Archive for October, 2016

Release List: 2016’s Final Quarter

Posted in Blog, Books, DoDon Pachi, Games, Music, Resident Evil, Tolkien on October 21, 2016 by slateman

I had this as part of my first post in Sweden, but it keeps growing and I thought a separate post would do. This is a quick list of what’s coming out throughout the remainder of 2016 (and a little beyond). What was initially a rather lackluster year has turned out to be quite exciting, for music at least. Insomnium and Alcest just released stellar records and some promising ones are on the horizon. Gaming, however, seems a bit stagnant. Anyways, here’s the list:

Oct 11 – Rise Of The Tomb Raider
Oct 13 – Rez Infinite
Oct 14 – DoDonPachi: Daifukkatsu
Oct 23 – The Walking Dead (Season 7)
Oct 28 – Testament: Brotherhood Of The Snake
Oct 31 – Council Estate Electronics: Arktika
Nov 03 – J.R.R. Tolkien: The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun
Nov 04 – Dark Tranquillity: Atoma
Nov 11 – In Flames: Battles
Nov 18 – Metallica: Hardwired…To Self-Destruct
Nov 18 – Lamb Of God: The Duke
Nov 23 – Alcest @ Pustervikbaren
Nov 25 – Einherjer: Dragons Of The North XX
Nov 25 – Witchery: In His Infernal Majesty’s Service
Nov 29 – Anne Rice: Prince Lestat & The Realms Of Atlantis
Nov 29 – Final Fantasy XV
Nov 30 – Vikings (Season 4 – pt 2)
Dec 16 – Amon Amarth @ Lisebergshallen
Jan 01 – Sherlock (Season 4)
Jan 15 – Homeland (Season 6)
Jan 24 – Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
Feb ?? – Overkill: The Grinding Wheel
Mar ?? – Nintendo Switch
May 04 – J.R.R. Tolkien: Beren and LĂșthien
Autumn – Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2 – YES!

Posted in Blog, Games with tags on October 18, 2016 by slateman

tmp_7224-actual_1476708723-552440093It was my Game of the Year in 2010. It was exactly what I didn’t know I wanted in life (kinda like Einherjer’s Album of the Year in 2014!) While the open-world sandbox of the late 19th-century west was interesting and compelling, it was Rockstar’s writing and the impeccable voice acting that made it such a remarkable landmark in gaming’s last generation. I’ve already lobbied for a remaster but here we are… A year before a long-gestating and sure-to-be massive launch. Red Dead Redemption 2!

I expect this to be almost GTAV in its scope. It’ll contain both a deep and entertaining single-player campaign with a robust and never-ending online component. And while my interest in the latter is essentially null, if RDR is anything to go by, I look forward to getting lost, getting sidetracked, losing hours gazing over the horizon of the barren western countryside. It’s beautiful in its simplicity and joyous in its diversity. I’m crossing my fingers it lives up to the standard of the second game of the series. A year to wait sure does suck, but with the developer’s reputation, we have a lot to look forward to.

Platinums #18 & 19 – Same Day!

Posted in Blog, Games on October 7, 2016 by slateman

double-platinumThe magic should be waning. 19 platinum trophies is a lot but I can still recite the situations in which I secured each. Being that I forgot to pack any games for my Euro move, I’m stuck with the one disc I have for the PS4 (Far Cry Primal). While the Vita is mostly digital, I have one physical game (Zero Time Dilemma). I chugged through each and found myself in a curious situation! One trophy remained on each! So, naturally I tried to platinum two games in one day! ZTD was by no means a difficult game, but like platinuming (is that a verb?) its predecessor, the final hours were fun as the twisted story unfolded. Platinum it was!

Next up was FCP, also not a difficult title in itself. There were few Get 100% of Everything trophies. So, after hunting down some final missions, the platinum popped for that one too!

Edit: Edited
The pic to the left would normally be edited. However, sans a computer am I, and doing everything via café WiFi, such as I am doing this instant, is cumbersome and quite restricting! Best not complain, as I truly do not go without. Nor does anyone with the capability to double platinum on a cool Monday in Europe!