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So I decided to start something new. I thought this series would be a nice way for everyone to see what the Game Informer Online Community is playing and also get their thoughts on their experiences. So here we go. Let's get started.


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Saint

So, what are you currently playing?

I am currently playing Batman Arkham City on Playstation 3, God of War on Playstation 3 and The Old Republic on PC.

That's quite a load. Why did you choose those titles?

I chose Batman Arkham City and God of War for the same reason - experience. It's not that I was necessarily interested in those games, but since they are big titles in the video game industry I think it's important to broaden my horizons and play them. Sometimes I play games so I can blog about them or at least speak about them first hand.

I am playing The Old Republic because it's Star Wars...and because it's Star Wars. I am a huge Star Wars fan and I heard TOR was a lot like KOTOR, so I'm at least going to give it a shot and see what I think of it. I'm normally not a big fan of these types of games and this is my first attempt at an MMORPG, but because it's Star Wars, and for no other reason, I am playing it.


 

I hear you on the "experience" reason. Within the last year I've attacked several games that I had missed but felt I should play, Chrono Trigger, the Uncharted series, the God of War series, just to name a few. I like to be in the loop of the gaming community and be able to have some intelligent conversations. I'd try out TOR but I have other financial responsibilities at this time. Sad since, like you, my feelings about it are...it's Star Wars.

Since many have read your blog about your feelings on the Batman: Arkham series, I won't harp on that. What are your thoughts on God of War so far? Do you think it lives up to the hype surrounding it within the video game industry? How is your first foray into the world of MMORPGs and The Old Republic? Though it's an MMORPG, do you think it lives up to its predecessors in any way?

God of War is an interesting game to say the least. Since it came out in 2005 and given I'm just now getting around to playing it, I'm very forgiving of trying to compare it to current generation games that are similar in nature. The story is entertaining and it's definitely holding my interest, but truly the main reason I am playing it is because it's one of those series that has become popular enough I want to experience it firsthand so I can talk about it intelligently. For example, I played Dante's Inferno (Xbox 360) when it came out and one of the biggest complaints with the game was how much of a knock off it was of God of War. I posted a blog about it that basically had a theme of, "If GoW is so great, who cares...why not copy it?" But having played God of War now, I kind of wish I never posted that blog because Dante's Inferno is a complete rip off of God of War. Copying the core element of a game is one thing, but making a near mirror image of it is, for lack of a better term, digital plagiarism. At least I think so.

As far as the hype surrounding the God of War series, I only got a PS3 fairly recently, so I always kind of avoided any kind of hype when the games were released because I knew I wouldn't be playing them. All of the hype has pretty much died down now, so I'm playing the first one and have the second one ready to go next, and since it's not really on anybody's RADAR, hype hasn't been a factor.

So my initial thoughts with playing an MMORPG for the first time are - it's a little overwhelming. The Old Republic is very much like playing Mass Effect and Knights of the Old Republic, so understanding the mechanics of game play aren't difficult, but adding the multiplayer element to it is. I was on a server the other night with Mojomonkey12 and Noobtubin8r and even though we were on the same server they were on a different planet, so I could chat with them, but they weren't right there by my side. I'm still struggling to tell who is real and who is a bot, but it's just a matter of building experience.

The only reason I am playing The Old Republic is setting. I wasn't necessarily looking for an MMORPG to play, but I do fancy Star Wars games. I will say that TOR completely steals so many ideas from the movies, but if you're a Star Wars fan like me, that's not necessarily a bad thing. I will also say what finally sold me on the game was watching the intro trailer. It's perhaps the best light saber duel of any of the movies (the benefit of computer animated graphics I suppose). I don't see me succumbing to the MMORPG lifestyle like so many World of Warcraft players have, but I don't regret spending the $60 bucks on the game either.

As far as living up to its predecessors, since I haven't played any other MMORPGs I don't really know how it compares. It might put a dent in the WoW population, but I certainly don't think Blizzard has anything to worry about. If anything, TOR proves not all Star Wars games have to suck, which has often been the case with some of the other games with Star Wars in the title. I think the game has a lot of potential, but it's still too early to tell if I'll hang around to reach the level cap.


 

It definitely takes some time to get used to an MMO if you've never played one. My first World of Warcraft encounter a couple of years ago was a pretty overwhelming experience. As a person who was strictly a console gamer, the "Massive" aspect of the MMO hit me pretty hard. After a few weeks, though, I found it to be a lot of fun. Though I don't play anymore, I'm glad I experienced that part of video games, as I'm sure you do.

It's been great talking with you Saint. Hope you enjoy the rest of God of War and your adventures in The Old Republic. I guess the final question for is simple: Would you recommend these games to the rest of the community?

Okay, so I have a somewhat different perspective to playing games than some/most because I often play games just for the experience and not necessarily for the entertainment value (that's not to say I don't enjoy it, it's just that I start out playing it for different reasons). Each of these games have what I will call a niche audience - that is...there are specific people that will enjoy them - but they're not games that everyone will enjoy. If you're not a Star Wars fan, I wouldn't recommend TOR. If you're not a Batman fan I wouldn't recommend Arkham City...God of War certainly won't appeal to everyone because it is definitely a mature themed game. I'm usually fairly conservative with giving recommendations, and honestly, for me to recommend these games I'd have to know a little bit more about who was asking. I wouldn't just give them my seal of approval for the general public.

Yup. Been fun chatting with you too and answering your questions. Hopefully I gave you enough to work with. Best of luck with the series. Wish you nothing but success...and sorry...I can assure you the first one won't be Blog Herded...or will it? :)

I see what you mean about recommending games to different audiences. I tend to think that "gamers" should experience games of different genres, mechanics, and methods of gameplay. Like you, if I know the person only enjoys certain kinds of games, then I won't recommend something outside of their safespot. However, for the GI community in general, if I have a really good experience with a game, then I'll probably recommend it to them.

Once again, thanks Saint for spilling your guts on your gaming experiences. Readers, remember to sound off in the comments and tell us what your thoughts are. Don't forget to tell Saint what you thought of his responses. Till next time, this is What Saint is Playing.

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