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Asus ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Review

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Following our coverage and benchmarks of the Zotac GeForce GTX 1070 Ti AMP! Extreme, let’s take a look at another 1070 Ti GPU in this class from Asus. It’s the company’s ROG Strix model (See it on Newegg), making it a very close cousin to the company’sGTX 1080 Ti.

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Super Lucky’s Tale Review

Though it shares a protagonist, art style, and platforming mechanics with 2016’s Lucky’s Tale on Oculus Rift, Super Lucky’s Tale is distinct from its predecessor–at least at first. It features an entirely new set of levels and a greater focus on collectibles, but it’s still a paint-by-numbers 3D platformer that lacks depth and falls short of being memorable.

Aside from how it looks, Super Lucky’s Tale is almost indistinguishable from an N64-era mascot platformer. Lucky, a plucky fox wearing a little cape, has to save a series of four realms from a band of evil cats known as Kitty Litter. Along the way, you collect clovers to open boss doors and meet cute, if two-dimensional, characters who speak like Sims and need your help. It’s never too challenging, always sticking to its safe, time-tested formula as you jump and dodge and collect your way to becoming a hero.

Though it’s generic, Super Lucky’s Tale is certainly charming, from Lucky’s encouraging quips to the little smiles that appear on everyone’s, even enemies’, faces. Despite being under attack from the Kitty Litter, the worlds are joyous and colorful, looking a little extra sharp on the Xbox One X. The holiday-themed desert world is a standout if only for its offbeat combination of aesthetics–it features Yetis who live in a candy cane- and skeleton-adorned desert and live to wrap presents for each other.

The four worlds are split into five main levels and a handful of optional levels that earn you extra clovers. Most of the main levels are short bursts of 3D platforming, though a few are 2D, and the optional ones vary from constant runners to simple puzzles. The variety is welcome if only because most levels feel too similar; aside from a few mini-challenges in some levels, like corralling a flock of escaped chickens for a weary farmer worm, most of the time you’re just jumping past easy-to-avoid obstacles to reach an obvious end point.

There are technically four kinds of collectibles: coins, gems that function essentially as coins, the letters L, U, C, K, and Y, and clovers. But clovers are the only collectibles that matter. There are four to collect in each of the main levels, though you automatically get one just by completing the level. Collecting 300 coins will get you the second clover, the only real benefit to collecting coins; finding a secret, like a underground bonus stage, will net you another; and finding all the letters in Lucky’s name, easily the most fun collectible, earns you the fourth. The letters reward deeper investigation and a sharp eye for switches and hidden routes, though only a few of the many letters hidden throughout the game take more than a few extra moments to find.

And you don’t need to find them, because you’ll likely get enough clovers (or close to it) by playing normally, maybe returning to a level to get one of the coin clovers. You could easily beat Super Lucky’s Tale by disregarding anything that takes extra effort, which would be fine if the platforming were enjoyable enough on its own. But a limited 3D camera that doesn’t rotate a full 180 degrees and inconsistent mantling on Lucky’s part causes enough hiccups to be frustrating. Most of your deaths will be caused by missing or misjudging jumps due to a weird camera angle or Lucky just not grabbing the edge when it looks like he should have.

Across all four of its worlds, Super Lucky’s Tale doesn’t stray far from its formula. It’s consistently cute and full of smiles, but the breeziness of its atmosphere extends to its simple levels. It never builds upon itself or asks much of you, including the building blocks of a 3D mascot platformer without the feeling of accomplishment you get from learning and applying that knowledge to new challenges. It’s easy to imagine how Super Lucky’s Tale would be the highlight of a younger kid’s weekend, but it has little to offer anyone looking for an enjoyably challenging 3D platformer.

Blade of the Immortal Review

There’s nothing quite like a samurai movie where one guy carves their way through a literal army of anonymous (but probably evil) enemies. It’s a tradition that extends through films like the iconic Lone Wolf & Cub films, the classic Sword of Doom, the totally awesome Azumi, and now Takashi Miike’s blood-splattered and emotionally ripping Blade of the Immortal.

Based on a manga series by Hiroaki Samura, Blade of the Immortal tells the story of Manji (Takuya Kimura), a samurai who killed 100 men for his master, destroyed his sister’s life in the process, and then watched her get slaughtered before he could atone for his sins. Manji takes his bloody revenge but is denied his own death by an 800-year-old sorceress named Yaobikuni (Yko Yamamoto), who fills his body with disgusting bloodworms which close every one of his wounds and make him immortal.

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My Friend Dahmer Review

Jeffrey Dahmer was, by any rational estimation, one of the most horrifying human beings of the 20th century. By the age of 31 he had murdered at least 17 men and boys, and then collected, eaten or did other unspeakable things to their dead bodies.

So it’s a little hard to imagine any filmmaker eliciting too much sympathy for Jeffrey Dahmer, and to his credit, writer/director Marc Meyers doesn’t seem to have made that his goal. His new film, My Friend Dahmer, offers an illuminating look into the life of a burgeoning serial killer in the years just before he committed his first murder. And he doesn’t try to sell you on the idea that Dahmer was just a misunderstood victim of his own compulsions.

