I deleted Second Life. Why play a game in which my avatar’s life is even more aimless and in need of direction than my “first” life? Admittedly, I did enjoy The Sims, however I have no desire to play it again. I spent so much time building a house, telling my Sims what to do, and and all that nonsense, but it was all rather aimless.
Give me missions and quests and monsters to kill. I want goals. I don’t want to make my own story (necessarily), I want a reasonably fleshed-out world that I can jump into. I want a world in which I can participate in a story, either through my own character (e.g. Guild Wars) or through the eyes of another character (e.g. just about any other game that I like). I don’t want an interactive world masquerading as a chatroom, which is what Second Life seems to be. Am I wrong?
I downloaded and played the demo of Fahrenheit/Indigo Prophecy. PS2 controls would make this game far more enjoyable to play than a keyboard and mouse. Even though the American version is censored, I shall have to get that one instead of the PC version (although I am still on the fence about getting this game). It requires a lot of button-pressing manouevres, which are better-suited to a controller interface.
The story itself is pretty intriguing, but I would have to play the demo a few more times to get all the “endings”. It strikes me as similar to one of those Choose Your Own Adventure books in which, after each chapter, you are given a choice of what you want to do next. You make the choice, and you turn to a different part of the book and read the consequences of your decision. I loved those books.
I finally played Facade. It’s kind of an uncomfortable “game” to play, because you feel awkward in the midst of the characters’ marital problems. It’s more of an interactive drama than a game, really. Both times I played through, I broke up the characters’ marriage with my comments. In the first play, the husband walked out. In the second play, the wife walked out. When they walked out, they both thanked me, though, so I suppose breaking up a marriage was all right if it got at least one party to realise that it was a bad situation. Still, it felt weird. I would so not want to be in that position in real life.
Judging from Atul’s review, the drama could end in many different ways. It was a bit too stressful for me to want to play it just to see what I could get away with. I guess that says something about the strength of the voice acting. I know it’s silly, because these are just characters, but I couldn’t bring myself to do anything “evil” to them just to find out what would happen. It’s irrational. I mean, if I was playing Fable, I would probably be more inclined to experiment with morality. In The Sims, I wouldn’t mind so much if my Sim died in a freak kitchen accident, although when I played I did do my best to keep them healthy and happy. In Facade, where there is more emotional involvement, I just couldn’t do anything bad to those characters. They already seemed like they had enough problems without me causing chaos. I know, it’s dumb! Oh well.
I went to GameStop on Saturday. I was good, and I didn’t buy the last copy of Sigma Star Saga they had in the store. I saw a new copy of Killer 7 going for only $29.99. That game was $49.99 a couple months ago. I resisted. Grr! I am tough!
There was a new kid working there (there always is, because retail turnover is usually high). He looked really weedy and nerdy and young. LOL. Was I ever that young? He seemed like he half didn’t believe that I used to work there, but the manager-on-duty knew me. We chatted about the Xbox 360 and GameStop’s insane $2 000 ultimate bundle (available online only).
The weekend is over, and my list of games to purchase for the rest of the year stands thusly:
- Minna Daisuki Katamari Damacy — Duh!
- Fahrenheit/Indigo Prophecy — It looks too interesting. It’s one of those games with a good concept that could be badly excecuted, so I shall wait for reviews and comments before purchasing.
- Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth — GameStop says that the release date is 1st November, EB Games says March 2006. Since Bethesda Softworks says 4th quarter 2005, I’ll believe GameStop. I’m seeing a suggested retail price of $39.99, which is nice for a new game.
- Neverwinter Nights Platinum — This is a low priority, but I will eventually get it. This year. I’ve actually been putting it off for a while. :>