Retro Game Friday: Soul Reaver

This week for Retro Game Friday I’m back with a real classic game. It’s Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver!

Plot Synopsis: Raziel approaches Kain’s throne and extends newly grown wings. In an act of seeming jealousy, Kain tears the bones from Raziel’s wings and has him thrown into the Lake of the Dead, a large natural whirlpool; however, Raziel is resurrected as a wraith by The Elder God to become his “soul reaver” and kill Kain, thus restoring Nosgoth.

Plot: The plot is pretty good, although due to legal issues between developer and publisher there were some parts missing from the game that were added to later games.

Gameplay: A hack and slash this game is pretty damn fun. In addition gliding with Raziel’s wings was tons of fun. Honestly the game mostly revolves around switching back and forth between material and spectral planes to either attack enemies or complete puzzles.

Characters: The characters were okay, with Raziel being on a quest for vengeance the cast is fairly jaded which was odd for me at the time. Granted I was a kid, but it was a marked difference from games like Zelda or Donkey Kong.

Art: The art has aged poorly, however there are rumors that this will be getting a remake or remaster.

Music: I don’t remember much of it, mostly I remember my cousin laughing as I took down enemies.

Overall: This is a great game, often thought to be the best in the series. Hopefully a remaster will be coming soon.

For those who like: Action, Hack and Slashs, Intriguing Gameplay, Good Plot.

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

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Movie Monday: I am Legend

This week for Movie Monday I’m back with a movie that I have only seen once and will never, ever watch again. It’s I am Legend!

Plot Synopsis: In 2009, a genetically re-engineered measles virus, originally created as a cure for cancer, turns into a lethal strain which kills 94% of those it infects, mutates 5% into predatory, nocturnal and vampiric mutants, who are extremely vulnerable to sunlight, with only 1% immune. Three years after the outbreak, US Army virologist Lieutenant Colonel Robert Neville lives an isolated life in the deserted ruins of New York City, unsure if any other uninfected humans are left in the world…

Plot: I really don’t like Horror movies, but somehow one of my college roommates convinced me to watch this. I hate that roommate for absolute destroying my ability to listen Bob Marley’s song Three Little Birds (Don’t Worry Be Happy) without bursting into tears. The irony of that fact is not lost on me, believe me. The story is okay, but honestly I will never ever watch this movie again.

Cast: The cast is okay, but with the majority of the screen time captured by Will Smith and the German Shepards who play Sam, they don’t get a bunch of chances to shine.

Cinematography: The special effects are pretty decent, but honestly it wasn’t even the most spectacular movie of that year for special effects.

Music: Like I stated above the music really gets to me, and not really in a good way. The music is good I guess because of that, but I can’t help but feel bitter about that fact.

Overall: A good movie, but honestly I can’t recommend this one to anyone who cares even a little about animals.

For those who like: Sci-Fi, Post-Apocalyptic, Drama, Action, Will Smith, Good Special Effects, a very memorable musical score.

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

Bookish Wednesday: Dragon Mystics by Jaymin Eve

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This week for Bookish Wednesday I’m covering the sequel to Dragon Marked. It’s Dragon Mystics by Jaymin Eve!

Plot Synopsis: When the formidable power of Jessa Lebron’s mark was unleashed, during her impulsive foray into Vanguard, the American supernatural prison, she learned the truth. She’s a dual shifter: wolf, and as an added bonus, dragon – of the fluffy persuasion. Yep, she’s one special cupcake.  Now, pursued by the Four, powerful hunters of the dragon marked, she has no choice but to run. At least she has her impossibly gorgeous and infuriating best friends by her side, the Compass quads. Not only are they powerful and hella useful in a fight, but most of the time they’re also semi-entertaining too.

Plot: The plot of this entry wasn’t as good as the first, in fact it was pretty troperific. It had so many stereotypes pop up that I was actually really annoyed by the end of the book. I’m still debating whether I’ll listen to the final book after how bad this entry was.

Characters: We get introduced to a couple new people, but mostly it focuses on the people we knew from Book 01. The newcomers were all pretty annoying to me for the most part.

Overall: A pretty mediocre sequel, you may want to pass on it.

Bookish Wednesday: Dragon Marked by Jaymin Eve

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This week for Bookish Wednesday I’m covering the first in a series I stumbled across recently in my local library. It’s Dragon Marked, Book 01 of the Supernatural Prison series, by Jaymin Eve!

