Has it really been almost 2 1/2 years since I’ve updated this thing? Holy smokes. Well, here’s what you’ve missed: I’ve been watching TV, reading books, seeing movies, and playing video games. So, yeah, same old stuff.
Not sure what I’ll be posting in the future, but just to dip my toe back into these waters, here’s a quiz a found on a couple of different sites (though the one over at Jill Sandwich inspired me to take a crack at it myself).
1: Do you try to stay away from walkthroughs?
I do, unless I’m really stuck. Unfortunately, I’m a pretty shitty gamer, so I get stuck more often than I’d like. I mean, I play most games on Easy or Casual. Normal mode is hardcore enough for me.
2:Company you’re always loyal to?
Bioware, baby. Haven’t played a game of theirs that I didn’t at least enjoy if not love – and yes, that includes Star Wars the Old Republic. Bethesda has games I love (Dishonored, Skyrim) and games that bore me to tears (Oblivion), but I’ll check out anything they publish. Lately though, I’d add CD Projekt Red to this list. Loves me some Witcher.
3:Best game you’ve ever played?
I’m assuming Best here means Favorite. For that, I’d have to go with Dragon Age: Origins, although the Mass Effect series is really, really close. The games I’ve had the most fun with recently are Dishonored and the Witcher games.
4:Worst game you’ve ever played?
Oh boy. Um. Maybe DC Universe Online because it so utterly wastes the license? I’ve played about ten different characters, some as far as the 16th level, and it’s so very, very dull. Powers that don’t feel particularly powerful, uninspired quests and painful grinding, and a world that feels far too small. In terms of broken gameplay, L.A. Noire, a game that I actually like despite its refusal to let me so much as go up a ladder without fucking with my patience.
5:A popular series/game you just can’t get into no matter how much you try?
GTA. Confession time: I’m not a fan of sandbox games. I like a compelling narrative and interesting characters (Skyrim and Fallout:New Vegas may be the only exceptions that come to mind of sandboxes that just clicked for me). The misanthropic adventures of GTA’s brand of sleazes and reprobates don’t do much for me. I’ve tried two different GTA titles and, despite my love of the crime genre, they just never grabbed me enough to put more than 20 hrs or so into them.
6:A game that’s changed you the most?
Either Metal Gear Solid or FFVII. They came at the perfect time in my gaming life to really make me fall in love with video games again. These were deep, rich games that felt like they were put together by masters of their crafts. These were first video games that really sold me on the marriage of fun game play and compelling narrative.
7:A game you’ll never forget?
This is a silly question. How about this – most unforgettable gaming moment? This one goes to Anders’ actions in Dragon Age II. Even if I have mellowed on my love for the game in the past couple of years, I still think the story and themes of Dragon Age II are pretty great and that moment was the series’ version of Ozymadeus’ “I did it 35 minutes ago.” from Watchmen.
Running up to that? Just about every major character arc in Mass Effect 3. Words don’t even come into play on how emotional I get playing that game — that first bitter flight from earth with Clint Mansell’s heartbreaking piece playing over the destruction. Mordin’s fate (and his final message to Shepard if you get the Citadel DLC). Solving the Geth/Quarian conflict. My lady Shepard’s final moments with Liara. Watching the earth burn with Anderson while he…sorry, I still get so choked up. People can say what they want about the ending, but they will find no sympathy from me. As far as I’m concerned, Mass Effect 3, in its entirety, is just utterly fantastic.
I love game soundtracks. I listen to them when I work. All-time favorite soundtracks are, no surprise, the scores to Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and Final Fantasy VII. That said, the ones I have been really in love with lately are the score to Mass Effect 3, Michael McCann’s score for Deus Ex: Human Evolution, Jesper Kyd’s score for Assassin’s Creed II, and Cris Velasco & Sascha Dikiciyan’s work on Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine (three of those games I haven’t even played!)
9:A game you turn your volume off every time you play it?
I don’t do this.
10:A game you’ve completely given up on?
InFamous. The lead is such an unsavory douche that I just couldn’t spend another minute in his skin. Which is a shame, because I have never played a game that so completely nails what I imagine it would feel like to have superpowers as that game does. But between the dull-as-dishwater story, the constantly re-spawning armies of featureless street thugs, and Cole’s detestability, I just can’t imagine ever revisiting that franchise. Before that it was Prince of Persia because I couldn’t figure out how to jump back and forth between walls.
11:Hardest game you’ve played?
Demon Souls. Hands down. Followed by Shadow of the Colossus. After that, any goddamn Lego game.
12:Shortest time you’ve beaten a game in?
Did a Clean Hands run on Dishonored that took me 6 hrs.
13:A game you were the most excited for when it wasn’t released yet?
Dragon Age:Inquisition. Prior to this one, maybe Mass Effect 3 and Dragon Age 2? Now that I’m waist deep in Witcher2, though, Witcher3: The Wild Hunt has jumped near the top of my must play list. I just hope my PC can run it. 😦
14:A game you think would be cool if it had voice acting?
Final Fantasy IX.
15:Which two games do you think would make an awesome crossover?
Uncharted and Dead Space, because I would love to hear what Nate Drake had to say. I imagine it would be something like “oh shit oh shit oh shit WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT?”
Part 2 tomorrow