VGC Day 18: What cult game is your favorite?

VGC Day 18: What cult game is your favorite?

There’s a hole in the wall in the internet for cult horror games. Games that are hard to find and scary to play. These games have found their way into my little gamer heart, and I spend a lot of time nowadays looking for theses games to play them again and recreate that same feeling…

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Haunting Ground was a cult favorite among the horror game enthusiasts, but also one of my favorite horror games.

You play as Fiona and befriend Hewie, a white German shepherd. After waking up in a castle after a car accident, you begin to seek an escape from the castle and its inhabitants. Fiona can hide and evade attacks from these enemies. Sometimes she’s even given the opportunity to fight. In order to save herself and Hewie, Fiona must unlock the secrets of the castle and its strange keepers.

Enemies that you encounter can be evaded, kicked, or hidden from. Fiona can use items to evade enemies or as traps that theses enemies walk into. Fiona also has the ability to run and back step to evade attacks. She has a Panic Meter, much like Clock Tower 3, in which she will run uncontrollably once it reached its limit.

Another game element that makes Haunting Ground one of my cult favorites is Hewie. Hewie is an important part of the game play and aids in Fiona’s survival. The player must build a relationship with him to build his trust. He can be given orders to search the environment, attack enemies, and other basic commands.

While the game is often compared to Clock Tower 3, making Fiona an object of desire makes this game different among other horror games I’ve played. While it’s nothing new to have a sexy female lead, this sexualization of Fiona makes me feel more endangered and fragile… and makes the game even more disturbing. With other sexual elements integrated into the story, I would say there’s definitely a cause for a TW for sexual themes and violence.

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What cult game is your favorite? Let me know in the comments!

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Saturday Suggestion – Game: Doki Doki Literature Club!

Saturday Suggestion – Game: Doki Doki Literature Club!

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Trigger warning for suicide, self harm, and other disturbing content.

You’ve read the game tags. You’ve read the warnings. You’ve read the reviews. It’s on Steam for free. Now it’s your turn to experience the psychological horror that is Doki Doki Literature Club!

Don’t let the innocent logo, shades of pink, and the stereotypical looking visual novel ladies fool you. This game made me scream, and never have so many obscenities come out of my mouth while playing a Steam game before. Jump scares? Check! Nightmares? Check! Images burned into my eyeballs? Check! Music stuck in my head for days? Check! Check! Check! As always, buckle up for a spoiler free review!

Brief intro: You’re a high school student in a very typical Japanese style visual novel. You meet the first girl, your childhood best friend named Sayori, on your way to school. You walk together every day. After a bit of pestering from Sayori about what club you’re going to be in this year, you start to consider possibly joining a club. After class is over, Sayori invites you to stop in at her club where you meet three other girls: Monika, the president of the Literature Club and the most popular girl in school, Natsuki, the typical tsundere who loves cute things, manga, and baking, and Yuri, the mysterious and introverted bookworm.

Things are definitely checking off all the boxes for your typical romance visual novel. You get a glimpse of personalities from the girls, you’re pushed into being a member of the club, and after what you’ve seen so far, things are normal. Normal and quiet… You are lulled into a simple choice romance game, picking what you know will get you the most time with a girl. Creating poems to be shared with each girl to get to know her better…

But slowly, you start to see things. Little things. In the dialogue. In the poems. Things that make you take a second look. Things that don’t quite make sense. Things that don’t belong… Things that frighten you.

Review: Hang on tight, because shit gets cray in Doki Doki. I finished this game in 2 days because I just HAD TO KNOW what the F was going on. With a game play of about 2 to 10 hours, it’s short and sweet but leave your heart jumping from your chest. Fans of thrillers and psycho horrors: this game is for you.

Without spoiling the game or ending, this game gets under your skin. It starts off innocently enough and is cleverly disguised as a romance visual novel with your typical high school guy and four girls to “choose” from. Endless dialogue and the usual choices will start to make you yawn (or if you’re like me and actually enjoy visual novels you’ll feel right at home). Then… it starts.

Strange poetry, strange dialogue, strange reactions from the girls, and strange game glitches. You’ll be scratching your head wondering if that just happened. Was it a part of the game? Are you seeing things? Why are the girls acting so weird? You’ll think back to past conversations as the pieces start to fit together.

