The Outer Worlds Trailer.

New Vegas was such a good game, Obsidian really has my expectations high for this game. Looking forward to playing it in 2019.

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What I am playing/listening to/watching/reading/looking forward to for December 2018.

I listened to 4 books in November, which puts me at 43 audiobooks this year that I’ve listened to, which means I will probably end up around 46-48 audiobooks for the year if I listen to 3-5 books this month. I could get up to 50 but I’m not sure if I will or not. I have the following books to finish: The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller, Agincourt by Bernard Cornwell, War of the Wolf by Bernard Cornwell, Total Recall by Philip K. Dick, Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, Prey by Michael Crichton, Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton, The Lost World by Michael Crichton. Which is 8 audiobooks, so I could conceivably listen to all 8 and finish the year off with 51. The 4 books I listened to in November were:

  • Fortress Frontier by Myke Cole: The second book in the Shadow Ops series, It was a lot better than the first book because it was more than just Oscar Britton, with Bookbinder being a huge part of the story it added a lot to the story while still having the uncertainty of being a front-line soldier in a frontier outpost. I enjoyed the story a lot and the writing was noticeably better than the first book, the characters were more fleshed out and seemed more natural, and the narration by Korey Jackson was also better. It still had a reliance on the impossible super deep cover mole/spy shit I hated in the first book, but since I was expecting it, it wasn’t as jarring. Although, I still fucking hated it that aspect of it because for me it ruined an otherwise great story and downgraded it to just a good one. Overall, I enjoyed this one and it was a solid sequel that addressed a lot of the issues of the first book.
  • Breach Zone by Myke Cole: The 3rd and final book in the Shadow Ops trilogy. This is definitely the best book in the series because it address all the issues/problems that I had with the other books in the series and it had a satisfying conclusion to this trilogy of books. I enjoyed the backstory of Harlequin and Scylla. The narration by Korey Jackson was also quite good. I am looking forward to the Re-Awakening Trilogy prequel books that I will probably pick up next year.
  • Fire & Blood by George R.R. Martin: I have mixed feelings on Fire & Blood. Overall, I enjoyed the history book style telling of Westerosi history with an emphasis on the Targaryens. However, the book and a majority of the story seemed to be retelling on the Princess and the Queen novella, as well as the Rogue Prince both of which I’ve listened to in Dangerous Women and Rogues. Son’s of the Dragon is another novella that is retold in a historical context/textbook way, that was featured in a short story anthology called Book of Swords. Despite that 2 of the 6 stories featured in this book are retellings of previous stories, I enjoyed it. The narration by Simon Vance is excellent, I hope that he will be the narrator for The Winds of Winter and Dream of Spring, if GRRM ever gets around to finishing them. The mixed feelings I have for this book is mostly due to that he wrote these detailed stories and so much of it is either retelling’s or cut material from A World of Ice and Fire, and that he Still has no clear timetable for the release of The Winds of Winter. The Show has overtaken the books and for many people it will be how they remember the series, he will be entering a similar situation that Andrzej Sapkowski has with fans of the Witcher trilogy of games and his Witcher series of books.
  • Mass Effect: Annihilation by Catherine M. Valente: This was an expected surprise for me, I did expect it to be as good as it was. It is an excellent story with great characters, good and funny dialogue, and it delivered so much info about the different races. I always thought that the non-council races were the most interesting of the Mass Effect universe: the Drell, Batarians, Volus, Hanar, Quarians, and the Elcor. And Annihilation really packs in a lot of backstory and interesting tidbits of those cultures. The narration by Tom Taylorson was excellent, he provided unique voices for each character and really nailed the speech patterns for the Volus, Hanar, and Elcor as well as the “perfect memory” of the Drell. Annihilation is one of the few books that I rated 5/5 for story, performance, and overall for all the audible titles I’ve listened to in my 5 years being a member. Such a good book, I wished they didn’t cut the DLC for Andromeda because if they could get it half as good as this book was, people would not thing Mass Effect Andromeda was such a disappointment, despite most people’s unrealistic expectations for it. This book was great, an awesome story with extremely interesting and compelling characters, and excellent narration.

