Once upon a time, when I worked briefly as Jesse Cox’s assistant, I attended E3 for the first and only time. It was a fantastic experience for a starry-eyed gamer such as myself. Here were all of these brand new video game teasers and demos to preview, free memorabilia to collect and kindred spirits to experience it all with! Sadly I haven’t attended since, and I’m not sure if I ever will again, but I was able to follow along from home and here are the games I’m the most excited about:
Mass Effect Andromeda – March 2017
The Last Guardian – October 25th, 2016
Dishonored 2 – November 11th, 2016
Pyre – 2017
Telltale’s Batman – Summer 2016
Telltale The Walking Dead: Season 3 – Fall 2016
Other games that caught my attention:
Horizon: Zero Dawn – February 28th, 2017
Detroit: Become Human
There was a huge push for Virtual Reality this year, and while I would love to step into a game experience, I’m a little wary about purchasing one when they release. I’d like to see how others are feeling in regards to quality of system and the first games released before I take the leap.
Cameron and I went camping with his family at Lopez Lake this weekend! It was the first time we’ve been camping together and the first time I’ve been camping since my Girl Scout days in high school and before, and boy, was I out of practice!
As much as I’ve always loved nature, I’ve grown close to technology and haven’t really thought about how much I’ve come to rely on it. Cameron’s parents and his brother’s family own campers, so it was an easier transition after all these years to have them nearby with electricity and running water (including toilets and showers)! Cameron and I opted to sleep in a tent and while the padding underneath us was comfortable and the sleeping bags were warm, I did not sleep as well as I hoped.
I dragged my sleepy self out of bag on Saturday morning and after a hearty breakfast, we all went for a walk with the dogs. The scenery was just as beautiful as I remembered, but it really broke my heart, and put the drought into perspective, when I saw just how low the water has sunk. We were walking on a dried out bed of sand and brush that used to be completely under water with the banks high above us and it was incredibly humbling.
When we returned to camp there was some free time and even though I brought my iPhone, iPad and Nintendo 3DS along with me, I ultimately found myself wanting to read whenever we weren’t socializing. We talked, we laughed, we ate a lot of tasty food and celebrated our Nephew’s birthday, it was a good weekend!
One of the new year’s resolutions I gave myself this year is to play and complete 16 video games within this year of 2016. So far I’ve played and completed 7 games and I’m currently playing The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt which is a mammoth of a game, believe me!
Other games I’ve completed are:
- Lara Croft Go
- Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
- Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4
- Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power
- Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake
- Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris
- Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
One of the new year’s resolutions I gave myself this year is to read and complete 20 books within this year of 2016. So far I’ve played and completed 8 books and I’m currently reading my 9th, which is The Last Coyote by Michael Connelly.
The other books I’ve completed are:
- Scott Pilgrim Volume 3
- The Black Echo by Michael Connelly
- The Black Ice by Michael Connelly
- The Concrete Blonde by Michael Connelly
- The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
- Scott Pilgrim Volume 4
- The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod
- The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
I came up with the idea for microreviews after trying my hand at the traditional longwinded method of game reviewing and realizing that I myself have never fully read a whole game review. Have you? The visuals catch my eye and then I skim for the bits of information that interest me and I leave the rest alone.
Solution: I play games, I take screenshots, and I provide basic information on the game with a rating out of 20 points tallied up from four different categories; Fun factor, gameplay, sound and visual style. Although I will confess that some of the screenshots may not be my own based on whether I was able to capture while playing.
Of course, I love discussing games. So if you’d like to start a conversation about any game I’ve played and posted a microreview for, please don’t hesitate to leave me a comment!
My first microreview on Uncharted: Drakes Fortune will post next Tuesday, May 24th.