Destiny… like I said in my last entry, it’s not that great. I mean, it’s not the worst game I’ve ever played in my life, but it’s not that great. It needs… a thing (or things) to really give it a shot in the arm. It also needs a hell of a lot more content. Bearing in mind that everything I just said is absolute truth, one question remains: why can’t I stop playing it?
I was so excited for Destiny. I played the alpha thoroughly. I played the beta even more thoroughly. I preordered it months in advance because I wanted the game that much. I was never a huge Halo fan, but this new Bungie offering was just… it was right up my alley.
It’s been a busy two years, which is why I haven’t posted anything in almost exactly that amount of time. Yes… busy. Ahem. Even so, I decided to start writing in this thing again specifically because I’m playing a game that I have discussed several times on this site, and that game is Skyrim.
I like Borderlands. I like it a lot. It is a franchise near and dear to my heart. Over 3 years, I’ve spent hundreds of hours playing the original, because it simply hits the spot. My cravings for RPG and FPS were satisfied in one neat little package. While it did have a few unpalatable elements – and a few downright stupid boss fights – the original Borderlands was “it” for me. I played through to level 50+ with all four characters, having beaten the game a total of 8 times. I played it on Xbox 360, PS3 and most recently on PC. This shit is real. I go nuts for Borderlands.
I don’t particularly care for Metal Gear Solid games. I hate to say they’re “too Japanese,” because some great games come out of Japan, but… well, they’re too Japanese. For me, anyway. However, that doesn’t mean I haven’t played most of them at least for a little while, because I have. In fact, Metal Gear Solid was the first PlayStation game I ever owned. It wasn’t bad, per say, but I wouldn’t say it was one of the best times I’ve ever had with a video game. Or, rather, it wasn’t TWO of the best times I’ve ever had with a video game.
One thing I can assure you is that this will not be a very long post, as I’m bitter about this game. Extremely bitter. Battletoads made a fool of me, and the last thing I want to do is relive my poor decision over and over and over. But, reminiscence is reminiscence, so here we go.
This is an example of a bad-but-who-cares game. It’s bad. Real bad. It’s so bad that the word “bad” needs a few extra ds at the end, i.e. it’s badddddd. Ddddd. Bad.
But, I certainly didn’t care at the time! I played the shit out of this game with my friends. Why? Two reasons: 1) we played any game we could get our hands on, and 2) It has Ninja Turtles in it! We would have most certainly admitted that it sucked if there was no trace of TMNT in the game, but… but, TMNT! Turtle power, am I right? Anyone? Hello?
I haven’t played Skyrim in a while (any time period longer than two weeks is considered “a while”). I’d say it was collecting dust, but I don’t own a physical copy of it because Steam rules. I’ve only put about 80 hours into the sucker. This is kind of shocking to me because I played Oblivion for a good 300 hours, and both games have very similar gameplay styles, similar questing systems, etc. Perhaps that’s the problem.
Most people my age who play video games know that this was originally not a Mario game, but was turned into a Mario game by them crazy Japanese peoples to suit a Western audience. If you didn’t know that, you do now. What most people my age DON’T know is that I personally fear the shit out of this game. I fear it because of the fact that a human brain actually developed something so completely insane. Perhaps it would be less insane if the lead character weren’t Mario, but man… this game is insane. In spite of this fear, however, I find that I also revere the game as a shining example of how I just didn’t care as a kid.
I don't like Sonic because he's stupid and he's in stupid games and he's probably a jerk in real life. The only time the game is impressive is when you're running a billion miles an hour and can't even see what's in front of you, and even then you're not having all that much fun BECAUSE YOU CAN'T SEE WHAT'S IN FRONT OF YOU. Luck is definitely my favorite gameplay mechanic in a platformer.
Pressing right on the D-pad is not a valid form of entertainment, thank you very much.