I’m Alley, and I play a lot of video games, eat a lot of pizza, and complain about a lot of things.
Day 15 - Post a screenshot from the game you’re playing right now.
I’m playing it on my xbox, so this will have to do.
Day 14 - Current (or most recent) gaming wallpaper.
Kind of relevant. Anders and Ser Pounce-A-Lot based on an easter egg in Awakening.
Day 13 - A game you’ve played more than 5 times.
Erm, I honestly don’t think there is a game I’ve played that many times. Until more recently, the probability of me completing a game was very slim, and quite often if I couldn’t finish a game, I wouldn’t play it again.
One thing I can think of that I’ve played a lot is Dog’s Life. I started it again the other day, though, and the controls are just awful. Really. I’m honestly not sure how I put up with it as a kid, but I don’t ever remember having any problems with them.
I think I’ve played Kingdom Hearts around three times, as well as the first game I ever managed to finish on my own without help from my dad; Hello Kitty Roller Rescue.
I can smell the shame from here.
Day 12 - A game everyone should play.
Enslaved: Odyssey to the West.
As well as featuring Andy Serkis and the lass who played Moze in Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide, it has a pretty good storyline, decent graphics, and beautiful scenery.
You play as Monkey (voiced and mo-capped by Serkis), an escapee of a slave ship. Dramatic things happen and Monkey ends up enslaved by Trip (voiced and mo-capped by the girl who played Moze). I should point out that Trip isn’t the bad guy in this; she’s scared, both of Monkey and what’s happening, and just wants him to help her get home.
It seems to be set in a post-apocalyptic world, as most of the buildings are abandoned and overgrown, and Trip’s tribe live very close to nature. On the other hand, there is space-tech and mechas, so make your own assumptions.
Day 11 - Gaming system of choice.
This one should be nice and simple; state your system of choice and done, right?
Well I’m not that simple.
At present, my most used system of choice is an Xbox 360 Elite. Not the swanky new one. It’s been through a lot, and has yet to RROD on me after three years, so it’s done pretty well for itself.
And while I want a PS3 for a select few games (Heavy Rain and the Uncharted franchise), I will always stand by my PS2. I’ve had my PS2 for the longest out of all my consoles, and as such built up a large collection of games. Some of those are truly awful, and it embarrasses me to own them, but I can’t bring myself to throw them away.
And finally, failing either of those two, leaves my DS. I am a proud owner of an original DS. It’s metallic blue, and came in a pack with a copy of Nintendogs Labrador & Friends, part of the touch screen has chipped off and is no longer responsive, and I’m pretty sure the casing is starting to come off in a few places, but it’s like my baby. I want a 3DS, but I can’t bring myself to abandon my trusty old brick.
Day 10 - Best gameplay.
Probably either Mass Effect 3 or either Dragon Age games. What I like most about them is that you get to play it the way you want to. If you want to play your game being the sassiest, most reckless and stone-hearted Shepard, you can. If you want to play your game as the patron saint of kindness and humanity, you can.
The same applies with Dragon Age. The way your character responds to things builds up their personality. This is more prominent in Dragon Age 2, as Hawke actually speaks in that one, but it makes the game more personal. Another thing with Dragon Age, again especially within Dragon Age 2, is the Mage/Templar dispute. If you feel the Templars are right, you can play your character that way. If you want to remain impartial, you can, albeit with a little difficulty and careful party selection.
The controls and such are easy to grasp, which makes it good for beginners or the more casual gamer (I hate that phrase), unlike something such as Skyrim. Now, don’t get me wrong, I like Skyrim as much as the next lady, but when I started it, I spent the first hour or so trying to figure out the controls. Hell, I had to google how to look at my inventory.
Speaking of Skyrim, there’s one thing Mass Effect does better than Dragon Age and Skyrim; lack of repetitiveness. In both Dragon Age and Skyrim respectively, there have been some glorious missions and side missions, but after a while, you start to notice a pattern. And once you’ve noticed it, it’s hard to ignore it. I’ve yet to finish Skyrim, and nine times out of ten, I can guess what the quest is going to be, and the layout of the destination. Mass Effect doesn’t seem to struggle with this, or if it does, it’s less noticeable.
Day 9 - Saddest game scene.
Mass Effect 3 - Mordin Solus’ death.
This was the first thing in the entire trilogy that really got to me. Mordin has been a favourite of mine ever since he first appeared, so to see him die was a pretty hard blow. I understand why he had to die, and I am so very proud of him for seeing his mission through to the end, despite knowing the consequences. He died an honourable death, which is what matters most to me.
Another thing about this scene that gets me, though, is dependant on how you play this part of the game. If you sabotage the cure, or try to convince him not to bother administering it because he’s been so adamant this whole time that the genophage was the right thing to do, he’ll turn round and yell at you four simple words: “I made a mistake.” As we learn continuously from his first appearance, Mordin doesn’t make mistakes. “Had to be me. Someone else might have gotten it wrong.” So for him to say to Shepard that he made a mistake? It means a lot.
The fact that a lot of quotes that he is quite famous for saying are used in this scene make it all the more worse for me. Scientist Salarian is no longer a light-hearted little song to me.
I just like Mordin a lot.
Day 8 - Best Soundtrack.
The fangirl in me wants to say Mass Effect 3 right off the bat, but I’ll restrain myself for now. Mass Effect 3, however, does have a brilliant soundtrack.
Assassin’s Creed 2 and maybe Brotherhood also have brilliant soundtracks, in my opinion. Don’t take that to mean I don’t think the other soundtracks are awful, it’s just 2 and Brotherhood stick out for me.
L.A. Noire’s soundtrack is just beautiful. It really sets the tone of the game, although one issue I have is that sometimes the music in-game will switch to a track that sounds a little more tense and on edge when all you’re doing is driving around town, with no cause for tension or suspense. I can understand it if you’re driving to a crime scene, or to catch a suspect, but when you’re driving to question the victim’s daughter? No need.
Day 7 - Favourite game couple.
EDI and Joker from the Mass Effect. They’re perfect. That’s literally it.
Day 6 - Most annoying character.
Every inch of my being is telling me to say Ashley Williams, but I won’t, because I can’t justify that. I don’t like Ashley, but I can’t explain why.
So instead, the first two characters that spring to mind are; Belethor from Skyrim, and Elora from Spyro 2. Let’s start with Belethor.
Now, anyone who’s played Skyrim will probably understand where I’m coming from just from mentioning that he’s annoying, but I’ll divulge more details. Belethor usually has, or from what I’ve experience anyway, the most gold out of all the other vendors in Skyrim, thus meaning he’s usually the guy I go to if I have something to sell, since I generally make less trips when selling to Belethor. But the man’s ego is almost as inflated as his prices. Everything he says is, at best, laced with sarcasm (and not the good, British kind), and at worst, blunt rudeness.
Secondly, Elora. For those that haven’t played Spyro 2, Elora is a faun from the land of Avalar. The main thing that annoyed me about Elora was her voice, and the frequency with which she speaks. It’s been a good few years since I played Spyro 2 last, but I can still remember her voice. It’s so grating.