Dragon Age: Inquisition First Impressions

Dragon Age: Inquisition promotional art

After a long wait, Dragon Age: Inquisition is here in full! I finished the main storyline with my “canon” Dragon Age Keep universe in a playthrough of approximately 70 hours. Based on creator estimations of a 50 hour main quest, I spent about 20 hours on the optional open world side quests. That’s a lot of time clutching an Xbox controller.

A full review of the game, particularly of the themes and storyline, is in the works. But in the mean time, let’s take a look at my first impressions of the game, from the graphics to glitches to side quests.

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Next Month on Netflix

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It’s Saturday night.  You’re bored.  You’re listlessly browsing through Netflix trying to find something you haven’t already watched.  That’s where we come in.  Every month Netflix adds some new titles to their streaming line up, and we’ve combed through those titles to pick out everything that might be of interests to genre fans.  So, if you’re looking for something new, you’ve come to the right place. Continue reading

5 Things You Need to Know About Cole Before Playing Dragon Age: Inquisition

Cole promotional poster for Dragon Age: Inquisition

Cole, confirmed be the character in the Judas slot in Dragon Age: Inquisition‘s version of the Last Supper (that doesn’t bode well, does it?), was first introduced in lead writer David Gaider’s novel, Asunder. Cole is a morally controversial character, and fans who know him seem to either hate him (“kill it, it’s a demon!”) or love him (“he’s a misunderstood spirit”). For those looking forward to playing Inquisition (released to the public today, November 18!) here are the five most important things to know about Cole before meeting him, from Twitter, Asunder, and writer interviews… to, yes, American Horror Story.

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Marena Explains It All: Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) Phase 3

A couple of weeks ago Marvel unveiled a huge slate of films for their Phase 3 leading all the way up until 2020.  It occurs to me that, even if you’re a fan of comic book movies, you may not be super familiar with the comics.  If you’d like to know where to start with everything happening in Phase 3, sit with me while I try to explain it all. Continue reading

Catching Up With the Sixth Doctor, Colin Baker

The Doctor (Colin Baker) in Dr. WhoColin Baker played the sixth Doctor in the long running series Doctor Who from 1984-1986. The star of television, audio books, print, stage and even video games, Colin Baker is the only actor to have played the Doctor in each of those genres. I caught up with Colin for an interview at  Rhode Island ComicCon.

Hello Colin, a pleasure to meet you! Thank you for chatting with Shallow Graves for a bit.

Colin: My great pleasure, nice to talk to you.

What do you think about the resurgence of popularity for Doctor Who, and how has it affected you?

Colin: Well, it’s always been popular, of course. It was off the air in England in 1989, and amazingly, for the next ten years, remained almost as popular. There were still conventions; there were still fans demanding more. We were doing lots of audio stuff with Big Finish. So, Doctor Who has really never gone away. Continue reading

5 Clues About Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro’s Upcoming Silent Hills Game

Silent Hills title screen from playable teaser

After a secretive playable teaser with stunning lifelike graphics was released on the PlayStation 4, Konami and Sony announced that the teaser was indeed for a 9th game of the Silent Hill series. The upcoming game, titled Silent Hills, is directed by Hideo Kojima, with Guillermo del Toro on board for creative consulting and director assistance. The game will star Norman Reedus as the protagonist (or perhaps villain).

Whether a newcomer or an old-timer to the terrifying and psychological realm of Silent Hill, let’s take a close look at the playable teaser and what it can reveal. The creators intentionally avoided blatant lore references as to not reveal its connection to the series until the end title screen. Despite this, there are still plenty of nods to the other games if you know where to look, and plenty of hints about where this new game may take us.

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Michelle Romano Talks About Her Latest Project “MALUS”

 …SOMETIMES HELL ISN’T A PLACE OF FIRE….

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Recently I had the pleasure of catching up with my old friend Michelle Romano who I 1st met in 2009 when Shallow Graves Magazine was on set of the movie “BEG” in Rockland, MA. Michelle has accomplished a lot over the last 5 years both in front of and behind the camera, with one of her most recent projects “MALUS” due to begin production in early 2015. Continue reading

Really Bad Movie Reviews: “Vile” (2011)

After my last really bad horror movie review, I got a Tweet from the film’s director proclaiming it to be the best review on the internet. Oops. Thank you!

Vile movie posterThis week, we’re going to descend into Vile (2011), a confounding mess of inaccurate human biology, indie banjo music montages, oppressive themes, and a script I’m genuinely convinced no one edited. Ever. Read on for Vile‘s top 5 cringe-worthy filmmaking fails.

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