Ep. 097 – American Sniper, Paper Planes – 26th Jan. 2015

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It’s a film-filled week this episode as Shane, Jason, Ben and Terry review Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper, Australian indie darling Paper Planes, the sequel no one asked for in Dumb & Dumber To and two 2014 films we missed: Into The Storm and A Walk Among The Tomb Stones.

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02:16 – American Sniper
28:53 – Into The Storm
35:59 – Dumb & Dumber To
44:09 – Paper Planes
47:50 – A Walk Among The Tomb Stones

Thank you for listening, awesome addicts! Don’t miss next week’s episode when the guys review South Park: The Stick of Truth, The Theory of Everything and much more!

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Ep. 096 – Birdman, Taken 3, Halo 5: Guardians – 19th Jan. 2015

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As we head into the 2015 Oscar Season, there are some great films coming out, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any stinkers. This week, Shane, Jason, Ben and Terry review the Best Picture-nominated Birdman and the ‘definitely-not-Best-Picture-nominated’ Taken 3. Also, Shane hits another Backlog movie of his in Cars 2 and he and Terry discuss the final week of the Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta.

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02:36 – Birdman
30:02 – Cars 2
34:01 – Taken 3
01:05:08 – Halo 5: Guardians

Thank you for listening, awesome addicts! Don’t miss next week’s episode when the guys review Bradley Cooper in American Sniper, South Park: The Stick of Truth and much more!

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Ep. 095 – Halo 5: Guardians, Into The Woods, Games of 2015 – 10th Jan. 2015

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2015 is in full swing as Shane, Jason H, Ben and Jason M dive into the musical extravaganza that is Into The Woods. Shane and Jason M dive deeper into the Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta and then the gang looks ahead to all the big games coming out in 2015!

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01:55 – Into The Woods
24:36 – Titanic
26:00 – Fast & Furious 5
28:13 – Halo 5: Guardians MP Beta [Second Impressions]
41:35 – Games of 2015

Thanks for listening once again, guys and girls! Tune in next week for our reviews of Birdman and Taken 3 and our final thoughts on the last week of the Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta.

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Ep. 094 – Halo 5: Guardians, The Water Diviner, Movies of 2015 – 2nd Jan. 2015

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It’s the Shane and Ben Show this week as the rest of the crew is still hung over from New Year’s Eve celebrations! The two kick things off with their review of Russell Crowe’s The Water Diviner. Shane gives his first impressions of the Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta and to wrap it up the boys look ahead to some of the biggest Movies of 2015.

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02:09 – The Water Diviner
25:38 – Halo 5: Guardians MP Beta [First Impressions]
42:48 – Movies of 2015

Thanks for listening, fellow awesome addicts! Join us next week for some more Halo 5 discussion, a look ahead to the biggest games of 2015 and much more!

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Ep. 093 – The Hobbit, Big Hero 6, Game & Movie of The Year – 27th Dec. 2014

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It’s the episode we’ve all been waiting for! Shane, Jason H, Ben, Terry and Jason M gather around the mics for the last episode of 2014 to review The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies. They also discuss some more Big Hero 6 and talk about the Xbox One as two of them got a console each for Christmas. Shane lines up some great iterations of Survival of The Nerdiest and VS. and then to cap it all off, the guys list their Top 5 games and movies of 2014 and manage to crown a Game of The Year and Movie of The Year.

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01:40 – The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies
29:58 – Big Hero 6
33:32 – Xbox One games
47:17 – Survival of The Nerdiest
57:27 – VS.
01:11:24 – Christmas Wishes
01:15:21 – Game of The Year
01:32:41 – Movie of The Year

Thanks for being a part of what was an awesome year in every sense of the word! We hope you join us for another fantastic year in 2015. Next week we’ll be reviewing The Water Diviner and looking ahead to the biggest movies of 2015 including The Avengers: Age of Ultron and Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens.

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Ep. 092 – Christmas Special: Big Hero 6, The Imitation Game – 20th Dec. 2014

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Merry Christmas, fellow addicts! Shane, Ben and Terry have gathered around the mics this week to review Disney’s new Big Hero 6 and Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game. And to celebrate the holidays, the guys make their Christmas wishes for 2015.

