The Human Tornado

The Human Tornado (1976) - IMDb

I know in all my years blogging, I’ve talked about some some strange ass movies, books, games, and comics. I live for this strange stuff, pieces of art that undeniably stand out…so I’m pretty sure I can’t show the trailer here but believe you me, it stands out.

The Human Tornado follows Dolomite and his group of friends on the run. His crime? He slept with a bigot sheriff’s wife that is willing to do just about anything for revenge, including framing Dolomite for killing his wife. When while Dolomite has to lay all of those in his wake while helping some friends out with there own mess, but it’s just another day for the Human Tornado.

There’s so much I want to say but I don’t think I can. This is one of the few movies that NEEDS to be experienced, rather than told about. I can tell you the plot is disjointed, the fight scenes are really corny, and this movie is super politically incorrect- seriously, something like this would never get made today. But holy crap I loved this movie. Rudy Ray Moore is badass and hilarious. I love how unapologetic the movie is about nudity and language and simply how quotable it is. In the end, this movie sure as hell ain’t for everyone, but if you love WTF movies, this is for you. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus - Wikipedia

Along time ago I wanted to do a massive phase 2 session of Bethesda reviews, this game being at the forefront ( Prey, Dishonored 2, Fallout 76, etc.) Well, things don’t always work out that way we want them too and here I am, reviewing a game I bought near launch, forgot I had, and remembered years later when I’m about to move (yes, seriously.) But the question I ask is was it worth the neglect?

So B.J Blaskowitz, “Terror Billy” to some, has essentially wounded the Nazi regime but they are far from ended. Especially when a disfigured and vengeful Frau Engel is hunting down a gravely wounded Terror Billy as he fights to regroup with his old friends. The goal is simple, to start a revolution in the US, but can Terror Billy and his friends face the might and hatred of the New Colossus?

Wolfenstein: The new¬†Order surprised the hell out of me with it’s loadout of various play style options and challenging enemies. While the challenge remains the same, I do have to say as much as I liked this game it did a damn good job at pissing me off. This game puts you in a lot of situations where stealth would be appreciated but the abilities you gain aren’t no where as helpful as going all out and I feel like you get pushed into all out moshes when simple stealth would have saved a headache; you die very easy in this game. I feel like the tactical shitstorm gameplay here was a prototype to what we would get in Doom: Eternal which indeed did it better. Despite the negative of that, the game has a good story and isn’t afraid to embrace it’s batshit grindhouse side which is cool. I love Frau Engel as a sick villain that’s great to hate. I love the use and freedom of dual wielding weapons. In the end, Wolfenstein 2 isn’t as good as the first but it’s still a pretty solid game worth checking out. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

Silence of the Lambs (book)

The Silence of the Lambs (novel) - Wikipedia

Clarice Starling is a promising cadet at the FBI academy pushing herself she can make it in the field. Driven and determined, she’s surprised when Jack Crawford asks her to question the legendary psychopath, Dr. Hannibal Lector. After the events of Red Dragon (book) he hasn’t responded to any questioning and his advice can become crucial in catching a disturbed killer called Buffalo Bill, who flays the flesh off of woman. When Buffalo Bill kidnaps a senator’s daughter, it’s up to Starling to try and discover the identity of this madman and save her, relying on Dr. Lector for advice and clues into the mind of madness.

So this book is pretty much what kids today would call a se-boot. You can pick it up just fine on it’s own without reading Red Dragon; their are callbacks to Graham and events of the first book but the info you get is pretty sufficient. While I personally like Will Graham better as a main character, Clarice is compelling in her own way and it is interesting to see how she interacts with familiar characters. Again, the villains steal the show. Lector is pretty damn memorable and Buffalo Bill is a creepy ass son of a bitch. The end comes together really nicely and there’s a lot of tension. The pacing is good and admittedly I never got bored with it. In the end I’d definitely say it’s well worth a read. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

Curse of The Dead Gods (PS4 Review)

As always the first thing I want to do is thank the people at Focus Home Interactive for tossing me a review copy of this one. It is always a pleasure and this time is possibly more than ever.

First, this is one of those classic rouge-likes that is easy to pick up and play. In fact the first level will really give you a false sense of security. It isn’t overly difficult and with the controls being as simple as they are how bad can it be? You simply dodge with one button counter with another and have different attacks with different weapons or hold them for charged attacks.

This quickly turns on you as different enemies have different timing to defend or dodge, and many will attack you at the same time so you will have to choose what is about to happen to you. Do you just take one hit and dodge another? Do you block one and hope you times it right to avoid the damage all together?

