“If I’m needed, I will always answer to call. No one is going to stop me from saving lives. I do what I do because I know it’s right.”
Amelia Rogers muse (daugther of captain America)
“why…” i look up, blood and tears clouding both my vision and my judgement.
“w-why…” i cry as my face twists in anguish. anguish that comes not from the cuts and bruises that litter my broken body, but from the tears that litter my heart. you stop, and turn slightly, but you don’t look at me. a look of melancholy crosses your face, but is quickly replaced by a stone expression. i stand up slowly and haphazardly, and hobble towards you, wiping at the grime and sweat staining my tear streaked face. but right before i reach you, my body collapses into the ash and dirt as i collapse into tears. head lowered in shame, a trembling hand reaches up to weakly grasp at your clothing. when i turn my red eyes to yours, i am met by a look of pure scorn and disgust. throwing all logic to the wind, i begin to speak.
“why… we were- i thought we were friends…” i take a deep, quaking breath, and quietly continue.
“i… i trusted you… s-so why?” my voice wobbles, but i hold steady. something flickers behind your eyes, something indescribable and almost unnoticeable. your expression steels once more, and you turn around sharply. my bloody fingers grasp at the last remnants of you, but you slip through my fingers. my hand drops to the ground. i don’t scream, i don’t cry, i don’t move. i only stare at your figure, disappearing into the clouds of heat and dust. your last words echo in my ears.
“you were wrong.”
I need to do this. This is the best thing I’ve seen.
“I like the way you die bounty.”
Loneliness of fact
To be seen into be
That we are of refrain
To the moon
So gently floating
That in to conspire
There is restriction
This movie was actually insane
Everhood is an RPG-rhythm game hybrid being produced by Foreign Gnomes, and is slated for a 2020 Q4 release. It follows the adventures of a wooden puppet (presumably named Red) in the Everhood, trying to get his arm back from a thief. Is this game worth taking a look at? Let’s see.
The game is light on story, since this is just a demo. While Red (who bears a striking resemblance to Geno from Super Mario RPG) is sleeping, a blue, gnome looking character steals one of his arms and runs of into the forest, leaving the puppet to give chase.
Navigation of the overworld is simple. You can move both cardinal and diagonally, and can even dash by double tapping. Saving your progress is done by talking to a street lamp. But the simple navigation is critical to letting you access the game’s battles. By god, THE BATTLES. There may only be 6 battles in the demo, but they’re some of the most enjoyable fights i’ve partaken in a while.
Battles take place on a 7x5 grid, in which movement is grid based. Red can move 1 space at a time, and can also jump to avoid the projectiles being sent by his assailant, whoever that may be, from a helpful frog to a snot-nosed club VIP. The best part about each fight is that they have their own song, to which the enemy attacks to the beat of with their own unique bullet hell. I don’t want to spoil the rest of the fights, but let it be known that the last fight of the demo is fucking phenomenal, but steer clear if you have epilepsy.
Looking at the game’s visuals consist of a gorgeous pixel style, conjuring thoughts of the SNES, but still vibrant enough to stand on its own. It gives off a blacklight neon feeling, akin to a DDR game. The animations of Red’s opponents and some of the backgrounds had my eyes glued while engaging in rigorous headbanging. Even the smaller overworld sprites pop out with an adorable energy.
Of course, a good rhythm game needs a good soundtrack, and Foreign Gnomes delivers. The soundtrack is a mix of hip-hop, electric, synth, and a tiny bit of metal every now and again. As mentioned earlier, each fight has it’s own song which matches both the character and their attacks. I can’t really articulate how it matches the attacks, but when you play the game, you’ll understand.
All in all, I highly recommend you check Everhood’s demo out. It’s a fun way to spend 30 minutes, and you’ve got nothing to lose by trying it out. You can expect me to buy this game as soon as possible, and I will sit here in my bedroom, eagerly awaiting the release of Everhood…
“..I thought you’d be bigger.”
I’m a big fan of the late, great Robert Ginty. My favorite Ginty Classics are Goldraiders, White Fire, Mission Kill and of course The Exterminator – one of the best vigilante movies of all time. Like Death Wish, The Exterminator deals with a one-man crusade to clean up the dark urban streets, but this movie is grittier and nastier than the Charles Bronson flick, which is probably the main reason why the critics hated the movie and also one of the reasons why it has such a big cult following. The movie begins in ‘Nam as we witness American soldier John Eastland (Ginty) and his squad captured and tortured by the Viet Cong. Eastland escapes - and cut to a few years later, Eastland realizes that there’s a new war with a new enemy to be fought in New York City when some psychotic street punks (attempting to steal beer) beat up his best friend (Steve James) with a metal garden claw.
Understandably pissed and clearly still dealing with the war trauma, he unpacks his souvenir weapons and tracks down the evil bad guys, which seems to awaken his male desires to smash and kill - so he starts going after other criminal dudes as well and killing the living crap out of anyone who gets in his way, dropping them in meat-grinders and stuff, and it’s up to Detective Dalton (Christopher George) to stop him. There’s some technical sloppiness here and there, but The Exterminator is well-directed by James Glickenhaus (the guy who made Blue Jean Cop and Jackie Chan’s The Protector). No flashy editing, just a gritty, manly action movie with lots of violence and imaginative ways of murdering guys, plus it has one of the most recognizable and best God damned covers/posters of all time; A man in a tinted motorcycle helmet brandishing a flamethrower. John Eastland is one of my favorite action heroes. Unlike many of the oiled up, tanned action guys from the 1980s, he didn’t need ripped pecs and he doesn’t look like an extra from a shampoo commercial. John Eastland could actually exist. He could be out there in real life somewhere, stomping the faces of criminals and kicking ass whenever he goes shopping or for a walk. Great film!
Release year: 1980
Director: James Glickenhaus
Stars: Robert Ginty, Steve James, Samantha Eggar, Christopher George