Sony had their presentation Monday night, but I was feeling too bad to do anything but watch and take notes. Overall, they didn’t show what I most wanted to see, and there wasn’t anything that got me too excited. I had wanted to see a new Kingdom Hearts 3 trailer, Ni No Kuni 2 or The Last of Us 2, though I guess I should be thankful I didn’t see the latter in case of spoilers (I’m still playing the first game).
They showed expansion packs for Uncharted and Horizon Zero Dawn and while I plan on playing both in the future, expansions don’t interest me on their own, unless included in GOTY editions or have a good deal (for instance, I did buy both Witcher 3 expansions, because they were loaded with content). I’m not at all interested in Days Gone. I’ve tried Monster Hunter in the past (MH4U specifically) and it wasn’t really for me, I find it too difficult. Shadow of the Collosus seems to have made a lot of people happy, but I’ve never played it and still don’t think it’s the game for me personally. Marvel vs Capcom Ultimate though? Yes, though it wasn’t “new” as I knew of it already. The only negative I have on the trailer is that it didn’t really show what kind of game it was. There was a single VR game that I wish wasn’t VR; that game was Moss. It was adorable with the mouse warrior! You’d think I would have read Redwall with how I reacted (note to self: read/listen to the Redwall series already). Detroit Become Human looked interesting (I’m a cyberpunk fan), and Marvel Spiderman was a nice surprise.
Now let’s talk Nintendo! This is what I was most excited about and they did not disappoint! I loved EVERYTHING. So let’s get started!
1. Rocket League is coming to Switch, which is awesome though I haven’t played. This fact might make me change my mind though. It will also have exclusive customizations and cross play with other platforms. I can see this being popular for Switch users.
2. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 still has British voice actors! I loved that about Xenoblade Chronicles and will definitely be picking this one up. And yay, there are still Nopons!
3. KIRBY! Not until 2018 but still makes me so happy.
4. METROID PRIME 4. Every fan has already heard about it but hooray for the confirmation, I hope we get actual footage in a future direct or next E3!
5. YOSHI! He’s felted this time, in a cardboard diorama world. The crafty geek in me loves this as much as I loved Yoshi’s Wooly World.
6. Fire Emblem Warriors makes me think I really need to start Hyrule Warriors this weekend.
7. I’m not really planning on buying DLCs for Breath of the Wild, but maybe if there’s a sale or something. There’s so much to do without and I’m nowhere near finished so it’s no rush for me.
8. Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle has me sold, even if rabbids are annoying. I like everything I’ve seen.
9. Super Mario Odyssey. Does anything need to be said? I NEED a Switch before it comes out, come on Nintendo, make them more available!
These were announced after the Direct, but nevertheless I’m going to buy both. Metroid Samus Returns is a gorgeous 2D Metroid remake of the 2nd game, but more than just a remake. And the Metroid amiibo is perfect, hope I can get my hands on it. The other game is Mario And Luigi Superstar Saga remake + Bowser’s Minions.
Overall, Nintendo did awesome this E3, while the others were sort of lackluster in comparison. The future of gaming is bright and I have WAY too many games to play already but I don’t care. What was your favorite thing about this E3? Did you watch any of the tournaments?
Microsoft started out with revealing the formerly known as Xbox Scorpio, now named Xbox One X. Honestly I’m not fond of that name, but the system is fine. I don’t have an Xbox One yet, so it will probably be the one we buy, though I’m not sure that price is worth it. It will release on November 7th for $499. At least it will enhance graphics of earlier Xbox One titles, but I don’t know if it’ll actually make a noticeable difference if you don’t own a 4K TV?
Moving on to the games, there were a few that struck my fancy.
1. There was Metro Exodus, which takes the series open world. I don’t have either of the previous Metro games, but I’m interested.
2. Deep Rock Galactic had a short trailer, but enough to entice, and it looks like fun.
3. The Minecraft community marketplace is fine I suppose as is the cross platform capability, and the graphic overhaul is nice.
4. The Artful Escape grabbed my attention and I’ll be keeping my eye on it for future trailers/info.
5. Codevein speaks to my love of JRPGs even if it’s on the darker side. It kind of makes me think of Pandora’s Tower on the Wii.
