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Like many of you, I played a handful of great games last
year, but honestly I couldn't tell you a play by play account of each of them. The
endings, perhaps. I wish, well I wish for a lot of things, but I sometimes I
wish that I remembered every little detail about a game I play through and
finish. I've never been great at remembering things. It really sucked in
history class...what happened in 1492. Sheesh, I don't remember. Anyway, I
thought I would go through the list of games I finished last year and recall a
moment that stands out, at least for me and my play through of the game. You
can agree or laugh and point...or you can offer your own memorable moments from
any of these games you might've played. Oh, and the plan is to keep it spoiler
free. I hope (I suppose just talking about some of these games could be
perceived as minor spoilers).
Medal of Honor
I think I'm one of the five people who thought Medal of
Honor Warfighter was a great game, and the truth is I still do. I'm not quite
sure why I think this particular moment is remarkable, especially since the
game is a shooter and not a driver, but there is a scene where you're chasing
down a bad guy in a pickup truck (go figure, I don't remember his name). I
thought this was an epic and tense moment of the game as you speed through
crowded streets and busy alleys. Just when you're close enough to bump him, you
have to swerve to avoid hitting an innocent bystander or veer sharply to
navigate a sharp turn. I thought the scene was done very well...very realistic. From
the dirt streaked windshield to the bouncy ride in a dilapidated old truck
whose shocks wore out decades ago, I have to admit, I was completely immersed
in this set piece.
Spec Ops The Line
I think I'm one of the five people who hated Spec Ops The
Line. I played it all the way through and finished it and I remember more about
this game than some of the others because I took lots of notes on it for a
future blog. I suppose the thing I remember most about the game I actually
discovered after I beat the game, or after I thought I beat the game. I was
doing a little research for a blog I was working on and discovered after the
credits end there is a scene you can play out, and there is a different ending
depending on the outcome of the scene. It was a nifty feature...but I still hated
Phew, this game is full of epic moments...but none hit me as
hard as the scene near the end with the little sisters. I don't want to spoil
anything, even though this game came out eons ago, but I'm still reluctant to
just come out and say it. Anyway...you assume a "new" role and see more of the
little sisters and the result carries an immense emotional weight, or so it did
Batman Arkham Asylum
As far I can remember Arkham Asylum was the first Batman
game I played, and the thing that I remember most about it was the gadgets. I
know that might sound odd, but when I was a kid I remember seeing Batman comics
and the old TV show and being fascinated with Batman's utility belt. I always
wanted one, but never got one...until Arkham Asylum. You get all sorts of cool
gadgets in this game, from batarangs to explosive gel. I suppose playing this
game and having Batman's utility belt at my disposal sparked that childhood
memory. A great game, made even better because of something as simple as a
Batman Arkham City
When you talk of memorable scenes and Arkham City, there is
only one scene worth talking about. Any game (or book or movie for that matter)
that can nearly move you to tears, or at least leave you sitting in your chair,
quiet and contemplating what just happened...you know that is a remarkable game.
And that is exactly what happened in Arkham City. For someone who isn't a
Batman fan, even I applauded the ending to this game. Brilliant.
Modern Warfare 3
I like the Modern Warfare series, and part 3 sure upped the
ante with its mature content. And no scene highlights this more than the "Davis
Family Vacation" video footage that shows a family enjoying their time in
London up until a bomb inside of a box truck blows up and presumably kills them
(I'm being optimistic). I'll never forget that moment from the game. I thought
it was much worse than the No Russian mission from Modern Warfare 2. Hey, I
didn't say all of these moments were going to be happy ones. This one certainly
God of War 2
I don't remember much about this game, but one I thing I do
remember is the scale of everything. You fight a massive statue and have to
traverse these giant horse statues chained in their harnesses. It's so amazing
because Kratos is this larger than life video game personality, but in the God
of War universe he seems so small. I can't list any of the specifics of this
game...I only played it for the experience and my experience was everything in
this game is huge.
The Old Republic
I only played The Old Republic for a short time, but it's
Star Wars and I loved it. There were so many little links to the movies,
especially the original movies...I spent a lot of my time just noticing the
similarities. And my memorable moment of the game was seeing a Wookie and a
protocol droid playing a friendly game of cards...sabacc maybe?
"That's 'cause droids
don't pull people's arms out of their sockets when they lose. Wookiees are
known to do that." -Han Solo
Halo is such a remarkable game and even though I played
through the original, I played the anniversary edition all over again even
though I knew everything that was going to happen, including the scene near the
end where you are driving the Warthog and racing the clock to get to the end.
You're running down enemies, making huge jumps and trying to find the path of
least resistance in order to save yourself...and it's an epic moment for sure.
