[Novel] Shards of Honor & Barrayar (Lois McMaster Bujold)

Shardows of Honor & Barrayar


An awesome political space adventure with unbelievably likable characters.

Interesting, intergalactic setting
Offers very little actual science
Awesome, likable, interesting, unique, profound characters
Doesn’t offer anything particularly groundbreaking
Engrossing plot full of twists and surprises
A solid story fueled by merciless politics of an unstable planet

[Game] Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire

Pillars of Eternity II - Deadfire


Pillars of Eternity II follows its prequel in its attempt to recapture the magic of Baldur’s Gate. Unfortunately, while it’s definitely loyal to the computer role-playing game tradition and offers quite polished combat, I felt like the world it constructed as well as the plot it followed weren’t really the best.

Ironically, the story itself was very interesting and held lots of potential, but it’s told mainly through semi-menial tasks with you helping various trading companies and locals fight for resources with neither of the sides being too interesting. On top of it, the companions are also quite underwhelming, with basically the least interesting ones from the original game making a reappearance.

That said, Pillars of Eternity II is still a good game that can scratch that traditional computer role-playing itch you might have, but it definitely could have been better.

Attractive 2D visuals
The plot is not the most riveting
An interesting world to explore
The factions could have been more interesting
A thought-provoking, epic story
Underwhelming companions
Polished, satisfying combat
Sailing the map and looking for treasure is boring and ruins the pace
One of the few remaining games that follow traditional RPG formula
Role-playing an evil characters feels counter-productive

[Novel] Pressure (Jeff Strand)



A cool thriller that details a certain man’s relationship with a psychopath from their childhood up to their college years and adulthood.

Well-written, snappy dialogue
The story is for the most part simple and very predictable
Interesting, likable characters
Doesn’t offer much insight into the mind of a serial killer
Relatively involving plot

[Anime] Hinamatsuri



Damn, I figured to check this show out since I’ve read that yakuza were involved, which is not very common for anime, but… this turned out one of the dumbest shows I’ve ever seen in my life with its lousy attempts at comedy literally hurting my brain.

Every line in this anime is so full of cringe I get shivers just from the memory.

Interesting premise?
Below average animation
Flimsy setting that barely makes any sense
Irritating, poorly-written characters
Awful, braindead dialogue
There’s no plot
The story goes nowhere
Not funny, cringe-inducing attempts at humor

[Game] Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Shadow of the Tomb Raider


Though I thoroughly enjoyed the first Tomb Raider remake, I felt like the second had lost some of its charm through large chunks of poorly designed content, and the third game only seems to follow the same trend.

I could neither get into the story nor enjoy the game-play that much, even though it’s technically the same as the first Tomb Raider remake that I loved. There aren’t as many flashy action sequences, and the game is simply poorly designed with long stretches of dull content that even the shootouts fail to spark any life in.

It honestly feels more like most of the game has been designed by a random map generator rather than a human being.

Beautiful, high-end visuals
The story is kind of dull
Good climbing mechanics
The characters are boring and not interesting
Good shooting mechanics
The game-play doesn’t utilize its mechanics and feels like a chore

[Novel] The Magicians (Lev Grossman)

The Magicians


Known as the Harry Potter for adults, The Magicians, unfortunately, abbreviates most of its fun parts in the magic school to the benefit of dull adventures in a fairly standard high fantasy land in the latter half.

Interesting urban fantasy setting
Dull and underwhelming latter half
Likable characters
Doesn’t really offer much that other better fantasy books hadn’t already
The various hijinks of learning magic in the magic school are pretty fun

[VN] Steins;Gate 0

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Steins;Gate being among my favorite visual novels, I had pretty high expectations for Steins;Gate 0… and to say that they were not met would be putting it lightly.

Release: 2018 (5pb. Games)
Writers: Hayashi Naotaka, Takimoto Masashi, Tsuchiya Tsukasa, Yasumoto Tooru
Japanese difficulty: Medium
English: 5pb. GamesCommittee of Zero
Ratings: VNDB (8.21); EGS (8.00)

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[Game] Blazblue Central Fiction

Blazblue Centralfiction


The conclusion to Blazblue’s epic story that adds even more playable characters to a whooping total of thirty-six.

