I recently finished the game Need for Speed Payback. Well, “finished” may not be the exact word I’m fumbling for here. I’ve completed the story portion of the game. I am nowhere near finished with all of the activities, whether it’s earning all stars on every jump and speed trap or collecting parts to rebuild […]Read more "Need for Speed Payback — a video game review"
This is a review of the trade paperback collection of the Dark Horse comic book Mass Effect: Discovery, issues #1 – 4. My worst-kept secret is that the Mass Effect series of video games by Bioware is my favorite game franchise of all-time. Even more so than Insomniac Games’ Spider-Man (which I loved, although it’s […]Read more "Mass Effect: Discovery (Dark Horse), by John Dombrow, Jeremy Barlow, Gabriel Guzman & Michael Atiyeh — a comic book review"
As Season 8 of Supernatural ended, Metatron (Curtis Armstrong) had committed the ultimate betrayal and expelled all of the angels from Heaven. They all fell to Earth like meteorites, on fire and losing their wings. Castiel (Misha Collins) lost his wings as well, and Metatron stole his angelic grace from him, turning him into a […]Read more "Supernatural: Season 9 — a review"
This novel is the third media tie-in novel to Bioware’s fourth Mass Effect video game, Mass Effect Andromeda. The game itself received mixed reviews. I liked it a lot. Not as much as Mass Effect 2, certainly, but easily on a par with Mass Effect 3. Of the three ME Andromeda novels, this was […]Read more "Mass Effect Andromeda: Annihilation, by Catherynne M. Valente — a book review"
If you’re already a fan of Insomniac Games’ masterful Spider-Man video game for PlayStation 4, I don’t have to sell you the three-part downloadable addon known collectively as “The City that Never Sleeps.” Everything that you liked about the campaign in the main game—it’s in there. The inverse is also probably true. If there […]Read more "Spider-Man: “The City that Never Sleeps” DLC — a video game review"
It’s time for our thrice-yearly report here at FirewaterCo. Several years ago, I adopted as my personal philosophy the bit of stolen wisdom that—as the above epigram states—happiness is looking forward to something. (I also stole “Every day is a good day,” a powerful zen koan, from my brother-in-law, who sold mobile homes before he […]Read more "Looking Forward (June 2019 Update) — If It Makes You Happy . . ."
I earned my fourth platinum trophy on the PS4, finishing up Insomniac Games’ Spider-Man video game. I didn’t get the platinum by accident. I had to grind away at the game for a very long time. In the end, in order to earn enough Challenge tokens to buy all of the Spider-Man suits, I had […]Read more "Spider-Man — a video game review (Platinum Trophy #4)"