Welcome to the second installment of the Gamers’ Guide to Permuted Press! As promised, we will be sharing regular articles with our readers pairing the most highly anticipated video games today with the best Permuted Press has to offer! Click here to check out the first installment of our Guide and be sure to send us your tips for future games to include.
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BOOK: THE REGULATORS- Book 2 of THE GUARDIAN INTERVIEWS by Michael Clary — El Paso, Texas belongs to the dead. It’s a nightmare town and the exits are closed. Nothing gets out and certainly, nothing gets in. Then again, nobody in their right mind would actually want to get in. Meet the Regulators. They kill monsters for a living. They face creatures that shouldn’t exist. Creatures that are so terrifying a normal man would be driven insane if he was lucky enough to even survive an encounter with one. They were in El Paso when the dead began to rise. They fought their way out, but they couldn’t save everyone. Too many people had been left behind. Their new mission is to extract and defend all the survivors still trapped inside the city. They have the weapons, they have the vehicles, and they have the strength of the military behind them. What could possibly go wrong?
GAME: Tom Clancy’s The Division — We live in a complex world. The more advanced it gets, the more vulnerable it becomes. We’ve created a house of cards. Remove just one and everything falls apart. Black Friday, a devastating pandemic sweeps through New York City and, one by one, basic services fail. In only days, without food or water, society collapses into chaos. The Division, an autonomous unit of tactical agents, is activated. Leading seemingly ordinary lives among us, the agents are trained to operate independently in order to save society.
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BOOK: 14 by Peter Clines — Padlocked doors. Strange light fixtures. Mutant cockroaches. There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s. Because every room in this old Los Angeles brownstone has a mystery or two. Mysteries that stretch back over a hundred years. Some of them are in plain sight. Some are behind locked doors. And all together these mysteries could mean the end of Nate and his friends. Or the end of everything.
GAME: Murdered: Soul Suspect — Most people think that death is the end, but for Ronan O’Connor, a Salem police detective with a chequered past, it is just the beginning. When Ronan is caught in a violent burglary, his life is brought to an untimely and brutal end. Shocked to find himself in the afterlife, his only escape from the limbo world of Dusk’ is to hunt down his killer using new-found supernatural abilities.
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BOOK: THE REMNANT: INTO THE COLLISION by P.A. Douglas — The end does not come with a whisper, but with a big bang. It has been months coming and it is finally here. Astrologers have predicted that the meteors aren’t going to hit. But that fact doesn’t help much for the fear filled panic that floods the streets worldwide in the weeks leading to the catastrophic boom. Forced out of his home by the chaos and rioting, Byron Russo finds himself on the run. All of the survival horror novels that he has read tell him to stock up and lay low. In the process of raiding supplies at a local grocery store Byron bands together with an unlikely cast of characters. But surviving the panic is the least of their worries. After hunkering down at the Templeton Factory where Byron works, the worst has only begun. The meteor shower strikes the moon, shifting it off its natural axes. The moon is larger. The floods have started. Plant life is dying. And the oxygen levels are changing. No one can breathe. With the use of the factory supplies will Byron and his new friends survive the new world, or will they fall to a much darker element that lurks in their own backyard?
GAME: The Forest — As the lone survivor of a passenger jet crash, you find yourself in a mysterious forest battling to stay alive against a society of cannibalistic mutants. Build, explore, survive in this terrifying first person survival horror simulator. Enter a living, breathing forest with changing weather patterns, plants that grow and die. Tides that roll in and out with the day/night cycle. Below ground explore a vast network of caves and underground lakes. You will need to chop down trees to build a camp, or start a fire to keep warm. Scavenge food and plant seeds to keep yourself from starving. Build a small shelter or a large ocean side fortress. decorate your home with found items. Lay traps and defenses to keep a safe perimeter. Explore and build during the day. Defend your base at night. Craft weapons and tools. Bunker down during the evening or bring the fight directly to the enemy.
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BOOK: DAY BY DAY ARMAGEDDON: GREY FOX by J.L. Bourne — Time is a very fluid thing, no one really has a grasp on it other than maybe how to measure it. As the maestro of the Day by Day Armageddon Universe, I have the latitude of being in control of that time. I can adjust the slider either direction, moving the timeline back and forth along the continuum. This is one of the perks of creation, the benefit in constructing something (albeit small) from nothing. Sort of makes you wonder what the maestro of the universe is up to, no? You have again stumbled upon a ticket with service through the apocalyptic wastes, but this time the train is a little bit older, a little more beat up, and maybe a little wiser. Keep your doors locked.
