[Game] The Walking Dead – A New Frontier

The Walking Dead - A New Frontier

Game

Well… I wasn’t hoping A New Frontier to beat the prequels, but I certainly didn’t expect this.

It’s still The Walking Dead with a few cool moral choices here and there, but most characters and the plot just feel uninspired and bland. The prequels kept me on the edge of my seat. This game just kept me wondering when the fun stuff’s supposed to be coming.

Positive:
Negative:
Beautiful hand-drawn character designs
The story is actually kind of bland and uninspired
Likable, well-written characters
The Garcia family is not all that interesting
Clementine is cool
Nowhere near as many memorable moments as in the prequels
Well managed moral choice system
Does not offer much in terms of game-play
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[Game] The Evil Within 2

Evil Within 2

Game

The sequel to The Evil Within drops all pretense and tells you that everything is happening in virtual reality right off the bat, so you know there are no rules or sense to all the random crap happening. It’s a somewhat competent horror game as far as game-play is concerned, but the premise just completely sabotages any chance of it having any tension or interesting narrative.

Positive:
Negative:
Cool, creepy atmosphere
The premise ruins all tension and any incentive to explore
Game-play is okay
Disjointed plot is hard to get invested in
Boring story
Boring characters
Open world sequences are tedious

[Novel] Beach (Alex Garland)

Beach

Book

All this thriller novel has is its interesting, exotic setting of Thailand, but it takes forever to get anywhere and the pay-off is not even that memorable. That said, I ended up really enjoying the stuff that the book taught me on traveling.

Positive:
Negative:
Interesting exotic setting
Not much happens in the plot
Interesting, likable characters
The final payoff isn’t all that great
Enlightening on traveling

[Game] Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor

Middle Earth - Shadow of Mordor

Book2

The game offers a very-well polished sandbox experience, but the narrative that ties it together is so dull you are pretty much forced to go out of your way to entertain yourself.

Positive: Negative:
Attractive visuals Dull narrative where it feels you aren’t doing anything of significance
Good fighting and climbing mechanics The games starts feeling a bit repetitive after a while
Lots of little challenges and activities on the map
The nemesis system can get quite immersing if you give it a chance

[Novel] Dr. Bloodmoney (Philip K. Dick)

Doctor Bloodmoney
Book

It might have felt a bit more novel back when it was written, but this post-apocalyptic book still definitely offers all the surreal quirkiness of Philip K. Dick.

Positive: Negative:
Crisp, flowing prose and natural-sounding dialogue The plot feels a bit unfocused as it jumps between a bunch of characters
Interesting post-apocalyptic setting The story seems to just stop rather than ending with a bang
Interesting, likable, quirky characters
Thought-provoking on human society

[VN] Hikari no Umi no Apeiria

景の海のアペイリア

A thrilling visual novel that somehow seamlessly combines time travel, hard quantum mechanics, and a guy who literally fights enemies with his dick into a fantastic ride of scientific mystery and adventure.

Release: 2017 (Silky’s Plus Dolce)
Writers: Hanno Shuusei (Ano Harewataru Sora yori Takaku)
Japanese difficulty: Hard
English: None
Ratings: VNDB (7.91); EGS (8.21)

Visual Novel

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[Game] Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Wolfenstein II - The New Colossus

Game

You know what to expect if you’ve played The New Order, and The New Colossus delivers exactly that.

Positive: Negative:
Fascinating alternate history setting
Can start feeling a bit repetitive after a prolonged gaming session
Actually interesting plot and characters Doesn’t feel much different from the previous game
Good cheesy old-school shooter game-play