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God Of War 3 is now on the PlayStation 4 and it’s in a completely remastered state, with upgraded graphics and everything you would expect from the latest generation of PlayStation games. God Of War 3 was a much beloved game on the PlayStation 3 and the series has legions of fans who not only enjoy playing this game, but also the whole series of God Of War games.

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For those who have already played through the game on the Ps3 then you’ll know exactly what to expect from this games storyline but for those who are new to the series and to this game in the series such as myself, you may want to know a bit about it. Basically you play as Kratos who is on a mission of vengeance against the gods of Mount Olympus and wants to take them all down. Kratos is a very angry and brutal character that is determined to kill all of those in his path in order to get to where he wants to go, which will only end in taking down Zeus himself. But will he be able to do it? You’ll have to play through the game to find out.

As a person who is completely new to this series, it was a bit difficult to grasp the context for all that was going on and why Kratos was the way that he was in this game. But luckily you don’t really need to have played the previous games in the series to enjoy this iteration, as the story is fairly simplistic. It almost plays out exactly like a Mortal Kombat game would, with Kratos fighting boss after boss, as well as fighting a few waves of enemies and solving some puzzles in between bosses, all on the way to Zeus.

God Of War 3 Remastered Review

God Of War 3 Remastered Review

The gameplay is the biggest factor and one of the best points in God Of War 3’s favor. In this game the gameplay is particularly well done and it’s also insanely fun. Much of the fighting that you do is done from a third person perspective and generally involves a lot of button mashing to get through each stage. But if you are willing to, there are moves you can learn using certain combinations of the square, triangle, L1, L2, R1, R2 buttons. There are also quite a few finishing moves that utilize quick time events and some of them are quite brutal when executed and are great fun to watch. In the game there is also a basic leveling up system in which you can upgrade your weapons as you go on, although it may have been nice if this was a bit more detailed or if there was more to read about each weapon in more detail.

For those coming into this game for the graphics, they are all fairly well done. Similarly to The Last Of Us Remastered which is also on the PS4, everything is at 60fps and looks quite a lot better than it did when it was on the PlayStation 3. Whether or not this is enough for people to want to buy the game a second time really deserves a lot of thinking as it doesn’t exactly scream out to me, buy this now!!! But for those who haven’t played either of those games, it certainly does make it appealing since you’re bound to have a good experience graphically. God Of War 3 is a fairly nice looking game and the larger scenes and boss battles all look great on the PS4. That’s not to say it’s the best looking game on the system though and as far as remastered games go, I do think The Last Of Us Remastered is still the best looking game and best game to buy, but this isn’t so far behind.

Being a person who adores ancient history and loves reading ancient Greek mythology, I had a tremendously good time with God Of War 3. While not everything is 100% correct and characters aren’t exactly as they should be, the artwork and especially the opening sequence with the black and gold colour scheme were all done particularly well. As a person who hasn’t played any of the games in the series, I’m curious to go back and play the others now and explore this world much more. God Of War Ascension is soon to hit PlayStation plus and for those wanting to read a review you can find ours right here.

A particular high point in this game is the music. There are so many great tracks in this game to listen to and they were all so well chosen for each point in the game that they were played. Sounds such as the weapons noises and also the voice acting were well done and each character had a very animated persona that set them apart from each other character which was also good.

God Of War 3 Remastered Review

God Of War 3 Remastered Review

Similar to an ancient Greek epic, God Of War 3 remastered is a game that is exactly that. Now that it’s been given a bit of an upgrade and is at 60fps on the PS4, it’s even more enjoyable for the players. Some of the developers say that this is the best way to play this game and that may just be part of their marketing, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t true. This is definitely a very fun game to play and for those who enjoy third person fighting games, a bit button mashing and also have an interest in Greek mythology, then this is certainly a great game which covers all those wants and delivers them all as well.

9 out of 10

Bryan loves writing about movies, TV shows and games and tries his best to give a balanced and honest view in all his reviews or opinion pieces on Resident Entertainment.

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Sea Of Solitude Review

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Sea Of Solitude Review

Sea Of Solitude is a game which was developed by Jo-Mei Games and was published by Electronic Arts. It is available on PS4, Xbox One and PC via Origin. It is a single player third person adventure game. The game has the player control a character named Kay who explores an abandoned and flooded city.

This was a game which caught my eye only very recently when I first heard about its release. After watching the trailer, I thought the art style, strong colours and animations looked very interesting. Also as a person who went mad one day and subscribed to EA’s Origin Premiere late last year so that I could play some games I had missed out on over the years, I was pleased to see something new added to the store that wasn’t a typical Electronic Arts style major franchise game. Knowing I could get this one for free was enough to give it a go. But if you’re not part of that program to get it for free, I’d say that the $26.95 asking price for this digital title is certainly worth it.

The game isn’t too long, most hardened gamers will probably be able to finish this one in a single session, which I actually managed to do yesterday morning. I didn’t time myself, but I’d say to expect about 3 or so hours out of it, a bit more if you look around for collectables.

Sea Of Solitude Review

Sea Of Solitude Review

On the surface, Sea Of Solitude is about a young girl named Kay, who is searching through a city, which is for some reason flooded. You start the game all alone on a tiny boat, way out at sea on the water. You make your way to the city, where you find a monster clad in darkness is blocking your path. Through exploration and activating certain things, Kay brings light to an otherwise dark city.

