Ep. 101 – The Order: 1886, Jupiter Ascending, 2015 Oscars Results – 28th Feb. 2015


Episode 101 of The Awesome Addiction kicks straight into high gear with the guys reviewing heavy hitters The Order: 1886 and Tomb Raider. Shane, Jason, Ben and Terry discuss the 87th Academy Awards results and how they each performed in their annual predictions. And to wrap up the show, Shane and Ben give their thoughts on The Wachowskis’ latest sci-fi epic Jupiter Ascending.

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01:56 – Tomb Raider
07:37 – The Order: 1886
22:27 – 2015 Academy Awards Results
38:27 – Jupiter Ascending

Thanks for listening, everyone! Join us next week to hear Shane’s thoughts on the highly-acclaimed drama series True Detective and the lauded 3DS turn-based RPG Fire Emblem: Awakening and the guys’ review of Project Almanac.

EPISODE 100 – Kingsman, Valiant Hearts, Brothers, 2015 Oscar Predictions – 22nd Feb. 2015


It’s a MEGA-SIZED show this week as the whole crew celebrates Episode 100! Shane, Jason, Terry and Ben open the show with some recaps of some movies they’ve seen before discussing the big Spider-Man and Bethesda E3 news and playing a little VS!
In the third segment, Shane is joined by Jason M and Jackie to talk about #IDARB, Valiant Hearts and Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons.
And to wrap it up, the guys make their 2015 Oscar Predictions and review the surprisingly excellent action film Kingsman: The Secret Service!

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01:40 – Unbroken
11:00 – The Gambler
17:25 – The Theory of Everything
23:52 – Spiderman joining the MCU
34:11 – Bethesda coming to E3 2015! Fallout 4?
39:39 – VS.
56:33 – #IDARB
01:01:39 – Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
01:11:26 – Valiant Hearts
01:27:25 – 2015 Oscar Predictions
01:49:24 – Kingsman: The Secret Service

Thanks for listening, gals and pals! Join us next week for the 2015 Oscar Results and our reviews of The Order 1886 and Jupiter Ascending.

The Legend of Korra Episode – 13th Feb. 2015


In the lead up to EPISODE 100, Shane, Nicole and Jason  take this opportunity to dive deep into a full series analysis of The Legend of Korra TV show. Find out why it is one of the greatest TV series ever made and how it breaks ground and makes history in some very real and important ways.


03:10 – Introduction
12:49 – Book 1: Air
47:35 – Book 2: Spirits
01:19:22 – Book 3: Change
01:58:33 – Book 4: Balance

Thanks for listening to this epic episode, fellow addicts! Tune in next week for our EPISODE 100 Celebration where we’ll be discussing more amazing games, movies and TV shows!

Ep. 099 – The Gambler, Unbroken, Transistor – 9th Feb. 2015


In the lead up to Episode 100, Shane, Jason and Jason gather around the mics to review some more Oscar-nominated films including Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken and  The Gambler featuring Mark Wahlberg and John Goodman. The guys also talk some Transistor and some Movie Backlog films including The Godfather, 47 Ronin and Fast & Furious 6.

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02:06 – Transistor
08:24 – The Gambler
17:08 – The Godfather
21:43 – 47 Ronin
27:00 – Fast & Furious 6
31:06 – Unbroken

Thanks for listening, fellow addicts! Join us next week for our very special Bonus Episode discussing the entire series of The Legend of Korra! Then join us the following week for our big Episode 100 celebration!

Ep. 098 – The Theory of Everything, Wild, South Park: The Stick of Truth – 31st Jan. 2015


The Oscar-nominated biopics invade The Awesome Addiction this week as Shane, Jason and Ben review Eddie Redmayne in The Theory of Everything and Reese Witherspoon in Wild. Shane also recounts his brief time with last year’s turn-based RPG South Park: The Stick of Truth.

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04:41 – South Park: The Stick of Truth
13:20 – The Theory of Everything
30:51 – Wild

Thanks for listening, fellow addicts! Join us next week for our reviews of Unbroken, The Gambler and hopefully Foxcatcher and Still Alice!

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


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!

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


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.

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


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!

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.


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.


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.

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


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!