this experience, but beware, it's rated 18's for a reason.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Wii U)


Why should I buy it?: It's been 4 years since we last saw Donkey Kong on our consoles, and this latest release finally brings the character onto the Wii U. Featuring some incredibly fun gameplay that non-Donkey Kong fans might compare to the Mario series, fantastically designed levels and characters packed full of charming personality, Tropical Freeze is a gaming beacon of hope amid a sea of dreary and violent first-person shooters. It's old-school harmless fun, and might bring some older gamers back to their gaming roots.

Who should I buy it for?: There's a misconception that only children are interested in games like this, but truth be told, Tropical Freeze is for any gamer out there who is simple looking for something fun to play. It's also the perfect game for the whole family to jump into, regardless of age.

South Park: The Stick of Truth (PS3/Xbox 360/PC)



Why should I buy it?: You should buy it because it's the funniest game of the year. Though it's essentially just a simple Role-Playing Game, the characters, world and story are based on the hit cartoon South Park. It may not be pretty to look at, but The Stick of Truth is a hugely fun pertinence, whether you play it alone or with a bunch of mates.

Who should I buy it for?: While a non-fan might enjoy it, this is primarily for the South Park fans out there. From references to episodes and scenarios that happened in the show 13 years ago, to the large cast of characters that you should already know going into it, The Stick of Truth is every South Park fans dream come true.

Dark Souls 2 (PS3/Xbox 360/PC)



Why should I buy it?: The Dark Souls series is an acquired taste. While some gamers might enjoy the relatively easy combat that Skyrim offers up, some of us want and need to be challenged. This is where the Dark Souls series flexes its muscles, as it not only offers near excruciatingly hard combat, but also a dark, gloomy, beautiful and magical world to explore. But while the world may be stunning, the combat is where the game places its focus. Truly epic from start to finish, it's one of the most unique titles currently out there.

Who should I buy it for?: As I said, it's an acquired taste. However, while some gamers will instantly be turned off by the hard combat system, any serious gamer out there will at least try it. But it for the gamer who slaves over a PC or console daily, and seeks to challenge themselves at every turn.

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor (PS3/Xbox 360/PC)



Why should I buy it?: It's an open-world game based within the world of The Lord of the Rings, and though it doesn't give you free reign to explore locations like The Shrine, Bree and Rivendell, it does plant you into the dark region of Mordor. Set between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, Shadow of Mordor features some stunning combat, gameplay that is akin to the Assassin's Creed series, and an open-world that is truly impeccable.

Who should I buy it for?: Don't worry, Shadow of Mordor isn't only for The Lord of the Rings enthusiasts out there. While a fan of that world will indeed get more out of Shadow or Mordor, just about any gamer out there will find something to like here.

Dragon Age: Inquisition (PS4/XB1/PC)


Why should I buy it?: After a few clunkers from the team that brought us Mass Effect, Dragon Age: Inquisition brings us an incredible Role-Playing Game experience that might only be matched by next years The Witcher: Wild Hunt. From creating your own character, exploring a diverse world full of rich, detailed and beautiful locations, to combat that is both nuanced and easy to get the hang of, this is the first (and possibly only) RPG you should be buying this Christmas.

Who should I buy it for?: This is for the gamer who seeks to be immersed in their very own world, as Dragon Age: Inquisition will easily take well over 200 hours to complete. Know a gamer who has less Call of Duty and more fantasy games in their collection? Make it complete with Dragon Age: Inquisition.


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Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Merry CeXmas, one and all!

Wishing you all the best Xmas filled with tech treats, beer bubbles and roast goodies.


If Santa stuffs up this Xmas you can trade your unwanted gifts for what you really want at CeX. Most CeX stores are open everyday apart from Xmas Day, woohoo! Check out your local CeX store page for opening hours here - our wonderful web elves are updating store pages to reflect extended seasonal opening hours!

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Wishing you all Happy Holidays filled with tech treats, beer bubbles and roast goodies.


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Wishing you all the best Xmas filled with tech treats, beer bubbles and roast goodies.


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Merry CeXmas, one and all!

