I actually completed another game the other day! Mark of the Ninja had been on my plate for months; I’d play it intensely for a few days, then my attention would inevitably wander off to something else. That’s nothing against this game though, because now that I’ve beaten it, my verdict is this: Mark of the Ninja is the best stealth game I’ve ever played. (more…)
That’s a mouthful huh? Maybe they should’ve just gone with “Game of Thrones Season 1”. It worked with “The Walking Dead” just fine, didn’t it? Anyways, this is my verdict for Telltale’s first take on the Game of Thrones franchise.
Game of Thrones + Telltale = IMSOHAPPYOMG
I’ve been heavily into Game of Thrones since the TV show’s first season. I read the first book while watching season 1, finishing it before I even got to the last episode, and went on to read the rest of the released books. It’s been my escapist fiction of choice and the most engaging fictional universe since Harry Potter. When I heard that Telltale were making a companion game series, I was just overjoyed. If you’re like me, you should be very happy with the game that came out of it. The ASoIaF universe always felt like a perfect fit for the writing pedigree of Telltale, and I wasn’t disappointed. This might well be my favorite Telltale game so far. (more…)
I’m not the biggest fan of superhero movies, especially Marvel. I just didn’t grow up with the comics or cartoons. I think Captain America is a ridiculous, almost embarrassing creation at face value. I watched the first Avengers movie and thought it was unimpressive. Last year I bought into the hype and watched Guardians of the Galaxy and left the theater with a big “meh”. (more…)
The Little Prince is a special novel and I would have loved to read it when I was a child, but alas, I did not. My sister bugged me to read it recently, because it’s one of her all-time favorites. It’s a really short, quick read, so I thought “sure, whatever” since I wouldn’t lose much time in any case.
The first few pages went by so quickly, because the style of writing is clearly aimed at children. I felt like I was reading a 5th grade literature textbook or something like that. (more…)
I really enjoyed the first Hunger Games book. It was relatively light fare and Suzanne Collins’ prose was clean and to-the-point (which is always a plus in my book). Of course, these days everything has to be a trilogy of epic proportions, so it would’ve been weird not to read the second book. (more…)
When I was in my early teens and getting into serious reading, there were a few books that really got to me. It shouldn’t be a surprise that the Harry Potter books are some of those. There was also Dune and The Hitchhiker’s Guide. And then there was Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues under the Sea. At that time, I had a major weakness for escapist fiction. If it could transport me into a completely new world, I was into it. That’s true today as well of course, but the mind is more impressionable when you’re younger. You have less stuff to be worried about (basically school and very limited responsibilities at home) and your brain starts to come into its own. It’s a magical time to be a geek. (more…)
Having written an in-depth look at all the main character story lines this season it’s time to give my verdict on the season as a whole. It’s been a few weeks since the final episode and there’s been a lot of discussion online. Is Game of Thrones past its peak? Are we all getting fatigued now? Can D&D really rival GRRM? I’ll try to ponder these questions in this article and make sense of the current backlash against the show. (more…)
Game of Thrones Season 5 is a wrap and as always, it’s the worst time being a GoT fan, because right now is the longest amount of time to wait until the next season. Well, I guess the worst time being a GoT fan is once the whole thing is over and done, and the only thing that’s left is an emptiness. I had that problem when Breaking Bad finished. Or when I got done reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Anyway. Season 5 has been the most difficult season to date to judge. It’s been a week and I’m starting to digest things a lot better. I’ll be getting into specifics for every plot thread and grade it and then share some overall thoughts on the whole thing big picture wise. (more…)
After watching the Oscars, I figured I’d watch all the apparently good movies I missed out on last year, partially some of the Oscar winners/nominations as well as stuff I was interested in anyway. On the list were “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya”, “Kingdom of Dreams and Madness”, “The Theory of Everything”, “Whiplash”, “Birdman” and “The Imitation Game”. I’ve now seen all of them except for the last one. I’ll get to it eventually.
So on to Whiplash! To say it outright: this was the most intense, most magnetic movie I’ve seen in a while. There is literally nothing I don’t like about it. (more…)
Recently I’ve been getting back into my Japanophilia, playing JRPGs, watching anime and reading manga. The completion of the Naruto manga which prompted me to pick that up again, my discovery of the Persona series and other things have all factored in. So here I am, a couple of years behind the anime scene, looking for stuff and collecting recommendations. I bounced off of Code Geass, enjoyed my time with Barakamon and initially bounced off of Steins;Gate. But seeing that one at the top of so many top anime lists, and seeing Kotaku’s Richard Eisenbeis declare Steins;Gate as possibly the best anime he’s ever seen, I just had to give it a second chance.