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Video Game Quiz!

Guys! It’s been far too long. Like four months too long.

My first ever blog post was a video game quiz, so seeing as I’ve been away for a while and a bit rusty on the old blogging malarkey, I thought I’d get back into it with a new Video Game Quiz that’s popped up on Tumblr.

Please feel free to use the quiz for your own blogs!

Here we go:

1:Do you try to stay away from walkthroughs?

Generally yes. I feel like they can spoil the game, especially if you read a bit too far ahead and reveal too much of the storyline! I usually have a rule where I try on my own for at least half an hour, then if I’m still stuck I can have a sneak peek at a walkthrough. I’d never judge someone who uses them or needs them to progress in a game, I’d rather finish a game with a bit of help than leave it on my shelf because I couldn’t get past one section!

2:Company you’re always loyal to?

I wouldn’t particularly say I’m a loyal gamer, but going through VG companies I’d say Rockstar is up there. I’m still waiting for another game like LA Noire.. This is probably embarrassing to say but the company I’m most loyal to is probably Treyarch, or just the Call of Duty franchise as a whole. I can’t help it, I have a love/hate relationship with those games!

3:Best game you’ve ever played?

Oooooooh. Tough one. Probably Portal (I consider Portal 1 and 2 one big game, that’d be like having a favourite child). I actually cried when I finished Portal 2 because I was so upset it was over. I got a bit obsessed with the games, I was having dreams of jumping through portals and was rushing home from work just to play it.

4:Worst game you’ve ever played?

I think I’ve mentioned this before.. but SPICE World. I don’t think it should be allowed to be called a game, it’s just one big giant pile of disappointment. My dad took me and my brother to GAME (or Gamestation, whatever it was called in 1998) and said we could each pick a game of our own. He tried to buy our love with video games, what a guy. I can’t remember what my brother bought, either FIFA or a mundane racing game, but I bought SPICE World. This was my first video game that was mine, not a game for the family to play, it was for me. Little Amy in her Spice Girl platform shoes, with her bubble coat and weird see-through plastic backpack. In my mind the game was going to be like the platform games out at the time, kind of like a Lego game where you can switch characters and unlock outfits. But no. NO. You pick a Spice Girl song, then “remix” it, which creates a choppy, out of time mess. Next you go to a dance studio and learn a dance routine of buttons, THEN you go to a TV studio where the crappy song plays and you press the dance routine buttons. THAT’S IT. This is the kind of shite they thought was acceptable to push for young girl gamers to play, and it still happens today with the Bratz or Barbie games (there’s plenty of YouTube Let’s Play videos of people taking the piss out of these games). Clearly it still upsets me..

5:A popular series/game you just can’t get into no matter how much you try?

Halo. I played it a lot on the original Xbox with my brother back in the day, but I never carried on the franchise. I tried to play Halo 3 on Xbox 360 but felt out of touch with it so gave up. I don’t own an Xbox One so I can’t even play The Master Chief Collection to try it again.

6:A game that’s changed you the most?

Tomb Raider was a big game for me growing up. I was never very good at it but I really enjoyed playing it and watching other people play. A few years ago when I was going through a rough patch I played Tomb Raider Legend four times in a row. I would get overwhelmed by new games, so decided to stick with Lara. She got me through a bad time!

7:A game you’ll never forget?

Besides Tomb Raider, I’ll never forget PT. I know it was just a demo, but playing it in the dark with a mate at 1am and absolutely crapping ourselves was such a fun time. The hype, mystery and eventual let down of the cancelled Silent Hills game was unforgettable. 

8:Best soundtrack?

Child of Light’s soundtrack was so beautiful, it made me cry a few times throughout the game. I’m currently playing Unravel which also has a gorgeous soundtrack, it’s so laid back but sad at the same time. I’m waiting for the official soundtrack to be released so I can buy it!

9:A game you turn your volume off every time you play it?

I don’t think I’ve ever turned the volume off in a game?

10:A game you’ve completely given up on?

Not going to lie, there’s a few. One franchise I really wanted to play was Mass Effect. I hit a big, game destroying glitch in the first game and that kind of killed it for me. Maybe one day I’ll give it another go.

11:Hardest game you’ve played?

I tried Dark Souls, it wasn’t for me. (Not just the difficulty, the game in general)

12:Shortest time you’ve beaten a game in?