Wishing you all the best Xmas filled with tech treats, beer bubbles and roast goodies.


If Santa stuffs up this Xmas you can trade your unwanted gifts for what you really want at CeX. Most CeX stores in Ireland are open everyday apart from Xmas Day woohoo! Check out your local CeX store page for opening hours here - our wonderful web elves are updating store pages to reflect extended seasonal opening hours!

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Pressie Guide: Tantalising Tech

It's getting close to Christmas and you still haven't bought that special someone their gift, right? Well, put away that one-way plane ticket to Mexico and listen up! CeX is here to help you in your time of need, so here's your buying guide for all things tech.


Oculus Rift


Why should I buy it?: Technically the finished consumer version isn't out yet, but the second version of the development kit (DK2) landed earlier this year. Essentially the Oculus Rift is the a virtual reality headset, but what stands it apart from previous efforts since the early 90's is that it actually works. From every head movement, lean and tilt, the Oculus Rift delivers a perfect stereoscopic image to the viewer in real-time. This excellent piece of kit put you into the game like never before, and as someone who has tried it, I can safely say that this is the future of gaming, and perhaps even entertainment itself.

Who should I buy it for?: This is primarily for the hardcore PC gamer. Being a development kit it's not exactly user friendly yet, so whoever receives this in their stocking should be knowledgeable about PCs, and not just simply the kind of person who sees a PC as a Facebook machine.

iPhone 6/iPhone 6 Plus


Why should I buy it?: Another year, another upgrade of the iPhone. While some people are happy with keeping their phones for a few years before upgrading, it's getting to the point now where phones are advancing in leaps and bounds every year. The iPhone 6 is arguable the pinnacle of smartphone market right now. Packing some pretty excellent and powerful hardware inside it's ultra thin case, Apple have blew the competition out of the water yet again.

Who should I buy it for?: You already know the answer to this, right? While anyone would love a new phone for Christmas, this will especially go down well with the Apple fanatic in your life. While Apple fanatics will simply want it because, well, it's an Apple product, thankfully it's also a pretty nice piece of kit to boot.

PS Vita Slim


Why should I buy it?: The PS Vita had a rough start, but can we all stop acting as if it doesn't have any worthwhile games? While I'm all for it's competitor, the Nintendo 3DS, the PS Vita is the most powerful hand-held gaming device out there right now, and has an ever growing library of games that is making some waves. Granted Sony themselves seem to be losing interest in it, but it's a hand-held that gets overlooked far too often. From games such as Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Gravity Rush and Assassin's Creed: Liberation backing it up, the PS Vita Slim is console gaming in the palm of your hands.

Who should I buy it for?: Buy it for the gamer in your life that doesn't want to spend all their time in front of a TV. Whether it's gaming on the train, in the back of a car on a long journey or on a break at work, the PS Vita Slim is for the gamer who wants to game when they're not, well, gaming.

Samsung Galaxy Gear


Why should I buy it?: Smartwatches are the new thing, apparently. Though I'm pretty sceptical to some degree of how they may take off, after (briefly) getting my hands on the Samsung Galaxy Gear, I see certainly see the potential. With features that cover everything from making and receiving calls, sending messages, music, health and exercise, if worn and used daily, the Samsung Galaxy Gear could become an integral piece of tech in your life.

Who should I buy it for?:
This is for the person in your life who wants/needs to be on the cutting edge of technology. The smartphone market is completely new. It may work out and it may not, but one thing is certain, any tech savvy person out there will want this strapped to their wrist come Christmas day.

LaCie RuggedKey


Why should I buy it?: You should buy it because it's the only stocking filler in the world that can withstand a 100m drop. That's right, this USB, that comes in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB storage sizes, is pretty much indestructible. Sure, it's not exactly a smartphone, smartwatch or futuristic virtual reality headset, but the LaCie RuggedKey is a pretty nifty piece of tech.