Underneath the main plot though, is a game with strong messages and themes related to loneliness and relationships. Kay as a character is someone who has become lonely, isolated and quite depressed after issues with her family and her boyfriend. The game sends the player on a journey to free Kay and other characters from suffering from the effects of loneliness and related themes. What I didn’t expect this weekend, was to play a game which seemed to have the objective of tackling these mental health issues in this way and I never expected to play something this weekend from the gaming genre with such deep meaning to it.

In many ways, Sea Of Solitude reminded me of my experience with Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice which was also a game that focused on mental health issues and is still a game I hold in very high regard. Both of these games were experiences that I could not put down once I started playing as I just had to find out what was going to happen with my character. Games tackling these mental health themes and the issues involved are quite rare in this medium, so when an experience like this does come along, it’s very unique and interesting. The difference between Sea Of Solitude and Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is that Sea of Solitude is a little lighter in tone and not the intense gruelling experience that Senua’s was. This makes a player’s time with Sea Of Solitude one that is peaceful to experience.

Sea Of Solitude Review

Sea Of Solitude Review

The art style in Sea Of Solitude is something I enjoyed looking at. The animations are very rounded, colours stand out on the screen and the use of blacks in contrast with visibly bright blues, whites and orange was what I loved the most. The music and also the voice acting, was soft and did fit in well with the tone of the game’s themes and art style. All together, visuals and audios seemed to be just right.

The gameplay in Sea Of Solitude is something I’d say is probably a little simple. It’s essentially a platforming game where you will jump, swim, drive a boat and shoot flares onto enemies. There aren’t any button combinations to learn or any level up systems. The game is accessible to people of most ages and even to people new to gaming could easily pick this one up and get through it.

Overall coming out of playing Sea Of Solitude, I was filled with positivity and happiness. The story is quite heavy when playing through it, but very warm in the end. The art style and animations are nice to see and the sound and voice acting was just right. I do like to see that the games industry can use the medium to tackle such heavy topics and release games like this which show how well this medium can tell a story and provide its audience with something of great meaning. I’m happy to recommend Sea Of Solitude for your gaming collection.

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Stuber is a film which comes directed by Michael Dowse and stars Dave Bautista, Kumail Nanjiani and Betty Gilpin. The film is an action comedy adventure about an Uber driver and a policeman who go on a wild ride together.

Going in to see Stuber I didn’t really know where to set my expectations. Knowing only that the film was a comedy, meant I went in for the lols and didn’t expect all that much from the story. But coming out of the film, I’m sorry to say, but it’s not really that great.

The film starts off okay and the opening scene features both Vic (Dave Bautista) and Sara (Karen Gillan) engaged in a dangerous shootout with some bad guys. Both are seriously injured and Vic loses his eyesight, which means he gets some urgent surgery. His eyes need time go recover, but as soon he’s able to walk he calls for an Uber and continues on with his police business, which is catching the bad guys who got away in the opening scene. This is where Stu (Kumail Nanjiani) comes in and the journey between this awkward duo begins.

I wish I could say that it was all good once the Uber ride began but it wasn’t. The film is only really mildly funny. Dave Bautista who I do really like in action films really isn’t great at comedy. Kumail Nanjiani basically was just screaming and yelling the whole time and talking about his Uber rating and reviews. I admit I did find some of the bad reviews he got from his previous customers in the film funny when they were shown, but that’s about it. Some of the jokes were also drawn out way too long. Dave Bautista’s character being blind was kind of funny in the first minute when you saw him trying to walk around without being able to see. But it’s only funny once and they did this joke over and over again almost all the way until the end!

In addition to this, for quite a bit of the film, I wondered if this was some sort of product placement or advertisement for Uber. There were so many mentions of Uber, Uber reviews and the difference between Uber products and services. What are we paying to watch here? Who cares about Uber!?

In the end I would suggest avoiding Stuber at the cinema this week and choosing literally any other film currently showing. After leaving this I instantly thought that Stuber needs to be on my list of worst movies of 2019 which I created just after seeing this and that says a lot because I was not compelled to make one after seeing X:Men Dark Phoenix.

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The Biggest Album Debuts of 2019: Updated Chart

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Biggest Album Debuts of 2019

The Biggest Album Debuts of 2019 – Billboard has been publishing a list of the most popular albums in America every week since March 1956. They include the “equivalent album units” for the albums in the top ten. What’s not included is a way to view the biggest debuts for each year.

For anyone else who is curious, here is a chart that ranks the biggest album debuts of 2019.

NOTE:

  • This only covers first-week album sales in America that debuted in the top ten on the Billboard 200 chart
  • EPs are included in this list
  • “Equivalent album units” factor in traditional album sales, concert ticket/merch bundles and streaming numbers

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ArtistAlbumFirst Week “Units”
Jonas BrothersHappiness Begins414,000
Ariana GrandeThank U, Next360,000
Billie EilishWhen We All Fall Asleep313,000
Backstreet BoysDNA234,000
BTSMap of the Soul: Persona230,000
KhalidFree Spirit202,000
Juice WRLD

Tyler, the Creator

Death Race for Love

Igor

165,000 (1) (2)
Vampire WeekendFather of the Bride138,000
DJ KhaledFather of Asahd137,000

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