Game Warp: Top 10 Games Played in 2017

Its time to kick off 2018 at Game Warp!

Game Warp is back with our annual wrap-up podcasts. The first to lead the way is our Top 10 Games Played in 2017. This list comprises of everything we collectively played and reviewed in 2017 and after careful discussion what still makes an impression to us. With that said, not all titles are from 2017 but those that made it showed that they are still a relevant and outstanding gaming experience.

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Game Warp Podcast: Tales From the Borderlands – Game Review

Its time for the episode to wrap up 2017 for Game Warp Podcast!

Our December featured game is Tales from the Borderlands. We sit down in this podcast to review the game. We discuss some of the mechanics and how Telltale Games has changed from earlier games to the more recent ones. Tales from the Borderlands is a spinoff from the Borderlands game franchise. The story and characters are two important things that we take a look at as well.

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Boxing Day Haul 2017!

Boxing Week is probably the correct term to use nowadays. However for myself, Boxing Day is really the day we do most of the purchases and get it behind us so that we can recuperate from expenses and zero back in to the coming New Year. This year,I do have to say that I had already had some pretty solid idea of what I wanted to get for Boxing Day so its more home and useful stuff, except for some gaming stuff and impulse movie buys that I thought was decently priced.

To be fair, the deals (for things I would get) was not really that great. I think its because Black Friday had pretty great discounts this year. However, we did end up hitting 7 stores (not all yielded purchases) within 4 hours and found some really fantastic deals.

Let’s take you shopping with me in this recap!

Walmart

Not a great way to start but the Boxing Day always starts at Walmart because my friend is into getting movies but the movies he was looking for wasn’t discounted. For myself, I wasn’t intending on picking up movies but then I saw Alien Covenant on sale and it would complete our Alien franchise at home. I do have a Alien franchise list post coming up so its nice to have it to revisit if I need. See how it holds up in repeat viewing. Second one was The Legend of Tarzan which funnily enough, I had taken out of my Amazon cart the night before but decided to pick it up again here. Record time to get in and out of Walmart for us: 10 minutes.

Best Buy

The main goal of my Boxing Day was at Best Buy because of the external hard drive. We desperately need to extended storage for the Playstation 4 because with my husband and his AAA games in progress, it takes up a chunk of the system leaving me with veryย  little space to add games in to play on the side. With 5TB, its going to be great on all fronts. This drive was $150 which was pretty decent. If you are looking for an external like myself, the max is at 8TB which also happens to be on sale and actually averages to be a slightly better per TB rate however, I didn’t want to drop the extra money due to other needs. Second was NieR: Automata which is a game I’ve wanted play since we checked out the demo in early 2017. Its $30 now.

Adidas Outlet Store

I’m determined to get back to running next summer and that required a new pair of running shoes. The current pair I had has already been used for light hiking and a lot of walking around during the past year. I probably still have a few miles on it but I wanted a new pair for backup in case there wasn’t another sale. I ended up with these that could double for work if I wanted something comfortable and casual but matched with office attire when needed. Plus, they were 50% off so it came to $35 for the pair. My husband’s shoes didn’t have a good discount so I ended up getting him 2 shirts at $10 each.

 

IKEA

IKEA always has specials on oddly colored models. For Boxing Day, the Raskag rolling tray was $16 instead of $50. I’ve bought a lime green drawers set before. There was no way I was going to miss out on a reddish-orange-brown Raskag. We got one of these (and you can see it in the background) and it is so great because it fits so much stuff and is great for organizing stuff in it. I’ve seen it used as an alcohol trolley or for crafts. I use it for office supplies and secondary book shelf. This one is probably going to be for video games and our new humidifier (coming up next).

Canadian Tire

Its moments like this on my blog that I start to realize how much I’ve changed with the blog. This haul is so grown-up. So, I picked up two humidifiers which we desperately need. So the small one will be move between the office and the bedroom as its for smaller spaces. It was $35 and cool mist. The second one is warm mist and will be for countering the dryness from the fireplace and works for a medium sized room which will do the job here and at a decent price of $40. But we really needed it especially with this incredibly cold winter we’ve been having so far and the fireplace running more than past years. Finally, we’ve been looking at the 3 outlet power post by Noma and this had a 40% discount (came to $18) so I was pretty happy about it although my husband seemed even more excited than I was about it.

Michaels

The last stop was to pick up 6 picture frames at Michaels. Montreal Comiccon ended up with quite a few art pieces that needed to be framed and Michaels had a sale for buy one and get the second one free which honestly is pretty awesome. We have everything framed now and just trying to figure out which goes where. I’ll give you all an update in an upcoming Weekly Adventures.

