A bit thank you to Nick The Gent for this one. I’ve been trying to be better at doing these sort of posts when I’m nominated for them (and again, sorry to any of those from the past that I’ve missed) so I’m doing them as I get them right now. This is one about gaming confessions I think! 10 questions on games I like and don’t like. Enjoy!
A Game Everyone Loves But You Can’t Stand: Minecraft
Ok, an easy one to start, and it’s probably fairly obvious why I don’t like Minecraft. I’m just too old. I say this because all those who seemed to love it were far younger than me. I tried playing it for a while, but I couldn’t see the point in what I was doing. The survival mode was an interesting idea, but without any real direction I found myself getting very bored very quickly. If I were more creative then maybe I’d enjoy enjoy this a lot more!
A Game You Love But No One Else Seems To: Alpha Protocol
“No one” might be a bit of a stretch for this, but Alpha Protocol was not all that well received by critics on its release. It was a bit janky, didn’t look all that pretty, and was going up against some pretty big hitters in terms of RPGs at the time. But it was actually a great fun globe trotting spy adventure (totally a genre) in which your agent genuinely starts out terrible at everything but becomes noticeably more proficient in the areas that you put your points into. Further, the choices you make actually do seem to have a noticeable impact on the game’s progress and ending. If you can get hold of a copy, it’s well worth a play.
An Older Game You Haven’t Finished And Probably Never Will: Hand of Fate
Again, “Older” is probably the wrong word for this, but who really cares? To be fair, I really enjoyed Hand of Fate for a while. If you’re not aware of it, this was a card game crossed with a 3D brawler of sorts. You would move your character around a board made of cards, turning them over as you landed on each. The cards would have events on them, and based on your decisions, you would progress a little story, gain or lose items, or engage in combat. The stories were fun for a while, as you would be send off to find the card with the item or enemy involved, before returning for a reward. The combat was less fun though, and felt like a sloppy version of the Arkham combat system that is so prevalent these days. I completed most of the stages, leaving only two to finish, but by that point I’d seen most of the stories come up more than a couple of times, and the combat and gone beyond tiresome. Maybe I’ll go back to it some day, but I wouldn’t bet on it.
A Guilty Pleasure Game: Clicker Heroes
I’ve said in the past that there are very few games anyone should feel guilty for playing and enjoying. You enjoy what you enjoy, and that’s just fine. I enjoyed Clicker Heroes for 56 hours apparently. More if you include when I played it on my phone too. It’s not even a game! You just tap the screen a lot, before buying characters that do the clicking for you when you’re not “playing”. I hate that I spent so much time going back to it, but I was enjoying it for far longer than I should. I think it became a habit rather than enjoyment by the time I uninstalled it though.
A Game You Really Love But Haven’t Played In A Long Time: The Legend of Zelda
I could put countless games here, but I’ve gone with The Legend of Zelda simply because it has a lot of good memories for me. It controls well, has an open world of sorts, and the music! The dungeons were interesting, with a new item to find that would tie into the boss that you’d go on to face, who were all varied in their own right. Playing this is a bit of a faff, as hooking up a NES to a modern TV makes everything look dreadful, but one day, I’ll have that dream games room…
A Game You Never Play Seriously But Others Do: Rocket League
Honestly, I could pick a ton of games for this as a lot of people play a lot of games seriously. I’ve picked out Rocket League simply because I can easily play this for a bit of fun, online or off. It’s fun to play with my daughter, but incredibly impressive to watch when professionals play it. Put simply, playing football in rocket powered cars is just straight up fun.
A Game You Completed But Hated By The End: Fallout 4
“Hated” might be a strong word, but I wasn’t really all that interested in Fallout 4 by the end. The story had gradually slipped out of my mind due to all the sidequests, and the obligatory settlement building (early on at least). There were some fun bits along the way, but by the end I didn’t really care what happened.
A Game You Thought You’d Enjoy But Didn’t: Dishonored
I tried, I really did! I loved the aesthetic, I loved the theme, I thought I’d love playing it. But I didn’t. I played about 5 hours or so and wasn’t invested in the world or characters at all. The missions were interesting enough but I felt like I was doing too much faffing around with side objectives rather than getting to my target. Perhaps I was playing it wrong, or didn’t have the right mindset going in; either way I just couldn’t get into it, and it forever sits in my retired pile.
A Game You Didn’t Think Was For You And Then Loved: Catherine
I wasn’t too sure about this one, because I really dislike platforming puzzles. Even more so when you’re under pressure or have a time limit. Catherine did not change my mind on this, and I still really didn’t enjoy the puzzle sections for the most part. What I really liked though, was the story, the visuals, the overall art style (“especially of the “bosses”). I don’t think this game would have worked nearly as well without the puzzle towers, but as a whole package, it’s a game that’s incredibly memorable.
A Game You Are Still Excited For That Hasn’t Come Out Yet: Half-Life 3
I know this seems like a cop-out, but every time I hear a hint of Half-Life 3 coming out, I get excited. “Maybe this time it’s for real!” I think to myself. I know deep down that it will never be released. How could it? It’ll never meet the expectations that have built up over the years. Regardless, I still want it to happen.
Andhere are some nominations for this! 5 lovely blogs that are worth a read. Of course, if you want to do this anyway, you go right ahead. You’re lovely too!