Dark Tower 5: Wolves of the Calla

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First I’m gonna say sorry this review as well as the final two installments of the Dark Tower saga are coming out later than the first four but so did the books too. Afraid he may never finish his magnum opus after being hit by by a car years before, Stephen King released 5, 6, and 7 back to back.

We pick up with the Ka-tet right after they left Topeka and weathered the starkblast (the event of Wind through the keyhole). Eddie has an eerily vivid dream about his New York; Susannah has dreams of a dark castle and strange appetites. She is pregnant but not by her husband Eddie, but by the demon that raped her when they drew Jake over. While her friends sleep she crawls off and while imagining a exquisite banquet in actuality she’s eating small animals. Roland has caught her strange new ritual. Meanwhile, they are being followed by people of a town bordering Thunderclap, called Calla Bryn Sturgess with a desperate need of there help. The Calla is ripe with twins, but every one of the pair becomes Roont by the Wolves that descend from Thunderclap once every twenty some years or so. The Wolves take a twin, and only a twin, and take them to the dark land and months later the child returns slow and malformed, forced to live out the rest of its days drooling in agony. Finally the Calla has had enough and yearns to fight back. Roland accepts the request because something tells him there’s more to there journey in the Calla. He quickly discovers the Calla’s priest Father Callahan has much in common with his own traveling companions, and he has the darkest piece of the Wizard’s Rainbow in his possession. He hears Callahan’s tale of the horrors that befell Salem’s Lot and the strange events that brought him to the Calla. But that is not all, there is a final door that no one can open. And so the countdown begins as mysteries of the Calla unfold and the Wolves descend upon them.

Such a strange book but damn if it ain’t cool in it’s weird ass way like the rest of the series. Our main characters are once again amazingly well done and honestly they keep you driven through the series. Andy the robot is a creepy secret villain, like finding out Alpha 5 from Power Rangers was secretly hoping the rangers would bite the big one so he could harvest there organs for money, like that kind of robot badguy. Callahan was a cool addition and I enjoyed his story of all the crazy shit that went on after Salem’s Lot. The story at times is a little hard to follow if you paying attention to the minute details, which I can’t stress that enough. Also I found the final battle a little anticlimactic but it definitely ain’t a twilight finale. Overall pick it up if you read the other four, like old school westerns, or a fan of Stephen King. May the Gaming Gods be with you all. You guys rock.

 

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Star Trek Generations

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Probably one of the better trek movies, not for its story or any other particular reason beyond getting to see Picard and Kirk together. The story tho happens to be pretty great. The movie starts out 30 years after the last Enterprise was decommissioned. A new Enterprise with a new crew is about to leave space dock and Kirk, Chekov and Scotty are going for the native voyage. After receiving a distress call they are off to save some people. Of course they save some, but Kirk is in the section of engineering that is damaged and he happens to get sucked into something called the Nexus. Unfortunately others got out of the nexus and 1 man is obsessed with getting back inside of it since it is a place of complete happiness where time has no meaning and people live forever. In order to return he starts blowing up stars to get back in since you can’t simply fly a ship into it, you have to be in its path.

Aside from getting to see two iconic captains in one movie the highlight for me is to see Data with an emotion chip singing about loving scanning for life signs. Be that as it may, it is still a great movie most people would probably enjoy. As always thanks for your time, and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

Just Cause 3

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I was never really tried  this series and since it is free in the month of August on PlayStation plus I obviously needed to try. And outside of some major connection issues that don’t actually mess with game play anyway. The controls aren’t great, shooting isn’t very accurate and any car you drive handles like a tank. It also gets a bit repetitive but it is still fun. The ability to grappling hook yourself into the air switch to your chute to gain altitude then switch to a wing suit to fly is absolutely amazing.

The story is quite vague at first but isn’t bad, but I can’t deny the vast amount of my time was spent screwing around which I am not convinced isn’t the point of this game in the first place. While not the best game I have played recently it was without a doubt a fun experience, one i hope many of you will enjoy. Remember, while you are out there, may the gaming gods bring you glory.

