So it’s becoming painfully clear that I do not have enough hours in the day to do the 30 Day Video Game Challenge. This is OK, I’m pleased I started the challenge and it has taught me that this blog will be a weekly or twice monthly blog and I certainly won’t be blogging everyday!
But I did want to finish what I’d started and so I thought ‘let’s just whizz through the remaining days and post them as one blog’. At least I then get a sense of acheievement, but at the same time I can stop sweating it and I can go back to my quest and the ultimate reason I actually started this blog, to find a game that does not frustrate me to a point where I launch my joypad across the room!
So here we go with the rest of the 30 Day Games Challenge:
Day 9 – Saddest Game Scene.
Joel’s daughter, Sarah, being killed near the beginning of ‘The Last of Us’.
Day 10 – Best gameplay.
Not really sure what that means, but I’ll say GTA IV, everything feels smooth, nothing’s clunky and there’s a ton of things to make you go back for more.
Day 11 – Gaming system of choice.
Megadrive – the console that elevated a mild interest into an addiction.
Day 12 – A game everyone should play.
It’s not for me to tell anyone what to play, but I would suggest everyone should try Zelda: Breath of the Wild, it’s just an all round well produced game with lots for everyone and for all ages. (BTW, I have a blog coming up about this game, for whilst it is all these things, it’s just not for me. I’ll explain why later….).
Day 13 – A game you’ve played more than five times.
As I never complete games in one sitting, nearly every game I’ve ever started, I end up playing 5 times! I guess this means a game you keep revisiting, so I’ll say GTA IV.
Day 14 – Current (or most recent) gaming wallpaper.
I’ve never changed the wallpaper on any console I’ve ever played, so I’ll say ‘original’.
Day 15 – Post a screenshot of a game you’re playing right now.
As I’m console based and I’ve not worked out how to do such technical wizardry, I’ve pinched one from online:
Day 16 – Game with the best cut scenes.
Final Fantasy VII had great cut scenes and one of the earliest examples of a game using cinema quality cut-scenes from memory. At the time it just looked so epic and you would whizz through the game, hoping to get to the next cut-scene as it looked so good, (bit dated now, but hey, that’s progress!)!
Day 17 – Favourite antagonist.
Neff from Altered Beast. For his catchphrase ‘Welcome to your Doom’ which makes me laugh and smile to this day, happy memories from a great game!
Day 18 – Favourite protagonist.
Lee Everett from The Walking Dead: Season 1. A good man with a chance of redemption and just a thoroughly likeable and relatable individual.
Day 19 – Picture of a game setting you would like to live in:
Day 20 – Favourite genre.
Sandbox games which allow you to leave storylines and explore. GTA series, Fallout, Saint’s Row, that kind of thing.
Day 21 – Game with best story.
The Walking Dead: Season One, I just loved the dynamic between Lee and Clementine and how their 2 stories come together, develops and oh, that ending!
Day 22 – A game sequel that disappoints you.
Dead Rising 4. After the much hyped return of Frank West and the setting of Willamette, it was m’eh! at best!
Day 23 – Game you think had the best graphics or art style.
The Last of Us Remastered. The Last of Us looks simply stunning on the PS3, so when they ‘polished’ it up a bit for PS4, I was sceptical. Boy I was wrong! They made something awesome even more beautiful and to date the best looking game on console in my opinion.
Day 24 – Favourite classic game.
Altered Beast. Not the best classic game, but one with so many memories for me.
Day 25 – A game you plan on playing.
Being a big fan of The Last of Us, I want to try some more Naughty Dog games and so I’ve purchased the Nathan Drake collection and my plan is to start at the beginning with Unchartered: Drake’s Fortune.
Day 26 – Best voice acting.
Generally voice acting is still really weak in games, but Dave Fennoy, who voiced Lee Everett in The Walking Dead: Season 1, did a fantastic job.
Day 27 – Most epic scene ever.
Not a great game, but as you emerge from the crashed plane in Dead Rising 3, the sea of zombies that greets you is amazing. I had never seen so many zombies blocking your way in a game before and it was mind blowing!
Day 28 – Favourite game developer.
Rockstar, have they actually done a bad game yet? Well, yes they probably have, but the GTA series, Red Dead Redemption and L.A. Noire are awesome, so there!
Day 29 – A game you thought you wouldn’t like, but ended up loving.
Saints Row The Third. This was my first SR game and until this point I just thought of them as a poor GTA clone. I saw it cheap in a 2nd hand store and thought, why not give it a go. I am so pleased I did as it’s brilliant. It’s looks good, it’s funny and it does just enough to not feel like a GTA clone.
Day 30 – Your favourite game of all time.
It has to be GTA IV. The only game I have 100% completion on, a game I’ve lost days, let alone hours, playing and a game I come back to occasionally to mop up any achievements I’ve not yet earned.
So do you agree with my answers? Please feel free to comment, suggest or ask why there’s no mention of Metal Gear Solid below!