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.

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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.

 

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

I just finished up the Sandman Slim series by Richard Kadrey, narrated by MacLeod Andrews, so just gonna recap my thoughts of the series so far:

  • It has every thing I like about the Darksiders, Constantine, and Diablo, which is a story that deals with heaven and hell with interesting characters.
  • The stories are in a range from okay to pretty good, for the most part.
  • The Characters are well done and interesting.
  • The dialogue and voice for every character are solid and entertaining, funny in places when they should be and can turn to very serious character moments quickly. Very hard to pull that off and do it well.
  • The over arching story in the series has well paced peaks and valleys, the development of characters during that period are also done well and become more compelling over time.
  • I didn’t like the hand-wavy magic used in the series, I’m not a magical realism type or a magical system one either, but goddamn “hellion hoodoo” is extremely low effort way to cast magic with an insane variety of effects. I just got used to it over the course of the series but it’s still a pretty vague way to use magic.
  • I thought the introduction of PTSD for Stark was actually well done and did a lot for the character.
  • I liked that Stark could be part of a scooby gang or be independent from it. Not something easily done and convey in a series.
  • I didn’t like the way some of the stories ended, not that I didn’t like outcomes because I thought the ending outcomes were done a satisfying way, I mean the actual way how the story ending was written. Most of the stories were well done and paced with interesting developments or character moments, however, the endings seemed rushed compared to how the rest of the story was paced. Despite my feelings that the endings seemed kinda rushed in comparison the pace of the story, the out comes of the endings were pretty good and done in a satisfying way.
  • The Narration for the series is excellent. Each character has a distinctive voice that is done well.

So despite some extremely subjective issues or feelings, the series is pretty good and the narration is excellent. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series, Hollywood Dead,  whenever it’s released on audible.

I pre-ordered a couple of audiobooks a few months ago that were released in June, Brief Cases by Jim Butcher narrated mostly James Marsters, Season of Storms by Andrzej Sapkowski narrated by Peter Kenney, and Before the Storm by Christie Golden narrated by Josh Keaton.

Brief Cases was pretty good. I enjoyed the Big Foot stories, The Molly Winter Lady story, Butters First Day Story, and Dresden family Zoo day story. My favorite story was Even Hand, which was narrated rather well by Jim Butcher himself, about Marcone and his confrontation with a Fomor Lord. The narration was on par for the Dresden Files, meaning FUCKING EXCELLENT. I am extremely looking forward to Peace Talks or Cinder Spires 2.

Before the Storms was okay, the narration was good but the story was hit or miss, with more misses than hits. It was my first buy into the warcraft stories but I while I enjoyed it and liked it enough, I doubt I will buy into others in the future. Which pretty much kills my interest in Inferno Squad.

I just started Season of Storms today, but I think it will good. The short story compilations for The Witcher Series were excellent and I am expecting good things from Season of Storms.

I also bought Red Sister on an Audible Daily Deal, which I’m looking forward to check out.

I also picked up a couple of short stories, Neil Gaiman’s A Study in Emerald narrated by Neil Gaiman, In the Tall Grass by Stephen King and Joe Hill narrated by Stephen Lang. A Study in Emerald was great, and Gaiman’s narration is always extremely good. In the Tall Grass was good and Stephen Lang’s narrations is always good.

With my 2 audible credits I picked up The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers narrated by Stefan Rudnicki and Gabrielle de Cuir, and Pet Sematary by Stephen King narrated by Michael C. Hall. Looking forward to listening to both after I’m done with Season of Storms and Red Sister.

I am also gonna re-listen to a couple Joe Abercrombie books, Best Served Cold and the The Heroes, most likely after my backlog of current audiobooks. The reason for this is because Abercrombie just posted on his site that he finished the first drafts of his next trilogy in the First Law Series and I wanted to listen to my 2 favorite books in the First Law Series.

I picked up a couple of Blurays as well, I got Black Panther and Annihilation. Black Panther is as good as everyone says it is, great visuals, good acting, good story and very good pacing. It was well worth the pick up. Annihilation was extremely good, it had great acting, the story was a good adaptation of the novel and was also very good. It was also well worth the pick up. I’m looking forward to watching the Black Panther with the directory’s commentary and all the special features. I also wanna check out the pretty good number of special features for Annihilation.

During the Steam Sale, I picked up a package duo deal on Prey and Dishonored 2 for 36.43$ CAD, I also picked up Black Mesa for 8.79$ CAD, and Pool Nation FX for 7.59$ CAD.

