Monthly Wrap-Up : May 2022

 

Well, May has turned out to be a very exciting month. I finally said “enough” to my old laptop from 2015 and got a gaming laptop capable of running Photoshop, and you know, games. So as you’ll see in this month’s wrap-up, I’ve been a little less productive on the reading front, as I’ve been having too much fun discovering the joys of not only Steam, Discord, and Games, but also being able to have Photoshop and Chrome open at the same time.

 

Wrap-Up : Games

Phasmophobia :

I was talked into buying (okay, it really didn’t take much convincing), this four player horror game. Players control paranormal investigators in a haunted house trying to gather evidence of the haunting and to determine the type of supernatural creature doing the haunting. Phasmophobia is freaking spooky. Pretty sure my soul left my body when an entity spoke to me through the game’s spirit box. Shout out to my friends for patiently teaching me how to open a door with this game’s clunky controls and my dazzling PC skills.

 

Sun Haven :

Ah, Sun Haven, the game that has completely taken over my life. Often referred to as Stardew Valley, but with dragons and/or magic, I fell for this game hard. The player ends up with three different farms in different locations, magical spells to aid them in their farming, mining, and combat. I cannot recommend it enough to gamers who love cozy games, rpgs, or farming sims.

 

Edge of Eternity :

I have not progressed very far in Edge of Eternity yet, but I’m liking it. I can’t get over how much the main protagonist looks like the in-game model for Final Fantasy XV’s Noctis though. Anyways, Edge of Eternity may not be as polished as games that weren’t funded on Kickstarter, but it’s a fun return to turn-based games and I’m interested to see where the story goes. It’s probably going on the back burner now, due to my obsession with Sun Haven.

 

Dead by Daylight :

Yes, my addiction continues, even in the face of the release of Evil Dead : The Game. I made it to Red Rank 1 for the first time this season. I’m super excited for the Anniversary Event coming next month, and the new chapter releasing in early June. I have no idea how I feel about the Dating Sim that features the killers of Dead by Daylight, which was announced.

 

Evil Dead : The Game :

Initially, I was pretty hyped about Evil Dead : The Game, which seemed like a mix of Dead by Daylight and Friday the 13th. Though it was fun at first, I quickly grew bored of it. With only one map, the game feels pretty repetitive. Plus, having to constantly melee the evil dead (while slogging through all the same locations, might I add) is just really not my thing. Though there are singleplayer missions as well, I couldn’t even successfully beat the first one, even with multiple attempts. I found it pretty discouraging. I don’t usually mind when developers release games where it’s clear more DLC is coming, but Evil Dead : The Game really felt unfinished to me, with only one map and no co-op on the singleplayer only missions.

 

Overwatch Anniversary Remix Vol. 2 :

Soooo, I couldn’t resist playing some more Overwatch for the recolored skins. I must have the blue dragon Symmetra skin, and that’s that. I’m wondering if I will be able to get into the Overwatch 2 beta for the next event…

 

Wrap-up : Movies and tV

Obi-Wan Kenobi:

I know there are a lot of complaints in The Star Wars fandom about the retconning of the original trilogy in this new show, but I am really enjoying it, and think that the series feels like an essential addition to the overarching narrative. Plus, if there’s anything that has been a constant through each trilogy, it’s retconning. I was not at all expecting to see View Spoiler »

 

Stranger Things – Season 4 :

Though I’ve seen a lot of talk on social media about how this is the strongest episode of Stranger Things yet, I found this season, though entertaining, to be absolutely riddled with plot holes and mischaracterizations.

 

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Despite these issues, Stranger Things – Season 4 was really cinematic and entertaining, with some great acting. I also enjoyed new additions to the cast, like Eddie Munson, and loved the return of Lucas’s little sister, Erica Sinclair. I would love for this girl to have more of a role in the series. I also really enjoyed the ridiculousness of Suzie’s home life, which we got to see for the first time. I can’t wait for the final two episodes of the season and it will definitely be a day one binge for me despite any narrative issues.

 

 

Wrap-Up : Books

So my reading productivity has not been great this month. At present, I’m still struggling to get through the book Circe, so really I haven’t technically read five books in May. I absolutely loved The Daughter of Doctor Moreau and really liked Babel. It was harder for me to rate The Oleander Sword.

 

Good Neighbors was a cozy and spooky love story between a necromancer and a magically talented metalworker, which fans of author Stephanie Burgis’s other works will surely delight in. Though I enjoyed Madeline Miller’s other work, The Song of Achilles, I just find Circe to be almost unbearably depressing and not empowering at all.  I know I should expect depressing material when it comes to Greek Mythology, but the poor goddess has almost nothing going in her favor, and I am more than ready to finish the novel and move on.

 

 

Wrap-Up : Webtoons

 

Lore Olympus :

Ever since I got into webtoons, I’d been hearing about Lore Olympus. Though I love Greek Mythology, (it’s no surprise Immortals Fenyx Rising was one of my favorite games last year), I was honestly a little put off by the art style at first glance and afraid that the webtoon wouldn’t live up to the hype. Lore Olympus became one of those things I would read “one day” and that was that. But one night on a whim, I decided to finally read it. Hoo boy, did I end up reading into the early hours of the morning. Before I knew it, I had read all of the available episodes. If you’ve been putting off reading Lore Olympus for whatever reason, drop everything and read it now. It has style, emotional drawing, modernized Greek gods with all the classic in-fighting, and of course, a poignant love story. Be aware, that the webtoon does respectfully deal with some heavier content, such as sexual and emotional abuse and trauma.

 

Next month

June is a very big month for Dead by Daylight, with a new chapter releasing and the Anniversary event starting, so I imagine I will be playing a lot of that. I am sure I will also be continuing to watch Obi-Wan as it releases, on a weekly basis. I also preordered the new expansion for Elder Scrolls Online, so I’m hoping to find my way back to that game as well!

 

I am now three books behind schedule on my Goodreads challenge for the year, so I’m hoping I can make some progress there as well in June.

 

What are your plans for June?

 

 

 

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Monthly Wrap-Up: May 2022 - Blogging with Dragons

Posted June 3, 2022 in Geek Life, Monthly Wrap Ups

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8 responses to “Monthly Wrap-Up : May 2022

  1. I look forward to Lore Olympus updating every single week. And then I read the new episode in five seconds and then I gotta wait more!!! It’s so, so good.

  2. Congrats on the new gaming laptop! Always excited about new tech. Curious what CPU/GPU/RAM you have. Sounds like the old one was holding you back. Though the high-tech PCs cost more, it’s usually worth the investment because you’re more “future proof” and you can actually enjoy using it day-to-day without compromise or limitation. Enjoy!

    • Thank you! What a difference! I got an Asus Zephyrus. It’s got an AMD Ryzen 9, 16GB ram, 1 TB SSD, Nividia Geforce RTX 3060. I’m very happy with it!

      • Oh wow! You sure did good there! Nice, very nice. We have an RTX 3050 from last year just so we can play Minecraft with ray tracing. Good stuff. I do like Asus…built a PC with an Asus mobo over 10 years ago and it’s still running well today!
        Enjoy!

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