I’m planning on getting Tacoma if reviews come out good, but I’ll be getting the PC version on GOG.
6. Super Lucky’s Tale is a game right up my alley, I will be playing this when I get the chance. I’m a sucker for cute animal and platformer games.
7. Cuphead was on my radar since they first announced it because the art style of old Disney cartoon is just so charming.
8. Ooblets showed up in the ID@Xbox trailer along with these titles I’ll have to learn more about later: Unruly Heroes, Fortnite, Battlerite, Surviving Mars, Robocraft Infinity, Astroneer, Brawlout, Riverbond, Shift.
9. Life is Strange: Before the Storm made me really want to check out Life is Strange. I heard about it of course, but never paid much attention. Definitely worth a look though.
10. And finally, Ori and the Will of the Wisps was stunning. I have yet to pick up Ori and the Blind Forest, but it’s been on my wishlist for awhile and this trailer was achingly beautiful.
That was a LOT more games than I originally thought in my head. So all in all, a good showing. I’m very much looking forward to Sony and Nintendo’s offerings!
As for the PC side of things, very quickly:
1. Battletech looks awesome, and I say that as someone who never played a Mechwarrior or battletech games. My husband’s a huge fan though and after seeing the trailer, I’m totally willing to play it along with him.
2. New Mount and Blade is coming (have yet to play but want to, bought on sale awhile ago). It seems like a fun series, and I love games where you can ride steeds/horses.
3. Tunic looks cute, and I’m hoping it will come to GOG because I’d like to buy it if reviews are good.
4. There were some others, but the one I want most is Wargroove; I love Chucklefish, which you’ll know by my playing Starbound and currently sucked into Stardew Valley. I also really like Advance Wars and Fire Emblem, so I’m going to love this too.
I meant to post this sooner, but unfortunately I got a cold, so after watching E3 stuff I couldn’t finish writing; had to take care of myself. Hopefully I will get my Sony and Nintendo post up by tonight, otherwise, look for it tomorrow. What were your thoughts on the Xbox presentation or PC Gaming Show?
I’m not sure what to say that wasn’t already said previously, I meant to come back to blogging and just never did. Life changed a lot for the better mostly, but all my attention has mainly been on crafting. It has been addicting and great for me mentally. I’ve got about 3 years crocheting, picked up knitting this year and added cross stitching several months ago. While learning, practicing and creating, my reading dropped dramatically, my playing hasn’t changed too much but I just haven’t been finishing many games. I’m hoping to work on balance and shift myself from youtube videos/tv while crafting to audiobooks to up my reading.
But anyway, I decided I wanted to blog about E3 again since I’ve had so much fun doing it the last times I did. However, this time I’m only going to really talk about the stuff that interests me after a run down of games shown; I think that’s similar to what I did last time, but I’ll mainly only cover Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo this year unless something else pops out (or CD Projekt Red shows something on Cyberpunk 2077 because I really want that game!).
With that said, look for my post later tonight/early tomorrow for my thoughts on Microsoft! Thanks for visiting, I’ll try hard to stick around this time.
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and features weekly top-ten lists! This week is a freebie, meaning the topic can be whatever we want! I decided to focus on games this time. So this is my list of Top Ten Games that made me smile in 2015 (and yes, it is two days late). Not best or anything, but they were games that brought me joy during a difficult year. Though some of these are favorites, others are not but will probably always make me smile when I need it.
Fantasy Life is so adorable and addictive, I’ve fallen in love with this game. There’s loads of content to keep you busy for hours, and DLC you can add that gives you a whole new area after finishing the story. It was the highlight of my holiday in December, even if I played more of it in 2016 technically.
Bayonetta 1 + 2 combo pack was very fun. Although I’d gotten it at the end of 2014 for my husband, I didn’t play it until 2015. And when I did, I had a really great time with it. No link for this one as it’s currently not available at a decent price, but it might still be around in physical stores.
Lego Harry Potter 1-4 was my birthday gift, and having missed the HP world and never getting to play this because I’d heard of the bugs, I was so glad to get this DRM-free version on sale. So far as I played, I didn’t run into much problems, and I enjoyed getting to experience some parts of the books again (I just reread the 2nd book via audiobook, and hope to continue listening to the rest as rereads).
