Dr BethFishReads
2 weeks ago

The Brothers Hawthorne by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

This is the 4th entry in the Inheritance Games series. The books are a mashup of #ActionAdventure and #mystery and are a lot of fun, with snappy dialogue and good puzzles. Recommended on #audiobook too.

For more #BookThoughts see @thestorygraph

#reading #fiction #bookstodon #books #BookThoughts @bookstodon @audiobooks

The book cover shows the title surrounded by a lantern, a lock. a diamond necklace, a dagger, and some vines.

August 29, 2023 - Day 241 - NewPlay Review
Total NewPlays: 261

Game: Hellblade: Senu'a Sacrifice

Platform: Steam
Release Date: Aug 8, 2017
Library Date: Jun 29, 2019
Unplayed: 1522d (4y2m)
Playtime: 31m

Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice is a third-person action-adventure game, in which you play as Senua, a Viking-era Pict warrior, on a mission to enter Helheim, and save the soul of her dead lover.

The game opens with a mental health warning that it features representations of psychosis, with good reason.

Senua is experiencing psychosis, and hears voices.

I immediately found this challenging. I have lived with mental health issues for all of my adult life. While I have not experienced psychosis, I felt... a familiarity... with the game's expression of psychosis.

The game opens with Senua in a canoe paddling into a horrifying gorge in which bodies are floating in the water, and are impaled on stakes along the riverside, as the narrator speaks of Senua in the third person.

Senua is paddling into Helheim.

This tableau, however, is not an expression of Senua's psychosis.

The narrator is.

As the Senua paddles on, the narrator joins with a cacophony of other voices challenging, attacking, and goading Senua.

This is discomforting.

As Senua makes landfall, and progresses on foot through an environment that is no less harrowing than the river, light appears and fades; the screen distorts, the voices rise and fall.

The weight of this presses down on me. On Senua. On us.

Memories explode into view, and then fade.

Senua reaches the gates of Helheim, and engages in her first battle, which is frightening, and devastating in turns.

This has been a difficult and long review to write; the way in which the game shifts between the mental and physical is both visceral, and somehow weightless.

This too, feels familiar. It makes this a complicated game to play.

On a technical level, the visuals are excellent. The sound design is is something else; it lifts this game to another level.

There is no HUD, no health bar. No instructions on what to do.

With keyboard and mouse, the game relies on the standard WASD + F to use. Swordplay and blocking felt instinctive.

This game is only a few months newer than yesterday's game, yet almost perfectly embodies "show, don't tell". The attention that was seemingly lacking for gameplay in yesterday's game, is seen here in buckets, and the game is better for it.

However, these reviews aren't entirely a review of the quality of the game, but also whether I want to invest my gaming time in a particular game.

That is far more complex, because while this IS an excellent game, it's a difficult one for *me* to play; it is affecting on a level that I need to assess further.

As such, for me Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice is:

4: Good

#HellbladeSenuasSacrifice #ThirdPerson #ActionAdventure #MastodonGaming #Gaming #Project365ONG #Project365 #NewPlay

August 18, 2023 - Day 230 - NewPlay Review
Total NewPlays: 250

Game: Darksiders Warmastered Edition

Platform: Steam
Release Date: Nov 30, 2016
Library Date: Dec 4, 2018
Unplayed: 1718d (4y8m14d)
Playtime: 27m

Darksiders Warmastered Edition is a remastered version of the original Darksiders released in 2010. It's a third-person hack-and-slash action-adventure.

The game opens with a explanation of the universe of the game; For eons, heaven and hell were at war, until "The Council" brought the war to a standstill. The Council had their own four-person army to take down anyone from either side who broke the law.

The army? The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

After a period of time, humans arose, and it was predicted that one day Heaven, Hell, and Humans would engage in a final battle when the seventh seal was broken (a lot of repurposed religious imagery here).

The game opens to a scene of world wide devastation, as meteor strikes across the planet turn out to be monster demons attacking humans, angels attack monsters, humans running around and dying a lot, and then you show up.