I’m a pretty slow gamer and don’t really clock my time in a game, but I completed the Call of Duty Black Ops III campaign in one sitting. Went to bed at 7am. It was awful.

13:A game you were the most excited for when it wasn’t released yet?

LA Noire. I don’t pre-order games, but that game was pre-ordered. Also the Tomb Raider reboot from 2013. (I’m still waiting on the PS4 version of Rise of the Tomb Raider!)

14:A game you think would be cool if it had voice acting?

I don’t know. Games without voice acting work because they have no voice acting. Like Child of Light, I don’t think it would have worked if the characters spoke.

15:Which two games do you think would make an awesome crossover?

Tomb Raider and Uncharted? Or is that too cliche? 

16:Character you’ve hated most? From what game?

I can’t think off the top of my head of my all time most hated, but I really disliked Chloe in Uncharted 2. Always making snarky comments and getting in the way!

17:What game do you never tell people you play?

There’s no hiding your gameplay these days, might as well embrace it! I don’t think there’s ever been a game I’ve been embarrassed to play. My mum bought me Shrek 3 on Xbox 360 and I still own it! It’s a terrible game but I actually had a laugh playing a few of the mini games.

18:A game you wish your friends knew about?

Mate, I wish I had more friends that played games..

19:Which game do you think deserves a revival?

I’m excited for the Crash Bandicoot Remasters, but I’m a bit worried they’ll botch it up. Looks like they’ve done a good job with the Uncharted series, but Crash is a lot older.

20:What was the first video game you ever played?

It was either Tetris or Super Mario Bros. My parents bought a NES in 1991 when I was about 18 months old. Seeing as it was quite a robust console they let me bash about on the controller from a young age.

21:How old were you when you first played a video game?

18 months old!

22:If you could immerse yourself in any game for one day, which game would it be? What would you do?

I feel like I’m repeating games in this quiz, but Portal would be amazing. I’d love to use one of the portal guns. But just being in a game where you can run for long distances or climb walls, I know people can do that in real life but I can’t!

23:Biggest disappointment you’ve had in gaming?

See above for SPICE World story.. 

24:Casual, Hardcore, or in the middle?

In the middle, leaning more towards casual. Depends on how I’m feeling and how hyped I am about a game.

25:Be honest; have you ever used cheats (like ActionReplay or Gameshark)?

Besides the cheats in the old school magazines you could buy in the 90’s, or the cheats in The Sims (rosebud!;!; and motherlode anyone?) I’ve never used cheats.

26:Handheld or console?

Console.

27:Has there ever been a moment that has made you cry?

I cried at the end of Portal, The Walking Dead, Child of Light (throughout the game), and got emotional at the end of Wolfenstein. My first ever game where a character dies as part of the story line was Final Fantasy 7 when Aeris dies. I had to google her name because my brother changed her name to Jenny, which is my mum’s name. Bit weird watching your mum die in a video game at 8 years old.

28:Which character’s clothes do you wish you owned the most?

The Assassin’s Creed outfits are pretty damn cool.

29:Which is more important, gameplay or story?

For me it’s the story. As much as I enjoy bigger games like Skyrim, I can get a bit lost as to what I’m supposed to be doing.

30:A game that hasn’t been localized in your country that you think should be localized?

I can’t think of any game that hasn’t been released over here in the UK? I’m assuming there’s a lot of cool Japanese games not released here, I’ve never looked into it though.

 

And there you go! Like I said please feel free to use the quiz in your own blog post (unfortunately I can’t credit who created the quiz as I can’t find the original post on Tumblr!)

Hopefully I’ll be posting again on here soon, I’ve been playing a lot of games that I want to talk about!

– AmyGames

Twitter: @littleamyhere

Etsy: Curly Stitches

 

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The Wolf Among Us – Game Review

A few days ago I completed The Wolf Among Us, and I’m saddened to say I was a little disappointed.

The Wolf Among Us is the third TellTale Games series I’ve played, the first being The Walking Dead, second Game of Thrones. I really enjoy their style of gameplay, and was lucky enough to buy The TellTale Collection on PS4 during the sale a couple of months ago.

