Happy winter Solstice (2 days ago) to my southern hemisphere followers! Since some of you are complaining about the cold (try living in Skyrim guys!), I dedicate today’s recipe to you.
Now Evette San in Solitude is very, very secretive about her spiced wine recipe. I promised when I left the Thieves Guild that I’d put my life of crime behind me, so as tempting as it was to break into her home and steal the recipe…I did not. Instead, I spent a few days at The Winking Skeever making a mess of their kitchen to bring you my own take on San’s Spiced Wine, and they still serve it there. If getting to Solitude is too long a journey for you, you can recreate this from the comfort of your own homes. I hope you enjoy!
You will need:
1 bottle Alto wine or other red wine of choice
2 sticks cinnamon
1 vanilla bean pod, sliced open
½ tbsp whole cloves
1 tsp whole dried peppercorns
1 piece star anise
1 tsp nutmeg
1 ¼ cup honey
1 tsp allspice
Chopped walnuts or almonds (optional)
In a large pot, bring the wine to a simmer. Add the honey and stir thoroughly until it’s mixed through.
Add all the spices. Bring the wine to a boil and cover with a lid. Boil for 5 minutes, then remove the lid and reduce down to a simmer for another 10 minutes.
Remove from the heat and strain. Ladle into large mugs. Garnish with nuts if you want and enjoy!
Madden 18 - The inclusion and use of the Frostbite brings the
tight, realistic player movements that Madden players have been looking for.
Added to the game modes, is a new career mode much like FIFA’s Journey mode
from last year. Having played it on the new Xbox One X, the graphical
improvements are very clear and present. This year’s Madden is shaping up to be
Best Racing Game:
Forza 7 – What can I say, this game looks beautiful! Utilizing
the Xbox One X’s new tech, it boasts a stunning 4K/60FPS on console. The cars,
as with any Forza game, look extremely detailed and handle as they should. The
sound and world design is nothing short of exceptional.
Gran Turismo Sport
Best Multiplayer Game:
Destiny 2 – Bungie is back again with a new inclusion into the
Destiny franchise. Yes, your Guardian is taken back to square one due to the
acts of a new enemy, but it feels refreshing to this time around. The story
elements will be far more numerous than the lacking Destiny 1. The multiplayer
changes in the crucible feel right. Also, the introduction of Destiny 2 on PC
makes this game look and perform even better than before!
Sea of Thieves
Call of Duty: WWII – Call of Duty has gone back to their roots.
Boots are back on the ground! Oh, does it feel so right! The game looks
amazing! The new multiplayer additions change up the monotony that had seemed
to fall on Call of Duty players. The cinematics are theatrical level.
Multiplayer action is fast paced. We can’t wait to hear that M1 Garand reload
clink this Fall!
South Park: The Fractured But Whole – Looks like they have won 2
years in a row! This game is just plain fun! The new theme of superheroes
allows for some very funny shots at popular super hero franchises. Equipped
with the South Park humor and artwork that is a clone of the show, this is a
great follow-up to its predecessor.
Ni No Kuni II
Best Action Game:
Marvel’s Spider-man – Ok, to say we are excited about this game
is an understatement. I want to be slingin webs from building to building right
now! The game demo shown off just adds to that hype. This game looks excellent!
From the combat to the visuals, Insomniac has gone all out with Spider-Man.
Additionally, with rumors of character cameos, this game surely caters to fans!
Shadow of War
Best Open World game:
Far Cry 5 – Far Cry 5 looks impressive! With an interesting
storyline and the ability to choose from 3 diverse characters, it seems like
this one game you don’t want to miss. The gun play as always is on point. The
special little perks each character has, like the K-9 companion of one, add new
ways to approach situations.
Best Platformer game:
Super Lucky’s Tale – This game came out of left field! When
Microsoft showed it off during their E3 Conference, I was interested but not
overly impressed. It wasn’t until I was able to go Hands-on with it on the E3
showroom floor did it blow me away! First, this game has many aspects of a
Banjo game and that alone makes it worth it. The gameplay, however, is
extremely fun and we can’t wait to play more of it when it releases!
Best Adventure game:
Sea of Thieves – After seeing this game a few times over the
last 2 years and it being a runner up for many of our categories this year and
last, we can finally give it an award! Sea of Thieves deserves Best Adventure
game because that’s exactly what it is, a great adventure! Playing together
with your friends sailing the high seas has never been more fun than it is with
Assassin’s Creed: Origins
Most Hyped Game:
Anthem – Anthem was a huge surprise for gamers this E3. Bioware
throwing their hat in the ring with Destiny and the Division? Count us in! With
an excellent writing team behind this game, expect more of a story than its
competitors. The graphics and gameplay look amazing! It’s safe to say, we are
Metroid Prime 4
Best Indie Game:
The Artful Escape- This game looks like a lot of fun! Music
based platformer? What more could you want? The art style is excellent and I’m
sure the soundtrack will be mind-blowing. This game just looks like pure fun!
Beyond Good and Evil 2
Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus
This year’s biggest surprise were the announcements of a new
Metroid and Pokemon game coming next year. Also, Beyond Good and Evil is making
a comeback! Shadow of the Colossus HD Remake and Age of Empires HD Remake round
out the list! Additionally, NBA Live was a personal surprise for me. EA’s NBA
game this year feels and looks real nice! 2K better watch out.
Games we need/want to see more of:
Metroid Prime 4 (Obviously)
Best of Show:
This year’s Best of Show was rather simple. There weren’t too
many games on the floor this year and not a lot that shouted, “Must See!”, but
that doesn’t mean this year’s Best of E3 is a small feat by any means. I can
say that even if there had been more stunning games on the floor, this one
would still stand out amongst them all. One game stood up in the middle of the
65,000 people and said, “IT’S A ME!” That’s right, The Loading Screen’s Best of Show for E3 2017 goes to Super Mario
Odyssey! The game threw its hat at us and made us jump around like fools!
This is going to be one of the best Mario games yet! The fact that it’s on the
Switch makes it even better. Controlling enemies with your hat, jumping from
place to place, and traveling across a multitude of locations all while on the
go is very appealing! If you don’t have a Switch yet, I promise you this one
will make you go out and buy one! Super Mario Odyssey has won our hearts this
year and has earned our Best of Show!