I’ve had Hyrule Warriors for a few months now, but finally beat it earlier this month – only to discover there was an entire Adventure Mode left to play through. Combining The Legend of Zelda with the hack-and-slash game mechanics of my actual dreams, Hyrule Warriors (Nintendo WiiU) is going to keep me occupied for months to come. While I’m definitely not excited about the stupidly-named Linkle in the upcoming Nintendo DS version, Hyrule Warriors: Legends, the game is fun enough and solid enough I’ll probably get that one, too.
– Feliza Casano, Editor
On my list this month is the new Netflix show Jessica Jones. I was super excited for the series because I loved Daredevil, I was excited to see Krysten Ritter in a starring role, and David Tennant is my one and only true love (even though he’s twenty years older than me and married and we’ve never met). Just kidding. (I’m not). Anyway, Jessica Jones managed to exceed my extremely high expectations. It features a diverse, talented cast, and even though you can tell the show exists in the same universe as Daredevil, it has a film noir style that allows it to stand alone. I would caution anyone squeamish to watch it with a friend, as some of the violence is just plain gross. But overall it’s a beautifully done series that makes you really care about its heroes, and most of the heroes are women to boot. This would be my top recommendation for people looking for something to binge watch over the holidays.
– Laura Jewell, Staff Writer
Friends keep asking me why I’m so obsessed with a ridiculous game where animated cats do absolutely nothing. The answer is: I have no frigging idea. HOWEVER, I am thoroughly addicted to Neko Atsume, a game where you essentially ‘collect’ different cats by attracting them to your yard with food, toys, and comfy things. The cats then leave you fish, which is your currency to buy new and better things. You can also take pictures of the kitties doing various things, and they will sometimes leave you little mementos (like a piece of ribbon or an acorn).
There are 16 ‘rare’ cats, who only interact with certain items, and their visits are the best part. They have cute costumes and punny names, like Mr. Meowgi and Billy the Kitten.
Overall, the game is very silly, but it’s fun to see the various ways the cats interact with different items. It also takes no commitment – the game runs in the background, and the only way for cats to come or go is to close the app and come back later. It’s my new time-killer when I have a minute or two throughout the day, and I’ve converted at least four others to loving this silly game (including GIC editor Feliza Casano, a fact for which I am proud!). Even if it doesn’t sound like your thing, give it a little time, and you’ll be just as hooked as the rest of us. A word of caution: Watch out for Tubbs!
– Amber Brown, Staff Writer
While I work on my third consecutive theatre production of the fall, I manage to marathon a solid couple hours of Breaking Bad every weekend. My roommates sort of forced me into the show after we finished The Office a few months ago, and I’ve been working my way through the award-winning TV goodness when I get the chance. I really had no idea the extent and complexity of the show. It’s a brilliant piece, with fantastic writing and incredible acting, and at the midway point of Season 5, I’m so excited and scared to see how the show ends. One thing I was not expecting was how much of an ass Walter White is as a character. He’s manipulative and mean, and he seems to think that he’s the only one whose life and livelihood matters, despite all his professing that it’s all “for his family.” I’m ready to see how this story culminates after five seasons of violence, drugs, failed relationships, failed partnerships, drug lords and DEA agents, and lots of shots of Walter White in his underwear.
– Christina Casano, Assistant Editor