Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide - Assassin's Creed Origins - Xbox One



Ancient Egypt – home of colossal pyramids, gilded tombs, tyrannical god-kings, and the origin story of the Assassins. As Cleopatra’s empire crumbles, the birth of the Assassin's Brotherhood will lead to an extraordinary shift of the world order. Along your journey, the mysteries of Ancient Egypt will be revealed. Assassin’s Creed Origins uncovers the beginning of the Brotherhood. Fight in epic battles, master a completely reinvented combat system, and explore the entirety of Egypt. With the all-new quest system, complete missions in any order you choose, and follow your own path to greatness.



My Thoughts

I'll admit that the Assassin's Creed series hasn't been my personal favorite since they are a little violent. I didn't let my son play them until he reached junior high, but this one even held even my attention. I love Ancient Egypt, and this game really brings those scenes to life. In  Assassin's Creed Origins, you can get explore the tombs of the ancient Pharaohs. Along the way, there are mysteries to be solved, and discoveries to be made as you journey with the original assassin. You will fight enemies and even meet some of the ancient Egyptian deities.

One of the unique things about this game is that you can play the missions in any order.  This makes the experience unique for each person. You can also play alone or team up to play missions with your friends using Xbox Live. The possibilities are endless, and make this a game you can play over and over again.




My son loved playing this game. He found it challenging and interesting. It's a little too hard for me and my Nintendo hands to master, but I really enjoyed watching him play. The graphics are just beautiful. I love the different views of the pyramids and especially loved watching the gods come to life. Watching him play was like watching a movie, and I feel like it's actually teaching him a little about history.

The Assassin's Creed series has been one of my son's favorites. After waiting two years, he was excited to see what they would come up with next, and he was not disappointed. If you'd like to grab a copy of this fantastic game for yourself, it is available now in stores nationwide. You can also grab a copy on Amazon. It would make a great gift for any of the teens of your list.


Psychological Thriller The Fall: Complete Collection




THE FALL: Complete Collection debuts on DVD/Blu-ray on November 21, 2017 from Acorn, an RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand. This hit psychological thriller stars Emmy® and Golden Globe winner Gillian Anderson (Bleak HouseThe Crimson Petal and the WhiteThe X-Files) delivers a masterful performance as DSI Stella Gibson, a steely detective on the trail of a serial killer (Jamie DornanFifty Shades of Grey) stalking the streets of Belfast. THE FALL proves as riveting as it is unsettling, granting rare insight into the mind of a sociopath. The DVD and Blu-ray 6-Disc set features all three series, 18 hours of vivid characterizations and heart-pounding storytelling with behind-the-scenes featurettes, deleted scenes, and photo galleries ($69.99, Amazon.com). Also on Nov. 21, THE FALL, Series 3 will be available in an individual season DVD/Blu-ray sets ($39.99 each).

Called to Belfast to investigate a high-profile murder, DSI Stella Gibson quickly realizes that a serial killer prowls the city. The culprit is Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan), a grief counselor and family man driven by vicious compulsions. As Gibson closes in on Spector, both the hunter and the hunted outmaneuver each other in a sinister game of cat and mouse. Will Gibson make Spector pay for his crimes before the death toll rises?

An “intelligent show with tremendous acting” (The Atlantic), critics rave that “Anderson is sublime, almost otherworldly, while Dornan…matches her for icy charisma” (Daily Mail). This complete collection of the award-winning drama also stars Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife), John Lynch (In the Name of the Father), and Colin Morgan (Merlin, Humans).

Bonus: Behind-the-scenes featurettes (33 min.), deleted scenes (18 min.), and photo galleries

Street Date: November 21, 2017    SRP: $69.99
DVD 6-Disc Set: 17 episodes, 3 series – Approx. 18 hours – SDH Subtitles – UPC 054961261796
Blu-ray 6-Disc Set: 17 episodes, 3 series – Approx. 18 hours – SDH Subtitles – UPC 054961261895
Contains graphic violence, strong language, sexual situations, and disturbing images.



My Thoughts

I was a huge fan of Gillian Anderson when she was on X-files so I was excited to see her on the small screen again. The Fall was not disappointing. The Fall is psychological thriller ripe with intrigue that ran for three seasons. Anderson plays a female detective in London's Metropolitan Police Service who visits Belfast to assist with a murder case. A woman in a man's world, she dives into the gruesome murder investigations with gusto and has no qualms about getting her hands dirty as she hunts down a serial killer.  