Speaking of strange poetry, the poems that you share every day with the girls in the Literature Club is a game mechanic I haven’t encountered before but definitely has a place in Doki Doki. You choose from a set of words twenty times to create your poem. These words range from ‘sunshine’ to ‘suicide’ and correlate to each girl. Pick the right ones for the right girl, and you’ll have her attention. Despite never getting to see your poems, it’s still a neat game mechanic

Beautiful and sometimes haunting music accompany the Japanese style visual novel graphics. It’s subtle enough to accompany the story without taking you away, but haunting enough to be stuck in your head for days (just ask my husband). The character art is very well done and up to visual novel standards. There’s static movement with the occasional full size shot of the girl you are romancing. For a free game, it was most definitely crafted with love by Team Salvato. I’m looking forward to any other games they put out on the Steam store.

Doki Doki Literature Club truly belongs in it’s own genre. It’s terrifying, discusses mental health on a highly uncomfortable level, incorporates heavy foreshadowing in an already intricate story, and really screws with you as a player (hello, fourth wall breaking!). You’ll even find yourself digging into the game files to uncover… things. Do yourself a favor, and play Doki Doki Literature Club.

Official Rating: M

Genre(s): Psychological Horror, Visual Novel, Dating Sim

Score: 5 out of 5 stars!

Link Loves: Adulting, Feminism, Christmas, and Pop Culture

Link Loves: Adulting, Feminism, Christmas, and Pop Culture

Welcome to the second installment of Link Loves. This post is all about my favorite links of the week! It can include bloggers, articles, news, clothing, accessories, and other cool links I’m enjoying.

Adulting and Gaming

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When you find that you can’t even put a couple of hours towards your gaming hobby anymore and adulting is getting you down, remember you’re not alone. Check out The Dragon’s Tea Party’s Adulting and Gaming: My Struggle To Do Both. I found myself massively relating to Dragon’s woes and then found so many helpful comments that may help in the struggle to keep your gaming hobby and still do that adult stuff.

Being a Girl in the World of Online Gaming

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Critically Claire lays it all out about her online gaming experiences. It’s a story we’ve heard many times or have personally dealt with. It’s time for feminism to take a stand in the gaming community. It starts here and now with us. The gaming community is a space for everyone.

Christmas Blog Party hosted by Kim of Later Levels

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The best blog party of the year was hosted by Later Level’s Kim. It was so much fun and I met so many awesome bloggers! The level of geek was through the roof, and I couldn’t have been happier. Be on the look out next year for another invite!

English Class for Pop Culture

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Love pop culture? Love literature? Pop Culture Literary Tutor’s blog is for you. After reading the post on The Brave Little Toaster, I knew I was in love with the entire idea for this blog. It’s like English class for pop culture!

Month of Magic: Games for a Wizard’s House Party

Month of Magic: Games for a Wizard’s House Party

In case you haven’t heard: the month of July is dedicated to Harry Potter on AGeekyGal!  If you would like to get in on the madness, go to this master post and follow the instructions. Feel free to use my banner above for your blog post!

Finding adult Harry Potter inspired games was quite challenging! There’s a million and one drinking games and so many games meant for kids. I dug through them all and managed to find a few that may strike your fancy (as they certainly struck mine).

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Saturday Suggestion – Game: Fantasy Life

Saturday Suggestion – Game: Fantasy Life

Fantasy Life is an RPG for the Nintendo 3DS. The game is set in a beautiful and vast fantasy-like world. You can create your own avatar to explore the lands and pick a job (but don’t fret; you can try them all). There are limitless possibilities in your new life including setting on a grand adventure to save the world.

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Saturday Suggestion – Game: Lollipop Chainsaw

Saturday Suggestion – Game: Lollipop Chainsaw

So… If you have seen images and screenshots relating to Lollipop Chainsaw, you may be scratching your head wondering what in the world does killing zombies have to do with a half naked cheerleader, and why is there a man’s head on her hip? Well, it got my attention, enough so that I just had to get my hands on and play this all the way through in a matter of hours (definitely not at 100% completion though).

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Saturday Suggestion – Game: Catherine

Saturday Suggestion – Game: Catherine

Catherine is by far one of the weirdest yet most addicting games I have ever played. I wanted it as soon as it came out simply because I’m all for choice-making games and puzzles that make you think. It’s definitely not for kids though as innocent as puzzles sound. I’m sure by now you know how much I love a good romance, but you know what spoils it? A love triangle. So… who will you choose? Katherine or Catherine?

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