Monday, September 28, 2020

Run or Die (Steam) Review.


Wait a sec?  Didn't I review another runner game not that long ago? Drat! Yes, I did.  Meaning that I can't re-use my same hack-cliché intro about introducing a runner game.  Well this puts me in a pickle.  How am I going to introduce todays review?  Oh! I know! This is your captain speaking.  Today on my review cruise we've got a neat little indie title for you.  This is Run or Die for Steam.  There! That should be hack enough to fulfill the intro section.  (Click on "Read More" to read the full review.)

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Among Us-mobile review

    Hello readers, I am reviewing the mobile version of this game as it is free. As some of you may know, I was originally going to review Yakuza Kiwami 2, but due to the popularity of Among Us, I am doing that one next month. If you didn't know, Among Us is a game from 2018 based on classic classroom games such as "mafia" and "werewolf."         Among Us - Apps on Google Play 

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Spyro: Year of the Dragon (PS1) - Review



Here is a not at all obscure title, the third Spyro The Dragon game and the last one created by Insomniac Games. One of my personal favorites for the Playstation 1. Let's go ahead and click "read more" for my review.


Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Riddled Corpses EX (Playstation 4, Playstation Vita) Review.


Sexy women and the undead is a bizarre blend that works about as well as peanut butter and jam.  Meaning that it works much better than what it should.  People love sex, people really love violence, and combine that with retro game graphics.  Well, you've got something that's potentially entertaining.  This is Riddled Corpses EX and this is your captain, James T. Kaiser speaking.  All aboard the review cruise ship. *TOOT TOOT* (Click on "Read More" to read the full review.)

Friday, September 18, 2020

Green Phoenix - 1634: The Baltic War Review

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 Looking at the analytics for my various articles, my book recommendation tend to be the least viewed of all of my article formats (though given the usual content of the Emerald Rangers, perhaps that isn't too surprising). In truth, these book recommendations are designed more along the lines as a passion project, where I get to promote some literary properties that I might not otherwise get to do.

The fact that my book recommendations also tend to be the easiest articles to write and be very brief and succinct is also not a bad reason to continue them, though I do hope that more people will check out some of the series I recommend and review and come to appreciate them as I do.

Which brings me to 1634: The Baltic War. I've made it no secret of my absolute adoration of Eric Flint's Ring of Fire series. The fantastically detailed of world-building built around countless well-grounded characters and a truly unique and strange point of divergence make it both inviting for new readers and very memorable in terms of its dedicated fans, with many people having favorite story threads, characters, and arcs.

In this particular field, 1634: The Baltic War is my favorite book in the entire series. It is the culmination of baseline trilogy that forms the narrative core of the every other book in the series. After 1634: The Baltic War, the 1632 series would begin to diverge into its countless varying story-lines and character arcs. As such, The Baltic War serves as a conclusion to the old model for the series and the introduction to how the succeeding books will work from thereon out.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Chouriki Sentai Ohranger Ep 1: Invasion!! 1999 - Summary/Review



Going back to 1995 - 1996 we have the 19th Super Sentai Chouriki Sentai Ohranger which roughly translates to "Super-Powered Squadron King Ranger". link Funny enough, not 1999 like the title of this episode would suggest, but rather this season takes place 3-4 years in the future oddly. This is the original Sentai for Power Rangers Zeo and one that is not talked about often. What could this season have to offer? Click "read more" for my full coverage of this first episode.


Friday, September 11, 2020

Green Phoenix - Building Better Backstories V

So this editorial was always going to be a real pain in my ass. For one, it seems to have become culturally "cool" to rip into the Star Wars sequel trilogy and mock it relentlessly without taking into account any of the positive traits that the series does possess. And there are a few truly positive elements of the sequel trilogy that I think need to be given their due credit, especially if we are going to try and improve upon the franchise. The trilogy has some truly inspired cinematic and narrative moments that, if properly explored, would've been absolutely inspired.

That being said, I would be lying if I didn't understand and at the very least agree that the Star Wars sequel trilogy overall wasn't a steaming hot mess almost from the word go. Which is a damn shame because the acquisition by Disney had all the hallmarks of being a momentous achievement and a chance to restart the series from all of the enormous weight of the Legends canon; that is the Star Wars material released independent of the Lucas-era films up until the Disney acquisition.

I've known ever since the release of The Rise of Skywalker that some kind of Building Better Backstories was going to be necessary for the sequel trilogy, but I also struggled to figure out how best to fix the franchise.

It will be difficult, but I think I have a solution. It may not contain many specific narrative elements, but we will take a look at what went wrong, what they could've used, and how that might have worked for a better trilogy overall.

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