2019 Games of the Year

I’ve had this list written for weeks but completely forgot to share it.

  1. Crackdown 3 – Yeah I loved this game. Yeah I waited years for this game. Yeah this is one of the only games I beat this year. It was amazing, deal with it.
  2. Luigi’s Mansion 3 – I loved the original Luigi’s Mansion on GameCube and this game feels so much like that. I have not beat it, yet, but I’m close so I feel comfortable including it.
  3. Sea of Solitude – God this game made me cry and freaked me out. Such a good representation of depression. I had to beat this cause I needed to know what happened. It was beautiful.
  4. Dragon Quest Builders 2 – I enjoyed Dragon Quest Builders 1, but ended up getting tired of certain parts of it. DQB2 did not have that problem. I have loved playing this game and fully intend to beat it. I’m currently working on the mining island and it is why this game isn’t higher up on my list. I am seriously not a fan of the childlike female characters being dressed in Playboy bunny costumes. The quests on this island are just gross.
  5. Sims 4: Island Living – This expansion pack got me back into The Sims 4 for quite some time. Lots of great furniture and mechanics. I am, however, always disappointed by the quantity of stuff in Sims 4 EPs.
  6. Super Mario Maker 2 – I loved the fact that this included a storymode. I had so much fun with it. Then I made easy levels for my daughter and that just added to my enjoyment.
  7. My Time at Portia – In all fairness I only played about 15 minutes of this game. I could tell, though, that I could easily sink tons of hours into it. In fact I fully intended to go right back to it after I quickly tried DQB2. It’s available on Microsoft Game Pass so I will definitely be going back to it soon.
  8. Baba is You – This is a nice fun puzzle game that was sometimes easy, sometimes wtf am I supposed to do. It could get incredibly frustrating but I enjoyed it.
  9. Tetris 99 – I once played so much Tetris on my computer I got carpel tunnel. Yeah. So I didn’t go this far with this one, but I did enjoy it.
  10. Ring Fit AdventureI have not played enough of this game. I really need to fix that, because it’s everything I ever wanted in an exercise video game. I love that the enemy is a beefed up body builder. The exercises I’ve tried have all registered correctly and I definitely got a work out when I used it.

Honorable Mentions

11. Outer Worlds – This is another game I barely played. There was a ton of dialogue, which got tedious, but I really liked how the world looked and where the story was going. I also liked that I had no trouble aiming the gun because I often have difficulty with doing that. This is another game available on Microsoft Game Pass so I intend to continue with it as soon as I have time.

12. Anthem – Alright, this game has gotten a lot of shit and rightfully so. It has made my honorable mentions, though, because I love the way it handles. Not a huge fan of anything else, but I loved the flying and shooting lol. I was able to get it for $5 on Black Friday and I feel like it was worth at least that.

2019 Top 10 Books of the Year

Yeah, so January is almost over, but it took me a bit to catch up on the books I was most looking forward to that came out in 2019. There are still books from 2019 that I haven’t read, but what’s left I don’t believe would make the list. Maybe I’m wrong, I’ll find out in ten years if I ever catch up on my to-read list.

  1. Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell – Great LGBT fantasy with wonderful characters.
  2. The Bride Test by Helen Hoang – Love Helen Hoang, this book was a great romance with an autistic hero and a mixed race heroine.
  3. The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite – Holy shit I never knew astronomy could be so hot. Same sex historical romance that was just beautiful.
  4. A Prince on Paper by Alyssa Cole – This is a book in the Reluctant Royals series and like all the others I devoured it. So freaking good.
  5. Wolf Rain by Nalini Singh – Book 18 in the Psy-Changling series and somehow this series just continues to deliver amazing stories. I loved this empath wolf story and all the development that was done in the universe.
  6. Well Met by Jen DeLuca – I never expected a book to make me want to attend a Ren Fair but this one did. Cute romance with wenches in corsets.
  7. Sapphire Flames by Ilona Andrews – I love Ilona Andrews, there will always be a book from them on my list (I hope)
  8. Paper Girls Vol. 6 by Brian K. Vaughn, Cliff Chiang, Matt Wilson– Final volume in this series and it was a wonderful wrap up to the story. I love the art in this series and the fact that it’s a mostly female cast.
  9. Embrace Your Weird: Face Your Fears and Unleash Creativity by Felicia Day – This book was so positive and uplifting. Even though I haven’t finished it yet I had to include it on my list.
  10. Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore – I’m loving these historical romances that infuse a lot of modern day ideals. I don’t care if it bends historical accuracy, the books are fiction after all, I just want more.

 

Honorable Mentions

  1. Xeni by Rebekah Weatherspoon – This book was ridiculously hot. Like holy cow fanning my face as it turns beet red.
  2. Sweep of the Blade by Ilona Andrews – Maud is a kickass mom that is so smart and capable and I have a weakness for characters like that.
  3. Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks – Great art, super sweet story, lovely characters.

New Toybox Figures: Darth Maul!!

I have been waiting for Darth Maul to show up ever since I saw the dual lightsabers. Finally, today he’s showing up on Disney’s online store!! I’m excited.

Darth Maul

SuperSorrel posted an image a while ago and I was a bit concerned by Darth Maul’s face, but it seems it’s going to vary by paint job. His grimace isn’t the face I would have gone with, and they messed up his teeth, but overall I’m really liking this figure. Since the paint job does seem to vary I do hesitate to buy him online, though. Who knows when my Disney store will get it? Also, what if it sells out???

Before I forget, Venom and a new Kyle Ren TIE Fighter set are also showing up.

Venom is very bulky, but they aren’t charging more for him like they did with Hulk and Maui. Kylo Ren’s TIE Fighter set is the same price as the original TIE Fighter set, but I feel like they did more with it. It shoots missiles, has sounds, detachable wings, and can spin. However, the other set is still the only way to get the TIE Fighter Pilot.

Glad to see more Star Wars figures, still hoping for some more Disney Princesses.

Another Disney Toybox Sale

It looks like Disney is running a sale on some select toys, 20% plus free shipping on orders over $75 with the code PLAY

Not all of the Toybox figures are included, it looks like none of the newer Star Wars figures, but the new Avengers set is, so *shrug*

Christmas is coming so with the markdown on some of these plus the 20% off it’s not a bad time to pick them up.

Kylo Ren Toybox Figure

I believe I’ve mentioned that there was going to be a new Kylo Ren figure. If not, there’s a new Kylo Ren toybox figure. It popped up on the Disney Store this morning, it will probably take a couple weeks to show up in store. Unless your Disney store is better than mine lol.

Kylo Ren was the first Star Wars Toybox figure and hasn’t been available to purchase as long as I’ve been following things. So it’s nice to get a new version of him. Differences seem to be a new outfit and mask. I was kind of hoping that he would have an interchangeable head, but his only accessory is his lightsaber. The new mask looks cool, but I miss the hood and long coat.

Also, we’re now at two Kylo Ren and Rey, where’s our Finn character Disney??

Anyway, here’s a pic and a link.

Kylo Ren II