I picked up Assassin’s Creed: Origins on sale (on a side note/rant here, I find games and time spent playing games much more enjoyable when I pick up AAA games on sale a few months or 1 year later, most of the issues are usually sorted out and the DLC is also all released by then. It’s also nice to pick something up for 20-50 rather than 70$ CAD on release. I paid about 50$ for the gold edition of the game, which got me the season pass and some extra stuff on top of the deluxe version of the game. I have about 60 hours in the game already but have not completed the Main Quest or the DLC yet, I’ve been doing the Gods event’s and completing side quests and main story side quests. The Witcher 3 influence is plain to see, and Origins really improved a lot of aspects of it as well, on top of improvements into the gameplay of the series. The Leveling and Ability system of the game well done, the ancient tablets giving you a free ability point is a nice touch and a clear inspiration from the Witcher 3’s Places of Power. Well worth the pick up, especially on sale. I’ll definitely pick up Odyssey next year if a similar deal is available. Odyssey has already had a sale for 50% off the base game, so the next time I see a sale like that and if there is a sale on Season Pass, I will most likely pick it up right away.

I also picked up R-Type Dimensions, one of my favorite old school games.

I’m still playing Deadcells a lot as well as Destiny 2, which was free on the blizzard launcher a month ago and Forsaken DLC was on a deal. Destiny 2, while fun to play and classes/subclasses are nicely done, seems to have a massive investment cost to play. If I did pick it up on launch as well as getting the DLC then paying for the annual pass, the cost would be over 200$ CAD, which is absurdly high cost to play because the Devs want to avoid a monthly subscription. I’ll probably keep playing if my internet isn’t acting up with constant lag outs and DC’s.

On Netflix, there are a couple shows I am currently watching:

  • The Last Kingdom Season 3: Definitely living up to the hype I had for it, well worth checking out if you haven’t seen it.
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000 the Gauntlet: Funny and Entertaining so far, what more can you ask for?

On Crave+HBO/Movies:

  • Letterkenny: This was extremely funny and well worth checking out. Can’t wait for the new season coming up during christmas.
  • Band of Brothers: I start a rewatch for this during november and will probably finish it this month.
  • Red Sparrow: I wanted to pick this up on Blu Ray but glad I didn’t, this movie is aiight and well worth watching if you are streaming it on a service.
  • Pacific Rim Uprising: I really liked how this started out and enjoyed it up until the ending which fell kinda flat. It was worth checking it for me though because I enjoyed Pacific Rim.
  • The Expanse: Gonna rewatch the first season and get back into this series.

This month there is a movie I’ve been looking forward to watching that will be on Netflix on December 21st, Bird box. Check it out here:

 

 

What I am playing/listening to/watching/reading/looking forward to for November 2018.

I listened to 6 audio-books in October, which is a lot for me because I average around 3 per month. I listened to Thin Air by Richard Morgan, The Consuming Fire by John Scalzi, Shadow Ops: Control Point by Myke Cole, and Hollywood Dead by Richard Kadrey. I re-listened to The Black Company and Shadows Linger by Glen Cook.

Thin Air was extremely good, the writing, characters, and story were all done well. The narration by Colin Mace was excellent, it made a good book even better. I hope Morgan does more sci-fi because he does it extremely well. It definitely checked a bunch of boxes for me, it had a dark and dangerous world, good characters, intrigue and conspiracy. Totally worth the pre-order.

The Consuming Fire was also extremely good. Wil Wheaton narration was top-notch and combined with Scalzi’s good story-telling is a very good combo. I can’t wait for the third book in the series. So far, 2 books in the series and both were worth it.

Hollywood Dead continues the Sandman Slim tale, and does it well. I enjoyed the story and MacLoed Andrews narration is excellent as always for the series. I’m interested in where the series will go from here, I thought it passed it’s end point already with resolution of Mason and Wormwood but the series still moving right along and not stumbling or rambling along.

Shadow Ops: Control Point was an OK story with a kind of frustrating main character, although I it was probably an extremely good representation of a soldier’s life. I enjoyed the story and it ended well, it was good enough that I picked up the next 2 books in the series, Fortress Frontier and Breach Zone. I may also pick up the re-awakening prequel trilogy later this month.

There were 2 interesting Audible Daily Deals this month and I picked up Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller and Agincourt by Bernard Cornwell. Both are more Historical Fiction/Fantasy and was something I was interested in. As I was typing this, Prey by Michael Crichton was the daily deal and I picked it up.

This month I will be listening to: Shadow Ops: Fortress Frontier, Shadow Ops: Breach Zone, Mass Effect Andromeda: Annihilation, Fire & Blood, Agincourt, and Prey.

I started up Fallout 4 again, mostly because I did not finish any of the DLC’s. However, I do play a lot of Dead Cells still, it’s a really fun game to pick up and play.

There a couple of games I wanna finish as well: Subnautica, Alien Isolation, Final Fantasy XV, Rise of the Tomb Raider, and Dishonored. I’d like to get this finished before moving onto Dishonored 2 and Prey. I am also looking to pick up Assassin’s Creed: Origins on sale, which I hope to pick up on sale some time between now and new years.

