Ramblings About Work & the World


L.A. Noire review – who wants to play as cops?

POSTED IN:  by Richard Smeeton, May 25, 2011 at 02:00 EST

The Grand Theft Auto games derive a huge chunk of their fun from consequence-free criminality, whether it's random missile attacks or mowing down innocent hotdog vendors just for kicks. L.A. Noire shifts to the other side of the law completely, so can a Rockstar game still be enjoyable if you can't do the fun stuff? More »

VIDEO: Obama drinks Guinness with Irish locals

POSTED IN:  by Adam Doree, May 24, 2011 at 18:16 EST

It's hard to imagine most politicians and presidents being so consistently charming, but with a Guinness in hand there seems to be no stopping President Obama. Watch as he cracks some jokes and admits that America needs to work on its beer policy if it's ever to catch up with Europe or, indeed, the rest of the world. More »

Review: Is Portal 2 the game sequel of 2011?

POSTED IN:  by Adam Doree, Apr 21, 2011 at 17:31 EST
Some gameplay elements have been added

2007's The Orange Box (reviewed here) may have been the best value-for-money new game release of all time. For me it was because of the arguably still-unmatched Half-Life 2 series, combined with the first Portal - one of the most pleasant surprises to come out of any studio in this generation of gaming.  While the first Portal introduced players to the series' now-trademark wit, charming art style and most importantly, the best 3D puzzle-solving action gaming ever conceived, ultimately it felt like rather a small, if perfectly formed little game. More »

Review: Spielberg epic Saving Private Ryan finally reaches Blu-ray

POSTED IN:  by Joe Grace, Jun 6, 2010 at 00:00 EST

Famous for it’s bloody portrayal of the D-Day landings in 1944, Spielberg’s classic has been a long time coming. Now it’s been released, glitch-free, and we’re left with the inevitable questions… More »

District 9 Blu-ray Review

POSTED IN:  by Joe Grace, May 18, 2010 at 00:00 EST
District 9

A low budget indie from South African, produced by a New Zealander known for his high-budget antics, District 9 was the under-the-radar hit of 2009. Now it’s arrived on Blu-ray, and it seems to have lost none of its off-beat charms along the way. More »

In The Loop: Brits prove to be the masters of mockumentary and profanity-laced hilarity

POSTED IN:  by Joel Goodbody, Feb 23, 2010 at 00:00 EST
In The Loop

In The Loop is basically a film version of the BBC television show The Thick of It. I’m sure any British readers out there already realize this, and conversely, I’m sure practically no American readers know this. If the television series is anywhere near the quality of this film, I’ll be a happy man once I track it down. More »