Amazon

  • Playstation 4 Controller
  • Assassin’s Creed Origins

As this post goes up, I haven’t gotten the physical items yet since its out to be delivered today. Playstation 4 Controller is really because one of our controllers dropped and broke apart. It still works but the super glue holding it together isn’t very fun to use. In case, it decides to break, at least there’s a backup. And hey, if we ever get a chance to play local co-op, we can play 3 players. Assassin’s Creed Origins was kind of a make up present for my husband since I talked him out of buying the PS VR (as its pretty pricey and not a great deal) and he was a little saddened by it. Can’t say it didn’t work out for him though. He ended up getting a game for not spending money. Not sure how the logic works there…haha!

Steam Winter Sale

To wrap this all up would be the Steam Winter Sale. I try to stock up on games with really great deals (even if they are old) during the sales and limit spending during the rest of the year when there aren’t some fantastic deal. Hence why there are always a few titles. I actually have played a fair amount of the Black Friday games and working on the reviews on those. I actually have to do some housekeeping for both Game Warp and here over the next few days. If necessary, I might take a day off in the new year to get everything in order and caught up. We do have some great stuff coming up in the new year. We’ve hit somewhat of a holiday and technical snag but things will get back on track very soon.

Phew…done! This haul is wrapped up!
Now for a few months of calm and no shopping (save the basic needs). ๐Ÿ˜‰
I’m pretty happy that a lot of the stuff here was useful things for the house.ย 

What’s Up Thursday #6: A Little Update!

Its been almost 3 months since the last What’s Up segment! To be honest, its been really busy trying to stay on top with the blog and Game Warp and the Youtube channel. However, we’ve had a sudden surge of one sort of posts lately, and I figured I’d at least do a little post of What’s Up and segway into that. If you don’t really care for what I’m watching and just want to get surprised as the reviews happen over here, That Moment In or Game Warp, then scroll down to the last section of the post.

Let’s not ramble and jump right in!

WATCHING

mindhunter

To be honest, I’m actually not watching anything right now. We started an episode of Mindhunter right before Stranger Things 2 aired so then it was onto a TV binge of Stranger Things 2 and then I got caught up with The Big Family Cooking Showdown which I just finished yesterday.

riverdale

Oh right, and then there’s Riverdale which is released weekly so thats also there. My guess is we’ll get back to watching Mindhunter soon. It seems like there’s a lot of cool upcoming TV for Netflix so it should be fun although I have a million shows I want to catch up on.

As a side thing, I’m trying to get through some Netflix films since my list is getting ridiculously out of hand and I keep losing films that I’ve waited to long to see. In the next set of double features, you’ll start seeing that I’m choosing films in a fun little way and not alphabetically. Hopefully, it works out as I’d like.

READING

Still reading IT, my friends. Its haunting me in my dreams. I mean the literal task of finishing this book. I keep saying that the end is near and I promise you I’m progressing. I should have like 400 pages left or something which just needs like one or two sittings of not getting sidetracked. On that note, reading IT has put my entire Goodreads challenge behind. Anyways, its my motivation to finish it up quickly.

PLAYING

SNES Classic Edition coming into our existence has given me some opportunities to go play little doses of it here and there. Yoshi’s Island was the one I started. I remember playing the port to Nintendo DS which was a lot of fun but pretty difficult. Its hard to imagine that the controls here are actually even a little harder so I had some struggles. On the Youtube channel, you can see mostly what I’m playing since I record most of the shorter games as full playthroughs. I’ll probably start streaming the longer ones such as Evil Genome and some 2017 titles that I need to wrap up. As from that, its the final episode of Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series Episode 5 that just got released on November 7th. I have a few games in progress but I’m stuck on a few of them as if I’ve plateaued and just can’t seem to get past that point so I put it aside like Crash Bandicoot (which I’m thinking of starting the second one if I can’t get past the level in the first I’m stuck at).

once upon a tower

I go through mobile games quite frequently. Be it for Game Warp or not (since I really only review a fraction of the ones worth my time), I’m on the move a lot so when I need to change the pace from reading, I play games on my phone. The latest one I’ve been playing is Once Upon a Tower. Its pretty fun although I always have the same issues with touch controls being not as sensitive as time resulting in my dying. I’ll do a review on it over for Game Warp soon.

And NOW! For the Update!

