Each month, CGM writers get the chance to review the latest and greatest tech, toys, games and media. At the end of each month, we round up the ten highest scoring reviews to show our readers what gear and games we can stand behind with confidence! From our CGM family to yours, we want to ensure you never miss the top reviews to help you make informed choices on all your media and gear!
Here are our CGM Monthly Top 10 Reviews: December 2021
Spider-Man: No Way Home
“Thankfully, director Jon Watts has control and creative freedom over the narrative. Viewers are slowly and gently eased through the fallout of being exposed. There’s plenty of reactions to be had across the first ten minutes of No Way Home. While the film rightfully pokes fun in the face of danger. No Way Home veers hard from dryer humour. Instead, returning to Spider-Man’s own brand of situational quips. Which especially counts as the stakes get higher.” Here is CGMs review of Spider-Man: No Way Home.
Final Thoughts: Spider-Man: No Way Home doesn’t hold back in shaking up the MCU with lasting impact, even if it reminds audiences about what makes the wall-crawler so iconic.
HUAWEI MateView GT
“The monitor has a slew of gamer centric features if you dive into the easy-to-use menu, making it possible to change the colour settings, monitor modes, along with the option, fun, on-screen crosshair that can help in games. While it may seem like a minor point, the way HUAWEI streamlined the menu experience, all with an easy-to-use control system, made the often tedious task of adjustment as painless as possible. Even the placement of the controls—under the HUAWEI logo at the front—was a great move, making the blind search for controls a thing I did not need to worry about, at least while testing the MateView GT.” Here is CGMs review of the HUAWEI MateView GT.
Final Thoughts: Delivering all the features content creators and gamers demand, the HUAWEI MateView GT is one of the best monitors of 2021, and a must-buy for anyone looking for a display upgrade.
The Matrix Ressurections
“Keanu Reeves stepping back into the shoes of Neo was something that I did not think possible, as exciting as it was. Now, having seen The Matrix Resurrections, I am more excited by the universe of the films than ever before. Despite some awkward effects and some dangling plot threads, this film shows that The Matrix still has plenty of ideas to explore, even decades after the first film hit theatres.” Here is CGMs review of The Matrix Resurrections.
Final Thoughts: The Matrix Resurrections is a return to form for the series and is a great way to revisit the universe in a whole new, mind-bending way.
West Side Story
“West Side Story is still a vibrant, visual epic with a timelessly infectious orchestral score by the late Leonard Bernstein, dazzling choreography based on the work of the late Jerome Robbins, and lyrics by the recently departed Stephen Sondheim. Despite Spielberg never having directed a musical before, his nuanced skills and much-professed love for the original 1957 stage production’s soundtrack can be felt in every shot (beautifully framed by cinematographer and long-time Spielberg-collaborator Janusz Kaminski).” Here is CGMs review of West Side Story.
Final Thoughts: A much-welcomed modernization of the 1961 film, West Side Story (2021) is a cinematic, musical celebration of life and love that is even more relevant today than it was 60 years ago, and deserves to be enjoyed on the largest movie screen you can find.
Being the Ricardos
“Being the Ricardos offers insight into how the TV show was produced. How Lucy and Desi met…some background on Desi’s early life and how persuasive and charismatic he could be…a brief look into the psyche of the characters, and how their personalities inform their performances. Plus, a look at the tension between everyone involved in the production. It jumps around, essentially serving as multiple chronicles, all of which command your attention with swift pacing. Frankly, I’m more excited for future works from Sorkin after seeing Being the Ricardos.” Here is CGMs review of Being the Ricardos.
Final Thoughts: Go in blind and don’t worry about the casting, as Being the Ricardos will win you over on raw emotion and storytelling.
