POF Archive: December 2016

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Rogue One (6/10)

My first thought after walking out of the theater was, "huh, I don't know a single character's name from the movie I just watched." This Star Wars spin-off is heavy on plot and light on characterization... and fun. I guess they were trying to make a more adult Star Wars, but, in-the-process, they lost a lot of what made the best of the series so good. Fortunately, there aren't any embarrassing Jar-Jar moments and I have a feeling I may enjoy this more on second watching, but for me this was just so-so.

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Sat, 12/24/2016 - 10:12

Progress: Ten Reasons to Look Forward to the Future by Johan Norberg (8/10)

Johan Norberg wrote one of the clearest accounts of the 2007 financial meltdown and, after that dismal tale, he's back with a more uplifting story. Politicians and partisans constantly tell us that things are worse than ever: more violence, more poverty, etc. Progress goes about showing that, in just about every important metric, the world is a measurably better place than it ever has been in the past. Fewer people die in wars, the world is cleaner, we are better educated, live longer, and the percentage of people in extreme poverty has dropped by double digits. So everyone just calm the hell…

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Wed, 12/21/2016 - 08:07

Shadowgrounds on PC (6/10)

Shadowgrounds

I'm a sucker for these top-down shooter games. This is the type of game I imagined playing back when the cutting edge AAA title was Berzerk for the 2600. I have yet to find one that actually rises to my expectations. Shadowgrounds is okay, but there is a clunkiness to the whole package that keeps it from being a great game.

Aside from the wooden voice acting and forgettable story, the combat needed to be amped up a little more. Enemies take several hits to kill and the battles all feel like your just running backwards and shooting. Maybe some better designed environments, with more options…

Submitted by Robert Gomez on Sat, 12/03/2016 - 15:01