What I Loved in Video Games in 2017

New Year’s is almost here, which means it’s time for my favorite blog post of the year: all about what I loved in the video games I played this year.

I like to restrict this list to new games, rather than anything from my pre-2017 backlog. And instead of focusing on a top 10 list of games or something equally difficult to rank, this post is here to celebrate what video games did right. It might be something that stood out to me as being unique, a plot twist that caught me off guard, or a character I loved (or hated, in a memorable way).

So without further adieu, here is what I loved in video games this year.

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5 of the Funniest Video Games I’ve Played So Far

Since playing Night in the Woods lately, I’ve been nostalgic about some of funnier video games I’ve played. I always enjoy when a game includes some humor — usually from a side character who cracks jokes, or something along those lines. But there are some games out there that are just about 100% funny. Even if you’re living through a story, getting to know characters in a deep way, shooting bad guys, or solving puzzles, the humor is an ever-present force that makes the game way more fun than it would otherwise be.

Here are the games that have had me laughing out loud the most.

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What’s New — December 2017

December might be my favorite month of the year, for a few reasons. One is that I usually get a week or so off work to unwind, and it’s great to start a new year feeling refreshed. Another is that December is a time to reflect on the past year, and I feel really good about my year this time around. The two biggest events for me were starting a new job that’s been a great fit for my skills and interests, and getting engaged. I also love December for the holiday spirit, the focus on spending time with family, and the hope for the new year as I make resolutions and plan my next adventures.

I had a very busy fall with work, a vacation, wedding planning, and focusing on fitness goals. That meant that my blog fell behind a little, and I can’t help feeling a little guilty for not posting more often lately! But that will change now, as I’m excited to start writing my December wrap-up posts and get into a new schedule with my writing — both for my blog and for my creative projects.

Here’s what I’ve been up to lately…


My main game lately has been Assassin’s Creed Origins. The ancient Egyptian setting, amazing story, and noble steed that is my dressed-up camel have made Origins the best Assassin’s Creed game I’ve played so far. I’m sure I’ll be posting more about it soon!

I’ve also dabbled in multiplayer with my fiancé. Destiny 2 is my main pick there, as I have been playing strikes now and again to level up my Warlock. I haven’t gotten too far yet, but with the new expansion this month, I’m excited to continue my adventures across the solar system. I’m saving that for when my fiancé is away for the holidays, since playing games together online is a great way to spend time together when we’re not in the same room (or city, or country!) anymore.

The other multiplayer I’ve tried is Star Wars Battlefront II, which has been fun if a bit repetitive. I love the scale of the battles, which make combat feel like an intense war and the competitive aspect of how many kills you get, leaderboards, and each of your deaths during the match feel less important. I’ve mainly played as the Specialist class, as I seem to do best in Battlefront when I’m ducking behind some cover, scoping out the space around me, and sniping somebody from a distance — or maybe providing some cover fire for an ally. Mostly I just need a few seconds to aim!

I have a few games I’d like to catch up on this month, once I have some time to myself and time off work: Wolfenstein IIUncharted: The Lost Legacy, and Life is Strange: Before the Storm are top of my list. I don’t know that I’ll be able to finish all of them along with Assassin’s Creed Origins, but I’m excited to spend more time gaming this month in general.


I’ve been focusing a lot on fitness lately, which has been going well! I’m running a 5K on New Year’s Eve that I need to train for this month, but my main workouts have been spin class and barre. I’ve found that taking classes has really helped me stay dedicated to exercising. That’s partly because it’s an appointment that I put on my calendar, so I feel like I can’t miss it. Classes are also close to an hour long, so I really push myself — and keeping up with the instructor and the rest of class is a challenge that I might not give myself when working out alone. I’m especially excited to continue with barre classes, which tone your whole body and burn a ton of calories!


As I said before, I am ready to dedicate myself to blogging more often and working on my novel. It’s one of those things that I say all the time but, like so many things in life, is easier said than done. But in this case, I am making a schedule that includes a lot of things I want to incorporate in my daily life — from my fitness classes to wedding planning — and writing is what I want to do first thing in the morning, before I get ready for work. Even if I only write a paragraph, I want to set aside a decent chunk of time each morning to write, and that will regularly include blogging. I have a few ideas for posts and am excited to get back into it!

What are you all up to this month? I’d love to hear what games you’re playing and what your goals are for the month — or maybe New Year’s resolutions? =)

— Ashley