GAME: Quantum Break — In Quantum Break time is breaking down. This is attributed to a failed science experiment involving protagonist Jack Joyce, Beth Wilder, and antagonist Paul Serene. This failed experiment gives these 3 individuals the unique ability to foresee or control time itself. Set in Riverport an East coast University town, localized time anomalies become more frequent, time stutters and freezes causing the breaks in time. It is up to Jack and Beth to stop these disturbances in time.
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BOOK: ZOMBIE ATTACK:RISE OF THE HORDE by Devan Sagliani — When 16 year old Xander’s older brother Moto left him at Vandenberg Airforce Base he only had one request – don’t leave no matter what. But there was no way he could have known that one day zombies would gather into groups big enough to knock down walls and take out entire buildings full of people. That was before the rise of the horde! Now Xander is on the run, fleeing south to Port Hueneme to locate his brother with nothing but his martial arts training and the katana blade left to him. Along the way he’ll have to fight for his life against other survivors, neo-Nazi’s, outlaw bikers, gang bangers, cannibals, cult members, and a seemingly endless sea of flesh hungry zombies. But Xander is far from alone. Traveling with him are Benji, a 12 year old comic book geek, and Felicity Jane, a childhood celebrity with wild mood swings. Will they make it together in one piece to the safe zone or will they become the next meal for a hungry horde of wild zombies? Zombie Attack! Rise of the Horde is filled with pulse pounding undead action from the very first chapter up until the bitter sweet end. From rock stars and celebrities to false prophets and miracle workers, this book has it all! The story takes off like a bullet and doesn’t slow down until the last sentence. You won’t be able to put it down!
GAME: Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z — Players will battle fierce zombies as YAIBA, a cyborg ninja who will do anything to get revenge and stay alive. Cleaved in two, he is brought back to life with cyber-technology. Brandishing his ninja sword and the mecha weapons in his cyborg arm, he slaughters zombies with brutal, over-the-top abandon.
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BOOK: TIME OF DEATH: INDUCTION by Shana Festa — When no one or nowhere is safe, where do you go to escape the monsters? In a few short days, 37 year old Emma Rossi’s hard work will finally pay off. She will don her cap and gown and graduate with a degree in nursing, but not before she loses her first patient and is confronted with a new reality. In Cape Coral, Florida, a storm approaches. The dead are coming back to life. And they’re hungry. Infection ravages the Eastern Seaboard with alarming speed while attempts to contain the spread of infection fail. Within days, a small pocket of panicked survivors are all that remain of civilization. Fighting to survive the zombie apocalypse alongside her husband Jake and their dog Daphne, Emma comes face-to-face with her worst nightmare. Relying on snarky wit and sheer determination, she is forced to commit atrocious acts to protect her family and avoid joining the ranks of the undead.
GAME: Dead Island 2 — Several months after the events on Banoi, the United States military has put the Golden State under full quarantine. Now a restricted zone, California has become a bloody paradise for those who refuse to leave their homes and an action-packed playground for renegades who seek adventure, glory and a fresh start.
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BOOK: BEYOND THE BARRIERS by Timothy W. Long — When the dead rise, Ex-Special Forces soldier Erik Tragger flees to the mountains to wait out the end of the world. Cut off from civilization for months, he returns to find cities ruined and ruled by the walking dead. Tragger reluctantly joins a group of survivors with a plan: flee to Portland where humanity is carving out a stronghold. But along the way they face opposition at every turn—the dead, rogue military forces, looters… and a new enemy more dangerous than any they have yet encountered. Among the stumbling, mindless zombies walk the ghouls. The ghouls are living dead creatures that not only strategize and plan, but also possess the ability to guide their shambling brothers. With weapons and supplies dwindling, Erik and his companions will faceoff against millions of the dead who have but one goal: complete eradication of the last of the living.
GAME: The Walking Dead: Season Two — The sequel to 2012’s Game of the Year continues several months after the events seen in Season One of The Walking Dead, and Clementine is searching for safety. But what can an ordinary child do to stay alive when the living can be just as bad – and sometimes worse – than the dead? As Clementine, you will encounter tragedy, struggle with survival and discover the harsh reality of things to come in a game series where every decision matters.
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Look for our next installment of the Gamer’s Gift Guide soon and be sure to Enjoy The Apocalypse!