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Video Game Review: The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing (PC Only)

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The core concept originates from one of the protagonists in Bram Stoker’s Dracula, namely Van Helsing, the legendary vampire hunter, in this case set in a similar universe that resembles Europe in the 19th century, where monsters, magic and weird technology is real. Our protagonist is the son of the legendary Van Helsing who takes upon himself his father’s duties – a young man trained to slay monsters and rescue innocent souls, confident in his abilities as a hunter but still lacking the experience in using these abilities in real life.

Young Van Helsing is a gothic noir hero with a flair for the dramatic and Romantic gloom, who sees the world in black and white, taking everything a bit too seriously. He is the protagonist of his own grand tale, narrating his own adventures almost continuously.

And now he will face the most incredible adventure of his life, when the strange twist of fate brings him to the aid of the ancient and noble monsters of Borgovia threatened by a menace even more frightening than they ever could have imagined. Now the vampire lords and the werewolf clans need the greatest hunter of all times to fight the scientific nightmares appearing in their realm, created by a Frankenstein-like mad scientist who intends to give birth to a new age of enlightenment.

Van Helsing travels to Borgovia, to the kingdom on the very edge of the map, to the dark place where all legendary monsters used to roam. He will explore the snow-capped mountains and forests of the wilderness and walk the sprawling, gothic city of Borgovia, the town of black stones, marble spikes and gloomy courtyards where the helpless citizens need a new hero to free them from the nightmares of science.

I’m what you would call a “casual” girl gamer. I like to game but I don’t do it as a full time hobby (like reading). I do own quite a few games but I’m rather particular in my gaming habits. I prefer hack & slash (H&S) RPG games that allow me to point and click. I also prefer smaller scale RPG games vs MMOs/MMORPGs – I prefer to play single player at almost all times.
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Movie Review: Lucy

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From La Femme Nikita and The Professional to The Fifth Element, writer/director Luc Besson has created some of the toughest, most memorable female action heroes in cinematic history. Now, Besson directs Scarlett Johansson in Lucy, an action-thriller that tracks a woman accidentally caught in a dark deal who turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.

Lucy also stars Academy Award® winner Morgan Freeman and is produced by Virginie Besson-Silla for EuropaCorp. Universal Pictures will distribute the movie worldwide, except for France, Benelux and China.

3.5 stars – Entertaining.

Wow. Look at me, this is the third movie of the summer! I’ve never seen this many movies this quickly before. Both hubby and I wanted to see this one and I’m glad I did. Lucy is a fast moving, high action movie with a few laughs thrown in for good measure.

Lucy felt like a mixture of La Femme Nikita and Flowers for Algernon with a little bit of Lawnmower Man thrown in for good measure. I can’t quite put my finger on why Lucy reminds me of La Femme Nikita other than the director – Lucy does not fight or kill in the way the character from La Femme Nikita does.
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Review: The Umbrella Conspiracy (Resident Evil #1) by S.D. Perry

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Raccoon City: a remote mountain community suddenly besieged by a rash of grisly murders encroaching upon it from the surrounding forest. Bizarre reports start to spread, describing attacks from vicious creatures, some human…some not. Victims are apparently eaten.

At the epicenter of these deaths is a dark, secluded mansion belonging to the mysterious Umbrella Corporation. For years Umbrella has labored within the mansion, unwatched, ostensibly conducting benign genetic research.

Deployed to investigate the strange goings-on is the Special Tactics and Rescue Squad (S.T.A.R.S.), an unusual paramilitary response unit boasting an eclectic assortment of mission specialists: roguish Chris Redfield, former cat burglar Jill Valentine, dead-eye Barry Burton, and the enigmatic team leader, Albert Wesker. Together with the other S.T.A.R.S. operatives, they have good reason to believe they’re ready for anything.

But what unfolds as the S.T.A.R.S. penetrate the mansion’s long-locked doors is terror beyond their worst nightmares: creatures that defy the laws of life and death – the result of forbidden experiments gone disastrously wrong. Behind it all is a conspiracy so vast in its scope and so insidious in its agenda that the S.T.A.R.S. will be betrayed from within to ensure that the world never learns Umbrella’s secret. And if any survive…they may well come to envy those who do not.

Another Vacation Read

I’m not sure what to say about this book. I enjoyed it for what it was…I was entertained.

I have a bit of a thing for video game novelizations. I love the Diablo series (currently I’m waiting for the Diablo III expansion pack: Reaper of Souls to be released). I managed to pick up two of those novelizations and I enjoyed those as well.

I decided to pick this book up because I really enjoyed the Resident Evil movie (the first one, of course) and my husband and I have one of the games (don’t ask me which one). So I had some familiarity with the franchise but not very much.
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