Game Review: BioShock Infinite – Burial at Sea Episode 2

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WARNING: This review contains massive spoilers. You have been warned.

For those who’ve kept up with the BioShock universe, every installment is a vicious cycle of character torment. And now, the series comes full circle! The last chapter in the wibbly-wobbly series of BioShock is finished. The gaps have (for the most part) been filled and the two settings have truly united. And now, we’re making our final stops to Columbia and Rapture. The party may be over, but let’s take one final journey below the sea! This time, we navigate Rapture as Elizabeth during the prologue of the Rapture Civil War.

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From The Vaults: Horror Show (Iced Earth)

Enjoy another review from the Vaults

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In 2001, Power/Thrash Metal band Iced Earth decided to release another entry in their series of concept albums.  This one might be considered their best effort (until Dystopia was released)

I won’t deny that I love Iced Earth, despite my mixed feelings towards the head of the band.  Bias aside, Horror Show is a pretty solid album.  The CD ranges from some softer, more ballad influenced tracks to rock solid thrashing tracks!

Speaking of the thrashier side of the album, what better way to start than talking about the opener, “WOLF”.  Of course, this track is an homage to werewolves and more so the classic “Wolf Man” story.  The riff are solid and intense, just as Barlow’s vocals really shine in this track.  Not to mention, the drumming by Christy adds to the intensity, making the track sound like a run for one’s life.

Damien stays true to that warped, demonic Iced Earth spirit.  And in that spirit, we’re presented with a diabolic nine minute epic.  We start with some weird, eerie intro and then the listener is immediately smacked by heavy riffs to make the faithful flee in terror.

The tracks Dracula and Phantom Opera Ghost really strike a chord (no pun intended) for trying something really different.  This shows that power metal angle really playing out.  The ballad like structure, melodic vocals, and epic incorporation of vocalist Yunhui Percifield.

Most of the other songs stick to Iced Earth’s triple style riff formula.  Is that a bad thing?  Not at all!  The tracks Jack, Im-Ho-Tep, Dragon’s Child, Frankenstein, and Jekyll & Hyde are just fine.  In fact, while not as good as the above mentioned, are still mad fun on their own.

Overall, HORROR SHOW is a great addition to anyone’s heavy metal library or even a collection of tunes for Halloween and beyond.  Stay tuned for a review of their sequel to this album, DYSTOPIA!

8.5/10

Some words of welcome and my general game plan

For those who’ve followed my on Tumblr previously, welcome!  Needless to say, I’ve become rather tired of that website.  The experience has been exhausting and disappointing, to say the least.  That said, I’ll still post on my Tumblr blogs, but if I can help it, I’ll make this page my focus. I won’t delete my old blog, and I’ll probably start cross-posting to there. And if I get the income, I’ll probably upgrade this page and truly keep it as my main priority, making it as professional as possible.

That said, I plan on using this blog primarily for honing my skills in reviewing. Needless to say, after exploring this site for a bit, I feel like I’m going up against the big leagues. While intimidating, I’m certainly up for the challenge! Now, as for a schedule, I plan on posting content “from the vaults” mid-week and new content at the end of the week. After I’m finished with “The Vaults”, I’ll see what else I can dig up and post.

Also, I’m considering a separate blog dedicated to my roleplaying game stuff as well. While I’ll review and talk about roleplaying games on this blog occasionally, that’s not my focus. Campaigns and homebrew will probably appear on another one.

Anyway, here’s to hoping this fresh start will turn out to be another step towards something good in the future.

Cheers!

EDIT: I’ll probably become more active once I find out how to operate this site. It didn’t take me too long to figure out Tumblr, I’m sure I can handle this.