Etrian Odyssey Untold: Millenium Girl is a game I got when it came out, but it took me getting Fafnir Knight to prompt me to actually get into this one. And I love it a lot, as I did Fafnir Knight before I switched to this one. I should finish it this year so I can get to Untold 2, but I have a ridiculous amount of games to play, so who knows!
Puzzles & Dragons is just a fun casual game, that’s highly addictive.
Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is a game I honestly wasn’t sure about, but when I saw the collector’s edition for only $45 at a convention, just a few months after its release, I couldn’t walk away. From what I played, I enjoyed it, until I realized how slowly I was progressing, which put a damper on things. But still, the pet pig and those felynes sure did provoke a smile out of me, and I might return to it from time to time.
Terraria is another game I had before 2015, but learned how to play in 2015, and enjoyed. I like Sandbox games quite a bit, as it turns out (which is why I got excited on Twitter this morning when I saw Starbound is now on GOG).
Chilbi-Robo Zip Lash got a lot of dislike, but I couldn’t help myself. And I couldn’t play this game without a silly grin on my face. Sweet as the candy and snacks you collect, Chibi-Robo wormed his way into my heart, despite the negativity surrounding it. I adore this little robot and hope we’ll get to see more of him.
Super Mario Bros 3D Land is a game I waited a long time to play, mainly because I’d wait for Black Friday to try and get a copy, as Target would discount it to $15. This year I had luck on my side, as I was able to grab it before it got sold out like it did in previous years. And it’s quite fun. I look forward to Mario 3D World when I can eventually pick that one up. 🙂
Honorary mention would be Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer, because I’ve loved designing spaces since the original Sims. However, it didn’t make my list simply for the absolute lack of challenge. It’s basically just a sketchbook for designing, but there’s no real point. Still fun though, but I felt I couldn’t add it to this list because of that.
*Amazon links give me a small monetary kickback if you choose to buy from them. GOG links don’t, but I prefer sending people there over Steam and these are the versions I have.*
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and features weekly top-ten lists! This week’s topic is Top Ten 2015 Releases I Meant To Get To But Didn’t! Almost every year this happens, books get released that I’m excited for, but then I never get around to reading them in that same year. It’s inevitable, and it happens to us all. This is also a common occurrence with video games because time, like money, is limited. However, I’m STILL planning to eventually get to these titles, but I’m leaving off Illuminae as it is currently being read (and loved very much, I might add! Worth the hype!).
If you’ve been reading my blog, this is no surprise, and it’s the very next book on my TBR, so I’ll be getting to it in just a few more days! I’m excited for it to both break my heart and fill me with hope and just to read an incredible contemporary again.
2. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
I know reviews have been mixed, but since I heard about it, it sounded like it had potential and I still think I might like it, so I want to give it a try, even if I just read a library copy.
3. Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray
I loved The Diviners a whole lot and I cannot wait to continue on with this second book in the series. It was a long wait and I’ve extended the wait for myself, but I also have to be in the mood for 1920’s creepiness, and I just haven’t been. But soon!
4. Gabriel by Nikki Kelly
I did a blog blitz for this book, yet I still haven’t bought it. Really enjoyed the first book, so hope to get to this one sometime this year.
5. Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone
I heard really good things about this one, so it’s definitely on my list. It focuses on a girl with OCD, and I have a fondness for mental health related books.
6. Your Voice is All I Hear by Leah Scheier
This is a book I found while randomly browsing Goodreads one day, and it made me click the “Want to Read” button pretty quickly. It just tugs at the heart strings with just the blurb, and I look forward to picking it up. Also deals with mental illness but from the perspective of a girlfriend trying to support the one she loves.
7. A Thing of Beauty by Bianca M. Schwarz
Another book I found just browsing. England, romance, historical fiction, and danger? I would like to read more adult fiction, and I love historical fiction in this era (early 1800’s).
8. Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older
Look at that beautiful rare cover. I say rare, because of the WOC model, but besides it being a diverse book, it just sounds awesome. I also haven’t read urban fantasy in a while, so yes. Check it out for yourself and tell me you’re not intrigued by that blurb.
9. A Curious Tale of the In-between by Lauren DeStefano
I follow this author on Twitter and love her, also got a postcard promoting this book, so I need to read it.
10. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Wasn’t really interested in her previous series (scratch that, after seeing that all my fave GR people gave it 4-5 stars, I guess I’ll just have to read that too), but I’ve heard wonderful things about this one. Heist plus magic and high fantasy is pretty hard to resist, especially after reading Mistborn.
*Note: Images are linked to Goodreads, titles are linked to Amazon. I get a small kickback if you use these links to purchase any of these books, so thank you if you choose to do that. 🙂
If you’ve been waiting for a blog, first off I have to say Thank You! I know I had posted what was going to be a schedule I planned to stick to and didn’t follow through. Pretty much right after the last post, I was in too much pain to do much of anything. The problem was solved, but it took about a month and a half. I should have come back to the blog at that point, but I was putting all my time into getting Christmas crochet gifts done, and the last gift took longer (I literally only finished it 2 days ago and now I don’t want to touch a big project for a long time).
Anyway, I hate feeling like I’m making excuses when blogging should just be FUN. And when I get into it, it is a lot of fun. I struggle with making the time for writing though, now that I’ve added more hobbies to my life >.<. Crochet kind of took over (I became addicted to the craft, I have a ton of passion for it as it turns out), and it does great things for my anxiety. However, now that the holidays are over with and I have no “deadlines” in regards to it, it’s time to make writing more present in my life. I just need to find that balance, which can be very difficult to do.
So this is not an excuse, or an apology for not being able to follow a set schedule when I got sick. I’m not going to put myself down for that, life happens and sometimes it takes time to figure things out. With that said, I won’t be making any promises.
I’m going to treat this blog as a hobby, something I do because I have something to say or just for fun. If that translates to regular posting, then that’s great. If not, so be it, that just means I’ve been occupied with other things that take precedence. I don’t see myself writing another checking in post like this unless I have something big I want to share outside of on topic posts. So this should be the last one I do for awhile.
Next post should be about my 2015 reading, maybe gaming as well. After that, who knows? I hope to find and solidify a routine this year, so hopefully that can happen. But again, no promises.
If you’d still like to check in with the blog, subscribe to be notified for when I do post, or just follow me on Twitter. Once again, a huge Thank You if you’ve read this far. It can be so lonely working on a post that takes a minimum of one hour to write and not knowing if anyone will read. So if you ARE reading, I really appreciate it!
Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and features weekly top-ten lists! This week’s topic is 10 Wishes I’d Ask the Book Genie to Grant Me. This is going to be a fun list!
1. My wish would be to read 40-50 pages an hour consistently. I could get so much more reading done if I could! Right now I’m still very slow, wavering at 20-30 pages per hour. Once upon a time, I could do 40. I’d love to get back to that speed, even though that’s probably still slow to many people.
2. If the book genie wants to give me more Brandon Sanderson books, I’ll happily accept :D. It might take me a long time to read, but his writing is worth it! No longer “intimidated” by their length, because there’s a high reward with them. I need more, but I’m kind of on a book buying ban.
3. An epic library room. Who doesn’t want this? It would be lined with bookshelves, with a nice writing desk (I like to write too), and a comfy chaise lounge to read in. Also being my room, it’d have a healthy stack of crochet blankets lol.
4. I’d love to know what kind of books Hermione Granger would read for fun, outside of the nonfiction we read about in Harry Potter. Like what does she read in her downtime? And how does fantasy work in their world? Does she like the genre, even while being a witch at Hogwarts? So many random thoughts lol.
5. A new bookcase. I need more space for books.
6. I wish I could know the name and author of a book I loved as a kid. It was a really cool book about a house this family moved into and the kids found this whole creepy attic that seemed massive, and all I remember is it was a scary story starring this boy and girl who I think were siblings with this house that was bigger on the inside. The odd thing is I do remember what the cover looked like, but that’s not too helpful…
7. Another book I loved and also read as a kid was about this girl who went to the mall and bought this creepy dollhouse and found herself sucked into it. It was fabulously creepy and I wish I could remember!
