Monday, May 21, 2018

New Comic Review - A Walk Through Hell #1

Name - A Walk Through Hell #1
Published by - Aftershock Comics
Written by - Garth Ennis
Art by - Goran Sudzuka

Colors by - Ive Svorcina
Letters by - Rob Steen
Release Date: May 16, 2018

 
A comic that takes the modern day reality of the horror of mass shooting and the thoughtless volatility of social media and turn it into something else. 'Garth Ennis' does great work here creating an atmosphere of the cold reality of modern life, then injecting interesting techniques of storytelling, forcing the readers to slowly divulge the details and throws in an ending that will have you pulling at your hairs for the next issue.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

New Comic Review - Justice League: No Justice #2

Name - Justice League: No Justice #2 (of 4)
Published by - DC Comics
Written by - Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV & Joshua Williamson
Art by - Francis Manapul
& Marcus To
Coloring by - Hi-Fi
Letters by - AndWorld Design
Release Date: May 16, 2018

 
Despite liking the first issue quite a lot and having the surprise twist at the end, making me quite interested in the series, I was still a bit skeptical regarding how it's gonna pan out in the upcoming issues. But the second issue of 'Justice League: No Justice' is even better than the first one it seems. It has fast-paced action, enjoyable dialogues among the unlikely allies and the art somehow seems even better than the first issue.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

February 2018 New Video Games To Watch For

So, now it's time for the list of video games from February that I find interesting. With the inclusion of all releases these lists seem more colorful this year.

"Shadow Of The Colossus"
Genre - Action-Adventure
Platform - PlayStation 4

Shadow of the Colossus is an action-adventure game developed by Bluepoint Games and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment for the PlayStation 4. It is a remake of the original game for the PlayStation 2 using ultra-high definition art assets. The remake was led by Bluepoint, who developed the earlier PlayStation 3 remaster, with assistance from SIE Japan Studio. The developers remade all the game's assets from the ground up, but the game retains the same gameplay from the original title aside from the introduction of a new control scheme.Progression through Shadow of the Colossus occurs in cycles. Beginning at a central point in a landscape, the player seeks out and defeats a colossus, and is then returned to the central point to repeat the process. Most colossi are located in remote areas, such as atop cliffs or within ancient structures. It was released of February 6, 2018 in North America.

"Dandara"
Genre - Platform, Metroidvania
Platform - Android, iOS, Linux, macOS, Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Dandara is a 2D platformer and Metroidvania game. Players take control of the eponymous protagonist who traverses the game's world by warping between white surfaces. The game is based on the Brazilian figure Dandara.Dandara was developed by Brazilian studio Long Hat House and published by Raw Fury. The game was released for Android, iOS, Linux, macOS, Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on 6 February 2018.

"A Case Of Distrust"
Genre - Adventure, Indie
Platform - macOS, Windows

A Case of Distrust is a narrative mystery from 1924 San Francisco. Play as private investigator Phyllis Cadence Malone in this historical 2D adventure game. Explore underground speakeasies, smoke-filled billiard halls, classic barber shops, and more. Catch suspects in lies by using evidence, statements, and your wits. Intrinsic challenges face our heroine, as she struggles against a pushback on emancipation, leading to many doubts, both internal and external. Uncover the truth in a mystery full of deception! It was released on February 8, 2018.

"Kingdom Come: Deliverance"
Genre - Action role-playing
Platform - Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Kingdom Come: Deliverance is an action role-playing video game developed by Warhorse Studios and published by Deep Silver for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It is set in the medieval Kingdom of Bohemia, an Imperial State of the Holy Roman Empire, with a focus on historically accurate content. Kingdom Come: Deliverance is an action role-playing game set in an open world environment and played from a first-person perspective which utilizes a classless RPG system, allowing the player to customize their skills to take on roles such as a warrior, bard, thief or their hybrids. Abilities and stats grow depending on what the player does and says through branched dialogue trees. During conversations, the time a player takes to make a decision is limited and will have an effect on their relationships with others. Reputation is based on player choices and therefore can bring consequences. It was released worldwide on 13 February 2018.
 
"Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology"
Genre - Role-playing
Platform - Nintendo 3DS

Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology, an expanded remake of the original game for Nintendo 3DS, began development in 2016 following the completion of Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE, which Hirata directed.The character art was redrawn by Masaki Hirooka, whose previous work includes Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia. The new anime opening was created by A-1 Pictures. Hirata's main goals were to update the game so that it would appeal to a modern gaming audience, with these involving increasing gameplay speed and adjusting the user interface. After that he decided to create a new scenario, discussing with staff how to implement it. Haduki, who had worked as the scenario writer on the original release, returned to write the new scenario based on Hirata's original concept. Hirata's original idea was bringing back the original game's two discarded story routes, but he instead opted for preserving the established scenario. A new gameplay mechanic was the "Support Skill" system, where characters could perform follow-up attacks, a system inspired by a similar mechanic in Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE. The remake was released in Japan on June 29, 2017. It released February 13, 2018 in North America, published by Atlus, and February 16, 2018 in Europe, published by Deep Silver.

