Video games, books to enjoy in warm weather months

The month of May is always a bit light in video games, as the top distributors save their hottest titles for the summer months. So this month, I am blasting 60 days to the past.

“Bloodborne” was released March 24 with little fanfare – a Play Station 4 game that sort-of slipped through the cracks for casual gamers. But a quick test drive had me immediately wanting more. Soon, I was hooked.

It took some time, and it was a perplexing endeavor, but “Bloodborne” is a worthwhile experience.

The game challenges you throughout, as you battle a world in which disease, death and evil lurk at every corner. The setting is Yharnam – an ancient ruins that is plagued by disease.

In “Bloodborne,” the challenge is to battle through those depths of despair and persevere – not easy with fearsome enemies present.

Developers created a somewhat open-world gaming experience in “Bloodborne,” which gives you the option to explore and see what’s needed to be seen. But when it’s time for business, the meat and potatoes of the game are the gruesome battles with enemies – intense battles.

“Bloodborne” isn’t a mystery per se, but it is cryptic in nature with certain clues throughout the storyline that build intrigue and further the experience. If you’re not paying attention, you won’t survive. Pure and simple. This is one where you have to stay on alert at all times.

The storyline is dark. This is probably not the game for a person only interested in rainbows and butterflies.

But if you don’t mind a little blood, guts and some deep thinking, “Bloodborne” will draw you in and keep you hooked for hours upon end.

I know it did for me. Its complexities and intricacies make it easily one of the top titles I’ve delved into in 2015.

I’d buy it and play it – often.

This one has been one of the hottest hits throughout the summer, and it deserves its recognition.

Judy Blume fans, rejoice! She’s back.

The writer behind such young adult classics such as “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret,” Blume’s much-anticipated new novel “In the Unlikely Event” is the moving story of three generations whose lives are profoundly changed by unexpected events.

Miri Ammerman returns to Elizabeth, N. J., author Blume’s actual hometown, to attend a commemoration of the worst year of her life. It was just 35 years ago, when Miri was 15 and in love for the first time, a succession of airplanes fell from the sky. The community was left reeling.

Drawing from the early 1950s, when airline travel was new and exciting, Blume skillfully paints a vivid portrait of the time and place – Nat King Cole singing “Unforgettable,” Elizabeth Taylor-style hairdos, first love, friendships and rumors of Communist threats.


$16.77, hardcover; June 2 release

With its dark storyline and challenging gameplay, “Bloodborne” is one of the top summer titles. It’s challenging for its attention to detail.