8. I wish the book fairy could give me a list of every book I’ve ever read, honestly. I only started keeping track in 2010. 😦
9. Dear book fairy, just make one person close to me read the books I like. It’d be so much fun to flail and fangirl with someone in real life. Hubby and friends have read HP, but I’m talking about currently, newer books or current series like Winner’s Curse.
10. Remember the last TTT? Make a book from Libba Bray and Neil Gaiman happen. IT WOULD BE SO COOL.
I loved the first book, so when I had the chance to be part of the launch for Gabriel, I grabbed at the chance! Read on to learn about these books and then enter the giveaway for your chance to win Signed Hardcover copies of both Lailah and Gabriel, provided by the author herself!
Author: Nikki Kelly
Series: The Styclar Saga #2
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Release Date: October 27th 2015
The handsome Angel from Lailah gets center stage in this continuation of Wattpad sensation Nikki Kelly’s romantic and action-packed series about mortals, vampires, and angels.
Gabriel is an Angel Descendant. He’s also an ally to a generation of vampires who want to break away from the demon who controls them. His faith in the power of good over evil wavers, however, when he discovers that Lailah, the woman he considers his only true love, may be both angel and demon. Is their love enough to overcome the dark forces who are ready to go to war with Gabriel, the vampire Jonah, and the angel and vampire forces? And can Gabriel compete with Jonah, who is also in love with Lailah?
Once again, Nikki Kelly looks deeply into the heart and soul of good and evil to create a romantic, action-packed reading adventure.
Check out the Styclar Wattpad page for preview chapters of Gabriel!
What did you do on your research trip to France?
Mainly, I visited all the locations used in the book! I also spent some time writing while I was there of course! I think the nicest thing about my research trip was that I ended up using my Auntie and Uncle’s barn conversion as a base for the property our gang find themselves staying in! Everything in the story from the barn, the village itself and various locations (including the snowy mountains) are completely real – you could even go and visit them all yourself!
Was the writing process for Gabriel a lot different than Lailah?
The writing process for GABRIEL was shorter, because this time around I was writing full time! But the actual ‘writing’ part was much the same. I start with a premise, have an idea in my head of the beginning/the ending/a specific character etc. and start writing! I only ever do rough outlines, it’s all pretty much in my head, which is another reason why I have often said I feel like this story was implanted in my brain sometimes and I am the mere mortal who gets to put pen on paper to bring it to life!
What can we expect from Gabriel (the novel)?
Gosh, A LOT! The story picks up right where it left off, and continues to be told form Lailah’s POV – The main cast are back, but we get to meet some lush new ones too! I am still a great fan of the twist – suffice to say, just when you think you know, really you have no idea! 😉 Oh, and also, did I mention… #NoMercy 😉
Would you say that you’re similar to Lailah in any way?
Naturally, Lailah and I have a few of the same traits, I think every character in my stories have a little piece of me, whether intentional or not! But I think we can all relate to Lailah’s plight, I think most of us go through a time in our lives where we are working out who we are and making choices that carve out who we ultimately end up becoming.
What are you currently reading?
I have a new baby, so my hands are a little tied at the moment! But I can tell you what I will be reading next *grabby hands* Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo!!!
Any advice for aspiring authors?
If you have a story to tell, don’t stop until it’s told… and Never.Ever.Give.Up
How much of your personal experience is tied into this series?
A very large percent! A good example — In GABRIEL, Ruadhan tells Lailah ‘You only fail, if you never try.’ That is the very advice my Mom gave me, and one of the reasons I am living my dream today… I think it all goes back to that great advice you hear again and again about writing – about writing what you know. So in this case, for example, I know very well the true meaning and the importance of that message… Even down to the mythology in the story — it’s all based loosely on my own belief system (you’ll see plenty more of that in Book 2 and especially in Book 3).
And if you haven’t read Lailah yet. . . .
Author: Nikki Kelly
Series: The Styclar Saga #1
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
The girl knows she’s different. She doesn’t age. She has no family. She has visions of a past life, but no clear clues as to what she is, or where she comes from. But there is a face in her dreams – a light that breaks through the darkness. She knows his name is Gabriel.
