This week for Bookish Wednesday I’m back with the sequel to Gamer for Life. It’s Forming the Company, Alpha World Book 02, by Daniel Schinhofen!
Plot Synopsis: Having been given the option to live the rest of his life in the Virtual Reality game Alpha World in place of his prison sentence, Seamus is now known as the Summoner Alburet. He’s made friends and become close with multiple people, a thing he never thought to have again. However upon summoning his third demon it turns out to be Stacia…..
Plot: This entry in the series is quite good, but it also brought up a ton of questions about Alburet’s past and what really happened to get him into prison. The plot does keep plodding along and honestly was quite a fun entry.
Characters: We get to meet a few more people, including a certain expy of a favorite Archaeologist of mine and most likely many, many others. However my favorite has to be Alburet’s party. They are all great characters, and honestly I like the entire bunch of them.
Overall: A solid sequel and second entry in a series that’s shaping up to be one of the all time LitRPG greats.
This week for Video Game Tuesday I’m back with my answer to a question I’ve been asked by a few friends. It’s all about Is Cayde-6 Really Dead for Good?
Huh?: So in the upcoming Forsaken “Expansion” for Destiny 2 beloved character Cayde-6 is going to be killed, supposedly permanently. Many people, including his own voice actor Nathan Fillion, don’t buy that.
So what about you?: I don’t buy it for a second. There are multiple reasons, from gameplay to lore.
Gameplay: If they really kill Cayde for good, that will cause problems with people playing in the Tower. For those who haven’t done the expansion, Cayde will be showing up to do his usual giving out of activities and the like. But what happens when you have people who have done the expansion and haven’t done it in the same fireteam load into the Tower? If they really mean to kill him off they’ll remove him from the tower, which would require a completely separate instance of the Tower which would cause issues with players in fireteams. Otherwise the impact of Cayde’s loss will be meaningless if we can just waltz up to him and grab a treasure map from him like usual every week after he supposedly dies.
Storytelling: Cayde is a wiseass, and that’s a good thing because honestly Destiny needs someone to lighten stuff up. Cayde has always been the one to do that, and if you kill off that character you lose a huge part to the story. Things will get incredibly dark, and even some darker series like Game of Thrones need some lighter moments and characters interspersed to balance the story out.
Lore: First off, it’s supposed to be really freaking hard to kill a Guardian, which Cayde is. Even more is the fact that he’s an Exo, which means every time he dies he loses a few memories and gains a new number. Cayde’s died 5 times before, but Banshee the gunsmith has died 43 times. Finally, Time Travel has always been a thing in Destiny lore. It’s central to the plot, as both the Exo Stranger AND the Vex travel through time. We even get Cayde out of Vex time warp shenanigans in Destiny 2, and that isn’t even touching upon the whole Osiris expansion, which heavily touches upon the time travel aspect of the Vex in great detail. If Cayde were to die for good, we could just hijack a vex machine to prevent it. Boom done deal, Cayde doesn’t die. It wouldn’t be the first time we messed with the timeline in Destiny to our advantage, that’s the whole point of us going into the Vault of Glass back in Vanilla Destiny in the first place. So I’m not buying into the whole Cayde is really dead for good thing Bungie is spouting. Because from gameplay, storytelling, and lore standpoints, it’s total bullshit. Now Bungie could really kill off Cayde, but it’d be a huge mistake on their part. We’ll see how they decide to play their cards, but I would expect Cayde to be sticking around.
This week for Serial Saturday I’m back with the fourth set of chapters in Anton’s adventures. It’s Atros Imperium Chapters 22-31 by Terry!
Plot Synopsis: Having defeated the leader of the band of Yellow Goblins that have been attacking Atros, Anton and Verona are now preparing to set out to a neighboring city to get much needed supplies, and hopefully new residents for Atros. But all is not as it seems and the path to Maxill is not a peaceful one…
Plot: This could be considered the start of Volume 2 of Atros Imperium, and it’s a nice break from the constant worry that the previous chapters have brought to Anton and us as readers. That being said, with the world expanding for us and Anton, we are learning a lot more about why things went the way the did in Kar.
Characters: We get introduced to a bunch of new faces in this set of chapters, but my favorite is easily Kal. As for why, you’ll have to read the chapters to find out. The new faces are all interesting and pretty good though.
Overall: A solid and fun set of chapters that broadens our view of the world Anton finds himself in.
This week for Retro Game Friday I’m back with a cult classic. It’s De Blob!
