Pop Culture Catch-Up

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    It’s been a bit of a slow week. I was having trouble picking a topic to write about today. WandaVision’s last episode was stunning, but I already wrote about that recently; Immortals: Fenyx Rising received its first piece of DLC, but I haven’t played through it yet; Claudia Gray’s new Star Wars novel, Into the Dark, is out but my local bookstore got its copies late. So, what else is there for me to talk about? Not a whole lot.

    That’s why I thought I’d do something different this week and discuss what kinds of media I’ve been enjoying of late. The things on this list aren’t necessarily new--in fact, I’m a bit behind the curve on some of them. However, they’re all things I’d highly recommend, especially if you’re bored and looking to binge some stuff.

    Hades
    I’m a huge fan of Supergiant Games’ catalogue, and their most recent offering, the Greek mythology-inspired Hades, might be their best game yet. I’ve been playing it on and off since its release on Switch last year, and I honestly can’t say enough nice things about it. Action is fast-paced and fun, with a variety of different weapons and skills to mix and match in each playthrough; the art and soundtrack are strikingly beautiful; and the characters are interesting and likeable. It’s also full to bursting with a variety of systems and unlockables, guaranteeing that you always have a reason to go back in for one more run.
    My Hero Academia
    I know, I know--anyone even slightly anime-adjacent knows about the smash hit My Hero Academia by now. And no, I’m not that out of touch; I’ve been watching the show for years. However, what I’m bingeing now is the manga, not the anime adaptation. If you’re a fan of the anime but haven’t read the source material, I think you should give it a go! The anime is pretty faithful, so you’ll be reading over the same stuff you’ve watched, but there’s just a different feel to reading a manga; plus, you get to see the author, Kohei Horikoshi, discuss things like character designs and background details, which really adds to the experience.
    Schitt’s Creek
    Another show that has been popular for years, my wife and I only recently dug into Schitt’s Creek. If you’ve been putting off watching it, stop! Fire it up! You won’t be sorry. I know what you might be thinking. It’s the name, right? You just can’t get past the name? That’s why I avoided it as long as I did. But once you make it past that, the show itself is wonderful. It’s a solid sitcom with plenty of laughs, but more than that, it’s a surprisingly heartfelt series that makes you really care about the cast. Seeing the Rose family and their supporting cast develop and grow as people never ceases to be heartwarming. Plus, everyone in the cast turns in excellent performances each and every episode!
    Assassin’s Creed
    The Assassin’s Creed franchise isn’t exactly new to me; I used to be a huge fan. However, I dropped off at Origins and skipped Odyssey entirely. Valhalla looked promising enough to draw me back in, but when I got it, I realized how long it had been since I’d played an Assassin’s Creed title. I made the questionable decision to replay the entire franchise, starting at the beginning; I’m currently a little over halfway into Brotherhood, the third entry in the franchise. Do I recommend playing every one of them, like I’ve been doing? Absolutely not. But hey, Valhalla is pretty dang cool, and there’s a ridiculous amount of content in its huge open world, so if you’re looking for a great game to sink some time into, you could do a heck of a lot worse.
    Hopefully something in this list caught your eye; between the ongoing pandemic and the winter weather, I imagine a lot of folks are staying indoors looking for something to do. Any one of these entries is a fun way to fill a few hours!
More articles and reviews by Ethan McIntyre can be found at rollwithit.blog.