Destiny 2 game review

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So this is a review that has been a long time coming. I realize I am WAY late on it compared to other reviewers and critics, but I wanted to get my head fully wrapped around this game and log enough time playing and watching it to accurately give my assessment… Destiny 2, very obviously, is the the sequel to what I guess we will from here on out call “Destiny 1”. It starts out with the tower getting attacked and taken over. Not only that but the light is taken away from all the guardians making them mortals. We, as in the guardian we play, are important to the story because we are the only one that gets our light back and can’t die again. As far as story lines go, this one is top notch… except for the fact that this is an MMO and we are running around and playing with a bunch of other guardians that ALSO have their light back. But, whatever, I won’t get too hung up on that… To cut straight to the point on Destiny 2, I think that there is potention here but this release is over-all pretty bad so far. I love the fact that the world feels much more open and makes you actually explore the environment rather than simply fast traveling everywhere. Just in the way it feels I believe it represents a proper MMO better that way. I also like the fact that everything is much more customizable now, allowing shaders on everything. What I definitely like the most though is the fact that all gear is equal. No more stupid random roles after hours of grinding for a specific gun. If you want it to do different things just modify it! Now, on to the bad… This game STILL does not feel different enough to me. When I first started playing it I wasn’t blown away or in awe of anything new it offered. I simply felt like I was just playing Destiny again. In fact, I was more impressed when Rise of Iron came out! I kept playing it simply because it is Destiny 2 though and found myself feeling weak, a feeling I never once got in Destiny even when I was getting my ass handed to me. I no longer feel powerful, just like another guy and that’s not whet I want out of this. I want a challenge, but I want the challenge to make me feel god-like. Also, the endgame needs  a LOT of work, as it is completely unsatisfying… In conclusion I am quite disappointed by Destiny 2, but we are essentially in vanilla right now, and we have no idea how far this could go and how much it could add on. I have hope for that, and what they added in did make a better MMO experience, now the game and story itself just needs a bit of polishing!

Top 5 Bradley Cooper performances

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Turmoil game review

There is honestly not a lot I can say about this game… In Turmoil you control a season of oil digging and need to gather more oil than anyone else (NPC’s you are competing against). After every season you get your money and can upgrade different things to make it easier to get oil. Extremely easy, extremely straight forward, and surprisingly fun to play. I wouldn’t say this game has any replay value since you can beat it in eight hours, but if you are a sucker for resource management like I am than it will be a nice little way to spend five dollars and entertain yourself for the rest of the day.

An Interview with Paul W. West (Author of Bridgetown High)

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Paul West is a freelance writer and novelist. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Paul claims to be a “Prune Picker,” though he now makes his home in Taylorsville, Utah.

The rustic San Francisco Bay Area countryside, the quaint small town in which he grew up, and the colorful people who once lived there, have all teamed to fertilize his ever-churning mind with stories that are yearning to be told.

From his earliest days in high school, his English teachers saw some raw writing ability in him, both for fiction and non-fiction, and urged him to pursue his dream of being a writer. In college his creative writing professors also encouraged him to mold his ability into a talent.

After settling on a career as an environmental biologist, where he’s written numerous technical publications, the stories swarming through his mind kept crying to get out. So Paul began writing fiction, but only as a hobby at first. He has recently finished his first novel,Bridgetown High, and is working on his second. Paul intends to keep letting his stories out through future novels.

Most importantly, why don’t you tell me a bit about yourself?

Originally I’m from a small town in Northern California called Port Costa. I attended the small, 3-room, grammar school there until the ninth grade, when I went to the much larger high school (John Swett High School) in the neighbouring town of Crockett.
After graduation, I attended Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, California until the Vietnam war made me enlist with the U.S. Air Force. I served in the AF for nearly 4 years and spent most of that time in Germany. After discharge, I attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah where I met and married my wife.

I graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Range Science and a minor in Wildlife Biology. I
worked in Oregon for a short time, but now we make Taylorsville, Utah. We have four children, two and two, and 14 grandchildren.

What has your career as a writer been like?

Frustrating. My novel “Bridgetown High” has garnered several great reviews. Everyone who has read it has loved it. However, few people are aware of its existence. So, a lot of my spare time is spent marketing.

What do you aspire for the future of your career?

I would like to write more novel, many of which are currently swimming around in my head, including a sequel to “Bridgetown High.”

What are you working on at the minute?

A sequel to “Bridgetown High.”

What genre do you typically write and what draws you to it?

I love historic settings. I grew up near an old railroad terminal at the end of a railroad town, with historic buildings and houses. Even as a youth, my home town combined with the rustic San Francisco Bay Area countryside, and the colorful people who once lived there, all teamed to fertilize my ever-churning mind with fictional stories that are yearning to be told. From my earliest days in high school, my English teachers saw some raw writing ability in me, both for fiction and non-fiction, and urged me to pursue my dream of being a writer. In college, I had creative writing professors who also encouraged me to mold my ability into a talent.

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?

I got serious about being published several years ago when the idea for Bridgetown High
wouldn’t let me go. So, several years ago, I realized I could write during my lunch breaks and began penning some of the early scenes that did not become a part of my novel. Over the years, I’ve kept up with my writing regimen of writing for a half-hour a day until I finally finished and published BridgeTown High.

Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?

No. I just try to find a quiet half-hour and put pen to paper, or keyboard to computer.

For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?

I really do prefer paperbacks or hard back books, but I find a lot of my recent purchases have been for the electronic versions

Do you have any advice for young writers?

