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Struggles of a Video Game Completionist Playing a Bethesda Game

Fallout 4 CoverI am currently in the middle of playing Fallout 4 and it is the furthest that I have made it in any Bethesda game so far. My biggest problem often is that I get distracted by the side quests or I get so overwhelmed with what it is possible to do that I just never seem to get anywhere. My problem is that I like to complete all the quests and find all the things, which could practically take forever in most Bethesda games.

In Fallout 4 they have really given me a sense of purpose both in the main mission and with the side quests. The people of the Commonwealth trying to carve out better lives for themselves and their family. Then there are all the people, creatures, and things trying to make those lives a little more difficult. It is driving me to want to do more, but it can get so easy to get distracted. I am curious how much further I need to go on the main quest because there are so many other things that can be done! For someone who likes to complete all the quests it is a real struggle.

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Replaying Video Games

Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HDCurrently I am playing Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD which is just a fancy way of saying it is the re-release of three parts of the Kingdom Hearts franchise. I love these games because they combine Disney and Final Fantasy, which are some of my favorite things. Playing through the re-release got me thinking about what makes a game replay-able.

There are some video games that I really could care less about going through the story again and others that make me excited to go through again. There are some elements that make going through the story again interesting, including time and decision power. Sometimes if the game is released again they will add elements to make the story interesting or challenging again, such as new monsters and offsetting the experience in some way. At the same time most of the game tends to be the same. So what opens up the possibility for replay with a game? Continue reading

First Impressions: Batman: Arkham Origins


David and I recently picked up Batman: Arkham Origins for Xbox 360. I have played through both Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City and loved both of them. The interesting thing about the first two games is that they flow really nicely from one story to the next even though they are very different situations. Starting in the asylum and then moving in to a larger city really expands the world that you are dealing with. Then in Batman: Arkham Origins we are actually taking a step backwards to see where it all began.

The other interesting part is that this game is being made my a different company. The first two were made in part by Rocksteady and this one is made by WB Games. I was interested to see what that would mean for the game. The previews looked so well done, but part of what made the first games interesting was the combination of the story and the fighting controls. My general first impression is that the game is keeping a lot of same control elements and side questing that I remember from the first games. I am enjoying it so far, but there have been some details that have stood out, both good and bad.  Continue reading