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2018.05.15

Zoe’s Tale

The forth installment of the Old Man’s War series focus on the same events of the third book, The Last Colony. This time it uses the perspective of the little girl Zoe, the adopted daughter of John Perry and Jane Sagan.

She is quite brilliant and clever. As a teenager, she is experimenting love, fear and adventures for the first time.

And you might find that several important events from the previous book.

My Rating: 7
Goodreads: 3.74
2018.05.10

Last Colony

From the same universe of books of Old Man’s War, John Scalzi tells a story of a human colony in another planet. It’s a new colony, so mostly tells the hard conditions and situations that they have to face.

They are far from home. And contact with the former homes are prohibited. Most do not know why. Just focus on creating the initial conditions for a bigger and definitive immigration waves. Wild animals, inhospitable weather and lack of resources and technologies makes everything a very dire situation.

Last colony

You follow the story of John Perry, the same protagonist from the original novel. This story takes place many years after the events of the second book in the series, The Ghost Brigade. Perry and his wife Sagan are now trying to have a normal civilian life with their new daughter Zoe.

My Rating: 7
Goodreads: 4.05
2018.05.03

Peru 2018 – Inka

The Inkas (in fact, the people is called Quechua and Inka refers only to the king) is mysterious and fascinating civilization. Risen and fallen in matter of one century.

2018.05.02

Peru 2018 – Urban Architecture

Peru urban architecture is essentially Spanish colonial style.

2018.05.01

Azul

Portuguese tilings, Azulejos, in their full richness. Fascinating!

2018.05.01

Peru 2018 – Culture

Peru is, like Brazil, a cauldron of cultures and faiths.

2018.04.22

Deadlight

This small shot from the Mexican developer Tequila Works. A platformer, focused mainly on puzzle solving a bit of combat. It happens in the city of Seattle, during a zombie apocalypse. Zombies, platforming and puzzles.

Deadlight

The visuals are great. Very detailed environments and characters. The animations between stages are very well produced. It’s probably the highest point of the game. Since the very first moments I was impressed by it.

The story is bad. Lots of cliché situations and setups. Among the several problems, are:

  1. Inefficient mystery: During the whole game, the protagonist have memory flashbacks. They give glimpses of what happen. But never enough to neither clarify what’s going on or to increase the tension. It feels that it’s a bunch of disconnected facts about the past.
Deadlight
  1. Really bad character development: despite your main character, the whole cast of characters are either boring or annoying. Or both. The character from the sewers excels in both categories.

The tension of the gameplay is valid. It’s real. The zombies offer enough challenge. It’s not like the running kind from Left for Dead nor the super slow and easy to avoid from Alone in the Dark

Deadlight
The infamous sewers level

I feel that if Tequila Works invested in a second game, it would be much more refined in the storytelling department. It falls short on its potential.

My Rating: 6
Metacritic: 78
2018.04.05

Peru 2018 – Landscapes

Peru have a varied set of landscapes. Plain deserts, Andine mountains, jungles, lakes.

2018.04.05

Portugal 2018 – Food

And there was the food! Oh… the food. Portuguese cuisine is lovely. Pastel de Nata, pork, seafood and Wine.

2018.04.05

Portugal 2018 – Selfies

There is no trip if some of the photos are about ourselves. I personally don’t like to take photos focusing on me. And it shows… 😛