If you were a kid in the 90’s, chances are that you had a Give Yourself Goosebumps book or two. One of the best children’s horror series ever (honestly they don’t make enough children’s horror series anymore). The allure of these books were that you were a part of the story and even more than that you chose how your adventure would unfold. Were you going to turn to page 54 to go down that dark scary ass basement? How about flipping the page to 99 to explore that creepy swamp your aunt told you to stay out of? The choice was up to you. Goosebumps is the reason for my love affair with today’s choice based narrative games.
I had not truly played narrative games that let you affect the story until I bought Mass Effect 2 on the Ps3. Captivated. That’s the only word I can use to explain what I felt playing this game. I was a part of a space opera and every things I said and did as Commander Shepard had consequences. From the relationships I could forge to who lived and died. All of it was dependent on what kind of person I wanted Commander Shepard to be.
While I love the Mass Effect series, the pinnacle of these narrative driven games has to be game from Telltale studios. Their stories keep you eagerly awaiting for the next chapter in their episodic adventure. However, what sets them apart is not just how well their stories are crafted but the nature of the choices you make.
When you are in a conversation as Commander Shepard, the choice you make are clearly defined. Paragon and Renegade. Good and evil. However, what makes a Telltale game better is that every choice is a big shade of grey. It leaves you wondering, was that choice right or was it wrong? What will these characters think of me? Your choices are defined by what you feel is necessary not what the game tells you is good or bad.
Right now I’m currently playing Life is Strange (which is a far better game to me then Remember Me) and Game of Thrones. The least to say is i am hooked. While many are quick to claim these games have no real gameplay, I say you games have no freedom. You are told what to do, complete the mission as dictated and while you can move the character, ultimately you end up doing what they want you to do. Don’t get me wrong I love playing games but giving me the choice of where the story goes is the ultimate illusion of freedom.
Posted: June 3, 2015 in News
Tags: Comcept, Doing it better, Keiji Inafune, Linux, Mighty No. 9, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One
It’s ok Capcom. If you don’t want to give us a new Mega Man game, that’s cool. In meantime we have Mighty No.9. The spiritual successor’s new trailer shows off the Mega Man style action in all it’s glory. Mega Man’s creator Keiji Inafune and the team at Comcept really outdid themselves with this one. Now if only they could make their own Mega Man Legends style game…
The game is coming September 14th to just about ever console imaginable.
All is right with the world, the stars have aligned and now life is complete because Bethesda Softworks decided to greet the morning with the announcement of Fallout 4. That’s right, the long awaited sequel to Fallout 3, which released seven years ago is real and debuts with a sweet new trailer.
Not much is known about the game. What is known is that the setting is Boston, you can have companions and power armor is back! Bethesda is set to announce more about the game during their E3 presentation on June 14th. Fallout 4 will be coming to PS4, Xbox One and PC.
I think I have a problem. Either I am buying too many games or I don’t have enough time to play them. Anyway, let me share my list of games I’ve started but have yet to finish.
- Disgaea D2
- Final Fantasy Type-0
- Ni No Kuni
- Dragon Age Origins
- Mark of the Ninja
- Persona 4 Golden
- Freedom Wars
- Final Fantasy VI
- Watch Dogs
- Sly Cooper: Theives in Time
- Remember Me
- Metro Last Light
- Lone Survivor
- Dragon’s Crown
- Muramasa Rebirth
- Halo 4
- Assassins Creed 4: Black Flag
- Olli Olli 2
- Super Mario 3D World
- Paper Mario
- Grand Theft Auto V
- Mirror’s Edge
- Velocity 2X
- Papo & Yo
Is there something wrong with me? I can’t be the only one that has a list this long. Where should I start first if I want to even attempt clearing out this list?
Is it wrong that I get giddy every time a new Arkham Knight trailer is released? Does the word giddy make me seem like a prepubescent child? Probably but who cares, I’m a geek, I love this shit!
Anyway the new “All Who Follow You” Trailer shows off the four characters developer Rocksteady has been teasing this weekend. The gameplay is something Rocksteady is calling “Dual Play”. During specific moments in the game you will be able to switch between Batman and one of his allies in real time like GTA V and pull off tag team moves. I can’t scream through words but that sound fricken awesome.
Batman Arkham Knight arrives this June 23.
I like this. License games don’t come out often anymore, but they seem to be getting better in quality. This new Mad Max game looks to have everything you would want from a game with a post apocalyptic wasteland. Psychopathic mutants, customizable badass cars, changing environment, in depth fighting system. I’m in.
I also like that publishers are not binding these games to their movies or whatever they are based off of. While both the game and movie come out within the same year, the game comes out several months after the movie arrives. Also, the game isn’t based off the new movie, so the developers have no restrictions on where they want to go.
Mad Max arrives September 1, 2015.
The title of this post pretty much says it all. I’m done paying $60 for a game, especially day one. I have a job that just gets me bye and school I pay out of pocket. So like most gamers, there’s not much money to spare.l
Games are expensive. Not only that but if you are a console gamer like me, you unfortunately have to pay a subscription. It’s better I play the free games I get every month.
A few months ago, in February, I began debating what my next purchase was going to be. Whether I would buy Evolve or The Order: 1886. When it came down to it, I bought Evolve, season and all.
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In a press event today, Nintendo announced that they now have a partnership with DeNA, a Japanese mobile game company, to start development of new smartphone games featuring Nintendo characters. All games made by DeNA will be original games and not simply ports of existing Nintendo games. Nintendo made sure to note that this move is not a sign that they are moving away from dedicated video game systems.
Nintendo hasn’t said much about it’s new console, expect that its codenamed “NX” and will be next generation hardware with a “new concept”. More will be revealed next year in 2016.
My theory is that this might be a successor to the 3DS, which might also take advantage of Nintendo’s new deal with DeNa. It would be far to soon to announce a successor to the Wii U, especially when it seems to have just found its stride.
I don’t really know how to feel about Nintendo making smartphone games. I somewhat feel like they are only doing so to satisfy investor interest. However, I also feel like they are taking advantage of the situation to change the quality of games that come out of the mobile market. It would be interesting to see if Nintendo could change the whole landscape of mobile game, especially if they are going to be paid games. They were so adamant about not going into the mobile market so gamers should be in for an interesting year.
I’m a big fan of the stories in the Mortal Kombat series. Mostly because as a fighting game they actually try. What intrigues me the most is the fact that this game takes place 25 years after the last one.
Looking at this trailer, there is a whole new set of characters at play and a few returning that raise some questions. Mortal Kombat is definitely a game to looking forward to. Especially considering I’m not a hardcore fighting game fan, the story something that has me interested.
This game makes me squeal like a pig every time. I don’t have much more to say other than that.
Ummmm. Shit got real. Thrills and chills. Batmobile …