Should you play Red Dead Redemption 2, if you haven’t already? Yes. Yes, you should. Okay, that’s the short version of my review of this game, which I played for the better part of a year before I deleted it from my PS4 to allow room for other games I wanted to play, like Far […]Read more "Red Dead Redemption 2 — a video game review"
This was platinum trophy #5 for me. That’s a humble brag. It took me seven months to earn this platinum trophy, and, I promise you, I won’t spend seven months on a video game that’s not worth the time. I earned this trophy mostly organically, but I had to refer to the internet for help […]Read more "Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey — a video game review (Platinum Trophy #5)"
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"
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 . . ."