Skip to main content

Oddball Review: Tomb Raider (2013)

This Lara is different than the walking-tall, nigh-indestructible badass personified by Angelina Jolie in her film portrayals of the character. The new Lara Croft bleeds. She screams. She cries. She shakes and shivers. She limps about, clutching her wounds and recoils from physical efforts too taxing for her damaged frame to tolerate. She is far more real.

Read More

Oddball Review: Tomb Raider Underworld (Xbox 360)

I haven’t done a review in a while. Sadly, since the rise of the HD era, all of my vintage video capture equipment is no longer sufficient for the purpose of grabbing screenshots of high-res video games and Blu-ray movies. Nevertheless, I’ve been spending far too much time consuming media and far too little actually producing anything of value, even a schlocky video game review on a blog that no one reads.

Read More

Search for $A, Find $B: The Resurrection

It’s time to bring an old favorite department back from the dead! In times past, I would occasionally peek at my website logfiles to find the silliest, most ridiculous search keyphrases that had brought people here. In my recent relaunch of the Oddball Update I deleted hundreds of old posts, those included; but at the request of a friend I thought it might be amusing to get this little featurette relaunched.

Read More

Charted!

Last week I succumbed to the powerful marketing pressure being exerted upon me by Toys ‘R’ Us. Now, this might sound a bit strange coming from a 29-year-old dude. After all, “getting my Toys ‘R’ Us fix” hasn’t been part of my list of things to do since sometime in the mid 1980s.

Read More

Gearing Up

Our travel date nears, and so, as you might expect, preparations for said trip have just about reached fever pitch around here. Not that I’m spending 24/7 packing — I usually plan things far too elaborately to get caught in a flurry of last-minute prep work.

Read More

Impressions: Three Xbox360 Game Demos

I took a break this evening for long enough to briefly try three new game demos for my Xbox360 which I downloaded from Xbox Live. Figured I might as well post my impressions here for the “daily update.” Burnout: Revenge The latest game in the Burnout franchise is the first to arrive on the Xbox360, but it’s not much different from the PS2 and Xbox versions that have been out for a while now.

Read More