[Novel] A Head Full of Ghosts (Paul Tremblay)

A Head Full of Ghosts

Book

A neat horror novel that craftily keeps you questioning whether what you’re experiencing is supernatural phenomena or mental illness.

Positive:
Negative:
Interesting, likable characters
Doesn’t really blow your mind
Relatively captivating plot
Takes a while to kick into gear
A couple of pretty cool twists
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[Game] Blazblue: Chronophantasma

Blazblue Chronophantasma

Game

My only gripe with Blazblue was that its otherwise fascinating story was nearly impossible to follow due to somewhat clunky storytelling, but Chronophantasma solves that issue by offering a twenty hour long visual novel (with a few fights here and there) to clear things up, and it works brilliantly.

Blazblue’s game-play may be amazing, but I’m totally staying with the series for the plot at this point. That said, I’d still have appreciated more game-play and challenge in the story mode.

Positive:
Negative:
Beautiful, colorful 2D visuals
Almost no game-play in the story mode
Good music
Awful English localization
Likable, interesting characters
Mind-blowing, complex sci-fi setting
Intricate, awesome story
Awesome fighter game-play
Great multiplayer

[Game] Ratchet: Deadlocked

Ratched Deadlocked

Game

Well, I’ve been seeing this shift since the second installment, but with this release Ratchet & Clank has finally cast all of its platforming aside and has turned into a somewhat repetitive third person shooter.

It’s not bad, but it doesn’t really compare to other games in the genre like Gears of War, and feels both a bit stale and constricting. I liked the series more when they focused more on the platforming.

Positive:
Negative:
Interesting, humorous story
Isn’t even a platformer anymore
Numerous gadgets and weapons
Doesn’t offer anything particularly new to the formula
Quickly starts feeling a bit repetitive

[Novel] The Scarlet Pimpernel (Baroness Orczy)

The Scarlet Pimpernel

Book

A historical novel set during the French Revolution that introduced the concept of “a hero with a secret identity” to the realm of fiction, and it does indeed come off a bit more like a comic book rather than serious historical fiction.

Positive:
Negative:
Interesting, likable characters
The plot feels a bit simplistic
Enlightening on French Revolution
The story feels a bit shallow

[Game] Super Mario Galaxy 2

Super Mario Galaxy 2

Game

I never understood the craze about Nintendo games, but I did enjoy Super Mario Galaxy 2, finding it a fun if not particularly memorable platformer. I probably would’ve gotten bored before finishing if I didn’t listen to audiobooks as I played it though.

Positive:
Negative:
Cheerful, colorful atmosphere
The game is just a collection of random set pieces
Varied, enjoyable stages
The narrative is just insulting to one’s intelligence
Innovative controls
 Feels like the same game as the prequel