"You" being one of the Four Horsemen: War.

Angry looking dude with glowing eyes, long blond hair, and a huge sword. You take down demons and angels left and right, until you get smushed by a big demon in a boss battle.

Then you show up in front of the council, and they're kind of unhappy, and blaming you for the battle, as you weren't supposed to show up until the seventh seal was broken, and the seventh seal is intact.

Basically, War has been set up.

Playing with keyboard and mouse, the controls feel a little bit sloppy, and habitually going for the shift key to sprint doesn't work well when the shift key is set to focus fire.

With a little bit more playtime it might feel a little bit better, but I don't know if it's because it's a seven year old remaster of a thirteen year old game, or it's just overly bombastic, but it's not grabbing me and yelling "keep playing", but there's something interesting there.

Darksiders Warmastered Edition is:

3: OK

#Darksiders #HackAndSlash #ActionAdventure #MastodonGaming #Gaming #Project365ONG #Project365 #NewPlay

2 months ago

#SFWA "Take No Prisoners" #StoryBundle 💎

Today’s #featured #book

THE RUNEMASTER HOMICIDE - #Demon #Sleuth Scrolls Book 1

A reclusive race of refugees has settled in a human empire ruled by bronze & magic runes.

Feared & demonized, Nysska may decide the empire's fate if she solves the Runemaster's murder.

#Mashup #Fantasy #Mystery #ActionAdventure
#BookToot #Charity #NonProfit @bookstodon @bookstadon @fantasy @sffbookclub

The Runemaster Homicide (The Demon-Sleuth Scrolls Book 1) by Dan Jolley - International Bestselling Author. A close-up of a feminine face with metallic-bronze skin, solid black eye, with a Nordic rune replacing her iris/pupil. Something like red hair can be seen, as well as tears which appear like molten lava streaking down her cheek.
2 months ago
@nikluz and I have come up with a decent game idea for the Summer #FediverseJam, but still have no dedicated #artists working with us. Also, we could do the #music and #sfx ourselves, but would rather have someone dedicated to those as well, so we can focus on programming a rad game.

For art, we've conceptualized the game in a 3/4 projection, so we'd prefer that art style BUT a top-down perspective would work.

I'll also add that this concept has high potential for some very cool #puzzle implementations. If you're someone who likes to create puzzles then this might be an interesting project for you.

So, if you'd be interested in doing #GameArt, #GameDesign, or #GameAudio please DM me!

Boosts encouraged!

#ActionAdventure #PuzzleGame

It's summer reading list time! 'Any Job Will Do' is currently free for another week. Thank me later!

Available wherever fine electronic books are sold!
#spaceopera #actionadventure #scifibooks

May 21, 2023 - Day 141 - NewPlay Review
Total NewPlays: 157

Game: ReCore: Definitive Edition

Platform: Steam
Release Date: Sep 15, 2018
Library Date: Mar 20, 2023
Unplayed: 62d (2m1d)
Playtime: 36m

ReCore is a third-person action-adventure platformer with a female protagonist and robots.

The game opens in medias res with Joule and her "corebot" dog Mack, trying to find out what's gone wrong in the post-apocalyptic desert where they're located.

Joule is on the trail of an unusual energy source reading, and as you go, the game introduces you to the core gameplay mechanics, which was pretty well done.

One of the unusual mechanics is that the corebots that attack you all have energy cores that can be extracted mid-fight, once you've done enough damage, by essentially entering a tug-of-war after firing your extraction device.

Occasionally, there's an "instant extract" option, but I'm not sure what triggers that. Fight through to the end-of-mission boss, defeat, extract core, return to your "crawler" home base, repair, upgrade, next mission.

I quite enjoyed it, and am interested to see how the underlying storyline of "New Eden" and what's gone wrong there develops.

I would have kept playing, but sleep is coming on fast. Again. Will be glad to be over this virus.

