Tobias Sammet’s Avantasia: a rock opera phenomenon of epic proportions, an act that combines theatrical composition and finesse with the energy of rock and metal, all wrapped together by the talent of a plethora of vocalists and musicians. Every time Tobias Sammet releases an album, you know you’re in for something big, but just how big is his newest release, which is self-described as the most “adorned and detailed album we’ve ever produced”? Moreover, does it succeed at creating great music and memorable moments?
Fallout 76 is an interesting beast. The first online entry from a strictly single-player RPG franchise, yet much more of a traditional roleplaying game in the vein of old school tabletop RPGs like Dungeons & Dragons. It has elements of modern online first-person shooters such as the Destiny franchise but also elements from survival games like DayZ. It has that attention to detail, the environmental storytelling and subtextual implication present in all of Bethesda’s previous games but it lacks any human NPCs. All of this is tied together with a distinct ambiance that screams “Fallout” in ways that hearken back to the older games, from Fallout 3 all the way to the first game… but it’s not only an interesting beast, it’s a different one. With a game so drastically different from the games fans know and love, Fallout 76 was bound to raise some questions and concerns, even for myself as a long-term fan of Bethesda. They promised us a game that, while different from their normal games, would still feel like their other games at its core. So, did Bethesda succeed in creating another masterpiece as they’ve done so many times in the past?
The Star Wars prequels have received a large amount of hate throughout the years, though most of that hate seems to have been transferred to the sequels now. It’s the unfortunate “Star Wars curse”: the new films are always hated on until about a decade later. That being said, the prequels did have some flaws that made the story feel a little disconnected overall and as a result, the otherwise epic tale presented in the prequels can feel almost as though it was epic for the sake of being epic. Star Wars: Darth Plagueis fixes a lot of these issues by not only adding context, but also by tying the prequel and original trilogies together into one story, one grand scheme by a brilliant Sith Lord.
The Elder Scrolls. With one mention of the name, many will immediately think, “Oh yeah, Skyrim is great.” or “I love The Elder Scrolls Online.” but I’ve found that there are still a lot of people who have not played the earlier games. There are even fewer who have actually played every game in the series (including the 90s spinoffs, Redguard and Battlespire). Some call me a Bethesda fanboy but in this post, I hope to lay out why this series is so special and why it, next to Star Wars, is my favorite entertainment franchise of all time.
In The Legends of Luke Skywalker by Ken Liu, we hear new tales about the famous protagonist of the original Star Wars trilogy, told from that ‘around the campfire’ word-of-mouth perspective that fueled so much folklore and urban legends in our real world. Since Disney purchased Star Wars, we’ve all been wondering what our favorite heroes were up to in between the movies. This book fills in some of the gaps but does it do justice to the greatest hero in the history of fiction?
Lauren Daigle is an up and coming musician who has unashamedly shared her Christian faith among secular audiences and outlets. However, she has come under fire recently due to comments she made about homosexuality. When asked about it, she stated that she’s not God and can’t speak one way or the other on the topic which has given rise to countless Christian media sources going after her for her comments. Is this the response we should have or are we missing the point altogether?