Who should I buy it for?: This is for the PC user that just doesn't want to just back up their information, but also wants to keep it ultra safe. They may never have to put the 100m drop claim to the test, but you can never be too sure!

iPad Mini 3


Why should I buy it?: What's not the like about an iPad, seriously? It's that grey area between a PC/Laptop and a smartphone, and is possibly Apples best piece of tech since the original iPod. It's sleek, fast, powerful and is quickly becoming an essential for many techy and non-techy people out there.

Who should I buy it for?:  It's for the gamer who wants to chill out and play on the couch. It's for the writer you wants to jot down some ideas on the go. It's for the student who needs to study, but isn't anywhere near a PC. It's for the person who wants to merely browse Facebook and chat to friends. So anyone, really.


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Monday, 22 December 2014

Pressie Guide: Fantastic Films

Another Christmas, another scramble to buy stocking fillers, right? It's OK, calm down, we've all been there. Thankfully though, we here at CeX are up for giving you some gift ideas. Fancy on buying someone a BluRay or DVD this year? Check out our buyers guide below!


Guardians of the Galaxy


Why should I buy it?: Though not as well known as the likes of Iron Man, Captain America or The Hulk, the Guardians of the Galaxy is probably the best Marvel film to date. It's not set on boring ass Earth, it's genuinely hilarious, it stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Salanda and Dave Bautista who are backed up by Vin Diesel playing a tree-like creature and Bradley Cooper playing a talking raccoon, it has excellent CGI and a fantastic soundtrack, and it's more or less entirely free from the story The Avengers is revving up. Basically, it's one of the best adventure films of the past decade.

Who should I buy it for?: Like the rest of Marvels films, almost anyone can enjoy Guardians of the Galaxy. Regardless of age, gender or level of interest in superhero films, it will likely please most people who give it a chance. That said, anyone who is looking for a comedy sci-fi will eat it up.

 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition 

 

Why should I buy it?: OK, I get it, The Hobbit series is not good as The Lord of the Rings. I know. But Predator 2 isn't as good as the original Predator, but hey, it's still fun, right? This second instalment of Peter Jackson's adaptation of The Hobbit has now been released with extra footage, in-depth making-of documentaries and general behind-the-scenes content. Still, even beyond the extras the film itself is huge fun, and packed full of stunning visuals, great performances, Orc slaying and Benedict Cumberbatch playing a fire breathing dragon, cos why not?

Who should I buy it for?:
Though most people will enjoy The Desolation of Smaug, fans of fantasy films will get the most out of it. From fans of The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and Game of Thrones, anyone who enjoys their films to feature either magic, creatures or just fun adventure will love it.

22 Jump Street


Why should I buy it?: Another year, another Jump Street. 22 Jump Street sees the undercover cops enrolling into college to take down a drug dealer known as WHYPHY. The premise in itself is the perfect set-up for a good few laughs, and Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum just run with it, and not only come across like they're having a lot of fun making the film, but also massive real life bros.

Who should I buy it for?: Looking for a comedy this Christmas? 22 Jump Street has enough laughs to suit just about everyone, and though it isn't high art, it's still a cut above most comedis that were out this year. Buy it for person who wants to treat everyone to an after dinner laugh.

The Raid 2


Why should I buy it?: To put it simply, you should buy it because it's one of the best action films ever. Seriously. It's up there with the likes of Predator, Die Hard, Die Hard with a Vengeance, Terminator 2, Conan the Barbarian and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. It's balls-to-the-wall martial arts action at its best, and it improves on the first one in every way imaginable.

Who should I buy it for?: Be they male or female, buy it for the film watcher that wants their body count high, their ass kicking fast and furious and their story relegated to mere window dressing. It's not so-bad-it's-good like some other enjoyable actions film either, as it's some of the most thrilling, vicious and awesome action I've ever seen on film.

Doctor Who: Season Eight


Why should I buy it?: After getting sick to death of seeing Matt Smiths cherub-like face, the latest incarnation of The Doctor is played by Peter Capaldi, and so far he's doing it excellently. Doctor Who Season Eight does have its missteps, but overall it's an excellent introduction to this older Doctor, a Doctor who seems to have a darker side to his personality unlike we've ever seen before. Featuring adventures that have The Doctor and his companion, Clara, go up against Mummies, giant spiders, Cybermen and, of course, Daleks, it's light, entertaining and perfect post-Christmas dinner entertainment.

