What’s New — October 2016

This month is going to be all about getting back on track with my writing, gaming, reading, and exercising. I’ve been super busy the past month or two, to the point where I’m ready to slow down and make more time for my hobbies. I’ve been neglecting a lot of things lately! Now that fall is here, I’m ready for the change of pace.

Video Games: Last month I spent quite a bit of time playing ReCore, which I wrote about and did a video post review on. It’s exceptionally fun; I recommend it if you’re into fast-paced shooting of platforming challenges!

I’m also still playing Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (the best story-driven game I’ve played since The Witcher 3) and Rise of Iron, the latest Destiny expansion.

But this month, I’m most excited about Gears of War 4 and Skyrim: Special Edition! I just want to get my hands on that lancer and then go buy myself a house in Markarth.

TV: Not exactly sci-fi or fantasy, but I got hooked on Homeland last month. I’m on season two now and at the end of each episode, I’m dying to see what happens next. The only thing stopping me from binge-watching it is that I watch it with my partner, and since I tend to watch it before bed, I usually crash before I can keep bingeing!

This month, Luke Cage and Westworld are top of my list for new TV.

What are you guys playing and watching this month?

— Ashley


Adventures in Forging a Gjallarhorn in “Destiny: Rise of Iron”

Over the weekend, my partner and I decided to focus on one cool thing available in Destiny: Rise of Iron: the new Gjallarhorn. Since we weren’t around for Year 1 Destiny — our obsession with Destiny began in January of this year — this weapon is new to us, but obviously we’ve heard a lot about its legend status!

In game diary style, here are some of the adventures I had in forging my own Gjallarhorn. =)

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First Impressions of “Destiny: Rise of Iron”

This past week I’ve been playing through the new Destiny expansion, Rise of Iron. For $30, it’s not exactly a steal, but it adds enough new content to make me excited about this first-person shooter game again! Here are a few reasons I’ve been enjoying it so far. =)

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“ReCore”: The Good, the Bad, and the Dusty

ReCore is my current video game addiction. It’s a cute little third-person shooter, with a young woman named Joule and her robot puppy Mack going on all kinds of adventures. The world is a planet where the terraforming has gone bonkers. So have the local machines, which attack Joule at every turn. Those are the mysteries Joule needs to solve, in desert-like environments where she and her Corebots are constantly kicking up dust as they shoot and platform from place to place.

The first hour of ReCore, I thought, “Okay, this is fun.” By the second hour, I was totally hooked. I’m now about six or seven hours in, and I can tell you that between the hundreds of gamerpoints I’ve acquire through Xbox achievements — overkill, sure, but I’m not complaining! — and the fast-paced action, I definitely recommend this game. To some people. But the game has its faults, which become more apparent the longer you play.

I’ll be presenting a full game review in video format soon. But for now, here are the pros and cons I’ve discovered in ReCore.

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