Without further ado it’s time to kick things off with…….
Play; Lord of the Rings Shadow of Mordor.
Quite simply one of the best titles of last year for me (although I still have yet to beat it). The joy of running around Mordor dispatching Orcs and Wargs alike is one of the best experiences I have had with a digital sword in hand. The battle system owes a lot to the Arkham franchise and this makes it an easy pick up for those of us engrained in the world of the Bat. The game changer for this title though was the nemesis system which rewards enemies who dispatch you giving random encounters a much more dramatic feel. I am still enjoying occasional dips into the game although I am now beginning to struggle with higher level bosses as I forget combos.
Read Jamie's review for the game here
Watch; Game of Thrones
If you were expecting anything else then I am afraid you have not been paying attention. The series based on the world that George built continues to go from strength to strength and thanks to its recent deviations from the books narrative it feels almost like a new storytelling experience. From the amazing cast to the sumptuous scenery there is something to enjoy in every scene and more talking points than you can shake a stick at. If you have yet to sample the delights of Westeros then honestly don’t start at season 5 go back and enjoy the delights and complexities of the series as a whole. Your time investment will be well rewarded.
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Joshua Williamson is at the top of his game at the moment and of his titles Birthright is by far top of his tree. The genre crossing series has its roots firmly embedded in the fantasy realm but it’s the way Williamson plays with the culture cross that makes this such compelling reading. The series has now hit its fifth issue (including one trade) and it continues to be as compelling as its first issue. Of course the story is only one part the visual narrative crated by Andrei Bressan with colourist Adriano Lucas. Bressan’s monsters are one of the many highlights you will find and my hope is this series will continue to delight and enthral for a long time to come.
You can watch my review of Volume 1 of Birthright on the link below.