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Legendborn

After her mother dies in an accident, sixteen-year-old Bree Matthews wants nothing to do with her family memories or childhood home. A residential program for bright high schoolers at UNC–Chapel Hill seems like the perfect escape—until Bree witnesses a magical attack her very first night on campus. A flying demon feeding on human energies. A secret society of so called “Legendborn” students that hunt the creatures down. And a mysterious teenage mage who calls himself a “Merlin” and who attempts—and fails—to wipe Bree’s memory of everything she saw. The mage’s failure unlocks Bree’s own unique magic and a buried memory with a hidden connection: the night her mother died, another Merlin was at the hospital. Now that Bree knows there’s more to her mother’s death than what’s on the police report, she’ll do whatever it takes to find out the truth, even if that means infiltrating the Legendborn as one of their initiates. She recruits Nick, a self-exiled Legendborn with his own grudge against the group, and their reluctant partnership pulls them deeper into the society’s secrets—and closer to each other. But when the Legendborn reveal themselves as the descendants of King Arthur’s knights and explain that a magical war is coming, Bree has to decide how far she’ll go for the truth and whether she should use her magic to take the society down—or join the fight.

The Art of Saving the World

When Hazel Stanczak was born, an interdimensional rift tore open near her family’s home, which prompted immediate government attention. They soon learned that if Hazel strayed too far, the rift would become volatile and fling things from other dimensions onto their front lawn — or it could swallow up their whole town. As a result, Hazel has never left her small Pennsylvania town, and the government agents garrisoned on her lawn make sure it stays that way. On her sixteenth birthday, though, the rift spins completely out of control. Hazel comes face-to-face with a surprise: a second Hazel. Then another. And another. Three other Hazels from three different dimensions! Now, for the first time, Hazel has to step into the world to learn about her connection to the rift — and how to close it. But is Hazel — even more than one of her — really capable of saving the world?

Marvel’s Avengers

Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics’ take on Marvel’s Avengers is finally here! After spending a few weeks deep diving into the story and multiplayer missions, this is our official review of the extremely fun, though somewhat flawed adaptation on one of Marvel’s biggest franchises, Marvel’s Avengers.

Supergirl: The Complete Fifth Season

Just this month Warner Bros. Home Entertainment released Supergirl: The Complete Fifth Season on Blu-Ray and DVD. This set contains all 19 episodes from the fifth season of Supergirl, including the series' milestone 100th episode. I got the chance to give the Blu-Ray set the once over and I'm here to share my thoughts, so keep reading to find out more.
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September 13, 2020
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3.8
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4.5
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3.5
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3.0
A Faithful Avengers Adaptation With Room to Improve

Overall, Marvel’s Avengers is an extremely fun title. It’s got a great story, featuring a tremendously talented cast. It’s got a lot of heart, excitement, and does the Marvel name...

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Matt Malliaros
August 30, 2020 (Updated: August 30, 2020)
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3.0
Story 
 
2.0
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3.0
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3.5
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3.0
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3.5
Occasionally Fun Take on the World’s Most Beautiful Game, but Not the Best Anime Adaptation

Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions has all the potential of being a game-changing game for virtual soccer. However, it gets muddled with confusing, frustrating gameplay. Its redeeming qualities stem...

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Matt Malliaros
August 27, 2020
Overall rating 
 
4.0
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1.0
Gameplay 
 
4.5
Fun Factor 
 
5.0
Graphics 
 
4.5
Replayability 
 
5.0
Madden Reaches New Heights in Gameplay Mechanics But Still Has Room to Grow

Overall, this iteration of Madden NFL 21 is an absolute blast to play. It’s ridiculously smooth, fast, strategic, and overall fun. Certain new updates like tackling are taking some getting...

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Matt Malliaros
August 11, 2020 (Updated: August 11, 2020)
Overall rating 
 
4.8
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4.5
Fun Factor 
 
5.0
Graphics 
 
4.5
Replayability 
 
5.0
Fall Guys Grabs The Crown as One of the Most Fun Games of 2020

This review has been primarily positive and with good reason. Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout is just an absolute blast to play. The challenges are fun, the season pass is very...

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Matt Malliaros
June 30, 2020
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Story 
 
5.0
Gameplay 
 
5.0
Fun Factor 
 
5.0
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5.0
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5.0
An Emotionally, Physically, Mentally Taxing Tale of Two Survivors

The Last of Us Part II is a masterclass in storytelling. Neil Druckmann and the entire Naughty Dog crew went in a different direction with it and it left me...

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Matt Malliaros
May 16, 2020
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3.5
Story 
 
4.0
Gameplay 
 
2.0
Fun Factor 
 
3.5
Graphics 
 
3.5
Replayability 
 
4.5
Games
Sakura Wars Thrives With Endearing Characters and Gorgeous Music

If you go into games with a desire to connect with new and interesting characters, Sakura Wars is a very enjoyable experience. It provides a unique experience in that its...

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Matt Malliaros
April 17, 2020
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Story 
 
5.0
Gameplay 
 
5.0
Fun Factor 
 
5.0
Graphics 
 
5.0
Replayability 
 
5.0
A Perfect Re-Telling of An All-Time Great

While it's only the first part of an even larger story, Final Fantasy VII Remake perfectly re-tells the story for a new generation. It brings Midgar to the modern era...

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Matt Malliaros
April 05, 2020
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Story 
 
4.0
Gameplay 
 
4.5
Fun Factor 
 
4.5
Graphics 
 
4.5
Replayability 
 
4.0

One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 is an absolute blast to play. Using the musou/Dynasty Warriors style of gameplay makes you feel like you're one of those powerhouse characters we idolize...

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Matt Malliaros
March 16, 2020 (Updated: March 16, 2020)
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Story 
 
2.5
Gameplay 
 
4.5
Fun Factor 
 
4.0
Graphics 
 
4.5
Replayability 
 
4.5
Plus Ultra Fighting Game, Flawed Story Mode

The lacking features and the entirely too easy story mode are what hinders My Hero One's Justice 2 from being better than what it is. If you can look passed...

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Matt Malliaros
February 20, 2020
Overall rating 
 
4.8
Story 
 
5.0
Gameplay 
 
5.0
Fun Factor 
 
5.0
Graphics 
 
4.5
Replayability 
 
4.5
Three Masterpieces in One Collection

By releasing Yakuza 3, 4, and 5 on PlayStation 4, they didn't just unite the series on one console. They also updated and put three incredible games into one collection....

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Matt Malliaros