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The ABC’s of Favorite Video Games! The Letter “H”

One of my favorite parts of games is decorating spaces. So when Happy Home Designer came out, I was bound to love it. Actually got this game as a gift, but I sunk many hours into it trying to make the nicest homes, shops, cafe, school, etc. It’s a spinoff of Animal Crossing, and though it is a letdown that it doesn’t actually matter what your space looks like as long as you put in the bare minimum, I find it relaxing. Yes, it could have been better and I fully recognize that. Even so, it’s a game I’ll gravitate to during poor mental health times.

For something of a way different speed, I loved the original Halo games (1-3) and Halo Reach. Halo 1 is full of memories for me, playing multiplayer maps with my best friend many times. We had a blast! The story, music, and atmosphere was great too. I love Halo Reach too, for much the same as well as the voice acting.

Harvest Moon is a “gateway drug” into addictive gaming. You can spend hours and not even realize it. It’s because of Harvest Moon that I decided to collect them all, as well as Story of Seasons (same type of game as Harvest Moon, since the devs lost the rights to the title), but after experiencing it on Gamecube, I’m almost too scared to try them because of the time sink. Which is probably ridiculous. But yes, this made me understand the appeal of the farming sim, and a big reason for why I wanted Stardew Valley (yes, another timesink, but dang is it fun!).

Honorable Mention:

Hotel Dusk: Room 215 had major appeal to me as it was an adventure game on DS you played holding like a book. It appealed to my geeky mystery solving side and it was my first point and click on the DS. It was also very good. Sadly there was no true sequel, but there was a related game released only in the UK, therefore I do not have it.

What are your favorite H games?

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E3 2017: What I like from Microsoft and PC Gaming Show

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?

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