Playing Catch Up: What I Have Been Focusing In On With Video Games, Books, And Television

At the beginning of each year I like to set some small goals with the leisure activities I enjoy taking part in. That mainly includes going back to my video game backlog and finishing up anything that still needs to be played, reading a certain amount of books before the end of the year, and trying to watch as many shows as I can with all the numerous streaming platforms now at our fingertips.

My recent move to a new apartment has thrown me off track with what I set out to do with my hobbies, but I’m taking it in stride and seeing what I can still accomplish before we say goodbye to the year 2022.

Video Game

Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright

[Credit: Nintendo]

As I mentioned in the last monthly update I made, I decided to pick back up the Nintendo 3DS game Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright. Before my move I had made significant progress with Birthright. I was nearing the end of the game and I really tried to finish it before I had to sideline all leisure pursuits to focus all my time and energy on the move, but I hit a snag with the video game. The final boss in the last chapter was painfully hard to beat even on casual, which was the difficulty level I decided to play on. The game got shelved for a few months until I decided to resume my playthrough a few weekends ago to try my luck at beating the final boss.

I’ll admit that the way I tackled the leveling and strategy in Birthright was pretty sloppy and I barely made it through some battles. I had no expectations of really beating Birthright because some of my characters were severely under leveled, or I maxed them out before they unlocked key skills that would have helped me in this fight. After reading how some players got through the last chapter, I took a chance at applying what they did in the hopes that I might pull off a victory. And boy, did I ever pull off the biggest dumb luck with the game.

I leaned heavily on the strongest fighter I had, risked sacrificing most of my unit to take the heat off of my main characters, and made a quick beeline for the boss in the hopes I would quickly down him before he or any of his own unit got me. It paid off big time and I was able to see the end of Birthright.

Now I have since started on Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest. I’m hoping to avoid the mistake I made in Birthright with Conquest, especially after learning that Conquest is much more challenging than Birthright. Will I pull off the same luck I had in Birthright with Conquest? Time will tell, but it would be amazing if I finished the entirety of the Fire Emblem Fates trilogy.

Book

Six of Crows

[Credit: Henry Holt and Co.]

Not much has changed on the reading front. I’m still going through Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows novel but hoping to have that wrapped up real soon. The book is about 400+ pages long so it’s quite a hefty story to finish reading in a month. Add in a move, summer trips, and organizing the apartment post-move and you have the perfect storm of not getting a ton of reading done in the last few months.

Luckily, I can speed my way through books if I carve out uninterrupted time to sit and read. I have done that for one weekend and I’m hoping to repeat that process again, if other things don’t come up on a weekend I’m hoping to get more reading done.

Television

She-Hulk: Attorney at Law

[Credit: Disney+]

Is it sheer coincidence that the last time I did a monthly update I was also watching a Disney+ show? Maybe, but Disney+ has been chugging away at coming out with new content every month that I can’t seem to resist prioritizing.

During the summer months I have gone through Ms. Marvel and Obi-Wan Kenobi as my main TV viewing pleasures. Both shows I have enjoyed immensely and this time I have turned my attention to She-Hulk: Attorney at Law.

The show, about attorney Jen Walters (played by Tatiana Maslany) who finds herself transforming into a Hulk like her cousin Bruce Banner after a car accident accidentally mixes Bruce’s unique blood with Jen’s open wound, is part rom-com and courtroom drama with lots of humor. Each episode aims to not take itself too seriously and just have fun, while watching Jen navigate her newfound powers.

I’ve never seen Orphan Black which is a show Maslany is most known for, but I have been liking her turn as She-Hulk. As an origin story it’s a breath of fresh air and an entirely different tone from the seriousness Bruce Banner’s origin story as the Hulk has been. I suppose that’s the point—showing people that She-Hulk, or Jen, is nothing like her cousin Bruce other than they both can turn into the big greens.

I’m not sure what direction the show plans on going or how She-Hulk will be integrated into the larger MCU, but I’ll continue to tune in until its finale.

What have you been playing, reading, or watching lately?


One thought on “Playing Catch Up: What I Have Been Focusing In On With Video Games, Books, And Television

  1. Congrats on finishing Birthright! Good luck with Conquest! I’ve finished both, and Conquest is definitely more difficult! I’m not sure I could finish it without grinding levels in the repeatable DLC battles!

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