Game Review: The Wolf Among Us

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Release Date: October, 11th 2013

Platforms: Playstation 4, Xbox One, Android, Playstation 3, Xbox 360, Playstation Vita, Microsoft Windows, iOS, Macintosh Operating Systems

Rating: 10/10 (Steam), 4.3/5 (Google Play), 4.8/5 (itunes)

The Wolf Among Us is a graphic adventure game, played from a third-person perspective. The player controls protagonist Bigby Wolf, who must investigate the murder of a woman. Throughout the game, the player will explore various three-dimensional environments, such as apartment buildings and a bar. When exploring an environment, the player may find an object they can interact with; when this occurs, they must move a cursor over the object to select and examine it. Items of interest are stored in an inventory, and can be used later in the story. The player may also talk with non-player characters, and the conversations presented in the form of dialogue trees.The dialogue options chosen during conversations will either have a positive or negative affect on how other characters view Bigby, and their perceptions will influence future events in the story. Some scenes are more action-oriented, forcing the player to respond to a series of quick time event (QTE) prompts. The player is not required to complete every QTE prompt, and skipping certain prompts may affect future events in the story.

 

I’ve been trying to figure out the, I dunno, best way to ‘review’ the game. I love Telltale’s art style in general is so cool! I also like how the story is shaped so much around the choices you make as a player. I think it’s a game that could easily be played multiple times, however as much as the choices influence the story there is a limit to how much the story is influenced, obviously.

 

What did I like?

I really liked the art style, as I’ve said, and the story. I love how they took the concept of Fables and brought them into a world we’ll all recognize. Each of the characters are made to feel so real.

 

What did I dislike?

There wasn’t anything in particular I didn’t like. Maybe this will sound a bit nit-picky, but as much as the story was altered by particular choices – I feel like it wasn’t as much of an alteration as I would have expected or imagined.

 

Personal Rating: 4/5

 

I know it’s not a very in depth review, and I do apologize for not posting anything in over a month.

 

Until next time,

Warm hugs,

Morgenstern!

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Long Time No See…

Saturday, 25th February 2017

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything (almost an entire month). How did that happen? I’m sorry I haven’t been active here. I really just wanted to apologize in this post and make a resolution to try to post more often.

 

I have gotten a job (who’d have thunk, right?) haha! It’s a retail position and I’m still getting used to it. Adjusting to work has taken a while – but I’m getting there! I think there’s some form of stability beginning to occur.

 

In all seriousness, I am hoping in the coming days and weeks I shall form (and maintain) a stable routine for posts.

 

Until next time, warm hugs

Morgenstern!

The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

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Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both

And be one traveler, long I stood

And looked down one as far as I could

To where it bent in undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,

And having perhaps better claim,

Because it was grassy and wanted wear;

Though as for that the passing there

Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay

In leaves no step had trodden black.

Oh, I kept the first for another day!

Yet knowing how way leads on to way,

I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I –

I took the one less traveled by,

And that made all the difference.

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I think I heard this poem first when I was at a Speech and Drama class. But, for some reason – out of all the poems I’ve heard heard or read – this one stuck with me. I couldn’t ever pinpoint what or why, but it was fascinating. Over the last while the poem was on my mind as I tried to figure out what about this particular poem was so memorable. I can’t help but conclude that perhaps it’s because of the metaphorical nature of the poem as a whole.

The narrator, a young person comes across diverging paths, or a significant decision in their life. They take some time to ponder which path they should take and finally decide on the path he deems less traveled, the overgrown path that has not often been explored. After making his choice he wonders what the other path may have had in store for him and perhaps even laments for the lost opportunity, reckoning that once his choice had been made there would never be a chance for him to follow the first path.

I like to think that I remembered it because it’s so relatable. As though, I’m travelling through this wood too, taking certain paths and wondering what the other may have held if I had chosen it instead, or perhaps even regretting certain choices.

Until next time, warm hugs,

Morgenstern!

P.S: If you’ve any comments or thoughts on the poem, I’d love to hear in the comments below.

National Hug Day 2017!

Saturday, 21st January 2017

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So, yesterday I finished my first ever week of work! I was exhausted! Working in retail is not what I expected (my feet were so, so sore by the end of each day and Friday… well, I was lucky to be standing at the end of the day). There were some very real tears Friday night. This is a partial reason for why I’ve had no posts (the other is: I’m lazy. Soz!).

