Retro Game Friday: Rogue Squadron II

This week for Retro Game Friday I’m covering the sequel to Rogue Squadron. It’s Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader!

Plot: The plot is pretty decent, it follows the exploits of Rogue Squadron during the time of the original trilogy. So we have Luke and Wedge as our player characters.

Gameplay: This is one of my favorite games because of how simple it was to fly the various ships in this game. Lots of games try to make it hard to fly in them, and frankly I find that to be frustrating and shortsighted if it’s purely a single player game. My favorite ship to fly was the A-Wing, I always preferred speed over anything else, but it was quite fun to play all the various ships, including the Buick.

Music: Classic Star Wars, which is great.

Art: The only thing about this game that hasn’t withstood the test of time is the artwork, I’m sure there are mods out there to update the game to make it more palatable in today’s market, but back in the day this was really quite amazing. I remember seeing the E3 Reveal of this game and thinking that I could barely tell if it was a scene from the movie or game footage at first.

Overall: If you love Star Wars, or Combat Flight Sims, you need to play Rogue Squadron II!

Bookish Wednesday: Awaken Online Catharsis by Travis Bagwell

Hey all this week for Bookish Wednesday I’m going to cover the first in a LitRPG series that is one of the best I’ve ever read. It’s Awaken Online: Catharsis by Travis Bagwell!

Plot Synopsis: Jason logs into Awaken Online fed-up with reality. He’s in desperate need of an escape, and this game is his ticket to finally feeling the type of power and freedom that are so sorely lacking in his real life.  Awaken Online is a brand new virtual reality game that just hit the market, promising an unprecedented level of immersion. Yet Jason quickly finds himself pushed down a path he didn’t expect. In this game, he isn’t the hero. There are no damsels to save. There are no bad guys to vanquish…

Plot: The plot of this book is really awesome, it also really highlights what people can do when pushed too far. This isn’t a book for children, it’s not full of fun times. It’s quite graphic at times and while there are plenty of laughable moments, it is more dark humor than light.

Characters: Jason is the real star of this book, but of all the side characters I think I like Jerry the most. He’s a roguish fellow who doesn’t take much, if anything, seriously.

Overall: This is a must read for any gamer, and frankly it might just be a must read period. The subject matter that comes up in this book is something a lot of people could do with more insight in. Awaken Online does a great job at providing that.

For those who like: LitRPGs, Fantasy, Magic, Action, Drama, Excellent Plot, Fantastic Cast of Characters.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

Manga Monday: Journey to the West by Zheng Jian He

Hey all, I’m back with another Quick Review for this week’s

Plot Synopsis: The journey to the West was a conspiracy of heaven! After the Sutra (Buddhist sacred texts) went missing for more than a decade, thus Heaven sent its army to search for it. In order not to let the Sutra once again fall into the hands of heaven, the journey to West begin again.

Plot: So this takes the Chinese classic, Journey to the West and turns the whole thing onto it’s head. This first chapter deals with introducing us to the major characters, but it did capture my attention almost immediately. That might be more to do with my fascination with the original Journey to the West though.

Characters: Bai Lang seems to be our main character, and he’s a pretty chill guy. He loves the status quo, although he has a fascination with becoming human. I’m not entirely sure what that is all about, whether this is strictly a character trait of Bai Lang’s or if it is a goal pursued in many pieces of Chinese Literature.  Xiao Yu on the other hand seems to be an interesting young woman. But there seems to be something off about her.

Art: The art is pretty awesome.

Overall: If you like classic Chinese literature you ought to give this a read.

For those who like: Chinese Legends, Action, Adventure, Drama, Excellent Plot, Fantastic Artwork, Interesting Cast of Characters.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

Sensate Saturday: Made in Abyss by Tsukushi Akihito

This week for Sensate Saturday I’ve got another Quick Review. It’s Made in Abyss by Tsukushi Akihito!

Plot Synopsis: The enormous cave system, known as the Abyss, is the last unexplored place in the world. Nobody knows how deep down goes this titanic pit, inhabited by strange and wondrous creatures and full of mysterious ancient relics which purpose in unknown to modern man. Generations of bold adventurers have been drawn by the cryptic depths of the Abyss. In course of time those brave enough to explore the dangerous pit came to be known as “Cave Raiders.” In Oosu, the town at the edge of the Abyss, there lives a little orphan named Rico, who dreams of becoming as great a cave raider as her mother was and solving the great mystery of the pit…

Plot: This seems to be pretty interesting, although so many flags were raised in this first chapter I’m actually a little apprehensive about later chapters.  I might throw this onto my read in the future pile, but thus far, with just this first chapter I’m not interested enough in continuing to read it right now.

Characters: Rico is a ball of curiosity wrapped in an orphan. I’m intrigued in her fervent desire to follow in her mother’s footsteps, but I don’t find it completely believable. If you were orphaned because your mother died when you were so young you can’t remember her, I just don’t think you’d be that eager to follow in her footsteps at such a young age.

