Playing & Reading: Week of 7/10/16 to 7/16/16

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Alright you lovely folks, lets do this thing!

—–PLAYING—–

Getting more and more into creating Youtube content. So far, I have played a bit more Renown Explorers, to get the 2 part video series together for next week. I got Call of Duty BO3 MP Starter from Humble Bundle, so that’s cool. Gonna do a video on that. Played a bit of Kingdoms of Amalur and posted a video for that. Whats really crazy is the positive response I have been getting about KoA and the video. My reddit post about it is nearly 100 positive Karma, which is absurd, and I have over 500 views. So that’s really awesome. I also just did a video about the new Hearthstone Tavern Brawl.

I also had played some Megadimension Neptunia VII earlier in the week for my review of that. Christ that game. Its too much haha.

I am preparing myself for 7/28/16 and the release of CALL OF THE BEASTMEN! BRAY WITH ME BOYOS!

—–READING—–

Really Sanderson, I need you to stop messing with my emotions. I finished off Bands of Mourning and his novella Secret History and I am just eyeing him and his shenanigans.

I started reading the first book in Tad Williams Otherland series, finally. I am also considering the Rangers Apprentice series as one of my coworkers keeps telling me I need to play that. Finally, I finished EVERY BOOK in the Cape High series. I need more. Right now.

Total War: Warhammer – Call of the Beastmen Announcement Trailer

Coming out on 7/29/16.  Preorder on Steam on 7/14/16

This is legit exciting.  I love the Beastmen.  And now, now, I can play them in TWW?  I can rampage around and Bray to the Gods and cause as much trouble as possible for no other reason then CHAOS?

YES.  Plus, sweet axes.  You gotta love Sweet Axes.

Playing & Reading – Week of 5/29/16 to 6/4/16

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Its time. Its time! ITS PLAYING AND READING TIME! I bet you expected something different, didn’t you?

——PLAYING THIS WEEK——

Due to some issues involving mods, I had to restart my Total War: Warhammer playthrough, and at this time have put that on pause. Why? Because I got games to review! And, as I mentioned yesterday, the big one I have been playing this week has been Stranger of Sword City. I did my video that I will be putting into my review, and here is said video for those curious:

I will admit its not my best work due to some shoddy editing, but eh I aint a professional at that. I am a hobbyist with the videos. Although I am getting better as I go. Let me tell you though, this game is freaking HARD! If you want to see me suffer, skip to around 45 minutes to 55 minutes into the video and start there, and watch as the game throws horrible groups of enemies my way. Just…jesus it was trying to murder me on camera!

I also was given Battleborn while it was on sale by a friend, and aim to play more and review that as well. Also I was given Secrets of Grindea but have not touched it yet. I will admit I enjoy Battleborn quite a bit, the humor is nice and the gameplay is tons of fun. I am decent at Oscar Mike so far.

Beyond those two games, not much else has been going on. I got more SoSC tonight and tomorrow before I get my review done for Sunday.

——READING THIS WEEK——

I finished Shadows of Self by Sanderson and HOLY CRAP THE ENDING MOTHER OF GOD THE FEELS WHY DID YOU DO THIS SANDERSON WHYYYY! I need Bands of Mourning RIGHT NOW! ARG! This is how you freaking write a trilogy man!

I then started on An Ancient Peace by Tanya Huff, the first in the Peacekeepers series. I am at about 60% done and its honestly sort of dragging along. I find myself getting bored, which is never a good sign. Too much setup, and not enough suspense or action or anything really.

After this I think I am going to switch to City of Blades and see if that holds up compared to the first one.

Playing & Reading – Week 5/22/16 to 5/28/16

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Alright lets dive right in, as this will be a shortish week for me.

——PLAYING THIS WEEK——

Haven’t been gaming much. I have played about 3 hours of Total War Warhammer, and have even started a Lets Play of it. Gonna try to update that weekly (I have an episode queued up for this coming Wednesday, and already have my first up!). That game is phenomenal and I will be writing a review for it hopefully around Sunday for Vox Ludicus.

I have also started playing Moon Hunters, a Rogue Lite action game by a small indie studio, also up for review at Vox Ludicus. Honestly, Moon Hunters is really interesting but I have to try out its multiplayer options this weekend, even though I personally am a SP kinda guy.

Haven’t touched much else other then these two bad boys. I might play a bit of Lord of the Rings Online tonight with my wife when I get home, but that depends on her mood mostly. If not, I will be playing either Hearthstone (I need to do the Brawl this week) or more Total War Warhammer. I was thinking of starting over with my Dwarves honestly, as the Slayer King.

——READING THIS WEEK——

So in reading news, I finished both the Apocalypse Codex AND the Rhesus Chart by good ol Charles Stross. This series, the Laundry Archives, is phenomenal and I eagerly await the next book in the series. And that ending of the Rhesus Chart…god damn you Stross you have made me a tad upset!

I then started right into Shadows of Self by Sanderson, the 2nd book in the Alloy of Law trilogy. I own a physical copy of this at home but never have time to start reading it. So I grabbed a copy from my good old Public Library (Thanks OCPL!) and have been reading that as of yesterday. I missed Wax and Wayne, and Marisi and even Steris! Wayne has been getting some good character development so far.

After this book I have the newest Tanya Huff book, the first in the Peacekeepers series, along with the new Trial of Apollo book by Rick Riordan, and the first Alex Versus book. And City of Blades. I honestly have no idea which to start with!

Thats all for this week!  See ya soon gentle readers!

Total War: Warhammer Review Embargo Lifted! Here are some Reviews

This is just going to be a list collecting reviews from around the net as I find them. I am going to try to keep this updated as best I can, with both scores / recommendations and such. These are also going to be just English sites. It’s what I can read.

These all come from a handy Reddit MegaPost as well so you can visit there for even more goodies!

GAME JOURNALISTS AND BLOGS

Gamespot: 9 / 10
Eurogamer: Recommended
IGN: 8.6 / 10
PCGamer: 86 / 100
The Guardian: 4 / 5
Games Reactor: 9 / 10
Destructoid: 8 / 10
Game Informer: 8.75 / 10
Daily Star: 5 / 5
Games Radar: Mostly Positive
The Sixth Axis: 8 / 10
Game Revolution: 3.5 / 5
Metro: 9 / 10
CGMOnline: 9 / 10
Game Watcher: 8.5 / 10
RockPaperShotgun – Average

YOUTUBERS AND VIDEO REVIEWS

Article Share: Git Gud vs Enjoying Games

I wanted to share an article today, and some thoughts on it.

The article is from RockPaperShotgun, and is titled An End To “GIT GUD” – You Don’t Need To Be “Good” At Games To Enjoy Them.

And you know what?  Its true.  I for one play games generally on either Normal or Easy settings.  I play to enjoy a good story and experience.  And while I no longer play games that are super hard, I used to, long ago.  I chilled out.  Challenge is all well and good (and a little challenge is needed) but you wont find me rocking Total War on Legendary for example, or playing Dark Souls at ALL.

This article resonated with me, because as I mentioned before, I am going to soon be reviewing games every so often on another site.  And I worry about how my opinions will be received, to a point.  Granted, I am easily able to ignore nonsense like “Git Gud Skrub” and whatnot.  But its still annoying and stupid.

Play games to enjoy them, in whatever way that means to you.  If you enjoy a game like Candy Crush then enjoy it.  If you want to play Dark Souls 3 without rolling using only unarmed then do it.  Do what makes you happy and stop judging others for enjoying something in a way that is different from yours.