Today is National hug day 2017! I didn’t know it was a thing until the middle of the afternoon. A hug can brighten someones day, reduce stress and anxiety (and there are some noted health benefits). Hugs held for longer periods of time increase serotonin levels, thereby causing an improvement in mood. What better reason to hug someone, right? On this day that is a day in celebration of hugging we should spread some of this free hugs (perhaps not to random strangers though – might get awkward!)

Everyday should be a hug day!

Until next time, warm hugs,

Morgenstern!

New Skills: Music, Languages

Wednesday, 4th January 2017

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This year I wanted to take up an instrument. So, I’ve decided to start with the keyboard/piano. I already own a keyboard so I’m hoping to get that set up in the next few days and perhaps even look into taking lessons (that I’ll just learn from YouTube videos).

 

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I really believe that continuing to learn is very important after finishing school or college. So I want to make 2017 a year of learning for me. I haven’t decided what I’m going to do yet, though I have some ideas. I’ll be sure to be researching some courses in the coming days.

 

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I took German classes in school and I sucked at it. I think that if I didn’t have the pressure of pending exams that perhaps I’d have better luck learning German. So, we’ll see what happens.

 

Do you have any plans to take up any skills in 2017?

 

Until next time, warm hugs

Morgenstern!

Game Releases 2017

Tuesday, 3rd January 2017

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There are so many games to be released in 2017. I want to share the one’s I’m particularly excited about. So, without further ado, here are five games that I’m excited to play in 2017 (or whenever they’re released)

Uncharted 4: The Lost Legacy (Naughty Dog)

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Platform(s): PS4

Release Date: TBC 2017

I assume this is a product of Naughty Dog Productions. I don’t think this is quite a sequel and apparently it isn’t an expansion pack, but a stand alone experience. But this will follow whatever antics Chloe and Nadine Ross get themselves into. I enjoyed the Uncharted games (mostly) and I really look forward to playing this.

 

Outlast 2 (Red Barrels)

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Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC

Release Date: TBC 2017

I really enjoyed Outlast and the DLC, but I really hope this game isn’t too similar to the pervious games. In this game the playable character is Blake Langermann, a freelance cameraman and the game is set in a small town in Arizona. The demon would suggest that he and his wife are in the middle of an investigation when their plane goes down.

 

The Last of Us Part 2 (Naughty Dog)

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Platform(s): PS4

Release Date: TBC

I’ve literally no clue what to expect from this game and I shan’t be watching any trailers etc. until I’ve finished the first game. Also considering there is no date set, I don’t know for sure if it will actually be released in 2017 or not. However I am looking forward to it and I shall be keeping an eye out for the release date, I’ll try to post an update in comments when I obtain any news.

 

Crash Bandicoot Remastered

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Platform(s): PS4

Release Date: TBC 2017

Crash Bandicoot is a classic character. As a child I didn’t really play video games, but I do remember going to a cousins house from time to time as a child and playing Crash Bandicoot (and sucking at it). A remastered version for the PS4 should be such for and so nostalgic.

 

Death Stranding

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Platform(s): PS4

Release Date: TBC 2017/Unknown Release Date

I know very little about it but from the trailer it looks strange and fascinating. From what I know the game is an open world style action game for the PS4. It will star Norman Reedus and Mads Mikkelsen (hey, look Daryl and Hannibal… heh) and was recorded with motion capture… like Until Dawn. The game seems to draw a lot on life and death and I imagine some lines may get blurred along the way, there will be stealth.

 

Until next time, warm hugs,

Morgenstern

New Year! New You?

Sunday, 1st December 2017

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Happy New Year!!! Like most people I have decided on a set of New Years Resolutions. A lot of these are things I have been intending to do or have even tried in the past, but unsurprisingly I have failed and I never stopped to think why. The biggest reason I’ve failed is: I procrastinate… a lot (and I’m lazy). So, this year, I want to replace bad habits with some new, good habits. So, I think this year will be about learning good habits. Also, I want to learn some skills – take up a language, an instrument, read more books, perhaps even make some new friends, write more (and better) blog posts. Most of all I want to be able to travel. The way I see it, 2017 is the beginning of more years of progress and of learning.

