Real Neat Blog Award Tag

Thank you so much to Halsdoll for nominating me for this one! If you want to read rants about video games I’d recommend checking out her blog. Now, onto the questions.. I’ll leave a list of them at the bottom so that you can answer them too if you want to. I don’t really know who I would nominate for this so if you want to do it, feel free to do so.

  1. What is your earliest gaming memory?
    I remember playing on my brother’s Nintendo 64, playing Super Mario 64 and Beetle Adventure Racing. It was really fun, and I was the first of us to finish Super Mario too.
  2. When did you start blogging and why?
    I started blogging on this platform in May of 2016, I just wanted a place where I could share my thoughts and reviews on things. I never imagined my blog would grow to nearly 800 followers. It might not be much to most people but it is a lot to me.
  3. What feature did you wish any of your consoles had that they currently dont?
    Hmm, maybe like a holographic/hologram interface? Kinda like Jarvis in the Iron Man movies.
  4. Name a movie that you wish had a video game made after it and what  developer would you want to make it and why?
    I don’t watch a lot of movies so I’m not really sure. But there are a few games I would have loved to see as movies, like the dragon age games or elder scrolls, for example.
  5. Do you have a games room/corner? If so, let us see it and show your favorite thing in there?
    I don’t, sadly. I totally will have when I have my own place to live though.
  6. Do you have a child or a pet? Which character do you name it after?
    I have two cats but neither are named after video game characters. I used to have a betta fish that was named after Vincent Valentine.
  7. What keeps you going when gaming?
    My wish to escape reality for a while. And if I’m playing scary games it’s just the adrenaline fueling me, to be honest.

Here’s the questions so you can copy them too.

  1. What is your earliest gaming memory?
  2. When did you start blogging and why?
  3. What feature did you wish any of your consoles had that they currently dont?
  4. Name a movie that you wish had a video game made after it and what  developer would you want to make it and why?
  5. Do you have a games room/corner? If so, let us see it and show your favorite thing in there?
  6. Do you have a child or a pet? Which character do you name it after?
  7. What keeps you going when gaming?
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Be still my heart

Sooo the Bethesda E3 panel happened while I was sleeping and I woke up to several trailers from game franchises I love, and I’m so excited! Although Fallout 76 will be multiplayer, you will still have the opportunity to play solo.. but I don’t know if he mention offline play, maybe just solo on a server.. Either way I’m looking forward to seeing what it will be like.

 

Then there was also a trailer for a new Elder Scrolls game. It’s my absolute favorite game franchise of all time and I’m so happy that they’re finally going to make a new game. The trailer is very vague and I’m not sure if I recognize the landscape in it but I was hoping for Valenwood. It’s quite clear now that it won’t happen. Looking forward to seeing what it will become either way.

 

And lastly, something I found to be so funny, a “Skyrim: Very special edition” trailer. People always poke fun at them, saying they’ll release Skyrim on anything that can play it and this reflects just that. I’m glad they have a sense of humor about it.

 

Have you been looking forward to anything special being announced at E3? What do you think about the panels/announcements so far? I’ve honestly just been waiting for Bethesda’s panel and I’m so happy with what they announced.

Playing through my steam library #3 – B part two

I got the idea for this from a series on YouTube called Steam Train where they try to play through everything on their steam account. I have way too many games anyways so it is a bit ambitious of me to take this one but I’ll give it a go. I won’t be playing through sandbox/strategy games because some of them never end, and it would take ages. So, I suppose this is just notes for myself, so I can look back and see which games I did play, which ones I enjoyed and not. If I didn’t like the game, I have most likely removed it from my steam library for good so this will be like a cleanup too.

Blood Omen 2: Legacy of Kain

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This wouldn’t launch at first, and when I did get it to launch properly, it kept crashing on the intro screen. So the game is probably too old to work on Win10 or any of the compatibility modes. 0/10

Book of legends

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This was one of the first puzzle games I ever played through fully. It’s a hidden object and puzzle game in one. It’s not too varied, and the ending was kinda a cliffhanger but I do have fond memories of it. I’ll give it a 6/10, for nostalgia’s sake.

The book of unwritten tales

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This is a point and click adventure game, and it’s one of the largest I have played in the genre. It has about 20 hours of gameplay, and a looot of puzzles and items that you need to combine so it’ll keep you busy for a long time. The graphics are quite good, the dialogue is quite humorous, I’d give it an 8/10 because no game is perfect.

The book of unwritten tales: The critter chronicles

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This is set to be a prequel to the previous game. Ironically I accidentally played this first anyways, even though I bought the other one first. It has the same kind of style, but follows a different story, the character in this you meet later in the other game. I have to give this the same rating as the other, because it’s just as good. 8/10.

Borderlands 2

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This is an open word first person shooter, and I think the series is most known for it’s cel shading visuals. It’s kinda cartoon-y, but still not at the same time and I think it’s a really good game. I’m not exactly good at FPS games, but this one is quite enjoyable and not too difficult, the story lines are quite humorous too. I’ll give it a 8/10.

Borderlands: The pre-sequel

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This was released after B2, but the story is set between Borderlands and Borderlands 2, and it focuses on the antagonist from B2, Handsome Jack. It plays pretty much the same way as the previous games. So if you liked Borderlands 2, you will like this. It’s also worthy of a 8/10.

Botanicula

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This is a point and click adventure game following the story of five cute little creatures. They all live in a magical tree but a spider like monster is sucking the life out of it so you have to find the last seed to replant the tree. The visuals are stunning, and although the puzzles can be a bit tricky, it’s a really good game. I’ll give it a 7/10.