One interesting aspect of this series is that its not just about the police looking or the killer. The scenes are divided pretty evenly between the detective and the murderer, giving you a disturbing look inside a deranged mind. Jamie Dornon does an outstanding job of bringing his vile character to life in true Hannibal Lector style.  He's a killer by night and a mild mannered counselor with a family by day.  Its chilling watching him go from a nice family man to a cold-blooded killer.  In fact, there are a lot of comparisons between this series and Silence of the Lambs, including the connection between the cop and the serial killer. Throughout the series, the detective is striving to outwit the killer before he takes another victim. While it isn't particularly past-faced, what it lacks in action it makes up for in tenseness.  This sometimes gruesome series is a must watch for lovers or crime drama and thrillers alike.  


The DVD set includes all seventeen episodes that takes you through the entire case.  If you'd like to grab a copy of this exciting DVD set for yourself, you can find it online at Acorn Media or on Amazon.



How to Choose Top-Notch Baby Items

Babies certainly need a lot of supplies. Along with suitable clothes and bedding, babies will need safe teething toys when they start having gum discomfort. It is advised to only buy these items from companies that make higher quality products. The last thing that a parent wants is for a teething object to break or irritate the baby's mouth. Look for ones made from natural woods. Beech wood is a fantastic material choice. Try to find baby product retailers that only sell ethically sourced wooden baby products. Ensure that the wood came from sustainable forests for environmental protection.

Babies have a natural curiosity about the world around them. They use all senses to explore interesting things. This is why babies put objects into their mouths. It is important to have readily available teething toys to distract the baby from mouthing an unsuitable item. When choosing these supplies, make sure that the wood is smooth without cracks or other deformities. Read the product reviews to ascertain the details of the baby object, and the appropriate age that the item is intended for. These sorts of highly useful baby necessities can be an outstanding baby shower present.

Any baby item should meet the international safety standards or be above the norm. Trustworthy baby supply manufacturers desire to provide exceptional products to maintain their good business reputation. Everything that a baby comes into contact with needs to be safe, and free of chemicals, dangerous elements and other unsuitable characteristics. Online baby items like toys for young infants are easy to investigate. Deal with online baby supply businesses that guarantee baby safety standards and superior construction materials. These items need to hold up to vigorous play and abuse from babies. Buying online will be cheaper, and parents can then afford to select a better product.

Toys can teach babies how to interact with others. These items should be age appropriate for safety concerns, and to be useful to the baby. Babies can get easily frustrated if they cannot figure out how to get something right away. Babies should be encouraged to try new things. They begin to develop confidence when they achieve something that they have worked for. Choose toys that stimulate a baby to learn new things. The age level that a baby toy or other product is made for should be listed right on the package.

Teething rings and toys encourage a baby to explore. They also bring relief from gum pain. There are items that can be attached to a car or infant seat. This allows the object to be easily located during those cranky times. These teething products are better than ordinary pacifiers. These items should never harm a baby's sensitive mouth. Look for recognizable shapes and interesting features. Babies love to stare at favorite things. When happy, some babies will even coo at their beloved object. Toys that help sooth a baby's sore gums allow babies to quiet without much fuss.

Those that shop online can usually find items not seen elsewhere. This is really true for baby supplies. Most parents yearn for baby products that deliver what they promise. There is a greater chance of this happening when parents opt to buy from competent and honest baby product companies.


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Monday, November 20, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide - Rayman Legends Definitive Edition - Nintendo Switch




Rayman, winner of multiple artistic and musical achievements, is coming to the Nintendo Switch system in Rayman Legends Definitive Edition. Rayman, Globox, and the Teensies are off wandering through an enchanted forest when they discover a mysterious tent filled with a series of captivating paintings. As they look more closely, they notice each painting seems to tell the story of a mythical world. While focusing on a painting that shows a medieval land, they are suddenly sucked into the painting, entering the world, and the adventure begins. The gang must run, jump, and fight their way through each world to save the day and discover the secrets of every legendary painting.



My Thoughts


This is a game that really bridges generations. My teenage children have loved Rayman for years, and now their younger siblings are enjoying it as well.







In Rayman Legends, our hero and his friends fight to save the universe from annihilation. There are several different worlds to conquer. In each one, Rayman and his friends will face lots of challenges and will have to fight big bosses to free the Teenies.  In this latest edition, Rayman finds a tent filled with magical paintings, each of which leads to a new world.   In the Nintendo Switch version, up to four people can play. There are also touch screen options, and times when you have to play to the beat of a drum to make things even more exciting.
My son really loved playing this game. The quest to save the universe is exciting and along the way, you can collect tokens to unlock new characters. The graphics are bold and seem to jump right from the screen, and the story line is engaging. The worlds gradually become more challenging as you progress, but never get too frustrating.  The game  is rated E for everyone, but is recommended for ages 10+ due to the difficulty level. 

Rayman Legends in an exciting game that kids of all ages can enjoy, and would make a great gift this holiday season. If you'd like to grab a copy of Rayman Legends for your children, it is available now in stores nationwide. You can also order it on  Amazon. Remember, these little switch games are the perfect size to stuff in stocking.