Four Months Later

I’m realizing I’m terrible at blogging. I just don’t care enough to find the time. Too busy binge-watching tv shows, playing Minecraft, and reading books. Which I guess is a good thing. Sorry if you subscribed to this in hopes of actually having consistent reading material. Oops…

Recently Binge-Watched:

  • Chicago Fire
  • Chicago Med
  • Togetherness – Very underrated show. As someone in my mid-30’s who quite often feels like I’m faking being an adult, this show really speaks to me.
  • How To Get Away With Murder – I had to wait until this one was all on Netflix to watch it. It’s just got way too many storylines to keep track of week-to-week. Love this show but seriously cannot mentally track with it unless I’m binge-watching it. Not sure if that says more about me and my internet-brain or the brilliant writing of the show.
  • 11.22.63 – Really fascinating mini-series. I highly recommend it.

Currently Really Into:

  • Game of Thrones – No explanation necessary here, I’m sure.
  • Fear the Walking Dead – Kind of not quite as cool as Walking Dead, but still really fascinating. Makes me think how awkward it would be to be on vacation with my family during a zombie apocalypse. I cannot see that ending well. Lol.

What I’ve Been Playing

  • Minecraft
  • Minecraft
  • Oh and more Minecraft

What I’ve Been Reading

  • 11.22.63 – If you haven’t read it but enjoyed the show, I highly recommend it. Or even if you haven’t read the show but generally like Stephen King, I highly recommend it. Just… I highly recommend it. It’s a very fascinating time-travel story. And we haven’t even gotten to the JFK part yet. Just imagine that you traveled back to the time your parents were little kids. Seriously a trippy concept that somehow never gets old for me.

Day 16: Catching Up

Been pushing through my Tivo this week, as well as watched a few videos I had rented on iTunes like 3 weeks ago. It’s nice to clear the shelves a bit, so to speak.

Got caught up on:

  • Chicago Fire
  • Chicago Med
  • Scream Queens
  • Nashville
  • Survivor

Watched:

  • San Andreas
  • Barely Lethal
  • Final Girls

I’m also totally geeking out on season 3 of How to Minecraft, a YouTube series I’ve been following for awhile now. I just discovered last night that season 3 was already underway, 10 days deep. I know what I’ll be doing this weekend!

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This week as well was the release of Sims 4: Get Together, which I had already preordered. I’ve played it a few hours already. So far, so good. I like the new social club feature. Just in general too, it added the ability to have group outings, with or without clubs, so I had townie Sims texting me to come hang out, go to their birthday parties, etc. Makes the game feel a lot more alive!

Also, I broke out my Minecraft again yesterday, after having not played it for quite a while (well, about a month). That’s one game I have a hard time getting tired of! My favorite part is starting a new world. Not sure why – the fun of adventuring around, discovering things, and building up a new base is just super fun to me.

Day 11 – Weekends Are Brutal On The Pocketbook

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I may have purchased a bunch of video games yesterday.

Like a lot of them.

To be fair, most of them were re-buys of PS3 games on the PS4, since I’m trying to pull over games I want to play all onto the same system.

Then there were the ones that I just wanted to buy.

I have a problem, I know!


So what did I buy? Glad you asked. 🙂

Walking Dead – seasons 1 and 2
I already owned season 1 on PS3, but couldn’t bring myself to finish it knowing that all future seasons would also need to be purchased on the same system in order to continue the storyline. Might as well start over on the newest platform.

Tomb Raider
I already owned on PS3, but haven’t gotten very far. The sequel will be on PS4 anyway, so might as well own both on the PS4.

The Last of Us
Again I already own on PS3, but haven’t gotten very far. I figured I’d probably need to start over anyway to remember what happened so starting over on the PS4 would be way more fun.

Life is Strange season 1
I do own this as well on PS3, but with the second season coming out soon, I decided I’d rather collect them on the newest console. I’ve only played episode one on the PS3, so starting over won’t be a big deal.

