Category Archives: Game Progress

BioShock

I bought BioShock years ago because several friends recommended it. Finally started playing them, only to have the remastered versions all come out! Oh well, no point in buying them again.

When I first started gaming a couple of years ago, I was such a wimp. I got scared so easily while playing and would either not be able to finish the game or only play 10-30 minutes at a time. Playing BioShock barely scared me at all now, though I know even a year ago it would have been much harder for me. So that was pretty cool! In real life too, I notice I stay more calm during frightening or stressful situations than before.

While the age of the game showed a little bit in the graphics, it was definitely bearable. It didn’t bother me too much. However the mouse and keyboard controls seemed incredibly clunky to me but again, I could handle it. It was just difficult to switch between the different types of guns and plasmids, and between the guns and plasmids.

I also did have a little bit of trouble following the story. When it’s told through audio logs that play at the same time I’m exploring or fighting, I just can’t focus on both things at the same time. Sometimes I could stop and listen but often I’d come under attack and would miss part of the audio log.

That being said, I still managed to put together most of the story and read some summaries online to make sure I got the whole thing. I’m excited to continue on with the series, since I started BioShock 2 last week. And thank goodness, my XBox controller is compatible with it!

Although I did just find out that I received the free upgrade to the remastered version of BioShock 2. I’m about an hour into it, so if I have to restart I won’t have to replay too much. I didn’t know I was going to receive the upgrade, so that was a pleasant surprise when I logged on to Steam today!

Borderlands

I started and finished Borderlands months ago. It got me through a weirdly tough time in my life. I felt incredibly discontented and didn’t know what to do with myself, and on a whim I began playing it. It was exactly what I needed.

Friends had told me that the first Borderlands game was slow and boring, so I might have a hard time getting through it. That was not the case at all. It was a perfect mix of action, humor, and story to cheer me up.

Like I said, I started it back in April and finished it probably sometime in May or June. Since it has been a while I don’t remember every detail, I just remember having a lot of fun with it. I know I meant to write more of my ideas and thoughts on the games I play, but I definitely waited too long on this one. I really do want to keep this blog going and another function of it is to keep track of what I play, so at least this post does that!

Half Life 2, episode 2

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I’m now completely done with the Half Life series! And I now understand why so many people want more Half Life and/or Portal games. They need to come together. We must find out the link between the two. I got so excited when they mentioned Aperture Laboratories near the end of episode two. I’ve mentioned it before but the Portal games are what really got me into gaming in the first place so they are very special to me.

Episode two was really great. I liked it more than episode one, even though I really missed having the supercharged grav gun. It was also much more of an emotional rollercoaster, which I consider a good thing. From when Alyx almost got killed and when her father Eli did get killed, I was pretty sad.

One of my favorite parts was going into the antlion nest with the vortigaunt to get materials that could save Alyx’s life. For one, it seemed very important to save her. I also loved the way it looked, with the creepy burrows and glowing grubs.

The final battle was also a lot of fun, fighting stryders with the Magnusson devices. I had to use the grav gun to shoot them at the stryders, where they would stick and then I’d have to shoot them to detonate them. Very challenging but also a lot of fun.

Overall, I had more fun playing this episode than the first one. And I need more!

 

 

Half Life 2, episode 1

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To continue on with Half Life 2, I have been playing the episodes. So far I’ve finished episode 1. It wasn’t very long but continued the story from directly after the main game. I loved getting to use the overcharged grav gun some more, but unfortunately not for much longer.

You start out having to stabilize the core so that City 17 doesn’t explode. There were some fun puzzles involved. The beginning was my favorite part of this episode.

The next chapter, however, was my least favorite. It’s called Lowlife, and was quite scary for me. I had a hard time getting through it, as there were lots of jump scares as well as a new kind of zombie: the zombines. The zombines were very annoying to fight, because they are tougher than the regular zombies and will also make suicide runs at you with grenades which will kill you in one hit. At the end of this chapter, you have to fight off a massive horde of zombies and zombines while you wait for an elevator. It took me so many tries but I finally did it.

Next was Urban Flight, which was also a lot of fun. While it was one of the longer chapters in this episode, it went quickly. My favorite part was fighting zombies and combine in a hospital we had to get through.

Finally, Exit 17 was the last chapter. This was a quite challenging one, but still fun. I had to help escort a bunch of civilians to an evacuation train, all while fighting off combine troops. Then I had to fight a stryder, and Alyx and I finally made an escape ourselves. As we left City 17, we could see it exploding. Next is episode 2, which  I guess is a direct continuation of episode 1. I’m looking forward to it!

 

Half Life 2, part 1

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I’m a good way through Half Life 2. I wanted to make sure I would like it before I started writing about it. I didn’t want another situation like I had with the first Half Life game, which I started and just couldn’t get through. Partly because I’m a scaredy cat, and partly because in my opinion it did not age well.

However, since I already had Half Life 2, I figured I might as well give it a try. Perhaps I could put up with the horror aspects with more polished controls and graphics.

I’m happy to say that I can! I waited until after I got through Ravenholm, since several people have told me that is the scariest part. It wasn’t even too bad! Sure it was scary but I could handle it. I think I’ve gotten more brave. I don’t know how that happened, but I don’t mind.