Mass Effect 3
This was my game of the year and maybe yours too. I know it
was also Game Informer's pick so certainly there are sure to be some memorable
moments. The ending, maybe? Not so much for me. For me, I will always remember
the scene with Shepard and Garrus on the Citadel, where they take a break and get
a little target shooting in. The scene gives you the opportunity to make a
seemingly innocent choice, but just the way the whole event transpired was by
far one of most memorable moments of the game. It's like skipping school or
leaving work earlier to go do something you're not supposed to do. Loved it.
This game did okay, but as far as longevity and being talked
about after its release, well it fizzled out fairly quick. I loved it though,
and one of my favorite and most memorable scenes was being able to pilot the UAV.
It's not really one of those UAVs armed with Predator missiles, it's more like
one of those little ones you see in the mall kiosks. It was extremely easy to fly,
very maneuverable and nifty. But what made it even cooler was you could land it
and drive it like a remote control car...through air ducts and vents. Seems like
a silly feature to remember a game by, but it's what I remember about it the
most, heh heh.
Wow, I have so many fond memories of Minecraft it's hard to
narrow down a single moment that I think about the most when I think about the
game. But if I were to settle on one, it's what I like to call landscape
sculpting. I don't know what it is or why I like doing it, but I am fascinated
with the ability to modify the landscape and shape it into something totally
different than how it looked when it was auto-generated when the level was
created. Where there used to be land, I created a river...and where there used to
be a river, is now land. I love having the freedom to alter the landscape and
shape it however I want.
A few little moments from some big games. I can't really
tell you why these are the moments that stuck out the most, I just know they
are. I look forward to enjoying some more moments in the games I'm playing now,
so I bid you a fond farewell...at least until tomorrow.
Excellent blog Saint! Your description the Arkham City scene is completely true. I was in tears when I saw that part. Once again, brilliant blog.
I just started Assassins Creed 3 and spent an embarrassingly long time just running around in the snow.
I have some of these moments too! HaHa, great blog saint.
Nothing beats the moment in Halo CE, the 10th anniversary was great for my brother and I, and nothing can beat that final mission to beat the game, the music, the scenary, it was just amazing. I think my favorite moment in Halo was when you first meet the flood, that level was insane.
Everything about Arkham City's ending blew me away. Once what actually just happened sinks in, you realize just how well done it was. It's hard to go into any more details without spoiling stuff, but it was definitely amazing.
I don't have a lot of new games that I picked up. But I did play Skyrim a lot. One day while I was playing in the early morning during the summer I had just finished killing a dragon atop a mountain (Shearpoint I think) and as I absorbed the dragons soul the sun rose both in the game and in real life. For a moment everything had a very surreal feeling.... Than I got jumped by wolves.
Great Blog Saint.
You mentioned BOTH Batman Arkham games in this blog! I think that means I win...
there's a pretty epic twist at the end of the second Bioshock....gives you a better understanding behind the little sisters. It was my favorite moment of the series by far. Hopefully you'll get to check it out soon. This list is pretty nice....experienced most of it with the exception of a few...I'd say my favorite moment of the year belonged to Farcry 3....but I couldn't discuss that with you seeing how you're still playing it.
The fact that Medal of Honor is the first one on this blog made me really happy. It is in my top 10 games of all time and I love it. I wish it was getting the reviews it deserves. Great game. My favorite moments in that game come at then end though. I wont spoil it.
Great blog, Saint! I think Arkham Asylum's Scarecrow segments are the best in the entire game. I loved every moment of Spec Ops as well--it's actually one of my favorite games of the year. Excellent list that makes me want to replay all these games.
Wow, you're really on a roll this week! Or are you doing a 31/31 too, and just haven't told anyone? ;)
Anyway, nice selection of moments. Target practice with Garrus on the Citadel was certainly a beautiful touch. It felt sort of haunting to me, like the calm before the storm.
I guess I'll share my corresponding thoughts on each of your chosen games here as well:
MOHW- While I didn't enjoy the game as much as I would've liked to, the one that impressed me was it's faithfulness and realistic approach.
SO:TL- Well, it was an intriguing gimmick.
Every other moment- Yeah, I think I completely agree just about. :D
Two of my favorite moments are from Castlevania:Lords of Shadow and Star Wars:The Old Republic. From LOS, THAT ENDING!!! And from TOR, there is a moment in the Sith Warrior's storyline where I turned Jaesa to the dark side that is just so powerful I was in a state of awe the entire time the scene played out.
Great blog as usual! I find this one unique in how it incorporates so many different games for different reasons. The theme is a common strand amongst all the games. The little moments in big games that in my opinion help make the game what it is. No?!
I too enjoyed the Ghost Recon and the UAVs.
In Warfighter, the scene with the car chase was epic. U had to get the timing just right.
MW3, not sure if I agree with you on that. I feel as though the No Russian level in MW2 was better, imho!