I like games. All sorts of games, really: board games, card games, logic puzzles, number puzzles… and of course, video games.
I’ve been a gamer since before being a gamer was a thing. The first game I ever remember playing in my own home was Space Quest III, that classic Sierra adventure game. Ah, the memories… of dying every twenty steps or so. But they made death fun, let me tell you. 😉
Well, that was a long time ago. Nowadays, I have several gaming systems, including every single Sony Playstation (PSOne through 4), a (slightly outdated) desktop PC, and even a Nintendo Switch (thanks to my slightly-extremely doting wife). Naturally, my gaming library is absolutely huge, containing everything from the aforementioned Sierra adventure games, to old FPS like Duke Nukem 3D and Blood, to big RPGs like the Witcher (1 & 2, I haven’t picked up 3 yet) to indie platformers like Axiom Verge (go play this game!), to strategy and tactical games like… like… actually, when was the last time I played a strategy game? Disgaea 5? Huh… And I have weird, hard to classify stuff as well. I have enough games that, if I treated it like a job and played them eight hours a day, I might still never get through them all before it was time for me to retire.
That, and my brain would probably explode. It honestly sounds less appealing as an actual job than I might have thought when I was younger. Guess I’ll stick with househusband for the time being. 😛
So anyway. I’m nothing like a game journalist, nor am I really an expert at actually playing games. I’m not bad, mind, but I’m nothing special. But I have this giant library of games, and a blog to write about them, so… why not, right? 😉
Well, that immediately presents me with the problem: what am I going to write about? I could say a word or two about the systems, and compare them to other similar games, or I could talk about the music, or the graphics — but if I was going to point to my actual area of expertise, as it were, it would be the story. And if I start talking about the story of the games, well, that’s spoiler territory. Personally, I don’t get too worked up about spoilers; I’m the kind of guy who reads the last chapter of the book first, after all. But I don’t want to alienate anyone who wants to play the games themselves…
I guess I’ll do both, then. From now on, I’ll try to focus on one game a week (starting with my PS4 library, for convenience sake), play it as much as possible considering my other responsibilities, and then write an article every Monday about my experience with the game: the first part will be a spoiler-free review of the how the game looks, sounds, and plays; and the second part will be my analysis and feelings about the story of the game.
Naturally, if the game doesn’t have a story, or the story doesn’t feature much, I’ll acknowledge that too. In the end, I’m mostly doing this to put my own thoughts in order about the game, so it’s just fine if you’re not too interested in this section. I promise, I will still be releasing one chapter of the Anubai Hero each week, regardless of anything else. Still, I hope people find these articles interesting and informative.
So, first on my list: Dishonored. Specifically, the PS4 definitive edition. I don’t expect to get through it in a week, but frankly I’ve already got a pretty good grasp of the story from other sources, so I expect I’ll be able to talk about it to some extent anyway. I picked the game up… well, mostly because I want to play Dishonored 2 in the future, and I have a minor personality tic about finishing games in order. It’s honestly a habit I’m trying to break… Anyway, I’m very interested in the game’s mechanics, so I’m still slightly pumped about playing it. So, starting today through next Sunday, I’ll spend as much time with the game as I can, and make my report next Monday. See you then! 😀