Events
Fan Expo Canada 2014
Xbox

By Jorge Figueiredo - September 1st, 2014

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Fan Expo is a time for gaming giants to flex their muscles and show off what they have coming down the pipe (see what I did there?) – and so I spent a little bit of time at the Microsoft booth, checking out some of their lineup for the upcoming holiday season. There were a lot of gaming stations placed around the booth, and a really great “theater” setup in the middle (which played trailers to upcoming games). As time was limited, I didn’t really get a chance to get in on the action for too many games (I don’t believe in line-jumping) – but I did get a chance to observe the games from the sidelines and gauge peoples’ reactions!

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Events
Fan Expo Canada 2014
Warner Bros

By Jorge Figueiredo - August 31st, 2014

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Adjacent to the Sony booth, the Warner Bros. Booth is hard to miss. In the front corner of the booth sits a full-scale Batmobile – the version from Batman: Arkham Knight. No, you can’t get in – but you can take your picture with it. Towards the back of the booth are a few game displays, showing Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor, Dying Light, and Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham. To the right, a merchandise shop, behind which is a special “screening” room for people that want to try out Mortal Kombat X. As my time was limited, I checked out Mortal Kombat X, and played a little bit of Shadow of Mordor.

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Reviews
Oculus
Blu-Ray

By Jorge Figueiredo - August 30th, 2014

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Throughout the history of horrors and thrillers, reflections have had their fair share of screen time. Sometimes, reflections reveal a monster or murderer sneaking up behind an unsuspecting character, causing the audience to shout out at the screen. At other times, the lack of a character’s reflection in a mirror hints at their supernatural origin. And who can forget those movies that feature horrible creatures that are summoned through the use of a mirror? Yes, reflections have the capacity to add an extra layer of fright to almost any already tense situation. Oculus (WWE Studios, Blumhouse Productions, and Intrepid Pictures), a 2014 horror film written by Mike Flanagan and Jeff Howard, takes a mirror, and places it squarely in the center of a twisted plot. While slow-moving at times, I found that Oculus was a clever film, pushing forth a scary idea and then wrapping around the viewer’s imagination to great effect, making it a somewhat refreshing film from a genre that seems to be filled with boring and tired movies in more recent times.

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Events
Fan Expo Canada 2014
Games to Play

By Jorge Figueiredo - August 30th, 2014

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One of the cool things about Fan Expo is that patrons have the chance to play games that aren’t out yet. Sony, Microsoft, and Warner Brothers have displays there (more on those later). There were two standalone displays that were each dedicated to a single game. They might be of interest to you.

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Events
Fan Expo Canada 2014
Ubi Workshop

By Jorge Figueiredo - August 29th, 2014

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If you ever wondered what Santa’s elves are like, just go to the Ubi Workshop booth. They are located towards the back along the edge of their parent’s (Ubisoft’s) booth footprint. While they may not have pointy ears, or work in the North Pole, they certainly know how to work magic (and frankly, be jolly). While Ubisoft is busy making immersive games, Ubi Workshop brings the games to life by creating great merchandise centered around the worlds featured within those titles.

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Reviews
The Golf Club

By Jorge Figueiredo - August 29th, 2014

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The game of golf is interesting to me. Whether watching or playing, it is a game that involves patience and skill, with repeated practice resulting in great muscle control and the ability to do some very interesting (subconscious) physics calculations. Translating golf to a console in such a way as to keep the game entertaining (without sacrificing the sense of accomplishment that comes with a great round) is probably not the easiest of tasks, but HB Studios has done a really great job of doing so in their latest game: The Golf Club.

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Events
Fan Expo Canada 2014
Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes

By Jorge Figueiredo - August 29th, 2014

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If you wander around the gaming area at Fan Expo Canada 2014, be sure to look between the Xbox booth and the EB Games booth. Tucked away in the back corner is the Disney Infinity booth – and you definitely don’t want to miss that (there is a good chance you could as it is obscured by walls). We reviewed Disney Infinity last September, and we found it to be a fantastic experience. Thanks to a collectible series of figures (collect what you want), pre-constructed adventures (playsets) and a robust DIY Toy Box mode, we thought that Disney Infinity was good value for the money – and we still do. Now, as I predicted in that very review, Marvel characters have joined the Disney Infinity universe thanks to Avalanche Software’s Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes (Studio Gobo worked on the Guardians of the Galaxy portion).

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