Beyond Two Souls
I’ve actually beat this one (one of the few games I have finished on PS3), but was very intrigued by the updated feature in the PS4 version to be able to play chronologically. If you haven’t already played this, definitely play the director’s order first, but once you’re done, I think it would be worth a try playing through chronologically. I’ll let you know how it goes for me.


And then there were the games I didn’t already own but were on some sort of sale and I’ve heard good things about them so…. yeah…. I’m totally failing my video-game-buying fast, aren’t i?

  • Little Big Planet (Because I keep hearing cool things about this series. I’ve never played any of them before).
  • Thief (Because I played the demo and found it really interesting).
  • Game of Thrones season 1 (Because it’s Game of Thrones. What other reason do I need really?)
  • Infamous Second Son (Because I own Infamous First Light already – haven’t played either one yet, but they both look really interesting).
  • Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons (Because…. cuteness).

To make things better, I listed about 15 games on eBay, including a crap ton of old Assassins Creed games that I bought and never got around to playing. I love the newest rendition in this series, but everyone who grew up playing them says this one is the best, so I’m not sure playing them retroactively would really be the best use of my time. I’m sure if I had played them when they first came out, I would’ve loved them, but going back now to older technology would probably just be really frustrating.

First Impressions: Fallout 4

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So far, I am loving this game. I originally dismissed it because I thought it was a first-person-shooter, a genre I tend to find really boring. But when I learned that it was more of an RPG survival post-apocalyptic sandbox game, I had to try it.

I bought it last weekend and have “only” played about 12 hours so far. Considering the game has only been out 2 weeks total, that may sound like a lot, but I know of people who have already put in a good 80-100 hours already. Comparatively speaking, I’m still quite early on in this game.


Gameplay:

Basically this is a survival, adventure, stealth game with occasional shooting. But it’s very sandbox-y, so you could totally play it as an FPS if you really wanted to. It also has a shelter-building feature which reminds me a bit of Minecraft in this post-apocalyptic setting. Which is a very very cool aspect of this game for me.


My Thoughts So Far:

I’ve only played a couple missions and have just started on my first shelter, but so far I really like the world of this game. It hits a lot of beats for me as far as what I tend to look for in games: survival horror, crafting, building, open-world, first-person perspective, atmospheric art style.

I’m trying not to think about just how open and non-linear this game is, though. While I like that aspect, it can also be overwhelming, just in terms of figuring out what to do next.

I’ve never played a huge game like this before, so it’s taking some getting used to. Traditionally, I’ve only played games that are either strictly sandbox, with zero storyline (like Minecraft or Sims), or 10-12 hour games that are all storyline (like Until Dawn or Beyond: Two Souls). So having a sandbox game that has a storyline, missions, and an end-game goal is quite different for me, but still really cool. I think I’ll definitely have to try more of this style in the future.


Recommended For:

Just about any older teen or adult who enjoys games. There are a lot of ways to play this game, so you can really make it what you want.


Content Warnings:

This is an M-rated game.

Violence: Mild violence. Occasional gore / close-ups of killings. Killing is very much allowed in the game, but is not really a main element in the gameplay unless you want it to be.

Scary Factor: Mildly creepy bugs / animals in some parts. No real jump scares. Not really a scary game, per say, but occasionally a bad guy can sneak attack you, which could be considered scary.

Sex / Nudity: No nudity or sex that I’ve seen so far. It is possible to see your character in just his / her underwear, though not really a recommended way to play the game, since you need armor to survive any attacks you might get.

Language: Mild language. I haven’t noticed it much at all, to be honest. I think there are occasional bad words, but it definitely isn’t an f-bomb factory.

To Buy: Lyne – iOS Game

For no particular reason, other than I heard about this game yesterday and forgot to buy it before my ban started, I’m putting this first on my list to buy after the ban.

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It looks like the perfect iOS game, mesmerizing yet simple. The kind I could totally lose hours zoning out to.

I was totally going to buy it yesterday too, which I’m now kicking myself for not doing. But… tis the season to be thankful for what I already have, right?