The Bridge

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This is a hand drawn, black and white puzzle game. Gravity plays a big part of the puzzles since you have to rotate the world in different directions to reach your goal. It is fairly well made for being an indie game and I’ve had lots of fun with it. 7/10.

Broken Sword 5: The Serpents Curse

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When I first purchased this in a bundle, I expected it to be a RPG from the title, but it is another point and click adventure game. You investigate the theft of a painting and use the mouse to navigate around. It looks fairly well made, and figuring things out can be quite challenging. I have, however, played better point and click games. 6/10.

Brothers: A tale of two sons

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This game is very interesting, because you control two characters at once. It’s recommended to play with a plugged in controller to make it easier. It follows the story of two brothers, and the in game language isn’t “real”, so to say, so you mostly just see the visuals. It’s a beautiful but sad game. 8/10.

Bully: Scholarship Edition

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In this game you play as Jimmy Hopkins, a guy trying to rise in the ranks in his school, Bullworth Academy. It’s fairly open world but you also complete missions, whether its beating someone up or finishing classes. I think the game is a lot of fun, and even if it’s an older game (released in 2006), it’s still considered a good game now. 8/10.

Have you played any of these games?

 

“Rapture” review

6852063Rapture is written by John Shirley and it is a prequel for the video game series “Bioshock”. It’s set as a prequel for the first game, giving us insight to how the city of Rapture came to be, plus background on a lot of the characters mentioned and seen in the games.

In the novel we are introduced to a variety of people, the most notable being Andrew Ryan, the founder of Rapture. We get to learn about his background in Russia, his journey to the US and how he began the building of the underwater city. Because of that, we are introduced to an array of people, some notable ones are McDonagh, who goes from being a plumber to an overall handyman in the new city. Then there’s also Fontaine, who plays a major role in the video game.

The novel is not as action filled as the game, obviously, because there is a lot of information that is being relayed, but it’s not uneventful. We get to learn about how the little sisters came to be, how they ended up making plasmids, why the splicers exist and why they are so ugly. It really shows you what can happen if you let science go too far. There’s also some parts about doctor Steinman, a crazy plastic surgeon who always strives to create the perfect face.. Some about Diane McClintock, Ryans mistress, who is featured throughout the game through the audio diaries. Reading the novel helped with making sense of all of those, and the haunting memory flashbacks that can be triggered in certain locations. We also get to know the background for Jasmine Jolene, who has a memory sequence that implies she was murdered by Andrew Ryan himself for aborting her child and giving it to Fontaine, Ryans bitter rival.

It’s not a fun, entertaining read in that sense, the things that happen in the book are quite dark, but if you have played the games and you’re interested in what lead up to Raptures downfall, I would definitely recommend reading this. I thoroughly enjoyed it and struggled to put it down every time I read a part of it. I rated this 5/5 stars on Goodreads. Have you read any books related to video games before?

Playing through my steam library #2 – B part one

I got the idea for this from a series on YouTube called Steam Train where they try to play through everything on their steam account. I have way too many games anyways so it is a bit ambitious of me to take this one but I’ll give it a go. I won’t be playing through sandbox/strategy games because some of them never end, and it would take ages. So, I suppose this is just notes for myself, so I can look back and see which games I did play, which ones I enjoyed and not. If I didn’t like the game, I have most likely removed it from my steam library for good so this will be like a cleanup too.

The Banner Saga

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In this game you follow the story of a caravan of Vikings. It’s inspired by Norse mythology. This is a game I just couldn’t get into. It is made really well, the story is solid, I just don’t know why I don’t like it. But I’ll rate it fairly and give it like 7/10. It’s not a bad thing at all, it just wasn’t for me.

The Bard’s Tale

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Wont launch at all, waste of time and money. 0/10

Bastion

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Bastion is an action adventure game. It’s narrator driven and about the character “Kid” who is collecting shards to rebuild a home base. It features plenty of challenging levels and the artwork is really pretty. I think this game is a lot of fun. So, I’ll give it an 8/10.

Ben There, Dan That

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This is a point and click adventure game with silly dialogue and a cute art style. I thought it was quite entertaining, and it provided a fair challenge when figuring out how to use items and combining them for such. I’ll give it a 6/10.

Besiege

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Besiege is like a sandbox hybrid kind of game. You have levels that you go through, but in each level you build a war machine, or vehicle, to finish the level. You need to be able to navigate it through the level and destroy whatever the target is. It’s a really fun game, but it can be frustrating at times. I’ll give it 8/10.

Betrayer

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This is a stealthy adventure game. Most of the world is black and white, with some red details. There’s also a different world you can and will have to switch to, to solve puzzles. It’s quite challenging but I think it’s a great game. I’ll give it an 8/10.

(A) Birds Story

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This is a short, unvoiced game. It’s made by the developers of To The Moon. It follows the story of a boy and his bird and it’s so so sad. It’s a short but sweet experience and I would really recommend it, especially if you enjoyed To The Moon. 8/10.

Black The Fall

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This is a puzzle platforming game. It looks really nice, and it plays well. It’s set in a dystopian communistic world where you basically are trying to escape from everything. I think it’s quite good.. It’s not my favorite but it’s a solid game. I’ll give it a 6/10.

Blackguards

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This is a tactical role playing game. I first thought it would be a generic RPG, but every fight is made on a grid and there’s no free movement like in the games I usually play. The story is quite interesting, and it’s not a badly made game. It does feel a bit slow though but it’s solid. I’ll give it a 7/10.

BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger

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This is like 80% anime, 20% game. It just was too much talking and too many cut scenes for my taste.. It’s probably great for someone who is into those kind of games, but I’m just not. So for me it’s a 1/10.