I’ve been in a gaming funk lately (well, maybe for years and years now) but I decided to try playing some more games recently despite lack of time.
The one game I decided to try was Spec Ops: The Line because Jeff of EarthBound Saga/Fangamer fame lent it to me saying it was good. I know he’s not a dudebro shooter type of guy at all, so I gave it a shot after many months. It took me a while to get through it because of my schedule but man, I was really surprised. I enjoyed the game as I was playing it, but even better than that I find myself still thinking back to the game/what happened/possible interpretations of stuff long after I’ve finished it… and I’m left to wonder when the last time a game really made me do that. It happens a lot when I finish a good book or a movie, but rarely a game. Granted, I don’t play games much anymore, but still 😛 In any case, I’m not a military shooting game type of guy, but I really liked it a lot. If you can go into it without any real expectations I think it’ll be a neat experience. It’s nothing mind-shatteringly awesome or anything though, it’s just cool and different and memorable.
I also recently picked Demon’s Souls back up. I’ve had it for a few years now and I’ll play it for about 2 hours every six months. As a result, I’m barely into the game, always have to relearn the controls, stat system, etc. But yesterday was a holiday, so I was like, “Okay, I AM gonna get through a new level in this game!” So I died and died a lot but I got through 2-2 and got to the boss. And died. Then died another 10 times getting back to it.
My second encounter with it lasted longer than five seconds. I don’t think I’ve ever had a boss battle in a game get my heart pumping that hard and like every 10 seconds I was nearly dead again (the game character not me me) but just managed to scrape by. I finally beat it after what seemed like forever. I’m sure there are easy ways to beat it, but I basically just rolled around, used pillars for cover when possible, and praised Giygas whenever I barely avoided death. Oh man, I can’t even begin to imagine how tough other bosses are going to be :X
So that’s my gaming status report for now! If you have any insight/tips/thoughts/whatevers about these games or other recommended games, let me know!