The GeeksverseThe Week In Troy #13.02

The Week In Troy #13.02
Published on Saturday, January 12, 2013 by

The 2nd week of 2013 and the talk turns to Avengers Alliance, The Bourne Legacy and a new book, Shara And The Haunted Village.

I’ve been playing Avengers Alliance on Facebook. It’s simple turn-based combat, it’s straight forward, not much to it, lot of repitition, but it’s fun. To an extent.

I completely understand that games need to have some limitations, thats what keeps you coming back over and over to play, that you still need to accomplish some goals. Having continuous quests helps that, there’s always something to do. So they put in limits, things like energy, needing to collect items to advance, etc.. I also understand the social aspect of the game, allying with friends to have them send you items and you send them items.

What I don’t like is where you’re prevented from getting those goals because of those same restrictions. Recently, and it just ended, was a month (or so) long special mission with the ultimate reward being unlocking Valkyrie as a playable character. I love Val. One of my favorite characters. So I was pysched to be able to unlock her. The special mission requires unstable iso (a game item) to play. You need it to enter combat. The only way to get it was from friends and enemy drops. Could also get it randomly through the chance generator, but that was uhm.. chancey…

So what happened? I didn’t run out of time, I ran out of unstable iso. This is where the restrictions annoy me. I don’t think necessary items to play the game should be required as gifts from friends. I like that I can get health kits and other items from friends. Thats how it should be done. But an item required to play? Without the iso I couldn’t do the missions to complete the tasks and unlock Valkyrie.

Which then completely ruins the game and takes away the fun.

I’m fine with getting gifts from friends. Energy, what is required for the normal missions, recharges and can get extra from friends. The unstable iso should have been handled the same way.

This one aspect has ruined the game for me. I haven’t had any desire to keep playing.

    Comics Read This Week:

Cobra #20, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #17, Thor: God of Thunder #3, Indestructible Hulk #2, Danger Girl/G.I. Joe #5, Justice League #15, Manhattan Projects #8, Hypernaturals #7, Cable And X-Force #3, Avengers Arena #3, Savage Dragon #184, G.I. Joe: ARAH #186

Uncanny X-Force #35
Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Rick Remender
Art by: Phil Noto

The end of Remender’s run. It was hit or miss for me. I liked parts, and there were parts I didn’t like. I liked that his arcs were long, but they were also had a lot of filler. I never liked Fantomex but creating three clones based on his three brains was pretty interesting. Also interesting that the Cluster brain was female. Hopefully the mutant-hunting sentinel brain doesn’t disappear into storyline limbo. This issue was a nice epilogue to the series. Probably my favorite issue of the series.

5 out of 5

Human Bomb #2
Published by: DC Comics
Written by: Justin Gray & Jimmy Palmiotti
Art by: Jerry Ordway

I know I said goodbye to the New 52, but like the books I’m sticking with (Wonder Woman, Earth 2) it seems like P&G’s Freedom Fighter mini-series exist in their own universe and it’s shaping up to be a good one. I like the way the Freedom Fighters are being introduced. We had The Ray first and that ended with him joining S.H.A.D.E. (quick note, this is how I know it’s a different universe, this is not Frankenstein’s S.H.A.D.E. of the New 52). At the end of Phantom Girl, she and Doll-Man joined up and now the Human Bomb is joining. Great way to introduce Earth X (or was it Earth S that the Freedom Fighters was on?).

4 out of 5

    What Else Happened:
    What I Read:
    Shara And The Haunted Forest

A couple months ago R.A. Salvatore recommended a book on his Facebook page. I finished up most of the back log of books I had, and also finally got a tablet, so decided to make this book my first eBook.

Shara And The Haunted Village by Jeffrey Getzin is really a novella, about 150 pages long. It takes place in a village in Bryanae, I think, which is apparently where all Getzin’s novels take place. I only know about the Bryanae thing because it says so on the cover, otherwise it’s never mentioned and the book could take place in almost any fantasy setting.

The story itself is very imaginative. There’s some fun to it and a good sense of adventure. The main character, Shara, isn’t your typical fantasy heroine, even though at first glance you think she’ll end up being one. She’s got the standard “poor girl goes on an adventure” origin. But where she ends up is different.

Shara, along with the other characters, is pretty interesting. Getzin’s main strength is in the plot and the characters. They are unique, interesting and pretty original. The overall story is pretty original and like I said, imaginative. Getzin’s names are pretty different as well.

As a one-off story it’s fun.

The biggest weakness was the dialogue. It’s stiff in parts, clunky in others, and some of the words take you out of the story. I don’t require my fantasy to create entirely new languages, but seeing “fuck” just doesn’t work for me in a fantasy setting.

Overall it was a good read and I’d recommend it.

    What I Watched:
    The Bourne Legacy

It finally came out in the Red Box. Now, a quick note. We (girlfriend and I) don’t go to the movies very often. Last movie we saw in the theatres was The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. The next movie planning on seeing will be in March, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, but might go and see Les Miserables. But after Joe, we won’t go again until the next Hobbit movie.

So yeah, we don’t go often, which means we wait for movies to come out in Red Box.

I liked The Bourne Legacy. I enjoyed Matt Damon as Jason Bourne, and think the did a really good job of integrating this story into the Bourne story. There were references to Bourne, and the havoc he caused directly resulted in the plot of this movie. It did a great job of setting up the world, having it make sense that there would be more like Bourne out there. It left off in a way that would allow Jeremy Renner’s character, Aaron Cross, to star in future movies or even have Matt Damon appear again.

Really good job of setting up the franchise to have Renner take over, Damon return, or even a new guy in the mix.

And Rachel Weisz looked as good as ever.

    And On The Toy Front:

Not much really. I’m refocusing my collection goals and wants and that means selling off a lot of what I have. On EBay now is the few Hasbro Marvel Legends and Diamond’s Marvel Select that I own. Next up will be the extra Minimates. I love all three lines. Great figures and wish I could collect them. I just don’t have the room and there are other things I want more. So have to draw the line somewhere.

Toy Fair is in about a month and sadly I won’t be going this year. Since started up the websites, over two years ago, I’ve gone twice. Toy Fair is a good time, but it’s not like a convention. The show is meant more for the retailers. The manufacturer’s show off their upcoming product. The media is there to help generate discussion and excitement.

Will only be able to make one convention this year and decided that Joecon in Indianapolis will be it.

And that’s what happened this week.

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