Here are a few highly recommended albums from a person whose taste in music is questionable at best. I am by no means an expert, but I did listen to enough new records this year to form a useless opinion. ‘Tis the season for lists after all, so let’s do this.
*Minor spoilers ahead*
It’s easy to make assumptions about what kind of film Arrival is just by glimpsing one of its ominous black “shell” spaceships. Those assumptions would likely be wrong, though.
The Call of Duty franchise has acquired a substantially large and rabid fanbase after more than a decade of steady annual releases. It’s become the de facto first-person shooter not only due to its industry leading sales, but because so many other developers have tried emulating the series’ mechanics, motifs, and success — both critically and commercially — over the years. Call of Duty has been king for quite some time now, but, unfortunately, with success comes complacency. Each new entry has been met with increasing cynicism from enthusiasts and detractors alike because the franchise more adequately represents Activision’s business model as a whole these days, rather than Call of Duty’s rich historic legacy.
Everything Old Is New Again
Battlefield 1 probably feels like a tangential release for people only familiar with the franchise’s recent history. The previous two numbered Battlefield games have tried chasing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare so much — at least in terms of storylines and aesthetics — that it’s easy to forget that DICE was also the studio responsible for Battlefield: 1942 once upon a time. It’s left plenty of longstanding fans screaming, “Make Battlefield great again!” or some variation of those words over the past few years. They ‘member. Well, here it is, DICE’s answer to your pleas. COD fans, you’re welcome to come along too.