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Posted on Oct 19th 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (GrayGhost81)
Posted under review, comics, batman


I have been a Batman fan since I begged my parents to take me to Tim Burton's 1989 film for my eighth birthday. As we all know, that movie once again made the caped crusader a household name perhaps for the first time since the campy 1960's television series. While I've been a comic book collector up until very recently, I was always a bit of a poser when it came to comics in that I owned many, but actually read very few. I gave away all of my comics before I left New Jersey, but recently playing through Batman: A Telltale Series with the community lit a spark that has led me down quite the Batman rabbit hole. Let's take a look at the second installment of Telltale's Batman series as well as a few of the graphic novels and trade paperbacks I've checked out recently.


Continue reading The Neverending Batman Rabbit Hole



Posted on Sep 23rd 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (GrayGhost81)
Posted under review, need for speed, sims, civilization


Hey gang! It happens every once in a while that no particular topic lights a fire in me for my monthly front page entry. I haven't begun work on my next Black Mirror episode review and I don't want to rush it. So as I have done in the past, here is a more traditional "blog" entry for this autumnal equinox, with just a few things that have been in my orbit lately. Thank you as always for your support!


Continue reading Autumnal Equinox Randomness



Posted on Aug 20th 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (GrayGhost81)
Posted under review, tv, augmented reality, virtual reality, netflix


Black Mirror is a British television drama series currently hosted on Netflix in my region. The show explores future technology and its consequences. Most of the tech used in the show seems just over the horizon from our current vantage point, and is almost always based in current tech. What makes the show so interesting, and at the same time unnerving, is the believably of it all. There are a few episodes of the show that are centered around video games and today I'm going to take a look at "Playtest", which is the second episode of the third season.


Continue reading Black Mirror Episode Review - Playtest



Posted on Jul 21st 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (GrayGhost81)
Posted under review


For part three of my Tom Clancy on the Wii series, I'm taking a look at Splinter Cell: Double Agent. This is the fourth installment in the main Splinter Cell franchise and it is the third one I have played, although the other two were the games released after this one. In effect I have been playing the series in backwards order. There were actually two different versions of this game developed by Ubisoft back in 2006. As you may guess, the Wii version is in the less technologically advanced of the two groups, but does that make it a bad game? Not at all. The motion controls almost do though.


Continue reading Tom Clancy on the Wii - Part 3 - Splinter Cell: Double Agent



Posted on Jun 23rd 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (GrayGhost81)
Posted under review, wii, flight


After the surprisingly fantastic experience I had with Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon on the Nintendo Wii, I became curious about one of the other two Wii games with Clancy's moniker, H.A.W.X. 2. I have been aware of this series for quite a while but had never played one of the games. Much like Ghost Recon on the Wii, H.A.W.X. 2 is a game completely independent of games with the same title on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. With H.A.W.X. 2 I kept my expectations low and went in hoping for a low-rent Ace Combat rip-off. To a certain extent, that's what H.A.W.X. 2 is. So, is it worth checking out? Let's take a closer look.


Continue reading Tom Clancy on the Wii - Part 2 - H.A.W.X. 2



Posted on May 22nd 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (GrayGhost81)
Posted under review, wii, nintendo, light gun


As I mentioned in a previous entry, I'm a huge fan of light-gun games and specifically such games on the Nintendo Wii, which carried the torch of light-gun games into the world of modern televisions.

I recently played through the Wii version of Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon and I was absolutely blown away by how much fun I had with it. My expectations were very low going into the game, but the fact that I continued to play the game after completing the campaign demonstrates to me that there is a solid title here, and one that is sadly underrated and largely forgotten by the Wii community.


Continue reading Tom Clancy on the Wii - Part 1 - Ghost Recon



Posted on Apr 22nd 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (GrayGhost81)
Posted under rf cinema, ready player one, movies


I read Ernest Cline's dystopian, reference-laden young adult novel Ready Player One in 2015 after it was recommended to me by my wife. Though I enjoyed the book, I felt that the reliance on references of 80's pop-culture was a little overwhelming. When I heard that the book was going to be adapted into a film, I was intrigued. What would it be like to have the many intellectual properties referred to in the novel seen on the big screen together? Even with Steven Spielberg at the helm, and the original author contributing to the screenplay, could a coherent story be told with all the pop-culture overlaying the action? I recently checked out the film with my wife, and here are some quick, spoiler-free thoughts.