I am looking forward to eventually pick up Red Dead Redemption 2, Call of Cthulhu, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and Darksiders 3.

What I am playing/listening to/watching/reading/looking forward to for October 2018.

Port of Shadows by Glen Cook, narrated by Brian Troxell, was very good and managed to add some mystery to the Dominator, The Lady, and the Senjacks backstory. A good story and decent narration, and it made me start a re-listen to the series. Glad I pre-ordered it. September and October were/are pretty good months for releases: Port of Shadows by Glen Cook released 09-11-18, Hollywood Dead by Richard Kadrey released 08-28-18 (late enough to be in September), The Consuming Fire by John Scalzi release date 10-16-18, and Thin Air by Richard K. Morgan release date 10-23-18.

The Rook by Daniel O’malley, narrated by Katy Carmichael, was another one I listened to in September. Despite it being a young adult novel, I found it enjoyable story with interesting characters, lore, and world building. I was planning to pick up Stiletto but I chose to pick up Control Ops: Shadow Ops by Myke Cole instead. I’ll probably pick up Stiletto eventually but for the moment Shadows Ops series by Myke Cole is what I want to listen to. If Shadow Ops is decent, I will check out Myke Cole’s The Sacred Throne series.

I also listened to The Hunt for Red October, which was pretty good and narrated well by Scott Brick. It was well worth the pick up during the Daily Deal. I find it odd how faithful and unfaithful the movie is, which is still one of my favorite movies despite the choices in adaptation.

At the moment, I am re-listening to The Black Company because of how much I enjoyed Port of Shadows, and after The Black Company I’m gonna listen to Hollywood Dead then Control Point: Shadow Ops.

I picked up a 500gig SSD so I started to add some games I wanna play or replay. I got Alien Isolation Collection for a pretty good deal, which looked extremely good with some survival and stealth gameplay I found interesting after watching a stream on Twitch. I also picked up Batman Arkham Knight on a good deal. I re-installed Farcry Primal, Doom (2016), Prey, Rise of the Tomb Raider, The Witness, Black Mesa, Half Life 2, The Witness, Ziggurat, Shadow of Mordor, Metal Gear Rising Revengeance, Spinter Cell Blacklist, Farcry Blood Dragon, Mass Effect 2, Mass Effect 3, Legacy of Kain: Defiance, and Vampire the Masquerade Bloodlines.

I lost all my saves for most of my games because I had to format and clean install Windows 10, so it means I need to replay FFXV up to where I stopped when started playing Battle for Azeroth. Speaking of which, I ended my sub for WoW mostly because my shitty internet and not able play because of lag and disconnects.

 

What I am playing/listening to/watching/reading/looking forward to for September 2018.

I’ve noticed this what I am type post are more of a recap of what I did the previous month and then a bit about what I’m gonna do the current month.

In August I listened to the audiobooks for Mark Lawrence’s Red Sister and Grey Sister, which are pretty good and are narrated very well by Heather O’Neill. I enjoyed these books a lot, it had a lot of elements I like, which is in this series is a vengeance/revenge element. good characters, and a well-developed story. Both books were good and I’m looking forward to the last book in the trilogy, Holy Sister, whenever it comes out. If you are looking for something/anything to read or listen to, this series is definitely worth checking out.

Audible had a daily deal I was interested in, seems to happen every 4-6 months, last month The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy was a daily deal that I immediately purchased as soon as I got the notification. The Hunt for Red October is still one of my favorite movies to watch and I can’t wait to listen to the audiobook.

I put off listening to the audiobook for The Rook by Daniel O’Malley to wait to listen to Grey Sister, but I plan to listen to it this month and if I enjoy it, pick up the second book Stiletto.

I pre-ordered book 10 in the Sandman Slim series, Hollywood Dead by Richard Kadrey narrated by MacLeod Andrews. I liked the series a lot and enjoy the story so far of the series. I’m gonna check this out after the Rook. Instead of picking up Stiletto in August, I used my credit to get this one instead. Looking forward to this one after listening to the Rook.

I have another pre-order coming in this month, Port of Shadows by Glen Cook, a book in the Black Company series. I can’t wait for this one, the Black Company books are one my favorite series and I’m tempted to re-listen to the audiobooks now that I have a firm grasp of all the characters.