Art: The art is interesting, but it’s not super amazing either. It reminds me of the old GBA game Sword of Manga a bit though so I was intrigued by that nostalgic feeling. Just not enough to put a priority on reading further into the series.

Overall: This might be interesting, especially for those exploration lovers out there, but personally it just wasn’t interesting enough to make me want to continue reading immediately.

For those who like: Exploration, Adventure, Mystery, Drama, Interesting Premise, Good Artwork.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

TNT: Lazy Dungeon Master Arc 1 by Onikage Spanner

This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m covering the first arc in a new series I haven’t covered before. It’s Lazy Dungeon Master Arc 1 by Onikage Spanner!

Plot Synopsis: “Hey, hurry up and massacre those bandits! “No way, I don’t want to work…” Spending my daily life in leisure, that was my pastime—until I was summoned into another world and met a blonde loli introducing herself as Dungeon Core No. 695. “Save my dungeon. By the way, if the dungeon core is destroyed, you’ll also go down with me as the dungeon master.”A dungeon with a single room. Moreover, one already controlled by bandits. This is a [Checkmate] no matter how you look at it. Guess there’s nothing to do but somehow get out of this situation so that I can [Not Work]!!

Plot: I don’t think I’ve ever read from a lazier protagonists’ point of view ever. I mean Keima is smart, but damn is he super lazy. The plot is excellent though.

Characters: I have to admit I like Keima, even if he’s a lazy punk. Rokuko is also pretty interesting, in an adorable airhead sort of way. The rest of the cast is pretty small in this first arc however.

Overall: This is a solid start to a pretty good series, if you can get over the fact that the main desire of the protagonist is to literally lay around in bed all day, every day.

Video Game Tuesday: E3 2017 Reactions

 

Hey all I’m back with my thoughts on this years Electronic Entertainment Expo! It’s my E3 2017 Reactions!

Nintendo: Holy crap they announced a new Metroid Prime and a remake of Metroid II! Not only that, but they announced a couple of DLCs for Zelda: Breath of the Wild and gave us a release date for Super Mario Odyssey. Honestly I’m just happy at the fact that new Metroid games are coming out, but everyone should take this with a grain of salt. The last Metroid game to be released was Other M and we all know how terrible of a game that was.

Sony: Nothing really major, but they are definitely doubling down on the PlayStation VR. They also told us that God of War’s next game is set to release in Early 2018. Not only that, but they showed off what might become the best Spider-Man game ever released. I’m actually excited to play that, and we’ve had official confirmation that we won’t be chasing balloons!

Microsoft: They formally announced Project Scorpio’s details, and gave it’s final name, Xbox One X. Frankly they should have just kept Xbox Scorpio, it’s not as ridiculous a name. You’d think they’d have learnt from Nintendo’s mistake with the WiiU.  Crackdown 3 is finally getting released though, so there’s that to look forward to.

Ubisoft: Showed off the now officially confirmed Assassin’s Creed: Origins that takes place in Egypt. I got burned badly by Unity so I’ll probably skip Origins unless I get a review copy. They also showed more of Far Cry 5, and announced Skulls and Bones, which takes AC4: Black Flag’s ship combat system and makes it a standalone game. As I actually enjoyed the ship battles in Black Flag, I might be interested in playing, but I also enjoyed going over and taking down the enemy crew after ramming them.

EA: More sports games of course, Star Wars Battlefront II (DICE) and a new IP from the people behind Mass Effect, Anthem that is pretty much Destiny. If you’ve read my past columns on Destiny you might be able to guess at how thrilled I am by the prospect of another “Destiny”. /run EndSarcasm.exe

Bethesda: Skyrim for the Switch, boring. Wolfenstein II is a real game and is releasing on October 27th though, so maybe Bethesda didn’t just go for obvious cash grabs for the year.

That’s it for this week’s Video Game Tuesday.

Delay in Plans

This week instead of the usual Anime Sunday I’m going to make a quick post updating on why I haven’t gotten back to doing a post a day. It’s about my Delay in Plans!

What delay?: Well I really wanted to get back to full steam way back in the middle of May, but circumstances have lead me to be unable to do that. Mostly that’s because I’ve been spending half my time at my parent’s taking care of the family dog who is getting on in years, she’s 13 years old and while she’s still active and mobile she’s started to lose her hearing. This has lead her to being very unhappy when left alone for too long. So any day that my parents are gone for more than 6 hours I end up spending time there. Most of the time before this year I’d have just gone over in the day and walked her and hung out for an hour or two because my folks would be back later that afternoon. Unfortunately that hasn’t been the case these past few months and I’ve been spending entire days at my parents. In addition with all the stress of trying to get my data off my old computer, something I’m still struggling with even as I write this, I’ve been thrown off my pace of being able to churn out daily posts.

So what now?: Well for the time being I’ll still be attempting to give out a weekly review, of either a book or game, and I’ll be keeping to every other day posts. I’m hoping to get back to full steam by August, but at this point I’m reluctant to make any solid promises given how stressed out I’ve been.

That’s it for this little update, Anime Sunday will return in two weeks with a look at the Summer 2017 Anime Season!