Monthly Wrap-Up : January 2023

January 2023 Monthly Wrap-Up

 

I can’t believe it’s already February 2023. I have not posted a Monthly Wrap-Up since October 2022, due to the exhaustion of my partner, Eric’s, last minute deployment and the crunch of the holidays. But I really like having these wrap-ups to look back on what I was doing and when, so I am hoping to get back into the swing of posting these every month, starting with this post.  (I also really want to regain my twice a week posting schedule, but we will see how that goes).

 

Without further ado, here’s what I was up to in January 2023.

 

Wrap-up: Games

Dead Space Remake

Back in my Xbox 360 days, Dead Space 1 & 2 were some of my favorite games. Despite being terrified, I played each game multiple times. So naturally, it was a given that I had to pick up the remake on release day. It was so much fun to return to Ishimura. I have already completed my first playthrough of the game and have seven more trophies to clean up for the platinum.

 

But I’m honestly still on the fence about whether or not I want to struggle through the whole Impossible Mode thing with no deaths. Though I do think the reward for Impossible Mode, the Burnished Suit, looks pretty nice. It would also solve my personal issue of not liking the new design of the level six suit, which I think makes Isaac look like a cross between a Stormtrooper and MW2‘s Ghost. But as I’m saving my Impossible Mode playthrough for last, it’s not like I will even have the opportunity to wear the suit, which unlocks at the end of Impossible Mode, unless I start a fourth playthrough, which is frankly, a whole lot of Dead Space. And I’m just not that devoted of a trophy hunter.

 

Dead by Daylight (Moonlight Burrow event)

This month, the Lunar New Year Event, dubbed Moonlight Burrow in honor of the Year of the Rabbit, came to Dead By Daylight. I’ve really come to love the events in this game, but boy, do the killers get super spicy during them. Fellow survivors, be prepared to get tunneled and camped by the killers within the actual first two minutes of the match. And if that fails, expect to be consistently let down by whatever random teammates the Entity has chosen to bestow upon you. For more on all of the uniquely excruciating ways in which a member of your own team can let you down in Dead by Daylight, check out my dear friend (and constant, faithful member of The Holy Four Stack), Meghan’s hilarious and painfully accurate post, “Solo-Queueing in Dead by Daylight: A Spooky Tragedy”  over at her blog, Meghan Plays Games.

 

The Last of Us Part 1 Remake

Like everyone else on the planet, I’ve been watching the new The Last of Us show on HBO Max. Of course, watching the show made me want to play the game for the third or fourth time, so I picked up the newly remade version for the PS5.

 

Wrap-up: Shows

The Glory

I started watching The Glory on a whim, after my partner saw the trailer and expressed interest in watching this revenge story. Knowing the show had Song Hye Kyo as the lead actress, I was happy to oblige . This show is impossible to stop watching and I’m incredibly invested. I cannot wait for the second part of the show to release in March. Please be aware that this show features extreme bullying, physical violence, sexual assault, and other forms of abuse, so watch at your own discretion.

 

The Last of Us

So, I wasn’t really intending to get super invested in The Last of Us, and as I’d already played the first game several times, I didn’t really see the point in watching a show version of it. There’s a part of me that has always wondered if video games were a superior medium for storytelling, just on the merit of the sheer length of time a video game can last alone. Most television shows are limited to weekly hour long episodes and seasons are getting shorter and shorter all of the time. Meanwhile, video games can last upwards of 130 hours, depending on the game you play. That’s a huge amount of time for players to get invested in the characters and the world, even if there’s no player based decision-making in the story.

 

But I digress. My curiosity got the better of me and I watched the first episode of The Last of Us. I was immediately hooked and blown away by not only the faithfulness of the adaptation, but also by its ability to surpass the original game in terms of evoking emotions. Though I was initially uncertain about watching it, I now find myself looking forward to catching the latest episode every week, even though I have cried during every single one so far and am certain that I will cry in all future episodes. For The Last of Us, I prepare tissues, not snacks.

 

Hearing that the show is going to cover the events of the second game, I may have to finally put aside my trepidation of witnessing the deaths of beloved character and play it. After all, I’ve managed to survive the emotional damage of the show already.

 

Business Proposal

I finally decided to see what the buzz was about and to watch the K-Drama Business Proposal. Though initially I found the show super quirky and fun, sadly, I’m losing interest. Unfortunately, I feel like the show could have reasonably ended already and is dragging things out purely for the sake of drama. I hope to forge through to the end of the show, as I do like all of the characters, but I just can’t really stand when grown adults don’t have clear communication or when shows rely on continued miscommunications as plot.

 

Wrap-up : Books

I didn’t read as many books as I would have liked in January, sadly. Between trying to recover from my partner’s deployment and his return, and getting stuck on The Goblin Emperor for roughly two weeks, a lot of progress was not made. But ultimately, I read a lot of books that I enjoyed this month. I especially loved returning to the world of one of my favorite novels, A Sorcery of Thorns, in a cozy novella follow up, titled Mysteries of House Thorn. I was introduced to David Dalglish and his works with The Bladed Faith and The Sapphire Altar and have started started reading one of my most highly anticipated reads of the year, The Bone Shard War.

 

Wrap-up: Knits

I blissfully did not knit a single thing in the month of January. This was a relief after my slew of projects for the holiday, which I hope post about on the blog one of these days.

 

The month ahead

 

Since beating my first playthrough of Dead Space and starting another playthrough didn’t take nearly as long as I thought it would, I am considering picking up Fire Emblem: Engage after all or maybe starting yet another playthrough of Persona 3. Or perhaps I should just finish the games I’ve started and play what I already own? Ha, ha. January was a huge month for games, but my next Day One purchase is definitely going to be Resident Evil 4 Remake, which thankfully, is not coming out until the end of March. So I should have the time to play through some games by then, if I ever curb my Dead by Daylight addiction.

 

Book-wise, I hope to read the final entry in another trilogyEmperor of Ruin by Django WexlerI also preordered the new Rachel Aaron novel, the sequel to The Last Stand of Mary Good Crow  and am looking forward to reading that as well.

 

 

What were you up to in the month of January and how does your February look so far? Are you sticking to your New Year’s Resolutions, if you made any?

 

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Posted February 3, 2023 in Monthly Wrap Ups

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4 responses to “Monthly Wrap-Up : January 2023

    • Ah, I’m glad! I’ve lowered my reading challenge number this year, so am a bit more relaxed about it, thankfully. ?
      I liked Tress, it had a cute and satisfying ending, but I did not care for the narrator and his humor at all. So not my favorite Sanderson book, but worth a read, especially if you like The Princess Bride

  1. kamifurr

    Looks like you had a great month. How do you finish 3 games!? I am in the middle of Pokemon Violet right now. My friend really liked Business Proposal, but I haven’t seen that one.

    • Oh, I definitely didn’t finish all of them, just played them. ? I never finished Pokemon Violet myself. Sadly, I lost interest, but I hope you’re liking it!
      Yeah, Business Proposal was really cute in the beginning, but I feel like it’s creating drama where it shouldn’t exist.

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