VGC Day 24: What game had a big emotional impact on you?

VGC Day 24: What game had a big emotional impact on you?

On Day 7, I mentioned Heavy Rain. Heavy Rain will be the only game repeated in my 30 day challenge for one reason only: the emotional impact it left on me.

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I had never played a game like Heavy Rain before and went into it completely blind. In fact, I picked up a used copy from GameStop, and the associate said he loved it. With a recommendation so high from a Game Stop employee, I figured it was worth a shot. After all, I do have a fascination with serial killers.

Heavy Rain is about four separate protagonists and the Origami Killer, a serial killer who uses long periods of rainfall to slowly drown his victims. Each of these protagonists have a choice-driven story and can die based on how you play the game. These protagonists are Ethan Mars, Norman Jayden, Madison Paige, and Scott Shelby.

Without spoiling the ending(s), the interactive story telling very much sucks you in. I beat this game in about a week (that’s with taking breaks from so many emotional scenes). You are these characters and watching their stories unfold to save a child’s life hits home in more ways than one.

“How far are you prepared to go to save someone you love?”

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VGC Day 22: What game were you so enraptured by that you beat it extremely quickly?

VGC Day 22: What game were you so enraptured by that you beat it extremely quickly?

If you recall Day 12, I talked about why I went with a PS4 and how it was all for one video game: God of War III.

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God of War already had me hooked with its predecessors. I love Greek mythology. I love the game’s take on it. I love Kratos as a character. I love the combat system. It’s simple, easy to pick up, and so much fun. I love the moody classical musical that ties this game up into a neat little bow. It is truly a pleasure to play.

God of War III sucked me in with those amazing graphics which were stellar for the time and PlayStation 3. Kratos just looked phenomenal. The enemies seemed larger than life and were nothing I had experienced before. The puzzles were well-crafted and enjoyable. There were also new weapons to try out that had some unique powers which I was excited for.

I could not put this game down until I finished it. I felt breathless, my heart pounding all the way up until the very end. Then the game literally took my breath away with its ending. It’s been awhile since I have felt that way about a game if I’m being honest here. I really should make the time to pick this gem back up for a round 2.

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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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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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What open-world game gave you that “woah” feeling? Would you like to see a Saturday Suggestion post on Skyrim? Let me know in the comments!

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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What game made you feel like you were playing a genre for the first time? Would you like to see a Saturday Suggestion post on Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly? Let me know in the comments!

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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What is your gaming system of choice? Let me know in the comments!