All posts by Ashley Hagood

Hi there! I'm a writer in San Francisco who's been blogging about geeky things for years. Robo♥beat is my place to share what I'm passionate about and hear from others with the same interests! =)

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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What’s New — July 2017

July is a month I have been long awaiting, for a few reasons:

  • It’s Camp NaNoWriMo, so I can focus on writing my novel again
  • Final Fantasy XII is coming out on PS4, so I can replay it
  • A ton of good movies are coming out

Plus, days off for 4th of July and all that good stuff. =)

Last month, I played some more Injustice 2, started making my way through Wolfenstein: The New Order, spent a lot of time working thanks to E3 madness, and saw the amazing and funny Wonder Woman movie. This month…

Novel Writing

On the writing front, I have been pretty bad about keeping to a schedule lately. I’ve had a lot of ideas, so in general things are going in the right direction — I just need to make time to write. I’d blame a super busy work month, but there’s never an excuse for not writing!

In any case, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) has a camp in April and July, which lets you group up with other writers online to encourage each other through the month. You set your own personal goals with this one. Mine will be to write seven hours per week. I’d say one hour per day, but I’m going to give myself the leeway to write a little extra some days and skip a day once in a while, depending on when I have time. Life happens, after all. But by the end of the month, with that much writing, I should feel like I made some good progress!

Final Fantasy XII

final-fantasy-xii-key-artI don’t need another video game in my life right now. I’m wrapping up both Mass Effect Andromeda and Wolfenstein: The New Order, I’m playing some Nex Machina co-op with my partner, and I’ve started a new playthrough of Dragon Age Inquisition that I’ll be chipping away at for the next little while here. I also have Persona 5 on my list of games-to-play. And Night in the Woods.

But… Final Fantasy XII is one of my favorite video games ever, and one of the first I played. The characters and rich settings are so stuck in my mind. I remember battling through tedious dungeons just to get to that next beautiful cutscene and unravel more of the story. I was in love with Balthier. It’s just such a magical game to me, I have to play it again now that it’s coming to the PlayStation 4. It’ll take me some time, but hey, video games are meant to be enjoyed. I can take my time. =)

Movies

Summer is known for blockbuster movies, and the ones I’m most looking forward to are Spider-Man: Homecoming next week, and then Dunkirk and Valerian later in the month.

I’ve started reading Valerian (specifically the comic tied to the movie) to learn about the characters and world. I love that it’s fun, over-the-top science fiction adventure, but with that underlying young romance. Maybe unrequited, which can be even better.

What’s everybody else doing and playing this month?

— Ashley

Tracking in Open World Games: An Investigation

As open world video games take off, exploration is becoming a huge part of gameplay. The trouble is that it can be hard to pinpoint where the action is happening when there’s such a vast world in front of you. It’s interesting to see how different games handle this via the use of tracking — whether that’s scanning the environment (Mass Effect Andromeda), using special senses to follow a trail (The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt), or utilizing technology that reveals more about what’s around you (Horizon Zero Dawn).

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