For those of you that remember not long ago @torstenvblog wrote a book and released it. Now I have done the same and it is called Ghost stories of America. It is a short e-book about various ghost stories from across the United States. It’s available on Amazon for 2.99 and Amazon select for free. So please consider supporting me and Savior Gaming as a whole and picking up a copy or reading it on Amazon select and leaving a review. I don’t promise the best written book, but I do promise some entertainment. Best wishes and may the gaming gods bring you glory.
I don’t often do this, but lately, I was hanging out with @torstenvblog watching movies and we decided to check out Black Christmas. It is a Blumhouse movie ( I know first red flag) by Sophia Takal. Sophia has made other movies like Always Shine and V/H/S, movies I’ve heard are solid and respectable movies on their in their own right. Based on this movie, however, I have no intention of ever fucking watching them.
Yes, I am about to trash this movie from here on after I say this. The actors did everything they could to save what was basically a dumpster fire that had no real chance of ever being good. The movie starts with poor Linsday leaving the library and being followed by some guy on his cell phone made out to be a total creep that magically has her phone number. It is a horror movie I get it. Get used to this though. If you see a guy in this movie, he is an evil rapist. This isn’t a joke. On some level, he is the bad guy unless he is an extra in the background. Lindy girl is now dead when the real killer turns her into a snow angel.
Get used to this too, every woman in this movie is basically a total moron except the main character. Nobody is going to believe her to listen to her about almost anything.
This is basically the last we will discuss on Linsday. This isn’t my choice, go talk to Sophia about that shit, she wrote and directed this. They will mention her towards the end but basically, everyone is happy to accept that she called her friends right before being murdered, never made it home to her family and nobody was found. She is just gone. This happens more than once.
The movie is full of weird plot holes like this, but they are not even the worst part. Every guy in the movie is made out to be a rapist (one actually is and his death is the most satisfying part of the movie) and every girl (I say this to point out when called girls one always shouts out woman) is a huge stereotype. For example, the “SUPER woke” black woman running around having statues torn down of white slave owner racist and trying to get the teacher fired for teaching English literature but not having enough women or people of color on the class syllabus. That is however basically all she does, besides badger the chick that got raped that it’s been like two years and she needs to rebuild herself already.
The ending is even more insulting because it turns out the killings were all a cult. Basically a cult of “alpha” men controlled by a statue that brings out the real tendency of men. A weak and submissive woman that knows her place would steal items so these men would know which women were causing problems and kill them. And even the two men in the movie decent guys suddenly became violent abusers that attacked women as inferior.
This movie insulted basically all of humankind, and the worst part is the movie SHOULD have been really good. The pieces were there, the concept of a cult that can make horrible men become their true selves was good, and that it could be used to help control already weak-willed women to help scum like that could have been great. Instead, we ended up with a movie that damn near offended me, and I don’t think I’ve ever been offended by anything in my life. Not only was this movie not good, but it also shouldn’t be watched by anyone with class or taste. Best wishes and may the gaming gods have mercy on our souls.
The time has come my friends, our very own @torstenvblog and his first book, The Flies Inside is now live for pre-order.
For $10 you can support a new author and check out his first book, in paper back. Stay tuned for my review, and possibly an interview. Thank you for the continued support. Best wishes and may the gaming gods bring you glory.
This is one of my proudest post to have ever written if I am being 100% honest. Our own writer, and possibly the best friend I have ever had, @torstenvblog will soon be releasing his first book, The Flies Inside. It will be up for pre-order soon on the Barnes and Nobles website and cost $9.99.(It is a physical release) Which is funny because until today I did not know the full title, that is how kept in the dark I was.
I also want to give a huge shout out to https://twitter.com/CatzkriegArtz for the great work she did on this preview of the back cover of the book, and you can even check out her soon to come Etsy store. https://www.etsy.com/shop/catzkriegartz/
Cat is a personal friend of Torsten, and I think it is pretty cool that from the bottom up this entire process was completed by friends just working their way into getting started. Obviously this was just a quick post to let everyone know it was coming, and I do have plans to follow up when those pre-orders go live and I will have a full review shortly after release.
I am told its a sort of Horror/mystery deal by a friend that has read an earlier draft but the author described it as more of a horror/dark drama. It seems like an intriguing combo, and knowing he wrote this for his father that he lost last year it makes sense. They bonded a lot when he was a kid over horror movies and comics, and this has really colored his writing style. His father whom we affectionally called Duke was a good man, one you couldn’t help but love and respect. Where ever he is I know he is as proud of him as I am. May the gaming gods smile upon you all, and please consider supporting one of our very own when the time comes.