On her way home from work, the girl encounters an injured stranger whose name is Jonah. Soon, she will understand that Jonah belongs to a generation of Vampires that serve even darker forces. Jonah and the few like him, are fighting with help from an unlikely ally – a rogue Angel, named Gabriel.
In the crossfire between good and evil, love and hate, and life and death, the girl learns her name: Lailah. But when the lines between black and white begin to blur, where in the spectrum will she find her place? And with whom?
Gabriel and Jonah both want to protect her. But Lailah will have to fight her own battle to find out who she truly is.
NIKKI KELLY was born and raised only minutes away from the chocolately scent of Cadbury World in Birmingham, England. Lailah was first launched to Wattpad, an online readers and writers community. Within six months, the novel had over one million reads. Lailah is Nikki’s debut novel, and the first book in The Styclar Saga. She lives in London with her husband and their dogs, Alfie (a pug) and Goose (a Chihuahua).
From the author herself: LAILAH is my debut novel, and first launched in serial form to wattpad, a readers & writers community. Within just 6 months, LAILAH had over a million reads and thousands of comments and votes.
Since then, The Styclar Saga has gone on to pick up a traditional deal with Feiwel & Friends, and LAILAH, the first book in the series released on October 7th 2014.
These days I spend my time balancing my amazing job of writing fantasy fiction, with my other, very important role of Chocolate Connoisseur. I like to multitask and do the two together. It makes me happy.
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I’ve decided I will be doing this tag, but with a little twist. I’ll be featuring not just an upcoming book, but also a game. This might evolve to also mentioning a movie at times. However, you can always count on a book and a video game, which could be for any platform, as I’m not going to break it down. Anyway, what am I excited for this week? Read on!
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff has been on my radar ever since watching videos from BEA 2015 (Book Expo America, if you’re not familiar). This book looks so AWESOME and I am kind of a sucker for books written in a non-traditional, more experimental way (which is why I’m forever attracted to House of Leaves but am too much of a wimp to actually read the whole thing). It comes out on October 20th, though I don’t know when I’ll actually get to buy it. However, I’m eager to read this one!
Here is the synopsis: It follows a girl named Kady and she has a typical life until her planet is under attack from an unknown enemy. She manages to escape on a ship, with her mom on another and her ex-boyfriend on another. While their trying to escape their planet Kerenza, the enemy is in pursuit and at the same time a virus is spreading through one of the ships while the main ship’s AI goes haywire. It just seems like a fun ride and I love sci-fi and space operas, so I’m excited. I actually haven’t read sci-fi in quite some time, so this will be a nice foray back to the genre.
For games, I’m actually listing two that are technically out already. However, they’re still brand new, so it still applies. Both games are for 3DS.
The first game to mention was one I learned about back at E3 week, so if you read my Nintendo post, you might remember this title. That game is Chibi-Robo!: Zip Lash. It actually was released on October 9th. I preordered this game with the amiibo figure, despite not having a New 3DS or NFC reader, but it was a good deal and the amiibo is adorable (also, I plan on getting a New 3DS in the future, so it will be used, just not right now). I just couldn’t resist the cuteness of this platformer, and I love collectibles in these types of games, so I’m looking forward to trying to collect all the snacks available. It should be lots of fun. Reviews have come out that were unfavorable, but I still think I’ll enjoy it for what it is.
The other game I went to mention actually released yesterday (the 13th). It is Legend of Legacy which I heard about through Atlus, since they’re the publisher. It was actually developed by a studio I never heard of, but includes former members of Square Enix and Level 5. When I heard the writer of Chrono Trigger was working on it, my interest was piqued. I have a love for JRPGs admittedly, and I look forward to adding this one to my collection. There are 7 characters to choose from, each with their own side of the story, so you have to play through the game 7 times to get the full experience. When I play games with multiple endings like this, I usually never end up playing them all, but I’m okay with that. The focus is on exploration, and you can freely progress through the game rather than having your hand held throughout. Anyway, I hope it will end up being a great game, but check it out if you find this interesting at all.