Deciding to buy a video game, as opposed to renting from GameFly or borrowing a game from a friend, is a big deal when you’re an adult who has to be mindful of what you spend your money on. Prioritizing paying next month’s rent is much more important than blowing your paycheck on that AAA title everyone is playing right now. When you do buy that video game you have to have, you’re hoping you’ll get your full money’s worth from the purchase and a good gaming experience. Does buying a video game necessarily give you an incentive to complete every single aspect a game offers you? It depends on how much you enjoy the game.
When we play video games and we’re coasting along just fine without any troubling hiccups, we sometimes find ourselves getting a little too comfortable. Maybe even a little overly confident. We think we’re going to get to the finish line or just be able to progress further into this awesome story we can’t stop experiencing as we play. And then the unthinkable happens. We encounter a boss fight that’s too damn HARD!
Patience is a situational thing for me. Sometimes, I have it in abundance and other times I barely have any before I’m ready to throw my hands up in the air and yell to the ceiling, “FORGET IT!” Playing certain video games is a test in patience for me and I find myself expanding it more and more when I’m playing a game with so-so to terrible gameplay, but makes up for it in the writing itself.
All good stories need a strong and compelling main character––someone who makes you think, act, and feel exactly how anyone would in any given situation they’re thrown into. Telltale Games has succeeded in crafting playable characters who we actually care about as we, the player, gets to decide what choices and course of action they should take.
The Walking Dead Season 1 had us play as Lee, a man coming to terms with his dark past while taking care of a little girl named Clementine, as if she were his own daughter from the Walkers. Every decision Lee makes is usually for the good of everyone involved and Clementine. As an adult, you make tough choices in life and hope what you’re doing is right. But what happens when you have to make adult choices when you’re only a child? That’s a question The Walking Dead Season 2 poses when you play as Clementine.
The first time I got my Xbox 360 a few years ago, I pretty much stalled on buying a Gold membership. Friends who had the Xbox much longer than I did were thrilled when I got one. For them, it meant I was now able to join them for online gaming sessions. That was all well and good, except I thought the one-year membership price was pretty steep. Why did I have to pay to play a game with friends online? Luckily, my cousin decided to give me a one-year membership for Christmas that year and I was able to play with him and a bunch of my other friends.
With the Xbox One battling with the Playstation 4 over which home console will reign supreme in gamers’ hearts, incentives had to be made in order to entice consumers to buy one console over the other. Among those incentives that Microsoft has decided to offer is making two game titles available to download for free each month, as long as you have a Gold membership. As someone who has a Gold membership already and finding one game I want to own and play offered for free each month is something I just can’t refuse. This doesn’t mean it’s a good thing for my current backlog.
Stories of redemption or second chances, if told and done well, are attractive for most people for a number of reasons. Just like when we enjoy seeing the good guy win in the end, we like to see who we think are formerly irredeemable characters turn a new leaf and walk the path of good. There are struggles the character undergoes to either forgive himself or herself for the sins of their past, while also changing the minds of those who don’t believe the person can truly change. Whether the character really does change or not is another part of the journey that’s worth waiting to find out.
Usually when we choose to purchase a video game, we tend to make our choices based on reviews, gameplay, graphics, and story. What often gets overlooked is the time and detail artists take to make the environment you’re playing in truly spectacular.