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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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The Grand Combined Game

The game Lego Dimensions just came out, and they have already listed their first six waves of Lego sets and characters that will be coming out for the next several months. And the list is amazing. Here’s some, between characters and levels:

  • Ghostbusters
  • Back to the Future
  • Jurassic World
  • Portal
  • Doctor Who
  • The Simpsons
  • Scooby Doo
  • The DC Universe
  • Lord of the Rings
  • The Lego Movie

Some of these we’ve already gotten to play as Lego games – and loved. Some of these, meanwhile, were our favorite guesses for which intellectual property would become a Lego game next. And then there’s Portal, which effectively makes for Portal 3… It’s tempting. Now that it’s out and all announced, we can see the prices, and yeah… it’s a lot of a commitment.

All the things! Actually, probably not even all... From http://www.us.lego.com/en-us/

All the things! Actually, probably not even all…
From http://www.us.lego.com/en-us/

There’re other games like this, games where you pay for a toy that unlocks things in the game. One of the others is Disney’s Infinity. It just released wave 3 – this time, Star Wars characters. Wave 2 was Marvel characters. Wave 1 was Pixar characters. So that’s another game that’s a huge crossover of properties and worlds.

And it makes me wonder: is the best way to see something like this to pay a whole bunch for it? To pay for each of the elements, to help pay for the licensing? Or is it that we love and want to see these sorts of crossovers – and they’ve realized it, and are making money off of us for it?

There’s another big crossover coming, without having to pay for it in parts. Kingdom Hearts 3. That’ll be Disney again, but also Square Enix – Final Fantasy characters. And we’ve been playing the previous Kingdom Hearts games – in their great remastered and gathered up Final Mix form, with all the additional games (6 games on 2 discs!). And they’re great, but there’s so much more they could do. More Disney stuff, like new things (Big Hero 6 is confirmed).

But then – there’s so much more Disney owns, as their Infinity games prove. So much more they could shove in – and that we would love to play. And maybe the game we should be playing is just Infinity – or Lego Dimensions. And really, of all these games, Kingdom Hearts 3 would actually be the most expensive – it’ll require that we buy one of the new consoles.

We loved Wreck-It Ralph. We loved Ready Player One (and we’re highly curious about the movie – how many real references will they have?). We loved Kingdom Hearts. We loved The Lego Movie. Clearly, combining pop culture references and intellectual properties is fun and entertaining. What do you think – will there be more of this to come? Is it too expensive? And more importantly – which worlds do you want to see collide? Let us know in the comments below!

Can We Talk About Lego Dimensions?

Maybe it’s just me, but the hard part about talking about this game might actually be avoiding the all caps response… like OH MY GOD THIS GAME LOOKS AMAZING HOW DID THEY EVEN?!?!?!?!

Yes. It's bigger on the inside. #DoctorWho #LEGODimensions #BreakTheRules

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I’ve started following them on Instagram, and it’s just increasingly breaking my brain. For one thing, the game looks like it is going to have access to basically all of the intellectual properties that have been Lego video games. Certainly Lord of the Rings, DC, and just about anything that made it into the Lego Movie. Also Jurassic Park.

However, it’s the new properties – ones that we secretly hoped would get their own individual games, or else never even imagined – that have me so excited for this game. So after the jump, have three amazing trailers for things that you’ll see in Lego Dimensions! And then I’ll lament the problem with the game…

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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

Lego Batman 3

David and I have been playing Lego Batman 3 or more accurately it should be called Lego Justice League. I mean all of the Lego games just keep getting better and better and this is no exception. The other thing that they keep doing is getting bigger and bigger in terms of location. This game brings us Brainiac and all of the Lantern Corps, which means that part of the game takes place in outer space and makes for some interesting places that you get to go.

In the game Brainiac is using the power of all the Lanterns to try and shrink the Earth to add it to his collection. At the same time all the various super villains have decided to take over the Watch Tower to try and ransom the earth to make Lex Luthor ruler. They happen to be on the Watch Tower when Brainiac shows up and the villains and heroes have to reluctantly work together or else there will be no Earth to fight over. It makes for a very fun story and you get to go to some new and interesting locations. They also added a few new features to the game, some good and some bad. Overall this is a great addition to the Lego Video Games and continues the DC universe nicely. Continue reading