As always with these things, I’d like to give a huge shout out and thank you to our friends over at Raw Fury for letting us check out a copy of this early. I would also like to introduce you to a long time friend of me and @torstenvblog not just at Savior Gaming, but in the real world. He has been with us from day one, he has streamed with us and now he will occasionally be guest writing with us. So without further comment from me, here he goes.
Hello everyone I’m Jonathan and this is my review of Per Áspera.
Now I went into this thinking it was just your average city builder but boy was I wrong if you have ever played Frost Punk and I have then you will feel right at home with this game since the difficulty level even on easy is a challenge.
Now before I start I will say the only criticism I found with the game was not having an actual tutorial system and instead sending you on a blind playthrough of the campaign.
Now it offers campaign mode for the story and sand box which is so you can go crazy building stuff.
Now onto campaign mode which is where I have spent most of my time engrossed in a story that honestly keeps you wanting more as well as keeps you on your toes, you play as AMI a system AI tasked with terraforming mars so that you can bring humans onto the planet, now this is where the game immediately peaked my interest I’m not controlling some builder or humans no I’m a program designed with feelings to try and handle this mission to the best of my knowledge and I for one feel the dev team knocked it out of the park.
If you have ever played Frost Punk you know the game limits resources and nodes are random well the devs took that and did the same here you place your mines on nodes that immediately show you how much they have available to produce for you which means every move you make starts to become critical to the survival of your mission so far the area I started in has a great amount of nodes but I am also playing on easy so I can enjoy the story, you also are granted a tech tree as you progress so you can better your technology which trust me you will need it as power is the biggest issue you will find one issue I saw during this was the game doesn’t hold your hand so mistakes will be made as you progress and everytime you need to make new buildings no hints as to what goes first so it’s all dependent on you and how fast you can react and build since resources are limited until you have a medium sized landing zone or rather area of control.
I don’t wanna get into the story itself I admit I didn’t finish the campaign I don’t like spoiling stuff for people who might wanna buy there games but yes this game is definitely worth a shot if your a fan of city builder games as I call them this one really takes it to new levels and a story that honestly keeps you on edge of what’s gonna happen next so far I give this game a solid 8 out of 10 and that’s only because I wish they had done a tutorial even if small so players don’t go in blind but the game is enjoyable and definitely one to play thank you all for stopping by enjoy and game on.
Below I’ve included some pics I took.
Some of you may have noticed that @torstenvblog as been doing much of the writing lately with myself mostly doing the reviews for games tossed our way. If you haven’t noticed, hey guys @torstenvblog has been doing most of the writing lately and I have been mostly just doing the reviews for games tossed our way. There have been a couple reasons for this. First, my internet has been quite hit and miss lately. Ever since COVID started it has been cutting in and out pretty consistently and as you can imagine getting someone out here to fix it has been pretty much impossible. Second, I may have had it myself. It was early when it all started and I live in an area where testing wasn’t really set up yet. I had all the symptoms and as I am not high risk it was decided that I should self-quarantine and to the emergency room if things got worse. Luckily for me, they did not, but there was still about a month getting out of bed was not easy to do without losing my breath. I am actually still not even fully recovered to be 100% honest. So it was either that or the world’s worst chest cold, either way, I am not concerned.
Now that brings me to the picture of that Tractor Trailor. (Don’t worry this isn’t sponsored by Amazon and I don’t work for them, the picture just made me laugh) The roughly month and a half I have been getting ready and returned to school to get my CDL (commercial driver’s license) Between that and the internet my time has been limited and @torstenvblog has been cool enough to pick up the slack for me. I did however want to assure you Savior Gaming is not going anywhere. He and I will be here for a while to come and even when I am on the road there will be reviews for games and movies and even pictures from my eventual travels. I have always just been quite upfront with you guys and that hasn’t changed. Many of you have been here since our very first post, the death of both our fathers, lost girlfriends, and even to hear about the raising of baby savior and her antics. I look forward to sharing this as well. Best wishes and may the gaming gods bring you glory.
Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker has been a pretty divisive movie among fans, tho it has been another successful financial movie. So, of course, I and @torstenvblog went to go check this one out for my birthday as always with these releases. Truthfully, I don’t understand the hate.
First, the movie obviously isn’t perfect. It has its issues and they are many. The pacing seemed off as they clearly were trying to make this movie not three hours long. However, I enjoyed the movie.