…And the English localization seems to have improved slightly since Chronophantasma.

Attractive 2D visuals
Almost no game-play in the story mode
Awesome soundtrack
Fascinating sci-fi setting inspired by quantum mechanics
Interesting, likable characters
An extremely convoluted but awesome story
Fantastic 2D fighter game-play
Great multiplayer

[Novel] 2312 (Kim Stanley Robinson)



A fascinating hard sci-fi account of a future where mankind has colonized the solar system which unfortunately follows a cast of really poorly written characters and a plot that’s somehow both bland and all over the place.

You definitely read this book for the world and the science behind it… not what’s actually happening in it.

Fascinating, well-researched setting of a far future
The characters, especially the protagonist either act like children or are painfully dull
Lots of awesome hard sci-fi concepts
The plot is all over the place and fails to captivate you

[Game] Yakuza 0

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It’s been a while since I checked any of the Yakuza games as they always felt clunky and full of redundant boring content that bloated the experience… but apparently, unknown to me, they’ve been improving with every release as Yakuza 0 feels like a Yakuza game with most of the grievances I had with the previous installments in the series fixed.

It has an interesting story with likable characters, side-quests are actually kind of funny (though still a bit too unnecessarily plentiful), and the game-play feels tight and rewarding.

Beautiful, high-end visuals
The map you explore is small and reused from previous games
Interesting, likable, profound characters
The amount of side-quests can be overwhelming and turn you off from the game
A relatively engrossing plot
Exploration is not very fun
A solid story inspired by Japanese underworld
Satisfying brawling game-play
Let’s you have a taste of Japanese culture quirks, such as hostess clubs

[TV] Ash vs Evil Dead

Ash vs Evil Dead



A resurrection of Evil Dead that captures the feel of the original pretty much perfectly. It’s a tragedy and a complete mystery to me why the channel ended up cancelling the show after three seasons as it was only getting better and better.

Lots of hilarious explicit gore
The story’s utterly simplistic and a bit repetitive
Groovy atmosphere
Interesting, likable characters
Relatively engrossing plot
Genuinely funny


[Game] Shin Megami Tensei IV

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Shin Megami Tensei IV returns to the roots and tells a very similar story to that of the original SMT… which is kind of underwhelming after Nocturne, but then it also retains the characteristic dark atmosphere and the awesome hardcore game-play that just never grows old.

Beautiful artwork
Outdated visuals
Cool soundtrack
Doesn’t offer much in terms of story that prequels didn’t already
Dark, creepy atmosphere
The game-play is pretty much the same as the prequels
Thought-provoking on human society
Low-effort side-quests artificially extend the play time
Fantastic, hardcore turn-based combat
Challenging difficulty


[Novel] Summer of Night (Dan Simmons)

Summer of Night


An entertaining horror story centering around a haunted school and a bunch of kids involved in the affair set in 60s, somewhat reminiscent of Stephen King’s “It.”

Light and conversational, but pleasant and flowing prose
The story doesn’t offer anything particularly unusual
Likable, relatively profound characters
Immersing plot with an odd surprising twist here and there
Genuinely spooky, unnerving atmosphere

[Game] Visage

The Visage


As an early access game Visage is very rough around the edges, but holds a lot of potential. It’s without doubt one of the scariest games I’ve ever played and I imagine it could outright stop your heart in VR.

I just hope it gets finished properly as there was a sense of developers running out of ideas toward the end of even this demonstration version of the game.

Beautiful visuals
Awful controls
Genuinely scary
With no indication of where to go, you end up walking in circles a lot
Potential VR support
The latter part felt like a bunch of random stuff thrown together

[Novel] The Wapshot Chronicle (John Cheever)

The Wapshot Chronicles


A relatively entertaining account of a quirky town with quirky characters, though at times it feels like the story lacks cohesiveness and with the amount of characters it sometimes can become hard to follow.

Quirky, interesting, profound characters
Hard to keep track of all the characters
Relatively interesting plot
The story feels a bit all over the place
Thought-provoking on life