20 June, 2011

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets


Harry Potter is back for his second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and it doesn’t take long before Harry, Ron and Hermione find something isn’t right at Hogwarts and students soon being petrified and messages are written in blood on the walls stating that someone has opened the mysterious Chamber of Secrets and unleashed the gruesome beast within. As Harry, Ron and Hermione set out to find the secret chamber and slay the beast, speculation rises that an heir of Salazar Slytherin (co-founder of Hogwarts) has arisen and opened the chamber as someone had done before many years ago.
This is the second film adapted from one of J.K Rowling’s award-winning Harry Potter series, and stays fairly true to the story though I prefer the book.
This is a good film and can be watched several times.
7 out of 10

I recommend having a good sound system to watch at home for all the full effect of the movie.

17 June, 2011

Brink


Xbox 360, PS3, PC.
Set in the near future wherein the seas have risen and what was once an oceanic paradise, but with the guests staying no better then shanty towns, and no new people seen in over twenty years, the Ark, a self sustaining floating city, is one of the last known refuges of man.
Brink attempts to blur the line between single-player and multi-player gameplay into one seamless experience, this allows you to develop your character across all modes of gameplay.
The Ark is split into two zones, one guarded by security forces, the other by rebels.  Your first choice in this game is whether you want to save the Ark or escape it.  If you chose to save the Ark you will be put into the rôle of a member of the security, who believe “if we are to survive we must have order”. However, if you chose to escape it you will become a member of the resistance wherein you believe that the security are oppressors and if humanity is to survive you must escape the Ark.
This game really lets you play your way with extensive character and weapon customisation along with four different classes from which to chose that can be improved to your liking and swapped at any time.
I reviewed it on the Xbox and thought the character and weapon customisation are some of the best I have seen.  This game is hungry for more, with long load times and annoying texture popping, though I have heard that the PC and PS3 don’t have the texture popping or long load times.

7 out of 10

I recommend playing online with other people instead of on your own with bots because, on any level of difficulty other than easy, the bots just run off and don’t help you at all.

12 June, 2011

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone


Harry Potter was only an infant when the dark wizard Lord Voldemort killed his parents and then tried to kill him; but, owing to his mother’s sacrificing herself to save him, Harry somehow caused the final curse to backfire upon Voldemort, draining him of his powers and giving Harry the title of “the Boy Who Lived”.
Ten years later, Harry has no memory of his encounter with the Dark Lord, or that his is famous in any way let alone a wizard. Instead, he lives in a closet under the stairs in his aunt and uncle’s house.  Until one day when he receives a letter informing him of his enrollment at Hogwarts.  Thus begins the series of adventures and dangers with his two best friends, Ron and Hermione, whom he first meets on the train and forms a life-long friendship that is able to withstand anything.
This movie follows the book fairly well and is a good film for any age. But not only that, it really is a movie which you can watch again and again.

7 out of 10