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Thanks for listening, guys and gals! Don’t miss next week’s episode as Shane, Jason H, Ben, Terry, Jason M and Luke gather for the final show of 2014! They’ll be reviewing The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies and naming their Top 5 favourite games and movies of 2014!

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Ep. 091 – Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, The Machinist, Massive Chalice – 12th Dec. 2014

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The awesome foursome is reunited this week! Shane, Jason, Ben and Terry sit down to dive deeper into Jake Gyllenhaal’s Nightcrawler and Double Fine Productions’ Massive Chalice. Shane has also played some Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and he provides his thoughts on why it succeeds in many ways but fails in many more. Shane also knocks a movie off his Pile of Shame and that is 2005′s The Machinist starring Christian Bale. And to wrap it up, the guys revisit their favourite games of Survival of The Nerdiest and VS.

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03:28 – Nightcrawler
10:15 – Massive Chalice
14:27 – Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
29:14 – The Machinist
41:50 – Survival of The Nerdiest
50:12 – VS.

Thanks for listening, fellow addicts! Tune in again next week for our reviews of Big Hero 6, The Imitation Game and much more.

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Ep. 090 – Nightcrawler, Massive Chalice, The Newsroom – 6th Dec. 2014

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It’s a weird wish-mosh of all things awesome and addictive this week as Shane, Jason H, Ben and Amy gather around the mics once again. In the first segment, Shane talks about his play through in the turn-based strategy early access game of Massive Chalice. Ben hits a Pile of Shame film in Juno and then the gang discusses the latest season of their favourite TV show, The Newsroom. Then to wrap it up, the crew reviews the Jake Gyllenhaal dramatic thriller Nightcrawler.

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02:21 – Massive Chalice
10:53 – Juno
18:10 – The Newsroom
30:54 – Nightcrawler

Thanks for listening, gals and pals! Join us next week as Shane is going to dive into some Call of Duty and Ben and Jason are gonna hit their Pile of Shame with Kung Fu Panda. That and more next weekend!

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Far Cry 4 Review – Wide Open Himalayan

Since 2008’s Far Cry 2, the series has established itself as a wide open, philosophical, political and moral experience that takes the player on a journey of immersion unlike so many other first person shooters of the last, and even this current, generation of video games. While 2012’s multi-award winning Far Cry 3 pushed those boundaries and expanded on the exploration and the world itself, the latest installment, Far Cry 4 expands even further on those well-crafted elements while never venturing too far from what makes the series gripping, explosive and exciting.

Stepping into the shoes of Ajay Ghale, the player enters the beautiful and volatile world of Kyrat, a fictional Himalayan country that is grasped in Civil War. Ajay’s intentions were to return to Kyrat and scatter his mother’s ashes in her hometown, but his mission is cut short when his bus is attacked by Loyalists and the self proclaimed “King of Kyrat”, Pagan Min (played by the remarkable Troy Baker). Taken to Min’s fortress, what follows are tense moments and glimpses into this unhinged “king’s” rule. Managing to escape, Ajay finds the leaders of the Golden Path rebellion and this is where the game truly begins.

As an open-world playground, Far Cry 4 is huge and there is always something to do. Story missions feature a wide range of colourful and ruthless characters and what and how you accomplish these missions is equally riveting. “Golden Path” missions allow you to side with different leaders of the rebellion thus changing the story, while unlocking bell towers will uncover regions of the map. Perhaps you’d like to liberate a few enemy held “outposts” (a staple mechanic of the series) to unlock the many side quests on offer including hunting, assassinations and racing missions. Or maybe you just want to scour parts of Kyrat to hunt various wildlife and craft better gear, or find many of Kyrat’s hidden treasures which range from masks that are left behind as a calling card of a vicious killer, propaganda posters of Min’s regime, journals penned by Ajay’s father, Mohan and various other odds and ends that open up Kyrat’s rich back story. There is always something fresh to do and each task rewards the player with new gear or experience points to unlock very useful skills. In fact, there is so much to do in Kyrat that oftentimes I found myself overwhelmed with what to do next.

