Rated T for Teens By ESRB. It’s been about 10 years since its original release, and not it’s back in HD glory. Namco Bandai has released the Tales of Symphnoia Chronicles collection on PS3 for all to enjoy. (more…)
Rated E for Everyone by ESRB. Knack is probably the closest thing to a Crash Bandicoot launch title PS4 fans are going to get. It’s a charming and fun platformer/beat-em-up game, that follows Knack, a being made from relics of a forgotten past. When the cities of the humans are under attack from the ever-growing Orc threat, a human doctor presents Knack to them, and tells them that he will be an invaluable asset in taking down the Orcs. Knack is able to get larger in size, and more powerful as well when he absorbs relics scattered throughout the games levels. As he gets bigger in size, his health bar increases as well. Knack’s voice also gets deeper as well, and his facial structure changes too. Knack proves himself to be a great and powerful ally, but an even greater evil looms over the orcs that Knack and the humans will have to prepare themselves for!
Written by Flair Li
Rated M for Mature by ESRB.
The critically acclaimed Walking Dead video game series is back for its second season, picking up a little bit of time after the events of what happened in the first season. This time around, you play as Clementine, the little girl Lee took care of all throughout the first season. The game does take into account your choices from the first season, and will incorporate them throughout the season. Clemetine isn’t Lee, she isn’t as strong, she’s young, afraid, and still growing up in this dark world. The game begins with Clementine travelling in a group with Omead and Christa, characters from the previous season. For the sake of the review, and keeping everything a surprise to those who want to play the game, I won’t reveal what happens in the story itself. The game’s story does revolve around Clementine proving that she can be trusted and take care of herself. It’s an interesting perspective, but since she is a kid, and now the zombie infestation has been going on for a long time, it’s probably fair to see why people would be so doubtful of people’s trust in this cruel world. Season 2 plays the same as Season 1, you pick from one of four dialogue boxes and are given a time limit to make your choice. There are still quicktime events where you’ll have to press certain buttons rapidly to run away from zombies or do other certain acts. Visually, Season 2 looks much more crisp and detailed than the first. The visuals look much less bland and cel shaded, and appears more life-like than before.
Season 2 still very much so retains its style from Season 1, but just presents itself in a much crisper and clearer way. The Walking Dead Season 1 was very well received and won a ton of awards, and from the look of things, it looks like Season 2 is going to do the same. It starts off on an extremely dark note, and tries to present little glimmers of hope and happiness, but then takes them away from you and casts you back into darkness. It’s cruel, but supremely engaging and emotional. Season 2 is episodic so we are going to have to wait a few months in-between each episode until the next one is ready, and the wait is as painful as ever. I’m intrigued by Clementine’s story and how much differently she plays than Lee. While the characters right now may not seem quite as memorable, I’m sure they’ll develop more as the episodes carry on. The Walking Dead Season 2 is looking to be an excellent story and fantastic game, and is a must-buy for fans of story-based games or the first season of The Walking Dead.
Written by Emma Hu
占地74英亩的西雅图中心原是为1962年世界博览会而建，已有50年以上历史，当年世界博览会的主题为「未来」，故西雅图中心的地标建筑即使以50年后的现在之眼光看来，亦富有十足的现代感。而在世博会之后，此地亦成为西雅图博物馆的集散地，微软创办人之一的保罗．艾伦（Paul Allen）即出资创立体验音乐博物馆（Experience Music Project, EMP），其中博物馆内部，一柱耸立在中央，由七百件吉他打造的吉他柱子，更是壮观非凡。而2012年所成立的奇胡利玻璃博物馆（Chihuly Garden and Glass），为现代玻璃艺术大师奇胡利（Dale Chihuly）之个人艺术作品博物馆。馆内所陈列的都是奇胡利大师最令人叹为观止的创作。 (more…)