Adaptation April #4: Silent Hill: The Grinning Man

Silent Hill: The Grinning Man

Writer: Scott Ciencin

Artist: Nick Stakal

The cover was blessed by the talents of Ben Templesmith once again; he worked with Alex Garner. Templesmith’s influence mainly reads in the coloring and the folds in the titular man’s clothes.

But what’s this on the cover besides the Grinning Man? TENTACLES! And they look like straight-up octopus appendages! Have we found the thematic glue of Ciencin’s Silent Hill comic books?

The comic begins with some poor fool casting spells in an attempt to protect himself from the Grinning Man, some creep with symbols written all over his torso.  Continue reading Adaptation April #4: Silent Hill: The Grinning Man

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Adaptation April #3: Silent Hill: Paint It Black: We Don’t Like Ike

Silent Hill: Paint It Black

Writer: Scott Ciencin

Art: Shaun Thomas

Isn’t naming a comic after a Rolling Stones song for a game series that’s already very serious and dark kind of tryhard?

The main character, Ike, looks weirdly similar to Walter Sullivan on the cover by Nick Stakal.

Our comic begins with Ike, a painter, judging the slightly lewd painting he’s just finished. “It’s crap.” Continue reading Adaptation April #3: Silent Hill: Paint It Black: We Don’t Like Ike

Adaptation April #2: Silent Hill: Among the Damned

Content Warning: Suicide
After the release of Silent Hill: Dying Inside, Scott Ciencin wrote three Silent Hill one-shots. Silent Hill: Three Bloody Tales collects these one-shots. The collection was published in 2005 while Among the Damned was originally published in December 2004.

Silent Hil: Among the Damned

Art: Shaun Thomas

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Adaptation April #1: Silent Hill: Dying Inside Issues 4-5

Chapter 4

Lauryn reads a spell from the book in an attempt to sear Christabella out of existence. “Lauryn, you fucking bitch! You’re supposed to look out for me!”

I am.”
It doesn’t work. Christabella was just playing along to troll Lauryn. Lauryn, Hogg, Clown, and Payne make a break for it. Christabella gives them a head start because Lauryn is family.
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Adaptation April #1: Silent Hill: Dying Inside Issues 2-3

Content Warning: Mentions of Abuse

Chapter 2

Issue 2 has a simple but interesting cover. It’s my favorite out of all of the ones that Ashley Wood did for the series.

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Adaptation April #1: Silent Hill: Dying Inside Issue #1

Content Warning: Suicide

Prologue

2003. Silent Hill 3 had just come out. Though I never felt that the game reached the heights of its predecessor, it cemented itself as the scariest game I’ve played before or since. While Resident Evil triggers my arachnophobia, SH3 triggered my previously-unknown phobia of deformed, giant, demon women (perhaps Silent Hill is a prequel to Attack on Titan??!).

With SH3‘s fear factor in mind, the premise of an SH comic felt almost forbidden. It was to be published by IDW (Idea + Design Works), fresh off of the unprecedented success of 30 Days of Night (written by Steve Niles with art by Ben Templesmith).

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Final Fantasy Record Keeper Tournament of Champions II

The Tournament of Champions is a fun way of determining which character has the highest stats. ToC II tackles the characters added in Final Fantasy Record Keeper‘s third year.
This is not supposed to be an absolute guide. You can use whatever characters you want. The characters that you will use will be determined in part by which stages you want to beat and who you get pieces of Soul Break equipment for.
Please note that the characters’ stats are affected by equipment of various quality. Their stats are presented without Record Synergy, which improves the stats of characters from the same game as the stage you are playing.
The list is divided up into characters that specialize in Physical and Magical attacks. When the character/s with the highest stats are tabulated, the best Physical and Magical characters face off in the final round.
Each stat is assigned a point value. The points are determined by how high the stat is compared to other characters, if there are multiple characters in a category. Whoever has the highest points advances to the next round. If characters have the same number in a stat, characters in that category get fewer points overall.
Stats and character levels are taken from the last few weeks.

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VGJ Miscellany: Activision Classics – Retro Sports Pennant


Activision Classics

System: PlayStation

Released: September 30, 1998

Publisher: Activision

Developer: Learning Technologies Interactive

Activision Classics is a collection of 30 Atari 2600 games for the PS1. I remember this anthology getting a critical review in Animerica magazine, the same review that partially inspired me to do retro anthology collections. AC is criticized for its poor emulation of old Atari games on a far more powerful system.

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Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Final Stats, Thoughts, and Trivia

IT’S OOOVER (flails)

That was perhaps the most bittersweet ending of the Shin Megami Tensei games I’ve played. It reversed my opinion on all of the game’s BS… even Mem Aleph.

I’m tempted to rate Strange Journey a little above Shin Megami Tensei IV, which I liked, but don’t found very memorable, and equal to Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne.

Some fans nicknamed Jimenez “Mexican Junpei”. 😛 Continue reading Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Final Stats, Thoughts, and Trivia

Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Part 11: Disappear

April 24, 2013: Very Odds and Ends
Some weak demons can lead to unique fusions.
Huh, we’ve made most of the armor in this game.
Vile Samael says he has many names.

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