Despite a personal rule against reading videogame novelizations and canon-expanding novels (partly based off terrible experiences wading through the wastelands of poor prose that constituted Deus Ex: Icarus Effect and Mass Effect: Revelation, and partly because it’s all so much fan fiction as far as I’m concerned), I picked up and plowed through Crysis: Legion by Peter Watts this past week. There is, of course, a lot of bias at play here. As I’ve well established in past issues of EGM and, no doubt, the website as well, I’m a huge, huge fan of Crysis 2. In no small part because it was penned by my favorite author, Richard K. Morgan, but also because it’s a really strong shooter that eschews so many of the exhausting tropes that still plague the genre. But I’m also a fan of Peter Watts’ work. My understanding is that the two are friends in real life, or at least friendly, and I suspect Morgan did Watts (whom he consulted with, somewhat, while working on Crysis 2) a solid by getting EA and Del Rey to have Mr. Watts write Legion. I’m sure it was a very nice paycheck. Point is, I was curious to see what a Hugo Award-winning author and one whose prose and general writing I find enviably strong could do working with the restrictions imposed by adapting a videogame. They’re self-evident, to say the least, but the book is not without its worth—value exclusively owed to Watts’ skill at sentence construction.
OK, that last graph got away from me a bit. Long story short: I thought it might be fun to play Crysis 2 while reading it. Didn’t quite work out that way, of course—it’s a short read and I’ll be on the other side of the front cover before the day is done—but I’ve still got a strong desire to shoot up Ceph, so I’ll be replaying it all the same this weekend. For the umpteenth time.
Beyond post-human distractions, I’m coming to a close on Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions as well. I’m a ways into Chapter 4, the final chapter, slowing only to see if I have the patience in me to make Ramza a Dark Knight. I’m so close I can’t really justify not going the distance. But man is its legwork a grind.