ReCore: Definitive Edition seems fun so far, so it's:

4: Good

#ReCore #ActionAdventure #ThirdPerson #Platformer #MastodonGaming #Gaming #Project365ONG #Project365 #NewPlay

4 months ago


It's the #Final Weekend for my #FreeBook #Promo 🤩

It's has also been a week Full of Squees! :apartyblobcat:

"No Demons But Us" ranked for the first time in the #Amazon #Bestseller Charts! 📈

In the Top 5 downloads ALL WEEK:

#ActionAdventure #Erotica

All are wholly accurate and relevant! 😂

Check it out!

#DarkElf #Epic #DarkFantasy
@horrorbooks @sffbookclub @lgbtqbookstodon

The Sisterhood is Waiting. Intense Dark Fantasy. The Matriarchy in Control. A Journey Not for the Faint of Hear. "Sister Seekers is a hell of a ride and very well done." 5-stars. FREE May 15-22nd on Amazon, GooglePlay, AppleBooks, Kobo, and more!

For a limited time, book one of my non Scifi series is free!
The Expedition Inc. team are adventurers for hire. It's been a blast exploring real world places to set these stories!

#actionadventure #thriller

A book ad with the caption "Explore the depths of the unknown with a team like no other" Next to that is a book cover for "Island of Secrets Book 1 one of the Expedition Inc. Series" There's a yellow "Free" balloon on the bottom left of the image above the caption "Limited Time Only"

May 17, 2023 - Day 137 - NewPlay Review
Total NewPlays: 153

Game: Batora: Lost Haven

Platform: Steam
Release Date: Oct 21, 2022
Library Date: Mar 10, 2023
Unplayed: 68d (2m7d)
Playtime: 29m

Batora: Lost Haven is an isometric action-adventure with RPG elements (RPGlite?)

It's another quite pretty game. It also has a female protagonist, which is frequently something that improves my chances of enjoying a game.

One of the small pieces of the puzzle in coming to terms with being trans was looking at all of the small signals strewn across my life.

Playing games, reading books, watching movies... when the protagonist is female, I connect with that story in a way that rarely - if ever - happens with a male protagonist.

Batora has an interesting "save the post-apocalyptic world" storyline, which has my interest; on the other hand, as often happens with isometric games, I find the fixed camera angles somewhat stifling.

Batora does allow you to zoom in and one by one level, but it feels like it could have used an extra level of zoom-in.

Batora: Lost Haven has piqued my interest, and so far it seems:

4: Good

#BatoraLostHaven #ActionAdventure #Isometric
#MastodonGaming #Gaming #Project365ONG #Project365 #NewPlay

May 15, 2023 - Day 135 - NewPlay Review
Total NewPlays: 151

Game: Lost in Random

Platform: Steam
Release Date: Sep 10, 2021
Library Date: Apr 9, 2023
Unplayed: 36d (1m6d)
Playtime: 26m

I've hit a weird inflection point in this little project. One of the things driving me forward was my list of unplayed games in Steam, that when sorted chronologically dated back multiple years.

Now the earliest unplayed date, in terms of sorting, is May 2022. It's not *entirely* accurate, because prior to this project, I went through a stage of starting each game and stopping it to try and reduce my mental load, but it's removed some of the tension & impetus.

Anyhow, we continue with a relatively recent purchase; Lost in Random is a third-person "action-adventure" game, that apparently inspired by gothic fairy tales. You play a young girl on a quest to rescue her older sister from an evil queen.

The game starts by thrusting you straight into combat, which shows how aspects are the game are driven by the randomness of dice rolls, before dropping you into the game-play proper.

It's another utterly gorgeous game; the graphics and sound effects are wonderful. Control is fairly simple, although a little counterintuitive, using "E" to jump down. My main gripe is the camera control doesn't always follow correctly, leading to some frustrating moments.

