Here’s my Metro News reviews for the week of Jan 27th.
By Angélique Kidjo & Rachel Wenrick
Three And A Half Stars
Recipes and mp3s add a friendly interactive touch to this charming autobiographical tale of a restless girl in West Africa whose childhood of python festivals and Aretha Franklin records helped nurture her rise into a jazz superstar and advocacy icon. Kidjo is such a playful storyteller, it’s a shame the ebook has so few clips of her expressing her personality.
Wii Fit U
Nintendo Wii U
3 ½ Stars
Wii Fit’s engaging yoga and aerobics mix is still too reliant on BMI even as it provides excellent balance feedback and, thanks to a new pedometer, calories burned. Be warned, the best dance and game activities now require two controllers.
Epicurious Recipes & Shopping List
With an impressive revamp this old favourite seems new again. A better layout combined with a recipe box, shopping list, helpful categories, and voice controls makes collecting recipes a delight.
Sherlock: The Network
Cumberbatch and Freeman star in this slick detective game based on the popular TV series in which you arrange quick transport, gather clues and solve cases using a Mind Palace.
Xbox 360/PS3/Xbox One/PS4
Rated: Mature 17+
The new Lara Croft is a survivalist, driven to hunt down ritual murderers in a shipwreck horror. She used to outsmart ancient death traps, but now wades through blood-filled torture chambers that seem wildly out of place in an otherwise thrilling adventure of zip lines, rock climbs, and shoot-outs. Thankfully, her more convincing appearance and deeper story give Croft a much-needed human dimension. The Definitive Edition for new consoles adds enhanced graphics, but really it’s the familiar mix of adrenaline and archaeology that makes the game fun on any system.