Continue reading RF Cinema: Ready Player One



Posted on Mar 20th 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (GrayGhost81)
Posted under mass effect, reviews


I hate seeing a major title misfire right out of the gates. Sure, there is some serious opportunity for schadenfreude, especially when the game in question is released by a cynical, consumer-hostile publisher like EA. When Mass Effect: Andromeda was announced, I was very excited for it. Although I believe the series declined from its initial entry, I was excited to see how Bioware and EA would create a new story within the Mass Effect framework.


Continue reading Don't Believe the Negative Hype - Mass Effect: Andromeda



Posted on Feb 20th 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (GrayGhost81)
Posted under reviews, wwi, fps, ps4, ea


World War I has recently piqued my interest in a major way. I've been studying the events of the "war to end all wars" for past few months as I honestly knew nothing about it previously. Recently reading All Quiet on the Western Front and A Farewell to Arms made me want to dig deeper into this historical catastrophe. After much reading, and watching countless Youtube videos, I sought out a copy of EA and DICE's WWI shooter Battlefield 1. I played through the campaign recently and I thought the game was very interesting and enjoyable. However, I was left scratching my head at some incredible omissions by the developers, namely the countries involved in the playable campaign.


Continue reading The Incomplete Single-Player Campaign of Battlefield 1



Posted on Jan 23rd 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (GrayGhost81)
Posted under collecting, resolutions


For gamers and collectors, the advent of a new year commonly brings goals and resolutions as with any other aspect of life. In the past I have tried to tweak my habits to get the most out of the medium, and I have usually been able to maximize my enjoyment of the hobby, or at least evaluate my own behaviors in an honest way. My goals for both playing and collecting video games in 2018 are reactionary to the way I approached them in 2017. I'm going to reign back the deluge of spending and quantity of titles played.


Continue reading Hello, 2018!



Posted on Dec 20th 2017 at 08:00:00 AM by (GrayGhost81)
Posted under new year, gaming


I'm ready to wrap up 2017 from a gaming perspective, and otherwise. This year will go down as another banner year for video games which ends in a seven, and while I have acquired many of the top-tier titles released this year, the only one I played was Persona 5. It was a fantastic experience, but it was the only cutting edge experience I had all year. As the year draws to a close, I find myself looking forward to 2018 as the year when I will play the best games of 2017, like Nier: Automata and Yakuza Zero among many others.


Continue reading Good-bye 2017!



Posted on Nov 24th 2017 at 08:00:00 AM by (GrayGhost81)
Posted under yakuza, ps3, review


As a longtime fan of the Yakuza series, I was as excited as I was perplexed by the announcement and release in 2011 and 2012 of Yakuza: Dead Souls. Much like Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare, the game is a zombie laden, non-canonical side adventure using characters and locations from the main series of games. Dead Souls takes place after the events of Yakuza 4. It is interesting to note that the release of the game was delayed after the earthquake and tsunami of 2011 in Japan, as the game depicts real-life Japanese cities in a state of ruin.



Continue reading Yakuza: Dead Souls



Posted on Oct 21st 2017 at 08:00:00 AM by (GrayGhost81)
Posted under ace combat, ps2, psp, reviews


Before I dove back into the numbered series of Ace Combat games, I decided to take a look at another handheld entry in the series with Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception for the Sony PSP. The game certainly starts out promising and converts elements from the console games to handheld very nicely, but it does have a few shortcomings. Ace Combat X is seemingly going for the same dramatic presentation of Ace Combat 4, but it can't quite reach the high bar set by that title. For one thing, the voice acting is pretty poor. For a series with anime-influenced futuristic war stories, the presentation has to be really authentic to be effective. In this game it was difficult to take the story seriously at times.



Continue reading Ace Combat Retrospective, Part 2



Posted on Sep 19th 2017 at 08:00:00 AM by (GrayGhost81)
Posted under ace combat, reviews

Image of Ace Combat: Infinity courtesy of Playstation

Since I played Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Legacy on the 3DS last month, I had been craving more dogfighting, dive-bombing airplane action. I didn't realize how addictive the gameplay was until I was done with the game, when it dawned on me how much it left me wanting more. There's something about controlling a fighter plane, and methodically locking onto enemies and taking them out, one by one that is very satisfying.



Continue reading Ace Combat Retrospective, Part One



Posted on Aug 20th 2017 at 08:00:00 AM by (GrayGhost81)
Posted under diary, xbox, d4, ace combat


Hello fellow gamers! I couldn't decide on one dedicated topic this month, so I decided to write something that is more like a blog post in the traditional sense. This is just what I've been up to lately. I hope everyone is doing well. Settle in for a nice, breezy read and say, "Hi" in the comments below.



Continue reading What I've Been Up To...


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
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