Review – Andor S1

Just me or that symbol on the top look a lot like the Quake logo?

Before I go any further with this: I will talk about stuff in the first season of Andor that is considered a spoiler for someone who has not watched it. I will put the rest of this review after the “Read More” fold so if you land on my blog you do not have to scroll past potential spoilers. Spoilers ahead, you have been warned.

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Review – The Witcher: Blood Origin

I have been a fan of the world of the The Witcher ever since played The Witcher 3 back in 2016. I liked that game so much I put it on my list of my video games of the decade for 2009-2019.

So I don’t think it comes as a surprise that I am also a fan of The Witcher TV show. So when I found out about the little side story of Blood Origin I was immediately interested. My interest in it was doubled when I found out Michelle Yeoh of Star Trek: Discovery and Everything Everywhere All At Once (2022) fame was going to be playing a character in it.

Blood Origin was….fine. I don’t it was particularly mind-blowing nor was it bad. I liked the casting and the performances were all good. I liked it mostly for the fact that it fills in some backstory to the world of The Witcher. Sure I knew of the Conjunction of the Spheres but I did not know all the little events and characters that led up to it.

Blood Origin also did not outstay its welcome. It was only 4 episodes, a mini-series more than a full blown TV show. I like that. It was a nice little snack for those of us who like The Witcher franchise. I would like to see more stuff like this set in the same universe.

Also put Michelle Yeoh in more stuff and I’ll probably give it a shot even if its something I wouldn’t normally be interested in, just saying.

My Games of the Year: 2022 Edition

According to my Steam replay for 2022, two of the games I’ve played the most this year have been Apex Legends and Destiny. Steam is of course not counting the hours I spent in a non-Steam game like Overwatch. Yet, none of these games are on my list of games of the year.

Apex Legends, Forza Horizon 5, Destiny 2, Yakuza Like A Dragon, Cyberpunk 2077 - these are the top 5 games by % of playtime according to Steam.
Apex Legends, Forza Horizon 5, Destiny 2, Yakuza Like A Dragon, Cyberpunk 2077 – these are the top 5 games by % of playtime according to Steam.

It seems despite my enjoyment of multiplayer shooters, I grow increasingly tired of their progression systems. Every multiplayer game has a battle pass. Every game is a grind. For a time some of this grind is even mildly enjoyable. But only for a time, eventually I get tired of them. I slogged through an entire season of Apex Legends, bought the battle pass for the next one and then lost interest part way through.

So for my 2022 list of games of the year I have a list of single player games I consider good or interesting or weird or all of those things. More importantly all of these games don’t have an endless treadmill. They end.

Here they are, in no particular order.

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packetcat reads 2022 Week 52 – The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea by Axie Oh

Pages: 296
Purchased from: Kobo

I liked this retelling of a classic Korean folktale. Interesting characters, mythology and a world that reminded me of Miyazaki’s Spirited Away (yep, the blurb on the store page is fairly accurate). And this particular YA fantasy’s romance subplot is…alright, I didn’t dislike it.

A nice easy read to close out this year with. I did it folks, 52 weeks, 52 books.