Who should I buy it for?: Everyone loves Doctor Who. This is a fact. If you put this on after Christmas dinner this year, I can guarantee you that everyone's eyes in the room will be fixed on the TV. Whether it's for a younger or older viewer, Doctor Who offers the kind of fun that appeals to us all, and  this season offers it up in spades.

The Fault in Our Stars


Why should I buy it?: This is the tearjerker of the list. The film focuses on two teenagers who, after meeting up at a Cancer support group, fall in love. It's an incredibly bittersweet film, as why their love is often moving and tender, the looming shadow that their cancer might end their love is always present. Filled with plenty of emotional scenes and superb performances, A Fault in Our Stars has a lot of heart.

Who should I buy it for?: This is the film for anyone who isn't afraid of the idea of crying while watching a film. It's for anyone who is open to a film stirring emotions within them. It should be for everyone, but not everyone wants to feel that while watching a film, sadly. Buy it for someone close to you.


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Sunday, 21 December 2014

Assassin’s Creed: Rogue

Ubisoft have responded to the accusations of releasing the same game every year in a different package by releasing two of them this year.  The first one is Assassin’s Creed: Unity on the PS4 and Xbox One. The second one is Assassin’s Creed: Rogue. Out now on Xbox 360 and PS3, Rogue is basically Black Flag in disguise. With the slight twist on a theme, you play as an assassin turned Templar with all the majestic moral mind melting that you’d expect. I found myself sneaking up on Templars as the game started being ushered in the direction that my fate decreed by a very unpleasant, controlling and difficult to please mentor/leader.  


My character is Irish and is called Shay Patrick Cormac (spelt in the English fashion and not the Irish, I noted) and doesn’t like rules and regulations. He upsets his colleagues for being uninterested and lazy, which is fair enough accusations of a man who doesn’t know how to spell his own name. He doesn’t like the assassin’s and the way they do things, constant attempts to reclaim the bits of Eden mean that the world is suffering some massive earthquakes. Pause. Check facts. Oh they actually happened that’s awesome. The Piece’s of Eden are important for those who wish to wield tremendous power, but seemingly cause the earth to eat cities when rubbed, a bit like a grumpier version of Aladdin’s Lamp.


Shay’s storyline is based in the midst of the French and Indian war, this amongst various other things means Shay is very rarely in a position to feel safe as he is at war with practically everyone. After a mission goes somewhat wrong, Shay ends up running away and jumping into the sea to his death! Except obviously not to his death. He wakes up from a coma in the house of some people ho give him clothes and food. Some men come round to put the shake down on those ol’ folks, but Shay ain’t having none of it and gives them a dose of his assassin skills.

The game, as I’ve mentioned is basically a skinned version of Black Flag, but there are some new elements that make it interesting. The puckle gun means you can have puckle fun by shooting ships weak points with ease. There is poison gas, and the further addition of a dart gun which you can use to induce narcolepsy or ADHD.  There’s a third dart that causes the enemies to completely lose their shit, meaning that they slice ,shoot and rage at anyone or anything nearby. For those fans of 2 Kings Chapter 2 verses 23 - 24 from the bible you can also cause bears to slaughter entire villages if you shoot them with this dart. So if anyone laughs at you and calls you bald, you can do the good Christian thing and have them killed by bears.  That’s what god would do. Because he’s a megalomaniac.


So now the stories within the memories are very indicative that the Templars are the good guys, the story in Abstergo seem to imply that the Templars are complete fuckers like you always thought they were. There are little nods to various characters from the other games, as the time gap is closing.  Eventually it’ll be possible to play all of history through the Assassin’s Creed games. You could probably even run around in present day, walk into your own room and assassinate yourself. The downside of Rogue, as with all Assassin’s Creed games, and apparently Far Cry games, is that the story line takes less time to play than it did to write and the side quests are usually nothing more than:

Quest: Climb that wall, then stab that man, then follow that man then stab him too. Touch that girls bum. Do something charming. Stab that man. Stab girl. Follow man. Open treasure chest. Open man chest. Feel girls chest. Stab man.