Even so, Lost in Random is:

4: Good

#LostInRandom #ActionAdventure #MastodonGaming #Gaming #Project365ONG #Project365 #NewPlay

Apr 23, 2023 - Day 113 - NewPlay Review
Total NewPlays: 124

Game: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

Platform: Steam PC
Release Date: Oct 1, 2014
Library Date: Mar 13, 2018
Unplayed: 1867d (5y1m10d)
Playtime: 74m

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is a third-person open-world action-adventure (some light RPG elements) that is, surprisingly, set in Middle-earth, between The Hobbit and LotR.

However, the most surprising thing about this game for me, other than the ~20 minutes of introduction video, was how it does not feel like a game that's almost 9 years old.

You play as a Gondor Ranger that's been murdered and trapped between life and death, and... look, I'm not sure what the end-game is meant to be, but I was having a hell of a time just sneaking around and kill Uruk-hai.

Combat is fun (if a little counter-intuitive, being that space is "run" and left-shift is "sneak".)

Sneaking up behind an unaware Uruk and shanking them with the dagger is satisfying, as is straight-up swordplay.

You can also "stealth" into wraith mode, and put an arrow into into a distant orc, and watch them drop with a satisfying whistle-and-thunk.

This game feels like motivation to keep playing through library, to discover gems like this that I'd missed completely.

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is:

2: Good

#MiddleEarth #ShadowOfMordor #OpenWorld #ActionAdventure #MastodonGaming #Gaming #Project365ONG #Project365 #NewPlay

Dr BethFishReads
6 months ago

#Book 25: HIDE AND GEEK by T. P. Jagger ( #RandomHouseBYR )

First in a fun middle grade mystery-adventure series featuring four smart kids who are given a chance to solve a puzzle that will save their small New Hampshire town.

More thoughts on @thestorygraph if you care to look

#fiction #mystery #ActionAdventure #reading #BookThoughts #BookReview #Bookstodon @bookstodon

Dr BethFishReads
6 months ago

Spy Camp the Graphic Novel by Stuart Gibbs (out in April from #SimonSchusterBYR )

The second book in the very popular #MiddleGrade Spy School series is now available as a #GraphicNovel -- Fun #ActionAdventure story for young readers (and their parents).

#Fiction #Reading #BookMail #Books #BookLove #Bookstodon @bookstodon

The book cover shows the black silhouette of a male wearing a hat, coat, and flipflops and carrying a fishing rod. The background is Kelly green.
Dr BethFishReads
6 months ago

Fearless by M. W. Craven (Out in July from #FlatironBooks )

The start of a new #ActionAdventure series featuring an ex-U.S. marshall who's now on the run from the law. #Audiobook narrated by William Hope

#Fiction #Reading #BookMail #Books #BookLove #Bookstodon @bookstodon @audiobooks

The book cover shows an empty mountain valley in the American West. Everything is colored in shades of orange.

Mar 16, 2023 - Day 74 - NewPlay Review
Total NewPlays: 81

Game: Saints Row
Platform: Steam PC
Release Date: Jan 23, 2015
Library Date: Sep 7, 2020
Unplayed: 921d (2y6m10d)
Playtime: 22m

I appear to have possibly broken my "no sequels" rule, because it appears that this is a sequel to Saints Row IV. (Checked before posting, and it's actually a standalone expansion).

I realised this too late, and so this is, unfortunately, my NewPlay for the 16th.

If you've played Saints Row IV, this is basically Saints Row IV in hell. Not in a "this is terrible" way, but literally the Saints Row version of hell.

It too is a third person action-adventure game, in which you play one of the characters from SR:IV, trying to rescue your boss from Lucifer, where he(!) is being married off to Satan's daughter Jezebel Morningstar, because he's so chaotic, that the devil decided he was perfect husband material.

I think my head is going to explode from writing that sentence. If you enjoyed SR:IV, you might enjoy this, if not, well... you probably won't.

