It’s summer in Scranton so what better to keep me cool than to bundle up with my trusty box fan, pour myself a cold drink, and thank the gaming gods I’m not being attacked by pissed off vampires of the non-sparkly persuasion with a great graphic novel. By the title and pics you can tell I mean 30 Days of Night.
This series has spawned multiple graphic novels, full on novels, and a movie in 2007 I personally consider well underrated; this all being said, I’m going to talk about the first book that started it all. 30 days of night takes place in Barrow, Alaska, where once a year it is night time for a full thirty days; and a group of vampires, hearing about this naturally phenomenon journey there to enjoy themselves consequence free of the sun. I love the vampires in 30 days; they are cold, ruthless, terrifying beasts that vaguely have any human characteristics any more, just the craving for blood. Book one revolves around the dwindling amount of towns people trying to outlive the monstrous vampires until the sun comes up. Our main characters are Eben and Stella, a husband and wife at ends with each other; Eben is the town’s sheriff. The vampires systematically shut the town off from the rest of the world by killing there power, stealing cell phones and burning them miles away and in one cruel swoop slaughter a majority of the town. They are ridiculously strong, swift, and act like bullet sponges; the only way to kill these bastards is to decapitate them or expose them to either ultraviolet light or the sun. Eben, Stella, and the other survivors go about for weeks playing cat and mouse with the creatures, moving from one abandoned house to another, crawling out of uncertain sanctuary for food and water, dealing with each other and there claustrophobic predicament. One moment that personally haunted me is during a visit to a quik mart for food, Eben hears a quiet sobbing in one of the isles and finds a little girl crying over the bodies of who could’ve been her parents. She turns towards Eben, exposing her large black eyes and bloody shark tooth grin before attacking him. Perhaps as cruel as there viciously brutal attacks, is that the vampires mockingly use the survivors humanity against them. Eben does bring himself to kill the girl but not without regret. For the climax, one the final night the lead vampire decides to burn Barrow to the ground to ensure no survivors and the continuation of there secret existence; Eben is drawn into a final choice: give into fear and let Stella and a few others die or sacrifice himself for them and become the monster to kick there asses out of Barrow once and for all.
The art of 30 days is the highlight of the series. Its hauntingly distorted and blurry, making the monsters seem like you are seeing them in your worst nightmares. The book is short and the writing isn’t very deep but the art carries it. The movie does a fair job of bringing out some depth while staying pretty close to the source material. I recommend this to the people who love vampires, want to get into comics but aren’t into superheroes, or love creepy ass artwork. So in conclusion, stay cool this summer and be glad you aren’t hiding from vampires.
Now much of this of my opinion on this matter is largely because of nostalgia. Graphically there are better systems and better games and stories have become much more fleshed out . But my childhood thrived on the SNES, from The Legend of Zelda a Link to the Past, to more than one final fantasy games. Even my first experience with Sim City came from this console. Some other things that I can never forget is the first time a friend tossed that blue turtle shell while i was unknowingly waiting to see myself go from 1st to near dead last, and of course my friend laughed at me being pissed.
I know this blog is short, but its not meant to be long, id much prefer you all leave a comment telling me what your favorite console it. Once again thanks for joining me, and may the gaming gods bring you glory.
Dragon Soul is one of the few free mobile games that while spending some cash will help you progress is not at all necessary. The basic idea is you and your ever growing group of heros (and i use that term lightly) kill monsters, fight other peoples parties and gather item to increase your party power level. Admittedly there is a story but after close to a year of playing it I still don’t know what it is. Something about about an evil sorcerer I think. The theme of today was mobile games and honestly there is not a lot to say in a mobile review, graphically they are all pretty similar and unimpressive and the controls are all the same. As always thanks for joining me and may the gaming gods bring you glory.
Final Fantasy 15, there is a ton to say about it and yet most of it doesn’t need to be said. You play Noctis who basically goes on a road trip with friends on what is essentially a huge bachelor party with monsters. The car basically drives on rails but if you time it right you can steer into traffic a bit but honestly it doesn’t do much. The fighting is pretty fast paced despite only having 3 spells tho they can be combined in various combinations and with other objects to do other stuff.
The story itself is fun and full of adventure as well as a mechanic with some monster um..assets, that plays a rather important role in the game. In usual Final Fantasy fashion the story starts out innocent enough and shortly after all hell break out. Next thing you know your people are dead a kingdom is on fire and of course an evil empire is responsible.
The DLC so far is based on the characters in your party, episode Prompto will be the next release later this month, Admittedly I am waiting to play all the DLC at once, after over 100 hours and collecting the platinum trophy I am a little burnt out nut the 100 hours was pretty amazing, easily the best Final Fantasy since 10 despite chapter 13 being a dumpster fire. All in all I would highly recommend this to any RPG fan, once again thanks for joining me and may the gaming gods bring you glory.
This one is a bit interesting as a game. The basic idea behind this is, as the name implies, you are in charge of the space program on the planet of Kerbal. And yes Kerbal is basically the earth,it even looks like it and has a moon called mun. The goal here is to collect science by building small rockets and sending your kerbals ( essentially people) on trips to various places on Kerbal and into orbit and eventually to the mun and other planets and satellites. This is far harder than it sounds given the at times awkward controls and fairly realistic physics. Building a rocket that flies is pretty simple when its just a quick jump a few miles away but becomes far far more complicated when traveling to space, where you will have to not only deal with wind resistance but the rotation of the planet itself as well as gravity, all of which changes depending on where you are launching from Kerbal, the mun or any of the other bodies in the solar system. And yes your ships can explode killing your kerbals, i once flew one into the sun to see what happens.Pro tip, you burn up long before you get there. as always thanks for joining me, and may the gaming gods bring you glory.
Just a quick moment to tell everyone a long time and personal friend of mine will now be posting here at Savior Gaming. Torsten V will mostly be covering various nerd culture, books, comics, movies the usual suspects while he works on his own book he is writing, and remember regardless of what he says, he is not a childrens author. Seriously, I have read his book. its not for kids. So enjoy his work and may the gaming gods help us all.
Here is a topic that seems to be done to death, so I decided to kick that horse one more time. This one will be short and sweet, honestly I have two issues with season passes.
- Any time i have to buy stuff without knowing exactly when i will get it and what it will be it sets off a red flag for me. What if i don’t like it? What if it delayed or comes out at the same time as other stuff i want to play? Basically the answer is it sucks to be you.
- Many times you are essentially buying whatever it is they choose to give you, and once they have your money really what is their incentive to give you a quality product. That really is all I have to say on the subject. I have bought a few “gold: edition games and have always been disappointed. As always thanks for joining me, feel free to leave your thoughts, and may the gaming gods bring you glory.