VGC Day 23: What game do you love to play with friends?

VGC Day 23: What game do you love to play with friends?

I don’t get the chance to play video games with friends too often. When I was younger, my brother and I loved fighting games like Soul Caliber and Mortal Kombat. However, I found most 2 player games lacking. It was pretty hard to find an enjoyable two player game that wasn’t a shooter.

A year ago, during a trip to visit my then-fiance/now-husband in Ireland, Alec introduced me to Lego Star Wars. It was pretty fun, and I didn’t have a problem with the game itself. The real fun came later when my husband arrived in the US. He introduced me to Lego Harry Potter.

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Initially I thought these games were just for young kids and had zero interest in playing them. That all changed one Saturday night on the couch when we popped in Lego Harry Potter Years 1-4. I loved playing this game. And I loved it even more playing with my husband as it really required some team work for puzzles, but we could both loot individually.

It was an experience to see Hogwarts as well as Diagon Alley and other locations in lego form. My favorite part is definitely being Hermione and using magic. The game makes it fairly simple to use magic, and the puzzles are really fun. Alec and I really have to pick this one back up for another Saturday game night.

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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 21: What is the weirdest game you played and enjoyed?

VGC Day 21: What is the weirdest game you played and enjoyed?

I don’t get the chance to play too many visual novels despite really enjoying them. When I spotted Doki Doki making the Let’s Play rounds on blogs and being praised as one of the weirdest psychological horrors VN’s of the year, I knew I had to give it a try.

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

Doki Doki Literature Club received it’s very own Saturday Suggestion post awhile back back. You can check that out here. Rather than rehashing what I already poured over in the review, I’ll talk a little bit about what made me enjoy it even though it was one of the weirdest games I’ve ever played (and I play so many weird games).

There was something about the psychological terror that I enjoyed. That “something” was the creeping feeling that something just wasn’t right. I wanted to keep staring at the game until the pieces started to come together. But they don’t until you’re nearly halfway done with the game. and then you can’t stop it. You can’t stop what’s happening and can only continue to click and read the dialogue as the next scene unfolds. It’s completely out of your hands.

Doki Doki delivered on psycho-horror. Very few times have I played a game in a few hours or a couple of days to see how it all ends. I usually like to take my time and absorb information, get to know the characters and just be in the environment. Doki Doki made me sit on the edge of my chair, eager for the next scene, eager to see when I would glimpse the seams starting to unravel.

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VGC Day 20: What’s the most ridiculous quest you patiently completed in a game?

VGC Day 20: What’s the most ridiculous quest you patiently completed in a game?

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, A Geeky Gal was a middle schooler who played a game called Runescape.

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Runescape was definitely an outlet for me as a kid. Most Friday nights and Saturday mornings, I was on the family computer playing RS with my cousins and strangers on the internet. I enjoyed the quests and learning the lore behind RS.

The quest that has always stood out to me was not the hardest but the longest at the time. That quest was One Small Favor. And it was definitely NOT one small favor. The entire quest takes about two hours if you come prepared (thanks to that walk-through that you printed out the day before). When you’re a kid, two hours seem like forever.

So One Small Favor starts off with this guy wanting some rare logs for some polish. Cool. I go to the location where these rare logs will be. The Forester there says I can have the logs if I take their hatchet to a boat where it will be shipped off to get sharpened. Cool. I take the hatchet to the boat but the Captain tells me to take the hatchet myself. Cool. I set sail to Port Sarim. When I get to the battleaxe shop, the shop keeper is too worried about his friend to sharpen the hatchet. He needs me to talk to a witch in Draynor… Alright now things are just getting ridiculous.

The quest continues like this until you reach the very last favor you have to perform before back tracking through all the now completed favors to the original guy who just wanted some freaking logs for polish. I wanted to slap every single one of those characters before the quest was over. It was a quest of total patience.

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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 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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