Hello LusiVapids. I am exhausted. I worked all weekend for this horrible event called the MMVAs which is one of the few things on Canadian cable that gets thrown any money and as such it is glossy and superficial and void of any meaning. Also it means I have to work long days. Even my day off yesterday just served as a way to finally clean myself and my clothes and essentially become a functional hygienic human again. I have barely had time to work on my own video game, much less truly dive into the three billion that I own.
So for these times, I have created a new series. I am sick of pulling half-premises out of my ass, so for weeks like these when I do not have anything interesting to say, I am going to cover all the little half-thoughts I have and compile them in one spot. I am calling it “Spoiled” because how rich-white-kid of me is it to have so many games that I find it difficult to talk about just one at length? It may be a cop-out, but at least I am not trying to pretend otherwise anymore. And at least I have never done something like this before. Anyway.
This was on sale, so I picked it up. I never beat the first one and I have finally come to terms that I am never going to beat a lot of games that I used to convince myself that I would, and that actually made this purchase easier. The first half of RPGs tend to be my favourite, especially when I am only in like with a game and not in love, so Borderlands 2 is hitting the spot for a quick fix when I do not want to get into anything else.
Ni no Kuni
Beat this, finally. It is tempting to go after the platinum trophy, but seeing as I am only at twenty three per cent and that is after fifty hours and the credits rolling, I doubt that will happen. It was a charming title with many strong points and I liked it enough to beat it, but it has not wedged itself into my heart. Maybe as a project for my Holiday Hibernation.
Fuck, I got excited
Just when I become disillusioned enough with the industry to stop watching press conferences and get excited for unreleased games, E3 2013 had to come along. Final Fantasy XV might end up being trash and I am certainly not looking forward to the dialogue, but holy shit fuck does that world and do those enemies ever look awesome. Kingdom Hearts III – as SiliconNooB so accurately pointed out in either an article or comment (I do not remember) – was announced too early even by Squeenix’s standards which means it is another decade before we see that title, but even with that knowledge and the four billion spinoffs of varying quality, I cannot help but get giddy at the thought.
Also, all the multiplayer platformers from Nintendo, while certainly not life-changing, look like a complete blast to play with my girlfriend as we have already beat the two console Mario sidescrollers together and are waiting for new content. Although in the meantime…
She has been playing through the Uncharted series and although I am just watching, it is only my second time experiencing the series and it is still the high point of acting in a video game. Of course not everybody has the technology or money to invest in the motion-capture technology that Naughty Dog does, and I imagine that literally blocking out the scenes with all the actors cannot be feasible for every studio, but wow it is ever effective. I have not had much interest in The Last of Us because I was burnt out on Uncharted and it felt like just a clone to me, but I am not sure if that is entirely the case anymore. I am still skeptical of the hyperbole, but remembering how well Naughty Dog does dialogue in addition to my girlfriend’s hype for the game (the genre is far more up her alley than mine) has made me more curious than before.
Well that is it. That is all my thoughts on gaming this week. I have still been playing Animal Crossing and it is still the best and I could still never explain the reasons why to anybody, but there is nothing else to say about it. What about you, LusiCrackers? What has been on your little gamer mind this week?