So recently everyone who’s anyone (with a 360) has been playing Halo: Reach. Strangely enough, this isn’t about Reach, or football (Colts destroyed the Giants for anyone who cares).
No, this is about a game I didn’t give a chance when it was first released. A game that, when it it became a $20 greatest hits title, I played for an hour or two and shelfed. Now that I’ve given more time and changed my strategy toward, have fallen in love with. The hand-holding, public kissy-kissy, single-strand-of-spaghetti-drawing-you-closer-and-closer-until-your-faces-smash-together kind of love that not many games can provide. A few games that come to mind are LoZ: A Link to the Past, Metal Gear Solid, Uncharted 2, Super Mario Bros. 3, Mass Effect and of course, Mass Effect 2. I could list more and you might ask, “Ryan, I thought you said not many games could provide that kind of love?” Well asshole, how many games have been made in the past 24 years? If I could name a solid one hundred games, that would still be considered “not many”. Lucky I don’t even think I could name 20, neither would I want to for love of time.
Now I bet you’re thinking one of two things, “What game is he talking about!?!?” In response, you shouldn’t be freaking out with that much anticipation about the games I love. That would be weird. Or you’re thinking “I’m gonna stop reading now”. In response I would make sad face and go about my day. For the mild mannered and slightly interested, I present to you:
Now I, again, think I know what you’re thinking: “How did you not give Fallout 3 a chance?”. For boards users, it’s would go a little something *Dramatic pause* like this: “What?!?1 You suxZ0rz, how did you not give teh Falloutz a chance!!?11!”
Well, I did give it a chance, and I didn’t like what I was playing. Mostly because I’m not into the whole ‘scavenge-to-survive, yet we’re gonna throw a world of super mutant-make-me-wanna-cry’ gameplay. Does that make me a bad person or gamer? No. I also suck at RTS, and no, I don’t suck at RPGs. Come back to me after you’ve played and beat Mass Effect 1 and 2 a total of 8 and 6 times respectably, A Link to the Past so much you’ve lost count, and both KoTors several times. Then we can judge each other. I prefer not to judge gamers, as I respect gamers as family. The only person I judge as a gamer, and as a person, it FozzytheGamer. I kid Fozzy. I ❤ you.
My love story routes from one. single. strategy. I changed the difficulty to easy. I don’t do this often. I, as a matter of fact, hate it. I prefer to play on the difficulty the Developers see fit, usually in this day and age, is a variant of the word ‘Normal’. Some games, like Halo, describe hard or “Heroic” as the norm. I fall in line and listen to their wisdom. When I get through a game on the default difficulty, and decided I loved it enough to give it another go, I amp up the difficulty. Gears of War, Halo and Call of Duty are all great examples of such. I’ve tackled The hardest modes at some point or another. Halo will be getting the Legendary treatment soon and Call of Duty because, evidently, I’m a self-masochist. Though I do love that rush of beating a Call of Duty when the difficulty description is “You will not survive”. Bring it on.
When it came to Fallout 3, it was different. I didn’t enjoy myself like the others. It was frustrating just dying all the time with no health packs and getting ripped apart. RPGs are known for there brutality when it comes to save points and combat. Luckily, I know this pattern and save quite a bit, with multiple saves. Yet, it still happens where I would be exploring and get jumped by Mercs with weapons far superior to my own. Once the difficult decision to change the difficulty was made (See what I did there) I started enjoying myself. Ammo is aplenty, enemies are reasonable to defeat and I’ve progressed ten-fold in the story. Also, it is awesome.
I’m still deciding if it’s one of the games that will not lose it’s spark. Remember the long, ramble of a love speech I gave earlier? Well, the games I mentioned never lost that spark. It’s like the early period in the relationship and it’s on a constant loop. With most games, I have the same relationship, until we spend time together and things get comfortable. It’s not a bad thing, I can fart in front of her and nobody minds, she pees with the door open and nobody minds. It’s still not the same as that first time you decided to be a couple though. With games like Modern Warfare 2, it’s the beating-boyfriend kind of relationshit (yes, shit) where boy loves girl one day, hits girl second day because they’re out of pepper. Pepper is a metaphor. One to signify his life is falling through holes around him and being ingested by society. That and he is a jackass for hitting a woman. I don’t condone that kind of behavior in RL, but when it comes to games, it’s my relationshit with Modern Warfare 2.
But I digress.
Fallout 3 is trying to ruin my sleep schedule something fierce. I usually(try) go to bed around 3AM. I don’t have a full time job, so this is pretty easy, So I can wake up around 10AM. I used to work nights and am a night person, so it was easy for me to stay up until 6AM and wake up at 1 or 2PM. This always made me feel like a bag of shit, so I decided to make some changes, look for a day job and try to stay on schedule. Lately, Fallout 3 told me to go eff myself and I’ve been sleeping late and staying up later. It’s also how I found myself living in Fallout 3’s world. I was not letting my character sleep. I was too busy trying to saving the world. Sleep was for the weak. When I realized what was happening, I decided to fix that and I’m currently in the process of fixing that, in game and out. I love my Lone Wanderer and myself to much to screw up our sleep. So now, she sleeps when she’s been up to long, and I keep my 3AM regiment…sort of. Last night doesn’t count, kay?
As of now, I made the mistake of jumping into the Reach Multiplayer for shits and giggles. Bad move. As soon as I’m done writing this, I’m going to turn my Xbox on and play Reach. Fallout will take a back seat for a while. Let’s see if it’s draw is enough to bring me back. I’m thinking yes, it will. I guess we’ll see.
Well friends, I have to say, I enjoyed this quite a bit. I haven’t blogged in quite some time and this was fun. Maybe more in the future, but having a podcast kind of hurt me wanting to write a blog. Who want to read when they can listen right? Which reminds me, he dudes, TeaBagRadio is recording on Thursday with Special Guest Ryan DeLaRosa of The Game Over Podcast! G-OVAH!!!!
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Last minute P.S. Mother by Pink Floyd would have made an awesome end credits song for Fallout 3. Just sayin’