“One of the things I most like about the Dishonored series is the strange nature of the Void, and the way it bends reality. It’s used very smartly in the Dishonored: The Roleplaying Game and allows players to stay on their toes, especially if the game master is feeling sneaky. Just like in the game, chaotic behaviour is all over the tabletop version. If players continue to act out of line, the game master receives his own resource of chaos, he can then use it to make it more difficult for players in the future. It resembles the chaos mechanic in the game, and it makes players think carefully about the decisions they are going to make.” Here is CGMs review of Dishonored: The Roleplaying Game.
Final Thoughts: Dishonored: The Roleplaying Game is an amazingly faithful rendition of the Dishonored video games, that you can play with your friends.
“I can gladly say that the Razer Iskur Fabric comes closer to properly fitting my body than any other chair, gaming or otherwise, has. The Autonomous ErgoChair 2 is a close second because it fits my height, but even with all its adjustments, the Iskur Fabric is far more comfortable, especially after long sitting sessions.” Here is CGMs review of the Razer Iskur Fabric Chair.
Final Thoughts: Razer is no stranger to sleek style and premium quality, but they have gone above and beyond with the Razer Iskur Fabric, while still maintaining comfort for gamers of all sizes.
Solar Ash (PC)
“Gameplay is equally divergent from Hyper Light Drifter, and just as inspired. Solar Ash is a game about movement, pure and simple. Every area within the Ultravoid is vast and vertical—broken into various segments of floating platforms, and dilapidated buildings. It’s one part Jet Set Radio and one part Mario Galaxy as players skate through each level seeking out and destroying the several arms of living gates, blocking off each new area.” Here is CGMs review of Solar Ash (PC).
Final Thoughts: Solar Ash is a non-stop roller-coaster of pulse pounding gameplay and intriguing narrative. A must-play!
“What we have here is 343i’s attempt at the ultimate Halo experience, embodying the best environment, the best enemies, weapons, and vehicles from the best games in the franchise. Yet Halo Infinite still manages to bring new things to the table. Seriously, I can’t fathom the Grappleshot and throwable cores not being in every new Halo game starring Master Chief going forward; they are revelations for the series! Please do yourself a favour, show Microsoft and 343i some much deserved appreciation, and play this game.” Here is CGMs review of Halo Infinite Campaign (Xbox Series X).
Final Thoughts: Halo Infinite brings together the best gameplay elements from the Bungie Halo era, doubles down on Halo CE’s sandbox environments to encompass its entire open world structure and brings new gameplay mechanics that will no doubt become a permanent part of its design document going forward, making it an experience no shooter fan can afford to miss.
“The Rock Space AC2100 is simple enough for non-technophiles to set-up and sleek enough to not clutter space in the home. The three cube (I just realized it’s called a node) design allows for convenient placement around the house. Although the system promises 6000 sq ft of coverage, I don’t have enough space to test that hard limit, but I do stay connected while walking to the corner store, which is seriously impressive. The Rock Space is a great addition to any home suffering with a dead zone.” Here is CGMs review of the Rock Space AC2100 Tri-Band Mesh Wi-Fi System.
Final Thoughts: Rock Space AC2100 is a serious upgrade, it can change any limping internet speed into a rampaging dragon with ease. Dead spaces can easily turn into rock-ing spaces with this easily recommendable system.
“While, yes, most people will use the Elite XG320U as a computer monitor, it’s also gorgeous for console gaming too. Since the next gen consoles are putting out 120 fps, they will never overpower the Elite XG320U on you. It also has plenty of inputs to accommodate any setup, including 2 HDMI, a DisplayPort and a headphone-out port. It also has a really nice set of speakers built in should you ever use it without headphones on (which I rarely do, but the quality was great nonetheless).” Here is CGMs review of the ViewSonic Elite XG320U Monitor.
Final Thoughts: The true value of the Viewsonic Elite XG320U was seen when I had to remove it from my setup and go back to my old monitor. You see and feel a difference when you make the upgrade, but to go back is a real eye-opener. This monitor delivered big on what it promised and without it, I am left wanting.
That sums up our CGM Monthly Top 10 Reviews for December 2021. Come back on January 31, 2022 to see how the world of tech, toys, games and media compares to this month!