I finally got around to finishing up the Dragonborn DLC for Skyrim, I played the Special Edition version. I really don’t know why I waited so long to play it, it was enjoyable and fun to get back in to Elder Scrolls games.

I also re-installed Fallout 4 so I can play through the Automatron DLC, Far Harbour DLC, and Nuka World DLC.

Final Fantasy XV I spend most of my time doing the hunts but I’m slowly working my way though the story chapter by chapter.

E3 2018.

E3 was kinda underwhelming this year, aside from a few standout trailers and gameplay footage. No Final Fantasy 7 remake shown at all, no Splinter Cell, nothing on the Wolf Among Us 2, Monster Hunter World for the PC still has no real release date, and most of the really big announcements were just teaser trailers. Here are the games I’m extremely Interested in:


The Elder Scrolls VI

 

AKA, for the extremely uninformed and clueless, Skryim 2. For the rest of us, it’s The Elder Scrolls 6. There’s alot of speculation on where its gonna be set, with most thinking it will be set in High Rock. This is the game I’m the most interested in because it’s gonna be a single player RPG, and the Elder Scrolls series is in my top 5 gaming series. It’s just a teaser, however, it has impact because of the questionable decisions of Bethesda making a Fallout Game with multiplayer that is also PVP which also has nukes which you and friends can find codes for and then launch them on other players. I was extremely disappointed when finding out Fallout 76 is gonna be a half assed multiplayer online RPG; although, it being on dedicated servers, with no progression loss on death, with server population set to around “dozens”, and being able to play solo, is definitely addressed a few of my more glaring concerns. So I’m still kinda interested in how it will play out. Here is the trailer of Fallout 76. I’ll definitely buy ANY Elder Scrolls game on launch, but Fallout 76 is gonna be one I’ll probably wait and see before I buy.

Fallout 76


DOOM Eternal

 

Doom 2015 was a really, really good game with extremely good visuals that could/can run extremely well on any kind of hardware, very smooth gameplay, excellent music, great level design, and an underrated story that provided some excellent lore. Doom Eternal is the sequel, and although it’s just a teaser, I’m fucking hyped for this game, it will be definitely one I pick up on launch.


Metro Exodus

Excellent trailer, I finished up the 2 Metro games, and the Metro trilogy audiobooks, early this year and the games, as well as the audiobooks, were very good. Metro Exodus will be based on the third book in the Metro Trilogy and this is just something I want to play. The story, characters, and gameplay that does stealth as well as combat well are reasons that I like the metro games. And the gameplay trailer looks like it will continue have those elements. I will also, probably, pick this one up next year when it’s released.


Cyberpunk 2077

This is the next game by CD Projekt Red, and it goes without question that this is gonna be a game I pick up at launch/release just because of how well they do games, gameplay, story and characters.


Shadow of the Tomb Raider

The last 2 tomb raider games looked and played very well, Shadow of the Tomb Raider looks to continue on with that. Definitely gonna check this one out.


The Division 2

I put a lot of time into the Division, 372 hours, so it’s a game I enjoyed playing and one that did a decent job of implementing coop/multiplayer as well as including a pvp element (although very poorly implemented at first, then improved later to something passable.) I think the raids are a bad idea but I’m not exactly a social person. I thought the 4 player groups were pretty much perfect for missions. Hopefully, The Division 2 will be just as good as the Division was. I will probably pick this up but I also may just wait on it as well.


Skull and Bones

This was very impressive, looks like they pulled the best parts of the ship combat from Assassin’s Creed Black Flag and Rogue and made an extremely cool looking game out of it. I will definitely be keeping track of this one.


Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

Not too far off the release of Assassin’s Creed Origins, a well received game that I still haven’t pick up yet but still plan to, is another Assassin’s Creed game. Ubisoft is assuring people that the Assassin’s Creed games are not going back to annual releases. Odyssey looks impressive, and is gonna have 2 characters to choose from to start and experience the game with. Looks extremely promising, I will definitely keep an eye on this game.


The Last of Us Part 2

 

Out of all the reveals this e3, this one was the most impressive and appealing. The trailer speaks for itself in terms of story telling and gameplay. If you haven’t played the first one, get a PS4 or a PS4 Pro and pick up the Last of Us remastered and fucking play it.


The Ghost of Tsushima

A game with Samurai and Mongols? FUCK YEAH.


Hitman 2

One to keep an eye on, I still need to pick up the first one on steam.