The Suggestion Box #70: Loot Showers, and Evil Cowers, and Empath Powers, Oh My!

Wondering what to do with your upcoming free time? Good thing we have some suggestions for what you should be watching, playing, reading, listening to, etc.

Ben’s TV Pick: Marvel’s DaredevilEven after the likes of Loki and What If…?, Daredevil remains the pinnacle of the MCU’s small screen adventures thus far, reaching near the top of the MCU overall. The Netflix series surrounding the eponymous hero, his friends, a vast criminal underworld, and the war for the heart of Hell’s Kitchen is completely captivating. Seriously, this is one of the two or three shows that got its hooks in me so deeply that I binged an entire season of it in a day. The action, supporting cast, and pacing are all excellent, and I’d rank its leading archenemies near the top of any superhero story. Charlie Cox and Vincent D’Onofrio bring so much personality and physicality to Daredevil and Kingpin that they’re as tied to their respective characters in my mind as RDJ and Chris Evans are to Iron Man and Captain America. I was ecstatic to learn that part of Daredevil was being folded into the wider MCU canon, and I sincerely hope that Disney treats the series’ legacy with the care and reverence it deserves.

Season four on Disney Plus, make it happen!

Ben’s Video Game Pick: Destiny 2: Bungie 30th Anniversary Pack – Not only does this Destiny 2 add-on feature some extra aesthetic gear for your Guardians to earn, but it provides what is easily my favorite endgame content in the Destiny franchise: The Grasp of Avarice Dungeon. It starts in the classic loot cave, a specific spot many of us spent plenty of time farming in the early days of the first Destiny, and leads you into a puzzle-filled, trap-laden adventure that’s equally fun, challenging, and rewarding. Oh, and those who beat the dungeon are awarded the Gjallarhorn rocket launcher, the most iconic weapon (and one of the most powerful) in all of Destiny. There are other useful items to earn in the dungeon as well, making it ideal to run through again and again. Some might feel that the $25 price tag is a tad high for just one dungeon, its loot, and cosmetics, but considering the embarrassing amount of time I have already put into it (and will continue to), I’m considering it a fair value.

Lauren’s Video Game Pick: Life Is Strange: True ColorsWith the realization that I played zero new releases last year (the release of a physical copy of Hades and the Mass Effect Legendary Edition for sure don’t count), I figured there was no better way to start the new year than by burning through the easily tackled Life is Strange: True Colors. Following Alex as she works to acclimate to life in a tiny town with a brother she hasn’t seen in 8 years, True Colors’ hook is that Alex has the power to selectively read minds as an empath, which she uses to get to the heart of a seemingly avoidable tragedy, and, well, into the hearts of the members of her community – emotional manipulation FTW! Though it isn’t as affecting in its tragedy and heartbreak, as trippy in the sci-fi elements, or as upsettingly dark as the OG Life is Strange (the only other entry into the franchise I have played thus far), nor does it fully stick the landing in its final episode as backstory and reveals feel a bit shoehorned in, True Colors shines thanks to the characters that fill out this world, Alex’s relationship with the oft overwhelming emotions (be sure to always read her journal for more depth), and one hell of a third episode that hit me right in my fantasy/D&D loving heart.

So what do you think about these picks? What content did we miss over the past two weeks while we were spending time with these? Be sure to leave a comment below letting us know about everything (both current and simply new to you) you’ve been consuming lately!

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