Episode 20 – Fin.
You’ve all made it through another arduous week!
You know those god-awful reality TV shows that always finish and then have some weird final episode where they recap and run through some of the ‘best’ bits? You can usually find trash like this on MTV or something. Well, I’ve had a long think about this whole ‘Weekend Run-Through‘ piece that I’ve been doing, and I think that it’s now time to lay it to rest.
This post would have been my 20th in total, a nice round number to end on wouldn’t you agree?
A long time ago, on a blog post far, far away I wrote about how my beloved PS Vita gets around 2-3 weeks usage every year…
The PS Vita still remains my go-to device for long journeys but that’s about it. I love being able to get lost in Borderlands 2 when I’m stuck in the airport waiting for my delayed flight; or defying the laws of physics in Gravity Rush whilst relaxing on a sun lounger. Other than these moments, my treasured Vita sits patiently in my drawer waiting for next year’s holiday romance to commence.
This has all changed. Nowadays, my PS Vita’s rarely far from grasp; if it’s not in my back pocket, then it’s usually in my hands… or on charge. In fact, all of this changed around five months ago at the turn of the year. Why am I only waiting until now to write about it? Well, I’ve been busy playing on my PS Vita, silly!
Episode 19 – It’s coming home, it’s coming! Football’s coming home!
After last weekend, it’s been an uphill struggle this week to recover from lost sleep. After the euphoria of last weekend and winning that craved-for cup on Sunday, I’ve certainly felt the repercussions this week.
Despite my seemingly never-ending tiredness, I’ve managed to finish up on Uncharted: Drakes Fortune and I have moved onto the second one, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. If you’re interested in reading my thoughts on the two (soon to be four) games, check out my blog series “Uncharted Is Overrated, And What?”.
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One down, three to go! That’s right, I finally finished Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune from the Nathan Drake Collection. I say ‘finally’ as if the game was a drag, which it felt like in parts but it didn’t take all that long in reality. I managed to finish the whole thing on hard in just over 6 hours. Although many may see that as a bad thing, for me, I’m happy with that. I suppose that you can forgive the game being so short because, as part of the Uncharted: Nathan Drake Collection, you’ve got three titles to play. The thought of buying this game for £40 though, on it’s own in 2007, is a frightening one. Me though? I just wanted to get it over and done with as quickly as possible.
The Nintendo Switch has been out for a while now, and I think we all appreciate just how successful it’s actually been. It was written off as a flop as soon as it was announced; not just by me, but by critics everywhere. I’ve never been so pleased to have been wrong, and although I haven’t invested in one myself yet, I’ll certainly be picking one up as soon as I have chance.
A few months ago, I wrote a now outdated post about how I’ll give the Switch a miss, or at least during its infancy. Since then, a lot has happened and there were far more launch titles than first announced; but I still stand by the prediction I made at the time:
Personally, I think this will be the final console Nintendo release and that’s a real shame. My true fear is that their focus will quickly turn to mobile and tablet applications, it seems inevitable. I wrote a piece asking the question “Is portable gaming dying?” just before Christmas, and the answer is a depressing “Yes”.
Video games are an art form unlike any other – while movies, TV, music and even canvas paintings are all different, worthwhile ways for artists to express bold ideas and inspire people, they simply cannot have the same power as a video game for one simple reason: video games let you be a key part of the art. They’re interactive, allowing for immersive experiences where you personally become an internal piece of the game. And, as such, they can be profoundly impactful or emotional experiences, particularly in the last decade or so where gameplay and graphics have evolved to do more than simple movement mechanics and storytelling methods that were accessible when video games were in their earlier adoptions.
I stumbled upon this intriguing r/AskReddit thread that posed the question: What is one moment from a game that you’ll remember forever?