Thursday, December 17, 2015

Review Day

There are no major spoilers in these reviews.

Master of None, Season One:
This generally light-hearted comedy by Aziz Ansari is a fun ride with the typical assortment of millenial topics and characters. It looses a little good will in the final episode, which offers no closure and feels more like a pilot than a finale. Still, if you like Aziz's other work and don't mind him occasionally looking like a live-action Muppet, you'll enjoy this show. Free on Netflix.

Final Grade: B

The Man in the High Castle, Season One:
This Amazon Original is based on the story by Philip K. Dick, and takes place in a United States taken over by German and Japanese forces after World War II. It has a few interesting ideas, but moves glacially slow. The amount of progression in each episode feels stretched to disintegration, and I gave up after five episodes.

Final Grade: C-

Gigabyte GTX 960 Graphics Card:
This is a solid graphics card that has recently slipped down to the under $250 price point. It can maintain a solid 60 - 100 FPS in Elder Scrolls Online without overclocking. The fan is a little noticeable, sometimes sounding like an old beater car trying to go up a hill, but the resulting performance is worth it.

Final Grade: B+

League of Explorers: A Hearthstone Adventure:
League of Explorers ($19.99) is a Hearthstone expansion with a small handful of new cards. It's actually quite fun, although over quickly, and injects a good amount of freshness into tired rounds of fighting Secret Paladins and Face Hunters all day long. I only had to make custom decks for two of the puzzles -- the rest I beat with my regular card decks.

Final Grade: B+

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