There isn’t exactly a right or wrong answer, it all comes down to your play style and what rooms are coming up. Some rooms allow you to heal, but just like entering each room builds up corruption so will healing in this way. The more corruption the more curses you get hit with. Some are minor like you can no longer collect gold from chest, others are worse like you lose health every few seconds.

The graphics and sound are solid but nothing to brag about, but I also wouldn’t complain. The enemies are nice and having to get yourself some light to hold off enemies doing extra damage is a nice touch. The game is both fair and unforgiving of your mistakes with plenty of weapons and such to unlock but not so many locked to start that you are handicapped to start. Your skill will matter we much we your load out.

Death also isn’t much of a punishment, in fact it is expected. Each run gives you random weapons to start and allows you to spend assorted currencies to upgrade your game permenently. There are even daily events for when you want something new. This was one of the better rogue-likes I have played, and will keep playing it. A solid 8 out of 10. Best wishes and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

Red Dragon (book)

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Being a horror fan for my whole life, I’m almost ashamed to say I have no connections to Dr. Hannibal Lector. I’ve never seen the movies and only few months ago started reading the books. So after finishing the first story to introduce the legendary killer, are the stories worth the hype?

Will Graham was a talented FBI Investigator who had been pushed to the brink of his sanity by prominent psychologist turned killer Hannibal Lector. Graham never felt the same and was hesitant when his old friend and colleague Jack Crawford comes to him begging for help with a new case. There’s a new killer who violently slays whole families. Cunning as well as savage, Graham is at a loss, resorting to ask help from his old nemesis for advice, unaware Lector and this new foe deemed the “Tooth Fairy” may be connected. Can Graham stop this brutal killer before he falls victim to the madmen?

I really didn’t know what to expect and about half way through I was pretty damn engaged in this book. Thomas Harris is fantastic at putting you in the killer’s shoes and once we start seeing the story from their perspective, I was hooked in. Graham himself is a good protagonist I enjoyed following who seemed mentally burned out throughout the story and I could feel his frustration and obsession growing. As for Lector- he ain’t in there much. He is involved in the story but this far from his story so don’t go in looking for a lot of him. The story is paced really well but I feel like the ending fumbles. Red Dragon is pretty self contained which I liked (yes, I’m now currently reading Lambs). In the end, I enjoyed this story as a good psychological crime thriller I’d definitely recommend. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

Anthem

Anthem (video game) - Wikipedia

Anthem, the game that collapsed whatever reputation EA had after the failure of Mass Effect Andromeda and Star Wars Battlefront 2 (EA) . I’m going to do this review a bit differently than my usually format because frankly, I didn’t finish this game but holy crap was it a struggle to get as far as I did. Another thing to keep in mind is I’m reviewing this game in 2021, well after it’s release because I’m sure we all heard about the lackluster shape it was released in but I was curious to see if EA and Bioware reworked it.

Well, for one, the game is stable in my experience which I was grateful because this is a always online game. I experienced some minor frame rate drops but nothing that killed my game. During about 6 hours, I had 2 crashes but I can’t be entirely sure if it was necessarily the game’s fault.

The first few hours, the experience is pretty mind-blowing. Flight and exploration is spectacular; the first time diving into the water and jetting back up into the sky was pretty nuts. The Storm Javelin, which focuses on elemental damage, is pretty awesome and by far my favorite as the stand out of the 4 available Javelins. With good/ great class attacks with solid gunplay, combat feels pretty good.

I bet you are waiting for me to say Anthem is a great game you should try? Well, no. The first few hours you basically get a pretty good picture of what the game has to offer and it ain’t much. Essentially I felt like I was playing Destiny 2’s most repetitive missions. Having to load into the Javelin between missions gets really annoying, especially when an average mission is about 2-3 minutes but you’re going to spend an equal amount of time in loading screens and walking around getting missions. takes more time than actually playing. The enemies are bland and I couldn’t give an eighth of a shit about the story because I wasn’t convinced the game did either. The guns are pretty standard and don’t really look different so it’s pretty clearly a numbers game when it comes to loot. The raids aren’t special and don’t offer much epic loot. I waited and kept playing, getting about 10 hours in before coming to the conclusion nothing was changing and I couldn’t really bring myself to finish the game.

