Watching a Video Game: “Resident Evil 7 biohazard”

Not being someone who likes the feeling of being scared, I don’t play many horror games. Alan Wake and BioShock are about as creepy as it gets for me. That’s why I had very little interest in playing Resident Evil 7 biohazard — at least until I heard how amazing it is. I’m not a big Resident Evil fan — zombies and plagues aren’t my thing — but my boyfriend is, so when he decided to play biohazard in VR, it was the perfect opportunity for me to indulge my interest in the game without actually having to play it myself.

I’ve just been watching him play. It’s still scary.

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“Horizon Zero Dawn” Collector’s Edition Goodies!

It’ll be a while before I can comment in detail about Horizon Zero Dawn (except I can say that so far, I love it!), but this week I got my hands on the Collector’s Edition of the game which has a few physical goodies I was excited about.

Steelbook

I’m a sucker for a pretty case for a video game, and the Steelbook case included in the Collector’s Edition features some gorgeous artwork, focusing on Aloy in action. Here’s a look at the outside of the case!

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Aloy Statue

The whole reason I pre-ordered this edition of the game was the inclusion of the amazing statue of the main character, Aloy. Created by Gentle Giant, the figure has tons of detail that I love.

img_5597Aloy stands over a downed watcher, and you can place arrows in slots near the machine’s head to make it clear Aloy shot this mechanical creature down.

While Aloy’s face doesn’t have the same detail as her outfit or the watcher, you can see her freckles. I love her hair and the way it blends from red to blonde, but you can definitely see the paint strokes and some brown coming through where there shouldn’t be any. But her clothing and the watcher itself are so detailed, they make up for the rest. Just looking at the fur on her arms and shoulders can trick you into thinking that if you touch it, it’ll be soft. The colors are also bright and true to the vividness of the Horizon‘s in-game world.

I’d deem this statue one of my all-time favorites, though it’s actually one of the first non-action figures I have!

Art Book

The art book is a fascinating history lesson diving into how Horizon Zero Dawn was designed. I’ll admit I was expecting a big, 100+ page art book like I have for video games like Mass Effect, but this one is short and wide (shorter than my hand), with about 50 pages of art. It’s more of a bite-sized addition to the Collector’s Edition of the game than a rich art book, which you’d probably need to go out and purchase.

It’s fun to see Aloy’s concept art, as well as the outfits worn by various tribes (the most interesting and unexpected thing in the book, for me!). There is also a ton of art dedicated to the lush landscapes and ruins that make up this world. The only thing missing was much art focused on the mechanical creatures, which is a shame as they are such an important part of the world’s aesthetic and history. Still, I enjoyed seeing the rough concept art that was the foundation for so much of this game!

— Ashley

What’s New — March 2017

Happy springtime, everybody!

So I have no idea why I made such a fuss about Horizon Zero Dawn last month, because it came out on the last day of last month… which means really, it’s March that’s going to be totally full of this game. I am so excited about finally playing it. I ordered the Collector’s Edition and will have a quick review of all the goodies in it up later this week. =)

forhonor-guard-breakLast month I got very into the video game For Honor. You can read my full review here. I also tried Elder Scrolls Online at long last, but I haven’t played much of it as I am, as usual, overloaded with new games to play! I’ll probably have some more posts and some gameplay up later this month as I master my Nobushi class. It’s just so addicting, guys. I can’t recommend the game enough!

I also read (or listened to, since it was an audiobook) Margaret Atwood’s novel The Handmaid’s Tale, which was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever read. It depicts a near-future dystopia in which women are treated as property. I highly recommend it, and if you enjoy audiobooks, Claire Danes’ narration was perfect. I wish she narrated more books.

I’m also reading the next book in Becky Chambers’ series, after picking up The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet last year. So far, I’m enjoying A Closed and Common Orbit, although it’s not quite as much fun or as rich as the first book. I’m intrigued by the strength of the story so far, though! (You can read more of my thoughts about these books here.)

Mass-Effect-Andromeda-1.pngThis month, in addition to Horizon finally being on my PlayStation 4 and all over my TV screen, I am drooling to think about Mass Effect Andromeda. It comes out toward the end of the month, and… well, you guys know by now that I am totally in love with everything Mass Effect! My main concern right now is figuring out who I’m going to romance. I want to know everything about every character.

That’s pretty much all that’s on my radar right now. Some personal family emergency stuff went down for me last month, which has been occupying a lot of my time and brain space. It is going okay though, and I am relieved for my family about that. But I am also happy to get back to my regular life, my writing, my working out, and my video games.

What’s on your agenda for March? And also if anyone else is playing either Horizon or Mass Effect, let’s compare notes on Twitter or in the comments here! I love to hear how other people play RPGs and where our choices and paths may differ. =)

— Ashley

My Current Sci-Fi Reading

After spending a couple of months obsessively listening to audiobooks of Nora Roberts’ future mystery romance series In Death, I decided to switch it up with a couple of other science fiction picks. Here’s what I’ve been “reading” lately. =)

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SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY, and VIDEO GAMES!