[Game] 11-11: Memories Retold

11-11 Memories Retold

Game

A game set in the first world war in which you don’t fire a single bullet… or do anything else that’s much of interest.

It feels more like a walking simulator with bad visuals, though it does offer a cast of relatively nice characters and does a good job at displaying how disconnected wars are from the individuals actually fighting them on the field.

Positive:
Negative:
Likable, relatively profound characters
Awful, blurry visuals
Thought-provoking on the inhuman nature of war
The story is pretty average anti-war fare
Boring game-play that consists mostly of walking back and forth
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[Novel] Titan (John Varley)

Titan

Book

An exploration of a sentient planet that has a strong start and promises a lot of secrets, but turns out to be pretty underwhelming once you reach the end.

Positive:
Negative:
Interesting setting
Underwhelming, disappointing ending
Likable characters
Doesn’t explore much science, instead opting for a more fantasy approach
Strong start with a lot of mysteries

[Game] The Return of Obra Dinn

The Return of Obra dinn

Game

Having played hundreds of games, it’s pretty rare for me to find something that I truly find unique, but darn, I definitely have never played anything like The Return of Obra Dinn before.

Reliving the last moments of someone’s death and organically figuring out their identity as well as the cause for their demise made me feel like a real detective with each solved mystery giving me the same high as beating a boss in Dark Souls. I’m only depressed that due to the nature of this game, I’ll probably will never be able to experience anything like it again.

Positive:
Negative:
Interesting story that you have to reconstruct from nonlinear bits and pieces
Minimalistic visuals that might make you motion sick
Mind-blowing, unique adventure puzzle game-play
Short, and has next to no replay value

 

[Novel] Appointment in Samarra (John O’Hara)

Appointment in Samarra

Book

A nihilistic look at the American Dream from the early 20th century where a relatively successful salesman manages to completely ruin his life through a few unfortunate social missteps.

Positive:
Negative:
Pleasant, fast-paced prose
Doesn’t exactly offer anything mind-blowing
Interesting, likable, profound characters
Relatively involving plot
Enlightening on society in early 20th century USA
Thought-provoking on success

[Game] Banner Saga 3

Banner Saga 3

Game

Finally, even though still pretty weak in the narrative, you get an adequate full length strategy RPG if you combine all of the Banner Saga parts together.

Positive:
Negative:
Interesting setting inspired by Nordic lore
Weak, poorly-told story
A unique, addicting, and satisfying strategy game-play
Underwhelming, replaceable characters

[Novel] In the Night Room (Peter Straub)

In the Night Room

Book

A somewhat underwhelming sequel to Lost Boy, Lost Girl that follows one writer’s eerie eerie adventures where he encounters the characters from the previous book.

Positive:
Negative:
Relatively likable characters
The story feels like it was rethought midwriting
A couple of interesting turns in the plot
Doesn’t offer anything to distinguish itself from other books in the genre

 

[VN] Nukige Mitai na Shima ni Sunderu Watashi wa Dou Surya Ii Desu ka?

Nukige Mitai na Shima ni Sunderu Watashi wa Dou Surya Ii Desu ka

A visual novel that sounds like nothing but a nukige, yet turns out to be a fairly interesting mix of comedy, chuuni, and actually relatively well thought-out story instead… though I still had a very hard time taking some of its plot seriously.

Release: 2018 (Qruppo)
Writers: Kamichika YuuKurahone Naoto
Japanese difficulty: Medium
English: Sol Press (upcoming)
Ratings: VNDB (7.81); EGS (8.18)

Characters

Visual Novel

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