Saints Row: Gat Out Of Hell is:

3: OK

#SaintsRow #GatOutOfHell #ActionAdventure #ThirdPerson #Project365ONG #Project365 #NewPlay

Mar 15, 2023 - Day 73 - NewPlay Review
Total NewPlays: 80

Game: Mini Ninjas
Platform: Steam PC
Release Date: Oct 9, 2009
Library Date: May 1, 2018
Unplayed: 1780d (4y10m15d)
Playtime: 19m

The 15th was my birthday, and while I played this on my birthday, I spent the evening with my family, so the review is much later than I planned.

Mini Ninjas is 13 years old, and feels like a 13 year old game; while it plays at full 2K resolution, it just feels kind of empty, and a little frustrating.

It's a third person action-adventure game in which you play... mini ninjas. You're the last remaining ninjas in the dojo, sent out in desperation to find out what happened to all of the other ninjas sent out to investigate strange events.

Mini Ninjas is just barely:

3: OK

#MiniNinjas #ActionAdventure #ThirdPerson #Project365ONG #Project365 #NewPlay

Mar 4, 2023 - Day 62 - NewPlay Review
Total NewPlays: 69

Game: Tomb Raider
Platform: Steam PC
Release Date: Mar 5, 2013
Library Date: Jan 8, 2018
Unplayed: 1881 days (5y1m24d)
Playtime: 29m

No, not that Tomb Raider. Not that one either. The other one. The 2013 reboot. In terms of franchises I've never played, Tomb Raider might be at the top of the list.

The closest I've come in all the time since the first Tomb Raider in 1996 to playing anything in the series is Tomb Raider GO several weeks ago.

Not exactly representative of the series. If you've been living under a rock for the last 27 years, Tomb Raider is a series of action-adventure games centred on the character of Lara Croft, an archaeologist.

The biggest surprise to me about this game is that it does not feel like a 10-year-old game. It plays like something far more recent.

I'm already hooked; the only reason I didn't keep playing is that it was time for our evening walk.

Yeah, I think Tomb Raider is:

4: Good

#TombRaider #ThirdPerson #ActionAdventure #Gaming #Project365ONG #Project365 #NewPlay

I was busy yesterday, but ‘Terminal Danger’ dropped! It’s my action/adventure pen name’d series. These are fun. They’re set semi-modern times, following adventurers for hire. Kinda A-Team of nerds. I haven’t modified an RV yet, but I’m sure I will.
This one plays with the conspiracy theories around Denver International Airport :)

@bookstodon #bookstodon #newrelease #actionadventure #thriller

A pale green background. A paperback of 'Island of Secrets' sits behind an iPad mini with 'Terminal Danger' cover art on it. Above them a caption reads "NEW BOOK RELEASE"

First 3 physical copies arrived. I’ll order more in a bit, but these will be up for sale at COSine this weekend.

#Bookstodon @bookstodon #indieauthor #actionadventure

Paperback of Terminal Danger. Cover is blue with a man in shadow holding a pistol. The title is in red letters.

My first release of the year is book 2 in my pen named action/adventure thriller series. If you dig more modern(ish) day action adventure stories with banter, diverse casts, and fun settings. Take a look! Terminal Danger releases 1/26/23

Two books on a blue background. Island of Secrets and Terminal Danger. Next to the books, the caption is "Jason and the Expedition, Inc. Team will uncover any mystery... For a price. Book 2: Terminal Danger releases 1/26/2023.
10 months ago

Hey it's ya boy, Sky. I just moved looking for a more fitting instance for my silly little thoughts, so I figure I should introduce myself again. :blahaj:​

Basically all I do is just throw out my most insignificant opinions on games, movies, art, software, and other funny or annoying things, and when stars align, I make some of those things. I usually spend a lot more time following other cool people making amazing stuff, though.

Anyway, here's the best image of all time. I dare you to reply with something better (impossible).

#introduction #introductions #newhere #nintendo #arkane #actionadventure #arpg #indiegames #foss #robots #scifiart #3dart #coverart #abstractart