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Both series have notable shortcomings but FIFA is a remarkably poor effort at representing the game of soccer

I don’t take any solace or joy in criticizing the latest efforts of EA Sports franchises, but I found FIFA ’21 to be particularly offensive. What’s more frustrating than the games themselves is that there aren’t many major media personalities to hold EA Sports accountable. My apologies to the YouTubers who have done well-detailed breakdowns of why Madden and FIFA design is so bad, but it’s never going to push the needle until consumers stop buying these games en masse.

Just like those YouTubers though, I enter my voice into the void of sports gaming criticism that doesn’t have the…

Rating: 3 Stars

In my last film review on “I Am Legend”, I lamented the film’s struggles with its thematic focus. Watching Greyhound in comparison is quite jarring because of how tightly focused it is on the expedition of Tom Hanks, unflappable World War II Navy captain.

Hanks stars as Captain Krause though you probably won’t know his name because the deckhands just call him Captain. Hanks adapted the screenplay himself from a book called “The Good Sheperd”.

The director of Greyhound is Aaron Schneider who only had one photography credit in the last 11 years. His two previous directorial efforts were an…

Rating: 1 and 1/2 Stars

I found I Am Legend to be a disaffecting film, which I found to be consistent with my opinions of director Francis Lawrence’s work. I think part of it is to do with the type of movies he directs but I generally think his films lack a sharp focus on a central theme or developing a compelling character arc.

I Am Legend is Lawrence’s second major motion picture following a strange action-horror called Constantine which I have not seen. …

Rating: 4 Stars

“When I was 15 years old I first played in the Western country. And I feel kind of everyone was against us for one reason. We was born in a certain place.”

The 30 for 30 documentary directed by Jonathan Hock begins with these powerful words spoken by Soviet defenseman Viacheslav ‘Slava’ Fetisov.

The best sports stories are human stories. Stories that we connect with on an emotional level. The highest mark of a good film or documentary is that the experience will leave you asking questions of yourself and of the world around you.

It’s especially ironic after hearing…

I know. I know. Having Resident Evil Village and fetishization in the title without the article being a 2,000-word thinkpiece on vampire Lady Dimitrescu must be false advertising, right?

Alas, there’s a reoccurring theme that has carried over from Resident Evil 7 that puzzles me. So let’s talk about it.

I’m not anti-body horror, but it has become a horror game device that has been as over-relied on as the classic jumpscare.

When used effectively and sparingly, a scene of mutilation in a first-person horror game can be jarring and anxiety-inducing. Resident Evil 7 captured this sentiment well in its…

Rating: 1 Star

There’s a throwaway line by Benedict Wong’s character, Baron, that tells you everything you need to know about this movie. Baron is a pilot, who after flying a nice plane says something along the lines of, “like most of my encounters, it was short but sweet.”

Recap, Analysis, Stats, and Quotes

Last night was back to business for the Tampa Bay Rowdies as they dispatched the visiting Charlotte Independence team who also came off a solid 2020 campaign.

The Rowdies 3–0 victory was punctuated by two Sebastian Guenzatti goals, and then a Guenzatti assist to Leo Fernandes to add the exclamation mark.

First Half Analysis

The Rowdies were interlocked in a back and forth affair as neither team showed much consistent possession in the first 45. Antley made an onside run (somehow) on the right-wing and slotted a ball to Steinberger in the box who held up for a charging Wyke who put a…

Two nights is definitely more conducive than one, but the WWE is still overloaded with belts and filler matches

I must say going blind into a Wrestlemania is quite a curious experience. A few years ago when I was keeping up with wrestling from week to week, I had baseline expectations going into a PPV of what to expect. All I knew about WM37 going in was that somehow Edge was going to be in the main event match.

Splitting up a 6-hour Wrestlemania show into two separate nights was paramount as fans were able to have some energy for the main event.

I did not watch the show live which is the usual way for a wrestling fan…

Collins and company back for vengeance?

After COVID won the 2020 USL Championship final, what was a magical Rowdies season ended in unceremonious silence.

The Rowdies were led by a prolific Sebastian Guenzatti at striker who netted 10 goals in 18 games. Leo Fernandes on the left wing netted 5 goals and 3 assists in 17 games. Even newcomer Juan Tejada was spared 2 goals and 2 assists coming off a banner rookie year.

New signings also performed, most notably the new starting backline and former Red Bulls II goalkeeper Evan Louro who only conceded 14 goals in 19 games and delivered 8 clean sheets. …

I completed my first playthrough of Obsidian’s “The Outer Worlds” and it left me in the peculiar predicament of wanting more while also being underwhelmed.

After many long months of playing the same old sports titles, I decided I was in the mood to sink my teeth and immerse myself into a story-driven game. I picked up two games off the Playstation Store. Greedfall and The Outer Worlds. I didn’t make it far into Greedfall before it unceremoniously was deleted from my library.

The Outer Worlds had some immediate staying power. It was a sci-fi game about space adventures with…

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