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Jun

Editorial – Hope Springs Eternal: Mass Effect 3 Extended Ending DLC Analysis

After spending months debating the relative merits of the original Mass Effect 3 ending here we go again with Bioware’s Extended Ending DLC that supposedly attempts to directly speak to many issues that outraged fans brought to light.  Let’s cut to the chase here and state the obvious question – will this new ending placate the masses of irate fans?  Well, it depends.

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26
Jun

Today June 26 is ME3 Extended Ending Day

Just a quick reminder that the long awaited Mass Effect 3 Extended Ending DLC is due to drop tomorrow here in North America although the actual time it is being made available is different depending on what service you are using. According to tweets from Bioware the 1.9 GB DLC should be dropping for Xbox 360 users around 5am in the morning while Playstation owners get it sometime in the afternoon. Those on PC are scheduled to get it through EA’s Origin service at around 2-3pm in the afternoon.

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23
Jun

Mass Effect 3 Extended Cut DLC Coming June 26 to North America

Oh boy, here we go again.  Today, Bioware announced that the long awaited extended DLC cut of the Mass Effect 3 ending will be available for download next Tuesday, June 26, 2012 in North America.  Considering the game caused such a ruckus and sent this site’s hit count soaring I have no doubt this DLC is going to have a similar effect especially since it appears as if the ending isn’t really changing but rather being expanded upon.

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22
Jun

Movie Review – Mirror Mirror (2012)

Mirror Mirror is a mostly charming film that is decidedly geared towards young teenagers and toddlers who will probably not mind the incredibly broad humour and Disney-esque feel that makes it palatable for family audiences. Make no mistake though, the end product feels incredibly forced and manufactured at every turn yet the atmosphere is incessantly cheery and festive enough that most parents will probably ignore the inherently saccharine aftertaste.

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17
Jun

Movie Review – The Viral Factor (2012)

Surprisingly watchable if your brain is on a two month vacation, Dante Lam’s The Viral Factor attempts to blend familial drama more suited to TV soap operas with a rather time-worn plot featuring a deadly virus that potentially could wipe out millions.  The movie simply looks great, a result of a much expanded budget that unshackles Lam to really pull out all the stops and crank up the action to stratospheric levels.  However, while technically the film is sound you can’t help but constantly slap your forehead at the huge leaps in logic that the script forces upon viewers, more specifically the thousands of times where mere coincidence and dumb luck rule the day.

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14
Jun

iPad Review – Mystery Agency Visions of Time HD (2011)

I have always considered myself somewhat kind-hearted and willing to let organizations or people have the opportunity to redeem themselves.  As my reviews of the other two Mystery Agency games have shown (A Vampire’s Kiss, Secrets of the Orient), developer DTP has not been particular adapt at creating compelling hidden object games that combine sound gameplay mechanics with a solid narrative.  Based on past experience I was hesitant to buy this third installment in the franchise yet part of my sympathetic psyche won out and decided to give them another shot.  It turns out I should have listened to reason and avoided it like the plague.

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10
Jun

Movie Review – Flying Swords of Dragon Gate (2011)

Tsui Hark decides to once again dip into his past pantheon of films and chooses to remake his 1992 Dragon Inn film with the aid of modern CG.  Audiences will remember he tried a similar tactic with The Legend of Zu with less than stellar results.  Has the venerable director learned from his mistakes or is he condemned to repeat history?  Unfortunately for audiences while Flying Swords of Dragon Gate is certainly watchable as a kind of Hollywood summer popcorn film it fails to rectify many of the same issues Hark encountered with The Legend of Zu namely that he once again allows his expensive budget to intrude on the narrative in ways that it should never have been allowed.

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6
Jun

Movie Review – John Carter (2012)

When a movie flops this badly and ends up as the official biggest box office disaster of all time there is no doubt that a certain negative stigma will forever be associated with it.  In short, this pungent odour will stick with this movie for time immemorial and it will fairly or not take its place amongst Hollywood’s pantheon of cinematic disasters like Ishtar, Waterworld, Heaven’s Gate, The Adventures of Pluto Nash or Cleopatra.   Yet what exactly is a box office bomb?  Simply stated it’s a case where the movie’s combined budget and marketing costs far outstrip its box office receipts so much so that the difference is a massive loss that can sink studios a dubious feat Cleopatra and Heaven’s Gate almost accomplished.

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