VGC Day 17: What game do you disagree with the general opinion on it?

VGC Day 17: What game do you disagree with the general opinion on it?

I’ve dabbled in the likes of Grand Theft Auto games. It started with True Crime which I never finished. I enjoyed just driving cars and trying to find the prettiest/nicest ride while keeping it intact (I was not a good driver). The thought of it being open world didn’t make the game appeal to me. The thought of running from the cops didn’t scratch a gamer’s itch for me either.

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So when the family got GTA: San Andreas, I wasn’t that excited about it.

I watched my brother play, and he seemed to like it and have fun but when I played it, it just seemed to be a “don’t get caught by the cops” kind of game. I played more of the story line than I ever did True Crime so it had that going for it I suppose. I just don’t “get” Grand Theft Auto.

When GTA 5 was released, fans were pretty excited and rightfully so. GTA 5 brought in some new game play like 3 main characters and online gaming. Who wouldn’t enjoy blowing other people up? Well, just me I think.

So I’m not saying GTA are bad games. They’re not. But in my opinion, GTA is just not that great of a series. Shoot people, run from cops, be bad, try to be good, steal things, rinse, and repeat.

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VGC Day 16: What open-world game gave you that “woah” feeling?

VGC Day 16: What open-world game gave you that “woah” feeling?

I tend to be a #patientgamer, but there was one game I was definitely not going to wait for. After much hype and some money saved up, I ran out to my nearest GameStop to purchase Skyrim for the PS3 as soon as it hit the shelves.

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The first time I was dumped into that horse drawn wagon in Skyrim and sentenced to beheading, I was pretty excited. I made my character, watched everyone run from the dragon, but it was only after the tutorial that I realized how insanely vast Skyrim was. Just look at those graphics, I said to myself. I had a newfound appreciation for models as well since I was in college for 3D modeling/game art and Skyrim seemed to scratch that artist itch for me.

I easily spent the better part of 5 hours just exploring. And I can say that here recently I finished the main story line on PS4, but honestly, the world is so amazing and beautiful that I just kept exploring places and talking to people (hello to the numerous misc quests). Skyrim is also the only game I have bought 3 times. PS3, PS4, and recently PC. If you love open worlds, fantasy, and RPG’s, Skyrim will give you that “woah” feeling on your first play through.

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VGC Day 15: What game just made you say “I’m done with this” and instantly quit playing the game forever?

VGC Day 15: What game just made you say “I’m done with this” and instantly quit playing the game forever?

I am probably going to get a lot of hate for this one. It is one of the most popular games and is still coming out with sequels. In fact, a new title was released in October 2017. That game is…

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Assassin’s Creed.

I will be completely honest with you guys. I wanted to love this game. In fact, I bought three of the first AC games on PS3 for myself. I was excited. There was already a lot of love for the series, and I was far behind in #patientgamer land. Unfortunately, I only put about 4 or 5 hours into the first game and never touched the rest.

It seemed like every city was a “rinse and repeat” of the last city. Same missions. Same people. Same bullshit. The controls were so wonky that I was constantly accidentally jumping or scaling walls and mounting horses when I was trying to hide. The AI are incredibly stupid in that you can’t finish a mission because they’re stuck in a crowd and move just an inch too close to the guards, BOOM, desynchronized! And don’t get me started on the difficult missions. Combined with the crap controls makes it impossible to finish anything.

AC could have been incredible. In fact, I really liked the story line, exotic locations and time periods. But the fact remains that I couldn’t finish the game due to so many errors on the developers end. Since I never finished the first game, I haven’t even looked at the rest (and there’s a lot out now).

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VGC Day 14: What game made you feel like you were playing a genre for the first time?

VGC Day 14: What game made you feel like you were playing a genre for the first time?

Referencing back to Day 13 in which I talked about all of the strange games I used to play with my childhood best friend, I need to talk about this next game that we spent hours upon hours playing until 100% completion. It was one of the first survival horror games for me and I have yet to find anything that comes close to it that gives me that same feeling of playing a genre for the first time.

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That game is Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly.

This game pushed me head first into survival horror. It is freaky. It is scary. It has a one of a kind story line. And my best friend and I bonded over it like no other game we had played before. Even when we got our hands on Fatal Frame III, it didn’t compare to our love for Fatal Frame II.

