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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!

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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!

OOPS!

So i realize I haven’t updated my blog in a very long time, and I definitely regret this now. I’ve played and finished so many games since my last post, which was about Undertale. (side note: maybe someday I’ll play Undertale again and try the other routes besides True Pacifist which I did for my first playthrough. But I like to focus on finishing games that are new to me since I’m so far behind, rather than replaying other ones! I’ve also been itching to play the Mass Effect trilogy again.)

Since my post about Undertale in February, I’ve finished

  • Gone Home
  • Firewatch
  • Borderlands 1
  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
  • (and I’m almost done with Borderlands 2, I just have some DLC to finish up!)
  • Never Alone

And I recently started playing Bioshock 1 as well! I have a lot of writing to catch up on if I decide to go back and talk about all the games I’ve completed, but I think I’d like to try. I waited too long and began to miss writing all my thoughts down, even though so few people ever see them! However, I also started to feel weird about coming back after so long. But tonight I decided to just go for it. You can expect to see more action from this blog in the near future! Also, feel free to watch me stream here.

 

Half Life 2, episode 1

This post will contain spoilers.

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

This post will contain spoilers.

Guess who finished Half Life 2 today? I did! I really was concerned I wouldn’t like it after I couldn’t get through the first Half Life. I’m so glad I tried 2 because I really enjoyed it. It was so much more varied than the first one and the graphics were a big improvement, so both issues I had with the first game didn’t bother me in the second.

I was also worried I wouldn’t make it through Ravenholm, because I am such a wimp with anything that remotely fits into the horror genre. Well, I guess that’s been changing because while I was scared while playing through it, I still had fun. In fact, it is actually one of the more memorable parts of the game for me.

Some parts of the game got a little frustrating. There were a few parts that I felt dragged on too long, or too much backtracking which always makes me feel like I didn’t make much progress even though I did. But there weren’t too many of them and I made it through whenever it did happen.

Allying with the antlions was also fun! I liked having my little army of them to send at my enemies.

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Learning to use the pods to control antlions.

Another memorable part was fighting the stryders, which I enjoyed. Any time I get to use the rocket launcher was fun for me.

Every time I saw Alyx again was nice. She’s such a cool character, and I was glad she and her father were safe at the end.

However the best part of all was getting the supercharged grav gun. It was so overpowered it really didn’t matter that I lost all my weapons. I wouldn’t have been using them anyway. I had so much fun just tearing through enemy troops and shooting fusion cores at them. I almost felt bad some of the time by how brutal and quick the grav gun could be.

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Ready to fire a fusion core.

Finally it was time for the final battle. It took me two tries but I didn’t mind too much because it was so fun. All I could do was keep firing fusion cores until I finally destroyed the portal that Breen was trying to open into another dimension.

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Once I did, everything else froze, and a mysterious man appeared and spoke to me. I don’t even know exactly what happened but I understand now why people want a third game so much. Well, at least I still have the episodes to play!

 

Dragon Age DLC: Awakenings, part 3

This post will contain spoilers.

I ended up not exploring Blackmarsh much more, because the only thing left to do there was fight a dragon. I didn’t feel up to it, so I continued on with the rest of the story.

Awakenings has been quite different from the main game. There are a lot more politics to deal with, and I have no idea if I’m making good choices or not. I have been spending quite a bit of time and money on making sure Vigil’s Keep has strong walls, explosives, weapons, and armor.

I was in the Wending Wood a lot, finishing up as many quests as I could do there. A lot of these ended up being things like finding all the statues or pieces of silk.

After that I ventured into the Silverite mine with Oghren, Anders, and Justice. We were all taken prisoner, but freed by an elf. We had to fight our way out and reclaim the armor and weapons that had been taken from us. As has been the trend so far, none of the fights were difficult at all. I don’t even think anyone was injured the whole time, even when we didn’t have our usual armor or weapons.

Once we got out of the Silverite mine, we dealt with another elf, named Velanna, who had been destroying any caravans that went through the Wending Woods. We convinced her that the humans were not killing the elves. It had actually been darkspawn, tricking the elves into thinking that humans were killing them. She has also now joined our party! She’s a powerful mage, but dressed really unfortunately in my opinion. I want to keep her clothes though, because they give her a +1 to every stat. Anders has also been really gross to her, but at least she gives him a hard time right back. I alternate between liking Anders and disliking him, and this time I really disliked him.

I then moved on to the Knotwood Hills with Justice, Anders, and Velanna, where I gained another potential party member! We saved Sigrun the dwarf from being dragged off by darkspawn and turned into a Broodmother. The whole Broodmother thing is so disturbing to me, and I was glad to save her! Unfortunately she is a rogue, and my PC is already a rogue and I don’t need two of them. I continued on with Justice, Anders, and Velanna, and I think we are on our way to destroying some Broodmothers!

Dragon Age DLC: Awakenings, part 2

This post will contain spoilers.

I ran around Amaranthine for a while, completing a couple of the simpler side quests. I’m trying to raise enough money fix the walls of Vigil’s Keep. I do have enough now, but I haven’t been back to deliver it. I’ll get around to it eventually!

I then moved on to Blackmarsh. I still have Oghren and Anders with me, and Anders kept complaining about how creepy it was. It is a creepy place! There were lots of wolves and blighted werewolves to fight, but nothing we couldn’t handle. I explored for a while and found Kristoff’s body, who I was looking for because of a quest. The First was waiting for me there, and took us into the Fade.

I had to fight Childer’s grubs, rage demons, and desire demons here. They weren’t very hard fights however, and killing them allowed me to send loot back to the real world. I kept exploring and got to the village. Exploring was very profitable here, because there were two +1 bonuses to every stat.

The villagers, led by the Spirit of Justice, were at the gates of the Baroness’s house. They were demanding justice against her, because she had been taking the village children and killing them to benefit herself. I agreed to help them, and Justice broke through her gates.

The First was already with her, trying to get sent back out of the Fade. She tells him that he’ll have to defend her from us before she’ll send him back, but we easily beat him. The First was then killed when the Baroness used his life energy to send everyone else back.

The Spirit of Justice was still with us, in Kristoff’s body! He is a spirit warrior, which is a fun addition to my party. I’d been wondering what they were like, and now I get to find out! I explored more, getting all the loot from fighting the rage and desire demons which included a full set of Armor of the Sentinel which I gave to Justice.

We then had to fight the Baroness. I’d been complaining a little that the fights so far had been too easy. I regretted saying that in this fight. It was not easy. It took me three tries, but each try took about 20 minutes and I was pretty close each time. I finally beat the Baroness once I learned how to counter her healing spell.

Next, I will continue to explore the Blackmarsh!