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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If you could only play one single-player game for the rest of your life, which game would it be? Let me know in the comments!

VGC Day 10: What game destroyed you emotionally?

VGC Day 10: What game destroyed you emotionally?

So many games can fit here: Heavy Rain, Beyond: 2 Souls, Life is Strange, Kingdom Hearts, etc. Several games have made me cry openly, either with sadness or happiness. I knew there was only one that really fit the bill for this question though.

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I want to take this one back a bit to my first visual novel: Katawa Shoujo. The game itself is free and totally NSFW (it contains sexual content). It’s so beautifully done that I couldn’t believe it was free to download and play. It’s about five high school aged girls and one guy (who you play as) all living with different disabilities in a high school that cares for students with disabilities.

You are Hisao Nakai. Hisao suffers a heart attack caused by long dormant cardiac arrhythmia. After a lengthy hospital stay, he transfers to a new school with specialized education and care. Here he meets five different girls and has the choice to come to terms with his own disability.

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Through a series of choices by the player, you’ll end up with one of the five girls (or another, different ending). You are able to play through her “story” and all of your choices have an effect throughout her story line. During my first play through, I got Emi.

Emi has prosthetic legs and is a track runner. She’s extremely extroverted, funny, stubborn, and just really upbeat. Hisao ends up being her running partner as a way for her to instill some exercise into his routine and keep tabs on him for the school nurse. Emi also finds it hard to get close to people which I identify with completely. Needless to say, I immediately fell hard for Emi’s character.

I played KS like I play any choice game: the first way through is how I want to play it, then I go back and try to get things “right” or get a different outcome from what I has before.

Never have a I cried so much over making the “wrong” choice in a game. It felt like my heart had broke in two. I knew I couldn’t go back yet to make a different choice, so I finished the game with tears streaming down my face. Once I was done sobbing, I tried again, shooting for Emi’s good ending. I had to. I was so emotionally invested in this girl.

The emotional investment didn’t end with Emi though. Just about every girl in the game had me in tears at one point or another. I can’t recall the last game that made me cry like that…. and that’s why KS is the game that destroyed me emotionally.

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VGC Day 9: What game series will you never play?

VGC Day 9: What game series will you never play?

This may come as a surprise after all my talk yesterday of how much I love horror games. What game series will I never play? It’s not hard to answer… I will never play Resident Evil.

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I can hear you gasping loudly from behind your screens. “But, why? RE has this amazing plot and these bad ass characters!” “What about the successful movies? The remakes? It’s an iconic game!” “RE has set the stage for so many great game mechanics! Many games incorporate them now!” These may all be true. In fact, I really enjoyed some of the movies. And I have given a couple of titles in the RE series a try (Code Veronica, RE4) so my opinion is not without basis, though I’ll happily tell you I’m sure some (if not 90%) of my information is probably wrong.

I simply will never play Resident Evil because I don’t like it.

I don’t enjoy shooters. I don’t enjoy the story (the universe has gotten pretty complex). It’s really not scary. It’s full of gore. I don’t enjoy most aspects about this game series that make it what it is.

Not enjoying shooters is definitely just my personality and opinion. There’s plenty of people who absolutely love them and even prefer them. My husband enjoys shooters and has tried to ease me in with the Fallout series. It worked somewhat but I don’t have to constantly shoot shit in Fallout which is nice. I just run from it or let my companion do the work. VATS also helps with my horrible aiming.

Want to get into the story that is Resident Evil? Good luck. That virus mutates so many times it’s not funny anymore. And then there’s some new virus (or something?) in the other games! How can I enjoy this series when I can’t keep up with its complicated and twisted universe? It gives me a headache just trying to figure it out. Is there an ELI5 (Explain Like I’m 5) for the RE universe?

And I thought horror games were supposed to be scary. The occasional jump scare does not do it for me. Gross looking enemies do not scare me. Heads being blow off do not scare me. Running from zombies/mutants/whatever does not scare me. Give me some of that good psychological, keep-you-up-at-night, horror!

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What game series will you never play? Let me know in the comments!

 

VGC Day 8: What game haunts your dreams?

VGC Day 8: What game haunts your dreams?

One of my all time favorite survival horror games ever is Clock Tower 3 on the PlayStation 2.  Clock Tower 3 was a huge step for me as a gamer. It was probably one of the first survival horror games I played and enjoyed on my own. Usually I played with a friend and found most horror games to be thrilling versus scary. Clock Tower 3 was definitely scary while I was playing alone.

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Clock Tower 3 is about 14-year-old Alyssa Hamilton who is from a lineage of warriors who travel through time to defeat evil spirits. Alyssa travels from her time in 2003 London to the 1940s and 1960s to defeat these enemies and bring peace to the troubled souls she encounters.

Without delving too much into the game mechanics and how short the actual game was, I want to answer why the game in particular haunts my dreams when I play so many other horror games. What makes Clock Tower 3 so special in my eyes? The enemies.