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So, why the disappointment? The length of the game. It was just far too short! Each episode is divided into chapters, and after completing each chapter you earn a trophy. I found that I was gaining trophies at an alarming rate, completing chapters in ten minutes, with one chapter in the final episode being less than five minutes long. The ending felt incredibly rushed, and comparing the finale of The Wolf Among Us to The Walking Dead (which had me blubbing into my dressing gown..), it was surprising to think that the two games were from the same developers.

That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy the game. I found myself invested in the characters: having a soft spot for the lovable rogue, Bigby, feeling incredibly bad for Mr Toad and his son, TJ, and hoping there’d be a little bit more going on between Snow White and The Big Bad Wolf.

The graphics are what you’d expect from a TellTale Game, and I absolutely loved it. Each scene looked like it had been taken directly from a comic book page, with the use of dark colours contrasting with vibrant purples and pinks. It reminded me of 80’s cop movies, especially with the emphasis on synths in the game soundtrack – not to mention the reference to the 80’s cop movie, Cobra, during the first scene of the game.

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Mongoose? How Sly, don’t you think?

One thing that gets two thumbs up from me? The intro. So. Goddamn. Cool. It definitely sets off the tone of the game – Bigby casually walking through the city at night, with nothing but his burning cigarette and beat of his synthy theme tune to guide the way.

As much as I was enchanted by the story of fairytale characters gone wrong, I definitely felt at some parts of the game that I was watching instead of actually playing. Yes, the Quicktime elements were there, and the decisions I made affected the way other characters decided to trust or speak to Bigby. However, something isn’t quite right when you can eat a whole meal and only have to push a button every so often. It was beginning to feel more like a TV show than a game.

During my playthrough and confusion at the shortness of episodes, I took to the internet to see if anyone agreed with me. It seemed a lot of people were just as annoyed as myself, but to add insult to injury most people had to wait months between episodes. I feel slightly privileged that I was able to jump seamlessly from one episode to the next, and I’ll be honest – I probably would’ve given up on the game if I had to wait so long for short episodes.

Overall? A pretty good game, let down by being far too short, a rushed ending and minimal gameplay. There’s news of a Season Two being released – which I’ll most probably play, but only when all of the episodes are eventually released. Fingers crossed Telltale Games spend a bit more time on Season Two, flesh the game out, and give these characters the story they deserve.

– AmyGames

Twitter: https://twitter.com/littleamyhere

Upcoming Games I’m Excited For

September is literally on our doorstep, which means we’re closing in on the end of 2015. How terrifying is that?! 2015 has been a pretty damn good year for games, with quite a few big titles already released: Bloodborne, The Witcher 3, Dying Light (which I’m currently playing), Mortal Kombat X, Batman: Arkham Knight, the list goes on. With four months of the year left, here are the last few soon-to-be-released titles I’m excited for:

– Mad Max (release date 4th September 2015)

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I bloody loved the latest Mad Max movie, but what surprised me is that they didn’t release the game in line with the movie release. It’s been almost four months since the movie was in the cinema, but perhaps the extra waiting time has got me even more eager to get driving on Fury Road. The interesting twist to this game is it’s actually not a direct tie-in to the latest Mad Max movie, it was supposed to be a tie-in with an animated Mad Max film. Either way, fans of the old or new Mad Max franchise are sure to get a buzz out of this game, I’m just hoping it lives up to the hype it’s created.

– Until Dawn (release date 25th August 2015)

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This definitely feels like my kind of game. Until Dawn is an adventure survival horror, where any action you choose for your character will cause consequences later on in the game. According to the game developers, Supermassive Games, Until Dawn can be replayed multiple times, as each run through will contain new content depending on your decisions. I’m not sure how many times I could replay a game just to experience the story from different angles each time, but I’m definitely interested in trying this one out.

– Rise of the Tomb Raider (release date 10th November 2015)

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I’ve been excited to play this game for a loooong time. I absolutely loved the first reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise (although the ending was a bit poop), and as I’ve mentioned quite a few times in previous blogs (and if you check out my Twitter header photo..) Lara is my girl. I’m really hoping it doesn’t disappoint second time round. The one thing I’m disappointed about is that I have to play it on my Xbox 360 when it’s initially out, as the game won’t be released on PS4 until late 2016. I can’t complain as I still get to play the game, but I won’t get to enjoy it in super crisp graphics unless I wait another year. I don’t want to wait!

