“Sword of Destiny”: The Best Background Book for the Witcher Games

A few years ago, when getting into The Witcher series of video games, I decided to pick up the books too. The games are based on a series of short story collections and novels by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, and the books provide tons more backstory that the games just throw at you to figure out (not in a bad way). Back then, I read two books: The Last Wish, which is a short story collection that introduces the main character as a lone wolf type, and Blood of Elves, the first of a handful of novels about the witcher.

A couple of months ago I heard that Netflix is going to adapt the books into a new show, which got me on a Witcher kick. I would totally pick up the video games (again!), but I have too much other gaming on my plate right now. So I decided to go back to the books, starting the series over again and continuing on to (hopefully) read all the novels this time.

The best part of this re-exploration of the books? I discovered that I missed one last time! And it’s my favorite so far: a series of short stories called Sword of Destiny, which actually comes between The Last Wish and Blood of Elves.

Here are a few reasons Sword of Destiny is such a memorable read, and why I recommend it most for fans of the games!

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5 Things I Love About “Wolfenstein: The New Order”

590dd7c55bafe31ae71ae41bFor the past couple of weeks I have been playing my very first Wolfenstein game, The New Order. I know, I’m super late to the game. Literally. I’m really excited to finally be playing it, though — it’s one of the best shooters I’ve ever experienced. And even though it’s first-person instead of third-person, it reminds me most of the gritty, over-the-top action and squad spirit in Gears of War.

Here are five reasons I’m loving the game!

Thanks for watching! I’d love to hear what everybody else thinks of the game if you’ve played it, or what some of your favorite shooters are too. =)

— Ashley

My Experience with the “LawBreakers” Beta

This weekend I spent a few hours playing the Boss Key’s LawBreakers beta. The game, due out later this year, is a project from Cliff Bleszinski of Gears of War fame, and as a huge Gears fan I was excited. The beta was about what I expected — a fast-paced multiplayer game that took me a few matches to get the hang of. But I was surprised by a few things too. Like how balanced it felt, even with the crazy variety of character classes you can play as. And just how fun it is to defy gravity.

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