Picks of the Week – March 14

Wednesday is suggestion day, and boy do I have some good ones for you.

Game: Nier

Nier was one of the most underrated and overlooked games back in 2010 – a Japanese RPG featuring one of the best videogame soundtracks of all time, a rather unique story, an intriguing mixture of gameplay styles, and some fun combat mechanics. While the game didn’t do terribly well, it has received a lot of critical praise despite having a lot of critical flaws. If you’re looking for a game that is both like every other game you’ve ever played and unlike any other game you’ve ever played, Nier is a fantastic one to give some time to. But only if you can handle some colourful language – there’s a character in Nier who just plain loves to swear.

Music – Concrete Angel by Martina McBride

I went through a phase in my life where I loved ‘new country'(the sort of country/pop hybrid music). Now, for the most part I’ve moved past that, but there are still a few artists whose sheer talent will find them a place in my heart. Martina McBride is one of them, with one of the best voices of the past 30 years, and a talent for singing songs that will not only bring tears to the eyes but also really make you think, she’s a singer who is fantastic regardless of what type of music you enjoy. Concrete Angel is a deep, moving song that will not only make you cry, but also echo in your mind for days after you’ve heard it.

Book – Dragon Prince by Melanie Rawn

The Dragon Prince is the start of a fantastic political intrigue story featuring well written characters, interesting story arcs, unbelievable twists, and a truly stellar magic system that manages to be both mysterious and believable at the same time. An interesting look at a book taken not from the story of an itinerant adventurer, but rather from the ruling class of this world – and it does a great job of both hooking you from early on, and keeping you interested through the entire series.

 

Written by: Sean

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