Plot Synopsis: There are supernatural prisons hidden across the globe. Contained within these fortresses are some of the deadliest criminals from the five supernatural races: vampire, shifter, fey, magic users and demi-fey. Jessa Lebron, twenty-two, has spent her entire life in Stratford, Connecticut, one of the gateway towns adjoining these prisons which protect the fortified borders. She’s a wolf shifter, and her father leads the town council. She learns that much of her life has been hidden from her, secrets which threaten to tear apart the very fabric of her world. Especially the biggest secret of them all.

Plot: The plot is fairly good, it’s nothing like Sanderson levels of amazing, but it’s hundreds of times better than something like Twilight. This all being said I had a fun time with this book and I’m looking forward to enjoying the rest of the series.

Characters: The cast of characters is pretty interesting, although my favorite is probably Jessa because of her take no bullshit attitude. That being said the Compass brothers are pretty awesome too. The rest of the cast is great, although there are some things that could probably be improved with some of the other side characters.

Overall: This was a fairly fun book, probably a great read for young adult readers. More mature readers may find it less appealing.

For those who like: Urban Fantasy, Fantasy, Magic, Vampires, Dragons, Shapeshifters, Fae, Good Plot, Interesting Cast of Characters.

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

Bookish Wednesday: Brutal Asset by John Conroe

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This week for Bookish Wednesday I’m back with the third entry in the Demon Accords series! It’s Brutal Asset by John Conroe!

Plot Synopsis: Partnered in an uneasy alliance with federal law enforcement, Chris Gordon has been hunting down the outlaw gang, Loki’s Spawn, who attacked his vampire girlfriend. But when he finds unexpected hostages who trigger his baser instincts, Chris is thrown into a search for answers to dark questions. How to control his inner demon, what do the Spawn want with children, and who is hunting him?

Plot: This entry is probably my least favorite of the series, but that isn’t to say it’s a bad book. In fact it’s pretty freaking awesome, I just don’t like this entry as much as any of the other entries. This entry is actually really good compared to most Urban Fantasy books, and definitely proves that John Conroe can contend with heavy hitters like Jim Butcher.

Characters: We get introduced to a few new characters in this entry, although the best newcomer is probably Katrina. We also finally put a name to Chris’s darker persona, Grim. Grim is an awesome addition to Chris as a character, because it makes him vulnerable and badass at the same time. As for the why I’ll leave that to you to RAFO (read and find out).

Overall: An excellent entry in an awesome Urban Fantasy series.

For those who like: Urban Fantasy, Demons, Vampires, Weres, Drama, Action, Romance, Excellent Plot, Fantastic Cast of Characters.

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

Bookish Wednesday: Vanished by Kat Richardson

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This week for Bookish Wednesday I’m covering the fourth entry in the Greywalker series! It’s Vanished by Kat Richardson!

Plot Synopsis: Why did Seattle investigator Harper Blaine-as opposed to others with near-death experiences-become a Greywalker? When Harper digs into her own past, she unearths some unpleasant truths about her father’s early death…

Plot: This entry is all about dealing with some really significant plot threads that were left dangling in prior books, lots of it include questions we had of Harper’s past and this entry was pretty great. There are some really disturbing parts of this entry, but overall I enjoyed it. I probably will never listen/read it again, but it’s definitely an important entry in terms of plot.

Characters: We get to meet a few new characters, but most are some old familiar faces from the past. The newcomers are okay, but for the most part this is Harper’s show and about her past.

Overall: This is an interesting entry, and very important to the series, but it can be disturbing for some readers.

 

Bookish Wednesday: Twice Bitten by Chloe Neill

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I’m back with the third entry in the Chicagoland Vampires series for this week’s Bookish Wednesday! It’s Twice Bitten by Chloe Neill!

Plot Synopsis: Shapeshifters from across the country are convening in the Windy City, and as a gesture of peace, Master Vampire Ethan Sullivan has offered their leader a very special bodyguard: Merit, Chicago’s newest vampire. Merit is supposed to protect the Alpha, Gabriel Keene-and to spy for the vamps while she’s at it. Oh, and luckily Ethan’s offering some steamy, one-on-one combat training sessions to help her prepare for the mission.

Plot: The plot is intense as usual and while I cringed with the way Miss Neill decided to progress Ethan and Merit’s relationship it was the only real issue I have with the book. I did enjoy the supernatural political issues we get to learn more of in this book, and we get to see lots of ass kicking.

Characters: Of all the newcomers Berna is probably my favorite, with her being a gruff no nonsense sort of person she was an instant favorite. The rest of the newcomers were nice as well.

Overall: This was an excellent entry for the most part, but the romance part did feel off.