As you saw in the Watching section of this post, I’m really behind in a ton of stuff. I was looking through the tentative schedule (yes, I do that now to try to be organized), I have a lot of outstanding stuff unwritten and just sitting there nagging me everyday. Since Tranquil Dreams is a fairly versatile blog, I don’t want to shock you with the sudden overload of movie and TV binges but I have to do it. I promise you to stay diverse at the minimum with Goodfoods and some baking stuff I have coming up as well as book reviews here and there but for the most part, I’ll have to get this movie and TV posts out of the way before 2017 ends. Overall, thats the general goal for all things to really get a lot of catch up done to not have anything backlogged hop into 2018 so we can start fresh with possibly a brand new schedule or set-up (that is something I’m thinking about depending on whether I can get the discipline for fixed segments which I’m not completely confident about).

Its not a huge update but I just don’t want you lovely people who don’t care for the TV and movies to feel like I’ve abandoned it all and just changed to a movies and TV blog entirely which I haven’t. If I make any big moves, I will always post about it.

That’s it for today! With that said, I have a movie review coming up later today!
What have you been watching, reading or playing?

Game Warp Podcast: Ori and the Blind Forest Review

July’s featured game is Moon Studio’s Ori and the Blind Forest, a game with so much talk even though it was released back in 2015. Will it live up to its hype? You will see as we discuss the game mechanics, how it runs as a Metroidvania and what we love and what comes up short. Ori and the Blind Forest is a visual feast, there is no doubt about that just from any screenshots you see but is it going to be style over substance?

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Montreal Comiccon 2017: Cosplay & More!

Montreal Comiccon 2017 happened this past weekend. As I sorted things out after a very hectic and fun weekend, I kicked off the Montreal Comiccon recap with my shopping haul yesterday. You can check it out HERE if you missed it.

This year’s Montreal Comiccon is very special. Why? I actually stopped postponing and put aside my worry of rejection and applied for media pass for Game Warp Podcast and we got it. Game Warp and also my own first show going as Media. I have no idea how hard it is to get into Montreal Comiccon but regardless, I find that an achievement regardless. Its nice to see that we can take Game Warp Podcast and go out and cover the gaming portion of the show.

Montreal Comiccon

If you don’t follow That Moment In, here is the recap of Day 1 and Day 2 of Montreal Comiccon. It is very gaming heavy as I spent Day 1 chatting with game developers and trying out their games and Day 2 was spent in and out of gaming panels as well as checking out the Triple A Studio booths and their games.

However, Montreal Comiccon is more than just panels and games. It is a fan expo and there was all sorts of cool stuff everything. The most awesome thing was following the news of the actual size replica of Optimus Prime truck literally rolling into town to the showfloor and its great to finally find it right next to the autographs section, just like its listed as a guest.

Optimus Prime

Of course, there was Batmobile and Knight Rider and all sorts of other cars hanging out in different booths. There was even a charity photo op by an artist who made a Toothless from How to Train Your Dragon. It looked fantastic but no pictures unless you wanted a picture with it. I love Toothless but I also had to get somewhere by the time I found it so didn’t end up not being able to show that off at all.

Aside from that, its all about the awesome cosplay everything. Day 1 found these cosplays that stood out to me:

I honestly didn’t have too much time on Day 1 as I was frantically trying to check out as many games in the Indie Game Zone as possible. It was a rather successful to me. With that said, it left me time to fight with the crowd on Saturday in between panels to catch more pictures of cosplayers and their many different creative outfits.

There’s a ton to do at Montreal Comiccon all the time and this year, the guests were pretty impressive. Between walking through the Artist Alley and vendors to find a Pikachu for my friend’s toddler. I tried keep it mostly about gaming as I’m there as media for that. Its kind of different. I’m sure anyone who does media at events might feel the same way. Its still a ton of fun but there’s also that responsibility that I know I’ll have to report on it so there’s this extra push and motivation to make sure I get to panels and cover the things that would match up with what we represent which is games since I’m there for Game Warp Podcast.

It was a great weekend! Tons of fun!
It took Sunday to recuperate but totally worth every minute of it! ๐Ÿ™‚

Game Warp: Top 10 Independent Games Showcased at E3 2017!

As some of you know, I’m in love with independent games. In fact, I’m pretty much really supportive of the independent scene regardless of movies or authors. There’s so much hidden talent there and what someone can create out of passion and creativity (just like us bloggers here) are great. We should help each other out and hope that we all get that big break. One really great thing right now is to see that although still very tough, the indie scene can all have their chances and E3 2017 showed off a good amount of smaller games.

Over at Game Warp, we sifted through the trailers and these are our Top 10 Independent Games from E3 2017.

If you missed out on our Top 10 Mainstream Games, you can check it out HERE!

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What games made your indie games list this year?