Yes. Come visit my blog on web site (www.paulwwest.com). I have been giving writing ideas and suggestions in my blog entries titled “Everyone Wants To Be An Author.”

What is your favorite book and why?

Oh, wow. There are so many. Aside from the Holy Scriptures, Jack London was my first mentor. I could name off numerous other authors I’ve tried to emulate including John Steinbeck, Harper Lee, Richard Paul Evans, Dean Hughes, James Mitchner, and many others.

Favorite movie adaptation from a book?

After I’ve read the book, I rarely go to see the movie adaptation. I really prefer to read the story. However, I enjoy a good WWII movie such as “The Longest Day.” I also love drama movies if it’s not over done. Even though the current TV shows are largely police, detective, etc., and are totally fake, I enjoy the personal dramas depicted in them anyway.

 

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Fifty Shades Darker movie review

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You want to know what makes me mad? This is actually a good story. If you lay down the bullet points for this movie, take out all the weird BDSM stuff, and don’t make it too over the top dramatic, it could be damn good. But, NOPE, they kept the weird (fake) BDSM stuff, roided the fuck out of the drama, slapped on some shitty writing and glazed over actors, and BAM! Released a shit storm of a movie that makes me angry to this day. You know I watched this months ago, forgot it even existed, and then saw it in my feed and was like, “Shit, I watched that didn’t I? I should probably review it.” This is the most forgettable piece of garbage film that ever came about. It makes twilight look like a god damn masterpiece in film making and love. I want them to cast Kristen Stewart in the next one to add a little emotion to this movie. I want Michael Bay to direct it, add in some some explosions to grab my attention and then M Night to come in a and throw me for a loop so I don’t want to claw my eyes out watching a couple more of these… Yes, I realize I haven’t told you anything about the actual movie… The main chick who’s name is dumb is getting followed by one of the rich guys old flings and realizes he has a type. Also at some point in this they get back together and have a normal relationship which the girl thinks he doesn’t want. There is some turmoil with a different fling of his who is trying to break them up, and also a helicopter crashes. Didn’t follow any of that? Who gives a shit, this movie is trash.

Top 5 Adam Sandler performances

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Patriots Day movie review

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I’m a sucker for biopics. You tell me something is based on a true story and I’ll watch the hell out of it. Patriots Day was quite a surreal experience for me, and probably many other as well though. I was born in 1996 and don’t remember the tragedy of 9/11. There are a lot of people my age that do, but I do not. When the Boston Marathon Bombing happened I was sixteen years old. I was attending college at the time and remember watching not only the bombing itself, but the manhunt that happened afterwords… Making a movie such as this one is a difficult balancing act. When making a movie about a national tragedy you have to be respectful and truthful to the experience and the people in it. But, you also have to make an interesting and entertaining film. Patriots Day decided to also take on another ordeal and follow multiple stories and characters. Patriots Day follows Sergeant Tommy Saunders, played by Mark Wahlberg as our main character. Tommy was on the scene of the Boston marathon and there every step of the way. But, we also follow three or four other officers that play major roles in the eventual capture/deaths of the bombers as well as the Tsarnaev brothers themselves. I have to give a lot of respect to Alex Wolff as the younger of the bombing brothers. He did absolutely wonderful in this role, playing a difficult character and one that he knows is despised by an entire country. So good job to him… This movie may not be for everyone. It is gruesome, real, and difficult to watch at times. In my opinion though, that is what makes it so great.

 

Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer review

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First off, let me just point out what a beautiful poster that is and how well it resembles and portrays the trailer (and hopefully the movie as well). The use of so much red with a slight amount of blue. The dark with a speckle of light. The good coming through all the evil… Truly beautiful… Anyway, what a fucking awesome trailer, am I right? Whoever they have had making their trailers these last few years deserves another raise! This trailer asks so many more questions than I already had, and answers nothing. Does Kylo Ren kill Leia? Does Rey turn to the dark side? Does she turn to the dark side after Luke abandons her? Anakin was raised light and went dark, Kylo is raised dark so does he go light?… There is so much in the trailer that ignites the nostalgic nerd within me! The AT-AT’s, the Falcon, X wings, storm troopers, or even just the sound of a lightsaber give me goosebumps. But, beyond all that they are showing us more creatures, and technology, and more of this universe that already has generations of lore behind it… The Force Awakens was the resurgence of the Star Wars saga and I feel that this movie will be what revives the feeling the originals gave us all. What a powerful trailer.

 

The Shallows movie review

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Despite it’s less than impressive review scores pretty much everywhere, I was very impressed by The Shallows. The Shallows follows Nancy, played by Black Lively, as she is trapped only a couple hundred meters from shore with the looming threat of a shark in the waters surrounding the island she has found sanctuary upon. The reason I found myself so impressed by a movie that is, let’s be honest, incredibly simplistic, is that it is an hour and a half of basically one setting and one character. Blake Lively carries the weight of this movie on her shoulders well and makes you feel real terror on her behalf… I wouldn’t call this movie a horror film, not by a long shot, but the suspense is real. Every step of the way I was covering my face and breathing heavily, rooting for this poor girl… The best aspect of this movie is shortly followed by the worst however. While she is trapped on the island the tide rises (don’t worry, it’s not a spoiler) and causes her little island to disappear making her have to find new shelter, the ending is shortly after this and just horrendous. Other than that however it is a great one-time watch.

Top 5 Andy Samberg performances

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