28th Apr2020

RETRO-spective: Resident Evil 4

by Xenia Grounds

With the release of Resident Evil 3 Remake, I was debating which game in the series to talk about for a retrospective. It was between Resident Evil 4 and RE Remake for a while. Then I heard the rumours floating around about Resident Evil 4 being the next game in the series to get the […]

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22nd Apr2020

RETRO-spective: Persona 5

by Xenia Grounds

When it comes to great storytelling, the medium doesn’t matter. It can be a movie, television show, video game or animation. The most impactful stories take people on journeys that are potentially capable of changing the direction of someone’s life. For me, something that did this was Persona 5. When this game came out, I […]

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21st Apr2020

‘Life is Strange Vol.3: Strings’ Graphic Novel Review

by Xenia Grounds

Written by Emma Vieceli | Art by Claudia Leonardi, Andrea Izzo | Published by Titan Comics | Format: Paperback, 112pp At the end of the last volume, it’s safe to say that I found things a little disappointing because it’s where I really saw the cliched fanfiction tropes and it came across as fan service […]

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06th Mar2020

‘Pokemon: Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution’ Review (Netflix)

by Xenia Grounds

It’s hard to believe Pokemon is nearly 25 years old. It’s even harder to believe I’m older than this series (Not by much but still, that’s a good way to remind me of my age). It’s stating the obvious but Pokemon has taken the world by storm. It’s been a staple part of many childhoods […]

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19th Feb2020

RETRO-spective: Catherine

by Xenia Grounds

Valentine’s Day wasn’t too long ago and a game that I think about around this time is Catherine. Mostly because it does have a large focus on relationships and also if you’re single, you’ll probably be grateful for it after this game. Catherine is absolutely hilarious and full of adult humour but it does have something […]

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03rd Jan2020

‘Mr. Robot 4×12 & 4×13: Series Finale’ Review

by Xenia Grounds

“Hello, Elliot” With those two simple but very meaningful words, Mr. Robot came to its heavy-hitting and emotional close. How does this journey end for Elliot? In standard fashion for this show, it’s not a straightforward ride to the finish line but it’s definitely an ending fitting for this final delve into a tortured character. […]

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02nd Jan2020

‘Mr. Robot’ Review Round-Up: 4×08-4×11

by Xenia Grounds

Mr. Robot has finished its run. I’ll go into the finale in more depth when I review it but my general consensus is that the ending has made sure that Mr Robot is one of the best television shows of the 2010s. However, let’s talk about the episodes leading up to the stunning finale. First […]

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18th Dec2019

‘Life Is Strange Vol.2: Waves’ Graphic Novel Review

by Xenia Grounds

Written by Emma Vieceli | Art by Claudia Leonardi, Andrea Izzo | Published by Titan Comics When I read ‘Dust’ months ago, I remember enjoying it and curious to find out where it went after that cliffhanger ending. It’s been a long wait to see the next few chapters but I have to be honest…I’m […]

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12th Dec2019

‘Life Is Strange 2 – Episode 5: Wolves’ Review (PS4)

by Xenia Grounds

We’ve reached the end of a very long road. Sean and Daniel’s journey is over in its entirety. Over this past year and three months of watching their story, it’s warmed and broke my heart so often. Their relationship has made everything very worthwhile. I’ve never seen a game that so accurately captures what it’s […]

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26th Nov2019

‘Mr. Robot 4×07: Proxy Authentication Required’ Review

by Xenia Grounds

WARNING: Triggering topics such as child abuse and sexual assault are mentioned in this review. If this will affect you in any manner then please do not read. For the most part, I’m covering my thoughts on the final season of Mr. Robot in roundups. I say it a lot but there are always exceptions […]

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22nd Nov2019

‘Mr. Robot’ Review Roundup: 4×01-4×06

by Xenia Grounds

WARNING: Massive spoilers for the first half of Mr. Robot season four. We’re halfway through the final season of Mr. Robot now and I can honestly say that each episode so far has been better than the last. It’s a relief because in a year when one of my other favourite television shows (cough, Game […]