Star Trek 6

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Star Trek 6 the undiscovered country from 1991 is the story of the destruction of the Klingon moon that threatened to destroy their home world that resulted in the Klingon empire and Federation making peace. Well one of the times. They fight a lot. This time the crew is in a hurry to save Bones and Kirk from being killed for assassinating the Klingon High Council. While not the best in the series its also not the worst. The usual statements are true here, acting visuals and sound are all where they should be. The movie however is pretty unremarkable. I had forgotten I had even seen it  until I started watching it.

The scenes with the ice prison was pretty well done, and i’m glad it wasn’t a rip off of Hoth from Star Wars tho i don’t doubt many will attempt to make the connection anyway. Once again, may the gaming gods bring your glory.

 

 

Mount and Blade: Warband ps4

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Every so often I see a game and I want to try it, but I don’t know enough to risk the money. Normally $20, I got it for $8 this week on sale since admittedly I have blown more on worse endeavors. Maybe its because its not much money that despite the faults of this game, which there are quite a few. The controls are clunky, shooting an arrow is difficult to aim and swinging a sword or staff is basically the prototype for For Honor from Ubisoft. Its stiff and not as well done, but its functional. The visuals are outdated even when it released on PC back in 2008 and while the PS4 version is improved that is not saying much.

With all the negatives out of the way I must admit greatly enjoying this game. See as a guy that loves swords and elves and shit, this game is sort of like a holy grail for me. You get a short tutorial on how the combat works it drops you into the game, alone and with one pretty short mission to get you started you are left on your way to make a name for yourself. Unlike most games you are not a chosen one or even any one of note. You simply are. From here you can hire mercenaries to protect you as you trade, or raid villages and castles or even if you want to attempt to marry a rich woman with land of her own. That being said these options all exist for women, there is even trophies dedicated specifically towards playing as a female character.

The main draw of this game for me is that its a wide open and unforgiving much like earth hundreds of years ago. One wrong move and your army is gone and you are left to start again if you survive. One right move however, and the world is your for the taken. So to you that join me, may the gaming gods bring you glory. And to those that do not, may they bring you even more glory.

Star Trek 5

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Star trek 5 is another one many have mixed feelings about but I really enjoyed. It also had a serious tone with comedic moments to it. The crew is pulled from shore leave to go help 3 captives on a planet of peace that has been taken over by terrorist.

With a ship not quite ready for voyage they set off and attempt to sneak into the base and secure the hostages only to be betrayed by the captives themselves being lead by no other than Spocks half brother looking for Vulcan heaven shakari ( allegedly its a pun oun on the name Sean Connary whom was supposed to have a part in the show)

The visuals and sound are once again top notch for its time, 1989 and the acting is the same ass all the other shows and movies staring the original series cast. If you are a fan of Star Trek you by all means should watch. And if you aren’t you should still give it a shot. As always thanks for joining me, and may the gaming gods bring you glory.

Harbinger Down

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Harbinger Down starts off great. Its got a ship in the arctic, a couple of cute college girls, a pretty nice looking Russian woman, a bad ass captain and a great premise. It looks nice sounds solid and the acting is pretty great. The story starts off strong with them crabbing at night and during the day tracking some whales. Not long after they discover a frozen ball that the whales were attracted to it. This is around the time the story turns to hell. Apparently the Russians infected a cosmonaut with something that is never really explained except that it was made from water bears. (Google what they are, quite interesting really) and it somehow creates a creature that can change its DNA as well as anyone it eats. It can also turn to liquid and grows some weird tendrils type things to kill. Oh and did i mention it can be frozen but is also immune to fire and ice? Yea it goes like that. I can’t think of another movie that went from great to total shit storm so fast. Still could have been worse tho. As always thanks for your time, and may the gaming gods bring you glory.