FE­BRU­ARY

TekSavvy Insider - - 2014: The Year In Review -

Fe­bru­ary saw a slight im­prove­ment in the qual­ity of the­atri­cal re­leases, start­ing off with the launch of the bril­liant The Lego Movie, laugh a minute riot that en­thralled fam­i­lies the world over, but it was clear that the in­dus­try was only start­ing to emerge from its win­ter slum­ber. Also hit­ting the­atres this month were The Mon­u­ments Men, along with its phe­nom­e­nal en­sem­ble cast, and the sur­pris­ingly en­joy­able Mr. Pe­abody & Sher­man. Sadly, we also lost one of con­tem­po­rary cin­ema’s most tal­ented stars this month when Philip Seymour Hoff­man died aged just 46.

In the gaming world, this was a fine month for RPG fans, with both Bravely De­fault for 3DS and Light­ning Re­turns: Fi­nal Fan­tasy XIII ac­quit­ting them­selves very well on the re­view front. Other key launches for the month in­cluded the su­perb Don­key Kong Coun­try: Trop­i­cal Freeze on Wii U, Ray­man Leg­ends for PS4 and Xbox One fol­low­ing its re­lease on all other for­mats the pre­vi­ous year, Plants vs. Zom­bies: Gar­den War­fare as a timed re­lease on Xbox 360 and Xbox One, and the ea­gerly awaited Thief from Square Enix which, although fail­ing to live up to ex­pec­ta­tions, was nev­er­the­less a fine ad­ven­ture - if a lit­tle flawed.

The big tech­nol­ogy news in Fe­bru­ary was Sam­sung’s wholly ex­pected un­veil­ing of the Galaxy S5, its lat­est flag­ship smart­phone, at 2014 Mo­bile World Congress in Barcelona. The company also used the show as an op­por­tu­nity to showcase its Gear 2 and Gear Fit smart­watches, both of which used the company’s new Tizen op­er­at­ing sys­tem in place of An­droid.

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