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21st Nov2019

RETRO-spective: Jet Force Gemini

by Xenia Grounds

As far as shooters go, it’s not my favourite genre. I have nothing against them but I’m a very story-focused gamer and shooters can sometimes be light on that. However, like anything in life, there are exceptions to the rule. I grew up with a Nintendo 64 as a kid which would spoil you with […]

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07th Nov2019

MCM London Comic Con Oct 2019 – Event Report

by Xenia Grounds

It’s another year and MCM ends in London until May. I’ve been going to MCM conventions for the past two years and each time I go, I never find it boring and it’s the best time for anyone who is a part of nerd culture. You get to meet the actors who bring these incredible […]

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10th Sep2019

‘The Dark Pictures: Man of Medan’ Review (PS4)

by Xenia Grounds

The Dark Pictures is a horror anthology series from the developers of Until Dawn. This anthology is supposed to have eight stand-alone stories for us to experience and each entry should come out every six months or so. The debut for this series is Man of Medan. If this debut is anything to go by…I […]

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30th Aug2019

‘Life is Strange 2 – Episode 4: Faith’ Review (PS4)

by Xenia Grounds

WARNING: The following review spoils the Life is Strange 2, Episode 3 ending. Let’s have a little recap on Episode 3: Wastelands ending. Daniel had a freak telekinetic outburst which injured multiple people. Once the dust had settled, the episode ended on a shot with Sean unconscious and bleeding. There was a glass shard embedded […]

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15th Aug2019

Life is Strange 2: Awkward, Relatable and Open-Minded on Sexuality

by Xenia Grounds

WARNING: Spoilers ahead for Life is Strange 2 and Life is Strange. I’ll cut straight to the chase. I think Life is Strange 2 explores sexuality and sex incredibly well to an almost painfully relatable degree. It’s so honest with its approach but still manages to be very touching in the way it handles the subject […]

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02nd Aug2019

Retrospective: The Lion King (1994)

by Xenia Grounds

WARNING: I expect it’s unlikely but if you haven’t seen The Lion King then this retrospective contains massive spoilers. To say that The Lion King is a classic Disney movie feels like an understatement. It’s widely considered one of the best movies that Disney has ever made. When it comes to the films made during […]

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24th Jul2019

Retrospective: 500 Days of Summer

by Xenia Grounds

Movies. Music. Television. Video Games. Animation. If there is one theme that all these mediums have explored, then it would be: Love. Many of us are brought up on this idea of ‘The One’. However, when we start to enter actual romantic relationships, we learn that romances are rarely like the movies and songs we’ve […]

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31st May2019

The Retro Replay Live Experience @ MCM – May 2019

by Xenia Grounds

I remember watching the first episode of Retro Replay so clearly. I had just woken up at 7am on a Friday morning. Barely awake, I shuffled straight to the kitchen to make some coffee, grab breakfast, turned on a television and put on some Retro Replay. By the end of it, I was trying not […]

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30th May2019

MCM London Comic Con – May 2019: Event Report

by Xenia Grounds

You know the first sign that you’re heading in the correct direction for Comic Con? It’s normally seeing a train full of cosplayers and it’s one of the only times where you can strike up a conversation with a group of strangers without that typical British awkwardness. I have missed Comic Con since October and […]

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24th May2019

‘Life is Strange Vol.1: Dust’ Graphic Novel Review

by Xenia Grounds

Written by Emma Vieceli | Art by Claudia Leonardi | Published by Titan Comics | Format: Paperback, 112pp WARNING: This review will contain huge spoilers for one of the endings of the first Life is Strange. If you have any interest in playing it and don’t want to know what can happen in the finale […]

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21st May2019

‘iZombie 5×03’ Review

by Xenia Grounds

Stars: Rose McIver, Malcolm Goodwin, Rahul Kohli, Robert Buckley, David Anders | Created by Diane Ruggiero, Rob Thomas After a stumbling second outing, the third episode of iZombie took the series back to basics. We have a murder of the week scenario and all the zombie hijinks that go with it along with sprinklings of […]

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