Eugene, Mikey and I discussed our resolution to not buy any new games in 2016 on episode 38 of The Magic Hour Show. This, on our way to become the ultimate versions of ourselves – the Mega Evolution of gamer parents: well-rounded, balanced and financially responsible. I plan to update progress here – what I didn’t buy (that I totally would have in 2015), and summaries of the games played during this trial.
Since I’ve not purchased any more games since 2015 ended, quite a few have already been completed.
South Park: The Stick of Truth
Stick of Truth is a Paper Mario inspired 2-D RPG title to play when kids are asleep, or are already allowed to watch the series. Stick of Truth made me feel that I was playing through an episode of the series. There were moments that made me a little uncomfortable, and I prefer the cursing in the cartoon beeped out, but I had a blast playing it. After 18 hours of playtime, there are still some achievements I would replay for, as I’d also like to experience some of the other character classes.
I finally completed a little game called Bastion, and I enjoyed this isometric adventure. The manner in which the story is told is simply charming, with extremely well-voiced narration unfolding the events of the world, as the world itself unfolds before you. A wide range of weapons, skills and upgrades allowed for lots of experimentation to find the best build suited to my playstyle. I resisted the urge to go too far in New Game +, but plan to in order to complete some challenges and see an alternative ending.
I finished an iOS game. That’s a first. Lifeline is a text-message style choose-your-own adventure sci-fi experience. I looked forward to communiques from my space friend each morning.
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Bioshock was a cool game. So is Bioshock2. I didn’t know who my character would be heading back into Rapture. To say I was pleasantly surprised would be an understatement. I don’t remember the original game having as much combat as its sequel, but I may be misremembering – it’s been a long time. Chaining together plasmids and physical attacks was so much fun, though, I didn’t care. Rapture remains an interesting place to visit, and I was glad to see more of it. I managed to finish the game a good dad, playing only during nap times, late at night and early mornings. Time played: 16 hours.
So, Undertale is like a real popular game. I played it. I liked it. If you like quirky RPGs, you’ll probably like it, too. But, I’m guessing you’ve already played it. Undertale was totally safe for play around the kids, and made for some interesting read-alouds of in game text, in place of story time. I enjoyed Undertale enough that, after investing 12 hours in two endings, I’ll definitely play through a third.
Portal was the first Steam game I acquired. It’s hard to believe that wasn’t until 2014. After four hours spread out over 2 years, I finished the story puzzles and saw those awesome credits. My daughter was very interested in the idea of a three-dimensional puzzle, and how something you don’t put together on the floor is considered a puzzle. I’m excited for Portal 2, as I’ve heard on good authority that it’s a near flawless game.