Right now I have played up to the end of the seventh chapter, which puts me right in the middle of the game. I’m having a lot more fun with it than I thought I would, and I’m glad. There’s a lot more variety in the game mechanics which makes it more interesting, which is good because one problem I had with the first game was that it managed to become stressful yet also tedious for me.

There are puzzles to solve and actual characters, like Eli and Alyx Vance and Dog. The grav gun is also a lot of fun.

While I’m not the biggest fan of all the driving parts there have been so far, I still have fun with it. Once in a while I’ll manage to get stuck on something so badly I’ll have to reload the game, but that’s just a mild annoyance.

I can’t wait to see where the story is going and to keep having fun with it!

Mass Effect 3: The End

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So, I finished the game. I’m all done with the Mass Effect trilogy. It was amazing and I loved it so much.

I know when it came out, there was a lot of unhappiness with the ending. I don’t understand why. I loved the ending. It was beautiful and sad and hopeful, all at the same time.

The first step was attacking the Illusive Man’s base. I finally found the room where he was always talking to me in ME2. I also found out what the Catalyst is. It’s the Citadel! Then Kai Leng showed up, and I fought him and finally won. I also got sweet revenge for Thane.

However, the reapers already found out what the catalyst is, and moved the Citadel to the Sol system and have it under heavy guard. So many reapers are guarding it while it’s in space we only have a shot at getting to the Citadel is from the ground, since they handily have a beam that will take us to the Citadel.

There was a lot of fighting on the ground to get to the beam, and in the end only Anderson and I made it. I’m so happy I at least got a chance to say bye to Liara and EDI since they were with me, but got too injured to come with me.

Anderson and I make it up to the Citadel, and find the Illusive Man there. He wants to use the Citadel to control the reapers. I don’t think he can actually do it, and I end up shooting him when he pulled a gun on Anderson.

Anderson is slowly dying from a gunshot wound, and I wasn’t doing to well myself. Anderson gives me a nice little speech about how well I’ve done, and then he dies. I think Shepard was dying too, but comes back a bit once she’s told that the Crucible isn’t doing anything. It was sad how fast she jumped up when she thought she had to do something, even though she was in so much pain.

I don’t manage to do anything though, and I get taken elsewhere in the Citadel to meet an AI. It is the Catalyst, and the Crucible a power source. I learn all about the reapers and their purpose. Organics and synthetics are in conflict, and the reapers end the conflict in every cycle. It is confirmed that the Illusive Man could not control the reapers, since they already control him. Then I have to make a decision. My options: Destruction, Control, or Synthesis?

Destruction will lead to the death of many, both reapers and others who have lots of synthetics like the quarians, asari, and EDI. However, this is only a temporary fix because the cycle will start again. Control would make me into a tyrannical sort of god, who can control the reapers and force them to stop. Synthesis would make everyone into a mixture of organic and synthetic, but I would have to sacrifice myself.

I ended up choosing Synthesis. It did seem like the best way, the only way to bring about peace permanently. I’ve gotten into some interesting conversations with my friends about who chose what and why. I think you can learn a lot about someone by what they choose. I still feel like I made the right decision. It was so sad to leave behind everyone, but really any of the choices would have led to that. I chose the best option for everyone else’s survival even though I had to give myself up.

I really loved the ending too. It was so beautiful and full of hope. Shepard may be gone, but she is not forgotten. And because of her, and of me, everyone can live on in peace. Shepard is gone, but I am not, and I hope I can make as big a difference in real life as Shepard made.

I don’t know what I will play next. What can take the place of such an amazing game?

Mass Effect 3 DLC: The Citadel

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One thing I have noticed with ME3 is how much darker it is than ME2. It makes sense, during a worsening war things are not going to be very happy. I don’t think a video game has actually made me cry until now. That being said, the Citadel DLC was a much needed break from so much doom and gloom.

I had always heard about the funny parts of this DLC however, so I didn’t expect the first part of it to once again be pretty sinister. You start out meeting Joker for sushi, but someone comes in to warn us that people are trying to kill me. Sure enough, we are ambushed by a mysterious new mercenary group.

Of course, since I’m Shepard, I manage to escape from them and join up with my squad. Then we all go to the archives to figure out what it is they want. And it’s another ambush, led by someone surprising:

It’s me! I thought that voice sounded familiar at first. She is a clone of me, made by Cerberus in case I needed spare parts. That’s disturbing.

There were lots of new enemies to fight, my least favorite being the mercs with glowing shields.They are even more annoying to deal with than the Cerberus guardians.

Of course we end up getting betrayed by Brooks. She was working with my clone all along. And I got locked in the archives with Garrus and EDI, which led to some hilarious conversation.

We manage to get out with help from Glyph however, and go to retake the Normandy. With a toothbrush.

I had to fight my own clone, and watch her commit suicide. That was a little traumatizing. Also sad. She could have been more, and learned more about living. I don’t blame her for betraying me; she knew nothing and never had a chance.

That all felt rather dark, but now I get to the fun part: throwing a party for my squad, with members old and new! It was so nice to see them again and there were so many great moments. I don’t want to put too many but it was all great.

I really felt like I got my money’s worth on this one and I highly recommend it. It’s a very welcome break from the gloom and doom of the rest of the game.

I can’t believe how close I am to the end of the game. I don’t want it to end, but at the same time I need to know what happens next.