You play as twin sisters, Mio and Mayu, as they explore an abandoned village. They experience encounters with the paranormal including vengeful and powerful spirits. Spirits begin to possess the twins and target them as sacrifices for an ancient ritual. You must use a camera with powers of exorcism to defeat these spirits and uncover the secrets of the village to save yourselves.

It is still, to this day, one of the scariest games I’ve ever played (and I’ve played Outlast). You can find it on PSN for the PS3 right now! It’s a steal for $9.99. It is the most highly recommended game (by myself and probably the entire world) for any horror fan.

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VGC Day 13: What is your favorite hidden gem?

VGC Day 13: What is your favorite hidden gem?

Picture a world with limited internet access, no game magazine subscriptions, just a ride to GameStop every month or so with your birthday money, and friends who didn’t mind lending/trading their games with you. This was my life as a middle school gamer and what ended up being some of the best years of gaming with my friends.

My childhood best friend was into gaming just as much as I was. He had a weird collection of games that later on in life I would realize were precious gems that you can’t find anymore. They were one of a kind, and we had played them together. One of those games became a rare gem for me in my adult life.

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Rule of Rose became a bit of an obsession because I couldn’t find it again after playing it all those years ago. It was a game out of its time. It was weird. It was rare. If it didn’t have a cult following, it should have. I never got to finish it because my childhood best friend’s mom read about Rule of Rose in a magazine. According to the magazine it was a “deranged game about lesbians” so back to GameStop it went. And out of my reach.

I thought about it years later, yearning to know just what the hell it was about and how the ending would come about. I searched for it on amazon and found a copy for $500. There was no way in hell I’d pay for that. Within a month I saw Rule of Rose again like a twist of fate, but this time it was in a local used game store. Sitting in the case with a $400 price tag, I asked the guy working the counter how much he’d be willing to negotiate. He said not at all. So I left empty handed.

Thanks to a simulator which I won’t get detailed about as it’s not something I do often personally, I was able to play Rule of Rose without spending $100s. It was exactly as I had remembered it: a hidden gem.

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VGC Day 12: What is your gaming system of choice?

VGC Day 12: What is your gaming system of choice?

This one is really easy to answer. You’ll know from Day 1 my first system was a PlayStation 1. Eventually, as a family gift for Christmas one year, we got a PlayStation 2. I don’t know my parents’ reasons for going with PlayStation, but when the PS3 was out I knew I had a decision to make between it and the Xbox.

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The deciding factor was a video game. That video game was God of War III. I had played GoW and GoW II on the family PS2. Then the stars aligned and I was given a PSP for Christmas (Notice the pattern? Video games = Christmas!). GoW: Chains of Olympus was one of the first games I played on it.

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When GoW III was set to be released only on PS3, my decision was made. Using my own money from my job at a gas station, I bought a PS3. I’ve always been pretty late to the party on getting new gaming systems. Two Christmases ago I treated myself to a new PS4.

It’s always been PlayStation. Unless something dramatically changes, it will always be PlayStation.

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VGC Day 11: If you could only play one single-player game for the rest of your life, which game would it be?

VGC Day 11: If you could only play one single-player game for the rest of your life, which game would it be?

It’s hard enough to pick one game to play for the rest of life but then I have to narrow it down to single-player. Good thing I prefer single player games.

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There’s a few games left in my arsenal that I haven’t completed yet. One of them being Fantasy Life which already has a Saturday Suggestion post. Fantasy Life basically stole my heart and made my purchase of a Nintendo 3DS a “good” decision in my mind (because previously it was bought for the pure enjoyment of Animal Crossing New Leaf).

I won’t harp on Fantasy Life too much as I think my review still does it justice. I’ll just list a few of the major points of why I love this game and why I feel that it would be the one single-player game I play for the rest of my life:

  • There is so much to do.
  • Cute characters with extremely diverse personalities.
  • Complete customization of your very own character with tons of color options.
  • Questing. So much questing.
  • Choose a Life, choose a different Life, go back to original Life (there’s a ton of them).
  • The main story line is refreshing and original.
  • 100+ hours of game play.
  • There’s even an expansion.

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