I’ve played about 1 month of World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth now, and it’s got all things I enjoy doing, so for an expansion it is off to a great start. At the moment, the people who are mythic dungeon geared are just in a holding pattern until the first raid, Uldir, opens up and mythic plus dungeons open up. I’m gonna be playing/maining a Demon Hunter this expansion, which is a pretty big thing since I’ve mained a Death Knight since Wrath of Lich King and it’s not because DK’s are weak or underpowered or unfun to play but because I just wanted something different. My first alt is gonna be a Light Forged Draenei Paladin, I chose a pally because the are pretty good for most roles (Tank, Healer, DPS), it might not be the case for raids or anything but I enjoy doing mythic plus dungeons anyways and that is how I’m gonna gear out alts anyways.

Injustice 2 was well worth picking up, the single player is fun with multiverse and the story mode is easily the best in any fighting game ever. It was like the surprisingly good DC Justice League animated movies. The voice acting is very good and the visuals are great. Well worth the pick up and a steal on sale for less than 30$ CAD. If you enjoy fighting games or want a good single player game with a decent story and lots of replay-ability, this game is well worth checking out.

I picked up some good blu rays last month, A Quiet Place, Avenger’s Infinity War, and Deadpool 2.

  • A Quiet Place was extremely good movie with an excellent story and great acting, the blu ray has some good featurettes.
  • Infinity War was good and the blu ray has decent featurettes with audio commentary on the movie which is always a good thing.
  • Deadpool 2 was also very good, delivered on all the things I liked about the first Deadpool and has audio commentary as well as a decent amount of featurettes.

I’m gonna pre-order Red Dead Redemption 2 for the PS4 because I want to play it this year and I really don’t think Rockstar likes to release stuff on PC.

What I am playing/listening to/watching/reading/looking forward to for August 2018.

These usually start off with a recap of what audiobooks I finished last month, so here goes:

  • Season of Storms by Andrzej Sapkowski narrated by Peter Kenny – The short stories of the Witcher series always seem to be the better ones in the witcher series and Season of Storms definitely continues that trend. I’d rank it behind the other 2, The Last Wish and Sword of Destiny, though. Narration is good, the story was pretty winding and contained many contrivances but was overall pretty good and was fun to listen to.
  • The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers narrated by Stefan Rudnicki, Gabrielle de Cuir – This is a short story compilation with the King in Yellow playing a central element in most of the stories, except for the last 3 stories. The Narration was very good and the main King in Yellow stories were excellent. I am looking forward to a re-listen of this one. I also want to re-watch the first season of True Detective because of how much I enjoyed this audiobook. The last 3 stories this one are mostly historical romances, and although good, did not seem to match up with dread and strange horror of the King in Yellow stories.
  • Pet Semetary by Stephen King narrated by Michael C. Hall – Another good Steven King story with excellent narration, this time by Michael C. Hall. I listened to this one right after The King in Yellow and it was a great 1 2 punch, the sense of dread and horror of what is going to happen are great. I keep taking King for granted here and nearly every audiobook I pick up that he writes reminds me how good he is.

I have also done a re-listen to Joe Abercrombie’s Best Served Cold, and will also be starting The Heroes later this month.

I pre-ordered Richard K. Morgan’s Thin Air (release date 10-25-18) and picked up The Rook by Daniel O’Malley. In just over a month my pre-orders for Port of Shadows by Glenn Cook and Mass Effect Andromeda: Annihilation by Catherynne M. Valente will be available for download. Fire and Blood by George R.R. Martin is also pre-ordered and available for download on 11-20-18.

This month I am planning to listen to Red Sister by Mark Lawrence (which I have already started and about an hour into), The Rook by Daniel O’Malley, The Heroes by Joe Abercrombie, Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman, and Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman.

With my next 2 audible Credits I plan to pick up Grey Sister by Mark Lawrence and Stiletto by Daniel O’Malley.

On August 13th, the Battle for Azeroth Expansion hits and I’m looking forward to playing to it. I thought Legion has been the best expansion since Wrath of the Lich King and legions biggest flaw was Artifact weapons being Alt and Spec unfriendly, which the azerite thing address completely. I’m gonna be leveling my Demon Hunter first, since I’ve been main-ing a Death Knight since Wrath of the Lich King and definitely want to switch it up.

I picked up Injustice 2 Legendary Edition on sale today for 27$-ish CAD, I missed a sale the last time and regretted not picking it up then, so I definitely wanted to pick it the next time it went that low. I’ve been wanting a fighting game I could play, mostly for single player stuff, that I could play while listening to music or an audiobook.

Looking forward to picking up Quiet Place, Deadpool 2, and Avenger’s Infinity War on blu ray this month.