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Batman #34 Review

“Rules of Engagement is one of this series’ shorter arcs, clocking in at a mere three-issues-long. But even with that smaller scope, this story feels overly drawn-out in its middle chapter. Despite is compelling premise, this arc isn’t doing enough to take advantage of the Batman/Catwoman/Talia triangle.

Batman #3 was able to coast along partly on the mysterious nature of Batman and Catwoman’s quest. We didn’t know why the duo were breaking Justice League by-laws and invading a remote desert fortress, only that the rest of the superhero community was very unhappy about their actions. That momentum stalls somewhat in this new chapter. Writer Tom King adds some extra context to the situation and the real reasons for this showdown, but there’s little real sense of progress. As much as repetition in dialogue and imagery is a hallmark of King’s Batman run, here the repetition tends to wear out is welcome.

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AOC AGON AG322QCX Curved Gaming Monitor Review

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Trying to find the right PC gaming monitor in 2017 can seem like a rather daunting task. There’s a multitude of panel types, refresh rates, response times, and of course, price levels. AOC’s AGON AG322QCX (See it on Amazon)/ (See it on Amazon UK)attempts to find middle ground between packing in all the bells and whistles a gamer could want at a price that won’t break the bank. With a 2560 x 1440 resolution, a curved 31.5 screen, AMD’s FreeSync adaptive refresh rate technology, and a 144Hz refresh rate the AG322QCX has a really impressive feature set for a $400 monitor. But does the budget price lead to budget picture quality? I put this monitor through its paces to find out.

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Super Lucky’s Tale Review

If there are two things a 3D platformer cannot have, it’s a crappy camera and sluggish controls.

Super Lucky’s Tale has guess what? a crappy camera and sluggish controls. Those problems and the general sense that you’re playing a generic Mario imitation totally blow the potential of this cute, family-friendly game.

To Lucky’s credit, the mission variety across its four worlds isn’t bad. Some stages are totally side-scrolling, while others are 3D free-roamers where you’re out to collect four-leaf clovers at the end. And it all looks nice and colorful, if a tad bland. It’s just that actually progressing through those missions is a pain, especially if you’ve recently played the outstanding Super Mario Odyssey.

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Arrow: “Reversal” Review

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

It seems like all the Arrowverse shows are going through growing pains to some degree or another this year. In many ways, Arrow is currently struggling the most. The series has made some poor choices in following up on the Season 5 cliffhanger. And unlike Supergirl, The Flash or Legends of Tomorrow, there’s little sense of what the driving conflict is meant to be this season. That sense of uncertainty is continuing to hinder the show, even as a major Season 6 player made his debut this week.

Thanks to Reversal, we finally know what character Michael Emerson is playing this season. Emerson is Cayden James, the mysterious super-hacker whom Felicity helped free from ARGUS custody late in Season 5. As with the Damien Darhk teases in Season 3, it’s clear the writers were planning ahead on this one. Which is always nice, but the show has a long way to go before James becomes a villain worthy of the Adrian Chases and Slade Wilsons of the Arrowverse.

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Gotham: “A Day in the Narrows” Review

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

Heh. Hi, Headhunter.

Aaaand bye, Headhunter.

The GCPD were the absolute worst they’ve ever been this week on “A Day in the Narrows” while they openly beat citizens to a pulp looking for a witness to Pyg’s cop kidnappings. It was full-tilt lunacy from the worst police department on TV, on a show that’s now retro-acknowledged its flaws by openly owning the fact that its cops are so terrible.

I can’t really decide here if things, basically, needed to get this out of hand in order for real change to occur – since, by the end, the cops (we assume all of them) sided with Gordon over Penguin – but what I do know is you can’t get away with having stupid things happen on a show just because you have other characters talk about how stupid they are. Like the delivery guys who went into the precinct with 44 blood-soaked boxes of mystery meat. Having Jim call out how dumb they were doesn’t make up for…how dumb they were.

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Alias Grace: Netflix Series Review

This is a non-spoiler review for all six episodes of Netflix’s Alias Grace – adapted from Margaret Atwood’s novel of the same name,premiering Friday, November 3rd.

Written with melancholy flair by Sarah Polley (Go, Dawn of the Dead) and directed with a tragic ghost storypanache by Mary Harron (American Psycho), Alias Grace takes us into the enchanting, incarcerated mind of a 19th century celebrity “murderess” to experience her many indignities, sufferings, and endured cruelties in a deeply rich and layered murder mystery based on true events.

Margaret Atwood, of The Handmaid’s Tale’s fame, crafted a story — a devilish narrative designed to unravel and mesmerize — around the real-life case of Grace Marks. The teenage Irish immigrant maid was convicted in 1843, in Canada, of killing her employer (while suspected of also having a hand in the death of a fellow housekeeper during the same manic spree). Alias Grace is, all at once, a coming of age story, an immigrant tale, a “whodunnit?,” and a chilling tragedy. It doesn’t involve ghosts, but it is haunted in its own way. There’s definitely a “presence” involved, a phantom feeling that permeates through the story – which is mostly, at its core, a collection of recollections.

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