Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (August 27, 2015)
Not only did the Game Informer community rally to find suggestions for future writing challenges, but many bloggers rose to this week's challenge to write about the one game they'd play for the rest of their lives, if they could only play one. Surprisingly, one game made a repeat appearance. I'd go with Final Fantasy Tactics if I had to make the call. I hope it never comes to that.
Now then, get reading.
Community Blogs For August 20 – August 26:
Affair With Bad Games
HoboLuvin may write about "bad games," but there's a greater point to be made. Sometimes the games deemed bad by critics or other gamers can be quite fun. I know I've bought some cheap, mediocrely reviewed (or worse) games for cheap to see how they played, and ended up finding a gem I really enjoyed.
From the Borderlands Might Just Be the Best Borderlands Game
Platysaur makes a bold claim. He backs it up by writing how the Telltale series is funnier than Borderlands 2, and features the best cast of characters yet. I'd have to disagree because it doesn't have the frenzied action the series is known for, but I do love me some story set on Pandora.
Cru Hunter has some ideas on how to improve runaway success, Rocket League. Stuff like streaming integration, coaching options, and new game modes are at the top of his list. I'd like to see some of the crazier stadiums from its predecessor make it into the game.
Elder Scrolls Online – Death by Mudcrab & Other Joys
If you're unsure about jumping into the online world of Elder Scrolls, Kyle Wadsworth's blog about his adventures and mishaps in the game may convince you to try it out. From what his images of the game show, it's at least a pretty world.
Deeply Weird And Confusing Game...About Pigeons
Rebekah Lang investigates this game with pigeons, and the results were...interesting, to say the least. After reading the blog, one thing is clear: The game is confusing. You romance birds. I think. And then night ninjas will murder you dead. Game of the year?
Wii Games I Want Downloadable On Wii U
Justin Mikos created a good list of Wii games that should make their way to the Wii U. While some gems have already made it onto the Wii U, I'd love to see more. What do you think should be available for download?
Kombat X: A Nod to the beginning!
TheSniperXI gives readers a brief review of his time with Mortal Kombat X, and it sounds like a mighty fine game of otherworldly fisticuffs. And though it is a fighting game, some of the most interesting parts of the review reveal the direction the story has taken.
Writing Challenge Responses:
Writing Challenge: My One And Only
Rebekah Lang went to one of her favorite games when tasked with choosing one to play for the rest of her life: Borderlands. The good ol' original (I like two a lot, but this is where it's at – "it" being the best Borderlands experience). Rebekah says that not a day goes by where she doesn't think of the game. Ditto, Rebekah.
Writing Challenge: Saints Row 2 – My "desert island" game
Pestulio07 loves open-world games. One of his earliest memories of his Xbox 360 is of Saints Row 2, the game he would gladly play for the rest of his life thanks to its gigantic, replayable world.
Writing Challenge: One Game, One Life, and No Continues
Blogger Sam_Lincoln's choice is a recent game, but one that would keep him from going insane: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. It offers a great amount of scope and detail to keep the average gamer interested for months, if not years.
Writing Challenge: The game I would play for the rest of my life: Persona 4
GerardoExber is haunted by his backlog of games. So am I. But like him, I can always find solace in at least one game. For Gerardo, that game is Persona 4. The variety of content has already pushed our intrepid blogger to finish three playthroughs of the Atlus classic.
Writing Challenge: Constructing The Perfect "Only Game"
Chris May thought he was going to choose Pokémon Crystal for his writing challenge. And while he ultimately admits he probably would choose Pikachu and company, May gives us a unique spin on the challenge, concocting what he believes may be the one true game that would hold everyone's interest until they pass into the great Mushroom Kingdom.
Writing Challenge: One Game For Life
Irwin529 happens to also write about The Witcher 3, possibly providing CD Projekt RED with a new marketing tagline: "The Witcher 3 – play it until your dying days." Okay, maybe they wouldn't use that, but Irwin finds the depth of The Witcher 3 to be truly magnificent.
One Game for Eternity
AlexBizzar chose Battlefield: Bad Company 2 as his one game to play for life. Again, it just comes down to the fact that he finds it to be a well-crafted game with tiny details (amazing audio being one) that will suck you in and never let go.
Community Writing Challenge:
Marco Polo is the source of this week's writing challenge (thank you, Marco!): What do you snack on during or between gaming sessions? Do you binge on protein shakes? Or maybe you have beef jerky at the ready while binging on online multiplayer? Does it ruin dinner time for you and the family? I personally just make a pizza and snack on it while playing, usually costing me a dead worm in Worms Reloaded (I get way too into my pizza). That's my excuse, anyway.
Let's play Rocket League this Sunday at 7:00 p.m. CST. Make sure to add me, Louiskensei, to your PS4 friend list and let me know if you're playing in the comments. Beginners and veterans, as always, are welcome.