If you like Assassin’s Creed games you will enjoy this, if you do not like them you will hate this.

Assassin's Creed: Rogue is exactly everything you expect it to be 3/5.

★★★☆☆

Dave Roberts


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Saturday, 20 December 2014

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

Before watching the original Sin City film back in 2005, I was completely unaware what Sin City was and who all the characters were. I went into it cold and loved it. Backed up by a pretty strong cast, I loved the idea of various slightly interconnected tales that were happening across a city. I also loved the harsh black and white look of the film, how certain colours stood out and the fact that it was a comic book adaptation that didn't include superheroes. But while Sin City was an excellent film, this long, long awaited sequel started to worry me as the years went by. Now, after 9 years in development hell, the sequel to Sin City is here. However, does it manage to recapture the lightning in a bottle effect of the original, ore is it just an imitation of greatness? Beware, some spoiler follow.


Directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller and out now on Blu-Ray and DVD comes Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, a film I would have cared more about around 7 years ago. Much like the original, A Dame to Kill For is a collection of short stories from across the city of Sin City. However, it's a little unconventional as it's both a sequel and prequel to the first Sin City. There are 4 stories in total. The first is “Just Another Saturday Night”, and sees the return of Marv, played by Mickey Rourke. It takes place during the events of “That Yellow Bastard”, one of the stories from the first film. Then there's “The Long Bad Night”, a two-part original story that features Joseph Gordon Levitt as Johnny, a lucky gambler who goes up against the wrong guy. Then there's the titular story “A Dame to Kill For”, a prequel to the original Sin City, and stars John Brolin and Eva Green as formers lovers who get tangled up together amidst some pretty shady characters. And finally there's “Nancy's Last Dance”, another original story that picks up where “That Yellow Bastard” left off, and focuses on Jessica Alba's character, Nancy.


Due to the fact that A Dame to Kill For is both a sequel and prequel to the original Sin City, you really do need to watch the first film to know what the hell is going on here. The stories presented here are a mix of the interesting and boring. Though it didn't appear in the Sin City comic books back in the day, the original story that features Joesph Gordon-Levitt is pretty great, despite the fact that it's just an incredible simple revenge tale. Backed up by Powers Boothe who plays Senator Roark, the big bad of this film, it's filled with some great dialogue and superb performances. Then the other stand-out element of the film are some parts of “Nancy's Last Dance”, most notably anything that focuses on Jessica Alba's now destructive Nancy character, and Bruce Willis as the ghost/memory/whatever of dead cop Hartigan. But despite there being some gleams of excellence, A Dame to Kill For just doesn't live up to expectations.

The sad part is that the most disappointing and blandest tale here is “A Dame to Kill For”, which is essentially the centrepiece of the film. Despite featuring a fantastically seductive performance by Eva Green as Ava and a decent one by John Brolin as Dwight, I just found myself completely uninterested in it. Also- and this is where we get to spoilers!- there's one part of this story that I simply can't forgive. This story takes place before the original Sin City, and John Brolin plays Dwight, a role Clive Own played in the first film. But this makes sense, as in the comic book the character of Dwight gets his face reconstructed which makes him look totally different. This also happens in this film, but instead of, you know, him looking like Clive Owen after the surgery, the character is merely John Brolin wearing Clive Owen-like make-up. It's just bizarre, and comes across as lazy in the film-makers lack of attempt to get Clive Owen on board, if even for a cameo.


When the original Sin City came out it looked and felt fresh. The use of CGI was different and interesting, and it played out like nothing I've seen before. So ultimately the problem with A Dame to Kill For is the fact that 9 years after the original it doesn't look that unique any more. They may be using the same techniques as they did 9 years ago, but a lot of this film looks pretty cheap, and falls in line with a lot of Robert Rodriguez's post-Sin City work- digital looking, cheap, fast-tracked garbage. I think that's the main problem here, whereas back in the day both Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez were genuinely exciting artists and visionaries, they've seemingly bought too into their own hype. With clunkers such as The Spirit, Spy Kids, Robocop 3 and Machete sprawled across their CV's, they just don't have it any more. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is worth checking out if you loved the first film, but without the freshness that the original had in 2005, this sequel/prequel often feels dull, tired and boring.

