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I'm a pretty big fan of Bethesda's work. Yeah, they're known for their game-breaking glitches, but the Fallout and Elder Scrolls series continue to impress me as new titles are released. Counting the number of hours I've put into Morrowind, Oblivion, Skyrim, FO3, and New Vegas would be an exercise in frustration and any answer I could possibly come up with would be an estimate at best. They create compelling worlds with an absurd amount of content and I find myself continuing to come back to their titles when nothing current catches my interest. That said, not all things are created equal and even in the case of venerated series like these people will have their favorites.
Along with a large number of you I've been following the development of Grand Theft Auto 5 with an eagerness for more and more information. Lately we've been given quite a bit of information about the combat, large-scale heists, areas of interest, and most importantly, the three main characters.
In the past decade, but more frequently lately, gaming has been posited as a catalyst, or reason for some of the terrible real-world violence that has been going on. Not that long ago during the tragedy at the Sandy Hook elementary school, guns, and specifically gun-related video games, entered once again into the national debate. Not long ago a government official said something to the effect of 'game developers need to voluntarily remove guns from their games before congress steps in'. *More a summation than a quote as I wasn't feeling very research inclined today.*
After finishing God of War: Ascension, Tomb Raider, and Bioshock Infinite I decided it was time to tackle some of my ever increasing backlog. After soliciting advice on Twitter I decided that Max Payne 3 would be the first of several games that I'd finally give a chance. You see, I buy games that I know I'll eventually get around to playing even knowing that I've got other priorities at the time. Which may explain why I was trying to choose between it and Dishonored having owned but never played either.
Even the best games of each generation often have a few flaws. While we may argue passionately about our viewpoint on these flaws it's near-impossible to avoid admitting that they exist unless you want to be labeled as a fan-boy, troll, or some other such by-word that I'm unaware of. These past two generations of hardware have released many of the greatest games I've yet to see. I'd be surprised if there aren't at least a few of you reading this who've ONLY experienced games for the past two generations.
I've been a pretty big proponant of next generation gaming lately and finishing Bioshock Infinite yesterday sort of cemented the idea that I'm ready for it to arrive. Having recently finished both God of War Ascension and Tomb Raider made me realize The Last of Us and GTA5 were the only current generation titles I was interested in playing. It's a relative given that I'll be on-board with the next Playstation system and will be giving the WiiU a shot if or when Nintendo gets around to making games I'm interested in. The new Xbox will have to wow me with some major features or exclusives but that's neither here nor there. What worries me most about the next generation of consoles (and pcs but I'll get there) is that I may not be able to find the time to play.
So today marks the one-year anniversery of me being a regular blogger here at GIO. This post will be my one hundred and sixteenth in that time-frame with twenty-five herds and six newsletter appearances to my credit. Over the past year I've met quite a few awesome people and have finished more than my fair share of excellent and not-so-much games.
I didn't really enjoy the first Bioshock. Aside from the story the game itself failed somehow to pull me in. That's not to say I didn't slog my way through it to see the eventual conclusion, just that it's definitely not very high up on my re-play list. Having never played the second in the series I was a bit hesitant towards picking up Infinite, but the hype leading up to it's release was enough to sway me.
With the combination of three inter-related pieces of news in the past few months I've started waxing nostalgic about my favorite role-playing series. First it was the highly expected announcement of Final Fantasy 13-3 that got me thinking. I really liked (aside from the story) the original 13 and even though I haven't played 13-2 I welcomed the news for fans who had.
I've had the great pleasure of playing several fantastic games so far this spring. My play-through of Ni No Kuni is nearing completion, I'm tackling Tomb Raider for the second time with more trophies in mind, and I've recently started burning through God of War: Ascension. All of them can easily be described as good games that have very little in common with each other.
It's pretty rare that a modern game releases without some nods to similar past titles. Gaming has grown up over the years in ways not unlike the movie and music industries. When was the last time a new band or movie came out where it wasn't compared to others that came before? I can't remember one and I'd be willing to bet many of you can't either.
Only three days remain for you to contribute to a project that has the potential to revolutionize strategy gaming as we know it. Jon Shafer's At the Gates has more than doubled its modest Kickstarter goal and all but one of the team's stretch goals have been met! Along with releasing on PC, they've recently announced that it'll be available on the same day for Linux and Mac users and shortly thereafter an Ios version will be released as well. The more the merrier I say, but let's see if we can help them get to their final goal before the window for funding ends!