"Secret Of Mana (HD Remake)"
Genre - Action role-playing
Platform - Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita

Secret of Mana, originally released in Japan as Seiken Densetsu 2, is a 1993 action role-playing game developed and published by Square (now Square Enix) for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. It is the sequel to the 1991 game Seiken Densetsu, released in North America as Final Fantasy Adventure and in Europe as Mystic Quest, and it was the first Seiken Densetsu title to be marketed as part of the Mana series rather than the Final Fantasy series. Set in a high fantasy universe, the game follows three heroes as they attempt to prevent an empire from conquering the world with the power of an ancient flying fortress. A full 3D remake was released for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and Microsoft Windows in February 15, 2018.

"Fe"
Genre - Action-Adventure
Platform - Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Fe (pronounced fee-uh) is an action-adventure video game developed by Zoink and published by Electronic Arts under its EA Originals program. It was released on February 16, 2018 for Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. In it, the player controls Fe, a fox-like creature in a forest setting, attempting to defend it from hostile entities called the Silent Ones, gaining help from other forest creatures by guiding them to complete tasks and learning new abilities from those it helps.

[ February is quite a varied month both in terms of content and platforms. I am definitely very interested in the 'Shadow of the Colossus' and 'Secret of Mana' remake, as well as 'Kingdom Come: Deliverance'. ]
 

Monday, May 14, 2018

Graphic Novel Review - Black Bolt Vol.1: Hard Time

Name - Black Bolt Vol.1: Hard Time
Published by - Marvel
Writer - Saladin Ahmed
Artist - Christian Ward

Letterer - VC's Clayton Cowles
 
Well, I have been waiting for something by 'Saladin Ahmed' for almost six years now, since my reading of his excellent novel 'Throne of the Crescent Moon'. So, I was quite excited when I heard about this new Marvel series by him. Then again, I was a bit skeptical regarding the small amount I knew about Black Bolt, as to me he always felt nothing more than just someone created to give the Inhumans an edge in the power gamble with his ability. But my fears were for nothing actually, cause this was remarkable storytelling using some small time characters and some new ones from the Marvel universe.

Friday, May 11, 2018

New Novella Review - 'All Systems Red' by Martha Wells

Novella - All Systems Red  
Writer - Martha Wells    
Series - The Murderbot Diaries #1     
Published By - Tor.com
 
This tells a story from the point-of-view of a robot or A.I. who has hacked into its governor software and has free will although it keeps the pretense of maintaining cover as a SecUnit for a planetary survey team for fear of being destroyed. But their mission doesn't go as planned and the team gets caught up in a conspiracy and finds out the truth about the planet they are in while trying to survive.

New Metal Review - "In The Passing Light of Day" by Pain of Salvation

Album Name - In The Passing Light of Day
Band Name - Pain of Salvation
Genre - Progressive Metal
Label - InsideOut Music
Release Date - January 13th, 2017
Line Up -
  Daniel Gildenlöw - Vocals (lead), Guitars, Lute, Bass (additional), Keyboards (additional), Drums (additional), Percussion (additional), Accordion (additional), Zither
  Léo Margarit - Drums, Percussion, Vocals (backing)
  Daniel "D2" Karlsson - Keyboards, Grand Piano, Vocals (backing)
  Gustaf Hielm - Bass, Vocals (backing) 
  Ragnar Zolberg - Guitars, Vocals, Keyboards (additional), Accordion, Zither


Near death experience has always been a great catalyst for the creation of great music. And the latest by 'Pain of Salvation' is another example of this fact. 'Daniel Gildenlöw' wrote beautiful lyrics depicting grief and sadness regarding the closeness of death among other such concepts. The progressive aspect of the band's instrumentation augmented by the exquisite transition between aggressive heaviness and emotional slower bits complement the lyrics making the whole experience rather poetic.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

New Comic Review - Justice League: No Justice #1

Name - Justice League: No Justice #1 (of 4)
Published by - DC Comics
Written by - Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV & Joshua Williamson
Art by - Francis Manapul
 
Coloring by - Hi-Fi
Letters by - AndWorld Design
Release Date: May 9, 2018

 
Events piling up on each other can be a bit tiring at times in case of the big two publishers in comics these days. This issue starts with this impending danger along with its promises. And while not totally original in its plot it does deliver with gorgeous eye catching art that keeps the reader engaged and an unexpected twist keeps them guessing what to expect in the future issues.