Nioh (Alpha Demo)

Even though I’m playing Dark Souls III right now, I’m not really that into the series (it kicks my ass so hard), but I was really curious about Nioh, Koei Tecmo’s attempt at a Dark Souls-like game. I dig the feudal Japan setting, and the combat system is interesting and different enough from the DS games – I like the idea of choosing different stances, and while in combat, after you’ve locked on to an enemy, it does feel more samurai-like in terms of movement than what you see in other games (especially while running around). That said, I probably died over a hundred times while playing, and I didn’t even face a boss character. I’m not quite sure if I’d end up wanting to get the full game when it comes out, but from playing this demo, it has piqued my interest.

The Legend of Korra (Game)

As I wrote the other day, I started watching the Legend of Korra series recently, and I’m enjoying it so far (6 episodes in). I remember that when the Korra game came out a while back, although it looked great – and it has Platinum Studios behind it (I love the Bayonetta games to death) – it wasn’t super well received. With Korra on my mind these days, when I saw that the PS4 version was on sale last week for 5 bucks, I decided to grab it anyway. I do get why the game got criticized – the environments are indeed pretty bland – but it does look great in terms of the characters, and I love how the animated cut scenes that come in and out really feel like they’re straight out of the show. I’d say I’m getting my money’s worth, and I’m probably about halfway through the game now.

Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: Russia

I’ve now played through the first two Assassin’s Creed Chronicles games (China and India), and so I’ve now hit Russia. I’ve only played the first level or two, but so far I’m really digging the black and white and red aesthetic the game has – I’m finding it much more visually appealing than India. With the more modern setting (early 20th century), it also introduces interesting new mechanics and skills. Again, like I’ve said for the previous two games in the series, this 2D stealth action gameplay is just so much fun, and these have now turned into my favorite AC games.

Dark Souls III

I’m back at it, back in that nasty Dark Souls world, trying miserably to get through a game in a series that just keeps kicking my ass. The best experience I’ve had playing a Dark Souls game was the first one, with a friend sitting next to me and guiding me through what I should and shouldn’t be doing, cheering me on, and just being there for moral support. I didn’t play the second one, but as I’ve started playing the third one – with even the tutorial boss giving me a hard time – I sure could use that support again. But I haven’t given up yet, I’ll keep at it for a while and see what happens.

Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin

My wife is a huge fan of the original Gundam series, and she really wanted to watch this new OVA series (2 episodes are out, with the 3rd one out next month) and so we watched it together, even though I know next to nothing about the series (I keep meaning to watch that original series though). This series tells the story of what happens before that original series, telling the origin story of some of the characters, the mobile suits, etc. I quite enjoyed the 2 episodes that we watched, and not only am I looking forward to the next one, but it’s also making me yet again want to watch the original series from the 70s.

Game of Thrones (Season 6)

Did the season premiere live up to the hype? Well, it was fun to be in that world again, no matter how interesting the episode ended up being. Sure, I would have liked more development in regards to my namesake (is he fucking dead or what), but I don’t know how much we could expect to happen. Things are being set in motion, it’s nice to see Brienne finally engage in the job she wanted, and we’ll see how Daenerys gets out out her predicament. I have a feeling (and hope) that episode 2 is going to be much more interesting.

The Bourne Identity

I love the Bourne movies so damn much – well, the original trilogy at least – and so I’m hyped to the max for the Jason Bourne movie this summer (much more than anything else coming out this year, other than Rogue One). After seeing the trailer last week for the new film, it got me in the mood to re-watch all of them (yes, even the Renner one), and so I started on Sunday with The Bourne Identity. It’s still just as good as I remembered it being, although it’s kind of a shock to see Damon looking so young – he’s like a baby. 

Black Road

The other new series from Brian Wood is Black Road – the first issue came out this month – and I’m also enjoying it immensely. It feels like a follow-up to Northlanders – the viking setting is similar – but this time in the guises of what appears to be a mystery story. It’s hard to tell just how good or interesting the story will be as it continues, but it’s already off to a great start.

Starve

I’ve enjoyed the work of Brian Wood ever since Channel Zero, and have followed him through pretty much his entire career. After the terrific Northlanders and DMZ though, I did find The Massive to be a bit less interesting to me (even though I read all of it, but I skipped the new mini-series that came out this year) and I stopped reading Rebels after a few issues, but I may go back to it. Somehow, I had missed the release of one of his latest series (I’ll write about the other one in a separate post), Starve, and over the past week or so I’ve been catching up on it (there are 8 issues out), and I’m loving it to death. I’m usually not a big fan of Danijel Zezelj’s art style, but for some reason it really works for me this time, and I love the protagonist and the setting (a near future where people are obsessed with a reality cooking show). So far for me, this is as good as DMZ, if not better. 

Joker Game

The only anime series I’m watching in this current season is Joker Game (I don’t count AJIN, since that aired in Japan earlier this year), and two episodes in, I’m really enjoying it. It revolves around a governmental spy agency in 1937 Japan, and those first 2 episodes (a story arc told in 2 parts) were really quite interesting, incorporating a mystery that is resolved at the end, and I quite like the setting of Imperial Japan, and how that influences the actions of the characters. I’m looking forward to watching more of this.