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Far Cry 4’s free roam is a marvel. I have loved every minute of just wandering the country and noticed vast differences in environs as well as encountering wildlife, as Kyrat harbors many deadly animals that are just aching to tear Ajay limb from limb. The first hostile animal I encountered was a massive eagle that swooped in from of my field of vision and attacked me. There are also other creatures including tigers, leopards, wolves, rhinos, bears and infamous honey badgers.  The best thing about roaming Kyrat is that you always accomplish something, and it is always fulfilling.

The game features many modes of transportation as well, including jeeps, trucks, quad bikes and this cool little helicopter called a Buzzer. The wing suit and parachute and the hang glider also make a welcome return in this installment.

Visually, Far Cry 4 is absolutely stunning and fortunately isn’t one of those blockbusters that just boasts brilliant graphics and little else. As you are venturing this beautifully colourful world, you notice the shading and lighting and how everything feels. Ajay movies swiftly and the stealth mechanic is very well thought out (the addition of throwing knives is a marvel in stealth gameplay) and the games interactions stand it apart from almost every other first person shooter available. When Ajay heals himself you see him dig shrapnel out of his hand and bandage it up and when he abseils you see his body hanging from the face of the cliff. Even climbing, vaulting and swimming will show Ajay doing these motions and it all adds to the immersion.

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The skill trees in the game are also extremely easy to navigate and are helpful in their simplicity. Split into two categories, the Tiger skills boast physical and combat abilities that allow Ajay to take down enemies stealthily, chain his take downs or throw knives from downed enemies to kill others, or use their pistol or even throw a grenade at his comrades. Unlocking skills from the Tiger tree also allows Ajay to handle his weapons better and to deal more damage with weapons. The other set of skills are the Elephant skills and are more for helping Ajay increase his health, better his crafting and create concoctions to help him hunt and deal more damage or even to breathe underwater longer. There is even a skill to allow Ajay to climb aboard an elephant and there has been nothing better in the game than riding an elephant, knocking over a car or lifting up enemies and crushing them while it trumpets in victory: I grew rather attached to my elephant buddy.

While Far Cry 4 yields rather exciting missions and a rather over used subplot of deception, betrayal and oppression, the story itself isn’t why it is a rather brilliant game. How you go about doing your quests (stealthily or all guns blazing) and what you do during the missions creates an amazing atmosphere and engages you to complete them and better yourself while you do it. Honestly though, while disjointed, I was always engaged by the game’s story missions and truthfully, Pagan Min is a very well crafted (and acted) villain in the same vein as Handsome Jack in the Borderlands series.

While I have been playing Far Cry 4 I have found it hard to criticise the game. Though some of the details on the minor characters are rather weak and some glitches managed to proliferate my play-through, I haven’t been frustrated or annoyed. I have been immersed in a fully interactive world that is both beautiful and exciting.

In conclusion, Far Cry 4 is probably the best shooter I have played on the PlayStation 4 and a plethora of side missions, weapons and a skill trees keep it from being stale. With only a few negatives, such as some of its writing, recycled missions and glitches, I can do nothing but boast about the game and express enjoyment. Could Far Cry 4 be the best game release of 2014? Maybe, because I haven’t enjoyed a game like I have while playing this for quite a long time.


For our full thoughts on Far Cry 4, listen to Episode 89 of the show here.

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Ep. 089 – Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. 1, Far Cry 4, Pokemon, Sunset Overdrive – 29th Nov. 2014

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It’s all about the GAMES this week as Shane, Jason, Jason and Nicole gather around the sacred microphones to perform the reviewing ritual on a variety of highly-anticipated pieces of entertainment. In the first segment the gang kicks it off in the open-world of Kyrat in Far Cry 4. Shane then tells tale of his adventures in the Awesome-pocalypse in Sunset Overdrive. And the boys venture back to the Hoenn region in the remakes, Pokemon: Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire.

And in the second segment, Jason H and Nicole (with a bit of Ben & Terry sprinkled in) provide their thoughts on Jennifer Lawrence in the latest instalment of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. 1.

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03:38 – Far Cry 4
22:29 – Sunset Overdrive
29:04 – Pokemon
40:05 – Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. 1

Thanks for listening this week, fellow addicts! Join us next weekend for our reviews of the Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence film Serena and Double Fine’s tactical RPG Massive Chalice!

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