[Game] Bloodborne

Bloodborne

Bloodborne is the second best Souls game after Dark Souls and that’s mainly because it’s not limited by being a sequel. It feels fresh both from the storytelling perspective, with a completely new setting and a story that would make Lovecraft proud, and game-play which is turned upside down with a tweaked dodge mechanic and the lack of shield yet retains all what made Dark Souls so enjoyable (although I do have one minor gripe with making healing faster which trivialized some of my boss encounters).

I bought my PS4 pretty much solely for this game and I still feel like I underpaid for this kind of quality.

Positive: Negative:
Fantastic visuals both from technical and artistic standpoint
The story is very hard to follow without looking things up
Immersing, dark atmosphere
A lot of easily missable important NPCs
Awesome orchestral music on boss fights, and very atmospheric sound design
Apart from looks armor sets have very little variation game-play wise
Amazing setting inspired by Victorian horror stories
Changes to the healing system makes the game easier to cheese
Fascinating, surreal story
So good it ruins other games for you
Deep, complex lore
Thought-provoking storytelling
All item placement and drops make sense lore-wise
Great sense of adventure
Fantastic dungeon design
Fantastic boss fights
Fantastic battle mechanics
Somehow manages to be both fresh and familiar in a perfect way
Challenging difficulty

[Novel] Tropic of Cancer (Henry Miller)

Tropic of Cancer

Book

While Tropic of Cancer may come off like ramblings of a sex crazed maniac at first, you soon realize it’s a fantastic satyric representation of the ridiculousness of modern life and human nature in general.

Positive:
Negative:
The text flows and is pleasant to read despite incorporating fairly heavy words
A bit hard to follow, especially when it enters its metaphysical passages
Wacky, interesting, likable, relatively profound characters
The story is basically just random episodes from the guy’s insane life
Full of genuinely funny black humor
Though-provoking on life in general

[Game] Rise of the Tomb Raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider

Game

Rise of the Tomb Raider looks and plays almost identical to the prequel, but its story comes off a lot less inspired and the ice-covered environment it offers is not as interesting to explore this time around.

Positive:
Negative:
Beautiful visuals
Underwhelming, bland story
Satisfying climbing and platforming game-play
Lara feels like she lost most of her humanity compared to the prequel
Satisfying shooter and stealth game-play
Nowhere near as many spectacular sights and action setpieces as in the prequel
Collectibles are well integrated and shed light on the story
Shows no real evolution since the prequel

[Novel] Isle of the Dead (Roger Zelazny)

Isle of the Dead

Book

While it has an interesting premise and a fascinating world, Isle of the Dead’s plot and characters don’t offer much in terms of memorability.

Positive:
Negative:
Interesting premise
Characters, while not really bad in any way, are not all that interesting
Fascinating setting that mixes sci-fi and fantasy
The plot, while okay, is kind of predictable and not that memorable