All posts by Chris Singh

Games Review: Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions (Nintendo 3DS) is well worth the remaster

Often to their detriment, Nintendo are big fans of the remaster, pulling games from the past and updating them for a new generation seemingly to fill a release schedule plagued by a lack of strong, ongoing third-party relationships. I don’t buy into it half the time, but things are a bit different with Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions, a clever 2-in-1 game that works to change dynamics for the original 2003 title, which was just Superstar Saga – the game that kicked off the award-winning (and very deserving) Mario & Luigi RPG series. Continue reading Games Review: Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions (Nintendo 3DS) is well worth the remaster

TV Review: The Walking Dead Season 8, Episode 1 “Mercy”

The Walking Dead hasn’t lost sight of its impressive history nor it’s central cast, and “Mercy”, the landmark 100th episode of the juggernaut survival-horror drama, is a well-rounded declaration of that. The start to what will hopefully be a return to form following a haphazard seventh season, it’s an episode imbued with the kind of optimism and leadership (both literal and figurative) that threw last year’s string of episodes into turmoil and forced the show to bend around Negan’s cartoon-supervillain shtick. From previous errors it’s clear that just because one things works well in the comics, doesn’t mean it’ll work on the small screen; it seems the writers are beginning to realise that.... Continue Reading

Sonos reveal first voice-enabled speaker: Sonos One

Although numerous rumours these past few months haven’t exactly allowed Sonos the element of surprise here, the famed electronics company best known for their high quality speakers have now officially announced that their newest product will be a smart speaker with support for multiple voice-activated services. Dubbed Sonos One the device, which launches around the world later this month, will be completely voice-controlled and capable of supporting multiple voice assistant services to perform audio functions like playing music, listening to podcasts and audio books, and others. Yep, that means competing services like Google Assistant, Apple’s Siri (through support for Apple’s Airplay 2), and Amazon’s Alexa will work on this thing – although the latter, Alexa, comes built-in with the speaker and will be the only voice service supported by the device until the others come on board in 2018.... Continue Reading

Video Games Preview: Uncharted The Lost Legacy looks like another winner for Naughty Dog

What began as a concept for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End DLC evolved into a substantial and important continuation for Naughty Dog’s mega successful cinematic action-adventure franchise, the result of which is Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. Not the most exciting or unexpected title for what is essentially a spin-off, but a fairly appropriate one seeing as it works to round-out and focus on a beloved character from the previous games whose backstory would be lost otherwise. That’s quick-witted Chloe Frazer of course, moving away from Nathan Drake and Victor Sullivan with a refreshed story that doesn’t at all feel unnecessary or, even worse, like tokenism. Continue reading Video Games Preview: Uncharted The Lost Legacy looks like another winner for Naughty Dog

Film Review: Annabelle: Creation (USA, 2017) is a vast improvement over its dull predecessor

When James Wan’s The Conjuring hit cinemas in 2013 it was rightfully heralded as one of the greatest supernatural horrors ever made, instantly shooting to the very top of many genre aficionados’ lists and sewing the seeds for an ever-expanding cinematic universe to the scale no horror franchise has pulled off before. Then Annabelle was released. Perhaps it was too soon to try and capitalise on The Conjuring’s mega-success, particularly because the film felt like a rush-job, but Annabelle was largely disappointing, playing more like a paint-by-numbers ghost story than anything even close to the perils of Ed and Lorraine Warren.... Continue Reading

Tech Review: JBL Xtreme is detailed and nimble for such a super-sized bluetooth speaker

JBL sure do like to cover all bases. While those who prefer what is now the standard size of portable speakers have been well satisfied with the likes of the Flip 3, anyone who wants a bit more muscle and meat while still retaining at least some semblance of portability should lean towards the super-sized JBL Xtreme. It’s big, noticeable, even a bit obnoxious, but it sure does the trick as it offers a significantly more powerful profile than other in the JBL range, which means tighter bass response and a boost in overall power compared to the standard Bluetooth speaker. Continue reading Tech Review: JBL Xtreme is detailed and nimble for such a super-sized bluetooth speaker

TV Review: Fire reigns in epic Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 4 “The Spoils of War”

In a move to rival the sheer scale and CGI glory of “Hardhome”, Game of Thrones have just presented what is probably its most epic battle yet, even outranking the “Battle of the Bastards” in some ways by pitting Jamie, Bronn and the Lannister forces against Dany, Drogon, and the Dothraki army. Like all of these “big battle” episodes it was preceded by quite a few major happenings outside of the fiery clash, but not even one of the show’s most emotionally weighted reunions could quite compare to the last 20 minutes of “The Spoils of War”, a spectacle that easily primes this show for its rumored (and to be frank, necessary) feature-length episodes.... Continue Reading

TV Review: Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 3 “The Queen’s Justice” is uneven but eventful

The transfer of power to those most capable of running an ever-changing world tends to only happen when traditions fly out of the window. That’s always been one of the primary messages of Game of Thrones, and watching it unfold with power moves and converging character arcs is where the show’s major strengths lie. A watcher on the wall becomes a King in the North; a Lannister becomes the hand to a Targaryen dragon queen – change and progress is becoming more pronounced and noticeable, represented most intensely by a long-awaited Jon and Dany alliance. Though we may have to wait a few more episodes for that alliance to actually forge, it was exciting watching all that change and pent up anticipation released in the first 20 minutes or so of “The Queen’s Justice”, when the two finally meet and, unsurprisingly, clash.... Continue Reading

Norman Reedus, Michael Cudlitz and more The Walking Dead actors headed to Australia for Walker Stalker Con

Earlier this year we reported on rumours that Walker Stalker Con could be heading to Australia. Now it seems that rumours have turned into reality, following the announcement that the immensely popular event would indeed be making its way down under, bringing The Walking Dead stars both past and present down under for what has become the largest zombie, horror and sci-fi convention.... Continue Reading

TV Review: Cersei draws first blood in Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 2 “Stormborn”

An episode sandwiched by a brutal storm, one literal and one figurative, “Stormborn” was a momentous series of events which has moved this narrative further then many would have expected. As I mentioned last week, the time for economical storytelling is upon us, and so every – well, most – sequences are going to count for a lot, both in terms of moving the story towards the end-point and providing context or closure to previous happenings over the past six years. And that’s really where the strength is going to lie this season; it’s hard to see any episode from here on out not being completely satisfying, as the show is now able to play around with it’s own rich mythology, tie up loose ends and bring certain missing elements back into play.... Continue Reading