The Library Police, Episode #172: Serialization

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Spending my Saturday evening doing some cleaning and listening to the latest episode of The Library Police. Another excellent episode in the books by a couple of local guys. Check them out, if you haven’t already, especially if you’re into the literary scene. You can also visit their website (http://www.thelibrarypolice.com) to read reviews and access more podcast goodness.

How I Saved My Marriage

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Below is a link to a post written by Richard Paul Evans on his website. In it he discusses what it took to finally turn his marriage around from the cliff it was about to tumble over. Well worth a read if you’ll make the time for it.

How I Saved My Marriage.

Hi There!

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If you are kind enough to be following me, and even kinder to like, comment or visit occasionally, hang in there. I just wanted to drop a blog note to let you know I’ll be taking a break for a few weeks. Nothing big going on, just trying to work out some kinks and get a few things done. 😀

I’ll see you soon!

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice – Comic-Con Trailer

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Let’s not beat around the bush here, folks. If you haven’t seen this elsewhere, then I feel it’s my responsibility to bring it to you here. I present to you the Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer from Comic-Con 2015. I have to say, despite my doubt over the last year or so, I’m in. I’m all in. Let’s do this.

Lego Jurassic World (PS4)

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Yes, I know what you’re thinking. Another Lego game! Traveller’s Tales has provided yet another enjoyable title in the Lego universe. This time around, to coincide with the release of Jurassic World, the movie, on big screens, they’re throwing Lego Jurassic World at us on the consoles. As much as I had issues with the third Lego Batman installment, Lego Jurassic World more than makes up for that lackluster experience of loading issues, confusing hub and limited gameplay locations. In fact, I’ll just go ahead and forget that mess of a game even rested on our system for a brief moment in time and instead focus on all the good fun and entertainment we’ve had from Lego Jurassic World.

Now that I’ve said Lego Jurassic World fifty-billion times, let’s move on!

Right off the starting point, we are given a huge hub area to roam around and do activities in. The Hub World is actually the entire park itself, with vehicle spawn points and animal enclosures you can go into with dinosaur spawn pads for those you unlock through gameplay. Only certain sized dinosaurs can be spawned in certain paddocks, though, due to the size of the much larger ones. Most all dinosaurs can be played by accessing the Freeplay character selection screen, but only if you’ve unlocked them and then purchased them for Lego Coins.

The Hub World is also separated into two islands. Isla Sorna and Isla Nebular from the movies, of course. To access each area of missions, though, you need to find your way to the boat dock and select your path. Jurassic Park, Jurassic Park: The Lost World (and Jurassic Park 3) and The Lost World all have separate paths you need to follow to access their mission levels. It adds to the excitement and feel of the game to board a helicopter for Isla Nebular, or hop on the monorail for a trip to Jurassic World and it’s crowded main street and Innovation Center. It’s all very well done, nicely laid out and a welcome change from … well, you know, that other game. Mind you, it’s not as open to roam as New York City in Lego Marvel Superheroes, but it’s a pretty darn big place.

Gameplay is typical Lego, but instead of having confusing suites for each character (that other game) you simply have the character selection wheel in first play through missions, and later access to the whole unlocked crew in Freeplay. Each main character does have different costumes, such as Doctor Grant, Malcolm and other characters from the cast of the movies. If those aren’t to your liking, you can go to the Innovation Center and create your own characters, of course, or experiment with gene splicing by mixing up your Dino DNA and creating new species of dinosaurs to play as.

The levels are divided up to five split levels per movie. What I mean by that is it follows the formula of having one large area split into two smaller areas with a save point in between. These levels, however, don’t feel long and drawn out or overdone. Instead, we found them to be enjoyable, sometimes funny, and that each one had a replayability factor that we didn’t mind one bit! It’s fun! Entering into a level in Freeplay is probably the most exciting thing we came across. Switching between dinosaurs, human characters, etc was entertaining and never got old.

There’s lots of opportunities to unlock mini kits, which will form a skeleton dinosaur if you collect them all in each level – and yes, once completed, you can even play as the skeleton dino! There are vehicles from all the movies, from motorcycles, to the trademark jeeps from the first film. It’s a completely fanboy dreamland of Jurassic Park love, and worth full price if you’re into the Lego game series from Traveller’s Tales.

So, honestly, if you haven’t figured it out by now, my family and I love Lego Jurassic World. It’s an entertaining game with a Hub World you can get lost in if you’re not careful. There’s lots to do, many unlockables, three different island areas to explore and hundreds of characters and dinosaurs to unlock and play as. Traveller’s Tales have redeemed themselves from the last game I played from their lineup and I couldn’t be prouder of their accomplishment.