[Novel] Pressure (Jeff Strand)

Pressure

Book

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

Positive:
Negative:
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

Hinamatsuri

Anime

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.

Positive:
Negative:
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

Game

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.

Positive:
Negative:
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

Book

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

Positive:
Negative:
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)

Visual Novel

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