2018 in Gaming and Audiobooks: My favorite Games and audiobooks of 2018.
- Assassin’s Creed: Origins – An excellent game. This is a well designed and fun game to play with an interesting story, well at least so far for me. I recently got into Dark Souls 3 and it has interrupted my playthrough of Origins. I enjoy picking up Ubisoft games when they are 39$ or less, as they really are only good for 1 playthrough. Although, the games are usually well done with a very decent story, and Assassin’s Creed Origins is definitely that. The Combat has been reworked with a definite shade of Dark Souls and The Witcher 3, namely rolling and blocking. The RPG element of upgrading skills and getting new ones through a talent tree is interesting and good element of progression, although some of the abilities are more niche than others. The Characters are interesting and have some depth. The Setting and environments are what are really impressive though, Ancient Egypt is great and the land is sprawling and striking to behold. The Area is huge with lots of towns, camps, and outposts with a huge number of npc’s. I plan on finishing it later this month once I am done the DLC for Dark Souls 3.
- Dark Souls 3 – This game really took long for me to play, I tried it initially with a PS4 controller when I picked it up and immediately hated it because of what I thought were clunky and cumbersome controls, I stopped playing it right away and just left it taking as loss of 30$. Until I watched xqc on play it on his twitch stream, through his stream Dark Souls 3 looked satisfying and the difficulty being fun to overcome with a pretty huge variety of ways/builds to play and overcome bosses. So I looked up a basic but effective build, watched a couple of how to videos, and figured out my main issue with the controls. The issue being my PS4 controller acting like a mouse with the gyroscope feature, it fucked up my camera all the time and resulted in numerous deaths for me, so I looked it in google and found that steam has a feature to load a game specific controller profile for a variety of controllers (PS4, Xbox 360/One, Nintendo Switch Pro, and the Steam Controller) and all I had to do to fix it was to pick a community profile that made the PS4 controller work as it does for Darks Souls 3 on the PS4 and it basically fixed my issues with the controls. I’ve pretty much played non stop in December, over a 110 hours (and I still have to finish the Ringed City DLC, I’m on the Midir part of it) and I’m enjoying this game quite a lot. Downing a boss is a satisfying accomplishment, combat is fun, character progression is great, and the game looks very good. This game really was enjoyable for me and I decided to pick up Bloodbourne, which is on a deal for 19$CAD on the PlayStation store until Jan 15th. I never do shit online and play offline 100% of the time because I really don’t see the point in PVP, which is usually a gimmick and a sideshow no matter how well it is done in any game that offers it.
- A Study in Emerald by Neil Gaiman, narrated by Neil Gaiman – What’s not to like about Sherlock Holmes and Lovecraft? This short story is amazing and I wish more could be done with it. Easily my favorite short story I listened to this year. Gaiman is very good narrator and one of the few authors that can do it well. I will probably pick up the graphic novel adaptation because I enjoyed this so much.
- Thin Air by Richard K. Morgan, narrated by Colin Mace – The Takeshi Kovacs trilogy is one of my favorites, as well as Blackman/Thirteen, so anything done by Morgan in the cyberpunk/scifi genre has my attention and appreciation. The story is excellent and the characters compelling with interesting backstories. The narration is also quite good. So it’s definitely on my favorites in 2018.
- Mass Effect: Annihilation by Catherynne M. Valente, narrated by Tom Taylorson – It’s pretty amazing that the Mass Effect Andromeda books surpass the game, and in large part thanks to the great authors and narrators they chose for the 3 books. Annihilation is easily my favorite of the 3 and it’s written extremely well and narrated excellently by Taylorson. It was done so well, that I really wanted to playthrough Andromeda again as Dude Ryder with the Cora romance.
- Pet Semetary by Stephen King, narrated by Michael C. Hall – Another great story by King, the sense of dread and the foreboding the story evokes in you is done so well that you can’t stop reading, or listening in my case, which is something King excels at and few can match. Hall’s narration is excellent and really added to the story.
- Port of Shadows by Glen Cook, narrated by Brian Troxell – A story I was looking forward to listening to all year, the Black Company series is in my top 5 favorites. I was disappointed that Marc Vietor wasn’t narrating as he definitely the voice of Croaker for me, however, Troxell’s narration was good and the story was compelling so it’s definitely one of my favorites for 2019.
- Books of the Ancestor by Mark Lawrence, narrated by Heather O’Neill – Red Sister was something I picked up on a daily deal, and after listening to it, I immediately picked up Grey Sister and was something I enjoyed listening to this year, so it’s among my favorites of the year. The next book, Holy Sister is available for pre-order and I plan to use one of my audible credits in January to pre-order and it will be released on April 9th 2019. I am looking forward to it.
- The Consuming Fire by John Scalzi, narrated by Wil Wheaton – Another book I was really looking forward to in 2018. The story and narration were great, and because of that it is one my favorites of the year.
Recap of what I read in December:
- Agincourt by Bernard Cornwell, narrated by Charles Keating: Bernard Cornwell does an excellent job with this historical stories and also does an excellent job of portraying battles. The narration is good as well. I picked this up on a daily deal because I like Cornwell’s Last Kingdom/Saxon Stories so much and I enjoyed this story a lot. Well worth the pick up.
- Prey by Michael Crichton, narrated by George Wilson: This was another daily deal Pick up for me, I enjoyed the story and the narration was ok.
- Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton, narrated by Scott Brick: This was a well done story and narrated pretty well. I enjoy reading/listening to books that get adapted as films and comparing them, Jurassic Park was such a good film and it’s interesting that the book it is much more of a thriller and rant about science. Technically I was done listening to this month, but only because I had 1 and 1/2 hours left in the story on Jan 1st.
- Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller, narrated by Frazer Douglas: I really had no expectations for this because I picked it up on a daily deal and only because I was interested in the Troy part of the story but I was pleasantly surprised with how well done the story, not to mention the surprise of the relationship between Patroclus and Achilles. I enjoyed this one and it made me want to check out a series called Troy by David Gemmell.
- Total Recall by Philip K. Dick, narrated by Phil Gigante: An extremely good short story, narrated very well. I picked this up on a deal and it was well worth the pick up.
This month I plan on pre-ordering Holy Sister by Mark Lawrence with one of my audible credits and probably gonna pick up The Winter King by Bernard Cornwell. I also plan on listening to The Lost World by Michael Crichton, The Armor Saint and Queen of Crows by Myke Cole, and either Good Omens by Terry Pratchett/Niel Gaiman or War of the Wolf by Bernard Cornwell.
I will probably be playing some multiplayer games as my ISP has sent out a notice that they will be upgrading my speed and the reliability of my internet connection, which was the primary reason why I stopped playing multiplayer games. I was getting constant lag and disconnects. So, IF, my net is better I plan on playing more Overwatch, Call of Duty Black out, and Battlefield V.
I also plan on finishing Assassin’s Creed Origins and it’s DLC. I picked up Bloodbourne complete edition (for around 19$CAD) and Horizon Zero Dawn complete edition (20$CAD) on deals from the Playstation store, I probably play these later in the year because I got Red Dead Redemption 2 as a Christmas gift and that will probably be what I’ll play over the next month or so.
I’m looking forward to checking out Birdbox on netflix, Anthem from Bioware, The Other Worlds by Obsidian, Metro Exodus in March, Darksiders 3 by Gunfire Games, The Division 2 by Massive.
Happy New Years.