In a timed exclusive with the creator of the show, The Scarlet Derby Plays comes to Real Otaku Gamer. This is a new series from my good friend Mike Cervantes. This is a very entertaining show. We are glad to showcase the show on Real Otaku Gamer.
I have never been a fan of home invasion thrillers, not one bit quite frankly. The whole cat and mouse aspect is played out for me and in my opinion the best stories have already been told, manipulated, and told again… or so I thought. Roughly ten minutes into Hush and my chest is already tight and it will remain so for the duration of this brilliantly intense flick.
Conceived over dinner, Hush is the brainchild of husband and wife writing team, director Mike Flanagan (Oculus, Absentia) and leading lady Katie Siegel (Oculus). Siegel shines as Maddie Young, a deaf novelist who has retreated to the calming seclusion of the woods in hopes of finishing her latest book. Not entirely isolated, plucky neighbor Sara (Samantha Sloyan) pops in for a visit, giving insight as to the inner workings of Maddie’s mind and providing us with a large amount of the film’s mere fifteen minutes of dialogue. Sara’s next appearance is nothing short of nerve-racking when our unnamed killer played by John Gallagher Jr. (The West Wing, 10 Cloverfield Lane) brutally steps into the scene. A quick chat with her sister Max (Emma Graves) via FaceTime further connects us to Maddie and distracts her just long enough for the killer to begin his unnerving game of terror. The killer seems almost invigorated by his curiosity of Maddie, her handicap after all, allows him to employ new methods of psychological torture. Neighbor John (Michael Trucco) enters the story only to provide a sense of false hope to the naive. I feel inclined to note that there is a moment of irony here that I utterly and I suppose morbidly, appreciated. Maddie, despite her handicap or rather thanks to it, exhibits an incredible ability to adapt and displays a will to persevere that is so strong that I almost felt sorry for Gallagher’s character at points.
As expected in a film with such limited dialogue, the sound design plays an important role and Flanagan implements a few creative techniques here. The choice to apply ambient sounds in lieu of complete silence to capture Maddie’s perspective was not just ingenious but fluidly executed. The sound effects or lack thereof, do not distract from the visual storytelling but enhance it. There is no shortage of gore in Hush but it’s not overplayed either, the violence comes at a steady pace and is portrayed in a realistic manner. The plausibility of Hush is really what kept me enthralled. Gallagher captures the air of a killer wonderfully, there’s a twinkle in his eye, a curve of his lips that completely sells the killer’s passion for inducing fear. Siegel is a breath of fresh air in the role of female protagonist, a role that usually leaves me rooting for the bad guy and screaming obscenities at the screen in disgust of repeated bad decisions. Hush takes the home invasion thriller to a whole new level and I look forward to Flanagan and Siegel’s next twisted conception.
NSFW!! Parental Advisory! We streamed the show originally back in July 2016.
Yeah, you read it correctly! Your 3 favorite old gamers are back! On this episode, we pay a tribute to my late wife (who Griffey called Mrs. Otakuman). We were completely off the cuff with this episode, We did our section PLWR: Playing, Listening, Watching, and Reading. Griffey is playing Mad Max and talking about Big Shel’s Kitchen. Shel is headed to EVO 2016. We are having a blast on the show. Check out the show.
WB Games and Netherreal Studios have announced Mortal Kombat XL, an all in one edition of Mortal Kombat X that includes all the DLC from Kombat Pack 1 and 2. Preordering Also gives you the Cosplay Pack which dresses Cassie and Jaqui as Lin Kei and Shira Raiu respectively. That is an excellent pack. The XL edition and Kombat Pack 2 will not be coming to the PC version which has had numerous issues.
For the first time ever, the Mario & Luigi RPG series is crossing over with the Paper Mario rpg series. Mario and Luigi: Paper Jam for 3DS is the crossover game and it’ll be coming out on January 22nd in North America. However, the game is currently out in Europe (as Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Bros) and Nintendo UK has released a few trailers for it on their 3DS youtube channel. The newest trailer is an overview for the game.
Give this trailer a look and let us know if you plan to buy this game in January:
I first had the opportunity to check out This War of Mine at PAX East. I was immediately intrigued. The art is absolutely beautiful in its realistic simplicity. The game sucks you in and keeps you wondering what will happen day to day. You truly go through the day to day of what it’s like to live in a country ravaged by warfare.
I found myself wondering if I would survive and make it. You see the characters struggling and dealing with the psychological effects.
11 Bit Studios describes This War of Mine as:
This War Of Mine provides an experience of war seen from an entirely new angle. For the very first time you do not play as an elite soldier, rather a group of civilians trying to survive in a besieged city. During the day snipers outside stop you from leaving your refuge, so you need to focus on maintaining your hideout. At night you get a chance to scavenge nearby locations for items that will help you stay alive.
Make life-and-death decisions driven by your conscience. Try to protect everybody from your shelter or sacrifice some of them to endure the hardships. During war, there are no good or bad decisions; there is only survival. The sooner you realize that, the better.
11 Bit Studios created a great game that will keep you enthralled for hours. I highly recommend checking This War of Mine out and giving it a try. I give the game a 9 out of 10.
This War of Mine is available now. Check it out and buy it here.