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Almost Human

I only just now got around to watching the last 3 episodes of Almost Human, and it got me sad that it got cancelled. It never turned into something that was truly great – it was really missing a strong overarching storyline – but it had some great characters and I loved the setting, and how it handled the tech. Considering how Fringe got so damn good only from its second season, I feel like the same could have happened with this, if it had been given a chance. Oh well.

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Under the Dome

I wasn’t particularly wowed by Under the Dome when it debuted last year, and didn’t watch past the first couple of episodes. They added it to Hulu JP this summer though, and so I ended up watching it with my wife, and didn’t find it all that bad. They’re also airing new episodes from the second season, weekly, so we’ve continued watching. There are some fun moments, but you can’t help think that they’re just stringing us along on a journey that no longer has a definite endpoint or answer.

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Deadly Class

Last night was all about taking in some of Rick Remender’s creator-owned work, and after getting sucked into Black Science, I then plowed through Deadly Class, which I enjoyed just as much. I love how it combines a realistic down-and-out (and inspired by his own life) background for the characters, tacked on top of an over-the-top setting of a school of assassins. Great stuff, and I can’t wait for the next set of issues to come out (starting in September).

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Black Science

I know I’m late to the party on this (there are now 7 issues out), but wow, I think this is my new favorite comic series. It’s astounding how fun a read this is, with some of the best and craziest cliffhangers I’ve seen, and constant surprises/twists in terms of where things are going – and that’s through only 7 issues! The art style really suits the sci-fi/fantasy environments too. I blew through the current issues in one go, and now am desperately waiting for the next one to come out.

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2

I didn’t like this much. I’m trying to figure out what it is that I really didn’t like about it, and I think it’s just a combination of things. The story is uninteresting, Green Goblin looks ridiculous, Electro gets out of jail and suddenly has a uniform with logo… The worse though is that there’s nothing I find more boring than family/romantic drama in a superhero flick. Who the fuck cares? The only bit I did like was at the very end, and that gets cut too quickly! Oh, and another realization: Spider-Man’s quips may work in comics, but in a movie, it comes off as cheesy and creepy.

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Joe Dever’s Lone Wolf

This iOS version of the the classic Lone Wolf choose-your-own-adventure books has been out for a while, but with today’s release of episode 3 (there will be 4 in all) they’ve made the first episode free, which was enough to tempt me to try it. I do have a lot of love for the original books, having read/played them in French back in the day. Just like the fantastic Sworcery! apps, this is an incredibly slick upgrade, and feels even more like a game than the Sworcery! apps (which were made by a different developer). Having played through the first 2 chapters, I gotta say I’ve been sucked in, and I imagine I’ll be buying all of the other episodes. The presentation is really well done (beautiful on iPad), and although I was a bit worried about the combat system when I was reading about the game – it’s much more involved than you would expect from a choose-your-own-adventure book – so far it’s quite fun.

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Metrico

The visuals on this game are really fantastic – it really does come off as a series of infographics come to life. It’s a puzzle platformer, with your interaction with the environment displayed through percentages and axises that you influence by moving/jumping around. I’ve only played through a few levels so far – on Vita – but I’ve had a pretty good time with it, although I wonder how things will stay fresh (in terms of gameplay) as you move forward. 

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Fez

I want to play it on PS4 too, but so far I’ve been playing it on Vita, and wow, what a great game to have on a portable. I can’t remember how it compares graphically to the 360 version, but the pixel graphics are so nice and crisp on the Vita screen. 

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Proteus

I’m finally playing this, on Vita, and it does indeed make for an interesting experience. I’m not sure if the Vita version offers anything different from playing it on other platforms, but the one thing I wish I could do is experience Aliceffekt’s Purgateus, a mod that you can only install on the PC/Mac version. I haven’t seen that much variety in the terrain so far, but I do plan on exploring more.

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Dragon’s Crown

I still think that Sorceress character is embarrassingly ridiculous, but I’m sure having a good time playing this on Vita. I really do love the art style – as I do with all Vanillaware games – and it just feels like the perfect thing to be playing on a portable. I’ve played a couple of hours so far, using the archer, and I’m having a blast playing through the quests, unlocking new sections in the city, and slowly levelling up. Sure, the gameplay amounts to Golden Axe-like, but with more variety in your actions and abilities, and there does seem to be a lot that you can upgrade.