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Backlogged - "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" (2009)

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Licensed video games are generally awful. Licensed super-hero games are generally even worse. For every Spider-Man 2 there's a Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu, for every The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction, there's... well, a lot of shitty superhero games, let's just put it that way. Don't believe me? Look at the list of different games involving superpowered antics and weep for the lost potential. On top of this, games based on movies are generally even worse, and if you don't believe me, then you haven't suffered through enough terrible games yet. So, it stands to reason that a game based on a movie that's adapted from a comic is going to be pure shit. Which is exactly what the 2009 X-Men Origins: Wolverine is. Even when some of the good reviews hit, I never quite got around to touching this one because of the stigma attached to it.

Imagine my surprise when it turns out that I was a complete dolt for not giving it a shot five years ago

Some Stuff To Look Forward To... I Guess

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The title pretty much says it all. Hit the jump to find out more.

Yellow Snow: "Frozen" and the Cult of Elsanna

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Anybody who's read my top picks for the best movies of last year knows that I have very strong feelings about Frozen, a frankly epic masterpiece of animated cinema, if not cinema in general. It rights a lot of wrongs that Disney films have historically perpetrated, from featuring two female characters that aren't defined by men, to sending an ultimately positive message to both children and adults. If you haven't seen it, I encourage you to stop reading this and go shell out your money for a ticket. Hell, maybe even two, as I've already seen the damn thing three times, and will probably see it once or twice more for the fuck of it. It's okay, I can wait.
But on a serious note, a disturbing trend has been occurring, as brought to my attention by a wonderful yet disheartening news post on Nerve. It's become quite popular, it seems, to pair up the two main sisters, two of the strongest female protagonists in recent films, and put them together in an incestuous le…

Impressions - "Witch Craft Works" Episode One

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Tsutomu Mizushima is such an underrated director. Sure, he's had a few mainstream hits every now and again, but most of his works are fantastic, yet rarely ever get the praise or attention they deserve. He displayed unflinching vision in the fiendishly original Blood-C, borderline insanity in Bludgeoning Angel Dokuro-Chan, and a true commitment to chilling horror in Another. He generally tends to subvert what viewers expect from any given project, keeping them on their toes and prepared for the worst. So, it pleases me to say that he's back at it again with Witch Craft Works, a series about a busty witch made of fire and the boy who's her princess that she's sworn to protect from an army of robotic bunnies.

Wait, what?

Impressions - "Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai Ren" Episode One

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The first season of Kyoto Animation's Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai was a pleasant surprise that came out of left field, genuinely surprising me with likable characters and a shockingly poignant plot. Considering the last good thing to come out of them prior was The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, it was a welcome return to form for the studio, who had really been going downhill in my personal opinion, with really awful series like Nichijou. They kept on making those types of shows, though, what with the offensively bad Tamako Market, idiotic Free!, and flat-out dull Beyond The Boundary. I was hoping for a post-Christmas miracle with the return of Rikka and company.

What I got, from this first episode at least, was one of the most egregiously insubstantial first episodes I've seen in quite some time.

AFC's 12 Best Games of 2013

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This is the big one. The one that people claw each other's eyes out over. The one that nobody can seem to consistently agree on. But given that I'm a guy on the internet on the business of pushing his opinions, it's almost obligatory that I do this. So, finally, here are my top 12 games of 2013. Why 12? Because there are 12 months, and because I'm too fucking indecisive for a Top 10. With that being stated, read on to find out the games that blew me out of the water the most this year.

Hold on to your butts.