Tuesday, 5 April 2016

The Week Ahead!

It's a pretty quiet week for games this time around - the calm before the inevitable storm of Dark Souls 3 releasing next week - with the biggest title coming out being the console port of DIRT Rally, which hits PS4s and Xbox Ones worldwide today. Tested by Early Access players since April last year, DIRT Rally has a big variety of stages and weather settings, as well as the official license to the FIA World Rallycross, and is sitting on a very healthy 86 on Metacritic.

Also coming out is the Assassin's Creed Chronicles Trilogy Pack on PS Vita (also releasing today) which I would absolutely not recommend to anyone who likes fun. Having reviewed the latter two games, India and Russia, for Push Square, I can wholeheartedly say that 2D is not the direction that the series needs to refresh itself. The games aren't bad at all, it's just they're so average that there's nothing memorable about them. Lastly, the PC port of Remedy's experimental Quantum Break also comes out today, and is currently sitting on a 78/100 on Metacritic.

In terms of films, we have 3, all releasing on Friday. First up is The Boss, the next Melissa McCarthy comedy in which tycoon Michelle Darnell (played by McCarthy) is released from prison, and hopes to become America's next sweetheart. It's got a pretty good cast, with Peter Dinklage, Kristen Bell, and Kathy Bates all having parts, but this could end up being another forgettable comedy thanks to director (and McCarthy's husband) Ben Falcone being at the helm - his only previous film was the poorly-received Tammy, though he does have a good opportunity to redeem himself here.

If comedy isn't your thing, then Demolition may suit you. Davis Mitchell (Jake Gyllenhaal) is - or was - a successful investment banker, but once his wife dies in a car crash, his life starts to go downhill, with his father-in-law Phil (Chris Cooper) trying to help Davis get back on track. Through a series of complaint letters to a vending machine company, Davis befriends customer service rep Karen Moreno (Naomi Watts) and starts to rebuild his life, but first tries to destroy his old one. With a 54% on Rotten Tomatoes, the movie seems to excel in the casting department but not so much story-wise, with top critic Lou Lumenick of the New York Post praising Gyllenhaal's performance, but criticising the sloppy ending.

Last - and definitely not least - we have a film I am insanely excited for: Hardcore Henry. Filmed entirely in a first-person perspective, you've just been brought back from the dead by your wife, who is quickly kidnapped by warlord Akan. With the help of a mysterious British man called Jimmy (Sharlto Copley) you track down Akan and attempt to save your wife, with guns blazing in a glorious first-person camera. It's currently on a 81% on Rotten Tomatoes (though it isn't Certified Fresh yet) and I, for one, can't wait to see it.

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