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 (release date 6th November 2015)

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For a franchise that pushes out pretty much the exact same game every year, they still get my money every time. I haven’t even completed the campaign for Advanced Warfare, yet I’m still eager to play Black Ops 3. New maps, new guns, new zombies – with Jeff Goldblum voicing a character – yes, you heard me, JEFF GOLDBLUM. Now take my money, Treyarch!

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Oof.

 – Uncharted 4 (release date 9th March 2016)

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I’m slightly cheating with this one as it’s not released until 2016, but it’s early 2016 so shh. Not only am I excited for Uncharted 4, I’m eager to get my hands on Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection (release date 9th October 2015) as I’ve never played any of the Uncharted games before! My PS4 is the first Playstation I’ve owned since the original PS1 (besides my stepbrothers bringing round their PS2 every so often), so I’m thrilled to be able to play the Uncharted games finally! Considering how much I enjoy the Tomb Raider franchise, I’m expecting Drake to be my kinda guy.

So, are there any upcoming games you’re eager to play? Let me know! Gotta love a good recommendation 😀

– AmyGames

Twitter: https://twitter.com/littleamyhere

Nerdy Cross-Stitch Update!

I seem to do more updates about the latest cross-stitch projects I’ve completed than actual gaming blogs. Eh, nevermind, you guys seem to like these posts too!

So, first off I started trying smaller projects – keyrings. A bit of a change from a normal sized cross-stitch, but they don’t take long and look pretty damn cute.

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These are the first two I tried out, the skull was from a pattern I found online, and the pixel hearts I just made without a pattern. I’ve done so many pixel hearts I can stitch them with my eyes closed now.

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Clyde and Scared-Clyde! Another one that I sat and created the pattern for. It was easy enough, he’s completely made of pixels, which is why cross-stitching retro games is great!

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This was a commission for one of my friends, a cute little Black Widow! I found a whole series of cute Avengers and want to make the complete set. It now jingles proudly with her car keys.

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This was a pattern I found on a cross-stitching website, I don’t even drink tea (besides green tea) but I thought it was really sweet. It now sits in a frame in the hallway of my new flat!

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Another commission! I really liked the design of this Yoda, with the little tufts of hair by his ears ^_^ the Yoda pattern was found online and we designed the rest of the pattern around that.

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My absolute favourites – Portal! When I moved into the new flat I wanted to have some cool cross-stitch patterns up on my bedroom wall, with Portal being one of my all time favourite games it just had to be up there. I’ve actually given the blue portal to one of my friends now, kind of like a “best friends” locket. But cooler. I’d seen a few people had made Portal cross-stitches but I couldn’t find the pattern, so I ended up creating this pattern myself. It took a long time, but it was worth it!

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Another one for my bedroom wall, I also bought this pattern from a cross-stitch website. It took me two and a half weeks to make and is a lot bigger than I thought it would be, but it gets a lot of comments! It got a lot of reblogs on Tumblr!

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My latest project – a BioShock and American Horror Story mash up. I think they work pretty well together!

And that’s it for now! My bedroom wall is starting to take shape, I’m using different sized frames and filling them with photos, cross stitches, and I’ve got a few canvases up that my friend made. I’m sure I’ll post an update when it’s completely finished!

If anyone else makes nerdy crafts or cross stitches – link me up! I love to see what other people have made.

-AmyGames

Twitter: https://twitter.com/littleamyhere

You Know You’re Playing a Good Game When:

  1. You’re constantly clock-watching to see how long you’ve got before you can go home and play.

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2. You can’t get the soundtrack out your head – and you don’t mind at all.

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3. You talk about the storyline like the characters are actual real people.

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4. You turn into that annoying person, calling people into the room to watch action replays or videos you’ve made over and over again.

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5. You start dreaming that you’re in the game. (I was having Portal dreams for weeks..)

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6. You constantly recommend the game to people, and can’t seem to find the words to describe just how good it is.

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7. You want to buy ALL THE MERCHANDISE.

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8. Who needs food? Who needs sunlight? Who needs friends? AM I RIGHT?!

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9. You feel a sense of pride when you complete the game, but can’t help feeling sad as you watch the end credits roll, knowing you’ll never experience the game the same way again.

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Have a good weekend, everyone!

AmyGames

Twitter: https://twitter.com/littleamyhere