Plot Synopsis: Initially a lively and colorful city populated by its equally colorful and diverse citizens, the Raydians, Chroma City is suddenly invaded by the INKT Corporation. A corporate military dictatorship, INKT is led by the villainous Comrade Black and dedicated to the eradication of color through its “War on Color”. Chroma City quickly falls to the invading army of Inkies and color-draining Leechbots, leaving its landscape barren, its flora withered and its fauna in hiding. The citizens are rounded up and turned into “Graydians”, encased in homogeneous gray prison suits distinguished only by a bar code on the back of each shell. The Graydians are forced to serve as both menial labor and as a living resource of ink, the latter of which is mined literally from their sadness…
Plot: The plot is nothing amazing, and it fits the family game setting that De Blob has. So nothing amazing, but nothing super bad either.
Gameplay: The gameplay is pretty simple, you get paint of the three primary colors and paint the world to restore it. It’s nothing amazing, but it’s pretty fun for a while. That being said it’s a bit a one trick pony as the gameplay doesn’t really ever change all that much.
Art: The art is okay, but is dated. Thankfully there are ports with updated graphics to the current generation of consoles including the Switch.
Music: The coolest part of the game, at least to me as a person who knows game design from coding to artwork, is the fact that the music changes as you play. As you continue painting objects the music becomes more and more active, and Blob’s current color determines the instrumental being soloed. It’s pretty interesting, and a brilliant piece of game design.
Overall: If you get the chance, you might want to check this out if it’s on sale.
For those who like: Platforming, Fun Gameplay, Great Musical Score.
Hey all I’m back for this week’s Translation Necessary Thursday with another Isekai series. It’s Magic Craft Meiser Chapters 1-26 by Aki Gitsune!
Plot Synopsis: There is only one Magi Craft Meister in the world. After the death of the last Meister over one thousand years ago, Nidou Jin was transported to another world in order to succeed her will. After obtaining the knowledge of the Magi Craft Meister, Jin attempts to use a warp gate but it malfunctions, transporting him to an unknown place….
Plot: The plot is mediocre at best, and honestly not that appealing. It’s a Slice of Series that screams for a more interesting main character along with a more interesting cast.
Characters: The entire cast is pretty lackluster, Jin is incredibly bland and none of the other characters are much better. Reiko might have been interesting, but frankly she gets pretty much no screen time in this arc.
Overall: A skippable series, you aren’t missing anything of note.
For those who like: Fantasy, Isekai, Magic, Crafter Protagonists.
Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, or bland Plot and even blander Cast of Characters.
This week for Bookish Wednesday I’m back with the sequel to Beta. It’s Last Horizon: Live by Daniel Schinhofen!
Plot Synopsis: Last Horizon, the world’s first fully immersive RPG leaves Beta goes Live! Rejoin David, Miriam, Will and Lavender as they spend David’s last few months trying to find happiness and joy within the world of Last Horizon, and deal with those not content to let the friends enjoy their time together.
Plot: The plot is pretty amazing. I want to say more, but it’d be so spoilerific that it’d take all the fun out of reading it for yourself. Let me just say that I very much enjoyed this book.
Characters: We don’t get any new faces in this book, although we do get a few people who weren’t major characters in the first book get promoted to that status. Christoph for example is one such character.
Overall: A satisfying sequel to Beta, I hope that we haven’t seen the last of these characters.
This week for Anime Sunday I’m back with an older series from my youth. It’s my Outlaw Star Episode 01 Impressions!
Plot Synopsis: Gene Starwind and James “Jim” Hawking are hired by a woman named Rachel to protect and escort her as she services farm equipment. When they are attacked by Kei Pirates, they learn Rachel is really “Hot Ice” Hilda, an outlaw in search of treasure…
Plot: The plot is okay, but nothing absolutely spectacular by today’s standards. Honestly it’s a little cringe worthy at times watching it now after all these years.
Characters: I didn’t like the characters, honestly I felt they were all a bit too stereotypical. However considering that this was one of the first Anime I watched I will give it a bit of slack. Still watching it now after all these years is not exactly a great time.
Art: The art is okay, but nothing to write home about.
Music: I hadn’t remembered enough of the music from the past, but it was catchy enough after I watched the first episode recently But nothing particularly noteworthy either.
Overall: An okay series, but honestly if I remember how the series plays out you are better off finding the Manga and reading it instead.
For those who like: Sci-Fi, Drama, Action, Adventure, Comedy.