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The Sledgehammer, a serial killer who uses a giant sledgehammer to bludgeon his victims to death. Alyssa first encounters him as he bludgeons twelve-year-old pianist, May, to death on Christmas Eve 1942. He killed total of 26 victims.

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The Corroder, a serial killer who uses concentrated sulfuric acid. Alyssa first encounters him as he blinds an elderly woman, Dorothy, and her son before throwing them both alive into a drum of sulfuric acid in November 1963. He killed total of 31 victims.

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Scissorwoman of the Scissor Twins, a serial killer who guts and dismembers her victims who are still alive with blades or scissors. Alyssa first encounters the twins when they kidnap her friend Dennis. She killed a total of 22 victims. Her brother killed a total of 37 victims.

Clock Tower 3 paints a gory picture of these serial killers who were brought back to life through “Entities.” Learning their back stories, coming across them killing people, and the panic-inducing encounters will give you nightmares. You can’t fight them yet. You have to run and hide and pray they don’t find you… Or you’ll end up like the rest of the unlucky people who crossed their paths.

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What game haunts your dreams? Let me know in the comments!

VGC Day 7: Who or what was the most annoying character?

VGC Day 7: Who or what was the most annoying character?

I bet your answer to this question is a companion who died often, got in your way, or was just completely useless. Or maybe it’s a boss that you had to fight so many times you finally threw down your controller and quit the game. Both of these would be an excellent answer to who or what is the most annoying character. Yet, I did not pick either of those.

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If you played Heavy Rain, you came in contact with Jason Mars at the very beginning of the game. He is the son of the first character you play as, Ethan Mars. The beginning of the game is spent just getting used to the controls. You (as Ethan) get to walk around the house and interact with all kinds of things from shaving Ethan’s face to playing with his kids.

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Enter: Jason Mars. This kid is already on my nerves, and we just met. I want to punch him in his little face. Does it really have to be his birthday? He’s whiny and a little asshole. An ungrateful little asshole. Can you actually hate a little kid this much?

So Ethan takes his wife and kids on a little trip to the mall. Should be fun. right? Spoiler: IT’S NOT. Ethan’s wife and other son, Shawn, duck out, and he’s left alone with Jason. Jason is an asshole as I have stated above. He wants this; he wants that. He runs away from his dad. Then to top it all off, Ethan (you) spends several minutes calling Jason’s name inside the crowded shopping mall. If I have to hear Ethan say JASON! one more time, I will jump off a cliff.

Jason Mars is the most annoying character I have ever had the displeasure of dealing with.

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VGC Day 6: What game recommendation have you tried this year?

VGC Day 6: What game recommendation have you tried this year?

Thanks to The Dragon’s Tea Party, I started playing The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. It has been my introduction to the Zelda series, and I will say that it’s been quite an enjoyable experience so far!

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I really dig the 3DS layout for the game. I like being able to see the map and Link’s gear on the bottom of the 3DS with Link himself at the top. I also really enjoy using different weapons besides his sword and shield like the bow that recharges with energy via an energy gauge.

I’ve had fun with the level designs so far, too! I love the puzzles and clearing out dungeons. It definitely satisfies the quester/completionist in me. It has game play I have never experienced before as well. Link has an ability to merge onto walls and move horizontally along them! The game’s perspective even changes as you do this. It’s really exciting for me to use this clever game mechanic.

As I’m still playing and getting to know my first game within The Legend of Zelda series, I hope to come back to this one day with a Saturday Suggestion post on it. It’s definitely made a fan out of me and I can’t wait to experience more!

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VGC Day 5: What is your guilty pleasure game?

VGC Day 5: What is your guilty pleasure game?

I picked up Final Fantasy X-2 after a friend highly recommended it. I had never played Final Fantasy X (yes, I know, terrible!) but was eager to try it out as I had never played a turn based RPG before. Needless to say, now I find myself passing over these kind of games in favor for regular RPGs, BUT FFX-2 does have a special place in my heart. It’s one of my guilty pleasure games.

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Final Fantasy X-2 drew me in for one reason: that amazing opening sequence. Anyone else download that song? I’m pretty sure I still have it on an MP3 player somewhere. I would restart the game just for that opening (and I did). And that outfit she’s wearing! (Spoiler: it was the songstress dress sphere.) Who didn’t want to cosplay that?!

My second favorite thing about FFX-2? The dress spheres. I won’t lie. I bought a guide book just to see how cool I could make Yuna, Rikku, and Pain. My favorite dress sphere was definitely the gunner, purely for aesthetic reasons. The coolest dress sphere though was Yuna’s Floral Fallal. As a 13 year old girl, I spent many weekends drawing up my own dress spheres and dreaming about what they could do.

I didn’t play FFX-2 for the story. I played it to get into as many battles as possible, which was pretty easy considering every time you walked a few feet you were in one. Maybe I could have gotten more into the story had I played Final Fantasy X first. Yuna is a pretty bad ass chick though, and I loved playing a trio of awesome women. Maybe I’ll dig it back out and give the story another try.

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What is your guilty pleasure game? Tell me in the comments!