Nothing But Thieves - Nothing But Thieves
From Essex alt-rockers Nothing But Thieves comes their debut album of the same name, and it comes with quite a punch for a debut.
The tracks on the quintet are as pulsating as they are melancholic, with vocalist Conor Mason conjuring up Thom Yorke-esque melodies on top of crisp drums and ethereal yet still hard-hitting guitars.
One highlight for me is the track Hanging, which is guitar heavy and wonderfully produced - soaking out 90’s British alternative rock and the Radiohead ambience is exemplified.
Other standout tracks include the single Itch, with it’s low pulsing basslines drawing us in before the wall of tasteful noise from booming guitars and Mason’s soaring vocals come to settle.
It’s a powerful first outing from this interesting band - Nothing But Thieves seemed to have honed in their sound even more to produce a very well written album.
Nothing But Thieves is out now on CD and digital download.
Jurassic World (12A)
Set 22 years after the events of the first movie, John Hammond’s dream of a fully functioning dinosaur amusement park is now a reality. With visitor numbers declining, the park’s scientists decide to boost their attendance by creating their first genetically modified dinosaur. But this new addition proves to be more intelligent than first thought - and even deadlier.
When Jurassic Park first graced our theatres in 1993, it turned a whole generation of children in dinosaur lovers, and it’s visual effects were unlike anything seen before in cinema.
After two disappointing sequels it seemed that this latest addition to the franchise would have to really step up the game as to not further agitate a beloved series.
It’s cast, which features almost no one from the original aside from scientist Dr Henry Wu, helps to project this movie with some excellent nostalgia and sharp humour - it’s remarkable to see the transformation of Chris Pratt from his days in Parks and Recreation to a buffed-up sex symbol, and his usual charm soaks through as raptor trainer Owen.
But the real highlights are of course the dinosaurs themselves, with everyone’s favourites such as the cunning velociraptors returning, just as ferocious as before. Then of course there’s newest edition, “Indominus Rex”, a hybrid dinosaur that seems hell-bent on just causing chaos for the sake of it.
It is cheesy in parts and may not make as much of an impact as the original but it’s action-packed, filled with adventure and sure to please fans of the original.
Jurassic World is out now on Blu Ray, DVD and digital download.
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
1868 London. The Industrial Revolution. An age of invention and wealth, built on the backs of the working class. As gangster killer Jacob Frye, you recruit a gang to fight for justice on behalf of the oppressed working class.
Any Assassin Creed fans will know exactly what to expect from this latest title as the series moves time frames and locations, beautifully recreating Victorian London and providing the franchise with some of its best looking backdrops yet.
Cast with leading the underworld to reclaim London in an adventure filled with action, intrigue and brutal combat, you are tasked with everything from robbing trains to rescuing child workers as you seek to return freedom to the city.
You could be forgiven for suggesting that the original, ground-breaking visuals and mechanics might be getting a little long in the tooth now but they work and to be honest Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is probably the best of the bunch to date.
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is out now on PS4 and Xbox One.
The Uncharted Collection
When the PS3 first came out, there were few titles that really impressed me but one of those games was Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune.
Still standing the test of time, at release it was a truly remarkable game, with excellent graphics and an engaging and intense storyline, which hooked me in straightaway.
Now it is possible to relive all three of the trilogy’s titles with the Uncharted Collection, sandwiched on one disc with a 60fps frame rate and 1080p graphics. This is immediately noticeable in the first installment, which looks fantastic.
Gameplay is also improved in all the titles, being much smoother than the originals and looking fantastic at the same time.
The cinematic touches that made the original game so enjoyable are still here, with each fight sequence or dramatic climb looking impressive.
It is a joy to relive the series again on the next gen consoles; fans of the series will be delighted to journey through Nathan Drake’s adventures once again. If you’ve not played the games before, now would be a fantastic time to start.
The Uncharted Collection is out now exclusively on PS4.
Blood Bowl 2
It’s not often you come across a sports game that its truly that groundbreaking - of course they can advance FIFA or PES however much they want but very few games really go ‘out of the box’.
Blood Bowl 2, however, does something very unique - it’s a sports game combined with a fantasy turn-based game, more specifically World of Warcraft.
Each player rolls a dice for this American Football-inspired game, and must attempt to get their ball on the opposing side, with the other players doing their best to stop them.
It seems to be fairly complex to understand at first, once you’re presented with a massive number of rules, but the game is extremely helpful and the campaign helps to address all these issues.
Obviously having to rely on the dice makes this a rather difficult game to get the hang of, and it is at times very hard.
It does present some problems, but it’s an interesting idea and can be very fun. The best bet is to stick with the online mode once you’ve got used to the gameplay and that’s where the real fun is to be had.
Blood Bowl 2 is out now on PS4, Xbox One and PC.
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