In the end, I’m sad to say skipping Anthem isn’t a bad idea. It looks, sounds, and plays great but it’s painfully shallow and undercooked. There are way better sci fi looter shooters out there. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

Mass Effect Legendary trailer

Savior and I finally got what we’ve wanted for ages, and we’re glad to say the classic Mass Effect trilogy is getting it’s remaster. It’s stunning. I’m not ashamed to say I shed a tear when I saw this trailer and I’m sure I speak for thousands of fans when I say I can’t wait. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

Rage 2

Rage 2 - Wikipedia

Full Disclaimer: I never played the first game but I’ve known many that played the first and really enjoyed it. Many have said the first was Bethesda’s attempt at a Borderlands clone. I can’t say they are totally wrong. Also, I can tell you the plot and the characters are lost on me. It’s the standard gear punk apocalypse and you acquire the armor of a fallen Ranger, one of the last traces of law and order, and you have to help save the wastes. As you can tell, I can checked out really early on the plot.

When Rage 2 excels is it’s combat and it’s weapons. This game is also a product of ID, makers of Doom and Wolfenstein, and the weapons kick major ass. They all handle great and have genuine omph to them, my favorites being the shotgun and rocket launcher; nothing ever beats a well done classic after all. Combat is a blast, having to utilize your weapons and your Ranger armor’s abilities. Finding a new Ark in the wastes, which grants you a new weapon or ability becomes your highest priority really quick. There is a good amount of different enemies to slay including raiders, mutants, and these cyber ninja guys from the DLC that provide their own challenges. Upgrading feels odd and is a pain but adds to the need to explore and to get the most out of this game, it pays to explore. The worst thing about this game is the driving; Rage 2 may have the worst motorcycle driving I’ve ever experienced in a game before. Unlocking the Icarus, the hover bike, is key to perfect exploration; going by regular means is tedious and the steering is unpleasantly clunky. In the end, Rage 2 is a fun brainless shooter I recommend to just have fun with. May the gaming gods bring you glory.

Turrican Flashback Review (PS4)

Turrican Flashback, what can I besides thank you to my friends over at ININ games for tossing me another beautiful retro remake. I always love getting the chance to play these and they are quickly becoming one of my favorite companies to work with.

As always, if you aren’t a fan of retro games this isn’t going to be the collection that changes your mind. If you enjoyed the original releases though or even just like retro games and games like the old school Contra, this one is for you.

Graphically this is a massive update from the original but nothing is lost from those things we love. The explosions and such still look like they are from the SNES era but they are simply far more clean and crisp.

The sound that many remember the original for even decades later sounds better than ever and will still have you feeling nostalgic while being grateful for the improvements.

There are also a host of new things added such as the ability to rewind when you inevitably die making a badly timed jump or because like an idiot you stand in top of an enemy. I assume someone has done that. Not me, I totally didn’t do it. I am sure someone did tho. There are also different shaders and wallpapers to use but besides a quick look through I didn’t much bother with them since as you guys know they aren’t my thing.

The game play is fun yet challenging,but it’s that old school challenging. Only so many lives to go around. The rewind button was helpful to get better, but if you want trophies you have to play without that option. This bothered me however because it felt like I was being punished for an option you gave to me to use. It didn’t ruin the fun or anything it just seemed a bit odd.

The game functioned perfectly, I didnt notice any kind of graphical or sound issues and it never froze on me which is important. I enjoyed my time with it and it was a fun history lesson that many people will love. One thing it isn’t tho is a game you will want to sink hundreds of hours into. It is best played here and there when you want to kill some time. A solid 7/10. Best wishes and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

Star Wars Episode 1 Racer

Star Wars Episode I: Racer - Wikipedia

Star Wars Episode 1:The Phantom Menace may have started the decline of Star Wars in the eyes of many but some good did come: one of which being one of my favorite racing games. Racing through a host of different maps across different worlds, you have to beat the competition while trying to survive the intense speeds.

For a N64 game, this game does one hell of a job immersing you in the dangerous thrill of pod racing. Averaging speeds of around 400 mph and having to worry about the integrity of your racer. Repairing your racer requires you slowing down while boosting drastically increases your chances of death. There are a good array of maps, each with there series of dangers you either find annoying or in some cases, epic for passing through. The controls flow nicely and are easy to pick up. The graphics, well not outstanding, hold up fair enough for such a console gap. The only honest issue I have is how easily you die and the quirks to boost. Pro tip: don’t boost useless you really have to. While the I like the danger of boosting, it caused most of my deaths. In the end, I enjoy this game more than most other racing games and I highly recommend it for racing fans as well as Star Wars fans. May the gaming gods bring you glory.