Do you have anything you want to do this year? If there’s something you really want to do (as long as it isn’t harmful to you or anyone else) go for it. Grow that dream and chase it to infinity and beyond. Make it real!

I hope that 2017 is a far better year that 2016 and that it will be the beginning of many wonderful years to come. Life is what we make it. I hope I don’t sound preachy. Anyway, let the games begin! May the odds be ever in your favor! Haha!

Until next time, warm hugs,

Morgenstern!

Christmas Greetings!

Sunday, 25th December 2016

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Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! Happy morning/day/night! I’m so glad to be here to share in this day. Whether or not Christmas is something you celebrate I hope today,  is a wonderful day, a day to live and be happy. For a lot of people Christmas day is a day of celebration, of excessive amounts of food and exchanging gifts.

 

In my home, Christmas dinner has been eaten. Admittedly, I enjoyed it. It was a chance to sit down with my parents and my brother and eat and talk and just be together – as a family. It really felt like an enjoyable family dinner. We even watched Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone and Singin’ in the Rain. It was awesome!

 

I have one question for you: do you have any family traditions for Christmas day? How do you spend Christmas day? I’d love to hear. I don’t have anything particularly interesting my family just go to church, have dinner and watch movies… I’m such an interesting person.

 

The real point of this blog post is to wish you a good day in whatever way you spend it and whoever you may be spending it with. Have fun, enjoy yourselves and be safe.

 

Until next time, warm hugs,

Morgenstern!

 

P.S. This post sounded so much better in my head.

Movie Review: Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them

Wednesday, 14th December 2016

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Yesterday, I went to see Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them with a friend. Overall, I enjoyed the movie. There may be a few minor spoilors but I shall endeviour to keep this as spoiler free. I mean, for anyone who might not have seen the movie yet. (Has anyone not watched it yet?)

 

I’m gonna start with the positives: it looked spectacular, the cinematography was so cool! The creatures in it looked great. One thing I particularly like about the world of Harry Potter is the creativity that went in to building it and making it real and enjoyable. I thought the cast was fantastic and there were so many amazing moments in the movie.

 

However, the movie wasn’t without it’s flaws: the overall plot of the story wasn’t particularly interesting and I felt like it lacked in mystery and quite often in context. A lot of things were mentioned fleetingly and weren’t given much context or explanation. Perhaps to fully follow the book you’d need to be fairly familiar with the book on which the movie is based – I haven’t read it, so I don’t know if that has any baring on anything. I also found certain characters weren’t particularly memorable – names at least. I think I spent a little too much time trying to remember character names *cough cough* Credence *cough cough* everyone except Newt *cough* … I may have looked that up… heh…

 

Personal Rating: 3/5

 

Until next time, warm hugs

Morgenstern!

Favourite Movies for Christmas Time!

Monday, 12th December 2016

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Like a lot of people I have a number of movies I love watching around Christmas Time. Movies that never get old. So, here’s a list of great movies to watch at Christmas!

Miracle on 34th Street

This movie is a Christmas classic and I watch it every year (never get’s old). In the 1947 version a nice old man who claims to be Santa Claus is declared insane and is institutionalized. A young lawyer then decides to defend him and prove he is really Santa Claus.

In the 1994 version a case is taken against a Kris Kringle. His lawyer, with the help of a little girl, aims to prove he really is Santa Claus.

Just… go watch them. You need to.

Home Alone & Home Alone: Lost in New York

Both movies stat Maccauley Kulkin as Kevin McCallister. Yes, I know there are two more movies after this – but I don’t think they’re as good as these first two. Home Alone starts with Kevin’s family accidentally leaving Kevin at home alone, only to realize on the fight to France. Whilst alone he realizes a pair of thieves are trying to steal from his home and he vows to protect it. He outwits the pair of bandits and gets them arrested.

Home Alone 2, Kevin get’s on the wrong plane and ends up in New York instead of Florida (Ooops). Through the movie Kevin navigates New York alone and again he outwits the ‘Wet Bandits’ and once again he is reunited with his family. (I am super excited to watch these movies).