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For isn't a film to kill for and gets a 2/5.

★★☆☆☆

Denis Murphy 


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Friday, 19 December 2014

Sunset Overdrive Video Review


Check out Sammy's thoughts on Sunset Overdrive. Is it the system seller Microsoft hopes it is? Find out at our YouTube channel or by watching the video below!



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Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom

I have to be honest here, while I've seen a good amount of Adventure Time episodes, I'm by no means a die hard fan. It's a fun show, but I just don't really have any drive to keep watching. That said, when the opportunity arose to review the third main game in the Adventure Time gaming series, I jumped at it. Why? Two reasons, really. After getting a look at a few screenshots and instantly seeing the nod to The Legend of Zelda series, I had to try it for myself. And secondly, after South Park: The Stick of Truth essentially showed everyone that TV tie-in games don't have to be utter crap, I had a feeling that Adventure Time was trying to follow in its footsteps. However, while this latest Adventure Time game isn't terrible by any stretch of the imagination, it's certainly not that great either. Oh well.


Developed by WayForward Technologies and out now on Playstation 3, Playstation Vita, Xbox 360, Nintendo 3DS and PC comes Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom, a game that in its attempt to riff on The Legend of Zelda, ends up merely feeling like a Zelda clone rather than an Adventure Time game that plays like Zelda. The story is simple and doesn't try and bog the player down with long conversations, in-depth plot or long cut-scenes. Basically, three princesses have been  kidnapped and are being held captive in three temples. As Finn (the human) and Jake (the dog), you must venture across the land, do battle with foes, collect all kinds of loot and save all three princesses. So yeah, it's basically Zelda but with three princesses instead of one and not nearly half as enjoyable.


From the outset until the very end, the game is a Zelda clone, namely a clone of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. From running around the colourful over-world in a top-down perspective, slicing down bushes and smashing pots to reveal gems and items, chucking bombs to break walls, solving simple puzzles and collecting hearts to increase your life gauge, there isn't an original idea to be found here. Then again, there weren't many (if any!) new ideas in South Park: The Stick of Truth, but that at least focused on the world of South Park, the characters who inhabit it and references to jokes made over its 18 years on the air. The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom doesn't do this, and even seemingly tries to avoid certain locations in the series. That said, I did enjoy playing it somewhat. Gameplay is quick and fun, the visuals are pretty cute and charming and the huge array of Adventure Time characters that appear are a nice side-step from the all too familiar gameplay.

Though I'm sure it'll seem like I'm harping on about it way too much during this review, the Zelda similarities in The Secret of the Nameless King go way, way beyond parody or homage. Instead, the game literally beats you over the head with Zelda so much that it starts to become something else entirely. The worse casualty of this focus on Zelda's game structure is the Adventure Time franchise itself. It loses its identity completely, and you'll often feel that without Finn and Jake this game could be merely an original creation. Whereas South Park: The Stick of Truth felt like South Park, played like an old school turn-based RPG and looked like it was an episode from the series, The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom feels, plays and looks like a cheap Zelda clone. Though my love for the series doesn't go beyond checking it out once in awhile, I was hoping for something that stayed true to the source material.


Overall I thought Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom was fun, but ultimately kind of pointless. WayForward Technologies could have made something truly special, something that celebrated the Adventure Time universe, but instead they've created what is basically a Zelda clone that features the characters of Adventure Time. It's not done sparingly with a wink and a smile either, but rather it comes across as lazy and heavy handed. But hey, I had fun playing it, but I came away confused as to what franchise WayForward Technologies were paying respects to here- Zelda or Adventure Time? The answer should be Adventure Time, but this game has other ideas.

Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom is just an OK Zelda clone and gets a 2/5.

★★☆☆☆

Denis Murphy


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