The story while not perfect was fun. I enjoyed seeing how they ended things with Princess Leia and watching Kylo Ren come to terms with who he is. The fight scenes looked great and watching Rey train and learn was fantastic.
I am keeping this short because I don’t want to touch on the story too much or risk spoiling things and most importantly, ignore reviews on this one, even mine. Go see it or catch it on Disney Plus when it comes out because some people seemed to have loved or hated this from day one, and I doubt anyone can truly be nonbiased about it. Best wishes and may the gaming gods bring you glory.
This is a simple list, but an important one for me. It is just 5 games that had an impact on my life, whether it be how they changed me as a gamer or that I played them in an important time in my life. So with no real order, enjoy my list.
Mortal Kombat is one of those games that changed the face of gaming in a way, so when your mom decides to let you play it, it changes how you view games. At the time was viewed as the most violent game on consoles, and to this day I can’t figure out why. The blood didn’t look realistic at all and the fighting wasn’t anything you couldn’t see on a Saturday morning cartoon.
Phantasy Star 4 Sega Genesis Classics this is one of those games that again I got on accident, my parents bought it for me randomly and truly introduced me to the role-playing game. I had played one or two before then but this and my next one were the first 2 I had ever truly owned, and they changed my gaming life forever.
Shining Force 2is the other game my parents bought me that day and sent me on a search to find the other games in both series, a search that took decades. One I don’t regret at all. I still pull these games out once a year or so and relive my childhood.
Look anyone that follows the blog knows this game was going to show up. This one is special to me for an odd reason. See years ago I was at @torstenvblog house like I would spend many of my days and he was fighting Father Gascoigne for probably the 30th time. Now I had no interest in the game because I had played the original release of Dark Souls and it was a broken mess and had no interest in playing anything else from Fromsoftware. However watching him struggle made me wonder, does he suck or is this game that hard? So I bought it a few days later. It wasn’t long before I beat Father G, and told him how I did it. From then on it was was a race between us both to finish the game first. It was the first time in our long friendship we played a game side by side like this and challenged each other to see who could do it first. I won, but not by much and I think if he wasn’t working so much he would have done it first.
We later co-oped the game and had a blast and felt it was challenging but fair.
GoldenEye 007 is a classic FPS from the N64 era that I would play with my friends for hours trying to unlock cheats or just doing random stuff in multiplayer, like using rocket launchers only in closed areas or proximity mines. The game, however, does not hold up well at all. I tried playing it a couple years ago and it is a nightmare to play now. It does, however, hold a special place in my heart for the memories. So I hope you enjoyed my list, and may the gaming gods bring you glory.
As many of you know I always strive to be upfront with you guys and gals about things. For example, I always tell you guys when I and @torstenvblog are tossed a review copy of a game and despite my great relationship with NIS America I even recommended against buying The Princess Guide (PS4 Review) because I didn’t enjoy it, something they were very cool about.
Now I haven’t talked about this lately but many of you know I am not a professional writer, and I doubt any of you have mistaken me for one. I started Savior Gaming as a hobby when my dad left me a little bit of money after he died a couple years ago under the condition I did something I enjoyed with it. So as a stay at home dad I have my kids, girlfriend, and ex-wife some money ( she is also my best friend) and started this blog as a way to keep busy while baby savior was sleeping or the older kids were at school.
I also have some pretty severe back and neck problems that come from my time in the military, as a wrestler and working in warehouses along with just generally being an idiot. About a month ago I took a job for the holiday season in a small music store to help out a friend and to earn some extra cash figuring it has been a few years, I have healed up enough to handle it.
Now you may have noticed the last week or so has been very hit or miss with my writing and that is because I was very wrong. The last couple of days have been full of doctors’ visits, new or increased meds and just generally being in pain. I can not state this clearly enough, I was NOT hurt at work, this is just an old injury that being back at work aggravated, with this came being more depressed than usual in a time of year that is always rough on me. This isn’t to say me or Savior Gaming is going anywhere, because it is not. I just felt you guys deserved an explanation of why the last week or 2 has been a bit off. Thanks for reading this far down, and may the gaming gods bring you glory.
Happy Halloween everyone! It is me and @torstenvblog favorite holiday in case you somehow didn’t notice. Later today we will be finishing up our favorite monsters, taking my kids Trick or Treating. but before all that, I wanted to thank you all for another amazing month and I hope you are all careful and have a great night. Best wishes and may the gaming gods bring you glory.