The Santa Clause Movies

I really enjoy watching these movies because they’re so fun. In The Santa Clause, Scott Calvin (Tim Allen) is a toy developer(?) with a large company and on Christmas eve he and his son find Santa Claus on the roof of his house, he falls off and vanishes. Scott puts on the suit and from there becomes Santa, in the year following he goes through drastic changes and truly becomes Santa Claus.

The Santa Claus 2, Scott has been Santa for a while now and he seems genuinely happy with what he’s doing, however and second Clause to being Santa is that he needs to find a wife – quick! – or he’ll stop being Santa.

The Santa Clause 3 deals with his fears and may even regrets as Santa Claus – his wife is pregnant, he’s very busy coming up to Christmas and Jack Frost is seeking what he feels are is dues. This become very, very crazy!

Santa Claus: The Movie

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This is legitimately one of my favorite ever Christmas movies. This movie is about a man, named Claus – who delivers toys in his local, who becomes the iconic Santa Claus. He works with his elves for years before a disgruntled Patch leaves for a ‘modern day’ (1985) New York. In New York in gets a j0b with a failing toy company run by a man who is up to no good. Christmas is put at risk and Patch, Santa and two children work together to save Christmas.

The Sound of Music

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I love this movie. It may not specifically be a Christmas movie, but I like watching it around the Christmas period.

The Sound of music is set during World War II in Austria. Maria (Julie Andrews) is the main character and is preparing to spend her life as a nun. But the Mother Superior feels that being a nun is not Maria’s calling and chooses to send her to the VonTrapp family where she will act as a sort of nanny to them. Over the course of the movie, everything changes for Maria and she ends up marrying Baron VonTrapp, singing in a competition with her new family and fleeing from the Nazis.

The Wizard of Oz

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I love this movie! So much! I know it’s not a Christmas themed movie and much of the look of it isn’t spectacular by contemporary standards but it has a lot of charm to it. I like watching it at any time of year, but especially at Christmas. I haven’t watched it in ages, I need to watch it again soon.

The movie is based on a book and it’s about a girl, called Dorothy (Judy Garland) and her dog Toto. The pair get transported by tornado to Oz and they head to the emerald city to find the wizard. Along they way they a cowardly lion, a heardless Tin Man and a brainless scarecrow and a wicked witch and she has the adventure of her life.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

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Again, not a particularly Christmas-y movie, but I love it. It’s so charming and beautiful. The music is great, the cast is great. It’s so cool! And Dick Van Dyke! Need I say much more?

Caractacus Potts is an eccentric professor/inventor and father of two children Jeremy and Jemima. One day he invents an amazing car they call Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, because that’s what it sounds like. One day, while having a picnic on the beach,  Caractacus spins a tale of an inventor, his girlfriend, his children and their epic adventure in Vulgaria.

The Polar Express

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This movie is so good, I love it! I think it’s a great Christmas movie and I look forward to watching it every year. It’s a great story of childhood and bravery and I highly recommend it.

The Polar Express is a train that takes children to the North Pole on Christmas Eve to meet Santa and see him take off for his night of delivering gifts to children around the world. A boy who doubts gets the opportunity to ride the Polar Express to see Santa, but he’s hesitant – the adventure that unfolds is something he could never have imagined.

Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory

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I love this movie. It is a spectacular telling of Rohld Dahls tale. When Willy Wonka decides to invite 5 children into his factory for a tour by 5 Golden Tickets hidden in Wonka Chocolate Bars people go crazy for them and 5 very different, very lucky children find the tickets: Augustus Gloop, Veruca Salt, Mike Teevee, Violet Beauregard & Charlie Bucket. One of these children will win a special prize – the factory, but that child has to prove worthy. Needless to say, they are in for the tour of their lives.

Mary Poppins

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I love this movie! So much! Again not Christmas-y and I love watching it any time of year. I really enjoy it at Christmas though.

George Banks (David Tomlinson) is a wealthy bank worker who is used to a certain type of life. But with the resignation of his children’s nanny and the hiring of Mary Poppins (Julie Andrews) his whole life is turned upside down and changed for the better. With their new nanny Jane (Karen Dotrice) and Michael Banks (Matthew Garber), and with Bert (Dick Van Dyke) they go on the adventure of a lifetime.