About Conjueror

Welcome to my blog. I write visual novel reviews and short impressions on a variety of other fiction. Hopefully, you will enjoy your stay.

[Novel] The Right Hand of Evil (John Saul)

The Right Hand of Evil

John Saul’s books are just as pulp as a random horror movie — and this novel about possession is not an exception — but that very simplicity and the flow of his smooth prose seem to make me come back to him over and over again.

Positive:
Negative:
Easy to digest, flowing prose
Generic, predictable story
Likable, realistic characters
Generic, predictable plot
Feels like a B horror movie
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[Game] What Remains of Edith Finch

What Remains of Edith Finch

Game

What Remains of Edith Finch is a fascinating, thought-provoking story in the form of a walking simulator. I didn’t enjoy it as much as Gone Home, probably because its plot wasn’t as focused, but it was definitely quite a… unique experience.

Positive:
Negative:
Beautiful visuals
Almost no game-play
Immersing, mysterious atmosphere
Most of the plot consists of disjointed set pieces
Interesting story
Thought-provoking on mortality

 

[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